Q&A With: Owner Sonya Cote of Hillside Farmacy

Who? Sonya Cote and son Thorne
What? Hillside Farmacy
When? 2012
Where? 1209 East 11th Street Austin, TX 78702
Why? When East Side Showroom, a restaurant, opened up years ago, the owner Miki and Sonya, the opening chef at the time met. They realized they always wanted a deli, saw this space and thought it would be perfect.

Hillside Farmacy has had great success in that it’s only been open less than a year and they’re doing really well. Not to mention, Sonya, the owner and also the head chef has been recognized by multiple publications locally and nationally. However, she doesn’t let any of that get to her and she’s super sweet and humble. They serve everything from sandwiches, salads and soups to many other unique dishes. Next time you’re craving creative pairings of food, that you won’t find anywhere else around town, try this!


Q&A With: Owner LaValle Twibell of The Purple Bean Cafe

Who? LaValle Twibell
What? The Purple Bean Café
When? August 2010
Where? 1104 East 11th Street, Austin, TX
Why? LaValle always wanted to have a small restaurant and never had the time to do it. Her favorite color is purple and she needed to tie it in with coffee so The Purple Bean Café was born.

The Purple Bean Café was started by LaValle and her family in a small 12ft trailer. In just 6 months they out grew the little trailer and expanded to a bright yellow 30 footer. Then they out grew that. Now they’re located inside the Victory Grill. They serve sandwiches, coffee and baked goods. Check them out below!

Website: www.thepurplebeancafe.com
Like: www.facebook.com/pages/The-Purple-Bean-Cafe/

Q&A With: Owner Willy Pearce of Way South Philly

Who? Willy Pearce
What? Way South Philly: Food Trailer
When? April 2011
Where? 1104 East 6th St. Austin, TX 78702
Why? Because Willy was in the restaurant business for 13 years prior to this and wanted to do his own thing. Also he’s from Philadelphia and thought “Austin needed a truly authentic cheese steak” and he knew he could deliver.

Their bread is shipped straight from Philadelphia and you can tell! A traditional south philly cheesesteak has cheez whiz on it so that’s a super popular one but Willy also has all the other cheeses too. The South Philly “food trailer” is all rocky themed and the sandwiches are all named after rocky characters. How fun!

Don’t forget to find them below!

Website: www.waysouthphilly.com

Like: www.facebook.com/WaySouthPhilly

Follow: www.twitter.com/waysouthwilly

Q&A With: Owner Laura Shook of Soma Vida

Who? Laura Shook
What? Soma Vida
When? 2008
Where? 1210 Rosewood Avenue, Austin, TX 78702
Why? Soma means “body” in Greek and Vida means “life” in Spanish. Laura wanted to cultivate people’s mind and body connections by opening up Soma Vida, which is a hybrid between a co-working space and a traditional wellness center. Laura is a somatic psychotherapist and realized there needs to be supportive structures for people who provide health care to others. What a great idea!

It’s a work/life balance community that offers private offices, conference rooms (not your typical conference rooms but way better), plus lots of beautiful areas for special events. So many unique nooks and corners of inspiration, dim lit lights, inviting colors…it’s like another world. This is definitely a place where you can let your creative juices flow while being super productive. Sign me up! There’s so much more coming from this mini wellness center. Check out Soma Vida on the web and like them on FB!

Q&A With: Steven Ross of Eastside Yoga

Who? Steven and Elsa Ross
What? Eastside Yoga
When? 2009
Where? 1050 11th Street, Suite 150, Austin, TX 78702
Why? Steven and his wife Elsa wanted to bring yoga to all types of people. They noticed people were intimidated by yoga so as a result they wanted a local neighborhood feel that was inviting and warm. So they opened up Eastside Yoga!

Steven gave me the 411 on yoga that I desperately needed. So yoga actually originated from India. The physical aspect of yoga is important but there is a deeper meaning and a whole way of life that is associated with this practice. Meditation is actually the same thing as yoga it’s just a deeper level of it. Thank you for enlightening me Steven! Make sure to check out their website and like them on FB!

Q&A With: Owner Heather Banks of Eclectic Images

Who? Heather Banks
What? Eclectic Images Photography
When? 2000
Where? 1200 East 11th Street, Suite 101, Austin, TX 78702
Why? Heather always loved taking photos but she realized she loved weddings even more. Photography is her passion and every time she takes photos it makes her happy.

Heather shares this space with 3 other businesses (coming in future blog posts). This space, of course, you guessed it, is super cute. I know I might say that for a lot of things but I can’t help but come across the coolest spaces at the East End IBIZ District. Heather is an amazing photography and, not to mention, all those photographs hanging in the studio space are hers. Check out Eclectic Images Photography on the web and like them on FB!

Q&A With: Founder & Photographer Skylar Reeves of 15 Minutes of Fame

Who? Skylar Reeves
What? 15 Minutes of Fame
When? 2010
Where? 1200 East 11th St. #105 Austin, TX 78702
Why? Skylar Reeves moved to Austin from Atlanta to shoot bands. When she started shooting families, the idea for parties came up while shooting and 15 Minutes of Fame was born.

What’s 15 Minutes of Fame? Families host a party and invite a bunch of people over. Each family and or child gets 15 minutes in front of the camera. Skylar shoots a lot of great pictures and in the end you get to choose what you want. What a great idea!

How cool is this space? It’s super bright, colorful and its coziness makes you feel right at home. Skylar is amazing! Check out 15 Minutes of Fame for more incredible pictures and like them on FB!

Q&A With: Owner Song Montesinos of Modesty Hair Studio

Who? Song Montesinos
What? Modesty Hair Studio
When? 2010
Where? 1200 E 11th street, Suite 102, Austin, TX 78702
Why? Song and her friend have been doing hair together forever and they’ve been talking about a hair salon forever so they just did it.

Modesty is an energy efficient space that offers everything from everyday natural looks to extravagant up-dos to accommodate all your special needs. Check out their website and like them on FB!

Q&A With: Owner Jessica Nadeau of Tickle Boutique

Who? Jessica Nadeau
What? Tickle Boutique
When? February 2012
Where? 1107 E 11th Street, Austin, TX 78702
Why? Jessica is a shoe designer and had always wanted to open her own store so she can combine fashion and beauty together.

This store is a one-stop shop for all your girly needs. How many places do you know of that you can go to for a mani-pedi, to buy an outfit, and get some jewelry to accessorize with? Pretty cool combo! Tickle is a beauty boutique and an all around social shopping experience. Come hang with the girls, and on your way out, don’t forget to grab some solettos for your much-needed feet, designed by Jessica herself.

Check out Tickle Boutique next time you find yourself lost on the east side and like Tickle on FB.