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!
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!
Who? Laura Shook
What? Soma Vida
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!
Who? Steven and Elsa Ross
What? Eastside Yoga
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!
Who? Heather Banks
What? Eclectic Images Photography
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!
Who? Skylar Reeves
What? 15 Minutes of Fame
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!
Who? Song Montesinos
What? Modesty Hair Studio
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.