Who? Blake Shanley
What? Tiny Taiga
Where? 1200 E. 11th Street, #106, Austin, TX 78702
Why? Blake has studied nutrition and holistic therapies since she was 18 years old and always wanted to share that with people. Her love for all things healthy led her to open up her own shop where she can help people in finding what they’re looking for. She was also a real estate broker at The East Village so having been involved in the community through real estate it made perfect sense for her to choose this location for Tiny Taiga.
Tiny Taiga carries superfoods, teas, tonics, tinctures, essential oils, herbs, all natural body care, minerals, books, and gifts. It’s a mini feel good wonderland. Go and explore for yourself and meet the magical shoppe keeper who will help you find your remedy. Blake’s already done all the work for you so you don’t have to worry about that part. Go and discover, grab a book and sit by the fire, look at the paintings, smell and test some of the essential oils, and taste the teas. Don’t forget to spread the love and let all the good people around you know about Tiny Taiga because they deserve it too. Stop by and say hi! Check out Tiny Taiga on the web and like on FB!
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? Michael Freid
What? East Side Pies
When? Started in March 2006.
Where? 1401 B Rosewood Ave. Austin, TX 78702
Why? Because he and his partner decided that it would be a good idea to open the only pizza place that delivered on the east side at the time. Michael himself is a baker so it only seemed natural. “We deliver pizza, that’s what we do” is their thing and Michael stands firmly behind that.
This was my first stop on the east side but it certainly will not be the last time I go back to this place. He loaded me up with pizza slices and I was stuffed by the time we were done with the interview. They grow their own spices right outside and he buys his ingredients all from local farms. They also recycle as much as they can. He is definitely doing something right. Michael is such a nice guy and I only hope I come across friendly, warm-hearted and just all around really good people for the rest of my stops on my journey.
One more thing…don’t forget to find them at all the places below!
Who? Cathy Altman
What? Austin Ashiatsu
Where? 1200 E. 11th Street, #109, Austin, TX 78702
Why? Cathy’s goal is to introduce this new style of massage to Austin. Ashiatsu is a deep tissue style of massage that uses the feet instead of the hands.
Cathy is a licensed acupuncturist, massage therapist and herbalist who has been actively working in the healing field for 17 years. Ashiatsu is a Japanese word that means “foot pressure.” Check out Austin Ashiatsu on the web, like them on FB and follow them on Twitter!
Who? Carmela Hartman
What? In Style Weddings & Destinations
Where? 1200 East 11th Street, Suite 101, Austin, TX 78702
Why? Carmela planned celebrations of all kinds from weddings to other events. As she started doing more and more she realized that weddings came more natural to her.
In Style Weddings & Destinations will not only plan your fun and fabulous event for you but they’ll plan your honeymoon too. They’re event planners and travel agents. They do events in Austin, Mexico, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Europe, and anywhere else your heart desires. Make sure to book your appointment before you stop by as they’re super busy. Check them out on the web and like them on FB!