Blenders & Bowls is the product of the combined passions of two best friends, Erin Downing and Kara Jordan. In 2010, these adventurous and free-spirited girls moved from Hawaii to Austin. It didn’t take long for them to fall in love with the city of Austin, but something was missing—Açaí—the delicious Brazilian superfruit. What started as a mean craving for an açaí bowl led to the creation of Blenders & Bowls. The girls began with a food truck, and soon after moved to a shared space with Wanderlust Yoga. With hearty recipes and alluring names like “The Bowl of Paradise” and “The Perfect Date,” you can’t go wrong with any menu item. Due to the rapid growth and local popularity, Blenders & Bowls recently opened their second location in Westlake. The fun doesn’t stop there, though—the duo has plans to open a third location on the east side this summer.
Born in Virginia Beach and now an Austinite for more than eight years, Jessica Conaway created DYLAN WYLDE as a homage to growing up by the ocean and experiencing first hand the artistic and expressive nature of the surf/ skate culture.
“I am a beach kid living in Texas and DYLAN WYLDE is essentially the synthesis of the two,” said Conaway. “DYLAN, meaning born of the sea, and WYLDE is a constant reminder of the power of pushing boundaries and is representative of Austin's free-spirited culture that has been so influential since I moved here 8 years ago.”
Staying true to the coastal aesthetic, Conaway independently curates an edgy mixture of clothing, accessories and home goods for the boutique. Top brands include Rolla's, Some Days Loving, Little White Lies, and One Teaspoon—and the majority of homegoods handmade by makers within the U.S.
You don’t have to be a diehard yogi to dine at True Food Kitchen. You need only a desire to give your body nutrients, and your palate something memorable. The basis for the anti-inflammatory diet isn’t meant to deprive a healthy body of great flavors, it’s meant to take popular trends in cuisine and pair them with healthy living. This relaxed eco-chain has a stocked menu and a light ambience that is ideal for any occasion—from brunch with the girls to business meetings to a romantic date night. With a wide, healthy selection of vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free options, True Food offers something for everyone. It's honest food that tastes really good.