Tucked away in a cozy corner off of South Congress Avenue is a fresh getaway from the city scene. In this spot, Austin’s oldest live oak tree stands tall among its industrial surroundings. The historic tree is getting a new lease on life and the local attention it deserves, as will soon the restaurant responsible for its revitalization. Vinaigrette, a sustainable farm-to-table wellness concept starring gourmet entrée salads by chef and farmer Erin Wade, is now open to the public. The restaurant has a rustic take on mid-century modern design, but bright colors, organic finishes and floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto an expansive, lush outdoor garden patio around the big oak tree welcome you in and create a special dining experience. The salads are hearty, leaving you guiltlessly satisfied. The menu also offers sandwiches, decadent appetizers and side dishes, as well as creative green juice cocktails.
Billions of tires end up in landfills around the world every year. Somebody had to do something. So the folks behind Tredagain did; they reinvented the tire-recycling process from the ground up. Rolling out a new era in sustainable shoes, Tredagain offers a high-quality, durable and fashionable line of men’s and women’s footwear made with upcycled scrap tires. The current sandals available are perfect for those living an active and on-the-go lifestyle. Tredagain is the first footwear company to incorporate APX, a 100 percent virgin rubber substitute. Created by Tredagain’s sister company, Austin Rubber, APX is made through a proprietary process that takes tires at the end of their useful life and upcycles them into useable rubber. The process fulfills the company’s mission to keep old tires out of landfills while allowing Tredagain’s footwear to be lighter weight, long lasting and offer a higher slip resistance. From now on, when it comes to tires, 50,000 miles is just the beginning.
Kor180, Austin's first Pilates studio to offer both Pilates and cycling classes, will expand from its existing, downtown location to a second location near the Domain to better serve its North Austin customers. The studio should be familiar to readers, as it recently claimed titles for Best Pilates Studio, Best Cycling Instructor, and Best Pilates Instructor for the second year in a row in our AFM “Best of” awards. Kor180 Chief Storyteller and founder Maja Kermath's mission is to help people live an inspired life. Inspired living is difficult, so Kor180 curates experiences around three wellness pillars: exercise, nutrition and community. Kor180 isn’t just about six-pack abs and skinny jeans. Their chef, Tanner O’Dell, creates nutritional and delicious recipes as part of the korKitchen offering. The emphasis of community reaches beyond the regulars who attend the Ryde or Reform classes. Kor180 has raised a combined total of over $25,000 for local nonprofits in Austin like Austin Pets Alive, Safe Place and the Ronald McDonald House.