The lowdown on what’s up with neighborhood businesses
Bicycle Café now open
The long-awaited Bicycle Café at Northwest Highway and Lawther is now open. Open Tuesdays through Thursdays and Sundays, 6 a.m.–10 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays, 6 a.m.-midnight, this café offers healthy food, coffee and adult beverages (beer and wine). Plus, they provide locker rooms for cyclists. Of course, you don’t have to be a cyclist to enjoy this place.
Canal Clothing takes over Lakewood Lighting space
Canal Clothing, formerly the staple dress and accessory shop at Salons in the Park at Skillman and Northwest Highway, has moved to Hillside Village at Abrams and Mockingbird. The independently owned boutique is temporarily located next to Romano’s Bakery, but is remodeling a larger space just to the right of Stein Mart. Canal Clothing also holds complimentary fashion seminars in its store.
Evol Society, REUSE Jeans now open at The Shops at Park Lane
Love spelled backwards is evol. Thus hails the name of White Rock area resident Samuel Bistrian’s newest project, a boutique in The Shops at Park Lane. Evol Society brings together artists, craftsmen and merchants with a wide variety of products but one overarching goal — to make the world a better place.
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Bistrian founded Roma Provisions, which provides a free pair of boots to poor children in Bistrian’s native Eastern Europe for every pair sold. Now, he has teamed up with other like-minded entrepreneurs such as Uga Beads, Love Nail Tree, Two Clay Hands and Project 7. The store also sells items by WORN, Pearl, Mishky and M Kenya Designs. Bistrian calls it “fashion on a mission.”
Also new at The Shops at Park Lane is REUSE Jeans from Laguna Beach, Calif., which opened next to the Aveda Institute. The eco-friendly shop offers a line of 80 percent recycled denim for men and women, including jeans, jackets, vests, skirts and shorts. REUSE is an acronym for “Recycle. Environment. U. Save. Earth.” It has boutiques throughout the country, and this is only its second flagship store.
Taco Joint to open in former Sol’s space
Taco Joint will open soon in the former Sol’s spot at Mockingbird and Abrams. This will be the second location for the restaurant that serves up cheap and tasty tacos, plus migas, potatoes, burritos and such. Taco Joint will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus beer and margaritas, seven days a week. The restaurant offers ground beef tacos on flour tortillas with yellow cheese and salsa. The best meal at this Austin-centric place is breakfast — migas, fajita and egg tacos, and the “great gordo,” a giant breakfast burrito with bacon, eggs, potatoes and cheese.
More business bits
1. The all-you-can-eat soup and salad restaurant Sweet Tomatoes is scheduled to open this month in the former Two Rows space in Old Town, sharing the building with Another Broken Egg.
2. Chick-fil-A has opened at Timbercreek Crossing.
3. Later this year, Total Wine and More is moving into the empty Office Max space on Central between Walnut Hill and Park Lane.
4. Alligator Café has closed its location on Live Oak and is currently preparing its new location in the former Frankie’s Lil Europe space in Casa Linda.