‘Teen Mom’ star Farrah Abraham opens yogurt shop in Austin area

'Teen Mom' star Farrah Abraham opened her new frozen yogurt store in Lakeway on Tuesday. (Ricardo B. Brazziell photo / American-Statesman)
‘Teen Mom’ star Farrah Abraham opened her new frozen yogurt store in Lakeway on Tuesday. (Ricardo B. Brazziell photo / American-Statesman)

“Teen Mom OG,” “Teen Mom” and “16 and Pregnant” star Farrah Abraham celebrated her 25th birthday in style Tuesday night by opening the doors to her new frozen yogurt shop in Lakeway.

That’s right, frozen yogurt.

The “momtrepreneur” – get it? – first announced plans for a Froco in Central Texas nearly two years ago. At the time, it was slated to be on South Congress Avenue.

But as the months passed, plans changed. Instead of SoCo, Froco wound up at 2127 Lohmans Crossing Road, in the Lake Travis area.

“I will say it has been a long road,” Abraham said. “I almost gave up on opening my brand I created after dealing with many bad developers and dead-end location searches. Like every start-up and business owner, the journey is never easy and my journey building an awesome lifestyle brand like Froco was not easy given what I wanted out of an outstanding location.”

A one-time adult film star who also worked at an Austin strip club, Abraham calls her latest venture “very family friendly.”

She says the idea came to her after a doctor insisted she start eating better.

It’s “about having fresh and frozen healthy food options,” Abraham said in a news release.

The yogurt shop doesn’t have a website just yet, but look for it soon at FrocoFreshFrozen.com. Future plans call for a mix of corporate and franchised Froco locations in Texas and Abraham’s new home, California, as well as elsewhere across the country.

Abraham also said she plans to open two more businesses in Lakeway later this year: Furnished By Farrah, a furniture store, and Sophia Laurent Children’s Boutique, which will sell – you guessed it – children’s products.

Your guide to Memorial Day weekend in Austin

Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Cemetery hosted its annual Memorial Day service Monday morning at the cemetery. The event included the placing of wreaths at a memorial plot; guest speaker Ken Wallingford, veteran liaison of the Texas Veterans Land Board; and a 21-gun salute by the Camp Mabry and VFW District 28 honor guards. Pictured: Dane and Austin Alvarez of Pflugerville play with American flags during the event. MARCIAL GUAJARDO/PFLUGERVILLE PFLAG
Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Cemetery hosted its annual Memorial Day service Monday morning at the cemetery. The event included the placing of wreaths at a memorial plot; guest speaker Ken Wallingford, veteran liaison of the Texas Veterans Land Board; and a 21-gun salute by the Camp Mabry and VFW District 28 honor guards. Pictured: Dane and Austin Alvarez of Pflugerville play with American flags during the event. MARCIAL GUAJARDO/PFLUGERVILLE PFLAG

There’s nothing standing between you and what could be the best Memorial Day weekend ever. A day set aside to honor the men and women who have died serving our country, it also serves as a pre-summer celebration of our country’s freedom. If you’ll be in Austin this upcoming (unfortunately, possibly rainy) weekend, check out some of the possible activities below:

Not sure what you’re going to eat this weekend, and weather dampening your grill plans? Here are a few tasty options and tips:

No matter what you find yourself doing this weekend, be sure to wear sunscreen, watch the kids around the pool and celebrate the sacrifices others have made to keep America free.

25 reasons why Texans love H-E-B

HEB Buddy the mascot high-fives the Cleveland Triplets as they enjoy their Thanksgiving meal at the 26th annual HEB Feast of Sharing was held at the Palmer Events Center Tuesday evening November 24, 2015. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN
HEB Buddy the mascot high-fives the Cleveland Triplets as they enjoy their Thanksgiving meal at the 26th annual HEB Feast of Sharing was held at the Palmer Events Center Tuesday evening November 24, 2015.
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“No store does more” than many Texans’ favorite grocery store: H-E-B. There might even be stats to prove it.

In February, the American Customer Satisfaction Index ranked H-E-B third among grocery chains, nationally. And when the store set its sights on prime property in South Austin, we thought it was time to scour social media for some reasons why Texans might love the store so dang much.

1. For starters, H-E-B is a Texas original. State pride goes a long way.

2. H-E-B’s “generic” brand items are fan favorites.

3. Not to mention, there are all those Texas-shaped items.

4. Creamy Creations. For some, the hometown treat is #dessertgoals.

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5. Giant. Vats. Of hummus.

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6. Because sometimes a bird gets into the store and everyone loses it.

7. The San Antonio Spurs love it too.

8. Speaking of, Taste of San Antonio coffee.

9. H-E-Buddy. For the kids, ya know?

10. You can always find your favorite Mexican candies.

11. Sometimes you just need the right cut of meat.

12. The shelves upon shelves of pan dulce.

13. While you’re grabbing a concha …

14. … don’t forget to compliment the bakery workers on their mean sheet cakes.

15. For at least one guy, that fresh tortilla stand is a shining beacon in this sometimes dark world.

16. So much beer, you have to say something about it.

17. Cheap entertainment.

18. H-E-B stocks team gear for your local high schools or universities. Hook ‘Em! 

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19. Coupons make the wallet happy.

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20. Those deals even have a name: Combo Loco.

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21. Know what else Texans like? Whataburger fries, spicy ketchup and mustard.

22. Because sushi is casually available mid-shop.

23. The H-E-B Organics line … people are passionate, let’s say.

24. Play your cards right and hit all the food and wine samples for free lunch.

25. And just like Texas, here everything’s just bigger.

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These people love the Lone Star State’s go-to grocer. But are they willing to honor their beloved with a tattoo?

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Remember Nau’s Enfield Drug? Tell us

Nau's Enfield Drug on Tuesday May 24, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Nau’s Enfield Drug on Tuesday May 24, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Nau’s Enfield Drug, with its mint green paint job and big windows, has been at its current corner since 1951. As the American-Statesman’s Ken Herman put it in a recent piece about a neighborhood battle the store has become involved in:

“A place like Nau’s makes you feel better about plunking down your cash or picking up your prescription. It’s a reminder of a less-corporate past, which is what helps make it a neighborhood treasure.”

Were you a customer who frequented the store’s still-active soda fountain many years ago? Or a younger local who finds something satisfying about foregoing brightly lit alternatives like CVS and Walgreens and filling a prescription at Nau’s?

MORE PHOTOS: Nau’s Enfield Drug

Share your memories of the slice-of-the-past drug store with us by commenting on this blog post, commenting on our Facebook or tweeting us @statesman. Read what a few readers had to say below:

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Austinites tell Alamo Drafthouse’s Tim League what they think of his gender neutral bathrooms

DURHAM, NC - MAY 11: A gender neutral sign is posted outside a bathrooms at Oval Park Grill on May 11, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina. Debate over transgender bathroom access spreads nationwide as the U.S. Department of Justice countersues North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory from enforcing the provisions of House Bill 2 (HB2) that dictate what bathrooms transgender individuals can use. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)
A gender neutral sign is posted outside a bathrooms at Oval Park Grill on May 11, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina. Debate over transgender bathroom access spreads nationwide as the U.S. Department of Justice countersues North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory from enforcing the provisions of House Bill 2 (HB2) that dictate what bathrooms transgender individuals can use. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)

On Tuesday, Alamo Drafthouse CEO and founder Tim League took to Facebook to share plans for a possible gender neutral restroom for Alamo’s new Mueller location. Then League opened the social media floodgates and told all of Facebook “any feedback you may have would be greatly appreciated.” The post has since been shared around 800 times and garnered over 2,000 likes.

There wasn’t a lack of comments, either. People spoke up to echo many of the opinions and takes the debate has incited nationwide. Some, however, commented more specifically on the actual proposed bathroom layout — which, it turns out, is all League was looking for to begin with. Another Facebook post Wednesday clarified:

“My intent on the previous post was to discuss architectural design details for the proposed bathroom. But as to “taking sides,” I have taken a side. My side is that bigotry and the associated violence and/or shaming stemming from your choice of stall is unacceptable.”

WATCH: Transgender bathroom battle: what’s next for Central Texas?

Some people offered suggestions to improve on League’s plan:

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While others, less enthused with League’s proposal, pointed out what they saw as failings:

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Others commended League and Alamo Drafthouse for taking a clear stand and exploring possible accommodations:

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The majority of Facebook comments reflected a big thumbs up to the possible bathroom layout:

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Here’s what people were saying on Twitter:

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League’s Facebook post came a day before Governor Greg Abbott confirmed that Attorney General Ken Paxton intends to sue President Barack Obama’s administration over a directive that schools allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice. 10 other states have joined Texas in announcing they will also sue.

READ: Top Texas Republicans gird for transgender bathroom fight

Send us your graduation photos

High school seniors: What are your plans for after graduation? Are you going to college? Straight into the workforce? Or are you taking a gap year to get some world experience before you continue your education? We want to know!

See photos: University of Texas graduation

Send us your graduation photos along with a caption identifying your post- high school plans. (Just don’t get hit by a flying graduation cap trying to take the photo.)

Cedar Creek High School graduation Bastrop School District photo for Bastrop Advertiser June 5, 2015
Cedar Creek High School graduation Bastrop School District photo for Bastrop Advertiser June 5, 2015

The pictures might be featured in a gallery on our site. Just send them by email at readerphotos@statesman.com, or message them on our Facebook page or tweet them @statesman.

See photos: 2015 high school graduations

And congratulations to the Class of 2016!

 

What people are saying about Whole Foods’ first 365 store

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Whole Foods Market hosted a pre-opening party in its parking lot Sunday for its first 365 store in Los Angeles suburb Silver Lake, Calif. Credit: Whole Foods Market

Austin-based Whole Foods Market debuted their first of their new line of smaller, value-driven stores today and so far, the retailer has garnered one basic necessity for a successful launch: buzz.

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The retailer, in an experiment to fend off competitors and inject new life into its earnings,  opened its first 365 by Whole Foods Market at 9 a.m. Pacific time (11 a.m. local) in the Los Angeles suburb of Silver Lake, Calif.

So far, the reviews have been positive in everything from the first previews of the store to customers who slammed the new location today. Los Angeles-centric website LAist.com raved “the future is here” in a preview look of the store.

“If the San Andreas fault goes and we lose our civilization, I pray that at least the new Silver Lake 365 by Whole Foods Market will be preserved as is and fossilized like Pompeii, so someday, someone can uncover it and see what life was like for young, upwardly-mobile urbanites in 2016,” the local blog said.

Other fans also had high marks for their first visit into the store Wednesday morning as lines of customers waited for the doors to open.

Preview photos of the new store show more deals, lower shelves, a smaller curated selection of goods along with traditional, albeit smaller sections of produce, frozen goods, non-perishable goods, bakery items and alcohol. Pictures show digital efforts will have a large presence at the store, with ordering kiosks in some sections showing products and pricing.

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Digital efforts will have a strong presence in 365 stores. Credit: Whole Foods Market

The store is described as decorated in playful signage over a series of stations that include a refrigerated section of kombuchas, a cheese section, an Allegro Coffee Company and self-serve kiosk hosted by Toronto brand teaBot, where users can make their own tea blend as well as a New York-based vegan eatery called by Chloe.

Some of the preview pics show in the self-serve section a small 6-ounce container of soup selling for $3, while a 16-ounce container was $5, a small oatmeal for $2 or a large for $3 and pizza slices selling for $3 each or $5 for two slices. Pics also show some higher-priced items, such as a bottle of Veuve Clicquot luxury champagne selling for more than $40.

The opening of the first 365 by Whole Foods Market store is slated to be followed by a second store in Lake Oswego, Ore., near Portland on July 14 and a third location in Bellevue, Wash., near Seattle in August.

Company leaders have said they hope the 365 stores will help the retailer shake off its “Whole Paycheck” nickname with lower prices, while drawing millennial and older shoppers alike and injecting new life into the Whole Foods’ earnings. Whole Foods is one of Austin’s highest-profile companies, with 86,000 workers in 449 stores worldwide and about 2,500 employees in Central Texas.

To drum up excitement for the launch of its new chain, Whole Foods hosted a “Party in the Parking Lot” on Sunday that hosted free samples from suppliers, local food trucks, carnival games and live music.

“It’s been amazing. The buzz around the opening of our first store has overwhelmingly positive,” Jeff Turnas, president of 365 by Whole Foods Market, said ahead of Wednesday’s launch. “For over a year, this new concept has been taking shape and now to finally see it all come together is a wonderfully rewarding experience for everyone involved.”

Whole Foods says, it has signed 19 leases for its 365 stores, with at least 10 of those to open in 2017, including a Cedar Park location. Future store locations include several more Los Angeles suburbs, along with Houston, Evergreen Park, Ill., Cincinnati, Bloomington, Ind.; Decatur, Ga; and Gainesville, Fla.

Turnas has said the company expects a strong consumer turnout for the first 365 store opening.

“We’re expecting a great turnout with lots of smiling faces ready to shop,” Turnas said. “It will be a day of discovery – new tastes, new foods and an entirely new grocery shopping experience.”

After years as the organic foods leader, Whole Foods has seen traditional supermarkets, big-box stores and online retailers chip away at its market share.

By early 2016, Whole Foods saw its stock fall following a series of disappointing earnings reports. But this year, co-founder and co-CEO John Mackey has said, would be different, thanks to a new game plan that includes 365, among other efforts.

The 25,000- to 35,000- square-foot 365 stores will compete with the likes of Trader Joe’s, Sprouts and other smaller format brands. Whole Foods traditional stores average 40,000 to 50,000 square feet.

Watch: Nation’s youngest Spelling Bee contestant is 6-year-old Texas boy

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Akash Vukoti spelled his first word (“spoon”) at about the same age that most kids say their first word. As the 6-year-old recounted to Vox, “I was very little, about one and a half. My uncle gave me a spoon…and that’s it. That’s how it started.”

Things moved pretty swiftly after that first spoon, however. His parents caught on to his talents and signed him up for his first spelling bee a year later. Here’s a very cute picture of what a 2-year-old looks like competing in a spelling bee:

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A year after that (that’s 3 years old, mind you) Vukoti was inducted into the high-IQ society Mensa, Tech Insider reports. And just to bring us completely up to speed on what is assuredly a resume far more impressive than yours, Vukoti can now speak three languages and will be the youngest competitor at this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee — the second-youngest being two 8-year-olds.

Vukoti also appeared on Steve Harvey’s “Little Big Shots,” which features pocket-sized guests with notable talents and personalities. He out-spelled Harvey — but not without first giggling at the meaning of “derriere.”

Outside of spelling, Vukoti likes dancing and “swimming in the pool.” He lives with his parents and sister in San Angelo, where his mom home-schools him. In videos posted of him online, he is, like most 6-year-olds, adorably fidgety but doesn’t hesitate to demand alternate pronunciations.

Although the majority of kids Vukoti will be competing against in the National Spelling Bee are twice his age, he repeatedly assures interviewers he isn’t especially nervous.

You can watch Vukoti and the other 284 Scripps competitors spell their way to victory starting today on ESPN. Here’s to hoping Vukoti is asked his “favorite word” at some point in the competition: “pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.”

How old are you again?

UT graduate gets hit by a graduation cap on her way into real world

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UT alumna Meagan Richards graduated from the university on May 21, 2016. Photo via Meagan Richards/@meagnacarta

Sometimes life gives you lemons, and sometimes it throws a graduation cap in your face on graduation day.

Meagan Richards, who just graduated from UT this weekend with a degree in African and African Diaspora Studies, was at the school’s annual graduation fireworks ceremony when irony struck her right on the head.

As students stood before the Tower and threw their graduation caps into the air, Richards was recording it all on her phone. Then, at the perfect moment, a cap came soaring straight toward her and hit her by surprise.

Unhurt and having found the incident “hilarious,” she posted the video to Twitter where it’s received more than 22,000 likes.

Congrats, grad!

Texas outlaws Bonnie and Clyde killed by police 82 years ago today

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Police, bankers and store owners alike rested a little easier 82 years ago today, after notorious Texas criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were shot and killed by Texas and Louisiana police while driving a stolen car. According to History, the pair earned themselves a “Robin Hood” reputation in part due to their romantic relationship (which can be glimpsed in the joking photos they took of themselves), their stint helping prisoners break out of jail and the fact that of the 13 deaths they are thought to be responsible for, nine of them were police officers.

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 Courtesy of Sandy Jones/ National Museum of Crime and Punishment

Parker and Barrow began a two-year streak of robberies in 1932 after Barrow was released from jail where he was serving time for murder. The pair, with the help of numerous accomplices, traversed Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, New Mexico and Louisiana, robbing stores and banks along the way.

FILE--This is an undated file photo of bandits Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. Fugitives from Texas prison breakouts have rarely gotten very far, including notorious Depression-era bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde, and corrections officials say that leaves little doubt they'll get seven who escaped last month and are accused of killing a police officer. The biggest concern is not ``when'' but ``how'' the seven will be captured; they're armed with dozens of guns and flush with some $70,000 they took from asporting goods store where the officer was killed on Christmas Eve. (AP Photo/ File) ORG XMIT: NY115
An undated file photo of bandits Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. (AP Photo/ File)

Texas Police Captain Frank Hamer was placed on the case and finally tracked the two down after a three-month search. Police staked out a Louisiana country road and killed Parker and Barrow in a storm of bullets early in the morning of May 23, 1934.

READ: A brief history of Texas prison breaks