“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.”
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.
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:
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?
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.”
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.
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!
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.
“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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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:
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.