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Inside Austin (Jun 25th, 2019)

Wednesday expect sunny skies with a high/low of 93/73. Thursday expect partly cloudy skies with a high/low of 94/72.

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Thanks for reading Inside Austin every week. Right now, we publish every Tuesday and Thursday, but the more readers we get, the more often I can publish. So, if you really enjoy reading, would you pass this along to a potential subscriber? Thank you! 

Please send me an email at Holly@inside.com if you have something you’d like to see in an issue. 

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1. H-E-B acquired Favor — a food delivery startup — in February 2018, with the hope of growing it along with H-E-B’s delivery and curbside services. Now that it’s happened, H-E-B opened a split office space in East Austin where Favor staff members can work on separate initiatives or collaborate when needed. Currently, the open-space office (with no private offices, but has a rock wall) has 400 employees, and will soon hold 650. It’s decorated with pieces from Texas artists and throwback decor from older H-E-B brands. — TEXAS MONTHLY

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2. According to “Entrepreneur” guest writer Tiffany Delmore, Austin’s brand presence is completely on-point, and brands in need of boosting should take note. As a city, Delmore says, Austin uses individuality, creativity, diversity and uniqueness to its advantage which is why tourism is up and our local economy is thriving. Other brands can take a tip from ATX by making sure their companies include everyone, partner well with others and to be genuine. After all, Austin isn’t weird because it’s cool, we’re weird because we’re true to ourselves. — ENTREPRENEUR 

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3. By the Numbers: Friday marked the first day of summer and Austin has yet to hit 100 degrees... but we still have a long way to go. Don’t make any bets just yet. In 2011, there were 90 days that hit at least 100 degrees, which is the most in one year so far. On average, Austin starts getting into the 100-degree territory June 29 and Sept. 1 usually marks the end of those temperatures. 

May 4, 1984, is the earliest day of the year Austin ever hit 100 degrees, while the latest day on record is October 2, 1938. Years without ever hitting 100 degrees include 1904, 1906-1908, 1919, 1968, 1973, 1975, 1979 and 1987. — KVUE

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4. Stay cool, Austin: Campbell’s Hole (Barton Creek) is the perfect place to stop on the Greenbelt. It’s popular, especially in the afternoons, and will be the first swimming hole to dry up before summer’s end. Take a dip in the cool water or grab a spot on one of its surrounding rocks. 

Located about one mile upstream from the Barton Springs Pool, downstream from the Spyglass trail head, or access it from the east side of the creek via the Homedale trail head. — CURBED AUSTIN

Know of a hot spot to cool off? Hit reply or send me an email at holly@inside.com.

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5. The Alamo Drafthouse has unveiled a Season Pass Beta program for unlimited movies with a monthly fee; you can add your name to the waitlist for a chance to purchase a Season Pass. — KXAN

6. There’s finally a list of 24 places to day drink in Austin — from coffee to martinis, with free WiFi — no matter who you are. — EATER AUSTIN

7. VIDEO: Kween KeeKee — a 9-year-old local drag queen — told his third-grade teacher he wanted to be “gender creative” when he grows up. — ABC

8. Combine outdoor flow yoga and beer this Sunday at Topgolf, complete with a live DJ. The yoga and first beer is free. — ALL EVENTS

9. See a performance of “For Colored Boyz” — a choreopoem inspired by the stories of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and Trayvon Martin — at The Mosaic Theatre July 13-14. — BROADWAY WORLD

10. Brace yourselves, Longhorns. United Airlines added nonstop flights from Baton Rouge, LA to Austin for the weekend of the UT v. LSU football game. Let the rivalry continue! — WAFB

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Holly’s Austin Adventures: Finding the Best Açaí 

This summer, I’m on a mission to find Austin’s best smoothies, açaí bowls, smoothie bowls... anything chilly to make the heat bearable. So far, my favorite smoothie is the Honey Beary at JuiceLand: includes blueberries, peanut butter and honey, which tastes like a grown-up peanut butter and jelly. 

As for açaí, I like The Sesher at Blenders and Bowls: includes chocolate almond milk and bananas, topped with hemp granola and raisins. While both of these items will never get old, I know Austin is full of smoothie shops and fresh fruit carts just waiting to be blended. Here’s my list of places to try: 

Where do you get your favorite fruit-based treats in Austin? Where should I go first and what’s the best thing on the menu? Shoot me an email at Holly@inside.com! 

Meanwhile, I whipped up a smoothie bowl at home with a cup of frozen mixed berries, 1/2 cup of vanilla almond milk, and a dash of spirulina blended and then topped with chia seeds, honey granola, almonds, shredded coconut, and sliced kiwi. Cheers! 

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Inside Austin was written and curated by Holly A. Phillips. Holly has a passion for storytelling and uses her craft to promote brands around the world. She is a Blogging Instructor at the University of Texas at Austin and is always looking for a new adventure. Keep up with her on her blog Thebitterlemon.com or on Twitter at @orangejulius7.

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside), David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology), and Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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