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Inside Austin (Jul 9th, 2019)

Wednesday expect sunny skies with a high/low of 98/78. Thursday expect thunderstorms with a high/low of 96/78. 

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Hello, 

I hope you had a great holiday weekend! I’m excited to share what’s happening around Austin. 

Currently, we have 1,465 subscribers, making us almost halfway to 3,000 — when I can add a third publishing day to the weekly rotation. If you see something cool in an issue would you mind passing it along? I’d like to expand our community and share more news. 

If you have ideas for me, shoot me an email at holly@inside.com. 

Now, onto the latest: 

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1. Austin has made a name for itself as an affordable tech hub, but with office space in demand, rent prices have surged 43.7 percent over the last year, rivaling Silicon Valley pricing. At the end of June, larger tech companies such as Apple, Google, Facebook, Oracle and Amazon, occupied 9.2 million square feet of office space in the city, which is eight times the amount they had in 2014. The affordable rent made Austin attractive for big tech companies and startups and has led to a booming economy, but housing costs could be the next to rise. — FORBES

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2. Dating service Match has named Austin men the “worst behaved men” in the country based on the results of their Singles in America Survey. According to the survey, Austin men are 347 percent more likely to constantly check their phone on a first date, 549 percent more likely to ghost (disappear without notice) 400 percent more likely to breadcrumb (stay in touch on social media with no intent of dating) and 297 percent more likely to come back as a zombie (reappears after ghosting). Match surveyed 5,000 people in the country, but it’s unknown how many of those were in Austin and what the demographics were. Is this true? Send me your thoughts at holly@inside.com. — KXAN

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3. Jargon Watch: Kolache. When you must venture out of Texas, it’ll be hard to find breakfast tacos or kolaches, but why? Kolaches (pronounced ko-lah-chee) came to America in the mid-1800s after immigrants ventured here from Central Europe. They settled in the hills and prairies of Texas, and brought their traditional kolaches to share. 

Traditional kolaches are made of yeast dough and stuffed with fruit and cheese; think ricotta and strawberries or plum jam with cream cheese. These were often seen as a midday snack. Rumor has it, Texans are the ones who decided to make kolaches with sausage, cheese and jalapeños. Kolache purists say these are actually klobasniky, not kolaches. There are several spots to grab these sweet and savory goodies, but some favorites are Angel Donuts, Lone Star Kolaches and Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches. — NY TIMES

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4. Stay cool, Austin: Take a dip in one of the most popular swimming holes in the Barton Creek Greenbelt at Twin Falls. Twin Falls (3918 MoPac Expy) even has a rope swing and a jumping rock, but you can also sunbathe. It has been known to dry up when rain is scarce and it’s best to visit during off-peak hours. But, keep this one on your list for early fall and take a refreshing swim after it rains. — AUSTIN LOCAL

Know of a hot spot to cool off? Hit reply and let me know.

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5. Austinites can take out their anger safely in the 512 Rage Room, meant for smashing junk of all sorts. Recreate the scene from “Office Space” or go after larger items such as a piano or a car, if you’re really mad. — CULTURE MAP

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6. Lyft and C3 have partnered to provided discounted rides for ticket holders headed to C3 venues in hopes of easing traffic and parking congestion. Ticket holders for events at Scoot Inn, Stubb’s and Emo’s should expect an email with the ride discounts prior to the show. — PATCH

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7. See photos and video of all the local firework displays from July fourth celebrations, all posted on Instagram. I saw the show on Lady Bird Lake, which resulted in many cheers from the crowd. — AUSTIN MONTHLY 

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8. Rover.com — the largest network of pet sitters and dog walkers — has launched in-home grooming services in Austin. Pet owners can avoid trips to the grooming salon, drop-offs and pick-ups, because Rover.com groomers bring a complete pop-up salon to the house. — PATCH

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9. The Secret Bar at the W Austin has made a name for itself after its creative “Grinch” theme in December, but this month it’s honoring the latest pop culture craze: “Stranger Things.” Enjoy themed cocktails and snacks, such as Bagel Bites, drinks in Capri-Sun pouches and a martini garnished with an Eggo. — AUSTIN 360

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10. The Magnolia Hotel in Seguin — the most-haunted hotel in Texas — will accept overnight guests beginning Aug. 12. Built in 1840, 13 spirits have been identified within the hotel and there are no refunds for getting too frightened. — MAGNOLIA HOTEL 

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Holly’s Austin Adventures: Frozen Custard 

It wouldn’t be a proper Texas summer without a few frozen treats. Personally, frozen custard is my weakness. I spent summers in high school and college scooping the stuff, serving it in waffle cones and sundaes. It’s egg-base makes it a richer alternative to ice cream, which is milk-based. And it is delicious. 

I live fairly close to a Culver’s, which has a different flavor of the day — from brownie batter to caramel cashew. I see it on the sign when I drive home from yoga, and there’s usually an audible gasp at how delicious it sounds. If you want a specialty flavor and/or a waffle cone, go to Culver’s. But if you want a strawberry shortcake sundae, you must venture to Andy’s, which I do at least once per summer. 

I head to the Andy’s in Pflugerville, which is near the library I go to. Sunday, I ate a strawberry shortcake sundae for dinner, because Texas. You really can’t go back to store-bought shortcakes after you’ve had one of the homemade biscuit-like ones in an Andy’s sundae. So, you can imagine my delight when I saw that a new Andy’s location will be opening on West Parker, just blocks away from where I live. I already feel guilty for all of the frozen custard I’ll be eating this year. 

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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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