A popular slogan in Austin, Texas, reads: “Keep Austin Weird.” But what Austin does best is march to the beat of its own drummer (it is also one of the live music capitals of the world). This was evident in the recent event Chevy Shop Social: Austin.
No mall buying or Internet shopping here. Chevy Shop Social highlighted the hyper-local in the Texas capital, from the food trucks that provided the global cuisine to the curated gifts that bloggers and influencers chose in a day of shopping around town.
A Little Background on Chevy Shop Social
Chevrolet and She Buys Cars engaged a bunch of digerati to shop at local boutiques and craft stores, in different shopping districts around the city. From the shops along South Congress to the stores on 2nd Street, to downtown, the influencers gathered the best of the best, with $300 provided to them. Their haul was then raffled off in a benefit for two local organizations, I Live Here I Give Here and Health Alliance for Austin Musicians.
Boots for All in Texas
If you are in Texas, you are ditching the Converse and flats for cowboy boots and people in the know head straight to Allen’s Boots This Austin institution provided boxes of boots to use as raffle ticket collectors – and they even offered up a raffle item, a $250 gift certificate for a pair of boots, and a brunch of Allen’s swag.
Local Austin Eats
But man (and woman) does not live by boot alone. And a bag filled with goodies from Whole Foods, born in Austin, was a hugely popular raffle item. The mothership Whole Foods, in downtown, is in itself worth a visit to Austin.
And the influencers themselves were given reusable bags from Whole Foods (note to shoppers – stores do not give out plastic bags here; they are illegal) along with local snack food.
Chevy Shop Social featured an array of food trucks – a great way to sample local cuisine. If you haven’t experienced food trucks, this is the city to find them; they congregate on East 6th Street or South Congress and let picky eaters find exactly what they want. Don’t like Asian tapas? Head ‘next door’ to the truck with tacos, or the one with pizza, or creative sandwiches.
Feeding the Mind in Austin
Austin has a huge independent bookstore, Book People, which has great books for the whole family. The store also hosts events almost every day, from story times to family yoga sessions to puppet shows. If sitting on the floor for a reading with a kid gives you a back kink, there are chair massages. There is also a cafe that caters to food sensitivities.
So wean your kids off the chain stores and restaurants. Help keep Austin local.