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The Best 7 Minutes You’ll Spend Today

Posted on Dec 16, 2014 by

With the year coming to a close, 2014 “round-up” posts are taking over our social media feeds. We’ve seen a few good ones here and there, but we’ve got to say this one shared by Mashable takes the cake. We got an adrenaline rush from the first minute alone! Also go check the best shaver for men .

If you have a couple (seven-ish) minutes, watch this compilation of 223 viral videos that took over the internet this past year. Well done, YouTube.

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Uniquely Austin Date Ideas: Winter & Spring Edition

Uniquely Austin Date Ideas: Winter & Spring Edition

Posted on Dec 02, 2014 by

As a follow-up to my previous article that shared some Austin-y date ideas for summer and fall, here are a few of my local picks for nights out these upcoming winter months as well as some ideas to look forward to for spring.

Winter:

Decorate a Christmas tree along Highway 360. This excursion includes a trip to the nearest Hobby Lobby or Michaels to scoop up the most obnoxious (or cute) Christmas décor you can find. Find a good-looking tree along the highway and go to town with the ornaments and tinsel. Afterward, keep the Christmas spirit going by sharing a spiked hot chocolate or coffee drink from Halcyon.

Brave the Ice Rink at Whole Foods. If you’re confident in your ice skating abilities, head to the upstairs deck of Whole Foods downtown and skate around the miniature outdoor rink they set up each season. It’s kinda cheesy and always a little crowded but definitely a good time. Hand-holding is pretty much guaranteed.

Image via halyconaustin.com

Image via halyconaustin.com

Get cozy with S’mores and CoffeeHalcyon is a hip coffeehouse in the warehouse district that serves the perfect combination of coffee and boozy beverages. Have the s’mores for 2, listen to the live music if there’s a band playing and enjoy the people watching if the convo takes a turn for the worse. I’m a fan of the Long Island Iced Coffee.

Watch a movie with your feet up at Violet Crown Cinema on 2nd Sreet. Violet Crown shows indie and award- winning flicks and offers a full bar and food menu to enjoy during the films. The best part about this theater though is the front-row seats: Reclining leather chairs with ottomans.

Image via bonappetit.com

Image via bonappetit.com

 

Warm up with some Japanese soul food at Ramen Tatsu-Ya. This spot up north is one of my favorites and I cannot wait until they open their south location. The prices are great, the Ramen is delicious, and drink selection is unique. Being the brainchild of two local DJ’s-turned-chefs, a great atmosphere and good vibes are a given. There’s usually a line outside the door to get in, but don’t let that deter you – it moves quickly!

 

 Spring:

Catch a Buzz at the Spoetzel Brewery. Did you know one of Austin’s favorite beers has been brewed just a few hours outside of the city since 1909? Put on a good playlist and enjoy the mini road trip south to Shiner, TX. The Spoetzel Brewery is open for tours Monday through Friday, during which you can gain a little beer knowledge while you sip on some of your favorite Shiner flavors. Did I mention the tour and tastings are free? Prosit!

Photo by Flickr user Layla Blackshear

Photo by Flickr user Layla Blackshear

Nerd out over Old School Video Games at Pinballz Arcade. Grab a 6-pack or a bottle of wine (it’s BYOB) and enjoy countless hours of flirty competition over your favorite classic arcade games. You don’t have to be a serious gamer to enjoy the over-200 games of every type – from hundreds of pinball machines to PacMan to Air Hockey. You’ll have a hard time getting bored in this place.

Create or hunt for local art in an #atxfreeartfriday adventure. ATX Free Art Friday is a weekly citywide art scavenger hunt that anyone can participate in. To play, collaborate with your date and create a new piece of art. Hide it somewhere in the city for others to find – by posting a photo clue to Instagram with the hashtag #atxfreeartfriday. If you’re not feeling super creative and just want to hunt for art – that’s cool too! You’ll have fun searching around the city with your date and (hopefully) end up with a rad new piece of local art.

Commit to an Overnight Adventure and Go Glamping in Marfa, TX. If you’re feeling a little wanderlust and ready to commit to a weekend getaway with your date, go ahead and reserve a teepee or safari tent at El Cosmico in Marfa, TX. You’ll appreciate the romance of the laid-back and culture-packed town. The locals are friendly, the art galleries are impressive, and the desert night sky is gorgeous. Your Instagram feed and your date will thank you.

Photo via lakeflato.com

Photo via lakeflato.com

Rent Bikes and Cruise around the city. The weather is warm, your date is gorgeous, and the day is beautiful. Sounds like the perfect occasion to rent a couple cruisers from Barton Springs Bike Rental and take a rolling tour around the bike-friendly city. While you’re in the neighborhood, stop by Juiceland for a refreshing and healthy pick-me-up.

What are some of your favorite local date spots? Fill me in with a comment below – I’m always looking for new ideas!

 

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10 Things We’re Thankful For

10 Things We’re Thankful For

Posted on Nov 24, 2014 by

With the holiday season already upon us, the team at HMG wanted to take a little time out to reflect on this past year and share what we have to be thankful for (a lot!).

First and foremost, health, happiness and the support of our family and friends cannot go unmentioned. We are a team that is lucky to have a steadfast support base and we couldn’t do all we do without you!

Here’s what else we’re thankful for, in no particular order:

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THANK YOU – We Won a FAVE!

Posted on Nov 17, 2014 by

You probably heard us buzzing about votes a few weeks ago and we’re pleased to announce the hard work paid off! This past weekend we had the honor of winning an Austin Young Chamber’s FAVE Award for FAVE Professional Services Company for the 2nd year in a row! We are unbelievably thankful for everyone’s support and votes – we truly couldn’t have done it without you.

The FAVE Awards are presented annually by Austin Young Chamber to recognize local companies in 16 different categories that cater to young professionals in the Austin area. We were honored to share our category this year with four other great local businesses: Courreges PC, De Leon & Washburn, P.C., Simply Sold, and The Hanley Law Firm.

The award ceremony this year was a fun swanky event held in the Radisson Hotel ballroom with an awesome after party hosted by the Belmont. We had a great time attending and couldn’t be more thrilled and appreciative for the win.

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The Power of Print Marketing

The Power of Print Marketing

Posted on Nov 05, 2014 by

There have been whispers and even yells in recent years that with the onslaught of digital marketing tactics that print “is dead” as a marketing medium. However, any smart marketer would tell you that the old school medium is in fact alive and thriving. You just need to know how to leverage its power. Let’s discuss a few features of print marketing that make it more powerful now than ever:

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Cast Your Vote – #HMG4FAVE!

Cast Your Vote – #HMG4FAVE!

Posted on Oct 08, 2014 by

It’s that time of year again friends, the Austin Young Chamber’s FAVE Awards are back! Each fall the FAVE awards recognize local Austin businesses in a variety of categories and this year the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on November 14th.  As you can imagine, we’re so excited to have been nominated again and would love the honor of a back-to-back win – but we need YOUR help!

The ballot is now open for voting and it only takes a few seconds to complete. We’re nominated under the FAVE Professional Services Company, but feel free to cast your vote in as many or few categories as you like – we’ve been nominated alongside some awesome local organizations.

If you do vote, let us know! Give us a shout-out that you voted using the hashtag #HMG4FAVE on our Twitter or Facebook page and we’ll draw a winner to receive a fun Austin prize package. We sincerely appreciate your vote!

Cast Your Vote Now!