10 LGBTQIA+ Owned Businesses to Support in Austin

Local LGBTQIA+ Owned Businesses to Support During Pride and Beyond

To celebrate Pride we’ve compiled a list of our favorite queer-owned businesses all around Austin. From cozy cafes to innovative startups, Austin offers a flourishing ecosystem where LGBTQIA+ entrepreneurs thrive, infusing their unique perspectives and talents into the local economy. Their continued contribution to Austin culture deserves year-round recognition, so make sure to continue your support through Pride and beyond! Join us on a journey to explore these small businesses that not only embrace diversity but also serve as beacons of empowerment, creativity, and community in our dynamic city.

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Austin’s Best Restaurants for Every Occasion | HMG Creative

If you’re anything like us, you know that living in a city with as much culinary excellence as Austin is both a blessing and a curse. Out of all the cities in the U.S., Austin was ranked number 2 for having the most exciting food scene, second only to L.A. (ok we’ll give you that, Californians). That means an endless list of options, guaranteed to infinitely delight and – at some point – strike you with the cruel plague of indecision.

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How to Celebrate a 2020 Christmas in Austin

Somehow, it is December already. Paddle boarding on Town Lake is giving way to warming up with hot cocoa, and Zilker Park is already lit for this year’s Trail of Lights. While 2020 has been far from normal, closing out the year with some familiar festivities might be just what we need to start off 2021 on the right foot. To get your celebration started, we’ve compiled some of the area’s best offerings for a 2020 Christmas in Austin. Continue…

HMG Recs: What We’ve Been Loving Lately

Many of us are still adjusting to the lifestyle of working from home and putting our social lives on pause. Our living rooms have turned into our gyms and our kitchen tables have become work stations. Let’s be honest, the most fun some of us are having is going to the grocery store twice a month. It can be really difficult to find a good work-life balance when our homes and our workspaces are morphed into one. It’s important that we take time out of our days to unwind and have some fun. So, we’ve come up with a few recommendations for some entertainment that we think you’ll love.

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The Ultimate Guide to Austin’s Outdoor Attractions

Austin is awesome – that secret has long been out. Between the many live music venues, artsy streets of downtown, the vibrant South Austin district, and the eclectic food scene, there is no shortage of excitement here. But just outside the city, and even threaded throughout it, mother nature has some incredible offerings of her own. Austin’s outdoor spaces perfectly compliment the city life, and allow visitors and locals alike countless ways to escape into refreshing waterways and dense greenery.

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SXSW is Canceled, Now What?

SXSW is canceled for the first time in 34 years and all of Austin (and what seems like the rest of the world) is scrambling. Whether you planned on working the festival or attending as a guest, you’ve probably suffered a loss in one way or another. For attendees, refunds won’t be available as the festival is expected to go on at a later date. However, there remains a financial uncertainty for many small businesses, vendors, artists, and freelancers who expected a large portion of their income to come from this event. As expected, Austinites have banded together in efforts to support those who are affected by this cancellation. Here’s how you can help:

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How You Can Help the Food + Drink Business in Austin Right Now

Since our last blog post regarding the COVID-19 virus, from March 13, 2020, we have seen the #socialdistancing phenomenon emerge, a recommendation to limit gatherings to 50 people and then to 10 people, and now we just have to stay inside. We’ve seen the closure of “non-essential” businesses across the country and already, we are seeing business closures and grocery store droughts happening across Austin. The City of Austin recently prohibited gatherings of over 10 people inside and outside (with the exception of governmental, educational, and medical spaces) and sit-ins at restaurants, bars, cafes, etc. Businesses are limited to providing to-go services only. Because Austin is a major hub for the food and drink industry, especially during the SXSW season, local businesses are suffering more than ever. As Austinites, we want to help as much as possible.

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HMG Creative Wants to Help

The world around us is different than it was yesterday. It is a frightening time for all of us, with the uncertainty of our health and well-being looming over our heads. For many people, it isn’t just our health that concerns us, but our jobs, businesses, and the state of the economy. All around us, it’s quiet. Restaurants, bars, and public spaces are empty. There’s no traffic on the streets. But if you turn on the television or log in to social media, the world seems louder than ever. We are transitioning our daily lives into the digital space, whether that means working from home or conducting business online. As a digital marketing agency, HMG Creative recognizes the need for businesses to communicate with customers and present themselves at their highest capabilities online right now. We want you to know we’re committed to doing our best to ensure that happens for you. Continue…

Seasonal Specials: Warm Drinks and Sweet Treats in ATX

The holiday season is in full-effect in Austin, TX! From the Trail of Lights at Zilker Park to the shops at 2nd Street District, it’s very merry all around. With colder weather and festive feelings comes seasonal specials on warm drinks and sweet treats. We looked into some of the best local coffee shops and bake shops to get the inside scoop on seasonal specials. We’ve listed a few dessert spots perfect for date night and coffee shops for those quick caffeine kicks before work.

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