Meet our Burnet Rd. neighbors

Have you visited the Burnet Road area lately? It’s buzzing with new eateries and all sorts of great new developments. Since we have to leave the vibrant South Congress district, the more I learn about the Burnet Road area, the more I’m certain it’s a perfect place to grow. With its eclectic mix of locally owned shops and restaurants, it boasts a similar vibe as South Congress yet has tremendous potential to expand our fair trade mission.

Our new location at 4803 Burnet Road, on the southern end of Burnet is situated smack-dab in the middle of Noble Sandwich Co and Fork & Taco. Both restaurants get rave reviews from taco lovers and foodies around the nation, and the customer service rocks (something I especially appreciate working in retail).

Darren, who I met at Noble, shared how much he loves the vibe, “It’s growing so quickly and it’s fun to be a part of the energy.”

Last week Noble started opening for dinner and now offer happy hour Monday through Friday. Personally, I’m a fan of their ham-hock and grits (pictured below). I just can’t get enough of their grits. Another feature that makes Noble distinctive is the Dr. Pepper sign out front. It’s a ghost sign. Previously hidden, they discovered it during construction and made it a part of their facade. See other Austin ghost signs here.

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Fork & Taco was the next stop on “my meet the neighbors tour.” I chatted with Jeff about the neighborhood and business on Burnet. I loved his attitude about the potential increase in traffic once Ten Thousand Villages moves there. His family has visited our South Congress location several times and his kids love to play the musical instruments.

Last week we had a staff meeting there, see our delicious tacos below.

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Fitness Doctors rounds out the block. I’ve visited with co-founder Sarah, by phone a few times.  She’s a super star and so is her dog who was voted one of “Austin’s Fittest Dogs” in 2010. Read more in the Austin Business Journal here.

There it is. You can eat, get fit and buy all your favorite fair trade gifts at the 4800 block of Burnet Road. To learn more about the exciting happenings of Burnet Road, visit this Burnet Rd blog. And:

We’re thrilled with the potential of this relocation, but we’re still facing challenges because of unexpected build-out expenses. If you’re compelled to donate and support the fair trade mission, any amount will make a difference. Please visit our fundraising page today!

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