Sunday, December 18, 2011

Austin Hipster

What is exactly and Austin hipster?
 Well, I guess my idea of an Austin hipster is the guy wearing a pashmina as a scarf, hula hooping with his friends next to the latest Shakespeare in the park performance.
Or lounging around Austin City Limits (one of the largest music festivals in the U.S.), drinking a cappuccino and taking-in the sun.

Urban Dictionary even has a definition for and Austin Hipster, but I'm not sure if I like the utterly negative view.
I actually like hipsters, although I have run into some that are quite a bit shyer that they look. It could be that their wardrobe needs to be a creative outlet?

I think that most of us at least want to be an Austin Hipster: a music epicenter with many styles to choose from, a lot of young people to be with, many artistic ways to express yourself via wardrobe, accessories and wacky activities.
The whole economy of the city is based on innovation. Case in point: SXSW one of the greatest media conventions in the world.

I think the hipster idea at least in Austin and other large Texan cities, is more about being able to be different and having a sort of license to be dorky, silly and have fun when you otherwise would be stared at for not looking and behaving in a normal way.
Remember that Texas is still a very conservative state and to be able to look different and express you opinions is not always welcomed in these areas and by older generations, mostly.

But the Austin Hipster will just enjoy a great cup of coffee while listening to her favorite local band and making bubbles at the edge of Travis Lake. Why ? why not.....

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Buc-ee's, the cult idol of rest stops

The most famous gas station/rest stop/ market/ souvenir shop in all of Texas.
I have seen Buc-ee's expand every year and I could totally predict them branching out even further than the Lone Start State.

Buc-ee's signs always have something clever to say in the billboards like "we got beaver fever", or "coffee good enough to sink your teeth in".
I think their road signs are the only marketing tool they have. It's unveliebable how little investment they've made and how fast the company has grown mostly due to word of mouth and a smart, strong image.


Some of Buc-ee's popularity goes for the products, of course: classic beef jerky, kolaches, pecans and other local Texas specialties. Other great benefit about stopping at Buc-ee's is the amazingly clean and super confortable penthouse suite bathrooms with all sort of sanitary precautions available.
They are the cleanest public restrooms I have ever seen in my life (granted, I've bever been to Japan or a Scandinavian country).
But one of the most prevailing and probably best seller is the buc-ee's t-shirt.
It's available in many colors: red, black, turquoise, pink and more. These shirts became instantly popular among high-school and college crowds and now you see them on every one: kids, dogs, and even as part of a costume. There are other cool beaver souvenirs that have come out as more and more people like to give these items as a gift or souvenir of their trip: key chains, pillows, blankets and monogram picture frames and more.

So for this and many other reasons I've chosen Buc-ee's as my first Texan Hipster post.
Hope you've enjoyed it.

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