Check out this delightfully quirky antique shop, bed & breakfast for sale outside of Austin

Want to open your own antique shop? How about your own bed and breakfast? Want to live there, too?

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This wonderfully quirky property for sale on Highway 290 in Paige (between Giddings and Elgin, about an hour’s drive east of Austin) can give you all of that and more.

PHOTOS: Quirky antique store, bed & breakfast for sale in Paige

It’s currently an antiques and salvage business, and the $560,000 price tag includes all the inventory inside the store front (except the inventory in the rented-out booths), which is quite a lot:

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In addition to the storefront, there’s a recently remodeled private space that can be used as a bed and breakfast, living space or vacation home. According to Moxie Realty Group, the current owners will even consider selling the furnishings inside.

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As if that’s not enough for you, there’s more than half an acre of land just waiting to be developed or used as parking.

You can find more information about the property at Moxie Realty Group.

Texas teen brags about stealing doughnuts from H-E-B

Protip: If you’re going to be a thief, maybe don’t brag about it on the internet.

The Donut Taco Palace on W. Hwy 290 is a popular morning destination for donuts and tacos of all kinds thanks to owner Angel Seng.
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That’s the lesson one Texas teenager learned this week when his tweet about “free donuts” at H-E-B stores caught the attention of thousands on Twitter.

“FREE DONUTS AT ANY HEB Just walk into the donut section and grab a free donut of any choice but must be eaten inside and away from employees,” the teen’s now-deleted tweet read, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

According to the Express-News, the teenager grabs a “free” doughnut every time he stops by an H-E-B Plus. But needless to say, H-E-B isn’t giving away any free doughnuts, a spokesperson told the Express-News. The teenager’s sticky fingers are the only reason he got a “free” treat—so maybe don’t try this at your neighborhood H-E-B.

RELATED: Central Texas H-E-B store getting Whataburger drive-through

San Antonio event planner: ‘Don’t call my black-owned business asking me to plan your plantation wedding’

A black San Antonio-based event planner is speaking out against the racial undertones connected with plantation weddings.

According to ATTN, Jordan A. Maney is the owner and founder of All the Days Event Company in San Antonio. Maney said she received a call from a bride recently asking her to plan a wedding at Kendall Plantation in Boerne, just outside of San Antonio. ATTN reports it’s unclear if Kendall Plantation was the former home of slaves, but the venue’s website states it was built “just for weddings” in 2011.

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ATTN excerpted a few lines from the website’s “about us” section, some of which appears to have been removed since the article’s publication.

Some of the text referenced above seems to have been removed from the website. (Screenshot via ATTN)

“The name Kendall Plantation represents the county in which it rests (Kendall) and the architecture of a Southern antebellum home,” the website now reads, without mention of the land’s former use as “a plantation for growing cotton and other crops.”

The website still goes on to state that the venue is modeled after “true Southern Louisiana Plantation homes” and says, “The history of the land has been preserved, as we have kept original items used to work the ranch centuries ago; they are on display in unique spots along the property.”

Maney told ATTN having a wedding at a former plantation was like “having a wedding at a grave-site,” saying she didn’t understand why these aspects of history are “glamorized.”

“In the state of Texas we do have a Confederate history day, and it’s still very well practiced,” Maney told ATTN. “The idea of Southern pride tied to the Civil War is still around, but I don’t know why it gets glamorized and fantasized about.”

After Maney received the phone call from the couple requesting the wedding at Kendall Plantation, she wrote on Facebook (in a post that is now not available on her page), “DON’T CALL MY BLACK-OWNED BUSINESS ASKING ME TO PLAN YOUR PLANTATION WEDDING.” In the comments, she later detailed how the conversation with the bride unfolded, according to a screenshot captured by ATTN.

ATTN says it has reached out to Kendall Plantation for comment, but has not yet heard back. However, Kendall Plantation posted the following photo on their Instagram on Tuesday, clarifying the venue was built “from the ground up exclusively for weddings.”

 

 

Dreams of living in Camelot? Check out this $2.3 million medieval home in South Austin

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Want a home fit for a king (or queen)?

It looks unassuming from the outside, but this five-bedroom, four-bathroom home in Shady Hollow Estates has a custom stained glass and a “knight’s retreat” complete with ceiling paintings telling the knight’s story.

Credit: Travis Baker/Twist Tours

If you’ve ever wished you could live in a Renaissance fair year-round and you have a spare $2,285,000, then pull out your checkbook so you can meander through beautiful secret gardens filled with stone paths, rock walls and lush greenery.

GALLERY: See more photos from this house fit for Camelot royalty in South Austin

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You can also take a swim in the “Neoclassical-inspired” pool fit for a Greek god …

Credit: Travis Baker/Twist Tours

… or feast like royalty in the purple dining room.

Credit: Travis Baker/Twist Tours

You know that one friend who always throws the best “Game of Thrones” watch parties, complete with themed food and costumes? Now you can one-up that guy.

If you’re interested in buying this fairytale castle to live out your King Arthur dream, you can find more details and realtor contact information here.

This Texas Hill Country getaway was named one of the South’s best small towns

One of Central Texans’ favorite weekend getaways has been named one of the best small towns in the South by Southern Living magazine.

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“What is it about a small town that hooks us? Whether they’re waterfront or mountaintop, the great ones all have a few things in common: a thriving downtown with locally owned restaurants, shops, and galleries; a touch of the artsy; loads of character; friendly locals; and, of course, a beautiful location,” the magazine wrote.

That’s why Fredericksburg is No. 2 on the magazine’s list of the best small towns in the South.

RELATED: 5 Texas trips to take right now

Peach season typically runs from mid-May through the first week of August. Kids will love picking their own at several orchards in and around Fredericksburg. credit: Mauri Elbel

It’s easy to see why: The Hill Country town is full of beautiful scenery, and thanks to its ever-growing number of wineries, great food and plenty of bed and breakfasts and guest houses with character (like Starry’s Studio), it’s great for a day trip or a weekend getaway. Visitors can hike Enchanted Rock, enjoy authentic German food and check out the shops in the historic downtown district.

RELATED: Hand-pick your adventure in Fredericksburg

Kyle MacLachlan, pastries and ‘damn fine’ coffee at the ‘Twin Peaks’ SXSW party

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Special Agent Dale Cooper is in the building. Well, he’s at South by Southwest at least—he’s hanging out at the “Twin Peaks” party at Clive Bar on Rainey Street, according to social media reports.

The Double-R Diner is set up at Clive Bar, complete with free limited edition doughnuts courtesy of Voodoo Doughnut, special cocktails, coffee and pie.

They even made a special doughnut for MacLachlan:

 

 

 

WATCH: Surfing in the middle of downtown Austin at SXSW

It was gloomy and 40 degrees out Sunday morning, but that didn’t stop people from hitting the surf in Austin.

If you think “surfing” and “Austin” don’t quite go together, well, you’re right, but it’s South by Southwest, which means thinks like geography and weather don’t matter. TNT installed a pop-up beach at Fourth Street and Congress Avenue to promote its show “Animal Kingdom,” which is about a Southern California crime family.

Finn Cole, who plays Joshua ‘J’ Cody on TNT’s “Animal Kingdom,” bodyboards on the FlowRider surf simulator, part of the Animal Kingdom pop-up beach at SXSW on March 12, 2017. Tamir Kalifa/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

READ MORE: Surf’s up and the stars are out at TNT’s ‘Animal Kingdom’ pop-up beach

And before you get all “Don’t California my Austin” or whatever, just peep these GIFs of pro FlowRider surfer Sean Silveira and actor Finn Cole (you may know him from Netflix’s “Peaky Blinders”) hitting the waves.

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SXSW 2017: Turns out Fred Armisen loves Mighty Cone just as much as you do

In today’s edition of “Celebrities: They’re just like us!” I present to you Fred Armisen eating Mighty Cone at a surf park in the middle of downtown Austin, which is a sentence I could only type if it was South by Southwest — oh hey, turns out it is.

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 31: Actor Fred Armisen attends The 74th Annual Peabody Awards Ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street on May 31, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Peabody Awards)

Anyway, the “Portlandia” star and “Saturday Night Live” veteran was spotted chatting with folks at the Animal Kingdom installation on Fourth Street and Congress Avenue on Sunday while enjoying fare from one of Austin’s most beloved food trucks, Mighty Cone.

RELATED: Surf’s up and the stars are at out at TNT’s ‘Animal Kingdom’ pop-up beach

Fred Armisen eats Mighty Cone at the Animal Kingdom installation on March 12, 2017. Alyssa Vidales/American-Statesman

It’s hard to tell what he’s eating, but it looks like it could be french fries. Solid choice, but has nobody told Fred how good the hot and crunchy cones are? I mean, you’ve got chicken, you’ve got avocado, you’ve got mango-jalapeno slaw, you’ve got ancho sauce … if anybody sees Fred, advise him to go with the cone next time.

Fred Armisen eats Mighty Cone at the Animal Kingdom installation on March 12, 2017. Alyssa Vidales/American-Statesman

 

SXSW festivalgoers recreate Beyonce’s iconic pregnancy photo at Mashable House

Have you always wanted to be more like Beyonce? Some South by Southwest attendees got the chance Sunday at the Mashable House, which had a backdrop nearly identical to the one in Queen Bey’s now-iconic pregnancy reveal (yeah, she’s having twins, we still can’t get over it).

Tove Blum and Ebba Sundstedt laugh after taking a photo at a photo booth replicating Beyonce’s Instagram pregnancy announcement at the Mashable House on the second day of SXSW on March 11, 2017. Photo by Tamir Kalifa/American-Statesman

Here are some of the best photos:

Also, there was apparently a stack of tortillas 22 inches tall at the Mashable House Sunday, so you know, that happened.

GIVEAWAY CLOSED: Win two pairs of tickets to Rachael Ray’s Feedback House at SXSW 2017

Update: The giveaway is now closed. Winners have been notified.

It’s the 10th year of Rachael Ray’s beloved Feedback party during South by Southwest — but did you know there’s an even more exclusive Rachael Ray party that spans three days? It’s called the Rachael Ray Feedback House, and it’s an invite-only party. That’s right, it’s super exclusive.

The deets: The Feedback House at 1102 East Cesar Chavez St. runs Thursday, March 16 and Friday, March 17 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday, March 18 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The lineup includes Modern English, Brent Cobb, Dams of The West, Forth Wanderers, Gold Star, Baskery, Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, Muuy Biien, The Aces, Gold Connections, Deep State, Cotillon, Kane Strang, Ben Sollee, Emily Estefan, The Cringe, SMITHRADIO, and January Jane.

RELATED: Weezer, queso on the cob to headline 10th annual Rachael Ray Feedback party

Rachael Ray Feedback House at SXSW 2016. Suzanne Cordeiro/for American-Statesman

We’re giving away two passes to the Feedback House to the first 15 people who can answer this Rachael Ray trivia question:

What year was Rachael Ray named an honorary citizen of Austin? Hint: Mayor Lee Leffingwell bestowed the honor.

The first 15 people to email giveaways@statesman.com with the correct answer to the trivia question will receive two passes to the Feedback House. Reminder: The event is 21 and up only.

Happy SXSW!