At Delysia Chocolatier, we love all things Austin. Shopping locally means supporting your friends and neighbors; wouldn’t you rather help the owner of your favorite local pizza parlor send their kids to college instead of helping a corporate chain’s bottom-line? And we’re not the only ones rabid about staying local. When Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell proclaimed San Antonio-based chain Taco Cabana as having the best breakfast tacos, “taco journalist” Mando Rayo showed up at the mayor’s office with migas tacos from Veracruz All Natural. Who was the winner here? Not Mayor Leffingwell, though he did get free tacos, but Veracruz. This story went national and now the taco food truck has lengthy lines. So to share in our support of local small businesses – and to celebrate Local Business Month – we’re happy to feature some local Austin products we love.
1. Yellowbird Sauce – Just the right amount of spice with a burst of habanero, tangerine, and carrot.
2. Vinca USA jewelry – Laser-cut jewelry in a variety of whimsical designs; the squirrel hair clip is an instant compliment-grabber.
3. Confituras jams – Try the Salted Caramel Pear Butter. You don’t even need anything to dip into it except for a spoon…or your fingers.
4. Kandle Kids onesies – Adorable for the tiny tots who visit or live elsewhere.
5. W3LL Universalist ColorStick – Formulated without the “dirty dozen,” all of W3LL People’s skincare products are amazing. Ask for Christine at their S. Lamar shop; she’ll make you feel like royalty.
6. House Granola – Bubba’s Blend is just what your yogurt has been waiting for.
7. MB Art Studios – Mary and Cory Burrows hand-make each porcelain piece in their Austin home studio. We identify with their desire for balance in life by chucking the corporate world in favor of doing what they love.
8. Bola Pizza – Pizza from a truck? Trust us, it’s heavenly.
9. Con Olio Oils & Vinegars – An essential on this list, even if they weren’t a longtime partner of ours. You could spend hours in Con Olio’s tasting bar, sampling more olive oils and vinegars than you ever knew existed.
10. Cuvee Coffee – Rumor has it that Cuvee Coffee is the number-one selling product at the flagship Whole Foods store. The Spicewood 71 blend has a sweetness that will explode your senses. Look for the cold-brewed Black & Blue cropping up on tap all over town for a completely unique coffee experience.
We have lots of ideas brewing on a locally-made-in-Austin truffle collection but would love to hear input from our readers. What would you like to see in a Keep Austin Weird collection?