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Gene Davis

Gene Davis

Gene joined Community Impact Newspaper in August 2011 and has been covering Central Austin news since November 2012. His reporting focuses on city news, businesses, transportation, trends and housing. Gene grew up in Dallas.

One of several daily special sandwiches offered at The Blind Squirrel, The Chicken Cordon Blynx ($10) features a fried chicken breast, ham, thinly sliced red onion, spinach and fontana cheese with sun-dried tomato aioli and is served on ciabatta bread.

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The Blind Squirrel

After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America and working for 20 years in fine dining, chef Jack Raia said he took several years off work to move to Texas and be a stay-at-home dad. more »

Mar 4, 2015 12:00 AM Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

American Campus Communities CEO Bill Bayless stands in the lobby of the Callaway House Austin.

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American Campus Communities

As the CEO of American Campus Communities, Bill Bayless oversees a university housing development company that is publicly valued at $7.5 billion and provides housing to approximately 130,000 students. more »

Feb 11, 2015 12:00 AM Lake Travis | Westlake

Round Rock Area Arts Council

Kris Whitfield, president of the Round Rock Area Arts Council, said when she first moved to Round Rock, Austin served as the city’s artistic amenity package. more »

Feb 4, 2015 12:00 AM Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

KCCO Ability Fields aims to make sports available to all levels of abilities.

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KCCO Ability Field

Since KCCO Ability Field celebrated its ribbon cutting in Hutto in September, John Lorek, CTX Ability Sports executive director, said he has seen the benefits of having a sports field dedicated to special-needs children. more »

Jan 7, 2015 12:00 AM Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

Zahir Walji opened High Country Market in Round Rock in 2014.

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High Country Market and Cafe

From upscale diner food to craft beer and gasoline, High Country Market and Cafe owner Zahir Walji said his business caters to a variety of tastes and needs. more »

Jan 7, 2015 12:00 AM Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

The two meat plate has a choice of sides including grilled vegetables and cream corn.

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Johnny T’s BBQ

John Tomlinson, the owner of Johnny T’s BBQ in Pflugerville, said he has known he wanted to run his own restaurant since he was a child. more »

Dec 3, 2014 12:00 AM Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto 1 Comments

The Plantation House in Pflugerville has hosted nearly 900 weddings since 1998.

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The Plantation House

Tanner and Joanna King said brides often panic on their wedding day at The Plantation House, the wedding venue the couple owns, but not for the reason most people would expect. more »

Dec 3, 2014 12:00 AM Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

Erik and Michelle Plew started their recycling business in their Pflugerville home in 2011. It has since grown, and their business comes from businesses looking to recycle electronics and other materials.

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Little Miss Recycle

From recycling computers and empty toner cartridges for businesses to helping people move out of their homes by recycling papers stacked in their garages Plew said the business is equipped to meet a variety of recycling needs. more »

Nov 5, 2014 12:00 AM Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

Parishoners attend the 140th anniversary of the Good Hope Baptist Church.

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Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church

As Rev. Michael Oyedokun II walks into the main sanctuary of Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church on Chisholm Trail Road in Round Rock, he points out the air conditioning unit, carpeted floors and various musical instruments placed on the stage. more »

Nov 5, 2014 12:00 AM Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

Hostess Deven Reeves, server Kathy Lorenz, Manager Lisa Perez, server Nelly Dinwiddie and waitress Jennifer Tidwell are all a part of the long-running SpringHill Restaurant.

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Springhill Restaurant

For 16 years, Kathy Lorenz has been playfully teasing diners at Springhill Restaurant to “Sit down and enjoy their meals already.” more »

Sep 3, 2014 12:00 AM Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

Mario's Mexican Restaurant owner Mario Perez and his wife, Donna, opened the business in 2004.

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Mario’s Mexican Restaurant

When he opened Mario’s Mexican Restaurant in Hutto in 2004, owner Mario Perez knew the odds were stacked against him. more »

Jul 2, 2014 12:00 AM Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

Development Director Melinda Biggs (left) and Executive Director Patty Conner help lead Hope Alliance.

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Hope Alliance

According to national studies from the World Health Organization, one out of every three women in the world will be a victim of domestic violence in her lifetime. more »

Jul 2, 2014 12:00 AM Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

Woinee Mariam owns Taste of Ethiopia in Pflugerville along with her husband, Solomon Hailu.

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Taste of Ethiopia

When deciding where to open a new restaurant five years ago, Taste of Ethiopia co-owner Woinee Mariam said a strip mall in Pflugerville was not an obvious choice. more »

Jun 4, 2014 12:00 AM Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

Joe Brehm, Round Rock neighborhood services coordinator, stands in front of the Tool Lending Center, a trailer filled with donated tools that residents can use for free during city cleanup events.

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Joe Brehm

For Joe Brehm, neighborhood services coordinator for the city of Round Rock, the best part of the job is also the most challenging: the freedom to be creative. more »

Jun 4, 2014 12:00 AM Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

From left: Kent Brenneman, Laurence Terrell, Rich Thompson and Jim Ruth are organizers for Footprints.

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Footprints

Based around the motto of “You Are Not Alone,” Footprints, a Round Rock–based program, aims to help children in times of grief. more »

Apr 30, 2014 12:00 AM Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

From left: Hank Smith, Patrick Davis and Greg Mattison help lead the FSG Energy office in Round Rock.

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FSG Energy

Based out of its new Round Rock headquarters, FSG Energy President Patrick Davis said the company is empowering businesses to better understand their energy usage and save money as a result. more »

Apr 2, 2014 12:00 AM Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

The Minardi family, including (at left) Gina Ganster and Gino Minardi, has owned and operated Gino's Italian Restaurant since it was founded in 1993.

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Gino’s Italian Restaurant

Business thrives after more than 20 years more »

Apr 2, 2014 12:00 AM Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

Cafe Java owner Matt Lacey operates two restaurant locations in Austin and Round Rock.

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Cafe Java

When he opened Cafe Java in Round Rock, owner Matt Lacey said he had no desire to make the restaurant a tourist hotspot. more »

Mar 5, 2014 12:00 AM Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto 2 Comments

TechShop employees offer guidance on the proper use of the facility's $1 million tool assortment.

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TechShop

It’s a Friday morning in February, and TechShop member Susan Warren is aligning a laser cutter that will transform a star-shaped piece of glass into a presentable award. more »

Mar 5, 2014 12:00 AM Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

Churchill's Fireside & Patio co-owner Dorothy Duhon has been helping keep homes warm since 1988.

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Churchill’s Fireside & Patio

First as managers and then as co-owners, Dorothy Duhon and Ray Duhon have been warming up the West Lake Hills area since 1988. more »

Nov 14, 2013 12:00 AM Lake Travis | Westlake