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Asian grocer H-Mart set to debut first Austin store

The wait for H-Mart is almost over.

The popular Asian grocery chain has confirmed it will open its first Austin store on Feb. 15 at 11301 Lakeline Blvd. in Northwest Austin.

H-Mart took over a pair of storefronts previously occupied by Sports Authority and Bed Bath Beyond and has been working for months to transform the 68,670-square-foot space near Lakeline Mall.

The Austin store will be the first with a Market Eatery, a new concept that features several small shops and restaurants tucked away within the larger H-Mart store.

Eateries that will be featured in the Market Eatery at Austin’s H-Mart are:

  • Sunday Bird (Korean fried chicken)

  • Sunday BBQ (Korean barbecue)

  • Snow Monster (Taiwanese shaved ice, Boba tea, waffles)

  • Sogongdong Tofu House (Korean tofu soup and comfort food)

  • Mix (Korean snack food)

  • Lai Lai (Authentic Chinese cuisine)

  • Tous Les Jours (Korean bakery)

  • Momo Sushi (Japanese sushi)

Non-food vendors will include:

  • The Face Shop (Korean cosmetics)

  • Cheong Kwan Jang (Korean red ginseng shop)

  • Tori Gift (Gift shop)

  • Jessica Hair (Salon)

  • JDX (Blinds and curtains)

Market Eatery will also serve beer, wine and sake, with daily drink specials planned.

“I want to express my sincerest gratitude to everyone who has made this project possible,” said Stacey Kwon, president of H-Mart and daughter of the chain’s founder and CEO Il Yeon Kwon. “Without their hard work and dedication to our vision, none of this would have been possible. Specifically, to the city of Austin and the members of the community who have welcomed us with open arms, we are humbled to join this city’s unique vibrancy and ever-changing landscape.”

Domain additions

True Food Kitchen is adding a second Austin location.

The restaurant, co-founded by author Dr. Andrew Weil and restaurateur Sam Fox and known for its menu featuring an array of seasonal healthy dishes, will open a location at The Domain late this year.

It will join a location in the Seaholm development in downtown Austin that opened in 2016.

At The Domain, True Food Kitchen will take over the space in Domain I formerly occupied by Blackfinn Ameripub, at 11410 Century Oaks Terrace, between Neiman Marcus and Macy’s.

“True Food Kitchen will be a terrific addition to The Domain’s already impressive retail and dining lineup,” Lauren Krumlauf, the center’s director of marketing and business development said in a written statement. “Austin residents and tourists who appreciate well-prepared, wholesome dishes and incredible hospitality will enjoy True Food Kitchen as the restaurant is well-known for both.”

Founded in 2008, True Food Kitchen now has 21 locations.

Other new and upcoming additions at in Domain I and II include:

  • Fast Fix Jewelry Repair: Jewelry and watch repair. Near Maggiano’s Little Italy. Now open.

  • Indochino: Custom-made men’s suits. Near Vineyard Vines. Opens this summer.

  • Nespresso: Premium coffees, coffee machines and accessories. Near MAC Cosmetics. Opens this spring.

  • Paradise Smoothies: Smoothies, ice cream, frozen yogurt and other drinks. Near ATX Gifts Souvenirs. Now open.

  • Stinger Salon by Kia: Gallery showing off the high-end 2018 Kia Stinger. Near Dillard’s. Now open.

  • Ted Baker: Clothing and accessories with “a quintessential British attitude” for men and women. Near Lilly Pulitzer. Opens this spring.

  • Vince: Clothes for men and women made with luxe materials, such as cashmere sweaters and Japanese denim. Opens this summer.

  • Wanderlust Yoga: Yoga classes, community events and more, plus an organic juice bar. Near Amy Donovan Plaza. Opens this spring.

  • Xian Noodle: Dishes featuring hand-pulled noodles, as well as dim sum. Near Zara. Now open.

“We are thrilled to have so many exciting announcements to share,” said Irma Castor, mall manager for The Domain. “Now that we are in our 11th year, it’s exciting to see how we continue to grow and evolve to meet the needs of our community.”

Another HM coming

The Austin area is getting yet another HM store.

The retailer, known for its hip and trendy clothing at reasonable prices, will open at Lakeline Mall, 11200 Lakeline Mall Drive in Northwest Austin, this summer.

The 21,000-square-foot store will feature the HM Kids line targeting newborns to 14-year-olds, as well as an assortment of clothes and accessories for teens, men and women.

HM made its Central Texas debut in 2012 with a store at The Domain. Since then, it has opened locations at Barton Creek Square mall in Austin and the Hill Country Galleria in Bee Cave, as well as an outlet store in San Marcos.

The express lane …

The Sears Grand store at 12625 N. Interstate 35 in North Austin is currently holding a “store closing” sale, with plans to shut down by the end of April. … Bealls has shuttered two Austin stores. The locations – in the Windsor Village shopping center at 5811 Berkman Drive in Northeast Austin and the Westgate shopping center at 4477 S. Lamar Blvd. in Southwest Austin – are among eight stores closed nationwide by parent company Stage Stores. … Pet Supermarket, a national chain, has opened its first Austin store at 7028 Wood Hollow Drive in the Northwest Hills area. A store at 4750 Gattis School Road in Hutto is on the way. … There’s a new restaurant at Domain Northside. Look for Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen at 3001 Palm Way.

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Packwood in need of items for annual Attic Tag Sale

LEWISBURG — While Packwood House Museum is in the midst of preparing for its most popular fundraiser, the annual Attic Tag Sale, its tables are not nearly full enough yet. The museum is in dire need of contributions. Donations are being accepted right now of all of the things you are clearing out of your own attic — needed in particular at this time are jewelry, toys and games, puzzles, kitchenware, furniture, knickknacks, lamps, sporting goods, pocketbooks and bags, and crafts and linens — anything except for televisions, computers and other electronics, encyclopedia sets and clothing, although the museum does accept vintage accessories. Kitchen appliances must be in working order.

Donations are currently accepted Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., but please call ahead to make sure someone is available to receive it. As of Feb. 6, the museum will resume its regular schedule of Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and no appointment will be necessary. Donations will be accepted through Feb. 24.

All proceeds will directly benefit Packwood House Museum and all donations are tax-deductible. The sale opens on Feb. 20 and runs daily (except Sunday) through March 3. The Tour Center is located at 15 N. Water St. in Lewisburg. For more information concerning the Packwood House Museum or the Attic Tag Sale, call the museum at 570-524-0323 or visit

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Pioneering Beale MeasureFill Kitchen Faucet Dispenses Precise Volume of Water on Demand

Employing brand-exclusive MeasureFill technology, this innovative faucet delivers an exact volume of water ― ranging from a half cup to up to five cups ― achieving the precise measurement faster than using a conventional measuring cup. No more filling, checking, pouring out or rechecking needed to get the exact amount of water for a recipe. For ease of use, a blue LED light illuminates the dial window and the volume marks when the measuring function is in use. The selection dial features a stylish, coin edge detail, which helps to improve grip and ensures an accurate setting of the desired water amount.

Designed with the user’s convenience in mind, the Beale MeasureFill faucet features easy touch on/off functionality. A simple touch of the hand or wrist on the dial window is all it takes to operate the faucet. Featuring an automatic shut-off after five minutes for safety, this faucet also offers a temperature memory setting that allows the water to be turned off and back on in any temperature setting.

This pull-down kitchen faucet offers a choice of two spray patterns ― stream and spray ― using a water-conserving flow rate of 1.5 gallons per minute (gpm).

The Beale MeasureFill faucet offers unparalleled performance and reliability from the brand-exclusive Re-Trax system, which provides smooth operation and superior spray head retraction. Ceramic disc valves provide a lifetime of drip-free performance.

To complement a variety of kitchen decors, the Beale MeasureFill is available in a choice of two popular finishes ― polished chrome and stainless steel ― to easily coordinate with contemporary-styled kitchen appliances and accessories. The American Standard assortment of stainless steel kitchen sinks are an ideal match to the sleekly styled Beale MeasureFill faucet.

The faucet is powered by replaceable AAA batteries and can optionally be outfitted with an AC adapter (sold separately) to make the faucet a plug-in version. It will be available at kitchen and bath showrooms nationwide in April 2018. List prices range from $600 to $750.

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For LIXIL Americas – American Standard, DXV, GROHE
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Breakfast & brunch eats: 5 new spots in Chicago to try | abc7chicago … – WLS

Looking for your next great breakfast and brunch meal in Chicago? These new spots will satisfy all your cravings. Here are the newest places to check out the next time you’re in the mood for breakfast and brunch fare.

Colectivo Coffee

2261 N. Milwaukee Ave. (between Belden Ave. St George Ct.), Logan Square

Photo: Kasumi B./Yelp

Colectivo Coffee recently opened its second Chicago location in Logan Square; it has another location in Lincoln Park.

Along with single-origin coffee drinks, the Milwaukee-based company serves up breakfast and lunch fare. For breakfast, which is served all day, expect items like a smoked salmon sandwich with cucumber dill cream cheese, baked oatmeal with seasonal fruit and a potato bacon burrito with cheddar cheese. (You can see the full menu here.)

Colectivo Coffee’s current rating of five stars out of nine reviews on Yelp indicates positive attention from users.

Yelper Amanda S., who was one of the first users to visit Colectivo Coffee on December 24th, wrote: “The wait is finally over. The staff is helpful and friendly, the space is gorgeous and accommodating, and the coffee and tea is perfect. Cute merch selection, too! I will be a regular here.”

And Joann H. wrote: “I really like the place, and I will venture back because it is close to my work; it looks like a great place to chill and relax with a cup of coffee or tea and get work done too. Nice spot.”

Colectivo Coffee is open daily from 6:30am-9pm.

Sunny Side Up

1028 N. Clark St. (between La Salle St. Wells St.), River North

Stuffed French toast. | Photo: Nat S./Yelp

Popular Near North Side breakfast spot Sunny Side Up recently opened a new location nearby in River North.

Like its other outpost, the restaurant offers breakfast, brunch and lunch. Offerings include several different kinds of eggs Benedict, stuffed French toast with berries and cream and the “Ole skillet” with chorizo, red potatoes and chihuahua cheese.

Yelp users are excited about Sunny Side Up, which currently holds 4.5 stars out of five reviews on the site.

Yelper Jim C., who reviewed Sunny Side Up on December 18th, wrote: “Great breakfast spot! The food is always great, and it is a nice addition to the neighborhood. Try the stuffed French toast! Heaven.”

And Suzanne D. wrote: “A very nice place. I have tried both breakfast and lunch and enjoyed it all. The staff is super friendly and the atmosphere is fresh and clean.”

Sunny Side Up is open daily from 8am-3pm.

Tjam Kitchen

1418 W. Howard St. (between Sheridan Rd. Greenview Ave.), Rogers Park

Crab cake eggs Benedict. | Photo: Arliss J./Yelp

Tjam Kitchen is a family-owned restaurant that specializes in traditional American fare for breakfast and lunch.

On the menu, expect offerings like several different options for omelettes, blueberry buttermilk pancakes with pecan butter and breakfast tacos with scrambled eggs, chorizo and roasted poblano.

With a five-star rating out of 22 reviews on Yelp, Tjam Kitchen has been getting positive attention.

Yelper Adam S., who reviewed Tjam Kitchen on December 3rd, wrote: “I just ate here for the first time, and I really enjoyed it. Plenty of vegetarian options, all the food was fresh and delicious, food was served very quickly, and the owner is really nice!”

Yelper Kevin F. wrote: “Came here for brunch and was blown away by the food and the service! The specials were too good to pass up. The prune tamale is not to be missed, it was a great starter!”

Tjam Kitchen is open Tuesday-Sunday from 7am-4pm. (It’s closed on Monday.)

Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe

196 E. Pearson St. (between Seneca St. Michigan Ave.), Streeterville

Photo: Wildberry pancakes and Cafe/Yelp

Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe recently moved into the Water Tower Place with a new location; it also has three other locations in the Windy City.

The menu is focused on breakfast, brunch and lunch fare. Look for a variety of pancakes and Belgian waffles, as well as skillets–like the “Garden Skillet” with eggs, vegetables, cheese and hash browns–and eggs Benedict options, like the “Los Altos Benedict” with chorizo and pico de gallo.

Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe’s current Yelp rating of 4.5 stars out of 53 reviews indicates positive attention from users.

Yelper Shuang Z., who reviewed Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe on January 31st, wrote: “I have been here several times now, and never gotten disappointed. Besides the regular menu, they always have some seasonal specials that are updated once in a while. “

Timothy M. noted: “Long waits, but it’s ok due the amazingness of the food! Cinnamon roll pancakes were great. Bacon was big and crisp! Sausage patties big and nom-tastic. The only place I have found where they can actually make my scrambled eggs well done.”

Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe is open daily from 6:30am-2:30pm.


1230 W. Taylor St. (between Lytle St.), Little Italy

Photo: Anthony C./Yelp

Eggsperience‘s extensive menu offers everything from Belgian waffles and pancakes to crepes, skillets and frittatas. The breakfast spot–which has several other locations around Chicago–recently opened in Little Italy.

Look for options like the sweet potato waffle and chicken, the corned beef hash and eggs, or frittatas like “Tiny Tim’s Farm Stand” with spinach and mushrooms with bacon and cheese.

Yelp users are still warming up to Eggsperience, which currently holds 4 stars out of 12 reviews on the site.

Yelper Anthony C., who reviewed Eggsperience on January 29th, wrote: “Loving the new breakfast spot in the neighborhood on Taylor St. A delicious experience and a variety for everyone in the family. I, for the first time, got to try a spicy eggs Benedict (southwest Benny), and it’s absolutely my favorite now.”

And Tushar B. wrote: “Eggsperience is basically the step up from your local diner. The food is not crazy or unique but it is plentiful and hits the spot to get you up and ready for the day.”

Eggsperience is open daily from 7am-3pm.

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February’s best buys and biggest busts – WABC

February is a short month but it’s long on shopping deals.

With the Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day and a long holiday weekend, it can be easy to drain your wallet. So you have to know what to buy and what not to buy.

Even if you’re not a football fan, the Super Bowl brings the price of high-end TVs to some of the lowest prices of the year.’s Janice Lieberman says you can score a 55-inch TV for $500 — and you won’t see big TVs this cheap again until Black Friday.

This cold month offers hot deals for lovers.

“If you come to a place like Kmart, you can snag chocolate teddy bears, little things for your teachers for kids, their friends — no need to spend a bundle on that,” Lieberman said.

When it comes to traditional gifts, perfume, flowers, and jewelry are in high demand before Valentine’s Day. Predictably, shoppers won’t get the best prices on these items.

There’s one exception if you have your heart set on diamonds or rubies. The pro tip? Shop for pearls instead.

“We actually snagged this deal. These pearls retail for $200. It’s 70 percent off. Which brings this three-piece set to 60 bucks,” Lieberman said.

If your heart is set on flowers, Dealnews suggests checking early in the month for dozen roses deals on Groupon, eBay and Stack Social.

Floral delivery companies also offering free shipping and delivery, but only if you beat the rush and order now. Don’t forget to search for promo codes and coupons for even more discounts on roses.

You can also warm your sweetheart’s heart literally. This month is an excellent time to buy outerwear.

“Even if you just put it away for next winter, you’ll get up to 40 to 70 percent off,” Lieberman said.

Lieberman suggests stocking up during the sales push over Presidents’ Day weekend. At department stores, you can really sweep up all those small appliances you’re going to need for wedding season for a lot less.

“Engagements parties, showers, housewarming. (It’s a) great time to stock up on essentials every bride and groom needs,” Lieberman said.

There are coffee makers as cheap as 20 bucks. Snag electric skillets or rice cookers for $8.

Other home goods, like bedding, will also be deeply discounted — time to get cozy.

“Linens, pillows mattress pads. Mattresses. They want you into the store and buying,” Lieberman said.

Last year Bed, Bath and Beyond and Walmart slashed 65 percent off sheets. Even Nieman Marcus took 25-percent off its luxury bedding.

Lieberman says tools also take a dip in price this month, and if you want to hammer away at your taxes look for discounts on tax software.

if you file early and get your return, Lieberman says reward yourself. She’s heading to the slopes because ski trips are on sale.

“Hotels, airfares out west, here in Vermont cheaper than you would think,” Lieberman said. says hold off on ski and snowboard equipment — you’re better off renting because prices will drop next month, not now.

Also, luggage is expensive this month. Sales start in March.

And hold off on new iPads to keep the kids entertained on the plane. Rumor is Apple could debut a 9-inch model for around $250, putting the iPad finally in the affordable tablet range.


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Tioga home wows with modern open floor plan

The open floor plan and impeccable design at 304 Old Turner Place in Tioga make it a show stopper. Currently listed for $365,000 by Penny Howard with Ready Real Estate, this modern 2,042-square-foot brick home sits on nearly half an acre.

Wooden shutters add a rustic touch to the exterior of the home. White stone meets light red brick on the outside of the house.

The driveway leads up to a large gate adjacent to the side-facing garage. Large enough to allow vehicles to pass through to the backyard, the gate swings open and the paved driveway leads to the expansive metal workshop on the back side of the property.

A rustic wooden front door accompanies the shutters and is flanked on either side by iron finished light fixtures.

Entry into the home immediately reveals the brightness created by the home’s modern, open floor plan. Hand-scraped hardwood floors provide the only darker tone to an otherwise light and airy space.

One column defines the space between the entryway, formal dining area and living area.

The dining area provides an opportunity for seating in front of a large window for natural light. Additional lighting for the space is provided by an elaborate candelabra in muted tones with cloudy glass encasements from the bulbs.

A large sectional helps define the living space, which is open to the kitchen area. A large window provides more natural lighting here as well. A floor to ceiling custom stone and brick wood-burning fireplace serves as the focal point for the space.

An area rug assists the sectional in providing delineation for the room. Simple but elegant modern farmhouse decor adds warm touches to the home.

A large white granite bar begins the eat-in kitchen area. White-washed distressed bar stools tie the modern farmhouse theme in with an otherwise highly modern kitchen.

Providing a pop of color, a bright blue vintage-style hutch creates dish storage for the breakfast nook. A wall of windows creates both natural lighting and a calm view for morning coffee.

Bright white custom cabinetry houses stainless steel appliances in the gourmet kitchen. The two-tiered bar contains the sink and dishwasher. An island provides preparation space. Opposite the bar, another wall of cabinetry contains the double oven and the entrance to the walk-in pantry. The door to the walk-in pantry is adorned by decorative milky glass. Separate cooktop and tile back splash complete the finishes in the kitchen.

The furniture in the large master bedroom follows the beige and grey color scheme for the home. Color is added through blue accessories just like in the living and dining spaces.

The spa-like master bathroom has a separate glass shower with custom tile surround as well as a large soaking tub with mounted television perfect for luxurious bubble baths. His and her’s separate vanities allow for completely separated spaces for two people to get ready.

The closet in the master bedroom could be a bedroom of its own with how large it is.

With a split bedroom, single story floor plan, the house has the master bedroom on one side of the house and the two other bedrooms on the opposite side.

One of the bedrooms has a nautical theme with playful blue striped drapes and bed spread and a few fun wall hangings. The other of the three bedrooms currently serves as a nursery and is decorated with a cabin in the woods type theme. The two bedrooms on this side of the home share a bathroom.

An impressive laundry room houses not only the washer and dryer but also bright white cabinetry for storage, a granite countertop folding station and hanging area.

The broad doors throughout the home are of a matching white to the cabinetry and feature cutouts and indentations for a more custom feel.

The backdoor leads out onto an impressive covered outdoor living space. A high pitched a-frame wooden structure serves as the roof and covering for the space and also features a large ceiling fan to help cool the area. A mounted flat screen TV makes watching sports games an enjoyable occasion in any weather.

Even with the large covered area, the expansive backyard still has plenty of open grass as well as a playground and the large workshop.

The workshop has two roll-up doors on the side and an oversized door on the front. Equipped with electricity, it is the perfect work space for any project.

The backyard is fenced with custom pipe fencing and no climb wire.

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