Best of 2021: 11 Featured Companies at Lake Travis-Westlake


Primrose Schools have tried to give children a sense of normalcy throughout 2021 (Sally Grace Holtgrieve / Community Impact Newspaper)

Despite many challenges, here are 11 Lake Travis-Westlake businesses that continued to expand their reach in 2021.



Primrose, a central Texas daycare aims for a sense of normalcy during tough times

Since March, the coronavirus public health crisis has had an unprecedented impact on child care, education and the lives of working parents. Amid the ongoing disruption, Christy Black, owner of Primrose Schools in Bee Cave, Lakeway, Mueller and West Lake Hills, strives to remain a vital resource in the Greater Austin area.


Be messy on purpose; enjoy the lake view at Art Barn ATX in Leander

Art Barn ATX is more than a studio, it’s a creative destination. In addition to making unique crafts, visitors can picnic under the trees outside, swing, visit the on-site chickens, and play vintage video games in the on-site arcade. The company, which opened about four years ago, hosts birthday parties and summer camps as well as art sessions for all ages. Crafts are not just for children; the activities are also fun for adult birthdays or date nights, owner Amber Gordon said.


Austinites run creative fashion house at Magik

Austinite King Magik said he has always had an eye for art and fashion. From the time he was in high school he said he would organize and restore vintage clothes and shoes for resale. In 2009, King met his now partner Shae Magik, who helped grow and develop the small business, known today as Magik. What started as a part-time business eventually grew into an online store, styling department, internal brand and, in 2018, a showcase at the Domaine. Today, King and Shae sell much more than vintage items: Magik has become their own line of unisex clothing and accessories.


My Pure Delivery lactation company offers enveloping services for new mothers

When neonatal intensive care unit nurse Diba Tillery became a lactation consultant, she realized there was no support for breastfeeding mothers beyond their first few days in the hospital. . This inspired Tillery to start her own business as a lactation consultant, focusing on breastfeeding and helping new moms through support systems and educational opportunities. It all started in a hospital, before moving to its own brick and mortar location which opened in 2016.


Woman-owned Texas Tiny Pools is causing a stir in Austin

Since 2017, Amy Hageman and her husband have been designing tiny pools in the Austin area, and in 2020 the company had its highest sales to date. Concrete pools typically range in size from 8 square feet by 8 square feet to 12 square feet by 25 and are fully customizable.


At Leander gym’s Transform Boot Camp, members become like family

Before meeting, Jesse and Ashley Stewart said they each wanted to have their own gym. When the couple realized this was a shared dream and the opportunity presented itself, they decided to open Transform Boot Camp in September 2020. After more than a decade of combined experience in workout and in fitness, the two decided to put this passion into a business of their own. Transform offers 30-minute group post-combustion workouts at your own pace using a combination of high-intensity interval training, or HIIT, and active rest training. These allow the body to burn up to twice the fat in half the time and continue to burn calories for up to 32 hours afterwards.


Hand-blown glass studio is expanding in Spicewood off the highway. 71

J. Schneider Studios in Spicewood produce hand-blown glass pieces as well as custom metal fabrications and contemporary lighting for local developers and individual homeowners. The work, some of which can be found in developments such as The Reserve at Lake Travis, includes floating stairs, hand-blown chandeliers, custom tables, metal railings, and furniture.


College Inroads: Students Find the Right Study Plan Using a Systematic Approach

Just deciding which schools their children should attend can be as intimidating as writing essays for many families. This is where College Inroads academic advisors can help. Started in 2009 as a small business, College Inroads has today grown its client base nationwide by offering a comprehensive, structured plan that can show students their strengths and talents and how to apply them to their college search. .


Lake Travis Area Veteran Seeks To Add On-Site Java Home To Invader Coffee

Local Lake Travis entrepreneur and Navy veteran Wes Whitlock, who started his Rogue American clothing brand in 2011 and expanded the business five years later with Invader Coffee, is currently on a new growth path. He’s looking for investors to fund his vision for an on-site café in his Rogue American Apparel storefront on Hudson Bend Road. Today, Whitlock has taken Invader Coffee forward with a small team of staff and expert roasters to sell a range of coffees with unique flavors such as chocolate, cinnamon – and a customer favorite – bourbon and bacon.

Szabo Woodworks: Crafter builds custom pieces made to last

Szabo Woodworks is a local carpentry business started by veteran Robert Szabo in December 2019 after returning from active duty in the Middle East with the Marines earlier that year. Szabo began his woodworking adventure with what he thought was a weekend kitchen cabinet project that ultimately took a year. He began working with wood as a way to keep his mind occupied and move forward after returning from active service. In addition to commissioned works, Szabo sells bath trays, cigar holders, accessory coasters and wall shelves as well as carpentry models for those building their own projects.


Contactless model helped Austin-based deposit card business grow

Card My Yard is an Austin-based garden rental hospitality service started by two stay-at-home moms in 2014 and now has 450 franchises nationwide. The web-based business followed a model of contactless operation even before the COVID-19 pandemic struck in early 2020. During the pandemic, when the celebrations were held outside and businesses took off. worked hard to reduce contact, Card My Yard has become a way for people to celebrate and meet. the increased demand for safe entertainment, said co-founders Jessica Stanley and Amy Arnold.


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