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Valentine's Day in Austin's 2nd Street District

February 14 is fast approaching here in the 2SD (and everywhere), and happy hearts are setting their sights on the perfect way to spend the evening. Reservations around town are filling up fast, but never fear: Valentine's Day in Austin's 2nd Street District offers a plethora of ways to treat your honey right. Ready to spoil the object of your affection? Read on for menu specials and gift ideas galore.

Taste the Romance: Valentine's Day Restaurant Recommendations

Sink your teeth into some New American cuisine at The Bonneville, which offers a sumptuous 4-course prix fixe menu ($65 per person) on the 14th, including smoked mushroom tian, ricotta agnolotti pasta with mini chicken meatballs, warm lobster nicoise, tiramisu and more. Dinner comes with a complimentary Persephone Punch, and you can add wine pairings for $30.

Can't decide between surf and turf? Have both in style at III Forks, offering a three-course prix fixe menu ($160 per couple) from February 10 through 14. It includes dinner for two featuring filet mignon and coldwater lobster tails served with whipped potatoes, off-the-cob cream corn, vine ripened tomatoes and spring onions, and chocolate lovers' dessert. Additional wine pairings and champagne are on offer to make the evening pop.

Lovers of the grape, rejoice: CRU Food & Wine Bar on 2nd Street is serving up a perfect 4-courses Valentine's meal with your choice of filet of sole with crawfish nantua, roasted mushrooms and jumbo asparagus; beef tenderloin with pommes puree, haricot verts and green peppercorn sauce; or lamb loin with provencal vegetables, roasted baby yukon gold potatoes and sauce choron. The $55 prix fixe menu runs alongside an exhaustive list of wines from all over the world; instead of committing to just one, try one of CRU's famed wine flights to find your favorite vintage.

In the mood for some laid-back elegance? Bring your valentine to La Condesa for a romantic menu of specials featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients from Texas providers. Its exclusive seasonal menu can be enjoyed a la carte or as a shared plate experience to elevate your dinner favorites to the next level. Then, finish the night strong at La Condesa's adjacent bar, known for its specialty cocktails like the Alma Blanca or a classic pisco sour.

If simplicity is key and all you want is a touch of old world romance and some finger-licking good Neapolitan pizza, look no further than Numero 28. Treat your favorite person to a delicious southern Italian experience: indulge in fresh pastas, oven-fired pizzas, small plates and Italian wines served in a warm and intimate atmosphere.

Super Sweet Gifts Galore

There's no shortage of great gifts to shower upon your beloved. From artisanal soaps and spa products to unique jewelry and dapper menswear, you're sure to find something to surprise your valentine and/or #treatoself with this year. Take a gander at what's for sale in the 2SD this February:

Feather your nest with gorgeous, organic goods from Hacienda...

Keep your gent outfitted to the hilt with threads from League of Rebels...

Melt the stress away with apothecary products from Luxe Apothetique...

Set the mood for love with luxury goodies from Mercury Design Studio...

Inhale deeply and enjoy ultimate indulgence from milk + honey...

Knock 'em dead with retro-chic looks from Modcloth...

Get the "person who has everything" something cool from PRIZE...

Add a touch of color with local fave Rae Cosmetics...

Bejewel them (or yourself!) with baubles from Sikara & Co...

Or work up a sweat together with fitness gear from St. Bernard.

For more tips on enjoying the 2nd Street District and everything it offers, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Have yourself a happy heart day and we'll see you around the neighborhood!

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Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas in Austin

Stil searching for a few last minute gifts? This season, we've pulled a variety of items at some of our favorite boutiques and stores. We've rounded up some of our top picks at under $100. Find the perfect present for a co-worker, client, family member, loved one or friend. From embroidered cocktail napkins to jewelry - there's something for everyone in the 2ND Street District. Happy shopping!

Toy Joy

We're proud of being 75% locally owned and operated. Stop by and meet the people that make The 2ND Street District Where Texas Warmth Meets Austin Cool.

How many years Have you been in business? In business for 26 years.

Why do you love what you do? There is nothing better than finding your inner child and having fun!

What’s the coolest thing about Austin? The coolest thing about Austin is it's eclectic indy spirit.

What’s your favorite product or menu item in your store or restaurant? Our favorite product (and everyone else's) is our riding Rody!

Tell us a fun fact about you or your business. Adults secretly love us just as much as kids!

Thank you, Toy Joy!

Be sure to check out Toy Joy during White Linen Night for their event: REBOOT 2.0, The Assemblages of Adam Miller at 6PM August 2ND!

Austin Rocks

We're proud of being 75% locally owned and operated. Stop by and meet the people that make The 2ND Street District Where Texas Warmth Meets Austin Cool.

How many years Have you been in business? In business for 3 years.

Why do you love what you do? We love meeting visitors and helping them find what's cool in Austin!

What’s the coolest thing about Austin? The coolest thing about Austin is its music and arts culture.

What’s your favorite product or menu item in your store or restaurant? Our favorite products are the ones created by local Austin artisans.

Tell us a fun fact about you/your business. Austin Rocks is a sister store to Austin's Wild About Music!!

Thank you, Austin Rocks!

Be sure to visit Austin Rocks on White Linen Night for cocktails and special end of season discounts!

Estilo

*We're proud of being 75% locally owned and operated. Stop by and meet the people that make The 2ND Street District Where Texas Warmth Meets Austin Cool. *

How many years have you been in business? 9 years...one of the "first" on 2nd Street :)

Why do you love what you do? Other than loving the fashion industry and discovering new, unique clothing and jewelry lines for men and women, we love helping people! Helping someone find the perfect outfit and becoming their go-to destination is extremely rewarding. We love meeting new people and love all of our loyal, local customers!

What’s the coolest thing about Austin? We love how supportive Austin is of the arts and anything local.

What’s your favorite product or menu item in your store or restaurant? We love Rory Beca's silk summer dresses. It's a staple in our wardrobes and our go-to for clients who need a cute date outfit. For men, any shirt by Theory--classic and perfectly tailored. They never go out of style :) We're also loving long beaded tassel necklaces. They spice up any outfit and are the perfect accessory!

Tell us a fun fact about you your business. For our White Linen Night event, we're showcasing local jewelry designer, Rebecca Brannan and local artist, Allyson Arnold.

Thank you, Stephanie and Erin at Estilo!

For more about White Linen Night, click here.

White Linen Night Goes Full Color In the 2ND Street District

Mike Johnston - TRUTH

Mike Johnston - TRUTH

 

What began in New Orleans as a way to celebrate local artists and lure residents into the streets, The 2ND Annual White Linen Night now beckons Austinites and city visitors to The 2ND Street District (2SD) for a night uniting the culinary and creative communities.

In addition to the ticketed wine & food pairing block party and the free in-store events throughout the 2SD, attendees will also be able to view the new public mural by a rising star in the art community, Mike Johnston.

Known also as "TRUTH," Johnston calls himself a street art evangelist spreading joy to the public. He has designed a piece to be located in the AMLI Downtown service court, located directly across the street from the entrance of W Austin

I am jazzed about creating a mural for the 2nd Street District. After having a few art shows in this area, I have really fallen in love with it! I’m hoping that the wall I’m painting will brighten someone’s day. Thank you to [2SD Management] for giving me the opportunity and crafting the lovable phrase that I am using as inspiration ‘Texas Warmth Meets Austin Cool!’
— Mike Johnston

The 2ND Street District prides itself on being the "best-in-class merchant district in the city, filled with Austin's finest retailers and restaurants. In addition to being devoted to nurturing local businesses and keeping Austin weird, you might not know that the 2SD is committed to continually focusing on and providing for its community, by way of free concerts and events, scholarship competitions, support of local non-profits, and now, by installing another work or public art to be unveiled on White Linen Night, August 2nd.

Please visit and enjoy!

Don't forget to let us in on the fun and tag #2NDStDistrict when you share your pics.