Monthly Archives: August 2013

Free Fun! Hill Country Galleria Saturday Night Concerts

Hill Country Galleria Free ConcertsJoin Hill Country Galleria for the upcoming Saturday Night Concert Series. From September 7 – October 26, you can enjoy free, live music in the outdoor amphitheater, from 7 – 9 p.m. Pick up some food to go from one of the many restaurants surrounding the amphitheater, and pick out a spot on the lawn to enjoy some great live music!

The schedule:

Independent Hill Country Radio Station, KDRP, will broadcast the concerts live on 100.1 FM, 103.1 FM, 107.1 FM, and 99.1 FM, and will also stream a live video on

Hill Country Galleria

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Bee Cave, TX 78738

Austin: First place in national economic rankings

Austin is on top again! After a brief slip to #3, Austin is back up to #1 in the On Numbers Economic Index. The Index measures the relative vitality of 102 major metropolitan areas with populations of more than 500,000. Its 18-part formula assesses private-sector job growth, unemployment, personal earnings, housing-price appreciation, and construction and retail activity. The top 5 cities on the list include: Provo, Utah (2); San Jose, CA (3); Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (4); and Oklahoma City, OK (5).

Check out the graphic below to see how Austin measures up!

Austin Ranked #1 in Economic Index Report

Have You Tried Our New App?

Looking for a home in Austin, Dripping Springs, or the Texas Hill Country? Take your search with you. Search hundreds of homes, save properties to your phone, share listings you love with others, and when you’re ready to go see a property, easily contact an agent. This app does it all, right from you smartphone!

Click below to download the app, and enter agent code KWCMDGF when prompted.

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Five websites for DIY inspiration

Taking a do-it-yourself approach to your home decor can not only save you a ton of money, but can also be incredibly rewarding. Here are five sites that offer great ideas for DIY projects.

 1. has been around since 2007 and is the web’s most popular resource for DIY projects. You’ll find tutorials, inspiration galleries, photo home tours, and more.5 websites for DIY inspiration

 2. specializes in rustic, industrial, and (you guessed it) masculine DIY ideas. You’ll learn how to build shelves from old belts and 2x4s, or make a desk out of an old door.

5 websites for DIY inspiration

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3. is a great site if mid-century modern is more your style. You’ll get some tips on how to capture that Mad Men look.5 websites for DIY inspiration










4. combines the DIY spirit with important home maintenance tips, and even reminds you when you need to complete a task, like replacing smoke detector batteries.

5. is perhaps the most complete online DIY resource. It has illustrated instructions and complete materials lists for hundreds of projects. The handier you are, the more useful this site will be.

What To Do This Weekend In and around Austin

Looking for something to do in Austin or Dripping Springs this weekend? We’ve got you covered! Check out some great events going on this weekend below, and be sure to visit for even more great things going on this weekend!

Austin Ice Cream Festival, Saturday 8/17, 10am-7pm

Austin Ice Cream Festival

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! With live music and LOTS of ice cream,  Austin’s Ice Cream Festival is sure to be a hit with the whole family! 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday 8/17. $10 for adults; free for kids 8 and under. Fiesta Gardens, 2100 Jesse E. Segovia St. 512-441-9015,

Deep Eddy Mile, Saturday 8/16, 8am


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This popular race is held in the chilly waters of on of Austin’s most popular spring-fed swimming holes, Deep Eddy Pool. Heats are seeded according to age group and time, and everyone gets his or her own lane during the race. 8 a.m. Saturday 8/17. $49-84. 401 Deep Eddy Ave. 512-327-1280,

Hill Country Rally For Kids, Saturday 8/16-18, Driftwood TX

Drive a little West of Austin for the annual Hill Country Rally for Kids. It’s fun for the whole family, with some of the coolest cars & motorcycles in the area, amazing BBQ, live music, and activities for the kids. This year’s rally funds will benefit the boys at the Burke Center, scholarships for kids through the Dripping Springs Youth Fund, and the DS Tiger Totes program. More info at

Hill Country Rally For Kids

Hill Country Rally for Kids – This Weekend!

Mark your calendars! The 7th Annual Hill Country Rally for Kids (formerly the Burke Rally) is this weekend August 16th – 18th at Camp Ben McCulloch 18301 FM 1826 Driftwood, TX 78619. (Across the street from the Salt Lick BBQ). Don’t forget to buy your raffle tickets to win this 1979 Corvette! More details below.
Hill Country Rally For Kids

What Would Buyers Do To Get their Dream Home?

It’s no secret that, in the Austin residential real estate market, inventory is tight. Decreased inventory combined with worries about rising interest rates and prices, buyers in this competitive market may be willing to do a lot to get the home of their dreams (great news if you’re a seller!).  A recent survey conducted by Trulia in partnership with Harris Interactive shows just what buyers would do in order to get their dream home. As a buyer, would you be willing to go to these lengths to purchase a home?

What Buyers Would Do To Get Their Dream Home


Dripping Springs ISD School Supply Checklist 2013

Ready or not, it’s almost time for school! And, with tax free weekend coming up Aug 9-11, it’s time to get those school supply lists together to make make sure your child is ready for school in just a few weeks!

Click on the image below to see the list for your child’s school.

DSISD School Supply List 2013

Welcome Smoke' N Hops to Dripping Springs!

Smoke’n Hops is a locally owned company and friends of the former owner of Canyon Grill, Alice Yi. We are a group of people who are very passionate about Texas BBQ, good Texas craft beers, and live music. We’ve had a vision of a business that could bring the very best in these things together, and now our vision has become reality. Smoke ‘n Hops will brew our own beer on site, smoke our own Texas-style BBQ, and bring in prominent musicians as well as local acts with ties to the community. It is very important to us to tie these things in with a fun, family-oriented environment. Therefore we have installed a playground so the younger ones are having fun while the older ones are at play. We just opened August 1st, so please “Like” us on FB to obtain the most up-to-date information on specials and music lineups!

Smoke’ N Hops is located off of US Hwy 290 at 3799 290 East, Dripping Springs, Texas 78620. For more information visit their website at