Rick Honrales, Author at Don Quick & Associates

A New Age of Pinball Machines

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Meet Multimorphic owner, Gerry Stellenberg

Gerry Stellenberg first got into pinball machines in college. Originally an avid pool player, he only gave pinball a chance because on one particular day he was tired of waiting for his turn to play pool. Now, he’s leading the charge on the new wave of pinball machines with his company, Multimorphic. Gerry and his team just brought the future of pinball to Austin’s Dave & Buster’s.

After graduating from college, Gerry began working in the tech industry; however, after years in the industry, he decided he wanted to take his own path in something he was interested in. Hence, the birth of Multimorphic.

At first, Gerry’s goal was simply to improve pinball digitally. Gerry first created the P-ROC (Pinball – Remote Operations Controller) which is a circuit board that enables a computer to control a pinball machine over USB. According to Gerry, this is an “evolutionary machine,” especially because it can be used to retheme existing games, including WPC, WPC-95, Stern Whitestar, and Stern SAM generations of machines – all of the popular pinball machines.

The P-ROC itself gained popularity in the pinball community; however, Gerry wanted to take it one step further. He created the P3, a pinball machine that a user can play different games on as if it were an Xbox or a PS4. All aspects of the pinball machine, from the playfield to the animated graphics on the built-in screen even to the side panel graphics can be changed. Instead of having one singular pinball machine with one unchanging theme, a P3 owner can change out their games easily as they please. Furthermore, the P3 also has a responsive playfield, that allows for increased functionality and customization.

Moreover, because the P3 utilizes a more advanced version of the P-ROC, the new age pinball machine has new features that normal pinball machines offer. For example, the P3 can be played head to head, allowing for a multiplayer type of game.

This past week marked a major achievement in Multimorphic’s existence. Gerry and his team finally got the P3 into the most popular arcade in Austin – Dave & Buster’s.

While Multimorphic has made headway in the pinball world with the P3, perhaps the hardest challenge is converting traditional pinball lovers to accept the new age design; however, the P3 is successfully growing the market beyond the traditional pinball community.

Check out the future of pinball machines, the P3, at the Austin Dave & Buster’s.

Multimorphic is currently running a promotion right now for a chance to win a $100 gift card to Dave & Buster’s. Just take a photo of the machine, post it on Facebook with your review, and tag Multimorphic

 

Learn more about Gerry and Multimorphic on their website or Facebook.

AND check out the P3 at Dave & Buster’s.

https://www.daveandbusters.com/locations/austin

Salt + Waves Brings High-End Beauty Salon to Leander

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Salt + Waves Salon Now Open in Leander

With the Austin-RR area growing at a rate of approximately 152 people per day (Austin Business Journal), more and more people are choosing to settle down in Austin’s suburbs to the north. One of these suburbs, Leander, was ranked the fastest growing city in the nation in previous years and continues to not only see strong population growth, but also a rise in business and development growth. Two local women teamed up to pursue their dreams of opening up their very own salon. Read their story below and check out the salon’s transformation.

Libby Bednarek and Cassidee Johnson met years ago at Austin Aveda Institute where Libby was employed and Cassidee was attending. “Cassidee always stood out from the crowd, as an exceptionally talented and upstanding student, she caught everyone’s attention.” Cassidee would go to Libby for support throughout her time during school, and their friendship took off from there.

Libby and Cassidee wanted to create a salon environment that is welcoming, high end, where their team and guests feel comfortable, valued and well taken care of. From stylist to our guests, they hope by cultivating a nourishing, positive, team oriented, beautiful environment, everyone will enjoy being part of the Salt + Waves Salon community.

Owners Libby Bednarek (left) and Cassidee Johnson (right).
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Mission Statement:

Based in dedicated care Salt + Waves Salon is a collaborative, creative, and welcoming community where we thrive on providing our guests with amazing customer service and technical excellence; providing a variety of hair services utilizing products chosen for their high quality and advanced performance.

 

Owner Bios:

Owner Libby Bednarek has built a name for herself in the beauty industry through integrity, continuous hard work, desire to reach new goals, and leads with an infectious positive attitude.

She began her journey at Duncan Brothers Barber School in Oklahoma City. Afterward, she spent 9 years as a hairstylist where she grew her passion and pursued her strength in the business side of the hair industry. Libby then moved into her career path at the Austin Aveda Institute and following managed multi-location salons where she successfully led style teams, management teams, and gained a larger perspective of the industry with strengths in teaching the best in customer service, marketing, style, and support.

Through this experience and motivation, naturally, the next step was to open Salt + Waves Salon alongside her business partner and lead stylist Cassidee Johnson.

 

Owner Cassidee Johnson is an award-winning stylist and her work has been featured in Austin Bridal Magazine.

After 2 years of business school, she made the decision to follow her passion for hair and style. She attended Austin Aveda Institute where she met her now business partner Libby Bednarek.

Cassidee loves her hair people and they love her back, from cut, color, style, to Wedding hair and Habit Hand-tied extensions. Cassidee’s motto has always been, “Do what you love!” Her heart and passion show in her art and style with those who sit in her chair.

Salt+Waves Grand Opening

 Learn more about Salt + Waves Salon on their website or their Facebook page

Or visit Salt + Waves Salon at 3550 Lakeline Blvd Ste 175 (11.58 mi)
Leander, Texas 78641.

From Sales to Snakes

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Venitox, a Story of Family

After spending over a decade in the medical sales industry, Rob Clark, like many others, lost his job during the recession of 2008. Around the same time, Rob’s oldest son was diagnosed with autism. Amidst adversity, Rob found a way to start a new career while also strengthening his relationship with his son.

After unsuccessfully testing the job market, Rob decided he wanted to do something he was passionate about, while also doing something that would allow him to connect to his son better. Having always been a fan of the outdoors he wanted to do something with nature. Just like his dad, Rob’s son shares similar interests.

So, naturally, Rob decided to start a career as a snake venom extractor, an extremely dangerous occupation that can only be done by a handful of people in the US – but that’s not all… he’s self-taught.

Rob also started his own venom lab located in Round Rock, Texas called Venitox Laboratories. The company has been producing lyophilized snake venom to serve the needs of researchers and pharmaceutical manufacturers since 2013. Now 6 years in, Rob has bigger plans for the future.

With a family of 200+ snakes, spiders, and other reptiles (with most of them having names), Rob believes children of all ages would really enjoy experiencing his collection – just as his own son has. Rob is considering opening up his business to the public so that more people can enjoy his reptiles.

Rob’s son loves being around all the snakes and reptiles and assists his dad in taking care of the collection. The father and son duo will be working together over the summer.

To learn more about Venitox, visit their website here.

 

 

Perfect Game MUD Marks 3rd Major Development on US 79

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ON APRIL 18TH Perfect Game, a baseball scouting organization, announced plans to relocate their HQ to Hutto – a 300,000 SF behemoth that will seat 13,000 people and will be a part of a mixed-use-development “project that is expected to pump $200 million annually into the local community,” a major jump from the current economic generation of Hutto which is $30 million. (Community Impact)

This announcement marks the 3rd major project along US 79, coinciding with proposed improvements to US 79 from I-35 to east of FM 1460 (AW Grimes) that will include widening the road to include an additional travel lane in each direction. (TxDot) See their website here for more information on the US 79 project.

Here are the breakdowns of each development:

Kalahari

  1. Property Summary: 355 AC Indoor water park, resort & convention center
  2. Total Property Size: 355 AC – 4.13x the size of Dell Diamond
    1. 975 Guestrooms & suites
    2. 200,000 SF Convention center
    3. 5 Signature restaurants
    4. Tom Foolery’s Adventure Park: 80,000 SF
    5. America’s largest water park: 223,000 SF
  3. Breaking Ground Date: May 2018
  4. Projected Finish: November 2020

Hutto Co-Op District

  1. Property Summary: Hutto’s first mixed-use development that includes a new city hall building, space for civic activities, retail shopping, restaurants, & a farmer’s market
  2. Total Property Size: 35 AC, 500,000 SF dynamic business, retail, entertainment and residential destination
    1. Hutto City Hall: 40,000 SF – now open
    2. Restaurants List (as of 4/24): Top Notch Burgers, Southside Market & BBQ
    3. Flix Brewhouse: 39,000 SF – opening 2nd quarter 2020
  3. Breaking Ground Date: November 2018
  4. Projected Finish: First phases early 2020

Perfect Game/Indoor Sports & Event Center Development  

  1. Property Summary: Baseball scouting org Perfect Game will anchor this $800m mixed-use development project.
  2. Total Property Size:
    1. 300,000 SF stadium that will be able to seat 13,000
    2. 30+ Turf/regular ball fields & 6 multipurpose fields
    3. Additional office, commercial and residential components
    4. Convention hotel
  3. Breaking Ground Date: Summer 2019
  4. Projected Finish: Perfect Game grand opening will be no later than Memorial Day 2021
  5. Projected to pump $200m annually into the local community and generate more than 150,000 hotel room nights annually.

 

Notable Mentions:

Diamond Oaks: Approximately 13,000 SF of new construction multi-tenant retail and restaurant space

Shops @ Legends Village: 14,400 SF office/retail site across the street from Kalahari

Report shows charitable giving increased in 2018 among Central Texas businesses

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By Apr.
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Nearly 75% of Central Texas businesses supported local nonprofits in 2018.

Another statistic of note, from 2017-18, 43% of Central Texas businesses increased the portion of their budgets devoted to philanthropy and charitable giving.

Those results and more come from the Rodman Report, an annual survey conducted by Austin-based philanthropic advisers Rodman & Associates. This year’s report includes responses from more than 150 area organizations and explores a range of topics, from how companies give to why they give and what constitutes their criteria for support.

A press release quotes Rodman & Associates founder Lisa Rodman as saying the report benefits nonprofits and businesses.

“Every year, the Rodman Report provides new metrics that help companies understand how their giving compares to others in the community,” Rodman said in the release. “The insights are also critical, however, for nonprofits to see how their needs align with the giving priorities of Central Texas businesses.”

The release also states the results in the Rodman Report are drawn from the responses of 152 Central Texas companies that participated in an online survey between Jan. 28 and Feb. 28.

Results from the survey show most companies cited monetary donations and volunteer hours as their primary methods of giving at 86% and 79%, respectively, and the key drivers for public giving in 2018 were community support and public goodwill at 79% and 66%, respectively. Another result within the survey states 45% of respondents said their company provided assistance in 2018 to communities or individuals affected by damaging Central Texas flooding.

The release states Austin Mayor Steve Adler endorsed the report and encouraged local businesses to participate in the survey.

“Austin has a thriving business community,” Adler wrote in an email invitation, according to the release. “That in itself is a great thing, but it’s even better knowing that our local businesses are forces for good in our community.”

For a complete look at the report, click here.

Caption: More than 150 area organizations participated in a survey on philanthropy. (Courtesy BirdsiVideo)

Don Quick & Associates, Inc. Ranked #1 Commercial Real Estate Brokerage Firm in Wilco by Austin Business Journal

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Don Quick & Associates, Inc. was ranked 18th overall in the Austin Business Journal’s list of top commercial real estate brokerage firms for 2018 in the Austin area – and 1st for Williamson County. The companies are ranked by transaction values for sales and leases for 2018. The company moved up to 18th from 23rd the previous year.

Don Quick & Associates, Inc. Complete Rankings:

#1 in Total Transaction Value of 2018 Sales & Leasing in Williamson County

#18 overall in Total Transaction Value of 2018 Sales & Leasing in Austin MSA

#4 in Breakout: Transaction Value: other Client Sales/Purchases for Pad Sites and Land

#5 in Austin Operations: Total Acreage Buy/Sell on Client’s Behalf During 2018

#8 in Breakout: Of Total Building Transaction Values, What Portion is for Multifamily Portion

#8 in Austin: SF of Multifamily Portion

#9 Austin: No. of Multifamily Units Sold

#13 in Austin SF Leased

#16 in Breakout: Aggregated Transaction of Leases

See full list here:
https://www.bizjournals.com/austin/subscriber-only/2019/03/29/the-list-top-austin-area-commercial.html

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USTA Texas to Anchor $1.5B Cedar Park Project

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By Mar.
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The United States Tennis Association Texas plans to bring its headquarters and facilities to the Indigo Ridge mixed-use development announced for Cedar Park, a city located just north of Austin, Texas. Currently, the USTA Texas is headquartered at 8105 Exchange Drive. Cedar Park’s City Council approved a resolution to authorize the agreement.

USTA Texas headquarters will serve as the anchor for this projected $1.5 billion urban oasis development, which will occupy 155 acres at the northwest corner of East Whitestone Boulevard and Sam Bass Road. Upon completion, Indigo Ridge will encompass more than 5 million square feet of retail, dining, urban living, corporate office, hotel, medical, sports and entertainment uses. The tennis campus will consist of approximately 40 outdoor tennis courts, six to eight indoor tennis courts, a stadium court and related amenities for training, development and competitions.

“The USTA is excited to be part of this development and looks forward to working with Indigo Ridge Development Partners to design and develop the facility,” Tom Hunt, president of USTA Texas, said in a prepared statement. The Tennis Center will be owned and operated by USTA Texas.

“With regional employment growth from companies like Dell, Google, Oracle and Emerson, and the massive nearby expansion by Apple, the USTA Tennis Center will be an added draw for future corporate relocations to Indigo Ridge,” added Michael Kennedy of Avison Young Dallas, the broker for the project.

Design firm Gensler created the masterplan for the project, which incorporated outdoor public gathering spaces and multigenerational healthy living communities that complement the USTA program. Construction is estimated to begin in six months and roll out in six phases.

Images courtesy of Avison Young

Treasured Earth Foods Picked Up by Snap Kitchen

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Whole Foods Market Vendor Picked Up by Snap Kitchen

Whole Foods Market Vendor, Treasured Earth Foods, is now available through Snap Kitchen. 

Treasured Earth Foods creates delicious baked goods that taste amazing and happen to be gluten-free, paleo, and, most importantly, diabetes-friendly. Ruth Noel, the creator of the family-run company, explained how the idea for healthy delicacies stemmed from her father’s inability to consume sweets due to his diabetes. Through much experimentation in the kitchen, Ruth’s mother created a truffle that her husband could enjoy without worrying about his blood sugar levels. Eventually and without any medication, Ruth’s father was no longer diabetic. Soon, that truffle, the Chocolate Kika Truffle (named after Ruth’s mother), became the first product Treasured Earth Foods sold at the Sunset Valley Farmer’s Market around 2009.

Ruth, a Texas A&M grad, had previously owned a state processing facility for meat on their ranch called Tesoro Terra Farms, which roughly translates into Treasured Earth Farms. She decided to change paths and started Treasured Earth Foods in 2009, modifying her mom’s truffle invention and creating new healthy desserts. After years of selling their products primarily at farmer’s markets and creating local buzz, the company finally got into Whole Foods Market in 2013 and was even asked to create a brand new product, specifically for the opening of the Whole Foods Market Domain location in 2014.  Later that same year, Whole Foods Market decided to put Treasured Earth Foods in its Southwest region that includes Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas. Besides Whole Foods Market and Snap Kitchen, you can find their products in Austin at Fresh Plus, People’s Pharmacy, Wheatsville Co-Op and online. 

Treasured Earth Foods currently operates out of their commercial kitchen just north of Austin. Ruth explained how it is a great location for their kitchen because it allows her to make her deliveries on time – especially when they are delivering to different cities and states. She plans on opening a brick-mortar store for her healthy baked goods one day. Learn more about Treasured Earth Foods on their website or their Facebook page

Outdoorsy – the sharing economy leader of travel experiences expands to Round Rock

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Outdoorsy chooses Round Rock for second Austin location

Sitting in cozy camping chairs enjoying the beauty of an indoor fire pit, we talked growth with Outdoorsy’s VP of Customer Operations, Nino Cavenecia, in their brand new space in Round Rock.

Just one year after moving their headquarters from San Francisco to Downtown Austin, Outdoorsy, the “Airbnb of RV’s”, expands to Round Rock with a new location for operations. The three-year-old tech company has major plans for growth and expansion, especially after raising another $50 million in Series C funding just this past January. Nino Cavenecia, VP of Customer Operations since January 2018, says he’s been eyeing Round Rock even before he moved from the Bay Area three years ago. Larger tech companies like Apple and Dell have already spilled over into Williamson County; however, according to Cavenecia, newer tech companies/start-ups continue to fearfully avoid the “sleepy suburbs.” Outdoorsy is more forward-looking and understands the need to create connections in the cities that surround the strong tech capital. Cavenecia explained how they offer the modern benefits of a tech company without the massive living expenses and brutal traffic of Austin. As Williamson County continues to be one of the fastest growing counties in the nation, Outdoorsy has positioned itself ahead of the curve, taking advantage of both the ever-increasing workforce and the lower lease rates just north of the Texas capital. Cavenecia says he plans to hire local talent, rather than pulling from Downtown Austin. 

“Outdoorsy’s mission is to create value for people,” simply by connecting adventurers to otherwise underutilized RVs and their owners. The company plans to move beyond just being the “Airbnb of RVs” and wants to include outdoor experiences in their offerings – a “one-stop shop for the outdoors,” as Cavenecia said. Moreover, Outdoorsy plans to expand internationally, with focuses on Europe, Canada, and especially Australia and New Zealand where it’s summer all year long. The company currently has about 31,000 vehicles signed up but is projected to move closer to 65,000 by the end of the year.

Outdoorsy’s new location at Old Town Square will focus on customer support, claims, and trust & safety. Outdoorsy prides itself in being proactive in terms of customer service and safety. According to Cavenecia, the company prides itself on being prepared, perfectly suiting one of its industry’s precepts and the camper’s mentality. Currently, the operation has about 25 employees but plans to hire dozens more over the next few months. Learn more about job postings on Outdoorsy’s website.

 

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