Top 10 Austin Credit Unions

Posted on August 18, 2008. Filed under: -- Austin Related, -- Top 10... | Tags: , , |


By Molly Greaves

I’ve noticed that lists seem to be popular, so I thought I’d share with you some resources that I have available to me. Here are the top 10 Credit Unions in Austin ranked by Austin Area members. Thanks to the Austin Business Journal and also thank YOU for reading my blog…

1. University FCU: 104,386  call 467-8080

2. Velocity CU: 87,004 call 469-7000

3. A+ FCU: 77,466  call 302-6800

4. Austin Telco FCU: 59,306 call 302-5555

5. United Heritage CU: 46,481 call 435-4545

6. Amplfy: 39,833 call 836-5901

7. Public Employees CU: 34,015

8. Randolph Brooks FCU: 29,755  call 800-580-3300

9. Greater Texas FCU: 22,173  call 458-2558

10. Capitol CU: 14,676 call 477-9465

And here’s who they say are the Top 10 credit unions ranked by Austin-area DEPOSITS as of June ’07.

1. University FCU– call 467-8080

2. A+ FCU– call 302-6800

3.  Austin Telco FCU– call 302-5555

4. Velocity CU– call 469-7000

5. United Heritage CU–435-4545

6.  Amplfy– call 836-5901

7.  Truwest– call 252-6031

8. Randolph Brooks FCU– call 800-580-3300

9. Public Employees CU– call 474-1955

10. Greater Texas FCU–  458-2558

 

Thanks for checking out my blog =)

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Top 10 Banks with Austin-Area Branches

Posted on July 18, 2008. Filed under: -- Top 10..., -- Uncategorized | Tags: , |


By Molly Greaves

According to the 2008 Book of Lists from the Austin Business Journal, here are the top 10 Banks with Austin-Area Branches.

Drum roll….

1. Bank of America NA: 397-2200

2. Wells Fargo Bank NA: 344-7000

3. JPMorgan Chase Bank NA: 877-302-4273

4. Compass Bank: 419-3400

5. Frost National Bank: 473-4343

6. Wachovia Bank NA: 482-4300

7. Capital One NA: 314-2411

8. Washington Mutual Bank: 343-9382

9. Franklin Bank SSB: 374-1600

10. Prosperity Bank:  472-5433

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30 GREAT things to do in Central Texas

Posted on July 14, 2008. Filed under: -- Austin Related, -- Top 10..., -- Uncategorized, Texas | Tags: , , , , , |


30 great things to do in Central Texas

Because there’s no place like home for vacation

Hello friends! Thanks for checking out my blog. I want too be sure that ya’ll know that I got this article from the local Austin newspaper, the Austin Statesman, which is currently renovating their office, and is looking awesome.   The author’s information is below, so please do not think I’m the author =)
AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
Sunday, July 13, 2008

There’s only one thing wrong with living in Central Texas: Living here means working here, and that means we sometimes don’t have time to do all those fun things that made us move here.

So, take a vacation at home this year and enjoy all the things this area has to offer. Here are 30 to get you started, many of them iconic Austin experiences.

1. See a vintage summer movie on the big screen at the Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. Tonight: “The Last Picture Show” and “Hud.” See the whole list on http://www.austintheatre.org.

2. Explore new parts of the Lady Bird Lake hike-and-bike trail. If you’re like me, you have one particular circuit you always hike or bike (or, in my case, trudge). Branch out and try new segments of the 10-mile trail. See a map at http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/parks/trails.htm.

3. Quick now, what state park is just minutes from Austin’s bustling downtown? McKinney Falls is sometimes overlooked as a getaway, but it’s there, tucked into the southeast corner of the city, closer than the airport. Two falls on Onion Creek form swimming holes, and trails, picnic spots and campsites dot the 744-acre wooded park. 808 McKinney Falls Parkway. 243-1643, http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us

4. Take a good, long look at Lady Bird Lake on one of numerous cruises (daytime, sunset, dinner). Try Lone Star Riverboat, (512) 327-1388, or Capital Cruises at (512) 480-9264.

5. If you haven’t seen the terrific Beat Generation exhibit at the Ransom Center (300 W. 21st St. (512) 471-8944, http://www.hrc.utexas.edu), you have until Aug. 3. Don’t miss it.

6. Grab someone you love and drive up to Mount Bonnell (3800 Mount Bonnell Drive, off West 35th Street) at sunset. Climb to the top and, once you’ve caught your breath, bestow an eloquent declaration of your feelings.

7. Take a dip in Barton Springs Pool, then have a hippie sandwich at Shady Grove (1624 Barton Springs Road).

8. Find the round rock in Round Rock. It’s near Chisholm Trail Street in the middle of Brushy Creek. (It’s a rock on which the city’s founders sat and fished.)

9. Visit Aquarena Center, formerly Aquarena Springs, in San Marcos (921 Aquarena Springs Drive, (512) 245-7593, http://www.aquarena.txstate.edu). Alas, Ralph the Swimming Pig is no longer there, but you can still ogle algae, fish and turtles through the glass-bottom boats.

10. See why the Long Center (701 W. Riverside Drive) was worth the long wait. Austin Chamber Music Festival performances continue through July 26; for a list of all performances, visit http://www.thelongcenter.org.

11. Graze Whole Foods at Fifth Street and Lamar Boulevard. Chow on free samples, then decide what you’re having for dinner. Eat a scrumptious dessert on the rooftop and gaze across at Mecca health club. Fit City meets Fat City.

12. Drive out to Hamilton Pool (24300 Hamilton Pool Road off Texas 71 in Dripping Springs), one of the best swimming holes ever. Call (512) 264-2740 first to make sure it’s open.

13. Sit in on an Austin City Council meeting (10 a.m. Thursdays at 301 W. Second St.) Better: Find something on the agenda that makes you mad and sign up to speak about it.

14. Take a tour of Austin. Choose a Segway tour (699-6051, http://www.glidingrevolution.com or 402-9299, http://www.segcity.com), the amphibious Austin Duck Adventures (477-5274, http://www.austinducks.com), a ghost tour (853-9826, http://www.hauntedtexas.com) or a Texpert Tour (383-8989, http://www.texperttours.com), an insider tour of the Capitol or “weird Austin” with the incomparable Howie Richey.

15. Hit the outlet malls in San Marcos. They’re clustered around exit 200 off Interstate 35.

16. Visit one of the oldest museums in Texas, the Elizabet Ney Museum (304 E. 44th St. 458-2255). The 19th century sculptor’s former studio not only contains her portrait collection; it also tells her story, and it’s a unique one. The museum’s owned by the city, and it’s free.

17. Grab a burger and root beer float at Sandy’s (603 Barton Springs Road).

18. Cruise through IKEA in Round Rock (exit 256 off I-35) and find something you can’t live without. Then try finding your way out in less than 10 minutes.

19. When was the last time you went to the Continental Club (1315 S. Congress Ave.)? That’s too long ago. Dale Watson couldn’t stay away; you shouldn’t either.

20. Take yourself out to the ball game: Go to a Round Rock Express game at Dell Diamond. Don’t worry about the heat; most summer games are at night. Find them at http://www.roundrockexpress.com.

21. Get in touch with Texas writers and photographers with a visit to the Wittliff Collection at Texas State University in San Marcos. It’s hard to find, but there are good directions on thewittliffcollections.txstate.edu.

22. Visit the best dive in high-priced Austin: Dry Creek Saloon, 2912 Mount Bonnell Road. Unfortunately, Sarah Ransom’s no longer there to yell at you to bring your empty beer bottles back downstairs. But it’s still cool.

23. See a free demonstration of glass blowing at Wimberley Glass Works, 6469 RM 12 at Hugo Road. (800-929-6686)

24. Drive half an hour to Kreuz Market in Lockhart (619 N. Colorado St. at U.S. 183) and have yourself a fine piece of brisket or shoulder clod. Then stop at the farm stand about a block north on U.S. 183 and see if they have any peaches left.

25. Go to any local coffee shop — Little City, Sweetish Hill, Jo’s Coffee, Austin Java — and eavesdrop on coffee-stoked conversations. (It’s hard not to.)

26. Don’t forget the bats. Until about October, the bats pour out from under the Congress Avenue bridge at about dusk. Coolest place to watch them on a hot summer night: The Lobby Bar at the Four Seasons, which has balconies with views of the bridge.

27. Check out the history of firefighting at the Georgetown Firefighters Museum at 816 Main St.

28. Visit the charming Austin Zoo (10807 Rawhide Trail; see http://www.austinzoo.org for directions) and find Tink, the tortoise that runs. (Now they need to get a slacker hare.)

29. Go to the Capitol, find a guard and ask him or her if the building’s haunted. You’re likely to hear some interesting stories. (If not, ask a different guard.)

30. Grab dinner and some music at Threadgill’s at 301 W. Riverside Drive. It’s near where the Armadillo World Headquarters stood and keeps up the revered venue’s spirit.

handers@statesman.com; 912-2590

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Austin THEATER and VENUE Guide

Posted on July 13, 2008. Filed under: -- Austin Related, -- Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |


by Molly Greaves

Austin is the LIVE music capital of the world, which is GREAT if you want to catch a concert or small live music show, but where is there to go if you want to catch the ballet, theater or a movie?

 

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema- 320 E. 6th St & 1120 S. Lamar Blvd

Austin Lyrci Opera- 901 Barton Springs Rd.

Austin Music Hall- 208 Nueces St. (that’s pronounced NEW-A-SIS, like Oasis)

Austin Symphony Orchestra- 1101 Red River

Ballet Austin Box Office- 501 W. 3rd St.

Butler Dance Education Center and Community School- 501 W. 3rd St

B. Iden Payne Theater- 300 E. 23rd St.

La Zone Rosa- 612 W. 4th St

Dobie Theater-Dobie Mall, UT campus, 2025 Guadalupe

Doughtery Arts Center-110 Barton Springs Rd.

The Hideout Theatre- 617 Congress Ave.

Off Center-2211 Hidalgo St.

Paramount Theater- 713 Congress Ave

Salvage Vanguard Theater- 2803 Manor Rd.

Scottish Rite Children’s Theater- 207 W. 18th St

The Vortex- 2307 Manor Road

Zach Scott Theater- 1510 Toomey Rd.

Zilker Hillside Theater

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Austin Gallery & Museum Guide

Posted on July 13, 2008. Filed under: -- Austin Related, -- Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |


By Molly Greaves

4 walls fine art- 115 E. 5th St.    

Art on 5th-  1501 W. 5th Street

Art Palace- 2109 E. Cesar Chavez

Artworks-1214 W. 6th St, Ste. 105

Austin Galleries-  1219 W. 6th St.

Austin Museum of Art-  823 Congress Ave.

Authenticity Gallery-  910 Congress Ave.

The Blanton Museum of Art- MLK at Congress

The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum 1800 N. Congress Ave.

Creative Research Laboratory 2832 E. MLK Jr. Blvd.

d berman gallery- 1701 Guadalupe Street

Davis Gallery- 837 W. 12th St.  

f8 Fine Art Gallery-1202-A West 6th Street

Flatbed Press- 2830 East MLK Jr. Blvd.

Gallery Lombardi- 602 W. 7th St., Apt A

Gallery Shoal Creek- 2905 San Gabriel, Ste 101  

Gallery Soco 1714-A S.Congress Ave

Harry Ransom Center- 21st St. and Guadalupe

Jean-Marc Fray Fine French Antiques- 1009 W. 6th St., Ste 102

Julia C. Butridge Gallery Doughtery Arts Center- 110 Barton Springs

Kathy Womack Gallery- 411 Brazos St., Ste 100

La Pena Gallery- 227 Congress

LBJ Library and Museum- 2313 Red River

Lora Reynolds Gallery- 300 West Ave, Ste 1318

Lotus Gallery Asian Art and Antiques- 1211 W. 6th St., Ste 100

Mexic-Arte Museum- 419 Congress Ave.

Okay Mountain- 1312 E. Cesar Chavez, Ste. B

O. Henry Museum- 409 E. 5th St.

Russell Collection Fine Art- 1137 W. 6th St.  

Slugfest Printmaking- 1906 Miriam

Stephen L. Clark Gallery- 1101 W. 6th St

Studio 107- 1111 East 11th Street

Umlauf Sculpture Garden- 605 Robert E. Lee Rd.

Wally Workman Gallery- 1202 W. 6th Street

Women & Their Work- 1710 Lavaca St.

Yard Dog- 1510 S. Congress Ave.

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Austin’s Top FINANCIAL PLANNING FIRMS 2008

Posted on July 10, 2008. Filed under: -- Austin Related, -- Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |


This is just in alphabetical order as per the Austin Business Journal Book of Lists 2008. Typed up for you by Molly Greaves…because I care!!

1. Ames & Weinheimer 372-8118

2. Davila Buschhorn & Associates PC 258-6637

3. InNet Financial Group Inc. 328-7526

4. Kenty Yung Ozias & Associates 744-4800

5. Stabil Capital Management Inc. 963-6883

6. The Austin Retirement Specialist 302-5534

7. Thorton Capital Strategies LLc 891-7526

8.  Weaver Kading & Associates 231-8180

 

And why there aren’t 10? Just 8? That’s what I wonder. The only reason I have right now is because that’s how the Business Journal wanted it… I’m OK with that.

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Need Office Furniture? Check out the Top 10 Office Furniture Retailers/Contractors in Austin

Posted on July 6, 2008. Filed under: -- Austin Related, -- Moving?, -- Real Estate Guide For Today's Market, -- Top 10..., . More Resources For YOU! | Tags: , , |


by Molly Greaves

Need Office Furniture? Check out the Top 10 Office Furniture Retailers/Contractors in Austin ranked by office furniture revenue in 2006. Got this list from the Austin Business Journal 2008 Book of Lists.

1. Rockford Business Interiors 442-0703  

2.  Workplace Resources of Austin 472-7300

3.  Furniture Marketing Group Inc. 908-4600

4.  Shelton-Keller Group Inc. 481-1500

5. Office Depot Inc–Business Services Division 837-8999

6.  Austin Business Furniture 832-6400

7. Furniture For Business 833-9000

8. Office Furniture Now! 448-3769

9.  Texas Office Products and Supply  472-1340

10. Corporate Express Inc. 997-2100

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Top 10 Wealth Management Firms in Austin

Posted on July 6, 2008. Filed under: -- Austin Related, -- Building Wealth, -- For The Investor In YOU, -- Investing, . More Resources For YOU! | Tags: , , , |


This is more geared toward my local Austin friends, or people interested in Austin Wealth Management. According to the Austin Business Journal, these are the Top 10 Wealth Management Firms ranked by locally managed assets as of February 2007.

1. Charles Schwab 370-3880

2. Merrill Lynch 474-5811

3. Raymond James and Associates 477-3110

4. Veritrust Financial 448-0647

5. Ameriprise Financial Services 346-5400

6. Scottrade Securities 343-8200

7. RiverStone Wealth Management 476-5554

8. Empiric Advisors 328-9321

9. Eltekon Financial LLC 447-3200

10. Caprock Securities 322-0133

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CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OFFICES IN THE AUSTIN AREA–FROM BUDA TO WEST LAKE

Posted on July 6, 2008. Filed under: -- Austin Related, -- Real Estate Guide For Today's Market, -- What MOLLY's Up To | Tags: , , , |


by Molly Greaves

I spend a few hours a week helping a local woman run her business, and one of the things I do for her is gather information regarding possible speaking opportunities. Another thing I do is find events and things she can coordinate into her calendar. Therefore, I thought it would be helpful for her to have the contact information for all of the local Chamber of Commerce offices in the surrounding Austin area. So, I recently typed her up a list with the local Chamber of Commerce’s email addresses and phone numbers, and thought I’d share this with you as well. The list comes us from the Austin Business Journal.

Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce

Www.austinchamber.org  

322-5649

Round Rock Chamber of Commerce
Www.roundrockchamber.org
255-5805

Georgetown Chamber of Commerce
Www.georgetownchamber.org
930-3535

Cedar Park Chamber of Commmerce
Www.cedarparkchamber.org
260-7800

Greater Pluferville Chamber of Commerece
Www.pfchamber.org
251-7799

North West Austin Chamber of Commerce
Www.nwaustinchamber.org

Westlake Chamber of Commerce
Www.westlakechamber.org
306-0023

Hutto Chamber of Commerce
Www.hutto.org
759-4400

San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce
Www.sanmarcostexas.com
393-5900

Buda Area Chamber
Www.budachamber.com
295-9999

Bastrop Chamber of Commerce
Www.bastropchamber.com
303-0558

Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce
Www.laketravischamber.com
266-5833

Taylor Chamber of Commerce
www.Taylorchamber,org
365-8485

Smithville Chamber of Commerce
Www.smithvilletx.org
237-2313

Kyle Chamber of Commerce
www.Kylechamber.org
268-4220

Women’s Chamber of Commerce
Www.womenschambertexas.com
338-0839

Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commmerce
Www.hispanicaustin.com
476-7502

Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Www.aglcc.org
474-4422

Austin Asian American Chamber of Commerce
Www.austinaacc.org
407-8240

Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce
Www.capcitychamber.org
459-1191

Caldwell County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Www.lockharthispanicchamber.org
398-9600

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