1. The Continental Club, located at 1315 S. Congress Ave., Austin, reopened for live music performances May 28 with shows from The Blues Specialists, Greyhounds and Barfield the Tyrant. Sister venues C-Boy’s Heart and Soul and the Continental Gallery also reopened in late May. The Continental Club first opened in 1955 and has hosted performers from Stevie Ray Vaughn to Junior Brown and Dale Watson through its more than 50 years. 512-441-2444. www.continentalclub.com

2. Texas-based Cow Tipping Creamery closed its Austin-area shop May 2. Located at 4715 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. 103, Sunset Valley, the soft-serve ice cream shop offered shakes, cones and cups with custom toppings. www.cowtippingcreamery.com

3. Mexican restaurant El Alma celebrates 10 years in business in June.

El Alma, located at 1025 Barton Springs Road, will observe its anniversary with a fiesta June 24 from 6-9 p.m. featuring hors d’oeuvres and food stations with favorite items from the restaurant’s menu, a ceviche bar and a queso fountain. All-you-can-eat tickets are available for $50 at www.elalmacafe.com/fiesta.

4. Local restaurant Picnik and store Blue Suede Shoes + Wine will open in the fall at 1600 S. First St., Austin, in the recently completed Willa condominium development from Storybuilt.


This will be the third location for owner Naomi Seifter’s Picnik in addition to its original South Austin trailer and brick-and-mortar location on Burnet Road. Blue Suede Shoes + Wine, from Jennifer Parkman and Cynthia McMillioan, offers shoes, jewelry and handbags for sale with wine, beer and coffee available. www.1600austin.com

5. Removery, a locally based tattoo removal company, will relocate its corporate headquarters June 28 to 1400 S. Congress Ave., Austin, in a space that will also include a laser tattoo removal studio. Jo Kelton, chief operating officer of Removery, said in an email the corporate office had three employees when it test test opened in its current location at 1524 I-35, Austin. The office now has 60 employees as Removery has grown to 45 locations in the U.S., Canada and Australia. test test 512-910-8974. www.removery.com test test test ttttt