Plus, a new coffee shop, bar, and pool is coming to town.
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⭐️ Stars in space (activations)
A building with rainbow film, reading "XOXO Welcome to Downtown" in the windows.
The first DASA activation at 506 Congress Ave. is easy to spot from the street.|Photo by ATXtoday
Small businesses, organizations, performers, and event organizers have a new opportunity to get some space Downtown: the Downtown Austin Space Activation.

The new program, launched by the Downtown Austin Alliance earlier this month, is an effort to connect folks to centrally located storefronts and increase Downtown’s vibrancy simultaneously.

Plus, with approximately 12% of stores in Downtown Austin sitting vacant, someone has to use it.

Here’s how it works

DASA takes empty or underutilized spaces and converts them into affordable pop-up spaces, which can be used for:
  • Retail
  • Food and beverage stands
  • Mini-markets
  • Art and cultural installations
  • Co-working spaces
  • Event venues
  • ...and more
While new space could be added at any time, there are a few areas currently available for activation:
  • 506 Congress Ave.
  • Central Presbyterian Church at 200 E. 8th St.
  • Old Bakery Emporium at 1006 Congress Ave.
  • 301 Congress Porch at 147 E. 4th St.
  • Republic Square Park at 422 Guadalupe St.
A man stands on a ladder adding "DASA" graphics to the wall, where in front of it sits a black desk and black chair.

DivInc. set up shop in the DASA storefront on Thursday, June 13.


Photo courtesy Joi Conti

The program’s first storefront — a partnership with DivInc — is open now through the summer at 506 Congress Ave. Next spring, DASA will launch an artist residency and exhibition program.

Spaces can be rented for $250-$350 per day (plus a refundable $150 deposit).

How does the Downtown Austin Alliance gather these spaces?

While some spaces are managed by or associated with the Downtown Austin Alliance, the program also opens up a way for property holders and business owners to donate space.

In fact, the Downtown Austin Space Activation program is actively seeking new partners to offer their space — apply here.

Ready to get involved?

If you’ve got an event or organization that could use some Downtown space, apply here to get matched with a location.
Friday, June 21
  • “Floating Through the Metaverse” | Now-Sunday, Sept. 8 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Paggi House, 200 Lee Barton Dr., Austin | Free | See paintings + digital media exploring the relationship between humans and the earth at this brand new gallery.
  • Bingo Night | Friday, June 21 | 7-8 p.m. | Blue Owl Brewing, 2400 E. Cesar Chavez St., Ste. #300, Austin | Free | Play bingo with a brew in-hand for your chance to win a prize.
Saturday, June 22
  • Vino Vinyasa | Saturday, June 22 | 10-11:30 a.m. | Four Seasons Hotel Austin, 98 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin | $30 | Drink wine and flow in and out of yoga postures on the lawn overlooking Lady Bird Lake.
  • Artisan Vendor Fair | Saturday, June 22 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Village Farm Tiny Home Community, 8316 Canoga Ave., Austin | Cost of purchase | From farm-fresh eats to handmade goods, shop from artisan vendors while listening to live music.
Sunday, June 23
  • Beverly Hills Rosé Soiree | Sunday, June 23 | 12-5 p.m. | Eberly, 615 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin | $75 | This annual wine tasting event features over a dozen rosés from all over the world, plus pop-ups from local vendors.
  • Mother Mother + Cavetown | Sunday, June 23 | 6:30 p.m. | Moody Amphitheater, 1401 Trinity St., Austin | $33-$92 | ACL alum and four-piece rock band Mother Mother will be joined by the “Devil Town” singer-songwriter.
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News Notes
  • Austin-Bergstrom International Airport will debut new baggage screening equipment by July, opening four more explosive detection system lanes. The new lanes will raise capacity for luggage processing. (KXAN)
  • LJA Engineering and Spyglass Realty are among the best businesses to work for in Austin, according to the Austin Business Journal. The report named 75 local businesses spread across four size categories — see if your company was recognized.
  • This new coffee shop doesn’t serve your average joe. Women-owned Sightseer Coffee is now open inside Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop, 1905 S. 1st St. Expect creative coffee drinks at the shop, owned by two people who met while working at Greater Goods Coffee. (Eater Austin)
  • Please please please, don’t miss this concert. Pop sensation Sabrina Carpenter is bringing her “Short n’ Sweet Tour” to the Moody Center on Monday, Oct. 28. After presale, tickets will go on sale on Friday, June 28, at 10 a.m.
Try This
  • Prominent chefs from Austin and San Antonio will be invited to break bread at Emmer & Rye this summer. The restaurant’s Breaking Bread series will bring together rotating chefs including Bryce Gilmore of Barley Swine, Edgar Rico of Nixta Taqueria, and more on a weekly basis — make a reservation. (Eater Austin)
  • The third-annual Midsummer Festival, a free event celebrating Swedish heritage, will be held this month at Austin’s historic Old Bakery & Emporium, 1006 Congress Ave. Bring the whole family for Swedish goodies, live music, a trip around the maypole, and flower crowns.
  • 5.6 million. That’s how many Texans are planning to travel for Fourth of July festivities. Around 4.8 million of them will be traveling via car, but with 555,000 traveling by plane, you can expect a busy day at the AUS as well. (KXAN)
  • Which Baylor football players are among the best in the Big 12? Get the biggest stories every day from the local experts of the Baylor Bears with Locked On’s daily podcasts.
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    🛟 New pool, who dis?
    A pool with four small fountains surrounded by blue and green umbrellas, in front of the Cabana Club.
    We dare you not to take a dip in this 21+ pool.|Photo by Garrett Smith
    There’s a new pool to add to your summer bucket list.

    Cabana Club, a new coffee shop and bar created by the team behind Progress Coffee, will open at 5012 E. 7th St. sometime this summer for a splashing good time. Plus, you can stay all day long 7-12 a.m. on weekdays.

    In addition to coffee, Cabana Club will feature a full food + bar menu, plus three food trucks on deck, and 130 parking spots.

    The space welcomes remote workers with a spacious clubhouse where you can break out the laptop. Once you’ve clocked out, take a dip in the 21+ pool surrounded by a patio.

    Outside, there’s a 2,500-square-foot retractable pergola to combat the sun, fans (or heaters, depending on the season), and cabanas for hot summer days.

    Ready to dive in? Follow Cabana Club on Instagram to stay in the loop.
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