🌱 Homes + CapMetro + Camera Exchange + HiBar + Miranda Bennett

Rise and shine, Austin! It's Wednesday, so let's get you started with everything you need to know going on in town today.

First, today's weather:

Mostly cloudy. High: 75 Low: 35.

Here are the top stories today in Austin:

  1. If you're looking for a new home, now is a good time to look, as "the local real estate market is buzzing with activity!" Check out new homes on the market in Austin through Patch's "weekly real estate roundup, a collaboration between Patch and Redfin.com," by visiting: (Austin Patch)

  2. Capital Metro's (CapMetro) "announced it broke ground Tuesday on Broodmoor Station, a new MetroRail Red Line station in Uptown ATX," which is "a 66-acre master-planned mixed-use development near The Domain worth $3 billion." The new "station will provide reliable multi-modal transit connections throughout Austin" and "safe pathways and access" for pedestrians and cyclists. Features will include "two double-length, covered platforms for customers to wait comfortably and safely" and "more than 400 shared parking spaces for transit users." For more information on the project, visit: (KVUE.com)

  3. In honor of its new store in Austin located at 5925 Burnet Road, the Camera Exchange is hosting its Model Shootout event on Saturday, Jan. 22 from 1-4 p.m. The event will feature "a professional model, lighting and equipment that you can use to create fun images that you can add to your portfolio." They will also be giving away a $100 gift card which you can enter to win by signing up here. The contest ends Thursday, Jan. 20. For more event information, visit: (happeningnext.com)

  4. Austin's Hopdoddy Burger Bar recently acquired Bryan-based Grub Burger Bar to form a new company called the HiBar Hospitality Group. The company will be led by Hopdoddy's CEO Jeff Chandler, and Grub founder and CEO Jimmy Loup will be on the board of directors. Chandler said, “We’re thrilled to join forces with Grub, a high-quality and complementary brand that we have admired for years." He added, “We have much in common, from our team-centric cultures and commitment to people, to exciting menus and a tireless focus on the guest experience." The menus offer "a range of upscale burgers built around beef and other proteins that feature creative toppings and in-house baked buns," as well as "fried chicken sandwiches and a vegan option made with Beyond meat." There is also "a full bar that includes craft beer, wine, cocktails, and boozy shakes." For more information, visit: (CultureMap Austin)

  5. Austin-based Miranda Bennett Studio, owned by designer Miranda Bennett, is "creating a new standard for womenswear." The local clothing brand, which uses plant-based dyes to color its apparel, is re-patterning several of its popular styles "to be size-inclusive, meaning they now fit sizes 00 to 32." Some of those styles include the Everyday dress and the Knot dress, which you can check out in-store at the East Austin studio located at 1211 E 11th or browse online at shopmirandabennett.com. For more details, visit: (Austin Monthly)

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Today in Austin:

  • Virtual Zumba Free Online Classes. (6 a.m.)

  • Donate Blood and Get a Free Small Sub from Thundercloud at We Are Blood. (8 a.m.)

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at Paredes Middle School. (4 p.m.)

  • Mendez Community Conversation at Austin ISD. (6 p.m.)

  • "The Never-Ending Story" at Doc's Drive in Theatre. (6:30 p.m.)

  • Optimizing Your Resume + LinkedIn Profile for the Tech Industry Online Event. (7 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • Texas Women's Basketball, add a third Big 12 FOTW award to the resume at: https://hookem.at/Big12FOTW." (Facebook)

  • "Central Texans honored the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday with both virtual and in-person celebrations, as a surge in COVID-19 cases brought on by the omicron variant forced some planned events to move online or be canceled." (Facebook)

  • "Whoa Austin! You are amazing! Pease Park Conservancy collected 3,000 items of donated food today for Central Texas Food Bank! Thank you to all of our volunteers and donors!" (Facebook)

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Gabriela Couvillion

About me: I'm an active mom of two grown sons and lifelong San Antonio resident. I received a BA in Spanish from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and in my free time I immerse myself in creative writing. Thanks for reading Patch, and feel free to reach out if you have any news and happenings you think may appeal to our readers!

This article originally appeared on the Austin Patch