Business News from Southwest Austin: New Distillery, Float Spa, Merle Haggard Inspired French Fries Trailer Coming Soon

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Mama Fried is a new food truck on Armadillo Den on Menchaca Road in South Austin. (Courtesy Evan LeRoy)

See the latest business news from South Austin, including the arrival of a new dog photography studio, rye and bourbon whiskey distillery, and french fries food truck.

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Dog Days Photography, a dog photo studio for all of Austin, opened in March. Owner Bryn Bonino focuses on dog wall art and offers her services to both households and businesses. Dog Days Photography is offering photos at the MudPuppies location in North Austin on July 10th, 1pm to 5pm. For $ 150, customers will receive $ 100 in wall art credit with the photo service and $ 50 will be donated to Austin Dog Rescue. Bonino is also holding a calendar competition from July 12th to August. 23. Individuals can submit photos of their dog online, and 13 dogs will be selected to be professionally photographed and featured on Dog Days Photography’s 2022 calendar. The competition benefits Hound Rescue, who shelter abandoned dogs in Texas homes. www.dogdays.photography

Fierce Whiskers Distillery gears to open in late summer at 5333 Fleming Court, Austin. The name of the rye and bourbon whiskey distillery, owned by local Texans Tim Penney and Tri Vo, comes from a quote that former President Rutherford B. Hayes wrote in his diary during a visit to Texas in 1849 and Austin called a place with “whiskers, gaming,” and drinking plenty in all neighborhoods. “Www.fiercewhiskers.com

Fiery Sage Healing has moved its practice from 2720 Bee Caves Road, Austin, to 2500 W. William Cannon Drive, Austin, in Stonegate Two Office Park. Jennifer Finegold practices acupuncture and hypnotherapy and specializes in the treatment of disorders such as anxiety and depression. 512-815-3555. www.fshealing.com

Mama Fried, a new french fry trailer from the team behind Leroy and Lewis, opens July 15th at Armadillo Den, 10106 Menchaca Road, Austin. The menu includes french fries with dips such as beet grill or queso. Customers can also order the fries with options like chili and cheese or the whole hog fries with whole pork, pork hash, mustard barbecue sauce, and coleslaw. The concept comes from longtime Leroy and Lewis collaborator Clayton Cook and is inspired by Texas’ outlaw country legends; Merle Haggard recorded the album “Mama Tried” in 1968. 512-962-7805. www.mamafriedatx.com

The True Rest Float Spa will open on July 15th at 2919 Menchaca Road, Ste. 105A, Austin. The flotation therapy chain also has locations on Research Boulevard and Cedar Park. Franchise co-owner Tanner Heim also plans to open a second business – Lizard Yoga Wellness and Retreat Center – in the same building in Ste. 104A. The yoga studio does not yet have an expected opening date. 512-550-1392. www.truerest.com



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