L A M A R - B O R D A Y P O P - U P C R A W L
Sunday, September 2 | South Lamar | Pop-Up x Bar Crawl | Benefitting Comics for College
photography by @dwhitehurst81 & @hey_rj
map by @watercoloratx
The Lamar-bor Day Artisan Vendors Series
Brian Jones, co-founder of Wrigleyville South Dog & Beef
Lamar-bor Day Raffle Sponsor
“There’s 7 elements to a Chicago-style hot dog. It’s gotta be on a poppy seed bun, onions, tomato, sport peppers, celery salt, lime green relish and a pickle. The reason is has all those toppings on it is because during the Great Depression, they advertised it as a way to get all of your food groups through one hot dog. The flavor is rich, sweet and sour. Bold flavors which Texas loves. And not ketchup of course! There’s already tomatoes on it so ketchup is a no-no."
Video Credit: @pdyer012
Tell us a bit about the faces behind Wrigleyville South Dogs & Beef.
My wife and I started the trailer about six months ago. I was working in sales and fed up with it, Teri’s a teacher during the day, so we decided to take a risk and open the food truck. We chose Chicago-style food because we couldn’t find it in Austin. Plus, my two favorite things in the world are Vienna Beef Hot Dogs and the Cubs. I was burnt out on sales and wanted to do anything but sales. That pushed me to take that risk. And being my own boss was a huge plus. The first day we opened was in February; it was rainy and one person showed up, so we had a minor freakout. Since then, it’s been a lot better.
Do you ever have any Sox fans come through?
We do and they talk a lot of trash. Until I tease them that Guaranteed Rate South Dogs & Beef doesn’t have the same ring to it. They get a kick out of that. We welcome Sox fans with welcome arms.
Tell us about how you met your wife.
My wife and I met in college in Santa Barbara. We dated back then and things didn’t work out. But then we reconnected at a wedding ten years later. Then we didn’t talk for another 5 years. Then she tracked me down on Facebook and brought me down to Austin.
What’s it like working with your spouse?
It comes with its challenges and advantages. If one of us gets too far off track with an idea the other one will us back in. It keeps us in check. We’re super close because we’re tackling this together.
Lamar-bor Day Official Crawl Stop including Frankie Jean, Celis Brewery and Uncle Billy's Brewery
"In 2004, we started making small batches of coconut-milk ice cream for our dairy-free friends and family in Austin. Pretty soon, word got around how creamy it was and before we knew it, complete strangers were showing up on our doorstep with spoons! That’s how NadaMoo began. It’s a made-up word that means “no dairy.” We think it’s fun to say and even more fun to eat."
Photo Credit: @maxowitz
Which flavor combination tops your must-try list?
We love making cone creations at the shop! Try two scoops of Cookie Dough Fudge on a dark chocolate cone from the Konery topped with chocolate fudge sauce and chocolate chili sprinkles from Hardcore Sprinkles!
Where can we buy NadaMoo?
Scoops, shakes, pints and more are all available at our scoop shop! Pints are sold in HEB, Central Market, Whole Foods and many other retailers nationwide.
Anna Muniz, founder of Watercoloratx
Lamar-bor Day crawl map creator and vendor at the wristband pick-up lounge at Noah Marion Quality Goods
"I’ve always been interested in art. My mom’s a lawyer and my dad’s a CPA. I worked at a law firm for four years, but I always knew it’s not my life. I was about to graduate from school and I was worried about finding a job. I’d never watercolored before, so I thought I’d try it out. I challenged myself to do 360 days of watercolors. My boyfriend bet me I wouldn’t finish the challenge. I got a few months into it and people started to notice it. I got invited to do a show and from there people started asking me for commissions."
Video Credit: @pdyer012
What was the first step like to turn watercoloring into a business?
It was really scary. I haven’t studied art very long and I was on my own. It was really fun to get people outside of my family who wanted commissions.
What did you study originally
I studied urban studies, so like architecture. It’s related to my watercolors. I really like to focus on places that are historic and local to Austin. I feel like they have more character and that really can come through in a watercolor.
What’s been your favorite watercolor so far?
I love to do the little food trucks. They’re always so cute and small.
Walk us through your painting process.
Sometimes I have a really hard time picking a place, but I usually try and find a place I haven’t been to before so I can learn more about it. I like to learn a unique fact about each business to figure out what makes them special. Then I find a really good picture of the place and sketch it out. I’ll go over that in pen to make the final layer. Then I start adding colors. A typical piece takes about 30 minutes to an hour.
Is there a business you haven’t done yet that you’re saving to have it be the coolest one?
More businesses in downtown Austin. A lot of those places are super intricate and getting the right angle and getting the right detail is tough. I tried doing the Driskell once and am waiting to do it again because it’s so, so detailed.
What’s your favorite business in Austin?
I’ve discovered more coffee shops through my watercolors. I really like Patika. I’ve started thinking a lot more about light with my painting, and they have incredible light and a lot of windows.
What did it feel like to have your first sale from one of the businesses you’ve painted?
The business, EyeJoy, messaged me at like 8pm at night and I was like “is this for real?!” The next day I went out and bought the plastic wrapper and the stickers and got it all ready to drop off. It was really fun.
Have you connected with other small businesses in Austin?
The Paper Craft Pantry has been really great. I took a workshop there to learn about running a small business. It was super helpful. I’m also working with @ouratx to make a map of small women-owned businesses in Austin. Hopefully that’ll help people shop local and support women-owned business.