Made in Austin

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When we were thinking about what kind of opening party we wanted, the idea to make it a Made In Austin themed event was an easy one. Five Two SQ Integrated PR was born in Austin (New Integrated PR Agency, Five Two SQ Opens its Doors in Austin, Texas). Not by birthright, but I have grown into my Austin-ness over the past eight years. Our community of business partners, clients, influencers and most importantly, our friends represent the core of what makes this town great: people who work smart and also know when to chill, we enjoy the culinary and music scene and then we walk, run, hike it off and get ready to do it all again another day. We like to meet, in person, face to face. We like to share resources and ideas. We root for each other. We celebrate each of our successes. And, we say “welcome to Austin” when we meet newcomers. Toto, we are not in San Francisco anymore. I was excited to finally host my official opening party in our beautiful space in downtown Austin. I knew it was the ‘home’ for Five Two the moment I walked in. I have enjoyed the proverbial corner office, as well as the corporate cubicle – I was done with all forms of traditional office space. So the minute I walked into the warm natural light and Edwardian style architecture, of what was surely someone’s private residence before it became a part of the downtown office space, I knew I was “home.” For Five Two, I wanted a space that I could re-imagine as my own, modern elements and contemporary style, but with functional office needs in mind. While the decision to move in was very quick, the settling into and actual “move in” took much longer. But after six plus months, we were ready to officially open our doors and share the space we created. Before we get into the party details, what’s an opening party without a branded swag bag? So, we reached out to our same Austin friends, colleagues, past and current clients and asked them if they wanted to participate in our gift bag.

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As you can see, the who’s who and what’s what of the best media, the best in beauty, spa, eco lifestyle and specialty foods – all Made in Austin brands were present. We love you – BlueAvocado, Eliza Page, Kohana Coffee, Milk + Honey, Oatmega Bars, RAE Cosmetics, Sikara & Co, Society Diaries, Sticky Toffee Pudding and Tiny Taiga. And the party? With local hot spot Contigo Catering providing the nibbles and Daily Juice Austin‘s addictive Mr. Resistor super energizing organic shot of lemon juice, cayenne pepper and ginger – this was not going to be your ordinary get out the Titos party. Last but not least, our former client and now friend, Paige Davis of Soul Sparks was on hand to ground us with a thoughtful and spot on mini mediation to mark the evening’s intent and to capture all of the positive energy in the room. And that, my friend, was our Made in Austin opening party for Five Two SQ.

Austin Shines on April 30

Projects + Events

There’s no shortage of talent flocking to Austin these days. musicians, filmmakers and restaurateurs find their feet in the hidden gem of Texas, and this spring, jewelry designers will have their day.

From local boutique owner Elizabeth Serrato, the brilliant mind behind the Second Street District’s style landmark, Eliza Page, a grand plan to host budding jewelry designers and industry veterans under one roof was born. The idea is so genius, yet so simple that we can’t help but wonder: why didn’t anyone think of this before?

Here’s the 411. On Friday, April 30, Eliza Page, will open its doors for the inaugural Austin Shines event, a day-long soiree of sorts, pairing up-and-comers with tricks of the jewelry trade. Starting at noon, panels led by Austin-area experts will explore topics like entrepreneurship, public relations, marketing, production and manufacturing in the 2nd Street District at 416 W. Cesar Chavez. Who better to kick off the festivities with a keynote address than our very own local design celebrity, Kendra Scott? Other notable names include Marques Harper of the Austin American-Statesman, Lauren Smith Ford of Tribeza and Gail Chovan of Blackmail boutique, just to name a few.

But wait, there’s more.

Aspiring jewelry designers have submitted collections for a chance sell their line at Eliza Page for three months and win a $1,000 Austin-area shopping spree courtesy of Launch 787. There are two chances to land the prizes, either by being named the “Judge’s Shining Star” or the “People’s Shining Star”, selected by Austinites in-store. The big winners will be announced at the evening cocktail reception following the speakers at 5:30pm.

Be sure to visit www.austinshines.com for more info. You won’t want to miss out on the social event of spring that’s sure to have the town talking.

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