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Austin is a hugely influential city. Technology, music, art and fashion trends start here and emanate to other parts of the nation and even the world. Some businesses started here are meant to stay here, but others are intended to have a much farther reach.

Here are 10 Austin brands that have made it big beyond central Texas.

10.) Mama Fu’s Asian House

Photo: Courtesy, Mama Fu’s on Facebook.

Photo: Courtesy, Mama Fu’s on Facebook.

For several years now, Austinites have enjoyed the classic flavors and fast service of Mama Fu’s Asian House. But did you know people in the United Arab Emirates can also get their fill of Mama Fu’s, too? They can! So can people in Houston, San Antonio, Waco and Lubbock. They also have locations in Bentonville, Arkansas, and Jacksonville, Florida. Who knew Austin could export Asian food!?

9.) Chuy’s

Photo: Flickr user Ross, creative commons licensed.

Photo: Flickr user Ross, creative commons licensed.

Chuy’s describes its food as Tex-Mex, and that’s accurate, but when you want Chuy’s, you say you want Chuy’s, not Tex-Mex. Chuy’s its own thing. Just try the Elvis Presley Memorial Combo, and you’ll quickly see why this Austin original has locations in 15 states.

8.) TicketCity

Photo: Flickr user Jim Larrison, creative commons licensed.

Photo: Flickr user Jim Larrison, creative commons licensed.

If you want to get into exclusive events and VIP sections at concerts, the first place you should try is TicketCity. This Austin ticket broker is your one-stop-shop for world class experiences. They can get you into major sporting events and the biggest music shows all around the globe. They have the hookup you need to get behind the velvet ropes.

7.) Amy’s Ice Creams

Photo: Courtesy, Amy’s Ice Creams on Guadalupe on Facebook.

Photo: Courtesy, Amy’s Ice Creams on Guadalupe on Facebook.

Most Austinites have heard the story of how Amy’s Ice Creams blossomed from one Austin store in 1984 to the milky phenomenon that has taken over Austin’s sweet tooth and expanded to San Antonio and Houston. They can sample our ice cream, but they’ll never be as cool as us. Right!?

6.) Keller Williams Realty

Photo: Flickr user Andy Piper, creative commons licensed.

Photo: Flickr user Andy Piper, creative commons licensed.

You can’t drive more than a few miles through Austin neighborhoods without seeing a Keller Williams Realty sign in someone’s yard. While you may think all these KW agents are working together, they’re actually under a franchise. So each individual or team under the KW banner works on its own, but they tap into the resources and reputation of a global firm. More than 134,000 agents operate from 790 offices around the world.

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