Here are 10 Austin brands that have made it big beyond central Texas.
10.) Mama Fu’s Asian House
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!?
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.
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
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
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.
5.) Kendra Scott Jewelry
If the women in your life don’t own a few pieces of Kendra Scott Jewelry, chances are they really want some. Kendra’s headquarters are right here in Austin where she’s been since the beginning. You can find her products online, in her stores, in boutiques and in department stores.
A humble sandwich shop started in Austin in 1971, and now Schlotzsky’s Bakery and Cafe has restaurants all across the nation. From the Rio Grande Valley to the suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota and from Southern California to coastal Virginia, you can find Schlotzsky’s franchises scattered across the United States.
HomeAway is an innovator in the travel industry. They set up a platform for people to rent out their houses as vacation properties. And really, what better way to get to know a city than to live in one of its neighborhoods while you’re there? They’re one of the premier companies in the world in their market.
Are the computers at your office made by Dell? Probably. While the commercials with the slacker guy saying “Dude, you’re getting a Dell” have fallen by the wayside, Dell is still a major player in the computer hardware business.
1.) Whole Foods Market
One of the hallmarks of great companies is being able to summarize their business in a few words. Whole Foods Market is known for natural and organic foods. Whole Foods has come a long way from its one Austin store in 1980 to 440 stores across North America and the United Kingdom. It looks like they’ve outgrown their “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store™” slogan.
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