Tiff’s Treats sets up shop in Aggieland
Tiff ’s Treats certainly has a recipe for success.
The Austin-based company that specializes in deliveries of hot cookies continues to grow, most recently adding a Tiff ’s Treats in the heart of Aggieland.
The College Station Tiff ’s Treats is in the Century Square mixed-use project near the Texas A&M campus, where it joins another Austin import: Hopdoddy.
“Even though we got our start at the University of Texas, we believe there are two things Longhorns and Aggies agree on: love for the great state of Texas and love for delicious, warm cookies,” Tiff ’s Treats co-founder Leon Chen said. “We are very excited to have our cookies available to the College Station area.”
In addition to expanding here in Texas, the growing chain recently opened its first out-of-state locations in the Atlanta area.
Snap Kitchen goes south
Tiff ’s Treats isn’t the only homegrown food-and-drink chain in expansion mode.
Snap Kitchen has opened a new Southwest Austin location in the Arbor Trails shopping center, 4301 W. William Cannon Drive.
“Our number one request in our hometown has been to open a shop in South Austin,” said Tressie Lieberman, Snap Kitchen’s chief marketing officer and head of culinary. “We are so proud for Arbor Trails to be our latest Austin location and cannot wait to bring the convenience of Snap Kitchen to the neighborhood.”
The new location features all your Snap Kitchen favorites, as well as the chain’s new fall lineup.
Since its 2010 debut, Snap Kitchen has expanded into several other markets outside Austin, including Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Chicago and Philadelphia.
American Girl opens
A new addition at the Domain has girlie girls squealing with delight.
American Girl has opened at the North Austin shopping center, giving youngsters an opportunity to hunt for a doll that looks just like they do. There are, of course, plenty of accompanying outfits and accessories available for purchase, as well.
The 5,000-square-foot temporary store is located between Macy’s and Punch Bowl Social and will be open
until Jan. 28.
“We are thrilled to have American Girl join the Domain’s diverse mix of retailers and restaurants through the holiday season,” said Lauren Krumlauf, the center’s director of marketing and business development. “We believe the addition of this sought-after brand will speak to our current customer base, giving them fresh options, while simultaneously attracting new customers with young children.”
Lamps Plus coming
Construction has wrapped up on the city’s first Lamps Plus store at The Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd. in North Austin.
It will be the chain’s 39th location — and the first new one to open since 2009. A grand opening is set for Friday.
“Austin has a highly desirable population based on economic, artistic, educational and trend-setting reasons,” said Terre Wellington, senior vice president of store operations for Lamps Plus. “Since our store growth strategy is extremely selective and measured, we were looking for a vibrant city to include our highly successful retail store business and Austin fits our strict criteria. We have high expectations for our Austin store and we also know that the city’s creative population will have an influence on the future of our business.”
In Texas, Lamps Plus already has locations in Plano and Arlington. The company is headquartered in Los Angeles.
“With two existing Texas stores and a successful e-commerce site at lampsplus.com, we continue to add customers in the state,” Wellington said. “Our Austin store is important to expand our customer base throughout the Southwest.”
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Leon and Tiffany Chen, owners of warm-cookie chain Tiff’s Treats, are expanding into Texas A&M territory in the Century Square mixed-use project in College Station. The chain also has opened stores in the Atlanta area.
Los Angeles-based lighting-and-décor retailer Lamps Plus is opening its first Austin store Friday. The store is located at The Arboretum in North Austin.