Tiff’s Treats sets up shop in Ag­gieland

Austin American-Statesman Sunday - - BUSINESS SUNDAY - Gary Dinges Shop Talk

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.”

The ex­press lane ...

The Tar­get lo­ca­tion at 2021 Guadalupe St. near the Univer­sity of Texas cam­pus now has an open­ing date: Nov. 8. The small-scale store will have a stripped-down as­sort­ment of prod­ucts geared to­wards col­lege stu­dents . ... Fire­house An­i­mal Health Cen­ter has bought Drake Ve­teri­nary Hos­pi­tal, 541 Louis Henna Blvd. in Round Rock. It’s the grow­ing chain’s fourth Austin-area lo­ca­tion . ... Lo­cally pro­duced Water­loo-brand sparkling wa­ter has hit store shelves. It made its de­but at Whole Foods Mar­ket, with plans to even­tu­ally be avail­able at Cen­tral Mar­ket and other re­tail­ers as well. Fla­vors in­clude orig­i­nal, black cherry, wa­ter­melon, co­conut, lemon, lime and grape­fruit . ... The Tory Burch store at San Mar­cos Premium Out­lets, 3939 In­ter­state 35 in San Mar­cos, has re­opened fol­low­ing a 3,079-square­foot ex­pan­sion . ... Ker­bey Lane Café will open a lo­ca­tion in the Mueller devel­op­ment next year. It will oc­cupy space on the ground floor of the new Texas Mu­tual In­sur­ance Co. head­quar­ters that’s cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion. Learn more by read­ing our re­cent story at atxne.ws/2vt­n2Ie . ... Com­ings and goings to report at Do­main North­side in North Austin: In­te­rior De­fine home fur­nish­ings is now open, while up­scale kitchen store Pirch has closed after just six months.

Con­tact Gary Dinges at 512-912-5987. Twit­ter: @gdinges

RODOLFO GON­ZA­LEZ / AMERICAN-STATES­MAN 2015

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.

LAMPS PLUS

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.

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