Real estate and restaurant entrepreneur
Lisa Matulis-Thomajan’s successes are nearly overshadowed by her quiet kindness. She is nonchalant about her beloved Austin bakery, Delish, whose sweet scents wafted down West Third Street from 2008 to 2016. And she acknowledges with a laugh the graceful leap she then made to real estate by joining DEN Property Group (denpg.com) and the sales team of the new 70 Rainey luxury condos. “I love people,” she says, “and a chance to learn a new craft but still be a part of something important for my customers was a great next step.” She shares that entrepreneurial spirit with her husband, Stuart, who founded Chameleon Companies—a real estate and restaurant developer. Matulis-Thomajan’s subtle influence helped shape the success of their restaurant jewels, Wu Chow and Swift’s Attic. But the Chameleon’s newest release, Guild, features a seasonally inspired seafood-driven menu, and has her style, she says, written all over it.
“Austin embraces entrepreneurism. I don’t know if I would’ve opened the bakery anywhere else.”
On Matulis-Thomajan: Blouse, $295, by Gucci at Moss; trousers, $425, by Nikki Chasin at Sunroom; necklace, $805, by Marla Aaron at Kick Pleat; necklace, by Kendra Scott, Matulis-Thomajan’s own; pearl ring, $1,990, and black ring, $2,990, both by Dezso at Sunroom. Opposite page, on Poloskova: Vintage dress, Poloskova’s own; mules, $340, by FAR at Garment Modern + Vintage; jewelry, Poloskova’s own.