Maufrais

(for­mer site of Un­com­mon Ob­jects), 1512 S. Con­gress Ave.

Austin American-Statesman Sunday - - BUSINESS SUNDAY - PHOTO BY JAY JANNER / AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN

When long-time ten­ant Un­com­mon Ob­jects re­lo­cated last year, many ex­pected the funky 5,000-square-foot space they left be­hind would be taken over by a na­tional chain. In­stead, Aus­tinites Sean and Lau­ren Green­berg are launch­ing Maufrais, which will ini­tially op­er­ate as a pop-up shop, with plans to add a cof­fee bar, cus­tom­iz­a­ble Stet­son hats and ac­ces­sories, house­wares, art ex­hibits and an event space.

“Open­ing a shop right next door to my fam­ily busi­ness is some­thing I never dreamed pos­si­ble,” said Sean Green­berg, whose fam­ily op­er­ates Al­lens Boots on South Con­gress.“I’m very proud to carry on the tra­di­tion of lo­cal South Con­gress mer­chants in this new era of re­tail.”

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