Real es­tate and restau­rant en­tre­pre­neur

Austin Way - - DESIGN & REALTY -

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 ( 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.

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