Anne Rutt-Enriquez has been working on South Congress Avenue for more than 15 years. After the Chicago native moved to Austin, she started working as a server at Vespaio and then met her husband, Edson, who was a jewelry maker at the pop-up market in the parking lot next door.
Fast forward more than a decade, and now Anne and Edson are South Congress business owners who run Limbo Jewelry, as well as Triple Z Threadz and the soon-so-open Little Limbo, a children's boutique that will join their other SoCo shops. Last year, they expanded to the Domain, where Anne says she found a slice of Austin she didn't expect.
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On this week's episode of "I Love You So Much: The Austin360 Podcast," Anne joins Addie Broyles to talk about the changing landscape of South Austin, specifically the street that has become one of the city's top tourist destinations, as well as the local artist community. Anne talked about the more than 100 local artists whose work they sell and the pressures they are all facing to continue living and working in a quickly growing city. Anne shared stories about why she continues to split her time between Austin and Chicago and what it was like to watch the lights of the Frost Tower turn on for the first time from the middle of what is now a busy street.
In our recommendations segment, which we are now calling "I Love This So Much," restaurant critic Matthew Odam joins Addie and Alyssa Vidales to talk about his favorite restaurants of the year, which were recently published in his dining guide. We asked Matthew about his beloved comfort food cafes, food trucks and coffee shops; you can find the full list of his top eateries at austin360.com/diningguide.
You can listen to previous episodes or find more information about the show, which is sponsored by Hilton Austin, at austin360.com/loveaustin360. To share feedback or guest recommendations, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can follow us on Twitter and Instagram @loveaustin360.