For the third time in a week, I’ve seen a local business highlighted on CNN, two of which are home-related.  Apparently the spotlight is shining on our fair city due to its ability to ride out the economic you-know-what-storm hitting the rest of the country mighty hard.  Since I can’t embed CNN’s videos, here are a few links for your viewing pleasure:

Design it With Consignment

I’ve featured a few steals & deals from Design it With Consignment along the way, my favorite being this amazing chair I’m still lusting over.  One of the unique things about DIWC is that you can rent their furniture for 20% of the ticket price, which is especially handy for home staging.

Austin Lumber Company

The second-generation owner of this business turned a disaster into an opportunity when fire destroyed the entire lot of her uninsured business and inventory.  Instead of wallowing in despair, she reinvented the business, focusing on the green building trend and now is Central Texas’ go-to source for eco-friendly building materials.

Flip Happy Crepes

Flip Happy Crepes pioneered a huge trend in Austin, serving handmade crepes from an Airstream trailer.  Since their business was so successful, many followed their lead and opened food trailers of their own.  Now you can get everything from cupcakes, gourmet donuts, and cake balls to Vietnamese food, Turkish kebabs, and “farm-to-trailer” fare here in the capitol city.