Austinites can look forward to a new and eclectic expansion along Mueller’s Aldrich Street with the addition of the Aldrich Outdoor Market, a selection of local pop-up retailers and services set to open across from the Alamo Drafthouse this spring.

The first of several businesses planned include Rocket Electrics, an electric bicycle rental company that will operate out of a shipping container. Soto & Co. will offer custom tailored men’s suits, shoes, shirts, and other accessories to create the modern gentleman’s perfect ensemble, out of a stylish 18-foot renovated cargo van. You can schedule an appointment via their websiteor walk on in. Lemon Drop Children’s Shopwill provide children’s toys, clothes, and accessories. Other Aldrich Street openings Mueller residents can look forward to this year include Açaí Hut, Lilla & Beth, Lady Quackenbush’s Cakery and Massage Heights.

Joining these additional business openings will be the Aldrich Lending Library, a custom “take a book, leave a book” outdoor free book exchange. The lending library will include a comfortable sitting area to provide a place to hang out, read and drink a favorite beverage from one of Aldrich Street’s many eateries.

“With all of these local businesses joining Aldrich Street, almost all of Mueller’s town center will be local,” said Ken Blaker, senior vice president of Catellus Development, the master developer of Mueller. Catellus will have the flexibility to shift the pop-up retailers to nearby sites on Aldrich Street as land is developed into future mixed-use buildings over time.

In addition to all these new business openings, we’re incredibly excited that the Texas Farmer’s Market at Mueller (TFM) is expanding its offerings to include Wednesday nights. This expansion also means TFM will be the City of Austin’s only weekday farmer’s market. Partnering with the Sustainable Food Center, the organization also accepts SNAP Lonestar dollars, with every $1 worth $2 when used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. The new Wednesday night market will begin next weekon May 2 from 5 to 8 p.m!