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Arden Ward

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Arden Ward is the executive editor of CultureMap Austin, where she previously served as managing editor.

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Fashion Forward

Texas teen fashion designer is in Fast Company with Amy Poehler and Barbara Bush

By Arden Ward

Isabella Rose Taylor is no stranger to the spotlight. The 14-year-old Austin-based fashion designer debuted a collection at New York Fashion Week last fall, and now she's one of ...


Houston Charm

Houston named one of the friendliest cities in America, but we already knew that

By Arden Ward

What they say about Texas charm must be true, because Travel + Leisure says Houston is one of the friendliest cities in the U.S. The 15 cities on the list ...


Hot Houston Homes

Houston is declared the second best place in the nation to buy a home this year

By Arden Ward

Houston-area home prices are on the rise, but that's not slowing down our hot market. In fact, a new study says Houston is the second best place in the ...


Franklin Wins Big

Austin barbecue guru bests Houston chefs for tops in Southwest at James Beard Awards

By Arden Ward

Austin's favorite barbecue guru won big Monday night at the 2015 James Beard Awards. Aaron Franklin, pitmaster of world-renowned Franklin Barbecue, was named Best Chef: Southwest.  This was Franklin ...


Leading the Pack

Two Texans make the list of the World's Greatest Leaders today: The admiral & the grocery pioneer

By Arden Ward

Two Austin leaders from very different sectors are sharing the spotlight on Fortune's list of the World's 50 Greatest Leaders. Admiral William McRaven, chancellor of the University of ...


CultureMap on the Red Carpet

Oscar winner reveals the one thing no one knows about her — until now

By Arden Ward

Many of the state's biggest stars gathered at the 15th annual Texas Film Awards in Austin on Thursday night. CultureMap was on the red carpet to catch up with ...


Marfa Made Easier

Nonstop flights from Houston to Big Bend make getting to the other side of Texas easier

By Arden Ward

Want to escape to a minimalist West Texas oasis without the day-long road trip? Starting in March, Dallas-based Resort Air Services will fly nonstop from Houston to Big Bend. The ...


Art World Game Changer

Wealthy Houston donors pitch in to support Austin's answer to the Rothko Chapel

By Arden Ward

On the eve of The Blanton Museum of Art's highly anticipated gala Saturday night in Austin, the organization announced its newest acquisition. The museum on the campus of the ...


Live Music Capital

Legendary band disbands, but Gregg Allman keeps plugging along with Stafford tour stop

By Arden Ward

After a whirlwind January that included sold-out performances at Nashville's legendary Ryman Auditorium, rock 'n' roll stalwart Gregg Allman has announced plans to hit the road for a spring ...


Food Trip

Too cool? Texas' trendiest food festival is heavy on celebrities and Dallas chefs

By Arden Ward

Austin Food & Wine Festival revealed its 2015 chef lineup, and it’s fat with national stars and Texas talent. More than 40 events take place over a jam-packed three days ...


Texas News

Texas meteorologist back on air with sunny attitude one month after being shot in TV parking lot

By Arden Ward

A Central Texas meteorologist has returned to the air just one month after being shot in a TV station parking lot. Patrick Crawford, a morning show meteorologist for KCEN in ...


The Pits

Texas' most iconic restaurant? Austin barbecue spot is the only choice for this national publication

By Arden Ward

When it comes to Texas fare, nothing is quite as iconic as barbecue — and one major publication clearly agrees. The Thrillist just released its list of the most iconic restaurant ...


Guns Online

Reality TV bad boy starts selling guns online, specializing in souped up, customized weapons

By Arden Ward

TV biker bad boy Jesse James' firearms line is now available online. The Jesse James Firearms Unlimited website, which launched this week, allows customers to purchase customized AR-15 rifles and ...


Rent Control

Big surprise: How Houston apartment rents compare with the rest of the nation

By Arden Ward

Complaining about skyrocketing rent prices has become commonplace in Houston. But how do our growing rents compare to the rest of the U.S.?   Each month, Apartment List releases an ...


Marfa Meets Vogue

Marfa tent & teepee campground is in Vogue with Anna Wintour and the fashion crowd

By Arden Ward

Already a favorite of hip and trendy traveling Texans, the El Cosmico in Marfa has caught the eye of Vogue. The top fashion magazine has selected El Cosmico as one ...


Bubble Watch

Houses in Houston are among the most overvalued in the nation, new report says

By Arden Ward

With record-setting Houston home sales, the latest "Bubble Watch" report from real estate website Trulia reveals homes are increasingly overvalued here. According to data released earlier this month, homes in ...


Cheap Cities

The cheapest cities in Texas: Four land on national list of desirable — and inexpensive — places to live

By Arden Ward

For a few Texas cities, being cheap doesn't mean being undesirable. Round Rock, Temple, Denton and Corpus Christi have landed on a new list of the cheapest cities you ...


Break On Through

How to survive a divorce with your sanity — and finances — intact and get ready to date again

By Arden Ward

Divorce statistics in the U.S. are staggering: 876,000 occur each year — one every 36 seconds. While going through a divorce can be gut-wrenching, the process doesn't have ...


Where The Stars Shop

No Whole Foods Market for this rock star: He prefers Houston-based grocery chain

By Arden Ward

An interview with music legend Robert Plant ended with a decidedly Texas twist when the former Austin resident stopped talking about his new album and started talking about the Texas ...


Keep Houston Cool

Houston's not as cool as it used to be, Forbes says, but still ranks high

By Arden Ward

According to Forbes, Houston is no longer the coolest city in America. But we are still close. On Wednesday, the business magazine released its picks for America's Coolest Cities ...


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