East Austin is traditionally the “hood” in Austin, but the in-migration of artists and hipsters has created a strange sort of hybrid neighborhood. Old cultural institutions like the George Washington Carver Center or Huston-Tillotson University stand across the street from condos, hip new bistros, boutiques or food trucks. Fortunately, many of the new businesses moving in are funky and hip in a way that complements the neighborhood’s legacy rather than detracting from it. Such is the case with East Side Pies and Trailer Space Records, two businesses that share the 1401 Rosewood Avenue address across from the Carver Community Center. I have yet to try East Side Pies, although I mean to each year and somehow don’t, but Trailer Space Records is really cool, and although much of the inventory leans to hardcore styles, there’s a decent avant-garde jazz section that is really worth browsing. A word of warning however- the Trailer Space is a venue for music showcases during SXSW and often fills to capacity. Nobody is allowed in if that happens, even to browse or purchase records.