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Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Latest Look Maps TM's Small-Town Cafes - Has a Microsite!

The latest issue of Texas Monthly features The 40 Best Small-Town Cafes. It's similar to the Best BBQ series that they run every 5 years. While I enjoy reading the reviews, looking for someplace I know and trying to figure out a way to get to some of the places I didn't know about... I have a greater interest in what they've put online.

Unlike the BBQ 08 article, the Small-Town Cafes has it's own microsite. Instead of fumbling around in the normal "online magazine" format and just reading the article... the microsite brings all of the different content into one centralized, easily navigable location. The article, the multimedia slideshows and videos, the complimenting sidebar stories... all in one location.

Topping it all off (at least for me) was the fact that they actually, finally, thankfully put up a map to all 40 of the best and the 19 honorable mentions. They even did it with Google Maps so that it can easily be shared... like this...

 



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The periodicals business continues to take a beating... so it's great to see TM continue to expand their online presence with something like the microsite. Hopefully they'll do the same thing for the BBQ series as well. When they do, they can thank me for making at least one thing a bit easier... I've already got the map complete...

 



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I'll forgive for now those extra large icons that TM used... you gotta start somewhere.

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