What is the best way to get to Austin?

Alex Skjong

A great way to travel to Austin is to reserve your own private jet from NetJets, a service that lets you buy a fractional ownership of an aircraft, giving you access to a worldwide fleet of planes ready at your beck and call. No sense waiting in line at the airport, baggage in tow, wondering if you’ll make it through security on time, only to find out your flight’s been delayed. Instead, fly to the Live Music Capital of the World in speedy style. NetJets offers three sizes of aircraft, light, mid-size and large cabin, which can accommodate seven to 14 passengers. Feast on gourmet platters of artisan cheese and seafood and sip some bubbly while you wait to touch down in Hill Country. By using NetJets you can cut your travel time in half — which leaves more time to see a music festival, catch a football game at UT-Austin or explore the renowned Austin food truck scene.

  • On June 27, 2013
    Veronica Meewes answered the question: Veronica Meewes

    What are the best activities to do in Austin?

    Eating: You could literally nosh your way through this city (breaking up meals with hikes and swims of course!) Barbecue and Mexican are both no-brainers—you’re in Texas, after all! If you have the time, make an event out of waiting on line for Franklin Barbecue (you might even bring beer and a folding chair!) For something just as delicious with less of a wait, check out Micklethwait Craft Meats just down the street, nearby John Mueller Meat Co, or campus-area Ruby’s BBQ.  For a taste of interior Mexican cuisine with a modern twist, check out La Condesa downtown. Up north, the beautiful Fonda San Miguel offers an upscale, authentic version, and Curra’s down south has a more laid-back patio vibe. And the rumors are true: one can survive on food trucks alone in this city. Grab a quick lunch, dinner, or late night snack at one of the many food trailer parks found in any given direction.

    Seeing Live Music: South by Southwest, Austin City Limits, Fun Fun Fun Fest, Chaos in Tejas, Austin Psych Fest, Reggae Fest—these are just a handful of the festivals that occur in our city each year, and the list keeps growing. Many locals tend to skip the fests altogether, since live music is so prevalent throughout the year anyway, at larger venues like Austin Music Hall, ACL Live, Stubb’s, The Mohawk, Emo’s, Antone’s, La Zona Rosa, The Backyard, or the nearby White Water Amphitheater. Still others swear solely by the many local and indie acts at smaller venues like The Continental Club, Hole in the Wall, Hotel Vegas, Cactus Café, White Horse, Red 7 or Beerland.

    Two-stepping: You haven’t really experienced Texas until you’ve visited an old-time honkeytonk! The Broken Spoke is the best and oldest in town, and they offer dance classes in two step and Texas swing before each show (usually starting at 8pm, but check their calendar!) Ginny’s Little Longhorn is a tiny dive up north with an even tinier dance floor, Donn's Depot is another old spot, with train cars for seating and a caboose for a restroom! A younger generation of two-steppers can be found at Midnight Rodeo down south or the White Horse, off East Sixth Street. Check calendars for times and listings!

    Bar-hopping: There is no shortage of areas for bar hopping in Austin. The after-work, young professional crowd heads to West Sixth Street, while college co-eds dominate “Dirty Sixth” (Sixth Street between Congress and I-35). The hipsters reign on East Sixth Street (east of I-35), and the Rainey Street District is a middle ground for the preppy and hip (prepsters?)  The Warehouse District is home to clubs and gay bars, and Red River and 7th Street has remained pretty rock ‘n’ roll despite the condos that have risen around it. Outside of downtown, the North Loop strip, with its punk roots, has ironically become a hot spot for high quality cocktails and well-crafted beer.

    Swimming: Between June and September, swimming isn’t really an option in Austin. It’s more of a requirement to beat the heat.  The Barton Creek Greenbelt offers various spots around town to pause for a dip, though many of them might be dry depending on the time of year and average rainfall.  Barton Springs and Deep Eddy are large pools that can always be relied on for cool, spring-fed water at a constant 68 degrees.  Twenty seven smaller, free neighborhood pools can also be found around town—check the city website for locations and hours. Hamilton Pool is thirty miles west of downtown and worth every minute of the drive for a dip in the natural pool surrounded by a grotto and a beautiful waterfall. Pace Bend Park is another spot just within city limits, and one of the best public places to jump into Lake Travis.

    Vintage Shopping: You wouldn’t want to spend time in Austin without returning home with a pair of vintage cowboy boots and a worn-to-perfection pearl snap shirt, now would you? While this is also a great city of thrifting, a handful of fabulous vintage stores have done the searching for you.  Charm School Vintage on Cesar Chavez is one of the best for one-of-a-kind handpicked items, and often hosts trunk shows and collaborative parties.  North Loop is home to the well-priced Blue Velvet and Room Service, which has a good deal of furniture and home decor in addition to clothing. Prototype, Feathers, and Cream are all wonderful shops on South Congress and the lovely Laced with Romance is certainly worth the short cruise over to South 1st Street.  King’s Road, which opened recently right smack in the middle of Sixth Street, has a good selection of choice vintage tees.  And Roadhouse Rags, is your one-stop shop for vintage westernwear, usually catered by a food truck to the tune of live music.
  • On June 27, 2013
    Veronica Meewes answered the question: Veronica Meewes

    Where is the best shopping in Austin?

    photo by Shari Gerstenberger of Charm School Vintage While the Domain and the Barton Creek Mall are not all that far north and south (respectively) of downtown, and stores like TJ Maxx and Nordstrom Rack are just as common as in any city, one of my favorite parts of Austin is the prevalence of independent businesses. In a nutshell, here are some great local spots for clothing and home decor:

    For vintage finds, Charm School Vintage has a wonderfully curated selection, as does the color-coded collection at Feathers. Nearby Prototype Vintage has great finds for home and body, and New Bohemia stocks dresses for days and boots to boot. Blue Velvet on North Loop has great finds at even better prices, and Laced with Romance is a dreamy gem of a shop. Moss on South Lamar carries designer consignment for a fraction of its original price.

    While I like DSW just as much as the next girl, there are some good spots in town for shoes too.  Allen Boots can’t be beat for some of the best and blingiest cowboy boots in town. Stella Says Go has cute selections and great sales.  Austin-born Whole Earth Provision Co. is your one-stop shop for all things earthy and comfortable. Creatures Boutique, STRUT, and Emeralds all usually have a good stock of heels and flats.  And BOOTLEG is the only Airstream in town with a rotating cast of one-of-a-kind footwear.

    There are also several boutiques with great, hand-picked selections, though some (C. Jane, Co-Star, Cotone, Blue Elephant) are pricier than others (Maya, SoLa, Francesca’s- last one not local but worth mentioning!) Though, of course, the sales racks can always be a lifesaver!

    Headdress and JM Dry Goods are both must-sees for Southwestern inspired clothing, jewelry, and items.  Spartan is like a rustic gallery of carefully selected, curious gifts and simple jewelry, while Wanderland is packed with fun books, toys, home decor, and functional items. Mockingbird Domestics specializes in primarily Texas-crafted items for home and garden, both vintage and new. Aviary is a wine lounge where every chair, glass, cheese board, and rug is for sale. Uncommon Objects on South Congress specializes in just that, and Mercury is like its Warehouse District cousin. Take Heart on East 11th Street carries adorable, handmade cards, gifts and home items.

    For the dudes in your life, New BROhemia has a great selection of vintage shirts and jackets, STAG and Service Menswear carry a rotating selection of quality Austin urbanwear. HELM carries stylish and sturdy handmade boots, No Comply has a small but choice selection of skate shoes, and Nice Kicks is sneakerhead heaven.
  • On June 27, 2013
    Veronica Meewes answered the question: Veronica Meewes

    Where is the best shopping in Austin?

    photo by Shari Gerstenberger of Charm School Vintage While the Domain and the Barton Creek Mall are not all that far north and south (respectively) of downtown, and stores like TJ Maxx and Nordstrom Rack are just as common as in any city, one of my favorite parts of Austin is the prevalence of independent businesses. In a nutshell, here are some great local spots for clothing and home decor:

    For vintage finds, Charm School Vintage has a wonderfully curated selection, as does the color-coded collection at Feathers. Nearby Prototype Vintage has great finds for home and body, and New Bohemia stocks dresses for days and boots to boot. Blue Velvet on North Loop has great finds at even better prices, and Laced with Romance is a dreamy gem of a shop. Moss on South Lamar carries designer consignment for a fraction of its original price.

    While I like DSW just as much as the next girl, there are some good spots in town for shoes too.  Allen Boots can’t be beat for some of the best and blingiest cowboy boots in town. Stella Says Go has cute selections and great sales.  Austin-born Whole Earth Provision Co. is your one-stop shop for all things earthy and comfortable. Creatures Boutique, STRUT, and Emeralds all usually have a good stock of heels and flats.  And BOOTLEG is the only Airstream in town with a rotating cast of one-of-a-kind footwear.

    There are also several boutiques with great, hand-picked selections, though some (C. Jane, Co-Star, Cotone, Blue Elephant) are pricier than others (Maya, SoLa, Francesca’s- last one not local but worth mentioning!) Though, of course, the sales racks can always be a lifesaver!

    Headdress and JM Dry Goods are both must-sees for Southwestern inspired clothing, jewelry, and items.  Spartan is like a rustic gallery of carefully selected, curious gifts and simple jewelry, while Wanderland is packed with fun books, toys, home decor, and functional items. Mockingbird Domestics specializes in primarily Texas-crafted items for home and garden, both vintage and new. Aviary is a wine lounge where every chair, glass, cheese board, and rug is for sale. Uncommon Objects on South Congress specializes in just that, and Mercury is like its Warehouse District cousin. Take Heart on East 11th Street carries adorable, handmade cards, gifts and home items.

    For the dudes in your life, New BROhemia has a great selection of vintage shirts and jackets, STAG and Service Menswear carry a rotating selection of quality Austin urbanwear. HELM carries stylish and sturdy handmade boots, No Comply has a small but choice selection of skate shoes, and Nice Kicks is sneakerhead heaven.
  • On June 26, 2013
    Veronica Meewes answered the question: Veronica Meewes

    What are some things to know before visiting Austin?

    Before visiting Austin this time of year (June through September), you should first and foremost be aware that it is HOT. Pack accordingly: leave the pants at home, but do remember a cardigan of some sort (because establishments tend to crank up the A/C until you’re shivering inside).

    Austin is a fairly casual city, so there’s no need to get too overdone to go anywhere. You’ll spot a good amount of diners wearing shorts and flip flops even in high-end establishments like Jeffrey’s and Uchiko. In fact, Restaurant Jezebel might be one of the only places in town with a jacket requirement (and they will provide one). It’s always a good idea to bring one nicer outfit, but no need to break out the cufflinks.

    Compared to larger cities, the public transportation in Austin leaves much to be desired (in my opinion). There is a bus system, which is not the most reliable, and a light rail with very limited hours and stations. Cabs are your best bet, and those could really add up over an extended stay. I’d recommend renting a car to truly see the city, while also maintaining the freedom to take day trips outside of town. That being said, it is certainly possible to find a central place to stay and plan on hoofing it around town-- but be prepared to sweat!

    The weekly Austin Chronicle (found online or at the door of most stores) is the best paper to pick up for a listing of current events and show listings. Chances are, you’ll find at least several shows that are of interest to you-- this is the “capital of live music,” after all. But don’t rule out everything but touring headliners you could catch in your own city-- give the local acts a listen too!

    And, lastly, remember that our slogan is “keep Austin weird”-- don’t be surprised if you spot a naked pedicabber or a random group of bar-hopping zombies in broad daylight. Anything is quite possible...
  • On June 26, 2013
    Veronica Meewes answered the question: Veronica Meewes

    Where is the best shopping in Austin?

    photo by Shari Gerstenberger of Charm School Vintage While the Domain and the Barton Creek Mall are not all that far north and south (respectively) of downtown, and stores like TJ Maxx and Nordstrom Rack are just as common as in any city, one of my favorite parts of Austin is the prevalence of independent businesses. In a nutshell, here are some great local spots for clothing and home decor:

    For vintage finds, Charm School Vintage has a wonderfully curated selection, as does the color-coded collection at Feathers. Nearby Prototype Vintage has great finds for home and body, and New Bohemia stocks dresses for days and boots to boot. Blue Velvet on North Loop has great finds at even better prices, and Laced with Romance is a dreamy gem of a shop. Moss on South Lamar carries designer consignment for a fraction of its original price.

    While I like DSW just as much as the next girl, there are some good spots in town for shoes too.  Allen Boots can’t be beat for some of the best and blingiest cowboy boots in town. Stella Says Go has cute selections and great sales.  Austin-born Whole Earth Provision Co. is your one-stop shop for all things earthy and comfortable. Creatures Boutique, STRUT, and Emeralds all usually have a good stock of heels and flats.  And BOOTLEG is the only Airstream in town with a rotating cast of one-of-a-kind footwear.

    There are also several boutiques with great, hand-picked selections, though some (C. Jane, Co-Star, Cotone, Blue Elephant) are pricier than others (Maya, SoLa, Francesca’s- last one not local but worth mentioning!) Though, of course, the sales racks can always be a lifesaver!

    Headdress and JM Dry Goods are both must-sees for Southwestern inspired clothing, jewelry, and items.  Spartan is like a rustic gallery of carefully selected, curious gifts and simple jewelry, while Wanderland is packed with fun books, toys, home decor, and functional items. Mockingbird Domestics specializes in primarily Texas-crafted items for home and garden, both vintage and new. Aviary is a wine lounge where every chair, glass, cheese board, and rug is for sale. Uncommon Objects on South Congress specializes in just that, and Mercury is like its Warehouse District cousin. Take Heart on East 11th Street carries adorable, handmade cards, gifts and home items.

    For the dudes in your life, New BROhemia has a great selection of vintage shirts and jackets, STAG and Service Menswear carry a rotating selection of quality Austin urbanwear. HELM carries stylish and sturdy handmade boots, No Comply has a small but choice selection of skate shoes, and Nice Kicks is sneakerhead heaven.
  • On June 26, 2013
    Veronica Meewes answered the question: Veronica Meewes

    Where is the best shopping in Austin?

    photo by Shari Gerstenberger of Charm School Vintage While the Domain and the Barton Creek Mall are not all that far north and south (respectively) of downtown, and stores like TJ Maxx and Nordstrom Rack are just as common as in any city, one of my favorite parts of Austin is the prevalence of independent businesses. In a nutshell, here are some great local spots for clothing and home decor:

    For vintage finds, Charm School Vintage has a wonderfully curated selection, as does the color-coded collection at Feathers on South Congress. Nearby New Bohemia has dresses for days and boots to boot. Blue Velvet on North Loop has great finds at even better prices, and Laced with Romance is a dreamy gem of a shop. Moss on South Lamar carries designer consignment for a fraction of its original price.

    While I like DSW just as much as the next girl, there are some good spots in town for shoes too.  Allen Boots can’t be beat for some of the best and blingiest cowboy boots in town. Stella Says Go has cute selections and great sales.  Austin-born Whole Earth Provision Co. is your one-stop shop for all things earthy and comfortable. Creatures Boutique, STRUT, and Emeralds all usually have a good stock of heels and flats.  And BOOTLEG is the only Airstream in town with a rotating cast of one-of-a-kind footwear.

    There are also several boutiques with great, hand-picked selections, though some (C. Jane, Co-Star, Cotone, Blue Elephant) are pricier than others (Maya, SoLa, Francesca’s- last one not local but worth mentioning!) Though, of course, the sales racks can always be a lifesaver!
    Headdress and JM Dry Goods are both must-sees for Southwestern inspired clothing, jewelry, and items.  Spartan is like a rustic gallery of carefully selected, curious gifts and simple jewelry, while Wanderland is packed with fun books, toys, home decor, and functional items. Mockingbird Domestics specializes in primarily Texas-crafted items for home and garden, both vintage and new. Aviary is a wine lounge where every chair, glass, cheese board, and rug is for sale. Uncommon Objects on South Congress specializes in just that, and Mercury is like its Warehouse District cousin. Take Heart on East 11th Street carries adorable, handmade cards, gifts and home items.

    For the dudes in your life, New BROhemia has a great selection of vintage shirts and jackets, STAG and Service Menswear carry a rotating selection of quality Austin urbanwear. HELM carries stylish and sturdy handmade boots, No Comply has a small but choice selection of skate shoes, and Nice Kicks is sneakerhead heaven.
  • On June 26, 2013
    Veronica Meewes answered the question: Veronica Meewes

    What are the best souvenirs to buy in Austin?

    Though Austin’s iconic Sixth Street is chock full of souvenir shops with tie-dyed “Keep Austin Weird” T-shirts, I think some of the best things to take back with you are a little more off the beaten path.

    Callahan's is a legitimate rancher's general store, complete with feed, farming materials, and chicks for sale. But there's also a good deal of Western wear, very Texan gifts (think walking sticks, weather vanes, nutcrackers, locally canned items), and often live music and a bit of a livestock petting zoo on the weekends...and it's right on the way to the airport!

    A pair of Old Gringos or Luchese boots from Allen's Boots would be the nicest gift you could get yourself...for a pretty penny.  Check New Bohemia or the neaby Boot Whisperer at The Wild West store in Wimberley for more reasonably priced western footwear. Shepler’s has really affordable cowboy hats and bolo ties, and the Hatbox has a wide variety of headgear.

    Tears of Joy is a hot sauce store right in the middle of Sixth, chockful of bottles which can serve as mementos for yourself or gifts for others. I often bring a bottle of Paula’s Texas Orange back with me when I go home for a visit- it really gives margaritas an extra citrus kick! Or maybe locally made craft bitters are more your style? Bad Dog Bar Craft makes a sarsparilla blend, as well as one called” Fire and Damnation.” All of the above can usually be found at Austin Wine Merchant.

    Lammes Candies is a great place to stock up on “Longhorns” (chocolate-covered pralines), and though the Whittington’s Jerky general store is a short drive away in Johnson City, their fresh jerky can be found at various stores around town.

    But if you’re really stuck on getting a T-shirt, check out the locally screenprinted selection at Parts & Labour and several other stores on South Congress...I bet you might even find a onesie with an armadillo playing an electric guitar on it!
  • On June 26, 2013
    Veronica Meewes answered the question: Veronica Meewes

    What should I pack for a trip to Austin?

    When traveling to Austin in the summer, your load will be much lighter than in the winter.  Shorts, tanks, and skirts/dresses are all I really want to wear by June. Definitely bring a bathing suit and water shoes are highly recommended if you plan on tubing or exploring any swimming holes. A hat is always a good idea, and sunscreen/sunglasses are a must.

    Austin is a pretty casual city, so there’ s no need to bring anything too formal to wear, unless you’re coming for some sort of special event (like a wedding, etc). I’d suggest bringing maybe one “out on the town”-type outfit, but sandals are totally acceptable in lieu of heels.

    Most importantly, don’t forget your good taste in music and an appetite for all things edible!
  • On June 26, 2013
    Veronica Meewes answered the question: Veronica Meewes

    Where is the best shopping in Austin?

    photo by Shari Gerstenberger of Charm School Vintage While the Domain and the Barton Creek Mall are not all that far north and south (respectively) of downtown, and stores like TJ Maxx and Nordstrom Rack are just as common as in any city, one of my favorite parts of Austin is the prevalence of independent businesses. In a nutshell, here are some great local spots for clothing and home decor:

    For vintage finds, Charm School Vintage has a wonderfully curated selection, as does the color-coded collection at Feathers on South Congress. Nearby New Bohemia has dresses for days and boots to boot. Blue Velvet on North Loop has great finds at even better prices, and Laced with Romance is a dreamy gem of a shop. Moss on South Lamar carries designer consignment for a fraction of its original price.

    While I like DSW just as much as the next girl, there are some good spots in town for shoes too.  Allen Boots can’t be beat for some of the best and blingiest cowboy boots in town. Stella Says Go has cute selections and great sales.  Austin-born Whole Earth Provision Co. is your one-stop shop for all things earthy and comfortable. Creatures Boutique, STRUT, and Emeralds all usually have a good stock of heels and flats.  And BOOTLEG is the only Airstream in town with a rotating cast of one-of-a-kind footwear.

    There are also several boutiques with great, hand-picked selections, though some (C. Jane, Co-Star, Cotone, Blue Elephant) are pricier than others (Maya, SoLa, Francesca’s- last one not local but worth mentioning!) Though, of course, the sales racks can always be a lifesaver!
    Headdress and JM Dry Goods are both must-sees for Southwestern inspired clothing, jewelry, and items.  Spartan is like a rustic gallery of carefully selected, curious gifts and simple jewelry, while Wanderland is packed with fun books, toys, home decor, and functional items. Mockingbird Domestics specializes in primarily Texas-crafted items for home and garden, both vintage and new. Aviary is a wine lounge where every chair, glass, cheese board, and rug is for sale. Uncommon Objects on South Congress specializes in just that, and Mercury is like its Warehouse District cousin. Take Heart on East 11th Street carries adorable, handmade cards, gifts and home items.

    For the dudes in your life, New BROhemia has a great selection of vintage shirts and jackets, STAG and Service Menswear carry a rotating selection of quality Austin urbanwear. HELM carries stylish and sturdy handmade boots, No Comply has a small but choice selection of skate shoes, and Nice Kicks is sneakerhead heaven.
  • On June 26, 2013
    Veronica Meewes answered the question: Veronica Meewes

    Where is the best shopping in Austin?

    photo by Shari Gerstenberger of Charm School Vintage While the Domain and the Barton Creek Mall are not all that far north and south (respectively) of downtown, and stores like TJ Maxx and Nordstrom Rack are just as common as in any city, one of my favorite parts of Austin is the prevalence of independent businesses. In a nutshell, here are some great local spots for clothing and home decor:

    For vintage finds, Charm School Vintage has a wonderfully curated selection, as does the color-coded collection at Feathers on South Congress. Nearby New Bohemia has dresses for days and boots to boot. Blue Velvet on North Loop has great finds at even better prices, and Laced with Romance is a dreamy gem of a shop. Moss on South Lamar carries designer consignment for a fraction of its original price.

    While I like DSW just as much as the next girl, there are some good spots in town for shoes too.  Allen Boots can’t be beat for some of the best and blingiest cowboy boots in town. Stella Says Go has cute selections and great sales.  Austin-born Whole Earth Provision Co. is your one-stop shop for all things earthy and comfortable. Creatures Boutique, STRUT, and Emeralds all usually have a good stock of heels and flats.  And BOOTLEG is the only Airstream in town with a rotating cast of one-of-a-kind footwear.

    There are also several boutiques with great, hand-picked selections, though some (C. Jane, Co-Star, Cotone, Blue Elephant) are pricier than others (Maya, SoLa, Francesca’s- last one not local but worth mentioning!) Though, of course, the sales racks can always be a lifesaver!
    Headdress and JM Dry Goods are both must-sees for Southwestern inspired clothing, jewelry, and items.  Spartan is like a rustic gallery of carefully selected, curious gifts and simple jewelry, while Wanderland is packed with fun books, toys, home decor, and functional items. Mockingbird Domestics specializes in primarily Texas-crafted items for home and garden, both vintage and new. Aviary is a wine lounge where every chair, glass, cheese board, and rug is for sale. Uncommon Objects on South Congress specializes in just that, and Mercury is like its Warehouse District cousin. Take Heart on East 11th Street carries adorable, handmade cards, gifts and home items.

    For the dudes in your life, New BROhemia has a great selection of vintage shirts and jackets, STAG and Service Menswear carry a rotating selection of quality Austin urbanwear. HELM carries stylish and sturdy handmade boots, No Comply has a small but choice selection of skate shoes, and Nice Kicks is sneakerhead heaven.
  • On June 26, 2013
    Veronica Meewes answered the question: Veronica Meewes

    Where is the best shopping in Austin?

    photo by Shari Gerstenberger of Charm School Vintage While the Domain and the Barton Creek Mall are not all that far north and south (respectively) of downtown, and stores like TJ Maxx and Nordstrom Rack are just as common as in any city, one of my favorite parts of Austin is the prevalence of independent businesses. In a nutshell, here are some great local spots for clothing and home decor:

    For vintage finds, Charm School Vintage has a wonderfully curated selection, as does the color-coded collection at Feathers on South Congress. Nearby New Bohemia has dresses for days and boots to boot. Blue Velvet on North Loop has great finds at even better prices, and Laced with Romance is a dreamy gem of a shop. Moss on South Lamar carries designer consignment for a fraction of its original price.

    While I like DSW just as much as the next girl, there are some good spots in town for shoes too.  Allen Boots can’t be beat for some of the best and blingiest cowboy boots in town. Stella Says Go has cute selections and great sales.  Austin-born Whole Earth Provision Co. is your one-stop shop for all things earthy and comfortable. Creatures Boutique, STRUT, and Emeralds all usually have a good stock of heels and flats.  And BOOTLEG is the only Airstream in town with a rotating cast of one-of-a-kind footwear.

    There are also several boutiques with great, hand-picked selections, though some (C. Jane, Co-Star, Cotone, Blue Elephant) are pricier than others (Maya, SoLa, Francesca’s- last one not local but worth mentioning!) Though, of course, the sales racks can always be a lifesaver!
    Headdress and JM Dry Goods are both must-sees for Southwestern inspired clothing, jewelry, and items.  Spartan is like a rustic gallery of carefully selected, curious gifts and simple jewelry, while Wanderland is packed with fun books, toys, home decor, and functional items. Mockingbird Domestics specializes in primarily Texas-crafted items for home and garden, both vintage and new. Aviary is a wine lounge where every chair, glass, cheese board, and rug is for sale. Uncommon Objects on South Congress specializes in just that, and Mercury is like its Warehouse District cousin. Take Heart on East 11th Street carries adorable, handmade cards, gifts and home items.

    For the dudes in your life, New BROhemia has a great selection of vintage shirts and jackets, STAG and Service Menswear carry a rotating selection of quality Austin urbanwear. HELM carries stylish and sturdy handmade boots, No Comply has a small but choice selection of skate shoes, and Nice Kicks is sneakerhead heaven.
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