The Best Stores in Texas


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Stores: A to C

A. Hooper & Co.

A bright spot in the Fort Worth retail scene, this enduringly cool boutique is a reliable spot for clean, streamlined garments by Vince, Habitual, Development by Erica Davies, and Rory Becca.
4601 West Fwy. Fort Worth 817-348-9911

Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

Abejas

This ever-rewarding store has a Mediterranean mood (antique farm tables, oversize wicker baskets, and burlap dressing room curtains), and the driftwood-rail racks are lined with understated garments by Puella, Matta, and Gary Graham.
5600 Kirby Dr. Houston 713-522-3025, abejasboutique.com

Products: Women's Clothing, Furniture, Tabletop, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Boutique

Benjamin's

Texas' temperate Gulf Coast has long drawn surfers, and the premier place to pick up the best gear is Benjamin's, which has been the local go-to spot for more than 30 years. Ideally positioned near the highway to hang-ten mecca Padre Island, the space has an undeniably retro feel, with giant murals and an old-school marquee out front.
1233 Airline Rd. Corpus Christi 361-993-2520

Products: Athletic Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

Bon Ton Vintage

Despite its isolation, this vintage showplace has persevered—and prospered (it just celebrated its 23rd anniversary). The shop, situated in an old Masonic Lodge, draws collectors on the hunt for well-preserved clothing and costume jewelry, much of it from private estates.
124 S. Hwy. 77 Forreston 972-483-6222

Products: Vintage Clothing, Women's Clothing, Jewelry
Type of Store: Boutique

Booked Up

This used-book store (owned by renowned Texas author Larry McMurtry) is made up of four old-fashioned storefronts in McMurtry's hometown and brims with 250,000-plus titles—said to be the largest inventory of any secondhand bookstore in the U.S.
216 S. Center St. Archer City 940-574-2511

Products: Books
Type of Store: Bookstore

Cabana

Located, quite literally, in owner Merry Voss' backyard pool house, this aptly named Dallas boutique is devoted to pieces with a vacation-ready sensibility like Les Prairies des Paris blouses and Miss Davenporte tunics. Note the unusual hours: Wednesday and Friday mornings, otherwise by appointment.
9115 Devonshire Dr. Dallas 214-674-9928

Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

Chrome

Though located in a former hospital, this spot has the intimacy of a boutique, with cerulean floors, tented dressing rooms, and a koi-filled pond. The space is broken up into rooms, each with a particular focus, from jewelry to footwear to jeans. Just added: a huge sister store devoted to beauty.
2601 19th St. Lubbock 806-687-8953

Products: Women's Clothing, Jewelry, Denim, Shoes
Type of Store: Boutique

By George

At a quarter-century old, this trendsetting shop continues to dazzle. Look for the usual genius mix: Dosa to Just in Case to Rozae Nichols.
524 N. Lamar Blvd., 512-472-5951, bygeorgeaustin.com

Products: Denim, Women's Clothes, Shoes, Bags
Type of Store: Boutique