The Best Stores in Texas


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Stores: H to M

Home Girls

Mother-daughter team Sarah and Kathryn Blanchard have always scoured antique markets for fixer-uppers, and now have an outlet to sell their refurbished creations. The year-old store features the pair's spruced-up pieces: everything from faux-bamboo bookcases to Danish Modern sofas.
4634 Burnet Rd. Austin 512-420-2647

Products: Furniture
Type of Store: Antique Shop

Kacky & Carl

Located in the ground floor of a 1920s brick home, this boutique offers party-ready clothing and elegant hostess gifts. We turned up Madison Marcus tops, Karta sheaths, Parisian cake stands, and delicate glass carafes.
2722 Routh St. Dallas 214-295-4486

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

Kick Pleat

Kick Pleat is in the middle of a row of South Austin residences reborn as shops, and it's our preferred destination for clothing by rising names like Mociun, Obus, and Sunshine and Shadow, plus the latest from established indies including Twinkle by Wenlan and Alexander Wang.
918 W. 12th St. Austin 512-445-4500, kickpleat.com

Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

Kuhl-Linscomb

Launched a decade ago, this ever-growing Houston home-goods purveyor has gradually taken over an entire street of (mostly interconnected) houses/boutiques. At the heart of the operation is a large building brimming with beauty products, jewelry, and paper goods. Out back is a block-long campus of showrooms, each with a particular focus, from bed linens to designer furniture.
2424 W. Alabama St. HOUSTON 713-526-6000

Products: Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Boutique

Leap

Leap

So named because owner Susan Silverman took a leap of faith when she shifted into retail—previously, she was a corporate headhunter working on an anthropology grad degree—this store offers a satisfying catalog of on-the-cusp labels, like Eurythmic, Reset, Manoush, and Hazel Brown.
2314 Bissonnet St. Houston 713-526-4580

Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

Lifestyle Fashion Terminal

Pioneering a new concept of retailer, this store is accurately named: It feels as large as an airport terminal and is filled with a variety of in-store boutiques from names like Cynthia Vincent and Diane von Furstenberg. The rest of the airy shop, which includes an old American Airlines check-in counter as a display fixture, is flush with hip labels like Ruffian, Alice Ritter, Lover, and Daryl K. There’s even an on-site tailor.
2350 Victory Park Ln. Dallas 214-635-2150

Products: Shoes
Type of Store: Boutique

Linus Lounge

When she isn't working as a catering consultant, Kristen Radakovich spends her time abroad sourcing elegant, hard-to-find footwear lines to stock at this year-old boutique. The salon-like space, which has overtaken the living room of a well-kept Dallas townhouse, is a can't-miss source for names like Scorah Pattullo, LD Tuttle, Rupert Sanderson, and Rodo—and most intriguingly, it's only open seasonally, a few months each at the start of fall and spring (call for exact dates), or by appointment, year-round.
2724 Routh St. DALLAS 214-965-0180

Products: Shoes
Type of Store: Boutique

Lola

This recently opened shop is at the forefront of Southlake's still-developing shopping scene, and it's proving to be an invaluable resource for everything from Hunter Dixon bell-sleeved tops to satin dresses by local designer Brynn Isom.
290 Grand Ave. Southlake 817-310-6373

Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

Luxe Apothetique

Recently relocated to North Austin's new open-air Domain shopping center, this boutique-salon-spa hybrid is unchanged from its previous location: The front has an airy loftiness and is healthily stocked with Elijah gem-encrusted tunics, Anna Sui op art print dresses, and Jurlique face sprays, while the back houses a treatment area.
11501 Century Oaks Terrace Austin 512-346-8202

Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

Merge

Shortly after Alana Israelson opened Merge in Plano, she was already planning a companion location. The second outpost, in Dallas' bustling Preston Royal Shopping Center, is already a hit. Both stores have a similar look and directive—to offer on-trend pieces with a timeless slant, like Mara Hoffman tops and April, May dresses.
5800 Legacy Dr. (in The Shops at Legacy) Plano 972-378-5242; 5959 Royal Ln. (in the Preston Royal Shopping Center) Dallas 214 987-1606

Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique
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