The Best Stores in Texas


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Stores: N to R

Nouvelle

This is the best of the boutiques that have sprung up in Laredo, one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S., providing a masterful mix of the forward-thinking and the ever-glamorous, from Tucker smocked blouses to M Missoni knit dresses.
1605 E. Del Mar Blvd. LAREDO 956-724-9622

Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

Neiman Marcus

This renowned luxury department store just celebrated its 100th anniversary, and the downtown Dallas flagship is where it all began. The palatial marble-floored space is still the best place to bask in the full NM aura: With a genteel refinement that's hard to come by these days, its hushed, calming environs make browsing for ladylike classics, like a Chanel bag or Manolo Blahnik pumps, an intensely rewarding affair.
1618 Main St. Dallas 214-741-6911, neimanmarcus.com

Products: Women's Clothing, Shoes, Bags
Type of Store: Department Store

Parts & Labour

Texans have an intense sense of pride when it comes to their state, so it makes sense that a shop would crop up that exclusively features Lone Star–made goods. Items crafted by more than 200 young talents—many of whom live in the Austin area—are on offer, from cheeky T-shirts to offbeat lockets.
1604 S. Congress Ave. Austin 512-326-1648

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

Past Era

This extraordinary estate jewelry resource is beloved for its assortment of pieces that span 300 years of design. We fixated on an Etruscan turquoise wirework pendant and a Georgian lover's-eye miniature (a locket-size charm that paramours would have painted for each other).
2311 Westheimer Rd. (inside the Antique Pavilion) Houston 713-524-7110

Products: Jewelry
Type of Store: Boutique

Peel Gallery

The only retail entity among the art galleries in one of Houston's most visually arresting buildings, Peel showcases new works by respected names, from Brooklyn's Jason Miller (he of the famous ceramic antler chandelier) to London's Thorsten van Elten collective (now in stock: its surreal teacup-shaped planters).
4411 Montrose Blvd. Houston 713-520-8122

Products: Furniture, Tabletop, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Boutique

Penny Lane

Inspired by her sister's store, Abejas, Courtney Beauchamp debuted this warm, welcoming San Antonio boutique, a dressed-down environment that offers clothing from Kerry Cassill, Clu, and Burning Torch.
5928 Broadway SAN ANTONIO 210-826-9007

Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

Pixie & Ivy

Stephanie McKinley-Ford's eclectic shop is influenced by her global jaunts: The interior is a pastiche of antiques procured in Parisian markets, and the inventory is made up of labels with an artful urban aesthetic, like Rick Owens, Sonia Rykiel, Nathan Jenden, and Obesity and Speed.
1848 Westheimer Rd. Houston 713-630-6500

Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

Prefontaine

Waco hasn't received much attention for its boutiques, but Prefontaine is the local champ. Expect to find chic, everyday-appropriate pieces, from Eileen Shields flats to Trovata shirtdresses.
4700 Bosque Blvd. WACO 254-741-9794

Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

Pumps

On the main drag of Dallas bedroom community McKinney, this new shoe store—themed to resemble a 1950s gas station, complete with an antique fueling pump—is packed with styles by Corso Como, Loeffler Randall, and L'Autre Chose.
217 N. Kentucky St. McKINNEY 972-562-4555

Products: Shoes
Type of Store: Boutique