Austin Shopping Guide

Natural Elements

Though succulent, deserty arrangements aren't hard to find in Austin, this shop has one-upped the competition with its totally mesmerizing array of globe terrariums ($35 to $55), complete with tiny cacti and even tinier toy pagodas. The store also offers an impressive range of modern homewares and planters from local artisans, as well as big-name pottery designers like Guy Wolff.
3701 Kerbey Ln., 512-583-8833

Products: Linens, Outdoor, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Boutique

Parts & Labour

Austin hipsters Lizelle Villapando and Talena Rasmussen opened shop just shy of a year ago to give local designers an outlet to sell their wares. Today, Parts & Labour boasts goods by more than 150 Austin-based creatives.
1604 S. Congress Ave., 512-326-1648

Products: Women's Clothes, Bags, Jewelry, Beauty, Decorative/Lighting, Books/Stationery, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Boutique

Room Service Vintage

This is the kind of store you head to with giddy expectation, knowing you'll score something amazing. Room Service has so many off-the-wall knickknacks from the '50s through the '80s (a $12 ballpoint pen Purple Rain-era rendering of Prince, anyone?) that perusing the shelves becomes a thrilling adventure.
107 E. North Loop, 512-451-1057;
1701 S. Lamar Rd., 512-383-9898,
roomservicevintage.com

Products: Vintage, Bags, Decorative/Lighting, Furniture, Tabletop, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Consignment/Resale

Shiki

Proprietor Jane Vanisko-McCan has made Shiki a favorite among UT undergrads and young professionals due to her shop's mellow, Japanese-minimalist vibe and range of everyday-wearable labels like Lotta and Earnest Sewn.
3016 Guadalupe St. #200, 512-371-7767;
225 W. 2nd St., 512-391-0123,
shikistyle.com

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

Therapy

Always ahead of the curve, this popular boutique is Austin's premier spot for the newest, most inspiring labels. Currently, Desanka art-deco-influenced silk tops and playful drop-waist Issho dresses are our top picks.
1113 S. Congress Ave., 512-326-2331, therapyclothing.com

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

Uncommon Objects

Dozens of individual booths, each loaded with a meticulously assembled array of collectibles—like a $12 tatted-lace table runner or $20 ivory rosette-pendant necklace—break up this wildly imaginative antiques store into a maze of browsing bliss.
1512 S. Congress Ave., 512-442-4000, uncommonobjects.com

Products: Vintage, Jewelry, Antique, Decorative/Lighting, Linens, Tabletop
Type of Store: Consignment/Resale

Valentine's Too

Entirely girly in looks and merchandise, this Davenport Village favorite stocks all the essentials a ladylike Austinite could desire: Nanette Lepore dresses, Rebecca Taylor spangled chiffon tops, and Trina Turk frame purses.
3801 N. Capital of Texas Hwy. #G, 512-347-9488

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

Whole Foods

It was only a matter of time before this do-gooding empire, already famous for making organic food and beauty products so palatable, started selling all-natural, sweatshop-free clothing that we actually want to wear. It is now a destination for trouser-style Loomstate jeans, hip-grazing Stewart + Brown tees, and vegan bags.
525 N. Lamar, 512-476-1206, wholefoodsmarket.com

Products: Denim, Lingerie/Loungewear, Women's Clothes, Shoes, Bags, Beauty, Tabletop, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Department Store
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