City Guide: Austin
There's more to this town than just music and food! Austin has an excellent shopping scene you won't want to tune out, with hip boutiques, great vintage and a super-innovative rare bookstore.
Follow the dusty driveway past the creaky woodworker’s shed to this barnlike gallery of fresh works—playful landscapes, painterly abstracts, edgy photographs and mixed-media collages—by up-and-coming local talents, all priced between $10 and $2,000.
Birds Barbershop—a chain of five salons in Austin—does its part to keep the city weird: Disco balls, screen-printed walls and video games abound; there are plenty of hipster haircuts and not many Texas-size blowouts; and best of all, the salon’s new care line, Verb, is free of parabens and sulfates, and everything costs the same—12 bucks.
A Western, bohemian vibe dominates this beloved organized- by-color vintage spot . We shopped the rainbow and found a toffee ’70s prairie skirt on the desert-hued rack, an orange ’60s caftan in the sunset-colored section and an emerald paisley scarf among the jewel tones.
Stepping into this Marfa, Texas, transplant is like taking a mini coastal-Mexican vacation—the airy 19th-century cottage stocked with Oaxacan embroidered tunics and dazzlingly colorful Peruvian blankets feels that beachy.
215 S. Lamar Blvd., 512-579-0303, jmdrygoods.com
This decade-old contemporary clothing boutique covers both ends of the investment-worthy spectrum: Acne jeans and Rachel Comey booties to have forever, and Jesse Kamm triangle-print dresses and locally designed salt stone Growing necklaces to have before anyone else.
The fun of a slumber party is packed into this tiny East Austin house turned co-op. Sample false eyelashes and Reba McEntire wigs at Coco Coquette cosmetics, play dress-up with shimmery ’70s disco dresses at Charm School Vintage, and have your hair styled at the unpretentious Salon d’Etoile.
If not for the lure of the food trucks lined up across South Congress, we could have spent the entire day in this sprawling, swap-meet–style emporium, ogling quirky antiques ranging from 1860s typewriters (starting at $55) to 1960s acoustic guitars (from $150).