Room Fu Decorologist Claire Patrick has put together a shopping guide that ROCKS for the gift-giving season (and beyond). Reading this has made me want to hit the stores immediately–a huge feat for someone who normally loathes getting within 100 yards of any retail establishment between Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you haven’t crossed everything off your holiday shopping list, here are her recommendations for local hot-spots. Out-of-towners, don’t fret–there are plenty of links for viewing/buying online!
A-town, a cute, local boutique open since 2011, has fast become my go-to for year-round gift shopping. It’s plopped in the midst of all of my favorite Burnet Road thrift stores, so when I have a couple of hours to kill, I love to wander in. They’re open seven days a week, 10:00 am-8:00 pm, with shorter Sunday hours, so they’re a great place to stop for last minute birthday gifts after work. Be prepared to be overwhelmed by cuteness – it’s sometimes hard to make a decision with so many wonderful options. Their friendly staff will gladly guide you in the right direction as you munch on their freshly baked cookies and sip some lemonade. They have everything under the sun and at so many various price points that you’re guaranteed to find something for everyone. It’s a showcase for a hundred or so local artisans’ goods, ranging from jewelry, fragrances, and fashion-forward dresses to men’s tees, stationery, coasters, and decorative home goods. Plenty of Fred Flare type funnies and flasks with clever quips for your wilder set — even special items for baby.
Some of my favorite lines include:
Holli Brown’s Dish it Out – cute one-of-a-kind jewelry made from vintage dishware