For over 20 years, Waterloo Records has been one of Austin's favorite record stores. Why? The selection of music is unbeatable. Shoppers will find every genre of music here, including current popular favorites and many Texas artists. Waterloo has supported the local music community for years, allowing bands a place to sell their handmade tapes, vinyl and CDs. The store is also famous for its large selection of imports and world music. If you are looking for music that is a little off the beaten path, this is a good place to start. If you are not sure what you are looking for, grab a set of headphones at one of the listening stations and sample anything your heart desires. The shop also carries a great selection of music-related books, magazines, posters and T-shirts. You will also find an excellent blank tape and CDR selection with pro-recording tapes available.
Stag has captured the eye of men's magazines (GQ, etc.), and for good reason: it's about more than just the apparel and accessories for sale. The store caters to a specific demographic of men--those that are transitioning from undergraduate education to the professional realm, and those that are wanting to stay young and hip, but stylish. Among other things, vintage books (such as a collection of Dennis Hopper photographs from the 1960s), retro posters (like Farrah Fawcett's famous red bathing suit photo), and home decor (rum scented candles, for example) are up for grabs.
The premise behind this upscale store is simple: sophisticated fashion that allows the wearer to express their individual style. Looks are classic, yet hip and contemporary. Designer lines of shoes, clothing and accessories include Diesel, BCBG, Jill Stuart, Vivienne Tam, Theory and Kate Spade. By George, what a lovely place to shop!
Allens Boots has been in the South Congress shopping district for years. The tan stucco exterior is pretty nondescript, but the boot-emblazoned sign by the door leaves no doubt as to what might be sold here. This is a serious shop for serious Western wear, from the Wranglers to Justin boots and more. This is where you can grab a classic Resistol hat and a pair of ropers, or a fancier set of lizard or snake skin boots. Fancy duds are available, but so are serious work clothes. While urban cowboys are welcome to shop here, the store caters to the real thing, too.
This is by far Austin's most notorious vintage shop, and its most flamboyant. This fabulous store is largely a costume shop packed with thousands of choices ranging from gorilla suits to bullfighters to princesses; and the store carries all the necessary accessories to boot. If your personal style is unconventional (to say the least), there is a huge selection of retro clothing suitable for everyday wear as well.
Walk in and breathe deeply. You're within range of 300,000 titles, all arranged on three floors, along with a coffeehouse and complete music department. This is one of the bookstore-as-community places, where shoppers are encouraged to put their feet up and read, or to sit at a convenient desk and copy a recipe from the latest cookbook. Children gather for story time every week, and a community room is available for book clubs and other meetings. Of course, they have a huge selection in every conceivable category, from anthropology to zoology. Notable are the shelves of small-press and foreign-press titles, as well as spiritual and religious books.
The 2nd Street Shopping District is one of Austin's most colorful and entertaining shopping districts. This six-block locale offers some of the shopping, dining, and entertainment venues in the city. Some of the stores at 2nd Street include Ann Taylor Loft, Authentic Smiles, Austin Rocks, Delish Bakery, Cru Wine Bar, Design Within Reach, and Flor. So whether you're looking for a night on the town, or a perfect place for an afternoon shopping spree, the 2nd Street District is not to be missed.
Those with a penchant for interior decorating, and an affinity for objects from around the globe will feel right at home shopping at this rather hidden gem of a spot. With imports from India, Pakistan, Morocco and more, at The Khazana, you can transform your living space in exciting ways. The inventory ranges from exquisitely-modeled necklaces and intricately hand-woven Kashmiri shawls, to giant murals of the Buddhist mudra (a hand position).
Crystal Works features a broad spectrum of crystals and minerals, loose or in various artistic settings. This dazzling shop carries a range of ethereal New Age products, including tabletop fountains, jewelry set with semi-precious stones and crystal window ornaments. There is a great selection of stone and polished amber fossils. A collection of Feng Shui books and literature details where to best place items like these calming decorative pieces in your home. The staff is friendly and very helpful. First time visitors receive complimentary lavender.