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.
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.
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.
A nondescript yellow building just off Interstate Highway 35 houses El Milagro, a humble establishment where dedicated craftsmen press hundreds of corn and flour tortillas daily. There's never a weekend when you don't see a customer line snaking out the door, and all this long before the chef at the esteemed Oaxacan Tamaleo endorsed El Milagro's tortillas. The establishment also sells spices, herbs, dried chilies and cans of jalapeños. Warning: Shopping ta El Milagro will convert you from processed foods forever.
Smokey Denmark is a family owned company that has been making premium smoked sausages for more than 50 years. Adhering to the highest standards in quality they offer a variety of sausages and flavors. The must try are their beef with pork, Jalapeño cheese sausage, Cajun boudin to name a few. Patrons can enjoy their sausage dishes with a glass of beer. They have a food truck beside their store where one can barbecue their favorite meal and enjoy it at the picnic tables under the shade of the trees in a relaxing atmosphere. One can also rent their food truck for an event or celebration.
Specializing in fine jewelry and gifts, this shop is a perfect place to find that one of a kind gift for a special occasion. For the bride, try a silver serving tray or maybe a piece of Herend or Limoges Porcelain. It carries over 200 varieties of fine bar ware and tableware. The executive in your life would love a leather bound atlas or sterling silver perpetual calendar. Or maybe you would prefer a diamond or custom designed jewelry for that special someone. As you browse, enjoy the fresh flowers throughout the store. Fine service and attention to detail has kept customers satisfied for years.
Tom's Dive & Swim is one of the oldest dive shops in town, established in 1982 and serving Austin for over 25 years. It offers local diving trips and excursions to the coral reefs of the Cayman Islands and Honduras. The professional instruction team offers a variety of classes for all skill levels and the store is filled with ski equipment, scuba gear, rental equipment and a repair center. There are class schedules to fit your time frame. Check the website for further information.
Proprietor Clay Copeland has about 30 years experience as a jeweler. The store specializes in custom design and jewelry making, with gold and colored gem stones. You will also find repair services offered. The shop features pieces from several award-winning designers, and has a large selection of tanzanite. Don't forget to explore the selection of fine watches. Collections include the Hamilton Retro Line, Cyma, Citizen and Maurice Lacroix.