A toy shop for grown-ups, Monkey See Monkey Do carries toys, games, and funky collectibles that run from kitschy to just plain silly. The mind-bogglingly large inventory is meticulously organized into an explosion of carefully controlled craziness. It's a great place to find gifts for the hard-to-shop-for person. Monkey See Monkey Do offers a wide array of toys and games, from sock monkeys and sea monkeys to action figures and robots.
If you're into cheese and are in Austin, you should visit Antonelli's Cheese Shop. Owned and operated by the adorable couple, John and Kendall Antonelli, this cheese shop offers several kinds of artisanal cheeses that are sure to delight every cheese champion. You'd be greeted warmly, first by the overwhelming (bordering on stinky) aroma, and then by one of the employees who will politely divert your attention to the vast array of cheeses on display and guide you through numerous flavors and types till you pick some of your liking. Antonelli's also offers catering services wherein they deliver absolutely delish meat n' cheese platters that will definitely knock your event up a notch!
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).
Supporting local businesses is always a good thing, and this little store, nestled in south Austin, should be no exception. As with virtually all of the businesses in popular parts of this city, Secret Oktober is tightly packed in small quarters. Yet, unlike the majority of these businesses, the shop packs a punch with a non-mainstream inventory (Steampunk goggles, Victorian-style chokers, and Men's platform boots to name a few). Everything is also neatly organized and nicely labeled. Be sure not to miss the clearance rack outside of the store.
This business has been functioning for more than a few decades, and the store has been open at its current location for more than a number of years. So far, it is the only Japanese grocery and gift store within the Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos metropolis. For being the only store of its kind in this large capital of the second most populated United State, this mid-sized boutique packs a punch! Everything from frozen meat, to produce, to even hakama shirts (traditional Japanese men's wear) are for sale. Browse the clearance bin at the far end of the store to carefully examine the price tags of the alcohol, as bargains are rampant.
To call ATown a boutique is erroneous--it's actually pretty big! Support crafty, creative Austin artists by shopping at this store to keep the good karma flowing; if you keep paying for their work, they will continue to provide you with high-quality art (like wall paintings inspired by famous Austin landmarks), accessories (like colorful bracelets manufactured out of Legos), and clothing (like cute tees for vegetarians that proudly advertise their lifestyle), amongst other things (like eco-friendly candles).
This unique shop showcases gifts with a Texas music theme, offering jewelry, furniture, T-shirts, posters, books and more. The large gallery space features sculptures and oil paintings, among other artworks, all capturing the music spirit of Austin and the state. At Wild About Music, local, national and international artists are represented and all work is for sale. One of the featured artists, Larry Plitz, creates beautiful and eclectic aquariums made from old television sets. Explore the gallery's website for a tour of the online Virtual Art Gallery.
Lucky Lizard Curios and Gifts is the go-to shop in Austin for all things weird and wonderful in Austin. Located in the popular Sixth Street area in downtown Austin, Lucky Lizard has become a fixture in the local community. They've got a vast collection of world music, classic comic books and magazines, a library of books covering an eclectic array of subjects from the paranormal and movie monsters to pirates and vampires. The owner is also the curator for the Museum of the Weird located alongside the Lucky Lizard shop. This is a great place and is certainly worth stopping in.
Feel like having some freshly-baked cookies? A call and a 30 minute wait are all that is required for Tiff's Treats to prepare your favorite kind! Tempting flavors—peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, butterscotch chip and more are available to choose from. Drinks and desserts also feature on the menu. If you're looking for just a snack, drop by, but if you have a large order to place, please notify the store in advance. Either pick up your parcel or have it delivered. You can also get your package gift-wrapped for that special someone.
If you're serious about vintage fashion, then do not miss the opportunity to explore Prototype Vintage. It's a South Congress gem that offers a selection of both male and female vintage apparel. The store tends to stick with styles from the 1970s and 1980s, with a great range of cowboy boots to add a Texas feel to their collection. The store tends to change its wares, but there's always a theme to what they have. You can also check their website to find out when gorgeous new pieces arrive and snap them up before they disappear!
This shop may look small from the outside, but once you step inside you will enjoy exploring 17 rooms full of folk art, antiques, furniture, lighting, imported gifts, Southwestern prints and more. This is a good spot to find quality imports at affordable prices. Explore shopping for retablos, woodcarvings, crosses, saints, icons, mandalas, dream catchers and more. Primitive, rustic Spanish and Southwestern furniture is featured in a variety of materials, including wrought iron, wood and glass.