Austin is chock-full of creatives, making it no surprise that it's also home to several locally-owned businesses where you can find trinkets, houseware items and clothing made from area artisans in addition to popular and international brands. Our suggestion: Leave generous room in your suitcase for souvenirs.
The largest independent store in Texas, BookPeople opened its flagship store in 1970 and has been voted best bookstore in Austin several years since. The store not only features hundreds of book titles, but is also home to a café and over 300 events every year that brings in notable authors and public figures.
603 N Lamar Blvd, bookpeople.com
An independent specialty hardware store that’s more than power tools and paint colors. It’s been part of the West Campus neighborhood since 1970, when it was opened by an Austin family. Now part of the Ace Hardware Company, it’s still locally owned & operated, and should be your go-to for hardware, housewares and seasonal decor with character.
718 W 29th St, shop.breedandco.com
Whole Earth Provision Co. is a family-owned business based in Texas with eight stores in five cities. Located just a few blocks south of Hotel Ella, the central Austin location is outfitted with everything an outdoorsman would need – from clothing and footwear to hammocks, climbing gear and more. Over the years, Whole Earth has supported nonprofits working to preserve and restore the environment.
1014 N Lamar Blvd, wholeearthprovision.com