Keep it local and give your wallet a workout in Austin, where you’ll be tempted by everything from hip clothing stores to gourmet food shops. Plan a visit to these small, locally owned businesses that are sure to become your new Austin favorites. Be sure to check individual store hours and shopping policies before heading out.
Triple Z Threadz. Credit Philip Nelson.
1. Find the perfect western-style pearl snap shirt, graphic tees and cult faves at Triple Z Threadz, a shop with a serious sense of humor.
2. Black Butterfly Bath & Body features all-natural products handmade with African shea butter and Dead Sea salts, along with fragrance oils for men and women. Find them at Royal Blue Grocery in downtown Austin.
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3. Fortress of Inca carries fair trade boots and shoes handcrafted exclusively in Peru by family-operated workshops and factories.
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5. Look good while staying active with Rae Cosmetics, which are mineral based and formulated to resist sweat, heat and humidity, providing long-lasting, lightweight coverage.
6. End of an Ear record shop stocks an extensive selection of vinyl and CDs in music genres that include indie, pop, jazz, soul and funk.
Tomlinson's Feed. Credit Norah Levine.
7. Bring home an Austin souvenir for your fluffy or feathered friend from Tomlinson’s Feed, which stocks an extensive selection of pet toys and healthy treats.
8. Surprise your little one with a handmade toy from Terra Toys, which features dolls, games and collectibles from around the world.
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9. Pick up a bottle of premium extra-virgin olive oil or aged balsamic vinegar at the family-run Con’ Olio, which also offers a tasting bar and classes.
10. Wheatsville Food Co-Op is an all-natural grocery store that offers a large selection of local products along with affordable, high-quality goods that are guaranteed organic, non-GMO and humanely raised.
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11. Get lost in the shelves of books or attend an author reading upstairs at BookPeople, the largest independent bookstore in Texas.
12. Preppy polos and plaid shirts are reimagined and updated at Criquet, made with organic cotton and locally sourced materials.
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13. Shop all-natural botanical goods at Slow North, including essential oils candles, skincare products and home goods.
14. Besides specializing in quality vintage clothing from the 1890s through 1990s, Charm School Vintage hosts live music and art shows.
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15. You’ll be tempted to eat more than one of the adorable baked goods served up by Tiny Pies, known for its hand-held pies that come in yummy flavors like Texas pecan and chocolate cream.
16. Browse the huge selection of indie and womxn-authored books at BookWoman, which holds monthly poetry readings and regular author events.
Cleo Fox for Coco Coquette. Credit Allyson Garro.
18. Ditch the diet at Maggie Louise Confections, where the hand-painted chocolates are boxed with fun themes like Lone Star Sweets and Tailgate Chocolates.
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19. At Alexa James Baby, a family-owned children’s boutique, choose from carefully curated clothing and accessories, toys and nursery decor.
20. Go retro at Room Service Vintage and discover furniture, clothing, costume jewelry, collectibles and more from the 1950s through 1970s.
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21. At Uncommon Objects, more than 20 antique sellers under one roof offer quirky slices of American culture, from posters to pottery.
22. Altatudes was established as the first African American-owned upscale boutique in the city, carrying pieces by local and global designers.
Antonelli's Cheese Shop. Credit Elijah Whites, Serving Social.
23. The cut-to-order Antonelli’s Cheese Shop was named one of the top cheese shops in the nation by Travel + Leisure, and offers tastings of its artisanal cheeses.
24. Find a cool cactus or unique plant arrangement for your home from the team of young growers at East Austin Succulents.
Black Makers Market. Credit Celeste Boyd, ICBO Photography.
Local Pop-Up Markets
Dope Creatives Market is a Black-owned, inclusive market showcasing local handmade artists. Check their website for planned virtual shopping.
Keep an eye out for Austin Flea, a pop-up flea market held at various venues around town (many of them breweries) selling jewelry, crafts and clothing made by local artisans. Virtual shopping is currently available.
City-Wide Vintage Sale is a treasure trove of vintage and collectible items sold by a variety of vendors. The next marketplace is scheduled for Dec. 11-12, 2020 at the Palmer Events Center.
The Black Makers Market brings together some of Central Texas’ top Black artisans. Typically an in-person shopping experience, the Black Makers Market is currently hosted virtually.
The craftHER Market is a digital and in-person marketplace supporting women and nonbinary creatives and small business owners in Texas.
The SOCO Market, offering goods from local farmers and makers, is typically held Saturday afternoons on South Congress Avenue. Shopping is currently available through SOCO’s virtual market.
Check out Austin IBIZ Districts to find even more unique locally-owned businesses in Austin.