In the market for a one-of-a-kind shopping experience at some of the country's most eclectic and eccentric boutiques? Consider Austin the most deserving digs to lay down your hard-earned retail dollars. If you stopped someone carrying a shopping bag along the boutique-lined sidewalk in the Second Street District and asked which store the bag came from, you're more likely to hear an unfamiliar calling card than a standard chain, along with an enthusiastic story about the cool owner of the shop from whence the tote (most likely eco-friendly) came. A retail destination to many (what better way to combat the sweltering summer temps than browsing apparel in an air conditioned heat retreat?), Austin's own embrace national brands as economic anchors, as found mixed amongst the 700,000 square feet of shops at The Domain, but this Texas mecca is stacked high and wide with independent designers, making our "go local" mentality as widely recognized as our "live music capital of the world" mantra.