Most salons only offer books, magazines, and a TV for entertainment in the waiting room. Path Salon, on the other hand, connects to downSTAIRS apparel, an artsy fashion boutique for both women & men in the 3100 SoCo Shopping Strip. Thus, while you are waiting for a session with a Path Salon stylist, you are free to browse the selection of accessories, such as caps & jewelry (bracelets with geisha images!), apparel, and a few books and CDs. Some of the clothes are tailored to Austin's culture; for example, one shirt features an image of Texas and says "Locally Grown". Take time shopping, as sales and price markdowns are hidden throughout, and never skimp on the free magazines and flyers by the door. - Freddie Obregon
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.
Whole Earth Provision Co. is a wonderful haunt for those interested in active, eco-friendly, and hippie lifestyles. The inventory ranges from backpacks and fleece jackets for hikers, to TOMS shows and Sanuks, to Tibetan prayer flags and paper lanterns. Whole Earth Provision Co. also sells jewelry from other countries (such as Guatemalan bracelets) and organic lip balms, amongst other accessories. The store also has a humorous side, evident by its novelty and gag gift selection. A perfect example is within their book area, where many deep belly laughs can be heard from patrons flipping through comedic picture books, such as Cake Wrecks. On a tight budget? No worries! The staff is okay with customers just browsing around on lazy days. -Freddie Obregon
Put simply, Sugar Mama's cupcakes are not your mama's cupcakes. Cupcake-master Olivia O'Neal cranks out fancifully flavored treats by the dozen, using all natural ingredients. With a daily menu of six flavors and a rotating menu of eleven more, you are always sure to find something delicious. This bakery elevates the standards with delights such as The Southern Belle, a rich red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting. Sugar Mama's also produces unique combinations, like The Odd Couple, a moist chocolate cake topped with salted caramel cream cheese frosting and a chocolate-covered pretzel. - Christine Whalen
Personalized jewelery is the unique specialty of John Christian. Family crests, monograms and life milestones are all immortalized in gold and diamonds at this store. Bracelets, rings, necklaces-all are on offer in a variety of designs and collections. A special offering by John Christian is 'Platanium', a trademark steel alloy which resembles the beauty of platinum while displaying the strength of titanium.
Have you ever heard of a toy store that's open at midnight? This is not your typical toy store. Rather, Toy Joy is a wonderland for unconventional "children" of all ages. Though the inventory includes some popular kids' items like Beanie Babies and Pokemon collectibles, they specialize in the unusual. This boutique of the bizarre is filled to capacity with selections like sumo wrestler alarm clocks, cube-shaped bubble wands, over-sized lava lamps and creative sound makers. It's a great place to shop for a gift or for yourself.
Missing the games that you played way back in your teens? Head to the Game Over Videogames and browse through their delightful retro video games collection. Apart from video games, it also stocks accessories like Xbox and stuff like funky collectibles and printed t-shirts. Also, Game Over Videogames hosts gaming tournaments and similar events. The shop also purchases old and vintage video games. For more details, check website or call ahead.
Looking for something to compliment those pants you just bought at Hem Jeans? Head on over next door to Stanton Clothing Co., a store dedicated to providing the most stylish blazers, jewelry, scarves, and shirts, amongst other things, for both women and men. In fact, if you did not find the perfect bottom this time around at Hem, rejoice in the fact that Stanton carries shorts. Of the brands available, "Alternative Apparel", "Costa Blanca", and the innocently named "FCUK" are standouts. - Freddie Obregon
A store dedicated first and foremost to jeans--who would have thought? This one-large-room shop specializes in providing the finest denim pants (True Religion, for example) to its clientele. Sure, there is women's jewelry, chic wooden watches for men, cat-eyed sunglasses for the girls, and monochromatic shirts for the boys, but jeans are king here (hence the fact that they proudly call themselves "Austin's Original Denim Bar"). - Freddie Obregon
Estilo Boutique offers stylish business and cocktail attire for fashion conscious men and women. Featured designers include Ben Sherman, Nicole Miller, Yumi Kim and Black Halo. Located conveniently in Downtown Austin, the accommodating staff will be more than happy to help you put together a look that is suitable for any occasion.
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 ...
Inside Fortney's Antiques you will discover antique armoires, servers and
other traditional furniture pieces in both iron and wood from all over the world, including France, Egypt, Italy, England and America. This shop's specialty, however, is antique dry bars, ...
Most salons only offer books, magazines, and a TV for
entertainment in the waiting room. Path Salon, on the other hand, connects to downSTAIRS apparel, an artsy fashion boutique for both women & men in the 3100 SoCo Shopping ...