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Austin Shopping

By George
524 N. Lamar
Austin , Texas
Tel: 512 472 5951

This retailer has served Austin's (admittedly small) fashion-forward crowd for some 25 years. In 2001, husband-and-wife team Matthew and Katy Culmo consolidated their men's and women's stores to provide chic clothes and accessories, creating a one-stop shop for software execs and stylish profs. The owners handpick collections each season, with everything from designer dresses from Nicole Farhi to Seven jeans.

South Congress Avenue
Austin , Texas

The anchor of Austin's hippest hood, this pedestrian-friendly strip also offers the city's most eclectic shopping. Coeds and scenesters get decked out at vintage stores like New Bohemia (512-326-1238) and Lucy In Disguise With Diamonds (512-444-2002;; trendy homemakers haunt antiques emporiums such as Uncommon Objects (512-442-4000); country boys load up on gear at Allens Boots (512-447-1413; Line up with the locals at the walk-up window of Amy's Ice Cream (512-440-7488; On the first Thursday of each month, SoCo merchants stay open late and offer food, drinks, and live music as part of a boisterous block party (

Waterloo Records
600 N. Lamar
Austin , Texas
Tel: 512 474 2500

At a modest 6,400 square feet, Waterloo is hardly a megastore, but it's a music lover's dream. A weekly sales chart tells you what the savvy locals are buying, and 11 listening stations let you evaluate their tastes. Don't like what you bought? Return it within ten days—for whatever reason. Many of the big touring acts stop by for in-store performances the day of the show, sometimes with free beer provided by sponsors.

Whole Foods Market
525 N. Lamar
Austin , Texas
Tel: 512 476 1206
Fax: 512 476 5704

The organic food revolution started in 1980, when Whole Foods Market, devoted to all things natural, was founded in Austin. A few blocks from the original, its gargantuan new flagship—at 80,000 square feet, it's nearly three times the size of most supermarkets—is a food Disneyland where you can you can dip strawberries in a chocolate fountain at Candy Island or browse the acres of organic produce. A trip here is at once eco-friendly and decadent.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.