This Hill Country town founded by Freethinkers and abolitionists offers unique artisanal wares, first-rate antiquing, and a tasty $8 hamburger.
Blackbird Antiques, Comfort
Photograph by Ryann Ford

1. Comfort Crockery

Though the name of this gallery doesn’t give you a full picture of its one-of-a-kind wares (there’s much more here than pottery), the tagline—“Fine and useful original arts”—says it all. That includes Jim Wallace’s tables made of longleaf pine and Texas ebony, Mike Geer’s mesquite fireplace mantels, Weldon Lister’s hand-engraved silver and copper cuff bracelets, and Sherri Jo Adams’s glazed bread bakers, not to mention the paintings, sculptures, photographs, and wood carvings from nearly fifty other Hill Country artisans. 402 Seventh, 830-995-5299,


2. The Tinsmith’s Wife

Has the knitter (or crocheter or needlepointer) in your group gone missing? No need to send out an APB: You’ll find her at this fiber enthusiast’s mecca, where the shelves hold enough skeins of yarn—everything from hand-dyed Madelinetosh pashminas to Appleton Brothers embroidery wools—to fashion ponchos for each man, woman, and child in the state. Neophytes who don’t know a StitchCorker from a sock blocker needn’t worry; owner Wendy Solberg says newbies can learn the craft in a mere hour and a half. 409 Seventh, 830-995-5539,


3. Blackbird Antiques

The secluded cottage of your retirement dreams will swing into vision when you step inside this shop, which is presided over by two unflappable pugs, Molly and Hudson. Let your inner interior decorator take over as you make a wish list: This pine bench would be an ideal perch for taking off muddy boots; that endearingly dilapidated black-canvas-and-leather trunk could hold your grandma’s crazy quilts; and those surprisingly lifelike rubber-and-paper flowers would make for a cheerful centerpiece. Not that you’ll

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