Experience the simple charms of art, antiques, and the world’s best fruitcake.
Victorian Sample Florist
Photograph by Allison Smith

1. Sweet Tangerine

From the outside, this off-the-beaten-path white stucco house looks like someone’s lovingly preserved Spanish Revival. But a step behind the neon-orange door reveals a seasonally chic gift store manned by Carmen Austin and her mother, Sarah Jenkins. Fans of Sid Dickens’s timeless hand-painted tiles can get their fix while also discovering new things to love, like Tokyo Milk’s yummy-smelling perfumes, soaps, and bubble baths. Green thumbs will like the small courtyard that holds a variety of glazed outdoor pottery and stone garden frogs covered in mossy fuzz. 508 N. Nineteenth, 903-872-6556

2. Victorian Sample Florist

If anyone can turn a onetime bordello into a floral design studio, it’s stylish Tom Adams. His sense of humor—open the front door and an electronic parakeet tweets to announce your arrival—is a delight, but it’s his flair for creating classic European arrangements that has caught the attention of high-profile clients like the Bush and Perry families. Even if you don’t need a towering vase of cascading flowers imported from Holland, you can find something equally eye-catching among the decorative tins, vases, bird feathers, and topiaries, all inspired by Adams’s far-flung travels. 325 N. Beaton, 903-874-3115

3. Canterbury Court

Local attorney Lowell Dunn’s appreciation of fine English antiques runs so deep he’s opened this maze of a store featuring furniture and curios that he imports from Britain. Half the shop is dedicated to large oak tables, hefty cabinets, and chairs, along with a standout collection of Staffordshire dog figurines that would send even the most astute collector into a tizzy. The other half is filled with gift-registry staples like Spode and Lenox china and a striking assortment of seasonal decorations,

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