East Main Street, Fredericksburg

Narrow your focus to these two blocks of the city’s famed shopping stretch.
East Main Street, Fredericksburg
Homestead and Friends, East Main Street, Fredericksburg.  
Photograph by Adam Voorhes

1. SOMETHING DIFFERENT II

Cowhides and lassos may be de rigueur in other local home-decor shops but not this one. Just inside the bright-red front door (there’s no signage), you’ll find furnishings and accoutrements that are exotic and traditional, unusual and urbane. The colorful vignettes let you visualize how dynamic your own living room or dining room could be if only you added that acrylic ghost chair, white stalagmite vase, or Zulu basket made of telephone wire. 221 E.Main, 830-997-2734, somethingdifferentII.com

2. HOMESTEAD AND FRIENDS

The first museums, known as wonder rooms, displayed personal collections of curious objects. So too does this three-level antiques shop filled with intriguing finds from sixteen countries. Browsing is like playing a game of I Spy with an anthropologist: an English oak beam table here, silk Chinese headdresses there, old French theater seats downstairs. Co-owner Tim Bolton describes his treasures—well-loved books, ecclesiastical items, wrought-iron beds—as “not fussy or froufrou,” though there is a wing devoted to all things shabby chic. 230 E. Main, 830-997-5551, homesteadstores.com

3. RATHER SWEET BAKERY AND CAFE

Rebecca Rather’s eatery lives up to its name. The Pastry Queen tempts would-be dieters with Pink Pig shortbread cookies, praline-topped cheesecake, and Texas Big Hairs lemon-lime tarts (the bigger the meringue, the closer to God!). Even if you eat too many breakfast tacos or gorge on a bison burger at lunch, you can grab a treat to go from Rather Sweet, Too next door. Just try to walk away from a slice of the chocolate buttercream cake, which is as big as a brick but as light as a marshmallow. 249 E. Main, 830-990-0498, rathersweet.com

4. DERCHEN LADEN

Whether you’re Mario Batali or marvelously inept at making anything other than burned toast, you’ll find the answers to all

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