Step back in time as you shop with the crowds, sip afternoon tea, and enjoy live entertainment on this historic town square.
Brazos River Trading Co Antiques
Photograph by Darren Braun

1. Merry Heart TeaRoom

In this quaint lunch spot, men are about as scarce as empty seats. Women, on the other hand, flock here for the exact reasons the guys steer clear: to share gossip while snacking on the signature “toasties” (essentially croutons with a kick), to eat dainty portions of King Ranch chicken crepes, and to sip Earl Grey from floral teacups at the afternoon tea service. A real man, of course, isn’t afraid to admit that happiness is a warm scone. 110 N. Houston, 800-354-1670

2. Almost Heaven

This thirty-year-old decor and gift shop may be aiming for celestial heights (a horn-playing angel is on the sign out front), but it dredges up at least three of the seven deadly sins. Greed will spur you to grab as many of those peacock headbands as you can. Envy will bubble up when another customer takes the last ultrasoft Scene Weaver bamboo throw. And pride will consume you after you hang that amber glass pendant lamp, making your entryway shine just a touch brighter than your neighbor’s. 118 N. Houston, 817-573-1591,

3. Brazos River Trading Co. antiques

If your absurdly wealthy third cousin twice removed dies and leaves a cache of collectibles to some less-deserving relative while you get bubkes, console yourself with a spree at this well-kept antiques emporium. Perhaps a new-to-you orange-leather Ranch Oak barrel chair would temper your loss. Or you could play the “we used to have that” game and snatch up—in the name of posterity—thin beaded souvenir belts, mint copies of Conan the Barbarian,

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