The oil-fueled boomtown may be running out of water, but there’s still plenty of shopping and culture to be found.
La Bebé
Photograph by Artie Limmer

1. Hyacinth for the Home

Kate Beal’s decor and gift shop—open since July—is so cozily intimate it feels as if you’ve strayed into an elegant sitting room at a private French country estate. Louis XIV–worthy furnishings (bergère chairs, stately grandfather clocks, gilt-edged mirrors), many of which Beal brings back from antiques fairs in the South of France, are arranged with precision. The smell of fresh lavender (sold by the bushel) and floral Parisian-made Manuel Canovas candles wafts through the air. And the delicate coffee-table knickknacks, like hand-painted Waylande Gregory ceramic trays and pots of Vieuxtemps Porcelain flowers, evoke the joie de vivre of a happy home. 2200 W. Wadley Ave., 432-684-7100

2. La Bébé

When Susan Golson couldn’t find the perfect chandelier for her granddaughter’s nursery, the Midland mama decided to open her own beyond-the-basics baby boutique, which she runs with her two daughters. Drop your tot in the play area—enclosed by a white picket fence, it’s outfitted with activity tables and a flat-screen TV—so you can check out whimsical Beatrix New York lunch boxes, vanilla-flavored Sophie the Giraffe teethers, and Swarovski crystal–encrusted Terra Traditions memory books. A spillover space two doors down houses custom swivel gliders, Lulla Smith bassinets swathed in dupioni silk, and—yes—several types of dazzling chandeliers. 2200 W. Wadley Ave.,432-687-2800, labebemidland.com

3. Susie’s South Forty Confections

Susie Hitchcock-Hall, a line-dancing instructor turned candypreneur, has been keeping local dentists in business since 1991. Her simple display cases are filled with caramels coated in Belgian chocolate,

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