Shopping

Black Friday Is Gonna Be a Big Day in Texas

Nov 25, 2014 By Dan Solomon

In North Texas, Walmart employees are threatening to strike. In South Texas, people are almost two weeks in to camping out in front of Best Buy. It's just another celebration of holiday season bargain-hunting. 

Store Wars!

Jan 20, 2013 By Skip Hollandsworth

Two luxury retailers: Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. One desirable market: Houston. The fight for the hearts and credit cards of couture clotheshorses like Lynn Wyatt and Carolyn Farb officially begins next month, but already the fur is flying.

Shops

Jan 20, 2013 By Anne Dingus and Pamela Colloff

Elegant antebellum furniture in Jefferson, Latin American folk art in Smithville: Where the buys are in two dozen communities.

Cliff Notes

Dec 1, 2012 By Jordan Breal

With three days in Dallas’s historic Oak Cliff, my mantra was “Shop, eat, repeat.”

Midland

Jan 1, 2012 By Jordan Breal

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

Wimberley

Dec 1, 2010 By Jordan Breal

Anchored by a lively square, this Hill Country haven attracts artists, musicians, and spirited shoppers.

Alpine

Aug 31, 2010 By Jordan Breal

In this high-desert hub just north of Big Bend National Park, you’ll find Western artwork, Mexican handicrafts, and the unexpected snow cone.

Downtown Llano

Oct 31, 2009 By Jordan Breal

Handmade crafts, homey cafes, and cowboy couture make this Hill Country hamlet a browser’s paradise.

Susie Q., Mystery Shopper

Jun 30, 2009 By Texas Monthly

Susie Q. (not her real name) has been reviewing hotels, restaurants, and retailers anonymously for about six years. She works for several market research companies, such as Sinclair Customer Metrics, to whom she reports her findings after posing as an everyday customer and testing out products and services. She has…

Ort Varona

Feb 1, 2008 By Texas Monthly

His LFT is a BFD—those f’s are for “fashion”—and therefore he is too. Following a hugely successful maiden foray into upscale retail with Octane and Premium93, both going strong as storefronts in the West Village neighborhood of Dallas, Varona opened Lifestyle Fashion Terminal last March at Victory Park, northwest of…

Westheimer, Ho!

Jun 30, 1997 By Mimi Swartz

Accessories for sexual adventurers, columns for your Craftsman bungalow, tasteful tables made from old manhole covers: You can find it all on this reborn Houston strip.

Border Bargains

Dec 1, 1996 By Suzy Banks

We’ve found thirty shops just across the Rio Grande where you can buy everything from hand-carved furniture to whimsical walking sticks. The quality is high, the prices are right, and you don't have to pay in pesos.

Where the Buys Are

Jun 30, 1996 By Turk Pipkin

If you think there are bargains on the border, you won’t believe what you’ll find seven hundred miles south in three tiny Mexican towns.

Home, Sweet Homestead

Dec 1, 1995 By Mimi Swartz

Five chic interior design stores in Fredericksburg are comforting, inspiring, and for the acquisitive, absolutely irresistible.

Texas Primer: The His and Her Gift

Dec 1, 1985 By Susan Chadwick

Once upon a time the His and Her Gift reflected a Texas that was extravagant and maybe a little gauche. Now the gift is no less extravagant, but it’s a lot less, well, innocent.