Transplanters on the Road: Austin Shopping 2010
This guy was keeping Austin weird.*(*Keep Austin weird unofficial city logo.)
I thought the photo above would get your attention more than my opening sentence:"I am always going to fit in a little time for shopping, no matter where I travel."
Did it work!??!?!
Well too bad, you don't get to see any more photos of him, and you have to read about my shopping adventures instead. He-he.
I hit my favorite Austin bookstore, Book People, on N. Lamar. If you can't get to Austin, you should at least check them out online. They have a great cafe, hip, informed employees, and a well edited gift section. I think they are one of the best reasons to visit Austin. And apparently, so does Lou Reed, who left the bookstore minutes before I arrived. Bummer.www.bookpeople.com
On recommendation from our friend Marshall who used to live in Austin, we visited Bobalu Cigar Company on E. 6th Street. By far the best coffee in town, and most likely, the best cigars. I didn't smoke one, but they sure did smell good. www.bobalucigarco.com
For folk art and other treasures around the world, like Guatemalan worry dolls, head to Tesoros Trading Company on S. Congress. It's a shopping gallery of festive chotchkies that have a nice price point range. It's a great place to pick up souvenirs. www.tesoros.com
And lastly, I found etsy artist, Lahada Handmade by Jenni, selling her cute goods on S. Congress. Definitely check out her amazing work at www.lahadahandmade.etsy.com
I also spent a little time sweating it out by the river. No shops down here!
Causes Kayla Cagan Supports
Oxfam America, Revlon Run/Walk against Women's Cancers