Prime Retail Therapy in Austin: USA Today

Prime Retail Therapy in Austin: USA Today — January 2016.

Shopaholics will be pleased with what they find in the Austin shopping scene—whether your style is retro vintage, upscale fashion designer or all things wacky and wonderful for the home or gifts. The usual range of chain department stores and shopping malls are in evidence of course, but the city has notable independents as well, such as Book People and Waterloo Records. There are also many cool places that sell Austin original items, from “Keep Austin Weird” t-shirts to prayer candles with Stevie Ray Vaughan on them. The retail industry here, like much of Austin’s lifestyle, is geared quite heavily around the creative class and local artists. The 2nd Street District is lined with all manner of art galleries, original jewelry designs and quirky gift shops; as is SoCo (South Congress), which adds vintage shops and food trailers. Or, for a more contemporary Austin experience, check out the expansive shopping and mixed-use area, The Domain, where you’ll find the major retailers, but also many hip boutiques and fashionable cafes in an outdoor walking environment.

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