Shopping in Austin

I'm going to attempt writing about a subject that I know nothing about. Shopping in Austin. That is, for pleasure. I shop because I have to, because my toddler has no shorts that fit him anymore, or because Mother's Day is next weekend. I take the least painful approach and head to Target, or if I'm feeling more adventurous, Kohl's. I know I should frequent local shops more - and I try to, but most times I just want to get it over quick.

But some of you may have that special gene I'm missing where you actually look forward to a day of shopping. For you, I'm going to do my best.

The Austin Chronicle has their Best of List. Check this list out for our more funky, one-of-a-kind stores.

First of all, start off on South Congress. Even I like to go there, occasionally.

Barton Creek Mall is our largest mall (Central/Southwest Austin) and has most of the national stores you might be addicted to, like Banana Republic and Sephora. Whenever I go there I MUST recharge by gazing at the awesome encaustic paintings by Rana Rochat hanging at Nordstrom. Will somebody please buy me one my own? Thank you. Oh, and nursing moms -- Nordstrom's bathrooms are the best. You won't want to get up.

The Domain is our newest mall in North Austin, and it's a mixed use/outdoor type place. It's trying to go for the upscale market, so you can find Neiman Marcus and Coach. It kind of reminds me of what Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade has become, right down to the California Pizza Kitchen. Ok, maybe less bums and Michael Jackson impersonators.

2nd St District is downtown and is part of Austin's attempt to make a more livable downtown urban center. Think stylish boutiques, sidewalk cafes and restaurants, and higher-end furniture stores, like Design Within Reach (now honestly, who picked that name?) While we're on the subject of asking for things, will someone please buy me the daybed from Ligne Roset?

For antique and mid-century modern furniture shopping, you've got to come to my 'hood in Central Austin. Burnet Rd between 45th and Anderson Lane has tons of little shops like Uptown Modern. Or go over to North Loop for Room Service.

After these hot spots, you'll just have to move here to discover the other cool shops that I can't possibly fit into this post. Oh, and all interested parties who wish to buy me things may contact me for my mailing address.

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