If life were all about the shopping, I would definitely come up short and be constantly confessing my aversion for it. I just don’t love to shop.
H-o-w-e-v-e-r, when it comes to this kind of shopping, I can do it all the livelong day. Put me in a store where the music is good and there’s something yummy to drink while browsing, and you have now lured me in like a slow southern catfish who only goes for the best of the bait.
Speaking of bait, Texas is home to some beautiful communities where fishing is not afar off, my friends. Do you see where I’m going with this line of thought?
If your man can fish while you shop, it’s a win-win kind of weekend.
Shopping in Lakeway, Texas
If you enjoy weekend getaways to the Hill Country of Texas, you might want to consider Lakeway for the next one.
People started finding this gorgeous spot on the southern shores of Lake Travis in the late 1800’s and then bought up beautiful land in the early 1900’s at the high cost of $6 per acre. Today, the city considers itself a home for families who love a lake-lifestyle in a growth-managed community with good schools and lots of things to do on the weekend. (For more on the history of the area, click here.)
Including, of course, shopping.
Whether you’re looking for a baby gift, a Christmas ornament or something cute to wear to dinner on the lake, you’ll find it at one of these three stores.
Steel Magnolia Marketplace
Newbies on the shopping block in Lakeway is Steel Magnolia Marketplace. Two friends teamed up a year ago to create a gift store that feels like Truvy’s beauty salon in the movie Steel Magnolias.
Marketing themselves as the purveyors of Southern charm, these ladies are a class act. They are filled with joy, always smiling, but real enough to ask their customers how they’re doing today and genuinely listen to the response. If you just buried your daddy, they’ll offer you a mimosa, give you a hug and ask you how things are going the next time you drop by.
The Wardrobe is another beautiful gift store in Lakeway. Responsible for the buying, displaying and selling are a mother/daughter team who both have a bent for all things artistic.
You’ll love the oversized wooden front door, the jazzy music and the cute clothing pieces at The Wardrobe. Be sure to check out the mosaic mirror in the ladies’ room, too. It was made by one of the owner’s friends, and it’s amazing.
Magpie Blossom Boutique
Just down the sidewalk from The Wardrobe is a full-service floral shop with tons of great gift ideas. It’s called Magpie Blossom Boutique, and during the holidays, the store is decorated from top to bottom for a very sensory shopping experience. The sweet apron-clad staff offers little samples of fried pecans and chocolate popcorn. Yum.
Places for the Hubs to Hang
Just in case your man isn’t interested in perusing the perimeters of Lakeway’s gift stores with you, he can hang at your weekend rental. Here are just three of the ones I found on Airbnb. Pretty inviting, right?
Takin’ Home the Goods
This is how you know it’s been a good day of shopping. The most enthusiastic of our sex might have come home with a whole lot more, but for me, the non-shopper, the success of the day was finding just the right gifts for people I really love.
Now, what do you say we go celebrate over a basket of catfish and fries.
Encouraging intentional adventure and intentional shopping for those you love,
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