Beckendorf Gallery houses a gargantuan selection of storied prints by Texan artist Charles Beckendorf, whose dedication to detailing the flora and fauna of his native state continues to entice art enthusiasts after his passing in 1996. Bluebonnets and Gulley-Stone House ($25) depicts a humble abode against a backdrop of verdant hills, trees, and cobalt fields, and Bald Eagle ($35) illustrates the impact the iconic bird had on Telly Savalas.
Pocketful of Poseys' expert team of quilt-makers stocks its 4,000-square-foot store with everything from fabrics to books. Customers consult with friendly staff on their projects before browsing novelty, floral, and '70s-era prints or sip on cups of freshly made Cajun-style coffee. Quilters grab Dan Morris's checkered What's Cookin fabric ($9.99/yard) for decorating kitchens with new placemats and tablecloths, or they design bedspreads with Yellow Brick Road quilt patterns ($8.69 each) and pure-cotton batting for twin-sized quilts ($19.49). Eight-panel skirt patterns ($14.69) feature four different designs, fostering the creation of simple yet playful makeshift dresses, and a quick-trim ruler ($16.69) allows precise measuring of shapes such as circles, triangles, and Grover Cleveland's mustache.
Named one of the 50 best stores in Texas and “a welcome alternative to the touristy stores that dominate the area” by Lucky magazine, Root combines well-known brands with indie designers for a diversity of fashion-forward looks in its easy-going boutique atmosphere. Ladies can dress up or dress down in bold colors and modern aesthetics from lines such as French Connection, Joe's Jeans, and Trina Turk. Root’s summertime tank dresses evoke effortless style for day and nighttime affairs ($75–$275), while screen-printed graphic tees by local designer Lara Collins add a unique flair to any casual outing ($34). Strut in a stylish pair of TOMS canvas slip-ons ($46+) and beaded elastic belt featuring an Aztec-inspired pattern ($28–$34), or accessorize with Cocobelle Piper Wrap bracelets ($20) and a straw fedora—ideal for shielding against sun beams and prankster pigeons armed with water-balloons ($34–$60).
With its corrugated sheet-metal siding and rough-hewn wood pillars, the façade of Pookie Jane’s Boutique hearkens back to a frontier saloon. But the rustic exterior belies the boutique’s sleek collection of designer apparel and accessories by Desigual, Solitaire, and Elan. In addition to bold-patterned threads, the store brims with hand-wrought home accents from local artisans, including Jane’s own hand-poured soy candles, whose warm glow and sweet scents prove a romantic alternative to a flaming rose bouquet.
Since 1928, the snooze gurus at NB Mattress have dispensed cozy, reliable, and sleep-inducing mattresses to ship slumberers off on voyages into dreamland. NB Mattress carries bed softeners produced by premier brands such as Sealy, Simmons, and Tempur-Pedic, each worthy of a full night's sleep, a post-lunch nap, or a ride down the stairs with a terrified pet. NB Mattress' prices begin at $199 for twin sets, $299 for full sets, $319 for queen sets, and $459 for king sets. Customers can pop into one of NB Mattress' showrooms to appraise the comfort, durability, and jumpability of the mattresses on display, many of which are in stock and ready to start a new life with a loving set of pajamas.