The online pantry at Fredericksburg Farms abounds with all-natural preserves, chili mixes, and mustards and dozens of gluten-free options, all prepared with a firm commitment to Texan- and American-made products. The farm's fruit-filled preserves and jellies ($6.95 each) crown toast in classic and fiery flavors such as strawberry, peach, and jalapeño and double as tasty caulk when winterizing a gingerbread house. A drizzle of water transforms the Texas Campfire cornbread mix into thick, spicy batter ($5.95), and the preservative-free venison-chili mix ($4.95) will come in handy after hunting season. Home accents include an aromatic array of hand-poured soy-blend candles ($12–$16 each), which infuse dwellings with luscious fruit, herbal, and floral fragrances.
Best Sports Apparel nurtures fandom far and wide with tees, jerseys, and accessories that flaunt all major-team insignias from more than five sport disciplines. Support the in-state Texans by sliding foam fingers through a screen-printed long-sleeve constructed tee by Reebok ($17.99), or cheer on the Cowboys with a team-colored Raglan shirt ($28.80), predistressed to suggest a well-aged passion for America’s team. The shop also features numerous jerseys for each football, basketball, baseball, and hockey squads, honoring the exploits of players past and present. Shop in-store to ensure a dapper fit or place an order online to have wares speedily delivered via the store manager's best Hail Mary toss.
Soothe skin with evening primrose face cream (around $22 for a large) or tingly peppermint and tea tree foot lotion (around $11 for a small). Bath Junkie's array of body washes, scented sprays, bath crystals, pet pampering products, household cleansers, and lotions are customizable by scent or tint. Play with unexpected color and fragrance combinations, or imitate antique recipes from flea market tin-can phones. Every product is suitable for sensitive skin and almost always paraben- and SLS-free.
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.
The resident smokehouse sages at Opa's Smoked Meats channel generations-old family recipes when concocting authentic German smoked-meat creations. Traditional smokehouse snacks such as beef and turkey jerky ($18.99) and dried sausage ($7.95/lb.) allow diners to sample tender cuts of meat without the hassle of finding a steak that cries at the end of Sleepless in Seattle. Spice up humdrum charcoal grills with jalapeño-cheese smoked sausage, which swaddles spicy peppers and aged cheddar cheese in a smoky overcoat ($4.69/lb.). Opa's whole smoked turkeys nicely complement a festive holiday feast ($2.89/lb.), and Oktoberfest celebrations are augmented with smoked boneless peppered hams ($4.79/lb.) stuffed into oversized beer steins.
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).