With more than 25 years in the apparel business, the style-savvy clothiers at In-Step Fashions train their seasoned eyes on select pieces of casual women’s garb, shoes, and accessories. Shoppers peruse apparel from labels such as Sienna Rose, Nally & Millie, and Mesmerize alongside fashionable footwear by brands including Naturalizer and Yellow Box, all housed in a 151-year-old building rich with history and the ghosts of couture past. Guests can declare victory over wet weather with toe-hugging boots ($36.95–129.95), or dress up jeans with feminine tops ($31.95–$91.95).
From simple roots as a roadside peach stand in 1969, Fischer & Wieser Specialty Foods has grown into a gourmet-condiment authority by blending fresh ingredients into award-winning recipes. The 2010 NASFT sofi Award–winning Mom’s Spaghetti Sauce ($6 for 14 oz.) fuses fresh basil and whole cloves of garlic into a delectably seasoned tomato sauce, which begs eaters to pack a backup wedding dress in case the one they're wearing gets dirty. Unite rival sweet and spicy taste buds with complex flavors, such as the Spicy Sesame Stir Fry & Dipping Sauce ($9.95), winner of the 2011 Fiery Food Challenge for best consumer-ready Asian/stir-fry condiment, or the popular Original Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce ($9.95), a gluten-free gem that brings out the flavors in meat, chicken, and fish with sweetness backed by a smoky, spicy kick. Myriad salsas ($6.95) and jellies ($6.95) entertain houseguests, dripping from chips at parties or spreading across toast while guests settle their bed-and-breakfast bill. In order to thread their condiments around dietary restrictions, condiment chefs promise transparency with a nutritional guide spotlighting which of their products are gluten free, all natural, low sodium, or have no sugar added.
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.
Manufacturer of all natural, gourmet dark chocolate. Fairly traded, sourced directly from the grower in Venezuela. We've been a premium manufacturer of chocolate since the 1920's. Our chocolate is great for baking or snacking - and the darker blends are known to be good for you!
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).