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When it comes to cowboy boots in Austin, we are serious. That's why we turn to Heritage Boots on South Congress for true works of art in custom boot form.

It only makes sense that Austin would have an entire store dedicated to Lomography. If you aren't into this type of photography yet, check out this store on Congress to take their workshops or buy their lomography cameras.

  • Jen Leddy

    I love you lomo. My Diana mini and I have visited you almost daily during SXSW. I will miss you.

Room Service Vintage is crammed floor to ceiling with 50's, 60's, and 70's furniture, jewelry, decor and more. Just try walking out of there without something. Try it.

Waterloo is the kind of record store you always wanted to loiter at in the 90's -- an overwhelming amount of great albums on both vinyl and CD and a staff who will spend all day talking about it without you. Throughout SXSW and the year, they have live shows with free beer too.

The Whole Foods HQ on Lamar and 6th wears the crown as their flagship store with everything healthy you could ever want and great BBQ too. Uncork a bottle of wine and head up to their rooftop to enjoy your fresh goods.

  • Rye Clifton

    Come on... I love everything about Whole Foods too... but the BBQ??? It is horrible.

There are two Apple stores in town; the closest location to downtown is at Barton Creek Mall. Be forewarned, it's a rather small store for the number of people it serves so be prepared to hurry up and wait.

There is a reason Book People is thriving as the best local bookstore - no matter what you're into, they have the book or magazine for you. Check out their lineup of great speakers and authors who stop by for readings and signings all the time.

23rd Street Artists Market always has a few booths set up throughout the week selling jewelry, paintings, photographs and more. It's a great place to see what the Austin artists create for the market and support their craft.

If you're an avid cyclist or even just a recreational weekend biker, Mellow Johnny's will make you feel right at home. They have all of the gear you need and also offer group rides at several different times throughout the week. Did we also mention it's Lance Armstrong's bike store?

This store brings a whole new meaning to antiquing. Their collection of rare finds and trinkets makes you wonder, where do they find all of this stuff?

Cream Vintage is a good stop for reasonably priced, one-of-a-kind finds. They have men's and women's clothing plus a wide selection of boots and interestingly, repurposed jewelry. Plus, there's a seamstress on site so you can have your new purchases custom-fit.

Tyler's Sporting Goods has the best collection of Austin themed shirts in town. Their neon Keep Austin Weird shirts and variety of UT gear will help you fit in here (or stand out outside of Austin).

Whole Earth Provision Co. has everything you could want or need for the outdoors. Spend some time sorting through their crazy gadgets and relaxing in their hammock selection. You gotta try before you buy!

Local food, artisans and businesses can all be seen at the SFC Farmers Market in Republic Square Park downtown. While all of the fresh produce is worth buying, save room for the duck taco and Neapolitan pizza -- traditional farmer's market snacks, of course.

For all of you yogis, Bettysport has the best gear for you. They have trendy outfits, fair prices and community yoga classes in the store on Thursdays.

Stag is a meticulously selected collection of men's clothing. With inspiration from some of the most fashionable men of the past, they put a modern spin on vintage.

  • Jefferson Burruss

    Don't forget to check out Service Menswear across the street while you're there (and Home Slice Pizza next door)

Co-Star is the best store on South Congress for trendy clothes for both men and women. Their jewelry selection is impressive, as is their giant neon mustache sign.

Photographers in need of repairs and extra equipment should turn to Precision Camera Store on Lamar. The staff is incredibly friendly and will solve any camera problems for you.

Big Top Candy Shop is going to be featured on the Discovery Channel soon for it's array of delectable candies, ice cream and homemade sodas. They have all of the candies from your childhood available for purchase - no matter when you grew up!

Now when we say "gear," we mean Santa suits, gorilla suits and three-piece suits. Lucy In Disguise is the one-stop costume shop to go for any of your costuming needs.

Luke's Locker is a haven for runners and athletes alike. Stop in any of their locations and they are sure to have the athletic gear you need.