Austin

Celebrate Small Business Saturday at These 16 Austin Shops

Make a big impact by shopping small.

Photo by Julia Kiem
Photo by Julia Kiem
Photo by Julia Kiem

The holidays are coming, and that means it’s time to swipe that plastic. Whilst you may have your sights set on Black Friday, we’d like to divert your attention to Small Business Saturday instead. Why? Well, small businesses have had a much tougher time during the pandemic than the national bigwigs, and shopping local is, as we all know, the best way to support our community while-bonus-reducing our carbon footprint. Plus, who doesn’t appreciate fabulous one-of-a-kind gifts and goodies? Us Austinites are way too cool for cookie-cutter presents.

Spread the joy and shop local this holiday season, because Jeff Bezos already has enough yachts and private jets as it is. Here are 16 Austin-based small businesses that deserve some love on November 27.

Photo by Sarah Natsumi Moore
Photo by Sarah Natsumi Moore
Photo by Sarah Natsumi Moore

Barkin Creek Dog Kitchen and Bath

Multiple Locations
Pop-and-pop company Barkin Creek currently operates three Austin locations and counting, each specializing in handcrafted, small-batch gourmet dog meals and premium treats. Looking to splurge on the fur baby even more? The store also has on-site daycare, spa facilities, toys, accessories, and ‚Äėpawsome’ celebratory dog cakes.
How to support: Stop by for in-store shopping or purchase online.

Photo courtesy of Flourish
Photo courtesy of Flourish
Photo courtesy of Flourish

Flourish

North Loop
Flourish specializes in house plants and plant design, with a beautiful collection of pots and planters, handmade ceramics, candles, smudge sticks, and incense for sale. The retail store is an expansion of Mingle Jewelry, handmade and also available on-site.
How to support: Stop by for in-store shopping or purchase online.

The Little Gay Shop
The Little Gay Shop
The Little Gay Shop

The Little Gay Shop

Airport Blvd
The Little Gay Shop is like one of those year-round Christmas stores, except dedicated to all things Pride. All your rainbow must-haves are here, from books and t-shirts to greeting cards, stationery, and masks. And, best of all, there’s a brilliant selection of artwork for sale exclusively designed by LGBTQIA+ artists.
How to support: Stop by for in-store shopping or purchase online.

Photo courtesy of Folk Potions
Photo courtesy of Folk Potions
Photo courtesy of Folk Potions

Folk Potions

Online
Healing queen Raina Rose’s organic herb-infused oils, balms, butters, and soaps are safe for the whole family and handmade here in Texas. Our pick is the Magic Face Oil, which you can use for practically everything-moisturizer, under-eye brightener, make-up remover, and more. It’s so good that celebs from Megan Mullally (Will & Grace) to Aubrey Plaza swear by it.
How to support: Follow their Instagram for pop-up information or purchase online.

Photo by Kirk Tuck
Photo by Kirk Tuck
Photo by Kirk Tuck

Zach Theatre

South Lamar
For those who prefer memories to materials, how about tickets to a show? Austin’s performing arts scene will surprise you-in a good way, promise. ZACH is a non-profit that creates intimate theatre experiences, employing over 300 talented local actors, musicians, and designers. Forthcoming shows include A Christmas Carol, The Cat in the Hat, and The Sound of Music.
How to support: Stop by the box office or purchase tickets online.

Photo courtesy of Tiny Pies
Photo courtesy of Tiny Pies
Photo courtesy of Tiny Pies

Tiny Pies

Multiple locations
These grandma-style pies in miniature form are not only adorable but delicious, baked daily from scratch using four-generation-old recipes. Taste for yourself at their retail outposts on Burnet Road, South Lamar, Lakeway, and Westlake, and then share the love with a tiny pie gift box.
How to support: Stop by for in-store shopping or purchase nationwide shipping via Goldbelly.

Urban Betty
Urban Betty
Urban Betty

Urban Betty

South Congress and 38th Street
Urban Betty’s Chell Neff has created a line of unscented hair products in response to her own personal struggle with migraines triggered by scents. Her clean shampoos and conditioners are free of all the bad stuff-phthalates, sulfates, silicones, parabens, dyes, pore-clogging oils and formaldehyde/formaldehyde releasers-and never ever tested on animals.
How to support: Stop by for in-store booking or book and purchase products online.

Photo courtesy of Nina Berenato Jewelry
Photo courtesy of Nina Berenato Jewelry
Photo courtesy of Nina Berenato Jewelry

Nina Berenato Jewelry

Domain Northside
The cat’s out the bag tustin’s best hidden gem, with Texan A-Listers from Beyonce to Megan Thee Stallion coveting the jewelry designer’s wild and gorgeous bespoke creations. Step into Austin’s only all-girl metalsmithing studio, storefront, and art-gallery and you might even catch Nina herself at the back working her magic. Jewelry aside, the store also sells products made by other women for added Girl Power action.
How to support: Stop by for in-store shopping or purchase and sign up for classes online.

The Paper + Craft Pantry
The Paper + Craft Pantry
The Paper + Craft Pantry

The Paper + Craft Pantry

East Austin
Stationery nerds, welcome to your dreamland. The Paper + Craft Pantry houses independently designed stationery and paper goods from local artists such as Kathy Phantastic, Meg Ya Look, and Little Green Press. They also host weekly community-focused creative workshops where you can learn everything from chalk lettering to leather bookbinding. A portion of profits from their in-house line is donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Black Mamas ATX, to boot.
How to support: Stop by for in-store shopping or sign up for workshops online.

Asahi Imports
Asahi Imports
Asahi Imports

Asahi Imports

Burnet Road
This surprisingly well-stocked little import shop is Austin’s only exclusively Japanese market. Expect Japanese specialty food, ingredients, candy, sake, beers, household goods, and origami alongside a bevy of stocking-stuffers. They also have a brilliant onigiri counter, but you better hurry-the tasty rice triangles usually sell out by late lunchtime.
How to support: Stop by for in-store shopping or purchase online.

Lilla & Beth
Lilla & Beth
Lilla & Beth

Lilla & Beth

Mueller
Cuteness overload. This local Austin boutique has something for everyone-gemstone bracelets, slippers with emojis on them, kimonos, travel-themed stationery, candles, and so much more. You’ll probably end up with a few gifts for yourself, as it’s all so irresistible.
How to support: Stop by for in-store shopping.

Photo courtesy of Paws on Chicon
Photo courtesy of Paws on Chicon
Photo courtesy of Paws on Chicon

Paws on Chicon

East Austin and South Congress
Because we’re a city totally obsessed with pets, here’s another one for the pups. Paws on Chicon sports a huge selection of quality, wholesome grub for dogs and cats, plus toys, collars, beds, and ultra-cute clothing. There’s also a self-serve dog wash in case your four-legged pal needs a pre-holiday scrub.
How to support: Stop by for in-store shopping or purchase online.

East Austin Succulents
East Austin Succulents
East Austin Succulents

East Austin Succulents Cactus & Succulent Nursery

East Austin
Give your home some Texan twang with an offering from this team of young gardeners putting together stunning arrangements of potted cacti and other succulents. They’re always full of ideas, so customers can expect a wide variety of new and interesting plants, pottery, and art upon each visit.
How to support: Stop by for in-store shopping or purchase online.

Photo courtesy of New Origin Shop
Photo courtesy of New Origin Shop
Photo courtesy of New Origin Shop

New Origin Shop

Hill Country Galleria
Your one-stop-shop for fashion, gifts, homeware, and crafts, New Origin Shop was founded by Sierra Lewis on a mission to provide unique and affordable goods to customers eager to support independent makers and small businesses. In addition to their own line, Sierra’s brother Frederic also owns handcrafted beaded jewelry retailer Soul Rebel Jewelry.
How to support: Stop by for in-store shopping or purchase online.

Photo by FOH NYC
Photo by FOH NYC
Photo by FOH NYC

Margot Blair Floral

Downtown
Margot Blair Floral is an Austin wedding staple, and now her colourful, romantic arrangements can be purchased for life’s smaller moments. Fareground food hall houses their retail cart, peddling single stems, bouquets and gift boxes. While you’re there, make a day of it by wandering local stalls including Austin Jam, Texas Hill Country Olive Co, and Dude, Sweet Chocolate.
How to support: Stop by for in-store shopping or purchase and sign up for virtual flower classes online.

Photo by Dani Parsons
Photo by Dani Parsons
Photo by Dani Parsons

Walton’s Fancy and Staple

Downtown
In need of quality local coffee? Head to Walton’s for a bag of their special blend by Cuv√©e Coffee in Austin Texas, vacuum-sealed for freshness in 12-ounce packages. The store, owned by Austin darling Sandra Bullock, sells a selection of pantry goodies, dog treats, and candles. If all that shopping works up an appetite, hang around for Walton’s awesome build-your-own sandwich lunch.
How to support: Stop by for in-store shopping.

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James Wong is a contributor for Thrillist.

Austin

Get Lucky at These Irish Bars in Austin

Drink a green pint on St Patrick's Day at these Irish bars in Austin.

Photo by Melissa Vinsik, courtesy of Cork + Barrel
Photo by Melissa Vinsik, courtesy of Cork + Barrel
Photo by Melissa Vinsik, courtesy of Cork + Barrel

In the midst of all the SXSW chaos, it helps to remember that there’s a rainbow at the festival’s end-that is, the hangover-blessing we’ve been granted of having St. Patrick’s Day 2023 fall on a Friday. Whether you attribute this small win to the Gregorian calendar or the luck of the Irish, it’s sure to amp up the already liver-damaging activities associated with this cultural celebration. However, √Čire is more than just leprechauns and Colin Farrell-it’s a breathtaking land full of warm, welcoming, and good-hearted people. Fortunately, there’s a way you can get a taste of the Republic’s spirit, and a dark stout, at the same time by hitting up one of Austin’s various Irish pubs. From cozy, intimate spaces decked out like small taverns in Cobh, to modern dives with all the party energy of Temple Bar, our list has the best spots in the city to “erin go bragh” all out on March 17.

Photo by Jane Yun, courtesy of BD Rileys
Photo by Jane Yun, courtesy of BD Rileys
Photo by Jane Yun, courtesy of BD Rileys

B.D. Riley’s Irish Pub at Mueller

Mueller
With a giant model of a beer tap literally decorating their front door, you can’t miss B.D Riley’s, nor doubt that this East Austin hang is a spot to down some serious brewskis. And its name, and perfect pours of Guinness, aren’t the only aspects they draw from the Emerald Isle-the entire pub itself was actually designed and built in Dundalk, Ireland, and shipped over for assembly in Bat City. Such authentic decor calls for equally authentic sounds, therefore, on St. Patrick’s Day, B.D. Riley’s will feature an all-day, four-artist bill of live, trad-inspired music. So, while you may not start the day knowing all the words to “The Galway Girl,” you are bound to sing along by last call.

Kelly’s Irish Pub

Bouldin Creek
Having only opened this past December, Kelly’s is the new kid with a brogue on the block. Occupying the space which formerly housed tapas restaurant Winebelly, this pub had big shoes to fill for South Austin barflies, but quickly won them over with an impressive whiskey selection and friendly atmosphere. A big reason behind the real deal √Čire vibes can, most likely, be chalked up to the fact that one of Kelly’s owners was actually born and bred in Ireland-and the dedication to delivering a true-to-life experience is evident in everything from the shepherd’s pie to the witty bartenders. For St. Patrick’s Day, they are getting the party started early with live music and an opening time of 8 am.

Photo courtesy of Jack & Ginger's
Photo courtesy of Jack & Ginger’s
Photo courtesy of Jack & Ginger’s

Jack & Ginger’s

The Domain
While The Domain may boast more bars than you can shake a shamrock at, there’s only one spot in the North Austin entertainment behemoth that can be properly called an Irish pub: Jack & Ginger’s. Start off the night with selecting a tasting flight from their over 82 beers on tap, then, move onto shots poured straight from their Irish Whiskey Tours-after loosening up with a round or two, you might just find yourself with the gift of gab. And, before snapping a selfie over Jack & Ginger’s see-through glass floor, balance out that buzz with food offerings like a giant soft pretzel or a round of fried pickles.

Photo courtesy of Foxy's Proper Pub
Photo courtesy of Foxy’s Proper Pub
Photo courtesy of Foxy’s Proper Pub

Foxy’s Proper Pub

Downtown
Here’s a spot that visibly radiates with Irish pride-at Foxy’s, the glow of green beams out from the bar’s lighted panels, and across their chandelier made of Jameson bottles. When it comes to cups and chow, their commitment to the theme continues-the use of the word,”proper,” in the pub’s name alone indicates you’re in for a heavy pour of the standards. Consequently, the taps are abundant with essential Irish sips, including Guinness, Magners, and Smithwick’s. With Lone Star on draft, there’s also a nod to Texas tradition as well. But don’t fear if you’re bored of beer-Foxy’s variety of whiskey-based cocktails will let you switch it up (and still keep it Celtic). March 17 will find them celebrating with live music, whiskey tastings, and swag giveaways.

Photo by LEVY Architects, courtesy of Cork + Barrel
Photo by LEVY Architects, courtesy of Cork + Barrel
Photo by LEVY Architects, courtesy of Cork + Barrel

Cork & Barrel Craft Kitchen + Microbrewery

Round Rock
Compared to a flight to Dublin, the 30-minute drive to Round Rock’s Cork & Barrel is much more convenient-not to mention, won’t require waiting in a TSA line. A mix between a modern Austin beer garden and a historical Irish pub, this spot’s spacious interior and expansive outdoor patio guarantees there will be enough room for the whole crew to cheer “sl√°inte.” And, their microbrewery’s signature beers are the ideal drinks to do such a toast with. The menu of specially crafted drafts includes a blueberry wheat, an Irish red ale, and a vanilla stout. This St. Patrick’s Day also marks Cork & Barrel’s two-year anniversary, and they are throwing down for the double-celebration with live music, yard games, Irish food specials, and plentiful amounts of green beer and Irish Car Bombs.

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Molly Moltzen is a Thrillist contributor.

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