Shopping and Culture on South Congress Avenue in SOCO April 10, 2019 / Austin / Leave a Comment One thing is clear when you take your first walk-through of Crescent Apartments in South Congress: our luxury apartments have style. And when you’re living at our apartments in the heart of SOCO, style is essential, because just down the street are some iconic Austin Texas businesses that help you infuse some pop and style in your life – whether for fashion, décor, or gifts for the family.Fashion-Forward Clothing and Fashion Options Feather’s Boutique is tucked back in a quiet alley, but is super inviting with its bright blue façade. Women who love rocking the bohemian look will instantly fall in love with Feather’s Boutique, who sells hippie-inspired purses, summer sun dresses, sassy high heels, inspired leather boots, and gorgeous belt buckles to finish off any outfit. Feather’s Boutique has a carefully-curated feel, as all clothing items are vintage. Here, you’re likely to find lacy vintage dresses, sophisticated kimonos and wraps, print tees, and even soaps and quirky home décor to take back to your stylin’ SOCO apartment.There are plenty of other adorable boutiques in SOCO – Cove boutique offers fresh and trendy fashion styles for the sophisticated woman, Blackmail is an industrial-style boutique that offers trendy apparel that’s inspired by chic goth-meets-grunge vibes, and Created Boutique is inspired by local artists who infuse their personal flair into tees, dresses, jewelry, and bags.Kendra Scott Jewelry has seen incredible success on the national stage, as they bring fresh, inspired designs to earrings, necklaces, rings, and more. Featured in People Magazine, Forbes, and Allure, their flagship store is right here in Austin, where you can drool over the stunning options, from statement earrings, to nail lacquer, to necklaces, and even home décor. Kendra Scott Jewelry is known for its delightful surprises in design, eye-catching materials, minimalist accents, and charming colors. And as if their jewelry wasn’t delicious enough, you can enjoy a dessert bar featuring macarons, donuts, and cookies. Enjoy your treat outside on their swanky patio. It’s the perfect choice for a girl’s day out.If you don’t see any cowboy boots, are you even in Texas? For a hearty dose of Texan flavor, be sure to check out Allen’s Boots, who carry more than 4,000 boots, in addition to cowboy hats, clothing, and accessories. They carry boots for men and women of all fashions and persuasions, but each boot is high quality and gorgeous.Décor and Antiques for a Colorful Home If you want your Downtown Austin apartment to reflect the true heart and soul of Austin, look no further than Mi Casa Gallery, that carries art and home décor reflecting the artsy, bohemian vibe of Austin. Grab yourself some paper lamps to get the mood lighting just right in your South Congress Apartment, or add some artsy flair with woven rugs and painted pottery. This place has a Mexican vibe that you’re sure to fall in love with because of its rich colors and off-beat vibes. Buy some vintage tarot cards, leather embroidery cowboy boots, quirky metal sculptures, and oddities to keep around your apartment.Looking for some furniture and art with folky vibes in a colorful atmosphere? Tesoros Trading Company is the spot for you. Their colorful home décor is sure to leave you inspired, while tossing in some quirky toys while they’re at it, such as wind-up music boxes and children’s stuffed animals. But this shop isn’t just fun and games. You’re sure to find absolutely gorgeous accents for your SOCO apartment – including colorful throw pillows, hanging paper lanterns, wall art, and artisan dishes for the kitchen. And don’t forget to take a picture with the Willie Nelson mural outside for your Instagram!Gifts and Quirky Fun If you’re looking for that perfect gift for the out-of-town family member or friend, look no further than Prima Dora, who stocks Austin-centric gifts that celebrate the spirit of our colorful Texas town. They even call themselves “Purveyors of South Austin Culture”, and their colorful store is sure to put a smile on your face and make you fall a little bit more in love with Austin (as if that was even possible!) Selling hip tee-shirts, posters, bags, coffee table books about Austin, magnets, and more, you’ll find a wealth of quirky gifts that are sure to brighten your day.Monkey See Monkey Do is a place where you can spend hours – and anyone who loves collecting novelty items and toys will feel in heaven here! This is a nerd haven of fun that sells rainbow Slinkys, My Little Pony figurines, action figures, Star Wars paraphernalia, and local art you won’t find anywhere else. Bring your kids and enjoy a blast from the past with vintage-inspired toys – from Lisa Frank stickers, to View-Masters, and Walkie Talkies, Monkey See Monkey Do is in the business of unleashing your inner child.Unique and Wonderful Just off the beaten path is The Herb Bar, which is an “oasis of earthly delights”, including delicious and fragrant loose-leaf teas in bulk, artisan-made jewelry and soaps, crystals, and of course, healing herbs for every ailment. The Herb Bar is a charming place to stop – their entire façade is covered with ivy, giving it a magical vibe. Purchase some incense, Texas flower essences, essential oils, all-natural sunscreens and lotions, and body care products made with love. Grab yourself a salt lamp, a book about natural healing, and feel instantly zen.South Congress Books is a haven for the book lover who wants to support a thriving and colorful local business. This small, artsy book shop carries vintage and new favorites, second hand paperbacks, and beloved classics. Spend hours here perusing the sections that are chock-full with books about art, culture, history, film, fiction, and much more. You can’t miss the cheery yellow brick building with the cacti in the window. It’s bound to become your new favorite indie joint – especially if you love curling up with a good book or like displaying interesting books on your coffee table as a conversation piece.SOCO: Where Art and Culture Meet ShoppingWhat we love the most about SOCO? It reflects the best of Austin with its artistic vibes that are accessible to the everyday person. Find yourself some one-of-a-kind art, curated vintage fashion finds, and stunning designer jewelry. Shopping here in SOCO isn’t like shopping anywhere else – you’ll take home unique artisan wares that are sure to make your Downtown Austin apartment feel just like home.Schedule your free tour today of our Apartments in South Congress so you can experience what life has to offer in this quirky, unique neighborhood in Austin Texas. You’ll fall in love with Crescent Apartments here in SOCO – you’ll enjoy a cocktail on our rooftop lounge with skyline views, our saltwater pool, and our spacious floorplans. Come visit us today!