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Shop Small Cedar Park November 25, 2017

Shop Small Cedar Park

When you are racking your brain trying to think of the perfect gift for a family member, teacher, or friend but you dread the idea of scouring the mall and online shopping doesn’t feel special, think local. If you have grown tired of the same ole’ thing at major retailers, think LOCAL. Not only will you likely find something unique, but you will also be supporting a local small business owner and a member of our community.

Did you know that 2 cents from each shopping dollar goes directly back into our community? The sales tax rate on taxable items sold in Cedar Park is 8.25%. 6.25% goes to the State, but the remaining 2%, or 2 cents, of every dollar you spend stays in Cedar Park. One cent goes into the City’s General Fund, which is used to fund City services such as Police, Fire, Library and Parks and Recreation. All of these services make Cedar Park a great place to live.

Saturday November 27, 2021 is Small Business Saturday and the official national Shop Small day. There are many local small business owners who have a lot of unique merchandise to offer. Cedar Park has a few hidden gems stores you may have never noticed. Now is your chance to stop in and check out all of the wonderful gift items just in time for the Holidays.

LOCAL BOUTIQUES & SHOPS
In a sea of big box stores and big brand name retailers, it can be hard to spot the little guys. Take some time to peek inside these wonderful local small businesses. You will find unique products and friendly locals ready to help you find the perfect gift. Or pick up some gift cards from your favorite local restaurants, ice cream, coffee or tea shop! They make the perfect stocking stuffer, exchange gift or something special for the ‘hard to buy for’ friend.

Vintage Fresh
12233 N FM 620 #102, Austin, TX 78750
This beautiful, artfully curated little store, operated by a Cedar Park small business owner, is a must stop on your holiday shopping route. From home decor to clothing and fresh holiday decor, everything is magical. In 2015, Vintage Fresh was born out of love for modern design and all things vintage. Their passion began with refinishing midcentury furniture and has since evolved into collecting home decor, gifts, and other smaller vintage finds. Products are available both online and in store, so you can ship too!

Ruby Keys Boutique
700 E Whitestone Blvd. Suite 105 Cedar Park, TX 78613
Ruby Keys Boutique is a little hidden gem in Cedar Park to buy unique clothing and accessories. Jazz up your wardrobe with a thoughtfully curated collection of items fresh from market. While you are there, have lunch at Blue Corn Harvest and/or a frozen treat at Jeremiah’s Italian Ice. Pick up a gift card too!

Beau Kisses
1310 E Whitestone Blvd #540, Cedar Park, TX 78613
Beau Kisses is the perfect place to find unique gifts for all your friends and family. select from a wide variety of home decor, accessories, clothing, candles, bath and body products and so much more. Order online and pick up curbside or browse their social media posts for items and call for pick up. Or just buy a gift cards online for a great stocking stuffer.

Bent Oak Winery
2000 Windy Terrace, Austin, TX 78726
Give the wine lover in your life a bottle of locally produced Texas wine crafted by Bent Oak Winery, right here in Cedar Park. Bent Oak also has a huge selection of wine related gifts and decor. Stop by to enjoy a wine tasting as you browse their selection of wine and gifts. This will be a place you visit often!

Grit & Grace Boutique
10526 W. Parmer Lane Suite 506, Austin, TX 78717
Relocated off Parmer, this adorable little boutique is a hidden gem in the area. Grit & Grace features unique gift items, home decor and clothing presented in a beautiful, relaxing environment. It’s the perfect place to find a one of a kind gift for a special someone. Pop in here often to see their ever changing selection beautiful merchandise.

Hill Country Water Gardens
1407 N Bell Blvd, Cedar Park, TX 78613
More than just a plant nursery, this oasis in Cedar Park offers a tranquil place to roam and enjoy the soothing sounds of fountains and running streams as you shop. Hill Country Water Gardens also has a beautiful selection of gifts for the gardener in your life. Their gift shop is full of unique garden inspired decor and all throughout the gardens you can find beautiful pottery, sculptures, fountains and art. Their helpful and knowledgeable staff are always ready to answer your questions and help you find the perfect plants for your home or even help you design an entire landscape that will be the envy of your neighbors and add value to your home.

Honey & Hay
2800 E Whitestone Blvd #105, Cedar Park, TX
Unique home decor and gifts to transform your house into a home with a thoughtful selection of found, unexpected and meaningful pieces that tell your story. Honey and Hay is a curated treasure trove of amazingly beautiful collections of home decor, jewelry, clothing and home furnishings will be your one stop shop for all things home.

Not Just Mail
1851 S Lakeline, #104, Cedar Park, TX 78613
Just as the name says, there is more to this cute little store than stamps and mail. Not Just Mail features unique gifts items, many made by local Austin area artists. They even have an Etsy store where you can buy some of their fun merchandise.

Blush This Salon
715 Discovery Blvd, Ste 204
Treat yourself to a holiday makeover or give a gift to a special person in your life. Blush This Salon also has fun gift items, accessories and personal care products that would make great stocking stuffers. And I will let you in on my secret – Charlotte is my stylist and does amazing work!

Shop 1431
1401 Medical Parkway
You’d never expect to find a great place to shop in a hospital. This is not your average hospital gift shop though. Stop by Shop 1431 anytime to find unique gift items, local artisan crafts, candles and so much more.

Woodhouse Day Spa
1300 E Whitestone Blvd #100, Cedar Park, TX 78613
Woodhouse Day Spa is a locally owned spa franchise that will take you away to another world. Give the gift of relaxation for that hard to buy for person who has it all. Combine a gift card with some of their luxurious bath and skin care products and a fluffy robe. Or treat yourself and a friend to a much needed break from the holiday madness.

Over the Top Quilting Studio
200 Buttercup Creek Blvd – Suite 111 Cedar Park, TX 78613
Give the gift of a memory quilt or create your own. Classes, machine rentals, expert guidance and endless supplies are available at Over the Top Quilting Studio. Check their calendar for upcoming classes and give the gift of learning to someone special.

Cedar Park Pottery
600 S. Bell Blvd  Suite #16, Cedar Park, TX
Cedar Park Pottery features works from local artists that you can purchase as a one of a kind gift. It’s Cedar Park’s only art gallery & pottery school, offering wheel-throwing, hand building and art workshops. The Gallery also hosts local artists and events.

Board & Brush Creative Studio
2011 Little Elm Trail, Unit #107
If you are shopping for the person who has everything, this is a great option. At Board & Brush, you can make a personalized custom piece of art for them or you can give them a certificate to attend a class and make their own. If you aren’t feeling crafty, they will also make a custom piece for you to give as a gift. It’s lots of fun!

Sew Crazy
Online Only
Sew Crazy has everything you need for the quilter, seamstress or crafter in your life. With the change of COVID they switched to being online only.

Titan Moon Comics
1540 Cypress Creek Road #108, Cedar Park, TX 78613
If you have a comic book fan or gamer in your life, they will love anything you buy at Titan Moon Comics. Role play games are becoming increasingly popular and Titan Moon carries all the supplies you need. They also have a game room and host weekly gaming sessions for adults and kids.

Sweet Shack Candy Shop
1525 Cypress Creek Rd, Cedar Park, TX
Fill a gift basket full of fun candies, vintage inspired treats and specialty sodas in this sweet store. It’s also the perfect place to stop in for an after school treat for a job well done. Kids love Sweet Shack!

Natural Pawz Pet Store
1841 S Lakeline Blvd #103, Cedar Park, TX 78613
Natural Pawz is a local pet store featuring natural, holistic food and pet supplies. Find something special for your furry family members and treat them to some healthy food.

Scoop and Score
111 N Vista Ridge Blvd #202, Cedar Park, TX 78613
Scoop and Score is more than just a business that happens to be located in the Cedar Park area, instead, Scoop and Score is proud to be a locally owned Cedar Park family business and active members of our community. Featuring the famous Graeter’s Ice Cream from Ohio. One of only a few locations in the US. Also brewing locally roasted Cuvee Coffee.

Black Sugar Caffe
1310 Cypress Creek Road Suite #100, Cedar Park, TX 78613
Stop by Black Sugar Caffe if you need a break from all your shopping. They also serve beer, wine and appetizers. It’s a great place to stop and check your list. Or pick up a gift card for a coworker or client.

Jacks Mountain Self-Care Co.  
2423 S. Bell Blvd. Suit A, Cedar Park, TX 78613
Everyone deserves self care and Jacks Mountain Self-Care Co. is the place to find all your needs to make that happen. Treat yourself or a friend to custom tea blends, bath soaks, essential oils, and salves. Founded on the belief that there are physical, mental, and spiritual aspects to self-care. They offer herbal goods specifically designed with military veterans in minds, as well as custom self-care consults.

Austin Farmers Market at Lakeline Mall
The Farmer’s Market is the perfect place to pick up a unique gift and support local business owners. For the foodie in your life, you can create a basket of handcrafted food items such as olive oil from Texas Hill Country Olive, pasta from Gourmet Texas Pasta or delicious sauces and condiments from Moru Foods, Tom’s Tabooley, Stellar Gourmet Foods and many more. Throw in a few fresh ingredients and cheese from Pure Luck Dairy or Brazos Valley Cheese and you have a unique gift you can’t find anywhere else. There are other wonderful handmade items at the Farmers Market too like candles and soaps from Lavande Lavender Farm and pretty handmade pottery from Cottage Pottery. See a full list of Vendors at Lakeline HERE. It’s a relaxing way to spend a Saturday morning, so check it out.

The Teal Trailer
The Teal Trailer features beautiful vintage painted furniture, home decor and gift items. Formerly located at Leander Marketplace, they now have their own store at 1309 Leander Dr #304, Leander, TX 78641.

If you are a local artisan, craftsperson or consultant and would like your name and products added to this list, please Contact Us.

Ready to call it a day? Stop by Red Horn Coffee and Brew or Whitestone Brewery for local beer and live music.

Shop Local Cedar Park. Support small business owners in your community.LOCAL ARTISANS
You may have seen a few of these talented artisans at local craft fairs selling their works of art and crafty creations. All of these artists live in Cedar Park and surrounding communities. They are small business owners following their passions. When you are looking for a one of a kind, hand-made item, check out their websites and Etsy sites for the perfect gift.

Cozy Giraffe – Custom embroidery and sewing by Callie Nelsen. Give a one of a kind gift this year with unique blanket, pillow or room decor.

Deborah Reinhart Photography – Original photo prints.

Paper Etc Art – Original art work by local artist Laura Lincoln.

Hello Photography – Jen specialized in maternity and newborn photography as well as special occasions. Give the gift of a personalized photography session for a lifetime of memories.

J&K Outdoors Rustic Decor & Accessories – Rustic Texas barnwood designs.

LiBay Decor  – Handmade and original custom wood furniture and home decor.

LMT Creations – Acrylic Pour artwork and jewelry.

Memelin Designs – Handmade polymer clay jewelry designs. Etsy Store

Soaps4Us – Handmade soaps, bath and skincare products.

1824 Tequila – premium quality tequila – 1824 CASTA ANTIGUA. Family owned and operated. Must be of legal drinking age to follow this page. Enjoy responsibly – cheers!

Alma Online Boutique – Shop from the comfort of your home for fabulous clothing, accessories and more.

LOCAL CONSULTANTS
Many of us have attended a party at a friend’s house for home decor items, clothing, jewelry or cooking supplies. Sometimes we end up buying the obligatory item in support of our friend, because we know they are trying to succeed in a small business venture and we want to be part of their success. Some products we just can’t live without and we look forward to an invite. Well, you don’t have to wait for the next party to buy something. You can shop year round through these local consultants. Since they are local, you can probably arrange local pick up and even save some money on shipping.

Cabi – High quality women’s clothing and jewelry for those with more style than time. Local Stylist and Consultants Barb Strand’s Website.

Origami Owl – Create your own custom jewelry lockets, charms and watches. Find a local consultant on their Website.

Pampered Chef – I have Pampered Chef tools that I bought over 10 years ago and still use today! Find a local consultant on their Website.

Scentsy -Scented, wickless candles heated in decorative ceramic warmers that provide a better alternative to burning wicked candles. Find a local consultant on their Website.

EAT LOCAL

Gift cards to local restaurants are the perfect gift! Not only are you supporting a local business by purchasing the gift card, but you are also introducing what may be new regular customers to them going forward. There are many hidden gems in Cedar Park. Put together a date night gift basket of local treats and gift cards with a note that you will enjoy them together all year.

Our local Farmer’s Markets are the best place to find the newest of small businesses as many of them get their start there. Check out this list of Local Farmers Markets.

Blue Corn Harvest
700 E Whitestone Blvd #204, Cedar Park
Blue Corn Harvest serves up tasty locally sourced ingredients with a Southwestern flair. The casual dining atmosphere or their tree-covered patio are the perfect place to kick back and relax on a nice evening. We love Blue Corn Harvest because it’s always fresh and made to order. They also have a large gluten-free menu. The Bloody Mary Bar on Sunday’s is Cedar Park’s best kept secret! Patio dining available.

Cielito Lindo
1540 Cypress Creek Road, Cedar Park
There are many options for Mexican food in Cedar Park. You can find anything from a roadside stand to a large chain. But, if you are looking for a quiet, quaint, locally owned, sit down and relax kind of atmosphere, Cielito Lindo Mexican Cuisine is the perfect spot. And bonus, their food is excellent! One Yelp review said “If Soto is the Uchi of Cedar Park, Cielito Lindo is the Fonda San Miguel of Cedar Park – but better.” Now that’s a compliment!

Daichi Sushi & Grill
2051 Cypress Creek Road, Cedar Park
This is one of my top choices for Sushi. They do not have dine in seating at this time, but they offer excellent takeout. Between Rock & Rolls and Daichi, we have “coffee table sushi” at least one a week.

Foxhole Culinary Tavern
13995 N Highway 183 – Austin
Foxhole Culinary Tavern is an unexpected gem in North Austin. This Gastropub with cool decor and great food is the perfect place to grab a drink and then have dinner. From the location, you wouldn’t expect such a warm and welcoming interior and amazing food. Definitely a must add to your list of date night spots close to home. Patio dining available.

Freda’s Seafood Grille
10903 Pecan Park Blvd, Austin
Upscale-casual dining room, bar & patio for Southern-leaning seafood & steaks. Nice atmosphere and delicious food. They also have one of the best seafood Sunday brunch buffets. Patio dining available. Patio dining available.

La Joie
1500 E Whitestone Blvd, Cedar Park
Now would be the perfect opportunity to try Cedar Park’s newest fine dining restaurant, La Joie, with New Orleans Creole inspired dishes with the Chef’s personal touch. Patio dining available.

Levant Cafe & Grill
1320 Cypress Creek Road #105, Cedar Park
If you are looking for a unique take out option, try Levant for exceptional, authentic Middle Eastern food made fresh. It travels well for take out too, so you can set up a nice table, transfer the food to pretty dishes and your date will be none the wiser.

Rock and Rolls Sushi Lounge
1850 S. Lakeline Blvd., Cedar Park
Rock and Rolls Sushi Lounge offers an Asian fusion flavor with a South Texas flare. All fresh fish is flown from New Zealand and Japan and then combined with the freshest fruits, herbs, and peppers to create a unique flavor combination found solely at Rock and Rolls Sushi Lounge. Listen to music, have some amazingly fresh sushi and experience on the the area’s hottest new restaurants. Patio dining available.

Santa Catarina
500 Cypress Creek Road, Cedar Park
Santa Catarina is one of Cedar Park’s newest restaurants located next to the City Hall offices. The beautiful interior, huge patio and playground offer a nice space for the whole family to enjoy. The food is not your typical Tex-Mex fare. They pride themselves in using the freshest ingredients to create unique dishes with modern interior and coastal Mexican flavors. Patio dining available.

Slab BBQ & Beer
905 E Whitestone Blvd, Cedar Park, TX 78613
Slab BBQ is perfecting the art of barbecue. Their BBQ combines the flavors of the South into a comprehensive menu. They pride themselves on offering all kinds of regional barbecue flavors, from savory St. Louis pork ribs to tangy Texas barbecue sandwiches.

Soto Sushi
11066 Pecan Park Blvd, Cedar Park
Soto is more of an anniversary or birthday kind of place. They have affordable lunch specials, but dinner can be on the pricey side. However, if you are looking for upscale dining, a romantic atmosphere and artistically presented sushi dishes, then Soto is the place for you. You’d never expect such amazing food from the unassuming exterior, but you won’t be disappointed. Take a look at these other less expensive, but also very good Sushi Restaurants in Cedar Park.