Home Is Where The Heart Is
Whether you’re shopping for your spouse, new crush, or best girlfriend, you don’t need to go far to find the perfect gift.
For the plant lovers in your life, or the black thumbs who can’t be trusted with any other plant, visit Succulent Native. You may already know them from ‘Flowers on the Fly,’ the succulent carts that have begun to pop up around Austin within the last year. However, they now have a permanent ship in the heart of East Austin, where you can find anything from tiny succulents, to full-blown succulent arrangements. To read more about Succulent Native, click here.
flowersontheflyaustin.com | E 5th Street #105 | (512) 537.5818 | @succulentnative
APT . F
This East Austin boutique knows the importance of the home. Specializing in home décor, Apt. F offers only handmade and ethically sourced products. Items you could find at Apt. F include linen throws, marble coaster sets, a Valentine’s Day apothecary gift set, Monacan area rugs, and sterling silver earrings, to name a few. You’re sure to find something perfect for your loved one here.
Shopaptf.com | 2505 E. 6th St. Austin | @apt.f
Notwithstanding the name, a Valentine’s gift from Fail Jewelry is sure to be a win. East Austin-based Christina Fail’s collection is modern yet classic, elegant, and versatile. Each piece is handmade, and reflects Christina’s background as a metalworker and fine artist. Additionally, all of her materials are sourced ethically. If you’re looking for something extra special this year, Christina also offers custom pieces and ceremony rings. To read more about Fail Jewelry, click here for the full article.
failjewelry.com E. Cesar Chavez Street, Suite 100 | (512) 666.5446 | @failjewelry
To bring some beauty into your Valentine’s life, consider a gift from Jennifer Balkan. Balkan is an Austin-based oil painter who specializes in portraits. Her work is informed by her past experience studying neuroscience and sociology. Balkan offers a current collection, but also works by commission. Additionally, she offers intimate four-person painting classes in her studio. To read more about the meaning and talent behind Balkan’s work, click here.
Jenniferbalkan.net | @jenniferbalkan
Eliana Bernard Ceramics
For anyone in your life who loves beautiful home décor, dishware, or jewelry, check out Eliana Bernard. The 27-year old East-Austin based artist specializes in ceramic art with candy-colored swirls. Each of her pieces, which are one-of-a-kind, are topped with a delicate gold rim. Bernard’s collection includes earrings, vases, espresso cups, and dishware. She even offers a special Valentine’s Day collection. Click here to read more about Eliana Bernard—highlighted in EASTside Magazine’s 2017 Maker’s Issue.
Elianabernard.com | 916 Springdale Road | @elianabernard
For a unique present, Austin-based jewelry-maker Agnes Seebass has you covered. Seebass’ background goldsmithing in Germany and metalworking in Mexico influences her collections. Simplicity and symmetry are dominant themes in her work. Seebass offers multiple collections. To learn more about Agnes Seebass, click here to read the full article.
agnesseebas.com | Street, Suite 121 | (512) 568.8405
For the writers in your life, head over to Iona Books, where you can find hand-made leather journals. Mychal Mitchel’s passion for bookmaking began with a trip to Italy, where she stumbled into an apprenticeship with a Venetian bookmaker. When she returned to the US, she decided to follow this newfound passion. Today, Mitchel has a shop in East Austin, where she sells supple leather journals, hand bound with twine, and bound with antique locks. She is currently offering a special Valentine’s collection featuring wine-colored leather. To read more about Iona Books, click here.
Ionahandcraftedbooks.com | 701 Tillery Street Building B-3 | @iona_handcrafted_books
Blackfeather Vintage Works
For a gift you’re sure to find nowhere else, head over to Blackfeather Vintage Works. A recent addition to the East Austin’s shopping scene, this store offers customers unique clothing, jewelry, accessories, and artifacts.
blackfeathervintageworks.com | 979 Springdale Road, Suite 98 | @BlackFeatherVintageWorks
For the clotheshorses in your life, check out Altatudes. This upscale women’s clothing stores opened its doors in September 2017 and is located in the heart of East Austin. We recommend picking up the incredibly soft German scarves to keep your loved ones warm and stylish this season.
Altatudes.com | (512) 761.4292 | 1717 E. 12th Street
If you want to gift your Valentine with a beautiful portrait of livestock or abtract art, check out Joseph Magnano’s paintings. Otherwise, known as Joe-Cow, Magnano first made his name painting a cow mural at Baylor University. The mural was so acclaimed that Magnano started doing commissioned cow paintings. Today, Magnano has made a home in the East Austin art scene. To learn more about his work, click here.
josephmagnano.com | @vibrantcows
Nothing says love like a luxurious scarf. And there’s no better place to look for such a scarf than East Austin’s Ino Scarf. The shop’s name was inspired by Homer’s The Odyssey, in which Ino, a sea-goddess, saves Odysseus from drowning by handing him her enchanted scarf. Each scarf is made from the finest silk or cotton, and is intended to be worn like fine jewelry. Ino offers four separate collections.
Inocollection.com | (512) 937.3466 | @inoscarfboutique
Take Heart Vintage
This East Austin boutique is the perfect place to go for the home décor lovers in your life. The shop offers a curated collection, including prints, porcelain dishware, books of poetry written by the owner’s mother, and more. The collection emphasizes Japanese design, and carries products made locally.
Takeheartshop.com | 1111 East 11th Street, Suite 100 | (520) 520.9664 | @takeheartshop