The Distillery’s Guide to SXSW

Don’t worry - you’re not the only one who thinks SXSW is a bit overwhelming. In fact, most people (us included) find it difficult to schedule a day in the life of a festival-goer, mainly due to the amount of options to choose from. Luckily, we have The Distillery, an Austin based e-retailer, to help us narrow down on choices to properly scout out some of the city’s hidden gems! (Photo Cred :: The Distillery

Friends & Neighbors is a coffee shop and vintage store on East Cesar Chavez. They always have an off-kilter collection of fun, highly-curated vintage pieces at great prices, and the coffee is incredible, with plenty of seating in the back yard. The shop is in a converted old house, so it really has that “come and stay a while” vibe that the name alludes to.

Tillery Street Plant Co. is a plant nursery / event space off of Tillery Street in East Austin, who seems to specialize in Texas-heat-friendly cactus and succulents. The space is absolutely beautiful and a bit of a hidden gem. We first visited Tillery Street Plant Co. for an auction benefiting a local animal shelter, and have since been back for our own photo shoots, to buy plants, or just to enjoy a beautiful day.

Hacienda is a new boutique located downtown in 2nd Street District. Self-described as purveyors of the “modern ranch lifestyle,” they carry some amazing hide rugs, hand-crafted furniture and lighting, and a collection of our vintage finds. We love the candles and solid perfumes (in Jasmine and Texas Wildflower, respectively).

Take Heart Shop: Located on East 11th (right by one of my favorite restaurants, Blue Dahlia), Take Heart is my go-to boutique for gifts. It’s an adorable curated selection of home goods, stationary, jewelry, candles, and the like. All of the items are unique and handmade or vintage, and I love the sweet authenticity that the shop exudes.

Dandy Suit: Dandy’s is a self-described “gentlemen’s store” that specializes in late 1800s / early 1900s men’s fashions. They make custom suits, shirts, and boots to measure and have a great collection of vintage men’s accessories. My husband recently bought a leather satchel at Dandy’s that’s great for traveling.

Red Bud Isle Dog Park: Since Austin is an incredibly dog-friendly city, there is no shortage of dog parks. My favorite has to be Red Bud Isle, for the sheer beauty of the place. It’s an “island” (really a peninsula just west of central Austin) that’s accessible by car. The whole “island” is off-leash dog friendly, and there are some spectacular views of Lady Bird Lake to be had while the dogs explore the island and swim in the water.

Salt & Time: I love the concept of a local butcher, especially with all the supply chain issues in the meat industry these days. So I was thrilled when Salt & Time opened a few years ago in East Austin, providing fresh, local, and seasonal meats, dairy products, and dry goods. I love to stop by Salt & Time for some cured meats, cheese, a baguette, and a bottle of wine on special occasions (or to make a regular day feel special).

Epicerie Cafe & Grocery: A neighborhood restaurant in Rosedale, Austin, Epicerie is a solid choice for brunch with friends who are in town for the weekend. The vibe is casual, as a neighborhood spot should be, but the food is delicious without being too fussy. I like to keep it simple and indulge with a latte and beignets.

​More about The Distillery: A vintage and handmade e-retailer based in Austin the online store is owned and curated by brother and sister duo, Clif Claycomb and Catelyn Silapachai.  ​​The Distillery ​offers a variety of accessories for men and women including home décor items, bar accessories and books. The duo has quickly built a name for themselves and have curated collections for national websites Chairish and One Kings Lane.