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Shopping is a Breeze on Boerne’s Hill Country Mile

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It’s never a bad time to go shopping. And in the Texas Hill Country, the town of Boerne boasts an entire mile of vibrant small businesses that will make your shopping a breeze. Plan a day, grab your best gal pal, and lace up your running shoes because Boerne’s Hill Country Mile offers a marathon of shops tucked along just one mile.

Situated in the heart of Boerne, the Hill Country Mile officially begins at Patrick Heath Library at its north end and extends south to Oak Park Drive. Since the holidays are quickly approaching, think of Boerne’s  shopping mile as a life-sized advent calendar; each door through which you pass leads to a discovery of the special treasures stashed within each shop. And the best part about it? You can open all the doors on the same day if you wish, or spread your shopping adventure out over a few days.

Want an idea of the type of shopping you can expect on the Hill Country Mile? Check out these bustling Boerne businesses below:

Celeste

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With an influx of wonderful items for the fall and winter, Celeste is bursting with an awesome collection of clothing to fit any occasion whether you are shopping for the perfect LBD (little black dress in woman speak) or a casual shirt and your new favorite pair of jeans. Choose from a wonderful selection of shoes, jewelry, handbags, and scarves to complete your new outfit. You can even buy a something special for the littles in your life with fun finds from a selection of children’s gifts. Celeste, 140 South Main Street.

Casa Decor

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If rustic style describes your taste to a Texas tee, then step inside Casa Decor for a decorator’s dream. Choose from all kinds of western and southwestern furniture including dining sets, cabinets, consoles, and bedroom furniture. And once you’re done with home furnishings, this place has a plethora of accessories to thrill any cowboy or cowgirl on your shopping list. If you or someone you know is decorating the ranch, then this place is a no-brainer. Casa Decor, 470 South Main Street.

The Red Rooster

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Maybe antiques are more to your taste. If you’d like to transport back in time for a signature piece for your home or farmhouse, then visit The Red Rooster. With beautiful furniture from days of old and gorgeous accent pieces to complement old world style, you’ll have a hard time making decisions on just which piece speaks to your heart’s desire. Be aware that your interior decorating diva may run wild inspired by the stunning collection of home decor, like candles and floral arrangements and vessels that will make your home sing no matter the season. Red Rooster, 225 South Main Street.

The Corner Cartel

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Looking for something a little more whimsical? Then check out The Corner Cartel. From vintage signage to Texas-inspired (heavy on the Hill Country) clothing, and urban farmhouse decor to charming jewelry, the Corner Cartel carries a little bit of everything. They’ve got swag for your college student, floral arrangements for your aunt, even some industrial pieces that call to the designer in you. Looking for a refurbished 1930s typewriter for your favorite writer? They’ve got that, too. This place is chockful of flair and creative inspiration. They even offer the occasional DIY class. Goat soap and bath bombs courtesy of Darla Faye’s Mini-Farm are available for clean up. The Corner Cartel, 265 South Main Street.

Hunting & Gathering (for the home)

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Maybe no other store on the Hill Country Mile fits its name better than Hunting and Gathering. From the moment you walk through the doors, you’ll begin hunting for the perfect home accent or gift item and gathering more than you can carry. Many of the items are one of a kind. Plus, the shop promises moderate prices. Looking to give your kitchen a fun theme? Scads of crazy, cool pieces to do just that whether you are looking for specialty dishes, serving ware, or a bread box. But don’t stop at the kitchen. Wall art, jewelry, seasonal items, vases, rugs, and more will keep you poking around for hours. Hunting & Gathering, 101 South Main Street.

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The Hill Country Mile not only boasts a variety of shops for days of browsing but also a good number of watering holes to quench your thirst, tempt your tummy, and keep you in tip top shopping shape.

For dining on the finer side, try Cypress Grille or 259 Brantley’s Bistro. If classic southern cooking and American fare are calling out to you, then sip a cocktail on the porch before grabbing a table at Peggy’s on the Green. Looking for something more casual? Try Cibolo Creek Brewing Co. for farm fresh food and craft beer or Boerne Epicure for sandwiches, soups, salads and a shopping for gourmet grocery items.

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Need a late a late afternoon picker-upper? Try Bear Moon Bakery for a cup of joe and a pastry, Dienger Trading Company where you can put an order in with the barista at the bakery and browse the bookstore and boutique at the same time, or Boerne Daily Grind/Boerne Grill known for serving the Texas Hill Country the finest quality coffee in the world.

We’ve touched on just a few of the wonderful places to find any number of gifts for friends and family.  Get on out to small town Texas, support local business, and fill your shopping cart with gifts that resonate with a touch of the best of Texas. That’s what Boerne’s Hill Country Mile is all about.