Best Town Square
Shopping on the Square – Waxahachie
Filled with picturesque turn of the century architecture, Waxahachie’s town square takes you back to a simpler time. We love The Dove’s Nest Restaurant and Store, where you can shop for antique linens and gifts after a tasty home-style meal. If you’re in the mood for the eclectic and unusual, look no further than the Webb Gallery, a family-owned art gallery that features folk art and artwork by self-taught artists. This place is off-the-wall and definitely worth a look! My Father’s House is the largest antique store in Waxahachie, and it also has the largest selection of antique furniture in all of Ellis County.
Shopping on the Square – Georgetown
Georgetown’s Historic Downtown Square has received recognition as a “Texas Treasure” by Texas First Lady Anita Perry. The square centers around the recently restored courthouse, and the historic district spills out into tree-lined streets featuring homes built as early as the 1890s. The best part of the square, though, is the charming shopping.
The well-edited “vignettes” in Gatherings make it particularly inviting and easy to shop. The selection is primarily furniture, pottery and linens, with a few outdoor pieces here and there. The owner really has a knack for finding interesting objects that we had never thought of, but suddenly can’t live without, and the prices are great.
Upon entering Rough & Ready Antiques, we noticed how spacious and well-organized it is—not the claustrophobic mish-mash you might experience in other places. Rough & Ready is a great source for old wooden wagons—perfect for accenting your yard or garden.
The best time to shop Georgetown’s Historic Downtown Square is on the First Friday of each month, when the shops stay open late!
Shopping on the Square – Granbury
The gem of Granbury’s town square is its Victorian courthouse. Granbury’s town square was actually the first in Texas to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places and it has also been recognized as the “Best Town Square in Texas” by Texas Highways magazine.
Our favorite shopping spots on the square include some home décor, some vintage and antiques, and an eco-friendly find. Almost Heaven has great home accessories with a one-of-a-kind, shabby-chic feel. Brazos Moon has a great selection of vintage jewelry and antiques. We always stop in to peruse the latest selection of brooches from estate sales. Last but not least, there’s Rio Grande Mercantile, a well-edited clothing store featuring super soft basics in eco-friendly materials like bamboo.
Shopping on the Square – McKinney
The restored historic town square in downtown McKinney is the perfect destination for an afternoon of strolling, eating and shopping. In total, there are more than 100 shops in the downtown area that span from home décor to apparel and antiques, plus the Heard Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary and the McKinney Performing Arts Center. We love to stop in Patina Green, a great store that perfectly balances home décor items and yummy local bites. The “home” side of the store is loaded with furnishings from Europe as well as repurposed pieces like cabinets made from found shutters, while the restaurant side has a small deli that features freshly-made dishes with local ingredients.
Directly on the square, Gray Living, features owner Randall Weeks own furniture line, Aidan Gray Home, among others like Bobo and Campo de Fiori Garden. The über-chic boutique specializes in rustic, shabby-chic home furnishings that strike that perfect balance between masculine and feminine, and the first time we visited, we pretty much wanted everything in sight.
And the new location of My Favorite Room is a must-see. Formerly located in downtown Plano, this gem features beautiful shabby-chic home décor and gifts.