We asked Austinite Summer Huggins to check in with some of her favorite small business owners for their suggestions of places to shop local for the holidays. We asked her to favor local places that have an e-commerce site so we could do some online local Austin shopping from faraway. In the coming weeks, we’ll be featuring posts from small business owners around the country who will be sharing some of their local favorites. Also, as you’ll see, our friend Summer is very into pets–as are we.


Austin is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream, a pet lover’s paradise and a musician’s constant inspiration. Austin is also a hotbed of fun, funky and fantastic small businesses. As the holiday season sneaks ever closer, we decided to speak to a couple of Austin small business owners about their own favorite small businesses for unique and local holiday gifts. Thanks to Olivia O’Neal, owner of Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop, and Blair Smith, owner of Dirty Dog, who helped us compile the following list for your holiday shopping.

1. Maya Star

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(Photo: Google+)

Maya Star offers a unique and constantly changing selection of gifts, clothing and jewelry for those with discerning taste in Austin. The boutique showcases a range of independent designers from around the world.

2. Parts & Labour

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Parts & Labour sells locally crafted jewelry, baby gifts, housewares and a bit of everything in between. The store is a favorite of locals and tourists on SoCo alike.

3. Fetch

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4. Melly 1004019_533065110068253_162703897_n-1

(Image: on Facebook via Melly Collars) Melly is another favorite spot for pet lovers. For every collar purchased from Melly, one is also donated to a local animal rescue group.

5. Coat and Tails

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(Image: via coatsandtails.com)

Yes, we in Austin love our pets enough to commission quirky portraits that capture their personality. It’s all a part of that “Keep Austin Weird” local slogan. Send Coat and Tails a photo of your pet and back comes some fun.

6. Dogadillo

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(Photo: on Facebook via Dogadillo)

Dogadillo is a dog boutique in a fancy part of town. The most spoiled of pets (and their people) will love gifts from Dogadillo.

7. Tiff’s Treats

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8. Rootin’ Ridge

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(Photos: via felizsale and Rootin’ridge)

Rootin’ Ridge has been hand-crafting wooden toys in Austin for almost four decades now. And they’re still doing it the old-fashioned way.

9. Generous Art

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For each piece of art purchased as a gift at Generous Art, 40 percent of your money will be donated to the charity of your choice.

10. Greenling.com

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Give the gift of fresh, healthy, seasonal produce, delivered right to your loved ones’ front doors with the help of Greenling.com. Available in Austin, San Antonio, Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston.

(Featured Photo: Trey Ratcliff via Flickr)

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