If you like the sights I showed you of Gruene, Texas, you may want to drive over to another small town called Wimberley. This town was started as a trading post settlement in 1848 near Cypress Creek. William C. Winters built a gristmill on the site and the settlement was called Winters Mill. In 1874 Pleasant Wimberley bought the mill and over the years it produced lumber, shingles, flour, molasses and cotton.
The first thing we saw as we headed into town was a large colorful boot next to a shop. As we located a place to park we saw several more. In fact there are 50 boots all over this little town
If you want to see all the shops open (in winter) you should come Thursday-Sunday. We went to town on Wednesday and we missed out on a few interesting ones.
Here are a few of the shops:
- Papa Hoo’s Popcorn—gourmet-popping corn.
- Wimberley Café
- Kiss the Cook—any kitchen utensil you will ever need
- The Art Gallery
- Billie Lorraine Jewelry store
- Aunt Jenny’s Attic
- 4 Sister Shop
- Pitzer’s Fine Arts—these sculptures will make you smile
- Under One Roof
- The Old Mill Store—beautiful woodworking
- The Wild West Store, home of the “boot whisperer”
- The Farmloft
- Wall Street Western—the coolest shop ever!
The Chickadee shop was full of all sorts of vintage items, including a doll I remember from my younger years. When you flip up her apron, you read the story.
There are plenty of antique stores in these little towns, some may be familiar, but I’m sure you won’t find as many used-in-good-condition cowboy boots as you can in Texas!
We had a fine lunch out on the patio in front of the Wimberley Café. The lunch special for $6.99 was 2 slender pork chops with wild rice and copper penny carrots, along with plain iced tea. This was served along with Southern hospitality!
I want to share a few photos of the shops I enjoyed the most:
The Old Mill Store—
Pitzer’s Fine Art—
My favorite shop–saving the best for last…Wall Street Western—
One thing we have discovered–in Texas you can’t find an ice cream stand that sells hard or soft ice cream in a cone…or dish. What you find are popsicles, and other things on a stick, in the grocery store. You can also find (what used to be ½ gallons) of ice cream there. Why is this, I ask? Because it’s too hot in summer?
We settled for DQ and had blizzards…not quite the same, but it was a hot day in winter.
Next time…The Alamo