Wimberley, Texas: The Town with the Big Boots

 

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.

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Winters-Wimberley House–Wikipedia.com

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

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birdboot

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Need some bling?

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.

 

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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!

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I want to share a few photos of the shops I enjoyed the most:

The Old Mill Store

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Pitzer’s Fine Art

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My favorite shop–saving the best for last…Wall Street Western

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The outfit hanging on the left was custom-made for Marty Robbins. See the boots to the right.

 

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This jacket was made for me!
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Also made for me! The leather was so soft…

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All items are well displayed and guarded by 4 Persian cats.
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This fine display of old hats greets you when you come in the door.
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And the boots!

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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