As the season slowly changes from winter to spring -- and especially since Valentine's Day is around the corner -- it's a good time to uncover some favorite places to go shopping. In a recently reader poll conducted by County Line Magazine, a set of great shopping options were recognized. Pick a weekend and go!
Best Shopping Experience
Downtown Sulphur Springs. The number of places to shop in downtown Sulphur Springs are too numerous to mention but suffice it to say visitors find antiques, clothing, wine, books, jewelry, paintings, candy, and so much more. There’s also a day spa and many dining choices all with a backdrop of the amazing courthouse park that has places to sit and enjoy the veterans plaza, a splash pad, beautiful landscaping, game tables, and the unique see-through bathrooms. This town calls this area the "Celebration District" and it’s easy to see why. www.sulphurspringstx.org
Best Antique Store
Muzzy’s Alley Antique Shop. Greenville. This downtown shop is packed to the brim with a large variety of renovated furniture such as shelves, vanities, and dressers; household decorations including lamps, wall signs, or statues; glassware; quilts; hand-held games or slot-machines; typewriters; and even a few vintage vehicles, including early 20th century Chevy’s, a Nash, and a motorcycle. 2406 Lee Street. (903) 455-3663.
Honorable Mentions: Town Square Antiques, Sulphur Springs, and Between Friends, Mineola
Best Bookstore/Book Club
Books and Crannies. Terrell. Located in an old movie theatre built in 1925, Books and Crannies still has the feel of a theatre but with lots of books and places to sit and read them. The sell used books, new books, and gift items. They also have a line of hand-made soaps and skin-care products and have a small theatre in the back of the store where they show classic movies and where a troupe, The Vagabond Players, perform live theatrical presentations. 209 West Moore Avenue, (972)563-5481. www.bookscrannies.com
Best Home Décor
Dumpster Diva’s Design. McKinney. Visitors love that they can always find something new in this shop that designs, builds, and repurposes furniture and home décor. Beautiful workmanship, some with a farmhouse feel. 351 East Louisiana, (469) 450-6507. www.dumpster-diva-mimi.blogspot.com