Destination Shopping Around Brenham

Visit Brenham during the holidays or any time of year to experience incredible destination shopping experiences! Every one of these unique stores are worth the drive for a day trip, but make it a long weekend to shop them all while enjoying more of Brenham and the surrounding communities.

Leftovers Antiques

Leftovers Antiques is a bucket list destination for fine European antiques, but there is something for everyone in the ever-changing 10,000-sq.-ft. showroom. Antiques, bedding, mercantile, books, clothing, jewelry… Savvy shoppers are in for an awe-inspiring experience.

Antique Rose Emporium

This 8-acre retail garden features antique roses, native plants, perennials, herbs and wildflowers. Beautiful gardens to stroll and a nice little gift shop to accessorize your garden. Groups are welcome for tours. The Antique Rose Emporium is also a prime location to hold a wedding and/or reception.

Hermann Furniture

Operating in since 1876, Hermann Furniture is the oldest family owned Furniture Store in Texas. From the moment you walk through the door, you know that Hermann’s is unique. Offering inspiration and accessories that go way beyond furniture, you’ll want to take your time to explore this expansive two-story shop in Downtown Brenham.

Blue Bell Creamery and Country Store

Blue Bell Creameries classic black delivery truck in front of blue bell's tourism center.

Come visit the “little creamery” in Brenham and learn all about how Texas’ favorite sweet treat is made! Visitors have the opportunity to browse Blue Bell‘s pictures, videos and history of the “best ice cream in the country.” No visit to Blue Bell is complete without a generous scoop of ice cream from the Parlor and a trip to the Country Store for a unique gift or souvenir.

South Texas Tack

Whether you’re a real cowgirl/cowboy or just want to look the part, South Texas Tack has what you need. From feed to fashion, the 65,000-square-foot store includes a coffee and wine bar with lounge area, a hat bar, an expansive selection of boots, jeans & Western apparel, a section for ropers to test ropes, and a home décor section.

Ballad of the Bird Dog

Ballad of the Bird Dog is a modern, design-forward general goods store with high-quality, small batch products in historic Downtown Brenham. Ballad of the Bird Dog has a passion for supporting and reinvigorating American-made, handcrafted products. If you are looking for an independent shop with unique and hard-to-find goods in a historic downtown setting–that happens to share space with sister businesses that include a coffee shop and bakery, it doesn’t get any better.

Puppy Dawgs & Cat Tails

Woman holding dog and shopping bag inside of Puppy Dawgs & Cat Tails

What started as a pet supply store grew into one of Downtown Brenham’s premier shops. Housed in an old iron works factory, Puppy Dawgs & Cat Tails offers high-end leather goods, apparel, art, home goods, and pet supplies, of course!

Tres Chic Boutique

Tres Chic is a fun fashion destination for all to enjoy in Downtown Brenham. This Boutique fits the fashion savvy shopper that loves specialty clothing, footwear, Jewelry and accessories. Tres Chic carries Kendra Scott, Consuela, Johnny Was, Tribal, and other fashion favorites. Coffee and espresso lovers can enjoy their full service coffee bar while  shopping the latest in clothing and accessories.

Downtown Brenham

Downtown Brenham has all of the small town historic charm of a Hallmark movie set, complete with an incredible selection of locally owned boutiques. Connected by side streets and manicured alley ways, Downtown Brenham is easy to walk. After shopping, stay for the dining, drinks and live music.

Chappell Hill

Historic Chappell Hill is one of the most charming places to visit in Texas. The shops on Chappell Hill’s Main Street include antiques, clothing, interior decor, general store, and even a garden center. The shops in Chappell Hill are a must stop when you visit Washington County.

(pictured above: Cotton Pickin’s Boutique & Market; below: DLS Interiors)



Finding Holiday Magic

Finding Holiday Magic

This is my favorite time of year … waiting and anticipating the first cold snap of the season … when the air turns crisp, leaves begin to float gracefully to the ground, coffee tastes better and animals and children alike seem to get a boost of extra playfulness. It’s magical.

Sounds a bit like the opening of a Hallmark movie, but … it is real. Brenham and Washington County can’t be replicated. This is true Texas. Unapologetically Americana. Authentic.

Fall wouldn’t be complete in Brenham without candy-littered streets from the annual homecoming parade, including of course, homecoming queen hopefuls waving from convertibles. It doesn’t get much more Americana than this, right?

October boasts creatively dressed scarecrows posed in front of Downtown Brenham shops. Each one lovingly put together by dozens of schoolchildren and individuals alike, who have put their hearts into these straw creations, in hopes of winning one of the many prizes. Local spirit and pride are reflected in each entry.

Our community of Chappell Hill, located just 15 minutes east of Brenham, throws its annual Scarecrow Festival. This popular event draws huge crowds to its tiny town to shop, eat and welcome the season with a smile. Tent-lined streets are full of holiday shoppers, happy to escape big city mass merchandise to enjoy unique street vendors and small-town life.

November continues the holiday spirit with what we’ve all been looking forward to all year long … the Christmas Stroll and Lighted Parade in Downtown Brenham … an event that will melt the heart of even the worst Scrooge. Downtown Brenham comes to life with residents and visitors mingling on the streets and throughout the shops. No crowded malls here, just a hometown atmosphere of genuine Christmas spirit. Brenham’s Downtown shopkeepers dazzle and surprise unsuspecting visitors with unique finds. Inside some of the antique architecture, new hip ventures are alive and well and waiting to be discovered.

The Stroll is kicked off with the tree lighting ceremony where onlookers are serenaded by a Girl Scout choir singing carols. As night continues to fall, the parade begins. Beautifully decorated and fully lit floats, marching bands, horses and dancers parade through Downtown, all to the delight of friends, family and visitors. And of course, the man of the hour SANTA makes his grand entrance to the squeals of excited children lining the streets, frantically waving to him as he passes by, perched atop a Fire Truck.

People passing, children laughing, meeting smile after smile … doesn’t just happen in a song or a Hallmark movie. It’s in Brenham, Texas and Washington County … where It’s a Wonderful Life! Sorry, couldn’t help myself!