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Real Deal Road Trip No. 8: Parts & Labour

Parts & Labour, 1117 South Congress Street, Austin Texas

Parts and Labor, exterior

Parts & Labour is a vaguely earthy-crunchy, hipster shop in Austin whose young owners have a mission to exclusively feature Texas based artists, designers, and craftsmen.  That alone would interest me, but the icing on the cake for our visit was the co-owner Lizelle.  She went above and beyond in making restaurant recommendations, telling us stories about her product sources and the people behind them, posing for photos, and even chasing us down at a nearby restaurant when she realized we'd left a couple personal items near her cash register.

The shop features clothing, art, jewelry, and a modest range of small home decor items.  Here's what I brought home, made by the husband/wife team of Squid Ink Kollective. It's a hand sewn and printed linen dishtowel.  I know, I know (Joanne!) that these somewhat retro, tightly woven linen towels practically repel water until you break them in.  But I also know that every time I use this quirky little towel, the goofy squid imagery will make me smile.  That's worth a damp dish or two, in my book.


  • Mallory - Miss Malaprop Says:

    I had the chance to drop into Parts & Labour a couple of years ago while in Austin for an indie craft show, Stitch. The shop is great, and such an inspiration for someone like myself who wants to own a similarly mind brick & mortar boutique one day and bring that same sort of atmosphere to my own city.

  • Jules Says:

    I am seeing these kind of shops popping in lots of places and I am rooting for them to thrive. I hope the same for you and your future venture.

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