This Texas summer has officially entered the it’s-too-hot-to-go-outside stage. Rather than peeling yourself out of a sweltering vehicle as you shop around town, now is the time to exercise those online clicking muscles. Best part (besides the lack of sweat)? Each of these online stores is locally owned. Supporting the local economy has never felt so cool — literally.
Custom Shirts Monthly by Limatus
At 19 years old Devin Castleton learned how vastly different an experience it was to buy a dress shirt off the rack versus having one custom-made. With his online store Custom Shirts Monthly, inspired by a tailor’s shop in Southeast Asia, he’s able to provide quality fitting and feeling tailored shirts for men that are sensibly priced. How might an online shop possibly provide the right measurements? The site uses an algorithm based on a short survey that magically creates astonishingly accurate measurements. Or you can always provide your own.
Moda Mia Boutique
Founded in 2007 by Glenda G. Alvarez, Moda Mia Boutique is a carefully curated women’s shop with a brick-and-mortar location on Northwest Military Highway and an online store. While a great place to shop for cute cocktail party dresses and comfy yet sexy tops, it also has elegant and affordable jewelry to truly make any outfit pop.
Thais Ann, started by San Antonio native Thais Peacher, is an online boutique specializing in vibrant jewelry, but our favorite aspect of the store is its small selection of paper and party goods. From adorable gift tags to gold and silver confetti, it has just the right item to add a touch of sophistication to any party or present.
Too Good To Be Threw
Established in 1979 by Linda Reams, this chain of upscale resale shops has locations in Castle Creek, Castle Hills, and Stone Oak. But sometimes a consignment shop can feel overwhelming with its selection. With Too Good To Be Threw’s online store, the merchandise is organized into categories so you can choose to view only what you’re looking for (which might even mean less impulse buying … one can dream). Too Good To Be Threw’s inventory ranges from haute furniture to Balenciaga clutches to Tory Burch flats — all, of course, priced much more affordably than buying them new.
Voge Boutique started as a daydream back when fashion-loving Kristen Voges Bush was just a college student. In 2011, her dream became a reality when she opened her online store, which specializes in current women’s fashion, including dresses, rompers, jewelry and clutches, and is always having great sales (consider this your warning). And if there’s an item you’re a little too nervous to buy before trying on, you can always head to her brick-and-mortar location on 1604 which opened in 2013.
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