Shop con Queso: My Own Austin-Inspired Store

May 22, 2014


Ever since I was about five, I’ve always wanted to have a store. That was always my big grown up dream … but it never involved a big grown up store. The image of the perfect shop has been pretty consistent since Sesame Street was my primary form of entertainment. And with that inspiration, it would be on a street like this. It would have an awning outside and an old kelly green door that sort of creaked and rang a bell when you entered. It would smell like gardenias and old wood. And it would be filled with pretty things and candy. My friends and I would sit in the back of the store all day and play cards and talk to visitors. Oh and everyone who came in would get a sugar cookie. I never knew what the name of this store would be, but it would have the word shop in it that wasn’t spelled like shoppe. Because that’s ridiculous.

In the meantime, while I’m looking for my perfect green door space, I’ve started a little shop around the corner online on …. Shop con Queso. In this shop, I wanted to feature Austin and Texas makers as well as Texas-flavored and Austin-Inspired products.


It’s very pretty…and I’m very excited about it. And while I’m working on how to serve cookies, come on in!

Here’s a small peek at what’s inside…


 Austin Makers… Cool things made by Austin makers.

Like this Tokyo Ramen Bowl from Austin Maker Keith Kreeger


Central Texas Makers … Cool things made by Central Texas makers.

Like this Charlotte bag from San Antonio Maker Epiphanie Bags


Texas Makers … Cool things made by Texas Makers.

Like this Shine More print from McKinney Maker Romina Bacci


Texas Kids … Cool things approved by Texas Kids.

Like this Ombre Rainbow Guitar print from Precious Beast


Austin Approved … Things that weren’t made in Austin but totally could have been.

Like this Pelmet Ritz Tray from Jill Rosenwald


The Texas Party … Things that would totally show up to a Texas Party.

Like this Rainbow Garland from Krissy Osborne


The Texas Kitchen … Things that would totally show up in a Texas Kitchen.

Like this Printed Pink Tea Towel from Alisa Curiel


And  Cool con Queso … Cool things. With a dip of cheese.

Like this vintage suitcase from Kara Alter

And that’s just the beginning. I’m really keen to add more and I’m on the lookout for Austin/Texas Makers… as well as a variety of inspired products and creations… to add to my store. Have any recommendations? Let me know.

And thanks for stopping in!

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  • Reply LaLa May 23, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    You had me at “Shop”.

  • Reply Kathleen May 26, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    I’m a Texas maker! 🙂 I’d love to sell in your shop – wanna check me out?

    *and so ends my shameless self-promotion*


  • Reply Liz @ ewmcguire May 27, 2014 at 9:43 am

    I love this, Laura! How exciting for you!

    If you’re interested in adding more artwork to the shop, I sell sleek, modern images of Austin. My “Word on the Street” series captures the wit and whimsy of street graffiti and turns them into seriously cool metal prints. Details are here: Thanks!

  • Reply Jackie June 17, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Thanks so much for featuring my Ombre Rainbow Guitar print! It’s an honor to be in your shop! 🙂

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