Austin just wouldn’t be Austin without BookPeople, one of the largest independently-owned bookstores in the country. The only day they’re closed is Thanksgiving and, with stellar author and community events, a great café and a chair massage station, you may never want to leave. There’s also great jewelry on the first floor, as well as beautiful scarves in little baskets along the stairs to the second floor. Add a stop at Waterloo Records (600 N. Lamar Blvd.) to your agenda, too. The famed Austin music store that has given many musicians their start is just down the street. Buy your Austin City Limits recordings here; there’s a great selection.