Walton’s Fancy & Staple (609 W 6th St, Austin, Texas)
Virginia-born actress Sandra Bullock has adopted the South as her home, splitting her time between New Orleans and Austin, Texas. In 2009 she snapped up Walton’s Fancy & Staple, a flower shop since 1969, moving it to a new location and expanding to a deli service. Did you know you can also buy gifts (like cool totes, doggie treats, and Texas-themed scents) and fresh flowers here?
Judy Maxwell Home (1349 N Wells Street, Chicago)
Snug in the Windy City’s Old Town neighborhood, owner Joan Cusack is very hands-on with her modern riff on the general store, going so far as to answer most shop emails. What quirky items can you find at Judy Maxwell Home? Anything that’s “magic, fun and free,” Cusack says. “We have a great selection of cards. They can be really funny or on point, just like a good script can! I also have a vintage I Dream of Jeannie Barbie doll complete with her bottle and an Easy Bake Oven.” She’s currently proud to carry a boxing painting that measures about six feet by seven feet.
Marshfield Hills General Store (165 Prospect St, Marshfield Hills, Massachusetts)
During a visit to see her brother-in-law Steve Carell in California a decade ago, Tish Vivado mentioned one of their childhood haunts—Marshfield Hills General Store, with its wide front porch—was on the market. Carell put in an offer and took ownership the next year, in 2009, with Vivado as co-owner. Goods range from food (like Queen Bee Honey Products) to home décor (such as Milkhouse Candle Co.’s soy-wax candles). And, yes, The Office ball caps are sold here, too.
Sunny and Mark Ruffalo
Sunny’s Pop (76 Main St, Narrowsburg, New York)
Sunny Ruffalo debuted Sunny’s Pop last year as a pop-up shop and is now open year-round in a new location. Items range from a birchwood-handle toilet-bowl brush made in Sweden and Estonia to vibrantly colored rugs handmade in Bolivia. Within the 150-square-foot space is “whatever strikes my fancy,” says Ruffalo, who goes for “heirloom quality . . . things that are not going to be disposable” and “things that have a socially responsible, environmentally sound approach.” “I try to stay away from trends,” she says.
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