La Plaza Shops
If you want a cheap souvenir t'shirt or a funny picture/saying t'shirt, then this is the place to go. Another store has just all sorts of souvenirs and clothing.
There is also some exquisite Turquoise jewellery here - very upmarket.
Victoria's Sterling Silver
One of the jewellery stores in Rodeo Plaza is Victoria's. If you enter through the side door off Exchange Street, Victoria's is the second (open styled) store you will find. There are probably the most exquisite pieces I have seen, all handmade by native Americans. The workmanship is amazing and incorporates Onyx, yellow mother of pearl, turquoise, coral and spiny oyster. The silver is all stamped along with the designers signature. If you are looking for something different, this is the place to go.
There is a lot made by the Zuni Indians which are reported to be the best jewellers of all the tribes. All her prices are 50% off and from what I have seen else where and online, the prices are very good.
M.L. Leddy's Boot and Saddlery: Hand Made Boots
My second daughter had custom handmade English riding boots made by a bootmaker in Colorado. M. L. Leddy is apparently a very famous bootmaker making western riding boots.
M L Leddy doesn't make boots at the Stockyard store now, they are made in San Angelo.
Someone has recommended that you go into the boot and saddle stores and look at the fantastic work they do. I haven't been into this store, but I am sure it would be interesting.
What to buy: Texas Best - Cowboy Culture says: T"he modern day cowboy boot evolved from the utility boot designed to fit the stirrup of a saddle. As a result, there are boots made for riding, rodeoing, and walking... Two inch riding heels don't make good walking boots." I think that's why cowboays that have been riding walk sort of funny.
They add: "Get a custom made pair if you can afford them...
"The stitching on the boot top originally served to hold the multi layers of leather together without sagging. The more rows of stitching the more expensive the boot. A work boot might have four rows of stitching and a dress boot will have six to eight rows of stitching. Inlays and overlays of leather shapes are found on a Hollywood type boot.
What to pay: Someone posted on the internet that their boots cost them $650.00. Another site says, "Handmade boots from $475. to $1,275." Still another places says, :"A custom boot fitting will run $200.00 and the boots are an additional $4,500.00 and up. " Expect six weeks or more for delivery.
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Hulen Mall: Not spectacular
It's a bit of a sober mall here in Fort Worth, but it's ok. You will find the larger chains like Dillard, Folleys and Sears. Can't recall the smaller retailers and the website doesn't really help either...
If your coming from far and like to shop you'd better choose another mall. There are much better malls in the area.
Picture taken june 4, 2003 at 16:23
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Inside was heaps of Goodies
Inside there were heaps of things to buy or just to have a laugh at. An ideal place for buying souvenirs of Texas.
So much imagination has been let loose with some of the goods in there - really cool stuff.
M.L. Leddy's: Western Wear
Western Wear and Saddles, too! Wow, I have never seen so many cowboy boots ever! Alligator boots for $3,499.00! Luckily, this attire isn't my style so I don't need to afford to shop here.
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This Haltom's Jewelry Store is located in the "Knights of Pythias Hall" building. The entry ois on Main Street.
What to buy: Jewerly
Fincher's stocks a full line of western wear from infant to adults. They also have cowboy type souvenirs, jewellery, western gifts and rough stock riding equipment.
Rustic Iron: Iron Furniture
This guy set up on Exchange street and put his wares out on the curb. I don't know where he is from (although the phone area code is San Antonio) and I can't find anything on the internet about him.
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La Plaza - Rodeo Plaza
La Plaza shops are just beside the Coliseum down Rodeo Plaza. There are a couple of side entries (as you walk down to Billy Bobs) and a rear entrance. There are various stores inside.
Interesting Iron Art
Aside from the leather, jewellery and other souvenir type of shopping there is also an iron art merchandiser... very unique and very different.
Billy Bob's Shop
Everything in Billy Bob's store of course has Billy Bob's name on it in some form or fashion.
There are kinds of fashion wear, souvenirs, authentic rodeo rope and C.D.'s.
General Store and Trading Post
There are quite a number of these great little stores scattered throughout the area. Timber floors and ceiling fans really give an old charm feel to the place.
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