Collective of women-owned boutiques rolls into Barton Springs hot spot
Favorite Austin food trailer lot The Picnic is adding new neighbors to the mix, and they’re serving up style instead of eats. Barton Springs Trailer Shops at The Picnic is an all-female mobile boutique division nestled right next to some of the city’s most delicious destinations — and the shopping is plentiful.
The collective is the brainchild of local designer Nina Berenato, owner of Nina Berenato Jewelry. “I’ve always been really focused on supporting women and giving women a platform,” Berenato says. “I had moved into The Picnic by myself and had spoken to my landlord about trying to create something there. He let me take the reins and it all came together.”
Currently, the Barton Springs Trailer Shops is home to Hippie-Ki-Yay by Kim Voswinkel, Salvage Thrift, Sugar Shack by Gabriela Fleming, Ladybird Trading Post by Charley Copp and Christina Maldonado, and Nina Berenato Jewelry. Between the five boutiques, shoppers can find chic boho-Western clothes, unique vintage gifts, Texas-centric shirts and tanks, handcrafted jewelry, and more. Located in the heart of a bustling residential district, it's an oasis of retail that showcases the entrepreneurial spirit of the women.
Aside from the major girl power vibes, the shops perfectly reflect Austin’s weird aesthetic, with character and cool decor. “All the stores are built out of vintage Airstreams,” Berenato said. “Each store owner transformed their space into their own and it turned out amazing. We’re all working together and we have so much freedom with what we’re doing here. It’s a good feeling.”
Berenato says beyond being a local shopping destination, the new boutiques serve as a space for small businesses and female-owned businesses to thrive. “This gives us the opportunity to truly own our own place. We all count on each other and we’ve all committed to each other and to the space. We’re happy to be here.”
Barton Springs Trailer Shops at The Picnic are open for business Thursday through Monday. Learn more about the shops on Facebook.