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The Garcias originally met in the s near Bovina, Texas, where they both worked in the cotton fields. They moved to Amarillo a few years later.
Route 66, which once bisected the Panhandle, is no longer a vital thoroughfare.
But shoppers still travel the historic byway looking for one-of-a-kind alternatives to the generic retail giants along Interstate Thread-count snobs, rejoice! Swank Sferra sheets from Italy await you at this boudoir heaven, where you can spend hours picking out custom duvet covers and throw pillows for the bedroom of your dreams. Who needs Ambien when you can wrap yourself in a sumptuous Pine Cone Hill robe, light a few Aquiesse candles, slather on some Lollia hand cream, and slip off to la-la land?
Like a mini—Neiman Marcus, this eclectic emporium has a tempting array of exquisite novelties and fineries for home that you have neither budgeted for nor have the willpower to leave without. Black-and-white-checked MacKenzie-Childs ceramics and enamelware fill an entire wall of shelves.
Bejeweled Jay Strong-water frames and Juliska mouth-blown glass vases beg to be wrapped up and taken home. Sugar Factory lollipops with Swarovski crystal—encrusted handles and silicon Too Late watches in a rainbow of colors make unexpected gifts. Your wish list will soon stretch on like a galaxy, ad infinitum.
Phyllis Enloe bakes pastries, cakes, and artisan bre daily and creates weekly lunch menus. In a Russian immigrant named Eli Raffkind started selling clothing to railroad workers and cowboys. A hundred years later, his descendants are still outfitting the men and—as of two decades ago—women of Amarillo.
Grandson George Raffkind steers longtime customers toward striped Peter Millar dress shirts, hand-sewn Robert Talbott silk ties, and made-to-measure Oxxford suits. Guys can kick back with a whiskey in the TV lounge while the ladies prowl their side of the store for AG jeans, Marc Jacobs sunglasses, and strappy heels by Fergie.
Georgia,raffkinds. This surf-and-turf restaurant is so highly—and frequently—recommended by Amarilloans that visitors might suspect the chefs of offering bribes for good reviews. Regulars twitter and Tweet between bites of grilled king crab and thinly sliced lamb cooked tableside on a hot rock and show up en masse for green-chile eggs and pomegranate mimosas at Sunday brunch.
Austin,blbistro. Though modest in size, the museum boasts a remarkable collection of Asian art: nearly Japanese woodblock prints from the Edo period and more than a dozen Hindu and Buddhist sculptures dating back to the second century.
Two of the six galleries are usually devoted to rotating exhibits, and the ground floor is filled with striking contemporary pieces from American artists. Van Buren,amarilloart.