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Shopping and Dining


Brownwood and Early offer a wide array of shopping options from chain stores to high end retail, as well as many professional services. If you are bargain hunting or looking for a special gift, you are sure to find what you are looking for. Those who enjoy “antiquing and junking” can make a day or even a weekend searching for unique treasures in antique stores scattered throughout the neighboring communities.

Small, home-owned boutiques, gift shops and other specialty stores abound throughout the two communities, giving shoppers a variety of choices according to taste, style and price. Heartland Mall and Commerce Square provide retail therapy in a group setting for your shopping convenience. The area has experienced significant growth in recent years in both corporate-owned retailers and “mom and pop” stores offering residents and visitors alike a great shopping experience in central Texas. No matter your style or budget, there is something for everyone.


Your appetite will certainly be satisfied considering our variety of dining options. No matter what you are craving, it can be found right here in the heart of Brown County. We feature an array of great restaurants, many of which are critically acclaimed and widely enjoyed by our citizens and visitors alike, with an ambiance spanning from eclectic and rustic to contemporary and upscale.

If you are in a rush, we have an extensive selection of fast food restaurants; however, if a slower pace is more desirable, there are many delectable alternatives. Included on some of the menus around the area are burgers and fries, burritos and fajitas as well as contemporary Mediterranean cuisine. The blending of southwest flavors, tex-mex and old world influence has created some of the tastiest Mexican dishes to be found anywhere. Of course, being in the Hill Country, we have equal representation for most of the styles of bar-b-que found throughout Texas. If something closer to home cooking is what your appetite craves, farm fresh catfish, juicy steaks, Mama’s fried chicken, homemade soups, salads and scrumptious sandwiches are all appealing options. You won’t leave here hungry!

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