On my second trip back to Austin from Houstonâ€™s Bush Intercontinental Airport during the holidays, I decided to break up the journey with a stop in Brenham. Have you been to this little town latelyâ€”not the Brenham you pass by as you zoom along US 290 or Texas 36 on your way to somewhere else, but the real Brenham, downtown?Â There are so many quaint shops and boutiques on West Alamo now that it reminds me of Fredericksburgâ€™s Main Street.
I enjoyed poking around in some of the little gift stores, but my find of the day was a sprawling, â€œmostly antiquesâ€ store called Today and Yesterday, at the corner of West Alamo and Park. Itâ€™s housed in the historic Brenham Opry House, which was built in 1876. The stained-glass windows on display originally caught my eye, but I soon found other treasures: architectural remnants (old doors, newel posts, etc.), vintage garden structures, and collectibles from Depression glass to cigar boxes. If Iâ€™d had a truck, I probably would have come home with one of the weathered metal trellises for the grapevine in my backyard. Next trip.