A lot of our customers commute into town for shopping and entertainment. Why don’t they just move into the city you ask? As a vibrant farming and ranching part of Texas, people in the Panhandle are deeply tied to their land. They can’t just pick up and move as easily as some may think. But, the beautiful result of people staying in their small town is that they pack a lot of character into the small businesses there. Dumas is no different. We recently made the quick half hour trip north to visit our friends up that way and to see all of the unique businesses popping up there.
There are a few ways to get to Dumas depending on what direction you’re coming from, but my favorite is straight up the Dumas Highway, formally known as I-87. I love this route! Immediately upon leaving Amarillo, the landscape transforms into vast rolling hills. My favorite time of year to make the quick commute is in the summer when the roadside is bursting with cholla blooms!
Upon entering town, you may start to think, why did I come here? Haha! Just stay on route and you’ll eventually end up at a two block stretch of the cutest businesses.
The first place you’ll come up on is Herencia Coffee. This isn’t your average coffee shop. It’s larger than it appears and is part brewery, part coffee house. After visiting with the owner, we learned that he gave Amarillo a go several years back, but after a few bad experiences, decided to return to his hometown to launch his own business. We follow a few of our loyal customers on Instagram and they’re always recommending The Monica, a caramel latte topped with vanilla sweet cream and ground cinnamon. Y’all, it did not disappoint!
As you can see here, they have a pretty large drink menu. It’s a great place to stop and get a little energy boost before moving on down to the other shops around the corner.
Just a short walk around the corner is where you’ll find The Collective of Dumas. You probably know them better as The Designer’s Garage if you’ve found yourself drooling over their incredibly cute baby items at From 6th Collective. Here at their home base however, they have SO MUCH more than just baby items. You can find toys, books, and more for kiddos ages 0-12yr in the front portion of the store. Keep on going because you’ll eventually end up in the back half of the shop featuring stylish women’s clothing along with tons of home decor and furnishings.
Pamela, the owner, is a real mover + shaker making her an asset to the Dumas community. She brings lines that you typically see in big cities like Dallas to her customers here at home. She not only runs one of the coolest shops in town, but also runs an interior design and construction company with her husband. While we were visiting for the day, she was hosting a luncheon for her top customers too! Her family treated us to the most delicious homemade meal (the bone marrow butter was to die for) and we got to meet several of her lovely customers. And that’s not all! She’s also the owner of the business next door, Just Dig Play Zone.
This place was the coolest! Just Dig is an indoor sand park and with the unpredictable Panhandle weather, I’m sure all of the moms in Dumas are thankful for this place. The space is cute, quirky, and clean! The toys are provided and there’s even little construction outfits the kids can done while they play. I’ll definitely have my kids in tow next time I venture up this way.
Like I said before, this small town has packed a lot of personality into a small strip so to get to our next destination all you have to do is cross the side street and you’ll be at Flowers Etc. We were really excited about this stop because we got to catch up with one of our original Nat vendors, Lee Hall, who is the owner. While they’re a flower shop at their core, they have a wide variety of new home decor and gifts as well as a full blown antique shop in the back! With my never ending love for all things vintage I can happily say I walked away with the prettiest chinoiserie pie server and two brass bow wall hooks.
We shopped our little hearts out, but before we called it a day we stopped back inside Herencia Coffee to try one of the locally brewed beers from their sister shop, The Toppled Turtle Brewery. Because it was the middle of the day and we had another drive ahead of us, we all opted for beers on the lighter side. I stuck to a standard kolsch, which was delicious, while the other ladies gave the yellow rose a try (basically a mimosa mixed with beer instead of champagne).
We departed Amarillo around 10 and were back in time for school pick up. So next time you’re looking for something fun & different to do, look no further than what’s right here around you!