Another good destination on Hwy 71, this time at Bee Cave, Texas, is Revival, a shop I am not sure how to describe, but a place loaded with all kinds of different ideas and interesting stuff. Yes, I know stuff is not a good descriptive word, but that’s what they have-stuff. All kinds of things: furniture, doors, antiques, re-purposed items, plants, an interior design studio, fabric, wallpaper, old wood, chickens, playhouses, toys, jewelry, chalk paint, DIY classes. a pot-bellied pig. All this stuff is to provide the conscious consumer with authentic, quality products that simplify the consumer’s ability to consume sustainably while being aware of the product’s impact on community, environment, and future generations. I lifted all this information from the Revival Overview sent to me by owner David Camp, who is passionate about his mission to make this kind of shopping available to the growing population of the Lake Travis/Austin/Bee Cave area. To grossly oversimplify, I think Revival provides a way to shop green, if you will.
I caught David hard at work on signs the day I visited. But all that noble and heartfelt effort to become the Whole Foods of the furniture and home decor field aside, it’s a fun place to shop! David and his wife Tara opened Revival in November of 2010 with a vision of providing diverse home-related products and sources for the conscientious shopper. I can remember stopping by after they first opened and being impressed with the variety of unusual items they had amassed and clustered under the big oak tree. And they continue to gather and expand their inventory while enlarging on the Revival shopping experience. More buildings are planned for independent vendors and an old, architecturally significant Baptist church is being moved from Middletown, Ohio, and reconstructed stone by stone as I write this.
Shirley Cameron was busy repurposing some china tea cups as pots for succulents; the finished products are to be used as bridesmaid’s gifts.
The design studio
Hamlet, the pig I mentioned, pretty much has the run of the place, but he also has his own living quarters here in this trailer.
He also gets lots of attention from the kids, shown here with one of David and Tara’s daughters, accessorizing his looks with these snappy sunglasses, a must for every well-dressed pig.
So when you are in the market for what David Camp calls real stuff-old things. new, things found in a barn, repurposed goods, vintage antiques, one of a kind items, head to 13308 Hwy 71 in Bee Cave, go past all the fancy Galleria stores, go down the hill, and turn right into Revival.
Say hi to Hamlet. You can’t miss him. For a more in-depth look at what Revival has to offer, their website is www.revivaltx.com and the phone number is 512-263-4182.