On your mark, shoppers: Outlet malls beckon

If shopping is your sport, prepare for some Texas-sized activity in San Marcos.

An outlet mall wonderland lies just a hop, skip and a jump from Kissing Tree’s entrance. One of Texas’ most popular tourist destinations, it’s actually two malls side-by-side, offering goods from a total of about 250 popular brand-name retailers.

Follow Centerpoint Road under I-35 for less than five minutes, turn left, and you’re at San Marcos Premium Outlets. Top design labels including Prada, Coach, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Vince, Tory Burch, Gucci, Giorgio Armani, Salvatore Ferragamo, Fendi and Burberry are among the draws there, along with J. Crew, Lululemon Athletica, Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth and Neiman Marcus Last Call.

Turn right, and you’re in Tanger Outlets territory where Eddie Bauer, Disney Store, Fossil, H&M and Old Navy and many other mainstream favorites are in the mix. A few retailers, including Banana Republic, have stores in both malls.

Wear your most comfy walking shoes, pace yourself and go early – preferably on weekdays – to beat the crowds. Not everything is a steal, but 25 percent discounts are standard. The apparel store racks, especially, can be full of cheaply made goods manufactured for outlets, but you can ferret out better deals on top quality merchandise. Before you go, check the centers’ websites for special deals and information on coupon books.

Since you’ll have a new home to furnish and a new kitchen to stock, here’s one strategy for a day of hunting and gathering.

  • Start at the far north end of the Premium Outlets mall. At the cavernous, combined Pottery Barn and Williams Sonoma Outlet, shelves are stacked with tableware, cookware, decorative items, linens, small appliances and even some foodstuffs. In the middle of it all: lots of furniture – definitely a good place to start if you need a pick up piece or two.
  • A few doors away, the Restoration Hardware outlet is smaller but offers a similar mix of goods, all familiar from the catalog – including cool lighting options.
  • If you’re updating your music system, visit Bose.
  • Stock up on pretty bath and body essentials at Crabtree & Evelyn or L’Occitane.
  • Cross over to the Tanger Mall to check out West Elm’s linens, tableware, decorative goods and furniture. If your aesthetic is modern and minimal, you may even want to start there.
  • You can also stock your kitchen on the Tanger side, with gorgeous cookware from Le Creuset, and a good selection of utilitarian pieces, bakeware and utensils at Corningware Corelle & More and Kitchen Collection.
  • If there’s formal dining in your future, look for classic place settings at the Waterford Wedgwood Royal and Doulton outlets.


  • David Carbary

    Curious as to how many years is an extmated forcast to complete out 3200 homes?
    If gated or patrolled- how much of Kissing tree is open to public? Golf course must be public or membership?
    Are the streets inside Private or city/county owned as can you drive Gold Carts on road in kissing tree?
    Looks like a great plan from web site and best of luck in 2017

    • Kissing Tree

      David, thanks for your interest! Kissing Tree is currently under construction and we anticipate growth over the next 10 years for the 1,300 acre community.

      All guests of Kissing Tree will access the community through a 24/7 staffed guard house, residents will enter a secondary resident-only gate.

      The golf course is semi-private with preferential tee times and green fees for Kissing Tree residents. The streets are private and drivable by golf cart, and residents can use their own golf cart on the golf course.

      Let us know if we can provide you with any other specifics, give us a call anytime at 512-539-3700!