Prost! Fine Wine • Round Top, TX

On The Crush List because…

Every single time I’ve been here I’ve made a new friend.

Prost Frasier

Frasier the Labradoodle is definitely my favorite new Prost! friend, but honestly he has had some competition.  There’ve been all the great RT Locals; full-timers and weekenders and old-timers and newcomers.  And there’ve also been the charming Nearby Towners; LaGrange shopkeepers and Brenham musicians and Austin collectors and Houston REALTORS® (I’m pretty sure I needed to type that all caps and with the little register mark since it seems very important to them and who am I to deny them their ®, especially now that I’ve figured out it’s no harder than holding down the Option Key while typing a normal R). And there’ve been the real (maybe even REAL®) fun Out of Towners, particularly during the Antiques Show weeks. (Yes, Bonnie Neiman I mean you!) And then there were the horsewomen from down the road and the bar manager from down the road and Barbara’s dear friend whom I later ran into down the road and…  Bottom line, if you think need some new friends, you probably just need a glass of good wine.

Prost building

Prost Sign

Prost Patio Wide

Prost Bistro Chairs

Prost Adirondak

Prost Round Top fire pit

This young man appeared during the Antique Show hoping to book an evening gig on the patio.  Penny (as in Penny and Mike Ceis, Prost!’s owners) gave him a quick audition and I was lucky enough to be able to sit on the stone steps and listen in.  RT is full of these kinds of special impromptu moments so when you visit be sure to keep your ears and eyes and heart open to anything.  You’ll thank yourself.

Prost Paul Guitar

Prost Round Top welcome

Prost Interior

FYI, the wine here is fine, just like the name says, and they’ll sell it to you by the glass, the bottle or the case.  Prost!

Prost Entrance

Elephant Walk Antiques • EX-CESS Field, Round Top

On The Crush List because…

Some folks go to Disney World, some go to Round Top.

Elephant Walk Chairs

Ender Tasci’s Elephant Walk booth is the streetfront anchor shop for the EX-CESS field, and EX-CESS is pretty much the anchor field for the whole Antiques Show.  So Elephant Walk is a hard to miss space, if only as a slow-creep-drive-by-looky-look while you sit in traffic on one of the busy days.  I find myself visiting Ender once, twice, maybe three times every show, often helping friends get some truly beautiful things at great prices.

Elephant Walk’s permanent location and warehouse is in Orlando, FL of all places.  Which of course got me thinking about how much the Round Top Antiques Show is like a Disney theme park experience:  Completely overwhelming visual overload, endless traipsing well beyond your exhaustion point, long hot lines at the casual dining spots, groups of families and friends desperately trying to keep track of one another, parents taking turns pushing strollers, costumed characters everywhere you look… I’ll let you decide which fields are Tomorrowland, Frontierland, Fantasyland, etc. but Warrenton is definitely Main Street USA.

Elephant Walk Green Bowls

Obviously Ender’s Euro treasures make his space more reminiscent of the Epcot World Showcase than the Magic Kingdom.  And speaking of the EWS, don’t you just love the Mitsukoshi Department Store right in the middle of the replica of the Imperial Palace?

Elephant Walk Aisle

Elephant Walk Flower Pics

Elephant Walk Golden Bird

Elephant Walk Marble Nude

Elephant Walk Textures

This gorgeous beaded tray is a perfect example of how things get away.  I saw it two days after I was super-tempted to buy the almost matching beaded stool at a booth down near Zapp Hall.  If I’d known the Zapp stool had a matching tray waiting at Ender’s I would have grabbed it for sure, but in the interest of my sanity I’ve instituted a strict a never-go-back rule for myself, so I will be without either.

Elephant Walk Beaded Tray

Beaded Stool

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