Thursday, September 15, 2016

TOMS Store on South Congress Ave

Wondering what to do with kids when eating or shopping on South Congress Ave in downtown Austin?   Check out the TOMS store on South Congress. 

If you don’t know what TOMS are they are super comfortable shoes usually made out of canvas in tons of colors.  I should know I now have 3 pairs.   They were great commuting shoes with super soft soles and comfy for when I used to take the BART/ Train to San Francisco every day to work and needed to stand for 45 minutes plus walk around the city.  I also purchased one of my most comfortable cork wedge sandals at this store and have been wearing them all summer. Kids also love them.

Aren't these the cutest?

You can be fashionable and feel good about your purchase as TOMS has a mission “One for One” so when you purchase a  TOMS product they will help a person in need. TOMS helps provide shoes, sight, water, safe birth and bullying prevention services to people in need.  They do so in the following way:
  • For every pair of TOMS shoes purchased a brand new pair of shoes is donated to children in need.
  • For every TOMS Eyewear purchase they provide a person in need with a full eye exam.  Each patient then receives the treatment he or she needs i.e. glasses, surgery or medical treatment
  • For each bag of TOMS Roasting Co. Coffee purchased TOMS provides 140 liters of safe water to people in need.
  • For each TOMS Bag purchased TOMS delivers materials and training to Partners to help provide a safe birth.
  • For each TOMS High Road Backpack purchased TOMS provides training to school staff and crisis counselors to help prevent and respond to instances of bullying.   

Now a little bit about this South Congress location.   It is a super cute store that is in an old house complete with a giant porch with 2 porch swings and blankets for when it gets colder.   It is half store and half coffee shop.  There is a front yard and a back yard to hang out in with your coffee with tables and chairs.   I went inside chose a Vanilla Coriander Latte at TOMS Roasting Company and checked out the store.   My older daughter wanted some shoes and after trying on several we ended up with cute pink classic TOMS.   


The very nice sales people let us all check out TOMS giving with these virtual reality goggles that allow you can watch a giving trip to Peru.   My kids could not put these goggles down.  As your turn in the store you saw a 3D 360 view of Peru.  

Once we had our coffee and new shoes we head out to the front porch to swing and people watch.   Since it is at the corner of Gibson Street and across from Perla’s seafood and Kendra Scott Jewelry (an Austin based jeweler) there is always loads of people walking by.  From this location you can see the Capital of Texas building in the distance.

Keep an eye out as TOMS has events as well.  In the past there has been pop up kids clothing shop, Charlie and the Chocolate factory movie night and for SXSW (a giant music, film and technology conference) TOMS had a series of parties, craft sessions, concerts all for free and for Kids.   September 17th 2016 they are having a Ghost Busters movie night see it in my kids friendly activities blog.

Café hours serving TOMS Roasting Co. Coffee
Mon-Fri 8a-8p - Sat 8a-9p - Sun 8a-8p

Store hours
Mon-Fri 9a-8p - Sat 9a-9p - Sun 9a-8p

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