When you walk through the welcoming turquoise door of the Little House on Main, you also enter Buda’s Red Door and Shabby Couture Di, all of it a retail space shared by three friends. Located at 569 Main Street, this is a realm of pretties and whimsies and fashions, of old and of new. And, most likely, you also will hear the laughter and chatter of people enjoying each other’s company. Some are the proprietors: Lillie Alcala of Little House, Nelda Montemayor of Buda’s Red Door, and Diane Bounds of Shabby Couture. Others are the customers, many of whom are regulars, who stop by every week because “it’s their happy place,” they have told Bounds. The shopkeeper trio have fun together. “Never a dull moment,” laughs Montemayor, who adds, “We make each other laugh.”
These three are dependable supporters of Friends of the Buda Library, offering 10% discounts on purchases made by members of Friends, and contributing to fundraising projects such as the raffle baskets that Friends use most years to help raise money for the library. Montemayor explained that they love to help “locals”, especially local nonprofits.
Inside and outside the shop, they offer an integrated collection of décor, housewares, clothing for women and children, and fashion accessories, as well as scents and lotions for men and women. Most items are new, but there are some antiques and retro goods, too. What you will not find is a red door. Well, not these days. That name derived from an earlier location and concept of Montemayor’s, but it is her established business identity. She relocated from elsewhere on Main Street to Alcala’s Little House on Main almost three years ago. Bounds relocated her business there more recently. Judging from the good humor evident as they work with each other and visit with customers, this arrangement is a happy place for all.