"Hip, Compact, and Independent Retail District"
North Loop is a compact and hip retail district that has a bit of everything. In the central area of this district there are a several vintage shops, a middle-eastern restaurant, a bar, two hair salons, a very good car dealership, a bicycle shop, a motor scooter shop, a bookstore, a record store, a convenience store, an herbal salon, several clothing retailers, a music store selling instruments and sheet music, a car wash, a lingerie and adult novelty shop, a modern home decoration store and several other small retail shops whose purpose I can't recall. All of these are within 300 feet of each other and there's still some retail space available. A little to the west is a small shopping plaza that contains a number of other small shops and one of the most popular coffee shops in Austin. And everyone one of these shops is independently owned and operated - there is not a single chain of franchise in the area.
In between the central area of North Loop and the plaza is an interesting historical site, a state cemetery where unknown and indigents have been interred since the beginning of the 20th century.