Three Shopping Inspired Houston Outings
Explore Houston with the city’s unique retail destinations! Browse these three itineraries filled with shops and stops for taking boutique-hopping breaks during your Htown stay.
Option 1: The Heights
Head to 19th Street in the historic Heights neighborhood for walkable blocks of commerce and cuisine. Casa Ramirez Mexican Folk Art Gallery welcomes shoppers with cookies and community events celebrating Day of the Dead and poetry readings. Take home a locally made souvenir at The Lift which carries t-shirts and gifts with Houston attitude. Manready Mercantile serves Old Fashioneds and beef jerky to fans of their USA-made menswear collection. Mark your calendar for special monthly events like the First Saturday Arts Market (4/1 & 5/6) and the Third Thursday Sip and Strolls from 5-9 pm. Rest up after retail therapy with the happy hour menu at Shade or take in a show at the lovingly restored Heights Theater featuring local and touring acts.
Option 2: Hempstead Highway
Take a drive on the open road of Hempstead Highway for treasure-hunting and beer tasting! Start the day at Thompson's Antique Center of Texas where collectors of all kinds can search the stalls for vintage and retro finds from cowboy boots to old school cameras along with restoration services offered on the premises. Decorate your outdoor space from the menagerie of sculptures on display at Fountains and Statuary. Wind down with a tour and craft beer samples at Karbach Brewery which often hosts live music in their Biergarten. Trip Chandler Fact: Be on the lookout for Neon Boots, a two-stepping dancehall where Willie Nelson and Patsy Cline played in the club’s past life as the Esquire Ballroom.
Option 3: Upper Kirby
The glamour-filled windows of Tootsie's, a posh womenswear boutique that started in Houston, anchors West Ave, a mix of shopping and dining. Pondicheri offers an all-day menu of Indian food along with a selection of in-house crafted skin care oils, spices, and takeaway sweets at their Bake Lab. Admire the 38-foot tall sculpture, Tree and Three Flowers, by Texas artist James Surls as you head to nearby Avalon Shopping Center for Sloan/Hall's luxe looks and glossy fashion and art books. Austin import, Stag Provisions, carries denim and pocket squares for the guys. Keep cool with a custom fit Guayabera at Dos Carolinas where they hand-tailor the shirts in a variety of colors and patterns.
Your Trip Chandlers,
Dana DuTerroil & Joni Fincham
Dana is a native Texan who grew up in Houston but considers New Orleans a second home. Joni is a Houston transplant via Kansas, North Carolina, Scotland and New Orleans. They have joined forces as Trip Chandler to personalize the city whether you’re here for a short stay or a permanent move. Contact Trip Chandler for your own tailor-made guide to Houston.