In our Where to Shop series, we search Greater Houston’s vast array of neighborhoods and communities for the best boutiques, retail shops, clothing stores and more.
It seems like every week, a new boutique opens up within the bustling walkable neighborhood we call The Heights. And with an influx of Houstonians flocking to the area, it’s no surprise that local business owners have caught wind that this is the place to set up shop.
Where to Shop in The Heights
Overwhelmed by all of your options lining the streets of Yale, 19th, and the like? Below, we’ve compiled a list of The Heights’ best places to shop—both new and old—for clothing, accessories, home decor, handmade crafts, unique gifts and more.
- Saint Lo – Dress to impress with help from Saint Lo’s chic Heights Mercantile location, which has you covered with upscale, on-trend womenswear fit for any event, whether it be a wedding, work function, birthday bash or a trip to Vegas. Expect to spot brands like Joe’s Jeans, Mauritius, and ética while browsing through their carefully curated racks. Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm; Sunday noon to 5pm. Click here for directions.
- Manready Mercantile – This 19th Street mainstay blends hipster chic and classic all-American with its witty graphic tees, industrial accessories, and generally masculine collections. While men’s clothing and accessories are the main focus, Manready offers something for everyone with products like Astros gear, bar essentials, candles, and clothing basics for women and kids. While shopping, make sure to snap a photo with their famous 48-star American flag, which the owners snagged from a Brooklyn flea market just before opening the shop in 2014. Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 7pm; Sunday 11am to 6pm; closed Monday. Click here for directions.
- Emerson Rose – Fun and flirty, Emerson Rose is a must for brightly colored frocks, punny graphic tees, eye-catching baubles, and other fun finds ideal for gifting or decor. Check out their Facebook page for special events, such as tent sales or in-store celebrations during the 19th Street Wine Walk, White Linen Night, and Third Thursday Sip and Strolls. Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 7pm; Sunday noon to 6pm; Monday 10am to 6pm. Click here for directions.
- Rye 51 – Though not Houston-specific, this menswear hotspot draws a man of certain panache to its leather goods, tailored suits, and high-quality button-downs. Located within Heights Mercantile, in between Postino and Favor the Kind, Rye 51 consistently offers a sophisticated selection of stylish finds. Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm; Sunday 11am to 5pm. Click here for directions.
- Proper – Snag throwback sports gear, stand-out sneakers, witty graphic tees, and statement socks from this sporty shop along 19th Street. Ideal for Astros and Rockets fans, they’ve got plenty of unique jerseys and a whole wall of shoes that are sure to up your fashion game. Daily 11am to 7pm. Click here for directions.
- RichGirls Boutique (RGB) – After four years of success in Pearland, RBG has settled into a shiny second location at the corner of 11th and Heights Blvd, where fashionable patrons abound. The women’s boutique keeps things fresh with on-trend fashions and notable brands (think Diffy Eyewear, Nikko Blue, and even repurposed Louis Vuitton) in their repertoire. Monday 11am to 6pm; Tuesday to Thursday 10am to 6pm; Friday 10am to 5pm; Saturday 10am to 4pm; closed Sunday. Click here for directions.
Home Decor & Boutiques
- Kind Collective – New to the game is Kind Collective, which offers ethically sourced, fair trade goods from an adorable, unassuming bungalow found on Studewood just south of 11th Street. The small shop holds a large selection of things like cozy knit sweaters from South America, cutesy kitchenware a la Anthropologie, super-soft Argentinian blankets, earthy scented candles made in Ireland, and chic woven handbags. Tuesday to Friday 11am to 6pm; Saturday 11am to 5pm; Sunday noon to 4pm; closed Monday. Click here for directions.
- Hello Lucky Life – Support local artists by shopping at Hello Lucky Life, an eclectic haunt that emanates positive energy and promotes itself as an ever-changing art installation. There, you’ll find clothing for the whole family, gifts, home goods, accessories, and Texas-centric goodies, with each item boasting an artist’s unique touch. Thursday 11am to 5pm; Friday and Saturday 11am to 6pm; Sunday noon to 5pm; closed Monday to Wednesday. Click here for directions.
- Favor the Kind – This Dallas-based offshoot strives to offer sustainably produced goods that patrons can feel good about purchasing. And with products ranging from macrame wall hangings and Frida Khalo cookbooks to wide-brimmed hats and whimsical attire, Favor the Kind fills the free-spirited void in your home, closet, jewelry box or gift bag. Monday to Wednesday 10am to 6pm; Thursday to Saturday 10am to 7pm; Sunday 11am to 5pm. Click here for directions.
- Forth and Nomad – Handcrafted goods are the name of the game at this contemporary newcomer, located adjacent to Heights Mercantile. Along with carefully curated clothing, accessories, and home decor, Forth and Nomad offers a variety of instructor-led workshops where you can create your own scented candles, wall hangings, jewelry and more. Monday to Saturday 10am to 7pm; Sunday 11am to 6pm. Click here for directions.
Markets & More
- Heights Common Market – Self-proclaimed as Houston’s longest-running flea market, this unique marketplace houses eight independently-owned specialty shops. Offerings run the gamut from comic books and horror memorabilia to custom-made clothing and vintage goods. Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 6pm; Sunday 10am to 5pm; closed Monday. Click here for directions.
- The Wilde Collection – (Please note that The Wilde Collection is temporarily closed until 2020 after experiencing fire damage in November 2019). Ever wondered what lurks inside the walls of the mysterious shop boasting oddities, curiosities, and taxidermy along 15th and Yale St? Well, it’s not for the faint of heart. But if you’re looking for a conversation piece (think decorated eyeballs, vampire babies, or human hands in a jar), then this is the spot. Monday to Saturday noon to 7pm; Sunday noon to 5pm. Click here for directions.
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