Around Houston: Unique Boutiques, Specialty Shopping & Local Retail

Courtesy of Gaudie & Company in Beaumont

Dive into a wide array of specialty shopping at 65+ boutiques and small local retail businesses to be found outside the loop and Around Houston.

We’ve complied some of the region’s most unique boutiques and specialty shopping found across the area outside the city of Houston, including Beaumont, Clear Lake and the Bay Area, Conroe, Galveston, Pearland, Port Arthur, Sugar Land, The Woodlands and Tomball.

Most importantly, for the realities of 2020, safely visiting shops and ordering specialty goods to-go is a great way to explore what’s on offer in the Houston region while supporting businesses at a time that they need it the most.

Of course, it’s also important for you to consider any health precautions before heading out. Our picks below may have certain requirements or restrictions at this moment and these things can change quickly, so be sure to contact your destination ahead of time with any questions or concerns.

Courtesy of Finder’s Fayre in Beaumont

Around Houston: Shopping

Beaumont

  • Antique Shopping on Calder – Along this downtown avenue that cuts through Oaks Historic District, shoppers can find plenty to peruse from European-style furnishings at Burns Antik Haus and Langston Antiques to the chic vintage interiors of Urban Habitat and the expansive 11th Street Market.
  • Beaumont Boutiques – If you’re on the hunt for a unique shopping experience, Beaumont is bustling with boutiques that can be found across downtown and surrounding area. Along Calder Street and Phelan Boulevard, shoppers can dig into trendy women’s fashions, jewelry and accessories at Bungalow, Gaudie & Company and All About You; children’s fashions and shoes at Ashton House; wedding and baby registry checklists at For Heaven’s Sake; and a wide variety of interior design and gifts at Nickolina’s.
  • First Thursdays on Calder – This evening market takes place from 5pm to 9pm on the first Thursday of each month, offering a great chance to support local businesses, hear live music and enjoy an evening outside in the historic district. In addition to the antique shops along Calder, plenty of dining options and boutiques can be found in the area, many of them offering up special discounts during the event. Make sure to stop by the historic Mildred Building, where you’ll find the trendy Ella + Scott women’s boutique, Finder’s Fayre for artwork, and Down to Earth, which specializes in hand-made products for your home and body that are crafted just down the road in nearby Nederland.
Tanger Outlets in Texas City | Courtesy of Visit Houston

Clear Lake, Kemah, League City & Bay Area

  • Boutique Shopping in the Bay Area – Browse the latest women’s trends, jewelry, accessories, shoes and more at fashionable boutiques found across the Bay Area, including Ivory Boutique, Brave Boutique and The Salted Hippie in League City, as well as Lex & Mae in Kemah.
  • Kemah Boardwalk – While the carnival-like atmosphere and fresh seafood dining is a big draw at the Kemah Boardwalk, guests can also take to shopping in one of several specialty shops and kiosks found throughout the area. Grab a souvenir, check out stylish threads, hit up Build-A-Bear for a new cuddle buddy, or satisfy your sweet tooth with the staggering number of treats found at The Candy Box.
  • Mall & Outlet Shopping – If you’re looking for efficient ways to spend an afternoon browsing the latest trends and goods, the Bay Area has two mega-shopping experiences to check out. With nearly 200 stores at your disposal, Baybrook Mall in Friendswood remains one of the premier shopping destinations in the Southeast Houston area, while the Tanger Outlets in Texas City offer an outdoor shopping environment and a chance to check out deep discounts and clearance items from some of the world’s largest brands.

Conroe

  • Downtown Shopping in Historic Conroe – The picturesque streets of Historic Conroe allow visitors to duck in and out of shops, restaurants and more that are housed within buildings more than a century old. Here, you’ll find a wide selection of specialty retail, antiques and intriguing crafts at Mimi’s on Main and the Conroe Central Market, as well as women’s clothing, accessories and home goods at the nearby Main Street Merchants. Stick around and enjoy some of the eats on offer from Pacific Yard House, The Red Brick Tavern and many others, or enjoy a theatrical production at the Crighton and Owen Theatres.
  • Outlets at Conroe – This strip mall features dozens of stores from some of the most recognizable brand manufacturers, offering goods at discount pricing. Swing through to check out shops like the Levi’s Outlet Store, Nike Factory Store, and more.
Courtesy of The Witchery in Galveston

Galveston

Courtesy of Flagship Mail Room & Emporium in Port Arthur

Pearland

  • Pearland Town Center – The sprawling outdoor center is the premier shopping destination in Pearland, featuring dozens of recognizable shops, unique boutiques, and delicious dining experiences. With a stream of events taking place throughout the year, including the occasional local vendor market, it seems like there’s always something happening at Pearland Town Center, making it worth a visit on your shopping ventures.
  • Specialty Shopping in Pearland – From eccentric women’s apparel boutiques and inspiring home decor stores to comic book shops and one-of-a-kind antiques, Pearland is bustling with all types of specialty shops and unique goods waiting to be discovered. Click here to take a deep dive into what’s on offer across the city.

Port Arthur

Sugar Land Town Square | Courtesy of Visit Sugar Land

Sugar Land

Market Street in The Woodlands | Courtesy of Visit The Woodlands

The Woodlands

Courtesy of Terrarium in Tomball

Tomball

Social Distancing & COVID-19

Businesses in Houston have opened under modified protocols, following guidelines administered by local health officials, the State of Texas and CDC. At this time, guidance from experts urges people to continue wearing face masks when in public spaces, practice social distancing of at least six feet, limit your touching of surfaces and frequently use hand sanitizer or soap and water to keep your hands clean.

Before heading out, take time to familiarize with your destination’s requirements or restrictions at this moment, and be sure to contact them ahead of time with any questions or concerns.

Courtesy of Rico in Port Arthur

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