Midtown’s Big Block Gets Bigger

 One might not think of Houston as the fashion capital of the South. That title usually gets associated with Dallas, our sister city to the north. However, in true Houston style, our fair city has its own version of funky and unique shops that help keep Houstonians both following and starting trends. Not far from the large retailers found at Houston’s Galleria area lie a few pockets of independent boutiques, accessory stores and specialty shops. Midtown, Montrose and Downtown all offer smaller options for popping in and out during a lunch break or after work. (and after a conference!)

 Smack dab in the middle of Houston’s Midtown neighborhood along the city’s METRORail one can find many of the city’s treasured music venues, restaurants and shops. A sure fire hit you won’t want to miss – what locals affectionately call the “Big Block,” located between West Alabama, Main Street and Travis.

 Well known as the home of popular dining hot spots like The Breakfast Klub, T’afia, Tacos-A-Go-Go and Julia’s, as well as live music fave The Continental Club, the “Big Block” continues to expand.  Since Harry Shattock, former travel editor for the Houston Chronicle, penned a very informative article about Midtown in Executive Travel back in October 2009, the “Big Block” has added three new boutiques, and tattoo/barber shop and coffee shop. (I encourage you to check out the article for more details on Houston’s midtown neighborhood.)

 AAM attendees, while in Houston, make some time for shopping!  From downtown, hop on the southbound METRORail “Red Line” until you reach the HCC /Ensemble Station, disembark, cross the street and you have arrived. 

 While there, check out the funky girly Chick & Chica for a selection of mix and match tops and bottoms, accessories and home goods. My Flaming Heart and Shop-o-Rama continues with the neighborhood’s kitchy vibe with unique offering vintage clothing, custom made and vintage jewelry, house wares, vinyl, bric, brac, and other oddities. Don’t forget to pop into the newly relocated (albeit by 20 feet) Sig’s Lagoon, who specializes in local, new and used vinyl, poster art and music books.

It’s a very exciting time to be shopping Houston!  Stay tuned for more Houston SHOPPING news in blog posts to come!

–Monica Danna, CoLab
AAM 2011 Hospitality Subcommittee member &
SHOP section editor

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