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Antique lovers, art
aficionados and shoppers
of all kinds will discover
beautiful and interesting
objects on display at
myriad of shops. From the quaint shops of
the Historic Downtown
Strand District to the
retailers on Seawall
Boulevard, shoppers will
delight in the offerings
ranging from fine
to fun souvenirs.
The Charming Victorian-era buildings of the
Historic Downtown District beckon shoppers
with their ornate iron balconies and whimsical
painted signs. The gorgeous buildings, which
date back to the late 1800s, are stunning
examples of Victorian architecture. Fortunately,
many of these buildings survived the 1900
Storm - and Hurricane Ike of 2008 - without significant damage.
Galveston Native George Mitchell led the
extensive renovation of the area in the 1980s,
and today The Strand is a picturesque shopping
destination, as well as the home to the popular
Mardi Gras! Galveston and Dickens on the
Strand celebrations. The district is one of the
largest and most well-preserved concentrations
of Victorian iron-front commercial architecture
in the country.
Postoffice Street, an important area of the
Historical Downtown District, was restored in
the 90s and has created a revitalized arts,
entertainment and residential district including
more than 25 historical buildings. Besides the
growing number of residential lofts, the area
includes Gallery Row with galleries of sculpture,
photography and fine arts. The street is a must
for shopping, unrivaled for the number of
quality of Antique and Collectible stores.
Many boutiques and services complete with
the wide offerings available to shoppers.
The 36-block district offers more than 100
unique shops, restaurants and art galleries.
The variety of merchandise to be found includes
antiques, home décor, gifts, souvenirs, jewelry,
books, and clothing for the whole family.
The Seawall is many things to Galveston Island.
The over 10-mile-long, 17-foot-tall wall protects
the Island from intense storms, yet it also serves
the island as an art space, supporting the world’s
longest mural, the SEE-Wall, visible from the
beach. Many shops along Seawall Boulevard cater to
beachgoers, stocking plenty of swimsuits, surf
gear, sunglasses and sunscreen. However, there
are also souvenir shops, boutiques, casual
clothing stores plus bike and skate rental shops.
And finally... Every shopper knows
that the amount of shopping
one does is directly
proportional to the amount
of spa services needed.
Even those who haven’t spent
the day shopping can
benefit from a relaxing
massage or skin treatment.
And don’t forget to book a
spa manicure or pedicure.
Go ahead; treat yourself
to a day of luxury.
From grand hotel spas
to specialized spas within
salons, a multitude of
soothing services awaits.