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Downtown Galveston Island, Texas Part 1

A video tour of Downtown Galveston Island, Texas brought to you by the Downtown Partnership. Places of interest included are Gracie's, Bungalow, Head to Footsies, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Pirates Legends of the Gulf Coast, Haunted Mayfield Manor, Affaire d'art International Fine Art Gallery, MOD Coffee House, Little Daddy's Gumbo Bar, and Saltwater Grill.More details at http://www.galveston.com/downtown/

Posted by Galveston.com on Monday, June 23, 2014
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Galveston’s 70-block historic downtown is a veritable treasure chest of shopping.  But here are five antique and vintage shops you absolutely must visit:

Nautical Antiques and Tropical Décor
If funding your own undersea shipwreck exploration á la James Cameron is out of the question, a stop inside Nautical Antiques and Tropical Décor is the next best thing. The store is filled to the brim with seafaring ephemera, much of it salvaged from shipyards around the world, such as sea glass, vintage nets, nautical flags, ship’s wheels, buoys, compasses and so much more.

The Witchery
Considering how many buildings in Galveston come with ghost stories, it’s no surprise that islanders are intrigued by the mystical collection of unexpected objects at The Witchery. Crystals, tarot cards and a huge selection of spiritual books share space with phrenology skulls and prayer candles, plus a huge selection of herbs and resins for all your potions. Stop in on a Saturday or Sunday to get a psychic reading from Sharon Michelle, who’s been channeling the spirit world for over 40 years.

Hendley Market
Known for its eclectic selection of antiques - including everything from medical instruments to nativity scenes - this store is a haven for seekers of unexpected, offbeat gifts such as books, paper goods and jewelry, plus the fascinating and macabre assemblage work of Galveston artist Robert Dampier. Keep an eye out for a three-legged cat, which has been known to nap on the historic building’s skylight.

Collectors Gallery
High-end furniture, local art, jewelry and every kind of collectible under the sun can be found in this byzantine space, a co-op of over 50 independent vendors. If you’re looking for something specific, the employees are incredibly knowledgeable and eager to help, but of course, half the fun is exploring the jumbled booths and shelves for bargain-priced treasures, whether it’s a leather-bound book, midcentury glassware or even a cowhide rug.

Modern Vintage
This thoroughly charming boutique mixes colorful fashions, jewelry and accessories with unique gifts, modern furniture, vintage pieces and rustic home accessories - plus you can’t go too far without finding a mermaid. Under the stylish eye of owner Shawna Doskocil, it’s a perfect balance of country and boho - a draw for the vibrant, glamorous and fun among us.

Galveston Harbor Dolphin Tours: Getting an Up Close Look at the Gentle Creatures

Visitors may not be aware that Galveston Harbor, the Houston Ship Channel and Galveston Bay are home to frolicking dolphins year-round that can make a thrilling adventure of any boat ride or nature tour on the water. Read more.

Summer Events on Galveston Island Bring Sand Castles, Corvettes and More

This summer, Galveston will be a hot spot for fun festivals and special events, including one of the nation’s largest sandcastle building competitions and Texas’ largest craft beer festival. Read more.

8 Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Galveston

You’ve just landed in Galveston for some much-needed R&R and glance out the hotel patio window at the Gulf of Mexico. And it's raining. Never fear! Read more.

The Galveston Island Pass is your Ticket to Island Adventures and Savings Too

Whether you’d like to kayak on Galveston Bay, visit the Railroad Museum or watch the sharks at Moody Gardens Aquarium Pyramid, the Galveston Island Pass is your ticket to island adventures. Read more.

The 5 Best Margaritas in Galveston

Margaritas and summertime go together like bikinis on the beach and red beans and rice, but as any connoisseur of the tequila-fueled libation will tell you, all margaritas are NOT made equal. Read more.

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