Downtown Galveston is hot these days, and it’s not just the weather that’s heating up.
The island’s jewel of a downtown is home to some of the coolest, hippest, funkiest and downright trendy spots to spend the day or evening. Just ask the folks who responded to a Galveston.com query on Facebook about their favorites shopping haunts.
Lots of locals and island visitors have weighed in on the query: “Hey good shopping in #DowntownGalveston all the time! What's your favorite store?
Holly Thorson said that it “depends on what I'm looking for.”
“The Witchery and Jewel Garden are great for gifts,” she wrote. “If I've starved myself sufficiently, Tangerine is great for clothes, and The Admiralty is a swell shop that always smells good!! Head to Footsies has some cute stuff at good prices and if you need a book (and you know you do), go to the Galveston Bookshop (missing one of the best shop cats ever, we loved and still love you, Gus), and finally head on over to Maceo Spice and Import Company for some tomato gravy. Loved by locals and Italian cool dudes in Pittsburgh, PA!!’
Gail Shelton cast her vote for the Jewel Garden. But she didn’t stop there.
“And Tina's. And Head to Footsies. And Gracie's. Oh heck, pretty much All of them!!,”she wrote, adding,“(Can't forget La King's. The grandkids – and their parents – insist on a trip every time they visit!)”
Malyssa Mancill chimed in, writing: “I also like Tola-Mo Bettah Market and I can't pass up a trip into The Admiralty.”
Dorothy Mays by Alspaugh’s, meanwhile, got a vote from Stephanie Harbin, who had this to say: “They have the best stuff!!! Sweetest staff too!”
Erin Toberman, founder of the popular Kindness Project, had no shortage of picks.
“Kitchen Chick, Fit Tri Run, Gracie's, Tola-Mo Bettah Market. I love shopping local!” she wrote.
For Cyndee Haze, it’s all about the “fashionista needs,” she said, and the spot to shop is The Style Co. on Postoffice. “And cat shirts. All the cat shirts,” she wrote.
For Marcia Hatch, the choice was easy: “JAMMIN’S a great shop.” And for Candy Hattingh Tucker, the choice was easy – Hendley Market.
Yamir Junior Hoyos agreed. “I work on the Carnival Liberty and the Jammin Store Is Awesome,” she said.
Traci Brooks Moses said her “gypsy soul” was drawn to two downtown businesses in particular. “I would say the Naked Mermaid and Modern Vintage are my absolute favorite places. Their styles are so inspiring and appeal to my gypsy soul,” she said.
It’s not too late to cast your vote. Gather the family and head down to the island’s little jewel – her wonderful downtown. You’re sure to find a diamond in the rough.