It’s the eternal shopping conflict. You need a great birthday gift fast, but time is running desperately short and you’d rather not see your blood pressure sky rocket as you push and shove for position in the checkout line like Lebron boxing out under the hoop. Fortunately, Galveston’s retail landscape runneth over with quirky, one-of-a-kind shops offering specialty items that will surprise and delight even the most difficult to shop for. Here’s a sampling of some uniquely Galveston shopping options.
La King’s Confectionary
There’s a very good reason why La King’s Confectionary (2323 Strand) is an iconic dispensary of all things sweet: the candy makers and sugar-inspired artists create some of the most delectable treats this side of that Wonka guy’s famous factory. Their pecan logs are to die for. The peanut patties inspire legions of loyal followers and their pecan pralines are the stuff of legend. But for a truly unforgettable holiday gift, buy the candy aficionado on your list some of La King’s world famous salt water taffy. With flavors running the gamut from traditional licorice to pina colada, this is the candy that’s made La King’s famous and will make you the best gift giver ever!
Spice Beetle at Hendley Market
Be warned: stepping inside this Strand District (2010 Strand) landmark is dangerous because you just might not want to leave. With walls adorned with vintage pictures and posters and shelves stocked with original artwork from local artists, cookbooks, Victorian era items of all kinds and a lot more, this shop entices with something for everyone. For the wine lover on your list, may we suggest the Spice Beetle? In addition to wine, the spice beetle is also ideal for use with apple juice and brandy and creates an unforgettable brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg infused wassail. Just drop the beetle into the hot liquid and in about 20 minutes you’ve got a delicious wassail that’s perfect for snuggling up next to the fire this winter.
Tina’s on The Strand
From the outside, Tina’s (2326 Strand) may look like your standard niche clothing boutique, but once you step inside and your senses are greeted by the amazing aromas, you’ll quickly realize that this shop has so much to offer. With merchandise that includes home décor gifts and socially-conscious clothing lines, Tina’s is a retailer that believes in giving back. They also believe in offering hand-made candles that will fill your home with irresistible scents. The most popular candle offering is Tina’s Signature Candles. The candles come in 15-hour and 50-hour varieties that feature a specially crafted blend of cinnamon, amaretto, vanilla and almond. The only problem is the other people on your gift list may be jealous of the lucky recipient of Tina’s finest.