What’s New in Downtown Galveston
The appeal of a beach house rental on Galveston Island is there are so many things to keep you entertained during your beach getaway or “work-cation.” Whether you’re looking for a tasty place for lunch or dinner, that perfect souvenir, or just a fun place to people watch, you’ll love Galveston’s historic downtown. Here are some highlights of what’s new in downtown Galveston.
Let’s start with a quick history lesson. There was a time when Galveston’s downtown was considered the “Wall Street of the Southwest.” It was a bustling area of business filled with merchants, banks, insurance companies, and more. Here’s a fun fact: The curbs are high on Strand Street to allow the horse-drawn carriages to back up directly in front of the buildings and unload their wares. This area is now a thriving downtown filled with restaurants, shops, and activities. Find out more on Galveston’s History.
New Shops in Downtown Galveston
If you’re looking to shop in The Strand District, check out Salty Southern Chic Boutique, 2211 Strand, and Mercantile on The Strand, 2301 Strand, and the newest addition to downtown Wagabonz, 2002 Strand. Southern Chic specializes in casual, chic clothing at great prices. You’ll find Umgee, Easel, Hem & Thread, Judy Blue, Kancan, and Liverpool clothing brands along with Steve Madden, Blowfish Malibu, Betsey Johnson, and Camel Threads shoes. You’ll find various gifts, including candles, charcuterie boards, kitchen specialty items, and unique jewelry at the Mercantile. Dog lovers will love Wagabonz. This new shop is a locally owned pet bakery and retailer. They also offer grooming services. Insider Tip: Several restaurants include Yaga’s Café and Stuttgarden are dog-friendly.
Just a few blocks away, in the Postoffice District, look for Chymoons Vintage and Antiques, 511 22nd Street. It’s right around the corner from The Emporium at Eiband’s. They offer vintage clothing, collectibles, home decor, and you’re sure to find some fun items for your kitchen. Tip: If you haven’t discovered Postoffice Street District, you’re missing out on a favorite spot for locals. You’ll find a variety of shops and plenty of places to dine outside. It’s also the home of The Grand 1894 Opera House.
Another newly opened boutique is Lady Brown’s Boutique, 2501 Market. This boutique offers custom-made t-shirts and sweatshirts, women’s’ clothing, accessories, and shoes in various sizes. They can customize t-shirts, hoodies, and masks on-site, so keep this in mind for a girls’ getaway, bachelorette party, and any other special occasion.
Just a block away, look for Jennika’s, A Bazaar Place, 2628 Market, is an excellent spot for fashion, art, and home decor, including refurbished treasures. You’ll find Jennika’s in what’s known in Galveston as We Ma or West Market. This newly revitalized area offers some fun, locally-owned restaurants, shops, Galveston Cycle, and Red Light Coffee Roasters. The popular Daiquiri Time Out, 2701 Market, expanded its outdoor seating and is partnering with Maceo Spice and Import Company, 2706 Market, to offer food in addition to its excellent cocktails.
Expanded Outdoor Dining and Bars
When it comes to Galveston dining, look for expanded outdoor seating at Playground Patio Bar and Grill, 2325 Strand, Vintage Crown – Michelada Bar, 215 23rd Street, and Yaga’s Cafe, 2314 Strand. If it’s been a while since your last visit downtown, venture to Postoffice District and look for the newly opened The Old Galveston Club, 418 21st Street, located next to Mama Theresa’s Pizza. It’s a tribute to an old speakeasy in Galveston. On the same block, popular restaurateur Paco Vargas added new outdoor seating at his Vargas Cut & Catch, 2102 Postoffice, and his well-known Rudy & Paco’s Restaurant and Bar, 2028 Postoffice. Look for the colorful umbrellas.
We’ll keep you updated on what’s new in Galveston’s historic downtown. And, whatever you decide to do during your vacation or “work-cation” in Galveston, Ryson Vacation Rentals is ready to help you make the most of your beach house rental. Galveston Island is ideal for a weekend stay, weekly rental, or month-long getaway.
Author: Christine Hopkins
Christine is a proud BOI, meaning she was “Born on the Island.” She is the co-author of the newly released “100 Things to Do in Galveston Before You Die,” published by Reedy Press. Before the book, she wrote more than 300 blogs on Galveston offering travel tips on what to see and do. Over the years, she’s given hundreds of tours for visiting travel writers showcasing the sites on the island. Currently, she’s a Galveston guide for ToursByLocals.com.