Shopping, so much more than a mere errand, is central to the culture of a place. For proof, look no further than this list of the best shops in the Bayou City, a collection that, together, gives a picture of the distinctive Houstonian shopper, one who loves both high fashion and a good bargain, fine tailored suits and fun vintage finds, stilettos and cowboy boots and everything in between.

We’re a city of contradictions, one that’s always in flux. In many ways, our shopping scene is unrecognizable from even a few years ago. Yes, e-commerce has changed the landscape, but does it spell end days for brick-and-mortar? Not a chance. If you doubt it, take a stroll through the funky, hipster mecca that is the booming Heights Mercantile development; peruse the thriving boutiques of Montrose, with their kaleidoscopic exterior murals; or visit the mom-and-pop outposts of Sugar Land or Old Town Spring.

But that’s just the beginning. To get a real handle on Houston’s amazing local shops—stalwarts and newcomers alike—consider this a roadmap, your guide to the best of the best.

In This Feature:

The 34 Best Clothing Stores and Boutiques in Houston Right Now

Wander in post-brunch and try to leave empty-handed. It’s nearly impossible, even—especially—when you’re not looking.

04/24/2018 By Abby Ledoux, Noah Nofz, and Najla Brown

12 Local Stores for Top-Notch Gifts

When you need a great gift and Target just won’t do the trick, hit these shops.

04/24/2018 By Abby Ledoux

Our 13 Favorite Vintage and Resale Shops

Houston’s vast and rich resale landscape runs from bargain to Balenciaga and low-priced to Louis Vuitton.

04/24/2018 By Abby Ledoux, Laura Furr Mericas, and Mary Cate Stevenson

18 Shops to Satisfy Your Pinterest Fantasies

Don’t just add it to your Dream Home board—go find it at one of these swoon-worthy stores.

04/24/2018 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen, Laura Furr Mericas, and Abby Ledoux

9 Places to Adorn Yourself With Jewels

From engagement rings to grills, there’s no shortage of bling in Houston.

04/24/2018 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen, Laura Furr Mericas, and Abby Ledoux

7 Shops That Don't Mess With Texas

These purveyors offer the true Lone Star State experience.

04/24/2018 By Abby Ledoux

7 Places to Find the Finer Things

Are people still buying monogrammed stationery and crystal decanters? Absolutely.

04/24/2018 By Abby Ledoux

Elaine Turner's Secret to Success: 'Perseverance and Commitment'

"You’re going to fail—we’ve had stores open, and we’ve had stores close. Everything is not going to be a home run. But you have to stay above that; you have to react and be agile to what the consumer is doing and saying. "

04/24/2018 By Abby Ledoux

Events Owner Regina Garcia Has Learned How to Evolve or Perish

"Retail is cyclical, so what didn’t happen five years ago is happening now, and it’s all coming around."

04/24/2018 By Abby Ledoux