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7 Stores to Shop in September

On our radar this month: Korean beauty, big fans, more District debuts and new shopping from a major fitness studio.

By Sarah Rufca Nielsen September 12, 2016

To be honest, there's no bad place to shop this time of year—every shop in town is freshly stocked with all things fall and gearing up for the biggest shopping season of the year. So hit your faves, but don't forget to explore these new-in-town options.


With the closures of Laboratoria and Leap, Houston is ripe for new boutiques focusing on ambitious contemporary women's fashion, so Whim has arrived at the perfect time, featuring lines like Grey by Jason Wu, Warm by Tracy Feith, Katharine Kidd and Jenni Kayne in appropriately spare environs.
3636 W. Alabama, Suite 160,

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The first retail destination from Houston's popular DEFINE Mind & Body fitness studios opens on Sept. 14 in the Montrose-area building that formerly housed David Peck. The modern meditation space and wellness center caters to the "hip-zen trend," offering classes, workshops and an ambrosial tea bar plus a curated selection of loungewear, skincare, gifts, and home accessories.
2515 Morse St.,

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The hip-zen lifestyle at DEFINE Living


A longtime department store fave, Joie has expanded from its popular shoe and accessory lines to a full-fledged clothing brand with its own District boutique that hits the fall-fashion sweet spot for the preppy girl who wants to feel a little boho, or vice versa, with intro-luxury prices that start around $200.
4444 Westheimer Rd.,

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An outfit from Joie's fall collection.

HallYu Cosmetics

If, like us, you've fallen head over heels for K Beauty we've got some great news for your wallet. HallYu Cosmetics is now open in Houston's Chinatown district (in the same parking lot as Pho Binh by Night) and specializes in mid-tier "roadshop" brands that are less pricey than the first wave of Korean imports like History of Whoo and Sum37. Basically, it's Chinatown's version of Ulta—need we say more?
12168 Bellaire Blvd. #168,

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Pink prettiness at HallYu Cosmetics

Big Ass Solutions

Despite the silly name, this home brand—the parent company of Big Ass Fans, Big Ass Light and Haiku Home LED lights—is serious about functional design, with ceiling fans inspired by airplane wings to move air efficiently and quietly, not to mention a much-appreciated modern aesthetic. Their first Big Ass Solutions showroom in Houston will celebrate its grand opening on Sept. 14 and open to the public the following day.
1224 N. Post Oak Rd.,

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A Haiku fan by Big Ass Fans at Bedarra Island Resort in Australia.

Ooples Houston

Now that the opening rush has died down, head to Ooples Anime, which bills itself as Houston's first and only anime store, to find games, figurines and mountains of adorable plushies—it's like playing Pokémon Go, but IRL.
6670 Antoine Dr.,

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Gotta catch 'em all.

John Hardy

As we reported this summer, the John Hardy boutique in River Oaks District is the brand's first stand-alone store in America, and opens to the public this week with signature made-in-Bali sparklers.
4444 Westheimer Rd.,

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