Some might argue that this is the perfect time of year to spend outside enjoying the pre-summer temperatures. Hence there are zero mall stores on this list of spring-fresh new shops—now get out there and enjoy that warm weather all the way from your car to the front door.
Cal-A-Vie Pop-Up at Tootsies
San Diego's luxurious Cal-A-Vie Health Spa and Retreat is owned by Houstonians John and Terri Havens, which is probably why locals can shop an exclusive Cal-A-Vie pop-up at Tootsies through May 31, with gift-ready goods like candles, bath products, cookbooks, spa sandals and more for the person who wants regular life to feel just a bit more like a luxury retreat. 2601 Westheimer Road
Tierra de los Artesanos
The latest new venture on the thriving East Side is Yvonne Mendoza's Tierra de los Artesanos (or Land of Artisans), which has gone from a staple of street festivals to its own storefront in Tlaquepaque Plaza on Telephone Road, selling handcrafted wares from artisans in Mexico and Houston. Stop in for colorful handbags, leather bracelets, embroidered shirts, stunning beaded coin purses, plush toys and beaded jewelry and woven wraps at prices so reasonable you'll think you're paying in pesos. The grand opening is May 13 from 1 to 5 p.m. 720 Telephone Road
Not going to lie, when we first heard this store was open in Rice Village, we assumed it was yet another new bridal boutique. Surprise, Altar'd State is actually a Southern clothing and accessories concept with a subtly Christian vibe for the millennial with a boho bent—and yay, most styles in store are under $100. 2530 University Blvd.
"It would be so lovely to have a real, honest-to-goodness Theory standalone store in Houston," I wrote (pleaded?) way back in 2015, so the opening of the brand's first non-outlet concept this month at River Oaks District feels fated in the stars. Why is this major? To quote a passionate expert (me): It’s knitwear and workwear is to die for, and at this price point—under $500—you’ll be hard-pressed to find softer, more glorious cashmere. 4444 Westheimer Road
Mid in Mod
When last we checked in with the team behind adorable and affordable (like, why-are-you-going-to-Ikea affordable) mid-century-inspired furniture maker T3 Home, they were operating out of their production facility on the East Side. Since then they've opened a retail space in Upper Kirby and changed the name of the concept to Mid in Mod. Our enthusiasm remains unabated. 2803 Westheimer Road
You know how buying workout class packages encourages you to make it to the gym? That's the idea behind the subscription model at Dallas-based Hiatus Spa + Retreat, which opens its first concept in Houston on May 19. Expect 14 treatment rooms and a nail therapy lounge with zero-gravity chairs, among other amenities, over the 5,000-square-foot Tanglewood-area retreat. 5740 San Felipe
Houston-based clothing, shoe and accessories emporium Francesca's did a little spring cleaning and debuted fresh remodels of three Houston stores (Champion Forest Plaza, Memorial City Mall, and Houston Premium Outlets) at the end of April—look for softer, lighter colors that are giving us fun summer vibes.
Over 25 vintage vendors are coming together on May 13 for an afternoon of art, food, music, crafts and incredible vintage shopping. In addition to bites from Moon Rooster and free Karbach beer tastings, there's Mother's Day card crafting for kids at 2 p.m., not to mention open artist studios and everything from vintage craft supplies to vintage jewelry on offer. 902 Hardy St., May 13, 12-6 p.m.