100 Best Shops

7 Places to Find the Finer Things

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

By Abby Ledoux April 24, 2018 Published in the May 2018 issue of Houstonia Magazine

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This hybrid hardware shop is most loved for its variety, with candles and coffee-table books found under the same roof as mailboxes and doorknobs.

Biscuit Home

Home decor here ranges from classic embroidered bedding to whimsical salt-and-pepper shakers and—our favorite—a throw pillow shaped like a Prozac capsule.


This is a one-stop shop for exquisite gifts, fine crystal, stationery, and the largest selection of china patterns in the city.


Since 1996, discerning shoppers have come here to load their gift registries with everything needed to set the perfect table.


Elegant glassware abounds at this 30-plus-year-old boutique, featuring home stylings rustic and refined. Find classic champagne flutes along with quirky items like a tray adorned with a quote from Winnie the Pooh.

Tribute Goods

Interior designer-turned-owner Karen Pulaski offers luxury Italian linens and chic gifts such as pillows made from vintage silk scarves.

The Vintage Contessa & Times Past

When you’re splurging on a handbag, it’s best to consult the experts. Houston has one in Donae Cangelosi Chramosta, who sources luxury bags internationally. Everything in the showroom she co-owns with husband Rob was hand-picked with a discerning eye, from sherbet-hued Chanels, to classic Louis totes, to the ever-elusive Hermès Birkin.

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