Brands are making money moves up and down the Bayou City, from downtown's retail desert (not for long!) to the ever-enduring Galleria. Here, we break down all the latest shopping news that's fit to print.
Two beloved Houston brands are set to become permanent fixtures at the soon-to-be C. Baldwin, the result of a multimillion transformation of the DoubleTree by Hilton Houston Downtown named for Houston visionary Charlotte Baldwin Allen. The completely made-over space will debut with a soft opening this summer; by September, Sloan/Hall and Paloma will bookend the revamped hotel’s lobby with 600- and 1,300-square-foot spaces, respectively, bolstering downtown’s wanting retail scene with some serious local name recognition. River Oaks staple Sloan/Hall will offer a constantly rotating, curated selection of fine gifts, from jewelry to clothing to art, with a focus on contemporary Texas design. Clean beauty mecca Paloma, a non-toxic nail salon with locations in Uptown’s BLVD Place and the Heights, will supply health-conscious mani-pedis, facials, and waxing (plus specialty programming tailored to the neighborhood) in its trademark sleek, polished environment.
A new slate of tenants have signed leases at popular mixed-use development CityCentre, including three retail concepts: luxury handbag purveyor Brahmin, pet-centric seasonal collaborative Pop Up Shop, and Texas-inspired apparel and goods from State Line & Friends. The CityCentre boutique—a 1,000-square-foot space next to Hemline—marks Massachusetts-based Brahmin’s first Houston store, set to open in August.
Pop Up Shop, a collection of 21 local artisans from retail consulting company I Speak Boutique, runs its latest, dog-focused installment through August 31. Ellyse Espinoza’s State Line & Friends returns for its second CityCentre pop-up of the season in the former Elaine Turner space, featuring Espinoza’s designs and goods from other local, woman-owned businesses like Nomadic Home + Co., Dae & Night Boutique, and A Leap of Style. Other new tenants to the district include several co-working spaces (Life Time Work and FUSE Dynamic Workspace), City Bank’s (relocated) sole Houston location, and Tiff’s Treats.
Expect changes at Memorial City Mall as the 1.7 million-square-foot West Houston shopping destination undergoes a complete redevelopment. Fort Worth-based developer Trademark Property Company will spend the next year working on a master plan that reimagines the mall as “an integrated, vibrant component” of the entire Memorial City campus, one with more public spaces, stores, restaurants, and better walkability, a press release says.
A massive mixed-use development just steps from Buffalo Bayou Park will soon have a whole new crowd scratching their heads over just what to call this neighborhood at the intersection of River Oaks and Montrose—two very different zip codes—when GID Development Group completes the second phase of its Regent Square project. A 600-unit apartment building and 50,000 square feet of street-level retail (leasing now) will transform about eight acres of W. Dallas and Dunlavy streets, joining the project’s Phase 1 anchor, The Sovereign at Regent Square, a 21-story residential tower completed in 2015.
More good news for natural beauty fans (which is just about everyone these days): Houston-based clean cosmetics wonderland Switch2Pure has extended its River Oaks District pop-up through October. The boutique carries all sorts of wellness-related inventory, from cleansers to supplements, plus offers nutrition programs and consultations.
Another recent redevelopment brings two new tenants to Uptown Park, which now enjoys updated building facades, brightened exterior colors, shaded walkways, reconfigured parking, custom outdoor seating, and pubic wifi. This fall, national furniture retailer Ethan Allen will relocate its Galleria-area Design Center to an 11,595-square-foot studio in Uptown Park. Local boutique fitness Revolution Studio will bring yoga, cycling, and strength-training to the neighborhood in its fourth Houston location, a 3,400-square-foot studio with 56 bikes in a stadium-style cycle room and an adjacent studio for HIIT classes and heated Vinyasa.
Finally, our own Galleria continues to buck the national trend of mall shutterings by welcoming new tenants left and right. This month saw the arrival of Scotch & Soda, an Amsterdam-based apparel brand that opened its first Houston location in a 1,300-square-foot space outfitted with bespoke vintage furniture to match its eclectic, varied aesthetic inspired by global travel. By the holidays, Tom Ford will join the Galleria ranks, moving its Houston outpost from River Oaks District to a a 4,000-square-foot boutique in the mall's luxury wing alongside fellow heavy-hitters Chanel, Valentino, Louis Vuitton, and Saint Laurent.