There's never been a better time to shop in Houston—just ask these twelve (!) new retail concepts that have recently opened their doors here or will soon. Amazon, be damned.
Kendra Scott: Today, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., the beloved Texas jeweler debuts a holiday pop-up at Boardwalk at Towne Lake, the waterfront luxury lifestyle district in Cypress, that will showcase the brand's Winter 2019 collection and conveniently runs through the holiday season. Also available here: the famous Kendra Scott Color Bar, an interactive experience that lets shoppers customize their jewelry, from chain to stone, within minutes. 9945 Barker Cypress Suite 127, Cypress.
Jumper Maybach Boutique: Texas fine artist Ben Workman—aka Jumper Maybach—has opened an artistic boutique in Uptown Park. The conceptual art and retail space, which celebrated its grand opening on November 14, is designed to immerse shoppers in the wacky, wonderful world of Maybach's unique abstract creations. Artwork, luxury items, and curiosities are on offer, plus merch (think Maybach designs on everything from pillows and pocket squares to socks and clocks), furniture, and commissioned items; the space will also host a consistent art exhibition, rotating performance art, and event series. 1131 Uptown Park Blvd., Suite 4.
Nap Bar: Apparently, sleepy Houstonians loved the novelty of midday public napping so much when Khaliah Guillory debuted the concept this spring that Nap Bar quickly outgrew its Rice Village space. So, last week, Guillory launched a pop-up in what is perhaps the most exhausting place in all of Houston: the Galleria. Now, as the first "white-glove napping experience" in Texas—and the first of its kind inside a mall in the whole country—Nap Bar invites weary holiday shoppers (and mall employees!) to rest, reset, and refresh in its cocoon-like, custom-patented sound-proof pods. Your first nap is half-off. Galleria Level 1, inside PopUp Shop, Suite B 2881.
UNTUCKit: As of November 4, Market Street is home to the 83rd location of this purveyor of men's dress shirts meant to be worn untucked (get it?), which debuted its first Houston store in the Galleria last year. Now Woodlanders can up their classy-casual game in this 1,307-square-foot space, plus cop the UNTUCKit x Houston Astros button-down available in-store—if you're not still smarting from this year's loss, that is. 1201 Lake Woodlands Dr. #1020, The Woodlands.
Wisteria: We fully endorsed this globally inspired furniture company's decision to make Houston its first non-Dallas location for a brick-and-mortar, and the 9,000-square-foot emporium officially opened its doors in Upper Kirby on November 1. Execs told us Wisteria already had a strong presence here thanks to its website and catalog, and they hope the store—with its room scenes, exclusive items, and (eventually) industry events and designer appearances—will help bring the brand to life. 3461 W. Alabama St.
Universal Standard: Late last month, this size-inclusive women's brand unveiled its new Montrose home—its first in Houston—and to call it a store is to miss the point entirely. Billed as a "1:1 space," the experiential retail environment feels most like a cozy house (because it is a house) that just happens to be filled with quality staples and seasonal picks for legit everyone, in sizes 00 to 40. The restored home, circa 1945, is part shopping space, part community center—it's thoughtfully curated, full of local art, and free to reserve for events. You can make a day of it and book (free) styling appointments alone or with friends and family, or just chill in the warm, inviting atmosphere that feels unlike any other "store" in the city. 1202 Hawthorne St.
Round Top Collection Gallery: The one-of-a-kind finds of Round Top, now conveniently at Market Street. This collection of antiques, seasonal items, and unique home and garden decor inspired by Round Top—the third Houston-area store—opened October 17 and also features a variety of hand-crafted, painted pieces. 9595 Six Pines Dr. (near Kendra Scott and Starbucks), The Woodlands.
ba&sh: The French luxury brand has opened its first Texas store—and ninth in the U.S.—in the Galleria. Find accessories and RTW collections full of effortless dresses in feminine prints to complete your dream Parisian wardrobe, plus some pretty clutch dressing rooms complete with iPhone chargers. Galleria Level 1, near Galleria Financial Center.
Bluemercury: The Woodlands' Market Street is officially blowing up. As of tomorrow, November 16, this luxury beauty and spa destination is the upscale district's latest tenant. To celebrate the grand opening, Bluemercury will offer shoppers complimentary makeovers and mini facials all day Saturday starting at 10 a.m., plus gift bags for the first 50 visitors. 9595 Six Pines Dr. (near Louis Vuitton and Kate Spade), The Woodlands.
Tommy John: Coming to the Galleria this fall: underwear that don't ride up. Rejoice! The husband-and-wife-founded brand specializes in comfortable, elevated undergarments that don't require constant adjusting; but it also deals in loungewear and clothing (for men and women) that moves with you. Opening Fall 2019, Galleria Level 2 near the Westin.
Toys R Us: Yes, you read that right. After all of us Toys R Us kids shed a collective tear when the final stores shuttered last summer, Geoffrey is coming back just in time for the holidays with a new store experience at the Galleria—one of only two opening in the country. A press release promises a highly interactive, smaller-format space (but still more than 6,000-square-feet) showcasing a curated selection of the most popular toys and brands, with daily events and activities including pre-purchase toy-testing (yes, you can actually take them out of the box—what I wouldn't have given for this 20 years ago). Opening Holiday 2019, Galleria Level 2 near Macy's.
Hemline: Last but certainly not least, this New Orleans-based boho-chic boutique favorite expands its Houston presence into the Heights early next year. Franchisee Shannon O'Shea Martin—a Louisiana native who also operates the CityCentre Hemline location—will open the brand's 29th store in Market at Houston Heights, the highly anticipated mixed-use development designed by Michael Hsu on N. Shepherd between 15th and 16th Streets alongside confirmed tenants like CycleBar and Flower Child. The development is set to open next month, and Hemline will deliver upscale women's brands like Misa Los Angeles, Dolce Vita, Hudson, and more in a 1,000-square-foot space. "I've had my eye on the Heights for a long time," Martin says. "We can't wait to play a role in the revitalization of the neighborhood. It's historic, unique, and has its own flair, which perfectly aligns with the Hemline brand." Anticipated opening Feb. 2020, 1533 N. Shepherd Dr.