While 2020 might have become the year of online shopping, Houston still managed to sprout up some new boutiques throughout the summer, satiating our starving inner shopaholic. Here are some of the shops and spas that have popped up over the past few months.
If you choose to go out in public, remember to follow social distancing guidelines (at least six feet between you and anyone else), wash hands often and thoroughly, and wear a face mask.
Opening in late July on Level 2 near Saks, this New York-based shop sells beautiful couture dresses, suits, separates, and accessories with luxe European-imported fabrics. You'll find something for any occasion, whether it's for work, a cocktail event (Zoom parties, anyone?), or a casual lunch on the patio. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, the store’s wardrobe consultants can help you style that perfect outfit. Don’t forget to check out their scarves. Each year the company designs a new luxe silk scarf and donates all the proceeds to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
There’s no question about it: Dr. Martens are just cool. From lace-ups to combat boots, Docs never go out of style. At the 73-year-old English shoe brand’s first Texas location near Macy’s on Level 2, you'll find your classic black pair with the signature yellow thread or pairs with bright colors and patterns. And if August is too hot for boots, they also make sandals, Mary Janes, and oxfords. Heck, they even have heels and vegan options.
This 20-year-old Italian fashion house was supposed to open its first Houston store last spring, but then Covid-19 hit. Have no fear, though, the ultra-cool boutique finally opened its doors August 10, bringing Venice to Texas on Level 1 of the Galleria. With everything from biker jackets to leopard-print kicks and accessories that feel both modern and vintage, shopping here is like scoring the best thrift shop finds ever.
Opened August 1, this new Rice Village shop is for anyone who's wasted hours watching mesmerizing lipstick-making videos online. Get in on the action at the store’s DIY bar, where you can create your own lipsticks and glosses with the help of staff “MYXologists." You can also personalize makeup with SPF, custom fragrances, shimmer, glitter, and so much more. “We’re all about celebrating diversity and encouraging people to embrace their personal styles," MYX founder Rebekah Reedy Miller told us earlier this spring. 2524 Amherst St, Suite E110
River Oaks Shopping Center
It’s been a rough year. Your feet deserve Italian leather. This high-end shoe brand opened a Houston storefront June 10 in the River Oaks Shopping Center. The shop offers 150 different styles like casual sneakers, the perfect work flats, and classic espadrilles, plus men’s footwear like loafers and driving shoes. 2039 West Gray St
Spas and self care
If the pandemic’s got you stressed, get over to this new medicinal spa in Montrose, which opened July 24. With its 2,300-square-foot wellness facility, TOKA is the latest in Houston’s drip IV game. Customize your IV therapy, or pick from a menu of 14 different vitamin-filled treatments, like the “Immune”—something we could all use right now—with high doses of zinc, or the “Recovery,” which decreases inflammation. There's also the “Hangover Relief” and “Hangover Relief Plus” for extra rough mornings. The store also offers all things CBD, including oils, gummies, gel masks, and pet chews. 3407 Montrose Boulevard, Suite A5
The Dallas-based Mattison Avenue Salon Suites & Spa is making its Houston debut with massive new digs in Sugar Land Town Square. The 11,000-square-foot space—enough room to get lost while social distancing—has 50 suites available for lease by hair stylists, aestheticians, makeup artists, massage therapists, and more. There are even six spa suites. But the company isn’t stopping there; it plans to open three more Houston-area locations in Baybrook, Champions, and Atascocita by early 2021. 2181 Texas Dr
This Victoria-based spa chain opened its fourth Houston location earlier this summer at Baybrook Mall in Friendswood. The spa offers more than 70 luxe treatments. Make a reservation, and pop in for a four-handed massage or a Warm Agave Nectar Pedicure. Or, opt to pamper yourself all day long with one of the day packages, like the Woodhouse Experience (five hours of massages, facials, and a mani-pedi) or the Organic Renewal (three hours of seaweed wraps, a facial, and a pedicure). Your body will thank you. 700 Baybrook Mall, A125
Save this date, y’all. The 94-year-old international gourmet date and chocolate company is opening its second U.S. location in City Centre this fall. All of the dates are organically grown and hand-picked in central Saudi Arabia. They're fat-free, cholesterol- and sodium-free, and only 23 calories per fruit. Pick up a box for your family holiday dinner, or choose one of the stunning gift boxes, like maple wood or mother of pearl, and give it to your special someone this holiday season. You won’t even have to wrap the box.
Sure, scrolling through Amazon is great. After all, you have the great wide world of products just a click away, but what if you had them just a drive away? Early this fall, the online shopping giant is opening a retail store in The Woodlands Mall, selling their most popular, “Most-Wished-For,” and “Frequently Bought Together” items in electronics, books, toys, games, and smart home devices. “We’ve designed our stores around our customers—what they’re buying and what they’re loving,” the website reads. Oh, and you can still use Prime for savings.
Shops in the M-K-T development at 500 N Shepherd Dr. could start opening later this fall or early 2021. The 200,000-square-foot outdoor space off the Heights Hike and Bike Trail has already leased out some of its retail space.
You’ll be able to buy a top-of-the-line electric bike (or rent for $25 an hour) from Pedego Electric Bikes, then hop onto the nearby trails. Or relax your muscles at Huemn, a cryotherapy and recovery treatment center.
Find the perfect statement earring—think big and bold tassels and acrylic drops—at BurdLife’s first brick-and-mortar store, which will hopefully open this fall. Or jazz up your WFH look with a new outfit from Pasadena-based boutique Anjouil’s.