The Houston Livestock and Rodeo has officially returned with its thrilling rides, mouthwatering caloric eats, and plenty of shops to spend some money. Between the Ford truck exhibition, the large indoor shopping market inside the NRG Center, and a few vendors in the NRG Arena, you may find yourself carrying loads of shopping bags to the concert shows.
Over 300 stores and vendors from all over Texas and the country have gathered to offer a range of western items with apparel, accessories, and children’s knick knacks that celebrate Texas and rodeo culture. With silver cufflinks for dad, precious stone jewelry for mom, and miniature toys of the livestock for the kids, you’ll find something for the whole family.
The Houstonia team took a trip to the rodeo and saw everything they had to offer. Scroll ahead and see seven things you’ll get to shop for this rodeo season.
Walking into the entrance closest to NRG stadium, the first shop you’ll see (and also with smaller outposts throughout the park), is O’Ryan Hat Company’s large stand offering cowboy hats. Classic leather styles, linen cut-outs, studded and bedazzled trimming, and sassy colors are filled to the brim to get a showstopping yee-haw look for the whole family.
Top Texas brand Kendra Scott has a booth inside the NRG Center offering pieces from their new spring collection. The handmade jewelry line Bora offers a selection of Mediterranean necklaces, rings, and earrings. Most of the collection includes large stones of turquoise, quartz, and crystals which will perfectly match your bedazzled jacket or cowboy boots.
The first store you’ll see walking into the main entrance of the indoor market is M. L. Leddy’s, offering boots, hats, and western apparel as well as men’s accessories like detailed belt buckles, silver money clips, and handmade cufflinks. If you’re looking to grab a few chaps, ropes, and spurs, the indoor market has plenty to choose from with a wide variety of colors and you can even bring home a souvenir for your pup from Crafty Canine. Outside their booth are rows of leather collars and leashes with an array of appliques, and for yourself: pants and blankets printed with the faces of fur babies.
Is it truly rodeo season without a pair of cowboy boots? Rod Patrick Bootmakers and Tecovas are offering their handcrafted selection of authentic leather boots. The footwear is designed with different variations of the classic brown and black color palette, using authentic lizard, alligator, and ostrich skins.
As you continue walking through the NRG Center, you’ll have to make a stop at Sergios Collection. The shelves are stocked with unique backpacks, purses, and wallets drenched with the trendy fringe, raw cowhide print, and loaded with studs and beads.
A small booth tucked in the middle of the market is Pewter & Pottery Ranch, offering a gleaming selection of handmade plates, bowls, and vases. The eye-catching silver dishes include notable pieces such as a serving tray with the Texas Lonestar emblem border, a baking tray in the shape of the Texas state, and a beautifully crafted cowboy boot vase.
While shopping for the dog, dad and yourself may be fun, your children won’t stop obsessing over the toys seen around the market. Rodeo-themed plastic figure animals of cows, horses, and pigs as well as plush calves with rope can be found at Ruff Tuff Ranch. Outside, mini booths are placed throughout the carnival selling inflatable superheroes like Batman and My Little Pony, bubble machines, and mini cowboy hats.