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Where to Shop Small Houston

Where to Shop Small Houston

Shopping small local businesses is a great option for the holidays.  Not only do you support the local community by keeping your commerce in town but you are more likely to find unique gifts that aren’t going to be at the big box stores. But, Houston is huge so where should you go? Farmers Markets and Holiday Markets are great starts but sometimes you just need a brick and mortar experience!

Our list is your best bet for shopping local.

You will find awesome places that are 100% Houston:

Books, Comics, Games, Gifts & Eclectic

Blue Willow Bookshop (Memorial) – Opened in 1996, an indie bookstore with kid-specific activities.

Books Abound (Cypress/ Willowbrook) – Compact independent bookstore offering a selection of used hardcovers & paperbacks. Cash or checks only.

Book Attic (Tomball) – New and Used Books, a large variety of all types of books, new releases – at 1/2 the cover price, hard to find and rare books too! Also, stock assigned reading for local schools.

Book Scene (Oak Forest/ Garden Oaks) – New and used books as well as collectibles.

Brazos Bookstore (West U/ Rice) – Established in 1974 to encourage the growth and development of the Houston literary scene.

Coral Sword Your friendly neighborhood games cafe.

Copperfield’s Books (Spring/Klein) –  Neighborhood bookstore and gifts. Offers trade-in credit on gently pre-read books.

Dragon’s Lair  (Cypress/Klein) –  Offers a diverse range of comic book, game and related products in a friendly, professional, and fun atmosphere.

Elite Antiques and Books (Tomball) – Is it a bookstore or an antique shop? I don’t know but there are enough of each to keep you busy for a really long time!

Glow Worm (Old Town Spring) – New and used books and book-related gifts.

Long Lost Friends (Katy) – New and used neighborhood bookstore.

Lucia’s Garden (Upper Kirby) – A substantial bookstore with music, incense, and herbs. Also, classes such as meditation and aromatherapy.

Magick Cauldron (Montrose) – Gifts, candles, Incense, and over 3000 titles in books focusing on Wicca, Renaissance, etc.

Murder By the Book (West U/ Rice) – Mystery bookstore

Nan’s Games & Comics Too (West U/ Rice) – Comics, classic games, toys, action figures, card games, etc.

River Oaks Bookstore – Neighborhood store with dedicated patrons and a focus on local authors. Complimentary cookies and coffee.

Third Planet Sci-Fi Superstore (Upper Kirby) – 8,000-sq.-ft. shop with a vast array of comics, fantasy & sci-fi books, toys & collectibles.

Winseng Books & Gifts (Chinatown/ Sharpstown) – Their book collection has a great deal of Chinese literature, you can also find the latest media entertainment from China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Additionally, you will find a small store with gifts and handcrafted items, and traditional Chinese medicine.


Cactus Music (Midtown) – Houston’s oldest independent music store with over 30 years service

Deep End Records – Indie, alternative, new-wave, punk, hardcore, metal, rock, jazz, soul and more!

Heights Vinyl– Specializing in Soul, Funk, Jazz, Gospel, and International Vinyl. Also, the largest repair and seller of analog Vintage Equipment in the nation.

Screwed Up Records & Tapes – A retail store, opened in early 1998, is the first and only establishment that DJ Screw opened for business.

Serious Sounds, Etc. Record Store –  An independently owned record store located on Martin Luther King Blvd.

Sig’s Lagoon Record Shop – New & used vinyl, art prints, gifts, collectibles, Houston-centric items, and more!

Vinal Edge Records (Heights) – Independently owned Record & CD shop serving the masses since 1985

Clothing & Jewelry

A Bientot (River Oaks)- Women’s clothing, jewelry, accessories and gifts.

Amber’s Designs Fine Jewelry (Katy) – Est. 2001, all work is done on premises.

Cheeky Vintage (Richmond) – Hand selected pristine, wearable vintage pieces (dresses, handbags, accessories, etc.).

Coco and Duckie (Bellville) –  Small batch jewelry, unique and handmade gifts (bath, body, jewelry, home).

Kick Pleat (River Oaks)- Women’s clothing, jewelry, accessories and gifts, with a modern vibe.

MELODRAMA Boutique (Museum District) – High fashion women’s clothing and accessories boutique. Established in 2002.

My Flaming Heart (Midtown) – Eclectic mix of custom fitted vintage-inspired clothing, unique handmade jewelry, and vintage cowboy boots.

Rebecca Lankford Designs (Heights) – Handcrafted ethically-sourced jewelry

Scout & Molly’s (West U) – Women’s boutique and trunk shows.

The Ultimate Dressing Room (610 & 90, south) – Where grownups get to play dress up, clothes for all sizes

Thinking Girls Boutique & Studio (Memorial) – Contemporary, global boutique stocks all types of delightful gifts including clothing, accessories, and specialty items


Blue Leaf (West U) A Houston institution since 1998. Carrying the best of the best in gifts, jewelry, baby/kids, bed & bath, clothing, accessories, tabletop & kitchen, lighting, and furniture.

King Ranch Saddle Shop (River Oaks) – Leather goods for the home, office, luggage, saddles. As well as, clothes and gifts for the family.

Toys & Children’s Gifts

Big Blue Whale (Heights) – Focus on quality toys, vintage toys, board games, cheeky items, as well as local and national artists who handcraft whimsical pieces.

Fundamentally Toys (Rice Village) – A full-service, specialty toy store offering a selection of unique and classic toys, games, gifts, and playthings. We focus on creative, developmental play.

Imagination Toys & Shoes –  A family owned business offering unique children’s toys, books, infant apparel, and children’s shoes for over 12 years.

Misfit Toys – specialize in horror and vintage toys, but we always carry new stuff too.  Toys to buy, sell, and/ or trade.

Papa Ben’s Train Place (West U) – Houston’s oldest and only dedicated train store!

Tomfoolery Toys & Books (Meyerland) – Independent, neighborhood toy store. As well as, books that range from classics to more recent quality offerings. Also hosts a weekly toddler storytime!

Happy Shopping…

and Thanks for Supporting your Local Houstonians!

Where to Shop Small Houston, TX

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