When you think about Greenway Plaza, you probably imagine business men and women milling about on their lunch break and expensive apartments housing said business men and women - because they are the only people who can afford them. Never would you think there are hidden shopping gems amidst those high rise office buildings and restaurants, but you would be mistaken.
Located on the West Alabama/Richmond corridor of Greenway are a handful of small shopping areas full of home, apparel, and antique stores many people don't know about. Ranging from high end boutiques to trendy shops, there is something for just about any shopping palette and no ridiculous traffic to contend with like other centers - lookin' at you Galleria in December.
Here are a few of my favorites, but there are many more you should check out.
Leap looks like a beautiful museum space, but instead of art you have cool clothing decorating the walls. Owner Susan Claffy curates the collection of apparel, accessories, and gifts herself and has created an oasis of simple chic on West Alabama. If you like minimalist cool with a little edge, you will love this place.
If your taste are of the highest of high end, you must pay a visit to Linda Cunningham Clothing. You are sure to find that investment piece you have been looking for. The boutique also plays host to designer trunk shows and special events, so it is definitely less a store and more a destination.
Some may remember be-jewel from the now demolished shopping area at on Mid Lane near Westheimer, but the nearly decade old boutique has found a new home on West Alabama and continues to be a source for exclusive designer finds. Shop here if you are looking for something no one else has in Houston.
Another veteran of Houston retail, Tres Chic is a one stop shop for trendy accessories and apparel for those ages 15 through 50. The purse walls alone should make you go running to this boutique tucked away on Eastside Drive near Richmond.
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Not one, not two, not even three, but nine different stores under one roof, The Shops Off Westheimer is a dream world. Started by four friends with a love for retail but each wanting their own space, The Shops has now grown to nine distinct retail spaces catering to your every gifting need.