Reeve's Antiques
Run by a father and son in the hot little Montrose block at Taft and Hyde Park, Reeves Antiques specializes mostly in mid-century furniture and decor at prices that are half of what you'd find in those shops on the Westheimer strip. Turnover is high, which means you'll find something new each time you look, but it also means you shouldn't hesitate too long over the 1962 Broyhill Brasilia dresser you love. And it's not just big names like Heywood-Wakefield and Ethan Allen. At Reeves, we once found a matching solid-wood tallboy and dresser handmade in the 1940s by a skilled Houston carpenter. Talk about buying local.
Let's say you're the type of person who loves to ride a bike but isn't necessarily a fanatic about the accoutrements — fancy bike shorts and little caps and things like that — or having some absolute top-of-the-line $5K wheels. Let's say you just want something that will reliably get you from point A to point B and you don't want to break the bank getting it. Cyclone is your place. While the true masters of hardcore racing will prefer higher-end shops like Boone's and West End, Cyclone is the first-call spot for dirty riders who prefer the sidewalks and wear their street clothes. Uniquely in Houston, Cyclone sells lots of used bikes and accepts trade-ins, so if that temperamental skinny-tired road bike isn't working for you, you can wheel that prima donna into Cyclone and ride off on a rugged mountain bike, occasionally as an even swap.
This family-run business has been buying, selling and trading jewelry, watches, guns, instruments, appliances and other stuff for more than 30 years, which means they must be doing something right. And get this: If you already have a loan at another pawn shop, Mason Road will pick up that item and give you a lower interest rate. Oh yeah, they also have repair services. And cash loans. They cover all the bases and put a premium on customer service. They also have specials, like online coupons you can print out for a cool 25 percent off many items. It's not your average pawn shop — and it's likely to become your favorite.
Hubbell & Hudson Bistro
Photo by Troy Fields
Who says The Woodlands is boring? After all, the suburb to the north gave birth to the coolest grocery store to come along since Central Market. And it's been such a success, in fact, that Hubbell & Hudson just opened a second location, the first being located in prime territory along the Waterway and across the street from Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. In addition to a fully stocked gourmet grocery store, this flagship location also offers cooking classes, a ready-made foods section, a full deli and an attached bistro that's making some of the best and most underrated food up north.
Replay on 19th
If the jumbled feel of Retropolis gives you hives, head down 19th Street in the Heights to Replay, where you'll find a younger, more curated collection of vintage fashion, owned by "Crazy Mike" Hildebrand and Laura Levine. The shop is arranged thematically, from Aloha wear in one section to '70s jumpsuits in another. Become a regular shopper there and the staff is likely to cut you a deal by handing you a business card good for 20 percent off that never expires. They also buy well-cared-for clothing and negotiate trades. Savvy shoppers who join the Replay on 19th Facebook group also get advance warning when a new shipment of clothing arrives or when there's a close-out sale.
If fish is on the menu for Saturday night, you need to head to Louisiana Foods Total Catch Market, located near Loop 610 and the Katy Freeway. The tiny market peddles the Gulf's finest by-catch: creatures that are accidentally caught while fishermen are netting a different species. But at Total Catch, fish expert P.J. Stoops reinvents the so-called "trash fish," giving them the attention and filleting they deserve. Best of all, you'll know you're getting fish no one else is selling. He'll even teach you how to cook up the finned beauties. (They don't call him Professor Fish Heads for nothing.) Total Catch opens up at 9 a.m. every Saturday. Just be sure you get there before all the fish swim away by early afternoon. 
Traders Village
When they say "village," they mean it: Here you will find more than 100 acres of all kinds of goodies — clothes, electronics, furniture, luggage, records, knives, jewelry, bikes, candles, cell phones...pretty much anything you can think of. Every weekend, 1,500 dealers open up shop to give you some of the best deals in town. And because you'll no doubt need to keep up your energy, you can replenish with food stands offering burgers, hot dogs, turkey legs, beer, funnel cakes, sausage-on-a-stick, roasted corn and other deliciousness. Take the whole family and make a day of it — there's no doubt everyone will leave with a smile.
Erotic Cabaret
If you want to feel luscious, head on over to Erotic Cabaret, a perennial favorite among Houston sex-havers. This sexy standby has been open since 1982, so the friendly and nonjudgmental staff knows its craft well — from the lube to the dirty dancewear. Erotic Cabaret sells the best costumes in town, sure to spice up any holiday. Bustiers, corsets and stripper shoes line the front of the store, and the prices can't be beat. If you need something a little more hands-on, head to the back for sex toys. And luckily, the Cabaret's right next to Radio Shack, should you run out of batteries.
Vinyl Junkie
Another much-needed record shop was added to the healthy yet modest music-store scene when this East End indie swung open its doors on November 1. Owned by South Dakota transplants Titus Haag and his wife, Vinyl Junkie focuses on punk and hardcore rarities (though one can also pick up a reissued Elliott Smith LP from time to time), which means that crate sifters are likely to find efforts by White Flight, Flaming Tsunamis, Brain Killer and Acephalix. When you tire of rummaging through the titles, feel free to post up to one of the space's couches, where Haag's adorable pit-bull puppy will be at the ready for some quality spooning time. The shop also hosts punk and metal shows that end at a reasonable hour.
Super H Mart
Clean, brightly lit and full of bargains, Super H Mart is still the standard by which we measure all Asian grocery stores. Food court with a wealth of ethnic specialties on the go? Check. Bakery with glamorous cakes and fascinating pastries? Check. Produce section stocking hard-to-find fruits and veggies? Check. Seafood department that will sell you a live fish and slice it any way you want it? Check. Kimchee department the size of a convenience store? Check. Toilets and industrial rice cookers sold next to Kellogg's cereal and sake? Check and check. Super H Mart has it all.

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