If you’re passionate about shopping local and supporting the best of Houston businesses look no further than the fabulous boutique scene that’s blossoming in the Heights, Montrose, Rice Village and more! We’re not fashion bloggers here at It’s Not Hou It’s Me, but we do wear clothes. And when we wear clothes, we love to rep Houston and support local shops.
Each store has it’s own personality, curated by fashionable and creative minds of Houston. When finding your favorite place to shop, I find it’s best to find one that fits your own style so shopping the store is like perusing through your own closet. Here are some of our must-visit boutiques in Houston that have a different persona that have us coming back again and again! In alphabetical order…
- Beehive (2519 University Blvd.) If you’re looking for funky festival wear or statement outfit for a party, Beehive in Rice Village is a fun place to go. Their Instagram is filled with retro inspired pieces and the price point is manageable. We rocked Beehive during our inaugural visit to Houston Life and ended up falling in love with leather skirts and pants years before the trend hit mainstream trends. Read more about their storefront opening here.
- Couture House (26511 I-45 North) This Woodlands spot is worth the trek if you’re looking to buy or rent gowns for events and/or get some fancy jewelry to go with. Their mission has always been to create Cinderella moments for their clients regardless of size or budget. Gala season, we see you. PSA. There’s a special on rental certificates, which ends up saving $70 more dollars on a dress rental booked between 7/1/18 – 12/31/18. Click here for the deal!
- Emerson Rose Montrose (1637 Westheimer Rd) Building off the success of her first store in the Heights, Bonnie Smith has recently opened her second store in Montrose right on the Westhiemer curve. Bonnie’s sense of style is my spirit animal and I always end up falling in love with everything in the store and going home with more than I bargained for. I love visiting Emerson Rose for events–like holiday wreath making and Valentine’s Day floral arranging, and for snapping pics at their incredible rose pink panel wall! P.S. Emerson Rose Heights is a favorite for White Linen Night!
- Favor the Kind (642 Yale St.) FKA the Gypsy Wagon had my heart at first sight. Not only is it conveniently located amidst a range of fantastic boutiques and restaurants in Heights Mercantile, but it has a delightful section of country-chic home wear, handmade jewelry, and billowy bohemian blouses and dresses. Head here for unique gifts for birthdays, housewarming, or holidays.
- Forth and Nomad. (731 Yale St.) Curated handcrafted, small batch, and local goods. This store is run by some Houstonians we personally know and love! And their dedication to the local craftsman is so inspiring. Their new, larger store is a playground of art, beautiful items, and some DIY activities! Check it out!
- Jubilee in the Heights. (325 W. 19th St.) This boutique is massive (relative to boutique terms) and suits just about anyone’s style from your quirky af cat lady aunt to your super edgy boho roommate. Jubilee is big into holidays and has excellent displays for everything from White Linen Night in the Heights to Halloween to Rodeo season. If you’re lucky you might also get to play with a kitten in the store! They’re known to partner with local pet shops to help adopt out the animals.
- Luxington (1700 Post Oak Blvd Ste. 2-170) Hot location and hot style, doesn’t necessarily mean high prices. No matter your price point you can find some excellently curated designer pieces at Luxington Boutique in BLVD Place near the Galleria. Some of the starting prices for outfits are a bit steeper than others on this list, but they have a $20 sale bin, where you can find everything and anything marked down as well as a hilarious collection of sassy tshirts for sale.
- Maneady Mercantile. (321 W. 19th St.) This shop is for the boys. And for anyone who loves southern culture. Nestled into the second floor of a unit in the Heights, Manready is packed with in-house leather goods, vintage tees, earthy scented candles and soaps, hunting paraphernalia, and manly grooming sets. Lounge on tufted leather couches and enjoy a whiskey while your significant other shops. I always bring out of towners this spot to take pictures in front of the massive American flag. If you ask nicely, you might be able to see the first floor workshop where they make a lot of their leather goods!
- Paris Texas Apparel Co. (1341 S Voss Rd) What started as Texas ties and tees has now expanded to including everything Texas you could want. Think: Texas flag hat, margarita mix and pitcher, neon signs, T-shirt that says “you had me at breakfast tacos” and more.
- Pomp and Circumstance. (2415 Rice Boulevard) Low-key obsessed with this shop’s instagram presence. They have amazing stories and posts about new arrivals and styled looks — plus you can buy via paypal by commenting on the post. IT IS DANGEROUS. I’ve also won TWO giftcards from them on Instagram. Here’s their main page and here’s their super awesome sales account!
- Pretty Little Things Boutique (1660 W Lake Houston Pkwy) This boutique has been a favorite of ours for sometime now! Started by local Houstonian Nikole Davis, Pretty Little Things Boutique has been a Kingwood staple for the past five years. We love PLT for their Texas T-shirts, infamous HOU hats and trending items that are bought in small quantities (so you’re never at risk of matching with someone else!). After being displaced for months after Harvey, they’ve recently reopened in their original storefront located in Kings Harbor, which is better than ever! If you’re not looking to make the drive up to Kingwood, there is always Instagram (which is dangerously shopable)!
- Renovate Houston (7413 Westview) The women behind this storefront love Houston as much as we do! This home furnishings store run by interior designers in the Spring Branch area is filled with locally sourced gifts, local art, accessories, and more to help you refresh your home!
- Saint Bernard (4444 Westheimer Rd.) New found obsession at this store in River Oaks District. This Dallas-based store has an excellent collection of clothing, travel accessories, and shoes for men, women, and children. I most recently picked up an outfit for White Linen Night in the Heights there and fell in love! For summer, Saint Bernard has an excellent collection of swim wear, beach bags and pool accessories. However, the store is known for being a destination for skiers and snowboarders. During the winter they set up shop and fit, wax, and edge skis. They’ve also recently partnered with Zeppelin Coffee and have Nitro cold brew on tap for shoppers–as well as local beer from St. Arnold’s and 8th Wonder. (I drank champagne in the dressing room!). Saint Bernard is also big into philanthropy, donating thousands of dollars to community organizations each month! Good karma + great style. Sponsored by Saint Bernard, but still obsessed!
Online, still fine.
I’ve been finding some of the cutest things at little pop-ups or shopping events! And the bummer is the stores are usually online only, outside of those types of events. Still, they have some majorly cute stuff, and, in my experience, are a tad cheaper than brick-and-mortar retailers.
- The Burlap Rose (burlaprose.com) Literally bought a top the owner of this online Houston-based boutique was wearing when I found her shop at Sawyer Flea. I think she’s a regular at the outdoor market, which is pretty frequent. Tons of rompers, dresses and cute tops. Failed to find anything over $35. Here’s their insta!
- The Flower Dove (squareup.com/store/the-flower-dove) Also found this one at Sawyer Flea. Was drawn in by the cat tanks but stayed for the cheap af prices. $24 dresses and tops! $6 earrings! What a steal. Follow on Instagram for more.
- The Pink Swan Shop (thepinkswanshop.com) Saw this one at both Sawyer Flea and Karbach’s Love Street Music Fest in the same weekend. The owner and I chatted at both and how I was now basically stalking her. I love her jewelry! Get lost in the earrings, ah! She’s really everywhere. Peep that insta.