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Don't Forget Postoffice!
By: Clayton Kolavo
Thursday, May 10, 2018

When you think about Historic Downtown Galveston, the first thing that comes to most people’s minds is The Strand. Of course, The Strand is home to several festivals throughout the year and is host to tons of great shopping and dining, but if you want to enjoy Downtown like a local, look no further than a couple blocks south: Postoffice Street. The quarter-mile strip of Postoffice Street between 23rd & 20th St. has dozens of great shops, top-notch coffee, ice cream and more!

Cruz Cortez Clothiers
One of Galveston’s premier clothing stores for both men and women, Cruz Cortez Clothiers features brands such as Austin Reed, Palm Beach and Tommy+. Offering everything from an array of Hawaiian prints, tuxedos for rent or purchase to a myriad of shirts, pants, vests and jackets, you won’t want to forget to “see Cruz for your sea cruise”!

Tangerine Boutique
The sunny California look has made its way to the island! Tangerine Boutique promises to make the island a more fashionable place. Carrying brands such as Rachel Pally, True Religion, Seven, Chan Luu, Michael Stars, Babakul, and many more, you will be sure to find something here that will fit your style. Located just a few blocks from the historic Strand district, Tangerine Boutique is a one-stop shop for anyone looking for that perfect look.

Fullen Jewelry
They offer interesting collections and custom designs of classic, contemporary, and nautical jewelry for women and men using gold, sterling silver, and alternative metals. There are pieces set with diamonds, pearls, gemstones, and authentic ancient treasure coins. Watches for men and women include brands such as Tommy Bahama and Charles-Hubert. Wedding and fashion rings range from gold with diamonds to sterling silver and alternative metals such as stainless steel and tungsten. Nautical and sealife bracelets are available in sterling silver with gold accents.

Once voted Best Place to Shop for Affordable styles by Houston Chronicle readers and Best Women’s Clothing Store in the 2017 Galveston.com Best of the Island Awards, ha.ba’s is a trendy women’s boutique located in the heart of the Postoffice Street Arts & Entertainment District. Make sure to save time to shop at this wonderful store offering over 20 lines of hip L.A. fashions. 

Vacation on Canvas
An artist since the age of three, Robert Peterson masterfully captures the world as he sees it with pencil and brush. Using vivid colors and precise detail in his paintings, Robert invites the viewer to relax, take a vacation on canvas and enter a world where things move at a slower pace. Drawing inspiration from his experiences growing up on Southern California beaches and a two-year residency in Mexico, Peterson depicts tropical beaches from around the world as well as other aspects of nature's idyllic beauty.

MOD Coffee & Tea House
Consistently voted Best Coffeeshop in the Galveston.com Best of the Island awards, MOD Coffeehouse never ceases to impress. A favorite place to hang out with locals and visitors alike, they proudly serve locally roasted coffee from Katz Coffee Roasters, delicious espresso, fair trade coffee and a wide selection of specialty lattes crafted by local baristas. On top of their delicious coffee, they also have fresh, homemade pastries and lunch options. To tie the whole experience together, MOD exhibits locally made artwork, has a beautifully landscaped outdoor patio and occasional live music!

Hey Mikey’s Ice Cream
Owner Mike Bouvier and his wife, Kathy opened Hey Mikey’s in 2009. The Bouvier’s loves to cook and wanted a restaurant but knew that he would never be home from work if he were to open a restaurant of his own. Bouvier wanted to learn how to make ice cream from the best, so he enrolled into the Ice Cream University. He is also a member of the National Ice Cream Retailers Association, which helps you keep up with new technology and ideas ensuring a quality product. You’ve GOTTA try Hey Mikey’s next time you’re on Postoffice.

The Witchery
Housed in the old “Central Drug Store” building on infamous Postoffice Street, owners Clyde and Kimberley Wood have created a mystical atmosphere that customers say “just feels good.” Their vision is to provide the resources people need in their search for self-discovery, self-empowerment and spiritual enlightenment. The Witchery also has a vast selection of herbs and essential oils that are extracted from plants found around the world known to possess fragrant and/or medicinal benefits.

The Grand 1894 Opera House
Saving the best for last, you must finish your Postoffice journey at the Official Opera House of Texas: The Grand 1894 Opera House. You can take a self-guided tour through this 19th-century masterpiece which has survived due to the foresight and generosity of several generations of Galvestonians! The Grand has a very special place in the history of our community and in the lives of many of our residents. It survived the storms of 1900 and 1915, and Hurricanes Carla, Alicia, and Ike - as well as years of neglect at various times throughout its history. 


Clay Cup Studios
If you love art or just want to have a fun time with friends or family, Clay Cup Studios is the perfect place for you. Paint your own pottery, enjoy canvas painting, participate in summer camps & day camps, partake in art workshops, host birthday parties & corporate events or bring your whole group party! The opportunities are endless. 

Article written by Clayton Kolavo

Clayton is the Engagement Strategist for the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, overseeing the bureau's social media presence and engagement initiatives. He began working in the tourism industry following his graduation from Texas State University with a BS in Public Relations and Mass Communication.


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