Holiday Shopping: The Anti-Mall
For those who loathe the mall experience, IBIZ districts offer a way to find that perfect gift at clustered but far more eclectic stores with neighborhood character. Or eat a soulful meal. K.G.
Guadalupe IBIZ DistrictAlong and off Guadalupe, between 29th and 32nd
Toy Joy, 2900 Guadalupe, 320-0090
Wheatsville Food Co-op, 3101 Guadalupe, 478-2667
Antone's Record Store, 2928 Guadalupe, 322-0660
Celebration! Eclectic Gifts, 3110 Guadalupe #100, 453-6207
Oat Willie's, 617 W. 29th, 482-0630
Breed & Co., 718 W. 29th, 474-6679
Next Event: "Third Thursday" evening, Dec. 21.
North Loop Strip IBIZ DistrictNorth Loop, between Chesterfield and Martin
Austin Modern, 306 E. 53rd, 419-0488
Forbidden Fruit, 108 E. North Loop, 453-8090
MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, 407-6925
Room Service Vintage, 107 E. North Loop, 451-1057
The Shanghai Collection, 401 E. 53rd, 517-0576
Next Event: Holiday Shopping Block Party, Sunday, Dec. 10, noon-8pm.
South Lamar IBIZ DistrictSouth Lamar, between Hether and Bluebonnet
SoLa, 2005 S. Lamar, 441-7370
Amelia's Retro-Vogue & Relics, 2024 S. Lamar, 442-4446
Bead It, 2058 S. Lamar, 693-2323
Roost Home Decor, 2110 S. Lamar, 916-4445
Irie Bean Coffee Bar, 2310 S. Lamar #102, 326-4636
Next Events: Holiday Party, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 7-10pm, 2110 S. Lamar shopping strip
Holiday Shopping Happy Hour, Thursday, Dec. 14, 7-10pm, 2310 S. Lamar, Irie Bean patio.
East End IBIZ DistrictEast 11th, between Branch and Navasota
Ben's Long Branch Bar-B-Q, 900 E. 11th, 477-2516
Ms. B's Authentic Creole Restaurant, 1050 E. 11th #100, 542-9143
Gene's New Orleans Style PoBoys & Deli, 1209 E. 11th, 477-6600
Dandelion Cafe, 1115 E. 11th, 542-9542
Victory Grill, 1104 E. 11th, 472-8669
Next Event: "Fourth Friday" evening, Dec. 29.