Holiday shopping in Historic Downtown Galveston is a treat. The district is walkable and stores are locally owned and operated and some stores have items that you can only find in Galveston. Here’s our list of seven gifts you can only find in Galveston.
1. First on the list is fudge from La King’s Confectionary, 2323 Strand. La King’s also makes its own chocolates, saltwater taffy and ice cream. By the way, this is the only time of year to get their ribbon candy which they've been making since 1986. It’s a treat to visit and you’ll be overwhelmed with the selection.
2. If you love scented candles, then stop by Tina’s on The Strand, 2326 Strand and purchase one of their Tina’s Blend candles. It’s a combination of cinnamon, amaretto vanilla and almond. It is available in 15- and 30-hour votives and 50-hour candles. The owner has these candles specially made for Tina’s and are a customer favorite.
3. Foodies and history buffs will love the tomato gravy from Maceo’s Spice & Import Company, 2706 Market. According to the website, the Maceo Family, leaving behind their Sicilian homeland, came to this country in 1903 to the Port of New Orleans and eventually settled on the island of Galveston. With them they brought what they could and among the photos and bits of art, they brought many family traditions and recipes. These recipes were passed down through the generations and were used in some of Galveston’s finest restaurants including the infamous Balinese Room. If you don’t know the history, look it up.
4. Take a bit of Galveston home with you by stopping by Rene Wiley Studio, 2128 Postoffice. In addition to the beautiful Rene Wiley’s paintings that capture the beauty of Galveston other artists are featured including Dale Hooks who makes wood bowls and vessels from trees destroyed by Hurricane Ike.
5. Galveston Coffee Roasters, 532 23rd Street, is a new local coffee roaster with a retail shop offering custom blends. Options include Chocolate Fudge, Coconut Crème, Coffee Toffee Crème and, of course, the G-Town Blend along with many others.
6. Galveston is synonymous with fresh Gulf seafood so make a stop at Katie’s Seafood Market, 1902 Wharf Road, and take home some fresh caught seafood. By the way, they ship too. And, did you know they were featured on National Geographic’s reality TV show “Big Fish, Texas”?
7. While it’s not located downtown, we’d be remiss if we didn’t include Gaido’s Seafood Restaurant, 3828 Seawall. Gaido’s is widely known for their delicious Pecan Crunch Pie. Pre-order their Pecan Crunch either in a round shape or in the shape of Texas. It will definitely be a hit and pair it with a Gaido’s cookbook.
Congratulations! You’ve gotten a start on your holiday shopping and you’ve supported locally owned businesses at the same time. For more ideas, visit the shopping section of http://www.downtowngalveston.org/
You might as well stay the night. Plan a weekday escape and book one of these hotel packages:
• Hotel Galvez & Spa is offering a Holiday Magic Package. Enjoy breakfast for two at Galvez Bar & Grill, two tickets to Moody Gardens’ Ice Land: Ice Sculptures, A Caribbean Christmas as well as complimentary valet and a courtesy shuttle to the Historic Strand District known for its shopping and dining. Weekday rates for this package start at $188/night.
• Holiday Fun at The Tremont House. The Tremont puts you in the heart of historic downtown Galveston. Enjoy breakfast for two at Tremont Café, two tickets to Moody Gardens’ Ice Land: Ice Sculptures, A Caribbean Christmas and complimentary valet when booking the holiday package. Weekday rates at The Tremont House for this package start at $188/night.
Both packages are available daily through Dec. 30, 2016.
• Harbor House Hotel & Marina offers a seven day advance purchase rate that starts at $89/night weekdays. Harbor House is the only hotel located at Pier 21 and is walkable to downtown shopping.