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You can’t talk shopping in this area without giving homage to the grand dame of them all—the Houston Galleria, which attracts more than 26 million visitors each year. While many Galleria stores have their devotees, one of the best loved is Nordstrom (5192 Hidalgo St.), where the customer service, and the shoe department, are legendary. The service is no slouch at Brucette’s Shoes (1725 Post Oak Blvd.) either, where their stock of hard to find sizes can make anyone a Cinderella.
Uptown Park is another destination with a bevy of options for shoppers, including University Co-op (1131 Uptown Park Blvd.), where you can bleed burnt orange in style. At Top Drawer Lingerie (1101 Uptown Park Blvd.), the offerings are a little more delicate, and luxurious. Ladies, stop in for a fitting.
High Gloss (1131-06 Uptown Park Blvd.), owned by identical twins Lisa and Kim Glosserman, is your stop for handmade jewelry, sure to be one of a kind.
Luxury stores abound in the area, but for a topnotch experience—even if you don’t have the bank account to match—try Elizabeth Anthony (1180-08 Uptown Park Blvd.), where the sales associates won’t have you pulling a Julia Roberts a la Pretty Woman.
Tenenbaum & Co (1801 Post Oak Blvd.) offers both new and estate jewelry from the most prestigious lines, from Tiffany & Co., to Van Cleef and Arpels to Harry Winston. Luxury shopping, but for those looking for a “Do,” the pieces are also truly museum worthy.
Two furniture showrooms worth a look are Meredith O’Donnell Fine Furniture (1751 Post Oak Blvd.), and Mody & Mody (5801 Westheimer). The first does traditional and contemporary, while the second is decidedly modern.