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W hen it comes to shopping, Rogers says that Magpies Gifts (5000 Bellaire Blvd.) is a household name. “Great gifts, clothing, cards, and you can get just about anything monogrammed,” she says.
A literal treasure trove, Queen of Heirs (4901 Locust St.) stocks antique and estate jewelry perfect for an engagement, wedding or just because. Vinyl albums are in again and Cliff Dotterer is stocking them at Black Dog Records (4900 Bissonnet St.) Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd don’t stay on the shelves long, but newer stuff like The Black Keys and Green Day sell well, too.
Top online hot sauce reviewer James Wreck wasn’t content just to write about the spicy stuff, he wanted to sell it too. iBurn (4227 Bellaire Blvd.) stocks more than 2,000 products and the adults-only section with pepper extracts in the back is so hot, you have to sign a waiver.
At Think Twice Fashions, owner JJ Smith outfits the pageant set, as well as those looking for a couture bargain, with designer consignment dresses and upscale casual wear. And tucked away in the back of a shopping plaza is the mecca of model trains. Papa Ben’s Train Place (4007 Bellaire Blvd.), now run by Ben Pearlman’s brother Allyn, hosts the N’Crowd model railroad club for true devotees on Saturdays.