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At Kuhl-Linscomb (2424 W Alabama St.) it’s the staggering range of items – from fine china and furnishing to makeup and dog treats – in every price point that makes this a shopper’s paradise. The design and lifestyle store is actually a compound of five different buildings with a sixth, the former Penguin Arms, opening in the near future.
Fashionistas everywhere celebrated Tootsies (2601 Westheimer Rd.) move to the West Ave complex in 2011. There’s now 35,000 squarefeet of space in the designer clothing store as well as an in-store runway lest any of your new purchases give you the urge to sashay.
Sometimes vintage store can be a euphemism for grandma’s (unedited) closet but at Cheeky Vintage (2134 Richmond Avenue) the carefully curated selections earned the store notice from Lucky Magazine as one of the best vintage spots in the country.
For those looking for unique finds, it will be a special customer who buys the $40,000 antique wall map of Houston at The Antiquarium (3021 Kirby Drive), but the store also sells more budget friendly original prints and maps, as well as some reproductions.
Winston Churchill would have been right at home at the Cigar Emporium (3514 S Shepherd Dr.), a small shop where a walk-in humidor and wall units display their considerable wares.
Don’t know your Burgundy from your Bordeaux? Let the staff at Houston Wine Merchant (2646 S Shepherd Dr.) get you up to speed. Weekly wine tastings and reasonable prices are other enticements.