Sleep Inn & Suites
2475 North Freeway
Houston, TX 77009
Phone: (713) 862-6300
Fax: (713) 862-5008
How would you like to grow a tree indoors before planting it outdoors? The friendly staff at the Buchanan's Native Plants will be happy to show you exactly how to do it successfully. Choose from magnolia, holly, pine and many other varieties. Floral choices are also available, along with gifts like candles, books and flags. Located in the Heights area, the popular garden center resides in a beautiful area with Victorian homes, grassy knolls and lots of trees growing in native soil. You could not ask for a more appropriate setting.
If you're looking for fresh fruits and vegetables, then Canino Produce Co. is the place you have to visit. Since 1958, Houstonites have found the most local produce here with most of it coming from Texas farmers. There's also plenty of dry goods and seasonal favorites, as well as a free food tasting on the second Saturday of every month.
Located in Central Houston, this is one of the five Target stores in Houston, Texas. Target department stores furnish everything from a grocery store to food section to a department of stuff for daily use. A part of the famous chain of Target department stores, the Houston Central Target also houses a pharmacy and a photo store. And for all you party lovers, wine is available as well. The store has various timely offers for its consumers and accepts all the major credit cards. With a wide range of products as well as services, Target is surely a place to drop in for all that you shop.
As is typical in the Heights, this boutique of hip women's clothing and home accessories is in a converted bungalow/warehouse. They house an eclectic mix of everything from bracelets to groovy sandals, funky cowboy boots to hip handbags, from Mexican crosses to handmade pottery. In the warehouse, find unique pieces of furniture - some old, some junky, some new. They are known for creating beautiful custom pieces of solid wood if they don't have exactly what you're looking for. It's an eclectic shop that lies somewhere between trash and treasure. - JoAnn Takasaki
Thrift store enthusiasts always know where to find the best bargain. Start the hunt at Sand Dollar. The name implies low prices, and that’s exactly what you’ll find - that, and miles of clothing coordinated by color, type, gender, and age. Household necessities from small appliances and dishes to furniture and electronics can be purchased without bruising your wallet. The store is neatly arranged to make perusing through children’s books, paintings, frames, toys, shoes, purses and bags easy. Not only is Sand Dollar a great place to amass your personal collection, it’s also handy for unloading your excess with a donation box right outside. -Gemma Amato
Just a few miles from downtown lies a historic area where you will find this antique co-op, Heights Antiques On Yale with about 25 dealers. Needless to say, a very large variety of antique items are available. From classic furniture to household accessories, it should not be hard to find exactly what you want. For more than 100 years, the area has been a tranquil getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. Collectors and antique lovers should not miss a trip to these shops.
This delightful store is chockablock with eclectic home décor, lighting, bar and tableware, candles, baby gifts, art, mirrors, books and cards. It wouldn’t be unusual to find an art deco-style lamp next to a ceramic, pink polka-dotted piggy bank. Or an exquisite, modern, brushed steel floor vase next to a tansu chest. The array of merchandise may at first seem dizzying, but stay focused and methodical to get through it all - or just come back multiple times to catch what was missed the first go around! Super friendly staff will help pick out the gift that’s just right - whether for yourself or someone else. - JoAnn Takasaki
Beaders rejoice! Elegant Notions is a jewelry maker's dream. You'll find beautiful jewelry or you can make your own jewelry! Inside this quaint shop are beads of all shapes, sizes, and colors from the far corners of the world, along with all the accoutrements necessary for creating fabulous wearable art. The shop owner's penchant for African treasures is apparent in the hanging art, masks, and beaded offerings. Hours can be spent perusing through the vast selection of beads. Choices include stone, plastic, glass, and even painted camel bone! Selecting beads here is like rock collecting. Incredible colors abound. Gather up the treasures, pick the strings and chains, choose the perfect clasp, and let your inspiration run wild. Beading classes are available.
Records, tapes and compact discs are more than abundant in this popular store. A large variety of recordings is available, including rock, techno, avant-garde, punk, alternative, blues, country, dance, gothic and comedy. Browse the selection of imports and take home something a little different. Phonograph accessories and books relating to different types of music are also available. You are certain to find something for yourself and everyone else you know, so seize the opportunity to stock up on gifts.
Sure you can get your favorite lucha libre mask here, or those cute little hand-painted wood animals with bobbing heads. But Casa Ramirez is more than just a shop with Mexican knickknacks. This is a gallery, exhibition space, and Latino cultural enrichment mecca in the heart of historic Houston Heights. Macario Ramirez is not just a shop owner; he's a Chicano rights activist and educator. Stop in to view the changing exhibits, buy some original art, and, if you have time, engage in a chat with the passionate and compassionate Ramirez who is often there spreading the word.
This fine art gallery is unique in Houston for its devotion to the ceramic and clay arts, and their support of local, national, and internationally renowned ceramic artists. Attend one of their monthly openings on Heights First Saturday to see their newest exhibit. Or sign-up for an artist workshop or lecture-don't be afraid to get your hands dirty! Drop by any time to see the work of member artists. Many pieces are decorative or sculptural, while still others are functional. Find extraordinary art for both indoor and outdoor display. Check their website for the latest schedule of events and exhibitions. - JoAnn Takasaki
Skewing more toward the ladies, Occasions features multiple walls and counters of fun, affordable jewelry as well as finer silver accessories. Most pieces are being sold at bargain prices, which helps rationalize picking up a piece for both you and a friend. Baby showers? No problem. There are tons of cute baby clothes and accessories to make an expectant mother ooh and ahh. For a gift no one would think of ever returning, take home delicious chocolates and truffles, or fine, flavored coffees. Sampling is encouraged.