Ocean Oso's: Stewart Beach Shovels and Sandwiches
Galveston's Stewart Beach is one of the top family beaches in the nation (tripadvisor.com, 2007 and Texas Monthly, 2007 and 2008). This beach features well-maintained sand, lifeguards, showers, restrooms, chair and umbrella rental, the world's largest inflatable slide and sno-cones on the beach. And when you get hungry or want to shop, be sure and stop by Ocean Oso's on the second floor of the Pavilion.
Ocean Oso's, a family-owned store, likes to say they have "everything for the beach within your reach." Whether you're looking for beach toys, sunscreen, souvenirs, shells, towels, swimwear, T-shirts, sandals, or much more, Ocean Oso's has it. In the back of the store is a grill that serves up the best burger on the Island, as well as other easy beach meals you can eat on the Pavilion deck or take back to your spot on the sand.
Stewart Beach and Ocean Oso's are definitely worth a stop on your visit to Galveston Island
What to buy: Sand Shovels for the beach, and a Chili Cheeseburger for your nutrition.
Along the Seawall: Everything for the Beach
Bathing suits, towels, souvenirs, boogie boards, galore!!!
All along Seawall Blvd you will see restaurants and beach stores! (Alike most beaches).
If you forget sunscreen, sunglasses, your suit, towel, no problem!! Anything you could ever dream of is available across the street from the beach!
What to pay: Well, you're on the beach so you'll find bargains here and there. 3 shirts for $10.00...Just depends on what you're looking for...
Midsummer Books: Books And More Books...
As we browsed through the shops on and around Strand Street, I was hoping to find a copy of The Christmas Carol to take to the Dickens Feast that evening. I wanted to get it autographed by Marc Charles Dickens.
After wandering a few blocks, I was overjoyed to find Midsummer Books. When I mentioned the purpose for the book, the owner led me to a shelf containing several different copies of The Christmas Carol. We picked through a pile of children's books of that title and as I was trying to decide which version to purchase, he appeared from the back storage room carrying a book with the most wonderful cover--and it was the least expensive of the lot!
That evening at the Dickens Feast, not only did I have a copy of The Christmas Carol to be signed by the author's great-great-grandson, it would become a keepsake for my husband and I, because we asked him to place our three grandchildren's names in the front cover along with his signature.
What to pay: A very reasonable price
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The Strand Historical District: Any and Everything at
On the Strand the first floor of the Old Victorian houses are stores and cafes.
Anything and everything is available at The Strand.
Bath and Beauty-check
Food and Drink-check
Toys and Games-check
What to buy: I loved the local crafts. There's a lot of beach ware here. I liked the book store! The souvenirs are fun. I love the Christmas store :)
Check out the website. It has a store directory that you can search for the things you like to shop for!
What to pay: Expect to pay those you would pay in a mall...I haven't found too many bargains here...
Tina's: A Divine Shop
I'm hardpressed to place TINA'S in a particular category because the shop offered so many different items. The wide front windows gave a preview of what was inside and they drew me ever so quickly inside!
It was December, so the shop was shimmering with lovely Christmas ornaments. After much thought, I finally selected several delicate glass icicle ornaments in soft rose and green.
Yet Tina's offered more than that...scented bath and body lotions lined the shelves; candles came in all hues, shapes and sizes; jewelry sparkled in the display cases; long racks of women's clothing hung towards the rear of the store. Tina's was overflowing with many pretty things!
I would not hesitate to pay a return visit!
What to pay: moderate to expensive
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The Gingerbread House Antiques and Gifts: Antiques, Gifts and Estate Pieces
The Gingerbread House was filled with all sorts of antiques and gift items, but what caught my eye were the collector dolls, which were placed in interesting vignettes throughout the store. I moved from one beautiful doll to another, drooling over their lacey satin gowns and fancy feathered hats; their delicately painted faces and graceful poses.
When I was a little girl I had many dolls. My all-time favorite birthday gift was a dark-haired doll who came with a shiny red trunk full of colorful doll clothes. I never had a porcelain doll, as far as I can remember. Perhaps there is still a little girl in me who sighs over this pretty plaything.
Store hours are Wed.-Sat. 11am-5pn; Sun. 12noon-5pm.
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Fashion Stop: Designer Fashions Store on Broadway..Killer Prices
Designer Fashions at Liquidation prices. THis store carries the coolest fashions from all over the world, lots of european brands and styles at ridiculous prices........Its the best kept secret in galveston....Check this store out...........
Right on Broadway between 30th and 31st street. You have to see it to believe it.......They also have a great collection of plus size clothing and beach wear....1/10th the price of seawall.................
What to buy: FASHION STOP:
Ladies and Mens clothing, Cool kids stuff...............European brands...abercrombie.........plus size clothing.....discounted and liquidation fashions
What to pay: things start at couple of bucks....nothing over $15
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Many of its mansions, have been restored and house antique shops, boutiques, restaurants, galleries and pubs. We had a lovely chat with the manager of Big Dog Sportswear On the Strand. Between her and her friend (who had just popped into congratulate her on her promotion) we got a great run down on Galveston and what to do and see there. It gave us a huge advantage in our short time there to be able to do as much as possible.
A great old world feel
It is wonderful to just stroll down wandering into all the shops, a lot of which have some very old world charm which dates back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
We went back to this store the next day as well.
Old Galveston Square
The square has lots of great shops and galleries. There is a lovely stairway which will take you to the second floor as well as an antique elevator The Strand Soda Fountain is a step back in time. The Mardi-Gras Museum is also in Old Galveston Square.