As you create your holiday shopping lists, consider keeping it local. From homemade hand soaps to custom-made jewelry or even a Spindletop mug, you’ll find the perfect gift right here in Beaumont when you choose to shop small. Shopping at local stores is also the best way to get one-of-a-kind items and keep your money in southeast Texas.
Fun fact: for every $100 you spend in a local small business, $68 stays in your community. (At a chain store, only $43 remains.)
Small Business Saturday (the Saturday after Black Friday) is coming up on November 28 and is a day set aside to focus on shopping local. A preview of holiday specials from area small businesses can be found at the Beaumont Breakfast Challenge on November 24th. This kick-off for Small Business Saturday will also feature local restaurants’ best breakfast offerings. Click here for ticket details.
Another great way to support local businesses is Main Street Market of Beaumont. The holiday shopping extravaganza is December 3rd - 5th and will feature unique merchandise from dozens of vendors and various local shops. Main Street Market is the Junior League of Beaumont’s annual fundraiser with proceeds supporting the League’s work in the community including projects, assistance funds and scholarships.
To help you navigate Beaumont’s shopping landscape, I’ve put together a complete “shop local” guide for this holiday season. My list includes: antiques, boutiques, specialty shops, souvenir shopping, gifts, spas and unique places to find food gift items. Get the complete list of Beaumont shops here.
For the antique lover on your list, I recommend a stop at Burns Antik Haus, which carries items direct from European importers and personally selected for this Beaumont store. Beautiful pieces you won’t find anywhere else! At Urban Habitat, you’ll discover all things reclaimed and restored. From furniture to pictures and everything in between, you never know what you are going to find. Stop by the Mildred Building, a refurbished historical Mediterranean Revival landmark, to check out Finder’s Fayre Quality Antiques, a haven for antique furniture, clocks, accessories, silver and oriental carpets from around the world. Nearby, McManus Company showcases an eclectic ensemble of antiques, fashionably chic furniture, home decor and gifts. You can also stop into Grandma's Basement for unique, quirky finds for just about anyone on your list.
You can’t talk about Beaumont boutiques without mentioning Ella + Scott. Located inside the historic Mildred Building, this darling boutique carries one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories. They also participate in monthly First Thursdays on Calder Avenue, when select downtown businesses stay open later & offer deep discounts along with live music and other swag. On the other side of town, upscale men’s and women’s clothing and fashion items can be found at La-Tee-Da Boutique, which carries misses and plus size clothing.
Yaya Club is another great boutique offering fashionable clothing, scarves and accessories. They also have plenty of home décor and gift items to choose from and their store is always decked out in holiday cheer. If you’re in need of a holiday party dress, Bella Bella is your place. It’s also located in the same shopping center as The Pink Chandelier and Monica’s Mark, both overflowing with clothing, accessories and unique gift items. Across the street, you’ll find designer clothing, shoes and jewelry at Gaudie & Co. Tip: Most of these boutiques are on Instagram and post deals regularly.
Beaumont has a few shops that specialize in active lifestyle sports. On the Run offers a wide selection of shoes, socks and running accessories. The biker in your family is guaranteed to love anything from Bicycle Sports (located on Interstate 10, near Red Lobster), which carries Specialized Bikes or Kickstand Bike Shop (located in the Colonnade Shopping Center), which carries Trek bikes. Both bike shops also carry biking accessories and apparel. At Games People Play, grab a cool golf shirt or the latest golf gadget. This multi-faceted golf operation includes golf retail, clothing and more.
Looking for a unique holiday gift with a touch of Beaumont? Visit the Gladys City gift shop to take home a Spindletop souvenir - coffee mugs, magnets, postcards, t-shirts and more! The Museum of the Gulf Coast gift shop features a variety of merchandise related to the museum’s exhibits including Janis Joplin memorabilia, Robert Rauschenberg notecards, as well as southeast Texas souvenirs and children’s toys. Nothing says Beaumont more than a great pair of cowboy boots! Cavender’s Boot City is a Texas original, outfitting Southeast Texans for years!
For Heaven’s Sake is a great place to find wedding and baby gifts. There is a large selection of china, crystal, sterling silverware and more. At Heartfield Designs, you’ll find a wide selection of Sterling Silver, wedding jewelry, engraving, unique gifts and custom designed jewelry. Alter’s Gem Jewelry has a lot of history in Beaumont and carries more than 30 designer brands of jewelry and watches.
Located inside the historic Mildred Building on Calder Avenue, Down to Earth makes hand-made, locally sourced products for your home and body. They offer a full line of homemade bath and body products along with teas, oils and even beard products. Nearby, Tina’s Heavenly Touch Massage & Day Spa has everything from facials to massages, microdermabrasion and mani/pedi’s! You can buy packages and there is often a great special going on!
Rao’s Bakery & Coffee Café is a Beaumont original featuring homemade coffee, cakes, cookies and more. Bring home a small gift basket filled with treats, or fresh ground coffee for sharing. Inside Bando’s Restaurant, the gift shop offers some of the best boutique shopping, including Godiva Chocolates, inspirational gifts and Vera Bradley.