Posted in: Arts Dining Entertainment Posted on: Jun 8th, 2015

Local Shops, Restaurants, and Art Fairs in Houston

Finding a neighborhood to call home is about more than just finding an apartment. It’s about finding a place to live, that has enough eateries, shops and entertainment options to keep you occupied. Living in Midtown, Houston, has proven to be a popular option for Millennials, according to a study from Niche. The pedestrian friendly neighborhood has small and local businesses to keep residents entertained and busy.

Local Shops

Local businesses in Midtown include a number of shops and stores that reflect the neighborhood’s spirit. Music lovers should head to Sig’s Lagoon, the only record shop in the neighborhood. In business for 10 years, the record store is named after Sig Byrd, a writer in the city in the 1950s and 1960s. Although vinyl is a focus of the store, it also sells collectible items and tiki mugs, as well as tickets to performances at the Continental Club.

If you want a real taste of Texan style, head to My Flaming Heart. A highlight of the store is the dresses, handmade to order, in a number of classic styles. You can choose from a variety of styles, such as a romper, a 1940’s style halter dress, or a classic Western dress. The store also sells custom clothing for men, as well as a selection of vintage jewelry and gifts.

The Tinderbox Collective lets you purchase items hand-made by local craftspeople and try your hand at making your own crafts through its workshops and classes. The collective also holds an outdoor craft market in the spring, during which local vendors sell handmade and vintage items.

Local Restaurants

Whether you love a wide variety of cuisines or keep returning to the same places meal after meal, you’ll find a lot to love about the local Midtown restaurant scene. If you’re looking for a home away from home, check out Saint Dane’s, a sports bar that, as its name might suggest, is dog-friendly. The bar and grill features a number of large televisions, so you can watch your favorite team play as you enjoy a drink or meal. Specials include $1 tacos on Tuesdays and $1 drafts on Wednesdays.

Speaking of tacos, Tacos a Go Go is worth checking out if you’re a fan of authentic Tex-Mex food. The restaurant is known for its funky decor, as well as for its delicious tacos, which are available in a variety of options, including chicken, beef and veggie.

Local Arts and Culture

The Midtown neighborhood likes to celebrate its artists with an annual art festival, Midtown Art in the Park. The yearly event not only highlights the talents of local artists, it also gives people who live in the neighborhood a chance to mix and mingle.

Music fans have a place to go see live shows at the Continental Club. Originally opened as a supper club in 1957, the Continental Club has evolved over the years. Today, it’s in a new location, but strives to maintain the same atmosphere as when it first opened.

Celebrating and supporting the local community helps you learn to love where you live. It also gives you a chance to get to know your neighbors and learn what makes your area unique.