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The ever-expanding Galveston Strand has been known for years for its unusual stores and restaurants, so many in fact, that one rarely has enough time to visit all of them. The following list details the stores/restaurants and what one might find in them.
The Admiralty - Books, models, puzzles, games, sea-related jewelry, unusual sea-related gifts. Items bought from this store in the past include, a windbreaker made of Tyvec Marine maps, a bosun's whistle, a working sextant, lighthouse lamp, ceramic rowboat and oar dip and spreader, enamel jellyfish earrings and necklace, nautical flag men's tie, book of sailors knots and how to tie them.
Even after IKE's storm surge rose above the steps and took out the main floor, and you can still see patterns on the wooden floor where things fell over, this store is still go some of the most interesting things on the Strand. They also managed to restore the wooden floor. Other places weren't as lucky.
Conversation Pieces - Boutique women's clothes and accessories store. Items bought from this store in the past include, Dixieland Christmas jazz cd, handmade campshirts and matching skirts, designer flipflops, homeopathy oil.
Post IKE: It looked quite picked over. I didnt see anything of interest in the store.
Gracie's - Home accessories and unique gifts, including Christian, humorous, new baby and special occasion. Items bought from this store in the past include, bath soaps and gels in shapes of seahorses and fish, Spit Happens baby bibs, hand painted martini glasses, ocean-themed throws and pillows, yard flags, humorous baby clothing.
Mo Betta Market - open air market that sells beach clothing, hats, flip flops, and margaritas. Items bought from this store in the past include, a mesh purse in the shape of a fish, a shirt with a turtle diving for an olive in a martini. dog pirate clothing, beach linen drawstring pants and matching tank, huge brimmed beach hats.
Post IKE: doesn't look changed at all. Same merchandise.
Tina's - Unusual candle scents, odd sconces, home accessories and boutique clothing and jewelry. Items bought from this store in the past include, a yoga book, a blessings bowl, lemonade candles, convertible sandles, votive holders that look like Japanese tea cups.
Island Attitudes - Beach clothing and some accessories including items from Fresh Produce. Items bought from this store in the past include, Sea Gals t-shirt, surfboard soaps, bead necklaces/belts.
Yaga's Cafe - Beach environment and excellent food, including burgers and fish tacos. Dining indoors and out.
Not on the Strand, but definitely worth mentioning. This kite store has everything you could possibly need to fly kites on the beach including a helpful staff and a large inventory of funny, pretty and bizarre kites and banners and windsocks and whirly-gigs, etc. Some of the windsocks and whirly gigs are absolutely hilarious and would make great presents for those people in your life who have everything. Items last seen at the shop include a whirly-gig of a Harley Davidson with wheels that spin in the wind, lots of "It's 5 o'clock somewhere" Parrot socks including ones that feature parrots with margaritas laying in a hammock., kites that look like parachutists, windsock jalpeno peppers, a windsock deer dressed in camo that says "deer hunter" on his back, 3-D pirate ship kites, 3-d airplane kites, giant flamingo socks with dangly legs. etc. Find something fun to take to the Austin kite festival next year.
This shop is on the Seawall as far south as you can go without getting to Jamaica Beach. Just look for the flying 30-foot gecko.
Great little find. Not on the Strand, it is on the Seawall as far south as you can go without running into Jamaica Beach. It sits next to the Kite store and doesn't look like much on the outside, but once you go inside, wow!.
The store is made of 4 rooms filled with everything related to the sea, dishware, gifts, handpainted beach-theme furniture, jewelry, etc. Definitely not tourist crap, this store has some very fine and unique items for great gifts.