In Corpus Christi’s downtown marina and entertainment district is this popular oasis. The square is home to numerous specialty stores and many excellent restaurants, and one of Corpus Christi’s best coffee shops. Enjoy a lovely area with benches and tables at which you can relax and people watch. Also home to the Texas Surf Museum. Wander through the area to view the South Texas Music Walk of Fame. In close walking distance from downtown hotels. For more info visit them online at www.waterstreetmarketcc.com.
At the heart of Corpus Christi’s downtown marina and entertainment district is this popular oasis and landmark – Water Street Market. There are numerous specialty stores and excellent restaurants, including a lovely area with benches and tables at which you can relax and people watch. You’ll find oceans of creative gift ideas, antiques, jewelry, curios, art, and women’s apparel. It is also home to the coolest little record store on the Gulf Coast, Surf Club Records. Stop for a moment at Aqua Java for a caffeine boost. While there, don’t miss the famous Texas Surf Museum with over 3000 square feet of exhibits and Gulf Coast surfing history. Free admission, can’t beat that! Enter through Surf Club Records. While at Water Street Market, dine at one of the excellent Water Street restaurants and enjoy their live entertainment .
309 N. Water Street • Downtown
Within walking distance from the bayfront hotels, this floating barge is not only where you go for tickets to board the 50’ open air touring boat, Japonica, but The Yachting Center is also home to Corpus Christi’s newest and most unique gift shop and boutique! Cathy’s Chandlery has something for most everyone! You’ll find nautical toys, gifts and souvenirs, fun jewelry, tote bags, stylish coastal apparel, Guy Harvey Turvis Tumblers & more! Come enjoy their waterfront view, and while you’re there, they are also the place to book a sailing cruise, rent a Hobie kayak, or sit outside in the shade and enjoy a cold one and a sandwich at the new Tavern of the Bay! Open daily . For more information visit them online at www.yachtingcc.com
108 Peoples Street T-Head • Downtown • 361-881-8503
The most exciting shopping in the area with imports from over 30 countries. Here you’ll find beautiful, unique, extraordinary jewelry and clothing. American designers like Liz and Jane, Kathleen Sommers, Color me Cotton to name a few. They have accessories, home accents, gifts galore (in all price ranges), fun and classic folk art (small and large), indigenous crafts and treasures from around the world. Beautiful handmade jewelry by famous artists nationally and internationally known. You’ll also find handmade furniture, some of which is traditional and other pieces modern and hand painted by artists. Even if you don’t buy something, we promise you’ll leave feeling better than when you went in, because, at Pilar, they are in the business of selling smiles! Easy to find and less than ten minutes from downtown Corpus Christi. Take Ocean Drive to Doddridge. Located in Lamar Park Shopping Center.
32 Lamar Park Center • Doddridge & Alameda • 361-853-7171
La Palmera is your place to shop in Corpus Christi! With over 100 retailers under one roof, you can pick up the latest in fashion and accessories for men, women and children. You’ll find a variety of stores including Macy’s, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle, Buckle, Express, Forever XXI, Gap, Nine West, New York & Company, Charming Charlie and Victoria’s Secret. Dining is also an option with a food court and specialty food locations throughout the mall. Offering valet parking and Concierge service. Soon you’ll rediscover shopping paradise as La Palmera undergoes $50 million in renovations. Scheduled for completion by early 2010, upgrades include a lifestyle court main entrance, food court with a 2,800-gallon aquarium, a one-of-a-kind children’s play area and more. With a soon-to-be-updated look and fabulous new features, your shopping and dining experience will be better than ever. Find it all under the palms – at La Palmera! www.lapalmera.com
5488 S. Padre Island Drive • 361-991-5718
Lamar Park is the lifestyle shopping center of choice. Without a doubt, the premier shopping destination in Corpus Christi. You will find intriguing specialty shops, designer and name brand stores, high quality ladies and men’s apparel, unique dining, a Kent Ullberg art gallery, jewelry stores, even an exclusive gourmet kitchen store. The “best of breed” in local and regional retailers, in a charming open air atmosphere. When shopping there, you are always sure to find that perfect item, because you will be dazzled with an array of the friendliest retailers around with world class fashions, accessories and much more. Located in the center of Corpus Christi’s upscale area, less than Ten minutes from downtown, take Ocean Drive to Doddridge. You will find Lamar Park on the corner of Doddridge and Alameda. Visit www.lamarpark.com for a complete listing of stores.
3850 S Alameda • Doddridge & Alameda
While on the Island, take a moment out from catching rays to do some truly unique shopping. If you’re looking for a gift or souvenir beyond the typical, Gold Falcon has it. With distinctive fine jewelry designs, including Diamond Engagements by Gabriel & Co, the Legends of Athena line and Nautical Charms by Reyes Del Mar, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for. They feature the full line of limited edition, signature Guy Harvey Jewelry. Your vacation may be spent on “island time” but if you need a new watch, they’ve got a great selection with brands like Seiko, Citizen, Freestyle and Charles Hubert. Pick the perfect piece to wear and remember your vacation all year long. You’ll also find charming art, sculpture and nautical gifts from local and regional artists, including wildlife artist Dinah Bowman. Explore their collection of sculptures by SPI Gallery, including local favorites like sea turtles and sandpipers. In the Padre Clock Tower Plaza.
15201 S. Padre Island Dr, #130 • Padre Island • 361-949-9283
Experience the warm atmosphere of this unique gift shop. Enjoy the scent of over 25 different fragrances of Tyler candles and Tyler fragrance lamp fuels. Over 70 Putumayo world music titles, Cape Shore mementos, Willow Tree, Woman of the Way sculptures by Texas artist Cindy Burden, and a large variety of wine accessories. Eclectique offers an extensive collection of jewelry handcrafted by local artists. Shop their wide variety of spiritual merchandise from crosses to pocket tokens. Select a dazzling Lady Noiz T-shirt, a unique Miche bags with interchangeable covers or Tigerlily sandals with interchangeable straps. Carrying the popular Webkinz from Ganz and the Shining Stars by Russ, perfect for the smallest family member or to take home as a gift! Open Mon-Thu 11am-8pm, Fri-Sat 11am-8:30pm, and Sun 12pm-6pm.
309 North Water Street •Water Street Market 361-882-6661
Make sure to visit this Padre Island surf shop founded by two local surfers who have spent the majority of their lives surfing the waves of the Texas Gulf Coast. Stop in at their convenient location right on your way to the beach. Covered Up seeks to provide customers of all ages and abilities with the knowledge, products and technology to progress their surfing and/or skating. With a wide selection of products (including rentals) to fit your surfing, skating, and beaching needs. Carrying brands like O’Niell, Volcom, Sanuk, Patagonia, Rip Curl and many others, they have everything you need to catch some waves! Open Monday-Saturday 10am – 7pm and Sunday Noon – 6pm. Visit their website at www.coveredupsurf.com for their online store, action shots of local surfers and the North Padre Island surf report.
14457 South Padre Island Drive, Suite 105 • 361-949-RIDE (7433)
A visit to the largest indoor market in South Texas is a must do while you are in the area. Acres of shopping are available, everything from antiques to fresh tropical fruits, candles to cowboy boots. You name it and you will find it at the Corpus Christi Trade Center. Imported Mexican curios, loads of baskets, pottery, pinatas and Mexican embroidered dresses, jewelry, blankets, handmade crosses as well as numerous other goods, even electronics. Why drive over the border and waste your precious time and gas when it’s all right here? Over two hundred vendors offer a huge selection, making sure that you will find something you just can’t live without! At the Corpus Christi Trade Center you’ll find something for every age and every taste and every price range. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 7pm; just south of the Crosstown Exchange.
2833 South Padre Island Drive • 361-854-4943