Lamar Park is a shopping center that offers its visitors the best of both worlds in terms of shopping and dining. In between well-known stores such as Ann Taylor Loft, Talbot's, and Chico's, guests will also find local shops such as Four Chicks in the Park as well as a few others. It's a wonderful way to spend an afternoon, after which, patrons can relax and unwind at the many restaurants on site.
The cornerstone of downtown's dining and shopping scene, Water Street market has something for everyone. If you are hungry there's the Water Street Seafood Company, the Water Street Oyster Bar and at the Executive Surf Club you can tap into more than thirty different beers. When you're done eating and drinking, explore the history of surfing in the state at the Texas Surf Museum located in the back of Surf Club Records. There are plenty of other shops to browse through and a few benches if you just need a break from all the eating and shopping.
The Corpus Christi Farmer's Market allows farmers from all over the region to show off the bounty of their fields. Every Saturday, the market sells fresh-picked produce, bread, milk, flowers, cuts of meat from local farmers and a list of organic products too long to detail. A great place to bring the whole family and stock up on food for the week. Most of the vendors allow for tastings and some will even haggle with you over prices, especially towards the end of the market.
El Zocalo is the perfect place to find that special, one-of-a-kind gift, especially if you seek something with a Latin American motif. The shop specializes in importing hand-made crafts, jewelry and home decor as well as other off-the-wall items like 'Day of the Dead' skeletons, Frida Kahlo products, and much more. Many of the products are made by artists in Mexico, Guatemala, Peru and other parts of Central and South America.
In business for more than two decades, Boots 'N Britches Western Wear is a popular store with all those who seek denim and leather. Their well-priced collections consist of everything from the Wild West, from boots and hats to jewelry and accessories. Visiting the store is often combined with strolling the La Palmera shopping center across the street. Additionally, the staff is always friendly and more than happy to answer all your questions.
The owner of this boutique gallery located in the Lamar Park Shopping Center brings a bit of L.A. to add to the wardrobes of Corpus Christi denizens. She spent some time in the 'City of Angels' and decided the South Padre Island could use a little California style. The shop sells women's clothes, jewelry, hats and handbags. On the racks, the styles range from formal to casual and though the cost of some pieces may be exorbitant, the quality and design usually merits the price.
Located in touristy North Beach, not far from the Texas State Aquarium and the USS Lexington you'll find North Beach Gift Shop. A great place to find some quirky and fun souvenirs to take back home. In addition to souvenirs you'll find everything to make your stay on the beach spectacular--beach towels, sun screen, sun glasses, hats, inflatable toys and more.
Objets D'art has carved a niche in the community as it provides beads and other pieces of attractive jewelry that showcase their innovation. The shop also sells different gemstones like turquoise, pearls and lapidary cuts of beautiful rock. Guests can even find different types of fossils to add to a necklace or bracelet. So if you are on the hunt for quirky, unique jewelry, then Objets D'Art is your destination.