D A Y 2 - H O U S T O N , B R E N H A M , & B R Y A N / C O L L E G E S T A T I O N
After a lovely night’s rest at our Airbnb accommodations, we started our morning early by getting caffeinated at A 2nd Cup, a non-profit coffeehouse that helps survivors of human trafficking in Houston. Great coffee, great breakfast tacos, and a really great cause!
We continued on to Forth and Nomad, a stunning shop in the Heights area of Houston. We were immediately greeted by a gorgeous Adrian Landon Brooks mural and as we crossed the threshold into the retail space, we were all stunned. The shop is bright, uber cool and the equivalent of an art gallery + handmade shop love child. We loved their innovative non-traditional use of materials in their displays (dowel rods, cinder blocks, etc.) and left feeling so inspired!
Our next stop was to see some dear friends of ours at Space Montrose. We love Leila & Carlos and what they’re doing at Space. They have such a great variety of handmade, local products! Every employee we’ve met through them has also been the kindest. We consider it a significant privilege that we have some of our makers in common so if you’re ever in the Houston area and want a little taste of Denton, definitely hit up Space Montrose! One of the best parts of visiting is also getting to stop into Common Bond Bakery next door - just a little FYI.
We made our way back to the Heights area and stopped in a few more shops before we left town. One of our favorites was Will Leather Goods. If you’re familiar with Weldon’s in Denton, Will’s is like the contemporary version. Curated by a world traveler from Eugene, OR, they use all beef cattle leather (no waste) and have every leather good you can imagine plus tapestries, belt buckles, and vintage spurs. It’s a store you can get lost in for hours and it smells amazing.
For lunch, we chose Local Foods, a locally-sourced restaurant with a seasonal menu - we clearly have a type. It was a high energy space with lots of natural light, plants, & delicious options. The Seasonal Harvest salad with the market vegetables was amazing!
After lunch, we started making our way toward Bryan/College Station. First, we took 290 about an hour outside of Houston to Brenham to visit Ballad Of The Birddog. Tucked away in a quaint downtown square, Ballad felt like a gathering of people doing something unique in their town. Immediately greeted by aforementioned Birddogs, the shop was full of handmade goods from the area that catered towards the outdoorsy type that loves midwestern influences. Added bonus, they have an in-house barista so you can get a great cup of coffee while you shop!
A little less than an hour directly north, we met up with some of our closest shop friends, Gabe & Robby from Market 1023. It was even more important for us to see them because they recently announced that they would be closing the brick & mortar location of Market 1023 (they will still have an online presence so give them a follow!). Gabe & Robby gave 4 years and an unknowable amount of time & energy (among other resources) to their community and we are so proud of them! We wanted to celebrate the bittersweetness of the closing of this chapter for them. They are still an integral part of the Bryan/CS community and we are so excited for their new adventures! Note: we were so excited to see them I only got one picture of the outside of Market 1023 so I had to use an older picture of us, forgive me.