Hot Spots for Spring Shopping in Corpus: Shop local, get the latest trends, and find some fun gifts!
by Dr. Kasia Suarez, Health and Wellness Coach and Real Estate Agent
Spring time is the best time to pull out your floral prints, flowy dresses, and all your light summer favorites. It’s also a great time for Mother’s Day, outdoor birthday celebrations, and graduations. For these, you want to find the perfect gift!
This spring, consider checking out some of the Coastal Bend’s local boutiques! You might be surprised at the fantastic things you can find.
I randomly selected a few boutiques in town to check out, and I am glad I did! I found some hidden gems that everyone should know about.
The first on this adventure was Shannon’s Distinctive Fashion located on 6646 S Staples Street #126. As soon as you walk in, you will immediately notice the fun prints and colors! The owner, Shannon Bantkowiak, was extremely welcoming and explained she has been doing this for 19 years. She said, “I love what I do, and I love making people feel good about themselves.”
Bantkowiak has unique styles that are not typically found in department stores. She believes in “comfort and style” and wants shoppers to know that they can have both. If you are looking for some of the hottest trends with comfort and style, Shannon’s Distinctive Fashion is a great local boutique.
If you are looking for the perfect unique gifts, come by Made in Corpus Christi on 1524 S. Staples Street. Owner Nikki Riojas created the boutique after she saw a need in the community for custom ornaments. “What makes us different is that we carry exclusive products from local designers.”
You can find anything from apparel for babies and kids, accessories, bath and body items, drinkware, jewelry, teas, jellies, sauces, and much more! Come by and grab a unique gift for yourself or others! Made in Corpus Christi supports local small businesses by working with local designers. It’s your one-stop-shop for buying local!
Another trendy, hidden gem was B Hive Boutique located on 444 Robert Drive. Owner Brooke Lynne Hansel offers unique styles from clothing, accessories, purses, mugs, shoes, journals and even lunch containers.
Hansel always had a love for fashion, and enjoyed dressing people up and seeing them happy. “I try to find things that are different from others. You can find one of a kind items for any occasion, to give as a gift or just to have something different,” said Hansel. Come by and check it out. Hansel will definitely make you feel like a star!
A great new place for gift ideas is The Blue Dahlia Boutique Barber/Salon, on 2760 Santa Fe Street. Dahlia Martinez and her daughter Jackie Keiper opened up the boutique/salon because they thought the combination of the two was a great idea. “It’s a great way to get your hair done, get a gift, or find a new outfit. We have a little bit of everything,” said Dahlia.
Shoppers can get their hair trimmed and styled, and find anything from books and children’s toys to purses and accessories, as well as apparel, travel mugs, and stationary. What don’t they have here? They are a family owned business that’s growing, and they will make you feel like family when you stop by!
Last but not least on this little tour was Making Moments Together. Adrian Bueno and his sister Crystal Bueno wanted to provide something different for the community by creating custom pieces for your special moments. They enjoy getting involved in the community and are always glad to help create fun and innovative pieces for special occasions.
This energetic team can even apply custom business logos. They will take the client’s idea, greeting, image, or logo, and can create customized shirts, balloons, temporary party tattoos, tote bags, and more. “We can design anything with a logo, a name, or the name of the event. We love designing with the client and whatever the client wants,” said Adrian. You can find Making Moments Together online and on Facebook. They will meet you locally and help take your idea and make it into a reality.