Corpus Boutiques

A few “hidden” places if you want to shop local in Corpus Christi

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. 

Shannon Bantkowiak, owner of Shannon’s Distinctive Fashion. Photo by Dr Kasia Suarez

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.”

Shannon’s Distinctive Fashions has a variety of women’s clothing and fun accessories. Photo by Dr. Kasia Suarez

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. 

Support various Local artisans through your purchase at Made In Corpus Christi. Photo by Dr. Kasia Suarez

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.”

A wide variety of products, all made by various local artists.
Photo Dr. Kasia Suarez

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!

Brooke Lynne Hansel, owner of B Hive Boutique.
Photo by Dr. Kasia Suarez

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.

Trendy clothing and more, at B Hive Boutique.
Photo by Dr. Kasia Suarez

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!

The Blue Dahlia Boutique Barber/Salon is owned by a mother-daughter team of Jackie Keiper (left) and Dahlia Martinez (right). Photo by Dr. Kasia Suarez

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.

The Blue Dahlia Boutique Barber/Salon has a little bit of everything.
Photo by Dr. Kasia Suarez

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!

Crystal Bueno (left) and her brother Adrian Bueno (right)
will help make your ideas into realities through their creative business Making Moments Together. Photo by Dr. Kasia Suarez

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.

Making Moments Together can add your logo or message onto shirts, bags, temporary tattoos, and more! Photo by Dr. Kasia Suarez

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. 

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