Hendley Market offers antiques, such as books and medical
equipment, but the real draw is the store's large selection of
nativities and santons. Shoppers will find over 200 nativities
from far away places like Bethlehem and Germany. The santons, or
small collectible figurines often associated with religious
themes, come mostly from Mexico. Located in the 1891 Van Alstyne
House, The Gingerbread House features 14 different rooms adorned
with eye-catching antiques. Items include china, crystal,
furniture, and jewelry, as well as Victorian dolls and hats.
Historic cities always seem to have a local artist who dedicates
time and energy to capturing the spirit of the city's past. Pam
Heidt specializes in Galveston's rich Victorian history, and J.
Bangle Gallery specializes in her artwork. Heidt's oils and
watercolors are not all that shoppers find, however. The gallery
also offers frames and a respectable collection of coins and
Wherever you travel, it's always interesting to see what regional artists are producing. Buchanan Gallery is your best bet for a wide range of contemporary art, including paintings, sculptures, and a variety of other media. A traditional beach-town souvenir shop, Lafitte's Beat presents over 2,500 square feet of gift items, beachwear, and nautical-inspired merchandise. In the early 1800s, the store remains rooted in its coastal surroundings. Shells and local coral are popular souvenirs, but shoppers can also find ship's wheels and lamps. Of course, as in most stores of its kind, you can also buy shot glasses, children's toys, and salt and pepper shakers. During the 1800s and early 1900s, The Strand Historic District was the most affluent area of town and still features many of the city's upscale establishments. Visitors can choose from one of over 100 shops and restaurants to pass their time, or take a horse-drawn carriage ride to enjoy the romantic charm of the neighborhood.