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Houston Galleria Continues Its Hot Streak With Unique New Stores, Restaurants and High-Tech Perks

H-Town's Dominant Shopping Center is Anything But Just the Same Old Mall

BY // 07.05.22

If it has been a while since you’ve visited The Houston Galleria — and many have not ventured back to the shopping center since the pandemic — there are loads of new stores, a few hotspot restaurants and a new high-tech shopping platform designed to make the entire experience a breeze.

The Houston Galleria just launched the techy Simon Search, which gives shoppers the ability to research in-stock products available at its retailers. The platform is integrated into the existing Simon app, the property website and interactive directories. You can shop via a number of options ranging from brand to size to price and more.

As of this week, there are a dozen stores participating including Brooks Brothers, J.Crew, Ugg, Athleta and Banana Republic. Set to join the platform are Kate Spade, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Stuart Weitzman and more. New stores and styles are added daily.

Catching you up with all the new contenders in The Houston Galleria, we won’t go as far back as the mid-pandemic opening of Golden Goose and Musaafer restaurant. Instead, we’ll focus on recent and upcoming spots. Zwilling J.A.  Henckles, offering its high end cookware and utensils, has opened its doors. Blue Nile Diamonds opened in early June.

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Zwilling J.A. Henckels is one of numerous high-end retailers opening in The Galleria in 2022. (Photo courtesy of Simon)

The Capital One 360 Cafe has brought a new dimension to banking in The Galleria with its lounge, which is open to all and brings a menu of light food, free Wi-Fi and semi-private nooks in which to work or chill.

This writer’s favorite source for frozen treats, Amorino Gelato has its second Houston location on the second level, hopefully taking the pressure off of the River Oaks District gelato shop which regularly has a line out of the door.

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Add Rhianna’s wildly popular Savage X Fenty lingerie to the recent mix (it arrived in March) along with Aerie, Arabian Oud, Beach Bunny Swimwear, Reset by Therabody, Psycho Bunny and more.

Continuing the growth of its stable of luxury designers, The Houston Galleria has already teased the fall arrival of Dior, which will be found next to Christian Louboutin and Bottega Veneta. Also coming is the first-to-Texas Lafayette 148 boutique, which is slated to open later this summer.

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