Find treasures at the Island’s many gift shops along the beach
by lori thompson
If you look up and down any coastline, you’ll see plenty of gift shops. Galveston beach is no exception. There are several shops on the Seawall that stand out among the others.
is the oldest gift shop in town. At 100 years old, it still stands over the water at the end of 22nd St. In fact, in April of this year, they had their 100 year celebration. The money raised by this party was given to Ronald McDonald House. Laura Flores runs Murdochs now. The shop has been run by the same family all these years. They are known for their extensive seashell collection. They also carry just about every type of Galveston Island souvenir you can think of. According to Laura, “If you can’t find it here, you won’t be able to find it!” The tin roof bar that is part of the same building features frozen drinks, beer, and sodas that you can enjoy out on the deck, sitting in a rocking chair.
A bit further east, at the end of 5th Street, you will find Wings
. Wings owns and operates over 30 locations across the beaches of America.
They feature high quality clothing, swimwear, shoes, souvenirs, and beach accessories. Since its founding in 1978, Wings has offered the best selection at affordable prices. It is known for its trend setting designs that are unmatched by the competition. Check out their website: wingsbeachwear.com
for daily specials and other featured products.
At 4708 Seawall you will find Bargain Beachwear
. For the past 25 years, Bargain Beachwear has offered the largest selection of swimwear in Galveston. They feature plus-sizes for both men and women. According to the owner, Izzy, any size, from XS to 5XL can find swimwear, beachwear and T-shirts. Those custom T-shirts can be created from over 1,000 designs. The moment you walk into Bargain Beachwear, you notice the wide variety of clothing and souvenirs displayed literally from the floor to the ceiling. Stop in for a coupon for 15% off any merchandise!
As you continue west along the Seawall, you will find Dolphin World
at 8910 Seawall. They offer a huge selection of brand name beachwear, sportswear and swimwear, as well as accessories such as hats, shades, sandals, tanks and tees. They also carry souvenirs from small-scale boats, seashells, hermit crabs, and just about everything else you can think of.
Finally, Treasure Trove
is located in Jamaica Beach. Treasure Trove is not a souvenir shop or “shell shop” according to owner Debbie Kubeczka. They carry resort/casual wear, bathing suits and cover ups, candles, bath and body products, home, garden and deck décor and plenty of gifts and seasonal items. In addition, they feature Vietri hand-crafted Italian ceramics. Clearly, Treasure Trove IS
a treasure trove for quality gifts and garments. Visit them at giftsandgarments.com
With such a variety of gift shops on the Seawall, you are sure to find just the right souvenir, gift, swimsuit or clothing!