Shopping for luggage can be time consuming and frustrating if it needs to be done before taking off for a trip into or out of town. Your shopping strategy depends on whether you need an extra moderately priced tote bag or a monogrammed suit carrier, and of course, what part of Houston is most convenient. Here are a few suggestions including Downtown, Galleria Mall, the Reliance Stadium area and southwest Houston for luggage.
Luggage and Leather
5111 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77056
Luggage & Leather is a family-owned business that has operated in the Houston area since 1981. It now has six locations. One of the best known and most convenient locations is not far from the Galleria at 5111 Richmond on the south (eastbound) side of the street in the same mall as Best Buy just west of the Loop (I-640), which is visible from the front entrance of the store. Parking in the mall lot is ample. The store offers complete lines of luggage from several nationally known brands. See the website for more details.
Night Train Luggage
5545 Richmond at Chimney Rock
Night Train Luggage is both a manufacturer and retailer of luggage. The family-owned business was started in 1981 and offers complete lines of luggage including duffle bags, tote bags, garment bags and tote bags. It also offers monogramming for all of its items and custom designs for corporations and groups. The location is near the Galleria Mall area not far from the West Loop (610) and Route 59.
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Super Key Co.
8130 Kirby Drive
Houston, TX 77054
Super Key Co. is a locally owned corporation primarily listed among locksmiths. However, it also sells luggage from its Kirby Drive location, which is a storefront rented from Fiesta Supermarket in the mall near Reliant Stadium. The store is easy to find and parking is ample at the mall. The store is small and brand selections are limited, but a practical line of luggage is on display outside the store, so shopping can be quick and easy.
10315 Brighton Lane
For those in the southwestern area of Houston, Duffelbags.com is a locally owned manufacturer and retailer that has operated in Houston since 1990. It produces its own line of products, but also sells a large number of brand names and imported luggage from China. The location is just outside the outer loop between the Sam Houston Tollway and the Southwest Expressway. The website allows customers to shop online and pay by Paypal.
910 Louisiana St.
Houston, TX 77002
For downtown shoppers, Mendota may be the most convenient location in the mall tunnel. The tunnels are a maze of shops and food courts that allow pedestrians to reach many of the key locations downtown without the bother of traffic, rain or humid weather. If it is your first time shopping in the tunnel mall, take some time to review the website and familiarize yourself with the entrances and exits. The shop sells a wide variety of gifts and luggage, so it’s an excellent location to pick up last-minute souvenirs and replace any travel needs before leaving a conference or event.
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