Top Local Shops To Visit On Black Friday In Houston

November 5, 2013 6:00 AM

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This Black Friday, instead of getting up well before dawn to be mobbed at a big box store, shop Houston’s local businesses.
Last year, there was a listing of some of the best places around town for Black Friday deals. There were many places missed on that list that are ideal for Black Friday shopping due to their selection or location as well as the fact that they are small, local businesses that also deserve some love on the busiest shopping day of the year.
Wolf’s Department Store & Pawn Shop
2701 Dowling St.
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 659-7656

Not all department stores around town are chain stores. Since 1955, Wolf’s Department Store and Pawn Shop has been a community staple on Dowling Street. The pawn shop has an ever-changing stock, like all pawn shops do, but the department store side is a good location to visit if you are looking for men’s clothing or men’s hats to give as gifts. The pawn shop side is a great place to go for traditional, tribal and modern artwork, musical instruments, jewelry, furs and more. Only a visit to the pawn shop will show you exactly what is available, but there should be something for everyone on your Christmas list at Wolf’s, and many of the items you find will be available at a much lower price than you would pay for them new. Wolf’s Department Store and Pawn Shop is open Mondays through Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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Ann’s Fine Gifts
14054 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77079
(281) 589-0424

Ann’s Fine Gifts sells a wide variety of gifts for everyone, including unique finds that are not available anywhere else, like 24-karat gold-dipped roses and clocks for every taste. One of the best reasons to go Black Friday shopping at Ann’s Fine Gifts is the large selection of Christmas ornaments that are always priced 40 percent lower than the suggested price. You can get ornaments to decorate your own tree or to give as gifts. For those who like giving food treats, you can also get coffee, chocolates and truffles from Ann’s. Store hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

Murder By The Book
2342 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 524-8597

If you have a book lover on your shopping list for Christmas, you must make a trip to Murder By The Book. This independent bookstore for over 30 years is a favorite for mystery readers around town. There are lots of signed books available due to the large number of frequent author signings at the store. You can also find murder mystery games and tee shirts for your favorite reader. If you cannot make it on Black Friday, the store hours for Murder By The Book are from Monday through Saturday are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Village Firefly
2422 Rice Blvd.
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 522-2808

Another site to visit on Black Friday for your Christmas goodies for your friends, family and yourself is The Village Firefly. Handmade craft items for your home from exclusively American artists include Christmas ornaments and decorations that are sold all year long, Texas-themed crafts for your out-of-state friends and many more distinctive designs. The store’s inventory is constantly changing based on what the artist suppliers produce. The best way to browse is by dropping in between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
1708 Sunset Blvd.
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 527-9838

When shopping for the person who has everything, stop by Surroundings, and you can get gifts that no one has because everything in the store is handmade. There are many imports from south-of-the-border artisans as well as the work of local artists. The one-of-a-kind finds at Surroundings include decorative pieces of artwork, jewelry, candles and furniture. Since 1975, this little store near Rice University has been proving that handmade pieces are the perfect gifts for yourself or your loved ones. Shop between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays if you miss getting to the store on Black Friday.

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Crystal Hessong ia a freelance writer and a lifelong, fourth generation Houstonian. Her work can be found at

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