Houston, DDTS has landed at DSW, Starbucks, Marshalls & The Container Store

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DDTS landed in Houston for a short layover. Sometimes we don't have the time to do a lot of things due to the time of arrival. We took a taxi and went to an outside shopping area near the Galleria Mall and had three hours to shop before closing. DSW is one of our favorite shops in the States, shoe lovers as we are ;-)! In this store all kinds of shoe-gems can be found, row after row. DSW offers a wide selection of current brand names and designer shoes and casual and athletic footwear for women and men. DSW carries some of the same styles found in department stores but with savings that range up to 50 percent below department store regular retail prices, everyday. We tried fashionable flip flops in all kinds of models and basically had a great time in the Designer Shoe Warehouse.

The Container Store is a favorite of Desiré. The Container Store is specialized in storage and organization solutions. We also visited Marshalls. This popular store offers current-season, brand-name and designer goods for men, women, teens and kids at incredible prices everyday. Marshalls traces its history to 1956, when Alfred Marshall gathered a band of innovative entrepreneurs on the East Coast to collectively start up the 'Brand Names For Less' concept. You can find all kinds of articles in this store. You have to search for the hidden gems but if you find them you are 'on top of the world'! 

Starbucks is the coffee shop to be in the States. Starbucks was founded in Seattle, Washington in 1971. Today it operates 23,768 locations worldwide. Do you use a fake Starbucks name when you order, to avoid confusion about your difficult real name? If not, it's time to start brainstorming. At Starbucks, the name misspelling is a very funny experience. No matter what your gender, religion or creed is, a barista will always get your name wrong. Even if you spel out each letter as slowly as possible (and several times over), you're going to get a surprise when you see your cup. So the Starbucks name of Margré in the States is Sophie, but they will spell it like Sofi, Soofie or Sofee...very funny!

It was a short commercial break in Houston. No musea, no culture, no tips for hip restaurants. But big American brand names of stores like Marshalls, Designer Shoe Warehouse, The Container Store and Starbucks were on the list this time! The all American way of shopping!

 

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Houston…we thought it was a boring city, but the opposite is true! In the morning we went to the Houston Museum of Natural Science and visited the Butterfly Center. The butterflies were wearing the most exotic outfits. The guard asked us to check our hair and clothes first before leaving the garden…a butterfly could stick on us as a refugee…how cute! We visited afterwards the Contemporary Art Museum of Houston and saw the exposition from Marilyn Minter, ‘Pretty/Dirty’. It was a manifest on our culture’s complex and contradictory emotions around the feminine body and beauty. After seeing this interesting exposition we drove our rental car to 19th street, but ended up in the middle of nowhere. Our navigation system was not really okay. We talked with the very kind and friendly locals over there and finally we arrived on 19th street in Heights a little later. We visited very nice vintage stores like Replay and Thrifty. We had a nice lunch in Down House, a lovely spot in the neighbourhood of 19th street. Lovely lanes with green trees and big houses formed our landscape while driving back to the hussle and bustle of Houston downtown. Meanwhile we spotted a nice pink old Cadillac in the parking lot of the Target. Houston has so much more to offer than we would have thought. Culture, art, a lot of vintage stores and such a laid back feeling in the Heights area of Houston. An ugly city changed into a very interesting place to be for us. How cool is that!