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SEPTEMBER 2017 |
GALVESTON MONTHLY |
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Blu Boutique brings the beach to the harbor side of the island, located
on Postoffice Street in historic downtown Galveston. Michelle Robach,
her husband Pat, and daughter Emma have established a family-run
boutique that is not only trendy, but also appeals to all ages.
Emma will soon graduate with a business degree and plans to become
even more involved in the day to day business alongside her parents.
Her mom, Michelle, a real estate agent from the Austin area, found that
years of staging homes and
her love of flipping houses
was a natural stepping stone
for helping her daughter
become vested in the dream
of owning a business. Once
Emma can devote more time
to the boutique, Michelle
and Pat will be traveling
in their newly remodeled,
vintage RV.
Being a family of creative-
minded and business
savvy entrepreneurs, they fit right in with the laid back, whimsical and
sometimes mysterious island of Galveston. “We carry the trends but you
can also find Texas items and boho styles,” says Michelle Robach. Coastal
inspired and unique items along with a plethora of mermaid inspired
clothes, gifts, home accessories, and jewelry await shoppers as they are
often greeted at the door by a darling little dachshund named Olive.
Many odes to Olive and weenie dogs can be found around the boutique
and for purchase. Buster the dog is a bench on the sidewalk which
makes for a popular photo op when visiting the boutique. Mermaids
are a personal favorite of Michelle’s, along with the color blue, hence
the name BLU Boutique by the Beach. Michelle also believes that deep
down, every girl wants to be a mermaid. Mermaids at heart and anyone
of any age that loves the sand, sea, and salt can find inside Blu a variety
of unusual, humorous, and sophisticated one-of-a-kind pieces.
Blu is located at 2118 Postoffice Street and open seven days a week from
11am until at least 7pm, often later. Shoppers are encouraged to always
check in and stop by often for new arrivals.
Island Treasure Hunts
Galveston Island is synonymous with pirates,
treasures, scallywags, and adventure, and these
themes come to life with Island Treasure Hunts.
Their interactive, self-paced scavenger hunts take
pirates-in-training, and anyone wanting a firsthand
look into Galveston’s rich history, through the historic
downtown Strand, Pier 21, Postoffice Street, and the
Seawall.
Started as a labor of love by David Willingham,
developing Island Treasure Hunts was a way to spend
more valuable time
with his daughters.
“We love the island,
the history and
architecture. We also
love outdoor fun and
scavenger hunts,” says
Willingham.
Together, the single
dad and his daughters
strolled the streets
of downtown, noting
quirky and unusual
historical spots,
monuments, and
buildings to complete
the “Hysterical
Historical Hunt” (3
miles). Postoffice Street
and the Theater District
hold many surprises
and opportunities for challenges to be completed,
trivia answers, and historical figures waiting for a
selfie.
Using a personal mobile device such as a cell phone
or tablet to retrieve and follow the hunts online,
hunters can enjoy all of this along with visits to iconic
hot spots. The “Scavenge on the Strand” hunt offers
a shorter walking distance (1.5 miles) through the
Strand and Pier 21.
The sightseeing experience along with a
combination of high-tech and human interactions is
the key to Willingham’s goal for this family owned
and operated business. Immersing visitors in the rich
history of the island in an era of increased screen
time, along with ever growing technology and
distance in human interaction, is an accomplishment
that David and his daughters are proud to have
conquered, even if it is just for the hour to three
hours that people are engaged in the hunts.
The adventure awaits, 24 hours a day, 7 days a
week, within the palm of a hunters’ hand. Enjoy
the sites and visit the businesses at any pace, and
continue the hunt at any time.
All of the fun and finding is only a click away at:
www.IslandTreasureHunts.com.
Blu Boutique
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