Downtown Galveston

Mardi Gras Museum
The Mardi Gras Museum - Mitchell's Forgotten Monumen
By Kimber Fountain

Much like the cities that celebrate it, Mardi Gras is richly unique. While many other holidays have been hijacked by marketing firms and diluted by societal evolution, Carnival remains authentic. While most traditional festivities are more or less mandatory via the declaration of them as nationwide observances, Mardi Gras is only celebrated regionally and has grown organically, with a history that parallels the early growth of certain American cities that were heavily influenced by European cultures.

Whispering Roots
Whispering Roots Apothecary - At Galveston's Own Farmer's Market
By Kimber Fountain

“When your life path deals with certain experiences, I believe that it is part of our purpose to use those experiences for the benefit of others.” Cynnara Wodecki speaks with a wisdom seemingly far beyond her years, yet her life and her business are testaments to the power of extracting the beauty from the dark, cavernous corners of the human condition.

Refresh Medispa - Look Fresh & Feel Confident
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Downtown Galveston is known for its historic architecture, but the buildings themselves would be long forgotten - or worse, lost - if it were not for the endless creativity and tenacity of the small business owners who continually use their brilliance to infuse the would-be relics with new life and purpose. Now, in addition to an array of boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants, the area is home to Galveston’s very first medispa.

E Bike Rentals & Island Adventure Tours
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Enjoy a guided tour of the island’s coolest spots on a new electric bike from Zipp-E-Bikes. There is no better way to see the island than on a quiet and easy to ride E-bike. Your guide will take you on an adventure that highlights everything the island has to offer- history, industry, wildlife, beaches, and more.

Joe Grasso And Son - A Galveston Legend, Served Daily
By J.A. Soukup

Like layers of an onion being peeled back one by one, there is always more to be revealed about Galveston, its people, its places, and even its food. Consider shrimp - not which dish is best, but rather the history behind it, the men who dreamed of it and devoted their lives to it.

First Assembly of God Building
Two Visions, One Purpose
By Kimber Fountain
East End First Assembly of God Church Working to Restore Galveston Little Theatre Building

In a city such as Galveston, where the history is not only captivating but also a distinct facet of the cultural identity, the buildings are as storied as the community. When these two evolve together, rather than demolishing one at the whims of the other, ideas come to be planted in seemingly illogical places - banks become restaurants, warehouses become retail centers, and theatres become churches.

Ghostly Adventure Aboard The USS Cavalla
The USS Cavalla (SS 244) World War II Submarine

Over on Pelican Island, some say the spirits of hundreds of people who died of disease waiting aboard floating ships just beyond Quarantine Station Number 2 in the late 19th and early 20th centuries have finally made their way to shore. The lost souls are said to have been spotted roaming the beach there during inclement weather. Others speak of the days of pirates and tales of millions of dollars worth of treasure that is rumored to have been buried on the small island - pirate ghosts can be extremely protective of their booty.

Del Papa
Del Papa Distributing
"A good name is better than money." - Omero Del Papa

The fertile sands of Galveston cultivate not wheat, soy, or cotton, but success. The 19th century pioneers who transformed a tiny island into a powerhouse of creative entrepreneurship and international commerce set a standard of excellence for Galveston that has magnificently shapeshifted into myriad forms over the 20th century and today, yet always remained constant. At times, this remarkable evolution has taken place not only collectively, but also within a single family.