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What's New in Galveston

By Ester Davis McKenna
Whats New 

Galveston’s got a bustling shopping and restaurant district and GM has added this new column to keep its readers up to date on what’s new and cool in G-town. Whether you are looking for a sassy boutique or a bite to eat, be sure to check What’s New before planning your day downtown.

Leeland House Galveston
This cozy neighborhood bistro opened for business last November for breakfast, lunch, and brunch. In mid-February, the hours of operation increased to include happy hour and evening service.

eeland House Galveston is the brainchild of partners Cheryl Crider and Justin Lofton. Crider and Lofton established the Neighborhood Hospitality Group that includes similar concepts in east downtown Houston such as the original Leeland House, Around the Corner, and Down the Street.

General Manager Ashely Moore said they wanted “to create a space that was beautiful, casual, and fun to be in; a space that was great for a special celebration as well as your everyday place.”

The food is American with a casual twist and what Moore likes to describe as “brunch forward.”

“Our concept is different. Everything is relaxed. For example, we don’t take reservations; it’s a first-come, first-served basis. We want you to come on in and get comfortable. Have a drink. Visit, and catch up with your friends. When you are ready, place your order at the bar, and a server will bring your food to your table. Leave your tab open and go sit down. Or sit at the bar. Whatever you fancy,” Moore said.

This idea, she said, is tried and true, and it works well in their other concepts. “It’s a purposeful idea. It allows people to get up and move around,” Moore said.

Don’t worry if this process is new to you, there is enough signage and staff to walk you through. Their menu includes gluten-free items as well as regular items that are easy to modify - just communicate your special dietary needs when ordering.

Vegetarian options are available as well. It would be hard to miss the outpouring of love on social media for the Crispy Cauliflower, which is battered, fried, slathered in Gochujang and creamy cilantro sauce, and topped with micro greens.

"Sometimes, even we don’t know why the cauliflower is so ridiculously delicious, but maybe it has something to do with that crispy, light batter, sticky Gochujang sauce, and the fan favorite creamy cilantro. Trust me, we love it just as much as everyone else,” said Lofton.

The new evening menu and happy hour pricing started mid-February. Happy hour pricing is offered Wednesday to Friday from 4pm to 6pm, where guests receive 20 percent off the entire check.

The restaurant is open Wednesday through Saturday from 8am to 10pm and Sundays until 3pm. They serve breakfast, lunch, and brunch daily from 8am to 3pm. The evening menu is available from 3pm to 10pm.

Future plans for the Neighborhood Hospitality Group include a cocktail bar called “Lucie’s” that will be located across the street on Market. “Things are really exciting for the west Market Street area of downtown Galveston. The look, the stores, the vibe - it’s exciting,” Moore said.

Leeland House Galveston is located at 2711 Market Street. For more information call 409.497.2047 or visit www.leelandhousegtx.com.

Placeholder imageAmici Aesthetics at the Beauty Bar
Whether you just want to refresh your look or need to correct hormonal imbalances that affect your skin’s health, Amici Aesthetics has the non-surgical solutions you seek.

Dr. Margaret Goebel, DNP, is a skincare expert with more than a decade of experience in the aesthetic industry, and she is ready to customize a plan for you. “Every patient is different, so each plan of care is developed according to his or her particular needs,” Goebel said.

Amici Aesthetics offers a full line of non-surgical procedures including Botox, fillers, chemical peels, micro-needling, and hormone/testosterone treatments. New products this month will include Daxxify injectables that smooth out wrinkles for up to nine months.

Placeholder imageGoebel is a native Texan and owns a 1913 historic home in midtown Galveston with her husband. Why open a Galveston office?

“The vibe here is so much more relaxed than the hustle and bustle of a big city like Houston,” she said. In fact, Goebel thinks the whole industry is more relaxed than ever before.

“Injectables are more mainstream now, and more is known about the products as well. Men are more conscious of their skincare. They are using more products and having procedures done as often as women.”

Amici Aesthetics is located inside The Beauty Bar at 2005 Postoffice Street - Galveston’s own cooperative of professionals working together to treat all your beauty needs. Galveston is home to Amici Aesthetics’ second location; their flagship spa is in Friendswood.

Amici Aesthetics Galveston is open every Wednesday from 10am to 4pm. For more information or to make an appointment call 832.206.4418 or visit www.amicilaser.com.

First Impressions ~n~ Galveston–Blow Dry Bar
Placeholder image Need great hair for your special event but don’t have the time or the know-how to style it yourself? Or maybe you’ve been working or running errands all day, and you need beautiful hair for an evening out. Well, you can relax - Galveston’s only blow dry bar is now open for business.

Owner Rachel West has an extensive background in “all things hair.” She studied under Scott Cole, Vidal Sassoon, and Paul Mitchell to earn her cosmetology license and worked with celebrity stylists Jose Eber and Jim Wayne in Beverly Hills.

She has spent over a decade in the field and is excited about opening up her own shop in Galveston. “I finally get to do it my way,” West said.

Placeholder imageFirst Impressions salon is housed in a cavernous space filled with classic, traditional furniture, and eclectic design pieces with trendy wall paintings that give the space a very cool vibe. Think “fun parlor room where the rest of your bridal party is about to arrive.”

Services on the current menu include: washing; drying; cutting; styling; extensions and wig making; and perms and straightening (Brazilian blowouts that last up to three months). For weddings and large events, call for a consultation prior to your special day.

West is looking for nail and eyelash technicians and barbers to round out her salon services. Space is also available for pop up garment shops. West encourages anyone interested in supplying these services to contact her directly.

“I want to offer full salon services in a really fun atmosphere,” West said. To that end, look for monthly tutorial classes on everything hair like braiding and elegant updos or learn how to apply makeup for all occasions.

Enjoy complimentary champagne mimosas on Sunday and happy hour prices on Thursdays when customers receive $10 off signature blowouts between 3pm to 8pm.

First Impressions ~n~ Galveston-Blow Dry Bar is located at 527 21st Street (Moody Avenue) Suite 101BS3. They are open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 8pm and Sunday from noon to 6pm. For more information call 409.443.4116. You can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Are you opening a new business or creating a new branch for an established Galveston business? Send your details to info@galvestonmonthly.com for consideration.