Houston’s Harwin Drive Shopping District

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne of Houston’s best kept shopping secrets is not in the antique stalls along Westheimer or buttressing the City’s suburban communities, but located in the heart of Houston’s international community.  Located between Hillcroft and Gessner in southwest Houston, Harwin Drive is well known throughout Houston as a premier local discount shopping area. More than 300 shops and wholesale warehouses owned by people from all over the world, selling bargain-priced imported goods, make this place the best and the easiest way in town for shopping.

Harwin is where Charlie Chanaratsopon launched Charming Charlie, now an empire of more than 250 fashion accessory stores nationally. In 2005 the Houston Press ranked Harwin Drive as the “Best Mall Alternative” in its 2005 Best of Houston awards. In a tough economy, Harwin Drive’s stores offer the best deals to their consumers at the same high quality found in many department stores in Houston or anywhere.

Harwin Drive is the place for tourists and Houstonians looking for everyday and on-trend items at bargain prices. Visitors can find an ever-changing inventory of handbags, jewelry, wedding gowns, perfumes, home décor, and even human hair, tattoo supplies, disco balls, and much more for less.

First-time visitors can visit the area starting at Harwin Central Mart. This two-story, indoor mall, between Fondren and Gessner, has dozens of fashion and jewelry shops. Then they can venture to walk the appealing streets of Harwin Drive.

An easy way to navigate Harwin Drive and find what you are looking for is to visit HarwinDrive.com. It is a simple website created to guide new customers to the area’s 300-plus stores. Businesses are sorted by category and pictures of some of their best-selling items are posted.

HarwinDrive.com also has a presence on Facebook and Twitter, where minded shoppers share pictures of their finds, alert other shoppers to the bargains and where to find them.

So wear your comfy pair of shoes and explore this shopping hot spot. The shopping experience is worth it.

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