Maybe it’s the whoosh of the rail skimming along Main Street or the colorful art hanging from the soaring ceilings, but there’s just something light and fun about Chick and Chica, the newest boutique along the lower Midtown corridor.
Opened by friends Sharon Haynes, (the Chick) and Lupe Pozas, (the Chica), their new shop mixes clothing, jewelry, baby gifts, handmade art and home accessories in a welcoming space. It’s the latest retail addition to an area that’s channels a smidge of South Congress charm with a certifiably unique Houston vibe.
The carefree feel of Chick and Chica likely comes from the fact that the shop is filled with happy, bright things. Cotton sundresses blow in the breeze from the street and men’s T-shirts printed with “Make Tamales, Not War” are playful. Paintings and handmade pillows from Mexican and Texan artists decorate the shop and hand-embroidered boots from Turkey add an international touch.
The women call their location Mid-Main: Chick and Chica fits perfectly in the neighborhood that’s home to the Continental Club, Tacos a Go-Go, Big Kat’s and My Flaming Heart. The area is on the verge of a major boom and while there are empty buildings just across the street, Pozas is excited about the development.
“This is just a great opportunity and in one or two years it will be even better,” Pozas said.
Opening the shop was a labor of love for the women who painted the walls, repurposed shelving and prepped the space. The result is lots of color and something for everybody at affordable prices. Summer weight skirts are $32-$55 and baby items (including the adorable Baby Burrito onsies with “Mija” and “I Speak Spanglish” wrapped in foil to look like a burrito) are under $30.
There’s gifts and jewelry, some costume, some handcrafted by Pozas and other artists. The women are quick to offer shoppers coffee and cookies during the day and a glass of wine in the evenings, so it really just feels like you’re hanging out at your friend’s cool eclectic house, where you can buy a painting off her wall if so inclined.
Haynes and Pozas host monthly parties and keeps late hours on Friday and Saturday, adding to the block party atmosphere, something Haynes definitely understands as she also owns Tacos A Go-Go just down the street. On my trip, I parked at a meter across the street, but there's also parking behind the store as well.
The reinvention of Mid-Main is exciting not just for those who love live music and a late night bite, but for shoppers too. Chick and Chica is a zig-zag addition to Houston's shoppingscape that tends to stay inside the lines.