There are few places like Hendley Market in Galveston, Texas. On the historic Strand, visitors are welcomed in with or without dogs and shoes. An eclectic mix of local artists, antiques, vintage, fine art, witty books and penny candy canisters filled with delights for wee folk. It is a store for all ages and the chronically young at heart.
Housed in one of the oldest buildings in town, I think some past residents were messing with my camera because very few shots came out with any clarity. Did I mention the fully charged camera battery died off as well? It was as if the ghosts wanted to keep Hendley's delights under wraps. I was hoping the trade off would be a spectral figure in my photos- but no such luck. Just grainy pics at best.
It is an honor to become part of the Hendley vibe. Today I was invited in for a light lunch and conversation. Amongst the fine cheeses, asparagus and taffy, I learned the ladies of the shop share my taste in music and my off beat sense of humor. Exactly the camaraderie I needed as Hubby's extended work trip has prolonged the silence in the house.
My Lydia sure is comfy in her new home, tending shop and handing out strawberries!
There is no greater feeling than becoming a part of the community in which one lives. I have moved so often that this art of assimilation should be second nature, but I am shy at heart. Hendley feels like a new home with old friends. Every guest is well known and as one guest said, "Hendley is just so cool. It's a place we all come to just hang out."
With spring leaving shop doors wide open to welcome breezes across America it is time to get out and taste the local flavors. Artists have been working the winter away and are ready to share a story while showing off their wares. So treat yourself to fresh stroll in a familiar place. Support local business and increase your hometown identity. Be amazed by the many talents who share your zipcode.
LOVE & SHOP LOCAL