There’s a new shop in town that is like no other on the Strand. On April 11th, Galveston’s downtown will welcome the new retail shop, Synister on the Strand. Synister is an entirely unique shop to Downtown Galveston that specializes in alternative fashion including Steampunk and Neo-Victorian styles. They will also carry a large variety of plus size clothing.

The Synister brand is being built from the ground up by the mother daughter trio, Nancy, Kailey and McKenzie Stephenson. “We want to bring the dark and edgy alive to downtown in a way that’s not done all year round. Think New Orleans meets Queen Victoria, but with vampires” says owner Nancy. The dynamic trio hopes to create a true haven that embraces the strange and unusual. “We want our store to feel and be eclectic. It won’t be for everyone, but anyone will be welcome,” explains Nancy.

After 20 years of traveling back and forth from Houston to Galveston, the Stephenson’s now call the island their home. They couldn’t be happier to begin this new chapter in Galveston.  When asked why they chose Galveston, Nancy answered, “The charm and inspiration of Galveston is undeniable, there’s something about this city that has such an ease that’s very inviting.”

With a great selection of unique items, Synister will appeal to locals and tourists. Their presence on the Strand will be a wonderful addition and make the search for a one-of-a-kind outfit for events like Dickens on the Strand and Mardi Gras much easier.

Synister on the Strand is located at 2301 Strand, Suite 102 in historic Downtown Galveston, directly across from Yaga’s Café and Saengerfest Park.  Syinster will be open Monday - Thursday 10am to 8pm, Fridays and Saturdays 10am to 9pm and Sundays 11am to 6pm. For more information and updates please visit and Instagram at synister.galveston.

About Mitchell Historic Properties

Mitchell Historic Properties oversees Galveston properties owned by the Cynthia and George Mitchell family, including three hotels, The Hotel Galvez & Spa, The Tremont House, and Harbor House & Marina, as well as, commercial and residential properties located downtown and at Pier 21® along Galveston’s historic harbor.  The Mitchell’s ongoing preservation of Galveston’s historic downtown helped spark the resurrection of The Strand National Historic Landmark District and Pier 21® as a tourist destination. “The Mitchell family shares a deep appreciation for Galveston’s heritage,” said Grant Mitchell, President of MHP, “and we remain inspired by the vision of my parents. The buildings they saved speak to us as much as they did to them. My family is firmly dedicated to preserving my parents’ legacy.”  For leasing information, visit or call (409) 761-4110.