Gracie’s offers a fun family shopping experience to both visitors and locals to Galveston Island. Specializing in gifts, home accents and accessories, Gracie’s carries several lines including Vera Bradley bags and Waxing Poetic jewelry. They also have an extensive children’s department which includes toys, books and accessories, including the Groovy Girls line.
 
Owners Keith and Genette Bassett have operated Gracie’s on The Strand for 20 years. As third generation Galvestonians and long-time business owners, they never questioned rebuilding after Hurricane Ike devastated the island. “I love Galveston,” said Genette, “I like the sense of community. And that was never more obvious than after Ike when everyone pulled together.”
 
With a great selection of items for anyone in the family, Gracie’s offers daily specials, which are posted on their Facebook page, and special events throughout the year that coincide with major downtown events like Dickens on The Strand. “I like to say that we’re the first to open and the last to close on The Strand. We’re very tourist driven but we cater to locals, as well. If there are people out wanting to shop, we’re open,” says Genette.
 
When asked about operating a business in downtown Galveston, Genette answered, “I think the best thing about The Strand is there is always an event going on. It seems like every weekend there’s something being held in Saengerfest Park or downtown. There’s always an event going on which makes it nice for locals and tourists, as well. I think there are some great opportunities for businesses in Galveston. ”
 
Gracie’s is located at 2228 Strand in historic downtown Galveston, just across from Saengerfest Park. Gracie’s is open Sundays through Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
 
Mitchell Historic Properties oversees Galveston properties owned by George Mitchell and the Mitchell family, including its commercial and residential properties located downtown. For leasing information, visit www.mitchellhistoricproperties.com or call (409) 763-5806.