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January / June 2013 PUBLISHER

Ellie Lummus ADVERTISING ACCOUNTS

Ellie Lummus Lorraine Short The GUIDE is published in Rockport 2 times yearly. While every effort is made to insure accuracy, we are not responsible for errors or omissions. The entire content of the Guide is copyrighted with all rights reserved. Reproduction or use of editorial or graphic content is discouraged. For advertising information, or for copies call:

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Fishing & Boating.....................................................4-7 Family Fun ........................................................... 8-9 Shopping .......................................................... 10-15 Calendar ............................................................... 15 Home and Garden ................................................. 16 Real Estate & Services ..................................... 17-19 Bed & Breakfast .................................................... 20 RV Parks and Services................................................20 Pet Care ............................................................... ..21 Books and More .................................................... 21 Galleries ........................................................... 22-24 Services......................................................................25 Restaurants ...................................................... 26-30 Seafood and Specialties..............................................30 Specialty Foods...........................................................31 Antiques ................................................................31 Refugio .................................................................. 32 Port Aransas .................................................... 33-34 ABOUT the COVER: Artist, Steve Russell grew up in beautiful Rockport which used to be a sleepy little town with shrimpers, sport fishermen and birdwatchers. He stayed home and concentrated on the only thing he ever wanted to do...be an artist! and has been very successful. He has received many awards and recognition for his Texas Coastal scenes; one being Texas Ducks Unlimited artist of the year. His travels expand his artwork to include places such as Venice, the Texas Hill Country, and Bigbend. Steve is having a one-man show at the Rockport Center for the Arts April 10th-May 11th. Call, Sherol, for an appointment at his studio/gallery for a veiwing 361-729-0494

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CHARTROOM RESTAURANT & GROG BAR is located in one of Rockport’s most attractive locations, the Key Allegro Marina. The recently remodeled patio bar features drink specials, great views and superior service. The new Chartroom is now serving gourmet delights, such as Shrimp Scampi, Chili Rubbed Pork Tenderloin, pan seared Crab Cakes, Shrimp & Avocado and Chicken Madeira. Meet at the marina and enjoy appetizers or a meal, cold cocktails and cool breezes for your afternoon or evening get together. Enjoy daily drink specials and dockside music on weekends. Casual attire ... come by boat! Closed on Mondays except for holidays. www.GrogBar.com & www.ChartroomRockport.com Find them at 39 Mazatlan over the Key Allegro bridge. 361-790-2450 Painting by Steve Russell

ROCKPORT TACKLE TOWN has everything for the outdoor sportsman. Rods, reels and all of your offshore and bay tackle needs are here. Great selection of outdoor clothing from Simms, Bimini Bay, Sperry, Teva, Reef and Crocs is featured for women, men and kids along with Costa Del Mar and Maui Jim sunglasses. Sizes from tiny to 5X! Professional rod and reel repairs and Fly fishing pro shop for saltwater enthusiasts, including Shimano warranty service. Hunting headquarters with a complete line of dog training supplies and gear, decoys, ammo, rain gear, binoculars and scopes. Dealers for Benelli and Stoeger fine firearms. Just about anything you need under one roof. Nobody has more ... PLUS friendly advice, professional service and open seven days a week! 3010 Hwy. 35 N. in Rockport. Painting by Ellie Specht www.RockportTackletown.com 361-729-1841

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SEAWORTHY MARINE SUPPLY has the largest inventory of marine supplies and hardware in the area. Friendly and knowledgeable staff makes this the boater’s friend in Rockport. Everything for your motor, boat or trailer is here, from control cables to zincs. Complete line of electronics is available along with professional installation. Fishing tackle, IceyTex coolers, Powerpole anchoring systems, Minnkota Talon and all of your required safety gear for Bays or Gulf can be found here at reasonable prices and ready to go. Paints, fittings, hardware and clean up supplies, dock lines, outriggers and much more. This is your authorized service center for Minnkota trolling motors. Also featured are the full line of Hobie and Wilderness System Kayaks and accessories ... including the stand up paddle boards! Open 8 AM-6 PM Mon. thru Fri; 8 till 5 PM Sat. and 9 til 4 Sundays. www.SeaworthyMarine.com Next to Fulton Yacht Yard at 102 S. Fulton Beach Rd. 361-727-9100

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KEY ALLEGRO MARINA is one of the few marinas in the country to receive Quimby’s Cruising Guides’ highest rating of Five Anchors. Awarded the Texas Marina of the Year, the marina complex offers complete services with restaurant and bar, showers, laundry, full service fuel dock offering quality ValvTect fuels, ship’s store, and pump station. Covered and uncovered slips are available, some with electric lifts. Transient slips are available, but popular ... call ahead for reservations. Boaters and fishermen will find most maintenance needs and weekend comforts in the ship store along with essential marine supplies--tackle, fuel, ice, bait, charts, clothing ... including fishing T’s, Sperry Topsiders, Tommy Bahama, Hook and Tackle, Bamboo Cay Sportswear, and Maui Jim sunglasses. Located at 37 Mazatlan, just off Bayshore in Key Allegro. www.KeyAllegroMarina.com Home of the Rockport Offshore Challenge! Open daily. 361-729-8264 PREMIER YAMAHA BOATING CENTER formerly RONNIE’S MARINE is a premium full service marine dealer for all of your coastal fishing adventures. Boats featured include legendary designs such as Majek, Sea Fox, Sportsman, and Pathfinder along with K2 and Alweld. This is an authorized service center for Yamaha marine, with a qualified staff and professional shop ready to get you on the water. Electronics installations are a specialty whether you are looking for GPS, VHF or custom on the water stereo. Check here for your new boat ... talk to the folks who know and get something that is right for the area ... and custom rigged right for you. On line at www.Premier-Yamaha.com or stop by the showroom just off of Hwy. 35 S. at 105 West Moore Ave. in Aransas Pass. Open Daily. 361-758-2140 BAY CHARTERS invites you to explore the back bays and flats Texas style. Whether you are new to saltwater fishing or an experienced fisherman looking for some famous Rockport action, you will have a great day on the water. Everything is provided. Capt. Frank Houser has more than 30 years experience guiding in the Rockport area and knows how to make your trip a memorable one. Redfish and trout trips are a specialty aboard a Majek skiff or custom airboat. Seasonal Duck Hunts, and fish/hunt combo trips arranged. www.RockportFishingCharters.com Call for outdoor report and reservations--and be sure to leave your area code! cell: 361229-2527 or 361-729-8237

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RON HOOVER RV & MARINE invites you to stop by and look over their complete lines of boats made for fishing and fun! Featuring NauticStar, Scout, Carolina Skiff and Hurricane Deck Boats with Evinrude, Yamaha and Suzuki power. Ron Hoover is the motorized and towable RV specialist with Keystone, Forest River, Heartland, Crossroads and more. For over 25 years the good folks at Ron Hoover have served the RV & marine community. Let the experienced staff help you spend some quality time either on the road with their full line of quality RV’s and 5th wheels, or on the bays and Gulf. This is the premier service and sales center in south Texas with more than 9000 sq. ft. devoted to parts and service. Stop in and visit! www.RonHoover.com Just off the bypass at 1510 W. Market in Rockport. 361-729-9695

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REDFISH BAY BOAT HOUSE is a world class fully enclosed high and dry boat storage facility and full service marina, ideal for every type of boat and boater. Offering fuel, pump-out service, ship’s store, fishing and boat supplies, waterfront restaurant & Tiki bar. Keep your boat safe and secure. Call ahead and have your boat in the water, iced down, ready to go for your fishing trip. After a long day on the water, take your fish pictures at the weigh station and have dinner and drinks. No worries! Your boat will be washed, stored and ready for your next outing. 322 Huff Street on Conn Brown Harbor in Aransas Pass. Visit their website www.RedfishBayBoatHouse.com or call 361-758-9000

P2 OUTFITTERS specializes in catching trout and redfish, using live or artificial lures in the Rockport and Aransas Pass areas. Brothers, Capt. Will and Capt. Joe, run top of the line 2012 Haynie 24 foot boats. They can accommodate yourself, your family, or your company group. You will be using Waterloo rods and Shimano reels when you step aboard these amazing boats. P2 outfitters also guides flounder gigging and bird hunting trips. Give them a call today and book a trip. www.P2outfitters.com 361-463-6198 or 361-834-3553

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RAFTER “T” TAXIDERMY Owner Marty Gilchrest is a true artist at “keeping your adventures alive”. Bird mounts, Shoulder mounts, European mounts, Fish Replicas or what ever your liking, Marty has the experience and skill and will have them ready for you in a timely fashion. He also has HydroGraphics available and done on sight. Have them do your European mounts, guns, auto accessories, or just get imaginative. Open Monday- Saturday. Come by and check out his gallery. Located at 1117 W. Market. 361-205-5150

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SHEMPY’S GRILL is one of those coastal friendly places that encourages you to relax and sit a spell. Bring your own beer or wine and enjoy indoor or outdoor dining on the screened in patio. Great burgers, salads, po-boys and seafood are served ... Try the Sliders on Kaisers or some of their famous bread pudding. Seafood platters, tasty grilled fish, seafood specials and Bait Buckets fill out the menu and there is a kid’s menu for those under ten. This is the place to stop after a hard day on the flats and there is plenty of room for boats in the parking lot. BYOB. And bring your fillets and they’ll cook ‘em up for you. Watch for famous lunch specials! Open Tuesday thru Saturday for Lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday and Monday. Located just across from Palm Harbor at 3913 Hwy. 35 S toward Aransas Pass. 361-727-0019 POP’S TAVERN & CAFE is just over the Copano Causeway in Lamar. A favorite local hangout with friendly down-home atmosphere and country cookin’... home of the famous Captain Jack Burger and all you can eat catfish and fried oyster specials. Enjoy salads, tasty appetizers, fresh seafood, ribeyes and more. South Texas friendly and unique Lamar hospitality makes this a favorite meal stop and the perfect cool sit down for cruising bikes, fishermen, kayakers and bird watchers. THE favorite stop for the outdoor crowd on their way to or from fishing or hunting ... or on their way home from the coast. Also a good place to meet many of the local fishing guides. Don’t miss the Gumbo Palooza Scholarship Benefit held at Paws and Taws March 15th16th. Serving lunch & dinner every day. Open at 11:00 AM. 202 Park Rd. 13 in Lamar on the way to Goose Island State Park. 361-729-2862

REDFISH WILLIE’S WATERFRONT GRILL is a covered open air restaurant located right on the water at Redfish Bay Boat House. Watch the boats come in and relax in the cool breeze while dining and enjoying a drink from their Tiki Bar. They serve a delightful menu of appetizers, seafood and burgers. After a long day on the water this is a perfect place to kick back and refresh. Find them at 322 Huff St. on Conn Brown Harbor in Aransas Pass. Look for the big boat barn. 361-758-9000

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AQUARIUM AT ROCKPORT HARBOR is located just behind the Rockport Center for the Arts at the edge of the harbor. The Aquarium is a great place for the whole family to visit and learn about our unique coastal environment. Different tanks hold crabs, red drum, seahorses and much more. You will see what is common in the waters surrounding Live Oak Peninsula as well as a few surprises, such as, Marley, the honeycomb eel. Marley really enjoys swimming around his tank for visitors. It’s almost as though he is showing off! They have just opened their new Education Center, which has movies and activities. There are nautical artifacts, shell collections as well as an Aquarium store where souvenirs may be purchased. The Aquarium is open to the public, free of charge year round daily from 1 PM. till 4 PM. Closed Tues. and Wed. Also pet friendly. The Aquarium is also available for parties and special tours by request. Get involved! Become a Member of the Aquarium or become a Volunteer. Friend us on Facebook! For more information visit on line at www.RockportAquarium.com ...Admission is FREE!

THE CART STORE is the Coastal Bend’s center for golf carts. Whether you use your cart for golf, ranch or just running errands, you will find complete service and repairs for almost any make of cart. New carts by Yamaha are featured and you will find an assortment of used, reconditioned and custom carts of all makes as well. Parts and accessories from motors and controllers to weather enclosures and wheel covers are available for your custom cart. Get batteries, chargers, tires, lift kits and much more! Skilled technicians. Local delivery and pickup is available. Open Monday thru Friday from 8 til 5 and Saturdays from 9-12. Located at 4211 Hwy. 35 S. halfway between Rockport and Aransas Pass. www.theCartStoreRockport.com 727-1500 NAUTICAL WHEELERS is the center for island fun and totally green transport with a wild collection of 5-passenger electric buggies and 8-passenger electric limos ... Fun, functional and fully street legal! Cruise the beach in style, head to the birding center or just explore Port A shopping. And if you prefer to pedal, they have fat-tired beach bikes PLUS a full line up of family bikes, tandem bikes, trailer bikes and child seats! Cruisin’ around town, beach, or checking the fishing action at the jetties, Nautical Wheelers can make your Port Aransas trip a really memorable one for the whole family. If you brought your own bike to the coast, this is one beachin’ bike shop, fully stocked and ready to repair or service almost any bike. Disover a cool selection of handbags, beach bags, Gurkee’s rope sandals, colorful Ts and island music to complete your Port A trip! www.NauticalWheelers.net Next to the Port Aransas Family Center at 428 S. Alister in Port Aransas. 361-749-3003 www.rockportguide.com Page 8


4 The Birds is for the birds! This is South Texas birding headquarters and a cool stop for those new birders exploring the area. Updated information, including recent sightings, birding books, local maps and birder’s checklist can be found here along with bird houses, feeders and more. Enjoy the wildlife and marine photography of Diane Loyd whose images of Rockport birding are in many collections. Home of the famous Whooping Crane photos ... Canvas and prints are available. This unique mother and daughter artist team invites you to enjoy all things birding. Featured are Dovie Howard’s hand painted and embroidered wearable art featuring local birds on Ts, totes and caps along with unique hand crafted gifts for birders. This is a gallery that invites you to enjoy all things birding and has all you need to enjoy Rockport birding and the Great Texas Birding Trail! Visit on line at www.SaltFlatsPhotography.com or stop by 415 South Austin St. #9 in downtown Rockport. 361-790-9700 P2 OUTFITTERS specializes in catching trout and redfish, using live or artificial lures in the Rockport and Aransas Pass areas. Brothers, Capt. Will and Capt. Joe, run top of the line 2012 Haynie 24 foot boats. They can accommodate yourself, your family, or your company group. You will be using Waterloo rods and Shimano reels when you step aboard these amazing boats. P2 outfitters also guides flounder gigging and bird hunting trips. Give them a call today and book a trip. www.P2outfitters.com 361-463-6198 or 361-834-3553

ROCKPORT CENTER FOR THE ARTS is the blue Victorian style house located next to Rockport harbor and the Rockport Beach Park. Bright and airy gallery spaces make it one of the most delightful showcases for art in South Texas. Artists from around the state and the country show here. Shows change regularly, from sporting and nature art, to sculpture, to wild children’s shows. Music, children’s art programs, special classes and seminars all offer artists and visitors a world of creative opportunities. A walk through the outdoor sculpture garden is an enjoyable accent to Rockport Harbor. Open Tuesday thru Saturday from 10 til 4 and Sundays from 1 til 4. www.RockportArtCenter.com FREE ADMISSION! 361-729-5519 SEA & SPRAY has everything you need to get the best out of Rockport with top brands, hot designs and current fashion in shorts, T’s and sunglasses. Casual swim wear for men and women from names like QUIKSILVER, BILLABONG, HURLEY, ROXY and SALT LIFE are featured. Men’s button down shirts plus a great selection of quality REEF, RAINBOW and SANUK sandals perfect for lounging year ‘round. LIQUID FORCE wakeboards, wake skates, towable tubes, kneeboards, ropes, ski vests and accessories. Check out the skateboards for the skate park or long boards for just a leisurely cruise. Is the sun blinding you? Owner Don Kimbroough has the answer. OAKLEY, VON ZIPPER and DRAGON sunglasses will make your eyes say ahh! So if you enjoy the coast, whether it’s sunning, skating, surfing, wakeboarding or just styling--stop here. Across from Ken’s Diner at 202 Hwy 35 N., Rockport. 729-3532 TEXAS MARITIME MUSEUM overlooks Rockport harbor and the observation deck has one of the best views in town ... On a clear day, St. Joseph Island and even Port Aransas can be seen. This is a place for the whole family to enjoy. The many displays in the museum are a treat to visit ... join LaSalle on his failed Texas colonial attempts or explore how big oil companies and nature coexist. See art, artifacts and fascinating exhibits including a life size Texas scow sloop and a half size replica of the Belle. The gift shop is fun to browse and special exhibits change regularly making this a great stop any time of year! Open Tuesday thru Sunday from 10 AM til 4 PM and from 1 til 4 PM on Sunday afternoons. Small fee for non-members. 1202 Navigation Circle, right on the Harbor in Rockport. www.TexasMaritimeMuseum.org 1-866-729-AHOY or 361-729-6644 USS LEXINGTON invites you to step into another dimension. Once aboard the WWII era aircraft carrier, USS LEXINGTON, you become a part of the story. Explore historic aircraft, sit in a jet fighter cockpit & test the controls or walk the flight deck where high-speed catapult launches took place. In the giant, three-story tall MEGA Theater, you’ll be strapped in the cockpit with top fighter pilots in the most dangerous allied air force training exercise in the world! Interactive displays and original sound effects throughout the ship bring the Pearl Harbor bombing, kamikaze attacks and the bravery of the Greatest Generation to life. The USS LEXINGTON is open daily at 9AM (except Christmas and Thanksgiving days). All areas except flight and hangar decks are airconditioned. www.USSLexington.com 800-LADY-LEX www.rockportguide.com

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ATTITUDES & LATITUDES is a colorful necessity to your relaxed tropical life-style. There is an amazing assortment of real Hawaiian shirts by Pacific Legend and Tori Richard along with Margaritaville for the guys. Cool coastal fashions for the gals, including the latest from Fresh Produce, Lulu B, Krista Lee, Cactus and much more. There are even coordinated beach outfits for the kids here! Enter a cool world of island music, flip flops, and accessories. This is a shop for the whole family to browse. Almost everything here is Made in the U.S.A. If you are heading for the beach, or just hanging out at the beach house, this is your coastal headquarters! Open daily. Located 209 South Austin St. Also visit the Flop House next door at 213 S. Austin for your Flip Flops, Tee Shirts, Corky’s and much more. 361-729-6338 BRAXTON is home to unique coastal decorating ideas and one of the most popular downtown Rockport browsing stops. Just off Austin Street, discover a treasure of antiques and wonderful vintage finds. Braxton specializes in estate sales, so you never know exactly what you might discover here. Along with Braxton’s own signature line of “random chic” furniture there is everything from artwork, pottery, lamps, jewelry, hand selected antiques and much more crowded into this surprising shop. Ask Braxton for great decorating suggestions! Estate sales are made hassle free, professional and easy ... just call. From 10 until 5 daily and Sunday 1 til 4 (Closed on Tues. and Wed.) Located at 1015 E. Concho in downtown Rockport 727-9099 ISLAND WOMAN BOUTIQUE is a must see with unique fashions from Flax, Maria de Guadalajara, Fresh Produce, Corky’s sandal and more! Hand-crafted jewelry with one-of-a-kind pieces that will make your outfit a show stopper! Find beautiful leather sandals, hats, purses, necklaces, earrings, and all accessories to complete your “own” Island style. New items always arriving so shop often and enjoy our island hospitality. Located at the Tower Center at 1726 State Highway 361 Suite G in Port Aransas. Closed Monday. 361-749-7570

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ACQUA is a unique little shop, located inside the Flying Pig Emporium, with a bit of everything. Check Carmensita’s store often, as her inventory is ever changing with jewelry, paintings, furniture, pottery, dishes, scarfs, purses, stained glass, antiques and all kinds of home decor. You never know what treasure you will find. Open everyday from 10-5 and closed on Tuesday.. Located in downtown Rockport at 99 N. Austin St. 361-729-2616 COMFORTS of HOME is Rockport’s comfortable and stylish showcase for casual coastal living. Featured are hip new clothing lines for women and juniors. Find subtle to outrageously colorful handmade and hand painted pine furniture creations from Texas artist David Marsh as well as hand-picked accent from fun to functional. Original artwork by Rockport artists Lisa Baer and Bonnie Prouty, Corpus Christi artist Dale Bunting and Wimberly artist Robin Renee Hix accent a wide range of home and entertaining accessories that including fanciful table settings, casual stemware, candles, lighting and unique table linens. All natural fiber area rugs could be the perfect room accent! Discover kitchen gadgets, fine French soaps, Indian cotton bedding and luxurious botanical bath products. Stop in and see why south Texas is talking about Comforts of Home! Mon.-Sat. 10:00 AM-5:00 PM. daily and Sundays from noon till 5. Downtown Rockport at 103 S. Austin. 361-727-1471

THE FLYING PIG EMPORIUM is more than 5000 square feet of funtastical browsing ... A whimsical world of art, furniture, home decor and more! Original art & prints by some of the coasts most renowned artists hang alongside fun, coastal, and quirky art. If you are in the market for furniture the PIG offers an amazing selection of coastal and shabby chic furnishings along with antique pieces. Wide selection of eclectic signs - rustic, vintage, retro, and hand painted are sure to please all. Alongside both new and used unique finds for your home, you will also discover fabulous fashions and exciting accessories from scarves to the latest jewelry trends. Gifts abound throughout the shop and you will find things that you won't even know you need until you get here! This is a great browsing shop & you are invited to come spend some quality time here. 99 N Austin St. in Downtown Rockport. Open daily 10am-5pm, closed Tuesday. Visit them on Facebook or online at www.TheFlyingPigEmporium.com 361-729-2616

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THE FLOP HOUSE Enter the relaxed world of flip flops, tee-shirts, handbags and sunglasses. Be prepared for the gorgeous south Texas weather with familiar names such as Panama Jack, Saltwater Soul, Havaianas, Corkys, Sanuk and of course the “Magic-T’s”. Find all your required beach attire here at the Flop House . Located at 213 South Austin St. in downtown Rockport. Don’t forget to visit Attitudes and Latitudes and also Crazy Rusty’s. 361-727-2667 4 The Birds invites their birding friends to visit them in downtown Rockport and enjoy the birding photography of Diane Loyd whose images of Rockport birding are in many collections. Home of the famous Whooping Crane photos ... This is South Texas wild bird headquarters and a cool stop for those birders exploring the area. Canvas and prints are available of both wildlife and marine images. This unique mother and daughter artist team invites you to enjoy all things birding. Featured are Dovie Howard’s popular hand painted and embroidered wearable art with bird motifs on Ts, totes and caps along with unique birding gifts, wind socks, flags, whirly things and colorful kites! Visit on line at www.SaltflatsPhotography.com Find them downtown at 415 South Austin St. #9 in Rockport. 361-790-9700 MAISON is your full service Design, Gift and Gourmet store for the entire Coastal Bend. Custom service is a priority ... Come in, have a glass of champagne, a Mimosa or a bottle of cold water while you browse the many gallery rooms full of gift and design ideas. Sample gourmet goods while the helpful staff answers any questions and shares what’s new. Designer and Managing Partner Steve Akin would love to talk to you about your individual design ideas and needs. Maison can provide you with Architectural and building plans for your new and remodel building projects.Use the huge library of fabrics for your reupholstering, window treatments, bedding and other fabric projects. Custom furnishings, flooring and custom lighting from dozens of exciting sources can help you turn your ideas into reality. Visit on line at www.SteveAkinDesign.com or stop by the elegant showroom. Open Monday thru Saturday from 10 til 5 and Sundays from 11 AM until 4 PM. Downtown Rockport at 507 S. Austin St. 361-729-3999

NEW BEGINNINGS “Your Favorite Store” is the place to go for great gifts, jewelry, candles, accessories and an unusual selection of lamps and room accents. Made in the USA items like jewelry from John Medeiros, handbags by Stephanie Dawn, bath and perfume products by Crabtree & Evelyn and Shelley Kyle, candles from Trapp, Woodwick, Greenleaf and “Your Favorite Candle”. Mariana Jewelry and so much more! Find it all at 410 S. Austin Street in Rockport and on Facebook. Open daily Monday through Saturdays 10 til 5 and Sunday afternoons 12 til 4. www.YourFavoriteStoreRockport.com 361-729-8778 SEAWORTHY MARINE SUPPLY has expanded their selection of outdoor clothing with hats, caps, shorts, deck shoes, shirts for men and women. Great colors and sizes to pick from ... Look here for your fishin’ shirts, sandals or instant dry shorts perfect for your yachting afternoon. Featuring noted brands as Columbia, Simms, Patagonia, Sirena, Sperry, Keen, and Olukai shoes. Top quality polarized sunglasses for watermen from Kaenon, Costa Del Mar and Smith Action optics. This is the place to find quality Hobie and Wilderness System kayaks and kayak accessories and gifts for the paddler in your life. Open 8 AM-6 PM Mon. thru Fri; 8 till 4 PM Sat. and 9 til 4 Sundays. www.SeaworthyMarine.com On the Beach Rd. next to Fulton Yacht Yard at 102 S. Fulton Beach Rd. 361-727-9100

SPLENDOR ETC. has moved to it’s new location at 508-A South Austin St. in downtown Rockport across from Maison. Owner Lea Lawrence invites you to stop in and see her unique selection of colorful women’s fashions, purses, scarves, belts and sunglasses. There is a treasure trove of jewelry ... exciting costume jewelry, Tibetan jewelry, sterling silver and gemstone pieces. Don’t miss the jewelry tree! There are bountiful pieces of art, including metal and beaded wall hangings and also gorgeous rock and mineral specimens. Don’t forget to check out the indoor/outdoor Mad Mats made of recycled plastic in a glorious array of colors. ENJOY! 727-9991 SEA & SPRAY has everything you need to get the best out of Rockport with top brands, hot designs and current fashion in shorts, T’s and sunglasses. Casual swim wear for men and women from names like QUIKSILVER, BILLABONG, HURLEY, ROXY and SALT LIFE are featured. Men’s button down shirts plus a great selection of quality REEF, RAINBOW and SANUK sandals perfect for lounging year ‘round. LIQUID FORCE wakeboards, wake skates, towable tubes, kneeboards, ropes, ski vests and accessories. Check out the skateboards for the skate park or long boards for just a leisurely cruise. Is the sun blinding you? Owner Don Kimbroough has the answer. OAKLEY, VON ZIPPER and DRAGON sunglasses will make your eyes say ahh! So if you enjoy the coast, whether it’s sunning, skating, surfing, wakeboarding or just styling-stop here. Across from Ken’s Diner at 202 Hwy 35 N., Rockport. 729-3532 www.rockportguide.com Page 13


GOLD MASTERS JEWELERS from Corpus Christi have now opened a store in Rockport. They have a beautiful selection of fine jewelry and watches. If you don’t see what you want, have them custom design you the piece of your dreams. They also offer a wide range of professional services from ring resizing and laser engraving to jewelry and watch repairs. Whether it is stock, custom or a unique consignment piece you are looking for, this is the place to go. Located at 2207 Hwy 35N. Open Monday-Friday 9:30-6:30 and Sat. 10-5pm. or visit their website at www.GoldMasterJewelers.com 361-727-2274 A MANO brings a bit of old Mexico to the coast with a colorful array of quality hand crafted folk art, home accessories and authentic hand embroidered blouses and dresses. Enter a whimsical world of mermaids and dancing Day of the Dead figures along with famous Talavera ceramics. Home decor includes wardrobes, tables and chairs and hand carved saints. There is a rainbow of glassware and festive table settings along with textiles, and one of a kind serving pieces. Everything is hand made and hand picked by owner Deb Trumpy. Embroidered bags, silver jewelry and corn husk flowers are just part of the offerings in this all new and coastal colorful shop. Stop in and explore for yourself! Open daily from 10 AM til 5 PM and til 6 PM on weekends. Located at 1726 Hwy 361, Suite K in the Tower Center in Port Aransas. 361-749-1828 BLUE SKY is Refugio’s showcase women’s boutique. Discover the true meaning of Texas Chic with spirited apparel, jewelry and home accents! Owner, Cody Walker, invites you to sample her hand picked selection of boots, belts, jeans, women’s apparel, purses, and much more. The Blue Sky girls will help you find all the brands you are searching for; Double D, Leather Rock,Two Bar West, Miss Me, Level 99, Ivy Jane, Gypsy Soule and so many others! You can even find “Alegria”, better known as the Butterfly shoe. She also has “Roja” which is made by the designer for the King Ranch shop PLUS the largest selection of “Old Gringo” boots in the area. Just a little “west” of the Coast! Open Monday-Saturday 10 until 5:30. Call ahead, Cody and her Blue Sky girls will meet you for after hours shopping. On line at www.DiscoverBlueSky.com or on facebook, Blue Sky-Ladies Boutique. 102 East Purisima St. and Hwy 77 in downtown Refugio 361-526-4100

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TURQUOISE EAGLE invites you to look over their quality Native American jewelry and accessories. Whenever possible, they obtain works directly from the artist and family, so the selection of work is unique, changing and there are many one of a kind pieces. Works include Navajo, Zuni, Mata Ortiz and Hopi. There are affordable earrings, bracelets, money clips, belt buckles and rings along with artwork pottery and Zuni fetishes. A wonderful selection of authentic Navajo and Pueblo pottery is available. Haunting melodies from the land of the Navajo mix nicely with the salty sea breezes of Port Aransas. Featured are handcrafted and signed wood flutes by Native American artist David Night Eagle. Expert jewelry cleaning and restoration. www.TurquoiseEagle.net In Pelican’s Landing Shopping Center at 345 N. Alister in Port Aransas 361-749-0575 ROCKPORT TACKLE TOWN is more than just a tackle shop. Find a full line of Columbia outdoor clothing for the whole family ... including Guy Harvey, Simms, Pelagic, Sperry, Reef, Crocs and Teva. All your popular brands and sizes are here for both men and women in sizes tiny to 5X! Gifts for the outdoor sportsman ... licenses, gear, books, lightweight outdoor clothes, and great selection of “gotta havit” supplies. Get your glasses here from Costa Del Mar, Maui Jim and Smith Optics. Rods, reels, tackle and fishing accessories along with professional rod and reel repairs and a Fly fishing pro shop for saltwater enthusiasts. Complete line of hunting dog accessories make good gifts for man and beast. Just about anything you need under one roof ... friendly, professional and open every day including Sundays! 3010 Hwy. 35 N. in Rockport. www.RockportTackletown.com 361-729-1841 POPSICLE TOES This quaint little shop is located next to Pelican’s Landing Restaurant at the intersection of Alister St. and Brundrett. Here you will find the perfect sterling silver, gold filled and 14k non-adjustable toe rings that will be personally custom fit to your toes. These rings are comfortable in closed toed shoes and can be worn year round. They don’t pinch or hurt like adjustable rings and you can wear them during all your daily activities. You can also create your own sterling silver custom fit anklet and add unique sterling silver charms to it. You’ll find knuckle and thumb rings, feathers for your hair, fancy belts, jewelry, handbags and Yoga sandals. They have semi-precious stones, beads and supplies for those of you that like to create your own jewelry. They also carry a wonderful soy based home fragrance and much, much more. Stop by and see them and treat yourself to a unique shopping experience. 361-749-8637

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BLOOMERS is your one stop destination for all your landscaping and design needs. Palms, plants, pottery, citrus trees, fountains and gifts,,,they have it all! Bloomers carries a huge variety of exotic Hibiscus in amazing colors. Most plants are propagated on site and grow well in our climate. They will give courtesy consultations and will custom order to fit your individual needs and wants. Visit at 1703 Hwy 35 S. in Rockport. 361-729-6645 COMFORTS of HOME is Rockport’s comfortable and very stylish showcase for colorful casual coastal living. Featured are colorful handmade and hand painted furniture creations from Texas artists David Marsh and Ralph Garrett. There are also hand-picked accent pieces from fun to functional. Fashion accessories, unique baby gifts, and Juniors and Womens clothing are showcased with original artwork by artists Lisa Baer, Robin Renee Hix, Beth Ann Cower and Corpus Christi artist Dale Bunting along with a wide range of home and entertaining accessories ... including fanciful table linens, casual stemware, candles, accent lighting and unique table linens. Discover kitchen gadgets, fine French soaps, Indian cotton bedding and luxurious botanical bath products ... even things for your pet! Stop in and see why south Texas is talking about Comforts of Home! Mon.-Sat. 10:00 AM-5:00 PM. daily and Sundays from noon till 5. Downtown Rockport at 103 S. Austin. 361-727-1471 PUERTAS “Spanish for doors” has Old World custom wooden doors, hardware, windows, and flooring. Kari will help you with your selections of woods like Mesquite wire brushed, Cedar, Alder, Cherry, Pine, Maple, Walnut and Pareda, with many different styles and hardware to make your door one of a kind. Stop by at 1703 Hwy 35 South in Rockport or call at 361-729-2299 /888-567-2299

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MOORE THAN FEED feels just like your hometown farm and ranch store should, with friendly faces and genuine interest in your animals and your garden projects. Tack, hats, gloves, Corky shoes, New American West leather purses are featured along with Mexican pots for patio or planting. Not just for the family pets, this is a great source for local gardening information. Go organic! Green thumb types will find seeds, starts, bedding plants, home and garden potting soils, fertilizers and soil conditioners. Large selection of organic and natural insecticides and fertilizers for local pests like mosquitos, fleas, flies and woolly worms. If you are planning a pond, or trying to care for one, there are ornamental accents and bio-friendly treatments for water and fish to keep your pond healthy ... Look at the “disapearing water” fountains. Explore the special outside landscaped area and you will see actual vegetable and ornamental plants that grow well in our south Texas climate. Stop in and visit! www.MooreThanFeed.com Mon.-Fri. 9 AM til 5:30 PM and 9 AM til 2 PM Saturday. 902 W. Market (FM 1069) between Hwy 35 business and the bypass. 729-4909 MAISON is your full service Design, Gift and Gourmet store for the entire Coastal Bend. Custom service is a priority ... Come in, have a glass of champagne, a Mimosa or a bottle of cold water while you browse the many gallery rooms full of gift and design ideas. Sample gourmet goods while the helpful staff answers any questions and shares what’s new. Designer and Managing Partner Steve Akin would love to talk to you about your individual design ideas and needs. Maison can provide you with Architectural and building plans for your new and remodel building projects. Use the huge library of fabrics for your reupholstering, window treatments, bedding and other fabric projects. Custom furnishings, flooring and custom lighting from dozens of exciting sources can help you turn your ideas into reality. Visit on line at www.SteveAkinDesign.com or stop by the elegant showroom. Open Monday thru Saturday from 10 til 5 and Sundays from 11 AM until 4 PM. Downtown Rockport at 507 S. Austin St. 361-729-3999

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PAWS & TAWS CONVENTION CENTER is a perfect venue for your next event, whether it be a wedding, convention, banquet or private party. Beautiful Aransas Bay views from the wall of windows on the east side of the building, the covered open air deck and permanent gazebo on the grounds will make your event a lifetime memory for all who attend! This beautiful landmark building accommodates 400 people and is totally wheelchair accessible, with a full service catering kitchen, table & chairs, sound system, podium and dressing room. For more information call or email at p.t.fultonconventioncenter@gmail.com Located at 401 North Fulton Beach Road next to Fulton Harbor 361-729-2388

HARDESTY BUILDERS is one of the premier home builders in Rockport. If you are planning to build a new home or remodel in Rockport and the surrounding area or Cuero come by and visit with Bob first. He can help you with your plans or his. This is a one stop shop for your home. Wife, Kari, specializes in fantastic shutters and doors. Walk out in their yard and you are in Bloomers, their landscape and plant nursery. Come by 1703 Hwy 35 S. in Rockport or call 361-729-7791 Photographer, James Fox was born and raised in Rockport. Also knowing the area as a fishing guide, he has captured scenes of Rockport at it's finest! His cards and prints are now available at Bay Window.

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CAPTAIN’S BAY ESTATES is one of Rockport’s most talked about neighborhood developments. Two separate nature parks, lots of trees, all city services and quiet location makes this a great place to drop anchor. Affordable homes with a variety of floor plans to fit individual needs. Storing your boat? Upgrade to a boat accessible garage. Homes open daily. Offered by Maverick Coastal Homes, these homes are designed with Rockport in mind and are efficient, comfortable and well built. Prices starting from the $90s. Located at the west end of Chaparral Street off of Hwy. 35 N. (361-463-7573) www.HomesInRockport.com See for yourself! Call Alissa at 361-790-6585

GULF SHORE FINANCE With more than 30 years as both a mortgage broker and a real estate broker, Linda will go to work for you and research products custom fit to your specific residential loan needs. Put your mortgage in the hands of an experienced professional. For your personalized Pre-Qualification consultation, stop by the office in the Fulton Pointe Professional Building on the Beach Road near the entrance to Key Allegro. Linda specializes in both conforming and jumbo lending, Government, construction loans, USDA and lot loans ... We will get it done! 621 S. Fulton Beach Rd. Suite 150. Cell: 361-790-3862 Office: 361-727-1234

KEY ALLEGRO REAL ESTATE Key Allegro Rentals offers privately owned residences for weekend, short term or long term rentals. All properties are fully furnished and range from luxury homes to condominiums and most are on the water. Bring a good book, your fishing gear, bathing suit, sunscreen, a healthy appetite and a laid-back attitude to enjoy all that Rockport has to offer. Just over the Key Allegro Bridge at 1798 Bayshore Dr. Visit on line at www.KeyAllegro.com Email: rentals@keyallegro.com, or call 361-729-2333 or 800-348-1627

LUCE PROPERTIES / KEY ALLEGRO COASTAL has over 200 years of waterfront sales and rental real estate experience on Key Allegro and in Rockport. Whether you are looking to buy, vacation rent, or an owner seeking property management these Realtors have the knowledge and experience to service your needs. For more information view their website at www.LucePropertiesOfRockport.com or www.LuceVacationRentals.com Office is located on beautiful Key Allegro at 1809 Bay Shore Drive in Rockport, Texas. 361-729-9161

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ANTHONY’S by the SEA is a delightful bed and breakfast nestled under the shade of the actual live oak where General Taylor camped. Secluded, yet conveniently located within walking distance of downtown Rockport shopping, museums and the harbor. Visitors will find elegant accommodations in the main guest house along with the other spacious suites. Beautifully landscaped grounds are very coastal with sparkling pool, spacious lawn and large patio. Your visit to Anthony’s includes gourmet breakfast served in the dining area or on the patio where other guests might well be hummingbirds or squirrels playing. Catered dinners and parties a specialty! Children and pets are welcome by arrangement. www.AnthonysbytheSea.com Under the historic oaks at 732 S. Pearl St. 800-460-2557 or 361-729-6100 FULTON BEACH BUNGALOWS is an American owned and operated “Tourist Court” which dates back to 1946. Their vintage bungalows provide travelers the opportunity to “Step Back in Time, Relax and Unwind” among Fulton’s historic oaks. Each bungalow is a fully furnished guesthouse featuring antique and mid century decor. Screen porches allow tourists to enjoy their surroundings, year round. They are an ADULT ONLY lodging facility that offers free WiFi to business persons, private waterfront access for kayakers and native Texas landscaping to birding and horticultural enthusiasts. For Daily, Weekly, and Monthly rates, go to www.FultonBeach.com. For “Specials” sign up for their monthly newsletter and follow them on Facebook. Take a virtual tour on Youtube. See why Fulton Beach Bungalows is “The Toast of the Texas Coast”! 130 Praire Rd. reached from either Hwy 35 N. or the Fulton Beach Rd. in Fulton. 361-790-9108 HOOPES HOUSE is a Victorian home built in 1892 that has been lavishly and elegantly restored as a coastal country inn. It has been featured in Texas Monthly, as well as on the “Texas Country Reporter” TV show and is listed in both the Texas and the National Register of Historic Places. Great views of Aransas Bay, Rockport harbor and Rockport Beach are right across the street. Eight comfortable rooms are available, each with modern private bath, and there is also a garden pool with jacuzzi. Full gourmet breakfast included. 417 N. Broadway across from the Texas Maritime Museum and the harbor. www.HoopesHouse.com 361-729-8424 or 800-924-1008

BAHIA VISTA RV PARK & CAMPGROUND is one of the best year ‘round vacation spots on the peninsula. Located on the bluffs above Copano Bay, and on the site of one of the area’s first settlements, there are full hookups and pull-thru sites in the shade of beautiful old oaks. They also offer furnished cabins! The park features a clubhouse and game room with fireplace and a famous boardwalk down to the private fishing pier and boat area. Amenities include free WiFi at every site, cable TV, a seasonal pool, clean showers and a laundry room. Popular with summer vacationers and winter visitors both, the park is just minutes from Rockport and Fulton and all local attractions and services. Discover a unique setting in one of the Gulf Coast’s most charming communities! Book your vacation spot at www.BahiaVistaRV.com or call 361-729-1226 CAMPER CLINIC has been bringing fun to Gulf Coast families since 1983. Certified technicians, huge supply of parts, a friendly staff and one of the best equipped service departments in the area assures your satisfaction. Complete RV body shop can repair and renew your rig. Discover a complete lineup of recreational vehicles including 5th wheels and travel trailers from Keystone, Coachmen, Forest River and Skyline and many more. Camper Clinic offers a variety of floor plans, pricing, and financing to suit any family budget. Enjoy the freedom of the road ... Rental department offers short term or long term RV rentals! And for those of you who drove off and left your antenna up, or your steps down ... the folks at Camper Clinic might just be the friend you’re looking for. On-site service is available. www.CamperClinic.com 302 W. Market at Business 35 in Rockport. 877-888-9444 or 361-729-0031

DRIFTWOOD RV PARK is just three blocks from the bay in historic Fulton and shaded by beautiful old live oaks. Full hookups, pull-through spots, clubouse, laundry, showers and pool make this a great stop for short or long stays any time of year. It is a winter Texan favorite, and the perfect Rockport summer vacation headquarters. Tom and Sue Ann Rushing have hunted and fished around the world and as the new owners, welcome you. Stop in and get acquainted. This is a very nice park, Texas friendly, with over 50 spots in shade or sun. Within walking distance to Fulton Beach Road restaurants and shopping. Conveniently located right on the corner of Hwy. 35 N. and Mesquite St. in Fulton. Groups welcome. www.Driftwood-RV-Park.com 361-729-2452 RON HOOVER RV & MARINE has been serving Texans for 25 years and invites you to look over their huge selection of motorized and towable RVs and boats. This is the premier service and sales center in south Texas with more than 9000 sq. ft. devoted to parts and service. Featuring such quality lines as Forest River, Heartland, Keystone, Crossroads and more. The experienced staff at Ron Hoover can help you spend some quality time either on the road with their full line of quality RV’s and 5th wheels, or on the bays and Gulf. This is your recreation headquarters! Sales, service and volume pricing make this a must stop for the “on the road again” set. www.RonHoover.com Stop in and visit. Just off the bypass at 1510 W. Market in Rockport. 361-729-9695 Page 20

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MACK FORTY KENNELS are located on 40 acres of shady, oak covered grounds. 17 exercise playgrounds along with a 3 acre yard with a freshwater pond make this a dog’s dream vacation ... they even have piped in music and TV in the living area. Shampooing, bathing and administration of medicine along with other custom services are available. Owner Brenda Mack offers your pet the same loving attention that they receive at home while you are on vacation, out of town or have other obligations. A day care service is available as well. Convenient hours and reasonable rates. This is a “just dogs” place and all breeds are welcome. Located at 146 Lamar Drive in Rockport. Just off Hwy. 35 S. across from Palm Harbor ... From Freeze Lane, turn right onto Portia to the dead end and follow the signs. There is staff on the grounds 24/7. Visit the www.MackForty.com for photos, or call to schedule your personal kennel tour! 361-729-0000 MOORE THAN FEED is the place for all of your animal care needs. Fine a complete line of feed with brands like Eukanuba, Diamond, Science Diet, Merrick, Taste of the Wild, Royal Canin, Chicken Soup, Nutro, Natural Balance, Purina Pro Plan, Blue Buffalo and more. Supplies for the family pets are here along with bulk, livestock and Equine feed for your large animals. Large selection of environment friendly organic insecticides and fertilizers. Bird lovers will love the large assortment of pelleted feeds and mixed seeds for birds along with cages, accessories and toys. For your wild friends there is bulk seed, hummingbird feeders and food. Hamsters, gerbils and ferret supplies, cages and accessories. For Lawn & Garden, Farm & Ranch, and Fido back home--this is your full service feed and pet store with friendly service, sound advice ... and Moore! www.MooreThanFeed.com Mon.-Fri. 9 AM til 5:30 PM and 9 AM til 2 PM on Saturday. 902 W. Market (FM 1069) between Hwy. 35 business and the bypass. 729-4909 ROCKPORT TACKLE TOWN has everything you need for a great fishing or hunting experience in Rockport. It’s a dog’s life with how-to books, videos, training collars, bumpers, leashes, protective boots, vests, life jackets, carrying cages and much more. Everything you need for your hunting or retriever dog is here, along with decoys, ammo, rain gear, binoculars and scopes. We care about hunting dogs and the family pet. All your favorite brands of outdoor clothing is featured for men, women and the kids. Just about anything you will need under one roof ... friendly advice, professional service and open seven days a week! 3010 Hwy. 35 N. in Rockport. www.RockportTackletown.com 361-729-1841

USED BOOK WAREHOUSE is a Rockport landmark and family owned since 1971 ... Just look for the big ugly yellow building on Hwy 35 N. in Fulton and find a treasure house of titles, old and new. There are thousands of books here, from “shoulda‘ read it in the eighth grade” classics to “ripped from today’s headlines” page burners. There is a huge inventory of used books here to serve the reading public in the area. Clean off your bookshelf ... trades are welcome, browsing is encouraged and almost all books are half-off the cover price ... or less. Color Copies, Copy and Fax services available. U-Haul trailer rental for big book purchases or cross country jaunts. (Special U-Haul line 727-1529) Open daily from 9 AM and from 10 AM on Sunday. 3801 Hwy 35 N. FAX/PH. 361-729-0437 GOLDEN NEEDLES & QUILTS has gained a wide reputation for having the absolute largest selection of fabric in the area. This is the place for creative sewing types! Featured are exciting cotton theme fabrics such as westerns, coastal, children prints, batiks, reproductions and much more. For those of you that love hand dyed, they have a batik room. Owner Jeanne Bueltel invites you to stop in and find all of your stitching and sewing needs here, including quilt kits, patterns, embroidery threads and colorful yarns. Fabric for use in quilting, home decor and wearables. These include chenille, minke batik rayon, wovens, linen and more. Authorized dealer for JANOME sewing machines. Take advantage of our interest-free financing on our JANOME sewing machines though GE Capital. Beginning and Advanced sewing and quilting classes. Friendly, helpful and fun. 9:30 till 4:30. Closed Sundays. Join us for our 7th Annual Cruisin’ the Coast Shop Hop Jan 30th-Feb 2nd. Includes 6 shops to have fun in! 701 N. Allen, across from Rockport Beach Park. www.QuiltScapes.com 361-729-7873 www.rockportguide.com

Painting by Ellie Specht. She specializes in in pet portraits and wildlife. For more information contact her at 361-463-1371 or by email ellielummus@yahoo.com.

JEANIE’S JEWELS is an exciting gallery of handmade beaded jewelry with wonderful added finds and treasures. Discover unusual glass, Swarovski crystal, gemstones, turquoise, coral and freshwater pearls along with all the supplies you possibly need or want for making your own custom jewelry. Sterling silver a specialty along with all the tools for crafting beaded jewelry. Classes are offered for those wanting to get in on the fun. Dynamic, Rockport friendly, and definitely full of glittering surprises! Check here for jewelry repairs for your beaded treasures. Owner Jeanie Lofgren invites you to stop in and visit. Downtown at 115 N. Austin in Rockport. Open daily. 729-1155 Page 21


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AUSTIN STREET GALLERY continues to be the focal point of the Rockport art scene downtown. Cool gallery spaces invite lingering and are the perfect showcase for sculpture, paintings and original works. Spend some quality time browsing the selected works of internationally known artists. Resident artist Shirley Blackman has been named one of the 20th Century Women Artists of Texas, and was selected as the official poster artist for the 2010 Rockport Art Festival. Home buyers, collectors and art lovers will find a variety of large and small original work with many different styles, themes and media. Different artists are featured throughout the year with artwork showcased by the gallery. Visit on line at www.AustinStreetGallery.com or stop in downtown Rockport at 501 South Austin. 361-790-7782 COASTAL CREATIONS is one of Rockport’s favorite studio galleries featuring the distinctive original paintings and prints of Lera Harris. Lera’s inspiration is the coastal life in all its intriguing forms ... colorful bait stands, shrimp boats, birds and windswept oaks. Lera’s original artwork, prints of different sizes and note cards are offered along with Peggy Thompson’s exclusive custom embroidery of Lera’s paintings. Also featured in her gallery, are the works of area potter Ann Sciba, wood artists David Lauffenburger and Gordon Smith and duck decoy carver Don Brown. Glass artists Linda White and Joyce Kaminski and works of Clay McCreary’s MetalArt are also showcased. This is the perfect place to find a bright Rockport memory to take home with you! Visit on line at www.CoastalCreationsArt.com Open every day except Sunday. Downtown Rockport, 415 S. Austin Street 361-790-8101 ESTELLE STAIR GALLERY is one of downtown Rockport’s signature buildings with tall ceilings, wooden floors and original brick walls. The gallery has been restored and still maintains its old-time charm and is a delight to visit when cool coastal breezes flow through the back doors open to the bay. Owner and artist in residence, Lisa Frederick, showcases paintings, sculptures, and select local art. Special showings are held throughout the year and change regularly. Studio space is also available for artist’s classes. One of the original focal points for the Rockport art scene, the Estelle Stair Gallery is available for your party or special event ... Call for details. Open Tuesday thru Saturday 10 til 5pm and most Holidays. www.EstelleStairGallery.com 406 S. Austin St. 361-463-1059 FRAME of MINE has been THE place for custom framing in Rockport for a number of years. Find great selection of limited edition collector prints and original artwork by some of the best known artists in South Texas here. Ms. Harriet is famous for bringing just the right touch to showing off your artwork ... Custom framing is an art in itself and your project and personal tastes are guaranteed individual attention. Sporting art includes the latest prints by John Dearman and John Cowan as well as unique pieces from private collections. Resale art finds include early works by Steve Russell, Estelle Stair and Al Barnes among others. Artists featured include Marilyn Herzik, Betty Fletcher, Teresa Justice, Randy McGovern and many more. Be sure to check out the wonderful and colorful coastal fish and birds in metal, perfect for accents either indoors or out. A cozy and fun gallery stuffed with a great selection of coastal art and artistic gifts. Closed Sunday and Mondays. Just off Austin Street on Wharf St. next to the Pilot newspaper office. 729-0967 www.rockportguide.com

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COASTAL CREATIONS is one of Rockport’s favorite studio galleries featuring the distinctive original paintings and prints of Lera Harris. Lera’s inspiration is the coastal life in all its intriguing forms ... colorful bait stands, shrimp boats, birds and windswept oaks. Lera’s original artwork, prints of different sizes and note cards are offered along with Peggy Thompson’s exclusive custom embroidery of Lera’s paintings. Also featured in her gallery, are the works of area potter Ann Sciba, wood artists David Lauffenburger and Gordon Smith and duck decoy carver Don Brown. Glass artists Linda White and Joyce Kaminski and works of Clay McCreary’s MetalArt are also showcased. This is the perfect place to find a bright Rockport memory to take home with you! Visit on line at www.CoastalCreationsArt.com Open every day except Sunday. Downtown Rockport, 415 S. Austin Street 361790-8101 JOHN MARTELL PHOTOGRAPHY is located in the newly remodeled Merchants Square Building in the heart of downtown Rockport and features the award-winning photography of John Martell. For images that truly capture the charm and feel of the coast, look no further than John Martell Photography! John’s stunning photos are exquisitely printed on canvas, watercolor paper and metal in a variety of sizes ranging from as small as 8x10 inches to as large as 3x4 feet. The gallery also features a beautiful collection of unique Rockport souvenirs, including tee shirts, drink coasters, coffee mugs, kitchen magnets and beach bags, all with John’s distinctive images of Rockport printed on them. Quality and tastefulness are the hallmarks of this exciting new gallery. Please visit online at www.johnmartellphotography.com or stop by Merchants Square at 302 S. Austin St., downtown Rockport. 361-729-8000 ROCKPORT CENTER FOR THE ARTS is the blue Victorian style house located next to Rockport harbor and the Rockport Beach Park. Bright and airy gallery spaces make it one of the most delightful showcases for art in South Texas. Artists from around the state and the country show here. Shows change regularly, from sporting and nature art, to sculpture, to wild children’s shows. Music, children’s art programs, special classes and seminars all offer artists and visitors a world of creative opportunities. A walk through the outdoor sculpture garden is an enjoyable accent to Rockport Harbor. Open Tuesday thru Saturday from 10 til 4 and Sundays from 1 til 4. www.RockportArtCenter.com FREE ADMISSION! 361-729-5519 SALT FLATS GALLERY Owner Diane Loyd’s work is extensive, having photographs appear on billboards and magazines...with over 100 published images. She has had several “once-in-a-lifetime” shots. When asked how she is able to get her incredible pictures, she responds “Patience, luck and a little magic is the key to my success.” Growing up in the Coastal Bend gave Diane a head start on her passion, photographing birds. Much of her time was spent on the salt flats of the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge and she knows Whooping Cranes intimately. Visit on line at www.SaltFlatsPhotography.com Find them downtown at 415 South Austin St. #10 in Rockport. 361-288-2752 / 361-790-9700 WIND WAY GALLERY with it’s bright blue awning, presents outstanding work by nine professional fine artists in a warm intimate setting. The gallery is a showcase for these working artists who are hometown favorites as well as exhibitors statewide, nationally and internationally. The gallery artists are June Ainsworth, Angalee DeForest, Anita Diebel, Susan Forrest, Caro Jackson, Lorrie Harrington, Carol D. Koutnik, Sally Mitchell, and Betty Shamel. Several have the distinction of being past Rockport Art Festival Poster Artists. Throughout the year, the gallery also features the work of noted guest artists. Wind Way is the perfect destination for the serious art lover as well as visitors to the coast seeking a special memento. Award-winning artists will work with you on an individual basis to ensure your complete satisfaction. Visit online at www.WindWayGallery.com, on Facebook, or in downtown Rockport at 203 S. Austin St. 361-790-8331 Well reknowned local artist Steve Russell will be having a one man show at the Rockport Center for the Arts April 10th through May 11th. You will not want to miss this show!

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BLACK DOG PROMOS AND SIGNS is your source for almost anything imprinted. Not only do they make signs and banners, but they can make boat lettering and TX numbers, business and vehicle signs and custom decals ... including real estate and political signs. Check here for your group functions and find promotional items from keychains and koozies to sparkling rhinestone designs for caps and apparel. Embroidery and custom work is a shop specialty ... If you are planning a tournament, the Dog could be your best friend! Professional, friendly and full of ideas. Visit on line at RockportBlackDog.com Located next to Monroe’s Furniture at 32 Hwy. 35 N. in Rockport. 361-790-9363 ROCKPORT MAIL CENTER is not just a shipping center; it has been Rockport’s business and shipping headquarters for more than 30 years! They do more every day with a full range of services ... Pack, Ship, Copy, Scan, Fax, Print, Laminate, Mail Boxes, Mail Forwarding, Notary, Typing, Stamps, and Gift Wrap. The Experienced Staff will pack your shipment to ensure it arrives in great shape and they DO ship Art and fresh Seafood! They are your Bulk/Direct Mail specialists and can act as your shipping address for convenient package pickup. Great selection of unique and humorous greeting cards. Use their convenient Business Center Work Station complete with MS Office, printer, scanner and internet access to conduct your business or check your email. Open Mon.-Fri. 8 AM til 5 PM and Sat. from 9 AM til 1 PM. 1919 Hwy 35 N. in Rockport near Whataburger. www.RockportMailCenter.com Fax: (361) 729-0924 Phone: 361-729-5353 THE CART STORE is the Coastal Bend’s center for golf carts. Whether you use your cart for golf, ranch or just running errands, you will find complete service and repairs for almost any make of cart. New carts by Yamaha are featured and you will find an assortment of used, reconditioned and custom carts of all makes as well. Parts and accessories from motors and controllers to weather enclosures and wheel covers are available for your custom cart. Get batteries, chargers, tires, lift kits and much more! Skilled technicians. Local delivery and pickup is available. Open Monday thru Friday from 8 til 5 and Saturdays from 9-12. Located at 4211 Hwy. 35 S. halfway between Rockport and Aransas Pass. www.theCartStoreRockport.com 727-1500

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ALICE FAYE’S on the BAY has one of the best water views in the area with diners looking out over Aransas Bay. Popular breakfast specials and a full menu of good home cookin’... Grilled chicken, hand-cut steaks and fresh seafood top the list of menu favorites ... try the ragin’ Cajun Boil or the hearty daily specials. Home of the chicken-fried ribeye steak and famous home made crab cakes. The place feels like home, with friendly service and a variety of burgers, sandwiches, salads and a special childrens menu. Congenial and fun place to stop and savor the coast. Breakfast from 7 AM until 11 AM daily ... serving ‘til 10 PM on Friday and Saturday evenings. Restaurant closed on Tuesday. Full bar open 10 AM till 12 PM and til 1 AM Saturday ... Stop by! 911 Fulton Beach Road 729-6708 THE BOILING POT is Fulton’s original favorite hot spot for fresh seafood and authentic coastal atmosphere. Bring the gang for great Cajun style shrimp boil ... tender shrimp, blue crab, sweet corn, sausage and new potatoes spill onto the table in a spicy pile ready for feasting. Just bring hands... bibs and crab hammers are provided. Crab claws, oysters, gumbo, crawfish and rice ‘n beans finish out the menu along with seasonal specials and an international selection of cold beer. Sit outside under the canopy and enjoy the fresh air or sit inside with the Fulton funky decor and slap of crab hammers. Enjoy the coast the way it was meant to be ... It’s Hot! Serving from 4 PM Monday thru Thursday and from 11:00 AM till whenever on weekends. Call ahead and they’ll fix a Hot Tub To Go. Private Parties Welcome! Fulton Beach Rd. just across from the Lighthouse Inn 361-729-6972

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BLACKBEARD’S TOO is located in the historic district of Ingleside and one of the most fun places in the area with outside cafe tables and whimsical art on the wall. Full menu offers favorites from Blackbeard’s North Beach location plus unique Ingleside specialties, like prime rib, a blackboard special. Soups, salads, appetizers, fresh seafood, pasta and gourmet burgers are featured. Eat FREE on your birthday! ($12 value). Tuesday’s Special from 4:30-8:30, eat all the shrimp you want, cooked anyway you want. Saturdays, from 4:30pm, All-YouCan-Eat fried shrimp. From a taco salad to the complete garlic crab and shrimp dinner, there is something for every taste here. Mondays, kids eat free (2 per table under 10). Serving lunch and dinner daily from 11 AM. Open till 10 on weekends. Kid friendly. Full Bar and live music Tues-Sat evenings. Special happy hour appetizers--with margarita specials everyday from 3-6 and all day on Sundays!. Across from the railroad tracks in Ingleside at 2753 W. Main. Find it ... you’ll like it! 361-776-0393 CHARLOTTE PLUMMER’S has been a favorite Fulton landmark for many years ... both for its menu and for great views of Fulton Harbor. Enjoy dining in any of the three comfortable dining rooms or on the upstairs deck. The blackboard menu shows the daily fresh catch of the day and chef’s specials. Enjoy fresh local seafood recipes grilled, blackened, broiled or baked with a choice of special Mango Salsa, Sauteed Crab or Vera Cruz Sauces. Famous for the generous salad bar and hearty home-made soups. Special Children’s menu available for picky eaters. Take-Out orders welcome. Full Bar, foreign and domestic beers, and nicely rounded wine list. Lunch and dinner are served daily from 11:00 AM. Located at 202 N. Fulton Beach Rd. at Fulton Harbor. 361-729-1185 CRAB-N continues to be a flagship for great dining in the Rockport area. Southern Living calls it ... “Memorable”; Texas Monthly ... “Impressive”; San Antonio Express ... “Worth a trip to the coast all on its own”. The menu features a variety of the best local seafood, choice hearty beef and chicken dishes. Enjoy famous and distinctive entrees like Crab Cakes with Crab and Shrimp Butter-Cream Sauce, Crab Stuffed Flounder, Crab and Shrimp Bisque (Texas Monthly called it “Impressive”) or any of the outstanding daily specials. Enjoy the fresh catch of the day or bring in your own fillets to be blackened, grilled, sauteed, broiled or fried with all of the fixin’s. Awardwinning recipes served daily from 5 PM ... It’s the Talk of Texas! Full bar offers wine, beer or your favorite cocktail. Come by boat and tie up behind the restaurant! Reservations accepted. www.crab-n.comJust off the Intracoastal Canal at City by the Sea, Hwy. 35 S. between Aransas Pass and Rockport. 361-758-2371 CROFUTT’S SANDWICH SHOP & BAKERY celebrates 35 years of serving up luscious sandwiches on oven fresh buns, scrumptious salads, and freshly baked giant cookies, cinnamon rolls and a variety of breads. Both a tradition and a landmark in Bayside, the historic little community sitting on the western bluffs of Copano Bay, Crofutt’s is a great spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This is a perfect stop for birders, fishermen, hunters or those traveling north or south. Stop by and join Baysiders, local ranchers and farmers, commuters and tourists as they savor lip-smackin’ goodies. Enjoy the cozy dining room or the shaded deck outdoors. Open Mon.-Thurs. from 7 AM till 7 PM and on Fri.-Sun. til 8 PM. Only 20 minutes from Rockport on FM 136 in Bayside. 361-529-6663 ROCKPORT DAILY GRIND is a coffee bar with personality! Looking to add local flavor to your mornings? Mosey up to the bar for a cup or two of their special locally roasted signature coffee blends, including Sum’Ata Wild Ride, Sandy Bottom Pecan, Coastal Live Oak, Pirates Pleasure or the Copano Sunset Decaf. Specializing in gourmet lattes, espressos, frappes, flavored iced teas and iced coffees, also offer a delicious assortment of sandwiches, muffins and yummy snacks. Try the homemade quiche offered in a variety of flavors daily ... a real treat the locals would like to keep secret! Beat the heat in the air conditioning or enjoy the soothing sounds of the courtyard fountain under the shade of an umbrella. Stop by or check the website at www.RockportDailyGrind.net, email: rockportdailygrind@yahoo.com. Rockport Daily Grind is located at Merchants Square in downtown Rockport. 302 S. Austin St., on the corner of Wharf and Austin. Hours: 7 AM to 3 PM Tuesday thru continued next page ... Saturday. 361-790-8745 www.rockportguide.com

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CHARTROOM RESTAURANT & GROG BAR is located in one of Rockport’s most attractive locations, the Key Allegro Marina. The recently remodeled patio bar features drink specials, great views and superior service. The new Chartroom is now serving gourmet delights! Meet at the marina and enjoy appetizers or a meal, cold cocktails and cool breezes for your afternoon or evening get together. Enjoy daily drink specials and dockside music on weekends. Casual attire ... come by boat! Closed on Mondays except for holidays. www.GrogBar.com & www.ChartroomRockport.com Find them at 39 Mazatlan over the Key Allegro bridge. 361-790-2450 CRAZY RUSTY’S TROPICAL GRILL formerly the Beach House, is serving you specialty sandwiches, burgers, salads, and yummy desserts all with a island flair. Try one of their homemade menu choices such as “better than Mom’s Chicken Salad” but don’t tell your Mom. Also serving New Orleans style Muffalettas, grilled Reubens, Black Angus Burgers, classic BLTs and Pimento Cheese on your choice of bread. Daily soups are available and desserts are a specialty! Always family friendly with a Parakeet’s menu for kiddos 12 and under. Visit their website at www.CrazyRustysTropicalGrill.com Open Monday-Saturday 11-4 and Summer hours are Sunday 11-3 and open till 7pm Thursday-Saturday. Find “Crazy Rusty’s” tropical grill in downtown Rockport at 312 S. Austin St. 361-790-8005 HAMMERHEAD’S is all about providing great food and great service in a fun family atmosphere! Cordial and cool surroundings invite you to enjoy the afternoon with a great menu and full selection of your favorite beverages. Specialties of the house include flame broiled gourmet burgers, choice steaks, home style specials, including a great chicken fried steak, lunch and dinner specials and fresh seafood daily. Enjoy inside and outside dining and live music on weekends. This is a family place and children are welcome ... Unruly ones will be fed to the Hammerhead! Serving Lunch and Dinner daily with a Children’s menu. Watch for the specials! Full Bar. Check the menu at www.HammerheadsRestaurant.com Located at 115 S. Fulton Beach Rd. next to the Boiling Pot. Open from 11 a.m. till LATE! Closed Mondays except on holidays. 729-EATS (3287)

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MISS K’s CATERING invites you to put a smile on your taste buds! Signature salads include Almond Grape Chicken Salad, Miss K’s shrimp salad and Chutney Chicken ... and more! Quiches are a specialty along with delights like crab dip and spinach and artichoke dip. Fresh pies and cakes, cheesecakes and cookies complete the menu. Call in your order for King Ranch Chicken, Cheesy meat loaf and much more. Enjoy your meals in the cozy bistro or get your meals to go. Owner Kathryn Bainbridge will cater your event from business meetings to weddings ... elegant, delicious and trouble free meals are at your fingertips. And don’t forget the dessert ... Raspberry bars, chocolate covered strawberries and much more. Open 10 AM til 6 PM Monday through Saturdays. Located in the Tower Center at 1726 Hwy 361 in Port A. 361-749-1881 POOR MAN’S COUNTRY CLUB BAR & GRILL is the perfect place to catch cool breezes and enjoy views of jet skis and kayakers in Little Bay. The spacious cedar interior with roll up doors invites you to sit a spell and catch up with your favorite team on one of the many TV screens. Burgers, baskets and appetizers are served ... fried shrimp, shrimp taco basket, juicy cheeseburgers, stuffed jalapenos and much more. High rollers can get their picture on the wall by ordering the Famous $100 Hamburger! Two outdoor decks, great views of Rockport Beach, family friendly, and plenty of parking. Let’s all meet at “the Club”! Full Bar. Open daily from 11:30 AM and closed on Wednesdays. www.PoormansOnLittlebay.com 1009 Hwy 35 North across from Little Bay. 361-729-7667 ...continued next page

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POP’S TAVERN & CAFE is just over the Copano Causeway in Lamar. A favorite local hangout with friendly down-home atmosphere and country cookin’... home of the famous Captain Jack Burger and all you can eat catfish and fried oyster specials. Enjoy salads, tasty appetizers, fresh seafood, ribeyes and more. South Texas friendly and unique Lamar hospitality makes this a favorite meal stop and the perfect cool sit down for cruising bikes, fishermen, kayakers and bird watchers. THE favorite stop for the outdoor crowd on their way to or from fishing or hunting ... or on their way home from the coast. Also a good place to meet many of the local fishing guides. Don’t miss the Gumbo Palooza Scholarship Benefit held at Paws and Taws March 15th-16th. Serving lunch & dinner every day. Open at 11:00 AM. 202 Park Rd. 13 in Lamar on the way to Goose Island State Park. 361-729-2862 SHEMPY’S GRILL is one of those coastal friendly places that encourages you to relax and sit a spell. Bring your own beer or wine and enjoy indoor or outdoor dining on the screened in patio. Great burgers, salads, po-boys and seafood are served ... Try the Sliders on Kaisers or some of their famous bread pudding. Seafood platters, tasty grilled fish, seafood specials and Bait Buckets fill out the menu and there is a kid’s menu for those under ten. This is the place to stop after a hard day on the flats and there is plenty of room for boats in the parking lot. BYOB. And bring your fillets and they’ll cook ‘em up for you. Watch for famous lunch specials! Open Tuesday thru Saturday for Lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday and Monday. Located just across from Palm Harbor at 3913 Hwy. 35 S toward Aransas Pass. 361-727-0019 THE SUGAR SHACK invites you to have a good time in one of Fulton’s favorite gathering places. Watch the game on the big screen or talk the game on the patio! Something for everybody, whether you are just stopping in for a cold one or planning your next karaoke idol win. Shuffleboard, pool tables, drink specials, friendly bartenders and a breezy coastal atmosphere makes the Sugar Shack a great place to meet and greet ... There’s always something fun going on. Watch for special music and events on weekends. Winter visitors Welcome!! Don’t by shy, drop by! Bar open every day from 11:30 AM til 2 AM. 106 Fulton Beach Rd. across from the harbor. www.SugarShackTX.com See you at the Sugar Shack! 361-790-9000

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CASTERLINE’S SEAFOOD MARKET is a great place to do your seafood shopping--the boats are docked right outside. From the boat to your table...just can’t get any fresher! The Casterline family has been proividing top quality, fresh Texas seafood to the community and to the country since the 1930’s and is one of the areas oldest. From now till April get your fresh oysters by the sack or shucked in pints, quarts or gallons. Shrimp or oysters, you just can’t get any better than wild Texas seafood! For table or travel, they can set you up. SHIPPING AVAILABLE. Open daily. Located on Casterline Dr. just off Fulton Beach Road right behind the Sugar Shack in Fulton. 361-729-6174 LIGHTHOUSE LIQUORS offers an eclectic selection of wines, fun champagnes for any occasion and the most unique collection of beers in the area. There is an amazing selection here and customer service is 5 star! Find a myriad of hand crafted Tequilas and exotic rums in the “Party Shack”. Gourmet foods from smoked tenderloin to delicious blended cheeses will delight your taste buds! And don’t forget to browse the specialty barware and unique gift ideas along with hand-rolled cigars and much more! Conveniently located in the Live Oak Plaza across from Ace Hardware. Stop in and get acquainted! Open from 10 AM until 9 PM Monday through Saturdays. 361-729-8500 PAWELEK’S MEATS is Rockport’s own hometown meat market. Aside from trimmed quality cuts, Ron Pawelek (Paw-velik) and his staff offer something not found in most places ... old-fashioned friendly and personal service. Try their tasty homemade sausages ... Country Style, Jalapeno Cheese, or spicy hot Caliente! Pick up a prime roast or get some custom cut, extra thick steaks for the grill. Lean ground meats, pork chops, hickory smoked bacon, fresh chickens and much more is offered in their sparkling market. Special orders are welcome and family meat packages are available. Game processing a specialty! 106 Hwy. 35 S. at Pearl St. across from the car wash. 8:30 til 5:30 Monday thru Friday and from 9:30 til 5:30 on Saturdays. 729-7149 P.J. SHRIMP COMPANY is located right on the all new Fulton Beach Road on the opposite corner from Seaworthy Marine. This is the place to find all of your fresh seafood ingredients. Select from bounties of local shrimp and chunky blue crab meat to more exotic fare such as king crab and salmon. Enjoy soft shell crabs, oysters in season, flounder, snapper, drum and grouper along with spices, fry mixes and sauces to liven up your meal. Fresh tuna, “stony” claws and the catch of the day is here along with stuffed jalapenos, frog legs and a great deal more, including live crawfish in season. Friendly help and super selection make this a popular stop for local chefs and those wanting to take some seafood home for later. Corner of Broadway and Fulton Beach Road. Open daily. 361-729-0711 Page 30

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LIGHTHOUSE LIQUORS offers an eclectic selection of wines, fun champagnes for any occasion and the most unique collection of beers in the area. There is an amazing selection here and customer service is 5 star! Find a myriad of hand crafted Tequilas and exotic rums in the “Party Shack”. Gourmet foods from smoked tenderloin to delicious blended cheeses will delight your taste buds! And don’t forget to browse the specialty barware and unique gift ideas along with hand-rolled cigars and much more! Conveniently located in the Live Oak Plaza across from Ace Hardware. Stop in and get acquainted! Open from 10 AM until 9 PM Monday through Saturdays. 361-729-8500

BRAXTON is home to unique coastal decorating ideas and one of the most popular downtown Rockport browsing stops. Just off Austin Street, discover a treasure of antiques and wonderful vintage finds. Braxton specializes in estate sales, so you never know exactly what you might discover here. Along with Braxton’s own signature line of “random chic” furniture there is everything from artwork, pottery, lamps, jewelry, hand selected antiques and much more crowded into this surprising shop. Ask Braxton for great decorating suggestions! Estate sales are made hassle free, professional and easy ... just call. From 10 until 5 daily and Sunday 1 til 4 (Closed on Tues. and Wed.) Located at 1015 E. Concho in downtown Rockport 727-9099

COASTAL BEND HEALTH FOODS is Rockport’s local hub for health related goods & services. Owner, Kimmie Moake, is here to assist you honestly and thoroughly, striving to answer all your health related questions. They offer the consumer the power of education to take their health into their own hands! The store is full of high quality health related products, reference books, specialty diet related items, essential oils, teas and bath and body products. They have bulk foods and locally sought goodies such as seasonal produce, pastured eggs, pork and chicken and many other products that line their shelves. After more than a year in business, they are maintaining a well-stocked inventory but are happy to order items to suit your needs. You can also find message and Reiki at Coastal Bend Health Foods! Located at 111 N. Austin St. between Lattitudes Restaurant and Jeanie’s Jewels. Also visit their website at www.CoastalBendHealthFoods.com. 361-729-4443

GRAMMA’S ATTIC offers a cozy and fun place for antique hunters to travel a bit in time. Browse for quality antiques and collectibles and discover the perfect piece for your depression glass collection or that “must have” art deco accent for your home. Kitchenware, vintage pottery, quilted wall hangings, unique artwork, flatware, period jewelry and much more is waiting to be discovered here. Owner Dorothy Hardee invites you to stop in and visit ... offerings change constantly. Located at 415 S. Austin #3 in the Austin Street Station. Open from 10:30 but closed on Tuesdays and Sundays. 727-9190

THE FLYING PIG EMPORIUM is more than 5000 square feet of funtastical browsing ... A whimsical world of art, furniture, home decor and more! Original art & prints by some of the coasts most renowned artists hang alongside fun, coastal, and quirky art. If you are in the market for furniture the PIG offers an amazing selection of coastal and shabby chic furnishings along with antique pieces. Wide selection of eclectic signs rustic, vintage, retro, and hand painted are sure to please all. Alongside both new and used unique finds for your home, you will also discover fabulous fashions and exciting accessories from scarves to the latest jewelry trends. Gifts abound throughout the shop and you will find things that you won't even know you need until you get here! This is a great browsing shop & you are invited to come spend some quality time here. 99 N Austin St. in Downtown Rockport. Open daily 10am-5pm, closed Tuesday. Visit them on Facebook or online at www.TheFlyingPigEmporium.com 361-729-2616

WHARF STREET ANTIQUES and RESALE is packed with treasures of all types ... and from all times. Artwork and prints, mirrors, glassware, trunks and ... well, you just never know. All things western and nautical are enjoyed here from fringed leather jackets to spoked ship’s wheels, and the selection is always changing. Estate jewelry, collectible pieces and a wild selection of unique vintage and contempo jewelry makes this a fun place for glam and glitter. Fishing stuff, picture frames, pocket knives, wooden furniture and coastal treasures are here with books, photos, post cards and antique tools. Hand picked furniture and unusual gift items are featured. Cool, delightfully cluttered and located at 211 S. Austin St. downtown. Open daily 11 til 4 and sometimes Sunday afternoons. 729-7401 HARCROW’S BLUEBONNET MALL is a favorite stop for antiquers, junkers, collectors and designers since 1982! Come spend the day shopping inside, outside and big barn out front. This is a changing potpourri of interesting collections with depression glass, jewelry, artwork, antiques, good furniture with a shady past and everything from sheet music to nautical curiosities. Books, tools, kitchen ware, yard art, bottles and old fishing tackle are here with collections, old toys and mementos of times past. Everything from DYI projects to restored and repurposed items ready to go. In the barn you will find a great selection of hand crafted wrought iron baker’s racks, corner shelves, arches, carts and wall art. Also fish pots, pelicans, and imported furniture along with unique chimoneras and garden art. Buy, sell, trade! The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. We have it ALL! Open from 10 AM daily; closed Wednesday. Look for the whimsical bicycle fence just off of Hwy 35 near the Big Fisherman. 729-1724 www.rockportguide.com

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Located on one of the main travel routes between Houston and Corpus Christi, historic Refugio has the elegance of the Old South with its many mansions built through the turn of the century. The ranches began as Spanish land grants settled by Irish colonists. Oil and gas brought boom days to the county in the 1920s and 1930s and oil production continues to be a top industry. Several local ranches have opened their doors to hunting and antique stores in town are a goldmine.

ANDERSON AG is a must see store in Refugio! Owner Jeff Anderson has brought together the most intriguing combination of wares from hunting and ranching supplies to clothing and gift items. Men and women alike will enjoy browsing. This is the “go to” place for Waterloo rods, Shimano reels, Filson and Game Guard hunting apparel. Along with Totes and Things quality leatherbags, luggage and purses, they also feature Lodge Ware cast iron, Braman wines and beer and totally unique gift items. Don’t forget, it is Anderson Ag so feed, tack, pet supplies and lawn and garden products are a main stay. Go see them ...Texas friendly and there’s something for everyone at the “Feed” store! 701 S. Alamo in downtown Refugio. Open Monday Friday 8-5:30 and Saturdays 8-12PM. 361-526-5018 BRAMAN WINERY is the brain child of Joe Braman who's family roots run deep in the area. Founded in 2010, Braman Winery offers a unique tasting experience intended for the non-traditional wine drinker. There are lots of unexplored tastes in the world of wine. Braman Wines will navigate you to the best, paired to occasion as much as meal. You are invited to Be Savvy, Be Classy, Be Adventurous, Be Confident, Be Fun, Be Different, Be Charming, Be Real, Be You ... Find unique wines for everyday life. 102 E. Ymbacion St. in downtown Refugio. Tasting Wednesday & Thursday 3-7 PM and Fridays & Saturdays Noon-8 PM Sundays Noon-7 PM. www.BramanWine.com 361-526-2722 BLUE SKY is Refugio’s showcase women’s boutique. Discover the true meaning of Texas Chic with spirited apparel, jewelry and home accents! Owner, Cody Walker, invites you to sample her hand picked selection of boots, belts, jeans, women’s apparel, purses, and much more. The Blue Sky girls will help you find all the brands you are searching for; Double D, Leather Rock,Two Bar West, Miss Me, Level 99, Ivy Jane, Gypsy Soule and so many others! You can even find “Alegria”, better known as the Butterfly shoe. She also has “Roja” which is made by the designer for the King Ranch shop PLUS the largest selection of “Old Gringo” boots in the area. Just a little “west” of the Coast! Open Monday-Saturday 10 until 5:30. Call ahead, Cody and her Blue Sky girls will meet you for after hours shopping. On line at www.DiscoverBlueSky.com or on facebook, Blue Sky-Ladies Boutique. 102 East Purisima St. and Hwy 77 in downtown Refugio 361-526-4100

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Painting by Steve Russell

A MANO brings a bit of old Mexico to the coast with a colorful array of quality hand crafted folk art, home accessories and authentic hand embroidered blouses and dresses. Enter a whimsical world of mermaids and dancing Day of the Dead figures along with famous Talavera ceramics. Home decor includes wardrobes, tables and chairs and hand carved saints. There is a rainbow of glassware and festive table settings along with textiles, and one of a kind serving pieces. Everything is hand made and hand picked by owner Deb Trumpy. Embroidered bags, silver jewelry and corn husk flowers are just part of the offerings in this all new and coastal colorful shop. Stop in and explore for yourself! Open daily from 10 AM til 5 PM and til 6 PM on weekends. Located at 1726 Hwy 361, Suite K in the Tower Center in Port Aransas. 361-749-1828

TURQUOISE EAGLE invites you to look over their quality Native American jewelry and accessories. Whenever possible, they obtain works directly from the artist and family, so the selection of work is unique, changing and there are many one of a kind pieces. Works include Navajo, Zuni, Mata Ortiz and Hopi. There are affordable earrings, bracelets, money clips, belt buckles and rings along with artwork pottery and Zuni fetishes. A wonderful selection of authentic Navajo and Pueblo pottery is available. Haunting melodies from the land of the Navajo mix nicely with the salty sea breezes of Port Aransas. Featured are handcrafted and signed wood flutes by Native American artist Daniel Bigaye. Expert jewelry cleaning and restoration. www.TurquoiseEagle.net In Pelican’s Landing Shopping Center at 345 N. Alister in Port Aransas 361-749-0575 NAUTICAL WHEELERS is the center for island fun and totally green transport with a wild collection of 5-passenger electric buggies and 8-passenger electric limos ... Fun, functional and fully street legal! Cruise the beach in style, head to the birding center or just explore Port A shopping. And if you prefer to pedal, they have fat-tired beach bikes PLUS a full line up of family bikes, tandem bikes, trailer bikes and child seats! Cruisin’ around town, beach, or checking the fishing action at the jetties, Nautical Wheelers can make your Port Aransas trip a really memorable one for the whole family. If you brought your own bike to the coast, this is one beachin’ bike shop, fully stocked and ready to repair or service almost any bike. Disover a cool selection of handbags, beach bags, Gurkee’s rope sandals, colorful Ts and island painting by SteveNext Russell music to complete your Port A trip! www.NauticalWheelers.net to the Port Aransas Family Center at 428 S. Alister in Port Aransas. 361-749-3003 ... continued next page www.rockportguide.com

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MISS K’s CATERING invites you to put a smile on your taste buds! Signature salads include Almond Grape Chicken Salad, Miss K’s shrimp salad and Chutney Chicken ... and more! Quiches are a specialty along with delights like crab dip and spinach and artichoke dip. Fresh pies and cakes, cheesecakes and cookies complete the menu. Call in your order for King Ranch Chicken, Cheesy meat loaf and much more. Enjoy your meals in the cozy bistro or get your meals to go. Owner Kathryn Bainbridge will cater your event from business meetings to weddings ... elegant, delicious and trouble free meals are at your fingertips. And don’t forget the dessert ... Raspberry bars, chocolate covered strawberries and much more. Open 10 AM til 6 PM Monday through Saturdays. Located in the Tower Center at 1726 Hwy 361 in Port A. 361749-1881 POPSICLE TOES This quaint little shop is located next to Pelican’s Landing Restaurant at the intersection of Alister St. and Brundrett. Here you will find the perfect sterling silver, gold filled and 14k non-adjustable toe rings that will be personally custom fit to your toes. These rings are comfortable in closed toed shoes and can be worn year round. They don’t pinch or hurt like adjustable rings and you can wear them during all your daily activities. You can also create your own sterling silver custom fit anklet and add unique sterling silver charms to it. You’ll find knuckle and thumb rings, feathers for your hair, fancy belts, jewelry, handbags and Yoga sandals. They have semi-precious stones, beads and supplies for those of you that like to create your own jewelry. They also carry a wonderful soy based home fragrance and much, much more. Stop by and see them and treat yourself to a unique shopping experience. 361-749-8637 ISLAND WOMAN BOUTIQUE is a must see with unique fashions from Flax, Maria de Guadalajara, Fresh Produce, Corky’s sandal and more! Hand-crafted jewelry with one-of-a-kind pieces that will make your outfit a show stopper! Find beautiful leather sandals, hats, purses, necklaces, earrings, and all accessories to complete your “own” Island style. New items always arriving so shop often and enjoy our island hospitality. Located at the Tower Center at 1726 State Highway 361 Suite G in Port Aransas. Closed Monday. 361-749-7570

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