Though the native Texan and native Australian who founded Southern Spears Surf grew up oceans apart, their love of surfing the very waters that once separated them now unites them. Both have traveled the world, from Costa Rica and Fiji to Indonesia, in pursuit of the perfect wave.
At Southern Spears Surf—“spear” is Australian slang for surfboard—they cater to fellow surfing devotees with a generous selection of short and long boards. To kit-out surfers, they sell surf-inspired clothing for guys and girls, as well as gear like wetsuits and wax to keep boards slip-free while eliminating the body hair that naturally grows from them.
Home For The Holidays Gift Market wrangles 200 unique vendors and artists selling handcrafted wares for a festive yuletide shopping experience. A rigorous selection process, involving juries and fortune-cookie readings, handpicks the lineup of vendors and crafts-persons. Shoppers can peruse two levels of goodies from cheer mongers such as Katelyn's Korner Candles, Custom Florals, and D&S Flatware to gussy up living quarters and empty gift boxes for the holiday season. VIP shoppers at Merrell Center can arrive at 4 p.m.—one hour before the doors open—to ready their shopping fingers and relax over a light buffet in the banquet room. Patrons check coats and bags, and can escape the fray by popping back in periodically to refuel with a beverage and unburden themselves of accrued merchandise or business cards from out-of-work elves.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Metered street parking
Most popular offering: Soaps and home decor
Pro Tip: That we try to always make you leave with a smile
Good for Kids: Yes
Diners at Board Game Island don’t have to play with their food to enjoy their lunch. While filling their stomachs inside the cafe, they can pull out a game from the library of more than 500 board game titles to suit all ages and interests. Fantasy fans can pair their jerk chicken sandwich and potato chips with a round of A Game of Thrones, and youngsters plotting to capture the family pool for themselves can practice with classic Battleship, all the while snacking on a ham, bacon, and pineapple pizza. The shop also features an espresso bar and baked goods case with snacks and dessert to further fuel tabletop competitions.