Downtown is the right choice, right now to start, grow and expand a business. Home to unique, independent retail establishments like The OKRA Charity Saloon and Phoenicia Specialty Foods and to local chains such as Guadalajara, Local Foods and Barnaby’s Cafe, Downtown is a proven market for a thriving venture!
In addition to unique local businesses, national retailers such as House of Blues, Lucky Strike Lanes, Sambuca Cafe, Flying Saucer Draught Emporium and Morton’s Steakhouse are also a perfect fit and tremendously successful.
Although you will find retail throughout downtown, there are bustling hubs of activity located in the Historic District, a quirky mix of dining and nightlife establishments; Main Street Square, home to GreenStreet and just a couple blocks away, The Shops at Houston Center; and Avenida Houston, home to Houston's convention center, Discovery Green Park and major hotels.
Downtown's trade area is diverse with a population of more than 360,000 residents within five miles, plus, business travelers and conventioneers totalling over one million, sports attendees, event goers and, of couse, a large and dynamic office core.
Why Downtown [pdf]
Market Analysis Report for Proposed Traditional Retail in Downtown Houston, July 24, 2014 [pdf]
Downtown Retail Task Force Report, Sept 12, 2013 [pdf]
2013 Downtown Retail Market Overview [pdf]
2013 Downtown Shopping Survey [pdf]
Retail Grant Program
Catalytic Retail Grant Program Guidelines [pdf]
Catalytic Retail Grant Program Application [pdf]
Storefront & Streetscape Design Guidelines [pdf]