Adelaide's Boutique stores strive to be ‘first-stop’ shops for gifts

Adelaide's sells items from local brands whenever possible, such as kits from The Heights-based My Drink Bomb. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Adelaide's sells items from local brands whenever possible, such as kits from The Heights-based My Drink Bomb. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)

Adelaide's sells items from local brands whenever possible, such as kits from The Heights-based My Drink Bomb. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Judy Tabuena (pictured) and her sister-in-law Laura Bull own both Adelaide's locations. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Shoes from Danish designer Ilse Jacobsen are a popular item at Adelaide's. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Adelaide's changing rooms are open, and staff disinfects each clothing item after try-on. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)
As Bay Area residents stay and shop closer to home amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Judy Tabuena and her sister-in-law, Laura Bull, said they aim to provide Clear Lake and League City shoppers with an alternative to major shopping malls.

Tabuena said the Adelaide’s Boutique locations—14870 Space Center Blvd., Houston, and 6011 W. Main St., League City—are meant to serve as customers’ destinations for clothes, shoes, accessories, gifts and other boutique items, many of which are locally sourced.

“We try to be a 'first-stop' place,” she said. “We try to cover all the bases.”

Adelaide’s Clear Lake location was the original—it opened in 2008—and the League City location celebrated five years of business in late October. The boutiques are known for their array of skin care products, candles and jewelry. Popular brands include the Capri Blue fragrance line, Gorjana jewelry, and Kendra Scott home decor and beauty items.

Tabuena said she keeps up with fashion trends via social media to curate the selection in stores. The goal is to provide shoppers with an experience similar to what they might find at an Anthropologie, she said.


Many items come from trips to the Dallas Market Center and the World Market Center in Las Vegas, but brands have not been offering their full lines at these market centers due to COVID-19, Tabuena said. She and Bull have shifted their ordering focus accordingly given the knowledge that they had to buy items earlier to ensure orders were fulfilled.

“We’ve ordered earlier [and] brought stuff in earlier to make sure we get it,” she said, adding that much of the stores' holiday merchandise will be winter-themed as opposed to Christmas-themed for this reason.

Another signature Adelaide’s find is footwear from Danish designer Ilse Jacobsen. The two Adelaide’s Boutiques are some of the only places in the area to carry the brand, since some fashion companies employ ZIP code protection to ensure selectivity, she said. People of all ages come in for the slip-on shoes, sold in a variety of colors.

“Most people get two, three, four pairs at a time,” Tabuena said.

A popular pandemic purchase for shoppers has been the “Send Some Happy” bundles, in which Tabuena and Bull package several small gift items together. These bundles will continue to be offered through the holidays, Tabuena said, and any items at either store can be shipped anywhere in the continental United States for free. They will also deliver items locally at no extra charge, Tabuena said.

The business will host holiday events this year, including one Dec. 3 during which shoppers create a wish list of items they want from the store. Those who do so will get a gift, and family and friends can return to buy gifts based on their submitted lists. Santa Claus will also make an appearance at the League City location Dec. 13, the owners said.
By Colleen Ferguson
A native central New Yorker, Colleen Ferguson worked as an editorial intern with the Cy-Fair and Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood editions of Community Impact before joining the Bay Area team in 2020. Colleen graduated from Syracuse University in 2019, where she worked for the campus's independent student newspaper The Daily Orange, with a degree in Newspaper and Online Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a degree in Spanish language and culture. Colleen previously interned with The Journal News/lohud, where she covered the commute in the greater New York City area.

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