Artists, chefs, fashionistas, and beer brewers sure know how to coast their own way in Corpus Christi. Meet some of the lady bosses and their businesses that are loved by locals and visitors alike!

Made in Corpus Christi 


Nikki Riojas Made in Corpus Christi

Ever since Made in Corpus Christi hit the scene, it’s become a fixture in the community thanks to local gal Nikki Riojas. With locally made pieces like jewelry, clothing, candles, home décor, and more, this shop on Staples Street perfectly captures the creative community in Corpus Christi. Next time you’re in search of unique souvenirs to commemorate your time in the city, look no further than Made in Corpus Christi.

Lemonade Stand Cosmetics


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When life gives you lemons, you create makeup! Rochelle Lowery got her start dreaming up graphic designs for her portfolio. It was then she realized Lemonade Stand Cosmetics could be more than just a logo. After gaining popularity at local pop-up markets, Lemonade Stand Cosmetics brick and mortar was born! Visit this vibrant shop next time you’re in search of handcrafted & cruelty-free products like makeup, bath & body products, and hair care.

Bien Merite


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If you’ve ever wondered where the infamous flower wall pics in Corpus Christi are taken, you’ve come to the right place. But Bien Merite (which is French for “well-deserved”) is serving more than just a beautiful photo opp. Chocolatier, Michelle Fraedrick, invites you to enjoy the sights and smells of fresh, buttered croissants and artisan desserts that transport you to a chic, colorful French cafe.



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Opened in 2021, Ceirra Riley’s goal is to bring high-end and curated goods to Corpus Christi. Step into this airy boutique and you will find shelves lined with wellness products, indie fashion brands, and locally sourced art. Stop by this shop on Peoples Street next time you’re exploring Downtown Corpus Christi!

Sew Bonita


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Here in South Texas, we don’t shy away from our cultural roots. It’s evident the second you’re greeted by colorful gifts with a Tejano flair at Elena Flores’ shop, Sew Bonita. From Frida-themed products, pan dulce-patterned fabrics, and classic Texas humor, it’s no wonder Elena Flores has created a brand loved both locally and across the country. And twice a year, Sew Bonita hosts the famous Loca for Local pop-up market alongside popular brand, Taco Gear in Corpus Christi!

Rebel Toad Brewing Co.


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Sit back, relax, and enjoy a pint on the patio at Rebel Toad Brewing in Downtown Corpus Christi. This 10-barrel microbrewery is serving up some of the best sips in the city – popular brews include Peach to Bay (limited batch), Abracahopra IPA, and Bionic Blonde. Opened by Nathali & Hector Cavazos in 2015, this craft brew couple welcomes you to come for the drinks and stay for the vibes.