Deutsch on the Holiday Shopping Season’s Challenges — and How to Score Great Gifts on a Time Crunch!

Deutsch on the Holiday Shopping Season’s Challenges — and How to Score Great Gifts on a Time Crunch!

Lauren K necklaces and Lance Deutsch (photo by Jhane Hoang)

EACH OF THE last few holiday seasons has brought with it unique circumstances. Increasingly many have selected to do a bulk of their shopping online — but at this point, the supply-chain debacle has made it nearly impossible for people to get their goods on time. Houston retailers are noticing a shift in shopping trends.


“A difference from holiday shoppers this year compared to last is they started shopping early,” says Lance Deutsch of Deutsch Fine Jewelry, located in Highland Village. “We had people shopping as early as October.”

But no worries, last-minute folks. It’s not too late to get your hands on a great gift. Houston’s brick-and-mortar retail scene is experiencing a resurgence, as specialty shops open in developments from Spring Branch to Rice Village and the Heights, making it easier to browse and purchase gifts on the spot.

Deutsch has a few tips for those who will be shopping on a time crunch. “People have been more specific on what they’re looking for. Most have an idea of what they want,” he says, noting that at his boutique, yellow-gold pieces, paperclip chains and bracelet, stretch and stacking bracelets, and classic pieces like tennis necklaces and diamond studs have noticeably been the most popular items. “One-size-fits-all pieces” make it easy to accommodate a short timeline, and the timeless ones “can be passed down from generation to generation, and never go out of style.”

He also recommends keeping an eye out for trunk shows, which offer a wider selection of products than a store may typically carry. Specifically, this weekend brings Vincent Peach to Deutsch Fine Jewelry on Friday, Pichiotti on Saturday and Rahaminov on Sunday.

Happy gifting!

Bracelet by Mikimoto, $1,800

Earrings by Kwiat, $4,300

Ring by Kwiat, $7,400

Bracelet by Picchiotti, $76,000

Earrings by Deutsch Designs, $7,000

With Expertise in Blondes, Extensions and More, the Janelle Alexis Team Is a Go-To Salon

YOU CAN'T LIMIT Janelle to one title – Hairdresser. Her career and business has been established and built on a strong foundation. Using her two business degrees + one more in-process, this enables Janelle and the team to deliver not only a customer-focused experience, but a foundationally solid business. There is much more than meets the eye, and in sharing a little bit about Janelle, she was not only an international hair extension educator for over 14 years, but brings extensive expertise to blondes. She rounds this out with her previously launched namesake cosmetic line, which is a perfect complement to her belief that “Beauty is our Business”.

Keep ReadingShow less

AS WE PRODUCE our second annual “Cool 100” list, we’re reminded of our thoughts as we debuted this feature last year. We acknowledged that deciding who and what is cool is not only a moving target but also entirely subjective. And that attempting to “rank” the coolest people in Houston is a fool’s errand, one that will leave us immediately open to criticism. “You think she is cooler than him? You included this person?! You left off that one!?"

Keep ReadingShow less
People + Places

Gragner's (photo by Marco Torres)

THE MUSEUM DISTRICT hasn't always been the easiest place to open and operate a restaurant, for some reason. But there's a Houston couple who seems to have gotten the hang of it — and today they unveil their newest concept on Binz St.

Keep ReadingShow less
Food