The site of two major intersecting railroad lines in the early 1900s, the town of Spring developed quickly around the turn of the 20th Century. The relocation of rail operations to Houston and later Prohibition took a toll on the North Harris County community but what emerged in the 1960s and 1970s was a charming bedroom community built on the idea of a bygone era.
Today, Old Town Spring is a thriving multi-block district with restaurants, antique shops, boutiques, art galleries, home décor and more. The town also plays host to several major events each year, including the Texas Crawfish Festival and Home for the Holidays.
Dozens of shops line the blocks surrounding Main Street and Gentry/Midway Street. You’ll definitely want to stop in at Wunsche Bros. Café & Saloon, a historic space that was the last spot in Harris County to succumb to Prohibition. For classic Southern specialties, such as barbecue pork ribs, fried pickles and homemade chili stop in at Hyde’s Café. For a lighter fare, try Ellen’s Café serving salads, soup, sandwiches and delicious desserts.
Adorable baby clothing and gift items abound in The Steel Horse and The Cottage. For antiques, CR Collectibles and Sam’s Antiques are good places to start. Home décor is the focus of spots such as Amish Barn and Thad’s. You’ll even find Renaissance-era costumes at The Spotted Pony on Midway. Sidewalk seating, porches, patios and winding brick paths are waiting to be discovered.
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