Calder Avenue is one of the original grand concourses in Beaumont, once home to many stately mansions some of which survive today. Now a thriving group of small businesses are scattered along a stretch of more than two miles amidst the St. Elizabeth Hospital campus and the various medical supply stores, auto repair shops and law offices. Here you will find an assortment of boutiques; antique emporiums offering everything from shabby chic to high-dollar European imports; home decor; jewelry stores; gift shops; and eclectic shops selling rare books, kits to brew your own beer and wine, and everything in between.
These merchants are teaming up to show their wares at a daylong extravaganza they are calling “Christmas on Calder.” Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., you can come stroll the avenue or just stop in to check out the stores. Sample the wares from Rao’s Bakery, a Beaumont tradition since 1941, to the essential Tex-Mex of Tacos La Bamba, to the Logon Café, which promises to feature live music throughout the day along with their signature deli sandwiches, burgers, desserts, coffees and drinks.
Participating stores include Cathy Cook Jewelry, Tattered Suitcase, French Vanilla Market, PRN, Wallpaper Etc., Laura Belles, Joy Shop, Ella n Scott, Burns Antik Haus, Balimports, Southern Oaks Dental, Ellis Pottery, Rao’s Bakery, Park Avenue Cleaners, Tacos La Bamba, Tintworks, Logon Café, Heartfield Jewelry, The Brew Shop and Book Bazaar.
Cathy Cook of Cathy Cook Jewelry and Nina Marks of French Vanilla Market have recently opened their businesses on Calder and thought Christmas would be a great opportunity to showcase what the neighborhood has to offer. The result is the Christmas on Calder event.
“I’m excited to be a shop on Calder,” enthused Cook. “I think the businesses on the avenue have something exciting to offer all the residents of Southeast Texas. We invite the community to come on Dec. 14 and do some holiday shopping.”
Christmas on Calder participants include:
Balimports 1290 Calder
Book Bazaar 1445 Calder
Brew Shop 2410 Calder
Burns Antik Haus 2195 Calder
Cathy Cook Jewelry 3695 Calder
Ella and Scott 460 N. MLK
Ellis Pottery 3737 Calder
French Vanilla Market 3685 Calder
Heartfields Jewelry 3420 Calder
Joy Shop 4391 Calder
Laura Belles 3685 Calder.
Logan Café’ 3805 Calder
Park Ave. Cleaners 2608 Calder
PRN Medical Supply 3675 Calder
Raos Bakery 2596 Calder
Southern Oaks Dental 2627 Calder
Tacos LaBamba 2005 Calder
Tattered Suitcase 2590 Calder
Tint Works 510 N MLK
Wallpaper Etc. 4215 Calder