A walkable, historic haven tucked in the true heart of Houston—between the oak-lined avenues of the city's finest residences, its medical district, and the leafy reaches of Rice University—the Village has remained an iconic landscape for shopping, dining, and discovery for generations.
Our Response to COVID-19
Things have changed. Our commitment to our community hasn’t. We continue to follow CDC and city guidelines and maintain a safe and healthy environment. We’re also truly grateful for the support shown for our healthcare workers. Through Fare for Care, we collectively donated 15,000 meals to local hospitals—and helped Houston restaurants along the way.
What stores and restaurants are open?
How is COVID-19 affecting store hours?
Whose guidelines does Rice Village follow to ensure a safe environment?
Based on recommendations from the CDC, the City of Houston Health Department, and the Texas Department of State and Health Services, we work with our cleaning and maintenance staff to continuously improve our program.
What is Rice Village doing to comply with health recommendations?
We’re taking additional measures to keep our stores, restaurants, and grounds clean for all who work in and visit our Village. Here’s how we’ve adjusted to address safety guidelines:
- Cleaning surfaces with virucides designed to deactivate and destroy viruses
- Increasing the frequency of cleanings of elevator doors and buttons, escalator railings, benches and chair armrests in public areas, and door knobs to service corridors and common areas
- Providing alcohol-based hand sanitizers in public restrooms
- Instructing our staff and employees to remain home if sick
How can we support our local restaurants and shops?
This fall, our first two Farmers Markets—September 5th and 19th—also host six chefs as they participate in a Chopped-style cooking competition. Their primary ingredients? Our seasonal produce. Villagers will get a chance to not only watch the event live, but also learn how to cook our local bounty in a variety of ways.
In addition, we’ll have several fundraising activities benefiting Kids Meals Houston. Test your aim with our inflatable football throw or buy $5 raffle tickets for the chance to win seats at a Rice University home football game.
We’re proud to welcome CB2 to our Village. Stop by the store on University Boulevard any day of the week to peruse a curated assortment of modern furniture and housewares.
From natural materials to nontoxic finishes, West Elm’s mid-century and modern home goods unite value, quality, and responsible manufacturing. Almost 60% of their products support at least one of their sustainability initiatives, making it even easier to feel good about how home comes together.
The ultimate modern furniture store, Lovesac features high-quality bean bag chairs, sectionals, and accessories in a variety of colors, patterns, and fabrics.
Krewe Tiny Home
Krewe’s camelback shop features their entire collection of sunglasses to help Houstonians beat back the summer heat.
Badolina Bakery serves a variety of freshly baked breads, pastries, custom cakes, and house-grounded coffee with flavor profiles from around the world.
Started in 2008 out of a yellow scoop truck on the streets of NYC, Van Leeuwen is on a mission to make good ice cream from good ingredients. They’ve innovated beyond the original dairy recipe and added cashew-milk vegan ice cream and oat-milk vegan ice cream to their 30+ flavors.
First and third Sundays
We’re opening our Village up to all our community has to offer and welcoming Houston’s farmers, chefs, and makers to our outdoor market. Grab a fresh coffee from a barista before strolling through tents filled with small batch chocolate, salted margaritas, savory chef-made plates, locally grown produce, and more.
Interested vendors can contact email@example.com to apply.