Here are a few reviews we'd like to share. In general we feel that not only are they pleasant, but they are truly representative of the type of business we are working so hard to operate.
“One of my favorite stops in my hometown of Houston. Many many Octobers of my youth were spent roaming the aisles of this landmark unique store. Some of the same employees from the 1970s are still there!!! It's like going back in time..”
"This was my first time here! They have everything! Wanting to have a Studio 54/Disco Inferno Birthday party and they have everything from the costumes, backdrops, to disco balls. Wowsers! Will be back as my party draws near! And the employees are priceless! So helpful and friendly too!" ♡♡♡♡♡ �� ♡ �� ♡
“Unique fabrics at reasonable prices: I enjoy shopping here a lot - most of the staff knows me by sight and I think that says a lot when a retail business keeps its employees for years. Great selection of ‘costume’ fabrics, masks, hat forms, etc. Excellent customer service.”
“Thank you! Great people to deal with!”
“When it comes to Halloween and costumes, I'm always looking for a great a costume or accessories to go with it. Not to mention a good price. This place is great I love spending time looking for the little things that make a costume great. This place has tons of stuff and the customer service is great too.”
“Ordering & Shipping: An Awesome Place, They have everything, I buy All The Time, Staff real Helpful. A+++++++”
“Walking into Southern Importers is a bit like time traveling back to 1972. I'm not sure when this store opened, but it can't possibly have changed much since then. They pack a lot of stuff in the space, and it's all pretty well organized so you can find whatever you need. The costumes are stored in drawers with hand-written signs. I'm not sure where else you're going to find that kind of personal touch anymore! You can purchase any number of those costumes and accessories as well as dance shoes. And to go along with those dance shoes you'll also find a blinding selection of sequin trims so you can complete your Xanadu makeover! Seriously, these kinds of things excite me except I really have no use for them. Maybe I should rent out a roller rink for an 80s night and have Southern Importers be the sponsor!”
“This store has lots of competitors these days, from the corporate chains ... to other local shops.... I've been to ... those, and I have to say that I was much more comfortable shopping at Southern Importers. Perhaps it's because it reminds me of a costume shop from my childhood, but I think it's more due to their good selection and friendly staff. Plus, I didn't have to compete for elbow room with hundreds of other people like at the other stores. I walked in and pretty much found what I needed right away. I'll definitely pass up the other stores to come here whenever I get the chance.”
“Every Halloween I make a trip to Southern Importers, perhaps the best kept costume secretin Houston. It may not look like much from the outside, but on the inside it has just about everything you need to make a freakish splash at Halloween. .... it is truly surprising what costume basics Southern has that [others] lack – its focus is on quality, not quantity. Just keep in mind that a lot of their costumes are kept inside drawers..., and you have to ask one of the staff members to get them out for you--it's not a big deal, just don't expect to walk in and see costumes hanging all over the walls. A lot of the makeup is also kept behind a counter. If that intimidates you, don't worry! The staff is so friendly and helpful! Even the policeman who works security is nice. The prices are very competitive, and may even be less than [others]. In any case, the true beauty of Southern is that it is not complete bedlam during Halloween like [some other stores]. . . .”
“The store has one of the best selections of novelty fabrics in Houston, making it the destination for theatrical dressmakers and Galveston Mardi Gras designers.”
“My husband & I completed the great 'Tour de Houston Costume 2010' today. We've gone to ALL the major costume joints in and around Houston - super fun way to get to know our new locale! “Put simply, Southern Importers rocked our world! We loved the old skool vibe from the first moment we opened the door. While Southern's selection may not be as extensive as [some others], they more than make up for it with their experienced, friendly staff and excellent displays. ALL their costumes are up on mannequins and they have TONS of accessories, wigs, and a HUGE make-up area with experienced folks. Their staff seems engaged and excited to work at this venerable establishment. We'll definitely be back to Southern Importers!”
“This THE one place to put your Halloween costume together. Packaged outfits. Accessories. Wigs. Sequins. Stage Make Up. Tiaras. Bolts of fabric. All decently priced. “You know that adage, 'I found it in the last place that I looked?' Yep. Southern Importers is that place. Anything and everything you may be wasting your time scouring the city for, you're going to find it here. You're really better off just starting here. “I am (make that was) on the hunt for my 'inexpensive because I mostly made it myself' costume. Found all of my materials, trim, ... glitter, and wire. I needed the one crowning touch. Imperative to my costume, not found in the five other places I searched. Southern Importers was actually the last place I was going to stop before making my own. Not only did they have the one I got, they had about five other styles. Twenty if I included the case of more expensive options. “The salespeople are exceptionally nice and pleasantly affable. I knew that if I asked, any one of them would know where any item was located. I had no need to ask, however, I easily found what I sought. The store is logically laid out. “I'm so excited that my costume is now complete...”
“What I liked about the place was everything!!! It was so wonderful that I ended up buying more than what I really needed. My family plans to buy there more often since the prices are so great and it's just a few minutes away. It has a great service and the staff are so wonderful with the customers.”
“I received your sequin samples this weekend — I LOVE them!!! Great quality, terrific prices, and, even by USPS, your mail got to me very promptly. ... (OH! This is making my work a breeze and so much FUN!!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) ... I know I'll be e-mailing or talking to you soon.”
“Thanks so much for your promptness in delivery! You guys are awesome!”
“This place is a blast to visit, and the best costume shop I have been to. Never been a fan of overpriced chain stores with shoddy goods, so Southern Importers is a breath of fresh air. Nice people, great selection of costumes and accessories, and a homey atmosphere that doesn't scream ‘we're paying too much for rent and passing the cost along to you’. The friendliness and helpfulness of the employees was really appreciated. What could be more fun than costumes? They know it and they show it. There is a parking lot and a nearby train stop, it's in the cool old part of town close to Mai's and Breakfast Klub - seriously, what else can you ask for? If you're going to buy a costume, give these folks your business.”
“My first experience with these guys was during Halloween when I was looking for a costume. They offer some of your basics, but they mainly have higher end specialty costumes. Very high quality. But the best part is they are open year round, so unlike these pop-up shops you can consistently come here for costumes year round. They also offer all kinds of decorations for whatever party need you might need...”
“The best part was the staff. The lady who helped us out was extremely helpful and actually really friendly. That certainly made things a lot smoother.”
"I love this place! Excellent service, and I can usually find any and everything I may need if I'm putting on a play, going to a costumed event, or planning for Halloween! Even if you're here and not having any luck, the staff is really helpful. They informed me of places where I could purchase the [additional] materials I needed. And, one can also call them ahead of time to pick out some props/costumes for you if you need to save time. So great!"
"Great place for costume make-up. Staff is also very crafty; they really help you develop your costume idea.. Great size selection for costumes. They have several plus sized options. And a dressing room. Easy parking. Museum district..great location.”
"I love this store! Being a photographer this place is full of potential fun photo ideas. Masks and costumes galore. The staff has always been very nice and helpful. These guys have been in business, in this same building since the 50's. They must be doing something right. Bring the kids...this place is cool!!"
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