6 Points About Corpus Christi’s Old Town 6 Points
Take a hub of mid-century Corpus Christi and mash it up with some charming independent shops and restaurants and you’ve got Old Town 6 Points, the city’s first satellite shopping district outside of downtown established way back in the late-1950s.
First purchased in a land deal by E.B. Cole (the same fella who donated the land for our beloved bayside Cole Park), 6 Points is so named for the intersection of thoroughfares Alameda, Staples, and Ayers Streets.
Don’t miss these six great reasons to explore 6 Points:
When the moon hits your eye like a big plate of antipasto or chicken parmesan served up from original Luciano family recipes, that’s not only amore, that’s Italian! And that’s Luciano’s Italian Restaurant! Founded by a returning World-War-II vet who owned a few other joints around town, this cozy date-night ristorante has been around since 1964, and still offers favorites like Chicken Tetrazzini and Shrimp Lancianese (named for the old world home of the Lucianos).
This is Jerry Liedeker’s 30th business, according to an article in the Caller-Times. The sometimes jovial owner of Bumblebee Antiques presides over this veritable rabbit warren of curios and vintage finds, packed floor to ceiling with stuff you definitely need, stuff you definitely do not need, and stuff that’s just fun to look at – then buy. Just plan to spend a generous bit of time sorting through the stacks: This is not someplace you can just buzz through.
3. Price’s Chef
Some cities would give an arm and a leg for the diner culture that Corpus Christi has. That’s why Price’s Chef is not only the go-to comfort-food zone for neighbors, but a popular destination for visitors as well. You and your gang can fill a booth or grab some of the glittery seats at the lunch counter, and pretend you’re back from the future like Marty McFly. The breakfasts and lunches are classic hearty diner fare, and on Fridays, they feature great specials like King Ranch Chicken casserole or Beef Tips over Rice. And what 50s dinner would be complete without Jell-O for dessert?
Recycle! Reuse! Restore! For some, it’s an interesting trend. For many, it’s a way of life. And for nonprofits like the Church of the Good Shepherd, it’s a way to spread love and kindness and practical living via their retail/consignment store, Good Shepherd’s Corner Resale Shop. Many locals get in on the action by donating or consigning goods. Some get involved by donating their time running the store. Customers benefit from knowing that any “profit” generated goes right back into the community. Plus, the deals! The Good Shepherd offers many name brands at sane, bargain prices!
Don’t know about you, but shopping sure makes us hungry! Some smart folks at Bleu Frog Mercantile and Hester’s Café – 6 Points figured that out and put a handy pass-through/entrance between the two. That makes it easy breezy to load up on wonderful gifts – coastal themed housewares, gourmet treats, and the latest fashions – for everyone on your list, then hustle over and take a load off to enjoy a latte-of-the-day and a scone… or juice and a salad.
If you’re really on your game, get on the social media channels so you can perfectly time your next griddle toast (above) adventure with one of the Frog’s many sales, trunk shows or special events!
6. Nuevo Cafe
50,000,000 Elvis fans can’t be wrong! Well, OK, maybe Nuevo Café doesn’t know that many Elvis fans, but their wall of fame loaded with album covers and art dedicated to the King sure is a hunka hunka burnin’ love! Chef/owner Teri Nelson-Zepeda was named Outstanding Restaurateur by the Texas Restaurant Association in 2007, and her homemade sandwiches (featuring scratch-made potato chips), salads, soups, and desserts keep the hungry lunch crowd satisfied. Make sure you try the Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad or Ranch Grilled Chicken and Bacon sandwiches, gaze at the walls of Elvis art and shop for paintings for sale by local artists.
BONUS: Sound Vibrations
Check out our guitar and musical gear round-up to read all about the Coastal Bends largest music emporium, Sound Vibrations, which happens to reside right here in 6 Points. They’ve got everything you need – instruments, equipment – literal walls of sound, to get your show on the road!
Book your Corpus Christi trip now and see for yourself that all roads lead to 6 Points, the fun and funky part of town where new and old converge… and three streets do, too!