You may know Mesquite for its lofty reputation in the rodeo world or its many historical attractions, but Mesquite is a real Texas destination in Northeast Texas for its major retail hub. A place where national and regional brands rule, Mesquite is enhanced by creative local retailers scattered throughout the city, too. More than 18 million visitors a year flock to the Town East Mall and Market East shopping hub, with favorites like Super Target, Home Goods, Kirkland’s, Bed Bath and Beyond, Home Depot, and Best Buy.
If you’re hungry from all that shopping, there are more than 150 restaurants and dining options in Mesquite, from regional favorites like Snuffer’s and El Fenix, to national concepts like Saltgrass and Olive Garden, or choose one of Mesquites signature mom 'n' pop restaurants serving everything from authentic Greek to local taquerias. Whether you are in town for a short while and want to load up on souvenirs, or you're in search of something specific such as home decor, trendy clothes, or a great haircut, plan on spending the day and the night, and maybe the next day, too!
Town East Mall
When Mesquite locals need to pick up an outfit for a night out or grab some sweet-smelling soaps for their home, they head to Town East Mall. This sprawling shopping center has a little bit of everything, so you can check off everything on your holiday shopping list or tackle a catalog of to-dos in one easy trip. From trendy clothes at A’GACI to all that sparkles at Zales Jewelers, Town East offers a diverse array of goods to suit every taste and budget.
If you start feeling peckish in the middle of your spree, fear not—Town East Mall is home to quite a few dining options, ranging from simple to full-service. For a quick bite, check out Peter Piper Pizza, Panda Express, and Sbarro in the Food Court, or grab a bite on the go from one of the food kiosks. BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery is more of a destination; take a moment to settle into your seat, order one of its signature deep-dish pizzas or flavor-packed entrees, and sip on a handcrafted beer as you rest your feet and reflect on your purchases.
The mall plays host to a number of events throughout the year, too.
Historic Downtown Mesquite
Head downtown and celebrate Mesquite’s unique and compelling history while you indulge in a little retail therapy in Historic Downtown Mesquite. If these buildings could talk, they’d likely never stop chattering about the evolution that has taken place since Mesquite was founded in 1878. Satisfy your penchant for one-of-a-kind gifts at The Marketplace, a vendor gathering that takes place in Heritage Square the second and fourth Saturday of each month from April through November. Local farmers, artists, bakers, and artisans spread out their wares, and options run the gamut from handwoven dolls to fresh fruit pies and spiced-up tamales.
Spread out from the square and you’ll find several independent shops, including the latest fashion and accessories at It’s a Bling Thing, decor and more at Windsor Florist, and hairstylists and old-school barbers. You can buy boots and other leather goods at Willy’s Boot & Shoe Repair on East Main Street, or pick up fabrics and thread at Pieced Together, a popular sewing and quilting studio. Near Downtown stop by WattAFind and the Antique Gallery. And with plans in place to help expand and rejuvenate Downtown Mesquite, there are plenty more businesses on the way.
Photo credit: Mesquite Convention and Visitors Bureau