"Between the pages of a book is a lovely place to be."

The Lift is an indie bookstore and gift emporium on beloved West 19th Street in the historic Houston Heights. In business since 2010, we are the little shop-around-the-corner where dust meets glitter, on the street where art meets history.  The Lift is a proud member of the American Booksellers Association, but unlike most bookstores, along with books we are into gifts in a big, colorful, glorious way.

With respect to books, The Lift offers the good reads: the new, talked-about, sought-after books. We carry adult fiction and nonfiction, cookbooks, gift books, adult coloring books, books with a local slant, children’s chapter books, picture and board books, and young adult fiction. With our tight shelves packed with the best of the best, customers remark the books are pre-selected, making browsing easy.

The Lift also overflows with whimsical gifts to delight the senses, all packaged for you in complimentary bright gift bags and tissue, ready for the giving. 

Indie Bookstore & Gift Emporium


Monday - Friday 11am-6pm

Saturday             10am-6pm

Sunday               12pm-5pm

365 W. 19th St

Houston, TX 77008


19th Street Third Thursdays

Sip & Scare

October 20th 5-9pm

Holiday on 19th Street

December 3rd 6-10pm

The Lift on 19th