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COMMUNITY+LOCAL

Michael Malik, the man behind many local boutiques including Fashion Studio, is giving back to the local community with his newly founded nonprofit called Fashionistas for Kids. The organization will create, manage and produce charitable events and donate the proceeds to various children’s charities.

GARRISON BROTHERS DISTILLERY RELEASED THEIR FIRST BOURBON WHISKEY MADE LOCALLY IN HYE, TEXAS. THE LIMITED RELEASE WILL FEATURE 600 BOTTLES. EVERY DROP WAS HAND-MADE, FROM CORN TO CORK, BY THE BOURBON CRAFTSMEN AT GARRISON BROTHERS DISTILLERY.

THE HOLOCAUST MUSEUM NAMED DR. KELLY J. ZÚÑIGA, CFRE AS ITS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR. The Houston Marathon Committee announced a new course for the marathon and half marathon slated for January 19. Changes include combined start lines at Congress Avenue. Runners will now leave Downtown via the Washington Corridor rather than the Elysian Viaduct. The first 8 miles will include passes through neighborhoods including River Oaks and Upper Kirby before splitting near Rice University. New maps and details can be found at www.chevronhoustonmarathon.com. Hope Stone, Inc., the nonprofit arts organization striving to unlock the innate creativity in children and adults through the performing arts, recently launched a new website. Check out www.hopestoneinc.org to see the more user-friendly site as well as new classes added including a Vbarre class fusing ballet, Pilates and resistance training. Royal Sonesta, in the Galleria Area, is set to start a $25 million renovation positioning the property as one of the premier in the city. CityCentre Four started construction, and Capital Grille as well as Salata have signed leases. Phase Five broke ground as well, and Bevello, Dryden Kreps, Grub Burger Bar, Seasons52 and Z Gallerie are either open or set to open shortly. Baby Go Green and Texas de Brazil are already new additions that are thriving in CityCentre.

FOOD+DRINK

This month, local institution the Palm will reveal the heritage brand’s first prototype design. As the story goes, a former President initially recommended the expansion into H-town, creating one of the earliest outposts of the classic Manhattan-born eatery. The restaurant has not just been remodeled, but rather rebuilt from the ground up with sensitivity to nostalgia and tradition. THE WORLD’S LARGEST PRODUCER OF MARASCHINO CHERRIES JUST LAUNCHED AN ALL-NATURAL PRODUCT – READ NO ARTIFICIAL COLORS, FLAVORS OR PRESERVATIVES – CALLED CHERRYMAN FARM TO MARKET MARASCHINOS. AVAILABLE AT HEB STORES.

RETAIL WRAP

Local graffiti artists Gabriel Prusmack, Kelyne Reis, Wiley Robertson and the acclaimed Aerosol Warfare Gallery’s GONZO247 transformed GreenStreet’s (formerly the Houston Pavilions) monochromatic walls into a vibrant mix of bold colors and graphic art last month during a four-day event. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale runs from July 19 – August 4. Nordstrom partners with specific brands for this time period, offering marked down prices on fall essentials and trends. This year shop brands like rag & bone, Rebecca Minkoff, Vince, Frye, Diane von Furstenberg, Trina Turk, BCBG, Kooba, Rebecca Taylor, Stuart Weitzman and more. Prices only last for two weeks and return to full price on August 5. The kids indoor playground, Wonderwild, in Central Houston/Heights area expands and relocates this month to the front of the complex where it is currently located. (767 N. Shepherd Dr. #400, Houston, TX 77007). The space will feature a new concept in play for older children (5-11 years old) with challenging new equipment that helps develop young muscles and minds. The original Wonderwild is ideal for kids 8 and younger—with a new 3-story playscape, inflatable crocodile slide, jumping pillow, creative play area and pedal go-kart bikes. www.gowonderwild.com In amazing fashion collaboration news, H&M and Isable Marant – need we say more? Get ready to camp out (or in our case, travel to a store) November 2013. Sarah Jessica Parker (with help from good ol’ Manolo B) creates a shoe collection for Nordstrom called SJP. Arrives January 2014. 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target arrives September 15, 2013. CANADIAN BRAND SILVER JEANS CO. OPENS SHOP THIS MONTH AT THE WOODLANDS MALL. THEIR DENIM FIT SYSTEM INSURES ALL WOMEN FIND THEIR FIT WITH THEIR GUIDE. Washington Avenue Pilates moves to a new location three times its current size, allowing for more reformers, cadillacs and space for some bootykicking workouts with their amazing team of instructors. www.wapilates.com Calling all BRIDES! Don’t miss Casa de Novia’s summer trunk shows: Junko Yoshioka July 12 and 13; Monique Lhuillier July 25 – 27. www.casadenoviabridal.com. In other bridal news, Vera Wang’s first floral collection is available exclusively at FTD. www.FTDWeddingFlorists.com

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