Heights Pages - Fall 2023

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Welcome to the Heights Pages!

Through our modest medium, we hope to provide a resource serving the residents of the Heights and surrounding areas on the events, services, products and heritage of our unique community. As a 38 year resident of the area and now through the course of publishing the “Pages,” I am reminded almost daily of the eclectic nature of our neighborhood. With the cooperation of our business people and long time residents as contributing writers, we hope to inform, educate and entertain. Enjoy!

Publisher / Editor

Dualise Melancon (Dee) cityart51@sbcglobal.net

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Gerald Melancon (Mel) gmelancon50@sbcglobal.net

(713) 868.4136

P.O. Box 7273

Houston, Texas 77248-7273

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4 Heights Pages Fall 2023 O D L Oeser, Phyllis A. –Attorney 6, 28, 35 M R S E F N Aerobright - Classic Car Storage & Aircraft Detailing 29 Alabama Furniture 18, 34, 47 Anhorn, Amanda & Rich –Realtor® 25, 48 Ashton Martini, Broker AssociateKingshill / Martini Group 28, 37 Avanta Medical Clinic 23, 36 B A J Joshua’s Native Plants & Garden Antiques, Inc. 39 Jubilee 20, 28, 34 Harmony Electric 10, 26 Heights Dermatology 14, 48 Heights Margarita Machine Rentals 18, 28 Heights Pages cityart51@sbcglobal. net & HeightsPages.com 2 Heights Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics 7, 33 Historic Houston Salvage Warehouse 27, 53 Housekeeping by Teresa 11, 49 H Bayou City Aire, LLC 24, 42 Bayou City Art Festival 43 Bespoke 6, 36 Big Blue Whale 35 Bliss on 19th 35 Brookdale The Heights Senior Living Solutions 20, 36 Budget Blinds Greater Heights 24, 55 C C&D Hardware & Gifts 14, 28, 34 Cariloha Bamboo Houston 35 Chappell Hill Chamber of Commerce 26, 54 Chappell Hill Garden Club 10, 40 Chappell Hill Historical Society 29 Construction & Design by Javier Juarez 34 Contemporary Craftsmen Designer & Builder (The) 32 Cultural Arts in the HeightsMitch Cohen 50 Custom Garages 7, 45 Cynthia Hill Properties 7, 28 Eclectic Home 23, 28, 34, 56 Eclipse Shades TX 16, 46 Fidelity National Title 11, 44 First Saturday Arts Market 52 iHeart Houston 25, 36 Immanuel Lutheran School 29, 43 Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty 8-9, 29 Merle Norman 35 Mini Murals 30 Mullins, Cynthia - Realtor® 2, 42 Payless Insulation 16, 42 Revilo Real Estate 27, 33 Robert’s Floors, Inc. 10, 42 Resolve Counseling & Consulting, LLC 35 Secure Mortgage Company –Lana Sadler 35 Seerden Law Firm, PLLC (The) 16, 53 Sewell, Alison – Realtor® 17, 44 Shana Ross Fitness 18, 52 Shawn Manderscheid Team 5, 29 Shop Local – Heights, Garden Oaks & Oak Forest 34-35 Steitz, Sandy - Realtor® 19, 54 Studio A Salon 15, 40 Surratt, Tim – Realtor® 21, 38 Texas Loan Star Inc. 28, 55 Y Z V W Landscape Innovations 19, 28 La Paz Day Spa & Salon 12, 26 Levine, Debbie – Realtor® 11, 46 Door Clearance Center 21, 56 Dramatika Custom Framing 34 Yale Street Dog House & Bakery 7, 49 G Greenwood King Properties 3, 28 Grogan Building Supply Co. 19, 28, 34, 41 T I P HeightsPages.com I nside the P ages ♦ ♦ ♦ Kandi Contemporary Design Co. 12, 36 Kymn Harrison Fine Art 22, 33 Venus Hair 35 Wood, Robert – Realtor® 22, 41 Nan & Company Properties 13, 45 New Roots Landscaping Nursery & Antiques 35 Nippon Japanese Restaurant 29, 49 Nuvo Builders, LLC 29, 47 K Zapvor by Thai Spice 7, 38

Will A Transfer On Death Deed (Todd) Be An Effective Tool For Your Estate Planning?

Is It A Secure Way To Pass Your Real Property To Your Loved One?

The purpose of the Transfer on Death Deed (TODD) is to transfer your real property at your death to the person of your choosing without probate, making the transfer process quicker and less expensive.

Some Benefits of a Transfer on Death Deed are Simplicity and Flexibility

The TODD simplifies the transfer process, eliminating the need for probate court involvement. TODD can save time, money, and reduce stress for the property owner and their beneficiaries. It can be revoked or modified at any time by the property owner. This flexibility allows for changes to be made in response to life events such as marriage, divorce, or the death of others.

Some of the Complications and Issues

Created by using TODD

Unable to Sell or Use as Collateral for Loan

Title companies do not like TODD and often will not provide title insurance. Title insurance is required if someone is applying for a loan and using the property as collateral, such as to purchase the property, pay outstanding taxes,

Bespoke by GJCD, is an interior design firm and retail store located in the heart of the Heights at 501 West 11th Street and is a onestop-shop for all your design needs.

Purchased in 2019, this beautifully restored pale pink 1920s four-square is one of Houston Heights’ gems that was masterfully restored and designed for multi-use purposes.

The newly renovated project is divided into retail and office space, shared between Bespoke by GJCD and Houston Heights’ leading remodeling and restoration company, Bungalow Revival.

Bungalow Revival, founded in 2003 by Gilbert Joseph Perez with business partner Nick Eronko, specializes in the preservation of Houston’s historical gems, taking pride in meticulous craftmanship with the acknowledgment of historical authenticity with a realistic understanding of the need for modern amenities.

or make improvements. Some title companies refuse to insure the title until two years after the owner’s death; therefore, the person receiving the property cannot sell or refinance it for the first two years. This creates more problems if the current mortgage cannot be paid and it goes into foreclosure.

Creditors’ Claims - A TODD does not protect the property from creditors’ claims. Unpaid creditors have two years after the owner’s death to bring the matter into probate court to seek payment; therefore, your loved ones may be involved with the probate process.

Potential Conflict - Conflicts may arise if multiple beneficiaries are named in the TODD.

Ineffective - If TODD fails to comply with all requirements, the TODD may not transfer title to your property and probate will not be avoided. You may not have a Will in place since you thought it unnecessary. Additionally, a TODD is effective only for the real property listed in the TODD and will not transfer any other real or personal property of the Decedent.

Gilbert Joseph Perez’s passion for design combined with his knowledge of preservation and charming nods to the past, has made him one of Houston’s top leading designers and an expert in his field. With over 30 years of experience, his curated eye for design and love for traveling has made Bespoke by GJCD a unique shopping experience for the residents of The Heights and Houstonians.

Bespoke by GJCD, carries a wonderful selection of one-of-a-kind gifts and home décor items. From American vintage, mid-century furniture and glassware, lighting, custom furniture and drapery, decorative pillows and art from local Houston artist to sustainable handmade goods from craftspeople from around the world.

Visit Bespoke by GJCD and browse our ever-changing store and learn more on how we may help

Understanding the specific requirements and potential implications of utilizing a TODD is crucial, which is why seeking legal advice is highly recommended.

bring your vision to life, through our design experience.

Gilbert Perez, owner of Bespoke by GJCD

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Attorney at Law 5005 W. 34th Street, Suite 104A Houston, TX 77092 713-692-0300
501 W
Street Wed-Fri 12-6pm, Sat 10-6pm, Sun 12-5pm www.bespokebygjcd.com
Fall 2023 Heights Pages 7 For Your Commercial & Residential Sales, Property Management or Leasing Needs 304 W. 20th St. O: 713-869-0540 C: 713-202-0973 cynthiahillprops@yahoo.com “We'll make sure all family members are taken into consideration when selling or buying a home.” CUSTOM GARAGES GIVE US A CALL 713.861.3478 Driveways • Roofing • Siding • Additions Kitchen/Bath • Windows custombarnsandgarages.com rodfrego77p.gmail.com

CHAPPELL HILL GARDEN CLUB presents the 2023 Christmas Home Tour

Whether it’s setting mud beds in showers, sanding and finishing wood floors or installing the latest flooring styles, Robert’s Floors has got it all covered.

This family-owned and operated business has provided excellent service and quality flooring for the past 26 years to both residential and commercial customers. Business has gotten so good that owners Robert and Coco Avila decided to give Robert’s Floors a make over and remodeled their store. The newly remodeled store is conveniently located at 708 East Tidwell Rd., near I-45 North and is a six-minute drive from downtown Houston.

Saturday, Dec. 9th - 10am to 5pm

Tickets $25 until Dec 1st, $30 after

Tickets can be purchased at Bluebonnet House or from Club Members until Dec 7th

After Dec. 7 can purchase day of event at Bluebonnet House

Entertainment - Top Ruggers Rug Show and Annual Silent Auction located at Masonic Lodge; Annual Teddy Bear Parade on Main St. @ 3:30pm


Robert’s Floors offers a large selection of carpet, rugs, ceramic tile, wood floors, vinyl floor coverings and granite counter tops, all available at competitive prices. Great deals are available now on all carpets and granite counter tops.

Owner, Robert Avila who has more than 35 years experience, started the business back in 1988 and is a member of the Better Business Bureau with their highest ratings. Robert’s Floors has a dedicated staff of salespeople and installers with more than 30 years experience combined ready to help you choose the right flooring and counter tops for your home or business.

Free estimates and financing are available.

Robert’s Floors is open

8am to 5pm Mon. thru Fri., 9am to 2pm on Sat. Call 713-699-5951


10 Heights Pages Fall 2023 713-863-8428 811 Yale St. Houston, TX 77007 www.HarmonyElectric.com Residential & Commercial Services Proud Recipients of “Pulse of the City News Award” TECL17609 │ TMEL3802 │ HMEL486 Electrical Problems? Houston Calls Harmony Electric
Come Visit our Showroom!!!
www.chappellhillgardenclub.com or scan the QR code. For details call 713-562-6191

Meet Teresa

Hello, my name is Teresa Soriano. My family and I moved here from Mexico in 1990. As soon as I arrived, I started my cleaning business in my efforts to raise my family here. My husband, Paul McCary is a master plumber and has his own business as well.

My housekeeping business is family run which allows us to have a closer relationship with our customers. We have 35 years of experience, we are reliable and dependable, references are available and we offer weekly, biweekly, once a month or one-time deep cleaning. We work in all areas in and around Houston.

Housekeeping by Teresa

832-938-3848 and 713-887-1393

We offer free estimates.

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The Laird Law Firm, P.C. they receive. The Heart Of The Houston Heights Welcome To Fidelity National Title Heights Office. We Provide Seamless Closing And Title Services For All Of Your Real Estate Needs. Swing By And Say Hello!
Teresa with her daughter

Are your spaces bringing you a sense of wellness and healthy living?

It’s believed that next to teeth, the eyebrows are the most important features on any face. Eyebrow trends come and go, from thin and sharp to bold and bushy à la Cara Delevingne and basically every other model who’s been hot in the past few years.

Are you ready for a change in your home office or commercial space?

The environment that we live and dwell is vital to our well-being. Here at KCDCO we specialize in room dynamics. We blend color and texture along with metals and elements of wood to bring harmonic responses inside your wellness. Knowing how a room is to function, we use creativity to develop the pathways into design.

Our homes should bring wellness, harmony and use the room’s dynamics to maximize your enjoyment and ensure success. Bringing in our many elements of design, it creates harmony in the cohesive flow in your dwelling.

We would love to hear your dreams and thoughts about your project. Would you drop us a line if this is intriguing to you? For our clients who love modern design, we believe we can deliver for you. Example, our kitchen remodels feature waterfall countertops, which add a high-end feature along with the coffee bar near the peninsula. Both bring wow factors and trending design focal points.

Email us at kcontemporarydc@gmail.com and ask for our design style quiz. This quiz helps you sort out what you like and do not like. This is our first step of introduction to our clients. Our next step is our working consultation in your home or commercial space. After these two steps, we are ready to begin your design process.

Our design office is located in the Spring Street Studios, in the Art District, 1824 Spring Street, Suite 133. Being near the Heights area is important to our team. We love the energy and art inspiration of our office. You are welcome to stop by and chat with us about your space.


But the latest trend we can’t get enough of is microblading, a new tattoo technique that fills brows out or reshapes them by drawing on tiny lines that look like individual hairs. We know what you’re thinking: tattooed eyebrows? No way. But hear us out. Microblading leaves brows looking natural and takes years off of your face! It sounds terrifying, and there’s this stigma of grandma’s blue arch eyebrows, but these are completely different.

Microblading is done with a handheld tool made out of needles that puts pigment into the skin, but doesn’t go as deep as a normal tattoo would.

It’s also semi-permanent. Your microbladed brows should last between two and three years.

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Kandi Contemporary Design Co.
Kandi Palella
YOU SHOULD DO IT 1304 W. 20th St. 713.864.2244 Stations available for either Booth Rental or Commission
get beautiful, fuller brows that will last up to three years. Expert & natural looking technique that lasts much longer than others! Imagine going to Bikram yoga, swimming or simply just waking up in the morning with fabulous brows! Now it’s possible with microblading at La Paz Day Spa. La Paz welcomes hairstylists Roxanne and Elle. Mention this ad & receive 15% o any rst time hair service!
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14 Heights Pages Fall 2023 Busy Bee Weather Resistant Metal Bench from our Collection. if it’s worth doing... Great selection of unique gifts! C&D Hardware "Serving the Heights Area Since 1951" Visit us on the web www.CandDHW.com 713.861.3551 What you need - quick and easy! Visit us at 314 E. 11th St. C&D Hardware Full Line Hardware Store & Unique Gifts All in Stock Pelican Coolers 40% off Made in the USA for Extreme Ice Retention 50-qt. or 70-qt. Great Selection of Drinkware and Coolers Nice Selection of Seasonal Decorations Upgrade and Enhance the Look of Your Home with a Stylish Mailbox Charming Garden Benches Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Healthy Skin is Always In Style! Cosmetic Dermatology Aesthetic Cosmetics General Dermatology Skin Cancer Treatments Taking Your Skin to New Heights! Heights Dermatology 2120 Ashland Street Houston, TX 77008

Well, let’s make it happen! But buyer beware, all insulation companies are not created equal. If you are shopping on the web you could spend a lot of money and never fix the problem.

Let Payless Insulation cut out the hassle and confusion surrounding your insulation purchase. We are here to help save you time and money.

Rest assured, we have over 44 years of knowledge and experience to properly guide you with measures that work immediately and save you money!

If you care about your home and your comfort, then we are the right company to call for a free estimate.

Our experienced installers who are paid by the hour, will not hurry to get your job done, and will meticulously clean up your home. Together we can work to find the right solution that best fits your needs!

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indoor and outdoor window treatments
residential and commercial spaces. We
TX. Michele
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you ready to insulate? Insulation is a Necessity, Not a Luxury

Heights Margarita Machine Rentals

Heights Margaritas 713-412-8567


frozen beverages to serve your guests, coworkers, or customers. And it’s not just about the margs.

We have many flavors to choose from like frozen Gin & Tonic, Frosé, Sangria, Hurricanes, Palomas, and Cosmos, to name just a few. Our mouth-watering flavors are amazing with or without alcohol for nondrinkers and kids parties as well. With flavors such as Lemonade, Strawberry, Blue Hawaiian, and Sour Apple, you are sure to bring a smile to their face!

life. All you have to do is go to our web page, fill out the order form, and we take care of the rest. We will make the delivery the morning of your event and pick up the next day. Don’t spend all day bartending - give us a call for your next birthday party, holiday party, staff appreciation, or special event!

Heights Margaritas is a women owned and operated business that delivers margarita machines to your home, business or event. That’s right, we BRING THE PARTY TO YOU! Everything you need to make perfect

My business partner and I have lived in the Heights for over 30 years and we are proud to bring this service to you. We love that we can be a part of bringing people together in our community and making events easy and fun to plan. Our business is growing and we book up quickly so if you haven’t tried us, give us a call and we guarantee you are in for a treat.

In addition to machine rentals, we also offer back yard party games, cool T-Shirts and even logo Yeti cups for the margarita lover in your

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Fall 2023 Heights Pages 19 Let us know what we can design for you! Landscape Innovations • Landscape Design • Landscape Installation • Irrigation/Drainage • Hardscape/Flagstone, Pavers • Lawn care (commercial, residential) • Decks/Pergolas • Outdoor Kitchens • Lighting • Pool Renovations • Fountains 713.699.1606 burrislandscaping.com

Ms. Martha’s Art

Ms. Martha Burdick has been at the Height’s location for 9 months and says she has been painting since she was in the 7th grade. She loves to do water color paintings and then shares them with others, such as her kids, who use them to decorate their homes. Her walls show off many of her paintings. Ms. Betsy W. (EXECUTIVE Director) says, “Martha’s water color paintings are absolutely beautiful. They bring immeasurable warmth to a room.”

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2121 Pinegate Drive Check us out on facebook www.Facebook.com/BrookdaleTheHeights 713.861.9952

Need a New

Since 1999, the Door Clearance Center has sold over 1,000,000 doors from our outlet store in Houston, Texas. Why pay hundreds in shipping charges and wait months for a back order? Shop locally, pick the door you want, and take it home today!

Whether it’s a classic craftsman or something a bit more modern, nothing beats the warmth of a wooden front door. At Door Clearance Center, we have hundreds of mahogany and knotty alder wood doors to choose from. Looking for a low maintenance door? Choose from our extensive fiberglass collection that won’t dent, rot or rust.

For those that want to stand out from the crowd, consider one of our many hand-forged wrought iron doors, in stock! Or if you are looking to modernize your home with a sliding door, we are your #1 source for barn doors and hardware track kits.

Need New Cabinets?

Door Clearance Center is also your #1 source for discount cabinets. We have the latest styles of kitchen cabinets in stock, with premium features never found at these prices.

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Visit our warehouse and buy your new dream door today!
Door? Door Clearance Center 11123 Beltline Rd, Suite 100, Houston, Texas 77067 713-937-9132 www.doorcc.com

Chasing the Sun Around the World

Kymn Harrison is a local Houston artist who travels the world to find the dramatic sunrises and sunsets which inspire much of her work. From Hawaii to Maine, Italy to Houston, her fascination with the sun has led to a rich body of sun-soaked paintings.

Stop by Studio 205 at Silver Street Studios on the second or third Saturday of the month to meet Kymn and chase the sun!

Kymn Harrison Fine Art


Silver Street Studio #205

2000 Edwards St, Houston, TX 77007

Open 2nd and 3rd Saturdays and by appointment www.kymnharrison.com

Meet Robert Wood

It is not unusual to see Robert Wood REMAX in the neighborhood knocking on doors around the Heights and talking to home owners about the current real estate market and how to maximize the value of their home. Robert is a hands-on personal realtor with extensive experience in selling houses in the Heights. He believes in working together with the home owner by providing up-to-date information, current market trends and professional experience. He has been a staple in the Greater Heights Area for almost 20 years.

The Greater Heights is Robert Wood RE\ MAX area of expertise and he has helped so many in the neighborhood sell their homes, purchase new homes and navigate investment properties. A consummate professional, Robert Wood RE\MAX embraces strong work ethics and brings his experience to every deal brokered. He is extremely passionate about the properties he represents, always putting his client’s needs first. Robert has the team to make-ready your home from minor repairs,

paint projects to landscaping. Just one call and it’s done, usually at no cost to the owner.

Robert has a proven track record of selling Heights bungalows for top market value and has since expanded his pro folio to include Luxury property in and around the Heights with multiple properties recently sold for an average sales price of $1.7 million with most homes selling in less than 7-days.

While Robert Wood RE\MAX specializes in the Greater Heights area, he is more than comfortable working with clients in all areas of Greater Houston and surrounding suburbs.

A consistent top producer, his goal is to provide excellent service to all parties involved which is evident as he gives his clients comfort in knowing their interests are of the utmost importance. So, if you are looking to buy, sell or rent don’t hesitate to call and chat.


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“Glorious” 72” x 48” acrylic on canvas


Avanta Medical Clinic is a network of professionals who provide patients with all aspects of health care including diagnostic care and 24-hour assistance. If you are sick and are unable to come in, we can provide care over the telephone, via Telemedicine. Either a Doctor or Nurse Practitioner is available to assist you around the clock.

We are a dedicated Medical Practice designed to meet your healthcare needs in the most efficient manner possible. As a group of medical professionals, we aspire to provide the best standard of care to our patients to prevent disease that may affect their health in a negative way. Our health care providers are specialized in the management of diabetes, heart disease, musculoskeletal pain, hypertension and obesity.

In order to facilitate patient care, we offer services such as x-rays, EKG’s,


echocardiograms, arterial/venous Dopplers, and lab-work. We are able to produce x-rays immediately during your office visit; including chest x-rays, abdominal x-rays and x-rays of all extremities and bones. X-rays allow us to more adequately diagnose what ails you in order to provide you with more specific treatment.

We are specialized in heart disease and are equipped to perform echocardiograms in order to assess heart and valvular function. If you have a heart condition or suffer from congestive heart failure, it is essential that an echocardiogram be performed to establish your baseline heart function. Dizziness can be caused by a multitude of factors, however, a common and significant cause includes blockage of the carotid arteries, which are the arteries supplying the brain. If you have had a stroke or symptoms similar to a stroke, including dizziness, weakness in an arm, leg or both, difficulty talking, a carotid Doppler should be performed in order to determine whether these arteries are the source of the symptoms. Diagnosing carotid artery

disease allows us to better treat circulatory disease, which can also be found in other parts of the body.

We are conveniently located at the corner of N. Shepherd and 13th Street. Please feel free to contact us for an appointment at 713-885-9899, also know that you can always walk in if necessary. You have the option of making an appointment online, so visit our website at www.avantahealthprofessionals.com

Xrays • All Ultrasounds including: Arterial, Carotid and Venous Doppler • DXA scan (to screen for osteoporosis & bone density) • stress test (to screen for coronary artery disease) • arterial elasticity screening (to screen for arteriosclerosis) • ankle-brachial index (to screen for peripheral vascular disease) • urodynamics (to diagnose urinary disorders including incontinence) • pulmonary function tests (to screen for lung disease), Echocardiogram, Electronystagmography / Vestibular, Nuclear Stress Test, Smoking Cessation Counseling. We have COVID Testing and FLU SHOTS Available.

Eclectic Home has become one of Houston’s destinations for affordable home furnishings and accessories. Now into its twentieth year, Eclectic Home stands out from other stores based on its design talent and desire to help homeowners solve their design needs. Everyone wants a home that reflects his or her personality….and at Eclectic Home, there is something for everyone’s tastes.

Lighting is a very important part of good design. Eclectic Home carries an assortment of interesting and unusual lamps and specialty chandeliers.

Wall décor traditional to contemporary styles of mirrors, metal sculptures and works of art on canvas, metal and acrylic.

Accent furniture from traditional to contemporary are always available. You will find a selection of interesting chests, end tables, consoles, cabinets and cocktail tables.

And if that’s not enough, there is an array of decorative accessories to end your design dilemma…..

eclectic HOME 345 W. 19th Street in the Heights Mon-Sat 10-6 Sun 1-5



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No Longer a Luxury...

It’s the new normal. Automation has become an integral part of today’s home and lifestyle choices. Our state-of-the-art automation options provide convenience, comfort and time savings that add even more value to window coverings purchases.

Automation Maximizes Windows

Covering Benefits

Beauty & Light Control

 The modern aesthetic enhances the beauty of any window covering

 Light control on demand with the touch of a button or an app

 Shades can be scheduled automatically to open and close when needed

Privacy & Security

 Schedule shades to close at dusk and raise at dawn

 Open or close shades using an app at home or while away

 Safely operate tall or hard-to-reach windows

Energy Efficiency & UV Protection

 Block heat and cold resulting in lower heating and cooling bills

 Shades can be set to open and close during specific times during the day

 Prevent harmful UV rays from damaging interior furnishings


 Safety - automated window coverings support the window coverings industry initiatives of North America

 Easy to operate - great option for those with mobility issues

 Value - enjoy all the benefits while increasing the home’s value

Aprilaire Dehumidifiers

Each dehumidifier is designed and manufactured in the USA and is outfitted with corrosion-resistant coils and a sturdy design to prevent leakage. Additionally, each unit comes backed by a 5-year warranty.

Since 1954, Aprilaire has been the industry leader in residential humidification with a goal of delivering Healthy Air to everyone. Excess moisture in your home creates perfect conditions for mold growth, allergens, musty odors, and mildew which can lead to unhealthy air. Aprilaire dehumidifiers remove the right amount of moisture from every room in your home, until your optional humidity level has been reached.

Why Choose Aprilaire

Recognized as ENERGY STAR® Most Efficient for 2021, Aprilaire’s high-capacity whole-home dehumidifiers set the standard for humidity control and energy efficiency.

With intuitive digital controls, you can easily set and control the moisture inside your home to reduce harmful airborne contaminants that impact your home’s health, comfort, and structure.

The whole-house dehumidifier can also help make your home more comfortable and energy-efficient while protecting your home’s assets. The Aprilaire dehumidifier includes a dedicated drain which means there is no messy water tray to empty. Yearly filter cleaning or replacement makes maintenance simple.

Contact us if you would like to know more and/or schedule your appointment.

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Contact Shari Perez with Budget Blinds Greater Heights to discuss ways to improve your homes energy efficiency while also providing a beautiful design aesthetic. 713.393.7185 or email sperez@budgetblinds.com
Bayou City Aire, LLC 713-568-9437 TACLA28539E www.bayoucityac.com 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

Having wrapped up the summer with several community - commercial and residential projects under our belt, we are excited to unveil a huge blue tile mural for Clark’s on Montrose. (stayed tuned)

Between the 1920’s and the 1950’s, Houston used blue and white, unglazed mosaic tiles inlaid in curbs to indicate addresses and street names.

As Houston grows and continues to rebuild, these pieces of history are quickly disappearing. Curb Appeal Blues is working with the Blue Tile Project to bring back the Blue Tile as a symbol of Houston’s support of Historic Preservation, local business, and the arts.

These are a great permanent replacement for the painted address numbers on your curb, and an excellent gift for the person who has it all! Our mosaics and sign materials are all produced in the USA and assembled locally.

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Eric Maier www.iHeartHouston.com (713) 296 0656 Eric@curbappealblues.com
26 Heights Pages Fall 2023 Harmony Electric Co., Inc. wishes to thank Pulse of the city and our fantastic customers who made this possible. We are deeply honored to serve you for 38 years and appreciate you so much! Harmony Electric Co., Inc. TECL 17609, TEML 3802 811 Yale St. Houston, TX 77007 www.HarmonyElectric.com 713.863.8428 December 9 Texas Christmas Teddy Bear Parade December 9 Chappell Hill Garden Club Christmas Home Tour For additional information www.chappellhilltx.com 979-337-9910 Come enjoy the small town with a big heart, Chappell Hill, Texas and visit one of our upcoming events. September 9 Airing of the Quilts Quilts at 16 locations, shops and historic sites Get Microbladed! We thank all of our loyal clients for their continued support. If you have not experienced La Paz Day Spa, you don’t know what you have been missing! With over 40 years of combined experience, our licensed staff will keep you looking and feeling your very best. lapazdayspa.com Hair Stations Available - Rental or Commission 1304 W. 20th St. 713.864.2244

Why choose Historic Houston?

With increasing interest for greener buildings and the adoption of green building practices and LEED certifications for new residential construction, reclaiming, recycling and the reuse of building materials by residential builders has seen resurgence across the country and in Houston. As cities across the country struggle to recycle paper and plastics, Historic Houston, a local non-profit, has been providing Houston with an important recycling solution for the last 20 years. Dedicated to the preservation and conservation of Houston’s architecture and architectural building resources, Historic Houston’s Deconstruction Program successfully reclaims useable building materials from houses slated for demolition to prevent that material from entering the waste stream. (There is also a substantial charitable gift to have Historic Houston deconstruct a home to reclaim the building material!)

Historic Houston’s Deconstruction Program began in 2002 and focuses on reclaiming historic building materials from houses slated for demolition. Historic Houston’s trained salvage crew meticulously “unbuilds” or deconstructs the house to remove the valuable, structural and non-structural historic building components, such as doors, windows, floors, interior shiplap, exterior siding, light and plumbing fixtures, and lumber to divert this

costs while diverting the material from landfills.

With the help of their members and support from the community

Historic Houston proudly celebrates 24 years of serving the Houston community. Help Historic Houston celebrate and continue their work by joining and becoming a member today. Memberships are available for purchase at www.historichouston.org!

material from entering Texas landfills. The Salvage Warehouse provides an outlet where Historic Houston’s members can purchase the reclaimed material and encourages the reusing and recycling of a wide variety of materials.

Utilizing reclaimed building materials can play a significant role in lowering renovation

1200 National, Ste. C 713-522-0542


Elevate Your Living Space with Artwork: A Perfect Blend of Beauty and Expression

When it comes to making a house truly feel like a home, the role of artwork cannot be underestimated. Art has the power to transform any living space, adding depth, personality, and a unique touch that reflects your taste and style. Whether you’re a seasoned art collector or just beginning to explore this world, incorporating artwork into your home can breathe new life into your surroundings. From paintings to sculptures, photography to mixed media, the options are

vast and varied. The key is to choose pieces that resonate with you on a personal level. A well-selected piece of art can become the focal point of a room, sparking conversations and drawing the eye. It can set the tone for the entire space, guiding the color palette and overall design aesthetic.

For those seeking to infuse modernity into their home, contemporary pieces with bold colors and abstract forms can create a striking contrast against minimalist interiors. On the other hand, classic artwork can add a touch of timeless elegance to traditional settings, offering a sense of history and culture.

Artwork isn’t limited to just wall hangings. Sculptures and installations can be strategically placed to create a sense of movement and intrigue, encouraging exploration and engagement within your living space. Additionally, incorporating local or emerging artists’ work can not only support the arts community but also provide a fresh perspective that resonates with your locale.

If you’re thinking of selling or buying a home to further elevate your art-appreciating lifestyle, consider reaching out to us at

Revilo Real Estate.

With a reputation for understanding the intricate dynamics of both the real estate, design and art, we can help you find a property that offers the perfect backdrop for your artistic endeavors. If you’re selling, we can assist in highlighting your home’s unique artistic features, attracting potential buyers who appreciate the fusion of art and living space.

Artwork is the bridge between the mundane and the extraordinary in-home design. It adds depth, character, and a personal touch that makes your living space truly your own. With the right choice of art, your home can become a gallery of self-expression, reflecting your passions and style. And if you’re considering taking your passion for art and design to a new home, don’t hesitate to contact Revilo Real Estate for expert assistance in finding or selling your art-enhanced property.

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Deconstruction vs. Demo Historic Houston’s Salvage Warehouse Before Deconstruction
John-Robert Charles
Contact us at 713.234.5592 www.ReviloRealEstate.com
John-Robert Charles Kenneth Zarella



Phyllis A. Oeser

5005 W. 34th, #104A Houston, Tx. 77092 Garden Oaks

Professional Bldg.

Ph: 713-692-0300

Fax: 713-694-2881

My law practice is a general civil practice with an emphasis on Real Estate, Wills, Probate and laws affecting the elderly.


Grogan Building Supply Co.

300 Garden Oaks 77018


Mon-Fri 8am-5pm


Houston’s premier source for Windows, Doors, and Decor Hardware! Proudly offering Windows and Doors by: Jeld-Wen, Weather Shield, Sierra Pacific, Mi, NT, Piva Group, Arcadia Custom, Exclusive Iron, Simpson Door Co, Therma-Tru, La Cantina, TruStile, Atrium. Hardware by: Emtek, Schaub & Co, Hickory, TopKnobs, and Atlas!


Jubilee in the Heights

325 West 19th St. 713-869-5885

www.jubileeintheheights.com or @jubileeintheheightshouston (IG) and @jubileeintheheights (FB)

Over 25 years strong in the historic Houston Heights, this much-loved local boutique features the latest in on-trend fashions for women of all ages and sizes, funky fabulous jewelry and accessories. You’ll also find eclectic home decor, fragrant candles, outrageous cards and unexpected hostess gifts! Life’s a party, shop like it!


Eclectic Home

345 W. 19th St. 713.869.1414

M-Sat. 10-6 Sun.1-5 www.eclectichome.ws

Home furnishings and accessories. From traditional to contemporary. Lamps, consoles,

chests, wall dećor, chandeliers, art glass, candles, pillows and more! The promise of an experience unlike any other.


Landscape Innovations



Our family owned and operated company has been servicing Houston and its surrounding areas for over 30 years, creating that unique outdoor living space to blend with your existing architecture and landscape. Landscape Innovations provides a comprehensive service list from CONSULTING, DESIGN, INSTALLATION, MAINTENANCE, IRRIGATION & DRAINAGE. We also build waterfalls, fountains, pools, patios, pergolas, outdoor kitchens and lighting.


C & D Hardware & Gifts

314 East 11th St. 713-861-3551


“A Full Service Hardware Store Serving the Heights Area Since 1951”

10,000 sq. ft. of home, garden and pet supplies. Great selection of lawn furniture and decorative garden accessories. Known for our experienced and knowledgeable staff. Housewares and gifts including Melissa & Doug toys, home fragrances, kitchen towels and gadgets, Yeti, rugs, garden shoes, and gifts for the wine enthusiast. We carry both Green Mountain and Traeger Wood Pellet grills, pellets and grill accessories.

Grogan Building Supply Co.

2419 Yale St. 77008



Full Service Lumber Yard - Hardware

Since 1886

Windows, Doors, Lumber, Hardware, Paint

Mon.-Fri. 7:00-5:00; Sat. 8:00-1:00, Sun. Closed



Heights Margaritas



Women owned and operated; we are the Heights’ #1 choice for Margarita Machine Rentals. We deliver, set up, and pick up the next day to make your event easy and stress free! Go to our webpage to check out all the flavors we have to offer along with the yard games we rent. We look forward to making your upcoming party fun and memorable!

Cheers, Cindy & Bette


Texas Loan Star, Inc.

2233 Yale St.

Phone: 713-802-0606

Email: laith@texasloanstar.com

Web-site: www.texasloanstar.com

Real Estate Finance Experts offering home loans built for you. Purchase, Refinance, Construction, Renovation, Home Equity, Commercial Real Estate Financing - including multi-family, retail land, and SBA loans. NMLS #99250

Laith I. Daik


Ashton Martini & Diane Kingshill

Broker Associate | Founding Agents

Kingshill | Martini Group



Heights Experts

30+ years experience

REAL Trends

Top 10 teams in America by volume

Houston Business Journal Top 25

Luxury Agents

Houston Business Journal Top 25 by Dollar Volume

Cynthia Hill Properties

304 W. 20th St.

713.869.0540 & 713.202.0973


Proven professionals who specialize in Good Old Fashioned Service and are available 7 days a week. We want to be your Realtors for life.

Greenwood King Properties

1801 Heights Blvd.



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Independently owned real estate company providing superior market knowledge and innovative marketing for customers and clients since 1989. Open 7 days a week. Mon. Fri. 8:30am5:30pm; Sat. 9:00am-5pm; Sun. 10am-5pm

Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty

1717 West Loop South, Suite 1700 Houston, TX 77027



Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty is a Houston real estate company with a global presence. For more than 30 years, we have provided our clients with the finest service, including specialized programs designed to ensure successful closings. Our professional, knowledgeable sales associates sell in communities from Lake Conroe and The Woodlands to the Bay Area and Galveston. We strive to provide smooth transitions for relocation clients and access to superior Houston area real estate and international properties.

Shawn Manderscheid Team

638 Heights Blvd.

(281) 773-0195



Keller Williams Metro

With four generations of family history here… I know the Heights! I’ve been providing my clients with 5-Star Service for over 20 years and continue to carry on the family business with my lovely partner, Paula. As an award winning REALTOR® currently ranked in the Top 1% of Houston agents, I’m committed to earning your valued business through commitment, trust, service and innovation. So give me a call today and we look forward to serving you!


Nuvo Builders, LLC


Located in the Houston Heights since 1998, Nuvo Builders provides construction services for Kitchen/Bath Remodels, Home Additions, Interior/Exterior Painting

and Complete Home Remodeling. We have years of experience in all facets of Residential Construction including Historic Property Renovations. Visit our website for more information and give Nuvo Builders a call to discuss your next Project.



Immanuel Lutheran School Early Childhood Education

1440 Cortlandt St. Houston, TX 77008 (713) 861-8787


Immanuel Lutheran School offers programs for 18-month-olds to Prekindergarten. Registration is currently open for the 2023-2024 academic year. Visit our website or call to learn more about the programs offered. Tours are available by appointment, call to schedule yours today! Since 1929 Immanuel Lutheran School has served the Historic Heights by providing quality Christian education and childcare.

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Mini Murals Houston

We have all seen them. I assume that they are the most prolific, assessable form of public art in our city. The painted traffic/electrical boxes, or mini-murals on the street corners of our city, are the result of the coordinated efforts of The City of Houston and UP Art Studio. UP Art Studio is a public art and creative placemaking consulting firm founded in Houston in 2012, facilitating art projects for urban and contemporary artists, communities, corporations, and municipalities, locally and nationally.

Mini Murals is an award-winning program of UP Art Studio that uses the electrical utility boxes on street corners as “blank canvases” for mini pieces of art, mostly by local artists. Mini Murals instill civic pride while beautifying neighborhoods and making cities more inviting places to visit, live, work, and do business. Started in Houston, Texas in 2012, the program has grown to other cities. UP Art Studio has produced and installed more than 300 Mini Murals – with more continuously in development.

The firm has successfully managed hundreds of projects. The firm facilitates transformative award-winning projects – achieving the goals of its mission of “Civic Pride through Civic Art” through collaborative efforts with artists and the people in communities. They facilitate projects in communities nationally, engaging people and achieving community development via the work of local and international artists.

The principals and founders, Noah Quiles

and Elia Quiles, are a husband and wife team who curate, create, manage, and implement public art plans and projects. Together, they and their associates offer proven experience in all areas of program and project management and delivery. They are passionate about harnessing the power of art and placemaking – and the creativity of artists – to uplift people, neighborhoods, and underserved areas.

Elia Quiles leads the business side of UP Art Studio. As a project manager, Elia manages the business side, bolstered by the experience as the Marketing Director for a global real estate firm.

Noah Quiles directs the creative side of UP Art Studio. He also leads the logistics and technical aspects of project delivery. Noah has been in the street art world for over 25 years. He also leads on issues related to graffiti abatement, maintenance, and installation restoration and preservation.

During the Covid break, they still continued to do a few Mini Murals on cabinets that are owned by other entities such as Harris County, TxDOT, and other municipalities (i.e. League City).

“We are deeply proud and immensely excited about the new contract with the City of Houston for the Mini Murals program. At UP Art Studio, this program symbolizes our commitment to transforming communities with art, bringing creativity to every corner,

and ensuring that everyone can experience the joy of public art. Every mural tells a story, and we’re honored to help write those narratives.”

Let’s Meet a Few of our Artists

Shelbi Nicole, originally from Oklahoma City, was aware from a very early age that painting and drawing were essential to her identity, she continually explored different shapes and forms of abstract art through her formative years. By age 18, Shelbi Nicole relocated to France, where she had access to a range of art museums, and truly started to explore herself as an artist.

Noah & Elia Quiles

“I am honored to have been selected as one of the original few artists asked to help spearhead the Mini Murals award-winning civic art program with UP Art Studio. We got to paint the first boxes in the city and I helped Noah and Elia with the first fundraiser for the project. The first boxes I painted were back in 2014/2015 ‘ish and have painted many more since then; even my most recent one just this year in Rice Village. I have loved watching the addition of hundreds of new boxes over the last 9 years added by so many amazing artists. The experience of painting them is so fulfilling, as people get excited when one comes to their area of town and love to honk or even stop to thank you for adding some beautiful color to the landscape! I am looking forward to helping with more in the future and can not wait to see where they pop up next.”

Shelbi Nicole has painted almost a dozen mini murals around town. They can all be viewed at https://minimurals.org/artists/ as well as the work of the other artists who have contributed to this project.

Joy Matheson - “I started painting murals professionally in 2002 after a long career in

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retail and recruiting. I named the business Scribbles Murals because I originally wanted to focus JUST on children’s murals when I had small children. However, over the years my portfolio has greatly expanded and now I do all types of murals, signage and fine decorative finishes.

I am blessed to stay busy doing what I love and stay booked 6-8 weeks in advance working in both residential and commercial settings. My website has a portfolio of select projects, but I update my social media sites with current work as I complete it.

I first applied with UP Art Studio and was selected to participate in the mini mural program in 2018. To date, I’ve painted 20 boxes with a couple more scheduled for later this year: one in League City and another at HFD Station 13 in Houston.

To date, my favorite mini mural I’ve done is the one at Canal & Sampson. The design prompts were to just tie into the culture of the district so I decided to create a large-scale

Mexican Embroidery pattern but, included as the main focal point, a Sacred Heart motif; paying tribute to Our Lady of the Guadalupe Catholic Church, the first Mexican-American Church in Houston established in 1911.

Another fun experience was painting the Houston Oilers box at Woodway and Sage. Ray Childress stopped by and I got an autograph and photo op with him. When we paint these boxes, people honk, wave and shout their appreciation. It’s good to know the program is so well loved and received.”

So far, Joy has painted more than 400 murals, mostly throughout the vast Houston area, including public spaces like interstate highways, bridges, buildings, museums, churches, schools, and more. In addition to her mural work, she participates in international street painting and street art festivals nationwide and around the world.

Many of the artists have a style and theme, like Anat Ronen, whose work just “pops” at you, due to the brilliant colors she has used in her over 3 dozen boxes. Anat is a self-taught

Olympic silver medal and a Junior Olympic World and National gold medal. In 1999 he won the world title at the 1999 World Amateur Boxing Championships in his home town. His box is located on the corner of Calvacade and Hardy.

Also honored is Monica Katrice Roberts Painted by Brad Pritchett and Katherine Ligon. An African-American blogger, writer, and transgender rights advocate. She was the founding editor of TransGriot, a blog focusing on issues pertaining to trans women, particularly women of color. Roberts’ coverage of transgender homicide victims in the United States is credited for bringing national attention to the issue.

Though not a mini mural, the mural on the wall of Houston Fire Station 20 located on the corner of Navigation and the street named in his honor, Staff Sergeant Macario Garcia warrants a mention here. It is not only a striking memorial to an American hero, but a testimony to the diverse tapestry of our history.

artist, focusing on murals and street painting. Her professional artistic phase started in 2009, almost by mistake. I especially like her Crayon Boxes, located at Airline and Hartwicke and another at Bellaire and Cook. Anat’s website: www.anatronen.com. Many of these boxes are used to celebrate the heroes in our lives. Dependent upon your politics, there is a box of Barrack Obama at the corner of West Orem at Hiram Clarke, or John Wayne.

If you are a boxing fan, you might know about Ricardo “Rocky” Juárez, an American former professional boxer. He is a former WBC Silver featherweight champion and a multiple-time world title challenger. Juarez was known over his career for his aggressive fighting style and incredible durability; in 11 defeats he was never stopped. Juarez had a lustrous amateur career with a 145–17 record, which included a 68 fight winning streak, a Featherweight

Garcia is a hero to Houston’s Mexican-American community for his valor and service in World War II – flanked between the United States and Mexican flags. Garcia has been distinguished as being the first Mexican national to be awarded the Medal of Honor. As with many minorities, he continued to suffer racial

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discrimination after his service to his country although he was awarded the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge by the U.S., as well as the medal of Mérito Militar in Mexico (the equivalent to the U.S. Medal of Honor).

On November 27, 1944, García was an acting squad leader in his platoon, which found itself engaged in combat against the German troops in the vicinity of Grosshau, Germany. Realizing that his company could not advance

because it was pinned down by enemy machine gun fire, Garcia, on his own initiative, went ahead alone, destroying two enemy emplacements and capturing four prisoners. Despite being wounded himself, he continued to fight on with his unit until the objective was taken. “Only then did he permit himself to be removed for medical care,” his Medal of Honor citation states.

Researching these articles has made me aware of the great art we live amongst each day. From the sculptures that line many of the trails in Memorial Park, scattered through downtown, Eclectic Menagerie Park - Sculpture Park near 288 and Alameda, to the serenity of the Police Officers’ Memorial on Memorial Drive, just outside of downtown, Houston is finally catching up with other cities with public art and culture. Do a little research

and enjoy what our city leaders have presented us with. UP Art Studio has partnered with multiple area hotels, Houston BCycle, Mister McKinney’s Historic Houston, and the Houston History Bus to create “Mini Murals Tours”, ranging from self-guided bicycle and driving tours to organized artist-led tours. Go to the website below for more information.


Let us know what you discover, and maybe we can share it on our weekly email blasts with our readers.

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Mini Murals

What Are All The Dental X-Rays All About?

Radiation is a big topic in healthcare and dentistry is certainly not excluded from this matter. Both dentists and orthodontists must have certain radiographs to diagnose and create a proper treatment plan. We often get questions from patients and parents regarding which x-rays are necessary and what exactly they are for.

The first thing we like to discuss with our patients is minimizing radiation exposure. We only take x-rays when necessary, but we also decrease exposure by covering patients with lead aprons to protect sensitive tissues and using state of the art technology such as digital machines that are calibrated and checked on a regular basis. The amount of radiation used in each dental x-ray is minimal compared to any other medical technology such as MRI or CT scans. For example, 2 regular dental x-rays have 0.002 mSV (effective dose), for dental panoramic x-rays it is 0.007mSV, while medical head CT scans deliver 2mSV. One airplane flight provides more radiation than yearly exposure for high-risk dental patients.

That said, we do need to take x-rays as we cannot see many things on clinical examinations alone. Our doctors need to see between the teeth to diagnose cavities starting in that particular area. Frequency of those x-rays depends on patient’s risk for cavities

such as diet, oral hygiene, and previous decay. These are the most common and frequent dental radiographs, but also ones with the lowest radiation exposure. We also sometimes take x-rays to check on the development of permanent teeth as well as to check for pathology such as abscess formation on an injured tooth. All these x-rays are intraoral and taken with small x-ray sensors that patients bite on.

Some x-rays are extraoral with patients biting on a small stick for stabilization, but the machine stays outside of the patient’s mouth. Both the pediatric dentistry and orthodontic sides of our practice take panoramic x-rays when needed. Those radiographs do not diagnose cavities but check for shape and direction of eruption of permanent teeth, wisdom teeth formation, as well as for any bone pathology. We also check the shape of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) prior to initializing any orthodontic intervention. For pediatric dental purposes, these x-rays are taken at around 7, 12 and 17 years of age and we share them with the orthodontic team. Our orthodontists might prescribe a panoramic x-ray throughout orthodontic treatment as well to check on progress.

Another extraoral x-ray taken by our orthodontic team is called cephalometric

x-ray. It is a side view of the jaw that allows the orthodontist to determine the best way of aligning dental arches and predicting jaw growth. This x-ray is taken prior to treatment and sometimes might be also taken as a follow-up up or at the end of your braces process.

All these radiographs are prescribed and carefully reviewed by our doctors and shared for common pediatric dental and orthodontic patients to minimize radiation exposure for our patients. Please feel free to contact our team to find out more about x-rays and come see us to keep those beautiful teeth healthy, straight, and clean!

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Heights Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics 713.861.4000 104 West 12th St., Suite C www.heightspedoortho.com and www.facebook.com/HeightsPedoOrtho/
Dr. James, Dr. Darsey, Dr. Lindhorst & Dr. Theriot

Shop the Houston Heights, Garden Oaks and Oak Forest

Small towns throughout the country are rallying around their cherished local businesses in this tough economy in the desire to preserve the character and prosperity of their communities. Join us in keeping our community strong.

Local Businesses

• preserve character and prosperity and maintain diversity and distinctive flavor within the community;

• focus on the specific interests and culture of their community, creating a much broader range of preferred product choices; support local artists and craftspersons who in turn invest their income back into the community;

• provide more individual customer service and employ outgoing, friendly, and highly-qualified people to staff their businesses;

• build stronger neighborhoods by giving back and contributing more to local charities and causes; and

• are primarily owned by people who live in the community who are more vested in the neighborhood’s future and well-being.

Our local businesses are among the most unique in the country.

We hope to see you around town for all your shopping needs!

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713.869.1414 eclectichome.ws 345 @. 19th St 713.868.5050 DramatikaFraming.com 331 W. 19th St. Since 1979 Custom Framing and Uncommon Gifts THERE’S NO SALE, LIKE RESALE SINCE 1991 713.862.3035 4900 N. Shepherd Dr. www.AlabamaFurniture.com Our Difference is the Detail Serving the Heights Since 2006 Construction & Design by Javier Juarez 832.545.9313 palladios06@gmail.com CLASSIC MODERN

■ Shopping Local keeps dollars working in the community

■ Shopping Local creates jobs in the community

■ Shopping Local strengthens and encourages new and existing businesses

■ Shopping Local lessens the impact on the environment and contributes to sustainability of a community

■ Shopping Local establishes your communities identity

■ Shopping Local ensures that businesses are the local community

■ Shopping Local increases the local tax base, keeping dollars at home

■ Shopping Local requires less infrastructure and services per dollar earned than larger businesses

■ Shopping Local ensures diversity from locally made and provided services and products

Fall 2023 Heights Pages 35 Phyllis A. Oeser 5005 W.34th St. #104A 713-692-0300 asst1@yourlastwill.com Your Neighborhood Attorney Diane Morish Owner/Native Garden Oaks COSMETICS AND BOUTIQUE 713-686-5993 4216 Ella @ 43rd Diane’s Unique Gifts Merle Norman on Ella & 43rd My customers love to shop here for “That Perfect Gift” & 713.868.4725 venushairhouston.com 361 W. 19th St. 832.673.0099 BlissOn19th.com 235 W. 19th St.
Shop Local! Your go-to place for classic & unique toys! 237 W. 19th Street 832-623-6990 BIG BLUE WHALE Tues-Sat 10-6 & Sun 12-5 shoplocaltoys.com LANA SADLER RMLO Your Trusted Source for Texas & Colorado Mortgage Lending 25+ Years of Lending Excellence Loans@NewHeightsMortgage.com Secure Mortgage Company 2500 West Loop South, Ste. 250 Houston, TX 77027 www.NewHeightsMortgage.com Direct 713.623.5139 Mobile 713.446.6940 NMLS#’s 214381, 70160, 21442, CO. MLO #100015378 Amita Ghosh Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Relationship Counseling Stress and Anxiety Counseling All Virtual Therapy 859-391-1255

Assisted Living Memory Care (713)861-9952

2121 Pinegate Drive Houston, TX 77009 www.facebook.com/BrookdaleTheHeights

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Wednesday - Friday 12-6pm Saturday 10-6pm * Sunday 12-5pm

Bespoke by GJCD in the Heights is your first and last stop for all original gift and home interior items. We specialize in unique one-of-a-kind gifts from around the world in addition to offering custom home interior design services by interior designer, Gilbert Joseph Perez, owner of Bespoke by GJCD.

Browse our beautiful pale pink 1920 Bungalow Revival restored building on the corner of West 11th and Tulane. We have ample free parking, inviting built in outdoor seating and bike racks so you can enjoy your shopping experience in a relaxed stress-free atmosphere. Whether driving, biking, or walking, we are a premier Boutique for a special European inspired retail experience.

Come see us today and discover a rare gem you will return to again and again!

36 Heights Pages Fall 2023 ...for all your health care needs 1302 N. Shepherd Houston, TX 77008 P:(713) 885-9899 F:(713) 885-9871 Mon-Fri 9-5 • Sat 9-12

I have been selling homes in Houston for most of my adult life, and many times when I am helping new Houstonians, they have a great deal of hesitation about moving here. I always tell them to give it a year. Houston has a very special way of growing on you. It is dynamic, diverse, friendly and has so much to offer including the arts, theater, museums and the largest medical center in the world.

Right now, it might be hard to imagine checking out all the sculptures and graffiti art all around

town, so I am going to show you just a small sampling of my favorites. According to the Houston Chronicle, Houston is home to over 750 graffiti art walls and others sources say it is closer to 1,000. All our art and sculptures reflect our unique culture. The iconic “We Love Houston” sign located in Eado stands at 28’ tall and was made by our famous sculpturer David Adickes.

There are so many murals in the Heights, and the top of your list should be the “Greetings from Houston” classic painted by Daniel Anguilu. It is a great backdrop for your visitors to do a selfie!

Buffalo Bayou is full of hidden treasures, and some not so hidden. Of course, there is the famous “Dandelion Fountain” off Allen Parkway and Waugh by artist Will Canady. A

great time to see this is at sunset, as you can also watch the estimated 250,000 bats come out from the Waugh bridge to feast on our mosquitos. Just a few blocks down are the seven “Tolerance” sculptures by Jaume Plensa.

A few minutes away in downtown you will find a whole new series of massive murals as well as great sculptures like the one at the GRB Convention Center called “Wings over Water” by artist Joe O’Connell. As you can see, I like to visit many of these in the evenings because it is cooler, and the lighting adds another dimension to the art.

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Tim Surratt Greenwood King Properties, Inc. (713) 942-6830 Office/Pager (713) 320-5881 Mobile Surratt@greenwoodking.com
Fall 2023 Heights Pages 39 Specializing in indigenous and easy to grow plants Huge selection of urns, fountains & garden art from the bizarre to the classical Rocks, minerals, fossils Large selection of cacti & succulents 502 W. 18th @ Nicholson in the Heights 713-862-7444 | joshuasnativeplants.net | Joshua’s Native Plants Joshua’s Native Plants & Garden Antiques

Our Annual Home Tour

Living in the city is wonderful while making your living and growing your family. There are so many fun and exciting things to do! Then there is the time when taking a country drive and seeing what life offers in quite small towns, pastures filled with horses and cattle and the history these small towns have to offer.

One such town is Chappell Hill, Texas, the “River Oaks” of Texas and the beginning of the footsteps into the hill country.

This tiny town of Chappell Hill offers great shopping, a garden center filled with beautiful plants and yard art, a strong history of Texas and a wonderful garden club, Chappell Hill Garden Club, which just celebrated their 15th year anniversary as being a club.

Thistle Home

One of the highlights for the year in Chappell Hill is their Annual Christmas Home Tour sponsored by the Chappell Hill Garden Club. Each year the Club opens five to six homes to tour the second Saturday in December. This year the date will be December 9, 2023, from 10am-5pm. On this magical day, you will find Main Street decorated with holiday spirit, shops filled with holiday items and everyday gifts, wonderful restaurants, a great museum and so much more to highlight the season.

This year there will be six homes on the tour, each different from the other. You will find a beautiful historical home with an outside pizza oven and, every person’s dream, a wine guest house. Another home is located on top of a hill with a stunning modern look. You will also tour a new home, an event venue and, the final home, boasts a true weekend country

design with a pool - a fun family house and grandmother’s original home. Several homes will have you in love with over-the-top decorations.

Come spend the day in Chappell Hill, enjoy this small town, with a big heart, which offers great food, lots of shopping, a garden center with holiday plants and several upscale decorating locations filled with holly, holiday cheer and lots to fill your Christmas needs.

Tickets can be purchased at Bluebonnet House or from Club Members until Dec 7th., after Dec. 7 you can purchase the day of the event at Bluebonnet House. Homes are: Reichardt Schuerenberg, Heritage Hall, Thistle House, Busha House, Powell Canyon Ranch and Amazing Grace. Visit www.chappeellhillgardenclub, call 713.562.6191 or scan the QR code for additional information.

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Reichardt Schuerenberg Home

Jeld-Wen Siteline Contemporary Collection Windows and Doors Highlight

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materials such as high-quality and properly treated concrete, durable natural stones like granite or travertine, or resilient porcelain tiles.

2 Safety & Functionality

We hopefully will soon be putting the brutal heat of the past few months behind us for the year, but living in Houston, it’s only a matter of time until the heat and humidity return. That means it’s never too early to start planning for the summer of 2024. By starting the pool planning process now, you can make sure your new pool is all ready to go when things really start heating up next year. There’s a lot to consider when building out a pool and Katelyn Moore (our in-house designer here at Boulevard Realty!) recommends 5 important things to keep in mind as you start your pool journey.

5 Things to Remember When Picking Materials for Your Pool

The materials you choose should provide a non-slip surface to prevent accidents, especially in pool areas prone to wetness. Look for materials with textured finishes or consider adding non-slip coatings to ensure a secure footing.

3 Maintenance

Select materials that are easy to clean and maintain. Smooth surfaces and non-porous materials like glass tiles or fiberglass are less prone to algae or mineral buildup, making them easier to keep clean. Additionally, consider materials that resist staining, fading, or damage from pool chemicals, as this will save you time and effort in the long run.

4 Aesthetics

5 Budget

Set a realistic budget for your pool project and choose materials that fit within that framework. There is a wide range of materials available, varying in cost, so prioritize your needs and allocate your budget accordingly.

Wondering if a pool is right for your backyard or considering making other updates to your home? I’m here to help! Don’t hesitate to reach out by phone 713.829.3052 or email cynthia@cynthiamullins.com.


Durability & Longevity

Pools are exposed to various elements like water, chemicals, and weather conditions, so it’s crucial to choose materials that can withstand these factors over time. Opt for

Choose materials that complement your overall design vision and style. Consider the color, texture, and pattern of the materials and how they will harmonize with the surrounding landscape and architectural elements. You may opt for natural stones to create a timeless and elegant look, or go for vibrant ceramic tiles to add a pop of color and personality.


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Our mission here at Fidelity National Title is to provide you the quality service and expertise that will result in the successful completion of your real estate transaction. We understand that each client is different and in that approach we go beyond the average title company. We work alongside our customers, listening to and anticipating their needs, allowing us to provide the services they need and the respect they deserve. Our clients continually return to us as a result of the personalized service they receive. Your success is our priority.

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Our Team is experienced in handling all types of files, including commercial, residential resale and refinance, home equity, construction loans and binders, and investment property transactions. This array of experience, not to mention the presence of an attorney in the office, allows us to quickly decipher and solve title issues arising in any real estate transaction. Additionally, several members of our staff are fluent in Spanish as well as English.


Judi has been in the real estate industry for over 25 years, during which she worked in lending, for a builder and, since 2017, as an Escrow Officer. Judi’s experience with all facets of the real estate transaction and ability to communicate effectively with lenders and Realtors allow her to easily navigate even the toughest files.

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Houston’s real estate scene is no stranger to luxury and innovation, and the latest offering in the Woodland Heights neighborhood is no exception. At first glance, the newly constructed home at 951 Byrne Street might seem modest. However, this perception is quickly dispelled upon closer inspection. This expansive 4,259-square-foot residence not only enjoys the benefits of a corner lot but also boasts contemporary designs and features that are the hallmark of luxury living.

This property marks a significant milestone for the renowned real estate firm, Nan and Company

Properties. The listing of this home signifies the firm’s first collaboration with a custom builder, ELEVIZ Design and Development. This strategic partnership is a testament to Nan and Company’s commitment to bringing cutting-edge and bespoke properties to the Houston market. The home is represented by Refuge Group Properties, the top sales group within Nan and Company.

The house at 951 Byrne is the brainchild of a former engineer who transitioned into home building. Her vision was to create a residence that catered to the modern family’s needs, and she has undoubtedly succeeded. The open floor plan is complemented by an oversized side veranda, a covered front porch, and a second-floor balcony, enhancing the feeling of spaciousness. The interiors are equally impressive with five bedrooms, four and a half baths, two office spaces, and a suite of modern amenities. The gourmet kitchen, a standout feature, is equipped with an oversized island, smart touch sink faucet, breakfast bar,

ZLINE appliances, solid-wood maple and birch cabinets, and quartz countertops.

Priced at $1,830,000, this Woodlands Heights gem is a testament to Nan Properties’ vision of helping everyone find their happy. The firm’s recent ventures, including the launch of a Sports & Entertainment division and collaborations with sports personalities, further solidify its position as a leader in the Houston real estate market.

This Woodlands Heights home is not just another property on the market; it represents the future of luxury living in Houston. With its unique design, top-tier amenities, and the backing of a powerhouse like Nan and Company Properties, it’s set to become a coveted address in the city.

For those interested in experiencing luxury living at its finest, contact Ana Salazar (ana.salazar@nanproperties.com) to learn more about this amazing property

Our Computer-Aided Design program assures that your project will be both functional and beautiful. Your direct participation in the design is encouraged. You need not settle for a sub-standard package! We give you exactly what you want and need. No two buildings are ever exactly the same, they are a reflection of their owners’ personality. Our company started back in 1952 under the name Reid Construction Company. We specialized in garages and all exterior home improvements. This led to building garage apartments and barns. We are rated A+ with the B.B.B. and have a showcase in Houston Heights. We also specialize in permitting in The Historic Heights area. We take all our jobs from the ground up and custom build everything.

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which developed Debbie’s skill set as a strong negotiator. Her significant involvement in the community and genuine love of animals fueled her participation in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for over 20 years.

Debbie is able to recharge her busy life by relaxing at her Galveston home and spending time with her dog, Libby. She is also a fitness enthusiast and enjoys Pilates, yoga, and long walks on the beach.


ebbie Levine brings a host of invaluable talents to the real estate profession specializing in Houston’s premiere neighborhoods such as West University Place, Southampton, Braes Heights, River Oaks, Memorial, Bellaire, Tanglewood, Upper Kirby, Montrose, and the Heights. Enjoying a second residence in Galveston has enabled her to extend her knowledge base to the Gulf Coast as well.

Debbie’s production is consistently among the top 1% of all realtors in the state of

Houston Association of Realtors regularly names her as a top producer, highlighting her as one of 150 agents among their 45,000 agents and brokers whose production ranks among the highest dollar volume in Houston. Steeped in outstanding communication skills, market knowledge and attention to detail, Debbie’s clients feel extraordinarily informed through every step of a transaction.

A strong academic performance at the University of Houston was followed by work with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice

Whenever a client entrusts Debbie with their real estate needs, they will no doubt be rewarded with a hard-working, talented, caring professional. Debbie not only provides clients with a superior level of service, but also brings to each transaction her own distinctive enthusiasm, proficiency, and experience.


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Personal Style in Home

Is It Finally Time to Ditch Design Trends and Embrace Your Personal Style?

Almost 3 decades ago, HGTV launched its lineup of home improvement and design shows. Since that time, consumers have had access to the latest trends in home style and millions of viewers have enjoyed trying new designs in their own homes.

Unfortunately, this has also led to the pressure to conform to the latest fad. Inexpensive big box home stores have made changing style more affordable, but these cookie-cutter rooms have left many homes lacking any sense of personal style.

Design trends can be inspiring. It’s fun to add a new color or texture to a room. Style magazines and TV programs offer fresh ideas and aesthetics to try. The goal should be to try one or two new things to add spark to the space. We’ve all seen the result of design overload, whether it is a farmhouse-styled urban loft or a slick Scandinavian modern located in the country. Little about these homes reflects the style and personality of their owners, much less the neighborhood in which they are located.

Capturing personal style is the key to a warm and inviting home. By designing a space that incorporates lifestyle, there’s always room for the fascinating vase found on vacation or a bright, bold rug that caught the eye.

Rather than chase the latest update, building a timeless environment offers a home that the owner will love and appreciate for years to come. It may finally be time to ditch the trend-driven approach to decorating and embrace our personal style. A beautiful and welcoming home is the best design there is.

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Heights Dermatology is proud to announce that they are the first dermatology group in Houston, and second in the state, to incorporate the most advanced technology to help the group’s providers detect melanoma earlier, when it is almost 100% curable.

Nevisense is the only FDA-approved device to evaluate atypical moles that are not obvious benign spots or melanomas, guiding more precise biopsy decisions during skin cancer checks. Nevisense is clinically proven to improve diagnosis of early melanoma in atypical moles that are not clearly malignant or benign.

As an innovative practice, Heights Dermatology has a history of providing its patients with state-of-the-art equipment designed to deliver the very best results. Patients value the role of Nevisense to help catch early melanomas in real time during the practice visit. Since they can be stressful, patients trust their providers to be as thorough as possible during skin checks, especially for those who have a history of melanoma and biopsies, or who are at risk for melanoma.

Many patients are afraid of, or are uncomfortable with, the prospect of biopsy, especially if the mole is in an area that is cosmetically sensitive, e.g., chest or face. Heights Dermatology is proud to offer its patients the very best in dermatologic care.

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Take a Tour - Little Free Libraries in the Heights

The Laura Meadows Library, 946 Highland St. Laura Meadows has a blue composite library purchased through the LFL website and is assembled with plastic lumber made out of recycled milk jugs. Laura is proud of the fact that her charter number is 5407. Considering there are over 150,000 LFLs worldwide - that is impressive.

Her first Library was made of wood with splatter paint finish installed in 2014. She wanted to encourage her dyslexic son to read and thought it would also encourage other “reluctant” readers.

Laura said the unexpected is always to be expected with an LFL. The Meadow’s Library was vandalized and set fire by area teens early on, but constables caught them. She’s found very questionable books left behind, toys, unopened beer cans, even a pair of flip flops. Her LFL has been part of scavenger hunts, LFL tourists have stopped to take photos, and once, she was book bombed! The Library was filled to overflowing with a popular children’s book.

Laura told me the best unexpected result of having an LFL is the social aspect. Because of the Library, they’ve gotten to know all of their neighbors.

In the Heights Pages summer issue, I covered the amazing diversity of public art viewable in yards throughout the Heights. Anyone taking a self-guided tour (or just driving) through these neighborhoods looking for art will undoubtedly notice the plethora of Little Free Libraries.

Little Free Library (LFL) is a nonprofit based in St. Paul, Minnesota with a mission of building community, inspiring readers and expanding book access for all. As of April 2023, there were more than 150,000 registered Little Free Libraries in all 50 states, all 7 continents, and 120 countries.

Those interested in starting their own Little Free Library can purchase one or register their own and get an official charter sign and number.

An unofficial count, by yours truly, came up with over 3 dozen LFLs all over the Heights. I reached out and spoke to several neighbors with official Libraries and a few library owners that are unregistered. The numbers included with the name is the chartered number with LFL and the numerical order registered.

The LFL website is extremely well done and informative but the app is amazing. Download it at littlefreelibrary.org, search your area and find info, photos, check in and fav your favorites. Find the following LFLs on the app by charter number listed. The app made my tour for this article super easy and fun.

Little Yellow Submarine Library, 713 Pecore St. Many people choose to build their own LFL. Casey Ellison told me that his wife wanted one for Christmas and he believed nobody used them. But when he suggested he build a Little Yellow Submarine Library she said he couldn’t build it!

“Challenge accepted,” Casey said. “It did take 5 months for me to finally have time to get it done, but it got done. That was 8 years ago and since then we added a second one for children’s books. We’ve had wedding parties take photos next to it, Disney had the star from “A Wrinkle in Time” put a book in and post, and a couple other signed books from authors. It apparently was a very popular spot during the Pokémon Go craze. It really feels like it has become part of the neighborhood.”

“Our boys are both at Travis now and when we meet new people and the topic of “where do you live” comes up and we answer, “the yellow submarine library”, it’s always followed by a “NO WAY!?! THATS YOU GUYS!?!”

Casey said he needs to redo it now, but doesn’t know what a world would be like without it.

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e Tree House Library carved by James D. Phillips 1147 Allston St. #158416 e Laura Meadows Library dressed up for Christmas ‘22 - 946 Highland St. #5407

The Little Red Door, 1845 Cortlandt St. Cathy Gough said she bought the Little Free Library for her husband Rob’s birthday last year and painted it to match their house. Their library has both adult and children’s books, but like most, her library leans towards children’s. She said books seem to appear and vanish on their own. Cathy is considering adding treats for dogs.

Little Blooms Little Free Library, 811 Arlington St. I missed chatting with “Miss Deidre” about her Library but I visited. It’s a well-kept yellow, orange and green

Library with a focus on Children’s books. Find this one on Facebook too at facebook.com/littlebloomslibrary.

Little Banned Library 1021 Heights Blvd

That may not be the official address, you will find this library near the driveway. While on my own “Window Perspectives” tour, artist John Runnels, (featured in the Summer issue) directed me to this new Little Banned Library. Custom built, this library is modeled to look like a jail. This one is so new it’s not on the website or app yet but it is a chartered Little Free Library. A company called Cetafab built this gem. Like most jails, this library (and a few others I noticed) is monitored 24/7! www.instagram.com/littlebannedlibrary/

The Heights wouldn’t be the Heights if people didn’t do their own thing, enter the banned library collections. The LFL calls unregistered libraries book exchanges. The owners of these “book exchanges” are just as attentive and enthusiastic about their libraries as the chartered ones. I couldn’t get a count on these though, I’d bet there are many more.

Banned Sidewalk Library, 1020 E 7th St. Melanie Malinowski started her Banned Sidewalk Library inside of a newspaper box about a year ago. A sign above the box lets neighbors know that only banned books are allowed.

“Once in a great while someone puts a banned book in,” Melanie wrote me, “Sometimes, people put non-banned books into the library, I walk those books elsewhere.” Melanie restocks her library every 3 to 4 months.

Kritter’s Little Library 828 W. 24th St. Kim Ritter admired a friend’s library and decided to start her own. She told me her inspirations were a new grandchild in her life and her daughter’s own published book, “The Great Texas Dragon Race.” Kim’s box is also a former newspaper box, with books for adults on the top shelf and children’s books on the lower shelf.

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Mitch Cohen submits a series of articles on the H-town art scene. For additional information about his outdoor art markets, visit SaturdayArtMarkets.com e Little Red Door 1845 Cortlandt St. #139723 Little Blooms Little Free Library - 811 Arlington St. #100830 Little Banned Library - 1021 Heights Blvd. Kritter’s Little Library - 828 W. 24th St. Little Yellow Submarine Library 713 Pecore St. #20535 Photo Credit - Alex Barber Banned Sidewalk Library - 1020 E 7th St.

First & Second Saturday Art Markets

First Saturday Arts Market has featured dozens of visual artists each month showcasing their work in the Historic Houston Heights since March 2004. The market was at the forefront of outdoor “popups” trending nationwide at the time with one key difference, a focus on visual arts.

The market takes place at 540 W. 19th St., 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., September - May. Visitors to this free outdoor event will find friendly artists with paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry and many more popular art mediums.

There is always a popular food truck on site and local singer/songwriters can often be found providing entertainment at the market. Going on 20 years, the market has provided artists a chance to present their creations to the public in a casual relaxed atmosphere for both patrons and artists.

The Market at Sawyer Yards takes place on 2nd Saturdays at 1502 Sawyer St. in conjunction with Sawyer Yards Open Studios in the First Ward area of Arts District Houston. This market is open September - May, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. The market follows the same footprint as First Saturday Arts Market with more of a focus on artisan crafts, folk art, home decor, beauty and wellness products, cottage and packaged specialty foods.

Surrounded by the highest concentration of working artists in all of Texas, the market coincides with 2nd Saturday Open Studios, when artists from The Silos at Sawyer Yards, Winter, Spring, Summer and Silver Street Studios, open their studios to the public. For details about both markets visit FirstSaturdayArtsMarket.com

Are You Aging Well? Three Tips to Get You on the Right Track

“You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in your joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

That wisdom from a simple children’s book, originally published in 1922, has endured perhaps because of the way it speaks to the adults who have sat by bedsides and read the story to children through the decades. The adults who recognize the loose joints and the thinning hair as a nod to their own experiences with aging and becoming “Real”.

The story eloquently explains that when we stand the test of time and don’t break easily, we get older. That is inevitable. But there is a distinction between getting older in chronological years and aging. The major difference is that the latter can be controlled to a certain extent by our behaviors. We intellectually know that the best way to combat aging is to stay healthy. So, doesn’t it make sense to adopt behaviors that keep your body strong, your mind alert and your immune

system functioning at a high level? I can answer that for myself – and the answer is a resounding yes!

Now, I don’t live a life of deprivation, but neither do I live a life full of excess. Balance is everything, but in this age of technology, it’s difficult to find. So here are three of my top tips that I share with all of our clients when they are first starting out. Believe me – there’s nothing earth shattering here.

Top Three Tips to Combat Aging Decide You’re Not Old

Our brains can reshape our attitudes toward whatever obstacles life may toss our way. Because life events shape our thoughts and behaviors, never be afraid to seek guidance when it comes to your physical and/or emotional health. You are too important to live life less than. Worry, anger, heartbreak, chronic pain, depression -- all of these contribute mightily to the aging process.

Fuel Your Body with Nutrient Dense Food

There is a huge difference between fueling your body for optimal performance and dieting to restrict calories to lose weight. Chronic dieting can actually damage your metabolism and leave you struggling for decades to regain balance. Fueling with nutrient dense foods means eating

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stuff that you can recognize. No human body can sustain optimal health eating “faux food” that comes out of boxes, bags and cans. You can lose weight following diets that feature packaged foods, but at what expense? Pre-packaged foods can be toxic.

Move Your Body Every Day

Movement = Life. We inhabit miraculous mechanical machines. Like any machine, our bodies must be maintained to perform well. As we age, injuries and illness can cause pain which makes movement less appealing. But – the best antidote is to keep moving by finding new ways to stay active. There is a way.

Some may think that these tips are too simplistic. But the fact is, these three things work. My staff and I prove it daily. We will all get older by the numbers. But we can stay young at heart and continue to thrive as we age.

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Why Choose a “Board Certified” Attorney?

trial law. Board certified lawyers earn the right to publicly represent themselves as a specialist in their select area of law. They are the only attorneys allowed to do so by the State Bar of Texas. This designation sets them apart as being an attorney with the highest public commitment to excellence in their area of law.

• Regularly attending continuing education seminars in order to remain up to date on the current trends in law

• Evaluation by peers, including fellow lawyers and judges

• Passing a comprehensive 6-hour written examination

Lawyers often cite various accomplishments, awards and even “expertise” on their websites and advertisements. However, the Texas Board of Legal Specialization was established by the Supreme Court of Texas as the only governing board authorized to certify attorneys in legal specialty areas.

Board certification is a mark of excellence and a distinguishing accomplishment. There are more than 100,000 lawyers licensed to practice law in Texas. Only 7,400 of these have earned the right to be publicly recognized as Board Certified specialists in one of 24 select areas of law, including personal injury

I have been Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2008. I am one of only 1,704 Texas attorneys that hold this specialized certification.

In order to achieve and retain this status, I have had to meet an extensive list of qualifications, including:

• Being licensed to practice law for at least five years (I have been licensed since 1998)

• Devoting a specific percentage of my practice to personal injury law

• Handling a wide variety of matters in personal injury law to demonstrate my experience and involvement in the field

• Applying for recertification every five years

• Trying a requisite number of cases to a jury verdict, including personal injury cases

If you would like to speak to a board-certified personal injury trial lawyer, please call me today.

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Chappell Hill, Texas – The Gateway to Washington County

food and beverages while you help usher in the fall weather while spending a day in the country.

Then be sure to make plans to tour some amazing homes during the Chappell Hill Garden Club’s Christmas Home Tour scheduled for December 9

Claus, live petting zoo and numerous activities for the kids to enjoy while spending the day shopping, dining and exploring this small town with a big heart.

As you begin to make plans to enjoy the cooler weather and spend some time in the country – be sure and make plans to visit the small, quaint town of Chappell Hill, Texas this fall. There are plenty of events to attend this fall beginning with the amazing “Airing of the Quilts” scheduled for September 9.

Visit Chappell Hill and enjoy hundreds of quilts displayed throughout town. Then be sure to make plans to bring the family to the Scarecrow Festival, October 14 & 15. Enjoy hundreds of juried artists, live music, arts and crafts, kid activities and, of course, plenty of

You won’t want to miss some of the most beautiful, historic homes fully decorated for the Christmas holidays. The town transforms into a scene from a Lifetime movie with their colorful decorations, Christmas spirit and a welcoming that will warm you up during the Christmas season. You can also bring the kiddos out on the afternoon of December 9 and have them take part in their annual “Texas Teddy Bear Parade” complete with Santa

Be sure to make plans now to enjoy all of these events in Chappell Hill, Texas and be sure to spend the weekend at any of their wonderful lodging venues. Make your reservations now by visiting www.chappellhilltx.com or call the Chamber at 979-337-9910.

Come see us in Chappell Hill, Texas!

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Setting the Right Expectations for House Hunting

Buying your next home is an exciting prospect. Sometimes we can get swept away with the features we want in our new homes. So, let’s bring things back to reality and think about what you need your new home to have. Check out the tips below to help keep you on track when you start house hunting.

Create a Budget

One important thing to do before you start is to find out how much you can spend on your house. Reaching out to a local lender, like Texas Loan Star, is a great way to get started to see what you qualify for. A loan officer will also be able to break down your monthly payment and estimate taxes and homeowners insurance for you to help build out your budget.

Using some kind of budgeting program will help give you a clean picture of how your mortgage payment fits into your monthly expenses. You’ll want to make sure you have money left over at the end of the month for savings, improvements and other miscellaneous items.

Prioritize What You Need, What You Want and What You Can Live Without

Sit down and think about what your new house absolutely must have. We’re not talking about a bathroom or kitchen either. Think about

whether you need to be closer to work to have a better work-life balance. Is the house close enough to a good school? Think about the essentials—things you cannot live without.

Next, think about what you want your new home to have that your current home doesn’t have. Think of these as upgrades you hope to have in your future home.

The pie-in-the-sky stuff like your own personal basement bowling alley, would be nice; however, you can probably continue to live perfectly fine without. Is it worth it to spend thousands of dollars more on those luxury items when you could use that money elsewhere?

Take Your List and Start House Hunting

Teaming up with a knowledgeable real estate agent in your target area is crucial for your house hunting experience. Send your agent your list and budget and let them work their magic to help you towards finding your dream home! If you can’t find a home you can afford with everything you want, it’s time to reevaluate.

Re-evaluate Your List

Look back at your list and see where you can cut. Remember, you can always change things like flooring, carpet, paint, cabinets, and


An updated, ready-to-use kitchen, for example, would be great, but maybe you can use the money you save on a lower priced house to update the kitchen later. You might even save some money by doing the work yourself.

Finding the right home might take a little time, but preparing ahead of time, knowing what you want in a house and having the right lender and agent makes the process easier and less stressful. Happy house hunting!

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