Heights Pages Spring 2024

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Woodland Heights Home Tour 26 March 23 & 24 Houston Heights Home Tour 27 April 13 & 14 First Saturday Arts Market 43 Celebrating 20 Years The Ever-Evolving Heights 40 Spring 2024 HeightsPages.com
2 Heights Pages Spring 2024 Welcome to the Heights Pages! T hrough 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 Advertising and Articles Policy... “The Heights Pages” has made all reasonable effort to verify the accuracy of the claims and articles within. Responsibility for the claims and facts of our writers and advertisers rests solely with them. A friendly reminder from The Heights Pages... All photos, ads & articles in the Heights Pages are the property of “The Heights Pages” and/or their photographers and may not be used or reproduced in any other publication without express written consent. (713) 868.4136 P.O. Box 7273 Houston, Texas 77248-7273 DigiMag online and linked! HeightsPages.com @realheightspages Heights Pages Graphics / Photography Gerald Melancon (Mel) gmelancon50@sbcglobal.net This spring issue features 2 home tours. Woodland Heights & Houston Heights, pgs 26 & 27 #HeightsPages
4 Heights Pages Spring 2024 O D L Oeser, Phyllis A. –Attorney 22, 28, 55 M R S E N Alabama Furniture 23, 34, 54 Alexander Custom Homes of Houston 14, 32 Anhorn, Amanda & Rich –Realtor® 15, 51 Assist-Med Inc. Home Health Care Services 7, 31 Avanta Medical Clinic 24, 36 B A J Joshua’s Native Plants & Garden Antiques, Inc. 47 Jubilee 17, 28, 54 Harmony Electric 29, 49 Heights Dermatology 20, 51 Heights Margarita Machine Rentals 55 Heights Pages cityart51sbcglobal.net & www.heightspages.com 2 Heights Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics 21, 38 HITS Theatre 21, 42 Home Tour – Houston Heights 27 Home Tour - Woodland Heights 26 Hydroshack 22, 37 H Bayou City Aire, LLC 20, 39 Bayou City Art Festival 36 BeYoutiful Anti Aging Studio 6, 35 Big Blue Whale 55 Bliss on 19th 55 Bluebonnet House & Garden Center 18, 36 Brookdale The Heights Senior Living Solutions 17, 37 Budget Blinds Greater Heights 7, 52 C C&D Hardware & Gifts 28, 30, 54 Capital Title of Texas –Heights 15, 32 Cariloha Bamboo Houston 55 Chappell Hill Chamber of Commerce 23, 50 Construction & Design by Javier Juarez 54 Contemporary Craftsmen Designer & Builder (The) 18, 50 Custom Garages 21, 30 Cynthia Hill Properties 7, 28 Eclectic Home 16, 28, 54, 56 Ever-Evolving Heights (The) 40 iHeart HoustonCurb Appeal Blues 12, 37 Immanuel Lutheran School 29, 44 Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty 8-9, 28 Patcha Therapeutic Massage & Spa 10, 34 Payless Insulation 10, 39 Robert’s Floors, Inc. 11, 39 Secure Mortgage Company –Lana Sadler 55 Seerden Law Firm, PLLC (The) 10, 38 Servpro Houston Heights 10, 33 Shana Ross Fitness 23, 46 Shawn Manderscheid Team 5, 29 Shop Local – Heights, Garden Oaks & Oak Forest 54 Steitz, Sandy - Realtor® 32, 48 Sulma, Sarah Callaway –Realtor® 19, 31 Texas Loan Star Inc. 28, 53 Y V Landscape Innovations 24, 28 La Paz Day Spa & Salon 12, 33 Let’s Walk Houston 16, 36 Levine, Debbie – Realtor® 11, 46 Lloyd Financial 7, 35 Door Clearance Center 52, 56 Dramatika Custom Framing 54 Yale Street Dog House & Bakery 21, 53 G Greenwood King Properties 3, 28 T I P HeightsPages.com
Kingshill Martini Group 28, 45 Kymn Harrison Fine Art 6, 34 Venus Hair 55 Nan & Company Properties 13, 39 New Roots Landscaping Nursery & Antiques 55 Nippon Japanese Restaurant 33, 37 Nuvo Builders, LLC 29, 48 K F 4Ever Young 25, 29 Fidelity National Title 11, 49 First Saturday Arts Market 43 French Farm, The 14, 35 ♦ ♦ ♦ Mattei, Yenny – Realtor® 21, 28 Merle Norman Cosmetics and Boutique 55 Mullins, Cynthia - Realtor® 2, 37
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Kymn Harrison Fine Art

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!

Silver Street Studio, #205

Edwards St, Houston, TX 77007

When you first pull up to BeYoutiful AntiAging Studio on 13th Street in The Heights, you immediately get the impression they don’t do anything the easy way or leave a single detail to chance. Stepping foot inside, you’re transported to an even more stunning interior, a lavish atmosphere where the founder-world renowned Master Trainer and injection artist, Kay McCunis has adorned every nook and

cranny with art pieces handcrafted by herself, using unique materials that range from amethyst to crushed glass, then sealing each decorative creation with epoxy.

Upon entering the studio, you will notice the numerous accolades scattered about which Kay has accumulated in abundance: Voted Top Aesthetic Nurse, Top Medical Spa, Top Trainer, Top Woman Business Owner and so on, spanning from 2015 through 2023.

You only get one face and one body in life. It makes sense people want to look and feel their best. At the same time, there’s reason for some to be hesitant about seeking out physical improvements. This is why Kay offers complimentary consultations, so everyone can get a comprehensive feel about what’s best for them as a one-of-a-kind individual.

When asked what’s most fulfilling about her line of work, Kay doesn’t hesitate, “Making someone feel good inside,” she replies an instant later. “Everything starts to happen as we age. It makes you want to cry, but when you look better, you feel better about yourself. And when you feel better, everything is better.” She adds, “My goal is for you to be natural and look like a better version of yourself,” she says. “You want someone to look at you and say, ‘You look great!’ never, ‘What did you have done?’”

From injectables and laser procedures to CoolSculpting and even weight loss and hormone replacement therapy, Kay and her technicians know how to rejuvenate skin, get rid of wrinkles, and help everyone find balance within themselves and their appearance. But what’s most important to the effectiveness of all these services comes down to the actual aesthetician.

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Kiss” part of the “Romancing the Sun” Series 24” x 36” oil on canvas
Meet BeYoutiful Anti-Aging Studio 314 East 13th Street 713.547.5656 www.BeyoutifulAntiAging.com Open 2nd and 3rd Saturdays and by Appointment www.kymnharrison.com @kymnharrisonfineart BeYoutiful Anti-Aging Studio

The Honeycomb Shade product provides Builtin Energy Efficiency. Up to 40% of a home’s heating and cooling can escape through its windows. The unique design of a honeycomb shade helps insulate your windows from extreme temperatures helping to reduce energy bills.

Because of their unique design, certain honeycomb fabrics from participating vendors qualify for the Federal Tax Energy Credit.

Q: What is the Federal Tax Credit for Energy Efficient Home Improvement Credit?

A: To help provide incentives for homeowners to make energy-efficient home improvements, the federal government offers tax credits as a way to offset the costs of these upgrades. Per the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, the Federal Tax Credit is available on an annual basis through December 31, 2032. Qualifying product(s) must be installed in an existing residential principal residence (no secondary homes or rental properties) by December 31 of the qualifying tax year.

Q: How does the Federal Tax Credit Work?

A: This is not cash in your hand (like a rebate, which gives you cash back after you’ve made a purchase), but a tax credit—which is an amount of money that you subtract directly from the taxes that you owe.

Q: How much do you receive for the Federal Tax Credit?

A: Qualifying products are eligible for a tax credit equal to 30% of the “purchase price” of the

products, up to a maximum annual amount of $1,200.

Q: What is the maximum Federal Tax Credit amount I can get each qualifying tax year?

A: Even if you purchase multiple qualifying products in a year, the maximum amount of the Federal Tax Credit during any taxable year is $1,200. For example, if you spend up to $5,000 during the year on a single qualifying product or multiple qualifying products, you are only eligible to receive 30% up to a $1,200 cap (30% of $5,000 = $1,500 and you receive $1,200 under the tax credit). Consult with your tax advisor to determine your eligibility for this tax credit.

Q: What is the time frame during which the Federal Tax Credit can be earned on qualifying products?

A: Starting August 1, 2023–December 31, 2032, the $1,200 annual limit applies, meaning you can claim the maximum credit for each taxable year, for purchases in those years, through December 2032.

Q: What do I need to submit for the Federal Tax Credit?

A: You should retain your itemized invoice, proof of payment (receipt), a copy of the applicable Manufacturer’s Certification Statement and the applicable pages of the Qualifying Product Document that addresses the specific products that you purchased. To claim the tax credit, you will need to complete the applicable IRS forms and submit

them with your tax returns. The credit is usually taken on Form 5695. Please note that the IRS may change or update this tax form, so you should consult your tax advisor as to the correct form to file or visit the IRS website.

Working with Budget Blinds will help you select the most energy efficient product for your needs and assist in applying for the energy tax credit if applicable.

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Home Health Care Services
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Call Today (832) 300-3100
Private Pay Available � Insurance Accepted Assit-Med Inc. is a privately owned and locally operated home care company that provides personal assistance services in the Houston area. 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
For Your Commercial & Residential Sales Property Management & Leasing Needs 304 W. 20th St. cynthiahillprops@yahoo.com O: 713-869-0540 C: 713-202-0973 Bandit and Cynthia
Did you know Honeycomb Shades may qualify for a Federal Tax Energy Credit?

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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1830 W 15th St, Houston TX 77008 Contact us for a Free Estimate 713.868.1021 www.paylessinsulation.com Are you ready to insulate? Insulation is a Necessity, Not a Luxury 1511 W. 12th Street, Suite 300 Houston, Texas 77008 www.patchatherapeuticmassagespa.com patchamassagespa@gmail.com Therapeutic Massage & Spa Patcha 281.888.6942 M. Andrew Seerden Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Law Texas Board of Legal Specialization Ph: 713.526.6700 andrew.seerden@seerden-law.com Car Accident • Truck Wrecks • Wrongful Death No fees until we win • Free consultations Injured in An Accident? “Servpro Houston Heights is here to help you with all of your restoration needs!” 2500 Yale St. Ste. B19 Houston, TX 77008 (281) 643-7772 Jorge Reyes - General Manager JReyes@servprohoustonheights.com servprohoustonheights.com Like It Never Even Happened 24-Hour Emergency Service

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.

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.

Spring 2024 Heights Pages 11 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!
Robert’s Floors is open 8am to 5pm Mon. thru Fri., 9am to 2pm on Sat. Call 713-699-5951 www.robertsfloors.com Come
Visit our Showroom!!!


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.

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 micro bladedd microbladed brows should last between two and three years.

Finally, 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 wants to introduce our new hairstylists, Adriana & Jennifer. Mention this ad & receive 20% off any first time service!

We’re wrapping up some great projects this year – The Shepherd restoration project is underway with fresh mosaics all throughout Shepherd between Westheimer and 59, you know, where the terrible construction has been underway for the last couple years… We’re part of that too, but don’t blame the tile guys.

We wrapped up some Pillar work with the Norhill Association, having prepped and coated the existing pillars, and recolored the street names and blocks. If you’ve been through Norhill lately, I’m sure you’ve seen them.

Let’s see what 2024 brings us!

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!

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La Paz Day Spa 1304 W. 20th St. 713.864.2244 Stations available for either Booth Rental or Commission
Lash Tech & Hairstylists Needed!
Jennifer Hairstylist/ Makeup Artist Adriana Hairstylist/ Makeup Artist
Hooray!! This Past Winter Marked Curb Appeal Blues’ 6th Birthday Eric Maier - Curb Appeal Blues (713) 296.0656 Eric@curbappealblues.com Curbappealblues.com

Don’t Miss Out on the French Farm’s Easter Open Warehouse Sale!

It’s that time again, Houston neighbors! The much-awaited Easter Open Warehouse Sale hosted by The French Farm is just around the corner, and you won’t want to miss out on this incredible opportunity to shop for luxury European goods. Mark your calendars and get ready to indulge in a delightful shopping experience on Saturday, March 30th, between 10 am and 4 pm.

Where to Find Us

The French Farm is known for its exquisite collection of European products, and this Easter Open Warehouse Sale promises to be a treasure trove of high-quality items. Join us at our Houston location, our address is 916 W 23rd St, Houston, TX 77008

Our warehouse will be stocked with a diverse range of European goods, including gourmet foods, artisanal kitchenware, elegant home decor, and so much more. Whether you’re looking for unique gifts, specialty ingredients, or something to elevate your home’s ambiance, you’re sure to find something special at our sale.

Why You Should Attend

There are plenty of reasons why this event should be on your calendar. Here are just a few:

1.) Exceptional Savings: At The French Farm’s Easter Open Warehouse Sale, you’ll have the chance to purchase luxury European goods at prices you won’t find anywhere else. This is your

opportunity to treat yourself or surprise loved ones with top-notch products without breaking the bank.

2.) Unique Finds: Our collection is carefully curated, and we take pride in offering items that you won’t easily come across in regular stores. Discover the beauty and elegance of European craftsmanship right in your neighborhood.

3.) Friendly Atmosphere: We love our Houston community, and we’re excited to welcome you with open arms. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff will be on hand to assist you, answer questions, and make your shopping experience enjoyable.

4.) Easter Shopping: With Easter just around the corner, our Easter Open Warehouse Sale is the perfect place to find special treats, decorations, and gifts to make your holiday celebrations even more memorable.

Join Us on March 30th

Whether you’re a seasoned shopper at The

French Farm or you’re new to our community, we invite you to join us on Saturday, March 30th, between 10 am and 4 pm. Bring your friends, family, and neighbors for a day of shopping, exploration, and indulgence.

This event is not only an opportunity to find amazing deals but also a chance to connect with your fellow Houstonians and explore the richness of European culture through our handpicked items. Don’t miss out on this exciting event!

Mark the date, set your alarms, and get ready for a fantastic day of shopping at The French Farm’s Easter Open Warehouse Sale. We can’t wait to see you there!

14 Heights Pages Spring 2024 I love to build, remodel, and manage design. Dan Alexander What can I build for you? 281-974-6008 AlexanderCustomHomeHouston@gmail.com 1923 Washington Ave., Ste. 2251 www.thefrenchfarm.com 713.660.0577 cs@frenchfarm.com 916 W 23rd St Houston, TX 77008

Meet Capital Title of Texas

“Capital Title of Texas is the Largest Independent Title Company in the United States, with a team of experienced professionals delivering top-quality services. With office locations across several Texas metroplexes, we can provide residential and commercial escrow services to meet your real estate needs. We now have an office to meet your needs in the Houston Heights.”

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What We Do Residential Services Investor Services Commercial Services Lender Services REO/Foreclosures Ranch and Farmland
Michael Board Juan Gonzales Kim Bullard
Capital Title of Texas – Heights 333 Columbia St. Houston, TX 77007 (713) 955-3522
Montha Guatero
Resource Manager Escrow Officer Escrow Assistant Branch Manager Escrow

Howdy! I Am Allie, Owner & Alpha Of Let’s Walk Houston

We are a boutique-style dog walking & pet sitting company! After serendipitously landing in the dog walking industry in 2017 back in Atlanta, GA (my hometown) I quickly realized my passion! I moved to Texas in 2019 and started working for Let’s Walk Austin (LWA). In 2021, the previous owner offered me my dream job: OWNING the company! For the first year, LWA grew entirely on word-ofmouth, my clients were so happy with our quality of service, they did all my marketing for me spreading the word to their friends and family!

This past summer, we opened our first franchise in Denver, Colorado! So exciting to combine two of my favorite parts of life: dogs & snow! In August this year, my husband/

business partner, Alan, and our 3 rescues: Maisy, Cowboy and Grits, picked up and moved to Houston to start our third location, Let’s Walk Houston (LWH)!

We offer everything from daily walks to inhome pet sitting! I am a crazy dog/cat mom myself, so my intentions (besides loving on animals) is to be everything I would want for my animals while I’m away! Every visit is tracked on our app that logs when we got there, where we walked by GPS map, a detailed write up about our fun, the BEST photos, potty report and time clocked out! I also do my absolute best to keep the same walkers on the same pups so that every one (dog, client, walker) gets to create a strong, trusting relationship!

Houston has been nothing but amazing since we moved here! The community and con-

Eclectic Home has become one of Houston’s destinations for affordable home furnishings and accessories. Now into its twenty second 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.

nections we’ve been introduced to are incredible!

Sincerely SO excited to see LWH grow as we continue loving on all of the cutests four legged Houstonians!


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…..

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eclectic HOME 345 W. 19th Street in the Heights Mon-Sat 10-6 Sun 1-5 713.869.1414 eclectichome.ws
LetsWalkHouston.com @LetsWalkHouston

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

Anthony Harnden - Contemporary Craftsmen

I spent my early years in Tulsa and moved to Houston at the age of 14. It’s been 40 years and I proudly call Houston home.

In my 20s I started a career in the medical field where I managed around 60 labs coordinating staff. My work gave me a sense of accomplishment, but I found myself seeking a creative outlet.

In my early 30s I made the transition into full time residential real estate in the Greater Heights area. Selling houses gave me the freedom and flexibility to get involved in my community and build relationships with fellow local artists. During this time I became President of the Brooke Smith Heights Art Coalition and formed a band of artists to coordinate the “Day Of The Dead” in the Heights.

The Crisis of 2008 provided opportunity out of necessity. Needing to provide income, Contemporary Craftsmen was born. We decided to salvage houses slated for demo, moving them to properties we owned to generate revenue through rentals. By the time

our first house was complete, the market had shifted and home prices were rapidly rising.

Thinking back to when I was a teenager, I would spend my time in various architectural antique venues. I had a great appreciation for architectural artifacts, so my natural instinct was to shift into period restorations. I bought my first house for $98,000 with a budget of $110,000. When it sold in 2008 for $350,000, I quit real estate and began building spec homes full time.

Since then we have moved and renovated numerous homes, raised homes to build underneath them, converted an old grocery store into luxury lofts, and completed multiple period restorations. Today we’ve grown into a design and build firm making peoples’ creative dreams come true from concept to completion.

We have a collective of write ups by The

Houston Chronicle and Culture Map and I have won Best Traditional Home by Fine Home Building and our property at 1016 Rutland was presented The Community Improvement Award by The Houston Heights Association.



Visit the Bluebonnet House in Chappell Hill

Chappell Hill, Texas is becoming a true destination spot for our Texas visitors and residents. One exciting bright spot, although not a new one, since they have been in business for over 30 years, is the Bluebonnet House & Garden Center. This quaint and fun garden heaven is a popular spot for the locals and the many visitors Chappell Hill has.

The Bluebonnet House and Garden Center is owned by Dale Ramey and her late husband Bobby Ramey. They moved from Houston 32 years ago, to open their garden and gift shop. The Heights has a special place in Dale’s heart, since she and Bobby met at Princess Drive Inn, on north Shepherd, in 1966. They and all their many buddies were the true “American Graffiti” kids. So many great memories from the Heights and Oak Forest!

The Bluebonnet House and Garden Center is a special garden full of unusual plants, new ideas, filled with great yard art and concrete wants.

Chappell Hill is filled with great events and every month you can find something going on to attract visitors.

Dale has been the president of the Chappell Hill Garden Club for 15 years, and this year she has handed the duty over to their new president, Dixie Ford. Ramey has also been the Chair of the Chappell Hill Garden Club, always held the 2nd Saturday in December and it has become a must for holiday home tours.

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Bluebonnet House & Garden Center 5095 Main St. Chappell Hill, TX 77426 979-836-2554 www.facebook.com/ bonnetHouseAndGardenCenter/
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Bayou City Aire’s reccomendations for your yearly A/C maintenance.

◆ Replace 1-inch filters every 2-3 months.

◆ Replace any specialty (media) 4 or 5 inch filters every 6 months.

◆ If your house is under construction/ renovations, then replace 1 inch filters every 2 weeks or as needed. Replace media filters every 2 months or as needed.

◆ Replace thermostat batteries if it’s been more than a year.

◆ Make sure thermostat is set to fan AUTO. When its set to fan ON, it will increase the humidity inside the house.

◆ When away from home, set thermostat temperature to 78-80 degrees to save on energy.

◆ Keep outside condenser clear of any weeds or grass.

◆ Pour gravel around condenser pad to help keep condenser clean. Wash outside condenser coil with water hose.

◆ If you have any type of UV light, make sure the bulb has been replaced if it’s been more than a year or two, depending on the model.

◆ Install a safety float switch on the emergency drain pan to help prevent water damage.

an A/C tune up once a year, spring is the perfect time before the summer rush.

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Bayou City Aire, LLC 713-568-9437 TACLA28539E www.bayoucityac.com 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 A/C Maintenace Tips
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 713.864.2659 www.HeightsSkin.com

Dear Homeowners,

As your dedicated realtor, I’m always on the lookout for valuable resources to help you maintain and improve your home. I’d like to share some essential things to avoid doing to your house!

1 Ignoring Routine Maintenance: Neglecting regular maintenance tasks, such as cleaning gutters, servicing HVAC systems, and inspecting for leaks, can lead to costly repairs down the road. Stay proactive by creating a maintenance schedule and addressing issues promptly to preserve your home’s condition.

2 Skipping Professional Inspections: Annual inspections by qualified professionals, including home inspectors, HVAC technicians, and pest control experts, are essential for identifying potential problems early on. Investing in regular inspections can save you from unexpected expenses and ensure your home remains in top-notch condition.

3 DIY Electrical Work: Electrical work can be dangerous and complex, so it’s crucial to leave it to trained professionals. Attempting DIY electrical repairs or installations without proper knowledge and expertise can pose serious safety risks and result in code violations. Always hire a licensed electrician for any electrical work in your home.

4 Overlooking Structural Issues: Structural pr oblems, such as foundation cracks, sagging floors, or roof leaks, should never be ignored. These issues can worsen over time and

compromise the stability and safety of your home. If you notice any signs of structural damage, consult with a qualified contractor or structural engineer to address them promptly.

5 Neglecting Proper Ventilation: Adequate ventilation is essential for maintaining indoor air quality and preventing moisture-related problems like mold and mildew growth. Ensure that your home’s ventilation systems are functioning correctly and properly maintained.

6 Overlooking Landscaping Maintenance: Curb appeal is not just about aesthetics; it also plays a significant role in your home’s overall maintenance, value, and appeal. Neglecting landscaping maintenance, such as overgrown vegetation, dead trees, or poorly maintained lawns/drainage can cause termites and/or foundation issues down the road.

7 Ignoring Energy Efficiency: Consider investing in energy-efficient appliances, insulation, and windows to reduce your home›s energy usage and save money in the long run. Simple changes, such as sealing air leaks and installing programmable thermostats, can also make a significant difference in your home›s energy efficiency and budget.

By avoiding the pitfalls, you can ensure that your home remains a safe, comfortable, and valuable asset for years to come. As your trusted realtor, I’m here to provide guidance and support to help you maintain and enhance your home’s condition.

If you have any questions or need assistance with home maintenance, improvements, or investment opportunities, feel free to reach out. I’m here to support you and help maximize the value of your property. Let’s work together to achieve your real estate goals.

Best Regards,

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600 N. Shepherd Drive, Suite 535 Houston, TX 77007 713.836.8243 Email: yenny.mattei@compass.com Web: yenny@yennymattei.com

It is 2024, A New Year

Are you off and running, creating new and good habits with your New Year’s Resolution?

If you consistently read the Heights Pages, that is a good habit since it allows you to be more tuned in to your community events and professionals. Hopefully, your review will include my little spurts of advice about having your affairs in order.

My passion is for everyone to have their Will and other legal documents completed so you get to designate who will make health care decisions and financial decisions for you if you are unable to do so and who is to receive your property when you pass away.

Development of another good habit is while you are gathering information to prepare your taxes, also get your Will and Powers of Attorney completed or reviewed since you will need the same information for both matters. If your documents are completed, confirm their location and review whether they still reflect your current desires and wishes. This good habit will serve you well if you become ill whereas you will be able to direct your loved ones where these documents are and they will be up-to-date. You will avoid the struggle to get legal documents

prepared at a time when you are ill and need to concentrate on your health. Getting these documents drafted or updated at a time of illness can make it more stressful, more costly and more easily challenged. If you pass away and your updated documents are in a location where they can be readily located, you will have done everything possible for your loved ones you leave behind.

If you have a loved one who has died, upon the receipt of the death certificate, promptly begin the probate process. To determine what probate process is needed, contact a probate attorney. Generally, you cannot transfer the deceased person’s property to another person until you go through probate. There are different types of probate and a probate attorney can advise what probate is best for a particular situation. Putting off beginning the probate process usually causes greater expense and delays. Good habit, begin the probate process upon receipt of the death certificate.

Having your Estate Planning documents in order will give you and your loved ones peace of mind. Probating your loved ones

estate upon receipt of their death certificate will make the process quicker, easier and less expensive.

So get started this year establishing good habits:

1. Read the Heights Pages to stay in tune to the events and professionals in your neighborhood,

2. Have your Estate Planning documents prepared or reviewed at the beginning of each year, and

3. Upon receipt of your loved ones death certificate, begin the probate process.

The State of Cannabis in Texas by Hydroshack Owner Chris Powers

The Texas Farm bill, signed into law June 2019, established a framework for the growth, manufacture, testing, and retail sale of industrial hemp products in Texas. The bill was meant to be a starting point for the growth of industrial hemp CBD and low THC products, but in actuality it allowed for full recreational cannabis use. Today you can legally purchase THC-A flower, THC-A vapes, or Delta 9 edibles and enjoy recreationally or medicinally without a medical card in Texas.

Texas regulates the cannabis industry by limiting the amount of the psychoactive component Delta 9 THC to less than 0.3% by weight for

all cannabis products. As such, edibles are made heavier in order to accommodate more Delta 9. Vapes commonly contain only THC-A and are Delta 9 free. Cannabis flower must be carefully sourced to ensure a high level of THC-A yet still be within the regulatory limit by weight for Delta 9.

Cannabis flower and vapes abandon Delta 9 in favor of THC-A. Regulators have focused on limiting Delta 9 THC but the actual main component that gives users a recreational experience in a smoke or vape is the THC-A component. When heated THC-A converts into Delta 9 THC. Retail stores in Texas currently sell THC-A hemp flower and vapes that not only meet Texas regulations but will still give the user a recreational experience equal to full on marijuana THC products sold in legal states.

Edibles are a popular method for consuming THC. In a legal state the typical THC gummy is quite small and contains 25mg Delta 9 THC. In Texas, however, the edibles have to be larger to deliver the same 25mg Delta 9 yet still be fully compliant with the Delta 9 0.3% by weight restriction. In Texas we just make the edible larger and heavier so that more Delta 9 can be introduced. The same holds true for cookies, brownies, chocolate, rice crispy

treats, and drinks. Everything is bigger in Texas and this certainly holds true for edible cannabis products.

Texas, whether as a deliberate act or simply by lack of knowledge, has opened up the recreational cannabis market to Texans older than 21 years of age. Consumers need not pay for an expensive medical card or risk buying off the street in order to enjoy the benefits of recreational cannabis in Texas. Legal cannabis products are lining the shelves in Texas stores now.

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PHYLLIS A. OESER Attorney at Law 5005 W. 34th Street, Suite 104A Houston, TX 77092 713-692-0300
4208 Mangum Rd. Houston, TX 77092 713.292.1921 hydroshack.com

Customers often ask, “Why the name “Alabama” when you’ve always been located in Houston, Texas?” Well, that’s simple. My journey began in the era of The Yellow Pages when having your company’s name in the “A’s” meant better exposure. My first store was located on Alabama Street in Montrose, so voila, Alabama Furniture was born.

When customers ask how I got started in the furniture business, I share that selling furniture is in my DNA. My grandparents, John & Elinor Campbell, dominated the Denver furniture business for over 50 years with their store - The Red Barn Furniture Co. As a youngster, I would stand on a milk crate behind the counter, assisting my grandfather’s customers. After my father’s business relocated us to Houston in 1985, I would return to Denver each summer to learn how to run the store. What impressed me most was my grandfather’s close relationships with his customers. Everyone knew him by name, and he knew everyone’s story, a quality I believe I’ve instilled in my own business.

In 1991, a few years after graduating from Robert E. Lee High School and enrolling in courses at the University of Houston, I opened my first store in a tiny 1,200 square foot storefront off of W. Alabama. I found a great niche in the Montrose community using the mantra “Reuse, Recycle, and Resale”. In 1996, I moved out of the Montrose location and into the Heart of the Heights. After 20 years on Yale Street, I now have the opportunity to explore new opportunities in the rapidly developing Independence Heights area at 4900 N. Shepherd Drive.

For myself and the devoted clientele who have followed Alabama Furniture for the past 34 years, the new location has opened up a whole new world. But none of our success could have been possible without the love and constant support from the Heights community.

We specialize in top quality brand name furniture and accessories, as well as consignments, closeouts, and designer samples of exceptional quality. Every day seems like Christmas because I adore what I do, and I am beyond fortunate to be able to share my passion with you.

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I’m Sherri Enroth, the owner of Alabama Furniture and Accessories Alabama Furniture 4900 North Shepherd Dr. 713.862.3035 www.alabamafurniture.com Chappell Hill, Texas The Gateway to Washington County Save the Dates! Come Spend the Weekend with Us! April 13 & 14 “Official State of Texas Bluebonnet Festival” May 25 Chappell Hill Art Walk July 4 – 10AM Biggest Small Town Independence Day Parade www.chappellhilltx.com
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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.

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

My name is Jason Poff and I own the 4Ever Young Anti Aging Solutions clinic in The Heights with my wife, Heather. If it is ok with you, I would like to share my weight loss journey that never ends. It started in college in the 90s when I took a bad fall while snow skiing. I tore my ACL and was told that I am no longer an athlete and I should not get it fixed by my orthopedic surgeon. He was a good friend of mine and I really didn’t want to go through the rehab anyway, so I didn’t get it fixed. The problem is that I used this as an excuse to slow down my activity and continue to eat and drink as though everything would be ok. I was after all in my 20s and bullet proof.

As a result of my choices, I began putting on the pounds. I would never say that I was active before this happened, but I was definitely not active after. My weight continued to go up until something happened in 2010. I was 35 years old and working as a wealth manager for a large financial institution. I started to have some serious back pain. Got an MRI and x-rays and found that I had developed a bulging disc in my lower back. This was putting pressure on my sciatic nerve. It kept getting worse until the disc eventually ruptured. I once had someone tell me

that that sort of back pain is akin to childbirth. If this is true, I thought that my own mother must be a saint and the joy I give her every day in no way can repay her for what I did.

I scheduled a discectomy with my doc and removed the damaged disc material. I recovered from the surgery pretty well as I was still in my 30s, but something began to nag at me as to why this happened. I was still bulletproof in my mind. The answer came during one of my doctor visits. It was revealed that I was 335 lbs. and that if I didn’t get to work on fixing my diet and exercise, this was going to happen again in one of a half dozen other deteriorating discs. I looked in the mirror and got on a scale and realized that the doc may be on to something. Thus began my weight loss journey.

I started with diets and found a trainer. They helped, but I never saw the results I wanted and used work, my knee, or my back as an excuse not to follow through with my journey. Eventually I had an eye doctor tell me, “Mr. Poff, how long have you been a diabetic and how often do you get your eyes checked?”. I answered, “10 years and every year.” She replied, “Well the first 10 years are free. What you do in the next 10 years will decide if you lose your vision or a limb.” She was right. It was time to get serious about losing weight and getting healthy. I don’t know why it took an eye doctor during a routine eye exam to shake me up, but she did.

I started looking at medical weight loss programs and surgical weight loss options. After some research of my options, I decided to pursue the bariatric surgical option and had gastric sleeve surgery. What I realized, shortly after I got home, was that I eat my feelings and stress. I was delusional up to this point and told myself that I can lose weight on my own, but the surgery is just a tool. It is a tool, but I had to come to terms with my own reality. I am a sugar addict (I’m diabetic) and I eat my feelings. How did I figure this out you ask? Well, right after surgery you can’t eat anything. I walked around angry for a whole week. Finally, I realized that it was me and that I needed a new outlet for my frustrations instead of yelling at my loved ones. So, I started walking.

Every time I would get angry or stressed, I would take a walk. Let me say that I took a lot of short walks that first week. Why short walks? I was still 335 lbs. and had a bad knee and a bad back. I kept taking those short walks, and then longer walks, and then even longer walks. Eventually, I was able to walk 3 to 5 miles every day. I felt great and the weight continued to come off. I am now 185 lbs. It has been a long journey to get to this point, but I’m glad I did. What happened along the way was that I wanted to get healthy. If you focus on your health, the weight will follow. I credit the tool I used, surgery, with saving my life. However, I caution others from going this direction as it has consequences. I still have an absorption problem, iron specifically.

During the summer months I struggle to get and stay hydrated. As we decided to open the clinic, I wanted to develop a medically supervised weight loss program that would work. A lot of research went into our offerings and I feel like we have the best program in Houston.

The problem that we see in the industry is that most clinics will give you one of 2 drugs. Semaglutide (Wegovy) or Tirzepatide (Mounjaro) and send you on your way. This sort of approach will help someone lose the weight but causes other issues when you get off the medication. What we do that is different is we use a proprietary mix of vitamins and amino acids to increase your metabolism as you are taking the drugs. We also do weekly check ins with our staff to make sure we go over any potential issues that may arise. We have a very high success rate and are proud of what we do. The goal is not to just lose weight, but to make you better prepared to go forward as you near your goal weight.

Weight loss is a journey. There are a lot of ways to get there, you just need to find the right one for you. I still struggle with my sugar addiction and stress eating. I will probably always struggle with these issues, but I have learned to not be as destructive. Some people find a passion for working out. Others need a tool like medication or surgery. A diet works for some. If you want to lose 15 to 20 lbs. or more, come by and see us at the clinic. Consultations are free. If you don’t qualify for a medical option, we will tell you. If you do, our prices are as competitive as an online provider. I encourage you to lose weight the best way you can and be consistent.

Thanks for taking the time listen to my story. A weight loss journey may never end, but it can have a happy ending like my story. As stated before, I’ve lost 150 lbs. and kept it off. This is rare and something that I am proud of every day. While I’m still diabetic, I am no longer insulin dependent and my A1C (a measure of long-term glucose that is used to help diagnose diabetics) is at 6.0 for the first time in 15 years. I no longer take blood pressure medication and I feel great. I also started on hormone therapy as my weight messed up my “T” levels. This is another thing we offer. We find that many people with weight issues also have a hormone imbalance. I think I added 10 to 20 years to my life by embarking on this journey. That’s the real reward. Living longer and getting to stay on the journey.

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Weight loss is more than just a

Woodland Heights Home Tour Slated for March 23-24

“Homes with Heart” Features 7 Historic Homes www.woodland-heights.org

Seven beautiful homes in the historic Woodland Heights neighborhood near downtown Houston will be open to the public during the 2024 Woodland Heights Home Tour Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24, from noon to 5:30 p.m., with a “happy hour” preview Friday, March 22, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.

“Homes with Heart,” sponsored by the Woodland Heights Civic Association, will also include one “special feature” home that – while new – captures and preserves a key part of the neighborhood’s history. The homes, which range in size, style and décor, showcase the charm of the Woodland Heights neighborhood:

a wide and welcoming

A matching pair

white brick fireplaces face each other across a central hall. A hallway of windows opens onto a courtyard area, leading to the bedrooms added to the back, keeping the home to a single story.

shiplap and a new second

for family bedrooms makes a charming and livable home. The side patio includes access to an unusual-for-Houston tucked away cellar.

and replicated the exterior brick on the second story addition. Thanks to careful brick staining, the differences are almost impossible to spot. A previously enclosed front porch is now a playroom, and the bright open kitchen features long, narrow windows along the west wall between counter and cabinets to add even more light.

pool and gardens. Historic Bradbury wallpapers, as well as new design details and collections reflect the colorful and eclectic personality of the current owners.

1003 Woodland Expanded back and up, the home features a primary suite on the first floor with a large, original bathtub. Along the east side of the house, three matching sets of French doors provide access to the side porch from the family, dining and mud rooms. Other special touches are the shiplap ceilings and a two-sided fireplace warming both the office and family room. An area at the top of the stairs functions as a playroom.

Home Tour Tickets - Advance tour tickets are $30 beginning March 1 through March 21 and can be ordered at Woodland Heights (woodland-heights.org) or purchased at area merchants, including Another Place in Time (open Wednesday-Sunday), August Antiques, bespoke by GJCD (open Wednesday-Sunday), Buchanan’s Native Plants, C&D Hardware, Jubilee, Asch Building and Kaboom Books.

Tickets are available after March 21 for $35 at area merchants. Tickets for individual homes are $10 for a single home or $15 for those just wishing to visit the “special feature” home. Preview tickets are $50 and include self-guided tours of each of the homes without lines and with wine and cheese at each stop. Preview tickets are good all weekend. Visit Woodland Heights (woodland-heights.org) for more information, or to purchase tickets.

WH Home Tour Volunteer Signup – If you can volunteer to help with the tour!

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501 Byrne A second story was added to this original 2-1 bungalow, with an east side upstairs balcony perfect for morning coffee. The shiplap walls were restored and preserved in the kitchen, and the original attic was converted to a children’s playroom built around the chimney and accessed via a secret door from one of the bedrooms. 611 Euclid This home features tall ceilings downstairs with rolling library ladders providing access to upper cabinets in the gourmet kitchen for this family of cooks. A corner fireplace in the living room, preserved story 411 Highland This William Wilson house retains many original features, including wood trim, staircase, fireplace and floors. It was refreshed in 2021 with the addition of a new kitchen and a sunny breakfast room overlooking the new 3513 Michaux Originally a duplex, the renovation company converted it to a single-family home, reconfiguring the front door on porch. of 931 Ridge In adding a second story, the homeowners kept the original footprint downstairs 1046 Usener The homeowner lived in the house for a number of years before tackling the renovation, which added about 250 square feet in the back for a second bath and enlarged bedroom. The traditional fireplace, bookcase and window set-up in the living room is complimented by modern lights that are art in themselves. A wall of shiplap is preserved in the dining room, which opens into an updated kitchen and from there to the inviting deck and backyard. 312 Teetshorn A key part of the neighborhood’s history was the Paul Barabash Grocery store at the corner of Teetshorn and Sabine, which had long-since closed. When the new owners bought the property, they were determined to preserve as much of the original grocery storefront as possible and incorporate it into the home. The old storefront now wraps around a gym, half bath and courtyard area. The interior is inspired by Ukrainian design in tribute to the national heritage of the store owners. Photos by Mark Scheyer. Photo of 931 Ridge by Miro Dvorscak

Houston Heights Spring Home & Garden Tour - April 13th & 14th 50th Anniversary

The Houston Heights Association and Co-Chairs, Laura Ruppert and Kendra Bridges would like introduce to you these beautiful homes featured on our annual spring home and garden tour. The tour is Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14 from 12:00-6:00 each day.

Six Heights homes will be featured this year! Tickets will be $35 and you may purchase here: https://www.ticketsignup.io/TicketEvent/HHASpringHomeTour2024

823 Peddie

1926 Craftsmen Bungalow

Owners - Brett & Renee Zamore

“Modern Comfort” would be a good description. We love the historic charm of the bungalows in the Heights and adding a modern sense of simplicity to the interiors. We have maintained the historic exterior character of the bungalow with a modern addition at the back.

Sponsor - Brett Zamore Design

702 E 8 1/2 Street

1920 American Bungalow

Owners - Jeff & Rachel Spalding

Our house is a remodeled bungalow with a modern flair. Our interior design style is a mid-century modern focus, with eclectic accents. We like to emphasize natural light and connect the indoor spaces to the outdoors. We prefer smaller homes that efficiently use space and don’t occupy an entire lot.

Sponsor - Julie O’Neill/Norhill Realty

Thank you to our sponsors!

Laura Ruppert/Norhill Realty

Julie O’Neill/ Norhill Realty

Boulevard Realty

Brett Zamore Designs

Damian Ogier/Icon Homes

Freedom Floral, and Realist Media

720 E 24th Street

1928 Craftsmen

Owners - Star & Jack Massing

We’ve always laughed saying that it’s business in the front and a party in the back. The house has a quintessential Heights Bungalow look from the front, but it’s very modern and minimal on the inside and tropical in the back.

Sponsor - Boulevard Realty

1303 Cortlandt

1919 Prairie Style

The 1919 home was originally built by the owner and architect making the project visually distinct. In 2006 a large addition in the back and in 2012 a garage apartment was added. In 2022 a second garage was added. The interior style of our home is heavily influenced by our family of immigrants from Kenya and India our travels around the world, especially India and Bali.

1820 Arlington Street

1910 Victorian/Colonial Revival

Owners - Katie & Mike Beirne

We tried to design the style and floorplan to what the original home would have been, while adding a vibrant and artistic touch of color and style. We really love a mix of old and new!

Sponsor - Laura Ruppert/Norhill Realty

707 E 9th Street

2019 Traditional Modern

Owners - Kate & Adrian Wong

Organic warm modern style. Our home is inspired by our love of the natural world, our roots in the Hill Country, California, Colorado and West Texas as well as my background as a marine biologist. I am drawn to textures, patterns and colors found in organic forms. I wanted our home to be soulful and bring the outdoors in. The entire design was driven by the desire to create a u-shaped layout that would focus on and utilize as much green space as possible. Our home sits in harmony with the natural surroundings. Our back porch faces west to allow for the most natural light to flow into our main living spaces and primary bedroom. We consider ourselves lucky to live in our own piece of art.

Sponsor - Damian Ogier/ Icon Homes

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the H eig H ts P ages D irectory


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.


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!

ING, 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”

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.


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 CONSULT-

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.


Texas Loan Star, Inc.

2233 Yale St.

Phone: 713-802-0606

Email: laith@texasloanstar.com

Web-site: www.texasloanstar.com

Real Estate Finance Experts



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. 8:30am-5:30pm; Sat. 9:00am-5pm; Sun. 10am-5pm

Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty

1717 West Loop South, Suite 1700

Houston, TX 77027


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

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


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.

Yenny Mattei

Personalized REALTOR

Compass, LLC

600 N. Shepherd Drive, Suite 535 Houston, TX 77007

Email: yenny.mattei@compass.com

Web: yenny@yennymattei.com

Looking for a top real estate expert in Houston with over 20 years of experience living in the Houston Heights area, Yenny has an in-depth knowledge of the Houston market that enables her to provide valuable

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insights and advice to her clients in a fastpaced home seller’s market. When looking for the best price for your property, whether selling or buying, her extensive knowledge of the Houston market is a valuable asset. Trust her expertise and experience to guide you through the process and help you achieve your real estate goals.

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 inno-

vation. 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 is your full-service construction company. We specialize in Home Additions, Remodels, New Construction and all levels of Renovations Services. We can update your kitchen, bathrooms, windows, cabinets, interior/exterior paint or whatever you imagine for your home. Give us a call or visit our website for more information.



Immanuel Lutheran School 1440 Cortlandt St. Houston, TX 77008




Registration is now open for the 2024-2025 Academic Year. Now offering programs for students aged 18 months through Kindergarten. Call to schedule your tour today!

Immanuel Lutheran School has been a part of the Historic Houston Heights since 1927.

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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

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.

30 Heights Pages Spring 2024 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 Stihl Sold & Serviced at C&D Hardware. Stop in for Special Spring Pricing Grilling Headquarters Pellet, gas, or charcoal grills, fuel and accessories YETI Great selection of drinkware and coolers Garden benches, solar stakes, yard ornaments, hand-tuned windchimes. Ready, Set, Spring!
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Our AttentiOn tO DetAil is unpArAlleleD
Please call us for a list of garages we have built in the Heights & surrounding areas. CustOmBArnsAnDGArAGes.COm rODFreGO77p@GmAil.COm GiVe us A CAll 713-861-3478

Do you need care in the home? What does “age in place” mean? Assist-Med Inc., (the Agency) is a privately owned home care agency that has been serving the Houston Major Metropolitan Area, Harris County, and the surrounding counties for over 20 years. So, if you need care in the home allowing you to remain in your home, then you need Assist-Med, Inc.

WellPoint (previously known as Amerigroup) and Molina. In addition, we also have a growing number of “Private Pay” clients. For clients/patients ineligible for Personal Assistance Services through Medicaid or Medicare or their insurance provider, AssistMed, Inc. maintains reasonable and affordable Private Pay Rates.

Seniors, adults 60 plus years of age, disabled adults and disabled children are deserving of these services through Medicare, Medicaid, or both at no cost to the client. In order to provide these services. Assist-Med, Inc. is licensed through Texas Health and Human Services Commission and the Agency has contracts with Medicaid and the largest Health Management Organizations (HMOs) such as United Healthcare,

Currently serving hundreds of clients in our target area, we want to do more. With Seniors being the largest growing population in the Country, we know that there are seniors in our communities that may need help, but may not have the information they need. Call us. Our staff is trained to handle your questions, assist with your Medicaid application, and can support you when you need to call your insurance provider.

Expertise and excellence in care giving is our mission and we do not take that responsibility lightly. The purpose of home care programs is to allow the client/patient to remain in their homes where they are the most comfortable for as long as the client/patient wants. This is aging in place in your home where you are most comfortable. The assistance provided with “Activities of Daily Living” or ADLs

allows you to continue to be active and to enjoy your daily activities in your community. When tasks around the home become difficult to do, let us help you. This will help prevent falls, frustration, and hospitalizations. Our attendants/providers can help with light housekeeping, laundry, grocery shopping, mobility, escort, etc.

Let us help you maintain your independence, help with your recovery from medical events, and care for you with integrity and compassion.

Thank you.

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“Living in the Heights offers the best of all worlds: community, restaurants, walkability, schools, and parks galore. Being a Heights resident and realtor for over ten years has provided me with a wonderful opportunity to enjoy all the different neighborhoods in the Heights and what they have to offer. Walking down the Hike and Bike Trail to Squable or Baso for a drink and then heading to the Heights Theatre to catch a show makes for a great evening.

During the holidays, you can enjoy Lights in the Heights and seeing the awesome dinosaurs at Norhill Park. Opera in the Heights and the Farmers Market are also longtime favorites. There are so many special places, people, and things to do here in the Heights. Let me be your guide and help you get to where you want to be!”


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You hire a custom home builder because you value timeliness, finishes, and competitive pricing. In addition to the primary reasons to hire a custom home builder, you should hire Alexander Custom Homes of Houston (ACHH) because of our transparency, our regular communication, and our responsiveness to your concerns.

Do you need design help? I can help manage the architect, engineer, and/or interior designer and I have several to choose from who all provide great service and great value. I love to build, remodel, and manage design.

Part of my job as your home builder/ remodeler is to help you define the scope of work so I can then competitively bid and hire highly skilled trades who will bring enough manpower to the job to get the work done in a timely manner. I will plan and push the trades to get the job done as quickly as possible. My goal is to build your home or remodel project on time, on budget, according to the plans and specifications with regular communication.

Design matters and I am good at bringing good architects and designers to the job. I highly recommend having a good architect and interior designer do their thing for your new home or substantial remodel. Just picking the right colors, countertops, tile, flooring,

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Now is an Important Time to Consider Your Taxes in Retirement.

Many experts believe Congress will need to raise additional tax revenue in the near term. Our national debt has swelled to more than $31 trillion.1 Congress is debating trillions of dollars in new spending priorities and will need increased tax revenue to offset that spending. There’s every reason to believe Washington will be searching for more tax revenue in the near term. Recent Congressional debate shows retirement accounts are a key place Congress may look.

When it comes to taxes in retirement, you may want protection against two related risks:

TAX RISK - The risk your taxes are not lower in the future than they are today because of your income needs or filing status.

LEGISLATIVE RISK - The risk our government introduces new or expanded taxes that impact your retirement approach.

Tax diversification may be a valuable option to consider.

Some savers choose to address the risk of

variable taxes in retirement by incorporating tax-free strategies into their retirement approaches. Tax-free assets can serve as a hedge against rising taxes in the future. Since Roth IRAs, Roth 401(k)s and other tax-free savings vehicles are funded with after-tax dollars, no taxes are due on the funds when they are withdrawn in retirement. That means if Congress raises taxes in the future, these funds would not be impacted2. By ensuring a portion of your retirement funds are in taxfree accounts, you may feel better protected against the risk of rising taxes in retirement. And that could help you have a more complete approach to protecting your funds in retirement.

If you have questions or concerns, be sure to work with a qualified professional to develop a retirement approach that works for you.

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1) “Debt to the Penny,” U.S. Treasury Fiscal Data. Accessed June 23, 2022. Available online: https://fiscaldata.treasury.gov/datasets/debtto-the-penny/debt-to-the-penny

2) “Ten Differences Between a Roth IRA and a Designated Roth Account,” Internal Revenue Service, Accessed June 2022. Available online: https://www.irs.gov/ retirement-plans/ten-differences-between-a-roth-iraand-a-designated-roth-account

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Houston Heights Housing Market Trends Looking Ahead to 2024

The Heights housing market in 2023 experienced an unusual trajectory that was largely driven by high interest rates. Interest rates nearly doubled compared to 2022 and we saw a low supply of homes on the market. Despite an 18.4% decrease in the number of homes sold year over year compared to 2022, we saw an increase in prices of 3.8%. Additionally, the average days on the market plummeted from 43 to 27, marking a significant 37.2% decrease.

As we reflect on these figures, it becomes evident that 2023 was an uncharacteristic year in the housing sector. Despite fewer transactions, prices persisted to climb, and properties spent considerably less time on the market, indicative of a market favoring sellers.

So, what’s the outlook for 2024 according to Heights real estate experts? Initial data from January 2024 paints a promising picture. Compared to January 2023, there was a notable increase of 22.7% in number of sales, with 27 transactions recorded in 2024 versus 22 in the previous year. The average sales price per square foot experienced an increase of 11.1%, indicating sustained demand for properties even as prices rise. This surge in activity hints at renewed confidence among buyers and sellers alike.

While challenges such as fluctuating interest rates and economic uncertainties persist, the housing sector is demonstrating resilience. Whether the market continues on an upward trajectory or faces new challenges, one thing remains certain: the housing market remains a dynamic and essential component of the broader economy, influencing and reflecting the aspirations and realities of homeowners and buyers alike.

My goal is to make the home selling or buying process as stress-free for you as possible. Reach out by phone or e-mail if you’re thinking about making a real estate move this year.

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There has been a lot of talk about tongue ties these days. We have parents coming to see us with children who are a few days old as well as toddlers and older kids asking about tongue tie surgeries (aka frenectomies). From nursing consultants to speech and myofunctional therapists, as well as some pediatric dentists specializing in that field, the answer to most problems of feeding, speech, ADHD symptoms, sleep issues, feeding issues and others, has been cutting the tissue underneath the tongue. Our Heights community is very interested in this topic judging by posts on local social media groups for kids of all ages as well as an increased number of curious parents in our practice.

At our office, we are very conservative on this topic for a variety of reasons. We believe that tongue ties can be the culprit in some of the above-mentioned problems. However, as highlighted in a recent article by The New York Times (https://www.nytimes.com/2023/12/18/ health/tongue-tie-release-breastfeeding.html), evaluations for lingual (tongue) frenectomies should be conducted with more knowledge and questioning than they have been lately. Having a frenectomy can be traumatizing for young children and is often unnecessary. It is not always the easy answer we look for as parents. It is also very expensive and most of

the time not covered by insurance (unless done by an ENT under medical insurance). Many specialists will advise multiple frenectomies on one child and each “cut” has its own price. There is no clinical research and evidence that frenectomies correct all the things that are cited by providers, but the business of tongue tie release has become one of the most lucrative in dentistry these days.

In our practice we do not perform infant frenectomies. Due to health reasons and lack of clinical evidence of them being a quick fix, we prefer to coach parents on other resources that can help them with feeding. We examine tongue attachments and their sucking reflex, and, in a few cases, we refer for frenectomy evaluations to doctors who specialize in them via laser procedures or traditional scalpel surgeries. We prefer to have the opinion of an ENT as well as the pediatrician prior to this medical procedure.

We do, however, perform lingual frenectomies in older children who absolutely need them. We have trusted speech and myofunctional therapists we refer to for prior evaluation. They often work with our patients on tongue positioning and non-invasive therapies before deciding on surgical treatment. We approach this procedure seriously and with proper

preparation to both parents and children as the healing process can be difficult.

We also do lip frenectomies if necessary, but usually wait until children are ready for braces due to permanent teeth bringing with them bone as they erupt into the mouth, often rendering frenectomies unnecessary. Our orthodontists work closely with our pediatric dentists on evaluating the need for this procedure as well as the proper timing for it.

Our team is skilled in both diagnostic and surgical approaches to tongue and lip frenectomies. However, we are aware of the risks of the procedure as well as frequent lack of benefits on a problem that could be addressed differently. Please let us know if you have any questions and we will be happy to talk about frenectomies!

Why Choose a “Board Certified” Attorney?

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

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.

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

• 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

• 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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Welcome to this beautiful new construction community of Caterina Court! This gorgeous community is comprised of nine freestanding contemporary homes nestled in the highly coveted area of the Houston Heights.

The square footage of the homes range from 2,402 – 2,516 and features 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and a two car garage. Each home receives lots of natural light from the large window panes decorating the home. This community’s prime location puts you just minutes away from some of the best shopping, dining and entertainment in the city.

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The Ever-Evolving Heights

In 1886, Oscar Martin Carter, a former bank president from Nebraska arrived in Houston[2] and by 1891 he and a group of investors had established the Omaha and South Texas Land Company, managed by Carter and a subsidiary of the American Loan and Trust Company. The company purchased 1,756 acres (7.11 km2) of land and established infrastructure, including streets, alleys, parks, schools, and utilities, worth $500,000. As one of Texas’s early planned communities, Houston Heights was founded as a streetcar suburb of Houston and attracted residents who did not wish to live in the dense city but had a way to commute back and forth for work.[3] Another appealing factor to potential residents was that the area is 23 feet higher in elevation than Houston, which was experiencing yellow

fever outbreaks along with other waterborne illnesses due to excessive flooding and high levels of mosquitos.[4] (the above from Wikipedia).

Arriving here to the Heights on Halloween weekend 1985, we have witnessed many of the changes the Heights has experienced. Being this close to downtown, it’s strange now to think about the Heights as a suburb, but prior to the mid-fifties and the installation of the national highway system, this was a premium working-class neighborhood. When we arrived, the area was seemingly dominated by only a couple of demographics, Caucasians and the working class Hispanics, who had moved into the area as previous residents fled further to the far-off suburbs of Oak Forest and Garden Oaks. Many of their former homes became rental properties while many of the larger homes were transformed into multifamily apartments, as some fell into disrepair and eventual demolition. Commercial and industrial firms also moved into the area due to the lack of zoning laws. Of course, some of those old residents did not move out, as was the case with our first next-door neighbors, Irma and Milton Wallace, who were in their early-70’s at the time. If memory serves me correct, they had been living here since the late 1930’s.

We were in our mid-30’s when we moved here. In the first few years, as we took our dog for a walk in the evenings, we began to notice younger folks living around us, working on improvements, painting and adding landscaping. Many of these homes were sold to single women, as the relative low cost of homes and central-ish location was convenient to downtown, Galleria, the Medical Center and Greenway Plaza areas. Those newly painted little bungalows gave us hope way back then that our little neighborhood was on its way up. We could not have guessed, or even dreamed of what was to come.

When we told my mother-in-law we were moving to the Heights, the first thing out of her mouth was “Why?”. At the time, the Heights had the reputation of being a rough, crime ridden area, dominated by homes with burglar bars and mean barking dogs. When my wife first suggested we look for a home here, my only impression was from the news reporting about the shootings, stabbings and drug busts that occurred here in the area. In fact, just a few months after moving here,

a meth house blew up in the “hood”. It was about 10:30 at night and we heard it when it happened. For my wife, it was something of a homecoming, as she spent much of her early childhood in her grandmother’s house near the corner of N. Main and Conoly, which runs on the west side of Tepatitlan Restaurant. Between then and now though, the “hood” has been through some changes.

At the time we purchased our house, other than the large historic homes on Heights Blvd. and Harvard or Allston, it would have been difficult to find a home exceeding $150,000. Though I could not find demographic and home value information dating back that far, we do have some data from Texas A&M / Texas Real Estate Research Center that states the median price of homes in our area have gone from $302,575 in 2011, breaking the 400K mark in 2013, reaching 500K by 2015, and 600K by 2021. As of November 2023, the average home price was $725,362, a slight dip from June’s $808,588. Contrast this to the price of an average home in the City of Houston as of November 2023 was $412,424.

Realtor, Cynthia Hill states, “In our cherished neighborhood, the fusion of diverse cultures and the seamless blend of tradition and modernity create a unique tapestry. From treelined sidewalks to inviting front porches, every corner resonates with stories. The changes over the past 34 years have been astounding, with real estate values steadily appreciating. I find great joy in helping buyers and sellers discover their ideal homes in this vibrant community.”

At the time of our arrival, eateries were not near as plentiful as they are now. The only places I remember were Yale St. Grill, Andy’s

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Mexican, Someburger, Spanish Flowers, and some of the fast-food places. Due to this area being originally designated a “dry area”, there were no bars or any other place you could actually get an alcoholic drink. The Heights’ dry zone was a relic from the preProhibition era, when it was incorporated as its own city, bordered by 610, Oxford Street, I-10 and North Durham Drive. Although the city annexed the Heights in 1918, and as Prohibition ended in 1937, the courts ruled that the former municipality would remain dry. This law would persist for the next 80 years.

Claire Smith, an area restauranteur of Canopy and Shade, found a loophole in the law though, calling her bars and restaurants private social clubs, allowing “members” to drink on premises. Membership was free and took effect immediately. The biggest hassle was having to photocopy your ID and fill out a form, which was later replaced by a swipe of your license at the point of sale, sending the information directly to the Texas Alcoholic

Beverage Commission who would eventually mail you a card to make the whole transaction “legal”.

The last nail in the “Dry Heights” coffin came in 2016. H-E-B wanted to open a store in our area, but would only do so if they could sell alcohol. With the financial backing of the supermarket, Houston Heights Beverage Coalition PAC put on a full-court blitz of the area, even having the president, Scott McClelland going door-to-door lobbying for the change. We voted on this measure at the 2016 election. For many of us long-time Height’s residents, that election had two tragic results. The dry status of the Heights was lost, and well, well you know….

In 2010 we enjoined the fight to keep Walmart out of our neighborhood by establishing a Facebook page called “Stop the Heights WalMart” and by writing letters to councilmen, the mayor and anyone who would listen. The fear and facts were that the installation of a Wal-Mart in your neighborhood increases crime, increases traffic, and adds a certain degradation of the quaintness of our little city. Despite all of the protestations, neither the residents nor the city could do anything by the time it became public, as the land had already been bought by Wal-Mart and we live in a city without zoning laws.

However, Dale Johnson, owner of Eclectic Home looks back on his long history in our neighborhood. “The Heights has become a destination for Houstonians to come and enjoy good food and shopping at the many locally owned businesses.”

Dale Johnson, owner of Eclectic Home states: “As a Heights resident of 33 ysears and 22 of those years a Heights business owner I have seen a lot of changes for the good. 33 years ago restaurants consisted only of three fast food places and 19th Street was Harold’s along with thrift and antique shops.

Today, even though a few high-end chain stores have managed to work their way into the Heights, 19th Sreet still remains heavily populated with unique locally owned businesses.”

Colby Weems & Dale Johnson of Eclectic Home

From the 90’s, the Houston Heights Association, along with concerned citizens resisted and made some valiant attempts to preserve some of our more majestic historic homes and some of the bungalows. The association, as well as some individuals, purchased those they deemed significant.

One of the most visible of these efforts was what we old-timers call the “Truxillo Home” located on the corner of Harvard and 18th. Bart Truxillo, the founder of Preservation Houston and The Heights Historic District in the seventies, had prevented this Victorian from getting demolished. Having visited the house previously, it was like a step back in time. Though beautifully appointed, it was dark, with heavy draperies covering the windows. I have heard the new owners have been renovating the home with a keen eye to its historic value.

In the past few years, Shepherd Drive north of 14th Street has been transformed into a succession of boutiques, restaurants and many other services we all enjoy. These businesses are built on what used to be the Houston used

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Mr. Scott McClelland of HEB Credit “San Antonio Express-News” & “Houston Chronicle” Claire Smith Credit “Houston Business Journal”

car mecca. There were used car dealerships, almost back to back, all the way to the North Loop. Every weekend, the street was full with shoppers, some of the dealers displaying signs stating their cars start at just $999. Those were the days!

The gentrification of our neighborhood brought with it some problems. Though violent crime was not prevalent, we did experience a rise in property crime. Homes were being broken

into while the owners were at work. To combat this, the Houston Heights Association began the Constable Program. Voluntary annual subscriptions, paid by the residents, helped to hire the first four officers who patrolled our streets 40 hours a week on staggered shifts. I have had to call them on occasion for assistance and, if you’re going to be away, you can advise their offices, as they will be cognizant of the temporary vacancy and will look out for any suspicious activity. I encourage all of you to put their number in your phone (713-755-7628), as all residents can call, whether you pay for the subscription or not. Their response time will almost always be quicker then HPD’s, as they are already in the neighborhood and dedicated to our area.

The next expansion of our “neighborhood” seems to be north of the 610 Loop into Independence Heights. Texas’s first master planned black communities, is in a fight for its identity. “It was black owned and run, and wasn’t as vulnerable to discrimationa and red-lining, as they ran their own affairs. Developers are moving into the area, building condos and townhomes, raising property taxes for those in the neighborhood. Though seniors may have their taxes basically frozen, the costs are passed onto renters and younger home owners. Even if homes are handed down to

family members at the time of death, the taxes will be updated to the current values, making the ability to keep the home in the family more difficult. Most believe the fight to retain the neighborhood’s character has been lost.

There is no use trying to make prognostications about what may happen to our “hoods” in the future. Failing to foresee what we have become disqualifies me from that task. I look forward to what is to come and wonder how long these boom times for our area can continue.

The simpler times of a slower moving neighborhood that many tried to hold onto is long gone. It has been replaced by boutiques, realtor’s offices, exercise studios, restaurants and thankfully, croissant style donuts, almost making all the other stuff worthwhile.

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First Saturday Arts Market Celebrates 20 Years

Counting only the number of actual days First Saturday Arts Market has been open, it’s been less than 240 days, a lot can happen in that time, especially stretched out over 20 years. Here are a few examples.

The market has had 3 different names and 3 different locations (all in the Heights). An accurate description of what visitors would find at the market when it started would be arts and crafts, while today it definitely leans to fine art. Music, food and community groups have always been welcome and an element of the market.

While it’s fun to reminisce this way, simply counting the days would trivialize the impact First Saturday Arts Market has had on the communities it has served in the past 20 years.

Artists embraced an opportunity to show their art to the public at a regular monthly venue, an innovative idea in 2004. Holding to its roots, the market mission has continued to create a relaxed atmosphere where visitors and artists can come together.

I’m often told what a great vibe the market has and how friendly the artists are, even from visiting or first-time artists. That is definitely a point of pride for me but I only take credit for providing the opportunity for this to happen. Looking back over the past 20 years I realized how very grateful I am to have been a part of this and witnessed it too. I’ve invited the artists past and present to tell their stories of both themselves and fun tidbits about their experiences at the market. A new Artist Spotlight is released weekly on our website.

The market’s early years were marked by the name and location changes. Originally named Yale Street Arts & Flower Market and located behind Kaplan’s Ben-Hur department store, the inclusion of “Flower” proved impractical as no florist would give up a profitable Saturday. After a year and a half, Kaplan’s closure (after 92 years!) forced the market to move to W. 19th Street, prompting the name change to “First Saturday” Arts Market to reflect its open days.

Artists are adaptable, after all we’re used to setting up mobile art galleries to showcase our art. The move to W. 19th St. made the market more visible and the third move was next door to the big lot next to our neighbor Adore Dentistry.

As the market grew in reputation with customers and artists, I invited the artists to assist me with curating new artists into the

market. All festivals have a panel of “jurists” that review applications, I don’t know of any that allow participating artists to do that. The results were amazing. Quality of art and price points went up, the public responded by returning and collecting.

In Artist Spotlight I asked what the artists would like you to know about the market. Here are just a few of those responses, with the year they started at the market.

Rikki Mitman (2004) creates small abstracts in kiln-fired enamel on heavy copper. “You will see original art at this market. You will see jewelry that’s actually handmade,” Rikki said.

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Typical scene today at First Saturday Arts Market. A Trolley stops at the first art market in 2004. The first market in 2004 behind Kaplan’s Ben-Hur Pictured center is artist Jack Connelly in 2023. Wendy Elizabeth Jones Band performs for a captive audience.
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First Saturday Arts Market Celebrates 20 Years, continued

“You will see many wonderful things -- but you will not see cutesy crafts or commercial knockoffs. It’s all juried in, folks -- this is the real deal.”

Diana Bourdier (2014) joined as a photographer, today her focus is on mixed media painting. “First Saturday Arts Market is a gathering of interesting people,” Diana said. “Taking time to talk to the artists adds a dimension to the experience that one can’t get from walking past and peering in tents.”

I also asked artists if attending changed them or their art. Lauren Luna (2012) an oil painter,

had a very flattering response.

Lauren said, “When I was deciding where to relocate, First Saturday Arts Market would keep coming up in my research of Houston. It was partially the reason I ended up moving here. Connecting with Mitch has proven beneficial because of his vast network of art folks, not to mention the connections made with the regulars at the market.”

Lauren added, “Set up and tear down of our booths is extremely laborious, but we come every month just for YOU!”

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Your stories are welcome too. Thank you Houston. Happy 20th Anniversary! Cheers! Mitch Cohen The market is located at 540 W. 19th St., and open 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. September through May. Visit the website http://1stsatartmarket.com/ for details.
with a customer.
Patrons in Mary Torres Glassworks booth. Artist Tiffany Nesbit talks Visitors in Austin artist David Mercado’s booth.

I was raised in deep East Texas in the middle of the Pineywoods. I didn’t live in a neighborhood. My backyard was a heavily wooded, thirty-acre playground, in which I spent the majority of my childhood. I was happiest when I was outdoors and that is where I still find my bliss.

Living in the fourth largest city in the country is a light year and two hours

removed from where I grew up. Finding a place to reconnect with the solitude and beauty of nature can be challenging. However, the importance of being outside for the sake of stress relief is more important now more than ever. Fortunately, Houston does have some escapes, even for us inner city dwellers, that are perfect to visit during the winter and early spring months before the heat kicks in and the bugs descend

If you’ve not visited Memorial Park in a while, I highly recommend a trip to this innercity treasure. At 1,500 acres, Memorial Park is Houston’s largest urban center park and is almost double the size of New York’s Central Park. Many changes have taken place over the past few years. The Eastern Glades has reclaimed 100 acres of space that was once inaccessible. This area features a 5.5-acre lake with 2.5 miles of new trails, including boardwalks along the lake and wetlands.

The Kinder Land Bridge, which opened in November 2022 is an incredible addition. This area alone is worth a couple of hours of exploration. Houston is fortunate to have such an outdoor gem.

For those of you needing a longer break, I recommend visiting your local bookstore or outdoor retailer and picking up “60 Hikes within 60 Miles” by Laurie Roddy. This fun guide includes trails throughout Houston and the surrounding area and is perfect for a weekend of outdoor fun.

Unplugging and connecting with the outdoors is a great way to calm the mind and escape the annoyances of city life. It’s good for our mental health, and of course, great for our physical wellbeing. We at Shana Ross Fitness urge you to get outside and see our city from a different vantage point. It’s pretty wonderful in the great outdoors.


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Texas. Committed to the priorities of her clients, she provides a quality of service and dedication that is sterling while assisting with relocation, new construction, and high-rise condominiums. This extensive repertoire has enabled this native Houstonian to provide her clients with a vast base of information regarding all things real estate. For the past several years, this top producer has been honored by H-Texas Magazine as one of “Houston’s top real estate agents”, and by Texas Monthly Magazine as a “Five Star Real Estate Agent”. She holds the coveted Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) designation and has achieved the elite status of Top Producer for over 20 years.

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.

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.

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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This issue celebrates the two home tours in our area and that makes me reminiscent of the many times I have volunteered at home tours and other non-profit events. Our own home has been featured on the Heights Holiday Home tour twice in past years and the experience was one I will never forget. For one thing, it inspires you to get your house in order and make all those adjustments you’ve been thinking about but just didn’t get done. But the real benefit is the fulfillment that comes with being part of something bigger than yourself, that highlights and benefits your community, architecture, history and people.

I’m a Heights history buff and caretaker of it so it’s always a joy to see the delight of visitors to the Heights, to see the historical architecture that has been maintained and restored and the new changes taking place. People come from all over the country, believe it or not, to gather with relatives

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and revisit the neighborhood of their past or to just enjoy the tour and experience the mix of old and new and great places to eat and shop. One person told me that all her sisters come each year to take Mom to the spring home tour which used to be held on Mother’s Day. But, without the volunteers that give countless hours and time to make these events happen, it wouldn’t be possible. The best benefit though is making new friends, with both volunteers and visitors and proudly showing off our neighborhood.

I encourage you to get involved and help “show off” our beautiful community. You meet the most interesting people when you do. As a person who has spent many hours volunteering in the Houston Heights, I want to encourage you to get involved. This community was built on the backs of adventurous people with a vision of a community 75 feet above sea level where disease was less of a threat. It has produced some of the most famous and brave people. Settlers came from far north to found this community, built streets and settled their families here. Once it was the City of Houston Heights until incorporated in 1918, they started

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This spring be sure to make plans and attend the “Official State of Texas Bluebonnet Festival” hosted by the Chappell Hill Historical Society on April 13 & 14, 2024. Enjoy a weekend of arts and crafts, live music, kids’ activities and beautiful wildflower landscapes perfect for family photos. Then come back on May 25 for the “Chappell Hill Art Walk” and spend the day strolling down Main Street and enjoy art that come

to life before your very eyes. Artists from throughout Texas will converge in downtown Chappell Hill and create mesmerizing artworks for all to enjoy.

When you visit Chappell Hill this spring, be sure to make plans to come back and spend Independence Day with us this July 4 for the “Biggest Small Town Parade” in America. Complete with classic cars, farm equipment, marching groups and of course the “World Famous Marching Kazoo Band” – bring the kiddos, make plans for an extended weekend and be sure to wear your red, white and blue.

Chappell Hill is the place to be this Spring, be sure to visit www.chappellhilltx.com to plan your trip, book your overnight stay and see all that our small town has to offer.

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If you’ve been curious about the current state of Houston’s housing market, you’re not alone. The world of real estate can seem like a maze, but fear not – let’s break it down in simple terms.

First off, Houston is buzzing with activity! People from all walks of life are flocking here, and that’s making houses a hot commodity. The catch? Well, prices are on the rise. The typical cost of a home in Houston has gone up recently, thanks to lots of folks wanting to call this city home.

Now, don’t let that scare you away. Compared to other big cities, Houston is still quite affordable. So, if you’re thinking about planting your roots in a city with a mix of energy, healthcare, and tech vibes, Houston might just be your spot.

But, (there’s always a but, right?) there’s a bit of a challenge. Houses are like rare gems – not too many to go around. So, when you find one you like, chances are others do too. This can lead to a bit of a race to snatch up the homes available, with some folks even getting into bidding wars!

And guess what? The pandemic has played a part in shaking things up too. With more people working from home, everyone wants a bit more space and maybe a cozy home office. That’s changing what folks look for in a house.

So, if you’re thinking about making a move in Houston, keep your eyes peeled. Prices are up, choices are a bit limited, but the city’s charm is hard to resist. Take your time, do a bit of research, and you might just find the perfect place to call home in this bustling Texan city. Happy house hunting!

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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 crafts-persons 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.

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