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Celebrating our 100th Issue !!!

Cultural Arts 36 The New Fountain of Youth 42

Celebrating our 100th issue from 1998 to present! Featuring some of our favorite covers!


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Welcome to the Heights Pages!

Tmedium, hrough our modest 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 Graphics / Photography Gerald Melancon (Mel) gmelancon50@sbcglobal.net

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Celebrating our 100th issue from 1998 to present! Featuring some of our

favorite covers!





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Aerobright - Classic Car Storage Greenwood King Properties 3, 24 & Aircraft Detailing 18 Grogan Building Alabama Furniture 21, 29, 46 Supply Co. 10, 24, 32, 46 Anhorn, Amanda & Rich – H Realtor® 16, 30 Avanta Medical Clinic 18, 29 Harmony Electric 14, 28 B Heights Dermatology 23, 45 Heights Margarita Bayou City Aire, LLC 21, 39 Machine Rentals 47 Bespoke 6, 41 Big Blue Whale 47 Heights Pages cityart51@sbcglobal.net & www.heightspages.com 2 Bliss on 19th 47 Heights Pediatric Dentistry Brookdale The Heights Senior & Orthodontics 19, 31 Living Solutions 18, 28 Budget Blinds I Greater Heights 12, 35 iHeart Houston C Curb Appeal Blues 18, 27 C&D Hardware & Immanuel Lutheran School 20, 25 Gifts 24, 33, 46 J Cariloha Bamboo Houston 47 Chappell Hill Chamber Joshua’s Native Plants & of Commerce 7, 28 Garden Antiques, Inc. 17 Construction & Design Jubilee 24, 44, 46 by Javier Juarez 46 K Contemporary Craftsmen Designer & Builder (The) 12, 44 Kingshill Martini Group 15, 24 Cultural Arts in the Heights Kymn Harrison Fine Art 16, 41 Mitch Cohen 36 Custom Garages 31, 38 L Cynthia Hill Properties 7, 24 Landscape Innovations 24, 40 D

Door Clearance Center 23, 48 Dramatika Custom Framing 46

La Paz Day Spa & Salon Levine, Debbie – Realtor® M

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Nan & Company Properties 13, 32 New Fountain of Youth, The 42 New Roots Landscaping Nursery & Antiques 47 Nippon Japanese Restaurant 19, 31 Nuvo Builders, LLC 20, 25 O

Oeser, Phyllis A. – Attorney P

Payless Insulation

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Robert’s Floors, Inc. Resolve Counseling & Consulting, LLC

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Secure Mortgage Company – Lana Sadler 47 Seerden Law Firm, PLLC (The) 22, 32 Shana Ross Fitness 11, 33 Shawn Manderscheid Team 5, 25 Shop Local – Heights, Garden Oaks & Oak Forest 46 Steitz, Sandy - Realtor® 18, 29 ® Surratt, Tim – Realtor 22, 27 T

Texas Loan Star Inc.

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Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty 8-9, 24 Venus Hair Eclectic Home 14, 24, 46, 48 ® 25, 37 Y Eclipse Shades TX 10, 30 Mattei, Yenny – Realtor Merle Norman Cosmetics Yale Street Dog House F and Boutique 47 & Bakery 4 Ever Young 33, 39 Mullins, Cynthia - Realtor® 2, 34 Fidelity National Title 11, 45 First Saturday Arts Market 35 French Farm, The 25, 31 E

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Quit Delaying, Tips to Start Purchasing Your Dream Home

alk to one of our Local Home Loan Experts

There are several advantages to contacting a lender early. A lender can help you understand the home buying process. Before you begin searching homes on the market in your area, it’s helpful to get a pre-approval for your mortgage financing. You’ll get a real dollar figure that can serve as a solid basis for determining just how much you can afford. To get pre-approved, your lender will pull your credit report in order to determine the amount of your monthly debt payment. This is then compared to your income documentation to get your monthly debt-to-income ratio.

Build Your Credit

Practice good credit habits by making your payments on time, every time. If you have late payments, your credit score will be lower. History and trends matter. Unfortunately, a late payment will always lower your score. However, if you have a history of on-time payments, it may not affect your score as much as it would for someone who is consistently late. On the other hand, it may take longer for someone who is typically late to build up their score with on-time payments.

Work with Your Realtor to Sell Your Home

Work with your Realtor to come up with a marketing plan designed to sell your home fast. Your Realtor can help you price your home, make required disclosers to buyers, respond quickly to buyers’ agents and show your home to buyers. Your Realtor will also negotiate a price, terms and closing date that fit your needs. Be honest about your home’s condition in online photos, so buyers won’t be disappointed when they see your home in person.

Be Realistic

Set a realistic offer within your budget and stick to it. If the price isn’t to your liking or is outside your budget, you must always be willing to walk away. The perfect home is out there, but you have to be patient. Also take note, nothing offends a seller more than a low-ball offer on a house that is priced fairly. Often, negotiations will stop, rarely to be revived again.

Submit the Best Offer on Your Dream Home

This is a time for careful consideration of

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

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how to craft your best offer to increase your chances of the house becoming your home. Pay attention to current market conditions. In areas where the supply of homes for sale significantly lower in comparison to the number of people wanting to buy, this means that selling prices will end up being potentially higher than the list price. Be prepared to adjust your offer accordingly. Request that your buyer’s agent put together a list of comparable properties that have recently sold in the area where you’re looking to buy. This information is valuable when it comes time to put a real number down on paper.

Laith Daik

Texas Loan Star, Inc. 2233 Yale St 713-802-0606


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Chappell Hill, Texas – It Is Where You Want to Be! Main Street, USA – that’s the experience you will have when you make your way to Chappell Hill, Texas. Less than an hour away from downtown Houston, you could embark on a weekend experience filled with small town charm, quaint shopping and dining, and entertainment that will fill your weekend. Our town has a thriving downtown that will keep you busy for hours with home décor shops, leather shop, garden center, retail shops, and an icehouse, wine bar and winery. As you plan that weekend getaway – be sure to check out their numerous lodging venues from traditional bed & breakfast to numerous short-term rentals ready to accommodate your stay. Make plans for our 2nd Annual Valentines Wine & Chocolate Stroll scheduled for Saturday, February 10. Purchase a wine glass from the chamber and enjoy wine and chocolate samples throughout the town -perfect way to spend a weekend in the country! With spring only a few months away you can always the “Official State of Texas Bluebonnet Festival” taking place April 13

& 14 – enjoy a weekend of arts, crafts, live music and a weekend in the country enjoying fields of wildflowers ready for that family picture! Of course, our annual Art Walk is scheduled for Saturday May 25 – come enjoy artwork come to life in front of you from some of Texas’ most talented artist.

We look forward to hosting your next get away and be sure to visit www.chappellhilltx.com for a complete schedule of events, lodging venues, and a listing of all of our businesses.

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Original Heights Bungalow that is currently being used as a duplex but could be converted back to a single family. The property also includes a garage apartment. Alley access.

Fantastic Location! This two-story original Heights home is currently being used as a duplex. Alley access. Live in one and lease the other or renovate and make it your own.

For Your Commercial & Residential Sales Property Management or Leasing Needs

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Wood Windows by Jeld-Wen at Grogan Building Supply A wood window works with any design. In the US, there is great diversity in the design and styles of homes. From contemporary homes with epic views to the prairie grilles of a Modern Craftsman, wood windows fit in just about anywhere. It’s all about the options. We’ve got double-hung, casement, expansive glass and more. You can customize the stain or color on the interior and exterior. Choose from a wide range of grilles to add a touch of style. Finish your wood window with energy efficient glass options.

Longevity is no longer an issue.

Have you abandoned wood for other materials because of durability concerns? Welcome back. Innovation propelled Jeld-Wen to find the best way to build a wood window that would look great and last. The new and improved wood window from JELD-WEN® is made from AuraLast pine, a treated to the core wood. AuraLast protects against wood rot, water damage and termites. Learn more about Jeld-Wen and their Wood Window options at either of our Grogan locations!

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Wood windows have come a long way!

Grogan Hardware & Lumber

The options and selections have expanded from even what was available 20 years ago. Wood was once the only material with which windows were made. Now, you have other options. But the beauty and distinction of wood windows cannot be replicated. Welcome to the world of wood window possibilities. Let’s talk about why you’ll choose wood windows for your next craftsman style bungalow or local home project.

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Let’s eclipse the sun together! We love going into clients’ homes and

businesses and being the solution for their sun blocking needs. We do free consultations and walk your space to understand your challenges and style. Whether you need a full light darkening effect for your bedroom or media room, a statement curtain to brighten a room, solar screen for the patio or to soften the room, we have you “covered”! We specialize in shutters, shades, drapery, and faux wood blinds. We have motorized and manual treatments. We service residential, multi-family, and commercial spaces in the Greater Houston, Galveston, Austin and Round Top areas. Let’s eclipse the sun together!

Michele Gordon Founder & CEO


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Get Outside and Recharge Your Body, Mind, and Spirit

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 inner-city 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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Electrical Safety for the Holidays your panel and to install additional outdoor weatherproof GFCI outlets with in-use covers. Installing outlets in corners or under eaves and overhangs can reduce your use of extension cords and can be safely tucked away. To alter, repair, replace or remodel electrical systems, permitting will be required. ■ Please do not plug extension cords into a power strip, which can overload an outlet. Use extension cords that are rated to carry the electrical loads connected to them. ■ Check to make sure you have sufficient power sources for your display before you purchase lighting.

frayed wires, broken sockets, or bare wiring. ■ LED lighting can be better and safer because they use less energy, allow users to link more strands together and the bulbs run cooler. ■ Avoid power lines. ■ And finally, the 2023 National Electrical Code, (NEC0, section 590.3 (B) permits the installation of temporary holiday decorative lighting and associated wiring, as long as it is not up more than 90-days.

■ Only use UL (Underwriters Laboratory) approved lighting and devices.

everyone to have a safe and happy holiday. With that in mind, here are a few tips to make sure your holiday lighting is up to par:

■ Read the instructions on your lights to see how many strings are allowed on a circuit and do not overload the circuit. Be sure to take into consideration what other loads you have on the circuits.

■ Now is a good time to evaluate the load on

■ Check older previously used lights for

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

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.

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Harmony Electric Co., Inc. www.harmonyelectric.com

eclectic HOME 345 W. 19th Street in the Heights

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

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on an enrichment-based curriculum that We also offer FullOur vision is simple! focus includes all of our pack. Unlike other Daycares, Service Grooming,

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that is substantial, and more meaningful; experiences that are intentional and deliberate, offering today’s companion dog more than average life, but something exceptional. Yale Street Dog House & Bakery is an elevated and unique Dog Daycare. Here we

we take extra measures to make sure that your and our all-natural dog is engaged and has a well-rounded day that dog bakery carries not only challenges them physically but mentally. a variety of freshOur seasoned staff comes with years of baked experience and knowledge with a desire to treats, improve traditional dog daycare to a level that cakes, exceeds parents’ expectations. and dog pastries.

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Joshua’s Native Plants & Garden Antiques

Specializing in indigenous and easy to grow plants

Huge selection of urns, fountains & garden art from the bizarre to the classical

Rocks, minerals, fossils

Large selection of cacti & succulents

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Positive Dental Experience for Kids

The dental office is a scary place for so many people. Part of our mission at Heights Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics is to ensure that our sweet patients never fear going to the dentist. However, your child’s perception of the dentist is controlled largely by parents before we even have a chance to work our magic. We count on parents to be our partners instead of introducing preconceived fears. During our appointments we explain everything we do prior to initiating any treatment. We use words that accurately explain every step without instilling fear. We work hard with our little patients to prepare them for everything we will do, but if you want to do some preparations at home, here are some guidelines. First and foremost, we think that the language we use to prepare the children for their appointment is crucial to their experience. Please avoid words such as shot, hurt, drill, or pull. Instead, we use the terms painting sleepy juice, tooth feeling different or having a pillow for a tooth nap, tooth whistle or tiny toothbrush, and wiggle out the tooth.

Try some sushi, tempura and various Japanese noodle dishes for a light, yet comforting meal. Wash it down with a cold Japanese beer or warm sake.

If your child is coming in for a cleaning, please tell them that we are going to take some pictures of his or her teeth, and then we will brush and count the teeth. If a filling or similar procedure needs to be done, please tell your child that we need to wash out the sugar bugs with a tiny toothbrush that sprinkles water. We will have them wear the “funny nose” to make them feel happy. We need to let the tooth take a nap by painting sleepy juice around it. It will feel like a pillow for the tooth and will go away after they get home. Finally, we will put a white star in the tooth and shine it up. In case of an extraction, please tell your child that sleepy juice will be painted around that tooth; we will then wiggle the tooth out and place a band aid over it.

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After dental treatment is done, try to be positive and reinforce how great your child did. Instead of asking “Did it hurt?” or “Was it bad?” please tell them “You did great! I’m so proud of you for being brave!” This will make them feel successful and confident. Please keep in mind that following dental treatment the mouth may be a little red from the pressure of the raincoat on the soft tissue. The “funny nose”, or laughing gas, might make a temporary mark on the skin. Additionally, because of the numbness from the local anesthesia the cheek or lip may appear swollen or sagging. All these changes will subside within 1-2 hours.

Dr. Kasia Lindhorst, Dr. Drew Darsey, Dr. Adrien Theriot

Thank you for helping your children develop a positive attitude toward dentistry! We promise that it will pay off in the future and they will never “hate” the dentist. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call our office anytime.

Heights Pedo Ortho Team Heights Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics 713.861.4000 104 West 12th St., Suite C

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Residential Heights Builder Since 1998

Are you looking to update your Kitchen or Bathroom, add an Addition or do a Complete Renovation? Let Nuvo Builders use their experience, expertise and quality construction to make your vision a reality. No project is too large or small so give us a call to discuss your Project!

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“Cozying Up for Fall: Decorating Your Home for the Season of Gatherings” As the leaves begin to turn vibrant shades of red,

orange, and yellow, and the air carries a crisp hint of autumn, it’s time to embrace the season of fall and start preparing your home for the upcoming holidays, family gatherings, and guests. Let’s explore some creative and inspiring ways to decorate your home for the fall season, setting the perfect stage for memorable moments with your loved ones.

Welcome at the Doorstep

Let’s start by welcoming the season right at your doorstep. A festive fall wreath on your front door can set the tone for what’s inside. Consider using elements like dried leaves, pinecones, or even faux pumpkins to create a charming, rustic look that says, “Welcome to fall!”

Embrace the Colors of Fall

One of the simplest ways to decorate your home for the season is by embracing the warm, earthy colors of fall. Incorporate deep oranges, rustic reds, golden yellows, and rich browns in your decor. You can achieve this through decorative pillows, throws, curtains, and even repainting a wall or two.

Cozy Up with Textiles

Autumn is synonymous with coziness, and the right textiles can make all the difference. Swap out lightweight summer linens for heavier, warmer fabrics like flannel, wool, and faux fur. Layering your furniture with throws and pillows in fall colors can instantly create an inviting atmosphere.

Bring Nature Indoors

Fall is a season that celebrates nature’s beauty, so don’t hesitate to bring some outdoor elements

indoors. Collect pinecones, acorns, and colorful leaves to use as table centerpieces or in glass vases. A vase filled with sunflowers, dahlias, or even dried wheat stalks can also add a touch of autumn charm to any room.

Light Up with Candles

The soft, warm glow of candles is perfect for creating an intimate, fall ambiance. Invest in scented candles that evoke the scents of the season, like pumpkin spice, cinnamon, or apple pie. Place them on mantels, coffee tables, and dining tables for that extra cozy factor.

Decorate with Gourds and Pumpkins

Of course, no fall decor is complete without gourds and pumpkins. Use different shapes, sizes, and colors of pumpkins to adorn your home.

Seasonal Table Settings

Set a beautiful fall-themed table for your family gatherings. Use rustic tableware, placemats with fall motifs, and seasonal centerpieces. Don’t forget to incorporate nature into your table settings with small arrangements of flowers or foliage.

Outdoor Entertaining

Fall doesn’t just happen indoors. Set up your outdoor spaces for gatherings with blankets, pillows, and comfy seating arrangements. Fall fires, s’mores, and hot apple cider can make your outdoor space as inviting as the indoors.

Personal Touch

Add your personal touch to your fall decorations by involving your family in the process. Create handmade decorations or crafts with your kids to celebrate the season together. This will not only add a personal touch but also create cherished memories. As the days get shorter and the air gets crisper, decorating your home for the fall season can be an enjoyable and creative process. By embracing the colors, textures, and elements of autumn, you can create a warm, inviting space for your family and guests. So, channel your inner decorator, let your creativity flow, and get ready to celebrate the season of gatherings in style!

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A T ale of T wo Br i d g es As your neighborhood Realtor, a Heights

resident, an avid runner and bicyclist I would like to share my thoughts on the Heights Hike and Bike Trail. A bit over a decade ago, the City of Houston transformed an abandoned railroad track into a now heavily used running and biking trail. Formerly the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) railroad and now known as the MKT Trail, it might surprise you how easily you can traverse 20 miles to downtown or even Memorial Park. Whenever I take out of town visitors, and even Houstonians on the trail they are shocked by the sheer number of pedestrians, bicyclists, walkers and even roller bladers utilizing the trail. They can’t believe this is in Houston, and it is one of the many reasons The Heights has

become a sought-after neighborhood that is both urban and livable. However, there is a connectivity problem in a few spots - especially trying to navigate near I-10. Hence the need for the two new pedestrian bridges to link the 1.3-mile gap in the trail behind MKT to the other side of the bayou. The success of the bridges at Buffalo Bayou Park has exceeded anyone’s imagination and we can achieve the same results here, perhaps even better due to the sheer number of residents (approximately 40,000) in mid-rises, homes and townhomes in the vicinity of the MKT trail. As our beloved city continues to densify, the need is ever greater to provide accessibility

to these vital green spaces that are both beautiful, enticing, a respite from our heavily trafficked roadways and provide safe passages for other modes of transportation. With the right support, the Heights Hike and Bike Trail could truly flourish, becoming an even more integral part of our community and a source of pride for Houston. I encourage you to visit www.atotb.org and also follow them on Instagram @ataleoftwobridges. Happy trails and be sure to say hello if you see me out there.

Tim Surratt

“Emmanual Nunez and bridge rendering by Jacob Cuevas and Creative Jeff”

Greenwood King Properties, Inc. 713-942-6830 Office/Pager 713-320-5881 Mobile Surratt@greenwoodking.com

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

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

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

I have been Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2008. I am one of only 1,704 Texas attorneys that hold this specialized certification. In order to achieve and retain this status, I have had to meet an extensive list of qualifications, including: • Being licensed to practice law for at least five years (I have been licensed since 1998) • Devoting a specific percentage of my practice to personal injury law • Handling a wide variety of matters in personal injury law to demonstrate my experience and involvement in the field

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• 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.

Seerden Law Firm

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Detecting Melanoma Early - We Are Proud To Announce We Are The First In Houston To Incorporate This Technology. Nevisense is the only FDA-approved device to evaluate atypical moles that are not obvious benign spots or melanomas, guiding more precise biopsy decisions during skin cancer checks. Nevisense is clinically proven to improve diagnosis of early melanoma in atypical moles that are not clearly malignant or benign.

Heights Dermatology is proud to announce

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

As an innovative practice, Heights Dermatology has a history of providing its patients with state-of-the-art equipment designed to deliver the very best results. Patients value the role of Nevisense to help catch early melanomas in real time during the practice visit. Since they can be stressful, patients trust their providers to be as thorough as possible during skin checks, especially for those who have a history of melanoma and biopsies, or who are at risk for melanoma. Many patients are afraid of, or are uncomfortable with, the prospect of biopsy, especially if the mole is in an area that is cosmetically sensitive, e.g., chest or face. Heights Dermatology is proud to offer its patients the very best in dermatologic care.

Need a New Door? Since 1999, the Door Clearance Center has

sold over 1,000,000 doors from our outlet store in Houston, Texas. Why pay hundreds in shipping charges and wait months for a back order? Shop locally, pick the door you want, and take it home today! Whether it’s a classic craftsman or something a bit more modern, nothing beats the warmth of a wooden front door. At Door Clearance Center, we have hundreds of mahogany and knotty alder wood doors to

Ask about Nevisense at your next visit.

Dr Alpesh Desai

Heights Dermatology 2120 Ashland St. 713.864.2659 www.HeightsSkin.com

choose from. Looking for a low maintenance door? Choose from our extensive fiberglass collection that won’t dent, rot or rust. For those that want to stand out from the crowd, consider one of our many hand-forged wrought iron doors, in stock! Or if you are looking to modernize your home with a sliding door, we are your #1 source for barn doors and hardware track kits.

Need New Cabinets? Door Clearance Center is also your #1 source for discount cabinets. We have the latest styles of kitchen cabinets in stock, with premium features never found at these prices. Visit our warehouse and buy your new dream door today!

Door Clearance Center

11123 Beltline Rd, Suite 100 Houston, Texas 77067 713-937-9132 www.doorcc.com Winter 2023 Heights Pages


the H eights P ages D irectory ATTORNEY AT LAW

Phyllis A. Oeser

5005 W. 34th, #104A Houston, Tx. 77092 Garden Oaks Professional Bldg. Ph: 713-692-0300 Fax: 713-694-2881 My law practice is a general civil practice with an emphasis on Real Estate, Wills, Probate and laws affecting the elderly.


Grogan Building Supply Co.

300 Garden Oaks 77018 713.694.5147 Mon-Fri 8am-5pm www.groganbuildingsupply.com Houston’s premier source for Windows, Doors, and Decor Hardware! Proudly offering Windows and Doors by: Jeld-Wen, Weather Shield, Sierra Pacific, Mi, NT, Piva Group, Arcadia Custom, Exclusive Iron, Simpson Door Co, Therma-Tru, La Cantina, TruStile, Atrium. Hardware by: Emtek, Schaub & Co, Hickory, TopKnobs, and Atlas!


Jubilee in the Heights

325 West 19th St. 713-869-5885 www.jubileeintheheights.com or @jubileeintheheightshouston (IG) and @jubileeintheheights (FB) Over 25 years strong in the historic Houston Heights, this much-loved local boutique features the latest in on-trend fashions for women of all ages and sizes, funky fabulous jewelry and accessories. You’ll also find eclectic home decor, fragrant candles, outrageous cards and unexpected hostess gifts! Life’s a party, shop like it!


Eclectic Home

345 W. 19th St. 713.869.1414 M-Sat. 10-6 Sun.1-5 www.eclectichome.ws Home furnishings and accessories. From traditional to contemporary. Lamps, consoles,

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


Landscape Innovations

713-699-1606 www.burrislandscaping.com Our family owned and operated company has been servicing Houston and its surrounding areas for over 30 years, creating that unique outdoor living space to blend with your existing architecture and landscape. Landscape Innovations provides a comprehensive service list from CONSULTING, DESIGN, INSTALLATION, MAINTENANCE, IRRIGATION & DRAINAGE. We also build waterfalls, fountains, pools, patios, pergolas, outdoor kitchens and lighting.


C & D Hardware & Gifts

314 East 11th St. 713-861-3551 www.CandDHW.com “A Full Service Hardware Store Serving the Heights Area Since 1951” 10,000 sq. ft. of home, garden and pet supplies. Great selection of lawn furniture and decorative garden accessories. Known for our experienced and knowledgeable staff. Housewares and gifts including Melissa & Doug toys, home fragrances, kitchen towels and gadgets, Yeti, rugs, garden shoes, and gifts for the wine enthusiast. We carry both Green Mountain and Traeger Wood Pellet grills, pellets and grill accessories.

Grogan Building Supply Co.

2419 Yale St. 77008 713-862-6623 www.groganbuildingsupply.com Full Service Lumber Yard Hardware Since 1886 Windows, Doors, Lumber, Hardware, Paint Mon.-Fri. 7:00-5:00; Sat. 8:00-1:00, Sun. Closed


Texas Loan Star, Inc. 2233 Yale St. Phone: 713-802-0606

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Email: laith@texasloanstar.com Web-site: www.texasloanstar.com Real Estate Finance Experts offering home loans built for you. Purchase, Refinance, Construction, Renovation, Home Equity, Commercial Real Estate Financing - including multi-family, retail land, and SBA loans. NMLS #99250 Laith I. Daik


Ashton Martini & Diane Kingshill Broker Associate | Founding Agents Kingshill | Martini Group kingshillmartini.com 713.300.1449 Heights Experts 30+ years experience REAL Trends Top 10 teams in America by volume Houston Business Journal Top 25 Luxury Agents Houston Business Journal Top 25 by Dollar Volume

Cynthia Hill Properties

304 W. 20th St. 713.869.0540 & 713.202.0973 cynthiahillprops@yahoo.com 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. 713-864-0888 www.greenwoodking.com Independently owned real estate company providing superior market knowledge and innovative marketing for customers and clients since 1989. Open 7 days a week. Mon. Fri. 8:30am5:30pm; Sat. 9:00am-5pm; Sun. 10am-5pm

Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty

1717 West Loop South, Suite 1700 Houston, TX 77027 713-520-1981 www.Sothebysrealty.com

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


Nuvo Builders, LLC

713-880-0006 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 im-agine for your home. Give us a call or visit our website for more information. www.nuvobuilders.com


Immanuel Lutheran School Early Childhood Education

1440 Cortlandt St. Houston, TX 77008 (713) 861-8787 www.immanuelhouston.org/school Immanuel Lutheran School offers programs for 18-month-olds to Prekindergarten. Registration is currently open for the 2023-2024 academic year. Visit our website or call to learn more about the programs offered. Tours are available by appointment, call to schedule yours today! Since 1929 Immanuel Lutheran School has served the Historic Heights by providing quality Christian education and childcare.

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Come Visit our Showroom!!!

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.

Insulation is a Necessity, Not a Luxury Are you ready to insulate?

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!

Free estimates and financing are available.

Robert’s Floors is open

8am to 5pm Mon. thru Fri., 9am to 2pm on Sat.

Call 713-699-5951 www.robertsfloors.com

1830 W 15th St, Houston TX 77008

Contact us for a Free Estimate

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713.868.1021 www.paylessinsulation.com

Hooray!! This Winter Marks Curb Appeal Blues’ 6th Birthday

Happy Birthday to us! And Happy Thanksgiving and Merry

Christmas to the rest of you! 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!

Eric Maier - Curb Appeal Blues (713) 296.0656 Eric@curbappealblues.com Curbappealblues.com Winter 2023 Heights Pages


Electrical Problems? Houston Calls Harmony Electric

Come enjoy the small town with a big heart, Chappell Hill, Texas and visit one of our upcoming events.

For additional information visit, www.chappellhilltx.com 979-337-9910

Residential & Commercial Services

February 10, 2024 2nd Annual Wine & Chocolate Stroll Proud Recipients of “Pulse of the City News Award”

713-863-8428 811 Yale St. Houston, TX 77007


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April 13 & 14 , 2024 Official State of Texas Bluebonnet Festival

May 25, 2024 Artwalk

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.”

2121 Pinegate Drive Check us out on facebook


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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, WE OFFER:

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


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. Winter 2023 Heights Pages


Shades • Shutters • Blinds • Drapery

Woman-owned and operated company providing quality indoor and outdoor window treatments for residential and commercial spaces.

Michele Gordon Founder & CEO

We service Houston, Austin and Round Top, TX.

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713-398-2369 Michele@EclipseShadesTX.com


GIVE US A CALL 713.861.3478

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Japanese Restaurant Sushi Teppanyaki Soba, Donburi Pa rt y Tr ay s

4 4 6 4 M O N T R O S E B LV D. Houston, TX 713-523-3939

THE FRENCH WHO? If you live in the neighborhood, you probably know us by now, but if you don’t, hi! It’s nice to meet you!

A Little Bit About Us

Founded in 1997 by Gisele Oriot, The French Farm was inspired by her passion for gourmet food and kitchen products from her native French region. It all began when she recognized the need to bring these delightful goods to Houston.

Our Focus

The French Farm specializes in importing and distributing European dry goods across the United States and Canada. While we primarily serve businesses, our website, TheFrenchFarm.com, is open to consumers.

Why Advertise Here?

Folks often inquire about direct purchases, though it’s not currently an option. However, don’t despair – our yearly Open Warehouse Sale is just around the corner, and the time to join us is now! Come and shop for Luxury European Goods at 916 W 23rd St, Houston, TX 77008

Complimentary cheese and wine upon arrival! See you very soon!

www.thefrenchfarm.com 713.660.0577 cs@frenchfarm.com

Friday, Nov. 10th - Saturday, Nov. 11th Saturday, November 18th Saturday, December 2nd Saturday, December 9th Saturday, December 16th 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Injured in An Accident? Car Accident • Truck Wrecks • Wrongful Death No fees until we win • Free consultations

M. Andrew Seerden Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Law Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Ph: 713.526.6700 andrew.seerden@seerden-law.com

Introducing Rancho Arreguin

Welcome to our stunning Rancho Arreguin,

a sprawling oasis of natural beauty and rustic charm that provides the perfect backdrop for your special events. Nestled in the heart of picturesque countryside, our ranch offers a large, open space where dreams come to life, complete with onsite chapels and a fullyequipped kitchen. With two cozy homes available for rent on the property, you can make your event an unforgettable experience that lasts well beyond the celebration itself.

The onsite chapels are a highlight of our venue, offering a choice of indoor or outdoor settings for your ceremony. These charming chapels are elegantly designed to create an intimate and reverent atmosphere, making them perfect for weddings, vow renewals, or any other sacred gathering. The beautiful natural surroundings add to the ambiance, ensuring that your special moments are etched in memory. Our onsite kitchen is a culinary haven for those who appreciate the art of food. Equipped with modern appliances and ample space, it’s an ideal hub for catering teams to prepare delectable feasts for your guests. Whether you’re hosting an elaborate banquet or a more intimate gathering, our kitchen facilities ensure that the culinary aspect of your event is a resounding success.

Our ranch venue is a testament to the tranquility and serenity of rural living. The moment you arrive, you’ll be captivated by the wide-open spaces and breathtaking vistas that surround you. Whether you’re planning a wedding, a corporate retreat, a family reunion, or any other event, our versatile ranch can be transformed to meet your unique needs.

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For guests who wish to stay on-site, we offer two charming homes available for rent. These cozy accommodations provide a perfect escape, where you can unwind and savor the tranquility of the ranch. The homes are beautifully appointed with modern amenities while retaining their rustic charm, offering a relaxing retreat after a day of celebration. Our dedicated team is here to assist you in creating a memorable event that reflects your vision and personality. We’re committed to ensuring that your time at our ranch is truly special, and we invite you to come and explore the endless possibilities our venue has to offer. Embrace the tranquility of the countryside, the charm of our chapels, the convenience of our kitchen, and the comfort of our homes for an unforgettable experience that will be cherished for a lifetime.

Visit www.ranchoarreguin.com for additional information.

NAN & Company Properties 725 Yale St. Houston, TX 77007


C&D Hardware Full Line Hardware Store & Unique Gifts From our Extensive Selection of Decorations and Ornaments Festive Boxed Ornaments

Christopher Radko

Grilling Headquarters Pellet, charcoal and gas grills, tools and accessories

18” or 30” Inflatable Ornaments

Make a bright, bold statement. Hang, float in your pool or decorate your yard. Reusable.

Jim Shore Naughty/Nice Grinch

Melissa & Doug Toys Timeless toys that kids love

Etched Wine Glass in Gift Box HOLIDAY SPECIAL BUY 3 GLASSES & GET A


"Serving the Heights Area Since 1951"

if it’s worth doing...

Great selection of unique gifts!

C&D Hardware


What you need - quick and easy! Visit us at 314 E. 11th St.

Visit us on the web www.CandDHW.com Winter 2023 Heights Pages


What Does Your Will Have To Do With Clean Closets Or Travel?

When I learned the focus of the 2023 Winter

Heights Pages was “What Have You Been Putting Off,” I thought, Wow, I am going to need a couple of pages in tiny print to list the items from off my bucket list. From places to travel, people to visit, food to eat, and languages to learn to, and of course, to clean those closets! Oh, forget about those closets!

Since my life’s work and passion is to ensure as many people as possible have their affairs in order, you already know getting your Estate Planning in place is my ongoing message, which should include, at a minimum, a Will, Statutory Power of Attorney (for finances), Power of Attorney for Health Care, and Disposition of Remains.

An estate plan includes not only to whom and how your assets are transferred, but also how your affairs are to be handled and by whom if you become incapable during your lifetime of doing so yourself. Once you focus, you can decide whether your life should be extended by extraordinary means, whether you desire to be an organ donor or other in-depth details. Many of these documents are like insurance. You don’t need them until you need them, and then it is too late to obtain them because you are either mentally incompetent or deceased. Do not let this happen to you and your family. A proper estate plan assures you that your needs will be met during your lifetime and that your property will be distributed properly at your death. It also fulfills your responsibility to your family and friends to make it as easy as possible for them to care for you during your lifetime and at your death.

Visit with your attorney to determine your specific needs and get your Estate Planning Documents in place, then stop putting off those travel plans and lower those clean closets to the bottom of the priority list.

Few people will know what your closets look like and even fewer will remember!


Attorney at Law 5005 W. 34th Street, Suite 104A Houston, TX 77092 713-692-0300

Trends to Consider When Remodeling the Heart of Your Home The holiday

season brings us together each year and there’s no better location for our gatherings than the heart of our home – the kitchen. Beyond being a culinary workspace, the kitchen holds a special place in our homes. It is the backdrop for countless gatherings where we share laughter and create memories over a hearty home-cooked meal. Recognizing the kitchen’s pivotal role in our home, it’s imperative not to underestimate its significance in its appearance and functionality. Whether you’re contemplating a small makeover in preparation for upcoming holiday feasts or considering a full kitchen renovation for resale value, it’s essential to ensure that your kitchen is both functional and captivating. Our in-house designer at Boulevard Realty, Katelyn Moore, has identified five remodeling trends that you can explore when planning out your kitchen remodel.

homeowners. A wide range of options are available, including some that mimic the elegant appearance of marble. Your countertops are exposed to scratches, burns, and stains so opt for high-quality materials that also look fabulous. 2 Replacing Backsplash & Wallpaper Fascinating backsplash designs and wallpaper offer excellent means to infuse your personality into your space. Consider the color, texture, and pattern and how they will create a unique and distinctive ambiance that sets it apart from others. 3 Colorful Kitchen Islands Add a pop of color! Introducing a vibrant kitchen island can be an inexpensive way to make it stand out and create a striking contrast with white cabinets. 4 Mix-and-Match Metals Embrace the art of combining different elements! Pairing various metal finishes in a kitchen is an excellent method for achieving an aesthetically captivating look. Skillful coordination is essential when you’re mixing and matching.

Five Remodeling Trends for Your Kitchen 1 Engineered Countertops Quartz countertops are highly resilient and are becoming a perennial favorite among

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5 Hidden Kitchen Appliances Where’s the refrigerator?

Panel-ready appliances can blend into the cabinetry and countertops to help create a seamless and sleek kitchen design. You’ll also find that it might be easier to clean when you hide a few appliances. 6 Creative Storage in Cabinets You can never go wrong with adding more storage and creating more efficient ways to be organized. Storage can help maintain a clean kitchen, reduce any clutter, and increase functionality. This is particularly valuable in smaller kitchens where space is limited. A remodel can be a daunting task. I’m here to help! Don’t hesitate to reach out by phone or email 713.829.3052 or cynthia@cynthiamullins.com

Cynthia Mullins cynthiamullins.com

Have you ever wondered about the best way to clean your window treatments? With Spring cleaning around the corner use these expert tips...

Cellular Shades


Soil Removal ● Sponge with a mild detergent and warm water solution and blot dry. (Extra care should be used when cleaning blackout fabrics, as the fabrics could become permanently creased.) ● Do not use strong detergents or spot removers. Dry cleaning is not recommended.

When dusting, vacuuming, and spot cleaning aren’t enough and deeper cleaning is desired, ultrasonic or injection/extraction cleaning with professional blind cleaner are an option. Professional blind cleaners use a variety of methods to clean blinds and vary in their capabilities.

Regular Cleaning ● Dusting and vacuuming are recommended for monthly maintenance. ● Spot clean with mild soap. ● Dust with a feather duster. ● Lightly vacuum fabric with an upholstery attachment.

● Occasional light vacuuming with a brush attachment should keep shutters clean. ● More severe soiling can be removed by using a soft cloth and a mild detergent and water solution. ● Clean with a cotton cloth. Wipe area with clear water to remove any detergent residue and dry with cotton cloth.

Engineered & Wood Blinds

Regular Cleaning ● Lightly vacuum with an upholstery attachment. ● Sponge with a mild detergent and warm water solution and blot dry.

Contact Shari Perez with Budget Blinds Greater Heights to discuss ways to improve your homes energy efficiency while also providing a beautiful design aesthetic.

Roller Shades

● Dust with a feather duster. ● Lightly vacuum fabric with an upholstery attachment. ● Wipe with a damp cloth if needed ● DO NOT completely immerse.

713.393.7185 or email sperez@budgetblinds.com

First & Second Saturday Art Markets First Saturday Arts Market has featured doz-

ens of visual artists each month showcasing their work in the Historic Houston Heights since March 2004. The market was at the forefront of outdoor “popups” trending nationwide at the time with one key difference, a focus on visual arts. The market takes place at 540 W. 19th St., 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., September - May. Visitors to this free outdoor event will find friendly artists with paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry and many more popular art mediums.

There is always a popular food truck on site and local singer/songwriters can often be found providing entertainment at the market. Going on 20 years, the market has provided artists a chance to present their creations to the public in a casual relaxed atmosphere for both patrons and artists. The Market at Sawyer Yards takes place on 2nd Saturdays at 1502 Sawyer St. in conjunction with Sawyer Yards Open Studios in the First Ward area of Arts District Houston. This market is open September - May, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. The market follows the same footprint as First Saturday Arts Market with more of a focus on artisan crafts, folk art, home decor, beauty and wellness products, cottage and packaged specialty foods. Surrounded by the highest concentration of working artists in all of Texas, the market coincides with 2nd Saturday Open Studios, when artists from The Silos at Sawyer Yards, Winter, Spring, Summer and Silver Street Studios, open their studios to the public. For details about both markets visit FirstSaturdayArtsMarket.com

See you at the markets!

Cheers! Mitch Cohen

Founder Winter 2023 Heights Pages


Artists explore expression, change & excitement. For most of us, the new year feels right for

getting one’s affairs in order. For cyclical trends in an artist’s life, this time of year slows down, and reflection is almost natural. These working artists reflect on the past and why this new year is the perfect time to regroup, reflect, and move forward.

Toria Hill www.toriahill.art Winter Street Studios, #A165 Days before Christmas 2022, damage done by an arsonist to Winter Street Studios turned the lives of artists with studios there upside down. After a year of cleanup and restoration,

most of the building has reopened to the studio tenants. Toria Hill is one of those artists and reflects on her year since the fire and how she found renewed inspiration in travels. “It has been a tough year, but now the building is a hub of energy. Walking through the bright white, freshly painted halls, it really feels like a brand-new start.”

Lorena Fernandez paints, surrounded by her art.

“In times of adversity, you really discover what you are made of,” Hill said. “My daddy used to say, ‘life is a dance - it’s two steps forward and one step back. I decided that the fire was a good time for me to take a step back, and I am so glad I did. Now that I am of a certain age - I understand that it is in those steps back where the real change happens.” After the fire, Hill decided to do nothing. She packed her art supplies and traveled to Europe. Hill visited museums, studying architecture and street art until she stumbled upon the Straat Museum, dedicated to street art and graffiti in Amsterdam.

From Toria Hill’s New Amsterdam series,

She Took the Risk

“Walking through the museum, it was as if a part of my brain that had been sleeping my entire life suddenly came alive, and I began painting in my brain a new way to create lines, bolder, brighter colors, and expressions! The idea that street art and fine art could mix excited me, and I couldn’t wait to get back and start painting again.”

“As an Expressive Arts Therapist and Educator, I’m all about how art can be a healing force,” Fernandez said. “Now that my kids are all grown up, I’m focusing on being an artist and healer right here in Houston, where I have deep roots and artsy friendships.” “Being part of Latin American Women Artists of Houston (www.lawah.net) brings me a lot of joy, and we’re teaming up for some cool community engagement,” Fernandez said. “I’m planning workshops that go beyond just painting—we’re talking theater, music, visual arts, collage, and poetry, what we call a multimodal expressive arts. It’s a judgmentfree zone where you can let loose and reconnect with your inner creative child.” As a board member of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA), Fernandez says they are bringing the scoop on the healing power of art to Houston. IEATA is dedicated to bringing the arts into the world for growth, healing, communication, and collaborative learning.

Lorena Fernandez www.lorenafernandezart.com Winter Street Studios, #B135

From Toria Hill’s new Amsterdam series, All Yellow

In perhaps an ironic twist, painter Lorena Fernandez found renewed inspiration upon her return to Houston after living in Amsterdam for four and a half years. For Fernandez, renewal and growth have been infused with her expression as an artist and career. She will be a new tenant at Winter Street Studios.

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Expressive painting by Lorena Fernandez

“Being part of something that makes a positive impact in our community through art is simply awesome,” Fernandez said.

“By exploring this process in my artwork, I believe it symbolizes the act of finding harmony amidst complexity in our lives,” Summers said. “It reflects the idea that getting our affairs in order involves embracing the unknown, taking risks, and trusting our instincts. It is a representation of how planning and spontaneity can coexist, resulting in a remarkable balance that leads to personal growth and creativity.”

Johnny Van Slyke Summers vanslykeart.com Johnny Van Slyke Summers’ painting of musician Carlos Santana graced the cover of the Heights Pages Summer 2021 issue. Summers said that his concept of creating a new painting of musician Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin fame showcases his artistic journey and the balance he’s discovered between planning and spontaneity. “As an artist, I wanted to capture the essence of Jimmy Page while infusing the piece with an abstract touch,” Summers said. “The careful planning and attention to detail allowed me to create a recognizable portrayal of him, with every intricate detail of his guitar meticulously painted.” “However, I also introduced an element of risk

Johnny Van Slyke Summers with his painting of Jimmy Page and excitement by incorporating the abstract portion of the painting,” Summers said. “This process involved allowing the paint to flow freely onto the canvas, guided by intuition and what felt right in the moment. This deliberate blend of organized precision and spontaneous expression created a dynamic and captivating composition.”

Mitch Cohen submits a series of articles on the H-town art scene. For additional information about his outdoor art markets, visit SaturdayArtMarkets.com

A Tribute to Family Values and Perseverance:

Yenny Mattei’s Journey from Immigrant to Houston Heights Real Estate Maven

In the heart of Houston Heights, where history and

modernity intertwine, a real estate Professional shines brightly—Yenny Mattei, a top producer affiliated with Compass LLC. Her remarkable journey from immigrant to Houston Heights real estate expert is a testament to unwavering family values and tenacity. Roots in Resilience Yenny's story embodies the spirit of immigrants pursuing the American dream. Born to Italian immigrants, she inherited a strong work ethic and family-centric values. However, her life took an unexpected turn when she moved from Venezuela, a nation later transformed by the ravages of 21st-century communism. Leaving Behind the Familiar In 1998, Yenny made the courageous decision to leave everything behind in Venezuela to seek a brighter future in the United States. Her journey was marked by focus, determination, and a desire for new opportunities, leading her to a thriving career in Houston and making Houston HOME. A Unique Blend of Expertise Yenny's background in civil engineering from the University of Houston and successful career in Fortune 500 Oil and Gas companies sets her apart in real estate. Her meticulous attention to detail, analytical skills, and problem-solving abilities honed during her engineering and project management years, provide her a unique advantage when assessing properties, negotiating, and guiding clients through the complexity of any RE transactions.

Family Values as the Foundation At the core of Yenny's success are unwavering family values and ethics, instilled by her immigrant parents and the memory of her recently departed father, Euclides Rafael Mattei. These principles guide her client interactions, making her not just a real estate investor herself but a dedicated expert and trusted advisor and confidant, your Best Resource. Embracing the Houston Heights Community With over 25 years in Houston Heights, Yenny intimately understands the local real estate market. Her insights into the neighborhood's charm, history, and future trends empower her to assist clients in finding their dream homes or selling their properties always attaining the best outcome for her clients. A Beacon of Success and Resilience Yenny's journey from immigrant roots to Houston Heights real estate excellence embodies resilience and determination. Her commitment to clients and community has earned her a well-deserved reputation as a trusted real estate expert.

Dad, until we meet again.

In Memory of a Warrior Euclides Rafael Mattei fought until the very

end, unable to leave Venezuela in time to fulfill his dream of becoming an American citizen just like his daughter. Yet, he remains in the hearts and minds of Yenny, Her exceptional Mother, and her siblings as a symbol of unwavering determination and resilience. His legacy serves as a reminder that, even in the face of adversity, family values and a strong work ethic can light the path to success. In the complex world of real estate, Yenny shines as a beacon of success, offering expertise intertwined with family values in every interaction. For those navigating the Houston real estate market, Yenny Mattei is the embodiment of the American dream—a testament to what can be achieved through hard work, perseverance, and unwavering commitment to family Me and values.

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MICROBLADING & WHY YOU SHOULD DO IT 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.

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.

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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 substandard 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.

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.

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Bayou City Aire, LLC with Winner of Distinction Award As a part of focusing regional attention

on businesses and non-profits for their commitment to and accomplishments in, excellence in the Greater Houston area. Bayou City Aire, LLC was one of 236 companies recognized at the annual Better Business Bureau Awards of Excellence on October 10, 2023. Honored as a Winner of Distinction, this was their 10th time to be recognized by the Better Business Bureau for service beyond self-interest.

2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

When asked what it meant to Bayou City Aire, LLC to receive this acknowledgement, Angel Martinez, President, stated “Every day we work a little bit harder so we can take a little bit more time with our customers and clients, and it is an honor to be recognized for our efforts.”

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Revolutionizing Wellness: Unveiling Insights into Hormone Replacement Therapy at 4Ever Young Heights

A few years ago my wife and I reached a turning

point. It is sometimes through personal tragedy that you learn what it most important to you and to prioritize your passions in life. Thus began our journey to open 4Ever Young Anti Aging Solutions in The Heights. Since we have lived in the Heights area for over 7 years, it is only fitting that we open our clinic here. Hormone Replacement Therapy 4Ever Young Heights specializes in fighting the effects of aging on the body. One of the biggest problems we all face as we age is a decline in hormone production. This can manifest in many different ways. Brain fog, weight gain/ loss, fatigue, muscle weakness, muscle aches/ tenderness, pain, stiffness, joint swelling, sweating, increased hunger/thirst, depression, nervousness, anxiety, irritability, thinning hair, and dry skin. The list is long and most people just attribute these things to getting older. That’s the point. We don’t have

After Hydrafacial, SkinPen, Botox, and RHA-dermal filler treatments to dramatically reduce lines, wrinkles, and restore lost volume using non-invasive Facial Rebalancing techniques.

to go through many of symptoms until we are ready to deal with the changes in our bodies. What are the Hormones that an Anti Aging Clinic Treats? Testosterone, Estrogen, Progesterone and Growth Hormone are our most commonly treated hormones. Testosterone is not for just men, but women as well. Think energy, stamina, muscles, and many other things. Testosterone levels begin to decline in your 30s. For most men, Testosterone levels can decline to half their original levels by the time they are 50. Estrogen for women and men. Estrogen changes in women is sometimes a sign of menopause, diminishing skin elasticity, and bone loss. Too much Estrogen in men can manifest in a change in mood or enlarged breasts. Progesterone plays a crucial role in maintaining a woman’s cycle. During menopause both Estrogen and Progesterone decline which can cause hot flashes and night sweats. For some patients Progesterone supplementation can relieve these symptoms as well as aid with sleep and cognitive

function. Growth Hormone is a protein that is made by the pituitary gland and secreted into the bloodstream. By the time most of us reach age 30, our GH production has been reduced dramatically. It is a powerful hormone that stimulates bone growth, muscle mass, increases energy, and increases exercise capacity. What are the benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy? Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) replaces hormones no longer naturally produced by your body in order to improve your health and overall well-being, and reduce symptoms associated with hormone imbalance. Simply put if you don’t feel yourself anymore, we want to help you feel like you again. Additional benefits can include reduced risk of osteoporosis, improved mood and overall sense of mental well-being, reduced risk of colon cancer, reduced risk of diabetes, reduced risk of cataracts, and improvement in joint pains. If you want to learn more or are interested in seeing if HRT is right for you, schedule a complimentary consultation with our Clinic Director. We have years of knowledge and want to help.

4Ever Young Houston Heights L to R: Stephanie, Heather, Goldie, Sharon, Lyndsay, Pammela, Jason, Tyler

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Local Expertise. Global Connections. 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.

Debbie Levine brings a host of invaluable

talents to the real estate profession specializing in Houston’s premiere neighborhoods such as West University Place, Southampton, Braes Heights, River Oaks, Memorial, Bellaire, Tanglewood, Upper Kirby, Montrose, and the Heights. Enjoying a second residence in Galveston has enabled her to extend her knowledge base to the Gulf Coast as well. Debbie’s production is consistently among the top 1% of all realtors in the state of

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

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.

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

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Let us know what we can design for you!

Chasing the Sun Around the World


ymn 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!

“Glorious” 72” x 48” acrylic on canvas

Kymn Harrison Fine Art

@kymnharrisonfineart Silver Street Studio #205 2000 Edwards St, Houston, TX 77007 Open 2nd and 3rd Saturdays and by appointment


Bespoke by GJCD, is an interior design firm

and retail store located in the heart of the Heights at 501 West 11th Street and is a onestop-shop for all your design needs. Purchased in 2019, this beautifully restored pale pink 1920s four-square is one of Houston Heights’ gems that was masterfully restored and designed for multi-use purposes. The newly renovated project is divided into retail and office space, shared between Bespoke by GJCD and Houston Heights’ leading remodeling and restoration company, Bungalow Revival. Bungalow Revival, founded in 2003 by Gilbert Joseph Perez with business partner Nick Eronko, specializes in the preservation of Houston’s historical gems, taking pride in meticulous craftmanship with the acknowledgment of historical authenticity with a realistic understanding of the need for modern amenities.

Gilbert Joseph Perez’s passion for design combined with his knowledge of preservation and charming nods to the past, has made him one of Houston’s top leading designers and an expert in his field. With over 30 years of experience, his curated eye for design and love for traveling has made Bespoke by GJCD a unique shopping experience for the residents of The Heights and Houstonians. Bespoke by GJCD, carries a wonderful selection of one-of-a-kind gifts and home décor items. From American vintage, mid-century furniture and glassware, lighting, custom furniture and drapery, decorative pillows and art from local Houston artist to sustainable handmade goods from craftspeople from around the world.

bring your vision to life, through our design experience. Gilbert Perez, owner of Bespoke by GJCD

713-861-7493 501 W 11th Street


Wed-Fri 12-6pm, Sat 10-6pm, Sun 12-5pm

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

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The New Fountain of Youth by Gerald Melancon As the new year approaches, many of us

begin to contemplate how we are going to make our upcoming year better than the last. Whether you call it a New Year’s resolution or just a mid-course adjustment, there’s always the temptation to wonder how life might be improved if you adopted a new set of behaviors or pursued another course in your employment, business or love. However, in doing so, you would need to put your best self forward physically and be mentally committed with the clarity of purpose, to accomplish your stated goals. It is in my humble opinion that any of those goals get exponentially tougher to achieve if your health is compromised. Today, people are living longer by all measurable standards, but living to a ripe old

age doesn’t necessarily mean healthy or happy longevity if it is burdened by disability or disease. The population of people over age 65 has grown more quickly than other age group due to longer life spans and declining birth rates, yet people are living more years in poor health. They are not only living longer, but more importantly, many are “dying longer”. You must plan for a long lifespan as well as a long health-span. Many spend the last stages of life being sick, unable to live life to the fullest; incumbered by loss of physical independence as well as the cognitive declines faced by many. I have watched both. My mother-in-law was essentially bedridden for the last years of her life and my own mother now deals with dementia. 92% of people over age 65 have at least one chronic disease. Having grown up with my Japanese grandparents and their associates, early in life I was very aware, maybe perversely so, about growing old and even dying. This morbid interest of mine has always been with me. Along the way, I have tried to incorporate some of the better practices that might

increase my own longevity as well as preserve my cognitive abilities. Needless to say, those practices have evolved dramatically over time. In the last couple of decades, the science of nutrition has improved greatly and we have found that many of our beloved foods and traditions are not our friends. Sugary drinks and treats, fried foods (think French fries) highly processed foods and alcohol all work against your physical and long term cognitive health. Highly processed foods exceed 70% of the calories of an American diet. This is particularly true with younger populations, children in the formative years of development, who consume such diets. A correlation has been found between this type of diet to ADHD symptoms. The emergence of “superfoods” including beans, berries, broccoli, and certain types of fish give us clear and easy alternatives to the pitfalls of an unhealthy diet. Many Americans have become obese people in a malnourished world. Processed foods are notoriously unfulfilling. Potato chips, most breakfast cereals, frozen meals and sugary drinks are often high in calories and light in general nutrients, including fiber or protein which would leave you more satiated. Eating processed foods cause many to overeat, as they do not get that “full” feeling. Nutritionists have been saying for some time that our problem may not be excess fat on the body, but more like a lack of musculature. Sarcopenia is the loss of muscle and strength that can happen when someone gets older and does less physical activity. Some nutritionists also say that obesity at its core is a disease of the muscle. 73% of our seniors are overweight and under muscled. Lessened activity, many times combined with decreased calorie intake can also weaken bones, compromise balance and make a person more susceptible to injury. Muscle wasting also coincides with COPD, chronic heart failure, renal failure, spinal cord injury, bed rest and cancer. The combination of any of these conditions usually leads to loss of independence, therefore, having more healthy muscle mass increases your rate of survivability against disease and sickness and

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lessens the probability that these conditions will befall you. Muscle is something you must always be working on. Researchers did a study where they took healthy 20-something year old males and reduced the amount of physical activity they performed. They had them take elevators and escalators and pushed them around in wheelchairs. Within 14 days, the men had lost about 5% of their muscle mass. An elderly person who is bedridden can lose 10% of his muscle mass within 10 days. Resistance

exercises to build more muscle offers you the closest thing to the fountain of youth. It has been shown to improve blood pressure, blood glucose and metabolic markers.

The average person should have about 0.8 grams of protein for every kilogram (2.2 lbs) of body weight. If you are a 150 lb (68 kilograms) person for example, according to the above, you require 54 grams (or about 8 ounces) of lean protein. However, if you are engaging in resistance exercise, dependent on your intensity, this requirement may increase, with experts running that number up to 1.2 to 1.6 grams per kilo of body weight. For that same 150 lb person, the required amount of protein goes up to 12 to 15.5 ounces of protein. High protein diets do not adversely affect normal, healthy people; however, if you do have kidney or liver disease, you should always check with your doctor. Good and easy sources of protein are 7 grams

with a 50% improvement in strength. Muscle wasting can be reversed. The best example I have is my wife, Dualise. Even at the tender age of 70, and having been rather sedentary, she began going to the gym seriously for the first time in her life in February 2022. Week by week, I watched as she attempted to increase the intensity of the workouts, improve her diet and soon, the pounds began to fall off. By late summer, she was about 25 pounds lighter and pushing 40-50% more weight than when she started.

per ounce for lean protein, 25 grams for a cup of small curd cottage cheese, 6 grams per egg, about 15 grams in a container of yogurt or cup of beans. Paying attention to what you eat, including a wide array of veggies, plenty of leafy greens and cruciferous veggies are easy places to start, and paying attention to how much protein you consume each day.

Strength Training and What It Can Do

Burns extra calories for up to 72 hours after your workout—what’s known as afterburn. This is especially true with high-intensity strength training.

Changes your body composition, which helps shape your body and keep you healthy. Improves coordination and balance and may help prevent injuries. Prevents the loss of lean body mass that happens from weight loss and or aging. Weight gain often happens as your metabolism slows over time. Strengthens bones and connective tissue along with muscles. It’s never too late to start Strength Training. In one study, an 85 year old male who was having difficulty walking was put on a 12 week strength and protein program. In those 12 weeks, his muscle mass increased by 44%,

Personally, until 8-9 years ago, I used to experience back spasms a couple of times a year that would put me down for 2-3 days each time. About that time, I had a nice little chat with Shana Ross of Shana Ross Fitness who had just underwent back surgery, stating that therapy (strengthening) was no longer working for her. During our conversation though she did share some information on what exercises I might try. To date, I have not suffered another spasm. Although I had always worked out, a specific set of core exercises (back, abs, obliques) improved my life greatly.

Stay Curious

Between 1991 and 1993, 678 nuns were studied for the effects of aging and mental decline. Many of them (upon autopsy after death) were found to have the usual amounts (for their age) of amyloids in their brains, however, the effects of dementia were much more rare. One reason cited for how well they did was, as a group, they had a high level of education. Nuns are a very studious group, many pursuing studies in astronomy, the sciences and math. This constant “learning”, this need to store knowledge, created additional connections in the brain that were able to compensate for the damage that would otherwise have been done. Staying curious helps provide some protection against long-time mental decline. It will also provide a conduit to additional knowledge which may again benefit your health, be it improvements in nutritional data, therapies or lifestyle modifications. New data is being presented all the time. I have participated in sports long enough to know that some of us go to the gym, others run, swim or bike but, in the long run, making resistance training a key part of your workout routine will most likely give your body the best return. We all want to feel good about ourselves and our lives. Being physically fit removes some of our fears and self-doubt and helps project the kind of confidence that goes hand-in-hand with being successful in other areas of our life.

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Anthony Harnden - Contemporary Craftsmen I spent my early years in Tulsa and moved to

were rapidly rising.

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.

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.

Houston at the age of 14. It’s been 40 years and I proudly call Houston home.

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

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.

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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.

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

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Introducing Jessica takes pride in her exceptional communication and problem solving skills, and makes customer service her top priority throughout every stage of transactions. Whether it’s before, during, or even after the closing of a file, you can trust that Jessica will be available to answer your questions and provide assistance.

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