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Another digital and print issue of LUXCIOR, another reason to be grateful to God for his goodness. We are happy to have left 2022 behind. When Covid-19 was being la thing of the past, we got hit by the horrible invasion of Ukraine, which resulted in the ongoing pain -to this day- of seeing so many innocent families suffering unfairly, in addition to many more complications to our economy that added to what the pandemic had already caused. We look forward to a year that will bring new opportunities to all Houstonians. Certainly, the announcement that Houston will be one of the privileged cities to host the Soccer World Cup 2026 , was a very good way to start. Something not to be considered slightly. I encourage you to read my take on this on page 40.

We are proud to announce that with this issue we cover our last stretch to complete our first 10-year milestone. I need to thank God in the first place for granting us His favor and the privilege of serving in such a wonderful city. I’d like to extend a special thanks to our sponsors for believing in us, supporting us, and staying loyal even through the most difficult of times, to this day. And of course, the audience that has followed and cheered us all these years.

Continuing our tradition of celebrating our city’s multi-cultural landscape, in this issue we published a small token of appreciation to our wonderful four-century-old Hispanic community, roughly representing 48% of the Greater Houston Metropolitan area (page 42). If you are curious to massively tap into that specific market, I encourage you to reach out to our sister magazine Somos Houson (“We Are Houston”) at 346. 226.2525, or by email at info@ somoshoustonmagazine.com (www.SomosHoustonMag.com).

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“THE GIFT” &INSPIRATION

by Marcel Estefano

The man who became an inspiraTion in many significanT ways.

THE HISTORY

Messi was born on 24 June 1987 in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina, the third of four children of Jorge Messi, a steel factory manager, and his wife Celia Cuccittini, who worked in a magnet manufacturing workshop.

At the age of four, he joined the local club Grandoli, where he was coached by his father, though his earliest influence as a player came from his maternal grandmother, Celia, who accompanied him to training and matches. He was greatly affected by her death.

Since 2008, Messi has been in a relationship with Antonela Roccuzzo, a fellow native of Rosario. He has known Antonela since he was five years old. After keeping their relationship private for a year, Messi first confirmed their romance in an interview in January 2009, before going public a month later during a carnival in Sitges after the Barcelona–Espanyol derby. He married Antonela at a luxury hotel named Hotel City Center in Rosario.

Messi and Roccuzzo have three sons: Thiago (born in 2012), Mateo (born in 2015), and Ciro (born in 2018). Messi and his family are Catholic Christians.

Messi enjoys a close relationship with his immediate family members, particularly his mother, Celia, whose face he has tattooed on his left shoulder. His professional affairs are largely run as a family business: his father, Jorge, has been his agent since he was 14, and his oldest brother, Rodrigo, handles his daily schedule and publicity. His mother and another brother, Matías, manage his charitable organization, the Leo Messi Foundation, and take care of personal and professional matters in Rosario.

PHILANTHROPY

Throughout his career, Messi has been involved in charitable efforts aimed at vulnerable children, a commitment that stems in part from the medical difficulties he faced in his own childhood. Since 2004, he has contributed his time and finances to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), an organization with which Barcelona also has a strong association. Messi has served as a UNICEF goodwill ambassador since his appointment in March 2010.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Lionel Messi is regarded as the greatest soccer player of all time, has received seven Ballon d’Or awards, the most for any football player, as well as the 2009 FIFA World Player of the Year and 2019 Best FIFA Men’s Player. He has set 80 Guinness World Records since becoming a professional footballer in 2004 – including breaking multiple speed records and being crowned ‘The Greatest Ever’.

He holds the record for most goals in La Liga, the Supercopa de España, and the UEFA Super Cup and is the player with the most official recorded assists in football history He has scored 791 goals for club and country throughout his professional career and is also the first player in history to win five and six European Golden Shoes.

Until leaving the club in 2021, he had spent his entire professional career with Barcelona, where he won a club-record 35 trophies, including 10 La Liga titles, seven Copa del Rey titles, and four UEFA Champions Leagues. With his country, he won the 2021 Copa América and the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

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AN EXTRAORDINARY CHARACTER

In spite of his apparent low-level autism condition that resulted in learning challenges as a child, Messi managed through soccer to succeed beyond any other player in history. His genius and extraordinary talent turned him into an almost surreal legend. He can handle the ball and score in some of the most spectacular ways ever imaginable. He is admired all over the world, not only for his accomplishments but what is much more important, for his character.

Soccer -like many other sports- is known for the passion of its players, which often takes them into aggressive and even violent behaviors. Never with Messi. Like anyone conscious of his superiority, he very rarely would lose his cool, no matter the circumstance. He is known for always reacting in a passive, patient,

and friendly way. Furthermore, he owns a level of humility very unusual in a human being. Much less, in someone that receives the admiration of half the world. Keep in mind that soccer is by far the most popular sport in the planet -including America-, with over 3.6 billion (with a “B”) fans, and played by more than 250 million people; and every single one of them, from every nationality, simply loves and admires Messi.

All things combined, he makes about $26 million per month and his net worth is $600 million. With 418 million followers, Messi is the #2 on Instagram. You can say he is important. Yet, you will never see Messi brag about anything, in spite of his long and remarkable chain of accomplishments, his fame, popularity, and wealth. He’s a lovely husband and father of three small kids. On his Instagram, rather than showing his portrait, or his World Cup, he shows his family. That is our kind of hero. We too add to those that admire that level of human being.

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Lionel Messi and the Argentinian team celebrating the win (7-5) against France -previous world champion- at the Qatar World Cup 2022, after what the experts consider the most electrifying and celebrated soccer match of all times.

F.I.F.A.’s Soccer World Cup 2026 COMING TO HOUSTON

What just happened at the World Cup Qatar 2022, and the epic passing of the title of World Champions from France to Argentina after the most dramatic game in soccer history -according to most sports experts-, and the crowning of Lionel Messi as the best soccer player in the world and one of the top three in history, sets the tone for what is to come in 2026.

What does it mean for Houston and for our economy?

ounded in 1904 to provide unity among national soccer associations, the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) boasts 209 members, rivaling that of the United Nations and is the largest and the most prestigious sports organization in the world.

The 2026 FIFA World Cup will be the 23rd FIFA tournament, the quadrennial international men’s soccer championship contested by the national teams of the member associations of FIFA. The tournament will be -for the first time- jointly hosted by 16 cities in three North American countries: Canada, Mexico, and the United States, and named “The United 2026”. This tournament will be the first to include 48 teams, expanded from 32 that played in 2022.

The United 2026 bid beat a rival bid by Morocco during a final vote at the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow.

There will be a total of 80 matches in this tournament, out of which Canada and Mexico will host 10 matches each, leaving the remaining 60 to the United States, including every match from the quarterfinals onward.

Argentina is the reigning champion, having defeated France 4–2 on penalties in the 2022 final. It took six goals, 120 minutes, and a four-round penalty-kick shootout to separate one from the other. But when it was finally over, Messi was the world champion, assuming the crown Mbappe had worn for the last four years.

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On June 16, 2022, the sixteen host cities were announced by FIFA, separated into three geographical divisions:

WESTERN DIVISION - Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Guadalajara (5 CITIES).

CENTRAL DIVISION - Houston, Dallas, Kansas City, Atlanta, Monterrey, and Mexico City (6 cities).

EASTERN DIVISION - Toronto, Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, and Miami (5 cities).

2 cities in Canada, 3 in Mexico, and 11 in the United States. 16 cities in total.

Four venues (Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, and Vancouver) are indoor stadiums that use retractable roof systems and are all equipped with climate control. This represents a significant advantage to prevent any unexpected weather conditions.

Houston 2026 World Cup reps visited Qatar to learn what to expect when hosting matches. Houston’s NRG Stadium -home of The Texans-, will host at least five or six matches over a 35-day period.

More than 1.4 million fans from across the globe have visited Qatar for the FIFA World Cup 2022. The United States will attract several times that number.

This is what it involves and what it means to us:

The United 2026 will have 16 more participating countries than those that played in Qatar, jumping from 32 to 48.

Argentina alone, from near South America, and as the current World Champion, will probably attract from that country at least four times the 35,000 fans that traveled around the world to Qatar in 2022. This is an addition to all Argentinians already living in Texas and the U.S. South America is also home to FIFA’s record winner of World Cup Brasil (with 5 World Cups), and the country with the largest number of visitors to Qatar. Their numbers will explode at the upcoming tournament.

There are millions of people from all across the world right here in the U.S. that will be driving or flying to Houston for the weeks that the World Cup will last. These are in addition to the hundreds of thousands that will be coming from all of Latin America, Eastern and Western Europe, Asia, and Africa. In other words, Houston will see a flooding of people and cash like it has never been seen before. Hotels will be booked months in advance. Restaurants, bars, malls, and superstores, will be extending their hours of operation, many even staying open 24 hours. Businesses across most industries will see a surge like they have never experienced before.

In addition to the gigantic influx of cash into our economy during the 45 days of the event, most industries will start capitalizing months and years prior. This year and in 2024 we will start seeing a growing number of new developments and infrastructure, and existing businesses expanding their capacity, creating thousands of jobs across multiple industries. Construction companies and their supporting industries will see an increase in activity. New businesses of all kinds will start popping up everywhere.

In the words of Nick Massad, Jr., President and CEO of American Liberty Hospitality, who owns and operates 18 hotel brands in Houston, “It’s never too early to start preparing for what is coming in 2026”. Anyone waiting until 2024 or 2025 to start planning and making adjustments to what is coming to Houston will lose an extraordinary opportunity to capitalize.

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Houston is going to experience a new phase in its already fast growth to accommodate the impact of 2026, and beyond. We are entering a new and exciting chapter in the history of our city.

HOUSTON LATINO POWERHOUSE

As a 45-year immigrant from Argentina, I have lived in America most of my life, so I am quite familiar with both sides of the conversation on the surge in immigration, as an American, and as a native Hispanic immigrant. I love Houston, I love Texas, and I love my country. But I can’t alienate the fact that I’m also a proud Argentinian-born Latino (especially after seeing what Messi just did in Qatar... lol). [By the way, take a read at my remarks about the upcoming World Cup 2026].

During the past few years, we have seen a growing number of Latin Americans migrate to the US and many other countries, mainly from Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Honduras. Meanwhile, immigration from all other countries in Central and South America, Asia, Africa, and Europe, hasn’t stopped, although this trend could change anytime given the right conditions, as it has always been the case.

As far as the recent waves go, totalitarian socialist governments, followed by their obviously failing economies, and lack of security, are at the top of the reasons why people in Latin America are forced to leave their countries, almost as a matter of survival. Similar reasons are triggering this situation in many other parts of the

world. Needless to say, the war in Ukraine is playing a big role around the world, as it contributes to global instability.

As Venezuelans are one of the largest groups coming into Texas and Houston right now, let me share what I told my youngest brother, who lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as he pointed out the fact that they are experiencing the same challenges in immigration we face here: “Take this migration of Venezuelans as a gain for Argentina. Venezuelan people are -in their vast majority- educated, intelligent, many holding professional degrees, hard-working, creative, talented, polite, holding strong family values, respectful, and very friendly. And to top it all, they are beautiful (keep in mind that Venezuela holds second place right after the US with seven Miss Universe titles won). They like to grow, and here in Houston most of them immediately start their study to learn English”. And this is true for most immigrants from all other Hispanic countries. The vast majority of these immigrants are decent people, eager to work and contribute through their education and talents.

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HOW IT ALL STARTED

Many things make Houston a great city to live in. But out of them all, I think the one most valuable trait of our city is its people, its diversity. I treasure the experience of dining in a restaurant and getting to hear people around me speak all kinds of languages. Many times I have no idea where they are from or what they are talking about, but I enjoy it because that’s what makes Houston such a fabulous international destination and the perfect representation of what America is all about. This understanding is what drives me to go out of my way to make sure LUXCIOR massively caters to all groups because Houston is about all ethnicities, not just one or two.

After centuries of New York’s dominance as the most diverse city in America, exactly 10 years ago (and I keep on repeating this so people actually get it) Houston went up to take over first place, and New York remains at #2 since 2013. This is remarkable! Although unrelated to the topic, it is also worth noting that less than a month ago Texas was big news again, when it became the only state, with California, to reach a population of 30 million. We are growing! Houston is growing! This is a historic transition for our city. What an exciting time to be here!

Having dedicated many issues and countless pages of this magazine to a variety of cultures heavily present in Houston, this time around I’m delighted to gravitate around Latinos, which make up about 48% of Greater Houston’s population. You can say I’m biased, and well, what the heck, yes, I am!

It all started with the legitimate owners of the land, the Wampanoag people, and other native American groups. Some 400 years ago, with the first pilgrims arriving from England in 1620, we started a neverending cycle of waves of immigrants coming to the country. And after that immigration just kept on growing. With the influence of Mexicans and Peruvians during the California gold rush, Hispanic culture in the United States is diverse and full of 400 years of history.

Much of the history of immigration in the United States has its origin in the repercussions of the country’s territorial expansion. However, one of the most important periods of immigration from Latin America to the United States took place in 1848; the border between Mexico and the United States was formally established after the end of the war between the two countries.

After declaring its independence from the Republic of Mexico in 1836, Texas (known at the time as the Republic of Texas) requested to be annexed to the United States, a decision supported by the majority of the Texas population. The request was rejected and it was not until 1843 that President John Tyler made the decision to continue with the annexation of Texas on his last day as president by signing the annexation bill in March 1845. Nine months later, his successor, President James K. Polk officially accepted Texas as the 28th state of the Union. Texas formally became part of the United States in February 1846, which granted U.S. citizenship to Mexican inhabitants in the territory.

In 1950, less than 4 million residents in the United States were from Spanish-speaking countries. Today, that number is nearing 70 million. People of Hispanic origin are now the largest minority community in the United States. This is not counting Hispanic not registered with the Census Bureau. This is equivalent to nearly 20% of the total population of the country. This percentage has been growing for years and is expected to continue to do so. In this sense, it is estimated that before 2050 the Hispanic population will reach 30% of the total population of the country.

In Texas, 39% of people are Hispanic. The largest Latino communities in this region are located in Houston, El Paso, San Antonio, and Dallas.

Hispanic populations vary considerably in large metropolitan areas. In Los Angeles and Houston, more than two-thirds of Hispanics are of Mexican origin, which reflects their general participation in the Hispanic population throughout the country.

ECONOMY

You don’t have to look too far to see the economic contribution of the Hispanic community to the Greater Houston region, and the impact that it has on the economy of Texas and the United States.

In 2022, the economic production of Latinos in the United States, always optimistic, working hard and cheerfully, has been so important that, if they were a country, their GDP (gross domestic product) would be fifth in place in the world

Texas, currently the second state with the largest Hispanic population after California, was part of Mexico between 1821 and 1836. The original inhabitants of land, known as Texans, were about 4,000. During the 1820s, the number of settlers and immigrants from the United States to Texas increased to 30,000; by 1830, the new settlers exceeded the number of Texans six to one.

ranking, even above the United Kingdom, India, and France, which are now in sixth, seventh and eighth place respectively, and the third fastest growing among the largest economies, according to a report by Wells Fargo with Latino Donor Collaborative, an organization that investigates the economic field of Latinos.

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Hispanic entrepreneurs are the fastest-growing business sector in the country, representing almost a quarter of all businesses in the United States, and have grown by 140% in the last decade. Hispanic business owners, 4.37 million in total, have driven tremendous growth.

Economically, the Hispanic population contributes a large proportion, particularly small business owners and entrepreneurs; according to a study by Stanford University, they represent about $500 billion in annual sales.

The spirit of entrepreneurship is prosperous in the Latino community as well. Hispanics have twice as many possibilities to start a new business in the United States, compared to any other segment of the population. What is more, according to the Peterson Institute of International Economics, for the next two decades, the Hispanic community will be responsible for 85 percent of new jobs in the labor force in the United States.

Business owners of Latino origin are younger than non-Hispanis; 33% of Hispanic entrepreneurs are under 45 years old, while only 22% of non-Hispanics fit into that age group.

The Stanford University study also showed that the number of Latino business owners has grown by 34% over the last decade. In the same period, there have only been a 1% growth for all business owners in the United States. Between 2019 and 2020, the average revenue growth of a Latin-owned company was 14%, surpassing the overall growth of the US economy.

Houston is home to a large number of wealthy Latinos, generating their fortunes from a wide range of industries. Hispanics are known for their business ingenuity and drive.

EDUCATION

More than 80% of Latinos in the United States speak English.The number of Latinos who obtain university degrees increased by 73%. Venezuelan-Americans have the highest percentage of educational achievements; approximately 55% have dual nationality and a bachelor’s degree. Argentines occupy second place with 43%.

In general, about 16% of Latino adults over the age of 25 have a bachelor’s degree or a higher degree. Although this is lower than 32% of the total population of the United States, the figure is 13% more than in 2010.

University of Texas is the second with the most degrees awarded to Hispanic students in the United States.

ART & CULTURE

Houston is a city with a rich Hispanic history and traditions. There are a number of Hispanic organizations in Houston and therefore it is no surprise that there are always a number of Hispanic events in Houston at any given time.

GASTRONOMY

In addition to the demographic impact that Latino immigrants have had in the United States, there are many areas of life in which their influence can be seen. Music and food with Latin American heritage can be heard and tasted throughout the city. Mexican cuisines have become so popular in the United States that some dishes and drinks are ordered more often than their American counterparts. Sales of tortilla chips have already surpassed those of fries.

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HISPANIC EXCELLENCE

There is no doubt we could use scores of pages to write about Hispanics and their accomplishments in our city, Texas, and our nation. We could name thousands that would deserve to be recognized for their contributions to science, medicine, art, business, culinary, and many other areas relevant to our culture and lifestyle, and that makes Houston such a wonderful place to live and to succeed.

Unfortunately, we only have space to highlight a few of the many prominent Hispanics that have made an impact in their respective industries. We feel the ones we have chosen are a perfect representation of who we are as Latinos in the United States, and how we are contributing to the growth and greatness of Houston, Texas, this wonderful nation, and the World.

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CARLOS CASTROPAREDES

PLACING HOUSTON ON THE WORLD STAGE

Puerto 99 Blue Waters Dubai

Carlos Castroparedes is a well-renowned international architect and U.S. designer, who has been creating innovative spaces for over 30 years.

Born in Mexico City, Carlos moved to the United States in the early ’90s and based himself in Houston, Texas, where he began working on a diverse assortment of projects with a variety of wellknown groups in the hospitality sector, such as W Hotels/Starwood - Marriott, Intercontinental Hotels, Holiday Inn, Hilton Hotels, Camino Real Hotels, CIFRA, Grupo Toks, Grupo Meshico - Saks Restaurants, Brinker International, Astrea Resorts, Grupo GMP – as well as cultivating completely new concepts in the educational sector – such as the world-renowned Mandala International Academy – located in the Zona Esmeralda, which is about an hour outside of Mexico City –.

Carlos’ international experience ranges from the United States, Mexico, Latin America, Spain, Switzerland, Paris, and Dubai – to name a few. He has been the creative genius behind over 1,200 restaurants during his career, and the reinventor of creative spaces in a number of hotel projects.

Some of his newest completed and constructed projects include Restaurant Puerto 99, Restaurant Meshico, Restaurant Tulum, and Restaurant Meshico / EXPO 2021-2022, all of them in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Recent new projects include Bari Ristorante Italiano in the River Oaks District, Restaurant Puerto 99 and Restaurant Texas BBQ in Cairo, Egypt, Restaurant Puerto 99 in Madrid, Spain, Residence/W Hotel, Residence/Bulgari, Residence/Jumeirah Estates, and Restaurant Texas BBQ in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Holistic Hotel & Beach Club in Abu Dhabi, Holistic Hotel & Beach Club in Saudi Arabia, St. Andrews Residence & Residential High-rise / Las Colinas in Dallas, Texas, with Compacta Construction.

Recent remodelings include The Men’s Club of Houston, The Men’s Club of Dallas, and The Men’s Club of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Castroparedes has just been awarded the Millesime*GNP – Architecture Mexico City, November 2022.

He’s currently finishing what will be a signature destination in Houston’s high-end cuisine: Bari, in the River Oaks District.

Carlos Castroparedes has been LUXCIOR’s Senior Architectural and Interior Design Editor since 2015 and is a true representation of Hispanic vibrance and talent.

Saks Lomas Mexico City Puerto 99 Madrid, Spain

Las Colinas Dallas

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Richard Vander Dys preeminence

in JEWELRY DESIGN

orn in the United States but raised in Venezuela, one of his grandfathers was Dutch, where his name Van der Dys comes from.

Richard started his career in the Jewelry Industry over 35 years ago in New York City, as part of the H. Stern family, literally growing in every facet of the business, from the retail side as a salesperson, repair department in jewelry and watches, customer service, buyer for the company, Manager, and Store Director. Then moved to Donoho’s Jewelers in The Woodlands.

Becoming involved in the high-end jewelry industry (Best of The Best) transformed everything for him. He decided to get his Gemological Institute of America degree and learned the true history of the extraordinary world of Gems.

It was through this long career that he learned to see the beauty in designer and exquisite pieces, a passion that today he carries into his own private collection at Vander Dys Fine Jewelers. For Richard, the designing and manufacturing side of these phenomenal, one-of-akind, rare pieces has been a truly life-changing experience. To see the smiles on his client’s faces when they make something new and dramatic out of an old piece of jewelry, something that they thought they would never wear again, and now they can enjoy and even pass it down to their kids, is truly amazing and rewarding.

His clients are not just clients, they become friends and part of his family. Everyone that comes into Vander Dys Fine Jewelers is able to enjoy a private, unique, and highly upscale concierge experience. Richard and his team -mostly family- comprised of Vince Cuellar, Carolina Ingram, Aldo Yepes, Janet Acosta, Pat O’Malley, and his beautiful bride Sarah Van der Dys, make sure to make each experience a memorable one. Understanding the wonderful reality that Houston and The Woodlands make the most diverse region in the nation, he is blessed to have a multilingual staff that can fluently speak English, Spanish, Italian, Turkish, and Arabic.

When not working, Richard loves to work out -typically every day-, play tennis, golf, swim, run, spend time with his family, and travel the world. That’s where his inspiration in jewelry design comes from.

He is also known in the community for his generosity in supporting worthy causes.

Richard is proud to carry a strong Hispanic heritage, and is known as one of the most elevated names in the competitive world of fine jewelry in Texas. Definitely a Latino pride.

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DR. german Newall ALL ABOUT superior BEAUTY

Doctor German Newall is a very well-known and highly respected plastic surgeon not only in Houston, but in Texas, the nation, and around the world.

Born and raised in Lima, Perú, at an early age he discovered his passion for the practice of medicine. He traveled to the United States as a young man to pursue his dream of becoming a physician. After graduating from Georgetown Medical School, he received his general surgery training in Cleveland, Ohio, then completed his plastic surgery training in Houston, Texas. It was then that Dr. Newall decided to make Houston his permanent home.

He has been happily married since 1988 and is the father of three wonderful children. When not performing surgery or visiting his patients, he enjoys precious time with his family, especially his two grandchildren. He also loves swimming, playing tennis, and riding his beautiful selection of “Peruvian Paso” horses.

The art of plastic surgery has been his profession, but more importantly, it continues to be his absolute passion. German loves what he does, and it gives him a great deal of satisfaction to know that he can have helped thousands of women and men achieve their appearance goals. Life is a beautiful journey, and he travels it with these basic tenets: “Work hard and be honest, cherish your loved ones, and have lots of innocent fun”. Dr. Newall is part of the elite team of cosmetic and plastic surgeons at ACPS. ACPS Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery is well known across the country as one of the top surgical groups, where many plastic surgeons from Texas and around the world come to do internships and learn from the experts like Dr. German Newal and his colleagues.

In an exclusive interview with Dr. Newal about him, Houston, and plastic surgery, we learned some interesting facts. Dr. Thomas Cronin was the originator of silicon implants, making Houston the birthplace of breast implants in the 1960s, which created an international frenzy. Dr. Newall was trained with Ernest Cronin, Thomas Biggs, and Benjamin Cohen, so he was part of the pioneering group in this field.

In the late ’60s through the ’80s breast implants were the great thing. In fact, the ‘80s was the decade where we saw the most notorious increase in very large breast implants. This trend started shifting and in the 2000s women began looking for smaller breasts, but larger butts and more curves.

The diversity in Houston calls for different interests in cosmetic surgery depending on the nationalities. Latinos are very interested in plastic and cosmetic surgery, especially of the body. Butt augmentation has been a big boom for 8 to 9 years now, especially using your own body’s fat. Liposuction continues to be highly active as well. It’s also interesting to notice that men are growing their interest in cosmetic surgery.

Keeping in mind that Houston is home to the world’s largest medical center, it comes as no surprise that our city, with New York, and Los Angeles, is on the top three destinations for plastic surgery in the country.

We are grateful to Dr. Newall for enhancing the beauty, self-confidence, and happiness of so many Houstonians through his talent and expertise. He definitely makes it to the list of the most notorious Hispanic personalities in Houston.

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ROBERTO CONTRERAS

ELEVATING HOUSTON

RRoberto Contreras is the President and CEO of St. Christopher Holdings and DC Partners, which he founded in 2009. Prior to St. Christopher and DC Partners, Mr. Contreras founded and was President and CEO of Cosentino North America. The combination of his diverse business experiences provides him with strong ties in the United States, Mexico, and Europe.

In 2017, Contreras was awarded the “Arrival Award” by the University of Houston Law Center recognizing outstanding immigrant achievement. He has received national and international recognition for his business accomplishments, including Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2002; Time Magazine’s award to Cosentino product Silestone as one of the Visions of Tomorrow in 2004; and in 2005 Cosentino was recognized by Inc. 500 as one of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in the United States.

DC Partners developments Marlowe and Arabella were both finalists for the Houston Business Journal Awards in 2019, with Arabella winning Most Outstanding Multi-Family Development. In 2020, The Arts Residences at Thompson San Antonio won both Best Hospitality Project – Lodging and Best Multi-Use Project, recognized in San Antonio Business Journal’s Building San Antonio awards.

His most recent accomplishment is Residences at The Allen, a spectacular 35-story luxury, mixed-use development anchored by the Thompson Hotel and elevated by a private collection of elegant condominiums and penthouses exclusively designed for the most comfortable lifestyle in Houston’s Inner Loop. Starting at $1.2 Million, and going as high as $16 Million penthouses, you can anticipate the level of luxe you can expect.

Contreras was born in Mexico and moved to the United States in 1984 as a student at the University of Houston and became a United States citizen in 2008. He and his wife, Claudia, reside in Houston, Texas.

Mr. Contreras is definitely a top Hispanic name in reshaping Houston’s vibrant skylines as he continues to raise the bar for luxury living.

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Jatziri Barron

THE ARTISTIC MAGIC OF HISPANIC CULTURE

atziri Barron is a Mexican visual artist and muralist living and working in Houston since 2013, dedicated full-time to her art. She advocates through her art the beauty of cultural identity and is interested in creating bonds for connecting people no matter their race, religion, culture, or background by creating awareness of different humanitarian topics. As she comments on her latest work, “We are an extension of nature, magnifiers of our culture and identity, our skin tells stories about our ancestors, we are our colors, we are our roots, and we are proud”.

Jatziri studied at the Glassell School of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and has done work for institutions like the Witte Museum of San Antonio, Houston Food Bank, many private companies and clients in the U.S. and Mexico, and exhibited in places such as the Kinder Morgan Building in Houston, The Mexican Consulate Houston, Silver Street Studios, The Historic Texaco Building, and The Ion Houston, to name a few.

She currently works out of her studio at Silver Street in the Heights, Houston.

Instagram and Facebook @jatzirisart | Jatziribarron.com

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FABIO MILANO

FINEST IN Gourmet Homemade ITALIAN CUISINE

Fabio Milano is a notorious Houston Latino pride and an iconic figure in the world of italian cuisine.

Fabio started the art of fresh, homemade Italian pasta in 1979. It all began with his passion for Italian cuisine. At a young age, he began his journey with Marco’s pasta, then went on to establish Milano’s Italian Fresh Pasta Factory as he also opened the doors of Fabio’s Italian Bar & Grill, which preserved the authentic Italian flavors by producing long and stuffed pasta, sauces, and desserts. Now, he continues the legacy at Fabio’s Artisan Fresh Pasta, in River Oaks.

Fabio always had the dream of providing clients with the most delicious, healthy, and nutritious food, but at the same time making it so easy to prepare that they could enjoy it regardless of their culinary skills. He couldn’t find this in Houston, so he decided to produce it himself and began creating short, long, and stuffed pasta, sauces, and desserts, and even went on to offer catering.

Fabio’s pasta dishes became so well-elaborated that they are ready in under 5 minutes for “pasta al dente”. LUXCIOR had the opportunity to try Fabio’s pasta for the first time in their own kitchen, and in no time, an amazing plate of stuffed colored ravioli was served and ready to make us go wow!

Fabio prides himself on producing pasta that tastes as only real Italian homemade pasta could. To achieve this,

his small team of highly trained cooks only uses products made from top-quality organic raw materials.

Fabio has been in business for over forty years, which gives him the advantage of having a large and select network of suppliers that provide him with the best ingredients available on the market both in Italy and the United States.

The main ingredient to make the pasta is flour, and all the flour is imported from Italy. The flour mill where his flour is originally created comes from the fifth generation of 150 years of tradition in Italy. All other products are of the highest quality, organic, and sourced in Houston into an artisan pasta sheet.

Fabio’s Artisan Pasta is a small family business where he himself and his wife personally choose all the ingredients. Therefore Fabio’s makes a remarkable difference in taste and quality control.

Fabio is the pasta supplier to some of Houston’s finest Italian restaurants, while he also offers local families the opportunity to bring home the very best homemade pasta and sauces you can possibly ask for. Ranked with 4.8 stars in Google reviews, you can rest assured you will be set up for a totally out-of-the-ordinary Italian culinary experience.

You can get your own Fabio’s Artisan Pasta at 2129 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77098. 713.528.1329 | fabiosartisanpasta.com

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Rodolfo Sancio

THE COMPETITIVE WORLD OF ENGINEERING

Rodolfo Sancio was born 50 years ago in Caracas, Venezuela. His father migrated out of Italy after World War II, making Rodolfo the immigrant Son of an immigrant. Rodolfo’s parents were geologists and instilled in him a deep appreciation for education, Hard work, and dedication, as well as a commitment to always giving his best.

When Rodolfo was only 2, his father decided to uproot the family of six from Venezuela to pursue a Ph.D. in geotechnical engineering in Berkeley, California. Thus, Rodolfo’s first spoken language was English.

Five years later, the family returned to Venezuela where Rodolfo completed his elementary, middle, and high school at Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola. Rodolfo studied civil engineering at the Universidad Catolica Andres Bello (UCAB) in Caracas, Venezuela. He graduated in 1995 and lost no time getting to work. He initially took a one-year job in construction before his ailing father asked him to help with his geotechnical consulting practice. With never an idle moment, Rodolfo also started teaching descriptive geometry at UCAB while also helping a friend oversee construction. He soon realized that the everincreasing technical responsibilities of geotechnical consulting required him to go back to school.

In 1998, Rodolfo applied to graduate studies. He planned to return to Venezuela where he would develop his own consulting practice. He completed a master’s and a Ph.D. in geotechnical engineering at the University of California at Berkeley in 2003, but as the political and economic situation in Venezuela worsened under the leadership of so-called socialists, Rodolfo decided that he had to look for an opportunity to stay in the United States.

Soon thereafter, he received an out-of-the-blue call from Ken Been of Golder Associates who invited him to an interview in Houston. Though he had previously considered this option, he was curious about what Houston had to offer. Also, his sister had settled in Katy one year earlier, and he was keen to be close to family once again. In late 2003, he drove from Berkeley to Houston in a 1994 Toyota Camry stuffed with his belongings. He remained committed to the principles instilled by his parents, which he knew would allow him to be successful as an immigrant in this country.

In Houston, Rodolfo met his wife, Mariana, who is also Venezuelan. Soon after, they got married and started a family. Santiago is now 16 and Bruno is 13. In 2009, after 6 years at Golder, Rodolfo was offered the opportunity to start a geotechnical practice for Geosyntec Consultants in Houston. It was risky to leave the comfort of his job, but he accepted the challenge. He printed business cards describing himself as the geotechnical group leader, though this group only included himself.

Through hard work and dedication, Rodolfo ascended through the ranks of Geosyntec and built a multiethnic group of over 30 professionals managing onshore and offshore geohazards for the oil and gas and offshore wind industries. The group includes three other hard-working and high-performing Venezuelans, who have also brought with them and applied the virtues of hard work and tenacity that are typical of Hispanics seeking better opportunities in the United States.

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lvaro is a Colombian-Venezuelan national, married to Rhomy, a wonderful violinist, and with Whom he shares two children, 13-year-old Román, also a double-bass, and 7-year-old Avril, also a violinist.

Álvaro José Carrillo Hernández GRAMMY AWARDEE MUSICIAN A

Alvaro graduated in music and double bass player. He is a specialist in the direction, management, production, and cultural administration of artistic and social projects.

As part of his extensive career, he was elected in November 2018 as District Councilor for Cultural Infrastructure representing the seat of Producers of the Mayor’s Office of Bogotá, and the District Secretariat for Recreation, Culture, and Sports for the period of 2019-2022.

He was also awarded the 2019 Latin Grammy Award in the category “Best Classical Album of the Year” with “Regreso”, recorded with the Nueva Orquesta Filarmóníca (New Philarmonic Orchestra).

In 2021 he was chosen as one of the 50 most influential Venezuelans by the magazine “Illustrious Venezolanos and Grupo Editorial 786”.

He has played in important halls and festivals worldwide, such as Berliner Philharmoniker (Germany), the Royal Concert Gebouw (Holland), the Wiener Musikverein (Austria), the Royal Festival Hall (England), Beethoven Fest (Germany), the Carnegie Hall (USA), the Salzburg Festival (Austria) and the Lucerne Festival (Switzerland) with the Teresa Carreño Symphony Orchestra (Venezuela) and Nueva Filarmonía (Colombia).

He is a Juror Member of the Latin Recording Academy (Latin Grammy). He is currently the Leader of Cultural Movements in South America and the United States.

Alvaro is a professional Musical Producer and Music Planner for the Performing Arts Director of Culture in Pacuhr (Panamerican and Caribbean Union for Humans Rights). President of “El Sistema Texas Foundation”.

We are delighted to introduce him as a Latino Pride enrichening Houston’s culture with his talent.

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Ruby Pinedo-Fear COLORS

OF MANY CULTURES

Ruby Pinedo-Fear, (Ruby Fear: Visual Artist) is dentist by profession and has always been an artist at heart. She has had the privilege to have lived in eleven countries around the world which has enriched her as a person and as an artist. She has now established herself in Houston where she moved to a year ago. She’s a full time artist at her studio at Silver Street Studios (201) Houston.

Her training in art started in her beautiful native country Colombia and has spread across England, Russia, Trinidad, the USA, Canada, France, Denmark, Sweden, and Portugal. She is a global citizen!

As a perennial student, she has tailored her art education by studying firsthand with different artists and masters. She has studied and worked in interior design, decorative painting (faux finishes, trompe l’oeil, furniture painting and restoration, mural painting), metal embossing, and portraiture, a Renaissance technique the old masters like Da Vinci and Rembrandt et al. used, called mixed media, sculpture, oil, acrylic, encaustics, drawing, etc.

Her art has developed and changed over time from representational/realistic to a more abstract concept that focuses not just on the reference picture but looks beyond the subject matter. Ruby is greatly inspired by her faith and many of her paintings portray that. A constant in her art is to illustrate hope, joy, peace, gratitude, love, and creative wonder, no matter the subject. Ruby hopes her paintings transform the atmosphere of the spaces in which they are placed not only visually but also spiritually. Art is a spiritual expression and has more power than we may think.

Ruby’s main medium at the moment is mixed media which includes acrylics, oils, cold wax, collage, recycled material, and sometimes found objects.

One of her projects in the near future is geared toward using art expression as a healing mechanism to bring love, hope, joy, peace, comfort, and gratitude.

She has had solo and group exhibitions in Colombia, Canada, and Denmark and has just completed The Escapist Residency Program at John Ross Palmer in Houston, which culminated with her first art show at The Chrysalis Gallery at The Heights Houston, where she showed her most recent series ‘Ruby Red’.

Ruby’s art strives to make a difference in people’s lives also in a practical way, by gifting the joy of painting and color to less privileged children by providing painting and drawing supplies, and also by sponsoring school education.

Ruby’s paintings are found in private and corporate collections in different countries.

Website: RubyFear.com | Instagram: @RubyFear_Artist

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Hugo Ortega

MEXICAN CULINARY EXCELLENCE

Hugo Ortega is executive chef and co-owner of several of Houston’s finest restaurants – Backstreet Cafe, Hugo’s, Caracol, Xochi, and URBE, and winner of Best Chef: Southwest at the prestigious 2017 James Beard Foundation Awards. He was a finalist for the award for six consecutive years, from 2012 - 2017. Ortega has been recognized locally, nationally, and globally for his inspirational story and his passion for sharing traditional Mexican cooking and culture.

Ortega’s American Dream story started at Backstreet Cafe, a neighborhood bistro started by Tracy Vaught in 1983. He began his career in the restaurant business first as a dishwasher and busboy and later as a line cook before graduating from culinary school and later becoming Backstreet’s executive chef. He and Vaught married, and together, they have created an award-winning Houston restaurant family – H Town Restaurant Group – that also includes Hugo’s, Caracol, Xochi, and URBE.

Ortega was born in Mexico City, the oldest of a family of eight children. At 15, he began working at one of several Procter & Gamble factories in Mexico to help support his family. In 1984, he immigrated to Houston with no contacts or job leads but was determined to make a life for himself in America. Slowly, step by step, Ortega began to set down roots in the bustling oil capital of the world.

He was happy to find his first job, as a dishwasher, at a popular bar and nightclub. While the pay was meager, Ortega grabbed the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of the restaurant business and find contacts to help him improve his English.

Later, Ortega cleaned the floors in office buildings to supplement his income. With an unexpected turn of bad luck, his roommates moved to California and he lost both of his jobs. He had no income and no place to live. A friend asked Hugo if he wanted to wash dishes and Hugo jumped at the chance. The friend took Hugo to Backstreet Cafe, and this is where the turning point of his life happened.

Ortega worked hard and showed an interest in working in the kitchen. In Mexico, he learned cooking from his mother and grandmother. Ortega was given a position on the line in the Backstreet kitchen, and he continued to advance from there. Impressed by his hard work and dedication, Vaught offered to enroll Ortega in the Culinary Arts program at Houston Community College.

He graduated from HCC’s Culinary Arts program in November 1992 and assumed the role of chef at Backstreet Cafe, then an executive chef in 1995.

Ortega is passionate about sharing the traditional foods and culture of his native Mexico with diners. In 2002, he opened the critically acclaimed Hugo’s, which brought Authentic Regional Mexican Cuisine to the forefront of dining. In 2013, Ortega and Vaught opened their third concept, Caracol, a Mexican coastal kitchen highlighting the richness of seafood found along Mexico’s 16 coastal states; and in January 2017 they opened Xochi, which celebrates the flavors of Oaxaca in Southern Mexico, in the new Marriot Marquis Houston Downtown. In 2021, they opened their most recent concept, URBE, celebrating the iconic street foods of Mexico.

Ortega has made three guest chef appearances at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City, and was named “Up-and-Coming Chef of the Year” in 1999 and Chef of the Year in 2012 and 2002 at the Houston Culinary Awards; among other accolades. His restaurants have been named “Top Table” by Bon Appetit; Best Restaurants in America by Eater; one of Houston’s Four Top Latin Restaurants by Forbes Travel Guide; included in “What Makes Houston’s the Next Great American City?” in Smithsonian Magazine, among others. Now he’s been recognized as Houston’s Top Latino chef by LUXCIOR Magazine.

Ortega is the author of two cookbooks - Hugo Ortega’s Street Food of Mexico, published in the fall of 2012 and selected by Saveur magazine as one of just six “essential Mexican cookbooks”; and Backstreet Kitchen: Seasonal Recipes From Our Neighborhood Cafe, to celebrate Backstreet Cafe’s 30th anniversary.

Tracy and Hugo are investors in the award-winning Origen restaurant in Oaxaca, Mexico, and created the menu for Hugo’s Cocina at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental airport. Hugo is the first Mexican-born chef to win a James Beard Award, and June 20, 2017, was declared Hugo Ortega Day in Houston by Mayor Sylvester Turner in honor of the award; Hugo has been bestowed the 2017 Craig Claiborne Lifetime Achievement Award from Southern Foodways Alliance. In 2019, Vaught established the Hugo Ortega Endowment Houston Community College’s Culinary Arts Program to support current and future HCC culinary students, and the lobby of the new building is named in Hugo’s honor.

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Houston’s THAI FLAIR

With over 12,000 restaurants from more than 75 countries, Houston is known for its diversity in cuisines from all corners of the earth. Thai is one of them and is certainly coveted for its wide range of rich textures and flavors.

Songkran, located in the heart of Uptown Park, ranks as the #1 Thai restaurant in the city, and for all the right reasons: its food, of course being the first one, but also its magic ambiance and sophisticated service.

“Songkran” is the Thai New Year’s national holiday, celebrated on April 13, and that’s where Ashok Rao -its founder and owner- was inspired to name his prestigious restaurant.

While enjoying the company and stories shared by Ashok himself, we had the opportunity to try several of their ex traordinary dishes.

Starting with the appetizers, we tasted the Chicken Co conut Soup / “Tom Kha Gai” and the Chicken Satay / “Satai Gai” with Massaman peanut dipping sauce. Both are an absolute must before your main course. You may also consider the Thai meatballs in a tangy sauce.

From the wide selection of plates, we opted for the Wagyu Braised Short Ribs / “Nuea Siam”, a braised Wagyu beef and herb chili sauce. Sensational! We also enjoyed the

Grilled Half Chicken / “Gai Yang”, marinated Southern style, with herbs and sweet chili sauce. The Thai Sesame Chicken in tangy tamarind glaze was another beauty. And of course, we couldn’t leave without trying the signature Crispy Whole Red Snapper / “Pla Tod” with its three-flavor sauce. From out of this world!

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Sven Hossfeld, General manager Ashok Rao, Owner and General partner

Jose Antonio Gomez, Limited Partner Raul Aguirre, Manager

The decor delivers a mistical feel to the experience, as you can gather from the mural behind these four handsome gentlemen.

For someone like me who cannot close a dining experience without a good dessert, Songkran’s Coconut Sticky Rice / “Khao Neow Kati”, topped with assorted seasonal fresh fruits, and the Molten Chocolate Cake, strawberry coulis, almond brittle, and vanilla ice cream, completely sealed the visit with the stamp of “Must Come Again”.

The full bar offers a selection of fine wines, beers, and amazing cocktails to satisfy the most demanding guests. We even had the opportunity to improvise the photography of the Naga Fire Ball, Laphroaig 10 yrs., Hibicus Syrup, and Lime Juice.

Songkran definitely made LUXCIOR’s list of the Top 10 choices in Houston for a memorable dining experience. Just a word of caution: It can get addictive.

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Una Storia D’amore Italiana in

The River Oaks District

BARI RISTORANTE ITALIANO

Given its rank as the most diverse city in the nation, Houston just won’t stop growing its dining scene. And Italian restaurants are one of the favorite cuisines, adding new names to the mix every year. However, only a few make it to the ultra-luxury group, and it appears that the prestigious River Oaks District will be home to the one to top the list: the new Bari Ristorante Italiano, located in the spectacular old Tom Ford corner space of the prestigious shopping center.

River Oaks District has earned its reputation as one of the most iconic shopping and dining districts in Houston, where those that want to mingle amongst the chicest and most beautiful, flock to the scene.

When one enters Bari, the energy and magic that surge from the meticulously designed space can be sensed, welcoming those coming through its’ doors ready to enjoy some of the best Italian dishes in Texas.

The restaurant was designed by the famous Houston designer, Carlos Castroparedes, who has brought all his experiences and knowledge from his 32 years of working on projects in every sector of the Hospitality Industry, domestically and internationally. Castroparedes is known for his collection of projects in Dubai, Scottsdale, Arizona, France, Spain, Mexico, and of course right here in his hometown Houston. Now he’s done it again, funneling the best of his innovative concepts into this magical space.

On a few walls, blocks of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt, lit from behind, reflect an aura unknown to Houston, thus far – as they emanate a unique visual sensation that aide to create an ambiance like no other.

Castroparedes chose to use Himalayan Salt in this particular application, due to the power of the sea salt as a remitter of negative ions which ultimately helps to purify the air where they are located, helping to create a calm, relaxing and comfortable setting and the same time reaping many health benefits for individuals, such as energy increases, stress reduction and ultimately, mood boosts at a biochemical level.

In the fabulous open kitchen area, the Chefs will also use blocks of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt to complement the cooking of their dishes, adding to the power of the use of this natural resource.

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In the main restaurant area, hang four magnificent chandeliers that were made in Valencia, Spain, their lines crafted and guided by contemporary Venetian design, as were the small table lamps that decorate each table.

The interior seating was manufactured in Italy and graced with superior Italian design and exceptional comfort – as were the barstools, which were made with high-quality Italian wood and upholstered in extra soft Italian perforated leather, helping to create the comfort sought for the ideal seat to be able to relax and linger.

The back bar area is truly a spectacular sight, permitting a privileged view of the extensive collection of liquor and tequilas from around the world with the wine cellar complementing the space with its’ marvelous selection of wine and champagne.

As mentioned previously, the open kitchen is truly a jewel, as it allows the diner the unique opportunity of being able to watch the preparation of the dishes, under the strict regimen of spotless hygiene and cleanliness, as the Italian dishes are created and plated.

In the main area of the restaurant, one can enjoy a conversation with the other people at their table – without having to raise the tone of their voice, due to the carefully selected acoustical ceiling that goes throughout! And also, diners will note the columns in the restaurant, whose bottom half is dressed with a thin sheet of lava rock, fabricated by the Grupo Porcelanosa in Spain - in honor of the famous Vesuvius volcano.

The restaurant is fortunate to be graced with beautiful large window panels, whose view is the restaurant area’s outdoor patio. Comfortable seating, framed by the manicured landscaping and vibrant colors that River Oaks District is so famous for – creates yet another area of the restaurant that diners can enjoy.

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In regard to the restrooms, the prestigious Grupo Porcelanosa also played an important role. From the floors, walls, and countertops – all before-mentioned specified products were supplied by Porcelanosa – as was the majestic material gracing the façade of the restaurant.

This incredible restaurant will be managed and overseen by its’ owners, Pedro Teyuca and Tommy Nally – who, with the success they have had in the past working together, will be dedicated to making this restaurant one of the best in Houston, not only with its exceptional food but with exceptional service – in a fun and vibrant space!

It is also very necessary to mention and give thanks to Grupo Onix, which has helped to support the realization of this marvelous new concept.

A whimsical feature in the restaurant - definitely worth a mention - will be the ‘Selfie Wall’ – where all the ‘Celebrity Houstonian Diners’ can create their own personal digital footprint of their evening!!

Artistic backdrops throughout the restaurant were specified and supplied by Yellow Corner and Assouline, two stores we are extremely fortunate to have in River Oaks District – due to their stellar reputation for high-end art and collections, worldwide. It is such an honor and pleasure to find up-and-coming restaurants in the Houston areas of this caliber – that hold such a unique vision – and we wish them all the best because they have worked hard to get to this point!

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Exquisite, functional, organized, grand, comfortable, luxurious… words that you may think most homeowners are requesting for a kitchen or living room. But have you considered these adjectives to describe your dream closet? Closets are no longer a small space to pile your belongings and hide them away. High class closets are becoming a priority in most remodels and new construction design projects. They are becoming a destination within your home—an essential part of the primary suite where homeowners can retreat to be alone and escape from the pressures of the day, surrounded in comfort and style in a personal, customized boutique.

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Ultimate Organization

Maximizing the use of the space given for the closet is a must. We have done a lot of remodels where we have moved walls and taken space from the bedroom or bathroom to add to the closet. When this isn’t possible, we have made an addition onto the house so that the closet got the attention that the client’s desired.

As we create the shelving layout, maximizing every inch of space is key. Corners are often wasted space. We love incorporating shoe carousels into corners that would otherwise go unused. Imagine fitting 196 pairs of shoes into a corner in a beautiful and functional display.

Shelving and hanging racks can also function not only as a space to store clothes and accessories, but can be enhanced with mirrored edging, LED lighting, and wallpaper backing. There are endless ways to incorporate your personal style into your closet.

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Getting Ready in Style

Vanity areas are a fun feature that many homeowners are moving to their closet space. We call this the “getting ready space.” Some prefer this to be between the bathroom and the closet, while others like having this private space move from the bathroom to the closet. Other common requests are large islands with drawers and countertops or glass tops to display jewelry with exquisite chandeliers hanging above. Beverage stations have also made their way to the closet. Whether the request is for a mini wine fridge or a coffee maker, the convenience of having those items in the closet adds to the comfort and feeling of escaping to your closet retreat.

Luxurious Livability

Whether you are getting ready to leave in the morning, or unwinding after a long day, a luxurious closet can be a welcome place to put your mind and your things in order. Having large, organized space can help you prepare for or unwind from the chaos of your day. A closet may be a hidden-away private space that you don’t share with guests, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it luxurious and beautiful and make you feel like you are entering your special retreat every time you walk in.

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Gerardo: 18k rose gold designer bracelet 8 rat pave diamond, $24,500; Rolex 40mm rose gold, $38,000.

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Monica: Top quality diamonds & sapphires chandelier earrings, $55,000. Gerardo: Necklace in 18k yellow gold pave diamond with 25 carat top quality diamond $58,000. By Daniel & Co. 3-stone pink and blue sapphire ring with diamonds halo $43,500 on her left hand; 6 carat blue sapphire diamond ring $77,000 on her right hand ring. All at Daniel & Co.

Sunny: Rose gold ring with 9 carat fancy diamond $22,000; Rolex diamond out watch, $25,000; 3 color pave diamond designer bracelet, $55,000. on her left hand. On her right hand fashion baguette and round diamond ring set on 18k yellow gold, $12,650. Exclusively at Daniel & Co.

Victoria Black & White dress, by Larita.

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Monica: 18k rose gold designer bracelet 9 carat pave diamond, $18,000; yellow gold Chopard diamond bezel watch, $26,500; 42 carat total weight round diamond earring GIA certified $1,5000,000. By Daniel & Co.

Sunny: 3 color pave diamond designer bracelet, $55,000. on her left hand. 18k yellow gold leopard ring with black and white diamonds, $9,500. Matching earing set, $26,500. 18k yellow gold diamond fashion ring, $7,800.

Gerardo: Rolex white gold 36mm President with MOP diamond dial, $35,500. Daniel & Co. Shirt by Dolce & Gabbana, by Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Gerardo: Dolce & Gabbana sportswear, by Saks Fifth Avenue.

Monica: Open belly satin dress. Sunny: Adjustable Slit Satin Dress Both by Larita.

Location: Haras Hacienda.

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Sunny: 18k rose gold butterfly diamond ring $9,000; diamond bangle $2,800; on her left hand 3 color pave diamond bracelet $55,000; Burma ruby and diamonds in platinum setting necklace set, $62,000. Daniel & Co. Cowl neck satin dress, by Larita.

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Monica: 3-stone pink and blue sapphire ring with diamonds halo $43,500, on her left hand; 6-carat blue sapphire diamond ring $77,000 on her right hand ring. All at Daniel & Co.

Location: Haras Hacienda.

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Gerardo: Audermuar Piaguet watch rose gold Openworked, $ 32,000, by Daniel & Co.
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Monica: Sequin evening dress by Larita. Top quality diamond tennis necklace approx. 26 carat total weight $78,000; on her right hand , 5 carat fancy yellow 3 diamond style ring, set in platinum setting GIA certified $115,000; diamond bracelet, $24,500; on her left hand 15 carat diamond Rolex, $28,000, by Daniel & Co.

Location: Haras Hacienda.

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Rose gold Hublot watch $23,800. At Daniel & Co. Silver Sequin dress by Larita.
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Monica: 41mm Rose Gold Hublot with black bagette diamonds bezel, $28,500. Bottom cabochon semi-precious color stone ring, with 18k white gold pave diamond halo setting, $12,800.

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Gerardo: Audermuar Piaguet watch rose gold Openworked $32,000. Daniel & Co.

Sunny (right page): Burma ruby and diamonds in platinum setting necklace set, $62,000. 18k white gold diamond leopard ring, $9,000. Exclusively at Daniel & Co.

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Models: Gerardo, Monica & Sunny.

Designs by Larita, Guillermo Alayon, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Jewelry and Rolls-Royce Cullinan by Daniel & Co.

Photography by Saba Hussain.

Videography by Angel Mavarez.

Makeup by Joely Flores.

Location: Haras Hacienda.

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7a happier 2023 TIPS TO LIVE

Do you wake up feeling sluggish most mornings? Have caffeinated beverages become a necessity to help power you through the day? If this sounds familiar, it’s time to ditch the quick fixes you rely on and develop an energy

What is energy management?

Think of your energy as a limited resource, like money in an account. You begin the day with a certain amount to spend. The amount varies from person to person based on factors, such as age, sleep, stress levels, medical conditions and lifestyle.

Activities and interactions withdraw energy from or deposit energy into your account. While you may not always have control over activities that deplete your energy, you can take steps to deposit more energy into your account.

Follow these seven tips to increase your energy and live a happier, healthier, more productive life:

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Eat nourishing food.

A well-balanced, healthy diet is at the core of well-being. But it’s common to regard healthy eating primarily as a tool for weight loss. According to the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a balanced diet high in fruits and vegetables, lean protein, low-fat dairy and whole grains is needed for optimal energy. You really are what you eat.

Consume a variety of foods from all the food groups to get a range of nutrients to provide energy throughout the day. Opt for fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, especially nutrient-dense dark, leafy greens and broccoli, as well as orange vegetables, like carrots and sweet potatoes. You can choose from many types of

management plan. Getting started may seem daunting, but soon you’ll be energized to keep going once you recap the benefits of a happier, healthier, and more productive lifestyle.

fish and legumes to choose from for healthy protein options. Aim to eat 3 ounces of whole-grain cereals, breads, rice or pasta daily.

2. Sleep seven to eight hours per night.

Prioritizing sleep is one of the best things you can do to set yourself up for a successful, energized day. Sleep deprivation can perpetuate serious health conditions, as well as negatively affect your mood, motivation and energy levels. Getting quality sleep is a healthy habit many people need to improve. Most adults need at least seven to eight hours of shut-eye each night, so what prevents them from getting it?

Observe your sleep patterns if you are struggling with sleep. Take note of how much you sleep each night, factors that contribute to your sleep or lack of it, how rested you feel, and how much energy you have during your day. Then try sleep strategies to improve your sleep, like creating a relaxing and restful environment, minimizing light and noise, establishing a bedtime routine, managing stress, and turning off electronic devices.

Whatever you decide to start with, be consistent. Utilizing the same sleep routine and sleep strategies will help develop your body’s internal alarm clock and can lead to improved sleep quality. With improved sleep quality, people experience better health, and improved emotional well-being, lower risk of diseases, and are more productive.

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3. Keep company with good people.

Maximize the amount of time that you spend with people you enjoy being around. Connecting with others who radiate positivity and have similar interests will excite and energize you.

On the other side, people you don’t relate to you or who have negative outlooks, complain often, or make poor choices will only drain your energy account. Be selective about the company you keep.

It’s important to set limits and boundaries to protect yourself and conserve your energy when around people who do not refill your energy reserves.

4. Avoid news overdose.

Consuming news is an important way to stay connected to what’s happening in the world. It can be educational, entertaining and even uplifting.

Unfortunately, the news too frequently is filled with stories of suffering. These stories can skew your view of the world and cause you to focus on your worst fears instead of recognizing the good that surrounds you.

You can’t avoid these stories altogether, but try to minimize your exposure when you can, especially during trying times.

5. Get regular exercise.

Do you find yourself feeling lethargic halfway through the day? Have you ever gotten winded by simple everyday duties, such as grocery shopping or household chores? The Department of Health and Human Services recommends that adults complete at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity each week. Contrary to what you might believe, this will add to your energy account and not subtract from it.

Exercise relieves stress and tension, strengthens muscles and boosts endurance, and helps your body work more efficiently during other physical tasks or activities.

6. Do something meaningful each day.

What do you feel passionate about? Do you have a special talent that you’d like to practice more often or share with others? Do something you enjoy every day, even

if it’s a simple act like cooking a healthy meal or listening to your favorite song. Putting effort into the things that matter most to you will help you use and reserve your energy in ways that will bring out the best in you.

7. Think good thoughts for others.

Maintaining a compassionate mindset is another way to conserve energy. One example of practicing this way of thinking is called kind attention. For example, try to make eye contact with a stranger and smile, while thinking “I wish you well.” This positive act can, instead, keep you from judging that person. Judging others can cause us to place judgment on ourselves, and that type of negative internal dialogue can be exhausting.

You’ll feel better with each step you take toward this important self-care investment.

Here are a few simple activities that will help you become more mindful of caring for yourself:

Monitor your energy.

Take your energy “temperature” at various points throughout the day, assigning it a number from 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest energy level. Pay attention to the details of your day so you can identify the people or events that impact you the most.

Make incremental changes.

Once you are aware of some of the people or events that sabotage your energy, consider your next steps. Rather than tackling everything at once, choose an area that is important to you, and be realistic with the goals you set. For instance, if disorganization in your home is a big source of daily stress, pick one cabinet, closet or drawer to clear out each week instead of overwhelming yourself with doing it all at once. Then move on to your next goal when you feel ready.

Plan and prioritize.

Take note of the times during the day when your energy levels tend to be the highest. Decide how you can take advantage of those moments by prioritizing important tasks when you are feeling fresh and productive.

* Jolene Hanson is a clinical social worker in Psychiatry & Psychology in Mankato, Minnesota.

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New Immigration Process for CUBANS, Venezuelans, HAITIANS AND NICARAGUANS

During the first week of January 2023 and as a response to an unprecedented surge of migrants, particularly at our southern border, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a new legal process for nationals of Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela.

This new process, referred to as a parole process, mirrors very closely the Process for Venezuelans and the United for Ukraine Program that DHS implemented in 2022, and it is meant to provide a lawful and streamlined way for nationals of the four countries and their immediate family members to come to the United States. DHS has said that our government will accept up to 30,000 individuals per month, from these four countries, if they meet the required criteria.

Through a fully online and free process, individual nationals of Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela can be considered, on a case-by-case basis, for advance authorization to travel to the United States and seek a temporary period of parole for up to two years. Individuals participating in this process must have a sponsor in the United States who agrees to provide them with financial support for the duration of their period of stay.

To participate in this process, eligible nationals of Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela must:

• Have a supporter in the United States;

• Undergo and clear security vetting;

• Meet other eligibility criteria; and

• Warrant a favorable exercise of discretion.

To be a supporter/sponsor one must:

• Be a U.S. citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident; hold a lawful status in the United States such as Temporary Protected Status or asylum; or be a parolee or recipient of deferred action or Deferred Enforced Departure;

• Pass security and background vetting, including for public safety, national security, human trafficking, and exploitation concerns; and

• Demonstrate sufficient financial resources to receive, maintain, and support the individual(s) they are agreeing to support for the duration of their parole period.

There are various steps that need to be completed before an individual is paroled in the USA for the two-year period.

First Step - Providing Financial Support

The first step is for the U.S. based sponsor to file online Form I-134A, Request to be a Supporter and Declaration of Financial Support. The sponsor must complete form I-134A for each beneficiary, including minor children. Individuals can’t apply unless the sponsor in the United States has filed this form and has confirmed the means of financial support.

Even though an individual is required to file, and sign Form I-134A, multiple supporters may join. Organizations, businesses, and other entities can provide support as well during this process.

Second Step - Submitting Biographic Information

After the USCIS approves the sponsor, the foreign national beneficiaries will be contacted and will be required to create a USCIS online account and enter biographic information and confirm eligibility.

Third Step - Submitting Request in CBP One Mobile Application

Next, the beneficiaries will be notified on how to access the CBP One Mobile Application, to confirm biographic information and provide a photo.

Fourth Step - Obtaining Advance Travel Authorization to Come to the USA

The beneficiaries will be notified if they will be issued a travel authorization, valid for 90 days. They must make their own arrangements to travel to the USA within the 90 days of the issued travel authorization.

Fifth Step - Seeking Parole at Port of Entry

Once they arrive at any port of entry, a CBP officer will determine on a case-bycase basis if parole pursuant to the new process is warranted for the individuals.

Sixth Step - Being Paroled in the United States

If approved, the individuals will be admitted and issued a Parole for up to two years, and once in the USA they will be eligible to apply for work authorization for those two years, as well as obtain social security number and ID.

More information regarding the New Process for Cubans, Haitians, Venezuelans, and Nicaraguans can be found at: https://www.uscis.gov/CHNV

While the Process for Cubans, Haitians, Venezuelans, and Nicaraguans seems promising and it may help address some of the urgent issues with our southern border, this process alone will not solve all pressing matters within our immigration system. We need a more permanent solution for the immigrants who flee their countries due to despair, and for the ones who are already in our country. Our government needs to commit once and for all to the cause of immigrants, and Congress must pass a long overdue immigration reform.

Attorney Olsa Cano can be reached at 832.288.2727 12141 Wickchester Ln., Ste 600, Houston, Texas 77079 www.CanoImmigration.com

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Top luxury Watches to Invest in 2023

From Rolex to Patek Philippe, here’s our round-up of the best timepieces to have on your radar.

This year, luxury watches overtook Bitcoin and vintage cars to become the most coveted investment option among the three. Though watch prices have fallen since the infamous crypto crash, they are still significantly up from their prices in 2019. In fact, during the pandemic, people used their saved-up money to invest in watches, including Rolex and Patek Philippe. Renowned watch brands caught everyone’s attention as

For instance, in June 2022, various auction houses placed numerous timepieces under the hammer. Auction house Sotheby’s earned almost $19 million in total from watch auctions, while Christie’s and Philips brought in over $20 million and $30 million respectively. According to watch magazine Hodinkee, it was “the most successful spring watch auction season” to ever hit New York. With that in mind, here are seven of the best luxury watches to invest in for 2023:

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Launched in 1953 for professional divers, the design of the Rolex Submariner has advanced through the years as has its value. For instance, the Rolex Submariner ref. 116610LV, also known as the “Rolex Hulk” is considered to be one of the rarest—thus most valuable—time pieces the watch brand has to offer. It’s a bulky watch, thanks to its large lugs and ceramic bezel. The watch is priced at over $12,000 on Sotheby’s website.

What’s more is that Rolex has increased the price of another one of its Submariner, ref. 124060, over the years. It has raised the cost from $8,100 in 2021 to $8,950 in January 2022—nearly a 10 percent increase, all thanks to its demand.

Come 2022, Americans realized the financial potential of Swiss watches, and the watch brand Patek Philippe was on the top of many lists, especially the iconic timepiece Nautilus 5711/1A. This year, however, Patek Philippe officially discontinued the legendary watch on their website. Though a sad farewell, it raised the resale value of this watch. In a December 2021 auction, the watch sold for $6.5 million. As per Sotheby’s, buying this watch will cost you over $60,000.

Dubbed the “most coveted watch in the world” by some magazines, the is a sporty luxury steel watch that was first introduced in 1976. The watch features a unique octagonal case and a horizontally-embossed dial. Its wait time can be up to ten years, and celebrities, like Leonardo DiCaprio, have sported it on various important occasions.

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In May 2022, a vintage Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watch sold for over $1 million at an auction. Additionally, last year, watch brand Audemars Piguet’s revenue rose by over 30 percent to $1.6 billion. Thanks to that increase, the brand leveled the economic playing field with Patek. Evidently, Audemars Piguet is a watch brand worth keeping an eye on, for it might give you significant value in the future.

Specifically, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak collection is one to make a note of. The watch was first introduced in 1972 and featured an octagonal bezel and an integrated bracelet. As per the Hodinkee shop, a pre-owned Royal Oak watch can cost you about $27,000.

In 1969, Buzz Aldrin stepped on the moon wearing an Omega Speedmaster Pro fessional timepiece. Since then, the watch has been dubbed the “Moonwatch” by aficionados and worn by astronauts on every manned space mission by NASA. Globally, it is among the most sought-after watches, so much so that, in 2021, Ome ga teamed up with another watch brand Swatch to launch a younger, more affordable iteration of this watch: the MoonSwatch, which costs just about $300. Long queues and intense social media buzz marked this watch’s launch, thus cementing the watch’s legacy and demand to date. However, if you want to keep it classic and opt for the Omega “Moon watch”, it can cost you somewhere between $6,300 and $52,000 as per the official Omega website.

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso is a unique luxury watch that features a reversible case. The watch was introduced in 1931 in response to a request made by a polo player for a practical watch that could withstand the sport’s intensity.

Even today, it remains one of the most popular models from Jaeger-LeCoultre. That its design has barely changed over the years is a testament to the lasting impact of this watch. For instance, the Reverso Complication À Triptyque is the first watch in this collection featuring three faces. The Reverso collection boasts various rare timepieces worth adding to your collection and can hold their value. According to Sotheby’s, this watch will cost you over $75,000.

Marked by long waiting times and great demand, the Overseas holds its value like most top-notch luxury brands. The Vacheron Constantin Overseas is a luxury watch introduced in 1977 and reimagined in 2016. Last year, the Overseas 4500V shot to fame, thanks to social media influencers sporting it online, thus also boosting its value.

The watch features a sporty design with a stainless steel case and bracelet. As per Vacheron’s official website, this watch is priced at $33,100.

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In November 2021, German brand A. Lange and Sohne was at the center of a tussle between demand and supply, with the former exceeding the latter. Owners of Lange watches rejoiced as their watches showed potential to resell for significant amounts.

One such watch boasting high investment potential is the Zeitwerk Minute Repeater ref. 147.028. It is the first mechanical wristwatch to feature a decimal minute repeater and jumping numerals. This white gold and blue timepiece only has 30 watches up for grabs and is among the rarest timepieces produced by the watchmaker.

It’s worth noting that Lange watches can be extremely difficult to find, as the watchmaker only produces a small quantity every year. That’s probably what drives their watches’ value up further. Be warned, the prices for this timepiece are already high, to begin with, costing around $500,000, as per Hodinkee.

Today, the value of a luxury watch hinges on a range of factors, from its scarcity to social media presence. Unquestionably, luxury watches are amazing investments. They not only hold their value but also increase in value over time. So, whether you are a watch aficionado, investing in a luxury timepiece is a smart

** This article is meant for informational purposes only. Please make investment decisions based on your discretion.

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Global 8000 The Flagship Private Jet for a New Era

Bombardier has unveiled the newest member of its business jet portfolio with the introduction of the Global 8000 aircraft, the world’s fastest and longest-range purpose-built business jet, crafted with the industry’s healthiest cabin for safety, comfort, and performance beyond any comparison.

With an industry-leading range of 8,000 nautical miles, the Global 8000 business jet unlocks tens of thousands of popular city pair possibilities—including new ultra-long range routes. The Global 8000 is the ultimate all-in-one business aircraft, offering customers a unique blend of outstanding performance coupled with the smoothest ride and an uncompromising passenger experience – the quintessential leader of the long-range class.

“Today, Bombardier solidifies its position, once more as the leader in business aviation, with the newest member of the industry-leading Global family,” said Éric Martel, Bombardier’s President, and Chief Executive Officer. “The Global 8000 aircraft leverages the outstanding attributes of the Global 7500 aircraft, providing our customers with a flagship aircraft of a new era. We remain unmatched, which for an innovation-focused team like us, is great.”

Some of the impressive performance capabilities of the new Global 8000 aircraft were witnessed as early as May 2021, following a demonstration flight with a Global 7500 flight test vehicle. The aircraft, accompanied by a NASA F/A-18 chase plane, repeatably achieved speeds in excess of Mach 1.015, a key step in enabling a maximum Mach operating speed (MMO) of M0.94 and becoming the fastest business jet in the world and the fastest in civil aviation since the Concorde. During the demonstration flight, the aircraft also became the first Transport Category airplane to fly supersonically with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

The discerning Global 8000 business jet also features the healthiest cabin in the industry, with the lowest cabin altitude in its class of 2,900 feet when flying at 41,000 ft. It is also equipped with Bombardier’s Pur Air and advanced HEPA filter technology for the highest quality of cabin air and the fastest fresh air replacement.

An uncompromising commitment to detail is guaranteed on the new Global 8000 aircraft, including an available Principal Suite with a full-size bed and a stand-up shower in the En-suite. Revolutionary cabin entertainment control and connectivity, the intuitive nice Touch CMS and OLED touch dial, Bombardier’s l’Opéra directional audio sound system, and the available 4K monitor, also ensure passengers will receive an unrivaled cabin experience filled with the finest in entertainment.

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The Global 8000 aircraft is the only four-zone cabin business jet to have a range of 8,000 nautical miles – and it more than delivers when it comes to comfort. With its spacious four personalized suites thoughtfully designed to maximize space and freedom of movement, the Global 8000 aircraft also incorporates the revolutionary features introduced on the Global 7500 aircraft that dramatically improve passenger comfort, including the Soleil circadian lighting system to help combat jet lag. Along with the innovative Nuage seat with the first-ever, zero gravity position, passengers will arrive at their destinations with virtually zero jet lag, and ready to take on their day.

As far as performance, the new Global 8000 aircraft can efficiently transport customers to a wide variety of destinations both faster and farther than ever before. And with its exceptional class-leading range and shortfield performance, even more, exclusive city pairs are now achievable, including Dubai-Houston, Singapore-Los Angeles, London-Perth, and many more.

Expected to enter service in 2025, the Global 8000 aircraft development is ongoing, and the program is progressing as planned. As for current Global 7500 operators, the unrivaled performance enhancements on the Global 8000 will be integrative when the aircraft enters into service in 2025.

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Rustic eatery with a Hill Country vibe offers Texas & Southern flavors, a full bar & a large patio

Jasper’s The Woodlands 9595 Six Pines Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77380 281.298.6600 | jaspersthewoodlands.com

Upscale grill turns out creative takes on homestyle American barbecue dishes in a modern setting

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Mala Sichuan Bistro 9348 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77036 713.995.1889 | malasichuan.com

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Masraff’s 9655 Katy Freeway at Bunker Hill Rd. 713.355.1975 | masraffs.com

Creatively prepared Euro-American eats such as duck, osso buco & foie gras amidst elegant surrounds

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Toulouse Cafe & Bar River Oaks District 4444 Westheimer Rd E100, Houston, TX 77027 713.871.0768 | toulousecafeandbar.com

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Swanky, modern destination serving locally sourced modern Italian cuisine plus wine & cocktails.

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Mastro’s Steakhouse 1650 W Loop S, Houston, TX 77027 713.993.2500 | mastrosrestaurants.com

Churrascsos Steakhouse - River Oaks 2055 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098 713.527.8300 | churrascos.com

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille - The Woodlands 6700 Woodlands Pkwy, The Woodlands, TX 77382 281.362.0569 | perryssteakhouse.com

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