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May 20 2012

Women in Business

What’s a Nice Texas Girl to Do? Becca Bragg


hen Michelle met renowned French chef Frédéric Perrier in New York City, he was working as an Executive Chef for celebrities and heads of state. She says, “We wanted to raise our family where I grew up… right here in Texas. Now Frédéric and I have built a life with room for our two boys with our restaurants AURA and Hoggs n’ Chicks, as well as a thriving catering business!” You’ll find Chef Perrier creating mouth-watering masterpieces in the kitchen at AURA, but Michelle’s in constant motion. She says, “Since I’m always on the go, it made sense for me to handle the catering division of AURA. We do so many off-site catered parties that I’m always running to someone’s home or business to plan their special event. When we say there’s nothing too big or too small, we’re not kidding! We’ve done events for hundreds of people...and we’ve also handled intimate dinner parties. We’ve even had clients literally bring us their own dishes for us to fill with something special. We don’t mind letting you take the credit for those simple-but-delicious little somethings or even a gourmet feast, as long

as you come back for more! Personalize your special occasion with AURA and it’s guaranteed to be a delicious memory! Michelle says, “Call me at 281-4032872 to talk about catering your event. Frédéric isn’t offended by requests for food other than American or French...he loves it and he can literally cook any cuisine effortlessly! I’m happy to make suggestions, but you’ll really be able to design exactly what you want. If you come by AURA to try our

AURA Restaurant 281-403-2872 Restaurant and Catering Catering Email 3340 FM 1092 Rd, Ste. 160 Missouri City, TX 77459-2215

Prix Fixe Lunch on Fridays or Saturdays or the Tasting Menu any night, or the weekly Sunset menu, you can experience Frédéric’s creations for yourself!” “Frédéric is only happy if he’s actually cooking—not just creating or expediting a menu— so an intimate restaurant, close to home is the perfect thing for him. I love meeting and mixing with people, so catering is perfect for me. One thing we both agree on? Living and eating outside the proverbial box! You’ll love our innovative American cuisine...with just an inch of French.”

Designing a Family Legacy

console that would make a charming bathroom vanity, handwrought ironwork, or the soy candles, artisan soaps, or bath soaks featuring Twenty-Two Fifty’s signature scent, “Sweet Home Sugar Land.” The silk, velvet, satin, and organic cotton linens from Bella Notte show that luxury can still be easy care. Boutique jewelry by Virgins, Saints and Angels or Chan Luu is a hot item. Choose eclectic gifts and treats to blend effortlessly with your existing decor, or schedule a full-home makeover. In the recently expanded design studio, you can reap the benefits of Teena’s more than twenty years of experience as an Interior Designer. Her magic touch has transformed homes from Conroe to San Diego, and from Austin to Napa. TwentyTwo Fifty Interiors can redo your entire home, or provide decorations for special events or holidays like Halloween, Christmas, or Easter. Along with her husband, local Dentist Dr. Caldwell (friend of the famed Tillie the Tooth), Teena has become an integral part of our Fort Bend community. Lauren says, “You can see the original siding from my greatgrandmother’s house in Lolita in our showroom and part of her porch in our design studio. This kind of beautiful old long leaf pine was milled in the 1920’s and is native to Texas and Louisiana. Not only does it remind us of our heritage, but it speaks to our philosophy about using reclaimed and repurposed items as transitional pieces to revitalize your decor.” Twenty-Two Fifty Interiors and Gifts 281-265-2250 2250 Lone Star Dr. in Sugar Land Town Square Sugar Land, TX 77479


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s a little girl in Wharton, Teena Caldwell watched her father craft furniture in his carpentry workspace, and began contributing to his designs. Teena’s mother had a passion for fashion and fabrics that she passed onto her daughter. Teena went on to earn a degree in Interior Design from the University of Houston...and to share her love of beauty and design with her own daughter, Lauren through their joint venture, Twenty-Two Fifty Interiors and Gifts. Lauren says, “My mom always showed me the beautiful things she worked with and took me with her to markets. When I graduated with a business degree from SMU we decided to open a store together to combine my business sense and her creative flair!” When you walk through the door, be prepared to browse through unique items for every budget. You might see a French

The original siding from my great-grandmother’s house in Lolita To advertise, 281-235-0600

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Best Doctor 2012

SugarLand Ulises Baltazar Recently Chosen As One of Sugar Land’s Favorite Physicians! Ulises Baltazar, M.D., a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and certified by the American Board of Surgery in General and Vascular Surgery understands the risks and discomfort of varicose veins. He has a thoughtful, compassionate approach and takes time to explain test results and treatment options. Dr. Baltazar says, “Caring for the patient comes first.”


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Body by Ahmadi Moms Can Look Amazing!


hildren may be one of the greatest gifts in life...but they can be hard on your figure! However babies make their entrance into the world, they leave mom’s stomach different than it was before. Thankfully, being a mom doesn’t mean saying goodbye to your skinny jeans forever, with the help of Dr. Dr. A. Ahmadi of Avante Cosmetic Surgery. Mom, you deserve to love your amazing body. If you’re worried about a flabby, sagging tummy or drooping breasts, double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ahmadi can help. He performs everything from facelifts and nose reshapings to breast augmentations, reductions, and lifts...but the single procedure that really showcases Dr. Ahmadi’s master work is the Lipotuck™. This unique trademarked procedure combines liposuction with tightening of the skin to create a firm, curvy figure...perfect for moms who miss their flat stomachs and slender waists. Every mom is a woman, too! Dr. Ahmadi says, “Whether a patient starts at a size 2 or a size 16, the Lipotuck™ is completelycustomized, so that each individual patient gets the very best results possible. I know that moms sometimes put themselves last, but I promise at Avante Cosmetic Surgery we’ll always put you first!”

Dr. Ahmadi and his entire staff were very caring and professional. They did an exceptional job explaining the procedure and what I should expect! Can’t express my gratitude enough! Dr. Ahmadi, you earned my trust and I will come back for my future needs! Overall, the entire experience exceeded my expectations! Keep making it easy for those after me, too! After having four C-sections, I never thought I could ever be happy with myself. Thanks to the staff and Dr. Ahmadi, my life has changed to a new beginning and I’m so blessed to have been able to be under his care and special talent. Thank you so much for my new self! Everything was perfect!






What do Sugar Land moms say about Dr. Ahmadi? After giving birth to my twins, I did not enjoy my “new” body! Dr. Ahmadi did a phenomenal job of working with me to create my “better” body! I feel and look better than before the birth of my twins.


Avante Plastic Surgery 281-265-2639 (BODY) 1112 Soldiers Field Dr.Sugar Land, TX 77479 To advertise, 281-235-0600

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Don’t Let

Pain Set You

Back Dominique Brooks


t’s not in my nature to sit back,” says Cathy Brown, RN. “I’ve had a job my whole life. I earned my undergraduate degree at the University of Texas and my masters degree in clinical nursing from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston, I started as a nurse and worked my way up to director of an Ambulatory Surgery center. That’s when I met the chief of anesthesia, Dr. Mark Brown. We got married and moved to Sugar Land. Our lives were so busy, but we were committed to helping people in pain...then I had an epiphany. I said to Mark, why don’t we open up an office here?” At Back Pain Interventions Associated, PA (BPIA), Dr. Brown is double boardcertified in both anesthesiology and pain management and has been practicing in Houston for over two decades. Dr. Brown treats chronic pain including low back pain, arthritis, nerve problems, or even failed back surgeries. “We want to work with each patient to try to integrate your health care and spiritual beliefs with our practices,” says Cathy. Dr. Brown believes a conservative approach is the best first step to freedom from back pain. He may start with injections, 6 ~ UPCLOSE ~ May 2012

add in physical therapy, or manage your pain with medication. Dr. Brown also has close relationships with several surgeons and privileges at several area hospitals; he can help direct that portion of your care as needed. “There are other clinics that may treat back pain. However, what really makes us different is our relationship with our patients. We are a small group so this means that you can spend more time with Dr. Brown—there is no rush. You’ll see the same staff members taking care of you through each step of your care,” adds Cathy. She says, “I know I’d want to be in a facility that was fully equipped to take care of my patients’ needs. Knowing that we meet the absolute highest safety standards for our procedures gives us peace of mind…and helps us address our patients’ pain effectively and with compassion.” Mark Brown, MD Back Pain Interventions Associated, PA 281-494-6900 6350 Hwy 90A Suite 700 Sugar Land, TX 77478 •

Do You Need A Helping Hand? E Sarah Warburton

ver feel like you need to be in two places at one time? Or for you that’s just on a slow day. Help is a phone call away. Southwest Domestics is a local provider of domestic professionals and is owned and operated by Sheila Daniels. Twenty-years ago, Sheila was a working mom with three kids and needed help at home. “When I saw how much was involved in finding good domestic help, I turned it into a business,” said Sheila. Today, she has five children and the business is still going strong. Customers of all backgrounds and economic status have come to trust the support of their staff and domestics providers. An estimated eighty percent of new customers are from referrals. The company adheres to best practices of providing quality, experienced help to customers. Southwest Domestics holds an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and many of the domestic service providers hold CPR certification. “We believe our providers offer great service to our clients. However, if you are not satisfied, we will replace the provider free of charge,” says Daniels.

“Our nannies are mother’s helpers not just an ‘Au Pair’ whose primary focus is to look after a baby. We also provide cleaning support, transportation support, tutoring, day sitting for senior adults, cooking, pet-sitting and much more,” says Joey Kaczmarek.

“Our nannies are mother’s helpers not just an ‘Au Pair’ whose primary focus is to look after a baby. We also provide cleaning support, transportation support, tutoring, day sitting for senior adults, cooking, pet-sitting and much more,” says Joey Kaczmarek. Joey handles all client support needs including, setting up interviews with providers and clients. Give Joey a call or drop by the offices in Stafford. All you have to do is describe what your needs are and let them take it from there. “We set up interviews with several domestics for clients to meet. That way you don’t have strangers coming to your home,” says

Joey. All of the providers have criminal background checks and prior work experience in the field. The company is bonded and insured. They handle all payroll matters for domestic providers. “Our goal is to provide a seamless and comfortable experience for our valued clients,” says Sheila. So if you need a hand for a special occasion or a long-term solution give Southwest Domestics a call. Southwest Domestics 713-789-5437 (kids) 3776 Greenbriar Drive, Stafford, Texas 77477

The Sweetest Things in Life W

hy wait to celebrate the special people in your life? Share a little sweetness with a classic favorite from Nothing Bundt Cakes. Started nationally by long-time friends Dena Tripp and Debra Shwetz, our Sugar Land location is owned and operated by life-long friends Thuy Pham and Tuyet Duong. These moms know that a delicious cake always delivers a smile! Remember those cakes your mom used to make? That’s the same way Nothing Bundt Cake’s caring bakers handcraft their cakes... using eggs, flour, milk, and butter. Thuy says, “We love seeing people walk through our door, and start to smile. We’ve filled the bakery with cute retro aprons, oven mitts, and whimsical gifts...and of course we have samples! We created Nothing Bundt Cakes to give your spirits a lift!” Do you know someone who deserves a little sweetness? A singleserving “Bundtlet” is less than five dollars...perfect for a child to give to a special teacher, a coach, or a buddy in need. A tower of three is beautifully packaged and makes $5 OFF an 8" or 10" a lovely “thinking Decorated Cake! of you” gift. And Offer Valid for May Only

Buy One Get One Free


Offer Valid for May Only

the larger Bundt cakes? They’re spreading smiles around nurses stations, offices, teachers’ lounges, fire houses, and family tables all over Fort Bend. Thuy says, “Sending a cake is the kind of sweet gesture that everyone appreciates! We deliver all over the Southwest Houston area and you can order over the phone, in the store, or online. Teacher appreciation week is the second week in May and Mother’s Day is May 13th. We wanted to make it easy to celebrate the people you love...and turn any occasion into a special one! Friendship’s the icing on the cake of life. Share a bundtlet with a child who’s had a rough week, bring a bundt cake to your next Bunco game, or send one to your favorite doctor. Cake brings family and friends together. Whether you choose a classic bundt with signature cream cheese frosting, one with seasonal decorations, one with a custom corporate design, or something completely different like a dozen baby bundtini bites, each mouthful makes your day a little sweeter. Thuy says, “We always say our cakes are so yummy, you’ll wish they didn’t have a hole!”

“We always say our cakes are so yummy, you’ll wish they didn’t have a hole!”

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Nothing Bundt Cakes Sugar Land 281-491-2253 1531 Highway 6, Ste 125 Sugar Land, TX 77478

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A Mom with a Heart for Healing


hy did Robin Anthony, mother of four kids and wife of former Houston Astro and Los Angeles Dodger Eric Anthony, found Renu Herbs? Just like all of us, she wanted to reclaim her health. She says, “Growing up in Los Angeles, I remember eating lots of good food, but most was not the healthiest even though it tasted good. As a teenager, I suffered with irregularity and a bumpy face. Then I discovered that if you eat two or three meals a day, you should

have two or three bowel movements a day. Anything less will eventually lead to major problems...and make you sick! You don’t have to live with sickness, weight gain or fatigue. Cleansing my colon was the first step to frequent movements, a flatter stomach, smoother skin, more energy, and better health. It worked for me and it can work for you, too!” “How many of us are tired of trying to lose those last ten pounds…or more? Until you clean out toxic waste material that’s dragging down your system, you won’t experience harmony in your body and the kind of vibrant health you deserve. It brings me such joy when I get phone calls or emails telling me, ‘Robin, now I’m regular...and it’s thanks to you!’ You’ll feel lighter, more energetic, and your exercise will be more effective...once your system’s back on track! If you can’t seem to leave cake, cookies, or sugar-laden coffees alone, try my Drop Slim or Drop Slim Plus. It’ll help you zap those sugar cravings and get your weight-loss efforts back on track. Check it out at” For a power-packed punch that’ll knock toxins out of sight, try Robin’s Detox Trio. This trio consists of three powerful products: The Detox Tea helps to scrub accumulated waste from your blood, helping with circulation, the Parasite Blend hunts and zapps deadly parasites, which are responsible for sugar cravings, and their eggs, and the Colon Cleanser removes these unwanted toxins from the body. You’ll lose weight faster, your energy will skyrocket, you’ll reduce or eliminate headaches and your tummy will flatten. Give your system a makeover with Robin’s Detox Trio available at Renown Gospel Artist Yolanda Adams writes, “I believe in keeping my internal house clean. After many trials and errors I’m so thankful to have found Robin Anthony and her Detox Trio. I trust Robin and I know the herbs she uses are chemical free and safe—that’s important to me as a consumer and a mom. The Detox Trio is impeccable! I have never experienced any cramping or bloating with the Trio... and it works! My

Renown Gospel Artist Yolanda Adams with Robin Anthony skin is clear, my stomach is flat and people can’t believe my real age! I applaud Robin Anthony for listening to God’s voice, following her heart and helping the world!” Renu Herbs 713-541-4372 • 888-64HERBS 8785 S. Gessner, Houston, TX 77074

Cowabunga, Dude! Sarah Warburton


urf ’s up! Imagine a cool California look with boardwalk, surfboards, and cool, clean colors that appeal to little kids and teenagers, too. This paradise isn’t just a blast, it’s also an amazing pediatric dental office. “After all,” says Dr. Bianca Sanchez of Little People’s Dentistry, “who said a dental office had to be stuffy or that kids just want preschool cartoons? We want all our patients to have fun!” Kids in this office express their inner wild thing with glasses in the shape of fish, giraffes, monkeys, elephants, and cows. Dr. Sanchez says, “Whether it’s treats for our Patient Appreciation Party or rewards for another excellent exam, I choose the things I loved as a child... dressing up, kooky glasses, and hot air balloons. Babies get squirt toys like fish and butterflies, while big kids get helium balloons and cool glasses. I’ve called our helium guy in a panic and told him whatever happens, we can’t run out! We’ve got kids who tag along with a sibling or even make up a problem...just to get in the door and get their balloon!” Ready to get those teeth cleaned or straightened? Start by deciding whether you want a pink flamingo or zebra Zooby dental brush to do the work. Then choose from different toothpaste flavors including vanilla ice cream and chocolate! Dr. Sanchez says, “Summer’s a great time for semiannual cleanings or to request an orthodontic evaluation with Dr. Radford. When we catch problems early, Dr. Radford can correct them with orthodontics

and save your child future discomfort and embarrassment. We’ll help you find the fun...and get healthy smiles!” Every day’s a beach blast at Little People’s Dentistry... and you can party at home, too! Visit the Little People’s Dentistry website to play fun games (remember Tetris, Space Invaders, and Frogger?), enter contests, or schedule appointments. Dr. Sanchez says, “We’re also introducing our Little People’s Dentistry App downloadable from iTunes or the Android store. You can use it to request an appointment, get GPS directions to our office, view a gallery of our coloring contest winners, take a virtual tour, and get updates on events and special offers.” Little People’s Dentistry “Because Kidz Are People, Too.” 281-261-0020 4706 Riverstone Blvd., Suite 200 (behind Kohl’s in Riverstone)

The Woman Behind the Mystery Sarah Warburton hat makes a great Mexican restaurant? It’s no mystery...authentic recipes, high quality ingredients, a cheerful, friendly atmosphere, and a secret blend of spices! We’ve found the kind of great local hangout you’ll want to bring your friends and family to unwind after work, catch up over lunch, or relax on a lazy weekend. At Lupita’s Mexican Restaurant, the woman behind the mystery, Lupe Garcia, uses recipes handed down for generations and grinds her own spices for amazing authenticity and flavor. Now we’ll let you in on a few secrets of Lupita’s Mexican Restaurant, home of freshest food at the best prices! Chef Lupe Garcia’s husband of 33 years, Jaime says, “Our biggest secret—besides Lupe’s family recipes—is


Homemade Shrimp Tostadas with Avocado

choosing the freshest ingredients and making the food on-site. We love taking good care of you! She’s been cooking professionally for over thirty years, but she learned her recipes from her family. Now she’s teaching our granddaughter to make tortillas, too!” Once you taste the piquante warm salsa and smoky charro beans at Lupita’s, you’ll be hooked. The secret? Lupe only uses real tomatoes, roasted in the kitchen for salsa made on-site daily. Jaime says, “Lupe won’t share her secret recipes, but one of our family’s secrets is choosing the best, freshest ingredients and making the food ourselves... from the hand-made tortillas to the chile rellenos. We really enjoy taking care of our customers.” You don’t have to knock three times or know the secret password to get into the hottest hangout in town. At Lupita’s, you’ll enjoy all-day Happy Hour pricing on beer and margaritas Monday through Thursday at Lupita’s and weekend Happy Hours from 4-7. Relax with Lupe’s smoky charro beans and piquante warm salsa with roasted tomatoes made on-site daily…and absolutely amazing with an icy margarita and a basket of crispy tortilla chips! Every dish Lupe makes brings people together,” says Jaime. “We’ll help you out

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lebrate Come Cee Mayo Cinco D us! with

with to-go orders or catering for a family event, a corporate meeting, or a big party. You send the invitations, we’ll handle the fajitas…for fiestas of any size!” Jaime, Lupe, Rigo and Leo Garcia say, “We humbly thank you for eight wonderful years of loyalty and support…from our family to yours!” Lupita’s Mexican Restaurant 281-265-6556 Southeast corner of Hwy 6 & Williams Trace

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A Match Made in Heaven

Becca Bragg here can you find champion customer service, state-of-theart tennis gear, and unique fitness apparel? Fort Bend’s discovered JAM Tennis and Fitness, serving up friendly smiles and expert advice in the heart of our community. Opened by friends Janelle Pearce, Amanda Thompson, and Margaret Diano, it’s a match made in heaven! “Amanda, Margaret, and I had been playing tennis together for years,” says Janelle. “Fort Bend’s got amazing tennis facilities, tournaments, and pros...but we couldn’t find the kind of boutique apparel we wanted outside the loop. After talking to some friends, we created the store of our dreams. JAM Tennis and Fitness has tennisspecific services like racquet restringing, special ‘try before you buy’ events, and consultations with a pro...and we also have fitness apparel that’s perfect for every sport!” Tired of going into the big-box fitness stores and finding the score’s “love/noth-

Tennis isn’t just a pastime or a business proposition for these three women... it’s their passion.


ing?” JAM Tennis and Fitness carries popular fitness lines like Alo, Lija, Moving Comfort, and Fila and are the exclusive Texas seller of Colosseum Fitness apparel. Little extras like spacious dressing rooms and customer “wish lists” give JAM the advantage. If tennis is your passion, you won’t find fault with popular professional tennis lines like Babolat, Head, Wilson, Bolle, Volkl, Dunlop, Adidas, and Prince. JAM also offers free stringing and synthetic strings with a racquet purchase. Tennis isn’t just a pastime or a business proposition for these three’s their passion. “We really believe in supporting underprivileged children and sharing our love of tennis with them,” says Amanda. “We’re collecting used racquets, tennis balls, and tennis bags to bring to Zimbabwe, Africa.” Margaret adds, “You can contact JAM Tennis and Fitness or the Sugar Creek Country Club Tennis Pavilion for more information. Whenever there’s a charity tournament or another event going on, we like to keep our customers informed and involved!” Whether you hit the courts for the camaraderie and the thrill of competition or you prefer to catch a spin class and support the players from the sidelines, JAM Tennis and Fitness is right up your alley. You don’t have to fight traffic in Houston to get the good stuff. It’s right here in the sweet spot of Sugar Land right off 59. At JAM Tennis and Fitness, you’ll get into the swing of things... and look great, too! JAM Tennis and Fitness 281-242-6000 14019 Southwest Freeway, Ste 202 (in the Park at Sugar Creek) Sugar Land, TX 77478

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The Hottest Style for Summer D

Sarah Warburton oes your family hit the ground running every summer? Local mom and Optometrist Dr. Anh Doan of Missouri City’s Vision Source understands! Not only is she an avid runner herself, but she spends her summers running her teenagers Alexander and Addison to soccer, volleyball, and more. She says, “Whether you’ve got a family of athletes, beach bums, or bathing beauties, make sure everyone has a good pair of sunglasses with UV protection!” Your skin gets a sunburn or freckles when you forget your sunblock. Exposing your eyes to the sun’s rays without any protection can actually burn the delicate tissues of your eye. Dr. Doan says, “Sometimes the effects aren’t seen or felt until much later. Long-term exposure increases your risk of developing cataracts, cancers of the eye, or macular degeneration. Look for sunglasses that block at least 99% of both UV-A and UV-B radiation.” Don’t settle for style over substance when you can have both! Insist on glasses that

are stylish and protect your eyes. Dr. Doan says, “Wearing dark sunglasses without UV protection is as dangerous to your eyes as wearing only a self-tanner with no sun block is to your skin. Look for sunglasses that block at least 99% of both UV-A and UV-B radiation. Frequent drivers may choose lenses that are also polarized to eliminate light that distorts vision. And if you need a prescription or protective sports-eyewear, we can get those with UV protection and darkened lenses as well.” Protecting your family’s eyes from the sun can prevent major problems down the road. Dr. Doan says, “85% of the UV damage done to a person’s eyes occurs before they are eighteen years old. We make prescription lens-

es for just about any frames…and we have sunglasses for all ages. From babies to grandparents, everyone needs sunglasses!” “I look forward to seeing families season after season. When I see a patient through several stages of life, I can track changes in vision and look for problems that are in a family’s history…while enjoying the personal relationships that really make my profession personally rewarding!” Missouri City Vision Source Dr. Anh Doan, O.D. Vision Source! 4725 Highway 6 South 281-261-2647

Skyline Juniors Is Bringing the Heat! A Dominique Brooks ce. Kill shot. Sideout. Bringing the heat. These are all terms you might hear at Skyline Juniors, a club volleyball organization here in Houston. Skyline is in its 12th year overall but it has been in operation in Houston for 2 years. Club volleyball plays during opposite seasons from school volleyball teams and is open to girls between 10 and 18 years of age. Jen and Mitch Woods are the directors of Skyline Houston and are excited to bring the world of volleyball to young people. Volleyball has been a part of Jen Woods’ life forever. She played for the Skyline Organization in Dallas and went on to play for Texas A&M for 4 years. After obtaining her Masters in Sports Management, she continued to coach club volleyball but felt that it was time to start a Skyline branch in Houston. “Skyline’s approach is unique; the focus is developing young athletes as volleyball players and as individuals that will contribute to society through different avenues,” says Jen. Want to play for Skyline? Club team tryouts are held in July for the season that runs from November to the next July. Girls from all over the Houston area are eligible to play; the Skyline Houston Athletic Center (SHAC) is easily accessible from all over town. The teams play in tournaments around Houston and throughout

Texas. Certain elite teams play in some out-ofstate tournaments and even compete in the USA Junior National Championships. Jen also notes that Skyline offers lessons, camps, and clinics throughout the year. Developmental programs are available for children as young as 5 (both girls and boys) who are interested in learning the game. Equal opportunity rules...young girls and boys can also benefit from Skyline’s approach to training and core values. The success the club has had in Houston has been impressive. “Last year we sent a team to the USA Championships in our first year in Houston and have improved in every age group for the 2011-12 season,” adds Jen. An additional benefit: many of Skyline’s athletes go on to play volleyball in college – many with scholarships. If your child is interested in volleyball, Skyline has something to offer. Check out Skyline today! Jen Woods Skyline Juniors The SHAC/Skyline Houston Athletic Center 10775 Kempwood Drive, Suite 6 Houston, TX 77043 281-213-4667

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Miracle? W hat do you expect out of a miracle? If what you want is a complete transformation in an impossibly short space of time, you need the Miracle Method and the help of our local owners, Jonee and Paul Barnett. Jonee says, “Paul and I live with Miracle Method in our home, so we really know the product inside and out. I’m not going to tell you it’s the kind of miracle that will change your life, but it sure will change your kitchen or bathroom…without the time, mess, or expense of remodeling. That’s a miracle I can recommend!” What makes the Miracle Method so miraculous? Miracle Method transforms porcelain, ceramic, laminate, acrylic, or cultured marble counters, tubs, and tiles…without ripping them out. After your original counters are cleaned, the scratches and chips repaired and grout lines sealed, you can custom-create the perfect shade for your finish, choose a finish that looks like natural stone, or request a “color match” to coordinate with your décor.

Switching up a big surface like a countertop or changing the look of your tile flooring and back-splashes makes a big impact. Not only that, but the Miracle Method saves up to 75 percent over the cost of removal and replacement. Less time, less dust, and less expense means you’ll enjoy dramatic changes… without any drama! Not only do Disney and Hilton, the Today Show, HGTV, the diy network, and This Old House, use and approve the Miracle also delivers miracles for homeowners right here in Fort Bend. One happy believer writes, “Miracle Method resurfaced the countertops in my bathrooms - which were over twenty-five years old. They look fantastic!! Very professional, courteous and on-time. I’ve told everyone I know what a fantastic job they did and plan to use them again!!” “Over the last ten years, we’ve found the Miracle Method is so easy and the


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results are so beautiful” says Jonee,“that people do call it a genuine miracle. Call us for your free estimate, give us just a few days and we’ll give you a kitchen or bathroom that looks like new!” Miracle Method Surface Refinishing 281-240-2284 603 Murphy Road, Stafford, TX (by appointment only)


Would You Repeat That, Please? “I Excuse me?

Sarah Warburton

’m sorry, I didn’t catch what you said.” “Excuse me?” “Say it again?” Are you tired of trying to make yourself understood? Speech Language Professional Cynthia Ginyard at Corporate Speech and Communication says, “Your native language is a beautiful and important part of who you are...but it can present challenges to speaking English clearly. Based on my expertise in the distinctive features for forty-seven languages, I can design a program specifically for your needs. I work with individuals or small groups who share a native language...or English speakers who want to speak clearly and be understood.” Whether you’re explaining a diagnosis to a patient, making a presentation before your colleagues, or applying for a job, clear communication is the key to success. If your accent is getting in the way of what you want to say, call Cynthia. She says, “Each language and regional dialect comes with its own typical accent pattern in English. Understanding the syllabication, omissions, substitutions and distortions that a person who speaks a specific language will usually make when speaking English....we can identify and target those patterns and sounds for an effective, personalized program that really delivers results!” We have normative data available for Amharic, Arabic, Bangante, Bengali, Bulgarian, Burmese, Cantonese, Catalan, Creole French, Czech, Dutch, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hakkanese, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Ibo, Ilokano, Indonesian, Isoko, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malayalam, Malaysian, Mandarin,

Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Taiwanese, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese and Yoruba. This is a flexible, results-driven program that fits into your busy lifestyle. Cynthia says, “My clients have included a gentleman from Haiti who speaks Creole French, Skype sessions with an international businessman based in Atlanta who speaks Amharic, a Spanish speaker who was job hunting, and a native Malayalam-speaker. If you practice on your own and apply what we’ve worked on together, I of fer a high-intensity three-day program of eight hours a day with follow-up, an intensive three-week program, or a weekly twelve-week program all either in-office, at your location, or remotely via Skype.” “Working together, you’ll learn to modify your speech so people will focus on what you’re saying...without your accent getting in the way!” Corporate Speech & Communication 281-530-9623

Love Your Unique Beauty

Sarah Warburton hat does Andrea, Sugar Land Kalologie’s own Registered Nurse, really love? Helping you love your own skin! She says, “I’ve always been interested in skincare. When I was younger, I had skin problems and saw a dermatologist. My aunt was a nurse and my mom was also in the medical field, so I followed my love of science and desire to help people into nursing. Being able to combine that with skincare is a perfect fit!” Originally from Pittsburgh, Andrea attended nursing school at Penn State. Love brought her to Texas...and now she loves it, too! She says,


Mothers Day Weekend! Friday May 11th- Saturday May 12th Mother & Daughter Facials 2 for the Price of 1! Come in for a $49 Facial and treat your mother for only $39! (Originally $90 per classic facial) All Mothers also receive an extra 30% off that day for any additional services! R.S.V.P- Spaces are limited! *Gift certificates available!

Obagi Event Thursday May 24th 11:00am- 1:00pm Meet with the Obagi rep. & Enjoy a complimentary light lunch All Obagi Products will be 15% off that day only! Obagi Products 10% off that week (May 21st -26th)

“When my boyfriend got a job in Houston, I came down here with him. I’ve been at Kalologie for over a year and I also work at Memorial Hermann. It’s wonderful to see different sides of the nursing field. At Kalologie, we consider each of our client’s individual needs...their lifestyle, their skin sensitivities, and make our recommendations accordingly. You can’t take a one-size-fits-all approach to skincare!” “As a nurse, I pride myself on breaking down procedures to make them easy to understand. You may have heard talk about preventative health... now we have some clients getting preventative beauty treatments like Botox to stop lines and wrinkles before they start! On Thursday May 10th, May 17th, and May 24, we’re offering Botox for $10 per unit (reg. $12/ unit) and $50 off the regular price of Juvederm. If you’ve got questions, come in and see me. I’d like you to know I’ll take good care of you, listening and making sure you’re comfortable.” Kalologie Skincare/Medspa 281-265-0880 15890 Southwest Freeway Whole Foods Shopping Center Sugar Land, TX 77478 •

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Helping You Find Your Smile Sarah Warburton


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’ll never forget one patient,” says Dr. Katia Lemke, DMD, PA. “She was the sweetest eleven-year-old girl, but she was missing some teeth and needed straightening. When I first met her, she wouldn’t look up, never spoke above a whisper, and wouldn’t smile. With the help of traditional braces and implants, she had a beautiful, friendly smile by the time she was thirteen! Her whole demeanor changed... and that’s the moment I love to see! The aesthetic effect of braces impacts your entire personality. Everyone blossoms when they really love their own smile. I should happened to me!” “I was also congenitally missing teeth and I had braces as an adult. At the time, I didn’t have a choice between types of braces, so I had the metal brackets. Today I’m pleased to offer such a variety of aesthetic options. Whether you’re an adult who wants a removable solution like Invisalign, a completely hidden solution like lingual (behind the teeth) braces, or a younger patient who wants brightly colored or shaped brackets, I 14 ~ UPCLOSE ~ May 2012

want you to enjoy your braces...without feeling self-conscious! Do you have a wedding, a big job interview, or another exciting event on the way? Greet the future with a beautiful smile. Dr. Lemke offers every kind of aesthetic orthodontic solution you can imagine. She says, “I know adults who prefer nearly invisible ceramic braces and kids who like brackets shaped like stars or footballs. Your smile should express your personality!” Maintaining your braces may be part of Dr. Lemke’s daily routine, but she says, “It’s my patients that make the difference in my day! At Lemke Orthodontics we emphasize aesthetic solutions like clear braces, Invisalign and Incognito, so your braces won’t get in the way of your smile!” Lemke Orthodontics 281-277-3555 Katia Lemke, DMD, PA 4907 Sandhill Dr., Ste B Sugar Land, TX 77479




This’ll you! Time Flies When You’re Having Fun


ondering about starting up a family business? Renee McKelvey’s worked with her sons, her husband, her mom, her brothers, her brother-in-law, her father-in-law,

We’ve been here since before First Colony Mall was built. Just recently, a lady walked into the showroom and said, “Renee, you probably don’t remember me.” No sooner were those words out of her mouth than a light bulb went on in my brain. I said, “Oh yes I do! You were one of our first customers almost eighteen years ago!” just about all her family members. She says, “My first advice would be: don’t work with family... you’ll never get a good family vacation again! For Bob and I, working together has meant we really pick and choose our battles and we look forward to time together away from work! We’re more tolerant and compromising... and it helps that Bob does a lot of the outside measurements and sales work, while I deal with people mostly in the showroom! We started out doing carpet cleaning, repairing, and restoring after water damage...just me and Bob. When I hear the guys commmenting about the heat and the physical exertion it takes to work out there, I can definitely relate to them. Twenty years ago it was me and Bob in that van cleaning housing without air conditioning in the heat. I grew up with three older brothers and I had two sons, so I’m used to guys and the way they think. Bob and I happened into the retail end of things because our customers kept asking for our opinions on new flooring...and after water damage people naturally replace their flooring. When Bob and I opened the doors at All About Carpet twenty years ago, our son Shaun was in kindergarten...and now he’s twenty-seven years old. He started out in the service and restoration side of the business, but now he’s

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working with me in the showroom and attending trade shows. Shaun has a real gift for this. He knows how to bring light into a space, he’s great with color and design. I love to see him talk with customers or sketch out a backsplash. He and I both love the artistic side of things and we have a lot of fun. Seeing him excel at work makes me so proud. We’ve been here since before First Colony Mall was built. Just recently, a lady walked into the showroom and said, “Renee, you probably don’t remember me.” No sooner were those words out of her mouth than a light bulb went on in my brain. I said, “Oh yes I do! You were one of our first customers almost eighteen years ago!” We did a big job for her and when she needed more work done she started looking around and then she thought, “How many flooring companies have been around this area so long? They must be doing something right. All About Carpet and Floors did a great job for me eighteen years ago... so I’m going back now!” Bob, Shaun, and I really love working with homeowners to find the best choices for your flooring, kitchen, and bath. Come on in and see us...we’d love to show you what we can do!” All About Carpet and Floors 281-265-3700 3145 Highway 6 South (next to Shipley’s)

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Celebrating a

Classic Sarah Warburton


hat do Kinky Friedman, Buc-ee, Swatson (the Skeeters Mascot), and the Fort Bend Boys Choir have in common? They all had a blast at the Second Annual Classic Chevrolet Chili Cook-off. Classic’s General Sales Manager Mark Kolon says, “Thank you Fort Bend for supporting our Second Annual Chili Cook-off. We raised more than $7500.00 for the Sugar Land Police Officer’s Association. We’d like to give a special shout-out to the winners:

Cook-Off! Crowd Favorite: Slap Yo’ Mama featuring Dr. Thomas Lomonte, Professional Maid Service, St. Michaels, John Trevathan, CPA and UpClose; Best Booth: Stadia Sports Grill; Best Traditional: The Exchange Club of Sugar Land; Best Spicy: Mia Bella Trattoria; Best Non-Traditional: The Curry Cup. Start revving up your recipes for next year!” We asked the winner of the First Annual Classic Chili Cook-off, Ray Aguilar, the Executive Director of Oyster Creek Manor, what he thinks about Classic year later. He says, “I and the rest of the Oasis Senior Living team (Dina Harland, Carrie Boisen, Steve Smith, Tony Perez and I) were excited to win the grand championship at our first annual Chili Cook-Off. I’m the Vice President of the Fort

Bend Leadership Forum...and that’s where I first met Don Kerstetter. I’m passionate about being a community advocate and volunteering and so is Don. He had a real feat ahead of him to turn people’s perception of that location around, but he’s a man of integrity. People understand that if he says something, he’ll do it. He encourages the people who work for him to reach out to the community. Every year he puts someone from his dealership through the Fort Bend Leadership Program...that’s how strongly he believes in community involvement. Now Don and I are both Board Members on the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce and I’d send anyone to Don and Classic Chevrolet, no matter what they drive. I drive a Chevy Truck and a mini Cooper and the team at Classic does a great job with both of them.” “It doesn’t matter what age or gender you are, Classic treats everyone with respect. My mother-in-law’s a senior. Before buying a car, she wanted to meet Don and Howie at Classic. They spent time with her and she decided on a Chevy Malibu. When she wanted it checked over, they drove a loaner car out to her house. They really went above and beyond. I also have twin daughters who are getting ready to go off to college and

need a car. They love the Cruze, but they think they’ll get more use from the Equinox. They carry a lot of softball and track gear, so they can use the extra room. The people at Classic treated them so well, not like a couple of kids...and they didn’t even know they were my daughters until I came to pick them up. I asked if I needed to do anything. My daughters told me, ‘No, the guys at Classic answered all our questions. We’ve got it all under control.’ That’s what a dad likes to hear!” Do you know someone who looks like their car? Visit Classic Chevy on Facebook to post your pictures and cast your votes for the best look-alikes! Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land 13115 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, TX 77478 Sales: (866) 498-5485 • Service: (866) 500-1660

Heartbeat of a Nation B Matt Harris

ehind every great American is a proud mom (and dad!) who passed down values like hard work, honest-dealing, and taking care of your neighbor. For genera-

tions moms have been raising kids into good adults all over our country, right here in Fort Bend County, and at one award-winning local plumbing company, too. At Alan’s Plumbing, two mothers and six brothers—Alan, his two brothers and his three sons—work together to deliver generations of plumbing excellence. The other team member, Zach, has the same attitude

towards hard work and good values that define Alan’s Plumbing, so no matter who comes out, you’ll get service you can trust! When your mother gets older, it’s time for you to look out for her, the way she always did for you. Are your parents still living in the same home where they raised you? Alan’s Plumbing can check out their old pipes, inspect an ancient hot water heater... even install some grab bars in those deep tubs or a seat in the shower for extra safety. It can be hard for your parents to admit they need help, but when it’s presented as a gift, they really appreciate it. And being a family-owned and operated business for the last fifteen years keeps the operating costs Alan’s Plumbing can pass those savings on to you. Don’t let your mom be taken advantage of by some “big name, small heart” plumbing company. They make all kinds of promises just to get in your front door, then hit you with the big prices on the final bill. At Alan’s Plumbing, you’ll get a company that earns your business the old-fashioned way–– by giving the best prices on the good work they do. That must be why Alan’s Plumbing

has won the Reader’s Choice Award for ten straight years. If you or your mom call Alan’s Plumbing, you’ll be talking to Alan’s mom or his wife, Jennifer, the “heartbeats of the company.”

Whether you’ve got a burst pipe, a clogged drain, need to replace a hot water heater, or a toilet reset, call Alan, Jennifer, their three sons–– Beau, Luke, and Jake––brothers Chris and Brian and fellow plumber Zack. Make sure your mom has the number of a plumber she can trust! Alan’s Plumbing 281-261-1064

Getting a Jump Start


id you and your child get what you wanted out of school last year? Betsy de Vega, a Learning Specialist with over twenty years of experience says, “Too often traditional schools teach to the average, leaving some kids bored and others lost. I founded the Kn.I.L.E. Center, home of Knile Prep Academy (KPA) and EduCoachNow to offer educational resources for all kinds of students... those who need accelerated learning and those who need educational support. Our after-school educational coaching and our private school teach kids to be

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pro-active thinkers, master organization and goal setting, how to learn and find the answers…to any question!” What’s the “summer slide?” Studies show that children slip back an average of 25% in reading skills each summer and lose about 2.6 months of gradelevel equivalency in math…without educational activities over the summer. Why not use summer to get a jump on the next school year? Betsy says, “At EduCoach we offer oneon-one, pay-as-you-go educational training sessions to strength and reinforce what your child learned last year...and get a head start on the next year. Space is limited, so call to reserve your session or put your name on our waiting list!” At Knile Prep Academy, kids progress through subjects at their own pace, make better grades, and score higher on the PSAT, SAT, and ACT. Betsy says, “Some students work very quickly and get bored in a traditional classroom, others need extra help to do their best work. We offer a home-style setting and a challenging, technology-enhanced curriculum custom-

ized for accelerated and or accommodated learning. We’re able to create the kind of tailored educational experience that helps kids thrive! I’ve seen the difference getting a solid educational foundation in middle school makes for a child’s continued success. We’re currently accepting enrollment for students fourth through twelfth grade for the 2012 school year...but space is limited. Call to schedule your tour today.” Don’t wait until your child is overwhelmed. One-on-one summer sessions or a private school experience at the KnI.L.E Center helps kids succeed in school...and in life! Betsy de Vega • 281-682-4573 Kn.I.L.E Center, LLC • EduCoachNow KnILE Prep Academy 245 Gonyo Lane • Richmond, TX 77479

Building an Amazing Life C

an you imagine deciding to drop your “post-baby weight,” by winning the World Championship in Powerlifting? Jill Byler-Harrison says, “My dad motivated me to start lifting when I was in high school and I continued when I was in college at Southwest Texas State (now Texas State). I tried body building and won the Central Texas competition in San Marcus, but I really hated getting up on stage in a swimsuit. Then I tried powerlifting...and I found my passion.” “I began to compete through the Natural Athletic Strength Association (NASA). I broke the records at the state level, then went on to nationals and placed second. In 1992 I qualified for the World Championship. My first son, Courtland, had just been born, so I wanted to drop the extra baby weight. I trained and qualified for the World Championship, toting Court all around with me. I won the World Championship in Las Vegas in 1992 in the 104 weight class. I set two world records for squat and dead lift... and they let me try again and I Glen Gagnon with our boys broke the record I had just set!” Courtland and David Jill bought an existing gym and opened Champions Gym then expanded to become the Champions Fitness Center. She says, ““Managing numerous employees and being stuck in a office all the time was stressful so I reevaluated my career goals and decided to follow my passion which is working with clients one on one. I opened The Fitness Retreat in April of ‘98.” “I started from scratch with just a few clients. As a single mom with two little boys (Courtland and David), I couldn’t

have made it happen without a lot of help from my dad. In the beginning I was working six days a week, sometimes from six in the morning until ten at night. Then, at the most stressful point, I met Glenn Gagnon and we’ve been together ever since!” “I wanted to create the kind of beautiful, clean, relaxing workout space I felt people really need. Even as a personal trainer, I know how intimidating it can be to walk though the door of a gym and see a World Champion in 1992 big crowd of people, equipment you do not know how to use or that’s not clean.” “Once I started the Fitness Retreat, I thought about competing again, but instead I’ve turned my focus completely to my business and our clients. Recently I’ve had surgeries on my neck, but Glenn and Ashley do an incredible job making sure The Fitness Retreat always runs smoothly and our clients are taken care of. We’re only five minutes away in Riverstone close to the L J Parkway and Hagerson intersection. Glenn and I feel very fortunate to have such a wonderful business and wonderful clients, that we feel are a part of our extended family. We are here for you anytime to help you answer your fitness questions and to help you conquer your fitness needs and goals. Sugar Land and Fort Bend County have been the lifeline of The Fitness Retreat for the past 24 years and we are proud to be a part of the community!”

“I wanted to create the kind of beautiful, clean, relaxing workout space I felt people really need. Even as a personal trainer, I know how intimidating it can be to walk though the door of a gym and see a big crowd of people, equipment you do not know how to use or that’s not clean.”

281-499-6067 1206 Hagerson Road Sugar Land, TX 77479 Personal Training Studio and Fitness Center

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I really

love my boss!


aDonna Marie of the Art of Skin is more than a licensed medical aesthetician, she’s a local mom working hard to raise a growing family. Her daughter Taylor says, “I grew up watching my mother working as an aesthetician...and love it. She built an extended family for us from the strong friendships she formed with her clients. ” LaDonna’s been a licensed and practicing aesthetician for over fifteen years. As the lead injectionist at Avante Plastic Surgery, she’s also certified on all major platforms including IPL Laser hair removal, skin tightening and collagen remodeling. She offers a variety of medical grade products and her clients have witnessed firsthand the benefits of premium skin care products for smooth and healthy skin. Physician-strength skin care products are designed to treat the cellular level of your skin for deep cleansing, advanced exfoliation and penetrating hydration.

“My mom expects a lot from me, but how many people can say they really love their boss? I know I’ve got big shoes to fill but I have learned from the best. When our clients come here, I want them to know they’re in good hands.” LaDonna says, “ outer beauty.and teaching your daughter to care for her skin in their teenage years can help prevent problems down the line. I’m so proud when I see Taylor using what I have taught her to help people take care of their skin. What can I say....she’s a natural!” The Art of Skin (inside Avante Plastic Surgery) 281-265-2639 1112 Soldiers Field Dr., Sugar Land, TX 77479

Celebrate Mother’s Day

and the coming of summer with two special offers to roll back the years. At the Art of Skin we are pleased to share one hot offer from Medicis.

We don’t want this to be the happiest she’ll ever be about her appearance.

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on treatment with Restylane during this limited-time offer.

Makeover for Mom Contest

For how to nominate & contest details, go to The Art of Skin on facebook or you can email Nominations taken from now until May 13th.


Want sizzling savings? Save $50 on treatment with Dysport® during this limited-time offer. To be eligible,

patients must receive treatment between May 1 and June 30, 2012. Please contact our office for further details.

Cool Family Fun Becca Bragg


hen the temperatures start to rise, tempers start to flare. Keep your family in perfect harmony by making sure they’re perfectly comfortable. If your old air conditioner’s stirring up trouble, get it tuned up or replaced. Brian Jackson of Jackson Air and Heat says, “You should enjoy the wonderful things about summer––family vacations, cookouts, and baseball games––without worrying about your air conditioner. Give us a call to replace your system and we’ll give you a great deal and free Skeeters tickets, too!” Put the fun back in summer with a new Trane air conditioner.

As a way of saying thank you to all our loyal customers, we’d like to offer free Skeeters baseball tickets along with up to $1250 in instant rebates or zero percent financing on a new Trane system. Increased efficiency and a superior warranty means it’ll be more effective at handling the heat and humidity and will give you a break on your electric bill, too! Brian says, “We’ve got up to $2250 in instant rebates on new Trane systems and we always offer free estimates and no-hassle pricing. Give us a call and we’ll talk you through the options, because we care about your family’s comfort!” Jackson Air has a tradition of providing exceptional service, fair prices...and family fun! One customer write, “I got four quotes for pricing from other A/C vendors. Brian came out and gave us Jackson Air’s estimate, It was less than the other competitors. Brian was very knowledgeable and explained the different Trane

systems that would work best on our house. Quick and easy installation of my new A/C and since we had it installed in March, they also gave us free tickets to the rodeo! Great family-run company. Nice to know businesses like this still exist.” Brian Jackson says, “We’re proud to celebrate thirty years of service here in Fort Bend and our second consecutive year as a winner of the BBB Award of Excellence. As a way of saying thank you to all our loyal customers, we’d like to offer free Skeeters baseball tickets along with up to $2250 in instant rebates or zero percent financing on a new Trane system. No matter how high the temperatures get, we’d like summer to be your favorite time of year!” Jackson Air and Heating, Inc. Sugar Land’s Oldest Independent Trane Dealer 281-240-1037

The Danger Every Parent Should Know Astacia Stuart eghan, a cellist and Honor Roll student at a Fort Bend high school, was not an “at risk” youth. The daughter of loving, attentive parents, she hardly fit the stereotype of a drug user, yet in her junior year, Meghan developed an addiction to methamphetamine. Three trips to rehab later, she is doing well, committed to her recovery, and goes to daily Narcotics Anonymous meetings. She’s one of the lucky ones. Twenty-six million Americans suffer from the ravages of drug and alcohol abuse, and that number doesn’t begin to encompass millions of others, like Meghan’s parents, who must deal with the fall out. Unfortunately, being an involved parent won’t immunize your son or daughter against substance abuse. Every parent needs to know the dangers of substance abuse, what drugs are out there and the behaviors associated with their use. Educating yourself can go a long way toward averting heartbreak and financial devastation. “Teens believe they are invincible,” says Irene Wisner, Development Director at Fort Bend Regional Council on Substance Abuse. “No one goes into something like this thinking they’re going to become an addict. Our society treats addiction as a crime instead of a disease that is treatable. That’s why it’s so important that we have education and recovery programs in place.” Fort Bend Regional Council is now a leading organization in the fight against substance abuse, with 7


Every parent needs to know the dangers of substance abuse, what drugs are out there and the behaviors associated with their use. treatment counselors between two locations offering outpatient treatment for addicts who don’t have the means to pay (based on the State’s poverty income guidelines). They also have 12 youth counselors in 3 school districts educating students with hands-on activities like alcohol goggles, which simulate drunkenness. Students are asked to “pass” a field sobriety test while wearing the goggles. Fort Bend Regional Council offers various programs for adolescents such as Leadership High School, Summer Explosion and Red Ribbon Week events. “We are a community resource and we here for you,” Irene says. “We also speak to companies, groups, schools, churches, and organizations about raising drug-free kids. Please give us a call.” Fort Bend Regional Council on Substance Abuse, Inc. 281-207-2400 10435 Greenbough, Suite 250 Stafford, TX 77477 •

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Relax and Get Beautiful Dominique Brooks


re you looking for a beautiful salon where you can relax and get pampered? With lush drapes, regal artwork, and luminous lightning, Spectrum Nail Salon offers exceptional customer service and an amazing experience. Chi, the owner of Spectrum salon, says “The atmosphere is what everyone mentions when they talk about our salon.” Chi’s always loved making places (and people) beautiful. Her original Spectrum salon debuted in 1995 in Sugar Land. After opening the Bellagio nail salon, and reinvented the Spectrum salon on Lexington, before moving to her current location on Highway Six across from Riverstone. All of these salons have

With over 20 of the best nail technicians you have almost zero wait time!

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The latest Nail Art 2012 nail designs with rhinestones!

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exemplified Chi’s characteristic style -- “Everyone knows it is my salon by the distinctive style and high standards we maintain,” says Chi. “When I designed our new location, I knew I wanted to create a shimmering, luxurious escape…while keeping the prices for our services completely affordable.” You’ll enjoy the gorgeous surroundings as you are pampered by one of Spectrum’s fifteen veteran salon workers. Enjoy complimentary wine, soda, and juices as you relax. Choose one of the vast array of services – from manicures and pedicures to facials and waxing services – all designed to make you feel spectacular and ready to put your best face (and foot) forward. Check out the selection of shellac nail polish colors – 200 – that Spectrum offers -- “the most in Sugar Land,” says Chi. Even with the luxurious setting and the fabulous care you receive, the prices at Spectrum remain affordable. That’s an additional treat! Why not make it a pampering party? Spectrum Nail Salon is the perfect location for meetings, bridal showers, Mothers’ Days Out, or birthday parties. Even though there are ten spacious spa chairs, the salon is tranquil enough for quiet rejuvenation or for fruitful business meetings. Schedule a group spa day and your friends or colleagues will thank you when they stroll out looking and feeling fabulous. “Pretty, warm, and cozy are words that repeat customers use to describe our salon. People say that it feels like home,” Chi says. “We’d love for you to stop by...and let us make your day extra-special.” Spectrum Nail Salon 5011 HWY 6 South Suite 105 Missouri City, Texas 77459 (281) 499-5458

How a Great Dentist Can Help Your Marriage Sarah Warburton ocal psychologist Dr. Gary Petty first met his neighbor Dr. Thomas Lomonte out on Tiki Island. He had no idea this new neighbor would be a miracle-worker for himself and his wife. Dr. Petty says, “Dr. Lomonte and I are neighbors on the weekends out in Tiki Island, Galveston. I bought the place two months before Ike hit, and we all got to know each other real well after that. All of us helped each other out and he and I have been out fishing a few times. He’s a really good neighbor, a seriously nice person, and a great dentist, too! Although I live and work in Houston by Rice University, I drove out to Stafford to see Dr. Lomonte for my SnoreGuard.” If you’ve tried to stifle snoring with sleeping pills, earplugs and nose strips, you’ve been tackling the surface problem...the noise. But snoring starts with the position of your jaw and tongue at night. Dr. Lomonte says, “As a dentist, I’ve seen the way jaw position impacts your airway. The first step to snore-free sleeping is keeping the airways open. The FDA-approved prescription Snore Guard® intra oral device features Air Flow Technology™ to help prevent the jaw and tongue from dropping back into the throat. Snore Guard® has been proven up to 99% effective in the treatment of snoring and it’s FDA cleared for the treatment of snoring and mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea!” Snoring’s more than a noise’s a health problem, too! Snoring impacts the quality of your sleep, which can lead to headaches, concentration problems, hypertension, depression, and cardiac disease. And it doesn’t take a highly-trained psychologist like Dr. Petty to know that fatigue makes couples irritable, impatient, distracted, and pessimistic. Putting an end to snoring improves your health...and your relationships!


Dr. Petty says, “Sometimes I’d even wake up in the morning with a sore throat from snoring so much. Dr. Lomonte fit me with a custom SnoreGuard and it stopped my snoring immediately! The first night I wore it, the snoring stopped. I’ve also always been someone who grinds his teeth at night. I tried several different night-guards from other dentists. I’d chomp on them all night long, but they didn’t stop my snoring. The SnoreGuard stopped my snoring and I’m not grinding my teeth either! I’m really happy with the results...and my wife says it’s a miracle. I’ve never seen her so happy! I completely recommend both Dr. Lomonte and the Snore Guard®...and so does my wife!”

Come in as a patient and leave as a friend!

Thomas M. Lomonte, D.D.S. 12122 Murphy Rd. Stafford, TX 77477 (281) 530-1440

Pre-K to 8th Grade

We’re on the hunt

Extended Hours available until 6:30PM for registered students Homework Assistance Program Registering for the 2012-2013 School Year.

Extracurricular activities include: for an Advertising Sales Consultant to join our UpClose team.

*Piano *Voice *Guitar *Art

*Chess *Math *Student Council

Call Gina Pizzini

Private School Interscholastic Assoc. Member

(281) 235-0600

1717 Dulles Ave., Missouri City, TX 77459

or email your resume to

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Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Cancer Center celebrates National Cancer Survivor’s Day Luncheon—June 1, 2012


ethodist Sugar Land Hospital will join over 12 million American cancer survivors in observing the 25th annual National Cancer Survivor’s Day this year. Hundreds of communities worldwide will host events on this day to celebrate life and demonstrate that there is hope. The contributions of the families, friends and health care providers who support cancer survivors will also be recognized. The National Cancer Survivor’s Day Foundation (NCSD) administrator is encouraging everyone to participate in their community’s event. “Come join in the fun and see for yourself that life can go on, and is sometimes even enhanced by a cancer diagnosis,” says Foundation spokesperson, Paula Chadwell. “National Cancer Survivor’s Day is a great opportunity for cancer survivors, caregivers, friends and family to come together and affirm the possibility of quality of life after a diagnosis of cancer,” added Clive Shkedy, M.D., radiation oncologist and Medical Director of Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Cancer Center. NCSD started in the United States and is now worldwide, says Chadwell, and it is observed in countries as far away as Australia, Italy and Malaysia. “A ‘survivor’ is anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life,” as defined by the Foundation. Cancer survivors may face many challenges such as hindered access to cancer specialists and promising new treatments, inadequate or no insurance, financial hardships, employment problems and psychological strug-

gles. “Despite these difficulties, cancer survivors can live active, productive lives,” says Chadwell. Methodist Sugar Land Cancer Center welcomes all local cancer survivors, caregivers, community leaders, Methodist Sugar Land Hospital physicians and anyone passionate about the cause to join us as we honor the survivors living with a history of cancer in America today. The Cancer Survivor’s Day Celebration and Luncheon will be held Friday, June 1, 2012 from 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital – Conference Center. RSVP Required. Please RSVP by May 29th to Frances Goerlich by calling 281-274-7930 or emailing at

Methodist Sugar Land Cancer Center Radiation Oncology Staff and Clive Shkedy, M.D., Radiation Oncologist and Medical Director of Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Cancer Center.

BACK PAIN? NECK PAIN? The Spine Center at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is the comprehensive, coordinated option for you in Fort Bend County. For back and neck pain, there’s only one premier choice – Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Spine Center. Whether you’ve had pain for just a few days or several long years, you’ll find everything you need to diagnose and treat your condition in a convenient location, with access to premier spine specialists and a complete range of treatment options. Getting started is easy. We will guide you through a customized treatment plan, with expedited access to world-class neurologists, neurosurgeons, orthopedic spine surgeons and interventional pain specialists. Plus, physical therapy, occupational/hand therapy, and the most advanced imaging and surgical technologies in the world are available on-site.

Stop enduring pain. Call or email today and begin your personal treatment plan. 281-313-BACK (2225) or

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ired of running around in circles, trying to get that sleek silhouette and tight tummy you want? There really is an easier way. As featured on “The Doctors” and examined by Dr. Oz, the FDA-approved i-Lipo offers an affordable, safe, and painless way to smooth cellulite, contour your body and fight fat. Dr. Jeffery Alford of Sugar Land Wellness and Weight Loss has partnered with Dr. Dina White of Natural Solutions Health and Wellness to make i-Lipo available to you. He says, “We’re always looking for way to help our patients enjoy the benefits of better health. If diet and exercise aren’t getting rid of stubborn fat deposits, the non-invasive i-Lipo laser shrinks fat cells immediately without damaging skin or surrounding tissue. That makes it easier and more rewarding to keep making healthy choices...and seeing quick results!” You can pound the pavement and hit the gym, but what if that’s not enough? Liquefy fat where it lives...just below the outer layer of your skin. I-Lipo uses a “cold, low level” laser to melt fat so your body can remove it easily and naturally. In a randomized, controlled study, patients lost, on average, 3.64 inches from their waist, hip and thighs! Patients who also diet and exercise see even more dramatic results. Dr. Alford says, “I offer several physician approved weight loss programs to fit most lifestyles and help patients achieve a healthy weight. We’ll make sure you have the information, the support, and the motivation you need to succeed!” Want a tighter, toner, leaner look? I-Lipo targets specific areas like the upper arms, abdomen, chin, or thighs...and there’s no pain, no needles, and no downtime! Clinical studies show that i-lipo delivers a 30% reduction in the fat layer depth just after one treatment, and more can be achieved through more sessions. “When you take in more calories than you use,” explains Dr. White, “the extra calories are stored as fat inside a fat cell. The i-Lipo laser emits low levels of safe laser energy through your skin and onto the fat cells. This affects the outside wall of the fat cell, causing it to release the fat stored within it. Fat spills out from the broken cell membranes into the interstitial space where they are slowly transported through the body’s natural lymphatic system. Exercising helps dispose of the fat more efficiently, so it won’t be reabsorbed...and once you see results, you’ll be even more motivated to pursue a healthy lifestyle!” Ready to kick fat to the curb and look your best? Call Sugar Land Wellness and Weightloss or Natural Solutions Health and Wellness for the one-two-three punch of a supportive weight-loss program, the power of i-Lipo, and aesthetic services. Sugar Land Wellness and Weight-loss 832-494-7469 16651 SW Fwy #100 Natural Solutions Health and Wellness 832-364-9444 16551 SW Freeway, Ste 100 Sugarland, TX 77479

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Buy Local, Support Small Town America.

Maggie Beil eing the daughter They are you, of a small business your neighowner, I know bors, and your how important it is to friends...and supsupport our local busiporting them is nesses. I have seen how supporting your Some of the business owners I met at a local networking event. every little shift of the U.S. community. Sugar Land Skeeters: Alysse Day (Corporate Sales Manager) economy directly affects Why bother Trevathan CPA, PLLC: John Trevathan (Certified Public Accountant) the small businesses. The spending money Greenscape Associates: Sheena Navarro (Office Manager) best way to support small to go get a hair- Back Pain Interventions: Mark Brown M.D.(Board Certified Anesthesia town America and keep cut somewhere and Pain Medicine) Five Star Merchant Services: Deborah Perez (Strategic Sales Manager) our economy afloat is to Maggie Beil UpClose Magazine & Texas that will overgive your money to local Music Marketing: George Darsey (owner) charge you for a Lemke Orthodontics: Katia Lemke DMD (Orthodontic Specialist) Dental Specialists of Texas: Hiru Mathur (DDS) businesses. You can think of the places as being hairstyle you don’t even like, A Time And Place For Everything: Lisa Giesler (Professional Organizer) by the people, for the people. When we spend just because they are a huge All Out A/C and Heating: Bryan Bellamy Back Pain Interventions: Cathy Brown, RN (Co Owner) buying from huge corporations, that’s just more chain? I have discovered Melissa Abrantes Tradicao Brazilian Steakhouse (Marketing and Private Events) money being sent somewhere else. a great salon here in Fort Bend called Milagro, where Infinity Net: Sumit Mathur (Co- Founder) Mark is not only great at what he does, but right here in Fort Bend! 99% of America is made up of small busigreat at making sure that what he does is nesses and the other 1% is large corporations. what you want done, too. Instead of eating out at the same old popular So why does 1% America have control over chain restaurants, try something new. I’ve had the economy? The more we buy from local the pleasure of meeting Fredrick and Michelle businesses the more control we (the 99% of Perrier, who own a restaurant called Aura. It’s America) have over our economy. Buy local to great French cuisine and a three star restaurant... keep small town America strong!


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Home Care for Seniors

Melissa Abrantes Tradicao Brazilian Steakhouse with her Mother.

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The Gift She Really Wants


uys, you may think a box of chocolates or a bouquet of roses is the perfect gift for your wife this Mother’s Day. But the ladies we spoke with had a different suggestion. You know how you’ve been tired, grouchy, and low on energy? Dr. Lance Campbell, Pharm. D., R.Ph. says, “Approximately 30 percent of men between the ages of forty and eighty are affected by androgen deficiency, a condition marked by low testosterone levels...with symptoms that include muscle atrophy, weight gain, exhaustion, depression, bad sleep, and decreased libido. Give a boost to your energy and to your marriage by getting your testosterone levels checked and regulated!” Want to give her a Mother’s Day to remember? Start by being the right kind of Dad. Aging, toxins, obesity, and even fatherhood can make your testosterone drop. Dr. Campbell says, “It’s a myth that some things are inevitable parts of aging. Symptoms of low testosterone are treatable by diet, exercise, lifestyle changes... and doctor-prescribed Testosterone Replacement Therapy. Once your hormone levels are in balance, you’ll have more energy to chase the kids, help around the house, and make your marriage stronger.” Why does your energy hit the brakes when you hit forty? Men suffer hormonal drops just like women do in middle age. In addition, studies suggest that across the population, testosterone levels have dropped dramatically in that last twenty years. Even with the effects of smoking and obesity taken into consideration, other things like environmental toxins may affect testosterone. Dr. Campbell says, “Whether aging or our modern lifestyle is to blame, there’s no reason to grin and bear the effects of low testosterone. One of the most thoughtful gifts you can give your wife is your ver y best self. If you’re not feeling one hundred percent, ask your doctor about your testosterone levels...or make an appointment to talk with me about hormone balancing.” Give her the gift of romance this Mother’s Day by boosting your own energy and regaining your vigor. Dr. Campbell says, “Balancing your hormones can bring all your relationships into balance. Once you’re fully healthy, it’s easier to be happy. I’ll work with you and your doctor to help you feel your best.” Now that’s the gift that keeps on giving!

Campbell’s Compounding Pharmacy 281-980-2555 4760 Sweetwater Blvd. Suite 103

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Are Your

Kids Ready to K

ids ages four and up can find their groove with awesome summer camps from Fort Bend Music, Fort Bend’s premier music school. We asked talented instructors Dawn Smith, George Torres, and Kat Kilpatrick how Fort Bend Music can unleash the music in your child’s soul. “We have three camps,” says Dawn Smith, Fort Bend Music’s piano teacher. “One for kids ages seven through teenagers. They’ll get the first five lessons in voice, guitar, drum, and piano from myself and George... so it’s like a sampler that covers the first month of lessons in a single week. It’s a great way to try something new and see what sparks their interest. Our camp for kids ages four through six will incorporate group piano lessons, ear training, rhythm, pitch, and lots of fun games and dancing.”


George Torres, the rock band teacher at Fort Bend Music, says, “Our third camp, Band Camp taught by Keith Wyatt who has taught for 32 plus years, is an intense week focusing on performance technique, tone quality, practice methods, theory, sight reading. It’s for kids with a minimum of six months experience playing and their own instrument. We also offer a full service band instrument repair by Bill Barth and a rent-to-own program. We also offer group lessons in drum, guitar and piano. When I teach drum, I often play guitar along with the kids, so they get the feel of rocking with a band.” “The group Yamaha piano classes here are incredible,” says Kat Kilpatrick, who teaches group piano classes at Fort Bend Music. “We’re the only accredited Yamaha group school in Houston and one of only two in Texas. They show kids how to have fun, be creative, and play as part of an ensemble, so they’re a great introduction to music no matter what instrument you’d like to play eventually. Kids are used to working in groups in school, so this group model makes sense to

them...and it makes piano lessons social and really fun!” Enrollment for summer camps is open now, but group sizes are don’t wait to reserve your spot! Contact the lessons department. Thinking about starting your child in music lessons next year? Call for information about the current year-end recitals (open to the public) and you can see what your child’s potential could be...with the help of Fort Bend Music! Group and private lessons available for all ages. Dawn says,“After a single lesson at Fort Bend Music, you will be able to play something!” Why should the kids have all the fun? Not only can adults take group or private music lessons at Fort Bend Music, now you can also unveil your inner artist with adult art classes. Over four weeks of lessons taught by Fort Bend Music’s Founder, Joyce Cochran, you’ll create your own masterpiece, while learning the secrets of technique, perspective, and texture. 281-494-5885 12919 SW Freeway, Ste 160

What’s Your Job?

by Sarah Warburton


om, your job description could fill a book. Accountant, teacher, creative designer, therapist, doctor, the list goes on and on. You have enough to do without scheduling time for cleaning, too. Max McCammond, our local cleaning expert and owner of Professional Maid Service says, “We believe moms (and dads) deserve to enjoy a clean house, without any hassle at all! That’s why our team of trained professionals makes it possible for you to enjoy a little well-deserved peace at the end of your day.” Whether you’re a short-order cook or a gourmet chef, after you bus the table and get the dishes done, you shouldn’t have to scrub the floor and wipe the chair legs, too. When a team of Professional Maids sweeps through your house they’ll leave the kitchen sparkling, the bathroom disinfected, the shelves and counters dust-free, and every bed made neatly. No-hassle key drop off and pick up means you can run errands and come home to a magically clean house!

Cleaning to the “Max” Max’s Cleaning Tip: Looking for a fun and easy way to clean your dirty blinds? You’ll need a clean pair of white socks (one sock for each hand) and a bucket of warm, soapy Every team is bonded and insured and Max is always just a phone call away. Doesn’t the mom in your life have enough to do? Check cleaning off her to-do list by giving that job to the Professionals. Just like you, they use name brand-products to deliver a serious sparkle and they don’t believe in cutting corners. You can tell the Professionals by their uniforms, their company car, and their love of cleaning! Professional Maid Service 281-342-6500

water. Hold the blinds steady with one hand and with the other, use the water to dampen the sock on your hand and wipe down the blinds. Once you’ve cleaned the blinds, use the hand with the dry sock to mop up any damp spots. This is an entertaining job to delegate to your teenagers, too!

When is Your Block Party?

Sarah Warburton


here’s a new craze sweeping Fort Bend County. Friends and neighbors are getting together, having a blast, and building their communities through block parties. Rick Davis, owner of Ricks Front Door, says, “I’ve always believed that getting your door refinished can actually be easy, and even fun. That’s why my teams arrive with their mobile refinishing workshops, complete the job in one-day on-site, and offer a great discount on multiple doors. We love a good block get your neighbors together and give us a call!” Have your dogs been clawing at the front door? Do your kids run into it? Or is it

just wear, tear, and weather that’s made it look so old? Your whole house could get a boost with Rick’s Front Door. Rick says, “Through wind, rain, sleet, and heat we can still refinish your door on-site. We’ll install new hardware, if you have it, and we can make adjustments to your door as well. Our unbeatable refinishing process will turn your old door into a fine piece of furniture!” Want to knock mom’s socks off? Send her out for a spa day or take her to lunch and movie...while she gets a surprise at home. Rick’s team of experts will have her front door off its hinges, sanded, stained, sealed and re-hung (with a new weatherstrip, if needed), in just a few hours. Dad, you can try to take the credit, but Rick’s front door artisans do the kind of work that’s unmistakably professional! That’s why they’re members of the BBB, winners of the 2011 Angie’s List Super Service Award for Excellence, and offer one hundred percent total satisfaction! Are you ready for an offer you won’t want to refuse? Call Ricks Front Door. Rick says, “With a front door refinishing, we offer a discount coupon to have the weather-strip

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replaced from around your door frame. That’ll help keep the cool air in and the hot air (and critters) out this summer... and a refinished front door will give your house irresistible curb appeal! Whether you want one door redone or you’re planning on a block party, call Mrs. Terry and she’ll schedule you in a morning or afternoon slot. You’re only a phone call away from a really pretty door!” Rick’s Front Door Refinishing 713-427-2487

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Beautiful Branches, Strong Roots Becca Bragg


ecades of experience in marriage and in business together give Jimmy and Cammy Simpson strong roots in Fort Bend. Cammy says, “We’ve been married for thirty years and started Simpson’s Tree Service together twenty years ago. I’ve worked shoulder to shoulder in the field with Jimmy. When we started out, we were a young family with small kids. Now they’re twenty-four, twenty-two, and twenty years old... and we have a three-yearold grandbaby as well!”

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree at Simpson’s Tree Service. Cammy says, “We’re proud of the business we built together to support our kids Brandon, Nicholas, and Amanda. When they were growing up, taking care of trees was what they knew. Now they know everything about it...and both of our sons still work with us, while our daughter helps out in the office between college and her other job!” Over the years, Simpson’s Tree Service has branched out to trim trees all over the Houston area. If you’ve seen them at work, you can tell these guys really know what they’re doing! Cammy says, “Two of our team members have been cutting for us for fifteen years each, another three or four for eight to ten years each. They use safety equipment and ropes and harnesses to get up into the trees and rope the trimmed branches down to the guys on the ground. We’ve had people so impressed that they pull off the road to watch our guys at work...and then give us a call to schedule service!” Have you noticed Spring busting out all over? All those April

showers brought new growth to your trees. If long branches are close to your house or brushing your roof, you don’t have any time to waste! Summer storms are on their way and you’ll want to get those branches That’s my boy! trimmed before they damage your house or property...or let any critters into your attic! Cammy says, “Getting your trees properly trimmed and pruned also gives them a beautiful shape and also helps your lawn stay green and grow well. We’ve got the experience, the skill, and the insurance to handle all your tree trimming, cutting, and removal services. This is our family business...and we’re proud of the good work we do!” Simpson’s Tree Service For trimming, cutting, and removal services, call 281-980-0095

How Will You Account For Your Success? Astacia Stuart wning a business can be thrilling—a dream come true. You’re doing something you love every day; you’re no longer making the other guy rich while you toil away in obscurity. You get to make the decisions, buy the inventory, and do the hiring. You know


every single thing that goes on, from what time the delivery truck arrives, to how your business is meeting and exceeding its metrics for success … well, unless, of course, you don’t have any.

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John Trevathan, CPA, PLLC wants you to succeed. He knows with a certainty born of long experience that the only way you’re going to make it is if you have a thorough knowledge of what’s going on inside your business: where you might be hemorrhaging money, for instance, and how to staunch the flow. With remarkable insight and a tireless enthusiasm for business planning, Mr. Trevathan helps you map out your real and projected revenue growth, cash flow, units sold, customers served, and how these factors affect your budget. That way, you can actually see, taste, touch, and smell how you want your business to grow, and with Trevathan CPA on your side, you will not only have the tools, but the mastery of those tools, which will take you right to the top of your game. Because we humans, somewhere down the line, abandoned the abacus in favor of real-time, new age computer accounting, your business plan will be available to you on a website that allows you around the clock access. Your scanned documents are backed up daily and secured with state-of-the-art, Pentagon-worthy password encryption. They’re stored on a cloud server, which is a real blessing in the event of flood, fire, or natural disaster, so you can haul your old, gunmetal-gray file cabinets out to the curb once and for all. Whether you need tax preparation services, a business plan, or any other business service, Trevathan CPA is your one-stop, in-house, number-crunching dream team. Take your business into the next year with a plan for success with Trevathan CPA. Trevathan CPA, PLLC 281-207-1333 19901 Southwest Freeway

It’s Cool to Save Money

Sarah Warburton


hat can you do to make your air conditioner and your budget stretch through the summer? Since All Out A/C and Heating’s known around town as the “Full System Replacement Specialists,” we asked Bryan Bellamy why your seasonal maintenance matters so much. He says, “Skimping on maintenance seriously shortens the lifespan of your air conditioner! Chance Kamp and I developed a customized preventative maintenance program that addresses the issues we see most often in heating and air conditioning eliminate problems and save you money!” “It’s simple math!” says Bryan. “Doubling the life of the system is like getting two air conditioners and two furnaces for the price of one! Getting your system serviced also increases its efficiency...and that can save you enough money on your annual utility bills to cover the cost of the Comfort Membership! With an All Out Comfort Membership, you’ll get two inspections each year for one easy price...$159.00 per system. If your furnace or air conditioner needs repairs while you’re an ‘All Out Comfort Member,’ we’ll waive the service call and diagnostics fee. Not only that, but you’ll get priority service when setting your appointment...and we’ll give you a 10% discount off all services. You can sign up anytime on our website!” If years of neglect have taken a toll on your system, it’ll get its revenge on you this summer. Take action now with All Out A/C. Bryan says, “We specialize in upgrading systems to improve the efficiency and cooling power of your air conditioning. Whether your duct work isn’t laid out correctly, you’ve got an outdated system or one that’s too big or too small for your home,

As a Ruud Top Contractor, we’re also able to offer up to $1200 instant rebate or zero percent interest for 36 months on a new system. Call for your free in-home estimate on a system replacement.” we’ll give you a free in-home estimate for a replacement system. Every All Out customer enjoys a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee and expert, courteous, honest service. Bryan says, “We believe that making your home comfortable starts with a company that puts your comfort first. That’s why we go all out for you!” All Out A/C and Heating 281-238-9292 626 Highway 90A Richmond, TX 77406


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UpClose Magazine  

A fun lifestyle magazine for Sugar Land, Texas and surrounding areas.

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A fun lifestyle magazine for Sugar Land, Texas and surrounding areas.