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October 2013

Town Square

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ou don’t have to be old to remember a world without VCRs...or people living way out in the country without a landline. Now we’re entering an age where your television accesses the internet, you watch movies and answer email on your phone, and you need everything to work together. Richard Machemehl and Scott Crain, owners of Home Theater Evolutions, say “Over the years, we’ve seen some amazing changes in the world of electronics...and we’re here to tell you, the future is now!” Remember when you had to walk across the room to change the channel and if you missed a show, you were out of luck? With the Savant Home Automation system you’ll use your iPhone, laptop, or the iPad controller and immediately control the channels, volume, or the Apple TV from anywhere. Richard says, “The Savant system has an easy-to-navigate controller. We can set you up to review your movies, channels, ondemand, music, and other options. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg!” Back when Disney first opened “Tomorrowland,” a Litton microwave was 1,000 bucks and people cried “Oh my

God” (not OMG) , “it cooks in only a minute!” Think how much times and prices have changed! The same thing is happening with home automation systems. Scott says, “Richard and I like the Savant system because it’s well-designed, user-friendly, and well-priced. Now it’s easy to control the lights, every television in your home or office, your shades or blinds, your music system (including internet radio), and more. There’s even a shortcut feature that allows you to do several things at once, like turning or dimming multiple lights while setting your alarm. You can use the security cameras to monitor your home or business remotely, open or close a garage door, and arm or disarm the alarm. Technology should make your life easier...and Savant does just that. This system speaks to the future of how we live and work today!” Ready to take the leap into tomorrow? Richard says, “Our knowledgeable staff is always current on the latest technologies, and provides affordable solutions to take full advantage of the technologies of today, while providing easy integration into the technologies of tomorrow.”

Take a peek into the locker room of the Rockets, and you’ll get an eyeful...of new age electronics! The entire out-ofthis-world experience was designed and installed by Home Theater Evolutions and uses the Savant Home Automation system. While the players are working out, they can change the music or adjust the volume of the JBL speakers with a touch of an iPhone. State-of-the-art theater chairs give them a well-deserved chance to kick back. iPads control everything, including a touch screen wall display of 9 televisions arranged like tile. Do you want to experience a Rockets game (or Texans, Astros or Dynamo...or even Nascar) like an all-star? Don’t worry about the tickets or the crowds. A comfortable, well-designed home theater makes every game a “home” game. Home Theater Evolutions will get you in the zone!

Home Theater Evolutions 281-980-2300 3157 Highway 6 at Williams Trace www.htevo.com


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The Latest

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by Sarah Warburton

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beautiful kitchen is the welcoming heart of a home. If you’ve been wondering how to choose counters, flooring and tiles that really express your style, All About Carpet and Floors is your one-stop-shop for thoughtful advice, quality products, and expert installation. They’ve been in business for over twenty years of kitchen styles...so we asked them to share the latest trends with us. Choosing a kitchen floor used to be as simple as deciding between tile and linoleum...but today those two choices are just the tip of the iceberg! Renee says, “The flooring in today’s kitchens might be brick, cork, concrete, or wood. In fact, we’re seeing lots of homeowners who love wood for its warm, traditional look and its seamless

flow for open floor plans. More than just oak or pine, we also love maple, cherry, Brazilian cherry and hickory. Today’s wood flooring is well-engineered and treated to be durable, easy-to-clean, and beautiful.” “Granite is one of our favorites for countertops,” says Renee. “Plenty of people go for the luminous, polished ‘granite look,’ but it’s actually granite’s heat-resistance and extreme durability that make it such a great choice for the kitchen. Real granite is still absolutely the best choice for kitchens...and people are often surprised to find it’s more affordable than they thought it would be. Soapstone is a smooth, matte natural stone that comes in a hues ranging from soft grey to charcoal. It isn’t affected by acids, so spilled coffee or orange juice won’t leave a

stain, and it is heat resistant. And Silestone Quartz countertops are not only beautiful... but they’re the only brand that contains a formula developed by Cosentino that uses the latest generation silver ions to prevent bacterial growth.” “At All About Carpet, we love the design possibilities of tile,” says Shaun. “The use of stone mosaics is a growing trend among today’s kitchen tile ideas, especially because mosaic tiles immediately draw the eye and enhance the entire design of your kitchen. You can have them installed over every wall of the kitchen or in a few specific areas like over the stove or around the sink. And floor tiles can vary from wood looks made from porcelain to clean looking cement or colorful stone looks. A popular trend today is the use of larger rectangular tiles on the floor. If you want to make a statement with tiles, we can custom-create a design for you, use brightly colored tiles to outline a window or accent a nook, or create a beautiful backsplash.” “We’ll design and install kitchens, bathrooms, and flooring in any room of your house,” say Renee, Shaun, and Steven McKelvey and Damian. “All About Carpet and Flooring is your one-stop-shop for tile, hardwood, laminate, countertops, and all the things that come together to make your house into a home. We promise personal attention, design advice, an easy-to-understand quote, and installation you can trust!” All About Carpet and Floors 281-265-3700 3145 Highway 6 South (next to Shipley’s) www.allaboutcarpet.com

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A Board Certified Vascular Surgeon Dr. Ulises Baltazar treats all types of vein disease

expert advice

HEALTHY VEINS Varicose Vein Treatment Changes Lives!

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ifteen years ago, I had vein stripping surgery done on a varicose vein. It was large and ugly, started at my thigh, was really bad on my knee and worked its way down my leg,” says Houston resident, Kathleen Kruger. “The procedure was extremely painful, leaving me bedridden for a couple of days and unable to exercise at all for six weeks. And much to my dismay, the vein came back!” Though she wasn’t in physical pain, the vein was painfully unattractive for Kathleen. “I started to wear pants all the time,” says Kathleen. “Dresses and shorts were no longer part of my wardrobe.” But when Kathleen’s General Practitioner saw the vein, he thought it was much more than a cosmetic problem...and thought it needed treatment. This time Kathleen did her homework. “I know there are no guarantees, but I wanted something less invasive, less painful, and more likely to not fail. And I was looking for the procedure to be covered by insurance.” Kathleen’s case landed in the skilled hands of vascular surgeon, Dr. Ulises Baltazar, 4 ~ UPCLOSE ~ October 2013

MD. “Dr. Baltazar was great,” says Kathleen. “He was very straightforward and honest about what he could do, and took time to make sure I understood the problem and all my options.”

I literally took a walk down my street that same afternoon. There was no pain, just a mild twinge here and there reminding me that something had been done to my leg.

working properly, insurance covered the procedure!” Post procedure, Kathleen was shocked by how great she felt. “Unlike the first time I had the vein treated, this time was so easy! I literally took a walk down my street that same afternoon. There was no pain, just a mild twinge here and there reminding me that something had been done to my leg. And I was completely back to normal in a couple of days. The vein is now 90% smaller than it was when I stepped into Dr. Baltazar’s office. If I had known how easy it could be, I would have gotten the treatment done years ago!” Board-certified in Vascular Surgery with a reputation that is second to none, Dr. Baltazar has been treating diseases of the arteries and veins for more than a decade. “I would absolutely and without reservation recommend Dr. Baltazar to anyone,” says Kathleen, “He is wonderful!”

“Treating varicose veins has become less-invasive and much easier for patients,” says Dr. Baltazar. “Kathleen’s doctor was right to recommend repeat treatment on the vein. What may seem like a cosmetic problem is actually a vascular health problem. When the valves in your veins are unhealthy, blood can then flow backward and pool inside the vein, and then it swells... leading to venous diseases like spider veins, varicose veins and venous stasis ulcers. The condition can become extremely uncomUlises Baltazar MD, RVT, FACS fortable, painful and potenSugar Land Vein Specialists tially dangerous if not treated 281-240-8400 by someone who understands 16605 Southwest Freeway Ste 505 (in the Methodist Professional Building 3) the problem. And since we www.slveins.com could prove the vein was not


Body News

A Real Story

Finding the Right One LETICIA’S STORY

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ince she works as a hairdresser, Leticia sees women of all shapes and sizes. She says, “I really wanted to get a tummy tuck, so I started talking to my clients who’d had one. I knew I wanted a slim, curvy look, not a boxy one, but I never saw a tummy tuck that made me want to go through the procedure! I kept waiting to see ‘the right one’...and then my husband’s cousin went to Dr. Ahmadi of Avante Plastic Surgery for a Lipotuck™. I knew her before the procedure, I saw her go through the recovery process, and I thought she looked so slim and beautiful afterwards. Finally, a procedure and a doctor I really liked!” “I recommended Dr. Ahmadi to several of my clients. Two of them got Lipotuck™ with him...and they were so happy. I knew he was the doctor I’d been trying so hard to find. Going through the initial consultation with Dr. Ahmadi filled me with confidence. I had gone through consultations with other doctors who dismissed my concerns and told me how easy everything would be. That just made me nervous. Dr. Ahmadi

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answered all my questions directly and told me the real story. He treats his patients with respect and understanding. Knowing he was telling me the truth made all the difference. If you can’t even trust a doctor during the initial consultation, how can you trust him to do the surgery? Dr. Ahmadi is so honest and caring...I knew he had my best interests and my health at heart.” Experience makes all the difference and Dr. Ahmadi has done hundreds of Lipotuck™ procedures...a procedure he himself perfected. He believes in educating each patient and answering questions ahead of time. Dr. Ahmadi says, “I don’t get midnight phone calls from panicked patients, because I’ve already addressed their concerns. When patients know what to expect, they can better visualize their outcomes...and then we all sleep better at night!” Being prepared gave Leticia confidence. She says, “My husband’s cousin had a straightforward recovery...and so did I. Since then I’ve sent so many people to Dr. Ahmadi. I tell them, ‘Just meet with him for a consultation and you’ll see the kind of doctor he truly is.’ Now I have the body I always wanted to have...thanks to Dr. Ahmadi and his Lipotuck™!” If you want the best body, you need the best doctor. Dr. Ahmadi is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties to provide all aspects of cosmetic surgery. He says, “We’ll do an evaluation, discuss your options, and get you all the information you need. My signature procedure, the Lipotuck™, delivers the combined benefits of both a tummy tuck and liposuction for a curvy, natural silhouette you’ll love!

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

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During the months of September and October, Braman Winery will make a donation to local cancer groups for every bottle of Fringe Benefits White Merlot sold. Dinner with Michael Berry before the Concert Tasting Room & Boutique 3333 FM 359 Richmond, TX 281.762.1375 Tues - Thurs: 2pm - 9pm Fri & Sat: Noon - Midnight Sun: Noon - 5 pm

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“There are few restrictions on your life with asthma, as long as you take care of yourself.”

~Jackie Joyner-Kersee

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id you know? In the United States, asthma affects almost 25 million Americans, sending over a million people to the emergency room and resulting in almost half a million hospitalizations and over three thousand asthma-related deaths. As a pulmonologist, board-certified in Pulmonary Medicine, Sleep Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine, Dr. J. Georges Youssef treats any diseases or conditions that might keep your body from accessing the air you need for a healthy life. “Some patients find their asthma is well controlled with medication,” he says, “but other patients need even more help. If you’ve been living with persistent asthma which isn’t well controlled by your inhaled corticosteroids or long-acting beta-agonists, there’s another option. Bronchial Thermoplasty is a FDAapproved, drug-free procedure that can reduce the frequency of asthma attacks...and get you

back to your life.” Wheezing, gasping, panic, and anxiety come with an asthma attack. Dr. Youssef says, “The underlying cause of severe asthma is an excess of smooth muscle tissue lining the airways. During an asthma attack, this muscle constricts the airways, making breathing difficult...and that’s a terrifying feeling. Bronchial Thermoplasty reduces the amount of excess muscle and helps minimize the narrowing of your airways during an asthma attack. If you are over eighteen, already on asthma medication, and are still missing work or school or ending up in the emergency room or hospital due to severe allergy attacks, Bronchial Thermoplasty can dramatically improve your quality of life.” “The treatment consists of three procedures performed over a nine week period. Most patients are released from the hospital the same day of the procedure. With the Bronchial Thermoplasty treatment, controlled thermal energy is applied to the smooth muscle in the airways. This thermal energy reduces excessive airway smooth muscle, so

you can breathe more easily. Each treatment session lasts about an hour and we’ll monitor you for the next two to four hours. The most common side effect is a temporary worsening of asthma symptoms. After the final treatment, we expect your asthma medications to be sufficient to control your asthma...so you can enjoy your normal activities without fear!” Asthma doesn’t have a cure, but it can be controlled! Dr. Youssef says, “In a clinical trial, almost 79% of patients treated with BT reported significant improvements in their asthma-related quality of life—including a reduction in asthma attacks, ER visits and hospitalizations for respiratory symptoms, and fewer days lost from work, school, and other daily activities due to asthma. I want all my patients to enjoy living their lives...without worrying about every single breath they take!” J. Georges Youssef, M.D. 713-781-4600 1429 Hwy. 6 South, Ste 303 Sugar Land, TX 77478

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GRAND WINDOWS interiors did my DREAM ROOM!

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Sarah Warburton

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hether you have a little princess or a soccer star, children’s rooms have their own design challenges. Caron and Candelario Lopez, owners of Grand Windows and Interiors, say, “Creating rooms that reflect your child’s personality motivate a child to follow their dreams, hobbies, and sports...and we’ll show you that safety, learning, and style really can go hand-in-hand.” Caron was a science teacher and studied Museum Science Design in college...so she can come up with some very inspiring children’s rooms! Caron says “Even with my own children’s rooms, I wish I changed them more often - they grow up so fast!” Daughter Allyson, now 16, jazz musician and aspiring architect, is busy creating her new room with Caron, integrating lots of textures, metallics and color. For a child’s room, window treatments should have no loose or looped pull cords and wands should be out of your child’s reach. Caron says, “You don’t have to choose between style and safety. Hunter Douglas offers cordless manual and motorized operating systems, retractable lift cords for enhanced child and pet safety and easy operation. These systems are safer, and look more sleek and streamlined. In our spacious showroom, you can choose from the latest colors and styles in blinds, shades, shutters, and more with complete peace of mind.”

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Your kids are full of energy, fun, and imagination...and their bedrooms should be, too! Caron says, “We can go with wild, vibrant colors, or keep it simple and classic. There are all kinds of options from chalkboard paint to magnetic wall coverings, ways to rethink study and sleep space, and things we can do to make a child’s room user-friendly and full of memories-in-the-making.” In addition to being the Leading Draper in our area, Grand Windows and Interiors can also create bedding or cushions to tie the look together. Caron and Joni team up to give expert advice for a change of color on the walls, hand painted murals and faux painting, and reupholster or even customcreate furniture and headboards. Caron says, “Whether you have an infant, a toddler, a tween or a teen, we want their room to express their personality. We’ll listen to you, offer our suggestions, and create a safe and stylish room. Stop by our showroom or call for a free consultation, and we’ll explore the possibilities!” Grand Windows and Interiors 281-342-9160 1405 Avenue I Rosenberg, TX 77471 grandwindows101@yahoo.com www.GrandWindows.com

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Next Stop...St. Michael’s! Caring for the Community

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he families of Fort Bend turn to St. Michael’s Emergency Room in times of trouble, but St. Michael’s also goes out into the community to make a positive difference. Co-founded by brothers Brian and Shannon Orsak, St. Michael’s offers all the amenities of a traditional ER and VIP treatment for every patient! You don’t need a special card or a secret password. All St. Michael’s patients enjoy a luxurious waiting room... even though there’s usually little to no wait at all! Extra thoughtful touches include designated pediatric waiting rooms, an on-site radiology department and an on-site lab… so you don’t have to wait for your diagnosis and confirmation. Throughout your visit you’ll enjoy quality treatment and services from board-certified emergency physicians and specialty-trained nurses. Not only will you see those friendly faces at St. Michael’s...you’ll see them around town, too! Why do you see St. Michael’s in so many

places? Dr. Shannon Orsak says, “We live and work in this community. Our kids go to school and play sports with your kids. You’re more than our patients, you are our friends and neighbors. We believe in getting out into the world and working for a healthier future, because together we can make a difference!”

St. Michael’s is the first and only free-standing emergency room in Fort Bend and the surrounding Houston area in-network with Aetna. We currently accept more than 200 insurance plans, including Cigna, Blue Cross, United & Humana. St. Michael’s Emergency Rooms does not currently participate in any Medicare or Medicaid programs.

St. Michael’s Emergency Rooms 16062 SW Freeway (at Hwy 6) Sugar Land, TX 77479 281-980-HELP

9000 Westheimer Houston, TX 77063 713-343-0911

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26226 I 45 N. Spring, TX 77386 281-419-2911

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by Sarah Warburton

Forever and a Day!

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ow long do you want your car to be protected? Not just for a couple weeks or a couple months or even a couple of years...but as long as you want to drive it! Classic Chevrolet Preowned Sales Managers Stuart McMillan and Emmett Waldron say, “That’s why Don Kerstetter came up with the ‘Drive Forever’ program. We want to protect our customers as long as you’re driving a Classic Chevy pre-owned car.” Now, there was already a safety certification program for used-cars in place through GM. Stuart says, “We take the

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safety and quality of our pre-owned cars very seriously. We certify all the vehicles we can but each and every one of the vehicles we sell goes through our comprehensive inspection process. GM certified vehicles meet strict eligibility requirements, receive a comprehensive inspection, undergo a reconditioning process and come with a warranty…but Don thought we could offer our customers even more with the Classic Drive Forever Program.” Never satisfied with “good enough,” the team at Classic Chevy was determined to offer “the best”...and the “Classic Drive Forever” program was born. Emmett says, “Under this program when you buy a pre-owned car from Classic, we cover the engine and transmission for as long as you drive it. Almost every car on our lot qualifies for either our GM certified warranty or the Classic Drive Forever program. Don believes in taking care of people, making a positive impression, correcting mistakes as soon as they happen, and keeping the focus

on Classic culture, where it’s all about the customer. ‘Drive Forever’ isn’t a GM program...it’s a Classic program!” You’ve always been able to shop worryfree at Classic Chevy. Well-lighted driveways, open, inviting buildings, and lowpressure, friendly service inspire confidence. Emmett says, “Everyone on our sales team is knowledgeable, down-toearth, and a real character. Not only that, but we’re empowered to handle your whole transaction from start to finish …without any running back and forth to some hidden room. We have competitive financing available, and we’re here to help you find exactly what you’re looking for!” Now you can drive worry-free with the lifetime limited powertrain warranty from Classic Chevy. Don says,

“Drive Forever covers the engine and transmission on each of our eligible, thoroughly inspected pre-owned vehicles forever. Coverage begins immediately and runs as long as you own the vehicle. When we run our cars through rigorous inspections and provide warranty programs...it’s because we’re thinking of the families who’ll be driving them. Whether you use your car for grocery shopping, getting to work, driving to school, or crosscountry trips, we want you to drive with confidence….that’s the Classic difference!” Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land 281-491-9000 13115 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, TX 77478 www.classicchevysugarland.com

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F CUS Do You Know Your Rights?

“The Constitution only guarantees the right to pursue happiness––you have to catch it yourself.” Benjamin Franklin Sarah Warburton

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ot only do you have the right to pursue a happy, pain-free life, you also have the right to seek help from the pharmacy of your choice. That’s right...you are the only one who can decide where you will get the medication prescribed by your doctor. Local pharmacist Dr. Lance Campbell, Pharm.D, R.Ph says, “At Campbell’s Compounding Pharmacy we accept major prescription and insurance plans for commercially available medications and specially compounded medications. Working closely with our patients means we can deliver the personal service that’s crucial for your health!” Your pharmacy should be the last line of defense in protecting your health. Dr. Campbell says, “A mail-order pharmacy in another state won’t keep an eye on you and your family for signs of over or under medication. If we see any red flags, we’ll contact your doctor. If you’re using a pain-relieving cream and it begins to irritate your skin, you can talk to us at Campbell’s and we’ll change

the formulation. We can compound your help you!” Patients love the family-friendly, invitmedication with muscle relaxants, pain relief, or anti-inflammatories in the perfect com- ing atmosphere and personal attention of bination. You deserve face-to-face contact Campbell’s Compounding Pharmacy. If with a pharmacist who’ll look you in the eye, you’re struggling with pain management, give you a smile, and answer all your ques- Dr. Campbell wants you to know he’s here tions. Just remember...it’s your legal right to to help. He says, “For five years I provided hospice care, and that experience gave me choose your pharmacy!” Having a team that includes a local phar- a tender heart for those who are suffering macist ensures you’ll get the very best medi- from debilitating pain. I know patients are cal care. Dr. Campbell says, “Working with often concerned about addiction or drowsiyour primary care doctor, orthopedist, or ness from pain pills. We can compound other specialist, we can tailor your medicine creams that deliver pain relief to the specific to your specific pain...whether it’s nerve area where you need it most...without naupain, inflammation, throbbing, or chronic sea, mental impairment, or social stigma.” pain. These pain-relief creams are almost one hundred percent covered by insurance. We also offer auto-refills and Campbell’s Compounding Pharmacy free shipping, but we welcome 281-980-2555 you to stop by, get to know us, “If our staff can’t make it…then you and talk to us about your conprobably don’t need it!” cerns. We don’t want you to be 4760 Sweetwater Blvd. Suite 103 worried or confused about your www.campbellscompounding.com medicine...because it’s designed to

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Discipline, Beauty, Character, Strength…and Thrills!

Michael Bleyzer, supporter

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an you picture yourself as a gymnast? One day Michael Bleyzer, engineer, quantum physicist, former executive at Exxon and Ernst and Young, and Founder, President, and CEO of the private-equity fund, SigmaBleyzer looked at his workout routine of cardio and weightlifting and thought... why not gymnastics? “I discovered gymnastics later in life,” says Michael Bleyzer, “and I love the incredible sense of control it gives me over my body and my emotions. I do wish I had started as a young child in Ukraine. Whether kids go on to compete or not, they develop discipline, character, and focus doing gymnastics. I myself went from being unable to touch my toes to doing a backflip. Gymnastics is such a beautiful, functional sport for people of all ages...there’s nothing like it!” World-class gymnasts will compete here in Houston on January 31-February

2nd at Reliant Arena at the 20th Annual Houston National Invitational (HNI). You’ll see elite and junior gymnasts in Men’s, Women’s, Tumbling and Trampoline from all across the United States and countries like China, Russia, Japan, Israel, Ukraine, Mexico, and Brazil... all competing at HNI. US Olympic and World team members Jonathan Horton and Chris Brooks have committed to compete in HNI 2014! Come see them in person Friday, January 31 and Saturday, February 1. Hosted by the Houston Gymnastics Center of the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, the HNI is a premier national gymnastics competition featuring over 3000 of the world’s top athletes. Putting on an astonishing event like HNI takes ample support from the community from sponsors including SigmaBleyzer, the Methodist Center for Sports Medicine, BFL Associates, LTD, Basel’s All-Star Gymnastics and Cheer, The Evelyn Rubenstein JCC, USA Gymnastics, and the Houston Gymnastics

Ready to reach for the stars or help others soar?

Tim Erwin, Gymnastics Director at the The Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, says, “We’re still looking for additional sponsors...and we’d like to invite you to the 2nd Annual HNI Dinner on Saturday, November 9th at 4pm. Meet Michael Bleyzer in person and ask him what it’s like to take up gymnastics after the age of 50. Tickets are two for $300 or four for $550 and are a tax-deductible donation to benefit the Houston National Invitational. To purchase tickets to the dinner, visit www.hnimeet.org. For more information, please contact Leslie Holmes at lholmes@erjcchouston.org or 713-7293200 ext. 3250.”

Center. Their generosity allows HNI to offer cash prizes and award trophies to attract the top talent in the field. Nearly $40,000 in cash awards go directly back to athletes and their programs!

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Speak to Me.Hablemos.Parlons.Parunasim

Sarah Warburton n 2011 Fort Bend was ranked the fourth most racially-diverse county in the United States by USA Today. If you’re one of the hundreds of bilingual families here, you may have some questions for Jason and Dana Johnson, owners of Speech Therapy Unlimited. Dana says, “October is “Celebrating the Bilingual Child Month” and we talk to plenty of parents who aren’t sure how they’ll know if their bilingual children have speech or language issues. We hear plenty of myths and misinformation….but we’re here to give you answers and all the help you need!” What’s the number one question Dana and Jason hear? Is my bilingual child more likely to develop a speech disorder? “Nope,” says Jason. “According to the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA), bilingual children should generally hit language milestones at a rate that is on target for their age level. They may switch back and forth between languages in the same sentence or use the grammar of one language when speaking in another, but that’s normal. The most important thing for parents and other adults to do is to model correct speech in whichever language you are speaking with your child.” How do you know if your bilingual child does have a speech problem? Dana says, “If your child

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does not reach language milestones, that’s a good time for an evaluation. Some children raised bilingual do take a little longer to start talking, but it’s not a general rule. Two and three-year-old children who have a very limited vocabulary in either language and don’t combine words into phrases and sentences should also

be evaluated. If a child cannot be understood at school, then come in for an evaluation.” Raising a bilingual child is a family effort. Dana says, “We also offer accent modification for adults. Jason and I have assembled an outstanding team of speech therapists, so we can find the perfect fit for you and your family. If you have any concerns or need any help...come and speak to us!”

Speech Therapy Unlimited, PLLC - most major insurance accepted No Headaches, No Unreasonable Terms, Just Great Speech Therapists! 281-746-3053 12808 West Airport Blvd. Ste 332 Sugar Land, TX 77498 www.speechtherapyunlimited.com

“Now THAT’S a pretty door!” 2014 ALL ACADEMY CHAMPIONSHIPS FEATURING ARMY, NAVY AND AIR FORCE | HOSTED BY HNI

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hat do you look for in a plumber? Someone who knows what they are doing and offers a fair price! Knowing that you can count on a company to get the job done right the first time generates peace of mind. Alan Burkhalter and his team at Alan’s Plumbing, know how you feel...and they know plumbing! After all, they’ve dedicated the last seventeen years to becoming Fort Bend’s local plumbing experts! Becoming an expert takes time, practice, and a solid reputation. The company is family owned and operated. You’ll be helped by Alan, his brother Brian, his oldest sons Beau, Jake and Luke, or fellow team member Zach. Knowing that your call for help is being answered by an experienced team that has been solving Fort Bend’s plumbing problems for years should be enough to ease your mind. The guys at Alan’s plumbing carry their knowledge, integrity, and down-home good Texas manners with them on every job. If you’ve got a plumbing problem, pick up the phone and call your neighbors at Alan’s Plumbing. Alan’s mom or his wife Jennifer will talk you through stemming the tide and will schedule your appointment. Not only that, but they’ll answer your questions and give you confidence. Having a plumber you can trust really takes the stress out of busted

pipes, leaks, drips, and clogs! Alan’s Plumbing has seen it all and will help you fix your problem with no hassle.Their team will assist you over the phone and ensure expertise on the job the day of… and for years to come! Don’t Be Fooled: Getting the Right Price Alan’s Plumbing offers fair prices because they have lower overhead and they pass those savings to you! Big corporate companies may try to lure you in with coupons or fancy promises...but the final price is often still twice as expensive as you might have paid elsewhere. If a big company shows you their “Price Book,” you should know that it only shows the prices that company charges, not a universally charged fair price. Some of those other companies even feature random happy families in their ads to make you think they’re a family-owned business. Take a good look at the photo for Alan’s Plumbing...because those are the faces you’ll see when they show up to fix your plumbing problems!

Alan’s Plumbing • 281-261-1064 • alans-plumbing.com

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Sarah Warburton asty storms and strong winds do more than knock out your electricity, they can knock your roof out, too! Get a free roof assessment by Ameristar so you’re not caught by surprise when the next wind storm blows through town. Owner Ruben Stafford says, “We recommend regular roof inspections, so wear and tear today doesn’t become major damage tomorrow. The worst way to find out you’ve got problems is when a storm bashes a hole in your roof.”

Ruben says, “I’ve always believed in giving people our honest opinion. If your roof doesn’t need any work done, we’d love to be the first to tell you. From gentle breezes to major gusts, wind takes a toll on your roof over time. Once nails are loosened, even a moderate wind can do some damage…and violent winds and debris are a bigger risk. Call up the professionals at Ameristar and let them take a look. Ruben says, “I’ve always believed in giving people our honest opinion. If your roof

Hurricanes & Tropical Storm doesn’t need any work done, we’d love watch is to be the first to tell you. We handle repairs and re-roofing and we’re proud June through to offer you references and have you check our credentials. Our work—and November our customers—speak for themselves!” If big, bad wind huffs and puffs and blows your roof in, then you have to deal with the drama of the insurance company. Ruben says, “Several members of our staff were insurance adjusters in former lives…so we’ve seen both sides of the fence. Ameristar has helped with literally thousands of homeowner’s insurance claims…it’s part of our job. We’ll make the calls, get approval and a quote, warranty our work…and we stand behind our workmanship!” Everyone—the management, sales team, and installers—at Ameristar has passed the CertainTeed Quality Master Exam and the Master Shingle Applicator Exam. Since Ameristar’s earned the elite certification of “Shingle Master Company,” (something only one percent of roofers nationwide can say), they can offer CertainTeed’s 3 Star, 4 Star, and 5 Star Extended Warranties—the gold standard in shingle protection. Ameristar customers get the best products with the

highest available warranty…and stellar service every time! Don’t rely on a roofer that’ll leave you blowin’ in the wind. Ameristar stands by their customers and they stand behind their work. As Ruben always says, “We stake our reputation on your recommendation!” Ameristar Roofing 1006 F.M. 359 Richmond Texas 281-410-5995 www.ameristarroofing.com

ROOF REPAIR & REPLACEMENT Quality Workmanship You Can Trust

Houston is known for its sudden storms that bring high winds, drenching rain, hail and even an occasional tornado. All these can cause serious damage to your roof. Let Ameristar Roofing assist you with your claim; we can help take the headache out of dealing with insurance adjusters. • Free Roof Inspection & Estimates • Roof Insurance Claim Recovery • Roof Warranty Coverage • Certified Installers/Bonded & Insured • Roof Hail Damage • Leaky Roofs • Roof Restoration • Re-Roofing

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Report Cards and Progress Reports… Not What You Expected?

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Betsy de Vega ~ 281-682-4573 Kn.I.L.E Center, LLC EduCoachNow Kn.I.L.E. Prep Academy 245 Gonyo Lane Richmond, TX 77479 www.knilecenter.com

he start of the school year can be chaotic,” says Betsy de Vega, Learning Specialist and founder of the Kn.I.L.E. Center, “and many parents don’t realize there is an issue until that first progress report or report card comes home. When simply ‘studying harder’ doesn’t solve the problem, it’s time for EduCoachNow––our tutoring program here at Kn.I.L.E. Center.” EduCoachNow parent Angela says, “At this time last year, my son Jackson was in Kindergarten and struggling. He only recognized six letters. Teachers thought he might have Dyslexia; experts thought maybe he had some “visual connect” issues. After attending a free workshop at Kn.I.L.E. Center, I enrolled Jackson in the EduCoachNow program. By the end of the school year, he was reading on grade level. I truly believe the tutoring method and techniques make the difference… and Jackson is overcoming whatever was holding him back. So far first grade is going great!” Betsy says, “Unlike traditional tutoring, at

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EduCoachNow we really focus on strengthening cognitive skills--the critical skills for learning. Once Jackson had a more solid foundation cognitively, the reading skills were easier to teach!” This month Kn.I.L.E. Center is hosting another free-of-charge workshop for parents. Break out sessions with topics including the importance of cognitive skills, Dyslexia, and how nutrition affects attention will be conducted by experts in each area. Call today for information and reservations...space is limited! This month Kn.I.L.E. Center is hosting a FREE workshop for parents. The workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 23rd from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. The topics include the importance of cognitive skills, Dyslexia and its effects, and how nutrition affects attention. These topics will be discussed by experts in each area. We had a full house last year, so don’t wait too long to reserve your spot. Call today for information and reservations...space is limited! “If the school year isn’t going the way you expected, I encourage you to attend our workshop or give me a call for more information. My goal is for every child to be successful!”

Keeping Your Countertops Current

Sarah Warburton our countertops make the biggest impact on the overall look of your kitchen. Maybe it’s time to ask yourself, “What do my countertops say about me?” After all, today’s trendy is tomorrow’s ugly and what looked like a magazine spread in 1988 makes you a little sick to your stomach in 2013. Jonee and Paul Barnett of Miracle Method Surface Refinishing say, “Getting gorgeous countertops takes only a day or two with our little miracle.We’re happy to say that the Miracle Method transforms tile, cultured marble, Corian®, Formica®, Wilsonart® and other laminate countertops…without ripping them out!” One local woman had been living with old white formica countertops. Miracle Method updated the look of her entire kitchen by giving those countertops rounded edges and the look of beige stone...thanks to Miracle Method’s Natural Accents™ finish. Natural Accents™ delivers the multi-colored appearance and texture of stone at a fraction of the cost. Paul says, “We can apply it to countertops and tiles for a seamless, non-porous, heat-resistant and scratch-resistant surface. Now our new Quartz Highlights finish can be applied after the

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Natural Accents™ for the additional sparkle and depth of real stone. You can see the difference it makes in the “before and after” photos on our website!” After two decades of living with her “fake butcher block” countertops, another woman was ready for a change. Imagine her shock when she saw the sample countertop Jonee brought out. Half of it had been refinished using the Miracle Method... but the “before” was exactly the same as her actual countertops! In a single day the Miracle Method team transformed her old countertops using Natural Accents™ in the color “Landslide” with black, gray and white to pick up the floors and the black and white appliances. Her kitchen dropped twenty years in less than twenty hours! Even if you still love the color of your counters, they may be showing their age in other ways. Imagine the place where you dropped a mug and left a chip or crack–gone! The discoloration from a hot pan or a water ring on your counter–vanished! The Miracle Method doesn’t just change the look of your surface...it extends the life of your counters by ten to fifteen years. That’s an easy, effective miracle! Jonee says, “Paul and I live with Miracle Method in our home, so we really know the product inside and out. Call us for your free estimate, give us just a few days and we’ll give you a beautiful kitchen or bathroom that looks like new!”

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Miracle Method Surface Refinishing 281-240-2284 603 Murphy Road (by appointment only), Stafford, TX www.miraclemethod.com/houstonsw


Going the Extra Smile Sarah Warburton

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o you have a Hollywood Smile or are you rockin’ Fifty Shades of Grey? Stained, discolored teeth add years to your face. Luckily, it’s an easy fix with a little professional help. Dr. Thomas Lomonte says, “Sometimes patients think their choices are to live with discolored teeth or get teeth so white they’d glow in the dark. Actually, a shade charts lets us choose the most naturally appealing shade for you. A change of just two or three shades makes a real difference. Whitening can lighten your smile nine or more shades, but most people achieve the look they want with a change of just two to seven shades. I recommend in-office Colgate Visible White to remove both surface and embedded stains from teeth...for a smile that’s several shades lighter in a single treatment!” If you want a dentist who’ll go the extra smile for you, Dr. Lomonte’s your

man. His office will work with your budget, your schedule and your insurance to achieve your goals. Whether you choose whitening, the affordable and effective Snap-On Smile, veneers or implants, his office is your one-stopshop for smile solutions. Dr. Lomonte says, “We believe in really getting to know our patients, taking our time to explain all the options, and helping your maximize your benefits so you get the best results for the best price.” Speaking of benefits, you paid for those insurance benefits, but did you use them? If you don’t use ‘em by December 31st, 2013, you’ll lose ‘em and there is no guarantee what next year’s benefits will be. Dr. Lomonte says, “Most insurance plans allow two free cleanings per year for your dental health. If you haven’t used your benefits or you need dental work, call now, before the busy holiday season

Movin’ On Up!

on a path toward a lifetime of beautiful, healthy

smiles starts. We’ll work with your insurance to make sure you get the beautiful, healthy smile you deserve!”.

Thomas M. Lomonte, D.D.S.

“Come in as a patient, leave as a friend.” 12122 Murphy Rd. Stafford, TX 77477 (281) 530-1440 www.drthomaslomonte.com

Houston’s only authorized Yamaha dealer is proud to announce

their expansion to a beautiful new showroom near West University Place! The building has been owned by many different music stores in the past. Holcombe-Lindquist owned the place from the early years in the 70’s and 80’s, until Brook Mays Pianos bought it and took over. Now a Fort Bend local will occupy the decades-old space! Rick Cochran, owner of Fort Bend Music Center in Stafford, says, “We’re thrilled to announce the opening of our new showroom. Fort Bend Music Center is now the only authorized Yamaha Piano Dealer in the Houston area, as well as the only certified Kawai and Shigeru dealer. So come in and see us for help with purchasing, repairs, or any of your piano nee ds!” Next time you drive in to Houston, keep your eyes peeled for the giant piano 110 feet up in the air… you won’t be able to miss it! Fort Bend Music Center has pianos for every home and budget––new, used, rebuilt, digital, even player pianos in a wide range of brands. Whether you want an electric piano you can unplug and slip under the sofa to save space or a baby grand to make your foyer spectacular, they’ve got the piano for you! 281-494-5885 12919 SW Freeway, Ste 160 Stafford, TX 77477

832-500-4320 3133 SW Freeway Houston, TX 77098

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Three is the Magic Number

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ave you tried one thing after another to lose weight? Then you’ve probably learned that crash diets and workout fads won’t do the trick. For lasting weight-loss––even before the holidays start––you need expert advice and medically proven options. Dr. Jeffery Alford of Sugar Land Wellness and Weight Loss offers three simple solutions to help you kick those pounds before the holidays! He says, “I have solutions for people willing to lose hardcore weight, busy people who want to drop some pounds without thinking too much about it, and people looking to target specific areas. You can choose just one, two, or all three solutions...with all the support and encouragement you need. If you start now, there’s still time to lose weight before the holidays!” If you’re ready to get serious about weight loss, you could see some big changes even before Thanksgiving. Dr. Alford says, “NeuroAssist takes effort, but the effectiveness is very high. NeuroAssist was developed by physicians at the University of Minnesota, and works with your brain chemistry to suppress appetite. By raising the levels of you neurotransmitters, we adjust your appetite without any unpleasant side effects. Essentially, you’ll be able to follow a strict diet and exercise plan...without feeling hungry, cranky, or stressed out!” Too busy to worry about weight loss? You can still see results! Dr. Alford says, “I offer Optifast and Medifast to give busy patients on-the-go simple, effective solutions.” These full and partial meal replacements are pre-packaged, portable, and designed to meet your nutritional needs while helping you lose up to 2 to 5 lbs a week. They are the perfect choice for those living a “grab-and-go” life! If diet and exercise alone aren’t getting rid of stubborn fat deposits, a sleek silhouette and tight tummy are still within your reach. As featured on “The Doctors” and examined by Dr. Oz, FDAapproved i-Lipo offers a safe and painless way to smooth cellulite, target specific areas like the upper arms, abdomen, chin or thighs, contour your body and fight fat. Dr. Alford says, “The non-invasive i-Lipo laser shrinks fat cells immediately without damaging skin or surrounding tissue. I-Lipo uses a cold, low level laser to melt fat so your body can remove it easily and naturally. After each 30 minute i-Lipo session I’ll ask you to do 30 minutes to an hour of vigorous exercise to help your body metabolize the fat. Once you see results, you’ll be even more motivated to pursue a healthy lifestyle!” The holiday season kicks off in less than two months...so why would you wait until January 1st to look and feel your best? Call Dr. Alford for your choice of his weight-loss triple-threat––Neuro-Assist, Medifast, and i-Lipo––and start the holidays slimmer and more confident. Sugar Land Wellness and Weight-loss 832-494-7469 • 16651 SW Fwy #100 • www.sugarlandwellness.net

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ant to look younger? Be smart about it! “Dermal fillers such as Botox, Radiesse, Juvederm, Xeomin, and Belotero produce amazing results in reducing wrinkles,” says You Only Younger co-owner Kami Owen FNP-BC, “But there isn’t a lot of regulation surrounding who can administer these injections. You wouldn’t get a hair-cut from a stylist who took a weekend course in cosmetology…so why would you let someone with so little injectables education do your Botox? 30% of our business is fixing the mistakes of botched injections.” As the sole injector at You Only Younger--the beautifully appointed MedSpa located in the Greatwood Professional Plaza-- Kami’s dedicated to making you look younger. Kami says, “When people see you, I don’t want them to think, ‘Oh, she just had Botox…,’ I want them to think ‘Wow, she looks fantastic!’” A Family Nurse Practitioner with a Post-Masters Degree in Emergency Medicine, Kami has hundreds of hours in aesthetic training, attends continuing education courses every quarter, and she trains other doctors and nurses in injectables. As one of the biggest Merz (maker of Radiesse, Belotero, Xeomin) and Allergan (Juvederm, Botox) accounts in Sugar Land, You Only Younger offers the

products and procedures that will make you look fabulous! Come to the You Only Younger’s “Night of Dazzling Deals” on November 14, from 4 till 7:30. Donna Braunreiter MS, co-owner of You Only Younger says, “We have two events a year, and they are wildly popular. We have terrific specials in the spa, including skin tightening packages, body contouring, chemical peels… really everything we offer. But clients love our $10/unit Botox special. Pre-buy all the Botox you need at a fraction of the cost and use it throughout the year. You’ll get ‘$10 Botox’ administered by an expert injector!” The “Night of Dazzling Deals” also includes local fare, wine, raffles with great prizes and free makeovers by a glo-Minerals national make-up artist! Donna says, “Our “Night of Dazzling Deals” really showcases what we have to offer...and its fun! Come early, get on the list for a make-over, then enjoy wine and great food with your girlfriends… and you might even win a raffle prize!” You Only Younger 281-937-7537 7002 Riverbrook Suite 700 Sugar Land, TX 77479 www.YouOnlyYounger.com www.AreYouSweaty.com

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A Reliable Roof Requires a Reliable Company That is Now GAF Master Elite Amy Sharp

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f you want a roof that will stand the test of time, you need a roofing company with knowledge and experience. “We’ll deal with installers, insurance companies, materials companies, mortgage firms, OSHA, state government, and of course Uncle Sam,” says Houston Restoration Services owner John Sanders. “I’ve been in the roofing business since 1984. Through experience, I learned how to find and use only the best, most reliable installers, roofing products and best installation methods. That’s the only definite recipe for success! We’d like you to know you can trust your roof to us!” After almost thirty continuous years of business later, HRS and John are still trusted and preferred by the people of South Texas. John says, “Our focus is protecting your home, your possessions, and your family from the rain, wind, sun, and dampness that are all part of our local Texas weather...plus you should always be hurricane ready! Your roof is your home’s first and most important line of defense… and it requires a Texas roofing company with the right skills and experience. Even a slightly damaged roof could cost you hundreds in energy and leave your home exposed. That’s why we offer free, no obligation roof inspections and evaluations.” Expect the best with HRS, BBB-accredited since 2007. They are one of only fifteen (out of 7,000!) GAF Master Elite certified roofing companies in the greater Houston area. John says, “To achieve this high honor, our management and installation crews have completed rigorous training and testing to ensure that our installation methods and procedures meet the superior standards established by GAF. And because we are

GAF certified, all warranties on roofing materials are fully valid. This is a very important consideration when getting a new roof!” Worried about your roof? Turn to HRS, recipients of the City of Sugar Land’s highest community service award for emergency storm management. John says, “Your roof, roof deck, ventilation, flashing, and gutters should all coordinate and work together, giving you maximum protection. Be sure your roof is hurricane ready...before a hurricane hits! Give us a call today for your free inspection.” Houston Restoration Services 281-850-4393 5757 Westheimer # 3-252 Houston, TX 77057 www.hrsroofs.com john@hrsroofing.com

Halloween Tips from the Tooth Fairy’s BFF by Sarah Warburton

Little People’s Dentistry “Because Kidz Are People, Too.” 281-261-0020 4706 Riverstone Blvd., Suite 200 (behind Kohl’s in Riverstone) www.LittlePeoplesDentistry.com

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ave you heard of the Tooth Fairy’s friend, the Halloween Fairy? Dr. Bianca Sanchez of Little People’s Dentistry says, “Some parents tell me that if you leave your bag of candy out for the Halloween Fairy, she’ll magically turn it into a toy! Since the Tooth Fairy knows that candy is not a good choice for strong and sparkly teeth, she’s thrilled with this plan...and parents who are concerned about nutrition and safety love it, too!” Scare away cavities and tooth decay by taking care to clean your teeth! At home kids can brush their teeth after eating. When they’re out and about, make sure they drink water after they finish eating. Adults can be trusted to choose sugar-free gum to chew after a meal, but kids can’t tell the difference between gum that’s okay and gum that’s full of sugar and hard as a rock. It’s just easier and healthier to choose water over gum. Ghosts and goblins, creepers and monsters...what scares Dr. Sanchez? She says, “The scariest thing to me is candy that’s hard or super-sticky! Jawbreakers and hard candies chip your teeth. Sticky, gummy candies like caramels, taffy, jellybeans, and licorice cling to teeth, are really hard to brush off, and can eat away at your enamel in the night.” “I don’t want your children to be scared of the dentist,” says Dr. Sanchez. “I want them to beg to come back again and again!” Anytime during the month of October bring your little monster (or princess or cowboy or alien) to Little People’s Dentistry for a checkup...and don’t forget that costume! Dr. Sanchez says, “We’ll take a picture and enter you in our Little Monsters Costume Contest. The winner will be announced at the end of the month! As an extra bonus, on Thursday, October 31st, my staff and I will dress up and let the kids vote for their favorite costume. We take Halloween fun very seriously!”


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f your life moves a million miles a minute, cleaning your house probably isn’t the most important thing on your list. Imagine how much more productive you could be, if your home was already sparkling clean! Max McCammond, owner of Professional Maid Service says, “Getting a clean house shouldn’t be a hassle. You can enjoy relaxing at home. Give us a call, and we’ll help you make a fresh start every week...or whenever you need us!” Whether you need your home cleaned once a week or just for a special occasion, Professional Maid service is here to help. Maybe you have a dinner party coming up. No need to stress! Take advantage of the Professional Maid’s no-hassle key drop-off and pick-up so that you’ll have time to run all the errands you need to to get ready, and still come home to a sparkling house! Keeping the house clean is important, but should be easy and hassle free. Max says, “We keep all the name-brand products our clients love on our shopping list, so you don’t have to remember them. Our Maids polish your mirrors with Windex, dust with Pledge, and always give a reminder call the day before we come to clean. We’re here to make your life easier, so you can actually look forward to cleaning day!” Life is hectic, so let Professional Maid Service help you scratch one more thing off your to-do list. Call today for your free in home estimate and find out what clean really feels like with help from the professionals.

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ancer has extinguished too many bright lights in this world,” says Rick Ray. “My grandfather really raised me and losing him to cancer was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to endure. My wife Tara and I have friends and co-workers who’ve lives have been impacted. A woman at my office is a breast cancer survivor...and watching her go through that struggle and come out the other side was inspiring.Whether you live with the loss of a family member or know someone who’s battled cancer and survived, I think it’s time we work to really make a difference. That’s why Tara and I are so active with the American Cancer Society and are so pleased to be honorary chairs for this year’s Couture for the Cause event.” “We think a lot about the individuals who deal with cancer,” Rick

“Max”

Max’s Cleaning Tip:

Have an artistic toddler at home? This tip will definitely come in handy. To get rid of those crayon doodles on your walls, apply a light layer of mayonnaise to them. Let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes and then wipe it away with a damp rag to reveal your spot-free walls! Professional Maid Service 281-342-6500 www.professionalmaidservice.com

says, “but that’s only part of the devastation caused by this disease. At the Wealth Design Group, we offer financial planning, investment, and insurance. When handling life insurance policies we see the impact of cancer on the families who are left behind. I know everyone at the Wealth Design Group is proud we’re a Presenting Sponsor. We want families to be protected, safe, and happy for life.” “If you’ve lost a loved one to cancer,” says Rick, “getting involved to raise awareness and fund a cure is the best way to honor them. In everything I do, the memory of my grandfather is always with me.” The fourth annual American Cancer Society “Couture for the Cause” will be held on October 12th at a Tuscan-inspired private home in Sugar Land. Cari Middaugh, the 2013 Event Chair says, “Our theme is ‘La Dolce Vita’, the ‘Sweet Life.’ We hope to raise the awareness and resources to create a world with more birthdays, one sweet life at a time. We’ve planned an amazing evening including a Couture Fashion Show, a Wine Pull, a ‘Champagne and Diamonds’ raffle, and fabulous food from restaurants including BLU Restaurant and Lounge, Ray’s Grill, Mia Bella, Grimaldi’s, P.F. Chang’s, and Veritas. A portion of the funds raised will support the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge Houston, a home away from home at no-cost to cancer patients and their families.” Event Details Date: October 12, 2013 Time: Doors open at 7:00pm, show starts at 8:00pm Location: The Home of Mr. and Mrs. Jason Golan 26 Beacon Hill Sugar Land, Texas 77479

www.houstoncoutureforthecause.org

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Even Better Than

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hy is a trip to Columbus, Texas even better than traveling back in time? You can bring your cell phone, your car is safer than some crazy contraption, and you won’t have to worry about accidentally changing the future. In fact, the Columbus Folk Fest is safe enough for the whole family... and it’s tons of fun! Ready for a a gun-slingin’ good time? Step back into a time when Texas was young and fighting for its independence. The first Folk Fest was held in Columbus, Texas in 1872 to “showcase the town’s role in the fight for Texas’ independence.” Thrill to the battles of the Texas Revolution and enjoy a street dance. At Pioneer Camp you can hear the sweeter sounds of history with period music from the Tejas Pioneers, whose members dressed in costume play “authentic music of early Texas...songs of the pioneers in the early days, patriotic music of the mid-19th

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will have two weeks to paint century old live oaks, historic buildings or other subjects within the Columbus area. You’ll get to view these paintings at the Plein Art Competition, as well as an exhibit of photographs of Columbus’ celebrated Live Oak Trees by the Live Oak Photography Club. Taste a little more Texas with treats from food vendors or the biergarten, play a game of washer or horseshoes, sample some activities just for the kiddos...and don’t forget to sign up for the “Live Oaks and Dead Folks” cemetery tour. This is one three-day celebration that’s been over a hundred years in the making. Now that’s a lot of time to travel!

Columbus, Texas Bound November 1-3 2013 century...and authentic cowboy songs.” Does the thought of all that excitement make you want to swoon? For something more refined, the The Columbus Historic Preservation Trust offers their iconic homes and museums’ “Magnolia Homes Tour” and “Architecture Tour,” including buildings like Alley Log Cabin and Antique Tool Museum and the Stafford Opera House, the only flatfloored Texas opera house still in existence. You can also find Southern Belles under the historic live oaks at the “Magnolia Belles” and “Miss Columbus” pageant. We’ve got plenty of wide open spaces and fresh air in Texas. Plein Air painting is a traditional outdoors style of painting. In the “Columbus Paint-Out”, participating artists

Columbus Folk Fest Contact: Jane Pullicino 979-732-8385 jane@columbustexas.org Columbus, Texas 78934 www.columbusfolkfest.com


Stories of Success from LoweryBank:

The Power of Community:

Andrew Dow, Executive Vice President, LoweryBank Sarah Warburton

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graduate of Texas Tech, Andrew Dow first came to Fort Bend over thirty-five years ago, when he joined Rosenberg Bank & Trust. He had the opportunity to see Sweetwater, Greatwood and other communities being built. His involvement in the community includes being a past Director and President of the Rose-Rich Chamber of Commerce as well as Life Member and Past Director of the Ft. Bend County Fair Association. In addition he is also a Director and Lifetime Vice President of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. He says, “This community has become a part of my personal history, and I can’t imagine living anywhere else. When you believe in your community it just makes good sense to choose a community Bank.” A shared friendship and a shared philosophy brought Andrew to Lowery Bank. He says “I’ve been involved in Texas Banking my entire career and I’ve known Mike Dinges

There’s no question in my mind that we share the same philosophy. We believe that the most important thing in banking is ‘a relationship.’ We want to see our community grow and prosper, so we develop relationships with both individuals and the business community. (President of Lowery Bank) for over twenty years. There’s no question in my mind that we share the same philosophy. We believe that the most important thing in banking is ‘a relationship.’ We want to see our community grow and prosper, so we develop relationships with both individuals and the business community. It’s local businesses that make our community strong and vibrant.” “At Lowery we take the time www.upclosemagazine.com

to know our customers so we can understand their needs. Whether you have a personal, or business banking need, we’re here to assist you and welcome the opportunity to get to know you better.” “Just like Andrew” says Mike Dinges, “I’ve served on the Board of Directors of Ft. Bend County Fair Association, have been active with the local Chamber of Commerce and worked with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. As a community bank, we believe in the power of building relationships. It might seem old fashioned in today’s fastpaced financial world, but our goal at Lowery Bank is to combine convenient, modern banking with real, down-home customer service. LoweryBank, Member FDIC 281-263-1100 16555 Southwest Freeway, Ste 100 (between Methodist Building 3 and Floyd’s Cajun Seafood & Texas Steakhouse) www.lowerybank.com UPCLOSE ~ October 2013 ~ 23


An American Icon and a Fort Bend Legend

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It’s Hard To Stop A Trane

Becca Bragg

What do the Statue of Liberty, the Washington Monument, and the St. Louis Arch have in common? You’ll find a Trane air conditioner in every single one of these American landmarks. “When you think about it, Trane is a classic American success story,” says Brian Jackson of Jackson Air. “In 1885, founder James Trane opened a plumbing shop and invented the Trane Vapor Heating System. His son Reuben, an engineer, worked with his father to create the Trane Company in 1913. Now 100 years later, Trane is trusted around the world to deliver reliable comfort. At Jackson Air, we’re the oldest Trane Comfort Specialists in Sugar Land. We’ve been here for thirty-one years and we plan to be around to celebrate a century of service to Fort Bend!”

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As a teenager, Brian Jackson worked alongside his dad Johnny, who founded Jackson Air in 1982. He says, “We learned early on that there was a big difference in quality and reliability in air conditioners. We soon teamed up with Trane out of Tyler, TX. Trane has the quality, reliability and technology needed in the hot humid Texas summers, and that keeps our customers comfortable, safe and happy.” Times may change, but the important things stay the same! Brian says, “Whether it’s service, repair or replacement, we’ll always believe in treating the customer right and doing whatever it takes to make them happy. This is why most of our new customers are referred by existing customers.” “Our award-winning service comes with award-winning air conditioners,” adds Brian. “We’re EPA and NATE certified and repeat winners of the Angie’s List “Super Service” award and the BBB Award of Excellence. Over the last century Trane’s racked up innovations and

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awards. Recently American women rated Trane as the best home air conditioning and heating brand. In back-to-back years, WomenCertified® awarded Trane the 2013 Women’s Choice Award® in the HVAC Systems Category. We know we can trust Trane to make our customers happy!” “At Jackson Air, Fort Bend is our home, we consider our customers to be our friends and neighbors, and Trane is our air conditioner of choice. It’s hard to stop a Trane!” Jackson Air and Heat, Inc. Sugar Land’s Oldest Independent Trane Dealer 281-240-1037


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f heel pain makes walking easier said than done, see what’s at the bottom of your symptoms and find relief with a specialist! Dr. Marco A Vargas is a board-certified foot and ankle surgeon and an expert in foot biomechanics, the study of the structure and function of the foot. Instead of just eliminating heel pain with medication, injections and store-bought shoe inserts (only part of the treatment), Dr. Vargas also focuses on improving foot function so that your relief is permanent! Do you need an alternative to orthotics? Dr. Vargas is one of only two doctors certified in the greater Houston area to offer the HyProCure foot stent procedure. Dr. Vargas says, “The HyProCure is a stent that is placed in the foot like an ‘implantable orthotic,’ to help improve foot biomechanics or function and eliminates the need for orthotics. It takes less than ten minutes to perform the procedure and has been performed on patients of all ages, from age three to ninety...and all activity levels including long distance runners, basketball players, ballerinas and more. Patients can

walk in a surgical shoe immediately and are back in regular shoes in about two weeks. This is a particularly effective solution for active patients, those who like to wear sandals or high heels, or those who simply don’t want to wear orthotics.” You don’t want to run all over town or keep going back to the doctor year after year for the same old heel pain. Dr. Vargas founded the heel pain center at Foot and Ankle Associates as a “one-stop-shop” to include all of the necessary tests and equipment needed to diagnose and treat heel pain. From digital X-ray, musculoskeletal ultrasound and physical therapy to Footmaxx, a computerized foot scanner used to analyze a patient’s walking pattern and foot function, patients don’t need to go anywhere else to get better... and stay that way! He says, “We also offer the K-Laser, which can eliminate heel pain symptoms in as few as 4 treatments. Whether you run all over town with your kids, work standing up, or are a professional athlete, I believe in banishing pain for good!”

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Foot and Ankle Associates 888-784-5335 Sugar Land 281-313-0090 17510 W. Grand Parkway South Houston 281-313-0080 7105 Lawndale Street

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oes your house actually fit the way you live? “Your family shouldn’t have to conform to someone else’s floor plan,” says Teri Gilberg, the Re-Modelista. “Your formal dining room could be a study, your patio have an outdoor kitchen, or your office could be changed into an extra bedroom. Think of me as your Get-It-Done Diva...with the contacts and the contractors to make remodeling easy and fun!” If your family doesn’t fit in your postage-stamp-sized formal dining room, it’s time for a change. Teri says, “Plenty of clients realize they need a home office or a study...and the formal dining room is the perfect space. If you have a room in your house that isn’t being used, then it isn’t working for you. Think about the last time you actually used your formal dining room as more than a storage space. How often would you use a study, a craft room, or an office? If you need to go in the other direction, we can take a study or office and transform it into an extra bedroom. During our consultation, just walk me around, tell me what you need, and I’ll help you reimagine your rooms!” What’s the best way to accommodate all your friends and family for 26 ~ UPCLOSE ~ October 2013

the holidays? Take the party outside! “Anything you could have in your kitchen inside, we can take outside,” says Teri. Imagine a bar area, countertops, stainless steel refrigerator and grill, a fire pit or fireplace...even a kitchen island. Just because your house has a kitchen doesn’t mean you’re stuck with cooking in it. After all, here in Texas we can relax outside year round! Get the home of your dreams by reimagining the rooms in the one you have. Make one call to Teri, and she’ll find you the right contractor for the job. She says, “My guys know that you can get quality and value if you go with an independent company like ours. They don’t believe in padding your invoice or throwing money at a problem. These are guys with literally decades of experience...and I speak fluent ‘contractor.’ I’ll translate your vision at no extra cost and they’ll bring it to life at a price that can’t be beat! “There’s nothing we haven’t seen and there’s no kitchen, bath, office, or project we can’t transform for you,” says Teri. “You can see some of the transformations we’ve made on our website www.theremodelista.com. Call today, and we’ll reinvent your home!”

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Every Family Needs a Friend Like This!

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bout thirteen years ago when I moved back to the Houston area,” says local mom Renata Codianne, “a friend recommended Dr. Anh Doan of Vision Source. She was always wonderful to me...and to my entire family. My husband Jason is a cyclist who’s always worn glasses. Dr. Doan helped him switch to contact lenses and really took the time to get him a good fit and take care of any issues with dry eyes.” “When our oldest daughter was in Kindergarten, we were told she needed glasses. Friends asked if we would take her to a pediatric optometrist, but I couldn’t imagine trusting anyone more than Dr. Doan. She was so gentle with Emma...and calmed me down, too! Now that Emma’s ten, she swims and rides horses competitively. Dr. Doan walked her through getting contacts lenses. One of my favorite things about Dr. Doan is that she’s a parent, too and always knows the right thing to say. I was very anxious, but Dr. Doan told me, “You cannot do this for Emma. All you need to do is step away and let us take care of her. It’s all going to be okay.” Emma came out later just beaming with pride. She’s also thrilled she learned to put her contact in more quickly than her dad did!”

“I see Dr. Doan for my glasses and for my yearly checkup. She’s got a gift for choosing frames that fit your personality. Her medical expertise is just as wonderful. About two years ago I had scary thing...an ulcer on my eye! Dr. Doan saw me right away, knew how to treat the problem, and now it’s just a tiny scar that doesn’t affect my vision.” “When my youngest started Kindergarten, I brought her to Dr. Doan...and found out she doesn’t need glasses. Whether we see Dr. Doan once a year or four times a year, she always knows exactly where we are in our lives. She remembers what the girls are doing and takes the time to ask questions and really listen. She’s always smiling, and knowing her makes all of us smile too. When you have a family optometrist like Dr. Doan, it’s like having a family friend!” Dr. Anh Doan, O.D. ~ Vision Source! 281-261-2647 4725 Highway 6 South www.visionsource-missouricity.com

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HEAL THSOUTH The Next Step Sugar Land Rehabilitation Hospital in Your Care

Sarah Warburton here’s a celebration going on this month...and it doesn’t require crazy costumes or bags of candy. October is National Physical Therapy Month and patients all over Fort Bend and beyond are taking the time to say “Thanks.” Bindu Varghese, Director of Therapy Operations at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital Sugar Land, says, “All of us at HealthSouth––our PTs, OTs, Speech Therapists, and Technicians––work together to help our patients through the next step in their care!” When you’re ready to be discharged from a hospital but not ready to return home, Healthsouth is there for you. Bindu says, “Rehabilitation works best with a diverse team of experts who work together. Each brings special expertise to the table and the whole is greater than the sum of parts. We have experts to address all the different facets of your rehabilitation, but this month the nation celebrates the contribution of physical therapists. Physical therapists design specialized testing and exercise to increase physical function, mobility and safety. We’ve got a state-of-the-art gym with the latest rehabilitation technologies...and a team of people who come to work with real professionalism and an attitude of love.” “Rehabilitation is all we do and we offer highly specialized services including an amputee program, an arthritis program, and rehabilitation for those suffering a brain injury, hip fracture, joint replacement, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injury, stroke, or multi-trauma. Our physical therapists work with physicians, patients, their families and other members of their care team to develop comprehensive, individualized, and cost-effective treatment plans.”

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“Our physical therapists help patients through therapeutic exercises for strengthening, work on teaching the use of the walker, cane, crutches and wheelchair, offer fall prevention, bed mobility, transfer, and ambulation training...and they are also offer inspiration and motivation. Our enthusiastic and passionate team of physical therapists share teamwork and a wonderful sense of camaraderie with our occupational therapists, speech therapists, technicians, nurses and doctors. The nation may celebrate Physical Therapy Month in October, but we celebrate the hard work of our team and our patients every day! We share a passion for caring!” HealthSouth Sugar Land Rehabilitation Hospital ~ 281-276-7574 1325 Highway 6, Sugar Land, TX 77478 www.healthsouthsugarland.com

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An Experienced, Family-Owned Wheel Store

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by Amy Sharp

ack in 1998, my father saw a prosperous business opportunity in Rosenberg and took advantage of it to build our company to what it is today,” says Ana Prado, daughter of Oscar at Oscar’s Tire Center. “With constant perseverance, he had a goal set to make a successful, friendly business that focused on getting drivers safely on the road.” Today, with a second location across from the Stafford Centre, the Prado family still serves the families of Fort Bend County, as well as travelers all across Texas, with top-of-the-line wheels, tires, accessories and wheel repair. Oscar and his family have you covered if you’re in the market for new, custom wheels. “From high-end, luxury wheels to off-road, we have a huge selection in inventory,” says Ana, “and if we don’t have it in stock, we can generally find what you are looking for on the same day.” When your wheels need a little improvement, just bring them by the store. Straightening, re-finishing, re-polishing, restoring, and repairing damaged wheels are part of the services available at Oscar’s. Oscar’s Tire Center can help every driver in your family. “We have over 2,400 square feet of inventory,” Ana says. “We sell passenger, off-road, and low profile tires in all of the brands you trust—including Toyo, Goodyear, Michelin, Bridgestone, Vogue, Nitto, and many more. Our shops are equipped to mount and balance tires and rims from 12 to 32 inches.” If you need a more affordable option, Ana says, “One of our more popular options is our used tires. It’s a great choice for drivers on a budget.”

The Prado family has kept their business successful mostly due to their friendly, personal service. Ana, a graduate of Terry High School, and her brother Oscar, a graduate of Lamar Consolidated, operate the store in Stafford. Dad—Oscar—still runs the original store in Rosenberg. “My family’s number one priority has always been customer service,” says Ana. “We’re successful because we treat all our customers like family.”

Oscar’s Tire Center

4104 Avenue H Rosenberg, TX 77471 (281) 342-1626

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Another wAy we’re leAding medicine: introducing dr. tArriK ZAid Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is pleased to welcome Dr. Tarrik Zaid to Houston Methodist Gynecologic Oncology Associates. Dr. Zaid has extensive training and experience in gynecologic cancer, including the completion of a fellowship in gynecologic oncology. Dr. Zaid joins the experts at Houston Methodist Gynecologic Oncology Associates in providing compassionate, individualized care for the treatment of uterine, ovarian, cervical and other female reproductive system cancers. This team of leading physicians is supported by the state-of-the-art technology and caring, knowledgeable staff at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.

Call 281.275.0880 today to sChedule an appointment.

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Getting the Best Confidence Builder “S

ince I’ve got a daughter in college and two grandbabies, I work double-shifts Monday through Friday at UPS,” says Leonard Andrews. “Every year they have a health fair out in the parking lot with all the different medical providers we could choose. EcoDental is always there. When I was ready to move up in the company, I needed a real confidence builder, a strong smile. I was sitting at home thinking about it and I just picked up the phone and called for a Saturday appointment.” “I told Dr. Nguyen what I wanted, they took x-rays, and he determined what I would need to get that winning smile. When he reviewed my x-rays he said we’d start by treating the cause of my bad breath. He gave me six extractions and a deep cleaning on my first visit. I came back two weeks later for him to check my healing. I also had a gold tooth I needed gone. He removed that and filed and prepped my teeth for veneers. The look was really coming together. He gave me false teeth so I could eat and get through my daily routine, while I waited for the

veneers to be made.” “When he put my new teeth on I looked one hundred and ten percent different! I’ve gotten lots of compliments from my family and friends and co-workers. I’ve been smiling ever since. The experience was so overwhelming that when I got out to my car, I cried a little. You live your whole life thinking this is just the way you’re going to look...but the change a strong smile can make is amazing!” “I would recommend anyone serious about getting a good smile to go to EcoDental. The whole office is state of the art. You can relax and listen to an iPod while the work’s being done. Dr. Nguyen’s assistants Adria and Natalie are so friendly and his wife is just wonderful. They really care about their profession. They also know how to work with insurance, so I didn’t have any hassle at all. Now I don’t take my smile for granted. EcoDental literally changed my life!” Dr. Danny Nguyen, D. D. S. ~ Ecodental 281-491-9494 15870 SW Freeway #500 (59@Hwy 6 next to Whole Foods) Sugar Land, TX 77478 www.ecodentalgroup.com

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Sarah Warburton ou deserve to be as comfortable at work as you are at home. decisions that make sense for your family and your business!” “We can relate to Classic Chevrolet’s commitment to low-presMark Kolon, General Sales Manager at Classic Chevrolet, sure, high-quality customer service,” says Bryan, “and we know says,“All Out A/C replaced a thirteen-year-old air conthat you can’t ‘relax and enjoy the difference’ if you’re sweating ditioner in my home...and they did it the day after I called! I bullets. The businesses of Fort Bend deserve the same courteous, couldn’t have asked for a better experience...Bryan made everyprompt service that we offer the families of Fort Bend. We believe thing so easy. I never felt like he was pressuring me. He just laid out my options and got the job done. When we had air condition- in delivering a straightforward assessment of your air conditioning or heating system and offering our good, better, and best options ing problems at work, I knew it made sense to call Bryan Bellamy, for repair or replacement. A new, energy-efficient air conditioner Chance Kamp, and the crew from All Out A/C and Heating.” can cut your energy bill in half! We’ll provide you a quote at no “The air conditioning system in our main showroom at Classic charge....and we offer 100% financing with Chevrolet froze up. We had already had it repaired about a month approved credit!” earlier. That company pumped in freon to check for a leak, and it was pretty pricey. When the system broke down again just a month later, I thought it was time for a second opinion. I called Bryan Bellamy of All Out A/C. The diagnosis we got from All Out was completely different. They repaired it at half the price of the earlier “fix” and we haven’t had a problem since. We got the correct diagnosis, a fix that worked, and a fair price...that’s everything you could want from an A/C company! Now everyone in the office and all our customers are completely cool and happy again.” Another time the rooftop A/C unit on the service bay by the parts department at Classic Chevy broke. Mister A/C Bryan Bellamy says, “Since that building is scheduled to be replaced with an entirely new facility, it didn’t make sense to invest in a new unit. We repaired it...and it’s still running 626 Highway 90A, Richmond, TX 77406 today! Our business is based on making the A/C

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