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Have you ever experienced talking to someone from Dallas and when you ask them where they live inevitably they respond “North Dallas.” In a city with so many people I always thought man that is hard to fathom how could all those folks be from North Dallas?. Seems like the same is now happening right here in the Heights. I met a fella the other day who asked me to come to his office and when I ask for his address I swear he was closer to University Of Houston than any gazebo on Heights Blvd! In the end I guess we should all be flattered that everyone wants to be here. By all accounts another four thousand families will be moving into the immediate area in the next twelve months. As I see it this is mostly positive, I mean we survived the opening of a Walmart and what could be worse than that? We thought producing an annual Newcomers Guide might help ingratiate our new neighbors into the community. Hopefully whether you are new to the area or have been here awhile you are inclined to get out and enjoy our campaign of “The 100 Greatest Things” on page 30 .” To date we have had 10 weekly winners all who pocketed $100.00 in cash and prizes. To get started just like us on Facebook at OurBlok Heights and you will be entered every week for the next 9 months. When I thought about Amazon flying drones all over the area I knew we had to do something. So we “Opened a New Mall this week in The Heights” and did not cut down a single tree or increase traffic one iota! Now we have one more reason to be proud of living in The Heights. is an on line store with your favorite local merchants. Spend $50.00 or more and we can deliver your purchases in four hours! I hope the next time you need a last minute gift item you will wow the recipient. Just purchase from your favorite area stores on and click the box for the optional four hour delivery. Our driver clad in Tuxedo will hand deliver your gift or purchase in sixteen zip codes, basically anywhere inside the Beltway. Lastly we hope you enjoy the article on philanthropy in The Heights. There are so many people who give so freely of their time and energy. Every once in a while we may not see eye to eye on every issue but the light at the end of the tunnel is not a train!

I welcome new and perspective Houstonians to a diverse, opportunistic city. Greetings, As Mayor of Houston, I send special regards to the readers of OurBlok Heights magazine. The Heights is an area with an exceptional mix of upscale and historic buildings and was ranked in 2013 by CNN Money as no. 4 in its Top 10 big city neighborhoods in the United States. OurBlok Heights magazine serves as an important tool for Houston-area businesses and new residents. The magazine helps people connect with businesses and organizations who help create and maintain this wonderful and exciting city we call home. I welcome new and perspective Houstonians to a diverse, opportunistic city. Please utilize OurBlok Heights as your source of information, which showcases every aspect of living and working in The Greater Heights. Best wishes for much success, and I look forward to your continued support of our dynamic, culturally unique city full of wonderful attractions and infinite possibilities. Sincerely,

Annise D. Parker Mayor

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Greetings from the Mayor

10 Navigating 19th St. 12 Helpful Heights Info 14 Heights in Action 36 Plans for Memorial Park


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Navigating 19th or A Walk on the Retro Side By Angela Pennington

A stroll down Heights’ 19th street is more than just a block or two—it can take you to another time altogether. Sometimes an escape is good for the soul. And while a trip to Hilton Head would sure do the trick, a trip down memory lane just might suffice. Lucky for you, 19th street in the Heights lets you time travel on foot in just a block or two. First on the agenda—fueling up for your day of retro shopping. And unless your heart is set on funky tacos with a long weekend wait—and Torchy’s Trailer Park taco is definitely worth it— head next door to the newly opened Heights General Store. Go light with their Cast Iron Oatmeal and fresh picked berries, or jump right into the Big Nasty Biscuit, a concoction of fried chicken, cheddar and sausage gravy. Wash it down with a hand crafted Bloody Mary—you’ll thank us for it later. Up next—some new-to-you apparel from decades past at Retropolis, Style Cycle or Replay on 19th. They each carry vintage clothing, accessories and shoes from the 1920s to the 1980s, so whether you’re in search of a zoot suit, a super-fly getup or a dress to complete your Audrey Hepburn ensemble, these hot spots have you covered.

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Antique stores cn scream “old junk”—but not those along this strip. Grace Hart, Chippendale Eastlake, Gen’s and Mercader Antiques are treasure troves of classic finds, from fabulous costume jewelry to display-worthy typewriters and birdcages. Rummage through cases of your favorite childhood comic books or grab that retro-chic canister set like your grandmother used to have. Whether you’re in need of a traditional ‘do or it’s time for upkeep on your purple tips, pop into Venus Hair. A whimsical mix of wild and wonderful, Venus shares both her coveted scissor skills and her love for the bizarre, as evident in her art car hearse and a disturbingly large collection of doll heads. Walk ins are welcome, but with a reputation like hers, do yourself a favor and call ahead. We did mention the doll heads, didn’t we? And just when you think you’ve reached the end of retro-row, you’ll find Vinal Edge Records, where you can score both vintage and new albums of your favorite bands in nearly every genre. Before you check out, take your pick of used turntables—try a 1980s Technics—or buy a new “Pro-Ject” to spin that rare copy of The Wall. Because nothing says “nostalgia” like 1970s British rock opera.

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HELPFUL HEIGHTS INFO Whether you are new to the area or just moving in many people do not know where to start when it comes to local agencies. We thought we would tap into two local experts, Anne E. Kennedy & Lauren Haggar, attorneys in the Law Office of Anne E. Kennedy, located at 539 Heights Boulevard. These two spend a lot of time at the courthouses, and were more than willing to share some practical information with us. Local Law Enforcement In the Greater Heights area, there is a Houston Police Department (HPD) station at 1127 N. Shepherd. This is a “storefront” location, which handles non-emergency matters. The officers there are happy to be of assistance and are very knowledgeable. The storefront is located in a commercial shopping center on 11th street and Shepherd, across from Kroger and near the Ross store. The telephone number for the station is 713.803.1151. The station is open Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm. The closest 24 hour police station is downtown, 61 Riesner. The downtown station handles both

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non-emergency and emergencies. The telephone number is 713.247.4400. Of course, there is 911 for an emergency. The Harris County Constable also has 2 precincts and several neighborhood patrols. Precinct 1 is located downtown at 1302 Preston on the 3rd Floor. The telephone number is 713-755-5200. There is also an annex at 7300 North Shepherd, and the telephone number is 713-697-3600. Precinct 6 is located at 333 Lockwood Dr. The telephone number is 713.923.9156. The neighborhood patrols are provided through your local neighborhood Heights Association for a small fee that averages between $15 to $30 per month. Subscribers benefit from a faster police response time and from daily vehicle patrols throughout the neighborhood. Each neighborhood patrol logs 40 hours per week of patrol time. Please contact your local neighborhood Heights association for more information about how to subscribe and pay dues. Court Houses Beyond the law enforcement, it is important for residents to

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be aware of the Harris County courts and clerks’ offices. The Harris County Clerk and the Harris County District Clerk are located in the Civil Courthouse located at 201 Caroline Street in Downtown. Marriage licenses, birth and death certificates, and property records can be obtained on the 3rd floor. The criminal courthouse is located at 1201 Franklin Street. In this building, the clerk’s office is located on the 3rd floor. Here, you can obtain your criminal records or get a clearance letter, which states that you do not have a criminal history. In front and around the Civil Court building the Family, Criminal, and Juvenile Court Buildings can be found, all of which surround the Jury Plaza located in the center. Before leaving for any court settings always review the official Harris County web page of the court to insure you arrive at the correct destination. Also, please know that all court buildings require a security check in, which should be accounted for in estimating your arrival time.

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Height’s IN ACTION We live in one of the nation’s most charitable cities. The Heights is home to many individuals who volunteer and donate an incredible amount of their resources to keep our area vibrant and growing. Community volunteers, business owners and employees of generous companies all team-up to get things done in The Greater Heights. I am sure we all know neighbors, friends and family who embody the spirit of giving in the area. There are so many who give so much we thought we would visit with three people from the area. Our hope is that their story will inspire all of us to dig deeper to see what gifts we may bring to the community to continue to make this a great place to call home. Our cover photo includes Ashton Martini a Real Estate agent with Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty, Allison Cuvillier owner of Style Cycle and Carson Schultz from Ecclesia Houston a church off of Dart Street. We sat down with the three of them to discuss their motivations.

Tell us about how and why you choose the charity you did?

Ashton: I wanted to get involved with an organization that can change lives in an amazing way. The MS150, which benefits The National MS Society, connects over 13,000 riders and thousands of volunteers. To see that

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many people committed to one cause and working towards the same goal is truly an unbelievable experience. The National MS Society says it best. “MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t.” Carson: Our most prominent relationship as it relates to charitable work outside of the church walls is with a local non-profit called Living Water International (water. cc). Living Water seeks to provide clean water and resources related to clean water to underdeveloped locations all over the world. Allison: We tried to choose charities that were local, grassroots efforts, causes that our customers and people who donate can identify with. How many years have you been at it? Ashton: I started Team Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty in 2012, and have been the captain for those 2 years, but I have always had the desire the give back and help people. Carson: The church is in its 13th year and we have been working on water issues for the last

seven years. Allison: It was always in our business plan to support local charities. I hope that our customers appreciate that we are giving back to our community monthly. We started this program in May of 2013.

What is the inspiration behind the charity work? Ashton: I have been very fortunate in my life and career. I feel like it is important for me to give back to my community and to anyone that I can

help. If I can raise awareness and help those with MS, then that means more than any real estate transaction ever could. Carson: Our hope is to be a place where people are invited to serve and love one another and our city. We want to be a place where people can experience the love of Jesus, where they can be real with one another, and find opportunities to live out their faith. The choice to be involved was about providing basic necessities for people. Our desire is to empower the recipients of clean water through relationships with local pastors and churches and to help develop the entire basic infrastructure around what happens once a community actually has water. (ecclesiahouston. org). Allison: We just wanted to give back to the city and help the small charities around town. We felt like we could make a difference if we provided the overhead and then gives all the charities access to a physical location. The average person is more than willing to give and we felt like we could really make a difference. So far it is working.

How much have you raised so far?

Ashton: Last year we raised $ 24,000.00 and our team goal is $100,000 for 2014. To date we have

over 50 team members. Carson: One of the primary impacts this relationship has is through a movement known as Advent Conspiracy ( This year during the Christmas season (a season in North American culture that often encourages consumerism and the giving of elaborate gifts); we were able to raise over $500,000 to participate in water-well drilling projects all across the world. Allison: In the first nine months we have raised over $1,200 for local charities. We hope that as the word gets out about our program and that this number will grow exponentially! At the end of the day you don’t have to be a billionaire to make a difference! We are not always able to financially support all of the great causes out there. However there are ample opportunities to give back that require little more than a caring heart. A principal at a local public grade school once told me that volunteering to read and mentor one hour a month can make a dramatic difference in a child’s chance at success. Most of us if called on could find that hour, consider this the call. The legacy of giving is about showing your young ones and generations to come how a thoughtful gift of time, talent or money can make a difference.

If you have a favorite story about a generous act by a company or individual in The Heights please email us at for a future story.

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Stevens Elementary 1910 Lamonte Ln Houston, TX 77018 713-613-2546 Highland HEIGHTS Elementary 865 Paul Quinn St Houston, TX 77091 713-696-2920 Regular Primary School Grade: Pre-k -5 Sinclair Elementary 6410 Grovewood Ln Houston, TX 77008 713-867-5161 Helms 503 West 21st St Houston, TX 77008 713-867-5130

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CHURCHES CHURCHES Asylum 5302 Cornish St. 713-880-8717 Messiah Lutheran Church 816 Roy St. 713-861-3072 St Luke Baptist Church 714 Detering St 713-864-3295 Bethel Church Ucc 713-861-6670 West End Baptist Church Sbc 802 Shepherd Dr 713-862-6683 St Mary Church 4602 Eli St 713-864-7137 St Marks Methodist Church 1615 Patterson St 713-862-2407 Open Door Deliverance-Jesus 4520 Nolda S 713-861-2786 Seventh Day Adventist 5502 Larkin St. 713-863-8767 St. Theresa Catholic Church 6622 Haskell St. 713-869-3783 Cottage Grove Assembly Of God 2516 Sherwin St. 713-861-5083 Eighth Street Church Of God 1015 W 8th St. 713-864-6980 Mt Sinai Baptist Church 902 W 8th St. 713-869-9171 Bethany Baptist 817 Herkimer St. 832-581-2817 Sukyo Mahikari Houston 737 Allston St. 713-961-4181 Brown Chapel Ame Church 3208 Washington Ave. 713-862-8718 Damascus Baptist Church 3122 Center St. 713-862-3539 First Baptist Church Heights 201 E 9th St 713-861-3102 Salvation Army 2208 Washington Ave. 713-869-3551

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St. Stephens Catholic Church 2019 Center St. 713-864-4075 Impact Houston Church-Christ 1704 Weber St. 713-864-5667 Impact Houston Church-christ 1704 Weber St. 713-864-5667

Baptist Temple 231 W 19th St Grace United Methodist Church 1245 Heights Blvd. Heights Christian Church 1703 Heights Blvd Heights Church Of Christ 1548 Heights Blvd

St. Peters Lutheran Church 1501 Houston Ave. 713-862-8644

Grace Methodist Church 1248 Heights Blvd

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church 1505 Kane St. 713-222-6193

Casa De Alabanza 335 North W Loop

Trinity Lutheran Church 800 Houston Ave. 713-224-0684 Mallalieu United Methodist 1918 Hickory St. 713-236-9219 Timbergrove Baptist Church 946 W 17th St. 713-861-1706 Greater Pleasant Hill Missionary 828 W 20th St. 713-864-8634 Wayman Chapel Ame Church 804 W 20th St. 713-864-6827 Oak Forest Baptist Church 1111 W 14th St. 713-861-9101 Resurrection Mcc 2025 W 11th St. 713-861-9149 Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church 835 W 23rd St. 713-862-5117 Second Baptist Church 810 W 24th St 713-864-3720 Lazybrook Baptist Church 6427 Pineshade Ln 713-861-6177 Live Oak Friends Meeting 1318 W 26th St 713-862-6685 Shady Acres Church Of Christ 730 W 26th St 713-861-6625 Mt. Calvary Baptist Church 1018 Herkimer St 713-861-6784 Heights Presbyterian Church 240 W 18th St

Greater Church Foundation 2419 Yale St

Houston Restoration Church 251 W 27th St. Immanuel Lutheran Church 306 E 15th St. Healing Waters Fellowship 1039 Harvard St. Church God Spirit Of Faith 251 W 28th St. All Saints Catholic Church 215 E 10th St Spanish Assemblies Of God 300 Aurora St. Global Church 608 Aurora St. Bethlehem Lutheran Church 737 1/2 E 12th St. Dominion Church International 1331 Studewood St Resurrection Life Fellowship 730 E 11th St

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MUSEUMS & ATTRACTIONS George R. Brown Convention Center 713 853 8000 Health Museum 713 521 1515 Heritage Society 713 655 1912 Hermann Park 713 524 5876 Holocaust Museum Houston 713 942 8000 Houston Arboretum and Nature Center 713 681 8433

Memorial Park 713 863 8403 Menil Collection 713 525 9400

713 752 0314 Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum 713 521 3990

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 713 639 7300

Children’s Museum of Houston 713 522 1138

New World Museum 713 426 4544

Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston 713 284 8250

Rice University Art Gallery 713 348 6069 Rienzi 713 639 7800 Rothko Chapel 713 524 9839

Houston Center for Photography 713 529 4755

Space Center Houston 281 244 2100

Houston Fire Museum 713 524 2526

Station Museum of Contemporary Art 713 529 6900 stationmuseum. com

Houston Maritime Museum 713 666 1910 Houston Museum of Natural Science 713 639 4629 Houston Visitors Center 713 437 5200 Houston Zoo 713 533 6500 Lawndale Art Center 713 528 5858

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Art Car Museum 713 861 5526 artcarmuseum. com Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens 713 639 7750 bayoubend Bayou Place 713 227 0957 Buffalo Bayou

Czech Center Museum Houston 713 528 2060 FotoFest 713 223 5522

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PERFORMING ARTS Performing Arts Companies and Venues A.D. Players 713 526 2721

Houston Shakespeare Festival 713 743 3003

Oak Forest Neighborhood Library 832 393 1960

Houston Symphony 713 224 4240 Houston Theater District

Parent Resource Library -Children’s Museum 713 535 7264

Bayou City Performing Arts 713 521 7464

Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts 713 227 3974

Houston Public Library 832 393 1313

Bobbindoctrin Puppet Theatre 713 259 1304

Main Street Theater 713 524 6706

Alley Theatre 713 228 9341

Broadway Across America Houston 713 622 7469 Houston Da Camera of Houston 713 524 7601 Ensemble Theatre 713 520 0055 Express Children’s Theatre 713 682 5044 HITS Theatre 713 861 7408 Hobby Center for the Performing Arts 713 315 2400 Houston Ballet 713 227 2787 Houston Grand Opera 713 546 0200

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Public Libraries Moody Neighborhood Library 832 393 1950

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Carnegie Neighborhood Library 832 393 1720 Freed-Montrose Neighborhood Library 832 393 1800

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Highland Village Farmers Market 2720 Suffolk Dr Open: Sundays 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

Central City Co-Op 2515 Waugh Drive Open: Wednesdays 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

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We hope you will take part in the Greater Heights Challenge. This is a year long challenge where we will ultimitely roll out “100” places to get to know in the area. Get started with the first 50. We guarantee that you will eat better, have more fun, and know more about the area than you ever imagined. You may also win cash and prizes along the way. Starting December 6, 2013 we will award $100 in cash and prizes to a lucky winner each week. At the end of the challenge, anyone who has particpated in “50” or more will be entered into a drawing for $1500.00 in cold hard cash!




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EMAIL Email us a photo from the place of business to Be sure to include your name as well as the name of the business. INSTAGRAM Follow us on Instagram (ourblokheights) and when you visit a participating business, tag us in a photo! THE HEIGHTS HOME & GARDEN TOUR Heights Fire station @ Yale Street Saturday & Sunday, April 5th & 6th Noon to 6:00 PM BLOK: Heights Home Tour Tickets: $20 each available at Another Place in Time, Buchanan’s Native Plants, and Jubilee, plus online at On the day of the tour, tickets will be $25 --Staff Pick: Email a photo of you at any home on the tour to and be entered to win $100 cash & prizes. LITTLE J’S SPORTS BAR 4218 Washington Ave. | 832-649-5293 BLOK: Washington Corridor Finally a neighborhood bar on Washington

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Avenue. Come as you are and bring the dogs! Free parking all day every day. Enjoy a full bar, great beer selection, and pop up kitchen. Check Facebook for specials! --Staff Pick: Monday Steak night 7-10pm $14 top cut ribeye includes 3 cheese potatoes au gratin with a beer. Shoot us a photo to win at GET REAL EFX 4701 Rose Street | 832-387-4062 BLOK: Washington Corridor These guys take REAL people, set REAL goals, and get REAL results! Offering multiple training programs that provide GUARANTEED results! This is not a cross fit gym but a great place to work out with others in structured activities. Staff Pick: How about an early start to your day,

choose to join any morning class and check in on Facebook to win! VINAL EDGE RECORDS 239 W 19th St. | 281-537-2575 BLOK: Heights Vinal Edge Records is an independently owned Record & CD shop serving Houston since 1985. Stop by our shop in the heart of the Heights to see our REMARKABLE selection of RECORDS, CDs, and TURNTABLES! We are also a great place to SELL ANYTHING MUSIC RELATED. While records are of most interest to us, we buy all kinds of stereo/music equipment. Concert posters, t-shirts, tour programs, ticket stubs.-Named “Best Record Store 2013” by the Houston Press. --Staff Pick: We have several ideal record players

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Rebekah Mayfield and all come with our free advice on setting up your system. THEN we can talk about the fun of COLLECTING RECORDS! BAYOU BEND COLLECTION & GARDENS 6003 Memorial Dr. | 713.639.7750 BLOK: Memorial Park Bayou Bend is the MFAH house museum for American decorative arts and paintings. Displayed in the former home of Houston civic leader and philanthropist Ima Hogg (1882–1975), the collection is one of the finest showcases of American furnishings, silver, ceramics, and paintings in the world. The house is situated on 14 acres of organically maintained gardens in Houston’s historic River Oaks neighborhood. --Staff Pick: Take in one of the many free days offered by the MFAH. Look for the signs at the corner of Westcott and Memorial for special events. We like the spring with Azaleas in full bloom. Snap a photo and email it to win@ to be entered to win $100.00 weekly in cash and prizes. ARBORETUM & NATURE CENTER MEMORIAL PARK 4501 Woodway Dr. | 713-681-8433 BLOK: Memorial Park Located on the western edge of Memorial Park, the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and the opportunity to experience the natural world. This 155-acre non-profit urban nature sanctuary provides education about the natural environment to Houstonians of all ages. It plays a

vital role in protecting native plants and animals in the heart of the city where development threatens their survival. --Staff Pick: Take this jewel in any time but we love the Halloween walk and festivities. Great place for family fun! MEMORIAL PARK GOLF COURSE BLOK:MEMORIAL PARK O.K. we debated to put this in but it is a fun thing to do. Forewarned it is likely illegal and OurBlok is not responsible for paying any fines or tickets but head over when the course is closed and catch a fish in one of the golf course ponds! Don’t get caught, don’t harm the fish and don’t post a photo! Staff Pick: We better not say. THE WAVE Blok: Washington Corridor How about our very own Jitney service. This is PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION With HIGH QUALITY SHUTTLE BUSES TAKING YOU WHERE YOU WANT TO GO IN HOUSTON! A hybrid between a taxi, limo, and public bus. The size of airport shuttle buses, but much nicer. If along their routes they can pick you up at home ( like a taxi.) The wave buses are super nice with upgraded seats, stereos, televisions, coolers, subs, amps, LED lights, and awesome drivers. The Wave now serves almost all areas inside Loop 610 & the Galleria. To be picked

up in Midtown, The Heights, Downtown/ EaDo, Rice Village, Upper Kirby/Shepherd, Montrose, Galleria/Uptown, the Washington Corridor, the way you want to get around in Houston. --Staff Pick: Take the Wave to the rodeo from Luckys on white Oak $20.00 round trip. SARA’S INN ON THE BOULEVARD 941 Heights Blvd. | 713 868 1130 Blok: Heights Sara’s is a family owned operation. The Inn was opened in August of 1986 and provides the Heights families and travelers with a cozy and warm retreat right in t he neighborhood. --Staff Pick: We would like to book a week and see how many of the 100 Things you can knock off this lists! But for weekly redemption all you need to do is email us a photo taken from the sign in front of the spa. Submit it at HO CHI MINH TRAIL MEMORIAL PARK BLOK: MEMORIAL PARK Bike enthusiasts have been doing it for years and this one is legal as long as the trail is posted “open” tread carefully as this is not an easy ride. Take in the scenery in and along the park like most do not experience. Be sure and tell your loved ones were you are headed. If you have ever seen an ambulance on the South side of the park it most likely is hauling a rider out who got a bit aggressive on the trail. Great spring time activity if you are up for a thrill.

--Staff Pick: Take your significant other along and after your ride stop off at any of the local drinkeries to relish in the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat. ACTIVATE YOUR OURBLOK REWARDS PROGRAM Blok: Greater Heights Winning has never been so easy just go to and click on “Request a Card!” Include your data and presto you are in the fastest growing rewards program in the city. One program gets you gifts and rewards at businesses all over the city. All at no costs and you may even win $100.00 --Staff Pick: This is a tuff one, great restaurants abound that accept the card. It’s hard to beat lunch at The Heights General Store. Be sure and let them know you are in the program for $3.00 off your first visit. HEIGHTS FUN RUN Marmion Park BLOK: Heights This June marks the 29th Annual Heights Fun Run. You can kill two birds with one stone get over to Tri- On-The Run to get a gate analysis for the new running shoes you will need to run a personal best. This short out-and-back fun run and walk will take place along Heights Boulevard, beginning and ending at Marmion Park Saturday, June 7, 2014. --Staff Pick: Get involved with this event, by emailing, or plan to run and send a photo to for entry to win $100.00 in cash and prizes. BICYCLE RALLY AND SCAVENGER HUNT Blok: Heights The Houston Heights Association’s Bicycle Rally & Scavenger Hunt is a fun event that allows entrants to choose between the classic 20-mile course through the Heights and nearby neighborhoods, or a shorter five-mile ride designed for kids and their adult companions. Both start and finish at Marmion Park, located at 18th Street and Heights Boulevard. The 2014 bike rally is scheduled for Saturday, October 4. --Staff Pick: Why not make this day even more fun dress up in any costume send us a photo to for entry into the drawing.

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Rockin’ Holiday Party Blok: Heights The neighborhood will be rockin’ around the Houston Heights on Thursday, December 5, starting at 7:00 p.m. and rockin’ on ‘til 10:00 p.m., Yes all the way to 10:00 PM! A 50s-style party and fundraiser at the newly renovated historic Houston Heights City Hall and Fire Station. Enjoy the 50s food and drink, live music and a holiday-themed silent auction. --Staff pick: Make your way to Venus Hair Salon on 19th and get your big hair prior to the event and you can be entered twice for cash and prizes! SHOP THE HEIGHTS NEW MALL BLOK: Houston Get on line at for this entry into the campaign. Any time you buy an item you are automatically entered into the weekly draw. is made up of Heights area retailers that offer great products and services. Spend $50.00 or more and you can take delivery in four hours! --Staff Pick: Send a loved one a gift with four hour delivery. All deliveries are made with a Tuxedo clad delivery person. Have someone you need to impress? CITY OVEN 2802 White Oak Dr, 77007 713-868-3400 | BLOK: Heights City Oven is an eclectic pizza tavern located in the Heights. Opened in Sept. 2013, the restaurant has quickly become known for artisan wood-fired pizzas, giant meatball appetizers, and a wide selection of Texas and regional spirits and beer. Acoustic artists entertain from 9pm-1am Friday and Saturday. The kitchen is open for lunch, dinner and late night. --Staff Pick: Catch one of their featured live bands on Friday or Saturday night. Snap a photo and email it to us at win@ourblok. com, remember keep it clean you may get published. VINTERS OWN 3482 W 12th St | 713- 880-3794 BLOK: Lazy Brook Wine is a fabulous gift any time of the year.

And custom-labeled, premium wine speaks volumes. At Vintners Own Winery, we offer a variety of wines to choose from for your special Holiday gifts. --Staff Pick: Order by December 1, 2013, mention OurBlok and get 10% off of 3 or more cases, and 15% off ten or more cases. Your friends and family --and Clients--will love you for it! HELLO LUCKY 1025 Studewood St. | 713-864-3556 www. BLOK: Oak Forest Artist designed men’s women’s and kid’s goodies infant onesies, jackets, skirts, dresses, jewelry for guys and gals (bling baby, bling), soaps, cards, buckles, wallets, cufflinks, as well as small art works for the home! --Staff Pick: You gotta love a place that openly states “ if you need us to stay open later just call us” Know someone getting married great place for unique gift ideas and one of a kind items. FORWARD RESULTS BAND JAM 1703 W 12th St. BLOK: Heights A growing legion of executives and other professionals are jamming in The Heights.The Forward Results Band Jam in the Houston Heights, where musicians who are CEOs or CPAs by day shift gears to perform and network with music by night. This is held Thursday nights at the office of Gary Cooper CPA. --Staff Pick: This is in our top five of all the things on the lists. Where in the world can you enjoy great music and fun for absolutely no costs. Bring a musical instrument or come sing along. THE DUTCHMAN 834 Wakefield Dr | 713 691-0228 BLOK: Garden Oaks Looking for a neighborhood “Cheers Bar” look no further. Want one that has some staying power? How about one that has been around since 1948! --Staff Pick: Who says you cant teach an old dog new tricks? Stop in and check out their new selection of draft beer. Take a photo with Kenney and send it on at

TRI ON THE RUN 518 Shepherd Dr. | 832-673-0600 www. BLOK: Washington Corridor Houston’s Specialty Sports Store. From goggles and bikes to shoes and accessories, the one stop Triathlon shop. Apparel, Nutrition, bike fitting, run gait analysis, wetsuit fitting, experience and know how. --Staff Pick: The only place we know of in the area that offers a free analysis before buying your running shoes! You think fitting is important with a running shoe? ROZNOVSKY’S HAMBURGERS 3401 West T. C. Jester Blvd. | 713-957-1100 BLOK: Oak Forest One of the best “old-school” hamburger joints left in Houston. One of the Heights’ hidden gems. Famous for their onion rings. STAFF PICK: Running late for lunch, we love a late afternoon burger with onion rings and remember “you can’t eat atmosphere.” LABEL WAREHOUSE 14 KENDALL St | 713-228-2824 BLOK: Heights Bringing in the latest fashions from New York and California. Providing families with the latest name brand clothes & accessories at extremely discounted prices is their specialty. --Staff Pick: This place gives resell a whole new meaning. Need a last minute outfit for a big occasion check it out for value and fashion. TRIPLE A 2526 Airline Dr. | 713-861-3422, BLOK: Heights Family Owned and Operated, Fresh Vegetables Daily, Traditional American Style Food, Dining In & carry Out. --Staff Pick: This is a tough one.Lets call it a tie between Chicken and Dumplings on Tuesdays or Fried Catfish on Fridays. Check the Ourblok app for daily specials. OPERA IN THE HEIGHTS 1703 Heights Blvd | 713-861-5303, www. BLOK: Heights Non-profit regional opera company serving the Houston Heights and Greater Houston area with

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opera and concert performances. --Staff Pick: Jump on the website early to purchase tickets in advance! Shows are SHIPLEY’S DO-NUTS 3410 Ella Blvd. | 713-682-4343 BLOK: Oak Forest They always have fresh do-nuts, warm kolaches, freshly brewed coffee, ice-cold milk and many other delicious breakfast favorites! --STAFF PICK: No brainer here. The Houston Press had this on their bucket list. We think you should eat a dozen glazed donuts today! They are Heavenly and I am convinced not offered in the afterlife! YALE STREET GRILL 2100 Yale St. | 713-861-3113 BLOK: Heights Comfort food, milkshakes, chicken pot pie, blue plate special and shakes. Must try the biscuits and gravy. --Staff Pick: Forget counting calories especially for breakfast. Just try any of their daily breakfast specials. Our favorite pancakes in the area. RAINBOW LODGE 2011 Ella Blvd. | 713-861-8666, BLOK: Lazy Brook Houston’s original log restaurant featuring seafood and wild game. A historic log cabin on an acre of beautiful landscape grounds. --STAFF PICK: Great place to impress out of town guests. Ask for a table in the bar area for a real treat at lunch. THE LIFT 365 W. 19th St. | 713-868-LIFT BLOK: Heights Small bookstore, gift shop, and jewelry boutique on historic West 19th Street in the Heights area of Houston. New bestselling books at a discount, Waxing Poetic jewelry, whimsical gifts, and other good things. --STAFF PICK: Need a unique gift item we are convinced one could complete their entire Holiday lists in this one store! Who needs Amazon with neighborhood businesses like WOODROW’S HEIGHTS

1200 Durham Dr,. | 713-864-5600 Neighborhood: Washington Corridor Best Cajun food in Houston Texas. Serving lunch and dinner. Big beer selection. Delicious homemade frozen drinks. Lots of parking. --Staff Pick: A lot of great food offered here. Hard to beat during crawfish season. What ever order be sure and request a side salad with the green olive dressing. Check in with your OurBlok rewards for double credit in the contest! SPAGHETTI WESTERN 1951 T C Jester Neighborhood: Lazy Brook Serving pizzas, pastas, salads and sandwiches. Full bar featuring great margaritas, frozen bellinis, and a great selection of draft and bottled beers. --Staff Pick: Old location on Durham and new spot on T C Jester. Serving great food for years. If you can find a better pepperoni pizza in town call us! WABASH ANTIQUES & FEED STORE 5701 Washington Ave |713-863-8322 BLOK: Washington Corridor Houston’s Organic Farming Headquarters. A hardware store, a pet shop, an organic herb garden and an antique market. The only place in Houston you can find holistic pet treatments, vegetable and native plants, natural pet foods, bird feeders, fertilizer, an enormous selection of farm poultry AND cold beer under one barn roof. --Staff Pick: Great for last minute gift items. Stop in and snap a photo with a kitten or puppy. Careful you may take one home. AVENUE GRILL 1017 Houston Ave. 713-228-5138 BLOK: Washington Corridor Traditional American Family Restaurant nestled in the heart of Washington Corridor. This restaurant offers a warm, cozy environment fit for the whole family. The “Avenue”, as the locals know it, is renowned for its award winning soul food, friendly staff and impressive menu.

--Staff Pick: Famous for their steam table at lunch. One of the only spots with a fresh gyro, but you gotta make it a Fireman or Policeman’s special for breakfast! And no you do not have to be a first responder to order. ERICA DEL GARDO JEWELRY DESIGNS 365 W. 19th St. | 713-802-1977 BLOK: Heights Unique, hand-crafted jewelry. Trelew Art Metal Studio is home to Erica DelGardo Jewelry. Erica’s goal, through her crafts in Jewelry is to create a unique reflection of the people, culture, and individualism of the Patagonia region of Argentina. Every piece of jewelry made in the studio is a one-of-a-kind creation and no two pieces will ever be exactly alike. --Staff Pick: Design a custom piece of jewelry . STYLE CYCLE 246 W 19th St. | 281-888-9171 BLOK: Heights Vintage Consignment Boutique Houston is home to hundreds of antique stores. Style Cycle has differentiated themselves from this otherwise pigeon-holed industry by creating a ‘cycle’ that re-purposes otherwise obsolete goods, clothes and antiques. This is done by redesigning an item to fit a current style, or rebuilding an item to make a completely new one. --Staff Pick: Send us a pic of your recycled item and be entered to win. WONDER WILD 767 N Shepherd Dr #400 | 713-864-4242 BLOK: Heights Parties and Events Wonder Wild strives to create an experience that’s fun, unique and entertaining for a variety of ages. They business is to make your child’s birthday or event, a special and memorable occasion. From set up to clean up, they are there to help you every step of the way. Address: --Staff Pick: Bring the energy in this over the top bounce house! Sign up for monthly play times for the kids, we guarantee they will sleep better. You have to see this place to believe it

non stop fun for kids! DOUG SANDERS BLOK: Memorial Park Driving Range In a city with a ton of famous golfers none are more colorful than The Peacock Doug Sanders. You can find him most nights at Memorial Park driving Range. Catch a photo with Doug and submit it at win@ourblok. com. You may win $100.00 in gifts and prizes. You will for sure be blessed with a story or two from Doug. VENUS HAIR SALON 361 West 19th St. | 713-868-4725 BLOK: Heights Eccentric Hair Salon The walls are jam-packed with masks and other knick-knacks, but get past the light-hearted interior and you can find experienced… Susan Venus purchased the shop in 1978,it was owned and operated by Bill Vaughn as 19th Avenue Barber Shop for 50 years. Venus Hair attracts tour groups and Media attention (including an article in Vogue Magazine) with their collections of masks and dolls and an array of mannequins sporting the proverbial big hair. Address: --Staff Pick: Got an occasion you need to “ DIVA Up” for an event, this is the spot. You know you have always wanted to let this be the year. We won’t believe unless you submit a photo at THOMPSON’S ANTIQUE CENTER OF TX 9950 Hempstead Rd. | 713-688-4211 BLOK: Oak Forrest Antique Warehouse & Showroom Visit Carolyn Thompson’s Antique Center of Texas. They have over 190 dealer spaces & showcases filling 108,000 sq. ft., with the finest selection of antiques and collectibles. We have most of the dealers that were at the original location & over 50 new dealers have joined us at the new place! --Staff Pick: Great place to kill a rainy Saturday be careful you can spend hours and hours in here. More things under oen roof than you could imagine.

HAPPY BELLY STUDIOS 920 Studemont St., Ste 400 713-862-7972 BLOK: Washington Corridor Yoga & Pilates Studio Happy Belly Studios, Lighthearted Yoga and Pilates, has been a dream of owner and yoga and Pilates instructor, Michele Stamos, and a labor of love that started with an idea and became a reality in February of 2011. Currently offering over 40 classes a week in yoga and Pilates, Happy Belly Studios strives to bring the mind-body connection to the Washington/Memorial-Heights area. --Staff Pick: Take a photo with your happy belly or the Happy Belly Buddha. Take advantage of a drop in class while you are there. Hey guys this yoga thing is not just for the girls. THE CADDY SHACK BAR & GRILL 1809 Washington Ave |713-426-1816 Neighborhood: Washington Corridor Sports Bar & Grill The Caddy Shack Bar & Grill is a cozy sports bar located in the Sixth Ward in the Heart of Washington Corridor. They are known for their quick, friendly service, great food and hearty portions. Be sure to pay them a visit to kick back for a relaxed time after work. Address: --Staff Pick: If you love sports stop in and visit with the owner Eric. Eric has great insight into professional sports and loves to share his great food and restaurant. Stop in for any sporting event and enjoy both the sights and sound of the game. NIAMOVES 508 Pecore St. | 713-864-4260 BLOK: Heights Dance, Fitness & Cardio Nia is a dance fitness class and is our main business. They offer over 20 Nia classes a week starting at 6 am. Beginners are welcome to all classes. Nia is a fun, expressive dance cardio workout to soul-stirring music with easy-to-learn movements. Invite your inner dancer, athlete, warrior, and child within to expressively emerge and get fit at the same

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time! Nia connects the body, mind, emotions and spirit. --Staff Pick: Need a place to get out of your brain and get into your soul? This is it. We would love a photo at PLANET CURLS 6516 North Main | 713-861-6444 BLOK: Heights Beauty Salon Planet curls is Houston’s first Deva Inspired salon in Houston Texas. Our focus is textured hair, from the slightest wave to the tightest coils. All hair stylists are Deva certified and continually learn more techniques for cutting, coloring, styling and caring for textured hair. We have onsite and on-location stylists that will make you look flawless for your special event. If you have straight hair don’t worry we’re here to take care of you too!! We can even perm it!! Our goal is to make our clients embrace the texture they have and rejoice in it!!! --Staff Pick: Planet Curls carries only the finest products to care for curls. Stop by and treat your curls with the best! TABLE 19 632 W 19th St. | 713-864-3301 BLOK: Heights Traditional American Delights! Table 19 is a locally owned restaurant serving breakfast and lunch during the week with an all day brunch on weekends. We serve locally sourced freshly prepared soups, salads and sandwiches as well as a variety of burgers. Come in and try our house made desserts. --Staff Pick: Favorite Sunday Brunch spot, especially in light of the fact you can bring your own Champagne! CROW BAR 954 Wakefield Dr. | 713-686-8388 BLOK: Shady Acres HUGE selection of beer; including crafts, imports and domestics. Great Happy hour! Extensive menu, including cupcakes. Sand volleyball courts and other fun games. --Staff Pick: You know you have been wanting to break out that muscle shirt or bikini, this is the spot. There are so many fun things to do

here to help you get your thirst on. Remember if you join in a volleyball game you are not 15 any more, so proceed with caution and remember winning isn’t everything! --Staff Pick: Check out a class today! We look forward to meeting you. RED ROCKET 244 West 19th St. | 832-767-5562 BLOK: Heights Authentic replicas of shirts and pants, manufactured by Dickies, original work wear apparel since 1922. We carry retro and vintage clothing for guys and gals who probably also love their cars, rods, trucks and bobbers! Look Rockin and get your rides worked on at Red Rocket of Houston! --Staff Pick: Sure you can buy a pair of jeans on line but owner Brendan Del Gardo knows more about American clothing than you can imagine. Stop in to see his every changing art and pick out a pair of jeans made to order. THE BOOM BOOM ROOM 2518 Yale St. | 713-868-3740 BLOK: Heights Great place to meet friends or have a party. This retro-chic lounge is known more than anything for playing great music, both canned and live. Large selection of Champagne, wine, ports, dessert wines and beer. Famous for our delicious sangria and champagne cocktails. com --Staff Pick: If there is a more fun way to spend a late night than Boom Boom Room share the love. Fantastic musicians in a “Velvet” atmosphere. Any weekend they are open is worth a visit. Check for a calendar of events. RED BUD GALLERY 303 East 11th St. | 713- 862- 2532 BLOK: Heights The goal of the space is to show fine art on a global basis and promote the rich culture of the USA. Gratis Art collection consulting and appraisal is also provided by the gallery. Artists have ranged from masters to first timers. We show all media; including prints, sculpture, ceramics, photos, drawings, glass, paintings, and installations on a local, national and international

basis. --Staff Pick: OMG if you only visit one art gallery in the area make it this one. Sure the every changing local shows are great but find a way to sit down with owner Gus Kopriva. While you are at it snap a photo with one of Gus’s 3 Hairless Peruvian dogs. We dare you! LOVEJOY’S ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES 2100 Yale St. |713-802-1132. BLOK: The Heights Committed to providing good customer service and standing behind their products. Huge selection of collectibles. Family owned. Something for everyone! --Staff Pick: No one brings more love to the neighborhood than the LoveJoy’s. If you have a nostalgic bone in your body visit here and leave yourself plenty of time for wandering. This place has more items than the Internet, if you don’t believe us stop in and see. OAKS BATTER UP 3004 Yale St. | 713-957-2323 BLOK: Garden Oaks We can provide all of your baseball, softball and sports related needs. Huge inventory of quality equipment. Batting cages, baseball and softball private lessons, sports equipment and sports trading cards are our specialty. We have seven indoor softball and baseball cages available to rent for individuals, groups, teams, and parties. --Staff Pick:: Have you dreamed of hitting a home run. Want to get off of first base. Drop in for a swing of the bat. Use your OurBlok card for double points in the contests. BIG DOG & MISS KITTI’S PET SITTING SERVICES 448 W. 19th St. #208 | 713-695-1684 BLOK: Heights Providing quality and loving pet care, while ensuring the safety and security of her clients’ homes. Big Dog and Miss Kitti’s Pet Sitting Services can provide your pets with the loving and tender care they require in the professional and conscientious manner you desire, while also adding security to your home. --Staff Pick: Let us pamper your pet while you are away! He will be happier at home.

BRAZILIAN ARTS FOUNDATION 1133 E. 11th St. | 713. 862.3300 BLOK: Heights The Brazilian Arts Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing cultural education and building community through the preservation and sharing of Brazilian culture. From performances to language classes, cooking to facility event rental, this is truly the “Everything Brazil” spot of Houston. --Staff Pick: Want to get a little rhythm back in your relationship? Sign up for Brazilian dance classes. Check their calendar at ourblok.heights. com. HAPPY FATZ 3510 White Oak Dr. | 713-426-3554 BLOK: Heights Gourmet Hotdog Bites & Divine Dessert Delights! Indoor outdoor seating. Old house turned into a cozy restaurant with welcoming staff. Delicious comfort food. You certainly leave feeling a perfect balance of happy and fat. --Staff Pick: No Trans fat here this is the real meal deal! What could be better than dining al fresco with your favorite dog and desert. TEA TIME QUILTS 1046 Tulane St. | 713-861-7743 BLOK: Heights Tea Time Quilting is a quaint and friendly quilt shop located in Houston’s Historic Heights community. Offering beautiful, high-quality quilting fabric at quilt show venues and our shop location. The ladies at Tea Time Quilting are not only friendly and helpful they also carry a unique collection of fabric that is fantastic! --Staff Pick: Who said quilting can’t be fun? You know you have always wondered how they “ pull this together.” Stop in and send us a photo of your first project at WEST END BIKES 5427 Blossom 713 861 2271 Blok: Washington Corridor Need a new bike or want to rent one. West End rents mountain, road and hybrid bicycles. Close

to some easily accessible trails in Memorial Park if you would like to try before you buy. Conveniently located in Memorial Park come check out the new trail along Buffalo Bayou to Downtown so there are many fun places to ride right from their parking lot. --Staff Pick: Rent a a bike for a day and either use your OurBlok rewards card or send a photo to

FAT CAT CREAMERY 1901 Shepherd | 713-974-2956 BLOK: Heights HANDCRAFTED UNIQUE, SMALL-BATCH ice cream with whole and local ingredients. Made with whole milk, heavy cream, sugar, egg yolks, and only the finest flavorings. Mile from Texas dairy farmers and eggs come from our very own happy hens at The Barry Farm. --Staff Pick: Go and get your first ice cream ever with “compostable spoons” may not make the ice cream taste better but you sure are going to be feel so environmentally friendly and full! Check in on the poster and enter to win.

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HUBCAP GRILL 1133 W. 19th | 713-862-0555 BLOK: Heights Our new location, Hubcap Grill & Beer Yard, also offers some of the best beer selections and burger specials in town. Maybe the best burger in Houston! Hubcap Grill & Beer Yard features two patios, covered tables, games, juke box and flat screen TV’s. Coming soon to our Heights location is Live Music! --Staff Pick: Cheeto Burger dubbed the choloesterol burger by our staff a big old juicy burger with gooey cheese and Cheeto’s. Need we say more. No reservations needed just drop in and if there is a line wait it is worth it.

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WINSTON’S ON WASHINGTON 5111 Washington Ave. | 281 501 9088 BLOK: Washington Corridor Looking for the perfect place to host your event or just relax with some friends? Come visit us at Winston’s on Washington, one of Houston’s newest dog-friendly bars with a large patio and a great selection of Texas beers. --Staff Pick: One of the only places we know of in the area that shows movies on a big screen. Take in a movie on Wed nights and enjoy great food and drinks. Just use your OurBlok rewards program for entry in our weekly drawing. HEIGHTS RETREAT 1906 N Shepherd Dr. | 713 864 8088 www. BLOK: Heights Taking care of your skin and your body are essential for a happy life. Let their experienced staff take care of all your needs from nails and facials to massages, waxing,hair traetments cuts and more! --Staff Pick: How about a couple massage? No pictures please just check in at the spa. POLOVINA ITALIAN CAFÉ 4500 Washington Ave. | 713- 861-1042 BLOK: Washington Corridor Romantic Italian Restaurant Whether it’s a celebration with co-workers, a night out for the family, or a new romance between you and one of our brick oven pizzas, Polovina is the right place for any occasion for casual Italian food in Houston. We’re proud to have been serving Italian favorites to Houston Heights and Washington Avenue corridor customers since 2008. --Staff Pick: Best deal in town for lunch. Check in with your OurBlok rewards card and get $3.00 off lunch or dinner on y our first visit. BELLISSIMO RESTAURANT 1848 Airline Dr. | 832-618-1168 BLOK: Heights Family-Friendly Italian Restaurant Often described as a Diamond in the Rough, Bellissimo Restaurant brings Authentic Italian cuisine to the Greater Houston Heights. It’s

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Started in 1961 as a modest local grocery store, Stanton’s was established outside of downtown in the 1st Ward District. As the years passed, the grocery store evolved and began to offer hot food for the local neighborhood and surrounding communities. This small venture paved the way for what is now one of the best burgers in Houston! --Staff Pick: Well you cannot go wrong with a burger but some days you just need the Mac & Cheese. Also,if you think you can handle it, try the new Trouble Sauce... their HOTTEST sauce yet! Check in on Facebook at the poster to win $100.00 PAPER CO. 1100 Elder St. | 713-522-3533 BLOK: Heights At Paper Co. Coffee, the location is both a destination and a memorable coffee experience. Their high quality coffee is accessible to all types of coffee drinkers by removing the intimidating vibe that usually comes with high end shops and non-traditional brew methods. Named after the first occupants of the home at 1100 Elder, the Phillips Paper Company, Paper Co strives to honor the city’s history and tradition while infusing their own fresh take on the city. --Staff Pick: Schedule a business meeting or plan to meet a friend here we are betting you will find a seat and much quieter than other shops. Use your rewards card for entry in our weekly drawing. NOVOPELLE 4818 Washington Ave | 713-893-3323 BLOK: Washington Corridor Novopelle believes in the philosophy that beauty is for everyone. It’s not a luxury. What does this mean? No reason that the latest medical cosmetic technologies are only available to a select few! Novopelle provides a rejuvenating and fulfilling experience by making beauty affordable, accessible and unique. --Staff Pick: Want to loose a few lbs? Try a weight loss programs for all lifestyles whether you need to lose 100 lbs or 10lbs. Come by for a free consult to learn more about which one is best for you.Check in on Facebook at the

location to win. LIVE OAK BAR AND GRILL 10444 Hempstead Hwy | 713-686-9625 BLOK: Lazy Brook Come join the party under the huge 140 year old Live Oak Tree, or kick back in the restored 19th century house. Full bar, great food, and a catering staff. Free Hi Speed Internet available! This is also a great spot for hosting a small social gathering or LARGE function. --Staff Pick: Check out an event or live band or just enjoy lunch on a spring day. Facebook check in may win you a $100.00 in cash and prizes. CHICAGO ITALIAN BEEF & PIZZA 1777 Airline Dr. | 713-862-2828 www. BLOK: Heights Chef and owner Rocio Caro learned all about “Chicago” style cooking the only way...growing up in Chicago! Her dream to have a care free family style restaurant is now her home. At Chicago’s one can set and enjoy a cold frosted beer, a one of a kind deep dish pizza, a gyro, Italian Beef, Philly steak sandwich or a famous Chicago hot dog served on a poppy seed bun. Don’t forget about their assorted salads and pasta dishes that are served with homemade garlic bread that is made fresh daily. --Staff Pick: Pizza Pizza Pizza and check in on the poster to win! YELLOW ROSE DISTILLERY 1224 N. Post Oak# 100 | 281-886-8757 BLOK: Lazy Brook No one believes us when we tell them there is a full blown distillery right here in the area! ? Founded in 2010, Yellow Rose is the brain child of two neighbors, Troy Smith and Ryan Baird. With the help of partner Randy Whitaker, Yellow Rose launched in the Texas market in 2012. After years of hard work and dedication, Yellow Rose is Houston’s first legal whiskey distillery! --Staff Pick: A must try, their award winning... Best In Class at the American Distilling Institute and a Double Gold Yellow Rose Straight Rye Whiskey at the San Francisco Artisan Spirits.Plan

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BLISSFUL INDULGENCE 238 W. 19th St.| 713-880-2547 BLOK: Heights At Blissful Indulgence the philosophy is simply: Good ingredients = Good Skin.“Organic skin care is rooted in a holistic approach to farming and production, healthy skin is a reflection of what you feed your body, inside and out.” Feeding your skin with natural and organic ingredients means a healthier and more beautiful you! --Staff Pick: Stop by and stock up on their Eminence Organic products or call to book a complimentary skin analysis.Check in to win! HUGHES HANGAR SPEAKEASY GASTRO LOUNGE 2811 Washington Ave. | 281-501-2028 BLOK: Washington Corridor A hidden gem that combines a timeless backdrop of 1940s post-depression architecture with modern-day wonders. This upscale establishment offers a variety of entertainment, food, and handcrafted cocktails. It takes the meaning of gastro pub to a higher level. This electrifying venue presents an alluring ambiance that allows patrons to sit, relax, and sip on cocktails to the tune of contemporary beats. --Staff Pick: Enjoy items on the menu that

combine gourmet with comfort and of course choose from their libation menu showcasing an impressive list of unique creations. Come in and fly away but before you do check in on FaceBook to win! YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS BOUTIQUE 3468 Ella Blvd. | 713-861-7647 BLOK: Oak Forest Houston’s TRENDY Boutique specializes in Consigned Merchandise for Moms, Babies & Growing Kids, and lots of toys plus many *NEW* Products that are hard to resist. They also allow you to consign items that you are ready to part ways with. --Staff Pick: You know you have items you do not need go ahead and try consigning one or two and check in on facebook while there to win. BARBECUE INN 116 W Crosstimbers |713-695-8112 BLOK: Garden Oaks For nearly seventy years Barbecue Inn has served the hungry masses in Houston. Four generations of families have come through the doors and returned often to experience the finest in Southern comfort food, personal service and old-fashioned hospitality, making this family owned

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It seems as though monthly there are new activities and developments in The Greater Heights that encourage us to all get out and explore. New walking trails, cross fit gyms in every abandoned building, additional bike trails, kayak the bayou or run the loop at Memorial Park there is a phelora of opportunities. Regardless of the activity, in order to explore and enjoy you need to be pain free. There is a company located at Sawyer and Memoria Dr.l that is on a mission to make you feel better. We sat down with the owner Kristina McDaniel to see just what their plan for feeling better entails.

SO JUST WHAT IS EGOSCUE? In a nutshell Egoscue is Muscle Re balancing. Our first goal is to mitigate pain and then correct the postural positioning of the load joints. We look for the root cause of why you are in pain rather than just focusing on the symptoms. We focus on the body as a unit and treat your postural position rather than the condition. The Egoscue Method is a process which involves a series of corrective stretches and gentle exercises designed specifically for each client. The Egoscue Method provides a personal experience using the original blueprint of the body as the guide to bring about a state of muscular balance and internal homeostasis, helping to achieve relief from chronic pain.

HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN AROUND? Egoscue has been around since early 1978. Egoscue started in San Diego, by Pete Egoscue. Pete created the Method first to help himself after suffering a debilitating injury while serving as an Infantry Officer for the U.S. Marine Corps.

WHAT MAKES THIS TYPE OF TREATMENT DIFFERENT? Egoscue focuses on the root cause of why you are in

pain. Egoscue is an exercise based movement modality. Exercises are performed by the client putting control of their health back in their hands. The client is instructed in a series of personalized exercises tailored to their specific postural dysfunctions. The exercises emphasize the deeper muscles of the axial skeleton and pelvis as well Hips as the more superficial muscles and are designed to straighten the body first then strengthen the body.

WHAT EXACTLY IS JOINT REALIGNMENT? Joint Alignment is about functional positioning of the 4 four load joints. Shoulders, Hips, Knees and Ankles joints are level and parallel with one another. It's about having a natural S-Curved Spinal Column designed to bear weight in an upright position with the ability to move the body. It's about equal balance, function, with a neutrally aligned pelvic position supporting the gentle S-Curve of the spine. It's about the ability to efficiently bear weight in a evenly distributed balanced position from front to back of the feet. How long does a typical session last? The complimentary consult is 30 minutes. Your first appointment is is approximately and hour and half, where we take postural photo's, do a gait analysis, as well as a structure positioning analysis. Once we have gathered the data we will then construct a "menu" a series of exercises and gentle stretches designed to address your postural dysfunctions and compensations.Following appointments typically run an hour.

DOES IT REALLY WORK? We have a 95% success rate with our clients who

A revolutionary method for STOPPING CHRONIC PAIN follow the program. Check out the website www. where you will find testimonies from current clients or you can download the free app. egoscue results

WHO IS YOUR MOST FAMOUS CLIENT? Jack Nicklaus said that "Pete Egoscue has totally changed my life. Never have I experienced such complete pain relief as I have following the "Egosuce Method" and you may have heard of Anthony Robbins. He said, "Born from the genius of Pete Egoscue, the simple and effective routines are cutting edge of physical therapy, I am thrilled to recommend it to anyone who's interested in dramatically increasing the quality of their physical health"

WHY IS THIS WORK SO IMPORTANT TO YOU? I am extremely passionate about the Egoscue Method and how it can change lives. I get so much enjoyment watching clients transform and get their lives back. So many people arrive at the clinic in pain and with a lot of fear around their pain. They have been to so many doctors and have tried so many things. We help our clients understand why they are in pain, and help give them a logical approach to getting out of pain. As they go through the Egoscue process their pain dissipates along with the fear they have concerning their pain. As therapist we get to see the transformation of body, mind and soul of our clients and there is no greater joy then to guide them through the process. We love coming to work every day.

With Spring in the air and a burning desire to get out side and enjoy the weather it helps if the body is equally as ready. Chronic pain is a burden on many,sounds like Egoscue has been the solution for many around the country and is now available to all right here in The Greater Heights!

Sister City to the Heights by Scott Talley

It might be hard to imagine that the best kept secret in Utah could be so similar to The Heights. On a recent visit to Heber Valley I was struck by the similarities in this area of the country and home here in The Heights. The hike and bike trails certainly share different landscapes. While ours are of the urban variety they enjoy countless miles of natural trails absent our concrete. Four seasons arrive in Utah on time and seem to know when to leave. There is little in the way of humidity and traffic is a nonissue. Yet repeatedly during the trip I kept feeling eerily like I was home. The people of Heber Valley you see are warm and caring and like here in the Heights seem to be very real and simple. There is a feeling of community and people who care about the land and preserving the natural surroundings. They enjoy the outdoors, festivals and visitors. The stores in town seem a bit like 19th street. Meeting people and making new friends is as easy as it gets in Heber Valley. Home values in the area are still affordable

and great restaurants are all within a few miles. The story of Heber Valley is the ultimate playground especially if you enjoy four seasons. It is a golf and fly-fishing haven as well as a skier’s paradise. A spectacular outdoor adventure land, Heber Valley is home to world-class fly-fishing along the Provo River, abundant with both rainbow and brown trout. The Jordanelle Reservoir is the perfect place for paddle boarding, wake surfing, jet skiing, and kayaking. The area is also known for its alpine hiking and mountain biking along with the best skiing in North America at numerous world-class resorts. Two great places to stay, one that would remind you of the Bed and Breakfast on Heights Blvd. called the Blue Boar Inn & Restaurant is an old-style European chateau nestled in the foothills of Midway, Utah. This place is special and enjoys a Four Star, Four Diamond, Five-Medal Inn. It is a short 20-minute drive from the world class ski resorts and night life of Park City, Utah. The Blue Boar offers a romantic European

getaway, from the Inn’s elegant rooms to fine candle-lit dining and the mountain ambience of the Heber Valley. If you can find a way to stay here by all means do and take in dinner at what I think is the area’s best restaurant. The Homestead Resort is also a great spot for families. Tucked up against the Wasatch Mountains, The resort has a long history with views as spectacular as the service and amenities. Be sure and dine at Simon’s Restaurant for great steaks and take in breakfast and lunch at Fanny’s Grill. The resort is a playground for both adults and children and yet offers respite if you are just in the mood to relax. Home to a 55 foot limestone rock crater located 55 feet below is a unique sensation. A number of 18-hole championship golf courses are stunning and affordable. For sure take in both the Wasatch Mountain course and The Course at The Homestead. This area of Utah was utilized for a number of events during

the winter Olympics held here in 2002. There is also the luxury community of “Red Ledges” where Heights Residents would relish a second home. A Jack Nicklaus signature golf course weaves through the most picturesque red rocks, the Jim McLean Golf School for fine tuning your game and Cliff Drysdale Tennis Program for tennis aficionados. There are endless hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails. A burger that can rival Stanton’s, but at the end of the day, the one thing that will stop you in your tracks at Red Ledges is the panoramic view. Breath Taking, Majestic and Awe inspiring. A mere 15 minutes to historic Main Street in Park City and neighboring Heber Valley , Red Ledges is home to a world of leisure and luxury that is family friendly where you can experience all that Utah offers. Offering bountiful views, tranquil space, recreation and Mother Nature at her finest. Home prices range from $495,000$2 million while home sites start at $195,000. The value here is really hard to believe. The golf course is spectacular and course designer Jack Nicklaus planned each hole around its natural surroundings. The course celebrates the unique Western topography, carving through sandstone ledges and cliffs with elevated tees offering stunning views of the Rocky Mountains. In addition to the award-winning 7,653-yard course being named the #1 Best New Private Course in America by GOLF Magazine, and Utah’s “Best of State”. The plans for a nine-hole, family friendly executive course is mapped out and a luxurious clubhouse is under construction. Choose tennis, pilates, yoga, spa services, a fitness center or heated pools if golf is not your game. An over the top equestrian center can board your horse, or rentals are available as well. Regardless, whether you are a seasoned rider or new to horses you will want to navigate the countless miles of trails on the property.

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If you need a reason to get out of town and away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Heber Valley may be the place for your next excursion. I can assure you the seasons change and with that the choices of activities. Any time of year I am betting you will feel at home with the residents of the area. I can assure you that you will not be disappointed in the food, fun or fellowship in Heber Valley.

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THE MODERN CHIROPRACTOR Everyone has a general idea of what most chiropractors can do. However, with over 5,000 actively licensed chiropractors in Texas, the profession is at its most diverse and most effective. By merging traditional philosophies with advanced methods, chiropractors continue to lead in pain management care and general wellness.

TRUSTED METHODS Chiropractors perform adjustments-- that’s one fact most people have correct. Adjustments increase motion to any restricted area of the skeletal system, most commonly the spine. What’s surprising is that many people don’t know that chiropractors can also adjust shoulders, knees, ankles, and any joint in the body that isn’t moving the way it should. Most days they go above and beyond simply working on low back pain and whiplash. They also treat migraines, frozen shoulder, pregnancy pains, sciatica, carpal tunnel, IT band syndrome, runner’s knee, and various other sprains and strains. Some people may also know that in the state of Texas, chiropractors can perform acupuncture. It is one of the most ancient techniques with evidence showing that metal needles have been in use since the 2nd century B.C. So there’s no surprise that chiropractors use the same methods to induce relaxation in muscles and increase blood flow to injured regions. The reasons for using such an ancient method may differ from that of traditional Chinese medicine; however the positive results are the same.

MODERN MARVELS: TAPE + STEEL Traditional chiropractic works wonders on the body; yet chiropractors must adapt in order to provide the best care for their patients. Two of the most sought after therapies today involve something as simple as tape and steel. Believe it or not, kinesiology tape is not only a fashion statement. It may be bold and bright; however there is plenty of science behind the tape. K Tape has risen in popularity since the 2008 Olympics where many athletes were sporting colored tape provoking many questions. The tape is simple. There’s no medicinal quality to it, yet it works because of the way it is laid on the body. The tape can stretch to over 180% of its original length and can be cut to flow over pretty much any muscle or joint. Once laid over the desired area it can have multiple effects such as strengthening a weak muscle, providing joint stability, relaxing a tense overused muscle, and providing postural support. It can accomplish all this by increasing the blood flow to the area without restricting any motion like other sports tapes or braces. Today there are various brands of kinesiology tape; however most provide the same results.

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A little known technic that many chiropractors use in the treatment of many musculoskeletal disorders involves a set of stainless steel tools. These tools, whose origins hail from traditional Chinese medicine, help identify and remove scar tissue from injured muscles. This technique is often called Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation (IASTM). It is also known as the Graston Technique® if the individual performing the treatment has completed the Graston Technique® Basic Training courses. Imagine a deep sports massage by using stainless steel tools. It doesn’t sound or feel pleasant,

but after a few minutes, a notable increase in range of motion and a decrease in muscle tension can be felt. It is a go-to technique that many practitioners use post-surgery when scar tissue is forming. A good analogy is the formation of a scab when you injure your skin. The broken skin doesn’t return to normal until after a scab forms and heals the injured area. Well, the same thing happens within muscles. During exercise, activity, or injury, a muscle is constantly torn and re-forms with the help of tiny scabs, or scar tissue. This scar tissue lingers around causing tension, motion restrictions, and pain. Stretches, massages, and adjustments may also help.

SOMETIMES IT TAKES A VILLAGE Now that you know a little more about the techniques chiropractors are using, it may be time to see if it works for you. There is hardly any musculoskeletal condition that they do not treat; and when their scope is out of range, most chiropractors do have a vast network of professionals ready to step in. In many cases they counsel medical doctors, physical therapists, nutritionists, and personal trainers, just to name a few.

Dr. Nataly Perez was born and raised in the Heights, where she continues to reside. Thus, it was a natural decision to open her second office on 19th street. Dr. Nataly received her education from the University of St. Thomas. Dr. Nataly received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Texas Chiropractic College and obtained a second Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology. Her off-campus preceptorship involved treating nonprofessional and professional athletes, including NFL players and Olympic medalists. Dr. Nataly is board certified and licensed by the State of Texas to practice Chiropractic and Acupuncture. She is also licensed as a Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner and a recognized Rock Doc through Rock Tape kinesiology tape.

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To whom it may Concern: I approached Tiffanie Purvis regarding finding good development sites in the Houston area. Tiffanie went to work and in no time she convinced me to develop and build homes in the Houston Heights Area. Texas Real Estate & Co. helped me to secure a large parcel of land and it was enough to develop buildA, 27 B, homes. 1416 Hollyand Unit C ICustomizable could not be more happy and satisfied New Construction with the services and expertise Tiffanie Easy Access to Downtown and her group has shown.

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