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February / March Edition Issue 13

CONTENTS

Visit Black Houston The Ultimate Travel Guide

3. Collaborate & Elevate

EDITORIAL Elevation Allah

6. Black Love Vibrations

CONTRIBUTORS Betty G. I. Muse

Elevation gives a clear vision of the reality that we live in and how we should respond accordingly.

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Poetry is the highest vibration of love languages.

10. 10 Tax Benefits of C Corporations

Are you still deciding between forming a LLC, S-Corp, or C-Corp? Source: www.guidantfinancial.com

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I would also like to acknowledge the invaluable help of Stephanie 15. Care Package for Feb. & March Coleman of Tre Magazine Poetic Equilibrium by I. Muse (www.thetremag.com) for her contribution to this 18. Top Restaurants in Houston amazing magazine. She is This is the ultimate guide to the best restaurants in a genius. I’ve learned a lot Houston and the surrounding areas. from her. I also want to give an 19. Top 10 Black Nail Techs equal amount of recogThese Sisters don’t just do Manicures, they do Pedi- nition to Marilyn Dougcures and their customer service is exceptional. Use las-Jones of Caribbean the #VisitBlackHouston #ThinkElevated hashtags on Impact (www.caribbeanInstagram when you visit them for a chance to win impact.net) . She is my $1,000 from Visit Black Houston every month. mentor in International Culture, Etiquette, and 20. Upcoming Events Politics. Ensemble Theater Stage Plays, Caribbean Parties, Net- I really appreciate these working Functions, and more. women for the insight they provide on the direc22. Free Money Women Entrepreneurs tion of Visit Black Houston Do you need capital to get your business off the which is intertwined with ground? This may be the answer to your prayers. my personal development Source: www.blackenterprise.com and improvement.

23. Live Music Venues

These venues showcase a variety of music types ranging from Jazz to Neo-Soul.

24. Top 8 Black Owned Beauty Supply Stores

These venues showcase a variety of music types ranging from Jazz to Neo-Soul.

29. Top 5 Black Dentists in Houston

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GRAPHIC DESIGN Jean Walker

These Dentists have been selected by our readers because of their professionalism, customer service, and affordability.

We also want to thank our readers for their dedication and faithfulness to the movement of Black Economic Empowerment and Self Sufficiency. Saving the best for last, I want to thank the Black business owners who understand my vision and who continue to support Visit Black Houston Magazine. Visit Black Houston ©2018

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Contributors

Betty G. / Arts & Culture Betty@VisitBlackHouston.com

Elevation / Chief Editor Elevation@VisitBlackHouston.com

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Collaborate & Elevate

Peace To the Universal Family. This is a very special Visit Black Houston because this is the dawn of a

edition of

new age of collaboration among the various components of black media.

It’s critical that we learn to work together based on the desire to innovate and to solve problems. The Visit Black Houston Network consists of various Digital Content Creators and Traditional Media Providers. If you are a business owner, you are now able to directly target the Pan-African Black demographic like never before. If you are a consumer, you’re able to access more balanced content. I’m tired of seeing how the mainstream media portrays Black people in such a negative light so i and my partners have decided to provide a truthful, yet balanced, narrative to counteract the half-truths and un-truths being exported by mainstream media from the united states to our international brothers and sisters.

We all have opportunities to align ourselves with other like minded people on a regular basis. Please, take the

legacy

time to recognize the greatness in your brother as you see the greatness in yourself.

This doesn’t mean you have to en-

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dure any situation that can negatively impact your business

10% of what happens to us and 90% about how we respond.” The science of business is a subject matter, worth our time and effort in understanding. Our competency, capability, and commitment needs to be forged under fire similar to how a japanese sword is manufactured. Subscribe to the Visit Black Houston YouTube channel, now, and watch “collaborate & elevate”.

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Text the word “ADVERTISE” to 713.999.3732 and http://youtube.com/visitblackhoustontexas will be sent directly to your phone. Watch the video and leave us your feedback. “A fight between grasshoppers is a joy to the crow.” ~ Lesotho proverb We’re still looking for more partnerships. Call or Email me, directly at 832.707.5057. Let’s build. If you’re willing to work with me, I’m willing to work with you to create solutions that can resolve our problems. #WorkElevated #ThinkElevated #BeElevated

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Black Love Vibrations by I. Muse W

e prepare to move into February, one of two months added to the calendar year by the Romans. Believe it or not, before February was coined the “love month,” or the month observed to celebrate Black History Month, its Latin root word carries a meaning of purification. I suppose it makes sense, as it is the last full month of Winter Solstice. It is Aquarius and Pisces season, the last of the two zodiac houses. The fixed air and the mutable waters create an air of enchantment, innovating our connections to all around us. Its 2 vibration naturally allures us to join together in all the ways of love, so far beyond Cupid’s flying arrows. 2018 in itself is a 2 year, so the energies of enchantment and love will be doubled this month. Highlighted changes in perspective of the opposite sex among our people make it interesting. As we all have our unique experiences with love, similar patterns of the imbalanced 2(division) haunt us as a race of people. As love, and other strong desires lead to procreation, it is important that we balance imbalanced patterns for a more healthy and abundant population. As we move into transforming ourselves into embodiments of the Divine Masculine and Feminine selves, here are a few things to consider that my help balance the 2 energies of black love: Let us first explore the intimate energies of loving self, without demeaning others. Release all that prevents loving self in its unique design of the Creator/ess. Starting there will certainly boost love for a partner, then for a community, and remember that no one will love us more than we are willing to love ourselves. May we end the oppression we either deliberately or unknowingly impose on one another. Black women are not collectors’ items, objects, untrustworthy jezebels, conversation pieces, bragging rights, territory, or beings void of a mind of our own, just waiting to be controlled. We are spiritual beings of endless possibility whose minds, souls, and spirits deserve to be loved, nurtured, and protected. Black men are not sorry, low down, breeders, beaters, lil’boys, objects, scapegoats, liars, cheaters, deadbeat fathers, and other random expletives. They are spiritual beings of endless possibility whose minds, souls, and spirits deserve to be loved, nurtured, and protected. As we create the proper balances in our own hearts and minds, we affect the caliber of people we attract...then we can do some serious loving and building! Unfortunately there are those who may fit the aforementioned stereotypes, on both sides of gender. I say half-jokingly, the division energies of the number 2 should be implemented there...as perhaps 6 | Visit Black Houston Magazine


Text “ADVERTISE” to 713.999.3732 to be receive our current magazine advertising kit. we should come up with a term for our brothers and sisters yet to give black men and women a respected name of love, without generalizing the whole group. Another element of love energies for us this month come from the echoes of our ancestors and living legends in Black History Month. Black history should be every day, year ‘round. It is up to us to let the shortest month of the year become an everyday thing, more memorized than a favorite song. However, I do find it interesting that Black History and heightened love share this month, as we should remember the love of the people who struggled fought and even died for our progress...and let’s not stop at the popular names. Let us revitalize the archives of our personal ancestors, and speak to our living legends about their stories. Take this month to saturate yourselves with love for self-love for your people, and love for your legacies, and may the sky and sea energies carry that love throughout the year! March marks the month of yet another New Year’s celebration, the most important one in my theory: as March 21 marks the end of Winter Solstice, and the beginning of Spring Equinox. Four complete seasons equal a whole year. March brings the zodiac seasons of Pisces and Aries, the exit to the twelfth house and the entry back into the first house, Aries. Mutable waters catch fire for innovation. The month is ruled by Mars, and is the first of the original 10 months of the calendar year. All hibernating during the winter blossoms in the spring, and March rises the temperature, and brings us out into the sun...and new social circles! May our legacies and innovations lead to proactive new beginnings, fueled by the most powerful energy in the Universe-LOVE.

“Pride...If you haven’t got it, you can’t show it. If you got, you can’t hide it.” Zora Neale Hurston Where to find Visit Black Houston Magazine 1. Mikki’s Soul Food 10500 West Bellfort Ave,77031 2. Cool Runnings 8270 West Bellfort Ave, 77071 3. Sunshine’s Vegetarian Deli 3102 Old Spanish Trail, 77054 4. Arlene’s Home Store 8312 Broadway St,77061 5. S.H.A.P.E. Community Center 3815 Live Oak, 77004 6. Unity National Bank 2602 Blodgett St, 77004 7. Reggae Bodega 4816 Almeda Rd, 77004

8. Walgreens 1307 Fm 1092 Rd, Missouri City, TX 77459 9. Henry’s Place 1020 Cypress Creek Pkwy, 77090 10. Mitchell’s Fine Furniture 2560 FM 1960, 77073 11. Trend Barber College 16950 Ella Blvd, 77090 12. Mobil Gas Station 15502 Fondren Rd, Missouri City, TX 77489 13. Stripes Gas Station 2329 Southmore Blvd,TX 77004 14. CVS 8620 Jones Road, 77065

15. CVS 3811 Old Spanish Trail, 77021 16. Slayyed Beauty Lounge 1319 Cypress Creek Parkway, 77090 17. Daiquiri Explosion 9223 Main St, 77025 18. Tropical Diner 3111 N Fry Rd, Katy, TX 77449 19. Frenchy’s Chicken 9415 Broadway St, Pearland, 77584 20. Glazed the Doughnut Cafe 1333 Old Spanish Trail, 77054 Email suggestions for new locations to SUGGESTIONS@VisitBlackHouston.com

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10 Tax Benefits of C Corporations Picking the right business structure is one of the biggest decisions that entrepreneurs make when starting a new small business. To protect personal assets from company liabilities such as lawsuits and debts, business owners usually choose to incorporate. That’s when they encounter a real alphabet soup of options: LLCs, S corporations and C corporations. How do you pick which option fits your company best? The biggest differences between business structures emerge clearly around tax time. Limited liability companies (LLCs) and S corps (small business corporations governed by Subchapter S of the Internal Revenue Code) are “pass-through” entities whose profits are reported on the shareholders’ personal tax returns. On the other hand, C corps (governed by — you guessed it! — Subchapter C of the tax code) are not pass-through entities, meaning earnings are taxed at the corporate level and any dividends distributed are taxed at the shareholder’s personal level. Despite many potential small business tax deductions with C corps, many for-profit businesses (which are C corps by default when they incorporate) convert to S corps to avoid the double taxation issue. Why a C corporation? Why would small business owners ever opt for the C corp route? Well, despite the potential double tax hit, this business structure can actually help entrepreneurs lower their overall tax burden. This traditional structure can serve as an immensely useful tool for shifting income for tax purposes, on top of numerous tax write-offs and advantages in attracting future financing. In fact, many companies use the C corporation structure, regardless of size. Here are ten powerful reasons for picking “Option C”: 1. Minimizing your overall tax burden. Depending on the amount of profit your company makes and your individual tax bracket, a C corporation could help you minimize taxes. As shown in the corporate rate schedule on page 17 of Form 1120, the IRS taxes different levels of profit at different rates, sometimes much lower than individual rates. For example, the first $50,000 in profit is taxed at a rate of 15 percent, as opposed to 28 percent for an individual with that same amount of income. 2. Carrying profits and losses forward and backward. Whereas the fiscal year must coincide with the calendar year for LLCs and S corps, C corps enjoy more flexibility in determining their fiscal year. Thus, shareholders can shift income more easily, deciding what year to pay taxes on bonuses and when to take losses, which can substantially reduce tax bills. 3. Accumulating funds for future expansion at a lower tax cost. The C corporation model allows shareholders to shift income readily and retain earnings within the company for future growth, usually at a lower cost than for pass-through entities. Since profits from S corporations appear on shareholders’ tax returns whether they have taken a distribution or not, owners can get bumped into higher tax brackets even though they plow profits back into the company. 4. Writing off salaries and bonuses. Shareholders of C corps can serve as salaried employees. While these salaries and bonuses fall subject to payroll taxes and Social Security and Medicare contributions, the corporation can fully deduct its share of payroll taxes. Moreover, the company can pay employees enough so that no taxable profits remain at the end of the fiscal year (within reason, of course; the IRS does check that the salaries correspond to the services that shareholders provide as employees). Shareholders frequently use this option rather than receive dividends, which would indeed be taxed twice. 5. Deducting 100% of medical premiums and other fringe benefits. As long as the company makes fringe benefits equally available to all employees, not just shareholders, there are many hefty tax write-offs possible for a C corp that individual employees also receive tax free: medical reimbursement plans and

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medical costs from gross income but have to declare these same fringe benefits as income.

6. Writing off charitable contributions. C corps are the only kind of corporate entity that can deduct contributions (of not more than 10 percent of taxable income in any given year) to eligible charities as a business expense. You can carry over charitable donations above the limit to the next five tax years, too. 7. Carrying losses over multiple years. This business structure can take large capital and operating losses, and the IRS does not tend to scrutinize businesses, especially new ones, if they show losses several years running. This is especially important for start-ups that may take substantial losses in the first year but wish to carry them forward to future years. 8. Enjoying fewer ownership restrictions than S corps. S corporations have numerous rules limiting ownership: no more than 100 shareholders, no non-resident alien owners and no non-individual owners (with few exceptions), for starters. They also may not issue more than one class of stock. When entrepreneurs are seeking equity investors, these limitations may keep their hands tied. 9. Encouraging passive investors. One much-lauded advantage of S corporations is the ability to pass losses through to individual tax returns. However, this only applies to partners who participate actively in the management of the corporation. Thus, passive investors tend to fare better tax-wise under C corporations. 10. Attracting financing and going public. Venture capitalists prefer the flexible ownership of the C corp business structure, and some forms of small business financing are only open to C corporations, such as Rollovers for Business Start-Ups (ROBS). Down the road, a small business enterprise might grow into a very big one, large enough to attract funding as a publicly traded company on a national stock exchange, in which case it must be a C corp as well.

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A Care Package for February and March February added March the true beginning The globe seems to be spinning on man-made time.

To new heights all aligned Will climb Hardly noticing cause we loving the grind.

Winter solstice ending Spring equinox starts Black history gets a given notice Along with matters of the heart Why the shortest month? To give our growth a stunt? May it be up to us? To keep love and ancestral essence Living legend contributions’ presence On the forefront of our minds and souls

So our tales may be told To our children with love Truth And as refreshing as lavender sprouts

Of new beginning. #PoeticallyMused iijmuse@poeticallymused.org

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Top 18 Restaurants in Houston #NoPassportNeeded 1. Nedzra’s (Fridays & Saturdays) 3815 Live Oak (inside S.H.A.P.E.) Houston, TX 77004 (713) 521-0641 2. Bernie’s Caribbean Grill (Mondays) 3815 Live Oak (inside S.H.A.P.E.) Houston, TX 77004 (832) 418-1066 3. Boogies Chicago Style BBQ 1767 Texas Pkwy, Missouri City, TX 77489 (281) 969-8626 www.boogieschicagostylebbq.com 4. D’Marco’s Pizzeria 11102 S Texas 6 #106 Sugar Land, TX 77498 (281) 575-6100 www.dmarcospizzeria.com 5. Cool Runnings 8270 W Bellfort Ave Houston, TX 77071 (713) 777-1566 www.coolrunningsjamaicangrill.com 6. Tropical Diner 3111 N Fry Rd Katy, TX 77449 (281) 579-9060 www.jamaicanfoodhouston.com

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7. Lucy’s Ethiopian Restaurant 6800 Southwest Fwy Houston, TX 77074 (713) 334-0000 www.lucyhouston.com

13. Cafe Abuja 15015 Westheimer Rd Houston, TX 77082 (713) 344-1569 www.CafeAbuja.com

8. Ogun Art & Wine Bar 920 Studemont St #150 Houston, TX 77007 (281) 501-1788 www.ogunartwine.com

14. Smokin’ BBQ 954 Cypress Creek Pkwy Houston, TX 77090 (281) 583-4699 www.smokinbbqsouthernstyle.com

9. Sunshine’s Vegetarian Deli 3102 Old Spanish Trail Houston, TX 77054 (713) 643-2884 www.sunshineckls.com

15. Golden Krust Caribbean Grill 8366 Westheimer Rd. Houston, TX 77063 (281) 974-1785 www.goldenkrustbakery.com

10. Dorian’s Creole Soul Food 1605 South Victory Dr. Houston, TX 77088 (832) 328-0299

16. Unique African Cuisine 6101 Wilcrest Dr Houston, Tx 77072 (281) 575-1665

11. Christine’s Soul Food 3075 Gears Rd Houston, TX 77067 (281) 591-1909 www.christinessoulfood.com

17. Haitian Caribbean Bakery 12600 Bissonnet St Houston, TX 77099 (281) 741-9782 www.haitiancaribbeanrestaurant.com

12. Blue Nile Restaurant 3030 Audley St Houston, TX 77098 (346) 802-2999 www.bluenilerestaurant.com

18. Caribbean PepperPot 1110 Texas Pkwy Missouri City, TX 77477 (281) 208-7964


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Top 10 Nail Techs in Houston (manicure+Pedicure) 1. Fatimah 832.616.8646 5702 Belarbor Houston, TX 77033 2. Sherry 832.795.6361 5702 Belarbor houston, TX 77033 3. Lola 713.965.4367 11201 Richmond Ave Houston, TX 77082 4. Cynthia 713.909.4260 521 Atrium Dr suite 370 Houston TX 77060 5. Silky 816.716.9739 1319 Cypress Creek Pkwy Houston, TX 77090 6. Tiffany 281.216.8423 2107 West 43rd street Houston, Texas 77018 7. Audrey 832.887.7028 2310 Alabama St Houston, TX 77004 8. Katrina 832.805.4021 8191 Southwest Fwy Houston, TX 77074 9. Delana 504.914.0707 12350 Westheimer Rd Houston, TX 77077 10. Trini 832.314.9887 2647 Winrock Blvd Houston, TX 77057

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UPCOMING EVENTS Stage Plays Caribbean Parties Buy Black Marketplace

Fetch Clay, Make Man January 25,208 to February 25,2018 www.ensemblehouston.com West African Film Festival February 9, 2018 www.eventbrite.com Caribbean Chamber of Commerce February 12, 2018 www.caribbeanchamber.org African American History Parade February 17, 2018 www.awjproduction.com

Caribbean Hits Midtown: Traffic Light Party February 17, 2018 www.eventbrite.com

Monthly Caribbean Party (Always Last Friday) February 23, 2018 www.eventbrite.com Buffalo Soldiers 18th Annual Benefit Gala February 23, 2018 www.buffalosoldiermuseum.com Houston Creole Mardi Gras Festival Feb. 24, 2018 www.eventbrite.com Buy Black Marketplace (Always First Saturday) March 3, 2018 www.eventbrite.com KANZI Fest 2018 March 16, 2018 www.eventbrite.com 1804: The Hidden History of Haiti March 30, 2018 HCC Spring Branch Campus (832) 495-7986 Buy Black Marketplace (Always First Saturday) April 7, 2018 www.eventbrite.com Houston Fashion Week® “AFRICA” Fashion Show April 18, 2018 www.eventbrite.com Ankara Bazaar - Houston May 5, 2018 www.eventbrite.com Buy Black Marketplace (Always First Saturday) May 5, 2018 www.eventbrite.com BOTTLE FETE 2018 - “Kingdom Of Flags” July 7, 2018 www.eventbrite.com

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What is Fufu? ufu (variants of the name include

foofoo, fufuo, foufou) is a staple food common in many countries in

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fingers, and a small ball of it can be dipped into an accompanying soup or sauce.

Foods made in this manner are

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7 TOP GRANTS OR FREE MONEY FOR BLACK WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS

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omen are the growing face of business given that 30% of all U.S. businesses–9.4 million in total– are owned by women. Of which, 14% are controlled by black women who are generating $52.6 billion in combined revenues and employing 297,500 workers. With the number of women starting businesses continuing to skyrocket, the greater the need for access to capital to help grow and scale these businesses. Yet, women entrepreneurs continue to get shortchanged when it comes to getting bank loans, venture capital, and angel investments. To help ease this barrier, there are a number of grants available to small businesses.

Here are seven grants black women business owners should consider: InnovateHER The InnovateHER Innovating for Women Business Challenge is sponsored by the Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Women’s Business Ownership. Three winners are awarded $30,000 in prize money for businesses with products and services that have an impact on the lives of women and their families. Intuit “Love A Local Business” Competition Intuit host a competition that gives away $25,000 small business grants to businesses based on votes. The average award is $5,000, but there are larger grand prizes depending on each year’s focus. The program has given away over $1 million since inception. Check the site frequently to see when is the next round. FedEx Opportunity Knocks –Small Business Grant Share your small-business story and enter for a chance to win the top prize–$25,000. There’s also one $15,000 winner and eight $7,500 winners. Part of the judging involves the general public voting for the finalists, so participants may promote their businesses while garnering votes. Miller Lite Tap the Future This business plan competition is a great way for new entrepreneurs with innovative ideas to win capital for their companies in the form of prizes ranging from $5,000 to as much as $200,000 or more. This competition is aimed especially at minority entrepreneurs and is sponsored by MillerCoors. Minority Business Development Agency The MBDA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce that assists minorities and women in establishing and growing their businesses. On its site, you can research grants and access links to state agencies that work with women-owned businesses for funding opportunities. National Association for the Self-Employed Growth Grants This program allows business owners to apply for financing a particular small business need. Worth up to $4,000 each, past recipients used their growth grants to purchase computers, hire part-time help, and create marketing materials. The Amber Grant Foundation Awards $500 to a different women-owned business every month. At the end of each year, one of the 12 grant winners is awarded an additional $2,000. The application is relatively simple: Applicants must explain what your business is and describe what you’d do with the grant money. The foundation’s advisory board chooses the winners, looking for women with passion and a good story. 22 | Visit Black Houston Magazine


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Live Music 1. Prospect Park www.prospectparkrestaurants.com (281) 853-5851 2. Martini Blu www.martiniblu1.com (832) 965-5580 3. Dolce Ultra Lounge & Bistro www.dolcehouston.com (832) 427-1526 4. Phil & Derek’s Jazz Club www.philanddereks.com (281) 501-3261 5. Cafe 4212 (Mondays) www.cafe4212.com (713) 522-4212 6. Cool Runnings (Saturdays) www.coolrunningsjamaicangrill.com (713) 777-1566

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Top 8 beauty supply stores Available Online

1. Mother’s Hair Beauty Supply 239 W. Tidwell Suite F4, Houston, TX 77022 (346) 308-5860 2. Anan Beauty Supply 8326 Broadway St, Houston, TX 77061 (713) 643-7668 3. Brashae’s Beauty Supply 11902 S Gessner Rd, Houston, TX 77071 (713) 541-2279 4. Obsidian Beauty Supply 9344 Jones Rd, Houston, TX 77065 (281) 477-7910 5. Pampered & Twisted 15015 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77082 (281) 862-8759 6. Pampered & Twisted 8201 Broadway St #127, Pearland, TX 77581 (832) 802-8752 7. Brashae’s Beauty Supply 11902 S Gessner Rd, Houston, TX 77071 (713) 541-2279 8. Tendrils & Curls 3527 Hwy 6 #150, Sugar Land, TX 77478 (832) 939-8549

Top 3 Liquor Stores 1. Goode’s Liquor (Midtown) 3708 Emancipation Ave, Houston, TX 77004 (225) 933-8772 2. Color Liquor Store (Northwest) 14145 Northwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77040 (832) 409-6798 3. Posh Liquors (Downtown) 1602 San Jacinto St, Houston, TX 77002 (713) 228-3339

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2018 List of Senior Discounts Restaurants 1.Applebee’s Senior Discount: 10-15% off (varies by location) 2.Arby’s Senior Discount: 10% off – Also reports of a free drink (55+) 3.A&W Senior Discount All American Food: 10% Senior discount 4.Ben & Jerry’s: 10% off for seniors (60+) varies by location verified 5.Bennigan’s Senior Discount: Discount varies by location (60+) 6.Bonefish Grill Senior Discount: AARP members 10% off verified 7.Boston Market Senior Discounts: Discount varies by location (65+) 8.Burger King Senior Discount: 10% off (60+) (coffee and soft drinks included) 9. Carrabba’s Italian Grill: 10% off entire meal for AARP Members 10. Chart House: 10% off for AARP members only verified 11. Chick-fil-A offers a free refillable senior drink, not including coffee. 12. Chili’s offers a 10% senior discount (55+) verified 13. Denny’s: Senior discount varies by location, 15% off for AARP members verified 14. Dunkin’ Donuts Senior Discount: AARP members receive a free donut 15. Einstein’s Bagels: 10% off (60+) 16. El Pollo Loco: 10% senior discount (60+), 15% military discount verified 17. Golden Corral: Senior discount varies by location verified 18. Hardee’s: $0.33 beverages everyday -also reports of 10% off (52+) 19. IHOP: Great discounts on senior menu items (55+) verified 20. Jack in the Box: up to 20% off (55+) 21. KFC: Free small drink with any meal (55+) 22. Landry’s Seafood Senior Discounts: 10% off for AARP members (50+) verified 23. Long John Silver’s: Various discounts at locations (55+) 24. McCormick & Schmick’s: 10% savings for AARP members (50+) 25. McDonald’s: Discounts on coffee everyday (55+) 26. Outback Steakhouse: 10% off AARP members for meals 27. Polo Tropical: 10% off (50+) 28. Sonic: 10% off or free beverage (60+) varies by location 29. Steak ‘n Shake: 10% off every Monday & Tuesday (50+) 30. Subway: 10% off (60+) varies by location verified 31. Taco Bell: 5% off; free beverages for seniors (65+) 32. TCBY: 10% off (55+) 33. Waffle House Senior Discounts: 10% off every Monday (60+) 34. Whataburger: Free drink w/ purchase of a meal- varies by loc. (55+)

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Top 5 Dentists in Houston 1. Dr. Ka-Ron Wade 2101 Crawford St #103 Houston, TX 77002 (713) 654-7756 www.cosmeticdentaltexas.com 2. Dr. Heather Brown 2636 South Loop W, Ste 100 Houston, Texas 77584 (713) 665-4455 www.drheatherbrown.com 3. Dr. Zeb Poindexter 7703 Cullen Blvd Houston, Texas 77051 (713) 734-7611 www.poindexterdental.com 4. Dr. Sharel Sly 5927 Almeda Road Suite J Houston, TX 77004 (713) 522-1717 www.hermannparksmiles.com 5. Dr. Heather Bryant 13215 Grant Rd. Suite #600 Cypress, Texas 77429 (832) 717-3000 www.genesisfamilydentistry.com

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11 Places where kids eat free 1. Antonia’s Cucina Italiana A casual Italian restaurant that offers special touches for birthdays. Prices average $12 for lunch, $15 for dinner. ​ Kids eat free: 12 and younger. One free meal Sundays and Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 2. The Backyard Grill Two free kids’ meals with purchase of adult entrée on Wednesdays after 5 p.m. 4. Candelari’s Authentic Euro-style pizza, pasta, and sub sandwiches. Pizzas range from $11 to $25. Happy hour prices from 3 pm. to 7 p.m. for adults. Cypress location only. Kids eat free: 10 and younger. All day Wednesdays with purchase of adult entrée or pizza. 5. Capone’s Oven A 1920’s-style restaurant that specializes in gourmet pizzas. Prices average $11 for lunch, $20 for dinner. Kids eat free: Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with purchase of pizza or entrée. 6. Catfish Willy’s A casual seafood restaurant with a Southern flair, specializing in down-home favorites such as grilled catfish, gumbo, and crawfish. Prices average $8 for breakfast, $10 for lunch and dinner. Kids eat free: Thursday nights with the purchase of a combo meal. 7. French Quarter Cajun Seafood Cajun fare with a Big Easy flair in a casual setting. Prices average $9 for breakfast, $13 for lunch and dinner. Kids eat free: 12 and younger. One meal with the purchase of an adult entrée from Mondays to Thursdays from 4 to 9 p.m. 8. IT’Z Houston Buffet-style restaurant in a fun atmosphere that includes games and themed dining rooms. Prices average $6 for lunch, $8 for dinner. Games not included in the meal price.​ Kids eat free: 12 and younger. Two kids’ buffets per one adult on Thursdays. Children 3 and younger always eat free. 9. Luby’s Cafeteria-style restaurant serving American favorites such as chicken-fried steak and mashed potatoes. Kids eat free: Free meal with the purchase of an adult entrée on Wednesdays and Saturdays after 11 a.m. Coupon from website required. 10. Mazzei’s Gourmet Pizza Casual dining with brick-oven and deep-dish pizzas with an emphasis on fresh ingredients. Prices average $9 for lunch, $10 for dinner. Closed Tuesdays.​ Kids eat free: Six and younger can get a free drink. 11. Thai Spice Traditional Thai cuisine offering menu items as well as buffet. Free Wi-Fi available at all locations. Kids eat free: Kids shorter than the cashier counter eat free daily. Includes buffet.

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