It was a day to remember last Saturday at the Festival of Abilities at Oak Forest Park, both because of the record crowd but also because of the announcement from District C’s Council Member and Houston’s Mayor Pro Tem Ellen Cohen that she had authorized a $150,000 allocation from her Council District Service Fund (CDSF) for the Playground for All Abilities at the park. Each district council member has a CDSF, which is a discretionary account, to utilize for small-scale localized projects in their districts. “I am pleased to share my strong support for the Friends of Oak Forest Park,” said Cohen. On hand with Cohen for the announcement were Mayor Sylvester Turner, Commissioner Jack R. Cagle, Harris County Precinct 4, Maria Town, Director of the Mayor’s Office for People with … [Read more...] about An over the top day
BB’s to open in two weeks Brooks Bassler with BB’s Café said that they will be opening in the next two weeks. They are currently getting all their staff needs met and look forward to serving up their ‘Cajun inspiration and a Texas twist’ cuisine to the Oak Forest/Garden Oaks area. Marble Slab Creamery will be open by then as well. The Purple Cat Resale and Thrift closing brick and mortar The resale shop at 2128 W. 34th St. closed its doors on Friday Oct. 26. Their social media post said – “We have been able to really do some good, and will be moving to the on-line market (eBay, etc), and hopefully estate sales, to continue to raise money for Fix Your Pets Houston.” They told customers to keep an eye out online for future donation drop off/pick up options and for the big rummage sales … [Read more...] about Business Briefs: BB’s Café set to open, fire damages Presidio
When Wabash Feed & Garden Store owners Betty Heacker and Devin Jones got their spruced up new bus, they considered using it for deliveries but decided instead just to use it for exposure. It’s been two years since Wabash moved to 4537 N. Shepherd Dr. and promotion is still as important as ever. When deciding where to move from their longtime location on Washington Avenue, Heacker said that part of the process was looking at their mailing list. “We knew that a large percentage of our customers were already here,” said Heacker. Still, she did understand that they’d lose business from the Memorial area and River Oaks. “We knew when we moved that we could grow,” said Heacker. “We wanted to connect to the new neighborhood.” Wabash is doing that by starting to host more events … [Read more...] about It’s two years for Wabash on N. Shepherd
There are certain kinds of neighborhood news that draw incredible reader response. The potential revival of Tradewinds Skating Rink was one, the sale of Hickory Hollow another. In recent days, the questions about the long term stability of Sears have brought a flood of memoires about the beloved store. Here are some of them: My grandfather worked in shipping/receiving from the early 50’s until he retired in 1983 or 84. I remember being allowed to go visit him every now and then, and seeing him was more exciting than the popcorn and candy in the store. I remember how busy the store always was, and how busy he was, because Sears carried everything from baby clothes to tombstones. - Andy Tomczeszyn I grew up on the Northside. My mother and dad shopped there all their life. I remember … [Read more...] about Readers reflect on their Sears shopping experience of yesteryear
While there is no official word about the long term viability of Sears, for now, the store on North Shepherd will remain open. Still, the news of more store closings and of the company’s bankruptcy has stirred many memories of the location in Garden Oaks. For numerous people The Leader heard from, it was the candy counter that loomed large in their memories. “My mother enjoyed shopping,” said Stephen Johnson. “As a youngster fearing boredom, I resisted the annual school clothes trip to the [Garden Oaks] Sears. “My canny mother ensured compliance by reminding me of the Sears candy counter -- the finest I’d ever seen. I still think of that candy counter, though it has been gone many years. My sympathy to those who never had that experience.” “As a child I would often accompany my … [Read more...] about End of an Era?