Walking through the array of vendors at a farmers market is the perfect way to spend the morning on any given weekend. With seasonal fruits and veggies always available and friendly faces behind the tables, farmers markets make grocery shopping fun—especially because some of the best are close to home. Grocery stores sell items marked organic, natural, cage-free, but with the rules forever changing on what food companies can decided to exclude on the label, it’s nice to go to a farmers market and meet someone who can actually answer questions or address concerns. The fact that they are local is the cherry on top of a community coming together to support one another. Luckily, The Leader area has a few farmers markets that offer delicious produce and more. A favorite market in the … [Read more...] about Locals help locals with farmer’s markets
A fresh cup of coffee or a delicious dish are pleasures all to themselves, but with some local businesses, the good feelings continue after the meal is over. Coffee shop and non-profit A 2nd Cup, located at 1111 East 11th Street, started in 2012 — not only to raise awareness about human trafficking in Houston, but also to help survivors start over. Development and Communications Director Julie Jackson said that until 2015, A 2nd Cup occupied what they lovingly referred to as their “incubator” space in next door’s Vineyard Church. There is a director staff of three – Jackson, Executive Director and founder Erica Raggett, and Operations Director Brooke Evans who all operate under the leadership of a board of directors. “While none of us have personally dealt with the direct effects … [Read more...] about Changing lives one coffee cup, meal at a time
Fueling is second-nature to many; often acting simply as a minor pit stop. But neighborhood growth has led to an influx of filling stations along North Shepherd, T.C. Jester, and other local roads in recent years – which has been striking to some, but a non-issue for others. Just between Durham from just south of Loop 610 up North Shepherd to West Tidwell (five miles), three Shell stations and a Gulf Station take up residence. Up and down T.C. Jester Boulevard, there are two stations (with a third currently under construction). In the Heights – just down the road from one of the Shell stations – an Exxon is currently under construction near 16th Street, which begs the question: is the need truly that great that such an influx is necessary? “Every time we pass [the construction near … [Read more...] about Filling stations taking over local stretches
By Jeanette Black For The Leader “Soon” says Ali Nahhas, owner of the mom and pop style business. “We are predicting a “soft opening” on June 1, if progress continues as it is now.” Ali, who started in the food business over 20 years ago, is really looking forward to being part of the Oak Forest, Garden Oaks, and Heights communities. Being part of a neighborhood is important to him. He enjoys knowing people’s names when they come in, who and how their family members are. He wants to become involved in all aspects of the community, including helping out local non-profits when he can. Aladdin is a family friendly cafeteria styled business where the food tastes like home cooking. The Mediterranean cuisine is always fresh and flavorful. Portions are filling, prices are reasonable, … [Read more...] about When will Aladdin open in OF?
Braun Enterprises recently sent out a flyer about their development on 2522 Yale Street, which is close to the Whole Foods 365 that will be opening at Yale and 610. The development will be two different buildings in addition to popular Treadsack bar Johnny’s Gold Brick, which will be staying. “We are building around it,” said Braun’s Zach Wolf. The total size of the development is 12,574 square feet with about 8,000 square feet available in building one and 3,000 square feet in building two. One recent tenant is Bishops Cuts/Color, a barber shop and hair salon based in San Diego, CA. They are a unisex establishment, according to their website, that caters to men’s cuts and women’s haircuts. They also offer men’s shaves and beard trimming service. For more information about the … [Read more...] about Braun announces Houston Heights Retail Development for lease