When David Adickes owned Sculpturworx Studio at 2500 Summer St. just off I-10, he used the lot behind his building to house his collection of massive sculptures, including 18 foot heads of many U.S. presidents and 36 foot tall statues of the four Beatles. The site attracted both locals and tourists galore. Even after he sold the building to Phil Arnett and L.E. “Chap” Chapman, the heads stayed put for a while but in late 2014 the space was needed for a parking lot to accommodate the patrons of the 16,000 square foot entertainment venue that now occupies the third floor of Summer Street. So the heads moved in late 2014 to Adickes’ Nance Street studios (northwest corner of the I-10 and highway 59 interchange.) Teddy Roosevelt and company are still visible from the street but the gate is … [Read more...] about Where did the presidents go?
By Jacob Millwee Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce President It is our nature to be optimistic about the future. Hope is the eternal savior of mankind, and it is no less so for us in the Heights as we consider where we are going as a community in the next few years. We have an obligation though, as we look down the road at all the wonderful places we are going, to also spot the pot holes and plan for the detours. The Heights has spent the last few years in a period of revival, spurred mainly on by the revitalization of the residential real estate market. New homes have been built and old homes renovated, and fresh new people have moved in next door to our wonderful long time stalwarts. This in turn has strengthened our local economy, breathing life into community favorite … [Read more...] about From the Chamber: Oil and Optimism
Anticipation continues to mount for the reopening of the historic Heights Theater, as construction on the interior of the building has finally begun. The Leader first broke the news last year that the theater, which first opened its doors in 1929, has been bought by Edwin Cabaniss, the owner of the Kessler Theater in Dallas. The building itself has remained in the hands of local owners Gus and Sharon Kopriva; however the venue will be getting new life under its new proprietor. According to Cabaniss, the theater is safe from distortion or removal, and is about to assume its rightful position as the cultural heart of the Heights. The venue occupies about 7,000 square feet, and will open this summer as a 300- to 700-seat flexible entertainment facility complete with a historically … [Read more...] about Putting the ‘art’ in heart at Heights Theater
The influx of young professionals with money to spend and bodies to maintain (or otherwise improve) has played a big role in the development of athletic centers like gyms. Now, O Athletik is throwing its hat in the ring with a new facility that aims to be a one-stop-shop for fitness needs. The 35,000 square foot facility is finishing its final stages of construction at its home at 767 North Shepherd Drive, just south of the UT Health Physicians Center in the Heights. Operations manager Brian Kawano said he envisions the gym area opening by Feb. 1, and he and his company will be doing their best to attract the Millennial market by offering a variety of activities under one roof. “Most people have to get multiple memberships for multiple venues,” Kawano said. “We’re focusing on being a … [Read more...] about New fitness centers target Heights-area Millennial market
Yvonne Ojeada says she’s watched the neighborhood change for the past 16 years at her Washington Avenue cleaners business. She said she opened her business in 2000 and remembers the area much different than it is now. “This area was very small and not very many people,” Yvonne Ojeda said. “The customers that I have now are all mostly new. When I first opened, my customers were very few [in numbers] since very few lived in this area.” To many that frequent Nifty Cleaners, her customers know her as “Yvonne”. This year, Yvonne and Nifty Cleaners celebrate 16 years of business and the best part, to Yvvone, is her customers. “I have very loyal customers,” Yvonne said. “This business wouldn’t operate if you don’t have loyal customers. I work long hours, but even on days off, I miss my … [Read more...] about Business Spotlight: Nifty Cleaners grows with the neighborhood