Heights Mercantile, a development by Radom Capital LLC at 7th and Yale, is 99 percent leased according to Steve Radom, who also notes that they have their final space out for signature.
Chubbies, the lifestyle apparel brand based in California that focuses on swimwear, shorts and casual clothing, was the first open tenant prior to the Fourth of July. They have been joined by Saint Lo Boutique, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Bespoke, Marine Layer, Will Leather Goods, Define, Melange Creperie and Lululemon.
Three recent arrivals are Warby Parker, The Impeccable Pig and Q Clothier/Rye 51.
Warby Parker Heights opened in early October. The custom eyewear business has locations in 23 states and one in Canada. For seven years, Houstonians could buy eyewear online from Warby Parker, but Heights Mercantile is their first Houston storefront.
“We’ve been looking for the perfect spot to set up shop in the city for a long time,” wrote CEO Dave Gilboa in a press release.
The Heights location looks like a classic library. As an homage to their spot by the bike trail, and to encourage walk-ins, they’ve installed a glasses shaped bike rack outside their door. If you can’t decide on glasses while you are in the store, an advisor will send you a digital overview of the frames you tried on during your visit.
The Impeccable Pig
The Impeccable Pig started in Dallas as a home decor shop, but shifted toward apparel in 2005.
There are 20 locations of the store in the southeastern United States with one existing Houston storefront in Rice Village. The Heights Mercantile location has been open a month.
Cameron Van Patten describes the clothes as those appropriate for an “everyday girl that are also super affordable.” She says the highest price item would be a dress for $80.
“Owners Laura Robbins and Jennifer Correa are a mother daughter team,” said Van Patten. “Jennifer is a mom of two so she looks for things that would suit a range of ages, from middle school girls to their moms.”
Q Clothier/Rye 51
Sales associate Jordan West explains that the store has a dual focus. Q Clothier offers custom men’s suits and Rye 51 is their ready to wear branch that offers a range of men’s business and casual clothing.
The Heights Mercantile location is the second one in Houston. There is also a store at Kirby and Westheimer.
West says they’ve been open for seven weeks and are getting good traffic from the hike and bike trail.
“People will run by and see us and then come back by later,” said West.
He says customers range from 20 to 80 years of age. The market for custom suits tend to be older professionals in the legal or real estate realm while younger patrons might come in for a blazer and jeans to get ready for the weekend. A custom suit takes 4 to 6 weeks to make.
“For custom jobs, we have a customer’s measurements so women can come in and shop for them,” he said.
Remaining Heights Mercantile tenants Local Foods will open in late November, Paloma Beauty will open late December and Postino Wine Café will open in early 2018.