Bryan Clary and Zack Hiller were college roommates who wanted to find a way to work together. The answer as Clary announced on Facebook recently is William Price Distilling, which will occupy space at 970 Wakefield Dr., the former site of an engine repair company.
“We’re taking over the lease in February,” Clary said.
Clary said he and Hiller have received their Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Their federal permit from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is being processed.
Clary said there will be significant renovation of the building, with the addition of a cocktail lounge and a tasting room. The cocktail lounge will two stories to show off the 20-foot stills from Scotland that will be added.
“Our goal is to make a flagship bourbon and we’ll sell our souls to get there,” Clary said.
They also will make gin and vodka, sourcing rum, rye and some bourbon from Kentucky.
Jellyfish Sushi opens at Ella Plaza
Jellyfish Sushi & Grill replaces Flying Pho at 3434 Ella Blvd.
Classic and specialty rolls as well as salads, hibachi entries and noodles and rice are on the menu. Dine in and take out is available. Early reviews of the restaurant have been positive.
New tenant at Heights Mercantile
Outdoor Voices, an Austin-based active wear brand, opened in Heights Mercantile at 645 Heights Blvd. It is the first location for the store in Houston with 10 other shops in the country, including locations in Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York.
Outdoor Voices was founded in 2013 by CEO Tyler Haney. It designs and sells women’s and men’s athletic apparel.
Aztec/Shaffer signs new leases, including on West 6th
According to a news release from Colliers International, Aztec/Shaffer, LLC, which is comprised of Aztec Events & Tents and Shaffer Sports & Events, renewed and signed new leases totaling 250,697 square feet in Houston.
Aztec Events & Tents renewed its 125,697 square foot Houston lease with its landlord at 601 W. 6th St. In addition, Shaffer Sports & Events has relocated its warehouse business from Birmingham, Alabama, to Houston and into a renovated multi-tenant, 125,000 square foot location at 10901 Tanner Rd.