SING moving to Lowell Street Market
There has been a change in plans for Singaporean inspired eatery SING, which was planning to open this spring at Ella Oaks, Revive’s 34th and Ella development. SING is now planning to open at Lowell Street Market at 718 West 18th Street. It will occupy the space previously spoken for by Seaside Poke. SING’s Cuc Lam and business partner Jerry Lasco wanted a small footprint for their casual eatery after looking at various spaces throughout the city. The Lowell Street location will be about the same square footage as Ella Oaks and Lam says she hopes to attract some of the same customers.
The reason for the move was some unforeseen city permitting restrictions on the patio they wanted to have on 34th. Lam and Revive parted amicably.
Lam said they will keep permitted plans that Seaside had gotten approved and will have a small patio, with additional seating available in the development’s community area.
There have been no changes to the planned menu, other than the fact that they will now have craft beer available in cans because there was no way to have the variety they wanted otherwise.
“Hopefully we can find the same energy,” said Lam. “[The new space] is exactly what we wanted.”
Ella Oaks Update
With the addition of Branché Boutique to Ella Oaks, which is what Revive has branded their development at 34th and Ella, the final pieces are coming together for phase one of the development. Monica Danna at Revive says that they expect to close on the final two tenants, who will occupy the remaining 2,750 square foot on the east building endcap, in the next few weeks.
A promotional flyer is online at Revive’s website for phase two, which offers 6,500 square feet close to Ella Boulevard.
Danna said they have increasing interest from medical uses, due to the proximity to the Memorial Hermann Heights Hospital.
“The one-story building will have high ceilings, allowing lots of natural light and a potential mezzanine for medical offices, a unique offering in the neighborhood.” she said.
There is another 3,400 square feet building even closer to Ella which was recently vacated by Heights Cleaners.
“It’s the morning side of the street and with over 50,000 cars a day on Ella Boulevard, so a morning use business would be a good fit,” said Danna.
Crowned the “hood ornament” by Bryan Danna, the former tire center will be a coffee shop and Monica Danna said they are saving that piece for last.
“We have a lot of interest in this property. Especially from business owners who are from the neighborhood,” said Danna. “It’s nostalgic and we hope to preserve as much of this unique structure as possible.”
First Saturday Arts hires social media guru
First Saturday Arts Market has hired Ana Guzman to handle all social media content. Guzman, primarily provides services for small businesses and entrepreneurs in the arts, hospitality and beauty service industries. Prior to working independently, Guzman was a Project Coordinator in Outreach and Recruitment for NASA’s Office of Education. The market has its last daytime show of the season this Saturday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It will switch to evening hours – to beat the heat – June 2 and July 7, from 6 to 10 p.m. On August 4 the market participates in White Linen Night in the Heights on 19th Street. The market, which started in 2004, is Houston’s longest running art market and the only one that focuses on fine art. It is located at 530 W. 19th Street, on Instagram @1stSatArtMarket and Guzman, @rosguz21.
BEYOGA opens on 18th Street
Classes will start on Monday, May 7 at BEYOGA on 718 W 18th St, Ste. G. Teacher Kara Newton Ward is a former professional dancer, who received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance & Pedagogy from The University of Texas. Mel Tello has taught over 2000 movement based classes since early 2013, led trainings and intensives to certify others for a variety of movement based certifications, including yoga.
Cinco de Mayo specials at sweetFrog and Papa Murphy’s
Owner Judy Brown said that this Saturday, May 5, at sweetFrog customers can fill up a medium 16 ounce cup for $5.55. All week at Papa Murphy’s customers can order a large Taco Grande pizza, beef or chicken for $10.
Neumann Oaks opens
Well-known local artist Kiki Neumann cut the ribbon that officially opened Neumann Oaks, Friendswood Development Company’s new gated community located off N. Shepherd at Lehman Street. Neumann sold the property to Friendswood Development last year and the community was named for Neumann’s late father, Alfred R. Neumann who was the founding chancellor and a significant force behind the creation and building of the University of Houston Clear Lake. Lennar is featuring its Urban Villas Collection of Wi-Fi Certified homes at Neumann Oaks, priced from the $330,000s. For more information, visit www.FriendswoodDevelopment.com.
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