Most popular offering: Unusual beads and unique handmade jewelry
Good for Kids: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
What sets your business apart from your competition?
We create jewelry and clothing right there in the shop. Our inventory is unique and often one-of-a-kind.
What was the inspiration for starting this business?
I have been making clothes and jewelry for over 25 years, as well as collecting unusual objects. I wanted to put all my passions and interests into one place.
What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a customer?
My customers often become friends.
What?s your favorite part about your job?
Interacting with all kinds of people.
$10,000. That's what creativity and innovation can get you at Texas Contemporary Art Fair. Each year, judges award that sum?and the Texas Contemporary Award?to one of the exhibited artists.
It's no easy decision, since the fair showcases more than 70 art galleries and the artists all look at the judges with such big, hopeful eyes. A trip across the convention floor or into the history of fairs past reveals works of sculpture, paintings, and other media from both established and emerging contemporary artists. Some come from Texas, while others arrive from New York, San Francisco, and other cities.
Founded in 1964, Houston Antiques Dealers Association is just shy of antique status itself. The organization tirelessly promotes the exchange of beautiful, storied goods through its biannual shows, which gather many international antiques dealers and designers together and provide a portion of proceeds to many local charities.
Because the vendors sell thousands of wares?everything from vintage jewelry to heirloom china to antique robot vacuum cleaners?the show can be somewhat overwhelming. That's why the association encourages visitors to attend shows held throughout the year to learn more about antiques and gain the confidence to make informed purchases. Of course, HADA also makes sure its vendors possess a suitable level of expertise, display plenty of enthusiasm, and regularly don a thick coat of dust.
Using the fresh lavender grown on their own ranch, Craig and Dana Stewart share the aroma therapeutic benefits of their favorite scent with a line of lavender-infused household products. Each handmade bar of soap, jar of culinary rub, and soy candle boasts a generous helping of lavender oil or the raw herb itself, allowing the calming aroma to permeate homes.
Jutting above the street, the modernist lines of Rafael Moneo's Audrey Jones Beck Building echo the eclectic collection found within. Under sky openings that let in natural light and the bitter gazes of pigeons who can’t seem to get their work shown, visitors meander through galleries that span the breadth of human artistry, from ancient sculpture to modern painting. Noteworthy works from the more than 64,000 pieces include Pablo Picasso's colorful cubist Two Women in Front of a Window, Edgar Degas's achingly expressionistic Woman Drying Herself, and an untitled sketch by Jackson Pollock that shows his wild, abstract genius evolving toward his celebrated drip paintings. A treasure trove of cultural artifacts from Africa, Asia, and the Americas expands the museum’s scope and transports visitors back in time as they gaze on a palpably pensive ceramic ballplayer from Mexico's Classic Veracruz culture or a life-size royal head forged from copper for a Nigerian royal court.
**Groupon Celebrates Pride Month** Over the last 50 years, the gay-rights movement in America has overcome tremendous obstacles to become a powerful voice for inclusion and diversity. Even as it has grown, the movement—like Groupon—is local at heart, and we applaud the commitment to real change that improves everyday lives. At Groupon, we are happy to add our voices to those celebrating PRIDE, their achievements as a social movement and a continued march to equality for the LGBT community. Plus, we love a chance to dig that rainbow wig out of storage. This month—and throughout the year—we salute our merchants and customers who support PRIDE and all efforts that promote dignity, respect, and equal opportunity. We're highlighting these merchants' deals with a special badge to show Groupon's pride in working with people who share our values.