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Trina Turk To Open Two
Houston Metro Boutiques

Los Angeles-based Contemporary Designer Trina Turk is opening two Trina Turk boutiques in the Houston area this summer. One will be on Market Street in The Woodlands and the other in the Galleria. Both stores are inspired by California architecture but also by their specific location.

The boutique in The Woodlands was set to open June 6. It will feature women’s RTW, dresses, swim, accessories (jewelry, footwear), activewear, the men’s line Mr Turk, and handbags (launching in July).

Houston Food Bank Announces
New Young Professionals Group

The Houston Food Bank is launching its first-ever young professionals group to support the mission of the nonprofit organization called f.r.e.s.h. The group consists of socially conscious young professionals, ages 21-40ish, who are motivated to take action and bring awareness to the issue of hunger through fundraising, advocacy, social and volunteer efforts. Leveraging the Food Bank’s partnerships, f.r.e.s.h. young professionals will have access to unique opportunities through the year.

What does the group name stand for? Feed – service activities at the Houston Food Bank; Respond – actively engage with peers to increase awareness of the Food Bank; Educate – exclusive educational sessions; Socialize – annual signature fundraiser and social mixers at various locations around… Houston.

To become a f.r.e.s.h. member, visit houstonfoodbank.org/get-involved/fresh-young-professionals

Common Bond Cafe and Bakery

American-style café and bakery offers world-class pastries inspired by Old World techniques in a stylish environment.

Common Bond Café & Bakery
Opens In Montrose

Common Bond, a modern café and bakery offering world-class pastries and savory menu items, has opened in Houston’s Montrose neighborhood. Common Bond’s principals, Chef Roy Shvartzapel and partners Brad Sanders and Kathy Sanders, are united in their passion to bring an unparalleled product to guests from all walks of life, which inspires the bakery’s philosophy, Only for All. The Common Bond team has assembled a stellar lineup of culinary talent for the American-style bakery and café, which aims to offer expertly executed pastries in a comfortable, stylish and accessible environment.

Shvartzapel, who honed his skills alongside some of the best pastry chefs in the world at Spain’s El Bulli; Pierre Hermé in Paris, New York City’s Balthazar and Bouley; Cyrus in Healdsburg; and Bouchon Beverly Hills, has worked with each member of the Common Bond culinary team, providing inspiration for the bakery’s name. Joining Shvartzapel in the kitchen are Executive Pastry Sous Chef Jillian Bartolome from Bouchon Bakery at Rockefeller Center and Cyrus; Chef de Cuisine David Morgan from John Besh’s August Restaurant in New Orleans, Cyrus and Santa Monica’s two-star Michelin Mélisse; Head Bread Baker Drew Gimma of Bouchon and Per Se in New York City; Assistant Bread Baker Tony Stein from Bouchon Beverly Hills; and Assistant Bread Baker Alec Bartee from Cyrus.

For more information, please call Common Bond at 713-529-3535 or visit wearecommonbond.com

IW Marks Jewelers’ Daniel Marks
To Pursue New Endeavors

“For the past seven years my brother Daniel and I have run IW Marks Jewelers as co-owners, and have had a great time doing it,” says Bradley Marks, president, IW Marks Jewelers. “Carrying on our father’s legacy has brought us both immense pride and joy, but as they say: All good things must come to an end.

“Daniel has decided to move on to spend more time with his family and pursue other personal endeavors, and we wish him all the best. IW Marks Jewelers has been a pillar in the Houston community for over 36 years, and we remain committed to providing the best quality and customer service in the jewelry industry.

“We look forward to the future, and our continued service to the greater Houston area.”

Houston Collection Auction
Features Fortuna Sculpture

Morton Auctioneers & Appraisers held an Important Houston Collections Auction, which featured pieces owned by prominent Houstonians. The event was highlighted by Guglielmo Pugi’s Fortuna Sculpture, which was displayed in the historic Kirby Mansion throughout the early 1900s.

“Artwork is valuable because of their artistic merit, but also because through them we learn about the zeitgeist of a time,” said Sr. Consignment Specialist Maria Josefa Velazquez. “Fortuna embodies the taste that Houston’s rising elite at the turn of the century aspired to have.”

The auction also included a number of items from the estate of famed Houston architect, historian and Professor Bill Stern. “We were thrilled to partner with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, to offer properties from the collection of the late Bill Stern,” said Consignment Specialist Tara Quell. “Proceeds will benefit the MFAH decorative arts acquisition fund. The selection of properties from this noted Houstonian’s collection showcase both his eclectic tastes and keen eye for modern design.”

(L - R) Dr. Mary Kay Koenig with Lori Martin and Elizabeth Baker, two moms whose children have Leigh’s Syndrome.

(L – R) Dr. Mary Kay Koenig with Lori Martin and Elizabeth Baker, two moms whose children have Leigh’s Syndrome.

People Against Leigh’s Syndrome
Raises $95,000 For Research

People Against Leigh’s Syndrome (PALS), hosted its second annual event on Thursday, May 15, at Saint Arnold Brewery. With nearly 175 attendees, PALS raised $95,000 to benefit Leigh’s Syndrome research.

PALS was formed in March 2013 by the family and friends of William Martin, a 5-year-old Houstonian diagnosed with a progressive and fatal form of a mitochondrial disease called Leigh’s Syndrome. PALS seeks to build awareness of this unknown disease and support efforts that would lead to discovering a treatment or a cure. Leigh’s Syndrome is a progressive neurometabolic disorder affecting 1 in every 77,000 births each year. Depending on the defect, individuals typically live anywhere from a few years to mid-teens.

Funds raised support the UT Mitochondrial Center of Excellence at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. The clinic is led by Dr. Mary Kay Koenig and provides cutting edge medical care to individuals affected by neurometabolic and mitochondrial disorders. Additionally, Dr. Koenig treats the world’s largest homogenous Leigh’s Syndrome population in the world.

For more information on PALS, visit memorialhermann.org/give-volun­teer/foundation/pals/


GHBA Remodelers Council members renovating the Sonrise Shelter: (Top row l- r) Mike Frank, Tamra Rivera, Noah Abbott, Larry Abbott, RMC President, Gonzalo Garcia; (Bottom row) Harrison Rivera, Dan Bawden, Maria Frank, Jennifer Wall, Gil Boyles, Lorraine Hart, Jordan Kirkpatrick, Tom Pellegrin, Aaron Kirkpatrick, Frank Gullo.

GHBA Remodelers Council members renovating the Sonrise Shelter: (Top row l- r) Mike Frank, Tamra Rivera, Noah Abbott, Larry Abbott, RMC President, Gonzalo Garcia; (Bottom row) Harrison Rivera, Dan Bawden, Maria Frank, Jennifer Wall, Gil Boyles, Lorraine Hart, Jordan Kirkpatrick, Tom Pellegrin, Aaron Kirkpatrick, Frank Gullo.

Remodelers Council
Renovates A Refuge

John’s perfect grammar and strong voice were in stark contrast to his emaciated appearance and long, unkempt hair. It was obvious that he was well educated, and it was impossible not to wonder how he had ended up in a homeless shelter.

Nancy sat in the sun outside the shelter and said that her family was “very, very rich. However,” she smiled and shook her head, “money can’t buy everything.”

Nancy and John (names have been changed) live in the Sonrise Shelter, a private, faith-based nonprofit that provides solution-based ministry and assistance to the homeless and near homeless in the Houston metro area.

On two Saturdays, April 12 and May 3, the Remodelers Council (RMC), an organization of the Greater Houston Builders Association, worked to improve the lives of Nancy, John and the many other homeless individuals who have found a temporary refuge at the Sonrise Shelter.

Ryan Boyles, with GB General Construction, led the RMC volunteers as they added a new entry room, which will be used to admit clients. They also completed much-needed improvements, such as walls, lighting, electrical, flooring and paint to the living areas.

Several Remodelers Council members enlisted their families as volunteers. A family working to help homeless families becomes a powerful force. “I’m not exactly sure what to say about the entire experience,” said college student, Jordan Kirkpatrick, the daughter of member Jennifer Wall, “Helping build and paint a home for those people was almost like rekindling that sense of hope in their lives.” Jordan continued, “ I wanted to do so much more for them, to give them the clothes off my own back and to provide them the home life and family that I have been given.”

Larry Abbott’s 15-year-old son, Noah, was surprised “to see so many regular, everyday people in so much need of help.” Noah, with instruction from his dad, along with Gil Boyles and Dan Bawden, also “learned how to apply mass amounts of paint in a short time!”

Describing his experience, Harrison, the 17-year-old son of Tamra Rivera, explains, “Helping with the painting to make the shelter look fresh, made me hope the residents will enjoy it. Knowing they would like it, made me feel good inside and know my contributions made a difference in someone’s life. I left there with pride.”

The Remodelers Council thanks its members for volunteering their materials and services, including: Craftsmanship by John, Dal-Tile Corporation; Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery; Fort Bend Publishing Group; GB General Contractors, Inc.; GB General Contractors, Inc.; Gullo Construction, Inc.; Houston Direct Electric; Ibarra Painting; Ideal Consulting Services, J & I Construction; Legal Eagle Contractors, Co.; Lone Star Building & Construction Services; MaxiTile; Patrick Roofing; Remodeling Concepts, Inc.; Sherry Pruitt Construction, LLC; Stephen’s Home Repair, Inc.; Detering Company of Houston; BMC Building Materials; Bison, A Stock Building Supply Company; and Third Coast Builders.


Legal Eagle Contractors
Receives Pinnacle Award

Legal Eagle Contractors, Co. received the Pinnacle Award at the Better Business Bureau “Awards for Excellence” luncheon held Wednesday, May 7 at the Westin Galleria. This was Legal Eagle’s seventh consecutive year to be recognized by the BBB for service excellence. Legal Eagle is the only construction company ever to win top honors – the “Pinnacle Award” – twice and the “Award of Excellence” – five times.

The BBB Awards for Excellence recognizes businesses and non-profits for their achievements and commitment to overall excellence and quality in the workplace. Proceeds from the event help fund the BBB Education Foundation which educates consumers about fraudulent business practices in the Greater Houston area.

When asked what it means to Legal Eagle Contractors to receive this recognition, Dan Bawden, CEO and President stated, “We have run our small family business this way for 34 years. In an industry fraught with disreputable characters, we continue to work hard to provide top notch service to our customers and clients and it is an honor to be recognized for our efforts.”


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