Houston City Scope May 2016
ARDEN’S GALLERY COMPLETES REDESIGN
Walls have been moved. Spaces realigned. New floors, new walls, new paint, new everything everywhere you look. Over the last few weeks, construction has transformed Arden’s Gallery at 1631 West Alabama in the Museum District. Now the Gallery is ready to celebrate this new chapter in its long history of providing the finest art services in the city of Houston.
While Arden’s is christening the newly redesigned spaces, the main purpose is to celebrate friends, customers, designers, decorators, architects, art consultants, suppliers and everyone else who has joined them on the journey.
The new Arden’s features a large gallery space that allows them to showcase the fine art of Houston-area artists, including Ted Cowart, Ken Elliott, Sunny McKinnon and others. As is their tradition, framing and other art services will continue to be an integral component of the business. The Gallery’s frame collection is extensive and customers will find samples newly organized and ready for easy selection.
The public is invited to stop by and discover the new Arden’s.
HOUSTON HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNOUNCES NEW VISUAL IDENTITY, REFINED FOCUS
The Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce revealed a new logo, website, and renewed focus on the future of Hispanic Houston at its 23rd Annual Luncheon & Business Expo on March 24. Speaking in front of a sold-out crowd of more than 1,500 attendees, Chamber President & CEO Dr. Laura G. Murillo called on the local Latino community to harness its collective power to have a profound impact on the future of the city of Houston and the state of Texas.
“The future of Houston – and the State of Texas – is Latino,” said Dr. Murillo. “Our new logo and website serve as a reaffirmation to our renewed focus on the future of Latinos and the future of Hispanic Houston.”
GREATER HOUSTON ACE RETAILER GROUP RAISES FUNDS FOR TEXAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
Throughout 2015, the Greater Houston Ace Retailer Group (GHARG) helped raise funds to make miracles happen in Houston for Texas Children’s Hospital, its local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) member. Collectively, 33 Ace Hardware stores throughout Houston helped generate more than $385,000 for the local hospital, which was donated at Houston Shell Open on March 29 by PGA TOUR golfer and Ace spokesperson, Hunter Mahan.
Throughout the year, the GHARG participated in grill competitions, golf tournaments, bucket and candy bar sales to name just a few. One hundred percent of the funds raised through these campaigns remain local, benefitting Texas Children’s Hospital.
“The stores that make up the Greater Houston Ace Retailer Group are committed to being the helpful place in the Houston area, and part of that is our commitment to giving back to the community we serve,” said Rick Alspaugh, President of the GHARG.
The GHARG has raised nearly $1 million for Texas Children’s Hospital in the last five years.
TOMMY BAHAMA NOW OPEN IN HIGHLAND VILLAGE
The iconic island-lifestyle brand Tommy Bahama opened its newest Houston store at Highland Village in March. The 3,742-square-foot store carries the complete collection of men’s and women’s sportswear, swimwear, footwear and accessories, as well as home decor items.
Guests will immediately sense that this is a neighborhood location, with its casual flow leading to a lounge with comfy seating that beckons them to settle in and relax while a personal shopper assists with choices.
The store design is Tommy Bahama’s modern beach house concept with a contemporary approach to island resort living. Simplified design elements create impact, and a neutral color palette features teak and light oak with dark metal accents. The storefront creates a grand impression similar to that of Tommy Bahama flagship stores.
Tommy Bahama at Highland Village offers a complete immersion into a relaxed, casual lifestyle. Learn more at shophighlandvillage.com.
PGA TOUR WIVES GIVE BACK TO MD ANDERSON
On March 30, 10 PGA TOUR Wives, a nonprofit dedicated to providing support and assistance to children and families through charitable events, donated both their time and $10,000 to the Children’s Cancer Hospital at MD Anderson.
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the PGA TOUR Wives Association hosted “Putt Putt in the Park,” an event that brings the fun of golf to the pediatric cancer patients being treated at MD Anderson’s Children’s Cancer Hospital. The event featured a nine-hole putt putt course, arts and crafts, and a healthy lunch. Putt Putt in the Park was open to children being treated at the hospital and their families.
The Park at MD Anderson provides patients and visitors with a place to enjoy nature in a comfortable indoor setting. MD Anderson and the PGA TOUR Wives, in town for the 25th annual Shell Houston Open, created a nine-hole putt putt course for the day in the Park setting — sharing the spirit of golf with those who weren’t able to attend the tournament or leave the hospital’s campus.
CHILDREN’S MUSEUM, SPACE CENTER AND HYATT REGENCY TO BOOST HOUSTON TOURISM
The Children’s Museum of Houston, Space Center Houston and Hyatt Regency Houston will boost Houston tourism by targeting Mexican consumers. The three organizations have been awarded $25,000 collectively as part of a Houston First Matching Grant initiative to attract tourists to Houston.
“Blast Off! to Houston” is a tourism value package that will encourage families to explore Houston’s Space City wonders and beyond. It capitalizes on the city’s current wave of Mexican visitors, creates awareness about Houston’s “Space City” moniker and showcases Houston as an all-inclusive destination for families, shopping and leisurely fun. This package will be offered year-round, with seasonal English and Spanish promotion marketed to Mexico (Mexico City, Cuernavaca, Puebla, Guadalajara, and Monterrey) through efforts involving a combination of digital mediums.
This partnership brings together three powerhouses in Houston tourism: America’s No. 1 children’s museum, the Children’s Museum of Houston; the city’s most internationally recognized attraction, Space Center Houston; and the internationally recognized hotel brand, Hyatt Regency.
The Friday to Sunday, 3-day/2-night value package will propel spring break and summertime visits. It includes discounted admission to the Children’s Museum of Houston and Space Center Houston, along with lodging at Hyatt Regency Houston. Complimentary and discounted breakfast and valet parking at the Hyatt Regency Houston, Space Center Houston discount vouchers, and admission to S.E.C.R.E.T—a premium children’s secret agent experience at the Children’s Museum of Houston also will be included with a total savings amounting to 50 percent. Consumers will book their packages at houstonregency.hyatt.com/en/hotel/offers/offer-detail.html?offerId=57200639&code=.
BRYAN LEE NAMED VICE PRESIDENT OF FINANCE FOR MEMORIAL HERMANN-TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER
Bryan Lee, CPA, MBA, has been named Vice President of Finance for Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center(TMC). Lee has extensive experience overseeing hospital finances while continuing to champion expansions of much-needed services and facilities. That skillset is critical at Memorial Hermann-TMC, as the Campus currently is undertaking a $650 million renovation and expansion project to better serve a growing patient population in the most cost-effective manner possible.
“We are thrilled Bryan has agreed to join our team here at Memorial Hermann-TMC,” said Brian Dean, Senior Vice President and CEO of the Campus. “Highly respected in his field, he’s a strong leader with a proven track record of bolstering hospitals’ financial and operational results while promoting growth.”
In his new role, Lee will be accountable for all financial operations at the Memorial Hermann-TMC Campus – which includes Memorial Hermann-TMC, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Memorial Hermann Orthopedic & Spine Hospital. He will oversee all financial management, reporting and analysis, financial support of strategic development initiatives and hospital financial controls.
With 30 years of experience in the financial industry, Lee has a diverse résumé that includes several leadership roles assumed throughout his career. Lee is an esteemed member of several professional organizations promoting the financial industry. He earned his Bachelor of Science in accounting from Western Kentucky University and his Master of Business Administration from Louisiana State University.
BADGES & BEARS
Pediatric patients at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital were recently recognized as honorary officers by the Houston Police Department (HPD) as part of its new Badges and Bears program. Officers J. Lahar, E.J. Joseph and J. Byrd presented certificates to each of the new “officers” and gave away teddy bears and stickers resembling police badges.
“We wanted to make the children smile and take their minds off why they are at the hospital,” said Lahar. “It’s our hope that a positive visit from a police officer can aid the patients in taking a break from the challenges they might be facing in their lives. It also gives us an opportunity to answer questions the kids might have about a profession in law enforcement.”
The officers also participated in different activities with the patients, such as board games and coloring books.
“As the officers presented them with their honorary badges, the kids were lighting up,” said Giovaana Trainor, child life specialist with Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital’s Child Life and Expressive Therapies team. “They love the gifts of course, but a visit from a real-life superhero means more to them than anything else.”