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Houston City Scope November 2016

Lineup of exclusive concepts continues to surge at The Galleria amidst a transformational redevelopment project.

Lineup of exclusive concepts continues to surge at The Galleria amidst a transformational redevelopment project.

Nobu And Fig & Olive Slated To Open Only
Locations In Houston At The Galleria

Simon, a leading global retail real estate company, announced that Nobu and Fig & Olive will join the lineup of more than 75 exclusive concepts at The Galleria, Houston.

Nobu will open its first location in Houston at The Gal­leria in the fall of 2017. Revered for its Peruvian-Japanese fusion cuisine, the 10,000-square-foot Nobu will be located in the former Saks Fifth Avenue space on the second level with private elevator access.

Fig & Olive also will debut its upscale French Riviera fare at The Galleria in the fall of 2017, marking the brand’s first location in Texas. Also located in the former Saks space on street level, the restaurant will boast more than 7,000 square feet of dining space and a menu centered around olive oils, genuine ingredients and a respect of flavors.

The Galleria continues to undergo a multi-year luxury transformation which began with the construction of a new, state-of-the-art 200,000-square-foot flagship Saks Fifth Avenue store which opened this spring adjacent to its former location. Simon is currently converting the former Saks store into a new and vibrant multi-level mall extension, anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue on one end and Neiman Marcus at the other, that will feature approximately 110,000 square feet of space to contain 35 new and unique retailers and several new restaurants, all opening in 2017. Also included in the project is the addition of a luxury hotel and residential building slated to break ground in 2017.



Halo House guests Julie and Devonn Tipton.

Halo House guests Julie and Devonn Tipton.

Halo House Houses
Its 200th Family

Julie and Devonn Tipton were an average, all-American family in Grenada, Mississippi, when Julie found out she had Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2015. A wife and mother of three children, Julie is also a nursing instructor (a job she’d just gotten before she was diagnosed with cancer), did part-time work at a hospital in labor and delivery and she and her husband were youth leaders at their church.

After a scan revealed a suspicious growth that was diagnosed as cancer, Julie immediately began six cycles of chemotherapy at a treatment center near home. Unfortunately, the local treatment failed and her symptoms returned within a few weeks.

Through friends, Julie was able to contact Dr. Loretta Nastoupil with MD Anderson Cancer Center who agreed to take on her care. After her release from the hospital, she and Devonn left immediately for MD Anderson and ended up living in Houston for a month. They were then put on a schedule where they drove to Houston every week, staying for a few days each time, for a total of eight trips. They learned about Halo House when co-founder and president Dr. Nathan Fowler was on-call for Dr. Nastoupil at the hospital, and he suggested Julie apply for housing.

Julie moved into Halo House this summer, with her husband and mother alternating as caregivers. Julie says that Halo House has been, “… a home away from home. It’s not staying in a hotel room … It’s a place of your own here in Houston and it gives you more comfort.”

To learn more, contact executive director Kathleen Fowler at 713-665-8852.



Search Homeless Services Gets $300k Donation
From Green Mountain Energy

Green Mountain Energy Sun Club has donated $300,000 to power the facility and conserve water at the new headquarters of SEARCH Homeless Services. SEARCH is a Houston-based nonprofit dedicated to providing hope, creating opportunity and transforming the lives of homeless men, women and children. The Sun Club’s donation will allow SEARCH to divert those funds to the Houstonians that need them.

In addition, SEARCH recently opened its second House of Tiny Treasures, an early childhood education program. The new school features a 1,000-gallon rainwater harvesting system that will serve as irrigation for the lawn and landscape. This system will be incorporated into the curriculum to teach the children from a young age about the importance of sustainability.

Since its founding in 2002, the Sun Club has donated more than $4 million to sustainable programs focusing on renewable energy, energy efficiency and resource conservation in many communities in Texas and the Northeast.

To learn more about the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club or to apply for a Sun Club sustainability grant, visit gmsunclub.com.



Young Professionals Of Camp For All Host
4th Annual Camp Culinary Challenge

The tantalizing aroma of football tailgate classics filled the room at the 4th Annual Camp Culinary Challenge, hosted by the Camp For All Young Professionals. Held for the first time at the NRG Stadium Cantina, the Chal­lenge hosted 14 Houston chefs who put their signature spin on football tailgate dishes. With over 250 guests in attendance, the event raised over $43,000 to bring children and adults with challenging illnesses and special needs to Camp For All.

Co-chaired by Taylor McDaniel and Ellen Rigney, the Judge’s Choice winners were selected by celebrity judges, Eric Sandler, CultureMap food writer and Jayme Lamm, sports columnist for TheBlondeSide.com. According to Pat Sorrells, President and CEO of Camp For All, “Some of Houston’s finest chefs came out to compete this year! Their skills and creativity are a recipe for success that will bring children with special needs to Camp For All to discover life.”

The winner for each food challenge and participating restaurants:

Savory Challenge Winner: Brennan’s of Houston. Other participants included Buttz Food Truck, Dish Society, Gr8 Plate, Harold’s, Ibiza, Midtown BBQ, The Union Kitchen, Roost and Your Table.

Sweet Challenge Winner: Agave Rio. Other participants included Smallcakes, Three Brothers Bakery.

Most Creative Dish (Chosen by Celebrity Judges) Winner: Agave Rio.

Festivities also included a fun photo booth and an awesome raffle with prizes from Lewis Jewelers, local Houston breweries and more.



Four-year-old Jose from Belize was HeartGift’s 25th patient.

Four-year-old Jose from Belize was HeartGift’s 25th patient.

Heartgift Houston
Provides Heart Surgery To 25th Patient

On Sept. 15, Jose, a 4-year-old boy from Belize, underwent a lifesaving heart surgery at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.

Jose was able to travel from his home in Franks Eddy, Belize, to Houston via the HeartGift program. HeartGift provides lifesaving heart surgery to children from around the world where specialized medical treatment is either scarce or nonexistent.

Jose has been staying in the Houston area while recovering and was to return home on Friday, Oct. 7. Jose and his mother, Brenda, are being hosted by Dan and Shannon Farrier in their Tomball home. His stay and medical care is possible because of multiple community partnerships here in Houston including a unique partnership with Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and UTHealth.



The new John Hardy boutique in River Oaks District.

The new John Hardy boutique in River Oaks District.

John Hardy Jewelry Opens First Boutique In The
River Oaks District

John Hardy’s first-ever boutique is now open in Houston’s River Oaks District.

The 1,000-square-foot space designed by Design Republic will transport visitors to Bali, with an in-store brand immersion evolving the Story of Touch campaign, which highlights the artisan’s touch into a full sensory experience to evoke all five senses, from scent to sound to lighting.

The highlight of the space is a large art installation of a hand-carved teakwood tree root, created using the byproduct of the tree which would otherwise be wasted. It manifests creativity and celebrates the uncompromising art of John Hardy jewelry.

The River Oaks boutique also boasts a selection of one-of-a-kind Cinta collection pieces. For more information, visit johnhardy.com.



(L-R) Kyle Noonan and Josh Sepkowitz at the grand opening of The General Public.

(L-R) Kyle Noonan and Josh Sepkowitz at the grand opening of The General Public.

The General Public Vip Preview Night

Kyle Noonan and Josh Sepkowitz of FreeRange Concepts, a restaurant group creating fresh ideas and popular venues in top markets, welcomed a VIP crowd to The General Public in CityCentre on Aug. 11.

The lively crowd enjoyed signature cocktails and tastes of the meticulously designed menu. The General Public’s staff greeted guests with a glass of champagne. Everything was made in-house with high-quality, locally sourced ingredients. The signature horseshoe-shaped bar was tended by cocktail crafters eager to share enticing indulgences such as Dr. Funk, the Four Thieves, the Caipirinha and the Rusky Rose.

FreeRange Concepts was founded by Noonan and Sepkowitz and pioneers fresh ideas in the restaurant industry, such as Bowl & Barrel, Mutts Canine Cantina, The General Public, The Rustic and Local Fare.



Sam Miller, flight nurse with Memorial Hermann Life Flight, holding one of the bicycle helmets that will be distributed to students.

Sam Miller, flight nurse with Memorial Hermann Life Flight, holding one of the bicycle helmets that will be distributed to students.

Life Flight Students At Dr. “Red” Duke Elementary
Learn About Namesake

As part of the “40 Years of Life Flight, 40 Days of Thanks” campaign in honor of the 40th anniversary of Memorial Hermann Life Flight, crew members recently visited Dr. James “Red” Duke Elementary School to educate students about the important service the air ambulance program provides the community, about the program’s founder (their school’s namesake) and some important injury prevention tips.

“It’s essential that our young children understand the history of our campus, which includes the legacy of Dr. James ‘Red’ Duke,” said Fulvia Shaw, principal of Duke Elementary. “We have high expectations for every student that walks through the doors of our campus. We want them to have clarity in regards to what it truly means to be a Duke Elementary Bulldog, so they will have limitless opportunities to leave a huge impact on this world, just like Dr. Duke.”



Brian Dean Named CEO Of Memorial
Texas Medical Center

Memorial Hermann Health System recently announced the promotion of Brian Dean, MPH, MBA, to CEO of Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC). Previously Dean served as vice president and CFO of Memorial Hermann-TMC and interim CEO since February when Craig Cordola, former CEO, was promoted to senior vice president and regional president for the Cen­tral/West Region for Memorial Hermann.

As CFO for Memorial Hermann-TMC, a role he has held for the past two years, Dean optimized financial outcomes and improved overall productivity for the Cam­­pus. Under Dean’s leadership, the hospital has encouraged clinical innovation by investing in world-class programs through the medical staff, nurses, support staff and facilities. Now Dean will steer the ongoing strategic vision and plans for the Campus as it continues to grow, renovate, expand and improve through the $650 million Break­ing New Ground project that launched in May.

“I am humbled and honored to have this opportunity to lead such a wonderful team of world-class clinicians and staff at Memorial Hermann-TMC that, for nearly a century, has set new standards of care in Texas and across the nation,” said Dean. 

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