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The scarcity of available grocery options has been one of the few, but common, concerns of those living in or considering moving to EaDo…until now! Currently under construction at St. Emanuel and Rusk, the approximately 3,500-square-foot Epicurean Express is slated to open in August. Launched by Anthony Wegmann of popular Cork Soakers Wine Bar and Lucky’s Pub, this specialty food market is a crucial addition to the once grocery-strapped neighborhood. It will be one block off of the future Light Rail line and within walking distance of many living east of Downtown. While prepared meals will debut this fall, the initial opening will feature a coffee bar; fresh produce, meats, poultry and fish; spices, specialty import foods, and other sundries; and a range of household items such as cleaning supplies and paper goods focusing on green offerings. Epicurean Express is located at 2018 Rusk.
For more info, call 713.222.9463 >

Are you looking for a rewarding volunteer or philanthropic opportunity? EaDo is home to one of Houston’s largest and oldest homeless shelters and assistance centers, the Star of Hope Mission. Founded over 100 years ago in 1907, Star of Hope now operates several locations in east Houston that, on average, help about 1,000 homeless men, women, and children every day. The Men’s Development Center (1811 Ruiz, Houston, TX 77002) and Women & Families Emergency Shelter (419 Dowling, Houston, TX 77003), located within a few blocks of each other in and near EaDo, offer far-reaching programs with a core emphasis on positive life-changes, spiritual growth, education, employment, life-management, and recovery from substance abuse. Star of Hope provides across-the-board help to those in need, from emergency assistance to long-term, subsidized housing programs that emphasize permanent jobs, sobriety, and personal responsibility. The facilities also have a “Love-in-Action Van” that distributes coats, blankets, food and water during extreme temperatures to those living on the street who choose to not stay in one of the shelters. Star of Hope is funded through public and private donations, the United Way, corporations, grants, and church/community groups, but you can do more than write a big check to make a big impact! Volunteers are the back-bone of Star of Hope, and there are dozens of ways you can help on-site or off-site in one-time projects, occasional efforts, or with a long-term commitment. Every day, Star of Hope needs volunteers to serve food, sort clothes, mentor and tutor children, teens, and adults, help in the Computer Learning Center, assist in the Family Store, and much, much more! The Mission also needs a variety of professionals, especially those in medical fields, to volunteer their services pro bono. For more info on Star of Hope Mission, including how to volunteer or donate money, clothes, or other much needed items, please visit www.sohmission.org or call the main office at 713.748.0700.

Mike Winoske, a Houstonian for thirty years, has been selling properties in EaDo for InTownHomes for 7 years, having worked out of an office in EaDo for the last four.  “I sold homes all along Clinton Drive for the first few years and then transitioned to homes in EaDo off of Leeland,” says Winoske, “Now I work out of a model home on Nagle, which is great because I’m really immersed in the neighborhood.”  Hence, Winoske has seen the street-by-street transition in EaDo, having introduced to the area a wide array of buyers both young and old interested in purchasing property.  “Many buyers are empty-nesters with kids off to college, moving back into town from the suburbs and looking for a sophisticated urban option,” he adds, “Life is more convenient for those frequenting downtown or the Med Center, a plus for many retirees, and, regardless of whether buyers work or are retired, they’re usually looking for less yard and home maintenance.” 


Capitol Oaks by InTownHomes, 606 Nagle, 77003

But retirees and empty-nesters are not the only folks who seek Mike’s help with purchasing a home in EaDo. He receives a lot of property inquiries from young people who want to be close to downtown, midtown, and the rest of the inner loop, adding, “The area attracts many buyers from other large cities who, I think, better understand the movement and development in this part of Houston and are very excited about the new light rail!” Having been in and around the neighborhood the last seven years, Mike has seen EaDo evolve, but is happy it has maintained its artistic charm. “I love the nature of the community with its various music venues and fantastic hole-in-the-wall restaurants…it’s also fun to drive around to see the art warehouses with their old retro signs on top and the eclectic nature of those who live there!” He is a big fan of the burgers and shakes at Sparkles Hamburgers, and has enjoyed seeing various civic improvements like median maintenance and the fully paved and landscaped bike trail and park benches throughout the area. In the future, Winoske hopes to see a new, full-size grocery store (in addition to EaDo’s new Epicurean Express – opening in August!), more restaurants, and more retail. “Most recently I’ve had the pleasure of working with our most prestigious community to date; Capitol Oaks. It will end up being about 120 to 130 homes once it’s fully developed.” To be true, Capitol Oaks is an elegant and eco-friendly option in the heart of EaDo, each three bedroom home sporting two terraces, travertine floors, and lush inner-courtyards, plus tankless water heaters and energy star rated appliances. These amenities are enhanced by the new METRO light rail route, surmises Winoske, “I believe the light rail, which will be running right in front of our Capitol Oaks community, will help to spur additional retail pockets and more residential development, as well.” He adds, “I have been cheering this area on for many years…I am passionate about what I do and am here to make a difference!” Indeed, residential development has been a major factor in EaDo’s growth over the last few years, and it’s easy to understand why. When asked what his favorite thing about selling homes in EaDo is, Mike smiles and replies, “I get to tell people that, if they buy one of the properties I show them, Downtown will be their front yard!” For more information on Capitol Oaks and other properties in EaDo, please visit www.intown-homes.com.

Whether you live (or are buying!) in EaDo or elsewhere, the area boasts a one-of-a-kind, must-see furniture hotspot called EaDo Custom Sofas. Offering more than 200 designs of contemporary, high-quality custom upholstered furniture at an affordable price, EaDo Custom Sofas offers a wide array of options to customers, including the ability to customize style, size, fabric, and cushion firmness for any piece of furniture. If this is the first you’ve heard of this company, it’s likely because owner Onyii Brown keeps overhead low by using low-cost advertising methods online and word-of-mouth suggestions. “Referrals are a big part of our sales,” says Brown, adding, “Growing a foundation of satisfied customers is our greatest asset and we work hard to build those relationships.” Another key to EaDo Custom Sofa’s quiet but growing popularity is its ability to create almost anything a customer might want. “If you don’t find what you’re looking for on our website, we will work with you to design exactly what you want,” explains Brown, “In fact, we’ve had patrons come in with pages torn out of Architectural Digest who ask, ‘can you make this for me?’ and we’ve then recreated those pieces that easily retail for $10,000 or more for a fraction of the price.” EaDo Custom Sofas is currently offering a 15% discount to any customer who mentions this newsletter for the month of August through Labor Day Weekend. For more information, please visit www.eadocustomsofas.com or email owner Onyii Brown at info@eadocustomsofas.com.

Each month, we cover highlights of what’s happening in EaDo, and we link to the full calendars of the area’s various venues.  If your venue is not listed and you’d like for it to be, please contact us at info@eadohouston.com.

Aerosol Warfare Gallery – check out the 2010 Year-Round Exhibition that’s up from 6/25/10 to 2/1/11
Aerosol Warfare Gallery >


Lucky's Pub
– August 19 - every 3rd Thursday of the month, Lucky’s hosts “Flashback Thursday” with a free “Flashback” concert. For more info see:
Lucky's Pub >


Meridian
– August 7 – “Shake it Naughty” event with a full TBD D.J. lineup, and August 17 – Acclaimed Japanese rock band D’espairsRay. For full Meridian calendar see:
Meridian >


Super Happy Fun Land
– August 13-14 presents the Eyes Behind the Wall Festival featuring over thirty bands; August 15 brings the Off the Wall Festival, featuring another eight bands; August 20 features the “Leo Party” – all Leo’s get free Leo t-shirts and party favors! For a full monthly calendar, including band lineups for the aforementioned festivals, please see:
Super Happy Fun Land >

Warehouse Live
– August 6 brings Canadian alt-rock group Evans Blue; August 20 will feature Screeching Weasel, a late-80’s punk band cited as inspiration by Green Day, Blink-182, and Rise Against; and August 29 brings self-described “psychedelic-hip-hop-punk-rock” act the Kottonmouth Kings. For full monthly calendar, see:
Warehouse Live >

EaDo Board Meetings are on the 2nd Tuesday of every other month, the next being 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at Huynh Restaurant – 912 St. Emanuel St.