The East Downtown Management District welcomes four (4) new directors to the District Board: Gordon Harris,Secretary, Position 3; Pierre Bejjani, Director, Position 5; Stephanie Macey, Director, Position 8; and, Shahin Naghavi, Vice Chairman, Position 9. These new members join our current board directors: Norm Pegram, Chairman; Gary Hornberger, Asst. Secretary; and, Directors Dan Nip and Anny Dang.

 
 

With its stadium nearly complete, the Houston Dynamo have announced their first game in the 2012 season to be played in their brand-new home stadium will be May 12, 2012.  The opponent and time for the match will be determined at a later date.  In the mean time, check out this new rendering released by the team’s office and click here to get your season tickets today!

Picture a place where your imagination has no limits; where creativity is not stifled and innovation is encouraged. TX/RX labs is a local non-profit breeding the next generation of creative thinkers. Since opening in 2010, these experts in electronic circuitry, music composition, computer science, welding, fashion design, and cuisine have collaborated to train Houstonians in their north EaDo studio.

Referring to themselves as Houston’s Hackerspace, the TX/RX crew hosts open-to-the-public classes and workshops where students share ideas, discuss the latest technological breakthroughs and view various demonstrations. TX/RX’s goal is simply to bring people together in a place where their thoughts and ideas can flow freely; reviving a time in America where the garage was a house of inspiration. The facility also boasts a 3D printing lab, an electronics lab, machine/metal/wood shops, a computing lab, and a bio/chem lab where patrons can transform ideas into reality with the right set of tools. 

Stop in on Fridays for Open House at 7:30 PM where guests can have a home cooked meal, chat with the members and see what projects they’re working on. Folks from EaDo and beyond are also welcome to put their thinking caps on and join in the fun science discussions at Pancake Science Sundays at 11 a.m.

TX/RX has several levels of membership giving interested parties access to even more events, wisdom and labs. The “Amigotron” level for $10/month grants the member the right to use to the lab’s email list, a fun sticker and key chain, and free admission to lab discussions and events. The “Hacker” membership is $80/month or $50/month for full-time students, granting members the perks of the “Amigotron” level, plus voting rights at member meetings, 24/7 lab access, storage, and the member’s very own hacker handle engraved on the Wall of Hack!

TX/RX is located at 2010 Commerce Street.  Visit their website at www.txrxlabs.org for info on events, classes, and memberships.

Ingrid van Assendelft—a Canadian born, Texas-based entrepreneur—was looking to add a kiss of whimsy to her life. The idea of Bisou Boutique came about over a period of time, and her web-based boutique now specializes in chic and affordable gifts, home accessories, and more from all over the globe!

Ingrid decided EaDo was the perfect place for her to live because, she says, “it’s the perfect mix of work and play!” There are countless opportunities for cultivating a solid business base and maintaining an active social life, which is her main mission. After “years of traveling and working in creative spaces with creative people,” Ingrid took her experience in retail and hospitality and transformed it into Bisou, the French word for “kiss,” in 2006 operating out of her home office/studio in the area. Ingrid says she wanted to create her own place and do the work for herself. 

This area has really come to life right before Ingrid’s eyes as businesses and entertainment venues continue to make EaDo their home. Discovery Green and Lucky’s Pub are two now extraordinarily popular venues that Ingrid had the pleasure to watch being built from the ground up. She’s also a big fan of the new Dynamo Stadium with the proposed park-like promenade, and she loves Huynh Restaurant for their fabulous Vietnamese cuisine.

The Bisou shopping experience was built on the flexibility of having a 24/7 store and being able to purchase “stylish, whimsical and functional items that are meant to brighten your life and times!” Starting the boutique online allowed for time to develop relationships, experiment with different vendors and grow a nationwide customer base. The original concept included a physical location which is currently being reconsidered for 2012.

Ingrid describes Bisou as “chock full of gift ideas and features a chic collection of home accents, fun & functional jewelry, handbags and bar accoutrements for stylish entertaining.” According to Ingrid, Wine purses in new festive colors like green plaid and red croc, and chrome wine bottle cases are one of this season’s must-haves.  Another neat stocking stuffer for a wine lover is a compact set of wine wipes to keep a red wine enthusiast’s smile pearly white. Another great gift idea is the Well Traveled Tumbler Set, with four tumbler glasses etched with New York, Paris, Roma and London. Also check out their collection of attractively priced totes, handbags, and purses.

Ingrid encourages EaDo residents to visit www.bisouboutique.com for fun, attractive, affordable and useful items, and she’s sweetening the deal by offering a 15% discount site-wide through 12/31/11. Simply use the promo code EadoGift at check out to receive the discount. 

EaDo offers a multitude of boutiques and avant-garde shops where finding the perfect gift is simple. Shopping in EaDo boosts the local economy and helps maintain the signature style the residents of the EaDo area have come to know and love. See for yourself in the Gift Guide.

Divine Flame Candles (www.divineflamecandles.com) is adding fragrance to the EaDo area with their handmade, hand-poured candles. All of their products are made from the highest quality ingredients and are molded from premium waxes and scented with natural and uncut fragrance oils ensuring the epitome of freshness.  Divine Flame Candles also has an array of luxury bath soaps and salts that are 100% all-natural. Candles and bath products are a staple in the gift-giving arena so surprise someone special with something scented.

Cork Soakers Wine Bar (www.corksoakershouston.com) is one of Houston’s newest wine venues at 2024 Rusk Street directly across from Lucky’s Pub. The stunning natural wood accents and upscale cozy, friendly vibe mimic the interior of a wine cellar providing a great atmosphere to enjoy a bottle of wine. Cork Soakers boasts an incredible wine list with selections available from all corners of the world and craft beers.  The exceptional wine to-go and retail sales menu is the perfect way to give a gift to the wine connoisseur in your life. Stop by on Speakeasy Saturday and say the password, from their website, at the front door and your first glass of wine is half price!

For the foodie on your list there are several delectable options in EaDo to pick up imported and tasty delicacies.  Epicurean Express, (www.epicureanexpress.com) at 2018 Rusk is the newest addition to the Downtown Houston gourmet grocery store shopping experience without the gourmet prices. Submerse your senses in all the sweet and savory goods on the shelves. If your appetite is still craving more, stop into the all-new 2-story Phoenicia Specialty Foods (www.phoeniciafoods.com) at 1001 Austin Street. As one of Houston’s best international food markets there are thousands of items from more than 50 countries. Both markets offer a plethora of domestic and imported: cheeses, wines, beer, meats and charcuterie items accompanied by artesian breads and pastries, plus fresh produce, fruit and gourmet to-go meals. Additionally, you can find a variety of household items and all your favorite, familiar domestic brands.

EaDo is a playground for artists of a variety of backgrounds and perspectives.  Indulge an art aficionado with a piece from Abstracts & More Art Gallery (www.abstractsandmore.com). This gallery is a venue for talented emerging artists to showcase their artwork and step into the spotlight. These affordably priced, one-of-a-kind creations provide collectors with an opportunity to acquire local artists’ creations while it is still attainable.  Have your imagination painted into reality at Aerosol Warfare located at 2110 Jefferson, Ste. 113 where you can have custom art created for you or another enthusiast. View their online gallery at (www.aerosolwarfare.com) for ideas or to purchase pieces of their current collection.

Francisco Studios (http://www.yelp.com/biz/francisco-studios-houston) at 2300 McKinney (4th floor) is an outlet for the auditory artist. Bands and individual musicians can rent rehearsal space and recording rooms to hone their craft. Let the music crescendo with tickets to live concerts from mainstream and local performers at Warehouse Live (www.warehouselive.com), Meridian (www.meridianhouston.com) or Super Happy Fun Land (www.superhappyfunland.com).

Surprise your spouse with a new addition to the house. If you’re looking for a leather sofa, end tables, lamps, ottomans, bunk beds, mattresses, area rugs, dining tables and chairs or even antiques look no further than Ashley Furniture at 2804 Gulf Freeway (www.ashleyfurniture.com) and Finger Furniture’s Flagship Store at 4001 Gulf Freeway (www.fingerfurniture.com). These mega stores have an immense selection of modern and classic furniture styles. If your vision is a little more specific stop into EaDo Custom Sofas (www.eadocutomsofas.webnode.com) where you can design and customize any piece of furniture according to your liking. The designers can help you pick from a selection of 200 designs or start something from scratch – all at truly affordable prices.

Save your most precious memories forever with the help of MYG Photography (www.mygphotography.com) at 809 Delano Street. Capture candid moments at birthday parties, family functions or holiday events.  If you’re looking for something more structured spend some quality time in the studio taking a family portrait or creating a newborn album.

For the eco-friendly folks on your list, help them get where they’re going the green way. Houston Electric Cars (www.houstonelectriccars.net) is the only all-electric car dealership in the city. The new line of neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs) features the Coco, the very popular Zap, a three-wheeled electric car and truck equipped with solar panel roofs and even an e-van called the Moose. These cars top out at 35 MPH and are legal to drive on Texas 45 MPH streets. If you’re looking for something a little faster, Houston Electric Cars has those, too!  The lot currently has several highway-speed models to choose from, or just bring in the car of your choice and have it converted to a highway speed electric car! 

Finally, in the season of giving, giving back is a great gift. EaDo offers plenty of philanthropic outlets to donate your time or funds to. The Star of Hope Mission (www.starofhope.org), Catholic Charities (www.catholiccharities.org), Latino Learning Center (www.latinolearningcenter.org), Urban Harvest (www.urbanharvest.org) and more. The Furniture Bank located at 2100 Hussion Street is a unique nonprofit, servicing the furniture needs of more than 70 charitable agencies in Houston. The Furniture Bank offers free pick up of gently used items. Visit their website at (www.fb-houston.org) to learn more about this organization and to donate.

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.

Warehouse LiveDecember 16th – Boost Mobile presents the 3rd Annual Feed Houston Food Drive and Concert featuring Slim Thug and Juvenile. If you donate five can goods at any Boost Mobile location you can qualify to win a pair of free tickets to the concert. Admission is free. Doors open at 8 p.m. December 24th – Spend your Christmas Eve Hip Hop style with Lil Flip Htown & Friends, the self-proclaimed “Freestyle King” and “King of the South”. For a list of other upcoming concerts, visit Warehouse Live
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Discovery Green
Spend some time enjoying the outdoors and holiday festivities on the green!

  • Skating Stars on Ice – Mondays at 6 p.m. - Slip on your ice skates and join the area’s best figure skaters, precision teams, coaches and ice show performers on The Ice at Discovery Green. The St. Joseph Medical Center ice rink is sponsored by the Houston Chronicle and Momentum Luxury Auto Group. Skating fees are $10 plus tax, which includes skate rental.
  • Discovery Green Flea – Saturday, December 17th from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Finish up your last minute shopping with fun and original gifts from the flea market on the Grace Lawn, “where everything old is new again.” Plus, Houston Public Radio will be broadcasting live as the Invincible Czars present a twist on Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Suite”. This guitar driven version of the Christmas classic will really get you in the holiday spirit.
  • New Year’s Eve Live – Saturday, December 31st from 7:00 to 12:15 a.m. - Ring in the New Year at Houston’s official New Year’s Eve celebration amidst the city’s gorgeous night skyline.  There will be tons of entertainment including an illuminated parade and 3D light show on the George R. Brown Convention center. Get there early to get a good spot!

For a complete events calendar, visit Discovery Green >

Super Happy Fun Land December 31st – For an out of the ordinary New Year’s Eve catch the New Year’s Noise concert with performances by: NYN8, The Annoysters, Illegal Wiretaps, TheWhiteHorse, Muzak and many more. To see a complete list go to Super Happy Fun Land >

Barnevelder Movement Complex – Kucheza Ngoma Dance Company in collaboration with Thomas Melonçon, an award-winning playwright, will perform “Our Feet Can Tell a Story as We Celebrate the Legacy” at Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex in EaDo. On December 16 and 17, this performance depicting the saga of African-American history presents rich culture and choreography comprised of various dance styles including traditional West African and Hip Hop. Kucheza Ngoma, or Dance to the Drum in Swahili, was established in 2008 by artistic director, Zinnijah Guadalupe. The group came together to perform in the WaMu Out of Africa Zone at the 2008 Houston International Festival. Their passion for dance is born of a desire to change the world by teaching dance and encouraging healthy eating. Kucheza Ngoma Dance Company also offers Dancehall Fusion Classes at Barnevelder every Saturday from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Dance hall fusion is a blend of Jamaican dancehall and Hip Hop music and dance styles. Tickets to “Our Feet Can Tell a Story as We Celebrate the Legacy,” are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 5-12. Click here to purchase your tickets online. Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex is located at 2201 Preston Street. For more information visit
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Buffalo Bayou Partnership December 15th-17th at 8 p.m. - Enjoy a 30-minute Christmas cruise down Buffalo Bayou and take in holiday decorations, Christmas lights and sing your favorite Christmas carols. The pontoon boat leaves out of Allen’s Landing at Commerce and Main. Seats fill on a first-come, first serve basis so plan to arrive 10 – 15 minutes before departure time. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children.
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Toyota Center December 23rd at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. – Feel the music resonate with tickets to the world-famous Trans-Siberian Orchestra. The group is equipped with an orchestra string section, full rock bank, a narrator, several vocalists, stunning lasers and light show, pyrotechnics and a snowfall! Don’t miss out on this fantastic musical phenomenon. Tickets range from $29 - $61.50. For more information or to buy tickets, go to Toyota Center >

J&E Catering - Have a delicious holiday feast without all the mess. Design your perfect meal with delicious side dishes, fajitas for a fiesta, chicken baked, fried or stuffed, Italian, Mexican and desserts. Order online at
J&E Catering
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