We can't believe it's already been a year since our official launch of this monthly newsletter, EaDo: In the Know. So much has changed in a year! We've seen the Dynamo Stadium go from concept to construction, new flavors from Pearl & Johnny B's BBQ and Epicurean Express, new nightlife fun at Little Woodrow's, new homewares and accessories from Ahn Gift Shop, and new cultural initiatives at Abstracts & More Art Gallery. We've been featured in a dazzling array of local, national, and international media outlets, and beautiful new housing is popping up all around the area every day. Indeed, a lot is happening in EaDo and we are so glad you are joining us for this exciting journey. Strap in tight because this ride is only just beginning to accelerate!

The Houston-Galveston Area Council's Livable Centers Study area bounded by Pease, St. Charles, Commerce, and Austin Streets concludes with a public meeting scheduled for August 9th 6:00pm at Incarnate Word Academy where recommendations will be given for improvements meant to create a vibrant destination that welcomes office workers, residents, regional visitors and convention goers. The meeting schedules are listed below, along with links to see the study's presentations and findings to date. For more information on previous presentation go to the Eado Houston website.  

To speak at the public hearing, attendees must:    

(1) Call 832-393-1100 

(2) Register to speak at the july 13th public hearing on the civility ordinance

(3) Request 3 minutes to speak

(4) On July 13th arrive at City Hall by 8:30 am   

(5) Parking is available at the City Hall Annex on bagby street or in the underground parking of the public library across the street. The Bagby lot fills quickly.

Kris Guthrie is a glamorous girl about town who knows a good trend when she sees it. She should! She's the Director of Marketing for Landry's Inc., one of America's largest casual dining and entertainment companies that counts restaurants, hotels, casinos, and even a convention center and a boardwalk in its holdings. Houston entities owned by the company include hometown favorites like La Griglia, Grotto, Pesce, and Cadillac Bar, not to mention destination-driven entertainment centers like the Downtown Aquarium, Kemah Boardwalk, and the Rainforest Café, to name but a few. Elsewhere, Landry's owns countless nationally known restaurants plus the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, the Galveston Convention & Visitors Bureau, and much more. Clearly Kris, who handles marketing for this Houston-based juggernaut, knows a thing or two about emerging trends, which is great because she recently designated EaDo as her home, a good sign from a gal with her finger on the pulse of the new and the now.

"I moved to the neighborhood in late 2009," she explains while touting some of her favorite things about the area, like the ease with which she can travel about and in and around her townhome and into other parts of the city: "I-10, 59, and 45 are right there! Very simple! And the proximity to downtown is great, especially since I can pop over to (Landry's owned) Vic & Anthony's for a great bite after work!"

Guthrie also gets excited about nearby haunts like Latin Bites café and the Original Ninfa's on Navigation; not quite EaDo entities but definitely close neighbors. "It's great to be able to grab a bowl of queso at Ninfa's on a lazy Sunday afternoon and I always enjoy walking along the bayou to energize before or after a long day."

She's also looking forward to the transformation the Dynamo Stadium will bring, but recognizes the uptick in activity since moving to the neighborhood a year and a half ago. "There's more going on since I moved here, definitely. It seems like there is more action in EaDo, more people coming around, more things to do."

In addition to the usual characteristics inhabitants list as enticing about EaDo, Kris loved the look of the townhome she now lives in and like that the neighborhood was, "growing, changing, and could be something spectacular – much like when I first moved to Montrose." Indeed, this isn't Guthrie's first foray into an emerging area; before her current stint in EaDo, she lived for years in the Montrose area, long before the local grocery stores installed expanded wine sections and olive bars and internationally-acclaimed restaurants cropped up along Westheimer. The idea of experiencing something similar to her previous situation is particularly exciting to Kris, who loves to be in the middle of all the action. "I lived in Montrose as it changed into the amazing spot it is now," she reflects, while pondering the notion she's about to enjoy a bit of a case of déjà vu.

July 16, 2011 brings the Houston Dynamo's 2nd annual Go for Goal 5k and Kids Fun Run in downtown Houston. Last year the event was enjoyed by about 1,300 runners and this year the organizers are are expecting to have 2,000+! The cost for the 5k is $25.00 for individuals and $15.00 for the Kids Fun Run and Corporate Sponsorships may be purchases for $1,000.00 which includes admission for 20 team members and a location for the team to set up a booth in the park with any information they would like to share. The Dynamo are also asking companies to donate 2,000 items to go into their race registration packets, or any amount of collateral they can provide. All proceeds from this event will go to the East End district's soccer league, which has been canceled due to the city's financial cuts. The Houston Dynamos along with Councilmen Rodriguez are starting a campaign to raise $65,000 for the 1,300 kids who have lost the opportunity to play in a soccer league, and since the team's mission statement is, "To utilize the sport of soccer and the resources of the Dynamo organization for the enhancement of a higher quality of life for the people in the greater Houston area," this race is the perfect way to help make up the budgetary shortfall. Won't you join them? For more information about the race and how to participate as a runner or sponsor, please visit: www.houstondynamo.com/goforgoal

Epicurean Express is poised to meet the growing demands and needs of EaDo and downtown with its initial offerings of 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 with a focus on green offerings. A deli case is coming soon! Stop in anytime and check out these pictures of EaDo's new grocery!

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 – GONZO247 presents his most recent show, PERPLEXED, this summer at Aerosol Warfare Gallery, including work using a combination of plexiglass/plastic acrylic as the canvas, spray paint and other mixed media demonstrating the challenge of thought, preparation and painting visions backwards.   PERPLEXED displays ample energy by GONZO247, born of energy obtained from his recent travels to Africa, his non-stop action in Houston and moments in life as a full time artist.  PERPLEXED will be on display at Aerosol Warfare Gallery through August 21st, 2011. 
Aerosol Warfare Gallery >

Calliope's PoBoy
Calliope's Po-Boy welcomes everyone to hang out on their new patio and is also happy to announce they're hosting Crawfish Boils every Friday and Saturday! Further, each Wednesday Calliope's Po-Boy offers delicious $10 "Hot Lunch Specials."
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Warehouse Live July 8 – Glitch Mob with special guests Com Truise and R/D; July 17 – CJ Ramone with Crank Case; July 18 – Kottonmouth Kings; July 27 – Machine Gun Kelly with Nice Guys, Simple Success, Uzoy J Nel and IB 3. For full listing visit:
Warehouse Live >

Little Woodrow's
Little Woodrow's invites everyone in EaDo every night of the week to enjoy their nightly specials!  The specials are as follows:  Monday – TX Beer & Movie night; Tuesday – Big Ass Beers and Geeks Who Drink Trivia Contest; Wednesday – Ladies Night and Steak Night; Thursday – Happy Hour ‘til 9 PM; Friday – DJ night; Saturday – 11 AM – 4 PM $3 Bloody Marys, Blue Moon, Micheladas and Mimosas; Sunday – Draftmania with draft specials. For more details see
Little Woodrow's

Lucky's Pub
Lucky's Pub also features specials each night of the week with happy hours Mon-Fri 4-7 pm: Monday – Industry Night; Tuesday – Steak & Pint Night; Wednesday – Small Ass Beer Night & Shot Night; Thursday – Old School Thursdays ft live local bands; Friday – Beer & Shot Night; Saturday & Sunday – Party on the Patio. 
Lucky's Pub

Cork Soakers
Cork Soakers is another spot in EaDo offering specials every night: Monday – Bubbles & Bingo; Tuesday – Tastebud Tuesdays: 1/2 price flights & free tastings; Wednesday – Artful Sips: create art while sipping wine; Thursday – Free tastings; Friday – Extended Happy Hour until midnight; Saturday – Speakeasy Saturdays: get weekly password at www.corksoakershouston.com and your 1st glass of wine is 1/2 price; Sunday – Soak it Sundays - $2 mimosas, sangrias, & Texas beers.
Cork Soakers

Samba Grille – Remember that Samba Grille will pick up and drop off EaDo residents for FREE with their Eco-Shuttle if you make a reservation! They're also currently featuring "Wine Wednesdays," with a free tasting of their favorite wines during happy hour with the fun continuing with a special selection from their wine list being half off for the evening!
Samba Grille

Discovery Green – JULYDOSCOPE! A kaleidoscopic happening of free summer fun, film and live entertainment at Discovery Green Park on Saturday, July 30. Festivities start at 6 PM with live performances by Tyagaraja, Musiqa, EaDo's own Suchu Dance, and Stages Repertory Theatre on the Anheuser-Busch Stage followed by a screening of the quintessentially 80's film, Xanadu at 8:20 pm. Shop for art in the art walk, snag goodies from the Astros Street Team, and find out more about what's going on in arts in Houston. For more information go to www.cinemartsociety.org. Presented by Houston Cinema Arts Society, Q-Fest, Fresh Arts Coalition, Spacetaker, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and Theater Under the Stars.
Discovery Green

Bar 1820 – Bar 1820 just west of Highway 59 on Leeland offers awesome daily happy hour deals from 4pm until 2am. Also, twice a month (first and last Friday) 1820's patrons can enjoy the unlimited vintage arcade games and pinball machines at Joysticks (1820 Franklin B) for PACMAN FEVER.

EaDo Special Board Meeting in July at 12:00pm, Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at noon at 2612 McKinney.

Public Safety Committee Meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 11:00 am at 2612 McKinney. Schedules change so please call 713-504-2042 for confirmation.

Business Development Committee meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at 3pm at 2612 McKinney. Schedules change so please call 713-504-2042 for confirmation.