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  1. Was that Coffee Caravan? We LOVED that place. Walked down there at least once a week, wonderful cakes, coffee, tea, even light lunch. It was great. I always thought it was the Studewood reconstruction that did them in. That's a shame, tell your friend that they had a LOT of fans, regardless of what else they heard.
  2. I was the one that posted the picture. It is not this actual development, just one I saw they did elsewhere that I thought might be similar to what they have planned. I've since learned a few more details. There will be twelve units. Six of them will be large, and will be new floor plans they've never built before and priced in the mid to upper six figures. Then there will be six more smaller units and priced close to 400s. Take that for what it's worth. Looks like framing might be going up soon. Ought to be interesting to see the outcome. Based on the driveway/sewer connects, looks to me like the six big ones will face out onto Beauchamp and the the smaller six will be on the back side.
  3. Yep, definitely missing it already. They had a pretty awesome wine selection (in recent months/years) too. Great place to just run in on the way home. I'll miss that about it. And the music was the best freakin overhead mix I've ever heard in a store. I would have bought a CD of it, ha.
  4. Drove by tonight to pick up some things and it's officially closed up and dark. I'm sure demolition will come pretty soon, as soon as the store is emptied (unless it already is?). Farewell little Fiesta.
  5. A friend signed up for the mailing list and she got a reply that said there would be 12 homes. Here is a photo from another development they are building, this ISN'T this one, but I'm guessing this will be pretty similar to what we'll get.
  6. Because the one in the picture is way wrong for the neighborhood. That being said, I'm OK with the parking lot going away that's been a bit of an eyesore anyway. I would just would like to see something that at least looks nice in the neighborhood and not like Katy has come to inside the loop. I wonder if that spot is governed by the historic designation? Ought to be interesting to see what they build. As someone else said, I can't see more than a few there. That lot is not very deep but pretty wide. Maybe 6 in a row?
  7. Saw a sign go up for this today on the lot: http://www.davidweekleyhomes.com/new-homes/tx/houston/houston/central-living/beauchamp-estates# The 'why settle for old' with the picture of a suburban house scares me. Has David Weekly built other homes in the Heights?
  8. I heard on another forum that the owner of the new building is negotiating to buy out Someburger and just make additional parking. Anyone else heard this? I wonder what the rules would be to put Someburger in my front yard? LOL! Just kidding, but I'd hate to lose this place. I suppose it was inevitable when the new construction started.
  9. How long until one of the residents of the $400,000 lofts complains about the grilled burger smell from Someburger and they have to close? Don't mess with my Someburger!
  10. Just saw an article online that Kroger purchased the property at 1400 Studemont, by Arne's. It borders Summer Street to the South. Anyone have more details? Wish HEB had purchased it for a "Heights Market".....
  11. Was just there today and one of the owners was telling everyone that they are moving, to Rutland and 20th...not exactly sure where, they said they would have an official announcement later. I could be wrong, but I thought she said they were there at Fiesta through next Friday and would move after that...Sorry to see them have to move though...
  12. So can someone please enlighten me...Is Karen Derr still in the race? I don't see her signs coming down anywhere, in fact the other day I was driving and saw someone putting two signs in a yard... She's not my choice, but I'm still curious as to her status?
  13. At the risk of sounding redundant, NOOOOO! Not my quickie Fiesta! I love going to that place more than just about any other grocery store in the Heights. Their produce is always cleaner and more abundant than Kroger, and gnat free as compared to the other big Fiesta. The have a better wine selection than just about anywhere else that's close by, and I've been to Kroger many times over the years with my shopping list and when they were out of something, I'd stop at that Fiesta and they had it. And as someone else said above, they have the greatest 'overhead music'. I guess it sounds like they will still be there for awhile, at least I hope so. I'd love to see Fiesta pump some money into this location and really jazz it up. Even staying a Fiesta, if it was changed up a little, 'freshened' and updated, I think it could really put a bigger dent in the other stores around here. Fiesta doesn't know what potential they have in that location...
  14. Thanks, didn't think about that. I mean, in years past we have seen a bit creakier in the winter, but it just seemed worse this year. Of course, I guess the weather has been very up and down this year too, cold one day, hot the next....
  15. We're noticing a lot of creaky boards around the house (more than usual), in various rooms of the house (pier and beam). We had a bathroom water leak once upon a time and got that fixed. Creaking floor is in other parts of the house far from the bathroom so I doubt that's connected. So we thought it might be settling, though a couple of years ago we had some piers shimmed up a bit. But we had someone come out again to see if there was any house settling and they said no. Now we are wondering if there is there someone that can check out the subfloor by crawling around under the house and looking for rotting wood or anything that might be causing the floor boards to be creakier than normal? Thanks guys! *edit to clarify request
  16. Ditto for the 'country relocation'. We have some friends out in Brookshire who did the same thing about 15 years ago, found a couple of frame bungalows and had them moved to about 25 acres out there. It's great to see them have new life. Cool thing is, they've 'saved' us a spot near a pond and if the day ever comes, we would consider moving our bungalow (in the Woodland Heights) to the property out there rather than have it torn down. It's been a great, solid, well built home for almost 100 years and I could never see it relegated to the junk heap. I hope that someday it can be our 'retirement' home. It would be a great feeling to sit on the familiar front porch and stare at a pond instead of the street out front! :-)
  17. Something similar happened in our neighborhood a couple of years ago...two homes were under construction, they stopped, builder went under, and they sat framed, but nothing else, for over a year. The wood faded through rain and sun and cold and hot and then someone bought them, sheetrocked over it, put siding on, painted them and sold them for $500,000 each. I can't believe they passed inspection but I guess it qualified somehow. No WAY I would have bought those homes but of course, finished and painted, I guess no one would know. I have a feeling that will happen to alot of these townhomes and condos and unfortunately will lead to major problems with them a few years down the road. Assuming they sell now, in this economy that's questionable I suppose.
  18. Anyone heard what's up with that? The gorgeous Woodland Heights "Wilson" home on Bayland Ave (205 Bayland for those wanting to look it up on HAR) is for sale. The owners just finished remodeling the former halfway house barely 2 years ago and were going to be there a long time and now they are selling. Also, $2.5 million seems a little steep, but maybe I'm wrong? Of course, if I had an extra 2.5 laying around.... Heard anything?
  19. I can't remember their exact prices for each item, but I do know that every Thursday is something like "1/2 price day" or something. Not sure what the rules are and what exactly is on sale, but it's worth a look.
  20. Anyone know whassup? I drove by yesterday and the fence was down and the ground around the house was being bulldozed. This is the big blue house on the NW corner (next to the old Eckerds/new Shopping center). House looks to be in pretty good shape, I hope it's not being torn down??
  21. Oops, didn't realize Rushmore had already been mentioned. I just knew about the barber shop with Bill Murray. ha.
  22. There was a Bill Murray movie filmed in Doug's Barber Shop on 11th...can't remember the movie name though.
  23. Anyone know when this (bakery portion) is supposed to open? I thought the article said June 1st but it doesn't look anywhere close to being finished at this point. Looking forward to it and the restaurant. Can't wait!
  24. Saw a sign for "STAPLES" coming soon too...right behind Chilis it appears. I drove by and asked a guy in the parking lot about when they were opening, and he said "I have no idea, they keep pushing it back". I asked why and he said "no one wants to work here!"??? That's the oddest thing I've ever heard!
  25. I have a client who works for Kroger corporate who said they will eventually be closing the few remaining "old" stores they have in lieu of the new bigger Kroger Signatures stores. The burbs exclusively have huge mega signature stores and the smaller original style stores are more scattered around mostly in the older areas of town. He said that the 11th street expansion is the main reason that the 20th street store is going to go away. My guess is it's probably just a matter of timing, lease up at one place, good time to start construction on the new one and the close the old one. And don't forget, as has been mentioned on the Kroger expansion thread, they are actively wanting residents to email them and let them know what we want in the new expanded store. I talked to an employee at the 11st store and she said that from what she has heard, the biggest suggestions so far are for a bigger wine department and more organics.
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