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    Tea Bar

    Kimanh, I think a tea bar on Washington is a good idea. Go for high visible location, low rent, so even with a low price point (how much can you charge for a cup of tea anyway?!), volume will pull you through. Washington Ave. has the visibility, and with density moving close by, it can potentially work. As others have suggested, check out Te House of Tea on Fairview. In the evenings, you might find Kevin working (he's often there to close the register). He has an economics background, and may be able to help you with a business model.
  2. Just a few corrections to your (quite extensive!) list: Actually, that's 1972 Fairview. it's now the Latina Cafe. Maybe still the same place, different name? Still exists, but moved and has a slight name change: Hobbit Cafe, 2243 Richmond.
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    Mary's Mural

    Poetic justice would have them shot with a paint ball gun ... several times.
  4. You've got the right spot. It's become a smallish shopping strip facing Main St., and a large 4-story apartment complex, complete with parking garage, facing Braesmain.
  5. Have y'all noticed too what seems to be a bank building craze? Wendy's at Holcombe and Morningside goes down, to be replaced by ... a bank. Empty lot south of Droubi's, on Kirby and Main, is now a bank. The Flying Pig restaurant at Weslayan and Bissonnet, torn down and now a bank. It seems everywhere I turn, new bank branches are popping up. What are the economics behind this bank building boom? Or is it just my imagination?
  6. I see some of the old Diedrich's crowd hanging out at T
  7. Wait, there's still an Antone's at OST and Main. At least, it's close by -- it's in the middle of the Fiesta parking lot, there between Main, OST and Kirby. I've always wondered about that standalone building; it seems so out of place. Is it an original, or a replica??
  8. Nothing has happened to it yet. It's such gorgeous property (once owned by M.D. Andersen, as the "President's House", but sold in 1993), but as it is now owned by "Cambridge Properties", one would expect its demise any day now. Devonshire was once a beautiful neighborhood. But they lost a deed restrictions fight (around 1995, if I recall correctly) against a developer who had acquired two houses facing Holcombe, and that was a signal to all other landowners that they could sell out to townhome developers. So, the neighborhood has been under seige since then.
  9. Yes, it is part of Parkwood. The intent, I recall (from conversations with Parkwood management), was to eventually develop some kind of shopping center there, but it never happened, and after Baylor bought it, they decided to let it lay fallow, knowing eventually they'd be putting up something medical.
  10. Holy cow! I would have loved to be at that Civic Association meeting. I'm guessing I would have had a hard time keeping a straight face while this developer was speaking. <Rant on> You know, down in Braeswood Heights, a developer is also suing the civic association (my guess is there's plenty of this, of course). Developer makes some similar noise about his property rights are being quashed. And, surprisingly, the city often goes along with this. I say, hogwash. What's really being quashed are people's contractual rights, and thus, their property rights too. The whole concept of deed restrictions was/is based on binding contracts between mutually agreeable parties -- i.e., everyone in the neighborhood. Any new buyer (e.g., a developer) is buying into that contractual arrangement. So, they can't whine about it being damaging to their property rights. Those that do, I think are basically just swine. They're from the same camp of folks that cut down old-growth trees in the middle of the night, even on city easements, 'cause they know full well they're breaking the law. These developers are not pro-property rights. OK, I'll stop ranting.
  11. Kinda late to reply to this message, but as I'm new to the forum, I just noticed this posting. So, here's what I know about this log cabin. It's known as the "Pioneer Memorial Log Cabin Museum". It is owned by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. It was built in 1936, as a hospitality house, built in anticipation of all the visitors to the Texas Centenial. I don't think it was originally at that location. More info about it can be found here: http://www.drt-inc.org/loghouse.htm
  12. I'm short on names now, but Parkwood Apartments were built in 1948/1949 by the same guy who later developed Tanglewood. All the oak trees were planted at that time, as early pictures show nothing but an open field on the property when the apartments were first constructed (the pictures are/where available in the Parkwood management office on OST). So, we're looking at beautiful, large, 58 year old oak trees. I will certainly miss them, and the apartments themselves. They were very solidly built, mortar-brick and plaster walls, plenty of casement windows, and plenty of room. The whole layout, especially with the "backyards" connecting several apartment buildings, created a sense of community -- everyone knew each other, and often played, ate, or gardened together. The beehive-like apartments of today just can't compare. My recollection is that Baylor paid around $8 million for the property in 1988. Or maybe between $8-$12 million. The scuttlebutt was that Baylor bought it as a defensive action, with support from TMC, to at least prevent any private "competitor" from acquiring the land. It's certainly a desirable location (as is Devonshire, just to the north), but with all its lush foliage, it will be very sad to see it go.
  13. Rice U. owns some of the plats in that area, but it appears Fred Hofheinz owns most of the rest. It's always been my conjecture that Hofheinz is the driving force behind the recent activity to "complete" the connection of West Belfort, from the east to Willowbend's West Belfort, cutting through the Stella Link's Development Corporation's South Campus complex. Completing that road would certainly make all that land around Old Main Street ripe for development.
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