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Specwriter

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  1. Is this the building that had the fire yesterday (October 17th)?
  2. "SoDo isn't any more artificial than EaDo." I agree, august948. SoDo is neither more or less so than Eado. 😊
  3. Hopefully, if something is too artificial it will meet a justified demise.
  4. Tonden's Jewelers, 3921 Richmond Avenue just east of Weslayan. Tony and Denise will treat you right.
  5. Good memory, FilioScotia. I could vaguely remember the name started with an 'R' and had a double consonant but I knew it wasn't "Ruggles."
  6. My guess is the Fiesta on the North Freeway at Airline Drive is the one most likely to have parking lot mischief because it is so easy to get away from the property on the access road or Airline. In any case, do not let your guard down.
  7. I've also switched to KPRC weekday mornings. It has much better traffic reporting and the weather reports are more concise. I don't really care why it is going to rain, or be hot or cold - especially in such excruciating detail. Also, the KHOU weekday morning "news" has become too chopped up in its presentation and the behavior of the people in front of the camera is just plain silly. Both, I think, is something that was dictated by some marketing "genius." I do miss Lisa Hernandez' professional demeanor and measured delivery too.
  8. What occupies the Jim West mansion now? I drove past last Wednesday (Sept. 25) for the first time in a long, long time and it looks like some sort of plant nursery. I was driving and conversing with the passengers in my car so I was really not able to take an extended look at the place. It is no longer Hakeem's specialty shop that is for sure.
  9. Looks like "how not to demolish, but renovate, a building Houston style.
  10. The logo looks fine to me. When is the expected completion date? I'm looking forward to the re-opening.
  11. I was skinny and had long hair in the '70s too. What the Hell happened?
  12. Thank you, Cluffs, for sharing that. I have to say Lonnie Yancey was the type of person who created good memories and that will always be special.
  13. Are you trying to find the builder or the architect? It's a long shot but there may be a record of the building permit available if the house was built in one of the incorporated municipalities in the Memorial Area. That document would probably have the builder's name and maybe the architects as well. I know you do not want to publish the address, or give any more context to reveal its location, but perhaps someone will recognize the house and contact you via the e-mail address you provided. It is a very nice looking structure. Good luck.
  14. My father was a pharmacist (now retired). He and my grandfather had their own drug store and after my grandfather passed my Dad went to work for a small local chain of apothecaries. They ordered their drugs (mostly prescription drugs) through Southern Drug Company. I remember seeing large boxes in the back of the drug store with the Southern Drug label on them. My understanding is Southern was not a manufacturer but a wholesale company as mkultra25 stated. It would buy drugs from Abbot, Lilly, SmithKlein, etc. and repackage them for local drug stores - at one time in the warehouse building shown in this thread. Realize that Walgreens, Eckerd's (absorbed by CVS) and other larger chains had real competition from locally owned independents by back then.
  15. Is this next to the defunct hamburger restaurant? I wonder what will become of that building.
  16. NYC F.A.O. is definitely as much a tourist attraction as it is a retail outlet. I think what a revived Toys R Us needs to avoid is competing with on-line stores (perhaps even itself) and focus on the new and unusual in its brick-and-mortar stores. People will want to "test drive" innovative products and buy them if they like them. This may have been what made Sharper Image an initial success. Are there any of those stores still around?
  17. Is Toys R Us trying to become F. A. O. Schwarz? Why not? I was at Rockefeller Center in June about 11:00 am on a Tuesday and the place was packed.
  18. I have the same publication from 2011. This new edition seems to have about 100 more pages! Thanks, Reefmonkey.
  19. Tumbleweed is right but with a "Juliet balcony" the sill of the opening is usually at or near the floor level. I think Luminare pegged it: the larger opening was VE'd out. I sure hope no one ever has to be rescued from one of those windows. 😟
  20. I get the realities of "progress" and I hope for the best with whatever replaces Southern Importers but it is sad to see this one go away. What fun we had buying costumes here for various parties and other events.
  21. Wow! That is every bit as green as the red was red.
  22. IIRC there was a Mathis Jewelry on North Shepherd in the shopping center just across Garden Oaks Blvd. from the Sears store. My father bought a Bulova Accutron pocket watch as gift for me around 1976 from Mathis. Yelp lists a Mathis Jewelry on Westheimer but I doubt it is the same owner. Mr. Mathis was murdered in a robbery not long after my Dad bought the watch. I wish I had seen blue92's post from October 21, 2011. I dropped the watch shortly after my Dad gave it to me. There was no apparent damage on the outside but it never ran right since. Are you still out there, blue?
  23. Specwriter

    Old KHOU site.

    I had a studio instructor in architecture school who thought it would be a great idea to turn the old rice silos along Allen Parkway into a columbarium for cremains. I don't think he envisioned individual urns but to just pour ashes into the silos much like the grain had been stored. Novel or bizarre, or both? 🤔
  24. It would be great if "REMUV" was on the drawings for a demolition contract. 😊 I've wondered for sometime if this thread should be merged with the 801 St. Joseph Parkway thread in Crater Houston Alliance. Maybe that's just wishful thinking on my part.
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