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  1. I found this brick near the corner of Reinerman and Nett (north of Washington Ave. & Rice Military) after they had torn down a house to build townhomes. I presume it is part of the original brick streets that are underneath the concrete paving. A bit of googling tells me that it was from the "Houston Brick & Tile Co." which ceased to exist around 1988. I was curious as to when the streets in this area were bricked. The closest I can find is that the Sixth Ward (a couple miles down Washington Ave.) bricked in the 1890s. I know the blue & white "Reinermann" curb tiles on the corner were put in around 1930, which would mean that was likely when the road was paved with concrete. I've found the brick on a couple of brick-collectors websites, but they don't have any information, other than the manufacturer. Any ideas when this area (near Rice Military) was bricked?
  2. I see this post is from last year, but it's always a good idea to trim your trees prior to hurricane season, so I'll go ahead and throw on the small, locally-owned landscaping company I work for, Four Seasons Outdoor Living. We have a website, too, but we are about to redo it. You can also call the owner, Jeff @ 713-261-3049. He's a really nice guy.
  3. And the plot thickens with conflicting statements from Angelika and Bayou Place... Also, there's a facebook group to bring a theater back to downtown: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Film-Theater-to-Downtown-Houston/131082840271750?v=wall
  4. From Swamplot: "Hmmmm. Something sure looks funny about the demo permit taken out by HHN Homes and listed below for the city’s code enforcement and plan review offices at 3300 Main St. Maybe the address is just a stand-in for next week’s mystery-site Extreme Makeover: Home Edition demo and rebuild. Ya think?"
  5. Also, between the Counter & Les Givrals is "TQLA Restaurant & Bar" and "360 Sports Bar & Grille." Looks like there's another 360 in Columbia, SC - not sure if it's related or not? I also heard (from one of the guys that owns Sugarcane) that there is an 80s dance place opening somewhere on Washington Ave. He says they are trying to attract the "older" patrons of Washington Ave. Interesting.
  6. Correction, then: "I heard from a neighbor this weekend that the former MILAM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL is indeed going to be a private school, and they are renovating most of the school right now, but will rent out the un-reonvated part of the building to HISD offices during the renovations."
  7. I heard from a neighbor this weekend that it is indeed going to be a private school, and they are renovating most of the school right now, but will rent out the un-reonvated part of the building to HISD offices during the renovations.
  8. A few months back, I posted that I had heard rumors from my neighbor that this school was being bought by a private school. As of the past couple weeks, the "For Sale" sign has come down, and the school is seemingly being remodeled. There were workers in there over the weekend, and new fences and (young kids) playground equipment is being installed. Does anyone know what school this may become? Private? Public?
  9. Shade (mac & cheese)... probably my favorite restaurant in Houston Berryhill (chicken tacos on flour tortillas, queso) Chatter's (everything) Max's Wine Dive (bread pudding)
  10. Marshall's Home Goods, Ikea, even framing cool pages from magazines or just colored paper in cheap (ikea) frames....
  11. Another pair at West Gray & Shepherd. Weird.
  12. I heard from one of my neighbors that the former Milam Elementary School at 1100 Roy Street is in talks to be bought by a private school. Not sure how or if that will affect the bars along Washington Ave... but it would be interesting. My grand idea was to buy it and convert it into a boutique hotel & restaurant kinda like McMenamins has done in Portland with some old elementary schools.
  13. Becca @ Spice Paper Designs did my wedding invitations - she does very simple custom invitations, and she's great to work with! http://www.spicepaperdesigns.com/
  14. Rebels Honky Tonk is having their "soft opening" tonight - August 13.
  15. Looks like "Canvas" at 5002 Washington is actually going to be "Rebel's Honky Tonk." They have a sign out front that says so, and I also found this. It's apparently from the same people as Saint Dane's in Midtown. We peeked inside last night... there is a GIANT mural of a bunch of country people on the wall. It looks like they still have some work to do, but it'll probably be open in a month-ish. Also, this week, it looks like they are leveling the lot at Durham and Center Street - maybe for more parking? It still has a for sale sign, though.
  16. I lived in AMLI Memorial Heights for ~3 years. They were ok. I moved in when they were about a year old, and within a few months, there was a leak into our laundry room, master bedroom, and master closet which they came and "fixed" several times. When we moved out, there was mold completely covering the back corner of my closet. Awesome. My best friend lives in the ones right in front of the AMLI... Windsor at Siena. The window in her 2nd floor apartment has leaked pretty much since she moved in. They came and "fixed" it numerous times... and then Ike hit. Windsor had told all residents they were not allowed to board up their windows. She taped plastic bags over her window and put a bucket underneath the main leaky window. Here's what it looked like after Ike: (note the water stains on the celing and walls... the carpet was wet about 6 feet away from the window) Her bedroom looked pretty much the same way. We could only imagine what the 3rd and 4th floors looked like! They came in and completely remodeled her apartment (took about 2 months)... The work was sporadic, and she'd come home to find that people had been in her apartment because a vase was broken, or there was sheetrock dust covering her bed. And...........the window still leaks when it rains! So, just be warned that those apartments around there are apparently pretty leaky! I did have good luck with Finger Company-owned apartments, but I didn't live in them inside the loop.
  17. Canvas 5002 Washington It's definitely looking country... (photos taken this morning) All the "windows" were painted on the building yesterday and today. Raw timbers for the side patio: Rundown of bars in that area: *Canvas - 5002 Washington *Busty LaRue's - 5110 Washington *Ei8ht - 5102 Washington *Taps House of Beers- 5120 Washington *Blue Book - 5219 Wash (former purple bldg)
  18. Took this yesterday, it's right across the street from the Shell on Washington... Mannequins with dresses in the windows...? A new resale shop? Another Dean's Credit Clothing? There were more dresses hanging (randomly, not on racks, that I could tell) inside. Looked like they were adding a little bricked patio with palm trees on the side too. Anyone know what it is?
  19. Um, yeah, I'm familiar... see my post on page 16.
  20. So, I thought I mentioned this somewhere on here, but I can't find it... I've heard that the warehouse-y building in the parking lots on Washington @ Roy is going to be a country bar... anyone know any more about that? Is it going to be that "Busty LaRoue's" place, maybe? That sounds country. Someone did spray paint "Honky Tonk Honky Tonk" on the side of the building this weekend, and they put up some raw wooden tree trunks as posts in the front, so it is looking pretty country! What I really want to know is where the heck are these people going to park??
  21. Poissant Gallery hosts events all the time, and looks small. It's in an old church in Rice Military. http://www.poissantgallery.com/
  22. I went on Friday night to meet a couple friends there and the first thing they said to me was "this place is full of douche bags." I had to laugh, of course. There were a few Ed-Hardy-wearing-DB guys there hitting on girls and being general DB-ish, but they won't be there long. I liked the atmosphere/crowd WAY better there than The Lot across the street...
  23. North of Washington... I don't mind them being shared (I allowed the houstonist to use them), but yeah, the license plate should probably be blurred. I was just lazy.
  24. Anyone know what's going in the old warehouse in the parking lot they built next to Ei8ht? I've heard rumors of a country bar?? The parking for Ei8ht in the neighborhood is already horrendous, I can't even imagine what it will be like when Taps, Busty LaRoue's, and this new "country" bar open... Sample of the parking issues... I live a few blocks off Washington, near Ei8ht...the scene outside my house at 3 AM Sunday Morning a few weeks ago. Drunk suburbanite 21-year-old drove into our ditch. Still there in the morning... She claimed that she thought it was a one way street and that a car was coming towards her, so she pulled over (into a ditch that was JUST the size for her car!)... despite the fact that 6 feet behind her was a street, and 3 feet in front of her was a driveway. A couple weeks later, we added the giant rocks along the grassy side of our property, and already one has been run over (cracked in half), and another one knocked over...
  25. In the past week, near the new Busty (Rusty?) LaRoue's and Ei8ht, they have added more sidewalks along Washington Ave, and behind it, along Center St. They also tore down Lee's Upholstry (which was behind them) on Center St. - maybe for more parking? I know that Crew gym (between Shepherd & Durham) is advertising that they are adding more parking - this lot would be a couple blocks away, but maybe that's what it's for? Also, that elementary school in the neighborhood (also on Center Street) is for sale. Hopefully it will not ALL be parking!
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