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that was one of my favorites. also when sound/record exchange was on westheimer, mr. peabody's wayback machine, timeless taffeta, step back, sheer insanity...what about the happy buddha???..i think that's what it was called...oh well

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Dream Merchant was a high class head shop without the bongs ;-)

Dream Merchant was located somewhere else before they got fancy at the Marks's location, but those brain cells are dead.

Yes, we went there all the time circa 1987. I like the record shop that was there afterwards.

Sound Exchange - bought my first Cabaret Voltaire and BAD 12". Also Africa Boombata (sp?) - World Destruction!

Don't forget Shop The Curve!

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Dream Merchant rocked! I can smell the Gonesh incense as I type this. I remember always wanting to get my hair cut at The London Hair Company that used to be in the little houses behind the Dream Merchant.

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Don't forget Shop The Curve!

The Neon Curve! B)

I had a friend, Marvin, who worked at Sheer Insanity, and selected a lot of the stock. Useless but witty gift-y things. After he died, the quality really went downhill.

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i remember finding the doc martin's i wanted at dream merchant. also, my first cabaret voltaire cd was also purchased at sound exchange, as well as meat beat manifesto and vicious pink. i still have a bowling shirt from the 50's a friend bought for me from step back or timeless taffeta, i can't remember which. good times.

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Depends on what type of beads you are talking about.

:o:D:lol:

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO No you DIDN'T take it there!!!!!!

Coincidentally, Dream Merchant was the place I saw my first ever p*nis ring. The balcony was the place for a lot of the naughty things. What a cool place.

By the way, I also remember Sound Exchange as well as Sound Plus. Not to mention the old Soundwaves in the strip center at the corner of Westheimer and Montrose. Had the best bootlegs. And, who could forget the Tower Theater? Can someone say Howard Rollins rocking that joint? Anyway........

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The old Sound Exchange on Westheimer was great...I'm ashamed to say I haven't been to their "new" store (on Alabama?) since they moved. They've been there for years.

I may have to go there soon, though. I hear they have one of the best selections of record needles in Houston...which is perfect, as a friend just gave me a record player!

Sound Exchange always had a great selection of music.

Sound Waves was OK for used stuff back in the day, but I've always thought they were high on new stuff. 90% of what I buy is used anyways...I can't stomach paying $15.00 for a CD.

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The new Sound Exhance is lame. Might just be the location. I did find a few good used Smith's on vinyl there recently.

Black Dog Records behind Star Pizza is kinda neat. They have new and used vinyl.

Soundwaves owes their succes to me. Me and my buds helped put the Broadway store on the map.

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I've been to Sig's Lagoon on Main Street a few times. I love his place. He's got a little section of Houston and Texas blues/jazz/zydeco CD's. Also got some good rockabilly and blues. Some novelty things, some of this, some of that...

And then, he's got hundreds of $1.00 vinyl records. I got a couple live Flatt & Scruggs albums, a 1960's "various artists" R&B/Soul album, and a Kenny Rogers Greatest Hits album (for my wife) for a whopping sum of $4.00.

Sig's Lagoon is right between the Continental Club and the Big Top Lounge on Main at Alabama. The owner is a very nice guy...good taste in music.

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Geesh...Timeless Taffeta. That was where I got my first pair of Docs and the only place that I was allowed to go at 16 that had knee high victorian boots :)

I never got a chance to go to Sound Exchange when it was on Westheimer, but I did go to Rockpile alot. It was the only place that I could indulge my hardcore punk rock side and my synth pop/rivethead side in one convienient shopping trip.

I loved that Dare Wear was next door too, but Martin (the owner) was losing wayyyyy too much money on that location due to a skeevy employee.

Does anyone remember a little store on Richmond called Sanctuary? It was a neat little store that sold like Manic Panic makeup and anhk necklaces. It was like the one stop goth shop. But the folks who owned it, from what i've heard, made sure that Apoptygma Berserk never plays in Houston again. I think they closed like 6 or 7 years ago or some such.

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Never thought I'd see a Apoptygma Berserk reference on this board. We can't even get groups like that to come to Houston much anymore.

Is Rockpile still located at Fairview & Montrose? I know they were a few months ago, but it's been a while since I drove by.

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Hehe...love me some Apoptygma Berserk. Had to travel to Austin to see them and VNV Nation play together. Great show, just wish it could have been local.

Anywho MidtownCoog...Rockpile moved a couple of years ago to a little house on Westheimer. I guess they got too big for their britches cause they closed about a year after they opened that location.

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was sanctuary a blue/purple house by the VW dealership?

infinite records

dream merchant also had a shop at sharpstown mall

there was another record shop in a black little house/building..it was on the bottom..i can't remember what else was by it or what it was called...by wendys i think..

i know i went to some of those shops just to look at the guys that i thought were cute.

i saw rage against the machine at the tower theater. that makes me think of the axiom, the unicorn, the westheimer art festival (seeing bands that had people i went to school with or knew)..

i passed by sig's lagoon but only because i was lost. i won't go downtown for anything unless i absolutely must ever since they put in that rail bus...

there's some other stuff that came to mind and now i forgot

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Sanctuary, if memory serves, was next to The Iron Maiden, right before Shepard on Richmond.

I can't remember the little record store over by Wendys tho. I want to say it was Chemistry Records, but I know thats wrong...

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that was one of my favorites. also when sound/record exchange was on westheimer, mr. peabody's wayback machine, timeless taffeta, step back, sheer insanity...what about the happy buddha???..i think that's what it was called...oh well

I used to hit up MegaZone all the time mang.

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OK guys... I miss Dream merchant on Westheimer as well.....and the really cool surf shop behind the old church. But I remember the original Dream Merchant in Sharpstown mall before it moved to Montrose. I used to shop there on a regular basis. In 1982 I bought a t-shirt there before a DEVO concert at Cullen Auditorium at the Uof H campus. I still have the ticket stub and some pics.......guess its about time I put it on Ebay??

Sharpstown mall was the place to be in the 80's......I also saw Martha Quinn there on an MTV tour....

WOW...the 80's.....

Stephen 979 240 8158

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On 6/13/2006 at 2:39 AM, squinney said:

OK guys... I miss Dream merchant on Westheimer as well.....and the really cool surf shop behind the old church. But I remember the original Dream Merchant in Sharpstown mall before it moved to Montrose. I used to shop there on a regular basis. In 1982 I bought a t-shirt there before a DEVO concert at Cullen Auditorium at the Uof H campus. I still have the ticket stub and some pics.......guess its about time I put it on Ebay??

Sharpstown mall was the place to be in the 80's......I also saw Martha Quinn there on an MTV tour....

WOW...the 80's.....

 

 

I was also a regular at the Sharpstown Dream Merchant :)

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wow what an amazing transformation! thanks for the update photos! love that building and yep, Dream Merchant Westheimer is where i bought my first ever pair of Dr. Martens! 

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On 1/26/2017 at 9:43 AM, Tumbleweed_Tx said:

 

I was also a regular at the Sharpstown Dream Merchant :)

 

The Sharpstown Dream Merchant was much closer in spirit to a 70s-vintage head shop than the later store on Westheimer. 

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One Fifth Mediterranean, Chris Shepherd's new restaurant opens today.

From Houston Chronicle


Now add another big-shot name to the Med party: James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Shepherd will debut the third iteration of his ambitious One Fifth restaurant project with the opening of One Fifth Mediterranean this weekend.

https://www.chron.com/entertainment/restaurants-bars/article/Chris-Shepherd-s-One-Fifth-Mediterranean-opens-13196411.php


More here:
https://www.houstonpress.com/restaurants/chris-shepherd-strikes-again-with-one-fifth-mediterranean-10813678

http://houston.culturemap.com/news/restaurants-bars/08-31-18-one-fifth-mediterranean-new-montrose-restaurant-chris-shepherd/


https://www.houstoniamag.com/articles/2018/8/31/one-fifth-mediterranean

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Update on the new interiation of One Fifth at 1628 Westheimer in Montrose, Houston.

From Eater Houston today:

 

When One Fifth Mediterranean — the most recent iteration of chef Chris Shepherd’s “five restaurants in five years” project — closes its doors at the end of the month, the Greek-inspired eats will be replaced with a love letter to the Gulf Coast.
 

When One Fifth reopens in mid-August, it will be known as One Fifth Gulf Coast, which, if you know anything about Chris Shepherd, makes total sense.

..Shepherd is set to close One Fifth Mediterranean on July 31 as planned, even though his team liked the concept so much that they considered sticking with that theme until the restaurant’s five-year lease is up. 


https://houston.eater.com/2019/7/12/20691833/one-fifth-gulf-coast-chris-shepherd-opening-august-2019
 

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