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Recently, I visited the archives downtown, and I wanted to see what Lower Westheimer was like at its "peak", so I got 1981. I've copied and cleaned up the listings, and I'll be posting up to the 1600 block. Feel free to elaborate on any of them....

 

128 - Houlihans (possibly "Houlahans" as in the directory) [demolished]

202 - Baby Giant Food Store [now Hollywood Food Store]

204 - U-All Wash [demolished?]

209 - Hungry International Sandwich [demolished?]

219 - Damores Restaurant [currently vacant]

220 - Adairs & Doras Flowers (seems like this went under a number of names, all at the same time, including "Jungle Flower Shop", "Flowers by Adair", "Bruces for Flowers", etc.)

223 - L. Bartells Inter(national?) and Dennys Dance Studio

224 - Jade Dragon Restaurant and Ultra Pure (different phone #)

227 - Club L Amour

231 - House of Fun

235 - Dec Art Show Room and Tex Miller (same phone #)

239 - D&L Interior Accents

240 - Diners News

243 - "Continental Villar" and "Serafin Restaurant"

300 - Q-1 Leather Inc.

303 - Tropic Tan

307 - Michelangelo's Restaurant

311 - Sports Locker [demolished?]

322 - Godfather Restaurant [now El Tiempo Cantina]

327 - Burger Bar [later Sacred Heart Studio, now closed]

 

EDIT: For those just joining us, click here to jump to 400-500 and here for 600-900. On the second page, we have 1000-1200 and 1300 to 1400.

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Michaelangelos is demolished, I believe.

Godfather Restaurant was called Il Padrino the times I went there in the early 80's. The patio was illegally enclosed without any permits. 

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Looking forward to seeing the rest of the listings. I started hanging around the record stores on Lower Westheimer around 1980, but wasn't living in the area until 1982. My roommate's girlfriend waited tables at Hungry's and was thus able to comp us beers occasionally, no small thing to perpetually-broke students.

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I moved to Houston (Taft and Welch) in '81, and these names are bringing back floods of memories. 

On ‎5‎/‎28‎/‎2018 at 10:40 AM, IronTiger said:

202 - Baby Giant Food Store [now Hollywood Food Store]

204 - U-All Wash [demolished?]

209 - Hungry International Sandwich [demolished?]

Pretty sure that both Baby Giant/Hollywood Food Store and the space occupied by U-All Washateria are occupied by the discount branch of one of those mattress chains.

I had a bad experience with Hungry International; if there are still people alive who witnessed it, they'll remember too, because it isn't the sort of thing that's easily forgotten. 
A friend and I had dinner there one night, and it wasn't very good. I thought maybe the roast beef was a little 'off' but ate it anyway.
Big mistake. Afterward we went to Mary's, which was packed. I got a beer and after a couple of sips a strange feeling came over me. "I gotta sit down. Now.", I told my friend. I found a seat next to the front door when it hit me. Hit about a dozen other people, too; it's called projectile vomiting for a reason.
Last I saw of that roast beef sandwich it was sailing in a long arc into the crowd. I didn't wait around to see what sort of reaction that got, but thought whatever apologies I might offer wouldn't be up to the occasion so I immediately ducked out the door and headed home.
That's one way to make an impression when you're the new kid in town; personally, I don't recommend it.

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37 minutes ago, dbigtex56 said:

 

Pretty sure that both Baby Giant/Hollywood Food Store and the space occupied by U-All Washateria are occupied by the discount branch of one of those mattress chains.
 

 

On 5/29/2018 at 6:50 PM, Ross said:

Michaelangelos is demolished, I believe.

 

So much for trying to add in "current" tenants if my cursory Google searching gives me results that would be correct 10 years ago...

 

403 - Cleves Texas Jeans

407 - Four businesses listed: "Catnips", "John Boone Hr Sln [Hair Salon?]", "Shear Bliss", and "Treyman Flower & Gift"

408 - Q-1 Leather (second location?)

413 - Church of Ch[rist?] Faith

416 - The Spud-U-Like

424 - Vi-Tex Investment

427 - Dr Ronald M Butler and L&W Organ Repair

428 - Dons La Patois (aka Upper Crust Catering)
500 - Alma Robinson Antiques

503 - Stop N Go

507 - Sugar & Spice (see footnote)

508 - Circus Club

513 - Dr William J. Snow

516 - Happy Buddha

520 - Debs Ts, Inner View, Tres Chic Optical, and B Wilde N Stein Book

521 - Caroline Antique Shop (aka J Matthews Antiques)

534 - Midnite Sun

535 - Caesars Palace

 

What I wanted to do is get the tenants as they were shown in this 1980s shot that many of you have seen before, but other than Sugar & Spice the buildings on the south side just didn't seem to be covered (Chicken Coop, etc.). From the same source (I believe, it originated off from an album of "gy2020" on City-Data comes a closer look toward the Stop N Go. The "Nude Girls" sign seems to be of the Sugar & Spice business, and would later be revived as a new building (under 503 Westheimer's section at HCAD) that would be Roots Bistro ("beer should be like violence, domestic") and then Radical Eats.

 

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600-1000 is coming next time.

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8 minutes ago, IronTiger said:

408 - Q-1 Leather (second location?)

I notice that Q-1 Leather was also listed at 300 Westheimer (currently #'s 2) The name changed a few times in the 80's - I think it originally was Numbers, then Babylon, then back to #'s 2.
Q-1 Leather may have had a shop in there in addition to their main store (408) which was run by a guy named Gator, famed for his homebrew 'Gator-aid' poppers.
411 Westheimer isn't on your list. It was called Vanilla's and was a resale store; the owner was elderly and lived upstairs. After he died, it became the Mausoleum, then the Mauveleum, and is currently The Avant Garden (same owner - she just liked to change the name)
413 Westheimer was a storefront church in a small Art Deco building that later was headquarters for the Guardian Angels. It was demolished around 1987-88 (I salvaged some glass blocks from the wreckage).

 

24 minutes ago, IronTiger said:

520 - Debs Ts, Inner View, Tres Chic Optical, and B Wilde N Stein Book

This building was called the Westheimer Mini-Mall. I knew Small, who was the owner/operator of Wilde N Stein Bookstore.
534 - Midnite Sun: The front portion of the building was demolished and is a parking lot. The back portion was extensively remodeled and is now home to The Cat Doctor.
Another interesting historical tidbit: there were several thinly disguised houses of prostitution (Asian "massage parlors") on Lower Westheimer. During Kathy Whitmire's administration, she undertook a massive cleanup of the area. Her chief of police (Lee Brown) operated a sting in one of the buildings; it was called "Lee's Massage Parlor", a play on how the name 'Lee' could be construed as Asian.
503 Westheimer was initially converted from a bar into the Office of Veteran's Affairs.
I'll add more as it occurs to me. This is fun.

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2 hours ago, Naviguessor said:

Then there was QT's, which was a bit of the hustler/Drag bar, where I was once read by a very sketchy Drag Queen to, "Buy it, Sell it, or Beat it! "  I think i took ther third option.  Wasn't you, dbigTex...was it? 

I can state unequivocally that it was not me. However, I may borrow that line for future use.
Those street-walkin' drag queens had some acid tongues. When I first hit town, one stepped in front of me on the sidewalk, blocking my path. S/he gave me a long, searching look, then drawled "Oh, look. It's a Giantess." Eek!
Lower Westheimer literally resembled a zoo. The tourist types would sit in the fenced-in patio in front of Cookies, Goodies, and More , and gawk at the passing drag queens and freaks, who in turn would gawk back at these weirdly normal people.
I think those who weren't there to experience it would be astonished at the energy and sheer volume of street life on Lower Westheimer in those days. It was comparable to Bourbon St. or St. Mark's Place in the East Village; a place to see and be seen.

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I notice 216 Westheimer (the Cra-Bell Building) isn't on the list. This yellow brick Deco influenced building has to be the most original and unchanged of any on Lower Westheimer. It's been occupied by Scott-Day Paint & Supply since the early '60s.

14 hours ago, IronTiger said:

413 - Church of Ch[rist?] Faith

Immediately west of this building stood a small two-story apartment house built in the '20s in the Mission Style. Constructed of stucco and red clay roof tiles with wooden casement windows and glazed tile accents, it was a bit shabby but hadn't been altered at all. A charming building; was sad to see that one go.
The Happy Buddha, (despite its culturally insensitive name) was a landmark in its own right. The large namesake gold statue which stood in front of it was appreciated by those with an adolescent sense of humor; from the side the Enlightened Teacher appeared to be smiling at the boner he was sporting (actually, his praying hands). Once seen, it could never be unseen.
535 Westheimer Caesar's Palace (?) This would be directly across from the Midnight Sun, and that was the Chicken Coop, another notorious hustler bar. A small bar in the back and upstairs catered to lesbians, the name of which escapes me. Perhaps Caesar's Palace was the blanket name for these two bars.
Its demise was an event staged for the media. A bulldozer, with Mayor Kathy Whitmire at the controls, made the first pass in front of all the local TV news cameras as part of her program to Clean Up Westheimer. Her intentions were good, but her actions completely killed the 'vibe' that made the place so special. Lower Westheimer has never recovered.

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If I recall correctly there was a place called the Truck Stop, where one entered through a canopy made from the hood and cab of an 18-wheel tractor.  Is that right?  Also, wasn't the big Westheimer cleanup push originally driven by Courtlandt Place residents who were finding syringes in their backyards?

 

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18 minutes ago, marmer said:

If I recall correctly there was a place called the Truck Stop, where one entered through a canopy made from the hood and cab of an 18-wheel tractor.  Is that right?  Also, wasn't the big Westheimer cleanup push originally driven by Courtlandt Place residents who were finding syringes in their backyards?

 

I think the Truck Stop was on Avondale at the southwest corner of Mason St. There was also a bar called the Silver Phoenix close by, but I'm a little vague as to which was where. 
Further west  on Avondale (before Taft) on the south side of the street was Dirty Sally's, which later was remodeled to become The Atrium. In those days there were often small fires of suspicious origin that preceded remodeling of bars. Insurance companies must have hated Houston.
It's entirely possible that Courtlandt Place residents' complaints may have factored into Whitmire's decisions. They have insular tendencies.
edit: While it's possible that a drug user might feel compelled to throw a used syringe 75 or 100 feet to land in someone's backyard, it doesn't seem plausible. Some people like to make things up.

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7 hours ago, dbigtex56 said:

Lower Westheimer literally resembled a zoo. The tourist types would sit in the fenced-in patio in front of Cookies, Goodies, and More , and gawk at the passing drag queens and freaks, who in turn would gawk back at these weirdly normal people.
I think those who weren't there to experience it would be astonished at the energy and sheer volume of street life on Lower Westheimer in those days. It was comparable to Bourbon St. or St. Mark's Place in the East Village; a place to see and be seen.

 

Indeed. And the Westheimer Street Festival, before it was neutered, cranked the energy and general weirdness up even further. 

 

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Oh, Dirty Sally's... I remember one evening, after a wedding reception, grabbing the Best Man from Oklahoma (slender blonde haired blue eyed military Aryan Nazi Jock Type) before he accidentally wandered in there.  (we were heading for Theodore's, across the street, far better for virginal midwesterners comin' to the big city)

 

In retrospect, it prolly would have been fun to just follow him in and watch.

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6 hours ago, Naviguessor said:

Wish you had.  Back then, slender blonde haired blue eyed military Aryan Nazi Jocks were Just dbig's type. 

um, no.
When it comes to Nazis I am humorless. The idea disgusts me.

 

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On 6/2/2018 at 10:50 AM, Naviguessor said:

Guess I owe you an apology. Sorry. 

 

I thought it was supposed to be an obvious joke.

 

On 5/31/2018 at 1:32 PM, dbigtex56 said:

I notice 216 Westheimer (the Cra-Bell Building) isn't on the list. This yellow brick Deco influenced building has to be the most original and unchanged of any on Lower Westheimer. It's been occupied by Scott-Day Paint & Supply since the early '60s.

Immediately west of this building stood a small two-story apartment house built in the '20s in the Mission Style. Constructed of stucco and red clay roof tiles with wooden casement windows and glazed tile accents, it was a bit shabby but hadn't been altered at all. A charming building; was sad to see that one go.
The Happy Buddha, (despite its culturally insensitive name) was a landmark in its own right. The large namesake gold statue which stood in front of it was appreciated by those with an adolescent sense of humor; from the side the Enlightened Teacher appeared to be smiling at the boner he was sporting (actually, his praying hands). Once seen, it could never be unseen.
535 Westheimer Caesar's Palace (?) This would be directly across from the Midnight Sun, and that was the Chicken Coop, another notorious hustler bar. A small bar in the back and upstairs catered to lesbians, the name of which escapes me. Perhaps Caesar's Palace was the blanket name for these two bars.
Its demise was an event staged for the media. A bulldozer, with Mayor Kathy Whitmire at the controls, made the first pass in front of all the local TV news cameras as part of her program to Clean Up Westheimer. Her intentions were good, but her actions completely killed the 'vibe' that made the place so special. Lower Westheimer has never recovered.

 

Ah yes, 216 Westheimer was actually on my list (as Scott-Day Paint&Sp) but the others weren't. 411 just had "no phone" listed, and not even a name. Maybe it was vacant at the time the information was collected, but I thought these types of directories were supposed to list everything, not just items with a phone number.

 

Moving on...

607 - Jims Gym (also had apartments upstairs)

608 - Byman Firm Interiors

616 - Flamingo Bar & Grill (Houston LGBT History has an ad from this era, it's the current spot of Katz Deli)

650 - Shearson & Associates

740 - Engineering Picemt [dunno, that's just what the directory says]

802 - Audio Hearing Aid Center, Battery Discount Club, and Sound Equipment Co. (the first two have the same phone number, the last one doesn't)

811 - [The Women's Home today, however, it served as a variety of small offices in the early 1980s that I feel I don't need to list here]

817 - Golden Mrtg&Invstm / RJ Golden Loans (same phone #)

903 - Ruggles Restaurant

904 - Felix Mexican Restaurant (looks like Felix Tijerina lived here as well, separate phone #)

906 - Packies Hairdos

907 - Birdwatchers
908 - The Westheimer Colony (also Westheimer Colony Art, seems to be artists collective but surprised it has a phone number)

910 - Bluewater Diving School/Houston Dive & Ski Club (though also shares a phone number and address with "Interiors by Dawn")

912 - Oh Boy Leather Goods

926 - Princes Hamburgers

 

I'm going to stop right here (the 1000 block has Mary's, an auto glass company that would become Burger King, and a bank), and I'm going to ask a question about 926 Westheimer. Today that's a Valero with a Corner Store (Circle K eventually, and not the Circle K that was a converted UtoteM, that comes later). About halfway down this page [http://seributra_d.tripod.com/armageddon.html] since HAIF's system wants to redirect it as an internal link, is a shot of Westheimer from 2000 where you'll see Burger King's original logo and the Valero, then a Diamond Shamrock, clearly with the Stop N Go name on the canopy (unusually). Was this always a Stop N Go (even before Diamond Shamrock's takeover) or something else? It was built in the mid-1980s when Stop N Go was independent, and I can imagine both Stop N Go (the one further down Westheimer to the east) operated for a while before the one at 503 Westheimer was shut down. The red trim certainly suggests it was built as a Stop N Go (non-Diamond Shamrock)...maybe the intention by NCS was always to replace the other. Another thing I wanted to ask is I'm sure I've seen pictures of a (Der) Wienerschnitzel (the A-frame type) in Montrose, but it isn't listed in the 1981 directory, despite that design coming from the late 1960s/early 1970s. Was it already torn down by 1981?

 

 

 

 

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3 hours ago, IronTiger said:

607 - Jims Gym (also had apartments upstairs)

608 - Byman Firm Interiors

616 - Flamingo Bar & Grill (Houston LGBT History has an ad from this era, it's the current spot of Katz Deli)

650 - Shearson & Associates

740 - Engineering Picemt [dunno, that's just what the directory says]

802 - Audio Hearing Aid Center, Battery Discount Club, and Sound Equipment Co. (the first two have the same phone number, the last one doesn't)

811 - [The Women's Home today, however, it served as a variety of small offices in the early 1980s that I feel I don't need to list here]

817 - Golden Mrtg&Invstm / RJ Golden Loans (same phone #)

903 - Ruggles Restaurant

904 - Felix Mexican Restaurant (looks like Felix Tijerina lived here as well, separate phone #)

906 - Packies Hairdos

907 - Birdwatchers
908 - The Westheimer Colony (also Westheimer Colony Art, seems to be artists collective but surprised it has a phone number)

910 - Bluewater Diving School/Houston Dive & Ski Club (though also shares a phone number and address with "Interiors by Dawn")

912 - Oh Boy Leather Goods

926 - Princes Hamburgers

 

I'm going to stop right here (the 1000 block has Mary's, an auto glass company that would become Burger King, and a bank), and I'm going to ask a question about 926 Westheimer. Today that's a Valero with a Corner Store (Circle K eventually, and not the Circle K that was a converted UtoteM, that comes later). About halfway down this page is a shot of Westheimer from 2000 where you'll see Burger King's original logo and the Valero, then a Diamond Shamrock, clearly with the Stop N Go name on the canopy (unusually). Was this always a Stop N Go (even before Diamond Shamrock's takeover) or something else? It was built in the mid-1980s when Stop N Go was independent, and I can imagine both Stop N Go (the one further down Westheimer to the east) operated for a while before the one at 503 Westheimer was shut down. The red trim certainly suggests it was built as a Stop N Go (non-Diamond Shamrock)...maybe the intention by NCS was always to replace the other. Another thing I wanted to ask is I'm sure I've seen pictures of a (Der) Wienerschnitzel (the A-frame type) in Montrose, but it isn't listed in the 1981 directory, despite that design coming from the late 1960s/early 1970s. Was it already torn down by 1981?

 

Wow, Jim's Gym. Hadn't thought of that place in many years. Can't say that I was ever a customer, but it was certainly a fixture on the local scene as a precursor to the Fitness Exchange, which was frequently referred to as the Fluid Exchange. :ph34r:

 

The back room at Felix was the polling place for my precinct when I lived in Montrose, which always struck me as fitting given Mr. Tijerina's history and influence in local politics. 

 

I don't remember the Prince's at 926 but it's entirely possible it was gone before I lived in the neighborhood. The only Prince's that I occasionally patronized then was the drive-in one on Main, which was looking pretty run-down and vaguely seedy by the early 80s.

 

My recollection is that the Stop-N-Go you mention was always a Stop-N-Go, but memory being what it is I could be mistaken.

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22 hours ago, dbigtex56 said:

um, no.
When it comes to Nazis I am humorless. The idea disgusts me.

 

 

For the record, my reference meant someone who looked like one of the extras in the latter part of Raiders of the Lost Ark.   

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4 hours ago, IronTiger said:

Another thing I wanted to ask is I'm sure I've seen pictures of a (Der) Wienerschnitzel (the A-frame type) in Montrose, but it isn't listed in the 1981 directory, despite that design coming from the late 1960s/early 1970s. Was it already torn down by 1981?

 

 

It didn't last very long past 1981, but there was an A-frame Der Weinerschnitel over just south of Richmond adjacent to the connection from SB Sheperd to Greenbriar, in kind of a weird juxtaposition with Star Pizza and Phil's (predecessor of 59 Diner).

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7 hours ago, Naviguessor said:

Guess I owe you an apology. Sorry. 

 

6 hours ago, IronTiger said:

 

I thought it was supposed to be an obvious joke.

Apology accepted.
I know it was meant in jest. I can take a joke about myself. This particular one is counter to my core morality, and I wanted to be super clear that there's no truth to it. If someone took it seriously I'd be mortified.
No hard feelings, and feel free to make humorous comments. I like them. Just ix-nay on the Otzi-nay, OK?

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On 5/28/2018 at 10:40 AM, IronTiger said:

Recently, I visited the archives downtown, and I wanted to see what Lower Westheimer was like at its "peak", so I got 1981. I've copied and cleaned up the listings, and I'll be posting up to the 1600 block. Feel free to elaborate on any of them....

 

128 - Houlihans (possibly "Houlahans" as in the directory) [demolished]

202 - Baby Giant Food Store [now Hollywood Food Store]

204 - U-All Wash [demolished?]

209 - Hungry International Sandwich [demolished?]

219 - Damores Restaurant [currently vacant]

220 - Adairs & Doras Flowers (seems like this went under a number of names, all at the same time, including "Jungle Flower Shop", "Flowers by Adair", "Bruces for Flowers", etc.)

223 - L. Bartells Inter(national?) and Dennys Dance Studio

224 - Jade Dragon Restaurant and Ultra Pure (different phone #)

227 - Club L Amour

231 - House of Fun

235 - Dec Art Show Room and Tex Miller (same phone #)

239 - D&L Interior Accents

240 - Diners News

243 - "Continental Villar" and "Serafin Restaurant"

300 - Q-1 Leather Inc.

303 - Tropic Tan

307 - Michelangelo's Restaurant

311 - Sports Locker [demolished?]

322 - Godfather Restaurant [now El Tiempo Cantina]

327 - Burger Bar [later Sacred Heart Studio, now closed]

 

EDIT: For those just joining us, click here to jump to 400-500 and here for 600-900.

 

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2 hours ago, ChrisABC13 said:

Here's a clip from Channel 13 story about a "night in Houston" in 1980, lower Westheimer and Athens bar and grill are shown.

The video confirms that 300 Westheimer was called #'s in 1980. I'm pretty sure it was Babylon (and maybe something else too) for a short period before reopening as #'s 2.
Notice the Debra Danburg campaign sign on the bulletin board by the front door of the gay club?
I contend that Booby Rock is one of the most hilariously bizarre names for a strip club ever. 

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2 hours ago, dbigtex56 said:

The video confirms that 300 Westheimer was called #'s in 1980. I'm pretty sure it was Babylon (and maybe something else too) for a short period before reopening as #'s 2.

 

According to this article from the Houston Press, it was Numbers until August 1980, then closed and reopened as Babylon in December 1980. However, I'm not sure I'd depend on their timeline as gospel, as they also claim that the name was subsequently not changed back to Numbers 2 until 1983. I don't recall it being Babylon for that long, and it was definitely Numbers 2 the first time I went there, which to the best of my recollection was in the fall of 1982.  

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On 6/4/2018 at 5:39 PM, mkultra25 said:

 

According to this article from the Houston Press, it was Numbers until August 1980, then closed and reopened as Babylon in December 1980. However, I'm not sure I'd depend on their timeline as gospel, as they also claim that the name was subsequently not changed back to Numbers 2 until 1983. I don't recall it being Babylon for that long, and it was definitely Numbers 2 the first time I went there, which to the best of my recollection was in the fall of 1982.  

I remember reading in one of the sites that covered old 1970s/1980s Montrose that there was either another Numbers nightclub or something that looked like a boarded-up house on the outside.

 

Onto the list...

 

1001 - Another address with a bunch of names, this appears to be the same place as 1011 (strip mall with Half Price Books/Spec's) but seems to be exclusively banks and related businesses, including Venture Funds, Republic Texas Savings, Gill Co., Harold Kahn Attorney, Lanark Investment

1002 - Bellaire Glass Service/Dorseys Auto Trim, Jay Shan Company, University Auto Glass (these may be all the same thing)

1022 - Mary's Lounge (also an entry for one "Heskett Bookkeeping Service", unrelated to the Lounge or Mary's Office)

1100 - The Boobie Rock

1111 - Saks Shoe Stores (unknown if it's related to the department store)

1117 - P Maison Beauty Salon

1200 - Houston Sign & Display

1201 - Tower Theater

1203 - Carpets by Joy (or Joy Carpets)

1207 - Black Dragon Studio (tattoos)

1212 - Warehouse Records & Tapes

1214 - Radio Shack (this was a RadioShack store up until the bankruptcy a few years ago)

1216 - Zone 6 Inc.

1224 - One Hour Martinzng/Venturas Martinizng  (that's verbatim, I don't know either) and Stop N Go Markets (this is the one that probably closed in favor of the full gas station)

1225 - Payton Place

1226 - Ventura Formal Wear

1230 - Renus Restaurant

1275 - Wayne H Hubbard Ins./New York Life Insurance Co./W. Thatcher Ins.

 

 

 

 

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On ‎6‎/‎6‎/‎2018 at 11:18 PM, IronTiger said:

1111 - Saks Shoe Stores (unknown if it's related to the department store)

1117 - P Maison Beauty Salon

1200 - Houston Sign & Display

1201 - Tower Theater

There's something wacky going on with the addresses here. 1111 Sak's Shoe Store(s?) and 1117 P Maison Beauty Salon were located west of 1201 Tower Theater. This Sak's wasn't affiliated with the department store, so far as I know. I got my first haircut in Houston at P Maison by mistake. A friend told me to go to the place by the Tower Theater. He should have told me to look behind it, which housed a fashionable salon. Instead I was probably the only male customer that P Maison had ever had. I was given a perky 'do that would have looked appropriate for a career gal, circa 1962.
The buildings that housed them were demolished a long time ago, and the sites are now the parking lot for El Real (formerly the Tower Theater). Perhaps the correct addresses would be 1211 and 1217, respectively.
1200 (Houston Sign & Display) had a large carport that extended to the sidewalk; the building was painted flat black. Fortunately someone saw what was lurking beneath. The additions were stripped off and the building painted to accentuate the Art Deco details. It is now Slick Willy's.

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On 6/9/2018 at 10:55 PM, dbigtex56 said:

There's something wacky going on with the addresses here. 1111 Sak's Shoe Store(s?) and 1117 P Maison Beauty Salon were located west of 1201 Tower Theater. This Sak's wasn't affiliated with the department store, so far as I know. I got my first haircut in Houston at P Maison by mistake. A friend told me to go to the place by the Tower Theater. He should have told me to look behind it, which housed a fashionable salon. Instead I was probably the only male customer that P Maison had ever had. I was given a perky 'do that would have looked appropriate for a career gal, circa 1962.
The buildings that housed them were demolished a long time ago, and the sites are now the parking lot for El Real (formerly the Tower Theater). Perhaps the correct addresses would be 1211 and 1217, respectively.
1200 (Houston Sign & Display) had a large carport that extended to the sidewalk; the building was painted flat black. Fortunately someone saw what was lurking beneath. The additions were stripped off and the building painted to accentuate the Art Deco details. It is now Slick Willy's.

Well, I'm just going off what the directory says. Sometimes they do it in straight order, sometimes they don't, and we've already seen errors so far.

 

1302 - Hills Mobil Serv[ice Station] (present spot of McDonald's)

1318 - Inside-Outside Club and Old Reliable Pest [Control?]

1322 - Bradley 1322 Restaurant

1330 - Baby Face Kosmetiks/Wavelengths (same phone)

1336 - P. Collins Beauty Salon

1338 - Podge Hodge Jeweler (A), Designalliance (B), Fridays Florist (C)

1339 - Sigmor Shamrock

1340 - Cherryhurst Pharmacy

1401 - Sheer Fantasy

1402 - Yupon Used Cars

1403 - Creative Standard Glass

1408 - Joseph Restaurant

1411 - Dramatika, E. Joseph Wine Merchant

1412 - Facets

1424 - Electrical Instrument/Enviromation Div/Pollution Control System (same phone)

1425 - HG Reynolds Security/Westheimer Key & Lock (appear to be same business)

1431 - Als Barber Shop

1435 - Houston Arts & Crafts

 

Just two more blocks to go.

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16 hours ago, IronTiger said:

 

1411 - Dramatika, E. Joseph Wine Merchant

 

Interesting - I wasn't aware Dramatika had been on Lower Westheimer, must have been before my time. When I first started shopping there, they were in Rice Village, and ultimately wound up moving to their present location on 19th in the Heights, where they have been for what seems like close to 20 years now. 

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On 6/9/2018 at 10:55 PM, dbigtex56 said:

There's something wacky going on with the addresses here. 1111 Sak's Shoe Store(s?) and 1117 P Maison Beauty Salon were located west of 1201 Tower Theater. This Sak's wasn't affiliated with the department store, so far as I know. I got my first haircut in Houston at P Maison by mistake. A friend told me to go to the place by the Tower Theater. He should have told me to look behind it, which housed a fashionable salon. Instead I was probably the only male customer that P Maison had ever had. I was given a perky 'do that would have looked appropriate for a career gal, circa 1962.
The buildings that housed them were demolished a long time ago, and the sites are now the parking lot for El Real (formerly the Tower Theater). Perhaps the correct addresses would be 1211 and 1217, respectively.
1200 (Houston Sign & Display) had a large carport that extended to the sidewalk; the building was painted flat black. Fortunately someone saw what was lurking beneath. The additions were stripped off and the building painted to accentuate the Art Deco details. It is now Slick Willy's.

 

I think the numbering may have been messed up by the addition of the Tower Theater, when it was built in the 30s and maybe the way the two differently oriented street grids converge at Westheimer.  The Tower block should probably be the 1100 block to match the numbering of the other blocks of Montrose south of Westheimer. On the north side of Westheimer, the small lot where Hay Market is, seems to have always been the entirety of the north side 1100 block. So, to me, it looks like the division between 1100 and 1200 on the south side should have really been at Mt. Vernon (Commonwealth wasn't connected to Lovett until the mid-sixties).

 

The ~1925 Sanborn map of the block seems to concur, but there was only one small structure there at the time (on the far west, adjacent to houses fronting Mt. Vernon) with an 1101 Westheimer address. 

 

I have access to a 1936 city directory and it has the Tower Theater listed but without an address noted (It was built in that year).  The directory does have Jack Roach Ford at 1201 (which is the current Tower address).  From old photos of the Tower (see first link below),  I see that Jack Roach Ford was in the structure adjacent to the theater that currently houses Adam and Eve (Adam and Eve currently sports the 1111 address).  In 1936, the only other business on the south side of the block was at 1203, the Ritz-Carlton Beauty Salon, (see second link below). Could this beauty salon be the forerunner to P Maison?  So if there is a 1201 to the east of the Tower and a 1203 to the west, there isn't any room for the Tower in that numbering system.

 

The next Sanborn map is from ~1950 (see attached) and you can see that TWO buildings have 1117 and 1111!  The ONLY 1100 addresses on that block, surrounded by 1200's on BOTH SIDES.  The 1117 building also has 1203B written above it.  This seems, to me, to be an address renumbering change.  Old on top/New on bottom.

1203B/1117, 1213/1215, 1211/1111,1201B/1203A  The 1203B/1117 building appears it could be the same as the 1101 building from 1925.  It also appears that they may have squeezed in the Tower theater in 1936 as 1201B.

 

So, sometime between the 80s and now they renumbered in order to correct the sequence, but keeping the Tower theater building as 1201 and putting the only 1100 to the east of the tower (Adam and Eve).  But why did they keep 1117 and 1111 for so long??  And why did they not give Jack Roach Ford, The Tower Theater, and the Ritz-Carlton Beauty Salon 1100 numbers to begin with?

 

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https://blog.chron.com/bayoucityhistory/files/legacy/towertheatre1.jpg

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, gnu said:

I think the numbering may have been messed up by the addition of the Tower Theater, when it was built in the 30s and maybe the way the two differently oriented street grids converge at Westheimer. 

I think you're absolutely correct.
Other places in Houston have address systems that seemingly defy logic, such as Marshall, Westmoreland, and Emerson streets in the Westmoreland subdivision. (For those unfamiliar with the area, the easternmost blocks are numbered 400, the next block west are numbered 200; there is no 300 block). From old Sanborn maps it appears that the same thing occurred; one person used the downtown numbering system as a template, and another used a different street (perhaps Hathaway) in the true north oriented grid.

 

1 hour ago, gnu said:

In 1936, the only other business on the south side of the block was at 1203, the Ritz-Carlton Beauty Salon, (see second link below). Could this beauty salon be the forerunner to P Maison?

That seems very likely. Although I was only in there once (for my unfortunate Miss Hathaway haircut), I remember that the fixtures looked as if they dated from the mid '30s; very Art Deco/Streamline Moderne.
Applause for some great research, gnu.

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1504 - Unicorn Bar

1512 - Consignments Etc., Grumpy Grunts Antiques

1513 - Stonesthrow Realty

1517 - Marinis Empanada

1521 - Udder Delight Ice Cream

1525 - Bar-B-Que Ranch

1533 - Lunar Record Traders

1534 - Greek Village Restaurant (I think I found a picture of this one)

1536 - Gyro Gyros Sandwich

1536 1/2 - Mr. Skins Tattoo

1540 - Bedlam Brass Beds

1550 - Taco Place

1600 - Imperial Plumbing Supplies

1601 - D. Butterfield Antiques

1611 - Clip Joint Barbecue Shop

1612 - Reeds Key Shop

1613 - Records Exchange

1618 - Thoede Auto Supply

1619 - UtoteM Food Stores (have a picture of this as a Circle K)

1621 - Single Services

1623 - Mr. Peabody's Wayback Machine

1625 - Scientific Chemical

1627 - Harlan Equipment Co.

1635 - Things Etc. Antiques

1636 - RKM Mopeds

1638 - Butlers Pet Centers

1641 - SOS Radio & Television

1642 - Westheimer Aquatics

1657 - Xerographic Service Center

1658 - Gantrys Dining Sal/Westheimer Food & Beverage

1660 - Anker Billiard Supply (or Anker Billiard Destination) in A, Shaws Tattoo Studio in C, Budget Commercial Sign (or 1 Hour Budget Signs) in D. No info in B

1665 - Blantons Flowers

 

And that should be it...! Well, Westheimer continues (even in 1982) to beyond the 14000 block, but we aren't going to go up to block 140 as 16 was quite an adventure in itself. While it's still a bit of a work in progress (new updates every week, not including updated sections), please visit The Houston Files, a new site of mine focusing on various buildings old and new.

 

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Marini's is still around and still serving the same great empanadas, but nowhere near lower Westheimer - after a couple of previous moves, they now have locations near the Westchase district and Cinco Ranch:

 

http://theoriginalmarinisempanadahouse.com/

 

As you might expect, the decor at the new locations is quite different from the grungy charm of the original outpost, where every interior surface was covered with comments and signatures from patrons (a practice which was basically encouraged by the owner). 

 

The Record (no "s") Exchange had an earlier location that predated its move to 1613, but I don't recall exactly where it was as that was before I started going there. I spent a lot of time and money there after discovering it my junior year in high school - between the vast selection and tremendously knowledgeable staff (anyone remember the inimitable Art Gnuvo?), it was a great place to get an informal education in music outside the mainstream. It subsequently moved a few blocks closer to Shepherd, in the strip center on the corner of Park and Westheimer, before eventually landing in its current location on Richmond under the current name of Sound Exchange. 

 

Scientific Chemical and Supply was at the other end of the strip center housing the Record Exchange. I always got weird vibes from the place, and in my admittedly limited experience they weren't exactly welcoming to potential customers, but in retrospect I might have been a bit salty too when faced with a college kid inquiring about anhydrous ether. :ph34r:

 

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On 6/6/2018 at 11:18 PM, IronTiger said:

I remember reading in one of the sites that covered old 1970s/1980s Montrose that there was either another Numbers nightclub or something that looked like a boarded-up house on the outside.

 

Onto the list...

 

1001 - Another address with a bunch of names, this appears to be the same place as 1011 (strip mall with Half Price Books/Spec's) but seems to be exclusively banks and related businesses, including Venture Funds, Republic Texas Savings, Gill Co., Harold Kahn Attorney, Lanark Investment

1002 - Bellaire Glass Service/Dorseys Auto Trim, Jay Shan Company, University Auto Glass (these may be all the same thing)

1022 - Mary's Lounge (also an entry for one "Heskett Bookkeeping Service", unrelated to the Lounge or Mary's Office)

1100 - The Boobie Rock

1111 - Saks Shoe Stores (unknown if it's related to the department store)

1117 - P Maison Beauty Salon

1200 - Houston Sign & Display

1201 - Tower Theater

1203 - Carpets by Joy (or Joy Carpets)

1207 - Black Dragon Studio (tattoos)

1212 - Warehouse Records & Tapes

1214 - Radio Shack (this was a RadioShack store up until the bankruptcy a few years ago)

1216 - Zone 6 Inc.

1224 - One Hour Martinzng/Venturas Martinizng  (that's verbatim, I don't know either) and Stop N Go Markets (this is the one that probably closed in favor of the full gas station)

1225 - Payton Place

1226 - Ventura Formal Wear

1230 - Renus Restaurant

1275 - Wayne H Hubbard Ins./New York Life Insurance Co./W. Thatcher Ins.

 

 

 

 

 There was a business just to the right of Mary's at 1012 Westheimer. The building was torn down and became a parking lot, but was still there in the early 80s. It was separate from Bellaire Glass. My memory of it is a little vague. Does anyone remember what it was? Maybe a car wash?

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20 hours ago, bearly said:

 There was a business just to the right of Mary's at 1012 Westheimer. The building was torn down and became a parking lot, but was still there in the early 80s. It was separate from Bellaire Glass. My memory of it is a little vague. Does anyone remember what it was? Maybe a car wash?

 

 

A photo from ‘74 shows a Texaco sign, a photo from ‘81 has what looks like a repair shop. 

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On 9/8/2019 at 3:23 AM, bearly said:

There was a business just to the right of Mary's at 1012 Westheimer. The building was torn down and became a parking lot, but was still there in the early 80s. It was separate from Bellaire Glass.


The building that stood on the lot now occupied by Shake Shack (previously Burger King, just west of Lincoln St.  was a greatly altered 1920's gas station originally built in the Spanish Mission style.
My recollection from the early 80's is that it was called Dorsey Auto Glass (it may have previously been Bellaire Glass?).

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We made many a trip from Inwood Forest to the Sound Warehouse, (1212 Westheimer)  in the mid 70's for music and ...ahem... "smoking" supplies.

 

I remember attending in-store appearances with Robert Fripp on one occasion and Al DiMeola on another.

 

That seems like a looooooong time ago.

 

(Oh wait...)

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4 hours ago, DWah said:

We made many a trip from Inwood Forest to the Sound Warehouse, (1212 Westheimer)  in the mid 70's for music and ...ahem... "smoking" supplies.

 

I remember attending in-store appearances with Robert Fripp on one occasion and Al DiMeola on another.

 

The thought of Fripp doing an in-store seems like an alien concept from the vantage point of the present day, given his well-known aversion to interactions with fans. Although I've heard he is polite and occasionally even engaging with folks who've purchased VIP packages to King Crimson shows, which include a pre-show discussion with a band member. If I'm ever lucky enough to meet him, I'm not sure I could resist the urge to ask him if he's familiar with Harlan Ellison's "Xenogenesis".

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3 minutes ago, mkultra25 said:

...given his well-known aversion to interactions with fans.

 

Funny you say that - DiMeola was very friendly and played a couple of pieces from a stool and then hung around and took pictures and chatted for quite a while before his show that night at ... I want to say The Music Hall.

 

Fripp on the other hand played a couple of pieces from behind a barrier, said a word or two and split.

 

Never really thought much about it at the time.

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