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Houston LGBT+ Chamber Of Commerce Brought To Life

Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States, but sadly it did not have a chambers of commerce directly dealing with LGBT+ businesses until now. Beginning this spring, the LGBT+ community will have one as well.

According to the Houston Business Journal “Roughly 3.3 percent of the Greater Houston area identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, according to a recent Gallup poll, but there is no chamber of commerce that represents and promotes LGBT-owned businesses, said Tammi Wallace, co-chair of the steering committee.”

“There’s an LGBT chamber of commerce in Austin, San Antonio and Dallas,” Wallace said. “Yet we don’t have one in Houston. Being one of the largest cities in the country, we need a chamber.”

A soft launch is planed for February Feb. 24, as part of a joint event with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

Montrose’ Top 5 Bartenders To Check Out!

Top Five Bartenders in Houston

The Top Five Bartenders In LGBT+ Houston!

There’s a first time for everything, but the first visit  to one of our Top Five occupies an entire place of its own. Don’t let the naysayers fool you… Trust us, try one of these fine ‘tenders.’

Best service, amazing personality and a whole lot of alcohol—these fierce ‘tenders’ bring the sparkle to Montrose; and your evening out! #BestBartender

#5

Kristina Pratts | Guava Lamp

 

12107079_10207871083285412_4993337520091778356_n Montrose' Top 5 Bartenders To Check Out!Kristina Pratts knows your name! This beast of a bartender knows how to mix a drink, and she does it with class and charm. She’s almost a gay man. If you have never tried her out, its time too.


 

#4Shane StrahanSouth Beach

 

945105_4364625608650_408101482_n Montrose' Top 5 Bartenders To Check Out!You have to walk to the rear of South Beach to find him, but his skills are nothing that needs to be found. Shane Strahan is one of Houston’s best bartenders, and he serves them at the coolest place on earth.


 

#3Tyler Moyer | J.R.’s Bar

 

11902257_10200605549138053_5226040302333041667_n Montrose' Top 5 Bartenders To Check Out!This FACE Award ‘Bartender of the Year’ sure earns the title. His smile and service is a welcoming change to most customer service you might find in Midtown. Make sure to say hello!


 

#2Sarah Tompkins  | F Bar 

10256917_961968753840523_6645428763638110583_o-300x276 Montrose' Top 5 Bartenders To Check Out!Sarah is a girl in a gay mans body! Its that simple. She always knows your name and your poison. Her personality, mixed with her ‘killer’ cocktail makes for one hell of a fabulous night.


 

  #1   Christopher TyerF Bar

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Ahhh yes!!! Our favorite ‘slinger’ of all ‘tenders.’ Mr. Tyer, a former FACE Award ‘Bartender of the Year’ sure knows how to get a station packed. His charm, knowledge of ‘juice’ mixing sure makes a gurl proud and a little buzzed.


 

 

 

Edward Sanchez Named One Of Houston’s Most Eligible Bachelors

Make up artist Edward Sanchez poses for a portrait at Salon Ceron in Uptown Park on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008, in Houston. ( Sharon Steinmann / Chronicle )

Mr. Edward Sanchez  was named of Houston’s most eligible bachelors by ABC 13 last week. Who is he? He’s the man behind Edward Sanchez Cosmetics. Celebrity mastermind to the stars, he specializes in hair and makeup for photography, celebrities and film.

Age: 45
Height:5’9″
Zodiac sign:Aquarius

Edward Sanchez studied biochemistry at Georgetown University 021216-ktrk-Edward-Sanchez-img-225x300 Edward Sanchez Named One Of Houston's Most Eligible Bachelorsand continued his education at the University of Texas Pan American where he majored in nursing. However, his true passion is helping people look and feel beautiful, which inspired him to earn his Texas cosmetology license. Edward specializes in hair and makeup for photography, celebrities and film. He recently launched his own organic makeup line.

1. Ideal mate: Someone who is witty with a great knowledge of food and wine. My ideal mate would also love to explore.
2. What would constitute a perfect day for you? A great breakfast and a fun fulfilling day at work. I would end my perfect day with a great glass of wine and my ideal mate.
3. Weekend hangout spot: I love to visit international stores such as H Mart and Hong Kong Market.
4. If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you choose? After recently undergoing a total double hip replacement and the pain that led up to it, I would say retain the body of a 30 year old.
5. Where’s your happy place? In my heart…

Inside the Effort To Restore Montrose’s Historic African-American Cemetery

By  | Montrose Management District

For decades, Houstonians driving down West Dallas Street between Dunlavy and South Shepherd might have noticed an overgrown, apparently vacant lot on the south side of the street. Neglected by an absentee owner, the 5.5-acre site had become a weed-choked dumping ground, and probably seemed like a prime candidate for development. Few passing motorists would have guessed that beneath the trash and the dense underbrush was one of Houston’s most historically significant burial places.

Founded in 1896, the College Park Cemetery is one of Houston’s three remaining Jim Crow-era African-American cemeteries. (The other two are Olivewood, founded in the 1870s, and Evergreen, established in 1900.) It’s the final resting place of around 4,400 black Houstonians, including Reverend John Henry (Jack) Yates, arguably the single most important black leader in post-Civil War Houston, and the namesake of Jack Yates High School.

As fate would have it, Robert O. Robertson, the man who has spent the past 20 years leading the campaign to restore and beautify College Park, has a personal connection to Yates. Robertson is the pastor of Houston’s Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, which was founded by Yates in 1891 in historic Freedman’s Town (now the Fourth Ward). In the late 1990s Robertson was running a community service program for teenagers on probation. His office was on West Dallas, right across from an overgrown lot, so he decided to put his young charges to work cleaning up the property.

MMD_CMPCementery-21-300x199 Inside the Effort To Restore Montrose’s Historic African-American CemeteryWhen the teenagers began hacking through the weeds, they noticed a tombstone. Then another one. And another one. “When I came across the marker that said Reverend Jack Yates, I got a chill up my spine,” Robertson remembered. “I knew God had led me to that site.” Robertson began taking his probationers to the cemetery every weekend to clear brush and trash, and he started researching the cemetery’s history.

He learned that the cemetery was named for its location across from the Houston Central College for Negroes, Houston’s first black school of higher education. He also learned that interred within its grounds was the president of that college, I. M. Terrell, who went on to serve as president of Prairie View State Normal and Industrial College (now Prairie View A&M) and administrator of the Houston Negro Hospital. Also buried on the grounds is a black Texas state legislator from the Reconstruction era—one of the last black legislators, it would turn out, until Barbara Jordan in the 1960s.

Not long after he began his cleanup efforts, Robertson had to fend off an attempt by developers to deconsecrate and sell a portion of the cemetery. With help from the city of Houston, Bethel purchased the land from its owner in 1998 and later established the College Park Cemetery Association, a non-profit organization that raises money to restore and maintain the property. Thanks to the church’s efforts, in 2002 the cemetery was designated a Texas State Historical Cemetery, which guarantees it can’t be torn down.

MMD_CMPCementery-4-300x199 Inside the Effort To Restore Montrose’s Historic African-American CemeteryToday, the cemetery looks nothing like the trash-strewn lot it used to be. There’s a handsome iron fence dividing it from the street and a shell-paved road winding through the grounds; most of the overturned tombstones have been set upright, and several historical markers provide information about the cemetery. More remains to be done—the cemetery needs a new drainage system, the grounds need to be mowed twice a month, and there are plans for a small prayer garden. The association is also trying to build an endowment to ensure the cemetery is cared for in perpetuity.

More than anything else, Rev. Robertson said he wants Houston to begin giving the cemetery its proper respect. “February is Black History Month, and everyone wants to jump on the bandwagon, but we don’t pay attention to the place where these people are buried,” he said. “We say we honor Jack Yates, but we don’t honor his burial place. Martin Luther King has a beautiful place in Atlanta where he’s buried. But there were civil rights leaders before him—why not Jack Yates?”

College Park Cemetery, 3525 West Dallas Street

Tax-deductible donations to the College Park Cemetery Association can be made at collegeparkcemetery.net or mailed to College Park Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 130037, Houston, Texas 77219