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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.

Star-Studded List Of Presenters Announced For 2016 FACE Awards In Houston

Sarah Pepper And Lauren Kelly To Host 2016 FACE Awards

Multiple Reality Stars, An American Gladiator, Miss Texas And Local LGBTQ+ Society & Personalities Join Together For One Night To Honor LGBTQ+ Community For The 5th Annual Face Awards Presented By Avenue 360 Health & Wellness

HOUSTON — DEC 6­— It gets real this year for Houston’s LGBTQ+ FACE Awards as some of TV’s hottest reality stars and national personalities arrive in Montrose to attend the 5th annual award show that honors the LGBTQ+ community in December. The F.A.C.E. Awards presented by Avenue 360 Health & Wellness and Smirnoff Vodka is set for Monday, December 12 at South Beach the nightclub.The City of Houston has proclaimed this day to honor the LGBTQ+ community. Red carpet arrivals at 7PM and award show at 8:30PM. Hosted by Houston award winning Lauren Kelly of Mix96.5FM and Sarah Pepper of Houston’s HOT 97.5 FM. Joey Guerra, Music Critic from the Houston Chronicle and Joy Sewing, Fashion & Beauty Editor from the Houston Chronicle will host the official ‘Live From The Red Carpet’ pre-show presented by CBS Radio.

Rolling into their 5th year, the F.A.C.E. Awards kicks into true celebrity fashion to welcome celebrity reality stars for an evening that is promised to be the ‘VMA’s of Houston.’ Bravo’s hit TV show ‘Married to Medcine’ star Dr. Ashandra “Shan” Batiste  and charming TV reality husband, Richard Cumby are confirmed presenters. Miss Teen USAand Reality TV Star Nicole O’Brian Lassiter known as a former Miss Texas, and her role on CBS’ Survivor is also confirmed to present.

WEtv’s Network’s reality series Sisters In Law   Jolonda Jones will walk the red carpet and also present. Jones is no stranger to reality television. She has appeared on the hit CBS television show Survivor multiple times. But proudly, Jones is a Houstonian, and an outspoken advocate. Currently in production of a new reality show, and a full television camera crew in tow, Jones will grace the red carpet. Jones is currently filming a new reality show. WEtv’s Sisters In Law star Cherrise Traylor, will be joining the crowd that is set to honor some of Houston’s best in over twenty different categories. Traylor is a nationally known personal trainer, a former national football player for the Houston Energy, and an American Gladiator.

Doug Mason, president of Out At The Rodeo, long-time Houston LGBTQ+ legend Ray Hill, along side Lane Lewis are all confirmed to present. The FACE Awards welcomes the ACLU of Texas President Terri Burke as a presenter with Texas’ longest running Senator, Senator John Witmire.

Fran Watson, President of the GLBT Political Caucus joins ABC ReportePooja Lodhia, with Co-President of PFLAG HoustonJeffry Faircloth as presenters. Houston HOT 95.7 FM Morning Show co-hosts Ivan & Lucio, along side Paul Pettie and Joe Fuentes Jr. , Dee Dee Waters, President of Houston Pride Celebration Frankie Quijano, Houston LGBT personality Kofi, the Houston’s Ballet Harper Watters, and entertainer Morena Roas.

Black Lives Matter’s Ashton Woods will proudly present at the 2016 FACE Awards, the award show is geared around equality, and presenting honors to the LGBTQ+ community for the past year.

The F.A.C.E. Awards (First Achievers in Community Excellence) will honor people of the LGBTQ+ community in the following categories: Volunteer Of The Year, Activist Of The Year, Non-Profit Of The Year, Entertainer Of The Year, Bartender Of The Year, Event Of The Year, Business Of The Year, Barista Of The Year, Social Media Personality Of The Year, 10. Employer Of The Year, Politician Of The Year, Nightclub Of The Year, DJ Of The Year, Creative Artist Of The Year, Journalist Of The Year, Community Personality of The Year, Personal Trainer of The Year, Real Estate Agent of The Year, and Philanthropist of The Year.

 Avenue 360 Health And Wellness has been named the title sponsor for the 2016 F.A.C.E. Awards. Smirnoff® Vodka will lend their award-winning name as the official presenting sponsor. Corporate CBS Radio has been crowned title media partner for the Fifth annual award show.

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For The Love Of The Chew…

Jimmy Chew Asian Kitchen. About Magazine
Jimmy Chew Asian Kitchen. About Magazine

A New Montrose Eatery For The Chew Lover  Builds Excitement In The Foodie Circles…

This is the year of the ‘Chew’, so it seems. Montrose is one of the most sought after destinations when it comes to seeking a location for the Houston food junkie, and businessman Irwin Palchick, along with business partner David Truong wants to expand the options in the upscale neighborhood.

Jimmy Chew Asian Kitchen is the brainchild of Palchick, and creative branding designer Aike Jamal, of the award-winning F Bar Nightclub in Montrose, with best friend Lucie Pognonec. Lead design team is design firm gindesignsgroup and owner, Gin Braverman, has recently brought to life projects like ‘Raven Tower’ and ‘White Oak Music Hall.’

“Jimmy Chew is a fun, funky new fast-casual concept,” Gin Braverman explained. “Bright colors, bold murals and fun textures collide to bring a dynamic and energetic atmosphere.” The afternoon thru very-late-night crowd will appreciate the variety of cuisines that are reflected in the interior design, like ‘Chew Here’ and ‘Chew Go.’

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Jimmy Chew Asian Kitchen. (Photo by: About Magazine)

As Montrose bleeds artsy and diversity, Jimmy Chew’ will enlighten the eclectic side of it’s patrons; ‘promoting great service, and fantastic food.’ The menu will reflect options ranging from Asian fusion, Vietnamese, Chinese, American bites and Thai-anything goes in this crazy, poppin’ place! Chew’ has made sure to add beer, wine, and great desserts to the menu. Another notable mention for Chew’ is the offering of Bill’s World Famous Lemonade.

The street-food style popular in Europe, Asia & Australia but like something Houston has yet to experience until now. Chew’cited!

The front ‘vendera’ style porch will offer outdoor dining that will have a capacity of 22 for the dinners that would rather enjoy the Houston scenery that magically graces the Westheimer sidewalks after sundown.

Jimmy Chew Asian Kitchen will be located near the intersection of Westheimer Rd and Mandell St across from Buffalo Exchange and Guyz N Style at 1609 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006.

Current plans are to have the eatery open as soon as permitting is approved.

Hours of operations indicating they will open daily at 5pm, and will be open weekdays till 3am, and 4am on weekends. An added bonus will be the delivery service that will be open daily till 2am and will include beer and wine.

 

Rich’s Houston Launch’s Montrose, Midtown Shuttle For Customer

A Gay Club In Midtown Has Officially Announced Their Club Will Launch A Complimentary Shuttle Service To Patrons.


After being open in Houston for two short months and experiencing crowds not seen in the Midtown nightclub since the late 90’s, Richs Houston has announced they will provide a complimentary ‘jitney’ shuttle bus to their patrons at no cost, allowing them another alterative to driving!

RTA (Rich’s Transit Authority) will launch this Friday (September 16,2016) and will offer round trip service to Rich’s in Midtown from 10 p.m. till 2:30 a.m., both Friday and Saturdays. Sunday’s service will be offered from 5:o0 p.m. till 10:30 p.m. The shuttle will part from Bobbitt Glass located at the corner of Fairview St. and Crocker St. (807 Fairview St.), and will offer a safe non-stop ride to the Midtown nightclub.

We want anyone that loves music, that loves lights, and wants to dance their ass off to come to Rich’s.

The shuttle service will be provided by the Houston Wave, in conjunction with Rich’s nightclub. The Houston Wave first launched as a small shuttle service for nightlife on Washington Avenue. The shuttle’s success has grown to now include the Heights, Midtown, parts of Montrose, and the company is a major supporter of the LGBTQ+ community.

“We want anyone that loves music, that loves lights, and wants to dance their ass off to come to Rich’s,” Jeff Harmon explained. Harmon is the owner of Rich’s Houston, and is credited with the revitalization of the historic LGBTQ+ nightclub. Some might know him from his popular LGBTQ+ nightclub in Bryan | College Station named Halo.

“We don’t  wish to “upset” or “intrude” on our fellow bars. We actually respect their business and want to build relationships with them all. One of the reason we chose Bobbitt Glass is because it is a centralized, respectful and neutral location in Montrose,” Harmon says.

The shuttle will feature seating for up to 15 people and living up to Houston Wave reputation, the shuttle will be equipped with a floor to ceiling ‘stripper pole,’ high energy music, club lighting, and a safe friendly driver. To bad the trip is only a 5 minute ride to and from.

Rich’s Houston is not the only LGBTQ+ nightclub to offer a shuttle for its patrons. Until its re-development, Meteor Nightclub offered its customers a complimentary ride to other LGBTQ+ establishments.

More recently, F Bar Houston launched it’s own luxury shuttle bus, the #Fxpress; that offers complimentary rides, to and from F Bar to other bars and clubs in the Montrose area.

“The idea for our shuttle has been with our team since before we opened our doors,” Harmon says. “It allows customers another option to ‘safely’ get to Richs besides driving.” Harmon explains the shuttle concept is just one of Richs new and exciting concepts they will be launching. “Including the completely re-designed ‘The Richland Room,’ formally know as the ‘Red Room.’ The will be opening soon, along with our new VIP entrance downstairs.”