08/11/17 12:00pm

Today, Swamplot is brought to you by Houston’s own Central Bank. Thanks for being a Sponsor of the Day!

Central Bank has 4 (central) Houston branches available to meet your business or personal needs: in Midtown, the Heights, West Houston, and Post Oak Place.

Central Bank believes that change is essential to its success; the company actively pursues the latest in service, technology, and products. Central Bank aims to know its customers personally and to be their primary business and personal financial resource. The bank’s staff values relationships and strives to be available when you need them.

To learn more about how Central Bank can meet your banking needs, please call any of the following Senior Vice Presidents: Kenny Beard, at 832.485.2376; Bonnie Purvis, at 832.485.2354; Carlos Alvarez, at 832.485.2372; or Ryan Tillman, at 832.485.2307. You can also find out more on the bank’s website.

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Sponsor of the Day
08/10/17 12:00pm

Swamplot’s Sponsor of the Day for today is the home at 2711 Morrison St. in Woodland Heights, which is being offered for sale by Norhill Realty. Thanks for supporting this site!

Designed and built by award-winning design-build firm StudioMET — aka AIA Houston’s 2016 Firm of the Year — this custom home blends modern design with family-focused spaces both inside and out. In addition to the 3206-sq.-ft. main house, there’s also a 1122-sq.-ft., 1-bedroom guest quarters with a full kitchen and its own private entrance.

The Woodland Heights location — just a block off White Oak Blvd. — is convenient for active Houstonians. Before taking a short commute Downtown, you can swim a few laps in your 62-ft. pool, lay out on the sun deck, or go for a jog along the White Oak hike-and-bike trail.

It’s also a home for entertaining: Built on a 10,000-sq.-ft. double lot, this property includes a covered patio, sun deck, 3 balconies, and a landscaped back yard — plenty of space to host guests. And the separate guest quarters means out-of-town visitors can stay longer and more comfortably.

Start the day with your family in the island kitchen within the open-floor-plan main living area. Features include a glass-tile backsplash, granite countertops, a walk-in pantry, a stainless-steel Jenn-Air range, a built-in Miele coffee system, and a 4-stool breakfast bar.

The home is listed as a 3-bedroom, but the floor plan provides flexibility: You’ll find 2 additional rooms — currently being used as an indoor gym and a design studio. Both can be adapted to your specific needs.

There’s an open house for the property scheduled for this Sunday, August 13, from 2 pm to 4 pm. If you can’t see the place in person (and you really should), you can find photos, a walk-through video, and additional listing details at norhillrealty.com. You can schedule a private showing by contacting Vincent Biondillo at 713-449-2416 — or emailing him at vincent@norhillrealty.com. To keep up with Norhill Realty’s latest listings and real estate tips, follow up on the Norhill Realty Facebook page or check out the Norhill Realty website.

Showcase your unique properties to Houston’s biggest gathering of real estate fans. Become a Swamplot Sponsor of the Day.

Sponsor of the Day
08/09/17 12:00pm

Today’s sponsor, TechSpace Houston, wants to let you know about an exciting event taking place at its Westchase campus later this month. (Thanks for supporting Swamplot!)

TechSpace Houston — the new modern flexible workspace in Westchase, is hosting a Free Coworking Friday on Friday, August 25 — and inviting Swamplot readers to come try out the space for the entire day!

Here are the details about TechSpace Houston’s Free Coworking Friday:

  • When: August 25, 2017 from 8 am to 5 pm
  • Where: TechSpace Houston, 2101 CityWest Blvd., ground floor
  • Please sign up here to let them know you are coming!

Can’t make it on August 25th? Claim a free day pass and come in a different day!

TechSpace Houston is a unique shared office space totaling 46,000 sq. ft. — with 450 workstations and lots of campus amenities. Each floor houses a variety of office space solutions, including co-working spaces, 1-to-3-person private offices, large private office suites that can accommodate 4-to-50 people, conference rooms, event spaces, and a variety of thought-provoking collaboration lounges — including a unique social platform-style seating area and an outdoor Wi-Fi enabled patio.

TechSpace Houston provides an alternative to long-term leases. It’s a great solution for all types of businesses, no matter what stage: startups, entrepreneurs, SMEs, growth companies, and Fortune 100 teams. If you are in need of flexible office space — whether you work alone and need a co-working desk to tap into the local business community or have 2-to-50 employees who need a private office — TechSpace Houston can be a smart choice for your business.

Let Swamplot readers get to know your business’s offerings. Become a Sponsor of the Day!

Sponsor of the Day
08/08/17 12:00pm

Today’s Swamplot sponsor is ASCOT — also known as the Alcohol Servers Counsel of Texas. Thanks for supporting this site!

If you work in a restaurant, or in any kind of food-service or food-prep operation, you’re probably already familiar with state requirements for training in food-handling safety. And if you work in a bar or for an alcohol distributor, you probably already know why it’s so important that everyone who has anything to do with selling, dispensing, or delivering any kind of alcoholic beverage complete state-certified training in alcohol safety.

Since 1988, ASCOT has been licensed by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to provide TABC-certified alcohol-server training programs. That makes ASCOT one of the oldest and most established food and beverage certification programs in the country — as well as Texas’s longest-running provider of training in this important field. And ASCOT has been a preferred source for training in food handling in Houston since 2004.

If you’re responsible for making sure new employees are trained promptly and well in these particular areas, you can be sure they’re getting the exact program they need — in the most helpful format possible — by sending them to ASCOT. ASCOT offers its training courses both in a classroom setting and online, in both English and Spanish.

Use the discount code ASCOT on the alcoholservers.com website and the online alcohol-server training course works out to just $9.89 per class. The food-handling class costs just $7.00 — no discount code is needed.

ASCOT’s server-training program is certified by the TABC, and its food-handler program is ANSI Accredited as meeting the ASTM E2659-09 standard. For more details, or to sign up, head over to the ASCOT website — alcoholservers.com — or call 713.922.1223.

Be a proud supporter of Swamplot. Become a Sponsor of the Day.

Sponsor of the Day
07/31/17 12:00pm

Swamplot’s Sponsor of the Day today is the Oak Forest and Garden Oaks-area retail development known as 33 1/3 @ Thirtyfourth — bringing you some news about the project, which is currently under construction. Thanks for sponsoring this site!

Here’s the first bit of news: Popular Montrose Vietnamese café Les Ba’get will be opening its second location — at 33 1/3 @ Thirtyfourth! Café owners Peter “Cat” Huynh and Angie Dang have signed a lease for a new Les Ba’get at 1717 W. 34th St. This space will be around 3,000 sq. ft. (The couple’s current location, at 1717 Montrose Blvd. — yes, with the same street number — measures only 1,450 sq. ft.)

Les Ba’get is known for its phở, its bánh mì Vietnamese sandwiches, and its own twist on Vietnamese-style steak and eggs. The café bakes its own bread daily. For dessert, there’s ice cream made in collaboration with Lee’s Creamery (from Lee Ellis, aka the guy behind Lee’s Fried Chicken & Donuts, Pi Pizza, Petite Sweets, and and other Cherry Pie Hospitality restaurants).

33 1/3 @ Thirtyfourth is going in at the southeast corner of 34th St. and Ella Blvd. The buildings on site will feature 110-year-old reclaimed brick from Cleveland, Ohio. The building pictured above under construction is the freestanding structure facing 34th St. Les Ba’get will be in the end cap of the development’s main building, in a space being designed by Austin-based Design Hound. It’ll feature beams made of Alaska Cypress. The 2.5-acre development, a project of Crescere Capital Management, was designed by Gensler. 

The second bit of news about 33 1/3 @ Thirtyfourth is the Willie Nelson painting artists, shown above, the just completed on the traffic signal control cabinet close to the sidewalk on the corner. It’s part of the City of Houston’s “mini murals” program — and another way for 33 1/3 @ Thirtyfourth to express the recorded-music theme expressed in its name.

33 1/3 @ Thirtyfourth will be ready for retail tenants to move in this fall.

A great way to let neighborhoods know about great things coming their way: Being a Swamplot Sponsor of the Day!

Sponsor of the Day
07/28/17 12:00pm

Swamplot is brought to you today by Houston’s own Central Bank. Thanks for being a Swamplot Sponsor of the Day!

Central Bank has 4 (central) Houston branches available to meet your business or personal needs: in Midtown, the Heights, West Houston, and Post Oak Place.

Central Bank believes that change is essential to its success; the company actively pursues the latest in service, technology, and products. Central Bank aims to know its customers personally and to be their primary business and personal financial resource. The bank’s staff values relationships and strives to be available when you need them.

To learn more about how Central Bank can meet your banking needs, please call any of the following Senior Vice Presidents: Kenny Beard, at 832.485.2376; Bonnie Purvis, at 832.485.2354; Carlos Alvarez, at 832.485.2372; or Ryan Tillman, at 832.485.2307. You can also find out more on the bank’s website.

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Sponsor of the Day
07/27/17 12:00pm

Our sponsor today is the 4-bedroom, 4-bath home at 1530 Hawthorne St. in Montrose, offered for sale by Norhill Realty. Thanks for supporting Swamplot!

First of all: Note the location. This home is in Mandell Place in Montrose, one of Houston’s most walkable districts. Hugo’s restaurant is a block-and-a-half away. Common Bond croissants are a 5-minute walk west. The Menil Collection is a 6-block walk to the south. H-E-B, Kroger, and Trader Joe’s are all within a 1-mile radius of this home.

1530 Hawthorne is a carefully designed custom home that combines modern finishes with spaces appropriate to a family. A porte cochere on the west side of the home frames the entrance to a side patio and pool that lines the center of the home’s C-shaped plan. A 2-car garage at the back of the home is attached.

Inside, the main living space, which includes an open kitchen with quartz countertops and stainless-steel Thermador appliances (pictured above), parallels the pool and fronts a featured staircase. The ground floor also features a study, a family room, and a full bathroom. Upstairs are 4 bedrooms, including the master suite, and a flex room that could serve as an additional study or kids’ play area.

The photos in Norhill Realty’s property listing include an aerial view that shows the configuration of the home as well as views of Montrose and Downtown in the distance. You’ll also find a frame-by-frame tour of the home’s major spaces. If you like what you see there and want to view the property in person, contact Mark Brawley at 281-650-3384 or mark@norhillrealty.com to set up your own showing. To keep up with Norhill Realty’s latest listings and real estate tips, follow the Norhill Realty Facebook page or check out the Norhill Realty website.

Standout properties deserve to be featured on Swamplot. Find out about this site’s Sponsor of the Day program.

Sponsor of the Day
07/26/17 12:00pm

Swamplot’s Sponsor of the Day for today, TechSpace Houston, wants to let you know about an event you might want to attend taking place at its Westchase campus tomorrow. Thanks for supporting this site!

TechSpace Houston — the new modern and flexible workspace in Westchase, is hosting a happy hour on Thursday, July 27, from 5 to 7 pm — and extending an exclusive invitation to Swamplot readers:

Join TechSpace + Office Party Houston for the Bayou City Bash Happy Hour!

  • When: Thursday, July 27th from 5 to 7 pm
  • Where: TechSpace Houston, 2101 CityWest Blvd., ground floor
  • Enjoy networking, wine, beer, and soda or water along with complimentary small bites.
  • Please RSVP if you can make it!

Can’t make the happy hour? Claim your free day pass! Come try TechSpace Houston’s unique shared office space totaling 46,000 sq. ft. with 450 workstations and lots of campus amenities. Each floor houses a variety of office space solutions, including co-working spaces, 1-to-3-person private offices, large private office suites that can accommodate 4-to-50 people, conference rooms, event spaces, and a variety of thought-provoking collaboration lounges — including a unique social platform-style seating area and an outdoor Wi-Fi enabled patio!

TechSpace Houston provides an alternative to long-term leases. It’s a great solution for all types of businesses, no matter what stage: startups, entrepreneurs, SMEs, growth companies, and Fortune 100 teams. If you are in need of flexible office space — whether you work alone and need a co-working desk to tap into the local business community or have 2-to-50 employees who need a private office — TechSpace Houston can be a smart choice for your business.

Let Swamplot readers know about your big event. Become a Sponsor of the Day!

Sponsor of the Day
07/25/17 12:00pm

Today’s sponsor is ASCOT — also known as the Alcohol Servers Counsel of Texas. Thanks for supporting Swamplot!

If you work in a restaurant, or in any kind of food-service or food-prep operation, you’re probably already familiar with state requirements for training in food-handling safety. And if you work in a bar or for an alcohol distributor, you probably already know why it’s so important that everyone who has anything to do with selling, dispensing, or delivering any kind of alcoholic beverage complete state-certified training in alcohol safety.

Since 1988, ASCOT has been licensed by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to provide TABC-certified alcohol-server training programs. That makes ASCOT one of the oldest and most established food and beverage certification programs in the country — as well as Texas’s longest-running provider of training in this important field. And ASCOT has been a preferred source for training in food handling in Houston since 2004.

If you’re responsible for making sure new employees are trained promptly and well in these particular areas, you can be sure they’re getting the exact program they need — in the most helpful format possible — by sending them to ASCOT. ASCOT offers its training courses both in a classroom setting and online, in both English and Spanish.

Use the discount code ASCOT on the alcoholservers.com website and the online alcohol-server training course works out to just $9.89 per class. The food-handling class costs just $7.00 — no discount code is needed.

ASCOT’s server-training program is certified by the TABC, and its food-handler program is ANSI Accredited as meeting the ASTM E2659-09 standard. For more details, or to sign up, head over to the ASCOT website — alcoholservers.com — or call 713.922.1223.

Show your support of Swamplot. Become a Sponsor of the Day.

Sponsor of the Day
07/21/17 12:00pm

Sponsoring Swamplot again today: the Downtown District, so you can get another good look at the recently launched Downtown Houston web portal. Thanks for supporting this site!

Check out the new Downtown Houston website! It’s your destination for everything Downtown. The website should answer what most people want to know about heading into the city.

Curious about what events are happening? Check. Have an itch to discover hidden gems? Check. Hungry for good eats from a chef-driven restaurant, or looking for great brunch and breakfast spots? Check. Not sure where to find parking around your destination? Visiting for work and searching for leisure activities? Check and check.

The Downtown District’s new online platform aims to inform, educate, and entertain — so that residents, visitors, and commuters can enjoy the abundance of Downtown’s amenities and offerings: dining, playing, enjoying the arts, worshipping, and learning!

“The Downtown Houston website has always been a great one-stop shop for information about restaurants, parking, events, and more,” says Angie Bertinot, director of marketing and communications for the Downtown District. “With this major update, we have expanded our focus on living, working, exploring, and staying Downtown, as well as improving upon the resources that the public has come to rely on.”

In addition to comprehensive guide listings and an all-inclusive event calendar, the website features an interactive map that assists with parking (where to park, for how much, and an option to reserve spaces), while also letting visitors know what’s nearby and what events are happening that day — a feature you cannot find in a parking app or by using Google Maps alone.

The new site features portraits of Downtown’s unique and historic neighborhoods — as well as an editorial section with articles and videos highlighting Downtown lifestyles and area businesses. The content reflects the Downtown District’s efforts to support the growth of the residential population, provide a premier work environment, and attract locals and out-of-town visitors.

Your adventure begins Downtown!

Swamplot readers want to know what you’re up to. Become a Swamplot Sponsor of the Day and let them know.

Sponsor of the Day
07/20/17 12:00pm

Sponsoring Swamplot today: the Downtown District, to highlight the recently launched Downtown Houston web portal. Thanks for supporting this site!

Take a good look at the new Downtown Houston website. It’s your destination for everything Downtown. The website should answer what most people want to know about heading into the city.

Curious about what events are happening? Check. Have an itch to discover hidden gems? Check. Hungry for good eats from a chef-driven restaurant, or looking for great brunch and breakfast spots? Check. Not sure where to find parking around your destination? Visiting for work and searching for leisure activities? Check and check.

The Downtown District’s new online platform aims to inform, educate, and entertain — so that residents, visitors, and commuters can enjoy the abundance of Downtown’s amenities and offerings: dining, playing, enjoying the arts, worshipping, and learning!

“The Downtown Houston website has always been a great one-stop shop for information about restaurants, parking, events, and more,” says Angie Bertinot, director of marketing and communications for the Downtown District. “With this major update, we have expanded our focus on living, working, exploring, and staying Downtown, as well as improving upon the resources that the public has come to rely on.”

In addition to comprehensive guide listings and an all-inclusive event calendar, the website features an interactive map that assists with parking (where to park, for how much, and an option to reserve spaces), while also letting visitors know what’s nearby and what events are happening that day — a feature you cannot find in a parking app or by using Google Maps alone.

The new site features portraits of Downtown’s unique and historic neighborhoods — as well as an editorial section with articles and videos highlighting Downtown lifestyles and area businesses. The content reflects the Downtown District’s efforts to support the growth of the residential population, provide a premier work environment, and attract locals and out-of-town visitors.

Your adventure begins Downtown!

Let locals know what you’re doing: Become a Swamplot Sponsor of the Day!

 

Sponsor of the Day
07/19/17 12:00pm

Our sponsor today is the pair of new homes at 928 Adele St. in Sunset Heights. Thank you for supporting Swamplot!

These 2 modern homes were designed and constructed by the Ferguson Home Group. Each home is 2 stories, has 3 bedrooms and 3-1/2 bathrooms, and has a fenced-in yard in back. The main living spaces are on the first floor; the living rooms open directly to the back yard through a 3-panel “telescoping” sliding glass door (pictured at top) that disappears entirely into the wall when fully open — a neat way to open the indoors to the outdoors on beautiful days.

The kitchens have floor-to-ceiling modern cabinetry, pendant light fixtures, and bar seating at the island. You’ll find a vaulted stained-wood ceiling in the upstairs master bedroom of each home, as well as a signature claw-footed tub in the master bath.

You’ll find plenty of great places to eat nearby: The cheeses and treats at Houston Dairymaids are just a block away; Asia Market is just a few blocks south. The entire Heights 19th St. shopping district is just a 7 minute bike ride to the west.

To view more photos and find out more about these homes, view the property website. If you’d like to see them in person, come by this Sunday, July 23rd, for an open house scheduled to run from 1 pm to 3 pm. If that time doesn’t work out for you, contact the listing agent, Rogelio Olivetti, at 713.320.2867 to make a private viewing appointment.

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Sponsor of the Day
07/18/17 12:00pm

Today on Swamplot our sponsor is the renovated Midcentury Mod single-story 4-bedroom home at 13002 Kimberley Ln. in Memorial Plaza, offered for sale by Norhill Realty. Thank you for supporting this site!

This 1960 home with distinctive tall front windows has been extensively renovated. Sited on a 10,255-sq.-ft. lot on the corner of Wax Myrtle Ln., it’s zoned to Rummel Creek Elementary, Memorial Middle School, and Stratford High School. The shopping, restaurants, and nightlife of CityCentre are just a 4-minute bike ride away.

Inside, the plan is open, a brand new kitchen set back from the beamed and vaulted ceilings of the living and dining spaces that face the street. Behind the kitchen a den looks out to the landscaped back yard, which features a new concrete patio, a play structure, and half-a-dozen or so tall pines. Sprinklers and an automatic mosquito misting system have been installed. The master bedroom has views to the back as well; its bathroom suite has been completely redone and features double sinks, both tub and glass-enclosed shower, and a walk-in closet.

Do take a look at all the photos of this home in Norhill Realty’s property listing. If you’d like to see it in person, you’ll have a chance at the open house this Sunday, July 23rd, from 1 to 3 pm. Or contact Vincent Biondillo at 713-449-2416 or vincent@norhillrealty.com to set up your own showing. To keep up with Norhill Realty’s latest listings and real estate tips, follow the Norhill Realty Facebook page or check out the Norhill Realty website.

Got a nice home to share? Swamplot readers are just a Sponsor of the Day away!

Sponsor of the Day
07/14/17 12:00pm

Today our Sponsor of the Day is Houston’s own Central Bank. Thanks for supporting Swamplot!

Central Bank has 4 (central) Houston branches available to meet your business or personal needs: in Midtown, the Heights, West Houston, and Post Oak Place.

Central Bank believes that change is essential to its success; the company actively pursues the latest in service, technology, and products. Central Bank aims to know its customers personally and to be their primary business and personal financial resource. The bank’s staff values relationships and strives to be available when you need them.

To learn more about how Central Bank can meet your banking needs, please call any of the following Senior Vice Presidents: Kenny Beard, at 832.485.2376; Bonnie Purvis, at 832.485.2354; Carlos Alvarez, at 832.485.2372; or Ryan Tillman, at 832.485.2307. You can also find out more on the bank’s website.

Swamplot sponsors get noticed! Maybe your company should become one

Sponsor of the Day
07/12/17 12:00pm

Our Sponsor of the Day today is TechSpace Houston, a new and modern flexible workspace in Houston’s Westchase district. Thanks for supporting Swamplot!

TechSpace Houston is excited to offer Swamplot readers a free day pass! Come try this unique shared office space (totaling 46,000 sq. ft.) with 450 workstations and lots of campus amenities. Each floor houses a variety of office space solutions —including co-working, 1-to-3-person private offices, large private office suites that can accommodate 4 to 50 people, conference rooms, event spaces, and a variety of thought-provoking collaboration lounges — such as a unique social platform-style seating area (pictured at top) and an outdoor Wi-Fi-enabled patio.

TechSpace Houston provides a great alternative to long-term leases, no matter what stage your business is in — if you’re a startup, an entrepreneur, an SME, a growth company, or a Fortune 100 team. Whether you work alone and need a co-working desk to tap into our business community or have 2 to 50 employees who need a private office, if you’re looking for flexible office space, TechSpace Houston can be a smart choice.

TechSpace Houston is located on the first and second floor at 2101 CityWest Blvd. in Houston. Contact TechSpace for a tour — or call 877.569.5959. Can’t wait to see the space in person? View the 360-degree virtual tour online!

Looking for flexible marketing options for your business? Becoming a Swamplot Sponsor of the Day can help.

Sponsor of the Day