07/11/17 12:00pm

Swamplot’s sponsor today is Plan Downtown and the Downtown District, to remind you about tomorrow’s Plan Downtown workshops. Thanks to both for supporting this site!

This Wednesday, July 12th, Plan Downtown will be conducting 4 separate sessions of public workshops about the future of Downtown — in the Crystal Ballroom at the Rice, at 909 Texas Ave. Downtown. The workshops will consist of conversations about how Downtown Houston can better serve its residents, visitors, commuters, the city of Houston, and the region. Feedback gathered at these events will inform Plan Downtown, a 20-year vision plan that will outline recommendations for planning, development, and design within and around Downtown Houston.

If you care about Downtown and have ideas to share, you’ll want to attend. Details and workshop schedules are listed in the poster above — and on this page of the Plan Downtown website.

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07/07/17 12:00pm

Today’s sponsor is Plan Downtown and the Downtown District, seeking your good ideas about Downtown Houston. Thanks for supporting Swamplot!

Have good ideas? Plan Downtown officials want to hear them.

The Houston Downtown Management District and its partner organizations are inviting everyone to participate in public workshops on July 12 at the Crystal Ballroom at The Rice, at 909 Texas Ave.

These workshops will continue conversations about how Downtown Houston can better serve its residents, visitors, commuters, the city of Houston, and the region. The feedback gathered at these events will inform Plan Downtown, a 20-year vision plan that will outline recommendations for planning, development, and design within and around Downtown Houston — with the goal of positioning the area for a competitive and enriched future. For more information about Plan Downtown, visit the Plan Downtown website.

If you work in, live in, play in, or occasionally visit Downtown Houston, this is your opportunity to speak your mind and be heard. Four topical planning sessions will explore potential development recommendations for business, transit, attractions, and livability:

  • The Premiere Business Location (11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
  • Houston’s Leading Multi-Modal Center (1:30 to 3 p.m.)
  • Houston’s Greatest Place To Be (3:30 to 5 p.m.)
  • The Standard for Urban Livability (5:30 to 7 p.m.)

Each session will begin with an overview of Plan Downtown, followed by a general outline of the topics covered in the overall strategic plan. With the help of a project lead, participants will delve deeper into the assigned topic through a brief presentation. Hands-on activities, engaging exercises, and interactive stations will serve as mediums to capture ideas, thoughts and feedback.

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Sponsor of the Day
06/30/17 12:00pm

Today on Swamplot our sponsor is Houston’s own Central Bank. Thanks for the continuing support!

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
06/29/17 12:00pm

Today’s Sponsor of the Day is the home at 920 Leavins St. in Baytown. Thanks for supporting Swamplot!

Where o where can you find a classic Midcentury Mod for — gulp! — less than $150K? We’ll repeat that address: 920 Leavins St. (Leavins is a dead-end street off Marian St. in Baytown). This not just any-old Midcentury Mod. It’s the second home in Baytown ever built with central AC.

This 3-bedroom, 2-1/2-bath home was designed for a client by George F. Pierce of Pierce and Pierce Architects — the same firm now known as PGAL — and completed in 1951. Pierce taught architecture at Rice University and with his firm designed several buildings at Rice — as well as the original Houston Museum of Natural Science and the first 2 terminals of Houston’s Intercontinental Airport.

The interior of the brick home includes a den (pictured above) with a vaulted beamed ceiling, cove lighting, and a fireplace on an angled wing wall expressed on the home’s exterior. Paralleling the den and separated from it by sliding doors fitted with ribbed glass is a living and dining area with the original quarry tile flooring. You’ll find vaulted ceilings and some clerestory windows in bedrooms and even bathrooms. The 2,218-sq.-ft. home sits on a 10,000-sq.-ft. lot., along with some mature oak trees.

You’ll want to look through more photos of this home — they’re available on the property website. But there are also a number of intriguing design details about it you just can’t appreciate from the listing. So if this property looks at all interesting to you, contact the listing agent, Robert Searcy of Robert Searcy Properties.

Where intriguing homes get attention: On Swamplot, as a Sponsor of the Day.

Sponsor of the Day
06/28/17 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.

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Sponsor of the Day
06/21/17 12:00pm

Today Swamplot is sponsored by TechSpace Houston. Thanks for supporting this site!

Have you seen the new TechSpace Houston campus? It’s a new modern flexible workspace in Westchase. There’s a total of 450 workstations and 95 private offices in 46,000 sq. ft.; each of the 2 floors houses a variety of different office space configurations. Co-working, 1-to-3-person private offices, large private office suites, conference rooms, event spaces, and a variety of thought-provoking collaboration lounges are available — including a unique social platform-style seating area and an outdoor Wi-Fi enabled patio.

At TechSpace Houston, there’s no need to commit yourself or your company to a long-term lease. TechSpace works for all types of businesses, including startups, SMEs, growth companies, and Fortune 100 teams. 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, if you need flexible office space, TechSpace Houston can be a smart choice for your business.

TechSpace Houston is located on the first and second floor at 2101 CityWest Blvd. in Westchase. For pricing and tour availability, contact TechSpace Houston by filling out this brief online form — or by calling 877.569.5959. Can’t wait to see the space in person? Take a look at this 360-degree virtual tour!

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Sponsor of the Day
06/16/17 12:00pm

Swamplot’s sponsor today is Houston’s own Central Bank. Thanks for the continuing support!

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
06/14/17 12:00pm

8226 Glencrest St., Glenbrook Valley, Houston

8226 Glencrest St., Glenbrook Valley, Houston

Our sponsor today is the home for sale at 8226 Glencrest St. in Glenbrook Valley. Thanks for supporting Swamplot!

You know Glenbrook Valley, right? It’s Houston’s first outside-the-Loop historic district, known for its midcentury modern and ranch-style homes. This 2-bedroom, 2-bath home carries stylistic features of some of the area’s larger homes, but in a more compact size: It measures 1,841 sq. ft. There’s nothing smaller about the lot, though: It measures 11,700-sq.-ft.

The roman brick wraps all the way around the house. Integrated offset planters line the recently redone walkway from the driveway to the front door, which still features the home’s original 1957 knob plate. The living room, to the right of small foyer, leads to the dining room at the far end, and opens as well to a paralleling set of more casual living spaces toward the back (pictured above): the den, breakfast area, and kitchen, all facing onto the back yard.

In the kitchen, you’ll find new appliances set among the original tile countertops — as well as an original stainless-steel vent hood. Both bedrooms (as well as the living and dining rooms) have refinished hardwood floors. And if you like vintage tile bathrooms, you’ll certainly want to take a look at the ones in this house.

Many more photos of the home are available on the property website. If you’d like to see this place in person, contact the listing agent, Robert Searcy of Robert Searcy Properties.

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Sponsor of the Day
06/13/17 12:00pm

Today on Swamplot our sponsor is Mosaic Dermatology Houston. Thanks for supporting this site!

Mosaic Dermatology Houston is an award-winning, highly rated general dermatology practice with multiple area locations: in Upper Kirby at 2211 Norfolk St. (pictured at top) Suite 405; in Midtown at 3401 Louisiana St. Suite 155; and in the Tanglewood area (convenient to the Galleria) at 5757 Woodway Dr. Suite 185.

What’s new from this Swamplot sponsor? The latest in its new line of branded cosmetic products: Mosaic Dermatology’s own professional-grade face and body cleanser (pictured above). It’s a gentle face wash to help maintain clear skin. Mosaic Gentle Wash is now available at all 3 clinic locations — and from this page online.

Also available: a variety of cosmetic services — from Botox to MiraDry, the new underarm sweat and odor-reduction treatment. You can learn more about them on this page of the company’s website.

Clinic dermatologists are available for both scheduled appointments and last-minute urgent skin visits. You can schedule same-day and Saturday appointments online or by phone. Check out the Mosaic Dermatology Houston website — or call (281) 941-5556 for immediate assistance.

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Sponsor of the Day
06/08/17 12:00pm

Our sponsor today 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.

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Sponsor of the Day
06/06/17 12:00pm

Featured as a sponsor today: The home at 2030 Persa St., offered for sale by Michael Good Properties. Thanks for supporting Swamplot!

This single-story home at the corner of Persa and Avalon Pl. was designed by architect T. George McHale for himself and his family in 1960 — and transformed more recently by its later owner, Betsie Weatherford. It carries a bit of an interior design pedigree as well: McHale’s wife Inez McHale was one of the interior designers selected by Jackie Kennedy to redecorate the White House; Weatherford, who purchased the property a decade ago, was the owner of the Ellouise Abbott design showrooms in Houston and Dallas.

The home is in a small subdivision called Melanie Court, adjacent to a better-known neighborhood called Glendower Court. It’s in the superblock bounded by Shepherd, Kirby, Fairview, and San Felipe St., which puts the home a couple blocks away from the Hot Bagel Shop and only a 15-minute stroll from West Ave.

The 2-bedroom, 2-and-a-half-bath home is clad in limestone and built around a central atrium. The entrance, past a parking court in front, opens to the atrium’s eastern end. To the right are the home’s main living spaces: a living room at the front, a longer den paralleling the court — each with wood floors and their own fireplace — and the kitchen at back. The dining room and the front entry, which sit opposite each other on the far sides of the atrium, both have vaulted ceilings and clerestory windows facing the atrium. Kitchen and dining room both have doors to a paved patio in the back garden.

The bedroom wing flanks the south side of the atrium. What was once the third bedroom has been converted into a room-sized closet and dressing area for the master bedroom, with a separate walk-in-closet adjacent.

Photos showing off the decor of the spaces arrayed around the atrium are available on the property website. A floor plan will help you understand the organization of the home; you’ll find a PDF of one here. For more information or to arrange a tour, contact Michael Good of Michael Good Properties. Contact details are available on his webpage on HAR.

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Sponsor of the Day
06/05/17 12:00pm

Today our sponsor is EZneeds, a Houston-based e-commerce company that delivers everyday grocery, household and office essentials directly to your door. Thanks to EZneeds for supporting Swamplot!

If you shop at EZneeds, you’ll get 1-to-3-day delivery nationwide (1-to-2-day delivery in Texas) on everyday essentials at lower-than-store prices. Everyday savings are up to 50 percent off retail. EZneeds offers both bulk and single items — combining the shopping experience of a warehouse club, grocery store, and office supplies store all from your fingertips and with no membership fees.

You can get free shipping on your first order by using the code EZNEEDS. (There are no minimum requirements for this.)

Check out EZneeds.com to see how it can make your life easier — by saving you money and time. You can also follow the company on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter. EZneeds was founded in Houston and is based in Houston.

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Sponsor of the Day
06/02/17 12:00pm

Today our sponsor is Houston’s own Central Bank. Thanks for the continuing support!

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
06/01/17 12:00pm

Our sponsor today 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.

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Sponsor of the Day
05/31/17 12:00pm

Today’s sponsor of the day: the new homes at 4710 and 4712 La Branch St. in Museum Park, listed for sale by Nan and Company Properties/Christie’s International Real Estate. Thank you for supporting Swamplot!

These are the latest projects from Imagine Modern Homes. They’re in the Museum Park neighborhood in Houston’s Museum District, home to 19 museums, galleries, and cultural centers.

The homes’ box-like exteriors are made from stucco and James Hardie siding with cedar accents. The driveway fences are lined with jasmine; the professional landscaping includes beds of foxtail ferns and blackstar gravel. The residence at 4712 La Branch is 2 stories, measures 3,200 sq. ft., and is currently on the market. The home at 4710 La Branch will hit the market today, measures 3,450 sq. ft., reaches 3 stories, and has a rooftop deck.

The homes aren’t identical, but they include similar finishes, an open floorplan, and modern design. The first floors include Spanish Porcelanosa tile, 4-in. recessed can lighting, and large low-e windows to illuminate the bright walls and sleek fixtures. 4710 La Branch features bright white walls and flooring; the white walls in 4712 La Branch contrast with that residence’s dark gray tile flooring. Both kitchens have stainless-steel Thermador appliances, custom cabinetry, a wine cooler, quartz countertops, and an oversized Calacatta Alpha island. From the living areas, a sliding Western door leads to custom-built wooden decks.

Floating staircases lead to a second floor with a slightly different look: Here the flooring is red oak. The bedrooms feature walk-in closets, the bright restrooms have textured accent walls; you’ll also find a game room, utility room, and balconies. The rooftop deck at 4710 La Branch has blackstar gravel, treated and stained wood, and views overlooking a bustling neighborhood. Both homes include programmable wi-fi thermostats and other home automation features: Residents can control lighting, audio, and video through an in-wall iPad!

If you’d like to tour the properties in person, come to a preview party and wine tasting event hosted by Nan and Company Properties on June 8th. Guests will be able to enjoy wine and cheese while touring both residences. Email events@nanproperties.com to RSVP.

For a more immediate and quicker tour of 4712 La Branch St., watch the video above (or follow the link here). More information about the home is available on the property website. Details on 4710 La Branch St. are coming soon. If you’re interested in either of these homes, contact Julia Wang, a top producer at Nan and Company Properties/Christie’s International Real Estate, at 512.964.2736 — or julia@nanproperties.com.

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