At Bright Springtime Schmooze in the Shadow of Rising Luxury Tower, Dueñas Feted as Ambassador

Jeff Gremillion

SWELLS FROM THE design community and social set merged on the grounds of DC Partners’ rising, architecturally splendid The Allen project to announce Adrián Dueñas, CEO of Houston’s BeDESIGN European furniture and design house, as the brand ambassador for the Residences at The Allen. Guests toasted the guest of honor at a cocktail reception at the onsite sales gallery designed by BeDESIGN.

2022’s Biggest Dining Trend Continues as Uchi Announces New Sister Resto in Montrose

Evan W. Black

BELOVED SOUTHSIDE ESPRESSO shuttered this spring, leaving a vacancy next-door to Uchi. But in true Montrose real estate fashion, that space won’t be empty for long: The sushi restaurant has announced it will open a new dining concept at 904 Westheimer.

Spring Shopping Bonanza! Two Must-Hit Events This Month

Julia Davila

A 10-DAY SHOPPING event benefiting the American Heart Association kicks off Friday and runs through Sun., May 1. The Shop With Heart Card, available for purchase for $50, entitles shoppers to receive 20 percent off regularly priced merchandise and services at a number of favorite local shops. Tonight, a launch party at Kuhl-Linscomb (6-8pm) features light bites, cocktails and door prizes.

Duos, Trios and Teams: ‘Next-Generation’ Mother-Daughter Leppert Duo Debuts

Clare Leppert and Clementine, the Cavachon. Leigh Leppert and Benny, the Bernedoodle.

HOW DID YOU come together as a team? This fall, we are celebrating the introduction of an exciting real estate collaboration between Clare Leppert, longtime Houston Realtor®, and daughter Leigh Leppert. Clare shared a 20+ year real estate partnership with her mother, Bette Carpenter, until Bette’s death in 2016. Having worked solo for several years, Clare in 2021 was awarded Houston Business Journal’s No. 2 Luxury Realtor® in Houston. Leigh, who has been working in marketing for the past decade, has always shared a passion for real estate and watched Clare successfully balance family and career. We are excited to re-create the next generation of a mother-daughter duo at Compass!

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Ben Berg (photo by Douglas Burns)

THE NEW YEAR has already yielded its fair share of tastebud-tingling headlines — and here's a few more! From a prolific restaurateur's big announcement to a Houston institution's ambitious expansion, catch up on all the latest below.

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Wiley's 'Judith and Holofernes'

THE ENERGY IN the foyer of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Caroline Wiess Law Building is quite lively, thanks to the installation of two provocative paintings, painted 400 years apart — one by Artemisia Gentileschi, an Italian 17th-century female artist, the other by Kehinde Wiley, a contemporary, Nigerian-born queer Black artist. Each depicts the grisly climax in the Old Testament Book of Judith, in which the widow Judith decapitates the Assyrian general Holofernes, thus saving her besieged Jewish city of Betulia.

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