Oct. 13, 2022
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!
Tell us about your business. What’s unique about your partnership and how does the relationship benefit the business? Clare’s experience in the luxury market for the last 20+ years is enhanced by Leigh’s fresh take on marketing and insight on the ever-evolving Houston neighborhoods. We recognize that real estate is so much more than just “the house.” Exceeding client expectations, marketing, negotiating, hand-holding, and successfully maneuvering in changing markets are what we do best.
What is the Leppert Ladies’ secret to success? We take a family approach to real estate. Clare and Leigh provide a combination of grit and grace, constantly striving to protect and honor clients’ privacy and to prioritize clients’ best interests.
What makes your partnership effective? Clients benefit from the expertise of not one but two Realtors! Clare is a top-producing, seasoned agent in the luxury market who grew up in River Oaks and knows the tried and true Houston neighborhoods. Leigh offers knowledge about current marketing and advertising strategies and is a connoisseur of Houston hotspots and happenings.
What can Houston expect from this duo? We specialize in assisting clients in all seasons of life. From leasing or purchasing for the first time to empty-nesting and beyond, Clare and Leigh will be there! Our goal is to be your real estate partner for generations to come.
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FORGET MARCH MADNESS — mudbug madness has arrived. Fans think the little critters taste like baby lobsters, so they can’t gobble up enough. Here’s where to hit for the most badass boils in town.
Looking to save a little dough? Order the live crawfish 88Special, a melding of each of the café’s seasoning blends tossed in the same bag. Go ahead, inhale a few pounds! Tip: regulars like it extra-spicy.
With a designated crawfish menu, BB’s lets you build a tray any way you like. Choose seasonal crawfish with its signature spice and sauce or “the Louisiana way.” Add on potato, mushrooms, corn, boiled onion, veggies, and a wide variety of sausage links.
Crawfish come boiled and bagged at this bustling café in the Heights, so it’s easy to pick up your order or dine in. Choose your seafood and your sauce — like lemon pepper, Thai basil or coco loco — and a preferred spice level, then dig in! Also look for crawfish eggrolls, crawfish cheesebread, and garlic noodles with crawfish.
Prep at Crawfish & Noodles
Houston’s original Viet-Cajun outpost recently spawned a new location at the Houston Farmers Market, and its original on Bellaire in Asia Town is still bustling. It’s “world famous” Viet-Cajun garlic seasoned crawfish arrive with butter, secret sauce, corn on the cob, potato and sausage. Followers wait in long lines to grab a taste of the action.
Crawfish season has officially commenced at this Heights newcomer located in the former Revival Market space. Every Sunday, the café will offer freshly boiled mudbugs through Feb. 12.
Orleans Seafood (photo by Becca Wright)
Travel west for gumbo, jambalaya, char-grilled oysters, po’boys and spicy crawfish. The kitchen only serves fresh Louisiana crawfish in-season, so grab ‘em while you can. Also anticipate crawfish etouffee; crawfish bisque; fried crawfish tails with French fries — and live Zydeco bands throughout February.
Crawfish at a BBQ joint? Yep! Thursday through Sunday, order by the pound ($12.95), which also includes corn, mushrooms, and andouille sausage. Groups can indulge in The Feast ($90) complete with three pounds of crawfish, one pound of shrimp, two snow crab clusters, link sausage and sides.
The Original Houston Ragin’ Cajun is now serving fresh Louisiana crawfish. Consistently making “best crawfish in Houston” lists, the perfectly seasoned and steaming pound of crawfish can be accompanied by corn on the cob, potatoes, a sausage link, and melted butter for dipping.
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Feb. 1, 2023
Art + Entertainment
MARKUS KLINKO ONCE described himself as “the James Bond of fashion photography,” and there’s a bit of truth in that quote. Born in Switzerland of French, Italian, Jewish, and Hungarian ancestry, and blessed with a sinewy physique and charming demeanor, this international man behind the lens has landed in Houston for ICONS KLINKO, an eye-popping exhibit of phantasmagoric photos of such superstars as David Bowie, Britney Spears, and Mariah Carey, opening this weekend at Nicole Longnecker Gallery.
These days, Klinko describes himself as a portrait artist, and aspires to make a historical impact on the art world. “Klinko’s photographs have a wonderful iridescent quality that is both painterly and narrative,” says Longnecker. “His images capture not only the form of the subject, but their own creative essence.”
In his earlier years, Klinko was a concert classical harpist, practicing 10 hours daily to keep up his technique. “I reached my dream,” says Klinko, “but I was also mentally very tired.” In 1994, at age 33, a thumb injury compelled him to retire from music and pursue a new chapter in life as a self-taught photographer.
Klinko's 'Dangerously In Love' cover photo
Klinko's 'Britney, the Forest'
Before then, Klinko had never picked up a camera, and yet he soon found himself shooting some of the most beautiful people on the planet, including a then-21-year-old singer named Beyoncé, who needed a cover shot for her debut album, Dangerously In Love. During that shoot, legend has it Klinko suggested Beyoncé wear some denim to contrast the glimmering, spiderweb-like crystal top she had draped over her physique. Klinko loaned Queen Bey his jeans, and gamely finished the shoot in his skivvies. “It’s a totally true story,” says Klinko, who stands 6-foot-4, “and proof that I have Beyoncé’s butt!”
Klinko has since exhibited in dozens of galleries worldwide and is delighted to have representation in Houston. He says visitors can expect some surprises in ICONS KLINKO, including images from a new series called The Angel Factory that pairs breathtaking models with high-tech lasers and syringes used in plastic surgery. Meanwhile, Klinko takes great satisfaction in seeing his images for brand campaigns appear simultaneously in the pages of glossy magazines and on the walls of white cube galleries.
“The question ‘Is it art or is it commerce?’ becomes irrelevant at that point,” says Klinko. “It’s just everywhere, and that’s what it is.”
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