Hip Furniture Store Opening First Houston Location in Rice Village

CRATE AND BARREL'S hip younger sibling CB2 will open a 10,000-square-foot store on University in the heart of Rice Village in June, marking the brand's first foray into brick-and-mortar in Houston.


With a slightly younger aesthetic and more affordable price point, CB2 is poised to make a decent size splash on the H-Town design scene. Shoppers can expect interactive events along with easily accessible design consultations either on-site or in-store.

Rice Village has undergone a slow but steady transformation over the last couple of years, adding a number of up-and-coming brands — Tecovas, Tasc — as well as a handful of hotly anticipated restaurant concepts, like Velvet Taco and Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, and the forthcoming Badolina bakery and Hamsa Mediterranean restaurant from the Doris Metropolitan crew. Also in the home-décor space, West Elm is slated to open this summer, marking its first Inner Loop locale since the closing of its Highland Village store in 2018.

And an Instagram-friendly concept will pop up inside the former Pier 1 building on Rice Boulevard from June 4-July 31. Houstonopoloy will boast 13 Houston-savvy "properties" ready to serve as photo backdrops.

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“I WISH I came here sooner to experience this amazing city,” says advanced sommelier Rachel Van Til of her move to Houston just one year before the pandemic lockdown. When Covid appeared in 2020, along with layoffs and closings, it led to a career swerve for Van Til, a working mom who was a sommelier at Pappas Steakhouse. She took over the wine program at The Clubs at Houston Oaks, a posh (initiation fees can range into the six figures) members-only club northwest of the city with 10 lodges, 17 lakes, 900 acres and six dining options. Speaking of lots of good food and vino, the club’s 2022 Wine and Food Classic is this February 12 — it’s a great chance to taste hundreds of wines from around the world and learn about them from winemakers and professionals. “It’s our largest event of the year and it’s open to the public.” In our Q&A, Rachel dishes on her favorite date night, best wines to try this year and her brush with the me-too movement!

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