Fashion Takes the Stage
The best trends in women’s accessories seem inspired by Houston’s epic performing-arts calendar. Bravo!
Oct. 16, 2017
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WITH ITS INAUGURAL set of residents newly moved in, Pelican Builders’ mid-rise condominium Westmore at 2323 W Main Street in Upper Kirby is already seeing the blossoming of a tight-knit community. Designed by Houston-based Mirador Group the Westmore is the first new condominium product to be introduced to the in-demand, inner loop neighborhood in more than three years. And with remaining two-bedroom homes starting at $895,000, it’s a remarkable value for this increasingly pricey area, where condos can easily climb to several million dollars and more.
The Westmore’s intimate, mid-rise scale was intended to complement, rather than overpower, its charming surroundings, which range from renovated bungalows and multiplexes to high-end patio homes and townhomes plus multi-million-dollar single-family residences. And while just seven stories, residents are afforded beautiful treetops and skyline views that belie its modest size.
Perfectly nestled just off bustling Kirby Drive, just outside River Oaks, and moments from West University, the 33-residence property boasts an enviable 92 Walk Score. The proximity to things both useful and enjoyable has been one of its biggest sale drivers given the plethora of things that a pedestrian can so easily access just blocks away, from Whole Foods Market and Levy Park to Pinstripes bowling and bocce and Color Factory, plus a slew of antique and design stores, art galleries, service offerings, and fitness studios. And that doesn’t touch the surface of a literal bounty of restaurants for every taste, ranging from The Original Carrabba’s, Kiran's, and Thai newcomer MaKiin to recently opened bistro PS-21, Armando’s, Local Foods and Relish.
According to Pelican Builders founder Robert Bland, “The appeal for this building spans upwardly mobile young professionals to downsizing couples in their 50s and 60s, and they’re all drawn to a no maintenance lifestyle with the best of the city at their fingertips. At the Westmore, they have all that with the bonus of a 24-hour doorman for security purposes.”
The property is exclusively sold and marketed by Douglas Elliman Development Marketing. Its model residence is open Monday – Tuesday and Thursday – Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm or by appointment. For more information or to book an appointment to tour, please call or text 713-600-5096 or visit www.westmorehouston.com.
THE SPECTACULAR WORTHAM Center tradition that’s sometimes called the American Idol of the opera world — followed in best-of-Houston form by a gala dinner party in the Grand Foyer — was a rousing and inspiring success last week.
Eight finalists from around the world — winnowed down from some 900 contestants — performed in Houston Grand Opera’s Concert of Arias before a packed hall, the final stage of the Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers. The bragging rights to one of the most prestigious titles for emerging opera talent wasn’t the only thing at stake: Winners divided $21,500 in prize money!
The first-place winner, Alabama-born-and-raised soprano Elizabeth Hanje, took home $10,000 of that herself, as well as an invitation to join the Butler Studio, the company’s renowned training program for young artists. Chinese bass-baritone Ziniu Zhao won the second prize of $5,000.
The event was also “seen worldwide via a livestreamed program hosted by acclaimed baritone Ryan McKinny, a Butler Studio alumnus and adored company favorite,” noted an HGO rep.
After the performances, guests dined on duck, with blood orange panna cotta for dessert, and mingled with contestants and the evening’s judges. The latter included Eun Sun Kim, HGO’s principal guest conductor; HGO CEO Khori Dastoor; and HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers. The panel also included HGO’s artistic advisor, the soprano Ana María Martínez, who selected Brooklyn’s Sam Dhobhany, a bass-baritone, to win her annual Ana María Martínez Encouragement Award.
“There is no better distillation of HGO’s mission than the Concert of Arias,” said Dastoor of the ultimate dinner-and-a-show, which this year was chaired by Theresa and Peter Chang chaired and raised nearly $700,000 to support the Butler Studio and the company’s missions to make opera more accessible to diverse communities across Houston.
VIPs in the crowd included Nina and Michael Zilkha, Isabel and Danny David, Anne and Albert Chao, Cynthia and Tony Petrello, Molly and Jim Crownover, Betty and Jess Tutor, Dan Irion, Kirk Kveton, Karen Payne, Beth Madison, Gene Wu, Miya Shay, Duyen and Marc Nguyen, Andrew Pappas and CJ Martin.
Anne Chao, Jazmine Saunders, Albert Chao
Beth Bullock, Ken Bullock
Deidra Norris, Josepha Immanuel
Dominic Macklon, Mindy Davidson, Kelly Rose, Josh Davidson
Emily Treigle, Jim Crownover, Molly Crownover
Gretchen Watkins, Khori Dastoor, Selda Gunsel
Jason Wang, Julia Wang
Jill Risley, Allyn Risley
Michelle Papenfuss, John Warren, Mo Lovett Warren, Edwin Jhamal Davis, Jill Risley, Allyn Risley
Stephanie Weber, Paul Muri
Stephen Le, Tiffany Le, Elaine Zhang
Tate Stai, Sarah Stai, Emerson Stai, Aaron Stai, Harlan Stai
The couple, previously responsible for the popular Breggy Bombs salsa, wanted to expand their footprint, and rebranded as Wild Sol. The new offerings — Hot Salsa, Mild Salsa, Salsa Verde, and Mango Habanero — are all infused with a kick of Flecha Azul, a premium tequila created by their friends, Mark Wahlberg, Aron Marquez and Abraham Ancer.
Alongside their friends and family, a star-studded lineup turned out to toast the Bregmans (and take a dip, of course), including Paul Wall, Astros player Jeremy Pena, reporter Julia Morales Clark, NFL alums Adrian Peterson and Chester Pitts, Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale, and soulful songstress Lenora.
Wild Sol is available to purchase online, and is expected to appear on store shelves at H-E-B and Kroger in the next few months.
Reagan Bregman and Julia Morales Clark
Wild Sol salsas
Wild Sol CEO Michael Posey
Laurice Howard and Jackie Bregman
Adrian & Ashley Peterson, Reagan & Alex Bregman
Haleigh Broucher, Ona DeShazo, Reagan Bregman, Courtney Blanch Powell, Madelyn Payne, Madison Straub