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The A Couture Cause launch party — toasting the fifth-annual trend guide — was held at Big Brothers Big Sisters and served as a fundraiser for local nonprofits A Shelter for Cancer Families and Youth Hope Association. … The 2018 Men of Distinction were announed during a chic cocktail event at Tenenbaum Jewelers. Craig Biggio, Rufus Cormier, Jim McIngvale and David Poplack will be honored during an awards lunch in May. … A private shopping event hosted by Carlos Souza and Allison Sarofim at Valentino’s Galleria boutique benefited the MFAH.

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AN INTERVIEW WITH Brad & Joanna Marks, owners of IW Marks Jewelers

What were your biggest challenges of 2020? Our biggest challenge was definitely dealing with the economic shutdowns due to the virus.

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GOV. GREG ABBOTT has announced that all Texas businesses will be able to open 100 percent beginning March 10, adding that mask mandates will be lifted, according to multiple press reports. As a preemptive rebuttal to those concerned his actions are premature and could lead to a new wave of Covid cases, he set a new rule that allows county judges to override his policies if Covid hospitalizations rise above 15 percent capacity.

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AS SHE PREPARES to celebrate the 40th anniversary of her namesake gallery, Barbara Davis reflects on her trailblazing career. She's pretty much the Grand Dame of the Houston art world at this point, having weathered many a storm — literal and figurative — and launched the careers of several important artists.

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