Grand Beginnings

Spring was open season in H-Town! A fit and fab crowd hit the grand-opening party for Sweat 1000, a new gym in the Heights. ... Meanwhile in Downtown, the Catalyst apartment tower threw open its doors for 700-plus guests, who toured amenities including a half-acre pool terrace with skyline views. ... Nearby, Mike Raymond of Reserve 101 raised a glass to his new venture, the Cottonmouth Club. Its vintage decor is inspired by its location in the historic Brewster Building on Main Street. ... And shoppers delighted as they toured Paris Texas Apparel Co.’s new boutique on Woodway.

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SOUTH FLORIDA-BASED Italian shoe line Concetto Limone will make its Texas debut at a cocktail reception at Valobra Master Jewelers (2150 Westheimer Rd.) on Thursday, April 29 from 5-7pm. The evening of "All Things Italian" will transport guests immediately to the coast of southern Italian as they sip on Italian wines, Aperol Spritzes, Negronis and Limoncellos while feasting on an assortment of Italian hors d'oeuvres from Houston's beloved Tony's. Invited guests will have the first glance in Texas on the Concetto Limone line and the opportunity to purchase unisex styles on Thursday evening and all day Friday at a trunk show at Valobra.

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Midtown's Starck Room

NIGHTLIFE'S BIG COMEBACK?! With this week's announcement of several new bars and clubs opening their doors in the coming days, Houstonians are looking forward to the scene's reemergence.


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IN EARLY MARCH of last year, Blair Truesdell, 26, was just settling into her exciting new life in Austin. She had just moved there from Houston to serve as the assistant manager for Manready Mercantile's ATX outpost when the universe, known for its increasing level of fickleness, decided it had other plans for her.

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