With an ‘Arsenal’ of New Designs and Product, Sam & Davy Is a One-Stop Last-Minute Gift Shop

The Sam & Davy & Houston Dynamo Crewneck

Whether you've called Houston home your whole life or are a recent transplant, the love for this city is strong. One family's desire to pair their H-Town pride with fashionable clothes and accessories manifested into Sam & Davy, an online store that made the move to brick-and-mortar with a River Oaks boutique. With the window for holiday shopping narrowing, this small but mighty local business is a one-stop-shop for the proud Houstonian in your life.


Located on West Gray, Sam & Davy has everything from Texas-themed hoodies and beanies emblazoned with the brand's signature saying, "Houston is Everything," to accessories galore. "Before we settled down in Houston with our girls, we were traveling a lot," explains Gemini Quintos, one-half of the power-couple store owners (they're also the designers). "Chris [Blodgett, her husband], a proud born-and-raised Houstonian, always wanted to rep his roots wherever we went. We found that a lot of Houston and Texas shirts were either very sports-forward, or were louder and busier than is our style. He wanted something he could wear on a night out, something he could throw a nice jacket over and get dinner and drinks." The pair started with simple polo shirts and t-shirts with a small embroidery of the shape of Texas on the left breast. "As we've expanded, we've tried to keep that simple, minimalist look, a versatile aesthetic that goes with any style and can be worn anywhere."

But sports fans can still rejoice, as the entrepreneurs recently teamed up with local Houston professional soccer teams to create a line of sleek, fashionable clothing items to sell. "A few months ago we were approached by the Houston Dynamo and Dash to do an official collaboration on their recent rebranding," the couple explains. "We designed a collection of shirts, sweatshirts, and jackets incorporating their new logos, and the full collection is available at our shop and online." Kids clothing is also for sale to help little Houstonians rep their roots.

The global health crisis may have thrown the business's trajectory off course initially, but the savvy couple pivoted to meet the moment and keep their doors open. "We were able to keep things going with sales, free shipping, curbside pickup, and of course the incredible support of friends and customers, and customers-turned-friends," Quintos explains, noting that the store reopened in June with an "arsenal of fresh designs — thanks, quarantine!" as well as new products ("Hello, masks!").

Quintos says that noon on Friday, Dec. 18, is the cutoff for online orders that need to be delivered by Christmas, and notes that curbside pickup remains an option for those who don't wish to shop in-store.

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DESPITE SOME APRIL showers, there's still plenty of fun to be had! From art-centric and Earth Day activities to family-friendly fests, check out a rundown of the weekend's best bets.

LEARN FROM AN ARTIST Tune in tonight for an hour-long talk by ceramicist and Houston Center for Contemporary Craft resident artist Abbie Preston Edmonson about her creative process. She'll give a virtual presentation about her work and a special demonstration in her studio space.

Brennen's exec chef Joey Chavez (photo by Kimberly Park)

TAKE A VIRTUAL PAINTING LESSON OR COOKING CLASS Be inspired by the great state of Texas during a virtual painting lesson hosted by Honey Art Cafe on Friday night. For only $20, stream a two-hour virtual lesson and make a series of stylized mini paintings inspired by West Texas and Big Bend National Park. Honey Art Cafe also has supply kits available for purchase for beginners or artists low on supplies.

And if painting isn't quite your speed, see what you can cook up in the kitchen! Brennen's exec chef Joey Chavez leads a "date night" cooking lesson for couples on Friday at 6:30pm. Hosted at the restaurant, the socially distanced demonstration, which costs $150, includes a reception, followed by an interactive demonstration and seated dinner.

CELEBRATE EARTH DAY! Join the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center from 10am-4pm on Saturday for a fun- and information-filled day! Explore informative booths, nature hikes, fun displays in the Discovery Room, and Earth-friendly take-home activities. Or join Discovery Green on Sunday from 12-5pm, when the park will screen a series of short films about Houston's environment, host a panel about February's freeze, and showcase a live painting demo by local artists working on murals to decorate the park.

GO ON AN OUT-OF-THIS WORLD ADVENTURE Fifty-one years ago, the Apollo 13 crew splashed down safely back on Earth after their famously harrowing mission to the moon and back. Space Center Houston is celebrating that anniversary on Saturday, hosting two livestreamed panel discussions with current NASA experts as well as Apollo-era legends.And now through May 2, local NASA and Apollo 13 fans can check out the center's new spring exhibition, titled "Apollo: When We Went to the Moon," that looks at the legacy of the Apollo era through the lens of the engineers and astronauts who actually lived the experience.

FIND FUN AT THE INTERNATIONAL KIDS FEST Traders Village hosts Kids Fest on Sunday, with games, activities, interactive shows, live music, acrobats, magicians, clowns and more. Parking is $5, but the event itself is free, sure to keep the whole family entertained from 12-4pm.

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