Strength in Numbers

The opportunities for giving back in our post-Harvey city are great, and Houstonians have been turning up in droves for unique philanthropic events. The Run Houston Strong 5K and 10K, which took place the morning after the Astros clenched the World Series, raised more than $10,000 for Homemade Hope, which supports children and families affected by Harvey. ... Hermann Park’s Urban Green young professional group also celebrated the Astros’ win at its H-Town Throw Down. ... And the annual Backpack Blast sporting clays tournament raised nearly $310,000 for the Houston Food Bank’s Backpack Buddy program, which facilitates weekend meals for underprivileged kids.

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AN INTERVIEW WITH Mimi Sperber, Founding Partner of Off the Wall Gallery

What were your biggest challenges of 2020? Navigating the pandemic while running a business was the challenge of a lifetime. Having to temporarily close doors for several weeks due to Houston's lockdown brought financial uncertainty and difficult decisions. Staffing and budgets were drastically cut, and it was personally hard and emotional at times. While our Main Gallery had to remain closed and unable to generate cash-flow from walk-ins, we built a brand new L'Atelier Gallery inside Galleria One by Prada, replacing our smaller Art Boutique by Neiman Marcus and Chanel. The planning had been in the works for over a year, permits issued, and construction started right when the city closed. The timing was disadvantageous, but we stayed focused and solvent in all of our financial responsibilities, and L'Atelier was finished when Houston reopened.

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Evelyn's Park streams a one-hour hot pilates class via Facebook Live from 5pm-6pm on Friday

Last week was brutal, Houston. Take this weekend as a chance to recharge with fab food, a livestream workout or some shopping. Here are our picks!

Forget Wine — Attend a Beer & Cheese Pairing

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