ENTREPRENEURIAL HOUSTONIANS HAVE long lamented the shallow pool of VC — that is, venture capital — financing in our fair city. Looking for cash to get your idea off the ground? Try friends and family. Try Austin. Try New York. Try Sand Hill Road in Silicon Valley. Anywhere but here.

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Julie Gray

After moving to Houston in 2018, Julie Gray was in need of a clean slate. Today, the mom of two is embracing her next phase in life and helping Houstonians keep their cars looking brand new. The visual artist has opened "So Fresh, So Clean," a full-service car wash in Third Ward, which highlights her love of cars and symbolizes her fresh start.

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FAROUK SYSTEMS, A Houston-based beauty-biz and spa-industry giant known for its leading brands Chi and BioSilk, has created Chi Footwear for professional hair stylists, a line of podiatrist-approved line of sneakers. Former hairstylist Farouk Shami, the founder and chairman of the company, collaborated with designer Joan Orozco on the line.

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