Top Web Stories of ’18

In case you missed ’em, these were the three most widely read stories of the year at CityBook online!

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What do a repurposed gay bar, Lynn Wyatt and an exhibition by a beloved Houston artist have in common? It may sound like the beginning of an odd joke, but these were the subjects of the most read stories of 2018 at HoustonCityBook.com.


As the new year gets underway, take a short trip down Memory Lane, to our then-breaking-news story about the new wine-café plans for the old Montrose Mining Company bar, the most clicked-on story of the year; our Leaders & Legends portrait series with Wyatt and other Houston luminaries, a print feature whose digital incarnation ranked second; and, coming in third, our piece by Chris Becker on widely admired painter Francesca Fuchs, 2018 Texas Artist of the Year, as her latest show bowed at Inman Gallery a few months back.

And get ready for another great year of fascinating Houstonians making news at Houston CityBook, in print and online. As we often say, “CityBook is Houston’s magazine.”

Dispatches

AN INTERVIEW WITH Jon Heine President of Houston Market, Veritex Community Bank

What were your biggest challenges of 2020? Without question the biggest challenge was pivoting from the playbook we had to begin 2020 in order to quickly address the immediate needs of our clients, colleagues and communities. Working with our customers to provide loan payment deferrals and PPP loans through the SBA Payroll Protection Program (Veritex Bank provided over $400 million to 2,100 clients in Round 1) became the immediate priority. This involved a Herculean effort from over 120 of our colleagues in various departments of the Bank who raised their hand to assist not because of an opportunity, but out of obligation to the communities we serve.

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Warren and Rachel Ellsworth and Betty and Jess Tutor

HOUSTON GRAND OPERA officially opened its first live season of shows in two years with a bold, colorful presentation of Bizet's Carmen followed by a fabulous crimson-tented dinner on Ray C. Fish Plaza just outside the theater.

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Kellie and Chad Motsinger

THE BOYS & GIRLS Clubs of Greater Houston serves more than 30,000 children and teens through its 23 clubs across the region, and thanks to a successful fundraiser last week, the organization is able to continue its mission of offering quality after-school and summer programming to Houston youth.

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