Thursday, December 8, 2011

Heights Happenings: December 7- December 14, 2011

Grand Openings!

This weekend welcomes two new businesses to the neighborhood. Both Heights owned and operated, La Camella and Heights Vinyl will be opening in the same White Oak strip center as Write Now! Greetings
  • Heights Vinyl is exactly what the name implies. Craig Brown's new record shop may sound like an archaic concept to some. However, vinyl has taken on a cult status in recent years and musicians are even releasing new music on this old format. Call it nostalgia if you must, but there is something about dropping the needle on the record...  (Check out this 2009 NYT article)
  • La Camella is a women's boutique which will specialize in clothing, shoes and accessories by lesser known and independent labels. According to her website (linked above) the store will sell "beautiful, well-designed and well-crafted lines... not otherwise carried in the city." I look forward to exploring what she has to offer. While women's clothes are not necessarily scarce in the Heights, there is definitely room for growth and, right now, there is no one carrying this quality of merchandise.
  • 3221 White Oak
Both stores will be open on Friday, December 9, with Grand Opening celebrations planned to coincide with Lights In The Heights on Saturday. There will be much live music, food, drinks (notably, almost-in-the-Heights beer darlings Karbach Brewery) and, of course, shopping. Stop by and welcome our newest local businesses !

Friday, December 9, 7:30 pm: Heights Live! welcomes Graham Wilkinson

  • Another great show from Heights Live!'s family friendly concert series, hosted on the grounds of Heights Presbyterian Church.
  • This week "on the rug" you'll find world traveller Graham Wilkinson, whose new album "The Spiritual Accessories" was just released in October, 2011.
  • The small size of this BYOB venue allows listeners and performers to interact and have a truly unique concert going experience. 
  • $12 at the door. Doors 7:30, show starts at 8 pm. Kids welcome. 240 W 18th.
Saturday, December 10, Noon- 6pm: Join Homespun: Houston Handmade for an open house 
  • Want something to do during the hours before Lights in the Heights? Homespun: Houston is "part art gallery and part retail shop, showcasing local and handmade goods in the heart of The Heights. [Their] blog is dedicated to promoting local makers, creative people, and businesses."
  • Look for their sweet little studio on the corner of Byrne and Reagan (facing Reagan). They’ll be offering lots of local and handmade goodness, along with their family tradition of warm Gluhwein for the holiday event!
Saturday, December 10, 11 am- Noon: WindSync performs at Angela's Oven

  • I certainly can't describe this group any better than they can, so I strongly suggest you visit their website here and discover what this local chamber music group is all about!

Saturday, December 10, 6 pm- 9 pm: Lights In The Heights, 2011

  • The much loved event that almost wasn't is here again. A few changes have been made and, hopefully, those small tweaks will ensure the future of LITH in perpetuity.
  • For a great write up on the event, past and present, read Martin Hajovsky's recent post from his Chron blog.
Sunday, December 11, 7 pm: Michael Bise Heart Transplant Music Benefit
  • Hosted by The Boom Boom Room, 2518 Yale
  • Music by The Cleaners and Guests. Doors open at 7pm, Music at 8pm
  • Cost: Donation of any amount will be taken at the door.
  • Checks are welcome and can be made payable to: Michael Bise Transplant Fund.
  • If you are unable to make the event but would like to contribute you may do so at

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