Construction has started on phase one of the BUFFALO HEIGHTS DISTRICT, a new mixed-use real estate district located around the corner from LOCAL Houston on Washington Avenue between South Heights Boulevard and Studemont Street. The initial construction will be a new 7-story mixed-use building which includes a new H-E-B, 230 upscale multifamily apartment units and three floors of boutique office space. An additional 2,000 sf of retail space is available next to H-E-B. With an expected completion of spring 2019, this H-E-B helps cement the district’s goal of creating a walkable community where a healthy lifestyle is cultivated via easily accessible fresh food, outdoor activity and a wealth of natural spaces.
TITIANIUM TEQUILA, the Houston-based premium liquor, is on track to become the fastest-growing tequila in Texas! Local Houstonian Robert Tijerina is the founder and one of the driving forces behind the brand’s success and new partnership with Republic National Distributing to distribute the luxury brand throughout Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.
Houston-based Titanium has only been on shelves for two and a half years and has already earned a coveted Gold Medal at the 2014 San Francisco World Spirits, a 94 Excellent Score in the 2017 Ultimate Beverage Challenge competition.
MAKING THE GRADE
H-E-B has announced the Houston-area winners of the statewide 16th annual H-E-B EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION AWARDS, personally handed out by Charles E. Butt, Chariman and CEO. Fort Bend ISD took home the $25,000 winning public school board cash prize. In addition to Fort Bend‘s public school board win, H-E-B also awarded Richard Embrick of David Crockett Middle School (Fort Bend ISD) $5,000 for himself and a $5,000 grant for his school in the Rising Star Secondary category.
Jamie Flint, another Houston-area teacher from Spring Woods High School (Spring Branch ISD) was awarded $10,000 in
cash for herself and a $10,000 grant for her school in the Leadership Secondary category. Congrats to our star educators!
LIGHTS! CAMERA! ASIA!
OCA-GREATER HOUSTON is hosting the 13th Annual Houston Asian American & Pacific Islander Film Festival (HAAPI Fest) over the course of two consecutive weekends. The five-day event will span from June 1 through 3 and June 9 through 10 and is kicking off at Asia Society Texas Center. As always, the festival will be close with the captivating Arts Night on June 10. HAAPI Fest is continuing its grand tradition of being a celebration of art, film and music that the Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) community proudly shares each year with the city of Houston.
For more information, visit www.ocahouston.org.
GET IT TO GO
DRIZLY, the technology company behind the first and largest e-commerce alcohol app, brings a revolutionary way to shop for adult beverages to Houston starting now! Drizly connects adults of legal drinking age with best-in-class local alcohol retailers, making it easy to shop for beer, wine and spirits by simply downloading the Drizly mobile app (App Store and Google Play) on a smartphone or tablet, or visiting www.drizly.com.
Orders can be delivered by partner retailers within one hour, at a conveniently scheduled time, or reserved for in-store pickup at Goody Goody Liquor, Al’s Liquor, Posh Liquor, Premier Fine Wine & Spirits and Village Liquor. Beyond alcohol, Drizly users can shop for ice, mixers and more. There is no price markup, and a modest delivery fee
of $5 per order stays the same no matter how many items ordered.
In-store pickup is free of charge.
STATE OF GRACE has introduced its Sunday Supper menu, encouraging family-style communal dining reminiscent of small town cafes in Texas. “State of Grace was created as Ford Fry’s tribute to Houston and his childhood in Texas where many memories were made around the table,” said State of Grace Executive Chef Bobby Matos. “Similarly, my upbringing
in California centered around my grandmother’s kitchen, sharing delicious meals as a family. With Sunday Supper, we hope to recreate this special experience for our guests, and provide a setting for quality family time at the end of the week. “
The menu ($29/person) has been designed so that each guest chooses a meat, and each table will select three sides. Tables also get butter biscuits and shaved country ham, a market vegetable salad and dessert. The dishes will rotate and change frequently. Visit www.stateofgracetx.com.