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Retiree Club Outing 18JUN
Submitted by Ellen Chadick from Houston on 05-11-2014
Question:

Hi Veronica. I'm on the Steering Committee for the Houston HP/Compaq Retiree Club. We're going to be doing a "Above & Below Ground" tour (including a Metro Train ride) with Houston Greeters on Wednesday 18JUN. We plan to do that first, leaving time for something else, near town, for ~1 hour, starting ~2:00. We were thinking about a Farmer's Market but are concerned all (except Canino) are going to be picked-over by then. We enjoy boutique wine and beer breweries. We have been to St. Arnold's. Any suggestions? I originally thought we could end with the Art Car Museum, but they're closed in June to change out their exhibit. Any suggestions would be welcome! Thanks, Ellen

Answer:

Hi,

I have a few suggested you might like if you're interested in things like the Art Car Museum and Farmer's Markets. Check out this Insider's Guide which has great things like the Bayou Bend gardens and the Orange Show Monument. For other "off the wall" Houston places, check out this list of unique spots.

I hope this helps and please let me know if you need additional suggestions!

Best,
Veronica

Tours
Submitted by Robert from Houston on 05-11-2014
Question:

We are a couple in our 50's and we will stay here for two weeks. What places do you suggest us to visit or go? Thanks a lot in advance for your answer!

Answer:

Hi Robert, 

There is a lot to do here in Houston. Since I don't know what your interests are, I'll give you some links to several ideas. Once you take a look at the options, feel free to reach out with more specific questions. 

First of all, did you know that Houston has over 20 museums!? Most of which are within the Museum District and accessible along our MetroRail system. In the same area is the Houston Zoo, which is home to more than 6,000 exotic animals!

In addition to our museums and zoo, we also have a huge performing arts scene. Check out the Theater District and click on a link that interests you, ballet, opera, symphony, theatre and more!

For more ideas, you can search our Calendar of Events for the dates you plan to be here. There are a lot of festivals and events taking place this summer so you're sure to find something. If you don't feel like planning yourself, we've taken the liberty of creating some suggested itineraries to take the leg work out of your trip.

And lastly, food! You may not know this, but Houston is home to some of the best and most diverse food in the country. We even have a recent James Beard Award winner, Chris Shepherd of Underbelly. Check out this link and make sure to try many!

I hope that helps!
Veronica

Party
Submitted by Stephanie from Houston on 05-08-2014
Question:

Hey there! I've been searching for something to do as a surprise for my boyfriend's 25th birthday. Something cool and hip for a group of people. I had discovered the Pedal Parties and really love that kind of concept but was wondering what else is out there. Any suggestions?

Answer:

Hey there!

Birthday surprises are always fun, and I have a roundup of fun tours that might fit the bill. Take a look at these tour options, which include everything from food and beer tours, to outdoor adventure and arhitecture tours.

If tours aren't your thing, check out these itineraries. Hopefully there is one that would be of interest to your boyfriend.

As for food, check out our food section for ideas on places to eat!

I hope that helps,
Veronica

Moving
Submitted by Leeanne from Cincinnati, Ohio on 05-08-2014
Question:

Hi Veronica, I will be moving to the Houston area in a few months and I was wondering if you had any suggestions on neighborhoods that would be ideal for a young professional and family?

Answer:

Thanks for your question and welcome to Houston! That said, I highly recommend reaching out to a realestate agent. They will be able to answer many more of your questions and help find what you are looking for based on your specific needs.

To get an idea of what's available in Houston, you can check out www.har.com. Also, check out the Greater Houston Partnerships relocation guide for more information on moving to Houston. 

I hope that helps!
Best,
Veronica

opening a clothing store
Submitted by Lester Ewing from Houston on 05-07-2014
Question:

Hi veronica, I just moved here to Houston about a year ago. I'm all settled in and now I'm interested in opening a small women's boutique. I have a potential location so now I'm wondering what are all of my in town options as far as inventory.so my question to you would be do you know of any wholesalers here in Houston that I could find affordable pieces to sell in the store..

Answer:

Hi Lester,

I assume you're looking for women's apparel for your boutique?  

I'd check out the Harwin area, I believe they have some wholesalers.  

If you're looking for items other than apparel, check out Made In Houston, which is a database of fabricators in the Houston area.

Best,

Veronica

Best place to live
Submitted by Veronica from Stanford, CA on 05-07-2014
Question:

Hi Veronica- My name is also Veronica and I am moving to Houston this summer from California. I am single and don't know anyone in Houston. I am excited about the move and looking for a neighborhood with a lot going on, a lot of nightlife, walkability to restaurants and bars, and potentially a place where I could meet other single young professionals. I am considering Midtown, Rice Village/West U, and Galleria areas based on what I've read on the internet. Do you have any other recommendations for me? Do you know of any new construction (e.g. townhomes, single family homes) in those areas which will be available by this summer? Thanks for your help! Sincerely, Veronica

Answer:

Hi Veronica,

Those are all great choices for young professionals! Midtown and Rice Village are probably the most walkable of the neighborhoods you listed.  Also, Midtown is on the light rail line, which makes getting around without a car even easier!  I'd also suggest you look into DowntownMarket Square Park has a lot of great walkable restaurants and nightlife options.

I don't have specifics on new homes being built by the summer, but I'd suggest reaching out to a realtor, or checking out the listings on HAR

The Greater Houston Partnership has a free relocation guide that I recommend you get - request the guide here. It has more specifics on living in Houston.

Hope this helps - feel free to check back when you get into Houston with more questions!

Best,

Veronica

 

 

Park & Ride
Submitted by Patric from Houston on 05-07-2014
Question:

I live in Downtown Houston and I am currently considering accepting a job in The Woodlands (By Waterway Place). 1.Is there a Park & Ride that services Downtown to The Woodlands? 2.If so, where is it located in Downtown? 3. Where is the drop-off point in The Woodlands with reference to Waterway Place? Thanks

Answer:

Hi Patric,

Here is some information on The Woodlands Area Park and Rides, but this is really meant for people commuting from The Woodlands into Downtown, Medical Center, etc.  

My suggestion would be to call Metro to confirm these park and rides would work going the opposite direction, or see if there is a better option for the reverse commute, based on where you live, where you're going and the times.

Best,

Veronica

Hotels with Transportation
Submitted by Sulley Williams from Slidell on 05-07-2014
Question:

Dear Veronica, My family is visiting Houston the first week of June. My husband and son will be going to a baseball game, and my daughter and I will be going to a concert in The Woodlands, both on Thursday evening. What would be the best way to do this. Where would you recommend staying when going in two different directions? Do you know of any hotels with transportation to both of these venues? I have wanted to stay at the Westin, but not sure if this would be convenient. Whatever advice you can give would be appreciated. Thank you, Sulley

Answer:

Hi Sulley,

I assume your husband and son are going to the Astros game?

Unfortunately, The Woodlands and Downtown Houston, where the Astros play, are about 30 miles away from each other.  Good news is, there are great hotels nearby both, but you'll just need to select which part of town to be in.

Regarding Downtown, I recommend the Sam Houston Hotel, Magnolia Hotel or Hotel Icon.  All of these hotels are within walking distance to Minute Maid Park, but a shuttle from the hotels could take them over to the ballpark if they request it. There is a ton of fun things to do in town if you all choose to stay, including Market Square Park and Downtown Aquarium in Downtown, the Museum District and Houston Zoo (which are just a short ride away on the light rail).

If you want to stay closer to The Woodlands, The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center is within walking distance to The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Center.

Hope this helps,

Veronica

Transit in Houston.
Submitted by yuliany from Singapore on 05-04-2014
Question:

Hi Veronica, May i ask you please for some information? I will be travelling in July to South America, and i will be in Houston for 10 hrs. i would love to do some shopping as I love to shopping in the Estates! can you please tell me what is the nearest shopping Mall from the airport and how i will be moving around?Should i take a taxi, rent a car or take tren? Looking forward for your reply! Thank you very much for your help. Warm Regards. yuliany Carvajal.

Answer:

Hi Yuliany,

You're flying into Intercontinental Airport, right (IAH)? The best mall close to the airport is The Woodlands Mall. It's about 30 minutes northwest of IAH.

The quickest way to get there is by taxi - it'll be about $50 - $60 one way, depending on traffic. 

Hope this helps,

Veronica

Fresh cut flowers
Submitted by Julie from Jersey village on 05-03-2014
Question:

Our son from Montreal is getting married in Jersey City in June. We are trying to buy fresh cut flowers from a farmers market or flower farm. We are from North Carolina and don't know the area. Can you recommend a farmers market that may sell cut flowers or a farmer we can go directly to? I saw a photo of FM flowers, who had buckets of cut flowers, but cannot locate them on line. Thanks!

Answer:

Hi Julie,

There is a flower district of sorts in Houston, it is located off Fannin and Hwy 59 area. 

Will you be in Houston to buy these flowers or are you only looking to buy them online?

If you'll be in town, try Fannin Flowers (713) 520-5046 4803 Fannin St Houston, TX 77004  or Rosewood Flowers (713) 526-7673 4821 Fannin St Houston, TX 77004.  

I don't believe either of these places ship flowers, but give them a call.

Best,

Veronica

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