Springtime Entertaining Made Easy

It’s springtime in Texas. Bluebonnets are in full bloom, barbecue grills beckon from back porches and weekend brunches might now include frozen drinks to keep the afternoon heat at bay. It’s a time when we might open our homes for entertaining and welcoming in the new season.

Industrial Folk Artist Welds Exquisite Recycled-Metal Sculptures

André Gandin meanders about his sprawling backyard workshop musing about his next scrappy creation. Crusty metal machinery parts adorn a table nearby a decaying ammunition belt. While the average eye might see junk, André sees art. Each object holds endless possibility.

Simple Ingredients, Exotic Cuisine

Mikhail Goryachev waves a flaming blow torch across a steaming s’mores crepe just long enough to toast the marshmallow sugar. He is quick but precise as he readies his culinary masterpiece for its final destination: a hungry 10-year-old customer at his countertop.

Otto’s Emporium: A Charming Furniture Store with One-of-a-Kind Finds

When Mike Brockwell and his wife, Sharon, had to move away from Texas, they still found little ways to bring Texas to their new home. Sharon, who’d always had an eye for decor and a penchant for shopping, discovered a quaint little store in downtown Tomball called Otto’s Emporium. The store carried rustic furniture and Texas-themed home goods. Soon after,…

The Juergen House at Cypress Top Historic Park

The Juergen House, located on Hempstead Rd between Fry Rd and Spring Cypress, is among several historical buildings at Cypress Top Historic Park maintained by the Harris County Precinct 3 Parks Department. The yellow train depot replica on the park grounds houses the Cypress Historical Society.

DWR Construction Is Doing What’s Right

Doing What’s Right or DWR Construction is based in Spring and does all types of remodeling including kitchens, outdoor living, bathrooms and whole house renovations. The company prides itself on producing quality work for a fair price performed by great people. Owner Mike Arnett has been in the remodeling industry for more than four decades and is the former vice president of…

Giving Paws a Helping Hand

Abandoned Animal Rescue’s slogan is “Giving Paws a Helping Hand.” This nonprofit’s mission is to shelter homeless pets until they are placed in permanent homes. Founded in 2002 by three dedicated animal lovers, Angie Fenton, Barbara Schulz and James Gordon, AAR is entirely managed and maintained by volunteers. Abandoned Animal Rescue works toward ending pet overpopulation that results in the euthanasia of unwanted cats…

Discover an Art Oasis at the Purple Elephant

The creative process is much like that of alchemy—creating something out of nothing after the artist’s muse strikes with inspiration. Creation is a way for the artist to fully form souvenirs emblematic of their experiences in daily life using their imagination. These objects become unique treasures shared with the eye of the beholder. The following pages light up with color…

Little Campers and Big Smiles

Husband and wife team Scott and Amy Newton share a love of nature and the outdoors. They enjoy camping so much they decided to get a 10-foot 1960s model Shasta Camper to fix up and take out on their travels. As they were renovating, it occurred to Amy that their transport could serve a dual purpose—shelter and snapshots. Snapshots?!

Success is Always in Reach

Reach Unlimited is dedicated to providing quality support services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The organization has served individuals as young as 12 and as old as 75. For more than 30 years, Reach has worked to create a sustainable, secure environment where its clients may become all they are created to be—a place where success is always…