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Birch Modern Mercantile recently opened on Fountainview Drive and held their grand opening celebration on Thursday, September 29. The celebration included frozen margaritas, beer and wine for shoppers to sip on as they browsed the offerings of the store. Birch Modern Mercantile sells a little bit of everything ranging from honey and kitchen goods to skateboards and yoga mats. The store is organized with the home and kitchen goods in the front of the store, and then as you move through the store, there are some clothes on the left side along with other knickknacks until you reach the children’s corner, which includes items for children of all ages.

To the right of the children’s corner is the section designed to appeal to men, which is where baseball caps, knives and skateboards are all displayed. Another fun section is the beauty area, which houses nail polish, brushes and other beauty and grooming items. The variety of goods offered in such a petite store is quite impressive along with the unique items that are featured. If you are looking for something different than what you can find in a department store or a chain store, then Birch Modern Mercantile is the place to shop.

Birch Modern Mercantile
1856 Fountainview Houston, TX 77057

By Ali Valach, HHH social media director


Choke Hold

Python choker $28

Do you have the “IT” jewelry item for Fall-the choker??? If not, head over to Jay Landa in the Village. He has a great selection, perfect for all your outfits.

Jay Landa
2412 Rice Blvd 713-807-1644


Michelle Vu nailed the location of her latest beauty venture with the help of broker, Kristen Barker of Wulfe & Co. The veteran operator, who specializes in nail art showcasing highly intricate designs, has just opened Glow Spa & Nails on the ground floor of recently debuted SkyHouse River Oaks, a sophisticated, 25-story apartment tower located at 2031 Westcreek Lane. The chic, nearly 2,000-square-foot, street front space is just steps from the high end River Oaks District and is bookended by two premium condominium towers – The Wilshire and Arabella – currently under construction. Glow Spa & Nails is the first salon of its kind for the Vu family, who own a number of more traditional mani/pedi businesses around the city. For more information and to schedule an appointment or special event,
visit glowspaandnails.com or call 832.742.8655

Houston Philanthrophy

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!
Junior League of Houston Opening Style Show

Junior League President-elect Sarah Snyder and Junior League President Shannon Beirne Wiesedeppe


The Junior League of Houston’s annual Opening Style Show was a stylish flashback to the 80s! This year, the theme, Girls Just Want to Have Fun, celebrated all that was the 80s and commemorated the building’s 30th anniversary along with the “Greatest Hits” of League accomplishments of that era.

Fady Armanious


TOOTSIES featured fall fashion from haute designers in the high-powered runway show, and Fady Armanious, Creative Director of Tootsies, excited the crowd and showcased the hottest trends of the season with “Fady’s Fall Faves.”


Announcement Party for ABC-13’s
Women of Distinction
Presented by Mercedes-Benz Dealers of Greater Houston

Class of 2017 Women of Distinction
Photo by Kim Coffman

Tootsies was the party venue, Wednesday, September 21, as 300 guests celebrated the announcement of the 2017 Women of Distinction. There was a buzz and lots of applause from the crowd as the women were recognized for their volunteer and community accomplishments. Franelle Rogers, a former Woman of Distinction and chairman of the February 11, 2017 30th Anniversary Winter Ball, The Diamond Ball, where the Women of Distinction will be formally presented, welcomed the fashionable crowd. The gala benefits the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America. Honorary Chairman Margaret Alkek Williams joined in the accolades for the ladies. The announcement that Mercedes-Benz Dealers of Greater Houston had donated two vehicles a 2017 SLC Roadster and 2017 C-Class Cabriolet vehicles to benefit the event stirred another round of loud applause and cheers. Past Woman of Distinction and ABC-13 news anchor Melanie Lawson, introduced the 2017 honorees to cheering from the guests — Jo Furr, Dr. Sippi Khurana, Alissa Maples, Shawntell McWilliams, Cyndy Garza Roberts, Jessica Rossman, Susan Sarofim, Kim Tutcher, Kelli Weinzierl and Vivian Wise. Judi McGee was named 2017 Ambassador.


Medical Bridges®, One People. One World. 2016

Robert Sergestketter and Denise Castillo Rhodes, Drs. Bob and Mary Ann Wilkins,
Barbara Van Postman, Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein, Margaret Williams

Over 330 supporters attended the One People. One World. Gala on September 29, 2016 at Hotel ZaZa. Led by Chairmen Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein and Barbara Van Postman and Peter Remington and Honorary Chairmen Denise Castillo-Rhodes and Robert Sergesketter and Drs. Mary Ann and Bob Wilkins, Honorary Chairman Emeritus Margaret Alkek Williams. Their passion for the cause to help support those in need of healthcare resulted in a record breaking evening raising over $250,000. Guests were grabbing the wine pull bottles and bidding on the auction items. Moodafaruka performed world fusion music which reinforced the theme of one world as the crowd mingled. Chevron received a special award for their ongoing partnership with Medical Bridges, accepted by Mr. Mamadou Beye, General Manager Policy, Government and Public Affairs Chevron Africa and Latin America Exploration and Production Company. The Spirit Golf Association received the Dr. David Wray Award with a short video acceptance by founder Corbin “Corby” Robertson and then in person by President and CEO Eric Fredricksen. Medical Bridges Corporate Honoree Award was presented to Holland Parker for their continued allegiance to the Medical Bridges mission accepted by Philip Parker. Community Honorees Tony Bradfield and Kevin Black of Tenenbaum Jewelers were honored for their long-time support of many community organizations. Len Cannon led the evening and Dr. Paul Osteen, a missionary surgeon and Teaching and Missions Pastor at Lakewood Church, spoke before the appeal about the compassion and hope Medical Bridges supplies brings to people all over the world. Medical Bridges recovers medical surplus that would otherwise be discarded and redistributes this to hospitals, clinics and healthcare providers in less fortunate countries. Guests applauded cultural entertainment of international performers again emphasizing the global world theme.


Check our calendar to plan
your social and shopping schedule!

October 4

Christina Greene LLC
4740 Ingersoll St., Ste 101

October 6

Neiman Marcus
Elizabeth Locke Personal Appearance Dominique Cohen Personal Appearance

Razzle Dazzle Luncheon, 3D Pink
Thursday, October 6, 10:30 am
Location: The Westin Houston Memorial City
Attire: Luncheon Pink Chairmen: Kristina Somerville and Hallie Vanderhider
Honoree: Mary Ann McKeithan, Ellen Cohen
Speaker: Elin Hilderbrand cancer survivor and best selling author
Events: Giving Tree, reception, luncheon, presentation and keynote speaker
Tables: Tables of 10 for $50,000, $25,000, $15,000, $10,000, $5,000 and $2,500
Contact: 713.242.4450 or Cathleen.Fishel@memorialhermann.org
Benefiting: Bobetta Lindig Breast Care Center at Memorial Hermann Memorial City

The Diaper Foundation
will host its 2nd Annual Luncheon at Flemings Prime Steak House (River Oaks Location). http://thediaperfoundation.org

October 13

Neiman Marcus
Aerin Lauder Personal Appearance and Pop Up Shop 10am to 5pm Cosmetics, Level 1 Customers will meet Aerin Lauder and enjoy a pop up shop featuring the latest collection of shoes, handbags, home and fragrance.

Akris "AIDENITY" Handbag Event 10am to 5pm Designer Handbags,
Level 1 The customer can create her "AI" handbag, materials/skin and hardware.

Harris County Sheriff’s Office Foundation, (HCSOF)
Annual Sharpshooters Team Challenge Fundraising Event
Handgun Precision and Rifle Marksmanship Proficiency

Tad Tellepsen, Franco Valobra, Beau Bisso

The Fourth annual Sharpshooters event challenges sharpshooters and marksmen to a three-stage target shooting competition. The private event will be held from 12 Noon until 4:00 PM at the Athena Gun Club, 10814 Katy Freeway (77043) on Thursday, October 13, 2016. Steve Mostyn is this year’s Sharpshooters Challenge Chairman and it is being organized by Katrina Arnim, Foundation Liaison. The competition includes categories for handgun precision and rifle marksmanship. The event also provides an opportunity for guests to participate in simulated situational shooting scenarios and to demonstrate their sharpshooting skills with the use of the Club’s extensive handgun, rifle and assault-style weapons collection. Sponsorship per Sharpshooters team of 3 competitors is $5,000; a limited number of individual tickets are available, individual ticket purchasers will be randomly paired with other single participants. All shooters will be provided with ammunition, firearms and protective gear. For additional information, please contact Katrina@hcsof.org. Register for the event at www.HCSOF.org


October 13 -15

Fashion X Houston
Silver Street Studios
For tickets go to the website http://houston.fashionx.co/

September 30

SBEF Luncheon and Fashion Show

October 18

18th Annual Laura Lee Blanton Community Spirit Award Dinner

When: October 18 7 pm Location: River Oaks Country Club
Attire: Business Chairmen: Sue Stiles White
Honorees: H-E-B Events: Cocktails, dinner, raffle and awards presentation
Tables: $25,000, $15,000, $10,000, $5,000 and $2,500
Contact: Cynthia Nordt 713.677.7123 or cnordt@houstonhospice.org
Benefiting: Houston Hospice provides uncompromising, compassionate end-of-life care to patients and families in our community. Through the efforts of a specially trained and highly skilled interdisciplinary team of health care professionals and volunteers, Houston Hospice patients and their families are guided through the process of illness by receiving clinical care, psychosocial support, spiritual guidance and volunteer assistance. For more information www.houstonhospice.org

October 26

Key For A Cure
When: October 26, 6:30 to 9 pm
Location: Saks Fifth Avenue
Attire: Cocktail
Chairmen: Jo Lynn Falgout, Kimberly Falgout and Christine Falgout
Events: Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, live entertainment and fashion and special appearance from bespoke handbag designer Ethan K
Tickets: $75 each
Contact: 713.242.4450 or Cathleen.Fishel@memorialhermann.org
Benefiting: Breast Care Centers at Memorial Hermann

October 28

CHILDREN AT RISK Annual Accolades Luncheon
October 28, 2016, 11:00a Registration | 11:30a Luncheon
Hotel ZaZa
Benefiting: Accolades is an annual event that benefits CHILDREN AT RISK’s work to improve the quality of life for all Texas children, including health, safety, education, and economic conditions.
Honoring: Former First Lady Barbara Bush and Les Alexander, Owner of the Houston Rockets
Chairs: Steven and Laura Jones
Cost: Tables: $3,500 - $25,000 | Individual Tickets: $350
Contact: Laura Nelson 713.869.7740 | lnelson@childrenatrisk.org

November 5


Tad Photo by Brett Chisholm

Over 40,000 Houstonians will lace up their sneakers this November to rally behind the American Heart Association’s fight against heart disease and stroke at the organization’s annual Houston Heart Walk. For the first time, the Houston Heart Walk will take place in the medical epicenter of Houston – the Texas Medical Center. The family-friendly event promotes physical activity and heart-healthy living while raising funds critical to supporting cardiovascular research and educational programs for the American Heart Association. The Heart Walk is part of the Association’s My Heart. My Life Platform. The Houston Heart Walk is one of five walks the American Heart Association will host this fall in the Greater Houston area. To find a walk near you, please visit heart.org/hgcevents.

Photo by Brett Chisholm

Event Chair: Larry Stokes, Senior Vice President of Shared Services, Texas Medical Center
My Heart My Life Platform sponsors: Texas Medical Center and Schlumberger
Local Presenting sponsors: FMC Technologies and Memorial Hermann Health System
Opening ceremonies begin at 8:30 a.m.; Walk starts at 9:00 a.m.
WHERE: Texas Medical Center: 1522 William C. Harvin Blvd. Houston, TX 77030
FREE! To participate in the annual event, walkers can register online by visiting heart.org/hgcevents. As always, there is no registration fee, but donations are appreciated. Fundraisers who secure a minimum of $100 will receive a free event t-shirt. The walk is open to the general public and teams are encouraged.


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