Nonprofit Design House, East Downtown, Houston, #neighborhoodspotlight #movemetotx

Join us today as we meet with Ahshia Berry, VP of Communications and Sarah-Jayne Smith, CEO and Founder of Magpies and Peacocks. Magpies and Peacocks was started about 9 years ago with nothing but an assortment of donated clothes they collected from local women.

They are the nation’s only nonprofit design house and they are dedicated to the collection and sustainable reuse of post-consumer clothing, scrap textiles and accessories diverted from landfill. Their model rests on four pillars: Collaborate, Create, Educate and Invest.

They are always looking for more donations to continue furthering their mission and the sustainable cycle of clothing. If you would like to donate or would simply like to get more information on this design house, you can visit them at https://magpiesandpeacocks.org/

Funky and Eclectic Bakery, Houston Heights, #NeighborhoodSpotlight #movemetotx

For this week’s #NeighborhoodSpotlight, join us as we meet with Jessica Lusk, the owner of Red Dessert Dive. Jessica was an architect before she realized that career path wasn’t for her and set her sights on opening up a bakery. A lot of research went into her concept and eventually she was able to open Red Dessert Dive in 2014.

Red Dessert Dive describes itself as a funky, fun, eclectic bakery. The are located in the Houston historic heights neighborhood. They focus on using the freshest and highest quality ingredients to really create an outstanding bakery experience for their customers. They even offer fantastic coffee drinks as well as select beers and wines.

For more information on Red Dessert Dive and to check out their menu, visit them at https://www.reddessertdive.com/

Amazing Coffee Shop with All Local Ingredients, Cypress TX, #neighborhoodspotlight #movemetotx

For this week’s #NeighborhoodSpotlight, join us as we meet with Elizabeth Hale, the owner of Plum Coffee. Plum Coffee Shop existed before as a small mom and pop shop and then in 2019, it came under the new ownership that it is currently under.

The idea behind Plum Coffee shop is that they are the outcome of a collaboration of world travels that come together to create an exciting experience for their customers. They offer good food, baked goods, great coffee, and a nice workspace for their customers. Their focus is to make sure that no matter what someone comes in for whether it be food, coffee, or just a place to work, they will find themselves at home.

They are a part of the Cypress community and they pride themselves in representing the deep roots of the many diverse cultures of Houston.

For more information on Plum Coffee Shop and to check out their menu, visit them at https://www.plumcoffeeshop.com/

Self Defense Focused Martial Arts Studio, Cypress TX, #NeighborhoodSpotlight #movemetotx

For this week’s #NeighborhoodSpotlight, join us as we meet with Robert Webre, the owner of Cypress Martial Arts & Fitness. They opened their location 15 years ago and have been in the same building ever since.

Cypress Martial Arts offers a variety of courses to their clients, but their goal for all of their classes is to give their participants the confidence that they need to protect themselves and the peace of mind knowing they will be safe. They also offer more structured classes which focus on this goal, but also focus on working to develop physical fitness, mental strength, and posture. They are a Cypress establishment and really like to focus on being a part of the community.

For more information on Cypress Martial Arts & Fitness and to look at their class offerings, visit them at https://cypressmaf.com/

Cypress Texas Po-Boys and Seafood #FoodieFriday #NeighborhoodSpotlight

For this week’s #NeighborhoodSpotlight, join us as we visit a Northwest Houston Favorite, Verna Mae’s Po-Boy’s, Seafood, and More. Located off of West Road in the Cypress area, Verna Mae’s offers a variety of New Orleans style PO-Boys, Seafood and South Louisiana style comfort food… just like Mama used to make! Named after their family matriarch, Verna Mae’s provides an environment that simulates the laid back, easy going lifestyle of New Orleans while bringing all of the rich delicious flavors of home to the table.

They’re known for their authentic po-boy sandwiches and fried seafood. Everything is hand-battered and handmade, and is likely to remind you of something you had while you were growing up. They also make roast beef in house, so be sure to try the roast beef po-boy.

For updated menus and hours, visit https://www.vernamaes.com/

The BEST Montrose Houston Gift Shop with Local Goods #movemetotx

For this week’s #NeighborhoodSpotlight, join us as we meet with Leila and Carlos Peraza, the owners of Space Montrose. Founded in 2010, their mission is to bring handcrafted goods from around the USA to the Houston community that is accessible to all. They feature over 200 entrepreneurs of which, about 70% are Texas based.

We LOVE that Space Montrose has such a variety of art, gifts, jewelry, and clothing — it’s the perfect place to visit when you’re looking for a gift for a friend or client that has everything. You’ll always find something Houston-related, Texas-related, or unique that will stand out.

For more information and to shop online, visit: https://www.spacemontrose.com/

Co-working Space with Coffee and Cocktails, EaDo Houston, #movemetotx #neighborhoodspotlight

For this week’s #NeighborhoodSpotlight, join us as we meet with Krystal Robb, the co-founder of Brass Tacks in EADO. It is a family owned business started by Krystal and her sister that utilizes their individual specialties and experience.

Brass Tacks is known for is their incredible space – from the huge warehouse to the expansive patio, there’s space for everyone!. There’s seating and options for a variety of situations, ranging from public seating areas to private rooms. Their idea was to make a comfortable space for someone whether they want to do some work with a coffee or enjoy a cocktail on the patio.

For more information on Brass Tacks, visit them at http://www.brasstackshouston.com/

Financial Help for Houston Renters

This year has been a rough one for everybody, and it left many people in a difficult financial situation. We want to do all we can to help anyone who may be in need so here are some resources for financial assistance for renters. These places may be able to help assist renters in the Houston area.

Alliance of Community Assistance Ministries (Please note many of the ministries/organizations listed below have specific zip codes they serve, if possible please visit this site FIRST to see if they service your zip code area)

Catholic Charities
713-526-4611

Chinese Community Center
713-271-6100

Coalition for the Homeless
713-739-7514

East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry
281-261-1006

Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services
713-270-0369

Emergency Aid Coalition
713-522-5903

Humble Area Assistance Ministries
281-446-3663

Interfaith Caring Ministries
281-332-3881

Jewish Family Service
713-667-9336

Katy Christian Ministries
281-3915261

Memorial Area Assistance Ministries
713-574-7533
713-574-7536 Spanish

My Brother’s Keeper
281-498-9933

Raise Up Families

(713) 973-8083

Red Cross
713-526-8300

Refugee Services of Texas

281-724-8705

fax 682-200-3789

jmcluskie@rstx.org

Salvation Army This is a veterans assistance program. To determine if you are eligible check here

346-267-0395

St. Vincent’s House
409-763-8521

Wesley Community Center


713-223-8131

Texas Health and Human Service Commission
2-1-1

Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs
800-525-0657

United Way
713-957-4357

US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
713-718-3199

West Houston Assistance Ministries
713-780-2727 x 200

Career and Recovery Resources
713-754-7059

We hope this helps and if there’s anything else we can do to help please reach out and let us know!

Local Tacos with a Tex-Mex Flair, Houston, #movemetotx #Neighborhood Spotlight

For this week’s #NeighborhoodSpotlight, join us as we meet with Marivel Gomez and Sharon Haynes, the chef and partner and the founder respectively of Tacos a Go Go. The first location opened back in 2006 as a way to fill the need for a tex-mex restaurant but with a taco spin.

A specialty dish that is recommended by the chef is the breakfast taco with the guisada. They also offer a wide variety of other dishes such as quesadillas, tamales, and nachos. On top of that, they also have a range of specialty drinks that they offer.

They are a Houston local brand and they are constantly looking to expand and open now locations throughout the city.

For more information on Tacos A Go Go and to check out their menu, visit them at https://www.tacosagogo.com/