For this week’s #NeighborhoodSpotlight, join us as we meet with Jess and Jill, the co-founders of Truth Tribe. The first group that Jess and Jill had together was back in October of 2015 and they’ve been helping people with their counseling and services ever since.
Truth Tribe is a therapy and counseling center that offers services to a variety of demographics and groups, but their main focus has been on high school aged and more recently middle school aged girls. They offer individual counseling as well as group counseling and even offer something called yoga + talk which allows teenagers to have therapy in a more unconventional and perhaps more comfortable setting. Their goal is to be able to help people figure out what they don’t want in their life and give them the guidance to get to the life that somebody envisions having. They like to say: Truth sets us free.
Enjoy sand volleyball? Then check out this week’s #NeighborhoodSpotlight, as we meet with Aly Valiani, the owner and managing member of Wakefield Crowbar. Wakefield Crowbar recently changed ownership in November 2019. The main draw of Wakefield Crowbar is the three sand volleyball courts, and also their expansive food and drink offerings.
One thing that Wakefield Crowbar is known for are their community events. Since they are located in a neighborhood area, they really wanted to try to cater to that community as well as the Greater Houston area. You can always find something going on — like live sports events, live music, steak nights, and trivia. On top of that, they are family friendly until 10 PM so it really cements their spot as the neighborhood hangout for everybody.
For this week’s #NeighborhoodSpotlight, join us as we meet with Shadi Ardekani, the operations manager of Abu Omar Halal. Abu Omar is a very successful and ever expanding halal restaurant chain that actually started out as a food truck. The food truck got its start back in 2015 and found itself to be wildly popular so in February of 2020 is when they decided to open their first brick and mortar location.
Abu Omar prides themselves on being the most authentic halal food available to Houston. They currently have locations in Texas, Florida, and Oklahoma and as of now have no plans to stop expanding. The signature dish of this restaurant is the chicken shawarma arabi which is chicken, pickles, and garlic sauce wrapped in a tortilla and toasted. The founder, Mohammad Omar, said that he was the first to bring arabi to Houston and that his entire community was happy to finally have it available to them locally.
For this week’s #NeighborhoodSpotlight, join us as we meet with Alex Wyatt, the Owner, Founder and Head Baker at Leona’s Bakeshop. Leona’s Bakeshop is an at home bakery that serves their baked goods through farmers market and home deliveries. They got their start back in September of 2019 and have been serving the Greater Houston area ever since.
Leona’s was started with something very special in mind: sharing the love and compassion of family through comforting sweets. Alex’s very own grandmother was the namesake for the bakery and he really wanted a way to honor her memory as well as share some of the recipes that she had shown him growing up. Leona’s Bakeshop offers a variety of baked goods from custom cakes to cookies to specialty seasonal items. Their menu is ever expanding so there will always be something new to try.
For this week’s #NeighborhoodSpotlight, join us as we meet with Robert Ross, the project manager and co-owner of Buzz & Bites. The idea behind Buzz & Bites came from them wanting to be able to be the pick me up that someone may need during the day, whether that be a cup of coffee or something to eat. Hence where the inspiration for their name came from.
Something else that Buzz & Bites holds very highly and is very important to them is making sure that every customer gets a quality product. For this reason, they partnered with Katz coffee who not only brings a great product, but it also is organic and is certified in Fair Trade dealings. They also like to incorporate as much fresh and organic food into their “bites” as possible. They locally source their bread and try to purchase as much local produce as possible so that everything they serve is the best it can be for their customers.
For more information on Buzz & Bites and to check out their menu, you can visit them online at https://buzznbites.com/
For this week’s #NeighborhoodSpotlight, join us as we meet with Shayn Robinson, the co-owner of New Magnolia Brewing Company. New Magnolia got their start a year ago on November 22nd and have been cranking out craft beers ever since. If you ever wanted some variety with your beers, this is your place!
New Magnolia entered a market already flush with local craft beers but quickly differentiated themselves based on the wide variety of beers that they offered to the public. They aren’t afraid to go out of their comfort zone and try a different brew whether it be a sour or a porter or even a more obscure style of brewing just to experiment and see what works. They operate as a brew pub which means that they serve their beer in the same building that they brew their beer in which also means that the beer you are getting is the freshest and highest quality.
For more information on New Magnolia Brewing Company, you can follow them on their social media pages. They are active on Instagram @newmagnoliabrewing and on Facebook as New Magnolia Brewing.
For this week’s #NeighborhoodSpotlight, join us as we meet with Emmanuel Chavez, the chef and owner of Tatemo. Tatemo originally began as a food concept that was going to focus on maíz and really highlighting that through the dishes, but due to the pandemic they quickly switched and became a tortilleria and molineria and have found tremendous success through these ventures.
One of the big things that is important to Tatemo is focusing on the quality of the maíz and doing everything from scratch so that the product that is produced is one that really lets the complexity and flavors shine through. They also want to restore the cultural value of maíz as well as how much value it can bring to you nutritionally by showcasing the diversity of the heirloom corn that they use. The technique that they use to prepare their corn is one that really represents Mexican culture and its traditional cuisine and that was something very important to Tatemo’s mission.
For more information on Tatemo, you can visit their website tatemohtx.com to learn more about them and @tatemohtx on social media to see where you can find them next and purchase their products.
For this week’s #NeighborhoodSpotlight, join us as we meet with Ron and Kristina Tucker, the owners and winemakers at Decant Urban Winery. The Winery opened back in February of 2019 in a spot in the Garden Oaks neighborhood near the Houston Heights. It was an ideal spot for Ron and Kristina to open a winery in as several breweries had either opened or had plans to open in the area, making it a one stop area for a lot of customers and visitors looking to enjoy a drink.
When visiting Decant, it’s hard to believe that they building they’re in used to be an old run down auto body shop. They bought the property back in July of 2017 and although they were able to start making their wines, at the time it was hard to get the correct permits to open a tasting room. They sold their wines locally for a while and then eventually decided to make a small tasting lounge in a converted part of office space. They do have plans on continuing construction to make a larger tasting space for the public to enjoy.
For more information on Decant Urban Winery, you can find them on Facebook and Instagram as Decant Winery.
For this week’s #NeighborhoodSpotlight, join us as we meet with Vincent Campos, the general manager of Hearsay Market Square. Hearsay opened back in 2009 and has been a staple of downtown cuisine and cocktail lounges ever since. They are housed in one of Houston’s oldest buildings and even got their name from the surrounding law firms so they truly are rooted in the area they are in.
The “Hearsay Experience” revolves around their focus to serve sophisticated fine dining in a laid back and casual atmosphere. They like taking American classics and giving a sophisticated spin to them by using high-end products and ingredients. As far as their cocktail offerings go, they like to think of it as a modern twist on vintage speakeasy style drinks. They designed their drink menu to offer a variety of flavor profiles with something for every different palette and preference.
For this week’s #NeighborhoodSpotlight, join us as we meet with Sammy Mongonia, one of the coaches at Revolution Dojo. Revolution Dojo is a gym that offers martial arts classes such as Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Judo, Kickboxing and MMA to adults and children of Houston alike. They pride themselves in offering a service that will help you achieve your martial arts goals no matter what they may be.
Sammy “The Bull” Mongonia actually started just as a patron of Revolution Dojo and eventually found out that they were looking for a new addition to their team. He fit that role perfectly and started working as a coach. He also still is an active fighter with them and has participated in over 50 fights, taking the victory in 44 of them.
On top of offering an amazing array of martial arts classes to help adults achieve whatever goals they have put forth, Revolution Dojo also offers fantastic kids programs. They offer classes in all of the martial arts disciplines and through them they also want to teach the kids to grow up to be happy and successful people with character and dignity through their practice.