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Apr
2014

By Tess Chaney

Houston is Dog Friendly

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Houston is Dog Friendly

BlubonnetsHouston is barking with joy as Springtime is finally here. And you know what that means?  Time to play outside!  Our city is devoted to accommodating both residents and their four legged friends through pet friendly parks, eateries and shopping establishments.

Houston knows what dogs and their owners need; a little fresh air. Houston Dog Parks are conveniently placed all over the city and surrounding suburbs, easily accessible and provide a sanctuary for both you and your furry friend to congregate.

Credit: Buffalo Bayou Partnership

Credit: Buffalo Bayou Partnership

Currently the Buffalo Bayou Partnership is continuing to amp up the local Houston dog park scene by constructing a mammoth sized dog park at the meadow of Allen Parkway and Montrose.  The park is scheduled to complete in Fall 2014 and will hold the title of the largest dog park in Houston upon completion.  The area is already a hot recreation spot for Houston pets and their owners.  The multifaceted transformation will noticeably enhance the meadow area making it an even more enjoyable area for pets and their owners.  Major changes to the area will include a low level decorative fence and small pools for the dogs to romp around in.  Houston dogs and their owners are jumping for joy in anticipation of the completion of this fabulous project.

Below is a list of Houston dog parks for your enjoyment:

Alexander Deussen Dog Park (Lake Houston)
Location12303 Sonnier Street, Houston, TX 77044.

Bay Area Bark Park (Pasadena)
Location: 7500 Bay Area Boulevard, Houston, TX 77058
Amenities: Total 5.3 acres, large and small dog areas, covered awnings, benches, picnic tables, VERY SHADY, walking path, dog and people water fountains, waste bag stations, dog shower stations.

Baytown Bark Park (Baytown)
Location: 4334 Crosby Cedar Bayou, Baytown, TX 77521
Amenities: Total of 5 acres, new trees, walking path, large and small dog areas, covered awnings, benches, dog and people water fountains, waste bag stations, large dog area has agility equipment. Located next to a people park and skate park. There are also wooded trails that connect to another park that are great for shady walks on leash.

Bear Branch Dog Park (The Woodlands)
Location: 5200 Research Forest Drive. On the NORTH side of Research Forest Drive, west of I-45 and west of Shadowbend.
Amenities: 2+ very shady acres, separated into a large dog section and a small dog section (25lbs and under). Bark ground cover/no grass. There is a “water play station” available in both areas, many benches and of course, dog waste bags and waste containers- and it is double gated. NO CHILDREN UNDER 9 ALLOWED. The Woodlands Dog Park Club.

Burroughs Park Dog Park (Tomball/Spring)
Location:  9738 Hufsmith Road, Tomball, TX 77375

Amenities:  6 acre park, separate areas for small and large dogs, walking trails, sitting benches and concrete wash stations for rinsing and bathing dogs.

Cattail Dog Park (The Woodlands)
Location: 9323 Cochrans Crossing Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77381, in the Woodlands north of Houston off I-45 across from Palmer Golf Club house in Cattail Park.
Amenities: Double gated & fenced, pick up bags, water fountain, doggie cool off station, benches, bulletin board, parking lot.

Congressman Bill Archer Bark Park (West Houston)
Location: 3201 Hwy 6, Houston, TX 77084, just north of I-10. Across from Bear Creek Park.
Amenities: 20 plus acres. Double gated & fenced, pick up bags, large and small dog areas (with large and small agility fun equipment in them!) -doggie swimming ponds, water fountains, doggie showers, shade areas, benches, lots of trees, long walking trails, parking lot. Open 7 days a week dawn to dusk.

Danny Jackson Bark Park (Inner Loop)
Location: 4700 Westpark, Houston, TX 77027, just inside the loop and just South of 59 – under the power lines, between Loop 610 and Loop Central.
Amenities: Large and small dog separate areas each with a pond, new trees, benches, walking path.

Discovery Green (Downtown)
Location: 1500 McKinney, Houston, TX 77010
Amenities: The Kinder Large Dog Run and Harriet and Joe Foster Small Dog Run offers a place at this large people park for the four-legged family member to take an off leash break. The areas feature crushed gravel ground cover, fountains and seating.

Ella and Friends Dog Park (Deer Park)
Location: 500 W. 13th St., Deer Park, TX 77536, near Jimmy Burke Activity Center. Two acre Dog Park in Deer Park on 13th Street west of Center next to the Jimmy Burke Activity Center. Constructed by Deer Park Rotary Club and the City of Deer Park.

Ervan Chew Dog Park (Inner Loop)
Location: 4502 Dunlavy, Houston, TX 77006

This was the first neighborhood park in Houston to allow dogs to legally run free, off-leash in a designated dog zone. The dog zone is located adjacent to the picnic area and swimming pool. It is a fenced-in space, approximately 9,000 square feet in size and is designed to allow dogs to exercise freely. The Ervan Chew Park dog zone was the first step in providing an area for off-leash dogs. The Friends of Ervan Chew Park, a neighborhood organization, provided funding for the dog zone. Ervan Chew was dedicated in May of 2004.
Amenities: Double gated & fenced, pick up bags, water fountain, benches around large trees. Small pocket park within a small neighborhood park that has a nice kids playground too. Bark ground cover/no grass.

Gene Green Beltway 8 Park Dog Park (North East)
Location: 6500 E. Sam Houston Pkwy N. Houston, TX 77049. This park is fairly large as dog parks go, has a pond, and a nice area of trees and underbrush left in place so hunting dogs can sniff up some birds even!
Amenities: Double gated & fenced, pick up bags, large and small dog areas, pond, water fountain, benches, and large trees. Has an amazing human park, skate park, splash park, and really cool kids playground too. A Harris County Pct 2 park.

Small dog park ( .7 acres)
Large Dog park (3.5 acres)

Gleanloch Farms Dog Park (Northwest, Tomball)
A small private, residents only small dog park in the development of Gleanloche Farms near Tomball.

Independence Dog Park (Pearland)
Location: 3919 Liberty Drive, Pearland, TX 77581
Amenities: Separate small dog area.

Katy Dog Park (Katy)
Location: 5414 Franz Road, Katy, Texas 77493. From I-10 W, take the Katy Mills Mall exit and turn RIGHT. Turn LEFT on Franz Rd. It’s on the RIGHT. It shares the parking lot with the Katy Library and is next to the police station and backs up to Mary Jo Peckham Park.

Amenities: It has 14 acres with lots of shade trees and grass. There is a large paved walking trail. There are currently two water fountains (both for dogs and people). They added a pond, benches and a washing area- as well as agility equipment.

Kingwood Dog Park (Aaby) 
Location: 619 Lakeville Dr, Kingwood, TX 77339
Aaby Dog Park for Kingwood is a joint initiative by Kingwood Kennels and Aaby Foundation which provides a fun and safe off-leash environment for dogs to both exercise and socialize. It is set on 2 acres of partly cleared land at 619 Lakeville Drive, just off Russell Palmer Road and next door to Kingwood Kennels. The Dog Park is open dawn to dusk 7 days a week. Residents wishing to utilize the Dog Park are required to complete a registration form and show proof of current vaccinations to receive a park tag good for one year.

Levy Park Dog Park (Inner Loop)
Location: 3801 Eastside, Houston, TX 77098 1 block South of Richmond (between Kirby and Buffalo Spew)
Amenities: Some shade, lots of parking, dog water fountain. Small park with bark ground cover/no grass. A City of Houston park.

Maxey Bark and Run Park (East Houston)
Location: 601 Maxey Road, Houston, TX 77013, next to the Metro Park and Ride. Exit I-10 East, go north on Federal Road, which turns into Maxey Road and park is on the right.
Amenities: approximately 12 to 13 acres of parkland for dogs, doggie drinking fountains, separate areas for large and small dogs, a doggie shower, a waste disposal station and benches throughout the shade tree covered space. A City of Houston park.

Millie Bush Bark Park (West Houston)
Location: 16756 Westheimer Parkway, Houston, TX 77082
Amenities: Thirteen acres. Double gated & fenced, pick up bags, large and small dog areas (with large and small fire hydrants in them!) -doggie swimming ponds, water fountains, doggie showers, shade areas, benches, scattered trees, walking path, parking lot. Picnic benches outside park. Restrooms close by but not in the dog park. Open 7 days a week dawn to dusk. Built and maintained by Harris County Pct 3.

Officer Lucy Dog Park (Bellaire)
Location: 4337 Lafayette, Bellaire, TX 77401
Amenities: Double gated & fenced, pick up bags, large dog and small dog areas, some shade in large dog area, water available. *Note: This is a small neighborhood park intended for residents of the area. It is not easily visible from the street, has no signs, and the parking lot and entrance is actually off Edith Street, one block south of Lafayette. No children under 12 Allowed. Built and maintained by City of Bellaire.

Pawm Springs Bark Park (Sugarland)
Location: Sugar Land Memorial Park, 15300 University Blvd., Sugarland, TX 77479
Amenities: The tropical oasis-themed Pawm Springs dog park is a six-acre retreat that includes large- and small-dog areas enclosed by a chain linked fence, a shade pavilion and a resort style pond. Includes a pond that resembles a beach area with loungers, a palm tree water spray feature and beautiful tropical landscaping. Built and maintained by City of Sugarland.

Riverstone Dog Park (Sugarland)
residents only, private 3.5-acre dog park in the Riverstone development. The facility has two leash-free enclosed areas (big and small), canine obstacle courses, a pet-cleaning station and more.  Visit www.riverstone.com for more information.

Southdown Dog Park (Pearland)
Location: 2150 County Rd 94 (Smith Ranch Rd), Pearland, TX 77584
Amenities: This park has shade, benches, and bright colored agility equipment.
Built and maintained by City of Pearland.

Tanglewood Bark Park (Galleria Area)
Location: 5801 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX 77027
Amenities: A small neighborhood type fenced off-leash park.

TC Jester Bark Park (Near Northwest Houston)
Location: 4201 TC Jester Boulevard, Houston, TX 77018
Amenities: Separate small and large areas, double gates entrance, drinking fountains, benches, trees, and washing stations. This small park is a great stop for locals behind the baseball fields by the TC Jester Swim Pool. A City of Houston park.

Terramont Dog Park (The Woodlands)
Location: 8500 Terramont Lane, The Woodlands, TX 77382
Note: Small dogs (25 lbs or less only). The Woodlands Dog Park Club

Tom Bass Regional Dog Park (South)
Location:  3452 Fellows Road, Houston, TX 77047

West Webster Bark Park (Montrose)
Location:  1501 W Webster St, Houston, TX

Small public pocket park with a single space 5000 sq ft dog park in it. Includes a drinking fountain and dog wash area.

After an invigorating day of play at your local Houston Dog Parks, you and Fido will surely need to fetch a treat!  Houston restaurants have redefined traditional dining, by offering patio areas to facilitate pets and their owners.  Below is a list of Dog Friendly Restaurants.

Food Establishments with HDHHS (Houston Depart of Health and Human Services) Approved Dog Patios

  • Boneyard Drinkery | 8150 Washington Ave, 77007
  • West Alabama Ice House | 1919 W Alabama St, 77098
  • Brick House Tavern and Tap | 12910 Northwest Freeway, 77040
  • Natchee’s Supper ‘n Punch | 3622 Main, 77002
  • Gratifi Kitchen + Bar | 302 Fairview, 77006
  • Barnaby’s Café/Baby Barnaby’s | 604 Fairview, 77006
  • Barnaby’s Café | 1701 S. Shepherd, 77019
  • Barnaby’s Café | 5750 Woodway, 77057
  • Tila’s Restaurante & Bar | 1111 S. Shepherd, 77019
  • Hugo’s | 1600 Westheimer Rd, 77006
  • Back Street Café | 1103 S. Shepherd Dr, 77019
  • Canopy | 3939 Montrose Ste C, 77006
  • Little Big’s Montrose | 2703 Montrose, 77006
  • BlackFinn American Grill | 1910 Bagby, Suite 100
  • Ziggy’s Bar & Grill Downtown | 702 Main
  • The Grove | 1611 Lamar, 77010
  • The Lake House | 1500 McKinney, 77010
  • The Front Porch Pub | 217 Gray St., 77008
  • Pub Fiction | 2303 Smith St., 77006
  • Celtic Gardens | 2300 Louisiana, 77006
  • Inversion Coffee House | 1953 Montrose, 77006
  • BRC | 519 Shepherd, 77007
  • Starbucks | 2029 West Gray, 77019
  • Starbucks | 2050 West Gray, 77019
  • Ruggles Café & Bakery  |   2365 Rice Blvd. Suite A, 77005
  • Berryhill Baja Grill  |   3407 Montrose, A-8 77006
  • Brick House Tavern and Tap | 12910 Nortwest Freeway, 77040
  • Petite Sweets | 2700 West Alabama, 77098
  • Christian’s Tailgate & Bar II | 2000 Bagby Ste. 106, 77002
  • Christian’s Tailgate & Bar III | 2820 White Oak, 77007
  • J. Black’s on Washington | 110 South Heights Blvd., 77007
  • The King’s Head | 1809 Eldridge Oarkway, 77077
  • Mission Burritos | 801 West Alabama, 77098
  • Mission Burritos | 1609 Durham, 77007
  • Winston’s on Washington | 5111 Washington Ave., 77007
  • Cottonwood | 3422 N. Shepherd, 77018
  • Taco Milagro Kirby | 2555 Kirby, 77019
  • Jimmy’s Ice House | 2803 White Oak
  • Baba Yega | 2607 Grant 77006
  • Mia’s Table | 3131 Argonne, Houston TX 77098

We certainly want to mention a cause near and dear to the hearts of our staff and agents is the Shaggy Dog Rescue.  Founded by our very own John Daugherty, Realtors agent, Kathy Wetmore, the rescue continues to serve the needs of orphan dogs in the area.  Should you be interested in adopting and providing a warm, loving home for one of the furry friends of the Shaggy Dog Rescue or making a contribution to help aid the rescue, you may contact them at www.houstonshaggydogrescue.org.  What a great way to give back to the community!

Credit: Your Houston News

Kathy Wetmore | Shaggy Dog Rescue
Credit: Your Houston News

You can rest assured Houston is prepared to welcome not only you, but your four legged friend with open arms.  Houston goes the extra mile to accommodate not only new transferees to our city, but their beloved furry companions as well.  What are you waiting for, load Fido up and visit the dog friendly world of Houston, Texas today!

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Mar
2014

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John Daugherty, Realtors Associates Enjoy Las Vegas Real Estate & Relocation Conference

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John Daugherty, Realtors was honored to take part in the prestigious international real estate event February 23-25, 2014 at Wynn Las Vegas. Our company had numerous agents and staff participating in the 2014 Luxury Portfolio SUMMIT.  Luxury Portfolio SUMMIT is part of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Conference Week, an event hosted by the parent company of Luxury Portfolio International®, which has drawn a record-setting attendance of 2,500 real estate professionals from nearly 20 countries.

2014 Group PicOur agents qualified for attendance at Luxury Portfolio SUMMIT by proving participation in the luxury market, creating an elite audience of true luxury specialists. The event offers extensive networking opportunities where John Daugherty, Realtors’ associates can build relationships and exchange ideas with other top associates from around the world. Educational sessions provide in-depth insights into high-end consumer preferences and luxury lifestyle and housing trends, focusing on the state of the global luxury real estate sector.

Keynote speakers include bestselling author, entrepreneur and former chief evangelist for Apple Guy Kawasaki; top-rated business author Daniel Pink; and internationally recognized graffiti artist, film maker and author Erik Wahl.

“We are thrilled to have assembled such an esteemed group of professionals, not only from our premier luxury real estate companies but also from other luxury brands who have come together to explore trends in the high-end market and ways we as luxury specialists can best meet the needs of our affluent clientele,” said Stephanie Pfeffer-Anton, executive vice president of Luxury Portfolio.

Affiliates of Luxury Portfolio provide targeted exposure for 25,000 high-end homes annually to over three million high-net-worth visitors to award-winning website www.LuxuryPortfolio.com.  The site features a total inventory of available properties totaling over $44 billion, with an extensive array of offline advertising and marketing and custom analytics to connect affluent buyers and sellers.

Since 1967, John Daugherty, Realtors has created value for our buyers and sellers, while contributing to the success of Houston.  Our attention to the city’s most desirable neighborhoods and emerging communities has fueled both their growth and stability.  Our relocation department and worldwide realty affiliations have proven valuable to thousands of new Houstonians.  Our agents and staff have devoted their time and talent to civic betterment.  Our broker network affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World opens up doors for our clients and allows us to facilitate them locally, nationally and internationally.

About John Daugherty, Realtors Global Relocation Services

Since 1974, John Daugherty Global Relocation Services has been in the business of exceeding expectations.  Our goal is to deliver a seamless relocation experience tailored to fit our clients’ needs.  By providing a single point-of-contact, our team will conduct an initial consultation and introduce clients to a knowledgeable and committed sales associate.  As Houston’s premier residential real estate company, we offer professional relocation assistance locally, nationally, and internationally.

Furthermore, John Daugherty, Realtors is honored to be a member of Luxury Portfolio and to be nominated for Incoming Conversion Rate and Company Brand/Property Advertising awards at the upcoming 2014 Luxury Portfolio SUMMIT at the prestigious Wynn Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.  “We are committed to serving the best interests of each client-whether Buyer or Seller-with integrity, market knowledge and the benefits of our company’s expertise gained through five decades of serving the Houston region,” said Cheri Fama, President & Chief Operating Officer of John Daugherty, Realtors.

“We Network the World for You!”

For more information on John Daugherty, Realtors, visit www.johndaugherty.com or call 713-561-7500.

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2014

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Relocation LOVES HOUSTON!

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Love is in the air and yet again there are more reasons why Relocation LOVES HOUSTON! Our great city continues to experience an upward trend in job expansion, as new transferees continue to advance the population. Furthermore, Houston was recently named “Americas Next Great Global City” and the “Coolest Place to Live,” by Forbes Magazine. There is no doubt that the nation’s fourth largest metropolis offers a vibrant an inviting place for so many to lay their roots, however, the driving force behind this phenomenal development is attributed to continual job growth in all imaginable sectors.

Source: 25dip.com

Source: 25dip.com

What does this mean for Houston’s real estate market? Recently, Mike Inselmann visited John Daugherty, Realtors to share his expert insight on Houston’s economy. Mike explained, “Houston is in a ‘post crisis’ economy and the outlook for 2014 is robust. Interest rates are normalizing from abnormally low, although they are still continuing to encourage home sales.” The Greater Houston Partnership (GHP) reports, since 2010, residential brokers have sold more than 274,000 homes or one home every 7.2 minutes. Additionally, Houston Association of Realtors® (HAR) informs that residential inventory is at an all-time low of 2.6 months of supply, compared to the National supply of about 5 months. Total dollar volume for 2013 reached a record-breaking $21 billion, jumping 30% since 2012.

Source: zazzle.com

Source: zazzle.com

Job seekers nationwide are eager to relocate to Houston. For two years in a row, Site Selection Magazine has recognized Houston as the “Top Metro for Relocation and Expansions.” The recent boom can be attributed to the overall prosperity of the oil and gas or energy industry. According to the Texas Workforce Commission, more than one in five jobs, recently created, occurred in the energy industry. Companies are looking to headquarter in Houston because of the City’s cultural diversity, strong economy and a booming real estate market. Houston has been a top destination for various types of individuals; everyone from college graduates to international executives. More than 100,000 single family homes were built in this region last year to accommodate such high demand, as it welcomed 400,000 new residents.

GHP is also excited to announce that the Houston metro area forecast is predicting the creation of 69,800 jobs in 2014. And, if the predictions are accurate, only two other localities – New York and Dallas/Fort Worth – will even come close.

So what are you waiting for? Come explore and you will see for yourself why so many LOVE Houston and all it has to offer!

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Dec
2013

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Holiday Events in Houston

The Holiday Events in Houston are shining bright this season!  Featuring numerous happenings, sure to warm your heart, the City’s holiday calendar is overflowing with events this year.

PHOTOS-WITH-SANTA-COVER-2013A holiday event close to our hearts is “Photos with Santa.” John Daugherty, Realtors hosts the annual event on Saturday, December 7, 2013, with numerous locations around town from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event provides children an opportunity to tell Santa their “wish list” and get their photo taken. Visit www.johndaugherty.com for locations and additional information.

Next, the 2013 Houston Heights Holiday Home Tour is just around the corner, Dec 6-7. The tour will showcase five charming Houston Heights Homes with unique architectural features and design, complete with holiday festivities, musicians and carolers. Tour headquarters are located at the Houston Heights City Hall and Fire Station where attendees can take pleasure in shopping at the Holiday Craft Market and enjoy holiday food from a variety of Houston’s famous food trucks. Visit www.houstonheights.org/holidayhometour for more information.

The following weekend the Houston Heights will host another delightful holiday event, “Lights in the Heights.” This event began 26 years ago and is now a longstanding holiday tradition for the area. Streets of the Houston Heights are lined with luminaries and over seventy entertainment groups volunteer their time to make this holiday event come to life. Best known for its unique venue of neighborhood front porches and yards, this event provides an opportunity to connect with fellow Houstonians. The event is scheduled for Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visit www.lightsintheheights.org for more information.

Pictured: Tess Chaney, Relocation Director for John Daugherty, Realtors and Nina Jankowski, Houston Business Journal

Pictured: Tess Chaney, Relocation Director for John Daugherty, Realtors and Nina Jankowski, Houston Business Journal

One of the most unique lighting experiences in the country, Zoo Lights, is found right here in Houston. TXU Energy and the Houston Zoo teamed together to add over 1 million lights to the annual Zoo Lights exhibit. Take a stroll through the magical adventure of lights, featuring life-sized lighted animal sculptures, an all new dollhouse village, holiday trains and “Holly Berry”, the 1957 Cadillac. Majestic oak trees line the walking paths of the zoo, showcasing twinkling LED colored lights and holiday music chiming in the background. This event is great for all ages! Use coupon code WINTER for $5 off admission at www.houstonzoo.org/zoolights.

The ‘ICE at Discovery Green presented by XFINITY’ is a big holiday hit this year and offers a unique ice skating rink using recycled water from Kinder Lake. The ICE will stay open for an extended season through February 2, 2014. The expandable rink uses equipment that runs on renewable energy and even the ice rink border is made from recycled plastic materials. A special toddler-friendly rink is also available for the ‘little skaters’ in your life. The rink also has weekly events, such as “Skate with Santa”, held every Saturday. For more information visit www.discoverygreen.com/ice

A Christmas Cruise anyone? How about a holiday themed Houston cruise along the city’s lovely Buffalo Bayou? Embark on a 30-minute pontoon ride, complete with holiday lights and music. Offering remarkable views of the city with reflections glistening upon the bayou, this cruise is perfect for making holiday memories. Visit www.buffalobayou.org/boattours for more information.

All aboard! Catch a ride on the holiday train departing from Hermann Park and taking you on a 20-minute, two mile journey around the park. The train is festively decorated with lights and Hermann Park’s Pinewood Café offers warm cocoa and hot apple cider to make your enhance your ride! Visit www.hermannpark.org/holidays for more information.

Moody Gardens Festival of Lights, Source www.moodygardens.comLast but certainly not least, Moody Gardens proudly presents the 12th Annual Festival of Lights. Just a short drive from Houston, located on Galveston Island, The Festival of Lights is one of the area’s largest holiday celebrations. Here you will see more than 1 million lights glistening within 100 sound enhanced animated light displays and live nightly entertainment. Visit www.moodygardens.com for more information.

Furthermore, Houston offers a wide variety of extraordinary holiday happenings to enjoy! What are you waiting for…grab your coat and capture the holiday spirit shining in the great City of Houston!

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11

Nov
2013

By Tess Chaney

‘Tis the Season to be SHOPPING! Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market 2013

Nutcracker Market

Credit: Houston Ballet

The 33rd Annual Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market danced its way into Reliant Center, Thursday, November 7, 2013 to Sunday, November 10, 2013. Participating Merchants showcased gift items for the entire family including fashion’s finest jewelry, clothing, home decor, accessories and toys.  Shoppers united together with vendors from around the country, forming one of the largest holiday shopping extravaganzas of its kind.  Welcome to Houston’s famous wonderland of shopping!

Since 1955, the Houston Ballet has been a staple of performing arts in the local community as well as the fifth-largest professional ballet company in the United States. They consist of 51 dancers and produce over 75 performances each year. The Nutcracker Market has been a local tradition and is the Ballet’s largest annual fundraiser. The over-the-top event, housing over 300 vendors from 33 different states, benefits the Houston Ballet Foundation and its Academy and Scholarship program.

NCM - Tess & Thebe

Left: Tess Chaney, Relocation Director, John Daugherty, Realtors
Right: Thebe Warren, Sales Associate, John Daugherty, Reators

John Daugherty, Realtors has proudly been involved in the holiday giving spirit through sponsoring the Raffle Ticket Booth since 1997.  With over 19 years of company participation, combined with countless raffle ticket sales by JDR agents, management and staff, we have been able to donate a total of $210,699 to the Houston Ballet.

JDR agents, Sally Tomlinson and Lynn Zeid, are the raffle chairs for the 2013 event.  Zeid danced with the Houston Ballet from the time she was 5 years old, studied at the Houston Ballet Academy and was the patron program manager at the ballet before her real estate career.

Nutcracker Market Playhouse - 2013

Playhouse Raffle Item
Built and Donated by Silvan Homes

Source: Culture Map Cheri Fama, President and COO, John Daugherty, Realtors

Source: Culture Map
Cheri Fama, President and COO, John Daugherty, Realtors

The 2013 Raffle Items include a $1000 Gift Card to Macy’s, Custom Playhouse (built and donated by Silvan Homes), a $500 Gift Card to Events Gifts and two 9 ft. Candy Cane Yard Art.

Special Events included the Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Show and Luncheon (Chairs: Debra Hovnatanian and Joella Mach) and Macy’s Fashion Show and Holiday Brunch (Chairs: Shawn Stephens and Kimberly Van Belle-Ebel).

So what could shopping and tailgating possibly have in common?  Just wait until you see the tailgating scene at the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market!  Yes indeed, tailgating before the market’s opening day is evolving into a tradition and creating a buzz in the parking lot of Reliant Park.  Before opening day, it is becoming more and more common to see tents decorated with holiday cheer and women who are anxiously awaiting the doors to open to the market.  The lady tailgaters enjoy gourmet breakfast casseroles and fabulous fruit trays; while sipping mimosas and strategically planning their shopping route for the day.  Lookout NFL fans, the ladies of the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market are redefining traditional tailgating!

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