Friday, July 31, 2015

Vacant retail/restaurant space on Lower Westheimer (Summer 2015 edition)


9/4/2015 UPDATE: Former Mango's space is off the market - Biskit Junkie coming soon 

Mural in backyard patio of what used to be Mango's on Lower Westheimer at Taft Street
The murals in the backside enclosed patio at what was Mango's are still there,
but the exterior has been "normalized" for marketing.
403 Westheimer Rd Houston, TX 77006 - Restaurant bar space for lease (formerly Mango's)

403 WESTHEIMER - FORMERLY MANGO'S 
The Mango's space has been restored to a drab appearance.  
Apparently it did not attract any interested parties
in its muralized state (see below). 

Mango's in December 2015 after permanent closure 
Reflection of Buffalo Exchange in store windows at 1609 Westheimer shopping center
1609 Westheimer restaurant space with mirror image of
Buffalo Exchange (across the street) in glass pane  
 1609 WESTHEIMER 
FORMER POSCOL LOCATION 

Former location of poscol Italian restaurant & wine bar 
poscol's we-have-moved notice on door
at former restaurant location 
1609 Westheimer Rd Houston, TX 77006 - Shopping center sign listing businesses
1609 Westheimer - 1625 Westheimer - Directory of businesses in shopping center
(each of which has its own street number)  
WISH RESALE SHOP SPACE 
NEXT TO BUFFALO EXCHANGE 

1614 Westheimer Rd Houston, TX 77006 retail space for lease (July 2015 pic)
formerly Wish Warehouse
1614 Westheimer Rd Houston, TX 77006 retail space for lease (July 2015 pic) formerly Wish Warehouse
1614 Westheimer Rd Houston, TX 77006 retail space (formerly WISH)

VACANCY AT THE LOWER WESTHEIMER 
VINTAGE CLOTHING SHOPPING STRIP 

1637 Westheimer Rd Houston TX 77006 - FOR LEASE - 2015-07-29 storefront pic
1637 Westheimer Rd Houston TX 77006 - FOR LEASE - 2015-07-29
(formerly Blackbird Trading Co - Used, Vintage & Consignment) 
1637 Westheimer Rd Houston, TX 77006 - FOR LEASE July 2015 - (formerly) Blackbird Trading Co
1637 Westheimer retail space (green building) 
STANFORD SHOPPING CENTER 
515 WESTHEIMER 

Space posted for lease next to BB Donuts
515 Westheimer Rd Houston, TX 77006
The entire strip center (which has been posed for sale)
has the same street address

FORMER DUO BOUTIQUE SPACE ON CORNER
WITH DUNLAVY 

[PHOTO CURRENTLY NOT AVAILABLE]

FORMER LAURA U SPACE AT HAZARD 
Laura U is relocation to Richmond near Yoakum
New address:  4306 Yoakum Blvd #150, Houston, TX 77006

SPACE FOR LEASE BY KALDIS 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The High-End Teddy Bear on Lower Westheimer


The Teddy Bear mural on Lower Westheimer
High End Teddy Bear in Montrose 
Probably not a tribute to Teddy Roosevelt, but a nice addition the street life in Montrose, and to the assortment of denizens that populate this neartown Houston neighborhood and make it unique. 

The Teddy Bear mural on Lower Westheimer - 1400 Block at Kuester
The Teddy Bear mural on Lower Westheimer - 1600 Block at Kuester
1629 Westheimer Rd Houston TX 77006

Also worth seeing, though fading with age and exposure to the elements:
The elongated dog across the street on the long wall behind the animal hospital
framing the empty lot.  He has even acquired tattoos.

Mural of super-longdog on wall at La Grange patio
Super-long doooooooooog at La Grange patio 

WELCOME TO LA GRANGE ON THE BAYOU 

Incidentally, the patio bar on Ralph Street is also getting a new mural, which will
soon welcome Innerloopers to La Grange right home. No need to hit the road
and head into the countryside. 

Welcome to La Grange mural - 1600 Westheimer at Ralph St.
Welcome to La Grange on Lower Westheimer (at Ralph St). 



Colorful Montrose


Gayborhood flag and American flag with Downtown Skyline 
Mural honoring musicians at Numbers #2 Night Club on Lower Westheimer 
Popular Montrose-area attraction: The biscuitpaintwall
Popular Montrose-area attraction: The biscuitpaintwall 
Biscuit art wall on Lower Westheimer
BISCUIT painted wall - a favorate spot to pose for photos 
Detail of "This is Houston" mosaic in Montrose with international theme flag tiles
Mosaic on South-facing wall of one-story office building
on corner of Montrose Blvd and California Street 
2601 Montrose Townhouse Lofts 
Painted fence at the arts league houston parking lot

Welcome to La Grange (new mural at Montrose patio establishment in progress)


Westheimer at Ralph St: Get faster to La Grange 

La Grange patio bar and Tex-Mex 
2517 Ralph St, Houston, TX 77006


Neighbor on the other side of Ralph Street: Mark's 
(church-to-restaurant conversion) 

Mark's American Cuisine 1658 Westheimer Rd Houston, TX 77006
Mark's American Cuisine 1658 Westheimer Rd Houston, TX 77006
1600 Block of Lower Westheimer - La Grange - Animal Hospital
1600 Block of Lower Westheimer - La Grange patio bar - Animal Hospital 
The not-so-new elongated dog mural on the East-facing wall
The older dog mural that runs the full length of the patio 

WELCOME TO LA GRANGE 
THE PLACE ON THE COLORADO RIVER
NOT ON THE BAYOU

Welcome to La Grange 
(city website)
Welcome to La Grange, Texas (banner)
Fayette County Courthouse in La Grange, Texas 
Fayette County, Texas
(county website) 

Has the luck run out on Lucky Burger?


Plans for re-purposing the iconic blue barrel burger joint on the corner of Mandell and Richmond have apparently fallen through. This artifact from decades past has been fenced for months and appears moth-balled. But it still stands - as a quaint piece of neighborhood history -  and has luckily not fallen victim to Revelry's hunger for parking spaces. At least not yet.

The Blue Barrel at 1601 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77006
The Blue Barrel at 1601 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77006
Lucky Burger not so lucky.


HCAD shows the owner for the entire property (including the space occupied by Revelry)
as 1601 RICHMOND REALTY LTD.

Owner per HCAD 1601 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77006

The restaurant property was posted for lease by braun enterprises in 2014. See pic below: 

For Lease sign by Braun Enterprises posted in Summer of 2014 
The 'FOR LEASE' sign is no longer posted as of July 2015,
so the original signage is again restored to its former glory,
though the sign on the street corner is gone. 


Construction site after the Lucky Burger closing in 2014

2014 street view pic: Richmond Eastbound at Revelry 
Archival Photo of Lucky Burger Drive-up in 2011 



Houston Streetwise Summer 2015 - Thumbnails of Top Photos

Houston Streetwise Summer 2015 - Thumbnails of Top Photos
thumbnails of blog post pics Summer 2015

2015 Mosaic of Sample Pics

2015 Mosaic of Sample Pics
2015 Jan-Feb Pics Posted