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WELCOME TO THE BAYOU CITY SOCIAL CLUB NEWSLETTER - THANKS FOR JOINING!

JAMES HAVENS, THE HEIGHTS GROCER

 
Your new favorite neighborhood store is now open! As you can see above, you can't miss The Heights Grocer when driving down N Main. This small space is packed with affordable and unique wines (complete with handwritten tasting note tags) as well as beer, gifts and local foods. They also recently launched a wine club with wines specifically ordered for the club and not sold in store. Each month is a new theme and starting at $65 for three bottles, it's pretty reasonable. 

HOW DID THE STORE COME TO BE?
I moved back to Texas two years ago and knew I was going to live in the Heights. Once I settled in I noticed (very) quickly that our neighborhood was lacking a wine shop / general store. It all really came together after I found the space we are in now. 

WHAT OTHER LOCAL PRODUCTS ARE YOU CURRENTLY SELLING?

A bunch! Xela Coffee, Black Hole, New Heights Naturals, Six Strings Elixirs, Noble Otter, Pat Greer, Cultured Heat, Smoke Point. Those are Houston based, but we have many more Texas based makers in the shop and we are always open to support new local brands.
 

FAVORITE WINE BAR IN HOUSTON?
The world is my wine bar now! I would have to say PSA downtown - their wine list is killer (thanks to Justin Vann). Compared to other places their wines are all really fairly priced for being on a bar menu, which is hard to find. 


MOST UNDERRATED SPOT IN THE HEIGHTS?
The amount of green spaces we have! There are so many little random parks that are always empty. Granted, it is 100 degrees today. 


WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT HOUSTON?
How much of a melting pot we are. I spent many years traveling between other big cities and there really is no place like Houston. 
 


James is kindly offering 10% off a bottle of wine if you show this email when you check out! 4525 N Main St.

   
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FINN HALL
 Expected to open late this summer at 712 Main, this European-style food hall's list of vendors has us eager. Two bars, St. Jac’s and Sparrow's Nest, and a bundle of restaurants - Goode Co. Tacqueria, Dish SocietyMala Sichuan, Oddball Eats, Craft Burger, Yong, Sit Lo, Mr. Nice Pie, Low Tide and Amaya Coffee for your caffeine fix.
 

HEIGHTS CENTRAL STATION
You can't miss the three buildings under construction on the corner 11th and Yale. All that's known on the vendor front so far is that it'll be home to a Dish Society and The Kolache Shoppe's second location. The Shoppe will include a drive-thru lane and has teamed up with Boomtown Coffee to include a full espresso bar. 


LYRIC MARKET
Slated to open in the Fall at the intersection of Smith and Prairie, this massive 31,000-square-foot glass-enclosed space downtown will be the first of its kind in the city. The $58 million project is the vision of real estate developer Jonathan Enav and Clark Cooper Concepts (The Dunlavy, Ibiza, etc.) and hopes to be in the same league as Harrods Food Hall in London and Chelsea Market in NYC. Clark Cooper shared with Eater that the Market will be home to somewhere between 18 and 24 tenants, including an underground speakeasy and a second-level open-air terrace! 



The H Podcast, hosted by local transplant Luke Brawner, is about the people and places that make Houston, Houston. 

A few favorite episodes from Season 2: 
  • Basya Benshushan is a marketing and social media professional and CEO of Pink Cilantro. In this episode she shares her story of growing up as one of six kids in the Jewish community in Meyerland. Hear about her journey of self-discovery as an artist, entrepreneur, mother and creative force in Houston.
     
  • Houston born and raised singer/songwriter Thomas Csorba tells his story of getting his start in the music industry as a teenager, and the places it's led him in the years since. 

James Havens photograph by Mark Jensen

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