Shepherd Park Plaza’s Libby Covington recently joined The Craig Group as a partner.
The Craig Group is a digital marketing agency with a focus on return on investment and revenue generation from paid media. The firm offers executive insight to companies and agencies by serving as the outsourced media strategy and execution solution, shaping innovative and accountable marketing plans.
Covington has more than 25 years of experience in strategic marketing and business development. She has spent most of her career in building and implementing strategies to drive revenue growth in businesses. She led the formation and development of the marketing function in a $1.5 billion dealership group, at a middle-market private equity fund, and at an industry-leading investment bank.
Her background includes leading the marketing function at Doggett Industries, The CapStreet Group, and Simmons & Company. Earlier in her career, Covington held marketing management roles at KPMG and Fulbright & Jaworski.
Houston Restaurant Week extended through September
Houston Restaurant Weeks announced Monday that the event has been extended through the end of September. It was originally scheduled to end this upcoming Monday, Sept. 7.
“I am humbled and in awe of what has happened for restaurants here in Houston this past month,” organizer Katie Stone said in a news release. “HRW came this year at a time that could not have been more crucial, and I am so inspired and so grateful to be able to continue my mother’s cause of feeding families in Houston.”
Stone’s late mother, Cleverley Stone, founded Houston Restaurant Weeks 17 years ago.
According to the release, the decision came in response to the “positive economic impact” the fundraising event has had on restaurants hard hit by COVID-19.
The motto for this year is “Take Out and Do Good” instead of “Dine Out and Do Good.” Each meal purchased will result in $1 being donated to the Houston Food Bank. This amount is smaller than in previous years, but Houston Restaurants Works said it gives more restaurants the opportunity to participate and gives much-needed support to them, too.
Local coffee business gives back
The Patriot Knife project started with veteran Chris McLean working out of his garage building presentation knives that he donated, first to veteran and first-responder organizations, and later to other causes to auction for fundraisers. Now McLean has started a coffee business, which he hopes will also help those in need.
“Right now many organizations have had to cancel their gatherings and fundraisers due to the pandemic and they’re hurting,” McLean said. “It doesn’t matter how many presentation knives I build, because they aren’t having auctions to sell them.”
Last October, the idea started as a way to honor McLean’s late sister, Donna, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She did not want McLean to host a fundraiser for her but asked him to do something for children or an animal organization. McLean decided he wanted his coffee business to have different blends that would benefit different organizations, starting with Texas Children’s Hospital’s neonatal ICU, where one of Donna’s sons needed care as a premature baby.
“The blend of coffee I’m using – Donna’s Delight Millionaire Blend – reminds me of the millionaire candy my sister made us for Christmas every year,” he said. “The coffee has notes of roasted pecans, caramel and vanilla.”
There are other brands, too, as well as other organizations McClean wants to support.
“I’m using my presentation knife’s name as the name of my coffee since many know of it,” he said.
For more information, visit www.patriotknifecoffee.com.
M-K-T signs two boutiques
M-K-T has announced two new tenants at its development in the Heights, Common Assembly and June & Co.
Common Assembly is a Houston-based online women’s clothing retailer that will open its first brick-and-mortar store.
The clothing and accessories company touts its ethical manufacturing principles and eco-conscious approach to clothing on its website. The company uses a planet icon for products featuring sustainable fabrics.
June & Co. has a location already in Rice Village at 2470 Times Blvd. and was originally known as Graceanna’s Boutique. A former Graceanna employee, Annie Patten, purchased the boutique with the help of her grandmother, June.
Patten said she has been in retail for 17 years and customer service has always been important to her.
“My customers are some of my best friends,” she said. “They come because I’m honest and always help them find what they need. And I only hire and train my staff to do the same.”
Patten said the new location is ideal because it is easily accessible.
“The variety of businesses that will be there (makes it) a great place for everyone,” she said. “We knew we wanted to be in the Heights and this turned out to be the perfect spot. We hope to open by Oct. 15.”
FLYE After School
Jessi Heiner, who owns FLYE After School, an after school enrichment program for elementary school students, said the program will look different this year, but it is committed to offering parents affordable support. The program is open to all elementary school students, even those from out of state.
“With (Houston ISD) starting school all virtual, we are unable host FLYE After School at Wainwright Elementary, so we have moved enrichment classes online,” Heiner said. “All classes start the week of Sept. 8 and run for six weeks.”
Heiner said they are offering three classes to start – Step, Deal with the Feels and Mindful Movements. If there is more demand, they will add more.
Step is a form of percussive dance in which the participant’s entire body is used as an instrument to produce rhythms and sounds through a mixture of footsteps, chants, and hand claps. Deal with the Feels is designed to help children identify and respond to feelings through art, writing and discussion. All supplies will be delivered prior to the start of class. Mindful Movements will teach children and families different ways to connect and calm their body with their mind through breathing exercises, stretches, body poses and social interaction with friends.
Sponsor a Child gives community members the opportunity to sponsor the class fee for a child in need. FLYE works closely with local elementary schools to identify families that could benefit from a scholarship for virtual enrichment.
“We know this will be a difficult school year, and we want to help parents any way we can,” Heiner said. “We know budgets are tight right now, so we are happy to accommodate payment schedules as well as do everything we can to afford scholarships to families in need.”
More information can be found at flyeafterschool.com/virtual or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @flyeafterschool.
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