By Betsy Denson
Mary Tiras, who started Creative Motion Dance & Performing Arts in 1995, was very busy before the COVID-19 pandemic – giving after-school dance education classes at local schools, including Oak Forest Elementary, Durham Elementary, Travis Elementary, Our Savior Lutheran and Johnson Memorial School.
Now that schools are closed for after-school activities, she is offering classes at 1355 Judiway St. in Apex Taekwondo’s martial arts studio.
It is the former dance studio of Patsy Swayze, whose son, Patrick, was her top pupil on his way to becoming a movie star.
Tiras said she is offering hybrid classes. In studio, there is room for 10-12 students to safely distance and, simultaneously, the dance class will be live on Zoom. Ballet and jazz classes are available for pre-K through seventh grade. Tap is not available because of the floor at Judiway, but Tiras is looking to rent additional space to offer classes.
For more information, email email@example.com, call 713-557-1290 or visit Creative Motion on Facebook.
Darlene’s hosting first live sale Oct. 6
Darlene’s Flower & Gift Shop, located at 10570 Northwest Fwy., is having its first live sale on Tuesday, Oct. 6 from 6-7 p.m.
The sale kicks off on its Facebook page at 6 p.m. Shop home décor items, clothes and shoes. There will be giveaways and discounts, too.
Owners Susan Tate and Judy Bankhead said they wanted to provide a secure shopping experience for those who don’t want to venture out.
“We have missed seeing so many of our loyal customers and they have missed coming to the store,” they said in a joint statement.
New hours for Tea & Victory
Tea & Victory, the board game cafe at 2030 E. T.C. Jester Blvd., started operating with new hours Sept. 10. It is closed Monday through Wednesday but open for extended hours Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sunset yoga at Loveland Yoga
Loveland Yoga, 1717 W. 34th St. #1100, is offering a New Student Special for 30 days of unlimited yoga, enabling students to try out a variety of yoga classes, for $49. It is also offering Sunset yoga on the lawn at 33 1/3 @ Thirtyfourth on Sunday evenings.
For more information, visit https://lovelandyoga.com.
Fortune Magazine names Houston companies best for women
Fortune Magazine has come out with its 2020 Best Workplaces for Women.
To qualify, a company must employ at least 50 women, 20 percent of its non-executive managers must be female, and there must be at least one woman executive at the company. In the large company category, David Weekley Homes landed at No. 28. No. 57 was financial services company Cornerstone Home Lending Inc., and No. 66 was Camden Property Trust.
Among small and medium companies, the Spring Branch-based Continued, an e-learning and continuing education company that launched in 2017, debuted at No. 13.
Local designer working with HCC
Garden Oaks-based Kimiko Designs has been working with Houston Community College to develop a back-to-school communications package that the design company’s Dianne Murata describes as “sensitive – and sassy.”
Social distancing floor decals, elevator car floor decals and parking lot signage is part of the package. Slogans include, “We’re in this together – 6 feet apart,” and, “16 toilet paper squares equals 6 feet.”
“It’s currently rolling (out) and almost complete with its install,” Murata said.
New firm to handle Houston Farmers Market leasing
The Houston Chronicle’s Nancy Sarnoff interviewed Todd Mason and Jeff Lindenberger, who co-founded a new firm, MLB Commercial Real Estate. The company will manage leasing for the 130,000 square feet of retail space at the in-development Houston Farmers Market at 2520 Airline Dr.
Mason has worked in Houston’s commercial brokerage industry for more than 30 years and founded Mason Partners with Lindenberger in 2010 before selling the company to Avison Young, but continuing as principals. MLB Commercial Real Estate will focus on leasing and sales in the industrial, self-storage and retail sectors.
The Houston Farmers Market, which has experienced delays in construction and leasing, now has four new buildings on the site. An open-air pavilion where merchants will sell fresh produce is coming next. Mason’s group has joined with Houston chef Chris Shepherd, who will collaborate on the site.
“We’ve made good progress,” Mason told the Chronicle. “Sadly, it took us three years.”
Mason said restaurants and food vendors that had signed early commitment letters for space in the market hit pause due to COVID-19.
“They were mostly letters of intent with a lot of really good people who said, ‘We still want to do it, but don’t know what our financial future looks like,’” Mason said.
The market is open with approximately 70 tenants from the previous incarnation of the market.
Five-story apartment complex coming to Near Northside
Apartment developer Marquette Cos. is planning a 250-unit apartment complex in the Near Northside, according to the Houston Chronicle. It will be a five-story complex along Little White Oak Bayou neighboring the White Oak Music Hall.
The company, based in suburban Chicago, bought the land for the development from W2 Development Partners, which also owns White Oak Music Hall at 2915 North Main St. Some of the 4-acre site had been used as parking for the concert hall, which is currently closed due to COVID-19. The purchase price was not made public.
Construction is anticipated to begin early next year. Rents are still being finalized, but Marquette’s Chris Yuko told the Chronicle they will be lower than buildings in downtown and in the Heights.