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Business News: March 2007

Businesses in the Community that Support the Community
BoConcept Danish-design furniture. Gay & Lesbian Rainbow Pages’ Cristina Martinez elected to Unidos.

BO C’EST TRES BEAU The Denmark-based BoConcept has added a Houston location to its international collection of


170 stores and studios. Located at 4302 Westheimer, the 11,500-square-foot furniture store offers contemporary, urban-style furniture (including the pieces in photo). The on-site “New York Loft” illustrates how small spaces can be decorated for optimum effectiveness.

The Houston store — opening in the former Surprises gift store location — is the first BoConcept store in Texas. BoConcept plans to open additional stores in Sugar Land and The Woodlands within the next few months.

The phone number is 713/877-1900, and the website is

RAINBOW UNIDOS Business woman and activist Cristina Martinez, chief executive officer and publisher of the Gay &

Leslie Jordan and Cristina Martinez.

Lesbian Rainbow Pages, has been elected to the first board of directors of [email protected], the new national Latina/o GLBT human rights organization ( Martinez is the president and co-founder of GALLO (Gay and Lesbian Latin Organization) and serves on the Greater Houston Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and Houston Black Tie Dinner boards of directors (above, Martinez is pictured at the November 2006 Houston Black Tie Dinner with the event headliner, actor Leslie Jordan).

“I’m honored to have been selected to represent the state of Texas, which holds one of the largest GLBT Latino populations in the country,” Martinez says. “Our goal is to be able to advocate and be a voice for the community in regards to the political arena, raising [email protected] to be an advocate organization of national scope.”

In addition to the Houston Gay & Lesbian Rainbow Pages, Martinez publishes editions in Austin and Dallas. The local phone number for Gay & Lesbian Rainbow Pages is 281/997-9778. The website is

IN DESIGN Amy Meyers, who previously owned Sippora Gallery located near Montrose, has joined the staff of Cantoni furniture store as an in-house designer. Meyers closed Sippora in August 2006.

Cantoni is located at 9889 Westheimer. The phone number is 713/787-9494, and the website is

NEW NEW NEW This year, Gems by Chao Fine Jewelry marks 35 years in business. With its anniversary, the store has

A man's ring from Gems By Chao.

introduced a new logo and a new look for its Galleria II retail space (5085 Westheimer, 713/626-0431). For the spring season, Chao has introduced several new collections, which includes an array of men’s rings (one example, above). The store website is

NEW TRADITION In early 2007, Tradition Bank — The Plaza opened its historic doors for business. Located at 5020 Montrose Blvd. on the site of the former Plaza Hotel, it is the seventh banking center for the locally owned and operated financial institution. The eight-story building (see rendering), designed by renowned Houston architect Joseph Finger, opened as the Plaza in 1926 but had been vacant for a number of years.

Charles W. Norris is Plaza banking center president. The Tradition Bank phone number is 713/666-2511, and the website is


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