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Business News: April 2007

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Businesses in the Community that Support the Community
Inversion Coffee House, The Glass Menagerie, National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce conference in Miami, Gay & Lesbian Rainbow Pages website, and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams furniture and design store.

CoffeeHouseSTOP AND SMELL THE COFFEE
Inversion Coffee House has officially opened in the new home of Art League Houston (1953 Montrose Blvd., Suite A, 713/523-4866). The art café is on the former site of the visually dizzying Inversion House project created by artists Dan Havel and Dean Ruck, which slowed curious travelers on Montrose for much of 2006. Its image can now be seen on the side of Inversion Coffee House). The shop offers a sandwich and salad menu, and features the work of a different local artist every three months (Daniel Adame, in April). Ask about the “frequent buyers card.” Details: www.inversioncoffee.com.
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IT’S A MENAGERIE OUT THERE
Bonnie Russell and Deb Marshall, owners of The Glass Menagerie , have expanded their cyber-based business into the virtual world. Their custom-designed, hand-etched glass, stone, and metal items suitable as gifts for commitment ceremonies, anniversaries, and charitable benefits — all with a GLBT flair — are now available at Male U Wear (415 Westheimer).

Glass Menagerie’s website also offers home furnishing accessories, polished stones, custom jewelry, specialty candles, and many other items (including those pictured). Details: www.theglassmenagerie.net.
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OUT MONEY MAKERS
The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce currently offers “early bird rates,” starting at $299, for people registering now for its 2007 International Business and Leadership Conference , May 31 through June 2 in Miami, Florida. Topics at the conference of interest to the GLBT business owner include “How to Become an LGBT Certified Diverse Supplier,” “Practical Insights from 100+ LGBT Focus Groups,” “Media Training for Your Business or Your Chamber,” and “Business Financing and Development.”

The Greater Houston GLBT Chamber of Commerce is an affiliate member of the national chamber. Details: www.nglcc.org.
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RAINBOW CONNECTIONS
The Gay & Lesbian Rainbow Pages has launched its new website, featuring a page-by-page viewing capability and with banners that offers “our community choices, and targets us directly,” president and chief financial officer Lonnie M. Davis says. The site now directly links to several video suppliers, including Wolfe Video and Amazon.

Following its March 8 release party for its 2007 Houston directory held at La Strada (322 Westheimer, 713/523-1014), Rainbow Pages presents “Rainbow Night at La Strada” on Tuesday evenings, 6-9 p.m. Houston Grand Opera has signed on to entertain. Details: www.rainbowpages.net.
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MitchellGoldONE IS WILLIAMS AND THE OTHER IS GOLD
A Houston outlet of the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams furniture and design store is set to open later this month near River Oaks. The nearly 10,000-square-foot store, located at 3303 Kirby, will be similar to its Austin store (above) that opened last spring at 2785 Bee Caves Rd. (512/347-1616). Founders Gold and Williams, partners in life as well as in business, established their firm in 1989 and currently operate stores in the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

Customers who can’t wait for the opening of the store can find MG + BW “relaxed design” merchandise at High Fashion Home (3100 Travis, 713/528-3838). Details: www.mgandbw.com.

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