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Business News: July 2009

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Businesses in the Community that Support the Community:
Studio NiaMoves, L’Auberge du Lac Casino Resort, Love and Pride jewelry, Houston Buyers Club, Absolut Vodka, the New York Stock Exchange John Nagy at Sand Dollar Autoplex in Galveston, Catherine Del Paggio new ED of Bayou City Performing Arts.

Compiled by Nancy Ford

AND THE FIRST TWO CLASSES ARE FREE. Studio NiaMoves is excited to add a new program to their already mind-boggling array of healthsome, wholesome, fun (and funky!) classes: Nia 5 Stages. The Nia 5 Stages are based on the five stages of human development: Embryonic, Creeping, Crawling, Standing, and Walking. Practiced with awareness, these stages have the power to facilitate optimal alignment, improve function and comfort in the body, and provide a tool for reclaiming and sustaining mobility, flexibility, strength, agility, and stability.Nia 5 Stages is a component of the Nia fitness program.

Blending dance, martial arts, and healing arts (including yoga), Niais a dynamic cardiovascular workout that stimulates and integrates your mind/body/spirit and leaves you feeling recharged, rejuvenated, and fully alive. OutSmartwriter and holistic community queen par excellence Alan Davidson interviewed Nia co-founder Debbie Rosas about the Nia 5 Stages in a May 2009 podcast: www.throughyourbody.com/blog/2009/05/debbie-rosas-nia-and-the-five-stages-of-healing-podcast/. NiaMoves is located in the Woodland Heights, at 508 Pecore and 3221 Houston Ave. More info at www.niamoves.org or 713-864-4260. The first two weeks of classes are free!

HE TAKES THE CAKE. L’Auberge du Lac Casino Resort, the Texas Hill Country-themed luxury resort in Lake Charles, Louisiana, recently hired Bill Foltz as its new pastry chef. Foltz specializes in fine dining, high-volume banquets, and exquisite chocolate and sugar showpieces. In addition to holding successful leadership positions at four-star/four-diamond-rated establishments, Foltz also earned a gold medal at the 2006 US Pastry Competition and was named US Pastry Chef of the Year. Details: ldlcasino.com • 866/580-7444.

BENEVOLENT JEWELRY. Udi Behr, founder of and designer for Love and Pride jewelry, has announced that 10 percent of all proceeds from the company’s True Colors Collection are being donated to the True Colors Fund. The philanthropic arm of the True Colors Tour, co-founded by Cyndi Lauper, seeks to inspire and empower everyone—gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and straight—to get involved in ensuring equality for the LGBT community. Details: loveandpride.com • truecolorsfund.org.

VIDEO AWARD. Fred Walters, executive director of the Houston Buyers Club, reports that the nonprofit vitamin store in Montrose won Best Education Video for its public access series, Health Talks Houston. The winners were announced June 2 at Houston Media Source Video Awards. As part of HBC’s mission to making nutritional supplements affordable to everyone, the series presents local seminars free to the public where nationally recognized physicians, including Dr. Jon Kaiser, Charlie Smigelski, R.D., Shannon Schrader, M.D., Lark Lands, Nelson Vergel, and Kim Potlitzer, R.D., share vital information on how to live with chronic illnesses. The show also helps to educate physicians and registered dietitians who are not taught nutritional therapies in medical school, Walters says. Details: houstonbuyersclub.com • 713/520-5288.

JOCK SCHOLARSHIP. Representatives for Absolut Vodka and the German BLU publishing group have both announced partnerships with Gay Games VIII Cologne 2010, aiming to help bring Eastern European participants to the upcoming games who would otherwise be unable to afford to attend the sports and cultural festival. Gay Games VIII Cologne 2010 is scheduled July 31 through August 7, 2010. With 34 sports and five cultural events, the Cologne Gay Games are expected to draw 12,000 participants, more than the Olympic games. Details: gaygames.com.

CHAMBER EXCHANGE. Members of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and other LGBT advocacy organizations gathered at the New York Stock Exchange on June 5 to celebrate the global launch of LGBT Pride Month. The event included the ringing of the NYSE closing bell by the NGLCC, a symposium discussion on the LGBT movement in the 40 years since Stonewall, followed by an exclusive cocktail reception on the NYSE trading floor. “The LGBT movement has come a long way in 40 years,“ said NGLCC co-founder and chief executive officer, Chance Mitchell, “and there is no more fitting place than the seat of the financial world to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, and to look ahead to tomorrow.” Details: nglcc.org.

ON THE ISLAND. Despite the recent economic downturn in the automotive industry, John Nagy at Sand Dollar Autoplex in Galveston says Sand Dollar Ford is about to be open soon, at a new facility. The Ford dealership, now offering the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Escape Hybrid, is located at 8020 Broadway, also in Galveston. Details: sanddollarford.com • 409/744-5711.

MUSIC EXECUTIVE. Catherine Del Paggio has accepted the position of executive director of Bayou City Performing Arts, the umbrella organization of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Houston, Bayou City Women’s Chorus, and the Bayou City Chorale. Del Paggio, who has 20 years of experience with not-for-profit development and leadership, takes over the position previously held by Colleen Fischer, who moved to Massachusetts earlier this year. Details: gmch.org.

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