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Business News: December 2009

Businesses in the Community that Support the Community
Karen Derr & Associates renamed Boulevard Realty. Capital One benefits to PWA Charaties. Dessert Gallery partners with the Children’s Art Project at M. D. Anderson. Bocado’s celebrates 12 years. And more.

by Nancy Ford

New Name, Same Quality. After being purchased in July 2008 by its long-time agent Bill Baldwin, Karen Derr & Associates Realty has announced it has been renamed Boulevard Realty. • “The name Boulevard Realty reflects the neighborhood-centric, niche marketing profile on which Karen Derr & Associates Realty built its reputation,” says Baldwin. “I also chose the name Boulevard Realty because I feel it symbolizes things I like best about real estate: a connection to our past, a sense of community, and a solid foundation from which to grow and prosper.” • A top-grossing real estate firm with 51 independent agents, six staff persons, and more than 100 million dollars in sales for 2009, Boulevard Realty has offices at 1545 Heights Boulevard in Houston and 1401 Postoffice Street in Galveston. Yourblvd.com • 713/862-1600.

Give them credit. PWA Holiday Charities has signed on as a beneficiary of Capital One Card Lab Connect program. Supporters are invited to apply for a special Visa Platinum credit card through Capital One Card Lab Connect. One percent of every purchase made with the card is automatically donated to PWA Holiday Charities. Through the program, Capital One also donates $25 to PWA Holiday Charities after card bearers make their first purchase. To apply for the card, log on to cardlabconnect.com/AffinityPortal/visitorAction.do?affinityName=supportpwaholidaycharities. Pwaholidaycharities.org.


Yummies at Dessert Gallery

Sweet charity.

Dessert Gallery Bakery & Café has announced it is partnering with the Children’s Art Project at M. D. Anderson to offer one-of-a-kind gifts that combine baked goods with ceramic creations designed by young patients in the Children’s Cancer Hospital at M. D. Anderson. Children’s Art Project gift items include coffee mugs, serving

plates, printed napkins, notepads, and more, with 100 percent of sales of the art

Bocados' Terry and Lilly celebrate 12 delicious years.

project benefiting the children of M.D. Anderson. Dessert Gallery is located at 3600 Kirby Dr. and 1616 Post Oak Boulevard in Houston, and 2260 Lone Star Drive in Sugar Land. Dessertgallery.com.

Furs for the furry. Through April 22, Buffalo Exchange is accepting real fur apparel, including trims, accessories, and shearling, to any of their retail outlets to support the Humane Society’s Coats for Cubs program. Used furs provide bedding and comfort to orphaned and injured wildlife. Since 2006, Buffalo Exchange has collected a total of 3,885 used furs on behalf of Coats for Cubs. Buffalo Exchange is located at 1618 Westheimer and 249 W. 19th St. Buffaloexchange.com.

More than a mouthful. Co-owners Terry Flores (l) and Lily Hernandez have announced Bocados Restaurant and Bar is celebrating its 12th anniversary on December 9 with free appetizers, drink specials, music, and dancing, beginning at 5 p.m. In addition to the Mexican favorites, Bocados now offers several Cuban dishes, including ropa vieja, pollo empanizado, and pollo a la plancha. Bocadoshouston.com.

Turkey with all the (tummy) trimmings. Body3 Fitness Center is teaming with its clients to help the Houston Food Bank during the holiday season. For each frozen turkey brought in to the facility, clients receive a free workout. Turkeys are then donated to HFB. With the turkeys, Body3 Fitness Center also provides a free four-week boot-camp training in January for each recipient family. 1987 West T.C. Jester Blvd. Body3fit.com.

Big oil fighting HIV. Houston-based Marathon Oil Corporation has signed on as the title sponsor of AIDS Foundation Houston’s 21st Annual AIDS Walk Houston. Scheduled March 14, 2010, in downtown Houston, the walk is the largest HIV/AIDS fundraiser of its kind in Texas. Funds raised help AFH and several other local HIV/AIDS service organizations provide housing, testing, food, medical care, prevention education, counseling, pediatric programs, and job training to thousands of Houstonians living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS. Corporate, community, social, and school walk teams may register for the 5K pledge walk at aidswalkhouston.org.

Commercial successes. In October, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation announced the following award recipients at the 1st GLAAD Media Awards in Advertising ceremony, presented by Ogilvy and Southwest Airlines. Corporate Responsibility Award: Subaru; Public Visibility Award: Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams; Television (mainstream market): “Golfers” by Orbitz; Television (LGBT market): “Bertolli Oven-Baked Meals” by Bertolli; Print/Outdoor (mainstream market): “Insurance Comes Out” by Allstate; Print/Outdoor (LGBT market): “GLBT Print Campaign” by Progressive Insurance; Interactive: “Scion’s Create-Your-Own-Comic” by Toyota Scion; Outstanding Advertising (electronic): “Logo Unbuttoned” Levi’s and “We All Walk In Different Shoes–Nina Poon” Kenneth Cole; Outstanding Advertising (print): “Will You Marry Me?” by Absolut Vodka. Glaad.org.


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