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Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams to Launch New Pro-LGBT Advertising Campaign

BIZNews_MitchellGoldMitchell Gold + Bob Williams is set to release a provocative new advertising campaign as a nod to the LGBT community’s tremendous progress.

This multi-channel campaign, titled “A Modern Affair,” will launch via a 36-page custom catalog, along with print, digital, social, and outdoor initiatives. The campaign, which features both straight and LGBT couples, is a testament to Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams’ longtime support for equality for all. “Who knows what the characters in these scenes are in to . . . and who really cares?” Mitchell Gold, co-founder/chairman, said of the campaign.

“The point is, whatever your sexual orientation—gay, lesbian, transgender, or straight—it’s about freedom to be with whomever you love, in whatever way feels right to you. For us, comfort has always been paramount, in more ways than one. We want people to be comfortable with our home furnishings and in life.” The company—and Gold and Williams personally—continue to work toward full equality at home, in the workplace, in schools, and in religious institutions. INFO: mgbwhome.com.

David Bowers
David Bowers

Realtor David Bowers Celebrates 25 Years in Business

Realtor David Bowers celebrated his 25th year as a member of The House Company team. The House Company, a leader in the Galveston real-estate business for the last 35 years, has won numerous awards for its realty services, including the Galveston County Daily News Readers’ Choice award for best Galveston real-estate office. Bowers, who is a longtime LGBT advocate, was awarded OutSmart’s Gayest & Greatest Readers’ Choice award for Galveston’s best male real-estate agent in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. INFO: thehousecompany.com.

Dessert Gallery Marks 20-Year Milestone

Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 11.46.05 AMDessert Gallery, Houston’s beloved bakery and café located at 3600 Kirby, marks its 20-year anniversary on September 19. In honor of this momentous occasion, the bakery has created the decadent Cosmic 20th Birthday Cake, made of chocolate meringue, chocolate mousse, mocha mousse, brownie, and dark chocolate. This chocoholic’s dream-cake showcases the love and passion of Dessert Gallery’s first two decades, all in a single dessert.

Sara Brook, Dessert Gallery’s CEO, founder, and award-winning pastry chef, has built a loyal customer base over the past 20 years. Regulars flock to the bakery for best-sellers like Jennifer’s Birthday Cake, Turtle Candy Cake, To-Die-For Fudge Pecan Pie, and Chocolate-Dipped Chocolate Chunk Cookies. INFO: dessertgallery.com or 713.522.9999.

Artist Jumper Maybach Raises $85K for Autism Care

Houston artist and performer Jumper Maybach’s original artwork raised $85,000 in an auction hosted by the Foundation for Autism Care, Education and Services (F.A.C.E.S.) to help local children with autism.

Maybach, whose gallery was recently voted one of the top 10 galleries in the Houston metropolitan area, donated an original work of art and a rug/tapestry to the auction. For the latter, he enlisted the help of several children with autism.
“I directed the work,” said Maybach, “but the kids are the ones who made the rug/tapestry. Their enthusiasm was just electrifying, and they did a fantastic job.” INFO: jumpermaybach.com.

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ARKA Living’s Lula Azorey

ARKA Living Furniture Grand Opening on September 15

ARKA Living, Houston’s new modern-furniture store, will hold its grand opening on September 15. The store, located at 4715 Main St., specializes in organic and rustic products that “give an aura of mysticism and contemplation at home or in the office.” “Furniture is a very important part of our lives and at ARKA,” co-owner Lula Azorey said. “We help you build your own ambiance.” INFO: arkaliving.com.

Jeremy Ronquillo Joins the Select Jewelers Team

Select Jewelers' Jeremy Ronquillo
Select Jewelers’ Jeremy Ronquillo

Select Jewelers welcomes Jeremy Ronquillo, a 15-year veteran of the jewelry business, to their team. “It excites me when I am able to help find a special piece of jewelry,” Ronquillo said, and vows to help customers choose the perfect piece of jewelry for any occasion. Offering a vast array of diamonds, gemstones, and precious metals, Select Jewelers boasts one of Houston’s biggest collections of jewelry, and they specialize in wedding and engagement rings. INFO: selectjewelers.com.

Bayou Music Center is Now Revention Music Center

On August 11, City Council Member Robert Gallegos assisted in the ribbon cutting for the newly renamed Revention Music Center (formerly the Bayou Music Center). Photo: Dalton DeHart
On August 11, City Council Member Robert Gallegos assisted in the ribbon cutting for the newly renamed Revention Music Center (formerly the Bayou Music Center). Photo: Dalton DeHart

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