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Business News: June 2007

Businesses in the Community that Support the Community
OutSmart welcomes Robin & Ruby. Nicole Miller at Cantoni. Dunbar Galleries.The Nest and Jubilee merge. KaBloom Landscaping. Deborah Bell’s Concierge At Your Service.

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Ruby Hamilton (L) and Robin Turell join OutSmart

SOME WELCOMED R&R. OutSmart is pleased to announce that Ruby Hamilton and Robin Turell have joined our staff as account representatives. Formerly with the Houston-based Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages, the women bring a wealth of sales and marketing experience to the magazine. Hamilton is a former president of the Greater Houston GLBT Chamber of Commerce. To contact Ruby Hamilton email: For Robin Turell email:

IT’S THE NICOLE MILLER SHOW. Cantoni, the retailer of fine contemporary home furniture, accessories, and design services, has announced the addition of the Nicole Miller furniture line.   Miller, the fashion designer who launched her career with a signature “little black dress,” is scheduled to attend a reception at Cantoni’s Houston store (9889 Westheimer) on June 21, 7-9 p.m., to introduce the product line. Cantoni is the exclusive Nicole Miller dealer in Houston. At the reception, Cantoni will also spotlight its Ritz, Manhattan, Lexington, Bryant Park, Park Avenue, Loft, and Hudson collections. Details:

Jim N. Hill at Dunbar Galleries

LOOKING FOR MR. DUNBAR. Dunbar Galleries in The Galleria exhibits the recent paintings of Houston artist Jim N. Hill on June 14, 6-9 p.m. Hill’s works include seascapes, landscapes, figurative, floral, and abstract imagery. Dunbar Galleries (Galleria 3, Level 2) also carries art glass, fine jewelry, Alpaca sweaters, masks, figurines, textiles, religious artwork, ceramic vases, and other home décor items. Details: 713/622-3063

WELL, WHAT WOULD YOU CALL IT? Unique home furnishings boutiques, The Nest (r) in Galveston and Jubilee in the Heights, have announced they have merged to operate as one company called (wait for it) The Nest and Jubilee . In addition to unique decorator items, the company provides custom re-do’s for favorite pieces of furniture, with more than 4,000 quick-ship fabrics in all price ranges. The merged firm is located at 321 W. 19th St. (Houston) and 2427 Market (Galveston). Details: 409/763-5044

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO KABLOOM. Each month, the horticulturally gifted folks at KaBloom Landscaping choose a local senior citizen who needs help beautifying his or her yard or garden. With that goal in mind, KaBloom owner Jeff River Law is currently seeking nominations for June of a person to help as well as volunteers who would like to lend a hand to the neighborly project. KaBloom recently won two local yards-of-the-month awards, so Law (who closed his October Gallery art and gift store last year) and his staff obviously know what they’re doing. Details:

NEED A LITTLE HELP? Founded by long-time community activist Deborah Bell, the new firm Concierge At Your Service provides a variety of services to meet client needs. “The goal is to help each with their busy lives and be less stressful,” says Bell, also a co-host of the KPFT program Queer Voices and president of the National Organization for Women state chapter. “It’s like having your own personal assistant.” Services offered include shopping, house sitting, pet care, clerical, and assistance with parties and yard sales. Bell, a licensed notary, says she matches needs with resources for each client. Details: 832/969-5620

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