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Business News: September 2007

Businesses in the Community that Support the Community
Catwalk, Houston PetSet, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, Diagnostic Eye Center Bellaire merges with Houston Eye Associates, real estate agents for Camp Hope, upcoming antique shows.

Catwalk co-owners Munir Hussain (l) and Steven Hammer.

CATWALK CALL Locally owned and newly opened, Catwalk has found a home where bargains and high fashion co-exist. Located in Montrose (1431 Westheimer, 713/523-9255), Catwalk seeks to cater to everyone’s sense of style with designer wear mixed with top-grade resale/vintage, owner Steven Hammer says.

“Our goal is to be constantly evolving with the fashion trends and eclectic tastes of our customers and our neighborhood, and to be accommodating to their desires,” he adds.

PUPPY LOVE Houston PetSet is garnering quite the reputation for animal altruism. The not-for-profit organization that produces animal-friendly activities and events recently awarded grants to Spay-Neuter Assistance Program, the Houston Humane Society, Special Pals, Houston Area Doberman Rescue, Friends of BARC, Citizens for Animal Protection, Boston Terrier Rescue of Greater Houston, and Home-less Pet Placement League.

The next PetSet fundraiser, the group’s fifth annual benefit event, is set for September 15, 7 p.m., at Hotel Derek. Proceeds from the evening, featuring an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, live music, and a silent auction, also supports local animal-welfare organizations. Details:, 713/328-5151.

From Bonaparte Antiques is this American Empire sofa, circa 1840, upholstered in Scalamandre fabric.

WHAT’S UP WITH THE OUTIES Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, the nonprofit organization that promotes job equality for GLBT employees, is set to name the winners of their 2007 Out & Equal Workplace Awards at a ceremony on September 28. The awards, commonly known as The Outies, will be presented during the annual Out & Equal Workplace Summit in Washington, D.C.

Wells Fargo, PepsiCo, Intel Corp, and Kaiser Permanente are vying for the top honor, the Out & Equal Workplace Excellence Award, which recognizes any employer “with an historic and ongoing commitment to pursuing and executing workplace equality for LGBT employees in their own workplace.” Details:

EYE MERGENCY Opthalmologist Stewart Zuckerbrod, M.D., has announced the merger of his practice, Diagnostic Eye Center Bellaire, with Houston Eye Associates (

“Taking care of my patients is a source of deep satisfaction for me. Joining Houston Eye Associates will enable me to concentrate on my patients’ care and practicing medicine, and leave the day-to-day administration to HEA,” Zuckerbrod says. “Joining this prestigious group will also give me access to equipment and expertise that was beyond the scope of a small private practice.”

Zuckerbrod reports that he will maintain his practice at his Bellaire office, located at 5420 Dashwood, Suite 101. Details: 713/668-9118.  

REAL ESTATE, REAL LOVE Houston area real-estate agents are reaching out to make a difference in more than just the housing market. Danny Pleason, an agent with Karpas Properties, recently announced plans to sponsor an HIV-positive child for Camp Hope for each residence bought or sold through him. AIDS Foundation Houston launched Camp HOPE, the first summer camp in Texas designed specifically for children with HIV and AIDS, in July 1996. Details: 832/661-1502,

Stephanie Casstevens has announced that she will contribute a portion of each home sale for the remainder of 2007 to the International Organization for Migration, which fights child slavery in the African nation of Ghana. Casstevens is a Houston-based agent for Karen Derr & Associates Realty. Details: 832/453-9051,

FALL INTO ANTIQUING This month, Septem-ber 13-16 will be a week for antiques lovers when two of the region’s major shows coincide. The Theta Charity Antiques Show takes place September 13-16, and the Houston Antiques Dealers Association fall show takes place September 14-16, both at the George R. Brown Convention Center. More than 200 dealers, including Bonaparte Antiques of Houston, will present their wares at the HADA show. More than 50 dealers will feature antiques at the Theta show. Proceeds from both events benefit local charities, including The Brookwood Community (HADA) and Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens (Theta). Janet Lionberger is Theta chairperson, and Ralph Pokluda is HADA fall show chairman. Details:,

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