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Business News: October 2007

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Personal trainer David Lewis, Buffalo Exchange

PHOTO SYNTHESIS   Certified personal trainer David Lewis, who previously worked at Fitness Exchange, now trains clients at One 2 One Training Center, located at 6322 Richmond Ave. His 10 years of experience include having served as lead personal trainer at the Body Positive Wellness Center (now part of Legacy Community Health Services).

Lewis, who is also a photographer and contributes to OutSmart, offers complimentary consultations to new clients through December 31. Details: 713/240-5508 • www.myspace/bodybydav.

NEW HEIGHTS RESALE SHOP Buffalo Exchange, frequently voted a favorite resale shop in the annual Gayest & Greatest reader poll, has opened a second store in Houston. This month, the retailer joins the lineup of other hip businesses on the popular 19th Street in the Heights. The new outlet, located at 249 W. 19th, joins the Buffalo Exchange Montrose store (1618 Westheimer) as a prime stop for vintage clothing, accessories, and more. Details:

SHOPPING FOR A CAUSE This month, Macy’s gives shoppers yet another reason to head to the mall. On October 13, the retailer provides 10 to 20 percent discounts and more on merchandise for customers bearing “shopping pass tickets” purchased for $5 from local nonprofit organizations, which include the Center for AIDS Information & Advocacy (; for their efforts to sell these tickets, the charities keep the entire $5 from each sale. Macy’s will sell tickets at the door on October 13 with proceeds benefiting local charities. The Center for AIDS will sell tickets at the downtown Houston store on October 13, according to Macy’s spokesman Kamal Bosamia.

Macy’s has helped nonprofit organizations raise money through this Shop for a Cause effort for the last five years, organizers say. Last September as part of the national launch of Macy’s (which included the acquisition and renaming of the regional Foley’s stores), the event raised more than $9 million.

Houston-area Macy’s locations include the downtown store (1100 Main, 713/405-7035), the Galleria store (2727 Sage, 713/968-1985), and the Almeda Mall store (100 Almeda Mall, 713/943-4300). Details:

TO YOUR HEALTH Dessert Gallery has announced a new service for the season: flu shots. The bakery and restaurant is partnering with the Texas Vaccine Institute to provide vaccines on October 6, 9–11 a.m., at the new Dessert Gallery location in Sugar Land, 2260 Lone Star Dr., at Sugar Land Town Square. Flu shots are $20.

“Everyone knows that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, hence the tie-in with Dessert Gallery,” says Sara Brook, Dessert Gallery owner. “The single best way to prevent getting the flu is to get vaccinated each fall.” The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends flu shots particularly for elderly people, young children, and people with certain health conditions who are either at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or who live with or care for high-risk persons.

Dessert Gallery and the Texas Vaccine Institute had provided shots at the original Kirby Drive location on September 29. Details:

LOFTY AMBITIONS This year’s 10th Annual Downtown Galveston Lofts Tour on October 6 and 7 features nine loft homes located in a variety of Galveston historical buildings, including the Brownstones on Postoffice, a project represented by Joe Tramonte Realty.

The development and restoration of these old buildings has been “a joy and an economic boon” for the Island, says Adrienne Culpepper, president of the Galveston Antique Dealers Association, which presents the tour. She adds that these restorations are increasingly part of the “building green” movement that addresses energy conservation and environmental protection issues. “Instead of demolishing an existing structure, people come to Galveston to re-use and re-cycle buildings.”

On the tour: The Brownstones on Postoffice in Galveston.

Though not considered a historic structure, the Brownstones on Postofice is one of the “green” loft buildings on the tour. Among The Brownstones’ earth-friendly features: a reflective white roof on the main house, recycled pine flooring, energy-efficient appliances, and eco-friendly, permeable pavers in the courtyard.

Tickets are available at Kroger stores and through or 1-888-939-8680. Details:



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