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Business News: January 2008

Businessness in the Community that Support the Community
Saturn, Houston Gym, Gay Islander Visitors Center, Dr. Shel Wellness and Medical Spa.


Laura Mendez


Laura Mendez, RN, recently joined the staff of Dr. Shel Wellness & Medical Spa.

A graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner Program, Mendez (photo at right) has extensive experience in surgery, emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, bio-identical hormone therapy, and aesthetics. She has been practicing in the Houston area since 1994.

Dr. Shel Wellness & Medical Spa is located at 2507 Williams Trace Blvd., Suite 102, in Sugar Land.

DRAG, RACING Saturn has a new unofficial spokesperson/model in Anita Bump (right). The local drag favorite is pictured straddling the 2008 Saturn Sky Red Line, available now at any of Houston’s three Saturn locations, which include Saturn of Houston-Katy Freeway (11740 Old Katy Rd.). Saturn dealers say they are now making room in their fleets for the new Astra. Details:• 1-800-4-SATURN.


Anita Bump


In November, Houston Gym was named the first gym of the month by the fitness website

“To highlight great gyms, we wanted to award one gym per month with the Gym of the Month Award,” CEO Ryan DeLuca said. “We hope that everyone is looking for the same things we are in a great gym: friendly, knowledgeable staff, lots of free weights, the right type of machines, and a motivating environment where serious training is taking place…all at an affordable price.”

Houston Gym, owned by Johnnie West and John Langerman, provides “a no frills, all-you-need training experience,” with plenty of equipment to round out the workout, including Hammer Strength, Cybex, Bodymaster, and Life Fitness machines, DeLuca adds.

Houston Gym is located at 1501 Durham. The phone number is 713/880-9191, and the website is

THE ISLAND GETS GAYER On December 10, the Gay Islander Visitors Center opened in Galveston’s historic Strand district. Located at 302 Rosenberg (25th St.), the center is designed to serve as a comprehensive travel and lifestyle resource for the GLBT community, organizers say.

“Working with Galveston’s GLBT community, we are committed to providing visitors to and residents of Galveston with information about where to find gay-friendly businesses, community resources, charities, and so forth,” says Laura Villagrán, founder of the Gay Yellow Pages ( and Villa -grán organized the inaugural Galveston Island Pride Festival in October (“Pride on the Water,” October 2007 OutSmart).

GLBT-friendly services available at the center include a full-service travel agency; real-estate referrals; pet, community, health, and welfare resources; and a calendar of local events. Staff members say they are actively soliciting information from the community about other services.

The center is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for early January, with an open house to follow during Mardi Gras in February. Details: 409/502-1025,

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