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Business News: March 2008

Businessness in the Community that Support the Community
Mitchell Katine and John Nechman form law firm.
Massage therapist and hair stylist David Tritico opens new studio.
The Pleasure Chateau and the Bow Wow Club debut.
BoConcept fights ugly furniture.
Houston Gym hosts open house.
By Nancy Ford

Local attorneys Mitchell Katine and John Nechman recently announced the formation of their new law firm, Katine & Nechman, LLP.

Katine, most recently a partner in the firm Williams, Birnberg, and Anderson, LLP, was the local attorney for John Lawrence and the late Tyron Garner, the petitioners in the landmark Lawrence v. Texas case, in which the Supreme Court overturned the sodomy laws in the United States. Katine’s primary area of practice is civil law, including estate planning. Nechman, one of the original partners in the firm then known as Nechman, Simoneaux and Frye, PLLC (now Simoneaux, Frye and Thomason) focuses on immigration and criminal law.

Massage therapist and hair stylist David Tritico


Massage therapist and hair stylist David Tritico is celebrating the opening of his own studio, Olympian Therapeutic Massage and Barber Shop, with a grand opening on March 20, 6 p.m. “Not only is David a great barber, but he also gives the best deep tissue and sports massages in town,” says one client, Nelson Vergel, the author and community HIV advocate. Tritico also offers body wraps, facials, and non-surgical facelifts.

The new salon is located at 3400 Montrose, Suite 435. Details: 832/274-3853,


Gina and Cory San Miguel have announced the opening of The Pleasure Chateau. Located at 1550 Westheimer, the new boutique offers an extensive line of lingerie, candles, Kama Sutra supplies, and adult novelties (including dildos, the sale of which the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled was constitutional) for the “discriminating adult.” Set in a French-style shop decorated with chandeliers, the Pleasure Chateau also books in-home “pleasure parties.” Details: 713/520-6222,


Urban Tails, “where all tails have happy endings,” continues to celebrate the opening of its new Bow Wow Beach Club. The indoor dog pool and expanded playground is a first for Houston, owners say. Urban Tails is located at 1618 Webster at Jackson. Details: 713/658-0900,


In a campaign to rid humanity of the blight of unsightly furniture, BoConcept, the furniture retailer and designer, has launched The retailer urges consumers to upload photos of their most unappealing piece of furniture for a chance to win a grand prize (a BoConcept gift card worth $7,000) and other prizes. Details:

Bo Concept is located at 4302 Westheimer. The phone number is 713/877-1900, and the website is

Houston Gym remodels


Boasting “the friendliest gym staff in town,” Houston Gym (1501 Durham) hosts a spring open house on March 26. The public is invited to tour the newly remodeled facility, sample special fitness classes, and enjoy music and refreshments.

Details: 713/880-9191,

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