LITTLE J’S SPORTS BAR

4218 Washington Ave.
(832) 649-5293 www.littlejsbar.com

BLOK: Washington Corridor

Finally a neighborhood bar on Washington Avenue. Come as you are and bring the dogs! Free parking all day every day. Enjoy a full bar, great beer selection, and pop up kitchen. Check Facebook for specials!

--Staff Pick: Monday Steak night 7-10pm $14 top cut ribeye includes 3 cheese potatoes au gratin with a beer. Shoot us a photo to win at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

GET REAL EFX

4701 Rose Street
(832) 387-4062
www.GREFITNESS.com

BLOK: Washington Corridor

These guys take REAL people, set REAL goals, and get REAL results! Offering multiple training programs that provide GUARANTEED results! This is not a cross fit gym but a great place to work out with others in structured activities. Staff Pick: How about an early start to your day, choose to join any morning class and check in on Facebook to win!

VINAL EDGE RECORDS

239 W 19th St.
(281) 537-2575
www.vinaledge.com

BLOK: Heights

Vinal Edge Records is an independently owned Record & CD shop serving Houston since 1985. Stop by our shop in the heart of the Heights to see our REMARKABLE selection of RECORDS, CDs, and TURNTABLES! We are also a great place to SELL ANYTHING MUSIC RELATED. While records are of most interest to us, we buy all kinds of stereo/music equipment. Concert posters, t-shirts, tour programs, ticket stubs.-Named “Best Record Store 2013” by the Houston Press.

--Staff Pick: We have several ideal record players and all come with our free advice on setting up your system. THEN we can talk about the fun of COLLECTING RECORDS!

BAYOU BEND COLLECTION & GARDENS

6003 Memorial Dr.
713.639.7750
www.mfah.org

BLOK: Memorial Park

Bayou Bend is the MFAH house museum for American decorative arts and paintings. Displayed in the former home of Houston civic leader and philanthropist Ima Hogg (1882–1975), the collection is one of the finest showcases of American furnishings, silver, ceramics, and paintings in the world. The house is situated on 14 acres of organically maintained gardens in Houston’s historic River Oaks neighborhood.

--Staff Pick: Take in one of the many free days offered by the MFAH. Look for the signs at the corner of Westcott and Memorial for special events. We like the spring with Azaleas in full bloom. Snap a photo and email it to win@ ourblok.com to be entered to win $100.00 weekly in cash and prizes.

ARBORETUM & NATURE CENTER
MEMORIAL PARK

4501 Woodway Dr.
(713) 681-8433
www.houstonarboretum.org

BLOK: Memorial Park

Located on the western edge of Memorial Park, the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and the opportunity to experience the natural world. This 155-acre non-profit urban nature sanctuary provides education about the natural environment to Houstonians of all ages. It plays a vital role in protecting native plants and animals in the heart of the city where development threatens their survival.

--Staff Pick: Take this jewel in any time but we love the Halloween walk and festivities. Great place for family fun!

MEMORIAL PARK GOLF COURSE

BLOK: MEMORIAL PARK

O.K. we debated to put this in but it is a fun thing to do. Forewarned it is likely illegal and OurBlok is not responsible for paying any fines or tickets but head over when the course is closed and catch a fish in one of the golf course ponds! Don’t get caught, don’t harm the fish and don’t post a photo!

--Staff Pick: We better not say.

THE WAVE

Blok: Washington Corridor

How about our very own Jitney service. This is PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION With HIGH QUALITY SHUTTLE BUSES TAKING YOU WHERE YOU WANT TO GO IN HOUSTON!

A hybrid between a taxi, limo, and public bus. The size of airport shuttle buses, but much nicer. If along their routes they can pick you up at home ( like a taxi.) The wave buses are super nice with upgraded seats, stereos, televisions, coolers, subs, amps, LED lights, and awesome drivers. The Wave now serves almost all areas inside Loop 610 & the Galleria. To be picked up in Midtown, The Heights, Downtown/ EaDo, Rice Village, Upper Kirby/Shepherd, Montrose, Galleria/Uptown, the Washington Corridor, the way you want to get around in Houston.

--Staff Pick: Take the Wave to the rodeo from Luckys on white Oak $20.00 round trip.

SARA’S INN ON THE BOULEVARD

941 Heights Blvd.
(713) 868 1130
www.saras.com

Blok: Heights

Sara’s is a family owned operation. The Inn was opened in August of 1986 and provides the Heights families and travelers with a cozy and warm retreat right in t he neighborhood.

--Staff Pick: We would like to give you a night and see how many of the 100 Things you can knock off this list! Email us a photo taken from the sign in front of the spa for a chance to win $100 in cash and prizes. Submit it at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

HO CHI MINH TRAIL MEMORIAL PARK

BLOK: MEMORIAL PARK

Bike enthusiasts have been doing it for years and this one is legal as long as the trail is posted “open” tread carefully as this is not an easy ride. Take in the scenery in and along the park like most do not experience. Be sure and tell your loved ones were you are headed. If you have ever seen an ambulance on the South side of the park it most likely is hauling a rider out who got a bit aggressive on the trail. Great spring time activity if you are up for a thrill.

--Staff Pick: Take your significant other along and after your ride stop off at any of the local drinkeries to relish in the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat.

ACTIVATE YOUR OURBLOK REWARDS PROGRAM

Blok: Greater Heights

Winning has never been so easy just go to ourblok.com and click on “Request a Card!” Include your data and presto you are in the fastest growing rewards program in the city. One program gets you gifts and rewards at businesses all over the city. All at no costs and you may even win $100.00

--Staff Pick: This is a tuff one, great restaurants abound that accept the card. It’s hard to beat lunch at The Heights General Store. Be sure and let them know you are in the program for $3.00 off your first visit.

HEIGHTS FUN RUN

Marmion Park

BLOK: Heights

This June marks the 29th Annual Heights Fun Run. You can kill two birds with one stone get over to Tri- On-The Run to get a gate analysis for the new running shoes you will need to run a personal best. This short out-and-back fun run and walk will take place along Heights Boulevard, beginning and ending at Marmion Park Saturday, June 7, 2014.

--Staff Pick: Get involved with this event, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or plan to run and send a photo to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for entry to win $100.00 in cash and prizes.

BICYCLE RALLY AND SCAVENGER HUNT

Blok: Heights

The Houston Heights Association’s Bicycle Rally & Scavenger Hunt is a fun event that allows entrants to choose between the classic 20-mile course through the Heights and near-by neighborhoods, or a shorter five-mile ride designed for kids and their adult companions. Both start and finish at Marmion Park, located at 18th Street and Heights Boulevard. The 2014 bike rally is scheduled for Saturday, October 4.

--Staff Pick: Why not make this day even more fun dress up in any costume send us a photo to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for entry into the drawing.

Rockin’ Holiday Party

Blok: Heights

The neighborhood will be rockin’ around the Houston Heights on Thursday, December 5, starting at 7:00 p.m. and rockin’ on ‘til 10:00 p.m., Yes all the way to 10:00 PM! A 50s-style party and fundraiser at the newly renovated historic Houston Heights City Hall and Fire Station. Enjoy the 50s food and drink, live music and a holiday-themed silent auction.

--Staff pick: Make your way to Venus Hair Salon on 19th and get your big hair prior to the event and you can be entered twice for cash and prizes!

SHOP THE HEIGHTS NEW MALL

BLOK: Houston

Get on line at www.shoptheblok.com for this entry into the campaign. Any time you buy an item you are automatically entered into the weekly draw. ShopTheBlok.com is made up of Heights area retailers that offer great products and services. Spend $50.00 or more and you can take delivery in four hours!

--Staff Pick: Send a loved one a gift with four hour delivery. All deliveries are made with a Tuxedo clad delivery person. Have someone you need to impress?

CITY OVEN

2802 White Oak Dr, 77007
(713) 868-3400
www.cityoven.com

BLOK: Heights

City Oven is an eclectic pizza tavern located in the Heights. Opened in Sept. 2013, the restaurant has quickly become known for artisan wood-fired pizzas, giant meatball appetizers, and a wide selection of Texas and regional spirits and beer. Acoustic artists entertain from 9pm-1am Friday and Saturday. The kitchen is open for lunch, dinner and late night.

--Staff Pick: Catch one of their featured live bands on Friday or Saturday night. Snap a photo and email it to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., remember keep it clean you may get published.

VINTERS OWN

3482 W 12th St
(713) 880-3794
www.vintersown.com

BLOK: Lazy Brook

Wine is a fabulous gift any time of the year. And custom-labeled, premium wine speaks volumes. At Vintners Own Winery, we offer a variety of wines to choose from for your special Holiday gifts.

--Staff Pick: Order by December 1, 2013, mention OurBlok and get 10% off of 3 or more cases, and 15% off ten or more cases. Your friends and family --and Clients--will love you for it!

HELLO LUCKY

1025 Studewood St.
(713) 864-3556 www.hello-lucky.com

BLOK: Oak Forest

Artist designed men’s women’s and kid’s goodies infant onesies, jackets, skirts, dresses, jewelry for guys and gals (bling baby, bling), soaps, cards, buckles, wallets, cufflinks, as well as small art works for the home!

--Staff Pick: You gotta love a place that openly states “ if you need us to stay open later just call us” Know someone getting married great place for unique gift ideas and one of a kind items.

FORWARD RESULTS BAND JAM

1703 W 12th St.
www.forwardresults.com

BLOK: Heights

A growing legion of executives and other professionals are jamming in The Heights.The Forward Results Band Jam in the Houston Heights, where musicians who are CEOs or CPAs by day shift gears to perform and network with music by night. This is held Thursday nights at the office of Gary Cooper CPA.

--Staff Pick: This is in our top five of all the things on the lists. Where in the world can you enjoy great music and fun for absolutely no costs. Bring a musical instrument or come sing along.

THE DUTCHMAN

834 Wakefield Dr
(713) 691-0228

BLOK: Garden Oaks

Looking for a neighborhood “Cheers Bar” look no further. Want one that has some staying power? How about one that has been around since 1948!

--Staff Pick: Who says you cant teach an old dog new tricks? Stop in and check out their new selection of draft beer. Take a photo with Kenney and send it on at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

TRI ON THE RUN

518 Shepherd Dr.
(832) 673-0600 www.triontherun.com

BLOK: Washington Corridor

Houston’s Specialty Sports Store. From goggles and bikes to shoes and accessories, the one stop Triathlon shop. Apparel, Nutrition, bike fitting, run gait analysis, wetsuit fitting, experience and know how.

--Staff Pick: The only place we know of in the area that offers a free analysis before buying your running shoes! You think fitting is important with a running shoe?

ROZNOVSKY’S HAMBURGERS

3401 West T. C. Jester Blvd.
(713) 957-1100

BLOK: Oak Forest

One of the best “old-school” hamburger joints left in Houston. One of the Heights’ hidden gems. Famous for their onion rings.

--STAFF PICK: Running late for lunch, we love a late afternoon burger with onion rings and remember “you can’t eat atmosphere.”

LABEL WAREHOUSE

14 KENDALL St
(713) 228-2824
www.icfiresale.com

BLOK: Heights

Bringing in the latest fashions from New York and California. Providing families with the latest name brand clothes & accessories at extremely discounted prices is their specialty.

--Staff Pick: This place gives resell a whole new meaning. Need a last minute outfit for a big occasion check it out for value and fashion.

TRIPLE A

2526 Airline Dr.
(713) 861-3422,

BLOK: Heights

Family Owned and Operated, Fresh Vegetables Daily, Traditional American Style Food, Dining In & carry Out.

--Staff Pick: This is a tough one.Lets call it a tie between Chicken and Dumplings on Tuesdays or Fried Catfish on Fridays. Check the Ourblok app for daily specials.

OPERA IN THE HEIGHTS

1703 Heights Blvd
(713) 861-5303, www.operaintheheights.org

BLOK: Heights

Non-profit regional opera company serving the Houston Heights and Greater Houston area with opera and concert performances.

--Staff Pick: Jump on the website early to purchase tickets in advance!

SHIPLEY’S DO-NUTS

3410 Ella Blvd.
(713) 682-4343
www.shipleydonuts.ws

BLOK: Oak Forest

They always have fresh do-nuts, warm kolaches, freshly brewed coffee, ice-cold milk and many other delicious breakfast favorites!

--STAFF PICK: No brainer here. The Houston Press had this on their bucket list. We think you should eat a dozen glazed donuts today! They are Heavenly and I am convinced not offered in the afterlife!

YALE STREET GRILL

2100 Yale St.
(713) 861-3113

BLOK: Heights

Comfort food, milkshakes, chicken pot pie, blue plate special and shakes. Must try the biscuits and gravy.

--Staff Pick: Forget counting calories especially for breakfast. Just try any of their daily breakfast specials. Our favorite pancakes in the area.

RAINBOW LODGE

2011 Ella Blvd.
(713) 861-8666
www.rainbow-lodge.com

BLOK: Lazy Brook

Houston’s original log restaurant featuring seafood and wild game. A historic log cabin on an acre of beautiful landscape grounds.

--STAFF PICK: Great place to impress out of town guests. Ask for a table in the bar area for a real treat at lunch.

THE LIFT

365 W. 19th St.
(713) 868-LIFT
www.thelifton19th.com

BLOK: Heights

Small bookstore, gift shop, and jewelry boutique on historic West 19th Street in the Heights area of Houston. New bestselling books at a discount, Waxing Poetic jewelry, whimsical gifts, and other good things.

--STAFF PICK: Need a unique gift item we are convinced one could complete their entire Holiday lists in this one store! Who needs Amazon with neighborhood businesses like

WOODROW’S HEIGHTS

1200 Durham Dr,.
(713) 864-5600
www.woodrowsheights.com

Neighborhood: Washington Corridor

Best Cajun food in Houston Texas. Serving lunch and dinner. Big beer selection. Delicious homemade frozen drinks. Lots of parking.

--Staff Pick: A lot of great food offered here. Hard to beat during crawfish season. What ever order be sure and request a side salad with the green olive dressing. Check in with your OurBlok rewards for double credit in the contest!

SPAGHETTI WESTERN

1951 T C Jester
www.spagwesthouston.com

Neighborhood: Lazy Brook

Serving pizzas, pastas, salads and sandwiches. Full bar featuring great margaritas, frozen bellinis, and a great selection of draft and bottled beers.

--Staff Pick: Old location on Durham and new spot on T C Jester. Serving great food for years. If you can find a better pepperoni pizza in town call us!

WABASH ANTIQUES & FEED STORE

5701 Washington Ave
(713) 863-8322
www.wabashfeed.com

BLOK: Washington Corridor

Houston’s Organic Farming Headquarters. A hardware store, a pet shop, an organic herb garden and an antique market. The only place in Houston you can find holistic pet treatments, vegetable and native plants, natural pet foods, bird feeders, fertilizer, an enormous selection of farm poultry AND cold beer under one barn roof.

--Staff Pick: Great for last minute gift items. Stop in and snap a photo with a kitten or puppy. Careful you may take one home.

AVENUE GRILL

1017 Houston Ave. (713) 228-5138

BLOK: Washington Corridor

Traditional American Family Restaurant nestled in the heart of Washington Corridor. This restaurant offers a warm, cozy environment fit for the whole family. The “Avenue”, as the locals know it, is renowned for its award winning soul food, friendly staff and impressive menu.

--Staff Pick: Famous for their steam table at lunch. One of the only spots with a fresh gyro, but you gotta make it a Fireman or Policeman’s special for breakfast! And no you do not have to be a first responder to order.

ERICA DEL GARDO JEWELRY DESIGNS

365 W. 19th St.
(713) 802-1977
www.EricaDelGardo.com

BLOK: Heights

Unique, hand-crafted jewelry.

Trelew Art Metal Studio is home to Erica DelGardo Jewelry. Erica’s goal, through her crafts in Jewelry is to create a unique reflection of the people, culture, and individualism of the Patagonia region of Argentina. Every piece of jewelry made in the studio is a one-of-a-kind creation and no two pieces will ever be exactly alike.

--Staff Pick: Design a custom piece of jewelry .

STYLE CYCLE

246 W 19th St.
(281) 888-9171
www.style-cycle.com

BLOK: Heights

Vintage Consignment Boutique

Houston is home to hundreds of antique stores. Style Cycle has differentiated themselves from this otherwise pigeon-holed industry by creating a ‘cycle’ that re-purposes otherwise obsolete goods, clothes and antiques. This is done by redesigning an item to fit a current style, or rebuilding an item to make a completely new one.

--Staff Pick: Send us a pic of your recycled item and be entered to win.

WONDER WILD

767 N Shepherd Dr #400
(713) 864-4242
www.GoWonderWild.com

BLOK: Heights

Parties and Events

Wonder Wild strives to create an experience that’s fun, unique and entertaining for a variety of ages. They business is to make your child’s birthday or event, a special and memorable occasion. From set up to clean up, they are there to help you every step of the way.

--Staff Pick: Bring the energy in this over the top bounce house! Sign up for monthly play times for the kids, we guarantee they will sleep better. You have to see this place to believe it non stop fun for kids!

DOUG SANDERS

BLOK: Memorial Park Driving Range

In a city with a ton of famous golfers none are more colorful than The Peacock Doug Sanders. You can find him most nights at Memorial Park driving Range. Catch a photo with Doug and submit it at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You may win $100.00 in gifts and prizes. You will for sure be blessed with a story or two from Doug.

VENUS HAIR SALON

361 West 19th St.
(713) 868-4725
www.VenusHairHouston.com

BLOK: Heights

Eccentric Hair Salon

The walls are jam-packed with masks and other knick-knacks, but get past the light-hearted interior and you can find experienced… Susan Venus purchased the shop in 1978,it was owned and operated by Bill Vaughn as 19th Avenue Barber Shop for 50 years. Venus Hair attracts tour groups and Media attention (including an article in Vogue Magazine) with their collections of masks and dolls and an array of mannequins sporting the proverbial big hair.

--Staff Pick: Got an occasion you need to “ DIVA Up” for an event, this is the spot. You know you have always wanted to let this be the year. We won’t believe unless you submit a photo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

THOMPSON’S ANTIQUE CENTER OF TX

9950 Hempstead Rd.
(713) 688-4211
www.AntiqueCenterOfTexas.com

BLOK: Oak Forrest

Antique Warehouse & Showroom

Visit Carolyn Thompson’s Antique Center of Texas. They have over 190 dealer spaces & showcases filling 108,000 sq. ft., with the finest selection of antiques and collectibles. We have most of the dealers that were at the original location & over 50 new dealers have joined us at the new place!

--Staff Pick: Great place to kill a rainy Saturday be careful you can spend hours and hours in here. More things under oen roof than you could imagine.

HAPPY BELLY STUDIOS

920 Studemont St., Ste 400
(713) 862-7972
www.happybellystudios.com

BLOK: Washington Corridor

Yoga & Pilates Studio

Happy Belly Studios, Lighthearted Yoga and Pilates, has been a dream of owner and yoga and Pilates instructor, Michele Stamos, and a labor of love that started with an idea and became a reality in February of 2011. Currently offering over 40 classes a week in yoga and Pilates, Happy Belly Studios strives to bring the mind-body connection to the Washington/Memorial-Heights area.

--Staff Pick: Take a photo with your happy belly or the Happy Belly Buddha. Take advantage of a drop in class while you are there. Hey guys this yoga thing is not just for the girls.

THE CADDY SHACK BAR & GRILL

1809 Washington Ave
(713) 426-1816

Neighborhood: Washington Corridor

Sports Bar & Grill

The Caddy Shack Bar & Grill is a cozy sports bar located in the Sixth Ward in the Heart of Washington Corridor. They are known for their quick, friendly service, great food and hearty portions. Be sure to pay them a visit to kick back for a relaxed time after work. Address:

--Staff Pick: If you love sports stop in and visit with the owner Eric. Eric has great insight into professional sports and loves to share his great food and restaurant. Stop in for any sporting event and enjoy both the sights and sound of the game.

NIAMOVES

508 Pecore St.
(713) 864-4260 www.NiaMoves.com

BLOK: Heights

Dance, Fitness & Cardio

Nia is a dance fitness class and is our main business. They offer over 20 Nia classes a week starting at 6 am. Beginners are welcome to all classes. Nia is a fun, expressive dance cardio workout to soul-stirring music with easy-to-learn movements. Invite your inner dancer, athlete, warrior, and child within to expressively emerge and get fit at the same time! Nia connects the body, mind, emotions and spirit.

--Staff Pick: Need a place to get out of your brain and get into your soul? This is it. We would love a photo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

PLANET CURLS

6516 North Main
(713) 861-6444
www.PlanetCurlsHouston.com

BLOK: Heights

Beauty Salon

Planet curls is Houston’s first Deva Inspired salon in Houston Texas. Our focus is textured hair, from the slightest wave to the tightest coils. All hair stylists are Deva certified and continually learn more techniques for cutting, coloring, styling and caring for textured hair. We have on-site and on-location stylists that will make you look flawless for your special event. If you have straight hair don’t worry we’re here to take care of you too!! We can even perm it!! Our goal is to make our clients embrace the texture they have and rejoice in it!!!

--Staff Pick: Planet Curls carries only the finest products to care for curls. Stop by and treat your curls with the best!

TABLE 19

632 W 19th St.
(713) 864-3301
www.Table-19.com

BLOK: Heights

Traditional American Delights!

Table 19 is a locally owned restaurant serving breakfast and lunch during the week with an all day brunch on weekends. We serve locally sourced freshly prepared soups, salads and sandwiches as well as a variety of burgers. Come in and try our house made desserts.

--Staff Pick: Favorite Sunday Brunch spot, especially in light of the fact you can bring your own Champagne!

CROW BAR

954 Wakefield Dr.
(713) 686-8388
www.wakefieldcrowbar.com

BLOK: Shady Acres

HUGE selection of beer; including crafts, imports and domestics. Great Happy hour! Extensive menu, including cupcakes. Sand volleyball courts and other fun games.

--Staff Pick: You know you have been wanting to break out that muscle shirt or bikini, this is the spot. There are so many fun things to do here to help you get your thirst on. Remember if you join in a volleyball game you are not 15 any more, so proceed with caution and remember winning isn’t everything!

--Staff Pick: Check out a class today! We look forward to meeting you.

RED ROCKET

244 West 19th St.
(832) 767-5562
www.redrocketspeedshop.com

BLOK: Heights

Authentic replicas of shirts and pants, manufactured by Dickies, original work wear apparel since 1922. We carry retro and vintage clothing for guys and gals who probably also love their cars, rods, trucks and bobbers! Look Rockin and get your rides worked on at Red Rocket of Houston!

--Staff Pick: Sure you can buy a pair of jeans on line but owner Brendan Del Gardo knows more about American clothing than you can imagine. Stop in to see his every changing art and pick out a pair of jeans made to order.

THE BOOM BOOM ROOM

2518 Yale St.
(713) 868-3740
www.theboomboomroomhouston.com

BLOK: Heights

Great place to meet friends or have a party. This retro-chic lounge is known more than anything for playing great music, both canned and live. Large selection of Champagne, wine, ports, dessert wines and beer. Famous for our delicious sangria and champagne cocktails.com

--Staff Pick: If there is a more fun way to spend a late night than Boom Boom Room share the love. Fantastic musicians in a “Velvet” atmosphere. Any weekend they are open is worth a visit. Check urblokheights.com for a calendar of events.

RED BUD GALLERY

303 East 11th St.
(713) 862-2532
www.redbudgallery.com

BLOK: Heights

The goal of the space is to show fine art on a global basis and promote the rich culture of the USA. Gratis Art collection consulting and appraisal is also provided by the gallery. Artists have ranged from masters to first timers. We show all media; including prints, sculpture, ceramics, photos, drawings, glass, paintings, and installations on a local, national and international basis.

--Staff Pick: OMG if you only visit one art gallery in the area make it this one. Sure the every changing local shows are great but find a way to sit down with owner Gus Kopriva. While you are at it snap a photo with one of Gus’s 3 Hairless Peruvian dogs. We dare you!

THE HEIGHTS HOME & GARDEN TOUR

Heights Fire station @ Yale Street

Saturday & Sunday, April 5th & 6th
Noon to 6:00 PM

BLOK: Heights

Home Tour Tickets: $20 each available at Another Place in Time, Buchanan’s Native Plants, and Jubilee, plus online at houstonheights.org. On the day of the tour, tickets will be $25

--Staff Pick: Email a photo of you at any home on the tour to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and be entered to win $100 cash & prizes.

LOVEJOY’S ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES

2100 Yale St.
(713) 802-1132.

BLOK: The Heights

Committed to providing good customer service and standing behind their products. Huge selection of collectibles. Family owned. Something for everyone!

--Staff Pick: No one brings more love to the neighborhood than the LoveJoy’s. If you have a nostalgic bone in your body visit here and leave yourself plenty of time for wandering. This place has more items than the Internet, if you don’t believe us stop in and see.

OAKS BATTER UP

3004 Yale St.
(713) 957-2323 www.oaksbatterup.com

BLOK: Garden Oaks

We can provide all of your baseball, softball and sports related needs. Huge inventory of quality equipment. Batting cages, baseball and softball private lessons, sports equipment and sports trading cards are our specialty. We have seven indoor softball and baseball cages available to rent for individuals, groups, teams, and parties.

--Staff Pick:: Have you dreamed of hitting a home run. Want to get off of first base. Drop in for a swing of the bat. Use your OurBlok card for double points in the contests.

BIG DOG & MISS KITTI’S PET SITTING SERVICES

448 W. 19th St. #208
(713) 695-1684
www.bdmkps.com

BLOK: Heights

Providing quality and loving pet care, while ensuring the safety and security of her clients’ homes. Big Dog and Miss Kitti’s Pet Sitting Services can provide your pets with the loving and tender care they require in the professional and conscientious manner you desire, while also adding security to your home.

--Staff Pick: Let us pamper your pet while you are away! He will be happier at home.

BRAZILIAN ARTS FOUNDATION

1133 E. 11th St.
(713) 862-3300 www.brazilianarts.org

BLOK: Heights

The Brazilian Arts Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing cultural education and building community through the preservation and sharing of Brazilian culture. From performances to language classes, cooking to facility event rental, this is truly the “Everything Brazil” spot of Houston.

--Staff Pick: Want to get a little rhythm back in your relationship? Sign up for Brazilian dance classes. Check their calendar at ourblok.heights. com.

HAPPY FATZ

3510 White Oak Dr.
(713) 426-3554
www.happyfatz.com

BLOK: Heights

Gourmet Hotdog Bites & Divine Dessert Delights! Indoor outdoor seating. Old house turned into a cozy restaurant with welcoming staff. Delicious comfort food. You certainly leave feeling a perfect balance of happy and fat.

--Staff Pick: No Trans fat here this is the real meal deal! What could be better than dining al fresco with your favorite dog and desert.

TEA TIME QUILTS

1046 Tulane St.
(713) 861-7743
www.teatimequilting.com

BLOK: Heights

Tea Time Quilting is a quaint and friendly quilt shop located in Houston’s Historic Heights community. Offering beautiful, high-quality quilting fabric at quilt show venues and our shop location. The ladies at Tea Time Quilting are not only friendly and helpful they also carry a unique collection of fabric that is fantastic!

--Staff Pick: Who said quilting can’t be fun? You know you have always wondered how they “ pull this together.” Stop in and send us a phoot of your first project at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WEST END BIKES

5427 Blossom
(713) 861 2271
www.westendbikes.com

Blok: Washington Corridor

Need a new bike or want to rent one. West End rents mountain, road and hybrid bicycles. Close to some easily accessible trails in Memorial Park if you would like to try before you buy. Conveniently located in Memorial Park come check out the new trail along Buffalo Bayou to Downtown so there are many fun places to ride right from their parking lot.

--Staff Pick: Rent a a bike for a day and either use your OurBlok rewards card or send a photo to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

FAT CAT CREAMERY

1901 Shepherd
(713) 974-2956
www.fatcatcreamery.com

BLOK: Heights

HANDCRAFTED UNIQUE, SMALL-BATCH ice cream with whole and local ingredients. Made with whole milk, heavy cream, sugar, egg yolks, and only the finest flavorings. Mile from Texas dairy farmers and eggs come from our very own happy hens at The Barry Farm.

--Staff Pick: Go and get your first ice cream ever with “compostable spoons” may not make the ice cream taste better but you sure are going to be feel so environmentally friendly and full! Check in on the poster and enter to win.

HUBCAP GRILL

1133 W. 19th
(713) 862-0555
www.hubcapgrill.com

BLOK: Heights

Our new location, Hubcap Grill & Beer Yard, also offers some of the best beer selections and burger specials in town. Maybe the best burger in Houston! Hubcap Grill & Beer Yard features two patios, covered tables, games, juke box and flat screen TV’s. Coming soon to our Heights location is Live Music!

--Staff Pick: Cheeto Burger dubbed the choloesterol burger by our staff a big old juicy burger with gooey cheese and Cheeto’s. Need we say more. No reservations needed just drop in and if there is a line wait it is worth it.

WINSTON’S ON WASHINGTON

5111 Washington Ave.
(281) 501-9088
www.winstonsonwashington.com

BLOK: Washington Corridor

Looking for the perfect place to host your event or just relax with some friends? Come visit us at Winston’s on Washington, one of Houston’s newest dog-friendly bars with a large patio and a great selection of Texas beers.

--Staff Pick: One of the only places we know of in the area that shows movies on a big screen. Take in a movie on Wed nights and enjoy great food and drinks. Just use your OurBlok rewards program for entry in our weekly drawing.

HEIGHTS RETREAT

1906 N Shepherd Dr.
(713) 864-8088 www.heightsretreat.com

BLOK: Heights

Taking care of your skin and your body are essential for a happy life. Let their experienced staff take care of all your needs from nails and facials to massages, waxing,hair traetments cuts and more!

--Staff Pick: How about a couple massage? No pictures please just check in at the spa.

POLOVINA ITALIAN CAFÉ

4500 Washington Ave.
(713) 861-1042
www.PolovinaItalian.com

BLOK: Washington Corridor

Romantic Italian Restaurant

Whether it’s a celebration with co-workers, a night out for the family, or a new romance between you and one of our brick oven pizzas, Polovina is the right place for any occasion for casual Italian food in Houston. We’re proud to have been serving Italian favorites to Houston Heights and Washington Avenue corridor customers since 2008.

--Staff Pick: Best deal in town for lunch. Check in with your OurBlok rewards card and get $3.00 off lunch or dinner on y our first visit.

BELLISSIMO RESTAURANT

1848 Airline Dr.
(832) 618-1168
www.BellissimoHouston.com

BLOK: Heights

Family-Friendly Italian Restaurant

Often described as a Diamond in the Rough, Bellissimo Restaurant brings Authentic Italian cuisine to the Greater Houston Heights. It’s definitely worth paying these guys a visit. From seafood, to sandwiches to pastas and desserts, you are bound to find inexpensive delicious Italian Delights at Bellissimo!

--Staff Pick: Check in with your OurBlok rewards card for double credit in the contest.

MOZELLE’S CAJUN SEAFOOD MARKET

126 Heights Blvd.
(281) 772 8895
www.mozellescajunmarket.com

BLOK: Heights

Find the perfect catch of the day with any of the fresh fish and shellfish available from our seafood market. With more than 25 years of experience, Mozelle’s Cajun Seafood Market offers seafood lovers freshly packaged or frozen seafood options. Also live and cooked seafood, deli favorites, and grocery items.

--Staff Pick: Can not go wrong here we suggest checking in for lunch to go with the best variety of cajun food on any steam table in town.

FAMILY BINGO CENTER BINGO HALL

641 W Crosstimbers St.
(713) 692-4640 www.familybingocenter.com

BLOK: Independence Heights

More fun than a barrell of monkeys. When was the last time you played bingo? You will realize just how much you missed it once the game starts.

--Staff Pick: We suggest Tuesday nights where it a $1.00 to play. Check in or email the photo of your bingo card!

BARBECUE INN

116 W Crosstimbers
(713) 695-8112

BLOK: Garden Oaks

For nearly seventy years Barbecue Inn has served the Greater Heights, Garden Oaks area of Houston. Four generations of families have come through the doors and returned often to experience the finest in Southern comfort food, personalized service and old-fashioned hospitality; making this family owned restaurant a landmark in the Houston area.

--Staff Pick: Ok so it is named after Barbecue and the fried chicken is nationally acclaimed but we put our money on the fried shrimp. Check it out and see if you agree.

STANTON’S CITY BITES

1420 Edwards St.
(713) 227-4893

BLOK: Heights

Started in 1961 as a modest local grocery store, Stanton’s was established outside of downtown in the 1st Ward District. As the years passed, the grocery store evolved and began to offer hot food for the local neighborhood and surrounding communities. This small venture paved the way for what is now one of the best burgers in Houston!

--Staff Pick: Well you cannot go wrong with a burger but some days you just need the Mac & Cheese. Also,if you think you can handle it, try the new Trouble Sauce... their HOTTEST sauce yet! Check in on Facebook at the poster to win $100.00

PAPER CO.

1100 Elder St.
(713) 522-3533
www.papercohouston.com

BLOK: Heights

At Paper Co. Coffee, the location is both a destination and a memorable coffee experience. Their high quality coffee is accessible to all types of coffee drinkers by removing the intimidating vibe that usually comes with high end shops and non-traditional brew methods. Named after the first occupants of the home at 1100 Elder, the Phillips Paper Company, Paper Co strives to honor the city’s history and tradition while infusing their own fresh take on the city.

--Staff Pick: Schedule a business meeting or plan to meet a friend here we are betting you will find a seat and much quieter than other shops. Use your rewards card for entry in our weekly drawing.

NOVOPELLE

4818 Washington Ave
(713) 893-3323
www.novopelle.com

BLOK: Washington Corridor

Novopelle believes in the philosophy that beauty is for everyone. It’s not a luxury. What does this mean? No reason that the latest medical cosmetic technologies are only available to a select few! Novopelle provides a rejuvenating and fulfilling experience by making beauty affordable, accessible and unique.

--Staff Pick: Want to loose a few lbs? Try a weight loss programs for all lifestyles whether you need to lose 100 lbs or 10lbs. Come by for a free consult to learn more about which one is best for you.Check in on Facebook at the location to win.

LIVE OAK BAR AND GRILL

10444 Hempstead Hwy
(713) 686-9625
www.liveoakbarandgrill.com

BLOK: Lazy Brook

Come join the party under the huge 140 year old Live Oak Tree, or kick back in the erstored 19th century house. Full bar, great food, and a catering staff. Free Hi Speed Internet available! This is also a great spot for hosting a small social gathering or LARGE function.

--Staff Pick: Check out an event or live band or just enjoy lunch on a spring day. Facebook check in may win you a $100.00 in cash and prizes.

CHICAGO ITALIAN BEEF & PIZZA

1777 Airline Dr.
(713) 862-2828 www. chicagoibp.com

BLOK: Heights

Chef and owner Rocio Caro learned all about “Chicago” style cooking the only way...growing up in Chicago! Her dream to have a care free family style restaurant is now her home. At Chicago’s one can set and enjoy a cold frosted beer, a one of a kind deep dish pizza, a gyro, Italian Beef, Philly steak sandwich or a famous Chicago hot dog served on a poppy seed bun. Don’t forget about their assorted salads and pasta dishes that are served with homemade garlic bread that is made fresh daily.

--Staff Pick: Pizza Pizza Pizza and check in on the poster to win!

YELLOW ROSE DISTILLERY

1224 N. Post Oak# 100
(281) 886-8757
www.yellowrosedistilling.com

BLOK: Lazy Brook

No one believes us when we tell them there is a full blown distillery right here in the area!? Founded in 2010, Yellow Rose is the brain child of two neighbors, Troy Smith and Ryan Baird. With the help of partner Randy Whitaker, Yellow Rose launched in the Texas market in 2012. After years of hard work and dedication, Yellow Rose is Houston’s first legal whiskey distillery!

--Staff Pick: A must try, their award winning... Best In Class at the American Distilling Institute and a Double Gold Yellow Rose Straight Rye Whiskey at the San Francisco Artisan Spirits. Plan on taking in a tour here one day and be sure and check in to win. Two winners have already been selected in the first quarter of the campaign.

HOUSTON CITY TOURS

Blok: Six Locations. Hop on and off at any spot!

Ok so maybe this is not all just Heights but we think this is a great way to get to know your city. Houston City Tours focuses on presenting each and every client with a unique, one-of-a-kind extraordinary experience. With a history of providing reliable, safe and professional service to visitors, corporate, consumers, and celebrity clientele. By concentrating on each client’s individual needs, they have established a reputation as being the most reliable and professional tour and ground transportation company in our region. Houston City Tours truly is the best sightseeing tour & transportation service provider where every customer receives red carpet treatment! You can count on these guys to deliver a great tour experience. Visit www.houstoncitytours.us for reservations. Staff Pick: Take in the city in the evening by renting out the Red Double Decker bus for your own private tour. Hint you can bring along your own drinks! Send us a photo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

BLISSFUL INDULGENCE

238 W. 19th St.| (713) 880-2547 www.blissfulindulgence.com

BLOK: Heights

At Blissful Indulgence the philosophy is simply: Good ingredients = Good Skin.“Organic skin care is rooted in a holistic approach to farming and production, healthy skin is a reflection of what you feed your body, inside and out.” Feeding your skin with natural and organic ingredients means a healthier and more beautiful you!

--Staff Pick: Stop by and stock up on their Eminence Organic products or call to book a complimentary skin analysis.Check in to win!

HUGHES HANGAR SPEAKEASY GASTRO LOUNGE

2811 Washington Ave.
(281) 501-2028 www.hugheshangar.com

BLOK: Washington Corridor

A hidden gem that combines a timeless backdrop of 1940s post-depression architecture with modern-day wonders. This upscale establishment offers a variety of entertainment, food, and handcrafted cocktails. It takes the meaning of gastro pub to a higher level. This electrifying venue presents an alluring ambiance that allows patrons to sit, relax, and sip on cocktails to the tune of contemporary beats.

--Staff Pick: Enjoy items on the menu that 26 OurBlok Fall combine gourmet with comfort and of course choose from their libation menu showcasing an impressive list of unique creations. Come in and fly away but before you do check in on FaceBook to win!

YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS BOUTIQUE

3468 Ella Blvd.
(713) 861-7647

BLOK: Oak Forest

Houston’s TRENDY Boutique specializes in Consigned Merchandise for Moms, Babies & Growing Kids, and lots of toys plus many *NEW* Products that are hard to resist. They also allow you to consign items that you are ready to part ways with.

--Staff Pick: You know you have items you do not need go ahead and try consigning one or two and check in on facebook while there to win.

BARBECUE INN

116 W Crosstimbers |(713) 695-8112

BLOK: Garden Oaks

For nearly seventy years Barbecue Inn has served the hungry masses in Houston. Four generations of families have come through the doors and returned often to experience the finest in Southern comfort food, personal service and old-fashioned hospitality, making this family owned restaurant a landmark in the Houston area.

--Staff Pick: Ok so it is named after Barbecue and the fried chicken is nationally acclaimed but we put our money on the fried shrimp. Check it out and see if you agree.Check in at the poster to win $100.00 in our weekly drawing.

VIEW THE BAT COLONY

Underneath the Waugh Drive Bridge near Buffalo Bayou.

Blok: Washington Corridor

About 250,000 of Houston’s best-kept secrets have been quietly residing within the crevices of Waugh Drive Bridge for a number of years. “The Waugh Bridge Bat Colony” consists of Mexican free-tailed bats that emerge nightly to stretch their wings & feed on area insects. Take the view in one night at dusk and be prepared for this flight of fancy.

--Staff Pick: Pack your picnic basket pick up a bottle of wine from Polovino’s and enjoy the show. Email a photo to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the weekly drawing.

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