By Charlotte Aguilar Many bibliophiles were skeptical whether Barnes & Noble — when announcing the closing of the 28-year location in Vanderbilt Square last year — was sincere about its posted request for help in finding a new location nearby. It was. Rip Reynolds, leasing agent for Weslayan Plaza, confirmed to Essentials Saturday that the store is reopening on the west … [Read more...] about Barnes & Noble opening new chapter at Weslayan Plaza
West U Business
By Charlotte Aguilar The rumor that’s been spread in salon chairs and on local social media for weeks is official: Beautique Day Spa and Salon is leaving Rice Village after 67 years to relocate to Weslayan Plaza. Rip Reynolds, leasing agent for Regency Centers, confirmed the move to Essentials Monday evening (Feb. 22). He said center management is prepping the spaces formerly … [Read more...] about Weslayan Plaza gains one high-profile tenant, close to signing another as Tuesday Morning exits
By Charlotte Aguilar The murmur never quite goes away, reaching a crescendo at times like this, when a nice-sized, reasonably updated supermarket property becomes available in the Bellaire-West University area. It’s always campaign season when a community is trying to snag a Trader Joe’s Market. Read social media posts or converse with a Trader Joe’s aficionado, and one would … [Read more...] about The odds on Trader Joe’s coming to town: Will Two-Buck Chuck ever live in Bellaire or West U?
By Charlotte Aguilar West University’s Scott Novich describes his business as “something out of Star Trek,” but in reality, Pluck is literally down-to-earth. It’s “yardiculture” — a company growing, both literally and figuratively, and looking for would-be gardeners in West University and Bellaire interested in harvesting some of their own food to test the service. Pluck is … [Read more...] about Yard-to-table, Pluck enables home-growing without the hassle
Jill Egan’s path to her own interior design business started in classrooms at West University Elementary and River Oaks Baptist schools, where she taught math. Her love of design led her to a job with a leading upholsterer. At the same time she worked as a design assistant for an interior firm’s showroom as an entry into the world of antiques buying, traveling to Europe to … [Read more...] about Jill Egan Interiors opens new Rice Village studio/showroom