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Elizabeth Rhodes

Elizabeth Rhodes is a Houston writer with interests in food, fashion, music and the arts.

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By The Numbers

Texas costing itself $181.6 million by denying basic marriage rights to gays: Discrimination is bad business

By Elizabeth Rhodes

If Texas grants marriage equality to same-sex couples, money spent on wedding arrangements and tourism by resident same-sex couples and their guests could add an estimated $181.6 million to ...


Happy Town

Houston ranked one of the happiest cities in America, but it can't beat a strange choice for No. 1

By Elizabeth Rhodes

In spite of how you may feel during your daily commute, Houston has been named the sixth happiest metropolitan area in the nation according to a new study released by ...


City Extends Smoking Ban

Another reason to quit: Smoking ban extended to all Houston city parks, pools, golf courses and libraries

By Elizabeth Rhodes

By September, all Houston parks and public library spaces will be completely smoke-free environments. The City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department and the Houston Public Library announced plans Wednesday ...


Celebrate Tequila Day

Get in the spirit: Best places in Houston to celebrate National Tequila Day

By Elizabeth Rhodes

If you thought Cinco de Mayo was the only day you have a legitimate excuse to drink tequila (not that you need one), then you had better get excited for ...


Fish Market

First-in-the-nation seafood restaurant from Mexico is latest addition to booming Houston scene

By Elizabeth Rhodes

A one-of-a-kind seafood restaurant is set to join BLVD Place, the long-awaited mixed-use development currently under construction in the Galleria area. Developer Wulfe & Co.  announced that Peska will be the ...


Luxury Hotel in Woodlands

Luxury hotel joins rush to The Woodlands as opening of ExxonMobil headquarters draws closer

By Elizabeth Rhodes

With the new ExxonMobil headquarters on track to open next year near The Woodlands,  the rush to build upscale housing, hotels and retail shops north of Houston continues. The latest ...


Trademark Battle with Teeth

Battle of the beavers: Buc-ee's sinks teeth into lawsuit over "copycat" logo

By Elizabeth Rhodes

Any Texan who's ever taken a cross-state road trip can probably identify the smiling buck-toothed beaver in the red baseball cap as the trademark for Buc-ee's, the omnipresent ...


KHOU & CultureMap

Skate on! Stages squeezes in extra weekend performance of '80s roller skatin' musical

By Elizabeth Rhodes

The popular Stages Theatre production of  Xanadu has to close this weekend as the company makes way for a encore production of Full Gallop, the one-woman show about the legendary ...


Controversy

Officials insist bird poisonings at Bush Intercontinental are legal, but are they humane?

By Elizabeth Rhodes

Hundreds of birds were recently poisoned and killed at George Bush Intercontinental Airport as part of a "bird abatement project" — one which animal rights groups are calling cruel and inhumane ...


HERO Challenged

Challenge to Houston Equal Rights Ordinance could be hottest issue on November ballot

By Elizabeth Rhodes

The hotly contested race for Texas governor may not be the most highly anticipated issue on the November ballot. Instead, a challenge to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) could ...


Golden Opportunity

Big Austin music festival offers golden opportunity to use top-of-the-line porta-potty

By Elizabeth Rhodes

Want to be treated like royalty at the upcoming Austin City Limits Music Festival? Here's your chance. As an enticement to publicize sales of one-day tickets beginning Wednesday (July ...


Exxon Mobil Campus Change

Mammoth new Exxon Mobil campus lures a fancy new mixed-use development: The next CityCentre is here?

By Elizabeth Rhodes

With employees already starting to move into the new Exxon Mobil campus in North Houston, it should come as no surprise that a 60-acre mixed-use development located just south of ...


Don't Drink And Drive

Fair warning: More Houston cops are looking for drunk drivers during July 4th weekend

By Elizabeth Rhodes

If you have any lingering thoughts about drinking and driving during this long Fourth of July holiday weekend, you'd better think twice. Top Harris County officials announced a multi-agency ...


Deadly Boat Collision

Boat collision on Lake Conroe at night leaves 2 dead, 1 missing and 7 injured

By Elizabeth Rhodes

UPDATE: Divers located a third person who was killed in the boating accident on Lake Conroe. Police identified the victim as Kristina Cole Frost. Her 9-year-old son Jason Frost and ...


Jim Parsons' Crazy New House

A Houston celebrity buys Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart's lavish mansion in the Hollywood hills

By Elizabeth Rhodes

Houston's own Jim Parsons, better known as Sheldon Cooper on the CBS sitcom Big Bang Theory, has recently upgraded his living situation to that of a true Hollywood celebrity ...


Changing Houston

Historic Houston hotel comes under a hotel giant's control: Will boutique rebranding mean extra perks?

By Elizabeth Rhodes

Downtown's Sam Houston Hotel is becoming one of the first properties in the nation to carry the Curio name as part of its rebranding as one the boutique hotels ...


Save You Money

Grand new Gallery Furniture store plans to be open just in time for Christmas

By Elizabeth Rhodes

With a golden shovel in hand, Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale broke ground Tuesday on Gallery Furniture's largest store ever. The ceremony, which featured sky writing and a hand bell ...


Brewing Up A Storm

Hurricane season opens with a bang? Early activity in the Gulf belies quiet season forecasts

By Elizabeth Rhodes

Ready . . . or not? Hurricane season has started and you had better be prepared. The rains from over the last few weeks have erased the drought deficit in the Houston area ...


God Talks

Joel Osteen barges into Howard Stern's crude world: Is Lakewood's celebrity pastor up to the challenge?

By Elizabeth Rhodes

Move over Howard Stern. Lakewood Church's own celebrity pastor Joel Osteen is getting his own SiriusXM satellite radio station. Each week Osteen preaches to 40,000 people at Lakewood ...


New Smoking Battle

Houston hospital refuses to hire smokers: Job applicants to be tested for tobacco in their system

By Elizabeth Rhodes

In an effort to fight lung cancer and other tobacco-related diseases, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center is adopting a tobacco-free hiring policy effective Jan. 1. The ...


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