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New neighborhood T-shirts give Montrose, Heights, Meyerland & Oak Forest residents pride — and style

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T-shirts by Michael Wachs Welcome to the Neighborhoods November 2013 Montrose
Wachs', who began his Houston neighborhood T-shirt venture with shirts for Montrose residents, donates $3 of each sale to a local charity. Photo by Michael Wachs
Michael Wachs Houston neighborhood T-shirts November 2013
Michael Wachs, the man behind the neighborhood tees, used his knowledge of graphic design to create the charitable shirts. Facebook
T-shirts by Michael Wachs Welcome to the Neighborhoods November 2013 The Heights
The sale of the Heights neighborhood tees benefits the Houston Rescue & Restore Coalition, an organization dedicated to bringing awareness and campaigns to stop human trafficking. Photo by Michael Wachs
T-shirts by Michael Wachs Welcome to the Neighborhoods November 2013 Oak Forest
$3 of the sale of each Oak Forest neighborhood shirt goes to Communities in Schools Houston, an organization providing direct services and resources to under-served children with unmet needs. Photo by Michael Wachs
T-shirts by Michael Wachs Welcome to the Neighborhoods November 2013 Meyerland
A portion of the sale of Wachs' Meyerland shirts goes to the Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care Services, a facility that cares for the ill and elderly. Photo by Michael Wachs
T-shirts by Michael Wachs Welcome to the Neighborhoods November 2013 Montrose
Michael Wachs Houston neighborhood T-shirts November 2013
T-shirts by Michael Wachs Welcome to the Neighborhoods November 2013 The Heights
T-shirts by Michael Wachs Welcome to the Neighborhoods November 2013 Oak Forest
T-shirts by Michael Wachs Welcome to the Neighborhoods November 2013 Meyerland

Realtor Michael Wachs recently decided to make neighborhood varsity shirts so residents can show their neighborhood pride.

Before working in real estate, Wachs worked in graphic design in New York. One of several odd jobs he had at the time was working for a company that sold custom hoodies emblazoned with the names of different NYC neighborhoods. Wachs took this idea and decided to create his own Houston version with Montrose as the first neighborhood.

"I'm a fan of all the unique things that make an area a neighborhood," Wachs says. "Anything to help that pride a little is a good thing to me."

 "Anything to help that pride a little is a good thing to me." 

Not only do Wachs' shirts show residents' neighborhood pride, but they also support the community. Three dollars of each $23 Montrose shirt sale goes to HSPVA Friends, a charity for the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts where Wachs' wife is a teacher.

As more and more people showed interest in the Montrose tees, Wachs decided to create shirts for three more neighborhoods: The Heights, Meyerland, and Oak Forest. The shirts feature the founding date of each neighborhood, and just like the Montrose T-shirt, each shirt has a corresponding charity organization that receives $3 from every sale with donations going to Houston Rescue & Restore Coalition, Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care Services and Communities in Schools Houston, respectively.

Talk about a unique holiday gift idea. The T-shirts are available online.

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