Jonathan Adler sure seems like a popular guy.
The home furnishings wizard was mobbed by admirers throughout most of the evening as he welcomed Houstonians to his big new store in West Ave. The 3,500-square-foot space is chock full of "happy chic" pieces, including mod sofas, colorful throw pillows, framed photos of parrots, ceramic boxes labeled "Prozac" and "Puppy Uppers," and distinctive pottery — one piece is dotted with dozens of women's breasts.
Business in the mixed-use complex has increased dramatically with the Adler store as a destination spot.
It is Adler's third Texas store — he has outposts in Austin and Dallas — and the state's biggest.
Already, one West Ave retailer noted, business in the mixed-use complex has increased dramatically with the Adler store as a destination spot.
A portion of the evening's sales were donated to the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, which provided guests with the perfect opportunity to pick up an item, or several. CAMH director Bill Arning looked on approvingly as shoppers did some serious damage to their credit cards.
Joining in the fun were George Lancaster, Caroline LeBlanc, Elin Jackson, Jennifer Roosth, Colin Moussa and Michelle Yeglic, Lauren Rottet, Holly Moore, Mark and Leslie Hull, Connie McAllister, Catherine Anspon, Dean Daderko, Saba Jawda, Brittany Barnscum and Cerón, who noted that he and Adler were dressed similarly in white jeans and red-and-white checked shirt.