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Home furnishings wizard Jonathan Adler has a happy time at opening of new West Ave store

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Jonathan Adler Houston April 2013 Lauren Rottet, Jonathan Adler, Leslie Hull
Lauren Rottet, from left, Jonathan Adler and Leslie Hull Photo by Shau Lin Ho
Jonathan Adler Houston April 2013 Leigh Smith, Eleanor Gilbane, Susie Criner
Leigh Smith, from left, Eleanor Gilbane and Susie Criner Photo by Shau Lin Ho
Jonathan Adler Houston April 2013 Kendall Monroe, Katie Pryor, Sarah Thornton
Kendall Monroe, from left, Katie Pryor and Sarah Thornton Photo by Shau Lin Ho
Jonathan Adler Houston April 2013 Ceron, Jonathan Adler
Cerón, left, and Jonathan Adler Photo by Shau Lin Ho
Jonathan Adler Houston April 2013 Lauren Mills, Magen Pastor
Lauren Mills, left, and Magen Pastor Photo by Shau Lin Ho
Jonathan Adler Houston April 2013 Jenny Murphy, Jennifer Cope, Leigh Evans
Jenny Murphy, from left, Jennifer Cope and Leigh Evans Photo by Shau Lin Ho
Jonathan Adler Houston April 2013 Catherine Anspon, Jonathan Adler, Holly Moore, Leslie Hull
Catherine Anspon, from left, Jonathan Adler, Holly Moore and Leslie Hull Photo by Shau Lin Ho
Jonathan Adler Houston April 2013 Caroline Starry LeBlanc, Elin Jackson
Caroline Starry LeBlanc, left, and Elin Jackson Photo by Shau Lin Ho
Jonathan Adler Houston April 2013 Ashlee Lee, Tiffany Halik
Ashlee Lee, left, and Tiffany Halik Photo by Shau Lin Ho
Jonathan Adler Houston April 2013 Adam Branscum, Brittany Branscum
Adam and Brittany Branscum Photo by Shau Lin Ho
Jonathan Adler Houston April 2013 Leslie Hull, Mark Hull
Leslie and Mark Hull Photo by Shau Lin Ho
Jonathan Adler Houston April 2013 Lauren Rottet, Jonathan Adler, Leslie Hull
Jonathan Adler Houston April 2013 Leigh Smith, Eleanor Gilbane, Susie Criner
Jonathan Adler Houston April 2013 Kendall Monroe, Katie Pryor, Sarah Thornton
Jonathan Adler Houston April 2013 Ceron, Jonathan Adler
Jonathan Adler Houston April 2013 Lauren Mills, Magen Pastor
Jonathan Adler Houston April 2013 Jenny Murphy, Jennifer Cope, Leigh Evans
Jonathan Adler Houston April 2013 Catherine Anspon, Jonathan Adler, Holly Moore, Leslie Hull
Jonathan Adler Houston April 2013 Caroline Starry LeBlanc, Elin Jackson
Jonathan Adler Houston April 2013 Ashlee Lee, Tiffany Halik
Jonathan Adler Houston April 2013 Adam Branscum, Brittany Branscum
Jonathan Adler Houston April 2013 Leslie Hull, Mark Hull

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.

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