HTX Comforts of Home 2013
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New Highland Village furniture store draws in throngs of beautiful people for cocktail opener

New Highland Village furniture store draws in the beautiful people

store exterior at night with people at the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Houston grand opening celebration
Guests arriving at the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams in Houston grand opening celebration. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Mitchell Gold, from left, Kathy French, Susan Plank, Courtney Barta and Bob Williams at the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Houston grand opening celebration
Mitchell Gold, from left, Kathy French, Susan Plank, Courtney Barta and Bob Williams at the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams in Houston grand opening celebration. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Wanderson Rezende, from left, Ernest Berger, Eric Bradley and Jim Johnson at the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Houston grand opening celebration
Wanderson Rezende, from left, Ernest Berger, Eric Bradley and Jim Johnson at the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams in Houston grand opening celebration. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Sofie Medina, from left, Katie Cage, Hilary Rosenstein, Jessica Meyerson and Mary Rosenstein at the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Houston grand opening celebration
Sofie Medina, from left, Katie Cage, Hilary Rosenstein, Jessica Meyerson and Mary Rosenstein at the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams in Houston grand opening celebration. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Mexico City’s Hottest DJs Tom & Collins at the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Houston grand opening celebration
Mexico City DJs Tom & Collins at the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams in Houston grand opening celebration. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Nick Florescu, from left, Dominque Sachse, Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams at the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Houston grand opening celebration
Nick Florescu, from left, Dominque Sachse, Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams at the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams in Houston grand opening celebration. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
martini cocktail drinks olive
Photo by Daniel Ortiz
look through door at the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Houston grand opening celebration
The crowd at the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams in Houston grand opening celebration. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Andrew Thompson, from left, Peter Petrillo, Eric Norfleet and Eloise Goldman
Andrew Thompson, from left, Peter Petrillo, Eric Norfleet and Eloise Goldman at the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams in Houston grand opening celebration. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
bread grapes nuts cheese at the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Houston grand opening celebration
The cheese buffet at the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams in Houston grand opening celebration. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Bob Williams and Mitchell Gold at the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Houston grand opening celebration
Bob Williams, left, and Mitchell Gold at the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams in Houston grand opening celebration. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
store exterior at night with people at the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Houston grand opening celebration
Mitchell Gold, from left, Kathy French, Susan Plank, Courtney Barta and Bob Williams at the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Houston grand opening celebration
Wanderson Rezende, from left, Ernest Berger, Eric Bradley and Jim Johnson at the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Houston grand opening celebration
Sofie Medina, from left, Katie Cage, Hilary Rosenstein, Jessica Meyerson and Mary Rosenstein at the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Houston grand opening celebration
Mexico City’s Hottest DJs Tom & Collins at the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Houston grand opening celebration
Nick Florescu, from left, Dominque Sachse, Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams at the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Houston grand opening celebration
martini cocktail drinks olive
look through door at the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Houston grand opening celebration
Andrew Thompson, from left, Peter Petrillo, Eric Norfleet and Eloise Goldman
bread grapes nuts cheese at the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Houston grand opening celebration
Bob Williams and Mitchell Gold at the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Houston grand opening celebration

It was one giant cocktail party as furniture titans Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams welcomed a throng of 700 of their new best friends from Houston to the opening of their Highland Village store. Guests lounged on comfy sofas and chairs in home-like vignettes throughout the large store and sipped signature drinks like the "Mitchell-tini" and "Bob on the Rocks" while hot Mexico City DJs Tom & Collins spun tunes.

Cordúa Catering staffers passed a bountiful array of hors d’oeuvres, including angel wings, lobster bisque, beef tenderloin crostini and pork sliders, along with bite-sized fried pies and cake in push-up pops. Guests also sampled delicacies from a bountiful taco station, pipette salad wall and an incredible cheese buffet by Houston Dairymaids and sweets. 

Guests bid on three store shopping sprees — $10,000, $5,000 and $2,500 — in a silent auction, with all proceeds going to Dec My Room, a Houston-based charity that decorates the hospital rooms of children undergoing extended hospital stays due to serious illness.

Dec My room founder Susan Plank was on hand, along with husband, Mike. Others spotted in the crowd were Dominique Sachse and Nick Florescu, Brad Brandt, Kathy French, Courtney Barta, Tena Lundquist Faust, Tama Lundquist, Yasmine Haddad, Dr. Michael Yafi and Michael Cordua.