The Houston Club
Founded in 1894, this Houston institution has kept up with the times and knows that fitness, rather than three-martini-lunches, is on the noontime agenda of most powerhouse executives and civic leaders. Located in the heart of downtown, The Houston Club offers state-of-the-art fitness and workout equipment plus personal trainers, a whirlpool, steam room, sauna, massage services and showers. There are three restaurants for members and their guests including The Bush Room, named in honor of former president and first lady (and Houston Club members) George H. W. and Barbara Bush. A lot of business is done here, and there’s also a lecture series which pulls in some heavy-hitters as guest speakers. Next door is an upscale barber shop that provides manicures, haircuts and glistening shoe shines. This is mixing business with pleasure with looking good.