West Ave, currently the epicenter for new Houston retail, restaurant and beauty openings, is unveiling three more storefronts in the coming months. Q Custom Clothier, Bang & Olufsen and Do Bar will be the latest concepts to call West Ave home.
While the female fashion flock heads to Tootsies, their male counterparts can shop at Q Custom Clothier, a boutique stocked with custom shirts and suits, shoes, leather goods, accessories, cufflinks and luggage. The Dallas import opened in 1965 and owner Raja Ratan chose Houston for its first expansion location. The men’s shop is expected to open in the summer.
Sisters Ronit Levy Mele and Sharon Levy opened their Ivory Bridal Atelier at West Ave in January and were mum about other retailers headed to the center, although they quietly shared the news of one store, Bang & Olufsen. Filled with top-of-the-line music systems, loudspeakers, televisions, telephones, accessories and other multimedia products, the store is set to open late spring or early summer.
And how did the Ivory owners know about the impending opening? Their father is opening the store.
Popular in New York and Los Angeles, Houston is set to get its first blow dry bar. Do Bar, a spot for blowouts, updos and conditioning treatments is set to open at West Ave in June. Craft Salon owner Cara Crafton believes local women should have the opportunity to treat themselves and their hair.
“Women love to have their hair blow dried but it’s a luxury many don’t afford themselves or something they only do for a special occasion. We are taking it to the next level and making it quick, accessible and affordable,” Crafton said.
Blowouts will take 30 to 45 minutes and cost $35. Customers will choose from a blow-dry menu with options such as Sleek & Straight and Big & Bouncy.
There is also word of at least one other well-established men’s and women’s boutique finalizing plans for a West Ave move, but lips are sealed until the deal is done.
As new spaces are opening, there is news of Rome Salon and Day Spa shuttering its doors in November after opening in June 2010.