Photo courtesy of Alchemy 43/Instagram

If furrowless frowns and glowing skin are on 2023's to-do list, Alchemy 43 is a must-visit for face-first locals. The newest luxury aesthetics brand (named for the number of muscles in the face) to open in Uptown Plaza specializes in microtreatments for more subtle, natural looking enhancements.

The aesthetics brand offers Botox and filler, as well as peels, microneedling, PRP, Clear + Brilliant laser skin resurfacing, and more. Their menu of "Glow Tos" provides benefits to the skin including the improvement of texture, tone, and unevenness, brightening complexion, reducing fine lines, and boosting collagen production.

Photo courtesy of Alchemy 43/Instagram

Located at 4719 Westheimer Road, Alchemy 43 is now open to Houstonians looking for subtle, natural-looking enhancements.

Alchemy 43's minimally invasive mindset ensures that each client receives a completely customized experience. Their team of medical practitioners create a treatment plan unique to the client by leading the conversation on the desired outcome to achieve the personal goals of each individual.

“We are so excited to announce the opening of our first concept in Houston,” said founder Nicci Levy. “We are confident that our services will provide a luxurious, comfortable space for Houstonians looking for subtle yet stunning results.”

For those looking to enhance their maintenance and self-care rituals, Alchemy 43 offers an A43 Society membership with a monthly fee that goes towards treatments and complementary perks. The brand is also offering all new clients 50 percent off their first syringe of filler as well as 20 free units of Botox with the purchase of 20 units.


Alchemy 43, 4719 Westheimer Rd. Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 am-7pm; Thursday from 11 am-8 pm; Saturday from 10-6pm; and closed on Sundays and Mondays.

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Celeb photographer of Beyoncé, Bowie, and other superstars showcases iconic works in can't-miss Houston gallery event

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Remember that dazzling pic of a shimmering Beyoncé on the cover of her Dangerously in Love debut album? How about the siren, Poison Ivy-esque photo of Britney Spears in The Forest? Or David Bowie taking a snarling wolf for a walk?

All those images were captured by Swiss photographer Markus Klinko, the modern version of iconic celebrity photographers Herb Ritts and Annie Leibovitz. The star Swiss shutterbug is the center of a new show — appropriately titled "ICONS KLINKO" — running now through March 25 at Nicole Longnecker Gallery (1440 Greengrass Dr.). The gallery is hosting a special opening reception at 4 pm Saturday, February 4.

Consider the roster of Klinko subjects: Beyoncé, Bowie, Britney, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Anne Hathaway, Kate Winslet, Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Naomi Campbell, and Iman. The award-winning, internationally renowned Klinko has shot for power publications Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar, and Interview.

Speaking of power players, Lancôme, L'Oréal Paris, Nike, Hugo Boss, Anna Sui, Pepsi, Skyy Vodka, and Remy Martin are just a few of the globab brands who've employed Klinko to craft advertising campaigns.

But it's not all glitz and glam for Klinko. The good-hearted photog's fundraising campaign, "Keep A Child Alive," raised more than $1 million for children fighting AIDS in a mere three days.

“Markus Klinko has single-handily defined a modern fashion photography style which captures the power of his subjects,” said gallery owner Nicole Longnecker, in a statement. “The depth of the photographs invite the viewer to jump in with a wonderful iridescent quality that is both painterly and narrative."

By the way, that iconic shot of Queen Bey? Our Houston queen is sporting Klinko's jeans in the photo. Queen Bey's mom, the estimable Tina Knowles, opted for a red-carpet-type gown. Klinko advised jeans instead, but when he realized there were none on set for the star, he doffed his Dolce & Gabbama denim and handed them to Beyoncé. The result: an image for the ages.

Photo by Markus Klinko/courtesy of Nicole Longnecker Gallery

Klinko captured Queen Bey in his own jeans for this iconic shot.

Houston soars in new list of best U.S. cities for family-friendly vacations


Houstonians looking to create lasting memories with their families don’t need to look further than their own city. In a new report from lawn care company Lawn Love, Houston scored No. 8 in the top 10 Best Cities for Kid-Friendly Vacations.

200 of America’s largest cities were ranked using 23 metrics, including affordability, family-friendly accommodations, attractions, transportation options, and more. Houston was classified as the third safest city for kid-friendly vacations, and earned the No. 6 spot in the category of “getting around” or ease of transportation.

In the category of most amusement and theme parks, Houston ranked No. 5 in a three-way tie with San Diego, California and Denver. With fun attractions like the Children’s Museum Houston, Space Center Houston, and the Houston Museum of Natural Science, it’s not hard to see the magnetism for children. Houston also tied at No. 3 with Baltimore, Maryland in the category of most children’s hospitals.

Houston also received the following rankings in other categories:

  • 13th – kid-friendly attractions
  • 17th – family-friendly accommodations
  • 59th – affordability
  • 75th – kid-friendly restaurants per square mile

When planning your next vacation, Christina Sharp, faculty member at MiraCosta College in California, says there are no rules that say all family members have to agree on what to do.

"Let folks carve out time for themselves and the activities they want to do and ensure that there are activities for everyone to do together," she suggests. "My 92-year-old father-in-law didn’t want to go to the beach – and that was fine. We went while he read. But we all did take walks, eat meals, and watch TV together – and it was wonderful."

Sharp also recommends families plan ahead when deciding their mode of travel, and to limit use of technology once at their destination in order to connect and bond with each other.

Rounding out the top 10 list is San Antonio, known for their combination of amusement and water park attractions. Other Texas cities on the list include Dallas and Austin, coming in at No. 11 and No. 29, respectively.

The full top 10 list of best US cities for kid-friendly vacations includes:

  1. New York City
  2. Orlando, Florida
  3. Miami
  4. Las Vegas
  5. Chicago
  6. Tampa, Florida
  7. San Francisco
  8. Houston
  9. Los Angeles
  10. San Antonio

More information about Lawn Love’s report can be found at lawnlove.com.

Hot Houston bar and restaurant group snatches up prime Galleria-area location for new casual American 'lodge'

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The bar and restaurant group behind Bisou and Kiss has claimed a prime, Galleria-area location for its latest project. Post Oak Lodge, a new concept from the Clé Group, will open this March in the former Yia Yia Mary’s space at San Felipe and the West Loop.

Clé Group partner Zack Truesdell tells CultureMap that Post Oak Lodge will be designed to cater to Galleria-area office workers by day and sports fans on nights and weekends. While the group is known for the lively atmosphere at its restaurants and nightclubs like Clé and Spire, Post Oak Lodge will be a more conventional restaurant with a casual environment.

Truesdell describes the menu as occupying the same American bar and grill space that restaurants like Houston’s (now Hillstone) and Mia’s Table do. Expect staples like burgers, a club sandwich, salads, and more.

“We’ll have a good steak, a good salmon dish,” Truesdell says. “We’ll have six to eight items in a healthy realm. We know at a fast casual place like that, people want healthy-minded options.”

As Truesdell notes, the restaurant will be fast casual during lunch service. Diners will order at a counter, but a server will assist with refills. It’s a more efficient model that will also help customers manage their spending by not being committed to a full, 20 percent tip.

“With Yia Yia Mary’s, we were very familiar with the customers from talking to the people who worked in the buildings. They were very lunch-driven and happy hour,” he says. “Our focus is going to be on perfecting the good service and quick turnaround for lunch, really being able to accommodate all the offices around us.”

At night and on weekends, Post Oak Lodge will have more of a sports bar feel with full service. The space won’t have TVs at every table, but it will have enough large HDTVs for fans to follow their favorite teams.

“On the weekends and at night, it will be a great place to watch games,” Truesdell says. “Kind of like how Moxie’s is by default a sports bar, but it’s not really a sports bar. That’ the realm we’ll be in.”

As for the name, Truesdell explains the partners chose “lodge” due to the space’s design. They’ll keep the limestone columns, exposed wood beams, and fireplaces from Yia Yia Mary’s.

With the process of obtaining the necessary licenses and permits already underway, Truesdell is confident that Post Oak Lodge will open in March — just in time for Houstonians to root for the Coogs all the way to the Final Four.