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Photo by Joel Luks

Houston knows its shopping. Between the city's cozy boutiques and grand malls there are a lot of choices, so when it came to curating a selection of retailers for CultureMap’s first-ever Holiday Pop Up Shop, it was no easy task.

The 29 retailers selected for the Sunday market represent some of the city’s best spots for fashion, accessories, gifts, home decor and more.

The 29 retailers selected for the Sunday market represent some of the city’s best spots for fashion, accessories, gifts, home decor and more, so we thought we’d let shoppers in on just what to expect at the pop up shop Sunday at Silver Street Studios in a Joel Luks-produced video (watch above).

WildBloom Boutique is ready for the holidays, showcasing versatile apparel, like a black jumpsuit with sleeves that has the appeal of a LBD in a fresh new way. Look for WildBloom’s mesh animal print clutches and colorful jewelry at the holiday pop up.

Shoppers looking for meaningful gifts that make a difference will want to stop by 10,000 Villages. The non-profit store sells hand-crafted art, jewelry and other items from artisans around the world. Holiday items like menorahs and ornaments are among the pop up shop goodies.

For those who seem to have everything or are just a smidge difficult to shop for, we like the selection of gifts and accessories from St. Cloud and Cuatro. Luxurious leather bags, whimsical wall art, stunning jewelry and one of the most fragrant candles we’ve ever sniffed are among the treasures available Sunday from the two retailers, and there are a host of other great items in the mix too.

With so many shopping options under one roof, the CultureMap Holiday Pop Up Shop is sure to put plenty of jingle in your step this season.

The first-ever CultureMap Holiday Pop Up Shop is this Sunday, Dec. 7 from noon to 6 p.m. at Silver Street Studios. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here. (In the spirit of the season, a portion of the $10 tickets will be donated to VICTORY and the Washington Avenue Arts District.)

The CultureMap Holiday Pop Up Shop is full of unique gifts.

Photo by Joel Luks
The CultureMap Holiday Pop Up Shop is full of unique gifts.
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Buzzed over Holiday Pop Up Shop lets men in on the action in a serious way: Ditch the khakis!

CultureMap Pop Up Shop

Just because CultureMap’s Holiday Pop Up Shop is awash in women’s apparel, accessories and jewelry, it doesn’t mean the guys are left out. Rye 51, Q Custom Clothiers, Manready Mercantile and Sam and lilli are all featured men’s retailers at the shopping event Sunday, Dec. 7 at Silver Street Studios.

After all, girls aren’t the only ones who like to have fun.

For years, men have been regulated to the khakis and blue button down uniform, so it’s refreshing to see new shopping and style options.

The Manready Mercantile product line takes a cheeky approach to men’s grooming and is created from natural ingredients..

Manready Mercantile

Manready Mercantile in the Heights is a one-stop shop for guys who appreciate modern style without the trendy trappings. The apparel is simple, well made and blends easily with other items men already have in their closets

The Manready Mercantile men’s product line takes a cheeky approach to men’s grooming and is created from natural ingredients. Look for items like the Tub Soak made from sea salts, citrus and other good-for-you elements and packaged in whiskey bottle — and the very popular Throne Spray, a citrus scent to keep the water closet nice and fresh.

Rye 51
Rye 51 is another men’s store that balances current modes with classic styles. From denim and sweaters to ties and accessories, it takes a head-to-toe approach to menswear. Plus, there are holiday-appropriate touches with pocket squares and lapel flowers, which also happen to be excellent stocking stuffers too.

Q Custom Clothier
The holiday season is prime time to take stylish dressing to a whole new level and Q Custom Clothier offers men a selection of tuxedos, custom made suits and shirts, plus ready to wear pieces. Life’s little luxuries can make a big impact, so don’t underestimate the power of that fetching bow tie or leather belt.

Sam and lilli
Sam and lilli in West Ave. brings something for boys and girls to CultureMap’s Holiday Pop Up Shop. Look for Vince, Life After Denim and the always cool Hartford shirts.

The first-ever CultureMap Holiday Pop Up Shop is Dec. 7 from noon to 6 p.m. at Silver Street Studios. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here. (In the spirit of the season, a portion of the $10 tickets will be donated to VICTORY and the Washington Avenue Arts District.)

Sophistication is always in style at Q Custom Clothiers.

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Sophistication is always in style at Q Custom Clothiers.
Photo Courtesy KB Kasuals

Fashion helpers: Holiday Pop Up Shop style stars break down the best sexy, festive looks

Save The Date

The holiday season is when even though most devoted Little Black Dress lovers step up their style game, adding sequins, fur, velvet and shine to their party dressing. The roster of fashionable retailers headlining CultureMap's Holiday Pop Up Shop set for Dec. 7 are at the ready with tips to get you through the sparkling season and into the new year.

“The holidays are the perfect time to glam up your wardrobe and be more daring..”

KB Kasuals

KB Kasuals in River Oaks Shopping Center stocks pieces for casual brunches and elegant cocktail parties alike. Store owner Krista Burks suggests keeping post-party looks in mind.

“When shopping for your holiday outfits, make sure they're versatile and can be worn again after the holidays," Burks says. "You can pair our Joa sequin skirt with a basic tee and Converse after the holidays for a chic and trendy look.”

Tootsies
Fashion savvy women flock to Tootsies in Uptown Park all year long, but for the holidays, store manager Chris Goins says color is key.

“Add a slice of color to one’s wardrobe in any jewel tone. A bold piece of bold jewelry, a fun shoe, a statement handbag elevates any look you are working towards," she says.

"I’m always a fan of darkening a woman’s lip color and nail color for the fall season. My color of choice is Bordeaux. You can never go wrong with adding a piece of fur to enhance a casual or an evening look.”

WildBloom

WildBloom in Rice Village is on-trend spot for clothing and apparel and suggests taking chances this season.

“The holidays are the perfect time to glam up your wardrobe and be more daring," a store reps says. "Instead of going for the usual black/brown fur vests, try one with an ombré of teal and grey or black/white checkered pattern.”

Zayver Jewels
Bela Thacker’s Zayver Jewels are shimmering odes to the season and the icing on the proverbial cake during the holidays.

“For me, Christmas has always been about sparking lights, snow,and joy as well as the glamour and the bling," Thacker says. "As a jewelry designer, I have always felt that an outfit is incomplete without that perfect chunky necklace or a pair of elegant earrings.

"Jewelry is always the perfect gift whether for your wife, girlfriend, mother or friend. It's all about making a statement this holiday season.”

SAM and lilli

With so many other things swirling about during the holidays, the style stars at SAM and lilli in West Ave say to take it easy and add some edge.

“Leather is our favorite eye-catching fashion tip for the holidays," the style masters note. Illia makes the perfect moto jacket, that can be thrown over any outfit for an effortless chic look. Here’s a tip. Limit your outfit to one leather piece and coordinate with your favorite sequin top.

The first-ever CultureMap Holiday Pop Up Shop is Dec. 7 from noon to 6 p.m. at Silver Street Studios. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here. (In the spirit of the season, a portion of the $10 tickets will be donated to VICTORY and the Washington Avenue Arts District.)

Look for pieces that go glam now and casual later.

Photo Courtesy KB Kasuals
Look for pieces that go glam now and casual later.
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CultureMap Holiday Pop Up Shop retailers get to the heart of gift-giving with thoughtful choices

Warm Fuzzies

Gifts come in all shapes and sizes and as the holidays approach, so does the search for delightful presents. So we went straight to some of the retailers headlining CultureMap’s Holiday Pop Up Shop Dec. 7 for their expert opinions.

Their answers are heart-warming, sincere and nostalgic-basically everything we love about the holidays.

“My favorite gift that I receive is an old fashioned love letter from my husband. Every year he writes me a Christmas letter that summarizes all of our blessings that year, and he places it in my stocking."

Katie Design
There is no better time that the holidays to create and cherish tradition and jewelry and interior designer Katie Scott shared the gift that means the most to her and will carry special meaning for years to come.

“My favorite gift that I receive is an old fashioned love letter from my husband. Every year he writes me a Christmas letter that summarizes all of our blessings that year, and he places it in my stocking. I am collecting them in a book and hope to pass them down to our kids one day. I want them to always remember his huge heart.”

Theresa Roemer
Theresa Roemer’s True and Real clothing collection fills the need she had for easy, sophisticated pieces that travel well through a woman’s busy day and so we appreciated her favorite gift to give or receive answer.

“My favorite gift to give or receive is time. I believe that a person's time is valuable and can mean so much to people that are in need of help or advice."

Ten Thousand Villages Houston
Sarah Cloots, the assistant manager of Ten Thousand Villages Houston, was thoughtful in her approach to holiday gift-giving.

“My favorite things to give and receive are 'gifts that give twice.' Something from a small boutique to support local business, a present that includes a charitable component or handmade items with a story of who made them and how. These are the most unique and meaningful gifts to me."

Brooke Feather
Brooke Feather, owner of her namesake boutique in River Oaks Shopping Center, likes the magic of the holidays, but admits, something sparkly is a lovely gift to give and receive, too.

“My favorite gifts these days are the sweet notes, fairy houses and surprises left for me by my kids when I get home from work. It’s cheesy but true. But my favorite gift to give or receive in general is always jewelry.”

The first-ever CultureMap Holiday Pop Up Shop is Dec. 7 from noon - 6 p.m. at Silver Street Studios. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here. (In the spirit of the season, a portion of the $10 tickets will be donated to VICTORY and the Washington Avenue Arts District.)

Brooke Feather said best holiday gifts are ones from the heart.

Photo By Julie Soefer
Brooke Feather said best holiday gifts are ones from the heart.
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Holiday shopping simplifed: CultureMap's first-ever Holiday Pop Up Shop makes gift buying fun

Shopping In A Winter Wonderland

Ask most people the gift they would like during the holidays, and it likely involves more time, less stress and an absence of calories consumed at the swirl of parties. While we can’t guarantee your waistline won’t resemble that of the jolly old elf come January, we can help with that whole "peace on earth, good will to men" thing at the CultureMap Holiday Pop Up Shop, Sunday, Dec. 7 from noon to 6 p.m.

Silver Street Studios will be transformed into a winter wonderland with twinkling lights, carolers and a coterie of hand-picked boutiques making your holiday shopping merry, bright and easy with complimentary gift-wrapping and crafting tables.

The collection of retailers represents some of Houston’s best, offering something truly special for every person and occasion on your holiday list.

Alexandra Knight
Andrea Montgomery Designs
Baanou
Brooke Feather
Cakewalk Style Shop
Carla Christoph
Cuatro
Estilo Salon
French Cuff Boutique
Katie Design
KB Kasuals
Laurier Blanc
Manoosh
New Living
Phoenicia
Pomp & Circumstance
Q Custom Clothier / Rye 51
Saint Cloud
Sam and Lilli
Shop the Symphony
Space
Ten Thousand Villages
Tootsies
Tres Chic
WildBloom

Of course, there’s more to the Holiday Pop Up than shopping. Phoenicia Specialty Foods is providing the holiday cheer along with other festive food and beverages.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here. In the spirit of the season, a portion of the $10 tickets will be donated to VICTORY and the Washington Avenue Arts District.

More details about each participating retailer can be found on a special CultureMap Holiday Pop Up Shop web page.

CultureMap's Holiday Pop Up is the season's best and brightest shopping event.

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CultureMap Emails are Awesome

2 local booming 'burbs rank as top destination for movers, plus, why Houston isn't a great place to visit

this week's hot headlines

Editor's note: It's time to recap the top stories on CultureMap from this past week.

1. 2 Houston suburbs roll onto top-15 spots on U-Haul’s list of growing cities. They're the 13th and 19th most popular destinations for movers.

2. 2 smokin' Houston-area barbecue names fire up new restaurants in bustling 'burbs. Both restaurants are ranked among the state's 50 best barbecue joints by Texas Monthly.

3. Ken Hoffman chides New York Times' Houston travel guide and explains why our city isn't a great place to visit. Our columnist explains why 36 hours doesn't do Houston justice.

4. 10 Houston restaurants score coveted James Beard Award nominations. Perhaps one of them will follow up Julep's big win last year.

5. Houston Olympic superstar Simone Biles shares new Wheaties box cover with her legion of fans. It's the second time Biles has been featured on the cereal box.

Wildly popular Nashville hot chicken chain cancels plans for first Houston location

No Hattie B's for now

Looks like Houstonians will have to wait a little longer than expected to try one of the most famous suppliers of Nashville hot chicken. Hattie B’s has canceled its plans to open a location in the Heights, a representative tells CultureMap.

The representative cited “construction costs for the ground-up build and other issues with this particular site” as reasons for the decision not to move forward. An eagle-eyed user on the Houston Architecture Info forum spotted a leasing notice for the property at 1808 N. Shepherd Dr. that had been scheduled for Hattie B’s.

In response to CultureMap’s request for comment about the property being for lease, Hattie B’s supplied a statement from co-founder Nick Bishop, Jr.

“While we have made the very difficult decision not to move forward with the project in the Heights, our commitment to finding a home in Houston remains strong. We love this city and have always imagined a Hattie B's here.”

First announced in 2021, Hattie B’s intended to open a 3,800-square-foot restaurant designed by Texas’s acclaimed Michael Hsu Office of Architecture that would have had seating for 175 people. Potentially, the design could be utilized for a new location.

Founded in Nashville in 2012, Hattie B’s serves tenders, sandwiches, and bone-in chicken at five different spice levels: Southern (no heat), mild, medium, hot, and the signature Shut the Cluck Up. The restaurant has four locations in Nashville along with locations in Atlanta, Birmingham, Dallas, Las Vegas, and Memphis. It has plans to open in Austin next year.

Texas-based Cinemark theater chain hosts Oscars-themed movie marathon

big-screen moves

The Cinemark movie chain is giving movie buffs an opportunity to brush up on the Oscars.

Plano-based Cinemark Holdings, Inc. will host its annual Oscar Movie Week festival, this year running from Monday, March 6 through Sunday, March 12, in anticipation of the 95th Oscars ceremony, which airs on March 12 on ABC.

The theater chain will air all of this year’s Best Picture and Best Live Action and Animated Short Film nominees, at more than 120 participating Cinemark theaters nationwide.

According to a release, passes are now on sale now at Cinemark.com/movieweek.

A full Digital Festival Pass is $40 and includes showings for all Best Picture and Best Live Action and Animated Short Film nominees. There's a perk! If you purchase a festival pass, you get 50 percent off any size popcorn during Oscar Movie Week.

Individual showtime tickets will be available starting January 27 at standard pricing, with showtimes beginning March 6.

All Best Live Action and Animated Short Film nominees are bundled into one viewing for just $10 from March 10-12.

For other brushing up, take a look back at what CultureMap’s film critic, Alex Bentley, had to say about each of the nominees (listed in alphabetical order) when they were originally released.

Cinemark has been hosting other similar marathon events such its collaboration with ESPN to bring college football games to the big screen.

The event takes place at these theaters across the U.S., including the following locations in Texas:

  • Houston: Cinemark Memorial City
  • The Woodlands: Cinemark 17
  • Austin: Cinemark Southpark Meadows
  • Denton: Cinemark 14
  • Fort Worth: Ridgmar Mall
  • Grapevine: Cinemark Tinseltown
  • Plano: Cinemark Legacy
  • Plano: Cinemark West Plano
  • San Antonio: Cinemark San Antonio 16