Both in and out of prison, Brian Culwell has spent his life selling people baubles, trinkets and jewels. Now he's buying your gold and silver.
Court documents tell a different tale.Back in March, the Houston Chronicle produced a glittering profile of Brian and Amelia Culwell, founders of Houston-based Gold and Silver Buyers. The company, the report noted, had been launched in August of 2008 in a leased space inside an HEB store and ... More >>
Artists claim they were ripped off by local gallery.
Yesterday, when we told you about Texas AG Greg Abbott going after the Conn's appliance chain for deceptive practices, we included the company's response.Conn's said "a current measure of our dedication to customer service by our more than 3,200 employees is our Better Business Bureau rating. We cur ... More >>
After cleaning up its long history of customer complaints, a local moving company is trying to get back in Houston's chapter of the Better Business Bureau. Their method: a big fat lawsuit.Student Movers, Inc. is suing the local BBB in Harris County District Court for more than $6 million, claiming t ... More >>
This year's rodeo brouhaha -- there usually is one -- surrounds the alleged lack of diversity of the event's staff, vendors and performers.State Sen. Mario Gallegos has filed a bill calling on the rodeo to open its books and get better about being inclusionary; local ctivist ben Mendez has circulate ... More >>
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Things are starting to get ugly between Ike victims and insurance adjusters. Anyone who's listened to a radio in the past two weeks has heard the heartwarming commercials from insurance companies, full of comforting music and sympathetic voices consoling you and informing you that an army of adjust ... More >>
Unlike the gas shortage in Georgia and other southern states, fuel supplies here in Houston have pretty much returned to normal. Unless you're looking for premium gas. Many stations have focused on getting as much regular gas as possible, leaving consumers who use premium gas scrambling.
How is price-gouging like pornography? Because it consists of someone getting screwed? Well yeah, but that's not the only way. There is no sharply defined definition in Texas of what constitutes "price gouging" in the wake of a disaster. A bill in the legislature recently tried to define gouging a ... More >>
Homeowners hit by Ike know that if they want the little-to-somewhat-big things fixed after Ike, they just need to buckle down and do it themselves. But what about renters? Should they wait until their landlord does the job? And what happens, say, if their downstairs neighbor evacuated and the refri ... More >>
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Wayne Stroman of Conroe is known around town as a local realtor and successful businessman. Both are true, but what many people don't realize is that his company, Stroman Realty, is also the self-proclaimed largest resales broker of timeshares in the world. What's more, it is the subject of a raft o ... More >>
Rent-to-own stores, pawnshops, payday lenders -- it's hope for sale, with interest
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