Mattress Mack

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    February 12, 2014

    Hip-Hop Jeweler's NBA All-Star Version of the Mattress Mack Refund Bet

    Johnny Dang, impresario of the local jewelry outfit made famous through countless hip-hop records (and his association with rapper Paul Wall), is taking a page from the Mattress Mack playbook. Dang and Wall are betting that Dwight Howard and James Harden help pull off a win over the Eastern Confer ... More >>

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    February 3, 2014

    Mattress Mack Refunds More Than $7 Million to Customers for Lost "Super Bowl Bet" Promotion

    Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale has always been known for his over the top promotional ideas and guerrilla advertising techniques. Just two weeks ago, he rewarded customers who guessed correctly that Denver and Seattle would end up in the Super Bowl with nearly $700,000 in furniture. For the actual "b ... More >>

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    March 13, 2013

    Last Night: Solange at Fitzgerald's

    Solange Fitzgerald's March 12, 2013 Solange has a famous sister. You've probably heard of her; both women grew up around here. And now let that be the last time we mention the elder Knowles sibling, because her younger sister is definitely on some different shit. In her half-decade and change as ... More >>

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    May 6, 2011

    Kickass Names For MetroRail's Newest Train Stops

    Metro is throwing a competition to name 20 new stations along the upcoming East End, North and Southeast lines. Quoting their press release, or at least the one they released yesterday, Metro wants "to make sure these stations accurately reflect the character, culture and history of the vibrant comm ... More >>

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    April 16, 2010

    Sentury Is Going To "Lose Control" All Over Your Ass

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, albeit sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. It's five videos and occasional cussing. Send tips to ​ First, a qualifier: When we talk about Mo'Nique, same as when we t ... More >>

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    October 29, 2009

    Sam Houston Race Park Welcomes The Teabaggers

    ​Sam Houston Race Park has a new way of trying to entice customers to the park: radical, extreme political events wherein the office of the President of the United States will be disparaged and its occupant compared to Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini and whatever other figure talk radio comes up with.Th ... More >>

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    August 20, 2009

    Paul Wall, Jamie Kennedy and Chuck Norris Help Mattress Mack Find His Inner Gangsta

    It's been a rough summer over at Gallery Furniture, what with a former employee being arrested for torching the local home-furnishing superstore's warehouse. But we all know plucky owner Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale isn't going to let losing the lion's share of Gallery's inventory get him down any ... More >>

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    July 28, 2009

    Hmmmm....The Gallery Furniture Fire Arrest Seems Awfully Solid

    Photo courtesy HCSORobert Gillham​All you Mattress Mack conspiracy-theorists who were speculating he might have had the big fire at his warehouse set himself can relax -- a suspect has been arrested. Robert Gillham, 66, had been fired by Gallery Furniture and was pissed.Or can you relax? From the ... More >>

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    May 22, 2009

    The Gallery Furniture Fire, As Twittered

    As you no doubt know by now, the Gallery Furniture warehouse went up in a four-alarm blaze early this morning. We've had our differences with Mattress Mack in the past, but this is the time only for good wishes for a comeback for someone who is undeniably a Houston icon. There's been some Twitt ... More >>

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    October 29, 2008

    Comcast's Sam Houston Somehow Isn't The Worst Local TV Ad

    We’re still stewing over the truly historic Comcast Sam Houston ad campaign, so much so that it got us reminiscing about the history of TV ads in the Houston market. We set out looking for some that were as weird as that campaign, but ended up with a bunch that were just plain quaint. Usually. A ... More >>