Retail Trade

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    Sound Revolution Comes Full Circle With New Tomball Store

    Earlier today we mentioned that the Houston area has a staggering 16 music retailers that will celebrate Record Store Day tomorrow, but we'd also like to single out two that go by the same name. Sound Revolution's F.M. 1960 location near Bush Intercontinental Airport has been around since 1976, long ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2014

    CVS Pulls Tobacco Products Citing Commitment to Healthcare

    CVS, one of the largest pharmacy chains in the U.S., announced it will pull all tobacco products from its shelves by October 1 of this year. Citing its commitment to doctors and healthcare, CVS said the removal of cigarettes and other tobacco products will cost them some $2 billion annually at their ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    Cassette Store Day is the Dumbest Thing Ever

    Record Store Day is quite possibly one of the greatest things young music fans have ever come up with. Every third Saturday in April, music fans around the world flock to real deal music stores and purchase sweet, beautiful vinyl records from all of their favorite musicians. There are exclusives, re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    Heights Walmart Opened Over the Weekend; Redefines "Local"

    Jeff Randall, the store manager for the new Walmart that just opened on Yale Street over the weekend, is incredibly eager and affable as he leads me around the giant Supercenter that covers 150,000 square feet of retail space -- and roughly triple that in a parking lot outside that the Walmart share ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Music

    April 19, 2012

    Vinyl Gets Another Spin

    Showing it has more lives than a cockroach, vinyl has been reborn, resulting in some beautiful music. But sometimes production values in records and turntables are lacking.

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    Cover Story: Wanna See A Vinyl Record Get Pressed Before Your Eyes?

    This week's Houston Press cover story, "Playing For Keeps," dives into the world of vinyl records, with interviews with local collectors and shop owners who are helping keep the medium alive in the Bayou City. Research for this cover story took me as far north as Dallas, where I visited with A&R Rec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    Save Yourself: The 10 Worst Online Retailers

    Ads like this are the only reason to visit you like that sort of thing​It's frustrating enough to shop for friends and family members during the holidays. Do I get my 80-year-old aunt a gift card to Kroger or H-E-B? Decisions, decisions. Unfortunately, some online mer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2011

    Google-Map Your Way Through Bush & Hobby Airport Terminals

    The interiors of Houston's two airports are part of a launch of a new Google Maps for Android feature that lets you determine where the hell you are inside of big places like malls and department stores. Bush Intercontinental and Hobby are part of the 18 U.S. airports mapped out in the app. "Wheth ... More >>

  • Music

    November 24, 2011
  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    Musicians Can Wait: Black Friday More About Flat Screens Than Instruments

    Back in college -- yes, in the stone age -- I worked for a musical instrument store on the north side of Houston. Over the years, there were busy days where I just stood behind the counter while a line of people handed me guitars to buy without the hint of a sales push and there were days we sat in ... More >>

  • Music

    January 13, 2011

    Hustle Town

    Hustlers Brass Band brings hometown joie de vivre.

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    Music Sales Down 2.5 Percent In 2010

    ​Nielsen SoundScan released its annual report on music sales Monday, and the results were less than surprising. Physical sales continued to decline, digital sales continued to rise, and crap pop continues to reign supreme both at the cash register and on the airwaves. During the period of Jan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    Bye-Bye, Books-A-Million

    BAM!! It's gone!!​We always thought a major bookstore downtown was a bit of a longshot, but Books-A-Million thought otherwise. Until now, that is. Swamplot reports that the store in the new-ish Houston Pavilions will soon be shuttered. Books-A-Million is kind of a southeastern Borders, with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Denny's Grand Slams $2.99 on Black Friday

    Mmm...Moons Over My Hammy​There's nothing getting an early start running errands or getting some exercise followed by a good, hearty breakfast. It's the perfect start to a great day. This Friday will likely not be one of those days. Instead of errands or exercise, there will be sleep deprivati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    Top Five Black Friday Fight Videos

    Give it or I'll punch you in the jugular​When you are in a battle for your life, you often resort to scratching and clawing, screaming and yelling. When you are in a fight for a plasma television on Black Friday, well, you'll probably do the same thing. Welcome to Black Friday, America's cele ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    CVS: No Longer Available For All Your Meth-Making Needs

    CVS: No longer a convenient stop for meth dealers​CVS, the drugstore chain that seems to have an outlet on every Houston intersection that doesn't have a Walgreen's on it, has agreed to pay a whopping $75 million fine to make up for selling a key ingredient used in cooking meth.The chain failed to ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 12, 2010

    "Modern Art Graffiti"

    Or "How to sit on contemporary art"

  • Calendar

    August 5, 2010

    White Linen Nights in the Heights

    Think of it as shopping among friends

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    Heights Walmart: The Property Owner Isn't Ready To Share Information Yet

    Councilmember Gonzalez also weighs in​Ainbinder, the company that owns the Heights-area property being considered for a Walmart, is not quite ready to share its information.Michael Ainbinder. chairman & CEO of the company  told Hair Balls that incomplete information has been shared premat ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 8, 2010

    ArtHouston 2010

    Walk this way

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2010

    Arbitrary TABC Regulations: Brewery vs. Winery

    riebschlagerLook at the poor beer back there. ​In the red tape-filled abyss known as the TABC, there are many codes that do more to confuse than regulate the alcohol industry in our great state. We blame the good ol' boys network and the ridiculousness of bureaucracy. For our first installm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2010

    The Fight To Save The Alabama Theater's Art Deco Interior Is Broughten

    Photo by Jim Parsons​A lot of people didn't think Sarah Gish would get far when she formed a group to save the River Oaks movie theater, but the theater is still standing.Still threatened, sure; saved mostly by a slow economy, probably, but in Houston you take what preservation victories you can g ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 18, 2010


    Take a course in garbage can dining

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2010

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Three 2009 Albums That Didn't Get Enough Love

    A few more records from 2009 that deserved more mention than they got. Jesse Winchester, Love Filling Station: At 70 years old, the music industry's most notable Vietnam draft dodger delivered as soulful and wise set of songs as anyone on the scene. Love Filling Station has become some of our favor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2009

    Great Place For A Water Main Break

    You know what's a great place to have a water main break on Black Friday?The corner of Westheimer and Hillcroft.That's what happened early this morning; the water has stopped gushing out, but local businesses are without services and one southbound lane of Hillcroft has buckled and is closed to traf ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 26, 2009

    Uptown Holiday Lighting

    It's the official unofficial launch of the Christmas season

  • Calendar

    November 26, 2009

    Thanksgiving with Santa

    Get grateful with the big guy

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2009

    As You Stuff Yourself Tomorrow And (We Hope) Watch The Cowboys Lose, Don't Forget Us

    We can tell by the quiet outside the office window that the Thanksgiving exodus has probably already occurred. Or maybe everyone's working late and it will get really busy in an hour or so.At any rate, even though tomorrow is Thanksgiving, be sure to check back here for posts. We'll be offering insi ... More >>

  • Music

    August 20, 2009

    No Exit

    Blondie casts a wide net indeed on the band's station.

  • Calendar

    May 7, 2009
  • Blogs

    March 6, 2009

    Hightower High Broadcast Academy Scores Another Grant

    This past January, when the Houston Press awarded its first-ever MasterMinds Awards to three local groups showing cutting edge creativity and determination, one of the recipients of a $2,000 check from us was the Hightower High School's Broadcast Academy, headed up by Ted Irving, the media academy c ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 29, 2009
  • Blogs

    September 17, 2008

    Some Of That Gas Being Refined Near Here Is Going Far, Far Away

    ExxonMobil and Valero are still in the process of reopening some refineries, meaning things at the wholesale end of the gas pipeline won’t approach normal for at least several more days. (We don't even want to think about the retail end.) Although gas lines have shortened since Monday, and more r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2008
  • Blogs

    November 27, 2006

    Awright, Carl Lewis, Break It Up

    Now that you're back at the office, the last thing we'd want to do is distract you from your Cyber Monday surfing. But if you find that Amazon is loading a little slow, we offer this little diversion. It's a classic ditty from H-town track phenom Carl Lewis that's been making the YouTube rounds of ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 5, 2006
  • Music

    April 7, 2005

    Monsters of Hip

    Five bands' worth of Urban Outfitters employees grace Cardi's stage with shopworn licks and attire

  • News

    April 7, 2005

    Poured Out

    With archaic and self-serving laws, reforms don't come easy for the Texas booze industry

  • Dining

    December 9, 2004

    The Next Chef Boyardee

    Wolfgang Puck, creator of Spago in Hollywood, has lost control of his name

  • Dining

    February 5, 2004
  • Calendar

    January 15, 2004

    Odd Man In

    Inventor James Dyson lets his freak flag fly

  • News

    January 8, 2004
  • Music

    September 18, 2003

    Drastic Unilateral Action

    Universal hopes to JumpSTART flagging CD sales with aggressive price cuts. Who benefits the most?

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Camera Store

    Houston Camera Exchange

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Fish Market

    Whole Foods Market

  • Culture

    November 29, 2001

    Non Mall Shopping Adventures

    Shopping adventures

  • Dining

    August 17, 2000

    Freedom from Choice

    The Food Filling Station's limitations can be liberating

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