SAM'S West Inc.

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    Requiem For the iPod

    The year was 2002, and I was in the back of my mom's Chevy high-top. She was driving my brother to Sam's Club to pick up his new blue iPod 1st Generation. For months, I watched him listen to Papa Roach and moody pop-rock queen Avril Lavigne as he sat in his bedroom lifting his 8-pound dumbbells -- t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2014

    Free Eats in Houston For the Enterprising Souls Among You

    It is tough to complain about the cost of living in Houston. Housing is fairly affordable and there is usually a food truck around the corner willing to sell you a filling taco dinner for $5 or less. That being said, there are always those days when a meal out -- any meal out anywhere -- is out of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    Buy Your Christmas Dinner Fixings Early, Because Most Stores Will Be Closed

    If you find yourself with some last-minute Christmas shopping to take care of on Christmas Eve, you might be in luck. Many stores have expanded their hours on December 24 to ensure that you have everything you need for the perfect holiday. If, however, you find yourself inexplicably out of cream fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2013

    Happy Mother's Day, From the Cheddar's Family

    "It's hog killin' weather," my grandmother announced in weary voice, her East Texas twang hobbling the words as they spilled out. It's hawg killun waythuh. She sat her purse down on the kitchen counter and shuffled into the living room as my mother closed the garage door behind us with a sigh. No on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    Personal Pan Pizza? More Like Personal Pain Pizza

    A few weeks ago I wrote about the horrors of a limited-release Pizza Hut perfume, which then had me thinking about my days working at a Pizza Hut kiosk when I was in college. Inside one of the dining halls was a Pizza Hut Express, where we cranked out personal pizzas (and regular sized special order ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2012

    Best Ever Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

    The second I saw Halloween decorations at Sam's Club in mid-August I knew it was on. I was in New Jersey at the time, but as soon as I got back to Houston, I hightailed it to the nearest Sam's and bought my new favorite piece of decor -- a three-foot Pumpkin Man that now holds miniature peanut but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    Top 5 Snacks I Still Like (But Shouldn't)

    Ever look down at your cart and contemplate throwing in a box of baby wipes or kids' sunscreen just so people think you're shopping for children? Some of the snacks I still enjoy as a 20-something-year-old female are just downright embarrassing. At what point will I stop liking this crap? It's not o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    Junk Drunk Food Gourmet: Your Guide to Late Night Snacking

    Whilst living the life of a broke-ass college student for what felt (to me) like a gazillion years, my fiancé came up with the idea of Junk Drunk Food Gourmet. Think: your college pantry fancied up in a way only way too many games of survivor flip cup can fashion (the full idea involved an inebriat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2012

    HISD Seeks Refund from California-Based Vendor for Pink Slime-Filled Hamburger Patties

    In the aftermath of the somewhat frivolous "pink slime" scare, the Houston Independent School District wanted to make damn sure people knew it wasn't purchasing boneless lean beef trimmings (a.k.a. lean finely textured beef) for it school lunch programs. Or, at least, HISD thought it wasn't. HISD h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Dear Star Pizza...Is Wax Paper Really Too Much to Ask?

    Dear Star Pizza, I want you to know that I am a longtime fan and admirer of your work. Hell, before I was peer-pressured into trying your food I didn't even like pizza at all, an unheard-of thing in a man of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles generation. The fact that picking up a pizza made you invi ... More >>

  • News

    January 5, 2012

    The 2011 Houston Press Crimes of the Year

    From a fake vampire to a getaway guy in a wheelchair, a defendant peeing in court to a cop-car backseat blow job, it's been a wild year.

  • News

    December 29, 2011

    The 2011 Houston Press Crimes of the Year

    From a fake vampire to a getaway guy in a wheelchair, a defendant peeing in court to a cop-car backseat blow job, it's been a wild year.

  • News

    January 27, 2011

    Drink Up, Texas

    Sunday liquor sales to close budget gap.

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    $50-Plus Wine for $10 (And How the Hell This Is Possible)

    ​A friend called about a week ago.  She excitedly relayed the details of a Cameron Hughes Wine presentation she had seen at Costco that afternoon. My reply: "That sounds great, but I think you're leaving something out. There is just no way this guy is buying up someone else's high-priced fin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2010

    Tips from Rick Bayless - with Beer!

    ​We recently headed over to Sam's Club to pick up some provisions. After our customary Polish Hot Dog Combo for $1.50 plus tax, we headed over to the beer aisle. This place always has a limited beer selection, with a few standards like the 24-pack of Corona 7-ounce bottles or the Shiner Fami ... More >>

  • News

    May 6, 2010

    Semi-Comeback for the Tower Theater

    Plus: Rites of Bellaire - It's not hazing, it's fun

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    TDCJ's Intercept Of Drug-Filled Toolbox Ruins Inmates' Day

    When the pot, meth, Ecstasy and tobacco just won't cut it​When you think about it, anytime you try to get a toolbox delivered to a prison, you're going to raise some suspicion. You'd have to figure the authorities aren't just going to carry it down to Cellblock D and say "Here you go, here's the f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2009

    Top 5 Grocery Store Openings of the Decade

    Photo by athomsonThe hot dog section at an H-E-BYesterday, we recounted the top five grocery store closings that had a significant impact on the Houston supermarket scene during the past 10 years. But for as much as we may (or may not) miss AppleTree or Albertson's, we've had some much better grocer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2009

    Now We Know Why Wal-Mart Has That Smiley Face

    The U.S. Attorney's office has just announced the break-up of a major drug operation. It was run by Wal-Mart and Sam's Club, so you know it was convenient and cheap.Wal-Mart Stores paid the Southern District of Texas a $637,000 fine in order to close cases involving Wal-Mart Pharmacy and Sam's Club ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2008

    Sam's Club To Open Hispanic-Oriented Shop In Houston; Right-Wing Nuts' Heads To Explode

    Get ready to get fired up, all you border-fence fetishists: Sam's Club is opening a store in Houston aimed at Hispanics. The first Mas Club will open early next year, the company announced today. The shop will feature an expanded selection of products from Mexico, officials said. Customers will ha ... More >>

  • Music

    July 24, 2008
  • Music

    May 19, 2005

    Trent Reznor, Supersize

    Nine Inch Nails, live in San Francisco: Hilarity. Guilt. Nostalgia. BALCO.

  • Dining

    May 12, 2005

    Wurst-Case Scenario

    Alfredo's serves up excellent German sausage and a lot of conversation

  • Dining

    October 16, 2003

    Cancún Cuisine

    Take a little trip to Cascadas Cantina y Restaurante

  • Music

    September 18, 2003

    Drastic Unilateral Action

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

  • Music

    December 19, 2002

    Brady Brock

    Thursday, December 26

  • News

    July 25, 2002

    Pay Snubs

    Wal-Mart's biggest bargain? It may be squeezing free overtime out of workers.

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best Gadfly

    Dan Hart

  • Calendar

    May 25, 2000

    The Curbside Critique

    (Houston Sculpture 2000)

  • News

    July 22, 1999

    Learning Curves

    Charter school scandals are teaching Texas a hard lesson -- one the state should have known fouryears and $77 million ago

  • News

    July 1, 1999

    After-School Aftershocks

    Advocates unite to tell HISD and Houston not to overlook vital program

  • Music

    September 24, 1998

    No Respect?

    In 1991, the Missiles were the coolest lame band in Houston. Seven years later, the irony still lingers.

  • Calendar

    July 16, 1998
  • News

    December 1, 1994

    The Trial of Joe Russo

    An intimate look at how -- and why -- Houston's high flyer of the '80s was taken apart in court