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Shopping

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2013

    Where To Eat While Shopping for Christmas: The Woodlands Mall Survival Guide

    Christmas is less than two weeks away. I repeat: TWO WEEKS AWAY. It's crunch time, people. If you're headed to The Woodlands Mall to get the final few things on your list (or to start your Christmas shopping ... no judging here), you'll need plenty of energy to battle the lines and crowds and keep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2013

    Your Local Black Friday/Record Store Day Shopper's Guide

    Historically speaking, Black Friday is a phrase synonymous with discount hand-mixers and 5 a.m. tramplings at the local Walmart. By definition alone -- so not hip. And while all of you normal folks -- who would rather pay the extra $50 for a PS4 over pitching a tent in the shantytown that accumulate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    Weather Week: Beautiful Turkey Day on Tap as Temperatures Slowly Warm Up

    If you feel like Christmas shopping just doesn't feel right unless the weather outside is rather nippy, well you're in luck as Black Friday approaches. For the past few days, Houston and the surrounding area has seen some extremely cold weather for November. Days with highs in the 40s have pushed ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2013

    Houston Traffic Hotspots: The Galleria

    As we inch closer to Christmas and more importantly, Black Friday, the areas surrounding Houston malls will gradually become clogged with murderous joyous holiday shoppers looking for deals and trying to buy their kids something they won't hate this year (hint: no plaid shirts, mom!). Despite all th ... More >>

  • Music

    November 22, 2012
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    November 13, 2012

    Black Friday Dining Deals: Everything Tastes Better on Sale

    While you're going crazy running from store to store to grab the best deals for Christmas gifts this Black Friday, you're definitely going to be starving for something good to eat. Why not stick with the theme of finding the best deals when it comes to where you'll eat or drink that day? We've comp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    App of the Week: No-Wait Checkouts with the Apple Store App

    App: Apple Store Platform: iPhone Website: Apple Store App Cost: Free For years I've used the self-checkout lanes at grocery stores. Years ago I was a checker at a Kroger, and I find that I'm often as fast if not faster than the checkout person -- unless I have produce -- and the line certainly mov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2011

    Free for All: The Post-Thanksgiving Day Edition

    Look, it's Black Friday (and dark gray Saturday and Sunday, or whatever they call the rest of the weekend), and if you aren't going shopping or to the movies or fighting with relatives, what else is there to do? We've come up with a few suggestions. And they all have the advantage of being free. F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2011

    For Savvy Shoppers, Black Friday Started Last Tuesday

    If you missed out on a great deal for a humongous flat-screen television at Best Buy today, you can only blame yourself. Some folks, like Becky H., put a lot of effort into making sure they got door buster prices for televisions, computers and other big-ticket electronics. "Tuesday night we were l ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 24, 2011
  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    Buxton, Allen Oldies Band at Cactus Music Record Store Black Friday Event

    Most of us wince when we think about Black Friday. Sure, you can get that limited edition, glow in the dark Blu Ray Player/Coffee Maker that heals your broken dreams and cleans your toilet, but is it really worth the midnight (or 10 p.m. on Thursday depending on your location) wake up call? We think ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    Upcoming Events: Lend a Helping Hand on Thanksgiving

    "Serving" can take on many meanings at Thanksgiving.​Thanksgiving is what? It's next week? Wait, are you serious? If you, like me, are terrible at planning (or knowing what week of the month it currently is), turn to Lauren Marmaduke's excellent guide to dining out on Thanksgiving Day or orde ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    Christmas Eve Store Hours, For All You Procrastinators

    The doors!! They are closing!!​Maybe you've got today off and are planning to do your Christmas shopping. Maybe you don't have today off, or maybe you just like putting things off to the last minute. A Friday Christmas Eve shopping trip sounds like hell to us, but if you're determined to go t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2010

    Infographic: The Black Friday Experience

    See the whole thing after the jump​Today is "Black Friday", so named because of the hellish throng of shoppers and cars choking the streets, sidewalks, and retail outlets all over the country. Believe it or not, up until a few years ago, "Black Friday" was an urban legend; the shopping crowd w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    $2.99 Grand Slams at Denny's on Black Friday

    We prefer the Moons Over My Hammy​Let's say for the moment you plan on being out early on Black Friday. Let's also say your four hours of sitting in line followed by the frenzied trampling of other humans to buy the hundred-dollar laptop and three-hundred-dollar flat screen television you are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Flying Fur: PETA Members to Protest on Black Friday

    Don't expect hot, naked protesters on Friday. Think about it if you like, but don't expect it.​When you are out picking up some toys for the tikes at the Galleria this Friday, you might see something besides chubby Santas and frustrated holiday shoppers. You might catch anti-fur protesters. A ... 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

    November 22, 2010

    Five Reasons Not to Shop on Black Friday

    Ho Ho Ho! Merry Shopping Free-For-All!​Every year around this time in the United States, we celebrate a day so important, so American that it brings people together like no other day can. Around 3 a.m. this Friday, bleary-eyed shopaholics will power into retail outlets all over the country in ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 5, 2010

    White Linen Nights in the Heights

    Think of it as shopping among friends

  • Calendar

    May 13, 2010

    15th Annual Festival of Greece

    And you thought there was only one Greek festival in town

  • Calendar

    April 1, 2010

    "Perspectives: An Intercultural View on American Values"

    Artists from around the world look at the elements that bind Americans together

  • Calendar

    January 21, 2010

    Doña Rosita's Jalapeño Kitchen

    Also known as How to Make Refried Beans Funny

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2009

    Skip Black Friday IRL, And Do It Online

    ​Hark, singing herald angels! Do you hear what we hear? Could it be the carols of pure bliss lyrically carousing through the annals of our fair city this fine Black Friday? Yes, indeed, 'tis the season for joy to our world! It's the sound of freedom, we reckon. Freedom from familial dining ob ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 26, 2009

    Thanksgiving with Santa

    Get grateful with the big guy

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2009

    When Black Friday Comes, I'll Stand Down By The Door: Tips On Surviving

    ​If the excessive Black Friday advertising has you overwhelmed, don't fret, we're here to help.  We've been scrutinizing the quadrillion press releases and ads that have been bombarding us in e-mails, on TV, in last Sunday's paper and in any other existing media form you can think of to come ... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2009

    Breakfast Row on Westheimer

    Photo by Robb Walsh Personally, I am pretty fond of the under $3 breakfast specials at Houston taquerias like Jesus Maria on Spencer Highway or Kiko's on Fulton. But when I have to entertain visiting grandparents at breakfast time, I head for the stretch of Westheimer just east of Beltway 8 nea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2009

    Where Are We Eating?

    Although plenty of restaurants (and probably even shopping malls, nail salons and dentist's offices) in Houston serve the ubiquitous margarita, this place is special for a few reasons. Can you figure out where we're eating this week just from the margarita below? And bonus points to the lucky per ... More >>

  • Film

    February 12, 2009

    Buyer Beware of Confessions of a Shopaholic

    Bush and this movie agree: Go shopping! (Wait, don't.)

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    The City Of Houston Takes On Orbitz And Priceline

    The City of Houston and the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority are currently suing multiple travel websites such as Orbitz and Priceline over tax revenues it claims the sites owe it. Online travel sites pay wholesale prices to hotels for rooms and then customers book those rooms at a mark-up fro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2008

    You've Put Off That Christmas Shopping Long Enough

    You have just a few shopping hours left, but if you still haven't done all of your Christmas shopping, Hair Balls has a few suggestions. Aquarium World Yeah, walking in with a goldfish in one of those little plastic bags might be really lame, but the folks at Aquarium World can hook you up with a re ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 4, 2008
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    December 4, 2008

    Winter Holiday Art Market

    Local artists help make it easy to show you care

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2008

    Feel-Good Shopping in Houston

    You can make Black Friday more meaningful by putting your shopping dollars to good use at local non-profits and independent stores. Freak out your drunk friends with a set of Ghost Goblets. These hand-blown tumblers feature a wineglass inside. Get these, along with other arty presents, at the Museu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2008
  • Blogs

    May 12, 2008

    The Sole of Houston: Working for You

    Looks like David Beebe and my expose on the epidemic of stray shopping carts is bearing fruit. Here’s what the Chronicle says H.P.D. is doing about the problem: “’There are more shopping carts than bushes out there,’ said Lt. Richard Zajac of the Houston Police Department's South Central P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2007
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    August 7, 2007
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    June 21, 2007

    I Want My MP3

    If you haven't noticed, all hell is breaking loose right now in online digital music sales. On the main stage: Last month Amazon announced its intention to enter the fray at the end of the year, challenging iTunes' hegemony in the market. Two weeks ago, after much hand-wringing anticipation, Apple d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2006

    We're Not Buying It

    Adbusters.org "Patchouli on aisle four!" The term "Black Friday" actually refers to many Fridays. There was the financial panic of 1869. The day in 1881 when 189 Scottish fishermen lost their lives. The 1919 riot in Glasgow. The fires that devastated Victoria in 1939. The 1978 massacre of ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 6, 2006
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    September 23, 2004
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    September 26, 2002

    Best Expense-Account Restaurant

    Mark's American Cuisine

  • Culture

    November 29, 2001

    Non Mall Shopping Adventures

    Shopping adventures

  • Best of Houston

    September 20, 2001
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