Retail Rap

Houston Shopping News for July 2012

Kate Allen Stukenberg
July 01, 2012

The Inn at the Ballpark, owned by Landry’s, Inc., and located downtown near (you guessed it) the Astros’ home base, has signed a license agreement with Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc., and will be rebranded a Westin Hotel (which is owned by Starwood). What changes are in store? Updated furnishings and finishes throughout, an expanded exercise facility and a completely new lobby, reception area and lobby bar will commence this year, to be completed by end of 2013. Home run! … Nordstrom unveils new changes this summer, starting with the men’s department which is now located on the first floor, and a remodel of the VIA C department that highlights labels such as Theyskens Theory, Alexander Wang and 3.1 Phillip Lim. Meanwhile, The Wedding Suite now features made-to-order bridal collections including Vera Wang, Roses by Reem Acra and Jenny Yoo, plus an exclusive off-the-rack collection by Christian Siriano. While you’re shopping, check out Bistro N, Nordstrom’s new restaurant concept serving lunch and dinner and now boasting a full bar … BHLDN in Highland Village hosts Austin floral designer Ashley Bailey of Byrd Collective for the second month in a row, but this time she’s one of a bevy of Austin’s top-notch event gurus in town for what BHLDN bills “An Austin Afternoon” on Sunday, July 29. There’s a farm-to-table Sunday Brunch presentation featuring BHLDN’s decor items set by the capable hands of Liv by Design and Bird Dog Wedding. Festive paper pieces designed by The Creative Parasol will share tabletops with floral designs from The Byrd Collective. And save room for a fresh fruit treat from Tiny Pies, as well as seasonal savories and sips from Word of Mouth. The proprietors of all these Austin businesses will be in attendance, styled by BHLDN as perfect brunch guests, to answer questions and share ideas. Contact for info … Ivory Bridal Atelier in West Ave has the Houston exclusive on Marchesa’s stunning bridal collection … Local fashion designer David Peck now showcases his custom bridal gown design services online at … Feeling bad about that heart-and-dagger tatt? Welcome Dr. Tattoff to town, a laser tattoo removal clinic that’s not just an ordinary tatt-off parlor. Founder and board-certified dermatologist Dr. Will Kirby is a reality TV star who won season two of Big Brother. Dr. Tattoff is open at 5385 Westheimer near the Galleria, between Chimney Rock and Sage. Sorry, this time you’ll have to go sober during daylight. Call 832.571.2300 for an appointment, or visit