Once an old rail station, as evidenced by its location right by the railroad tracks in the heights, Heights Station Antiques is one of my favorite antique stores for an impromptu afternoon browse. It is set up like a consignment shop, with different dealers setting up their wares in different areas, so you never know what you might find... also you never know how things will be priced, which can be good or bad. Items range from beautiful old furniture pieces, collectibles and china, to quirky old toys, records, and cool vintage sewing patterns. Definitely worth a stop on your way to 19th street. Sometimes it gets pretty hot in there during the summer, so be prepared or wait until the softer seasons.
If you're into the south of the border decor, this is a must visit. They have tons of imported home decorating accessories and furniture, mostly from Mexico. Their prices are mid range and sometimes a little high, but their pottery is great as you can see even just driving by. Even if you're not in the market for furniture, this is a fun place to browse.
The best thing about this place is the staff. They are not just teenagers working a retail job over the summer, these are true music junkies who know their stuff and are eager to share. Some of the best cds I have are staff recommendations from Cactus that I would have never found otherwise. These folks aren't just about suggestive selling the top 40 blockbusters, and if you're a regular they might even get to know your taste and direct you to some new favorites. Also they have great kooky gift items and pop culture collectibles, plus a video section that makes you wonder what the chain video stores are doing with all that space... meaning quality versus quantity.
All of my doctors are in St Joseph Medical Center - general practicioner, gynocologist, dermatologist. All of the offices are very nice and new or newly redone and the parking is actually pretty easy because it's attached to the building - so you just park your car and when you get in the elevator there is a directory right there and then it brings you straight to the offices. I like keeping all my doctors here because it is convenient to 59 and 45, so whether I'm coming from work or home it is convenient both ways. Plus I only have to remember how to get to one place!
This gynecologist has the number one most important quality a gyno can have - she knows how to make people feel comfortable. And, no matter what embarrassing question you ask her, her demeanor makes it hard to be embarrassed. Also I've rarely had to wait more that 15-30 minutes which is a pretty short wait time for a good gyno in my experience.
Spanish Flowers is one of my favorite Mexican restaurants in a city that is overflowing with them. It's a home style tex mex place, where you get Mexican vegetable soup before every meal, and fresh fruit in season after. Plus they walk around with fresh hot home made tortillas on demand, no cold crusty tortillas that have been sitting in a plastic box all night. Most nights, even weeknights, there is a mariachi band. This is the kind of place you can bring the kids or be just as comfortable with some friends and several margaritas. The best part is, they're open 24 hours. Don't miss the sopapillas, they're worth being a little overstuffed.
Don't underestimate the Houston theater scene, the Alley theater is a Tony winner and it's easy to see why. It has two theaters, one small and one large - although even the large one isn't overly sized and still feels intimate. But the small theater is a theater in the round, and every seat is extremely close - I don't think there's more than 15 rows. The resident company is extremely talented and there are several who I'm always excited to see in one show after another.
A well known, alternative-lifestyle friendly establishment, a neighborhood staple for years. If the rainbow flags in the window don't give it away, you'll get tipped off pretty quickly from looking around. They sell specialty leather items for couples with adventurous romatic lives, or those who may be in special sectors of the performing arts community.
One of the last places in town to find your herbal and essential oil supplies, now that whole earth herbs is sadly gone. Lucia herself can often be found working the counter or around the store. Great selection of whimsical gifts and new age books, candles, semi precious stones, home decor, herbs, essential oils, cards and more. Your karma will get a boost just walking through the store.
If you're really looking to make a statement with a bouquet, for those in the know this is the place to go. Their prices are a bit on the high end, but you're sure to get the best quality flowers and very fashionable vases... none of those silly bumpy glass ones you get from the grocery store. They have a unique selection and their flowers are nice and fresh so they'll last a long time.