There have been lots of changes in the response to COVID-19 over the past couple of weeks, and people in Houston homes are learning to adjust. We’ve had a couple of weeks of mandatory mask-wearing in public places. While it’s perfectly acceptable to tie a scarf or bandana around your face, you can also opt for a mask that was made for the job. Those with a sewing machine and basic sewing skills can sew their own. You can find many different patterns to use by doing a quick Google search.
On the other hand, lots of Houston designers are pivoting from making clothes and accessories to creating masks. Some are available to order online. Some shops are also offering curbside pick up at their retail Houston real estate. Buying from a local designer is a great way to support the city’s economy while complying with the law.
Cloth & Cord offers lovely masks made of kente cloth with a pocket for a carbon filter. They run around $15 each. The company is also donating masks to healthcare workers.
Magpies and Peacocks sells masks in a variety of patterns as well as neutral solids. They are made of three layers of fabric--a layer of 100% cotton, a layer of non-woven polypropylene, and a layer of cotton blend. They start at $12 each. The sales of personal masks also offsets the cost of the production of polypropylene masks for healthcare workers.
Children over age 10 are required to wear masks, too. Paty Children’s Apparel Company is making masks in both kids and adult sizes. They cost $5 to $6.50. These masks have a pocket for a filter, and one is included with each mask.
Lots of other local shops are making masks, too. Check out the Fresh Arts Instagram feed to find more.
Mother’s Day is tomorrow, and there are lots of restaurants and shops that are ready to help families in Houston homes throw a great celebration for their moms. A fabulous bottle of wine is an excellent way to start off any celebratory meal. If you’re not sure about what to pair with the meal you’ve planned, hop over to Houston Wine Merchant. Check out the staff picks section of the website or call the shop and ask for help. Pick out one bottle, put together a gift basket with a few bottles, or check out a sampler case. Each case includes three reds and three whites and two bottles of each type. You can also find rose, champagne, and several different spirits, including tequila and whiskey.
Saint Arnold Brewing Company is a favorite for many Houston real estate owners. They are offering both their delicious food and their amazing beers for curbside pickup. They’re offering several combos. Try the pizza and six-pack for just $22 or a whole chicken, two sides, and a six-pack for $36. You can also choose from one of the merch, food, and beer combos. The pizza pack includes two Saint Arnold pint glasses, a pizza, and a six-pack. The full menu of pizza, sandwiches, and salads is available, too, as well as the regular list of beers and ciders. Saint Arnold is open every day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Visit them online to place an order. Follow them on Facebook or Instagram to keep up with special events, like livestreamed tastings and concerts.
There’s nothing like real Texas barbecue, and B&B Butchers & Restaurant is ready with a fabulous menu for curbside pickup or delivery. They’re also offering some social distancing specials. Order the Family Grill and enjoy four 10 oz center-cut filets, a pound of bacon, four TX Wagyu hotdogs, four burger patties, a 22 oz dry aged ribeye, and a six pack of beer. There’s a date night special for two, prime rib Wednesdays, and surf and turf Fridays, to name just a few. Visit them online to see all the choices and make your order.
Now that restrictions on businesses are being relaxed, you might want to do a little shopping. Several of Houston’s fabulous local boutiques are offering a combination of online shopping, curbside pickup, and allowing a limited number of customers to shop. Beehive, which offers on-trend women’s clothing and accessories, is allowing four customers in to their retail location at a time. You can also order online, and use a coupon code to get free shipping on orders over $35. If you’d like some help putting a look together, be sure to check out the curated style boxes on offer. Be sure to follow them on Instagram to keep up with the latest arrivals and see how the bees at Beehive have styled them.
Forth and Nomad has a carefully curated collection of beautiful goods for the home, as well as women’s clothing and accessories. Check out the special spa baskets, which make a great treat for yourself or a friend or loved one. If you’re looking for something fun to do or want to send an unusual gift, check out the candle making kits. Choose the fragrance you’d like. They are also offering masks for sale, for both kids and adults. Delivery is available for free for addresses within five miles of the shop. There’s also curbside pickup. Visit the shop online to see the full collection.
We hope this list helps you get in the mood for safely relaxing social distancing rules. All of us living in Houston homes are in this together, as we figure out how to get our economy going again while keeping safe.
We are committed to going above and beyond and guiding you every step of the way, and will not settle for less than complete satisfaction.