As the state starts opening up more and more, Houston real estate owners will be able to do a lot more around the city. Businesses are continuing to offer services like delivery and curbside pick up for those who need to be more careful. Some are able to be open in limited ways to in-person customers. Keep in mind that everyone 10 and older must wear a mask when out and about in public.
Big Blue Whale and On the Park sister toy stores are open for up to five customers at once. They are not allowing children in the store. All customers must wear masks and pay by credit card. Both locations are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Of course, both curbside pick up and online shopping is still an option. This is a fantastic place to pick up a few special toys for kids in Houston homes. They carry many brands of toys, including LEGO, Hape, Schleich, Playmobil, and Steiff. There are games, building toys, stuffed animals, and figurines. Both shops operate to help children unlock their imaginations. After so many weeks at home, one or two new items can liven up kids’ playing.
We’ve featured many favorite restaurants with Houston real estate locations. Lots are offering online ordering with delivery or curbside pickup. And a few are opening for dine-in customers, too. Bernie’s Burger Bus has opened its spacious patio for socially-distanced dining. The Bellaire location is at 5407 Bellaire Boulevard. It is the only location currently open. Open hours are from noon to 8 p.m. seven days a week.
There’s a huge variety available on the school-themed menu. The First Grader is a great basic burger, with cheese, pickles, ketchup, and mustard. The Substitute comes with bleu cheese, bacon, burgundy mushrooms, and tipsy onions. The Principal includes cheese, mayo, mustard, ketchup, onions, pickles, lettuce, and garlic tomatoes. There’s also a delicious selection of french fries, from your standard hand cut fries to truffle laced fries, with white truffle oil, parmesan cheese, and green onions. You can also get tater tots and onion rings. The shakes are the perfect treat to round out the meal. Choose from vanilla, chocolate, cookie batter, and salted caramel apple pie, among others. Be sure to follow their Instagram to keep up with the latest news.
People looking for a more upscale dine-in experience should check out Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse. Their downtown Houston real estate location is at 1510 Texas Avenue. Sunday through Thursday from 4 to 10 p.m.; Friday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Saturday from 4 to 11 p.m. Start with one of the amazing appetizers. Whether you like beef, seafood, or charcuterie, you’ll find something to wake up your tastebuds. The steaks are the main event. Choose from prime rib, Heartbrand Beef from Harwood, Texas, or imported Wagyu beef. Whatever you decide on, you won’t be disappointed. While steak is the star at Vic & Anthony’s, you can also order their fabulous seafood offerings. Try lobster, crab, fish, and shrimp. Be sure to check out Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse online to see the full menu. Make reservations for dine-in or put in an order for takeout or delivery.
While lots of businesses and landmarks are gradually opening, some remain closed. Schools near Houston homes are not expected to re-open this school year. However, lots of city organizations are continuing to put up kid-oriented content online. Grown-ups aren’t forgotten, either! Discovery Green has cancelled all its in-park programming through June 1st. But they have some neat events online to make up for it. Superhero Storytime is a lot of fun for kids of all ages. Currently, there are videos of Cinderella and Superman reading stories on the website. Kids can download and color a picture that goes with the story and make a fun craft, too.
Music lovers of all ages will want to set a reminder to tune in for two awesome live streamed concerts this week. On Thursday, May 21st, head over to the Discovery Green Facebook page at 7 p.m. to hear Say Girl Say perform live. Everyone is invited to crack open their favorite beverage, take their device outside, and dance, dance, dance! Then on Friday, May 22nd, log on to the Discovery Green website or YouTube channel to hear the Tendrum Art Percussion Group performing their concert “Drumming Up Hope” at 9 p.m. The Taiwanese group is being co-hosted by Discovery Green and Asia Society Texas.
Discovery Green is still open, though the playground and restrooms are closed. You’re welcome to come and take a walk or relax on the lawn, as long as you are wearing a mask and stay at least six feet away from other visitors. The Lake House restaurant is now reopened with a limited schedule. It is open Thursday through Monday from noon to 7 p.m. Pick up a refreshing drink and something to eat for a perfect picnic!
We hope that these ideas help you think about how you can approach the city’s re-opening. Authorities are cautiously optimistic that if we wear masks and maintain social distance, we can begin to go out and enjoy our beloved city of Houston again safely. It is still a good idea to limit outings, but getting fresh air and exercise is also important. Just keep your mask handy, carry hand sanitizer, and wash your hands frequently.
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