If there’s one thing that peeves Ed Schultz, president of Honolulu Coffee Company, it’s when people pass off mediocre 10 percent Kona coffee blends for the 100 percent real thing. “It’s gotten to the point where I don’t even ask,” says the 35-year-old Lanikai resident. “I think I’m pretty fanatical over coffee quality.” And rightly so. With multiple busy locations and more on the horizon, Schultz purchased Honolulu Coffee Company in 2008 with a mission to up the global profile of Hawaiian beans.
At the recent opening of Hadieh Shafie’s solo show at Washington’s Morton Fine Art (mortonfineart.com), the gallery was filled to the gills with patrons keen to glimpse the rising star. Surrounded by her most recent body of work—assemblages of thousands of tiny hand-dyed, meticulously wound paper scrolls—the artist revelled in the reveal of the pieces that have earned her international attention.
Of all the fateful, high-powered meetings that have taken place at the Trump Tower Chicago in its brief history, this may have been the biggest of all: “Lady Gaga called and said, ‘Come on down, we have a studio in a bus underneath Trump,’” says Paul Blair, aka DJ White Shadow. “So I went down and we made three songs in two days that ended up on the album.”
Laura Ingalls Wilder is my homegirl. As a kid, I often snuck a flashlight under the sheets and read Little House on the Prairie books for hours after my parents had gone to bed. I can still imagine the oily tang of freshly laid tar paper on the Ingalls’ lean-to cabin or the coolness of the mud walls from the dugout next to Plum Creek.
Houston magazine co-hosted a fête to celebrate the grand opening of Gold & Silver Buyers’ 50th location, situated in a buzzy spot inside the Galleria. The new place is a milestone for owners Amelia and Brian Culwell, who founded the company just three years ago and have been doing a brisk business all the while. Guests mixed and mingled with the Culwells—who were on hand to tour them around the new storefront—while indulging in some sensational sips from Naked Winery and munching on bites from Demeris Catering. Photos by Logan Beck
Luxury-lifestyle lovers checked out glamorous new rocks and rides at two indulgent launch parties. At Rice Village Diamonds, guests perused the new Safari Collection, featuring jewelry crafted from yellow and white gold, and adorned with orange and chocolate diamonds. … Auto enthusiasts ogled the super-sleek BMW 6-Series at Momentum BMW Southwest during a bash co-hosted by Houston magazine. The coupe was unveiled as revelers treated themselves to Messina Hof wines, cocktails like Double Cross Vodka truffle martinis, and bites courtesy of Demeris Catering.
Summer-chic-clad guests joined Houston magazine Editor-in-Chief Jeff Gremillion in toasting the grand opening of Quality Life Fitness, a hip new gym in Highland Village and the city’s first eco-friendly health club. In between mingling with fellow guests or eyeing the (beautiful) yoga gurus offering live candlelit class demos in Quality’s crisp new studio space, revelers sipped Grey Goose vodka cocktails, popped light bites from Kiran’s Indian restaurant and congratulated beaming gym owner Brian Nash.
Family-run for seven generations, Zadok Jewelers was the sparkling host for a pair of bauble-filled trunk shows. A two-day bridal-centric Tacori trunk show, themed “Hollywood Comes to Houston,” featured more than 500 rings and a chance to win a one-of-a-kind mixed gold-and-silver necklace. … Isaac Levy, founder of Yvel fine jewelry, made a personal appearance to celebrate Yvel’s 25th anniversary. Guests perused his exclusive line of pastel pearls, unique sapphires and gold trinkets as they sipped wine and mingled with Levy at the Uptown Park store.