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Company also hopes to help fight tech addiction and get people outdoors through innovative platform

Jeff Long with dogs


Two young entrepreneurs – brother and sister team Jeff and Sarah Long – have announced the launch of their new Houston-based tech start-up, Axis Earth, focused around connecting individual and adventure sports athletes of all levels. This platform brings together athletes who have a mutual passion for the outdoors and helps expand their networks while allowing them to share experiences and motivate younger people to get involved. The Longs also envision Axis Earth as a weapon in fighting the growing problem of tech addiction. Depending on the study, it’s estimated that teens and young adults spend as much as five to eight hours a day on their devices, including texting, playing games, using social media and surfing the internet. Social media can be especially problematic with bullying and shaming. Studies have noted disturbing trends among teenagers since 2010 with strong correlations between smartphone addiction and mental health issues, including sleep problems, depression and even suicide.

“Technology can connect people in positive, healthy ways and be a tool for learning, but it can also lead to destructive behaviors and consequences when overused and/or abused,” says Sarah Long. “The Axis Earth app promotes active, healthy lifestyles through sports and social interactions. However, it can also be part of the arsenal in battling nature deficit disorder, a phenomenon especially common among children and teens but that also pertains to adults who spend much of their free time indoors and on devices such as smartphones and iPads.” The Longs believe there is an untapped market of athletes who are focused on individual sports such as skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, mountain biking, running and fishing. The new Axis Earth app targets this subset of athletes and gives them a place to better connect to their peers, fans and even potential sponsors. “We also hope it will inspire the younger generation to put down their phones and head outdoors to discover the fun and excitement of adventure sports,” says Jeff Long. A cross between a social media tool, a professional networking site and a platform to expand an influencer role, Axis Earth takes the best parts of existing social media platforms such as photos, status updates, professional experience and cross-promotion, and connects them in one place.
For example: ·
Photos like Instagram
· Status updates like Facebook
· Professional experience like LinkedIn
· Ability to cross-promote to other touchpoints like Hootsuite · Connectivity similar to Tinder or Find a Friend platforms
The Axis Earth app is now available for download on the Apple and Google Play stores and links to both can be found on the website. The company will be adding additional features over the next couple of months which focus on building up the individual activities offerings.

Happy First Anniversary Wag Tantrum!

Wag Tantrum Team

One year ago, two female entrepreneurs launched a business to fill a void in the dog food marketplace.The Houston-based company, run by co-founders and sisters Barbara and Lisa Marshall, offers an organic, human-grade dog food that not only brings a unique product to the market, but also checks all the right boxes. Wag Tantrum is made with 100% organic ingredients, includes all of the proper vitamins and nutrients that dogs require to live a healthy life, is cooked at the proper temperature and immediately frozen to ensure peak nutritional value, dogs actually enjoy the flavor and it’s delivered directly to customers’ doors. The company will celebrate their one-year anniversary on October 4th, and is proud to reach this milestone. “Dogs are loyal and always do right by us, so we firmly stand by the belief that we should do right by them,” said Barbara Marshall. “We believe in the ethical treatment of animals and want to offer them food with nutrients that will enhance their lives.”

Real Estate Company Acquires
Houston Lifestyle Center

FPA MULTIFAMILY and Trinity Property Consultants, a real estate and property management company, announces the acquisition of Gables West Ave and the West Ave shopping center, along with plans for renovations and rebranding that include a new name for the shopping center, Shops at Arrive, and the luxury apartment community, Arrive River Oaks. FPA MULTIFAMILY, a vertically integrated, principal investment organization, purchased the property, and exclusively affiliates with Trinity Property Consultants for multifamily property management. Other partners include Red Tail Acquisitions who will oversee commercial management and Redwood Construction who will oversee development and construction. Together, this FPA-assembled team will oversee and assist with the rebranding and renovation process, to deliver Houstonians a unique, lifestyle destination set for completion in 2019. The 10-year-old property is located at one of Houston’s most noted intersections, Westheimer and Kirby. Upgrades will include an improved dog park, expanded fitness center, and enhancements to the pool area for the residences and new exterior paint and improvements to the garage and parking overall. The renovations will occur in phases across the property to minimize any disruptions.

Treat Yourself!

With kids back in school and the holiday season on the horizon, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bob Basu’s calendar is quickly filling up with Mommy Makeover consultations. What exactly is a "mommy makeover"? Traditionally, the Mommy Makeover is a customized set of procedures aimed at helping women reclaim their pre-baby bodies, and typically includes breast augmentation and a tummy tuck to restore the breast and tummy after having children. Dr. Basu has recently seen a shift in the way moms approach these makeovers. Instead of focusing on just the typical lift and tuck, modern day moms are considering their sexual health, overall well-being and non-invasive treatments in addition to the traditional components of a Mommy Makeover.

Dr. C. Bob Basu, MD, MPH, FACS
Basu Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery – Cypress
9899 Towne Lake Parkway Suite 100 Cypress, TX 77433
Basu Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery – Houston
6400 Fannin St. Suite 2100 Houston, TX 77030 


Houston Philanthropy


Junior League Models
By Nikky LaWell photography

Forget the September issues, the hottest looks for fall were at The Junior League of Houston’s Opening Style Show! The League partnered with Elizabeth Anthony to present chic and seasonal pieces from Alberta Ferretti, Veronica Beard, Prabal Gurung, Temperley London, Giambattista Valli and more. Junior League members took to the runway in outfits carefully handpicked by show producer Ursaline Hamilton, including must-have selections such as intricate lace ensembles, details like pops of pink, leather jackets and wide-legged pants and stunning evening wear in vibrant fall hues. Ladies who attended enjoyed a delicious meal from the Junior League Tea Room including Chicken Scallopini with truffle butter mashed potatoes and grilled zucchini, Tiramisu as a sweet treat and no shortage of bubbly. Guests also left with haute cookies from the Junior League Pantry, and discount cards from Elizabeth Anthony and Fringe Salon and Color Bar.


Guests Mixed and Mingled in Support of
Breast Cancer Research in Houston

Ellie Riney and Cheri Fama
Photo by Claire Byrd

Nancy Owens Breast Cancer Foundation invited friends and supporters alike to join their annual Cocktails for the Cure fundraiser event on Wednesday, September 5th at Chapman and Kirby. Guests relished in the ambience of the gastropub with industrial touches housed in the up-and-coming East Downtown neighborhood as they sipped perfectly crafted cocktails. Attendees had the opportunity to participate in an exciting raffle which benefited the Foundation.


Students Complete with Smiles and Supplies
at Child Advocates, Inc. Annual Childspree

Volunteer with child

The Target Central store welcomed over 80 Junior League volunteers to assist nearly 100 children with back-to-school shopping before opening to the public for the day. Volunteers from the League served as personal shoppers to help the children, who are in foster care, select back-to-school clothing and accompanied them and their guardians to an in-store breakfast party. Children also received backpacks bursting with school supplies and other necessities to help them transition seamlessly into the new school year and set them up for success. For most of these youth, this is the first time they have shopped for new school clothes that give them a sense of confidence, belonging and pride on their first day of school. At the event, one eight-year-old was particularly enamored with the diary her shopper, Junior League member Elizabeth Smith, helped her find and said, “Ms. Elizabeth is so, so, so, so, so, so FUN!” For almost 30 years, League members have worked with Child Advocates, Inc. in a multitude of capacities, including volunteering for special projects and events, and creating Life Books. The goal is for every child in foster care to have a scrapbook of their life, not only to be used as a therapeutic tool, but often as the only mementos these children have of their biological families. Several League members also volunteer as court appointed special advocates (CASA).


Community Advocates Joined Forces with Crime Stoppers
of Houston to Host Panel Discussion

Rania Mankarious, CEO of CrimeStoppers, and The Vintage Contessa welcome guests
Photo by Daniel Ortiz

Fellow advocates, Donae Chramosta of The Vintage Contessa, fashion designer Hunter Bell and popular blogger Caroline Harper Knapp, joined forces with Crime Stoppers of Houston to co-host the inaugural Women Who Shape Houston Luncheon, an informational event focused on raising awareness about critical safety concerns affecting everyday women and the communities in which they live. Prior to kicking off the panel of speakers at Tony’s Italian Restaurant, Rania Mankarious, CEO of CrimeStoppers, shared a few words along with her co-hosts, and announced the launch of her and The Contessa’s new podcast, Styling Social Justice, which will address conversations to make tomorrow a better, healthier, safer place by empowering people to come together for public safety.


Share Wellness Benefits Blue Cure Foundation for
National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Dr. John Share, Chuck Brown
Photo by Leah Wilson

Share Wellness & MediSpa opened their doors and popped the champagne to raise awareness for prostate cancer and showcase their tranquil facility complete with a relaxation room and diverse range of noninvasive treatments. Guests joined Dr. John Share, Osteopathic Physician and founder of Share Wellness, for glasses of bubbly and bites from B&B Butchers & Restaurant that included the infamous Chef Tommy’s Bacon. Representatives from Syneron Candela, SpectraCell Laboratories, Environ Skin Care and Big D Wave™ were also on hand to give demonstrations and educate attendees. Share Wellness is the only provider in Houston to offer Big D Wave™, a new, noninvasive therapy that uses sound waves to treat erectile dysfunction (ED) or to enhance male sexual performance. This treatment has proven to benefit prostate cancer survivors and patients with Peyronie’s Disease. A variety of Share Wellness & MediSpa treatments were raffled throughout the evening with proceeds benefiting Blue Cure Foundation, an organization focused on prostate cancer prevention and treatment. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds of all Big D Wave™ treatments purchased in the month of September will go to Blue Cure Foundation in honor of National Prostate Cancer Awareness month.


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your social and shopping chedule!

September 29th

Direct Energy Presents Carolyn Wonderland in Concert Sept. 29 at Levy Park

Direct Energy is the presenting sponsor for a free concert at Levy Park featuring legendary Austin-based blues musician and singer, Carolyn Wonderland, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. performing on the Pavilion Stage. Two Houston Blues society concerts earlier in the day will precede the headliner, including Diunna Greenleaf and the Mark May Band. Guests can enjoy delicious food that day between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. from Coffee Q. Their signature brisket and pulled pork ‘Q (BBQ) is incorporated into a variety of dishes including tacos, sandwiches, and nachos – all loaded with big, Texas pecan-smoked flavor. In addition to Saturday, Coffee Q will be serving food and drinks on Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Guests are invited to come out earlier in the day to enjoy a good workout with Bootcamp at 8:30 a.m. and Joy Yoga at 10 a.m. People can always enjoy other park amenities, including imagination playground blocks, arts and games carts, corn hole, children’s play area, dog parks, ping pong and much more.

Levy Park
3801 Eastside St
Parking is available on Wakeforest Avenue and Eastside Street and in the parking garage for a fee. For more information about the Direct Energy concerts and other Levy Park events, visit our website at levyparkhouston.org or call 713-522-7275.


Houston Chamber Choir presents
This Is Why I Sing
to open 23rd Season Concert is at South Main Baptist Church from 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

HCC artistic director Robert Simpson at the piano

Houston Chamber Choir’s 23rd Season opens with a concert that illustrates the joy of musicians, highlighting our singers’ favorite pieces. The Kinder HSPVA Chorale, under the direction of Shannon Carter, and the Parker Elementary School Advanced Chorus, under the direction of Marianna Parnas-Simpson, will be featured guests as they present pieces that have kindled their youthful love for singing. The evening will end with a glorious performance featuring all three choirs singing together. Subscribers are invited to attend a private pre-concert reception to celebrate the beginning of the 23rd season and will have the opportunity to meet and speak with members of the Houston Chamber Choir and Artistic Director, Robert Simpson. Immediately following the concert, all ticketed patrons are encouraged to attend the Season Opener After-Party hosted by The Luminary Society’s Young Professionals. Details will be provided to ticketholders closer to the concert.

Saturday, Sept. 29 from 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
South Main Baptist Church, 4100 Main St., Houston, 77002
There is ample free parking in the church’s parking lot. The concert will be in the sanctuary. Will call opens at 6:45, with seating beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students, $36 for seniors and $40 regular price. More information can be found at houstonchamberchoir.org or by clicking here for tickets. 713-224-5566.

October 16th

Laura Lee Blanton Community Spirit Award Dinner
7 pm
Location: River Oaks Country Club
Attire: Business
Chairmen: Mary Ellen Meyer
Honorees: Nancy and Bryan Ruez
Events: Cocktails, dinner, raffle and awards presentation
Tables: $25,000, $15,000, $10,000, $5,000 and $2,500
Contact: Cynthia Nordt 713.677.7123 or cnordt@houstonhospice.org
Benefiting: Houston Hospice provides uncompromising, compassionate end-of-life care to patients and families in our community. Through the efforts of a specially trained and highly skilled interdisciplinary team of health care professionals and volunteers, Houston Hospice patients and their families are guided through the process of illness by receiving clinical care, psychosocial support, spiritual guidance and volunteer assistance. For more information www.houstonhospice.org

October 19th

Houston Grand Opera presents
The Flying Dutchman
for season opener; returns to the Wortham Theater Center

The Flying Dutchman

Houston Grand Opera opens its 64th season with The Flying Dutchman, Wagner’s gothic romance about the redeeming and transformative power of a woman’s love. This new production by director Tomer Zvulun heightens the dramatic elements of the famous legend of a cursed ghost ship. The opera marks the company’s return to the Wortham Theater Center after being displaced by Hurricane Harvey for the entire 2017–18 season. The production is part of HGO’s Seeking the Human Spirit, a six-year multidisciplinary initiative designed to highlight the universal spiritual themes raised in opera; as well as expand and deepen Houstonians’ connections to opera and to art. This year’s theme is transformation and also includes the mainstage productions of Florencia en el Amazonas and The Phoenix, a world premiere. The opera will be sung in German with projected English translation and runs 2 hours and 20 minutes with no intermission.

The opera will be performed the following dates:
Friday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m
Saturday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 2, at 7:30 p.m.
Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave.
Tickets range from $20 to $270. For more information and to buy tickets, visit HGO.org
or call the box office at 713-228-6737.

October 25th

“The Art of Stopping Human Slavery” Chaired by art-lover and philanthropist Curry Glassell and political consultant Jason Fuller, “The Art of Stopping Human Slavery” Art Auction to be held October 25, 2018, at The Wynden. Proceeds from this event will benefit CHILDREN AT RISK and Rise of the Butterfly. Both organizations work to stop human slavery. For tickets go to http://childrenatrisk.org/


Medical Bridges One People. One World. Gala
6 pm
Location: Hotel ZaZa
Attire: Cocktail
Chairmen: Elizabeth Grzebinski, Elizabeth Kanaly, Dolly Thomas, Kim Weill
Honorary Chairmen: Tony Bradfield and Kevin Black
Events: Cocktails, dinner, raffle and special guest speaker Barbara Pierce Bush
Tables: $25,000, $10,000, $5,000 and $2,500; Individual Tickets starting at $300
Contact: dbole@medicalbridges.org or 713.748.8131
Benefiting: Medical Bridges recovers medical surplus that would otherwise be discarded and redistributes it to hospitals, clinics and healthcare providers in less fortunate countries. Their goal is to continue bridging the healthcare gap, connecting those who have with those who hope. For more information www.medicalbridges.org

October 27th

Hocus Pocus
Benefiting: Ronald McDonald House of Houston
Time: 7pm
Where: Hilton Americas
Chairs: Stephanie and Anthony Milam
Honorary Chairs: Christine and David Underwood
Honorees: The Houston Junior Woman’s Club
Tariff: Sponsor Levels for Tables of 10 are $$100,000, $50,000, $25,000, $15,000, $10,000, $5,000
Indv Tickets $1000
Contact: dlewis@rmhhouston.org or tel:(713)795-3583
Benefiting: Ronald McDonald House Houston provides families a place to come together while their children are being treated for cancer, transplants, and other critical illnesses.


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