News 2017-08-11T09:25:04+00:00
14Feb, 2018

Please Join Us for Our Annual Crawfish Festival & Parade!

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Ready to warm up after a chilly winter?  The Chamber has just the event to do that as we kick off the popular Crawfish Festival and Parade right in the heart of the Heights, at the usual site, 411 West 20th  Street.

Start your day at 10:00 with a parade that starts on 20th Street and winds its way down 19th Street. Fun for adults and kids, the Grand Marshall for this year’s parade is Jim (Mattress Mac) McIngvale of Gallery Furniture. The parade will also feature local marching bands, dancers, cheerleaders and drill teams.

Gates to the Festival open at 10:30.  Vendor booths featuring all types of goods and services will be on-hand to show off their wares which can run from cosmetics, to energy services, to clothing and jewelry, art, plus much more. Here’s an opportunity to find that hard to shop for “special gift” for someone’s birthday.

Oh, did we forget to mention the prime food attraction – CRAWFISH?  Mudbugs will be available steaming hot along with corn and potatoes.  If you are not a crawfish fan, don’t worry – there will be other menu items available along with cold beer, soft drinks and water.

And the finalists from the ever-popular Idol of the Heights competition will perform on stage for cash prizes.

For more information, please visit our Event Page.

Mark your calendar and plan to join us!

2Feb, 2018

Reserve Your Booth for the 2018 Crawfish Festival!

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Crawfish season will be here before we know it.  Sign up now to reserve your vendor booth for the 2018 Crawfish Festival which will be Saturday, March 3rd at 411 W. 20th Street.

This year, all booths will come with a table and 2 chairs.  The layout will be the same as last year, so if you’ve been a vendor with us before and want the same spot, please let us know.  All booth assignments are on a first come, first served basis.

Booth for Non-Profits:  $100

Booth for Members of the Greater Heights Chamber:  $150

Booth for Non-Members of the Greater Heights Chamber:  $200

End Cap:  $300

Download the Booth Registration form

For more information, please contact Jill Johnston at or 713-861-6735.

25Jan, 2018

Memorial Hermann Expands Video Consultation Capabilities with Virtual Clinic

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Memorial Hermann today launched Virtual Clinic, an innovative program designed to help patients access medical care from the comfort of their homes, offices, schools or wherever they may be.

“Health care is our business, but so is technology,” said David Bradshaw, executive vice president and chief marketing and strategy officer at Memorial Hermann.  “In the past several years, we’ve seen a tectonic shift in patient care beyond the traditional setting thanks to the emergence of new technological capabilities.  While our patients still expect high-quality and safe care, they now want it on their terms, and more often than not, at their fingertips. To meet the demand, we’ve developed a host of consumer-driven digital tools, including Virtual Clinic, to help patients manage their health care — both inside and outside our walls.”

Memorial Hermann first introduced video consultation for select post-surgical appointments and case management services in January 2017.  Today, the program is expanding to adult primary care and urgent care visits via Virtual Clinic.

Virtual Clinic offers video consultations via computer, tablet or smart phone with a variety of Memorial Hermann affiliated physicians.  Appointments can be made for adult primary care and urgent care services through Memorial Hermann Medical Group.  Dr. David James, Chief Executive Officer for Memorial Hermann Medical Group, explains, “There’s a lot of urgent care type visits that can be taken care of just by doing good history and asking the right questions. From earaches and allergies, to colds and flu, to stomach aches and digestive issues and more, now the doctor’s diagnosis is only a click away.”

Pediatric post-surgical virtual visits also are available through Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.

“Virtual Care is a game changer for our patients and their families,” said Dr. Matthew T. Harting, M.D., a UTHealth pediatric surgeon affiliated with Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.  “Surgery can be a stressful and time-consuming event for families, consisting of pre- and post-surgical appointments, as well as the surgery itself.  However, this new program alleviates some of the stress.  With Virtual Clinic, families don’t have to worry about making the trek back to the hospital for routine post-surgical appointments.  They can now attend the follow-up appointment and see their physician without ever having to leave the house.”

Virtual appointments are available daily.  Additional physicians and services will be added in the coming months. Virtual Clinic does not treat emergency or life-threatening issues, chronic illness or provide medication refills.

Virtual Clinic is a program of Everyday Well.  Everyday Well represents a new approach to managing health, offering a care delivery platform aimed at providing Houstonians enhanced access to Memorial Hermann’s network of primary care physicians along with a host of innovative online tools and services that deliver the utmost in convenience for patients to live well and stay well every day.

For more information on Virtual Clinic, visit or call 832-658-MHVC (6482).

12Jan, 2018

Food Truck Festival Looking for Exhibitors

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The 2nd annual Food Truck Festival in the Heights is looking for exhibitors to showcase their products at the festival.  Please note that these exhibitor booths are NOT for prepared food and drink but rather for sale of goods and services.  Deadline to register for a booth is April 15.  Space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis – so sign up today!

Pricing for 1 display table and 2 chairs is $100 for a non-profit; $175 for a Chamber member; and $225 for a non-Chamber member.

If interested, please print, complete, and return the form below.  For questions or more information, please contact Tiffany Salinas at the Chamber office: 713-861-6735 or

2Jan, 2018

Familiar Faces: Gaye Jackson

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Gaye Jackson, owner of Gaye Jackson’s Flowers in the Heights, grew up in Spring Branch, graduated and set out for Texas A & M University where she majored in Psychology. Beginning her ultimate floral career, she first worked at a friend’s flower show and totally enjoyed the experience.

Following college, Gaye spent some time doing marketing and real estate. No doubt furthering her business experience, and soon-to-be, floral profession. However, feeling the urge to become her own boss, this dynamic lady “bit the bullet” and went into business on her own. Or as she says, “If it didn’t work, I would get a real job!” Wow, did it work, because her real job these days is satisfying customers and bringing joy into lives. At one time she had 3 stores.

Gaye excelled in the floral business being named “Very Best” Wedding Florist for 9 straight years, and in the “Top 100 Fastest Growing Businesses in Houston”. Joining the Chamber, Gaye recognized it for its business-building capabilities and appreciated its commitment to enhancing the entire community.

Gaye spends her spare time involved in the River Oaks Business Women’s Exchange Club and traveling. With her son Jackson (born to a proud mother at age 50), they have been to China and are planning an extended stay in Kauai in July of this year. On November 11th, she celebrated her 40th year in the floral business, certainly a major milestone in her life. Always smiling, Gaye Jackson is a Chamber member representative of living life to the fullest, and a beautiful flower that continues to bloom!

2Jan, 2018

Spotlight on Non-Profit: The Periwinkle Foundation

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This month we are spotlighting The Periwinkle Foundation, one of our newer Chamber members and a local pediatric cancer non-profit. Periwinkle is a Community of Healing through camps, arts and survivor programs, which are provided at no cost to children and families affected by cancer and other life-threatening illnesses who are cared for at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Each year more than 14,000 children, teens and families are touched by Periwinkle programs, including Camp Periwinkle, Camp YOLO, Periwinkle Family Camp, Periwinkle Day Camp, Camp Days at Texas Children’s Hospital, the Long Term Survivor Program and the Periwinkle Arts In Medicine Program, which culminates each year in a traveling exhibition of art by children touched by cancer and blood disorders. Through camping, recreational and arts programming, and a collaborative community of over 20,000 supporters, The Periwinkle Foundation provides opportunities for these special children and their families to heal emotionally, lead fuller lives and become stronger survivors.

For additional information, please contact Mary Rosenstein, Development Coordinator, at or (713)807-0191. Learn more at

29Dec, 2017

Alli Jarrett Named The Leader’s 2017 Leader of the Year

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Congratulations to Chamber member and owner of Harold’s Tap Room and Restaurant, Alli Jarrett, who has been selected as The Leader’s 2017 Leader of the Year!  In addition to being a busy restaurant owner, Alli is a huge supporter of the Heights community.  She also partnered with The Summerhouse, another Chamber member, and employs one of its members in her restaurant.

We congratulate Alli on her well-deserved honor.  To read the full article in The Leader, click here.