Cherry Blossom Yoga: Watch Your Yoga Practice Blossom

With a variety of different class packages from which to choose, Cherry Blossom Yoga is ideal for any type of yogi in the Houston area, according to regulars. This family-owned and -operated studio offers more than 25 different yoga classes each week, which makes it convenient for just about anyone’s busy schedule.

Cherry Blossom’s knowledgeable teachers have completed a minimum of 200 hours of training in order to teach students at any skill level, from the most novice to the most experienced. The studio also frequently hosts workshops taught by some of the most renowned yoga instructors from around the world.

The studio itself is clean and spacious, with hardwood floors lining the practice space and soothing, beautiful decor to inspire your practice and meditation. Visit Cherry Blossom’s website for a full class schedule.

Cherry Blossom Yoga
15816 Champion Forest Drive
Spring, TX 77379
(281) 257-4245

Pick Up Fresh-Roasted Beans in Micro Brews at Katz Coffee

For true coffee lovers in the Houston area, any old grocery store beans just won’t do. That’s why so many area residents adore Katz Coffee, a micro roaster that consistently churns out fresh coffees, some of which are only a few hours old when you purchase them.

Stop in to this off-the-beaten-path roaster and you’ll instantly get hit with the intoxicating aroma of premium beans roasting right on site. Katz sources coffee beans from responsible, sustainable sources all over the world, and once received, they roast them in their Houston warehouse and ship them to coffee shops all over the area.

If you go straight to the source, however, you can meet the knowledgeable, coffee-loving minds behind the brews and even pick up bags of beans in bulk. Check out delicious batches like the popular Jumping Mouse blend, Bavarian Chocolate for those who prefer flavored coffee and even Velvet Espresso to make your own latte at home.

Katz Coffee
1003 W 34th St
Houston, TX 77018
(713) 864-3338

Tout Suite Cafe: Hurry In for a Caramel Cupcake and a Vietnamese Sandwich

In French, “tout de suite” translates to “right away”, which is appropriate for a place that serves cupcakes so decadent, you’ll want to hurry in to try them. While Houston's Tout Suite Cafe is a combination bakery and cafe that specializes in cupcakes, that's not all that you’ll find on the expansive menu here. Salted caramel and tiramisu cupcakes mingle with Vietnamese steak sandwiches and avocados stuffed with quinoa and fried eggs, while cold-pressed juices and hot, fresh coffees are available to wash it all down.

The restaurant’s spacious interior has a stylish, industrial vibe, with long, communal tables, smaller cafe tables, and bare lights hanging from the ceiling. There are even benches covered in pillows where you can cozy up with your laptop to catch up on work!

Tout Suite Cafe is open daily.

Tout Suite Cafe
2001 Commerce St.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 227-8688

Fitzgerald’s: A Houston Institution for Live Music Since 1977

Part dive bar, part music venue, Fitzgerald's has been a Houston institution since 1977. In fact, musicians and bands such as James Brown and The Romones have graced the stage here, and many locals are likely to tell you that Fitzgerald's was the site of their first show.

Downstairs, Fitzgerald’s hosts a stage and two full bars, one of which is located on the venue's sprawling back patio. Upstairs sits the venue's main stage, which regularly hosts music acts in a wide range of genres, from hip hop to indie rock. You can see what performers are on the docket by visiting the venue's website, then purchase tickets online.

Fitzgerald's hosts performances several days per week. Shows are open to people of all ages, but only of-ages guests are granted access to the bar.

2706 White Oak Drive
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 862-3838

Set Out On an Afternoon Trek at the Hermann Park Trail

If you’re in the mood to spend some time outdoors but you don’t have time to venture too far outside of Houston, you’ll love hiking the Hermann Park Trail. This convenient trail is located inside of Houston’s beloved Hermann Park, and it offers beautiful views of all of the park’s nearby attractions.

Watch as schools of catfish swim in the bayou when you reach riverside points of the trail, and then check out skyline views once the trail reaches areas near the city. Some portions of the trail are paved, while others are covered in gravel in areas around the zoo and golf course. Whichever type of trail you prefer to walk or run on, there’s a portion of the Hermann Park Trail that you’re sure to enjoy.

If you want to engage in even more rigorous leg exercises, there are even steep hills along the portion of trail that runs near the Miller Outdoor Theater.

Hermann Park Trail
2145-2155 N Macgregor Way
Houston, TX 77004

13 Celsius: Drink and Be Merry

At 13 Celsius, a wine bar in Midtown near Baldwin Park, the grape is respected. In trying to emulate the great wine bars of Europe, all of the wines at 13 Celsius are stored with care in a cellar constantly kept at a temperature of – what else – 13 degrees Celsius.

Not only that, each bottle remains untouched until it is brought up to drink, ensuring quality. What that means is that you will always get a great bottle or glass of wine when you come to 13 Celsius. The bar and lounge is also very cool, with a 40-foot bar and furnishings procured from a now-closed hotel. It’s a great spot to meet up with friends after work or to bring a date after dinner for a drink!

Visit the 13 Celsius website to learn more about this Houston wine bar.

13 Celsius
3000 Caroline Street
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 529-8466

Men Flock to Hair Desire Salon for Affordable Cuts

Expertly executed men's hair cuts have earned Hair Desire Salon in Houston a loyal following of male clients. Reviewers note that not only are the stylists beyond proficient with the cutting shears, prices here are more than reasonable: just $16 for a men's cut. Women's hair cuts are performed here, too, starting at just $26. The stylists also color, perm, and blow-out tresses at Hair Desire Salon.

Hair Desire Salon is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. You'll find the salon tucked among The Shops at Memorial Heights strip mall just off of Studemont Street.

Hair Desire Salon
920 Studemont Street
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 861-0162

Take a Ride on the Railroad at the Hermann Park Conservancy

For nature lovers in Houston, there are few places more fun and fascinating than the Hermann Park Conservancy. This large park is packed full of outdoor attractions that everyone in your family will love to explore, or if you prefer to simply relax in the grass, you’ll find lots of places to do that as well.

Start your visit by purchasing an all-day ticket for the Hermann Park Railroad, a train that winds its way around all of the park’s major attractions. Tickets are just over $6 to ride all day long, or you can purchase single ride passes if you know where you’re going. Next, rent a paddle boat on the crystal clear lake or rent a bike to pedal your way around the park’s numerous trails. There is a small zoo on the park’s grounds, a Japanese garden, and even the Miller Outdoor Theatre, which shows Shakespeare performances all summer long.

Hermann Park Conservancy
1700 Hermann Drive
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 524-5876

Houston Shopping at Memorial City Mall

If you haven’t been to Memorial City Mall in Houston lately, you’re missing out. This large mall has recently gone through a renaissance, transforming it from a rundown to a favorite in town. Many shoppers prefer this mall over the Galleria for its convenient location, parking, and fewer crowds. Macy’s, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Sears and Target are anchor stores, but there is a wide range of contemporary shopping options, including everyday favorites like Ann Taylor Loft, Express, and Foot Locker. The mall boasts plenty of specialty stores, like Apple, Build-A-Bear, Pandora, Sephora, and Teavana.

The food court has been recently updated, too, with numerous selections for a quick bite to eat. Options range from good ol’ American Chick-Fil-A to Sarku Japan. If you need a full service spot to refuel, California Pizza Kitchen and The Cheesecake Factory are shoppers’ favorites. Kids love the whimsical play area that includes a carousel and train that takes little shoppers on a ride through the mall.

Memorial City Mall
900 Gessner Road
Houston TX 77024
(713) 464-8640

Collins Park: Outdoor Fun for Everyone

Collins Park is a 55-acre green space in northwest Houston that is especially popular with locals. Sports enthusiasts will appreciate a variety of facilities. Lighted softball and baseball fields offer plenty of space to play and are often used by local leagues, while a roofed basketball court makes it possible to shoot some hoops even if the weather's not ideal. A sand volleyball court is great for impromptu games, and a grassy, well-maintained soccer field provides the space to practice kicking some goals. Collins Park also hosts a skate park, with plenty of ramps and rails for young skateboarders to hone their skills.

Additionally, the park offers biking and hiking trails, a canoe launch, and access to Cypress Creek where you can fish for white bass, crappie, and catfish. Kids will enjoy the playground equipment, which is divided into two separate areas for younger and older kids, and everyone will appreciate the shaded picnic pavilions and barbecue areas.

Collins Park
6727 Cypresswood Drive
Spring, TX 77379
(281) 353-4196

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