More Sparks sighted in Houston this February

At Creative Houston, we explore Houston to uncover flashes of ingenuity that cross boundaries and may surprise you. We collect these sightings into a newsletter and a website. Plus, we share them on social media, and we hope you will, too. Our goal is to reshape the way we see Houston.

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Kirksey Architecture

Established by the young architect John Kirksey in 1971, this firm was one of the first in Houston to focus on sustainability. Their motto is “healthy buildings, healthy people, healthy planet.” Theresa is pictured below in the courtyard of their Calhoun Lofts project at the University of Houston.


LAUNCH is a retail shop in the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston. Founded as a pop-up by Sydney Dao, it showcases the work of emerging Houston designers and also promotes awareness of the world-class quality of apparel, accessories, art, and home goods created in Houston.

The Houstonian Hotel

The Houstonian Hotel was founded in 1980 by a wealthy Houston entrepreneur and became more widely known as ‘west White House’ for President George H. W. Bush. Situated in an 18-acre wooded campus along Buffalo Bayou, the hotel is famous for its health club, spa, restaurants, conference center, and “Texas estate” architecture.

Fresh Arts

Fresh Arts is a nonprofit for educating and supporting Houston artists in finding success. As the managing partner of the Arts District, it plans events by and for artists of all disciplines in a commercial and residential neighborhood that boasts the highest concentration of working artists in Texas. Resources include grants and training.

Boomtown Coffee

Boomtown began as a coffee roaster in 2011 and gradually opened three restaurants, two downtown and one in the nearby Heights neighborhood. The company is famous for their commitment to small-batch, high-quality coffee, elegant design, and a culture that encourages exploring and sharing coffee.