Rice Village: June business openings to know

Rice Village had a flurry of business activity in June. (Courtesy Rice Management Company)
Rice Village had a flurry of business activity in June. (Courtesy Rice Management Company)

Rice Village had a flurry of business activity in June. (Courtesy Rice Management Company)

Houston’s Rice Village saw extensive business activity in the month of June with several key openings, including openings by home decor brands, a new bakery, and a new pop up. Here is the rundown:

  • Home decor and furnishings consultation chain West Elm opened a store on June 17 at 2501 University Blvd., Houston. The Brooklyn-based global design company opened its 11,502-square-foot location in the former location of Urban Outfitters. The store offers modern and consciously made designs as well as consultation services to Houstonians. 713-520-0009. www.westelm.com

  • The Lovesac Company opened its newest store and showroom inside Houston’s Inner Loop for the very first time. With its June 11 opening, Lovesac has opened its 801-square-foot store at 2510 University Blvd., Houston. The location offers high-quality furniture through Lovesac’s “Designed for Life” approach. Customers are also able to experience the retailer’s Sacs and demo Sactionals. 713-999-9186. www.lovesac.com

  • CB2, a city-minded home brand with a boutique-like atmosphere and member of Crate and Barrel Holdings, is now open at its 10,084-square-foot space at 2414 University Blvd., Ste. 130, Houston. The new space, which opened June 18, allows customers to engage directly with CB2’s curated home furnishings and accessories. Customers can interact with the brand at a number of in-store events, shop online, and consult with design specialists through in-store and on-site consultations. 281-609-7500. www.cb2.com

  • Owners of acclaimed Israeli steakhouse Doris Metropolitan opened Badolina Bakery & Cafe on June 3 at 5555 Morningside Drive, Houston. The bakery brings flavor profiles from around the world, including Middle Eastern and Israeli baked goods, sweet and savory pastries, along with specialty sourdoughs, croissants, babkas, and custom roasted beans for its blended coffee. The bakery will eventually neighbor modern Israeli restaurant Hamsa, owned by the same restaurateurs when it opens later this year. 832-649-5909. www.badolinabakery.com

  • A pop-up version of eyewear company KREWE opened up KREWE Tiny Home on June 1 at 2404½ Amherst St., Houston. The company sells eyewear that celebrates individual styles with a modern, iconic frame. The company was founded by Stirling Barrett, a New Orleans artist and entrepreneur, whose vision of New Orleans as a cultural hub fueled his launching of the company in 2013. 346-388-1463. www.krewe.com

By Hunter Marrow
Hunter Marrow came to Community Impact Newspaper in January 2020. Before that, Hunter covered local news in Ontario, OR for three years, covering municipal issues, crime, and education across Malheur County and across the border into Idaho.


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