In Pat Greer’s Kitchen

By Deborah Lynn Blumberg In this series, Local Sun profiles like-minded business owners in the Houston area. In her Montrose kitchen, raw, vegan food maven Pat Greer talks about the fried, sugar-laden diet of her youth, and why she prefers raw foods. Growing up in East Texas, Pat Greer ate her greens—they were fresh from the family garden out back. But …

The Making of a Marchione

By Deborah Lynn Blumberg IN THIS SERIES, LOCAL SUN PROFILES LIKE-MINDED BUSINESS OWNERS IN THE HOUSTON AREA. In his Montrose Studio, Stephen Marchione crafts handmade guitars for superstars like paul Simon and Mark Knopfler. Stephen Marchione always dawdled on his way to elementary school. Walking through curving cobblestone streets in Bergamo, Italy, he was drawn to a local instrument maker’s …

Making Handmade Soap in Houston

By Cameryn Burnette Cameron Burnette is an intern at Local Sun, a rising senior at St. John’s School, and a soap maker that owns and operates Coniferous Soap in Houston, TX. I’ve been a soapmaker since the age of 12, and I own and run Coniferous Soap. Today, I’m going through the basic steps of cold process soapmaking. There are …

Kickin’ Off Texas’ Kombucha Craze

By Deborah Lynn Blumberg In this series, Local Sun profiles like-minded business owners in the Houston area. We start off the series with Robert Lopez, one of the owners of Kickin’ Kombucha, whose homegrown fermented tea drinks have taken off with Texans. Kickin’ Kombucha founder and Houston native Robert Lopez has big ambitions for his homegrown beverage company, but they don’t …

Q&A with Mark C. Austin

When it comes to music in Houston today, it’s hard to imagine a bigger fan or supporter than Mark C. Austin. His efforts with The Convoy Group continue to contribute immensely to the artists he works with and to the quality of life of the city.  We had a great conversation with him this week on Houston, music, and his industry and wanted to share. …