• Houston,  Texas

    Houston Finds a Way to Bounce Back

    Resilient Houston rebounds after what can only be called one hell of a year. To say 2017 was a momentous year for Houston is not hyperbole. The year was marked with two successful sporting events bookending a historic tragedy. Beginning with a bang on Feb. 5, NRG Stadium in Houston hosted the National Football League’s Super Bowl LI. The Touchdown Houston charitable fund raised more than $4 million for 78 local nonprofits. Super Bowl LI had 172 million viewers and approximately 150,000 out-of-town visitors traveled to Houston for the game. In total, the Greater Houston area took in $347 million in new spending as a direct result of hosting the…

  • 4-Eleven
    Fort Worth,  Texas

    Forth Worth’s South Main Revival Continues with Opening of the 4 Eleven

    An ownership group of Fort Worth entrepreneurs recently opened The 4 Eleven, a 1920s warehouse that has been restored to include event space and several retail shops. The 18,000-square-foot building is located at 411 South Main Street, a prime location just blocks from downtown Fort Worth and right in the middle of the city’s up-and-coming hip South Main area. The venue’s event space includes four distinct yet flexible areas suited for everything from casual business mixers to formal corporate receptions. The main warehouse is a large instaworthy space that sports reminders of the building’s history, such as exposed ceiling beams and duct work. There is even vintage brick peeking through…

  • The George
    College Station,  Texas

    Boutique Hotel the George Opens in College Station

    The George, a 162-guest room boutique hotel, recently opened in College Station. The property is one of Houston-based Valencia Group’s newest Texas hotels and the company’s second in College Station. In fact, The George’s sister Valencia property, Cavalry Court, opened in November 2016 is literally across the street. Design elements at The George feature soaring windows which highlight brick accents, contrasting colors, exposed ceilings, rich wood tones and unique custom-built fixtures and furniture. Taking its name from notable “Georges” such as Mitchell Energy founder and philanthropist, George P. Mitchell and former President of the United States, George H.W. Bush, the hotel is designed to reflect a blend of authentic Texas…

  • Interactive Mapping

    Interactive Mapping Services for Convention Centers Coming to Texas

    Ever wander around a convention center wondering if you were going in the right direction? Or have your wished for a better way to illustrate a large venue’s capabilities to a meeting planning client? Concept3D uses 3D rendering and video, interactive map design, 3D map overlays and VR-ready virtual tour software to provide easily accessible online products for its clients — in Texas and beyond. The company was founded in 2006 and, in addition to venues, hotels, resorts and convention centers, offers custom turn-key mapping services for health care and retirement facilities, large commercial sites and retail locations. “Concept3D can be used by visitors, sales and marketing teams and for…

  • Houston Stampede Event Center
    Houston,  Texas

    Houston Stampede Event Center Offers a Total Texas Experience

    The Houston Stampede Event Center (HSEC), located on more than 30 acres just minutes from downtown Houston, provides guests with a total Texas experience. The 35,000-square-foot venue was designed and decorated to reflect the culture of the Lone Star state. “People are fascinated by Texas’ western culture,” says Rob Ferdows, HSEC president. “At Houston Stampede Event Center, with our professionally designed western décor and Texas-style entertainment and activities, the guests become immersed in the Total Texas Experience!” The event center is a full-service indoor and outdoor venue providing one-of-a-kind experiences for a variety of events including weddings, receptions, conventions, team building exercises, product launches, trade shows, client or employee appreciation…

  • Houston Event Photo Booth
    Houston,  Texas

    Houston Looks Ahead

    Following Hurricane Harvey, events took a hit. Now one local business is hopeful for a quick recovery. Steven David founded his photography business, Houston Event Photo Booth, in 1997. Over the past few years, demand for event photography at fundraisers, expositions, conferences and corporate meetings has grown. And David’s business has grown along with that increased demand—at least until Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston area in August. After making landfall in south Texas on August 25, Harvey stalled for a record-setting 117 hours. Hurricane Harvey resulted in 82 fatalities, up to 61 inches of rain, historic flooding and an estimated $180 billion in property damage. Most business segments in the…

  • Hotel Alessandra
    Houston,  Texas

    New Hotel Anchors Mixed-Use Development in Houston

    The nation-wide trend of anchoring mixed-use developments with hotels is growing and evolving and this new upscale Houston hotel is no exception. The upscale Hotel Alessandra in Downtown Houston features 223-guestrooms and more than 5,000 square feet of event space. The 20-story hotel, which opened October 1, 2017, anchors the three-block-long GreenStreet mixed-use development. The Hotel Alessandra is one of The Valencia Group’s newest properties and the flagship of its new luxury brand. The 570,000-square-foot GreenStreet development encompasses office and retail space as well as dining and entertainment venues. Midway of Houston is the developer of the mixed-use facility and partnered with The Valencia Group to bring the Hotel Alessandra…

  • Motor Courts

    Motor Courts are Seeing a Revival Thanks to Valencia Group

    The golden age of motor courts has come and gone, or has it? One Texas company launches a revival with its modern version The age of the motor court began in earnest with the 1920s explosion in popularity of the automobile, particularly Henry Ford’s Model T. Between 1900 and 1930, the number of automobiles on U.S. roadways jumped from approximately 8,000 to roughly 23 million. With many of these new car owners hitting the highways, the demand for roadside lodging erupted and thus gave birth to the motor court. In the early days, many motor courts featured a collection of boxy cabins around a central landscaped courtyard. Most facilities were locally owned…

  • Dos Brisas

    Venue Spotlight: The Inn at Dos Brisas

    This historic Texas ranch turned luxury resort delivers much more than campfires and cookouts. The Inn at Dos Brisas is a 313-acre ranch nestled among the rolling hills of Washington County near the town of Brenham. The property was purchased in 2000 as a family retreat by Doug and Jennifer Bosch and has evolved into a rustic yet elegant Texas ranch resort. The Inn at Dos Brisas features five haciendas and four casitas dotting the meadows of the ranch. The haciendas offer a total of 3,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor living space including screened-in porches, patios and private, heated plunge pools. The casitas provide nearly 800 square feet…

  • Paramour
    San Antonio,  Texas

    Venue with a View: Paramour

    Paramour, which opened in August 2015, was designed by owner Martin Phipps to be an oasis in the Texas sky with attention to detail and topnotch service at the heart of the concept. The 8,000-square-foot property was one of San Antonio’s first rooftop venues and provides panoramic views of the city’s skyline. The bar is located just north of downtown, atop the Phipps Office building and overlooks the River Walk at 9th Street and Arden Grove. A vaulted ceiling with exposed mechanical surfaces, such as conduit, pipes and duct work, along with distressed wood and modern décor, give the venue a contemporary industrial feel. The honey-toned onyx backlit bar and…