Breath of Fresh Air: Lost and Found in Houston

Last month, we told you that we're making it a priority in 2013 to get out of the office and seek inspiration around the city. We'll be taking turns planning these field trips, so we could end up anywhere from a mountain bike trail (Patrick) to a punk rock show (Amy), but we're certain there will be curious wonders found lurking in Houston's nooks and crannies. For our March adventure, Courtenay thought our Houston newbies should learn some local and cultural history at Project Row Houses, a nonprofit arts organization established by African-American artists and community activists in the city's Third Ward. Alas, Courtenay did not pay attention to the difference between office hours and exhibition hours. (For the record, exhibition hours are Wednesday-Sunday, 12-5 p.m.). But we're a PR agency. We're used to figuring out bigger and better solutions on the fly, and we like adventure. A quick Google search later, we found ourselves at the fabled The Flower Man House. For decades, Cleveland Turner has turned his Third Ward home (2305 Francis St.) into a carefully-arranged milieu of found junk. This folk art explosion feels like a secret discovery, as if only true Houston explorers (and neighbors, of course) know of its existence - and that may, in fact, be true.

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Following our unexpected, and appreciated, detour to The Flower Man House, we ventured to the East End for a cross-agency social hour with our creative (and fun) colleagues at Primer Grey, a marketing design company. We've partnered with Primer Grey on several projects over the years and will happily shout from the rooftops about this talented team that has designed for companies like Saint Arnold Brewery, Clark Cooper Concepts, Sparrow Bar + Cookshop and Azur Salons.

Welcome to Primer Grey

Their new digs on Dallas St. are industrial coolness at its best, including a mirrored art installation and a custom door handle in the shape of the PG logo. We talked shop, naturally, but also settled into the end of the day with craft brew and a few sordid tales.

Primer Grey Team

So, what did we learn during this month's field trip? We were reminded to be flexible and spontaneous - qualities that, at times, can be hard to practice within the confines of a Google Calendar - and got the chance to see both old and new friends. Mostly, though, we found ourselves inspired by The Flower Man. A true Houston original, he will always be a reminder to us to always try and make our world just a bit more colorful and joyous.

Grateful for Fresh Air

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