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Houston Voice, May 27, 2005 - File 009. 2005-05-27. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 16, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/1945/show/1928.

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Title Houston Voice, May 27, 2005
Contributor
  • Fisher, Binnie
  • Crain, Chris
Publisher Window Media
Date May 27, 2005
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript ^^^ ^^^ ^^^ ^B P ^^^ HOUSTON VOICE Local Life - Partners in life and in their life's work Whether its keep-ng house, keeping an inn or delving into real estate, Todd Partridge and Dan Lueken are partners in life By DAWN ROME Quietly rucked away in the heart of Montrose, the building that houses Partridge Properties could easily be mistaken for one of the eclectic, older homes in the neighborhood that surrounds it. For Todd Partridge and Dan Lueken, owners of Partridge Properties and the Lovett Inn, a well-known Montrose bed and breakfast, a friendly, familial atmosphere is the most important aspect of both businesses. The two men, who have been business partners for four years and life partners for nearly ten, met and fell in love when Partridge was selling steel and Lueken was director of information technology for an energy company. After Partridge left the steel industry and became involved in real estate, the two began discussing the possibility of starting their own real estate firm. Although Lueken had never worked in real estate, he had plenty of "unofficial" experience in the business, through helping Partridge out on weekends. "In addition to listening to all of the stories about my experiences with various customers, he helped me put out signs and distribute flyers," Partridge remembers. While Partridge focused on setting up the new company, Lueken continued full- time at his IT job. Once the company was established, Lueken left the job he had held for nineteen years and took over as head of operations at Partridge Properties. Partridge describes Lueken as being infinitely supportive. "I am so incredibly lucky to have him," Partridge gushes. The key element that sets Partridge Properties apart from other real estate firms is the company's motto: "Knowledge. Integrity. Communication." Partridge says that at his firm, focus on the client is the number one priority Dan Lueken and Todd Partridge are partners in life, in the real estate business and in the Lovett Inn Bed and Breakfast. (Photo by Dalton DeHart) {} MORE INFO The Lovett Inn 501 Lovett Blvd. 713-522*5224 "We don't want to grow out of the boutique category," he explains. "We don't want to be the biggest—we just want to do the best that we can do." That strategy may be a winning one. Last year, Partridge Properties was voted number one in Houston Real Estate by Outsmart magazine. In order to ensure Partridge customers a smooth and seamless buying experience. Partridge teamed up with underwriter Alex Flenner to found Epoch Mortgage Company, which will be fully operational by the beginning of June. Partridge says that being able to provide a kind of all-in-one service "just makes sense for our customers. It makes it a smooth process all the way around." A warm and friendly work environment is another key to success for Partridge and Lueken. "Life is too short if you're not enjoying who you're working with and working for." says Partridge. While Partridge spends the majority of his time at the real estate office, Lueken spends much of his time working at the Lovett Inn, which the two purchased and refurbished in January of 2004. The charming bed and breakfast, first established in 1989, has been repeatedly honored as a "Favorite B&B or Lodging Inside the Loop." The house, first built in 1923 by a former mayor of Houston, sits on landscaped grounds that include a gazebo, a pool and an outdoor Jacuzzi. The pictur esque house and grounds have been chosen as the site for the filming of quite a few television projects, including an infomercial starring boxing great George Foreman, as well as a PBS documentary. The warm, familial energy is central at the Lovett Inn. A friendly, tail-wagging black pooch, Cody, greets guests upon their arrival. Cody, like his owners, splits his time between working at the real estate office and the bed and breakfast. During their stay, guests can lounge in the sunroom that overlooks the pool, or grab a book from the library and read in front of the fireplace. Every morning, guests are treated to a continental breakfast that includes fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, bread, pastries, tea and coffee. A diverse clientele Guests at the Lovett Inn are diverse. Gay and straight, the clientele range from suburbanites who have come into Houston to get away for the weekend to people from all over the world who are in town for a more extended stay. Some are celebrating wedding anniversaries and others are in town visiting family members and need a comfortable place to stay. In addition to overnight guests. Lovett Inn also hosts various events. From weddings to business retreats, the inn accommodates all sorts of gatherings and special occasions. Fifteen weddings have taken place at the inn so far this year. During the week, Lueken says, the Lovett Inn is a popular place for off-site business meetings. The inn, which can host up to fifty for meetings, provides wireless internet access and an LCD projector for presentations. Convenient to the downtown and Galleria areas, the Lovett Inn provides space that is "more relaxing than your typical business space," says Lueken. "People can meet and get away from the distractions of the phone and the office," he says. "They can conduct their meetings during the day, and set up the poker table or use the pool and the hot tub at night." When the couple isn't busy working at the real estate office or renovating and redecorating the bed and breakfast, they spend their time taking ski trips or cruising around on their Harley Davidson. Both are active members of the Human Rights Campaign. In April, Partridge went to Austin to testify before the House State Affairs Committee against House Joint Resolution 6, the anti-gay marriage amendment that has since cleared both the House and Senate. When asked what is in store for the future, the couple agrees that customer satisfaction will continue to be the focal point of both businesses, no matter what the future holds. Partridge believes he and Lueken have succeeded thus far in that endeavor, both as innkeepers and as real estate executives.
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