Dec. 16,1983 / Montrose Voice 3
Avoid the Crowds; Make this a Montrose Christmas
By Hollis Hood
With Christmas just around the corner,
there is usually the last mad dash of last
minute shopping. If you don't feel like
braving the shopping center (crowded during the year and insufferable during the
holidays), try your neighborhood first;
there are many gifts in store.
TLC on Alabama has lots of ornaments
for late tree-trimmers and is running a special on bell-shaped tree lights. Among
favorites for trim this year on packages or
trees is "The Bear in the Box" and the gold
or glass ornaments. For under the tree, the
store has a Christmas Choo Choo, a small
train with Santa as passenger which can
run on a track placed on a tabletop or
under the tree (about $25.)
TLC also has many specialty items, plus
dozens of cards for every occasion and
reader, including a gourmet dog snack,
festive Christmas glassware and mugs
(also on special) and all kinds of interesting books, such as a manual on how to be
Wilde 'n' Stein on Westheimer is also a
good place to check out books for the readers on your Christmas list. In stock Charles has The Color Purple, a Pulitzer prize
winner by Alice Walker, Waylon Flowers'
biography of Madam, and Torch Song
AlwayB popular are calendars, particularly this year the Working Out calendar,
he said, which runB under $10.
Wilde 'n' Stein is one of the few places
that will have the new gay monopoly
game for Christmas, and this game is
reputedly a winner. It includes places like
Montrose and Cedar Springs in Dallas on
the board, and players purchase tubs
instead of houses for their properties. (The
game sells for right at $20.)
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Earl at Waugh Drive Liquor said he has
brought in five different liquor items just
for Christmas. This year folks seem to be
looking for less expensive ways to show
their appreciation, he said, and he has
something in every price range, from
boxes of wine at $20 to specialty liquors at
less than $10.
Waugh at Waugh and Welch or Cobweb
Liquor on Westheimer should be on the list
of where to purchase libacious holiday
For the morning after, give a gift of coffee from the House of Coffee Beans in Rice
Village. It Blocks everything for the coffee
or tea drinker and will mix special blends
as well. You'll know when you're close
because of the aroma that prevades that
part of the shopping center.
Possessions on Westheimer has a special item for that certain someone—a
leather jump rope with brass handles. If
The Arizona Republic newspaper and
local gay groups have threatened to try for
a recall of Republican Hawley Atkinson,
chairman of the County Board of Supervisors, following a remark that gays should
be substituted for animals in medical
Atkinson, however, says he has no
intention of stepping down and will run
again in 1984.
In an Associated Press article, San
Francisco gay leaders likened the remark
to Hitlerism when Atkinson said "homosexuals and lesbians from San Francisco"
should be used in experiments instead of
animals. He insists it was a facetious
remark which he didn't think would make
The Arizona Gay-Lesbian Task Force
threatened to mobilize the county's estimated 150,000 gays for a recall vote if he
did not quit.
Despite the confrontation, Atkinson
says he can represent gays. "I'm against
homosexuality, absolutely against it ...
but when anybody calls me up who wants
assistance with Maricopa County, I don't
ask them what color they are, what race
they are, what their creed is."
that doesn't do it, prehaps he/she could
use a porcelain ice bucket or a leather rag
If you are into a huggable Christmas
mood, check out the plushy offerings at
Critters on Hawthorne. Everything from
Elizabear to a stuffed parrot with three-
foot legs is available and not that expensive.
Going to Critters is a lark because of the
numerous friendly little pairs of eyes that
greet you from little animals peering
through the forest waiting to be taken
home and loved.
The Gay Political Caucus is selling a
coupon book for $20 that is just chocked
full of two-for-one dinners, movie passes
and other discounts. It would be a gift that
keeps on giving, for sure.
Montrose has shops that can fill every
need. Check out the "really keen" clothes
at Googies on California, the furniture
bargains at Old Furniture Gallery on Bird-
sail or Creative Stained Glass "on the
curve" on Westheimer.
If your special someone really needs
auto repair, check out a gift certificate
from One Stop Automotive Center, 200
Pierce. Sports car and English auto repair
are the specialties of the house.
Also, Taft Automotive, Neartown Garage and RMS are in the Montrose area to
serve folks in need of major or minor auto
Had a hard time wrapping that tire your
roommate needs for his car so he'll stop
asking to borrow your vehicle? Drop by
the Tire Place at Upas and Fairview.
These guys will make you a good deal, and
they might wrap a tire if they have time.
The holidays aren't complete without
going out to dinner with friends, and
Montrose has a wealth of places to visit.
Boulevard Cafe, 808 Lovett, is open for
breakfast, lunch and dinner. Bajas, Rascals and the Spud-U-Like will be open during the holidays with special treats in
store. Or give the gift of barbeque—visit
Matt Gamer's Restaurant on West Gray
this holiday season or take a break at Lui-
gi's while shopping.
If that someone has really been good
this year, maybe a cruise is in order, or at
least a getaway weekend in a distant city.
Call Bruce at Travel Consultants, 529-
8464, for exact pricing and departures.
If you can't get away that far, try a
show. Pace puts on several really good
ones at the Tower Theatre, and more are
coming in the new year. Tickets are very
reasonably priced, and by giving pleasant
entertainment, you also can give pleasant
Everybody always needs hair care, and
Montrose is the place to get excellent service at several establishments. Gift certificates are available for the asking.
So with all the shopping done, you can
rest and relax the remainder of the holiday, and never have to face the freeway
traffic. Have a flamboyant holiday season, do something memorable—you have
all of '84 to live it down!
to Gay Group
The University of Texas campus at
Arlington officially recognized the 60-
member Gay/Lesbian Association of
UTA recently with very little controversy
Luan Green, co-founder of the group,
said she was told if they ran the organization smoothly, they shouldn't have any
problems. She said the move was encouraging, especially in light of recent events
barring recognition of a gay group at
The main difference is that UTA does
not provide funding for its campus groups,
while student organizations at SMU can
apply to use the student fee monies. At
UTA, student groups are allowed to use
campus facilities and services, post notices and raise funds on campus.
A nine-member committee of students,
faculty and staff voted on Nov. 23 to recognize the group, with only one dissenter.
This is the second such group to organize
at UTA. The earlier one has disbanded.
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