JANUARY 10. 1986/MONTROSE VOICE 7
New Shopping Centers Offer Unique Experience
By Connie Woods
Montrose Voice Staff Reporter
The Montrose business community continues to grow with new structures as well
as unique shopping opportunities.
Two newly-completed shopping centers
along Montrose Blvd. now offer local
shoppers a variety of unique shops, boutiques, and restaurants.
The newest development. The Chelsea
Market, located in the shadows of the
Southwest Freeway at Montrose Blvd.,
offers an intriguing shopping atmosphere.
Unique in its design, the Chelsea
Market combines rose-colored brick with
limestone borders accented by its blue canvas awnings and solid copper roof.
Housed within its walls are the beginnings of any shopper's journey.
If this is indeed the year for the "Out of
Africa" attire, Banana Republic can meet
those fashionable needs for the shopper's
journey through the lion country or even
For those planning trips to the mountains or the cold country, Outfitters by Wilderness Equipment offers attire for the
For the shoppers who plan to stay at
home to journey into home improvements
or unique decor, the Chelsea Market has
shops to accommodate.
The organizer's journey can begin at C.
Packages which specializes in storage
ideas for the home and office. The unique
boutique. Arrangements, presents
shoppers with decorative art, flower
arrangements, and "one of a kind creations."
The journey into a new restaurant experience begins at Anthony's, a European-
style restaurant which offers fresh
seafood, chops and pasta.
Soon to open at the Chelsea Market will
be a familiar Houston landmark. Butera's
plans to open its cafeteria-style deli early
Two additional shops plan to open in
1986. Andree's Cookies & Cream will offer
gourmet cookies and homemade ice cream
as well as a liqueur bar. Texas Greetings, a
card and gift shop, is set to open in February.
Just north of the Chelsea Market on
Montrose lies another opportunity for
Merchants at 3939 Montrose provide shoppers with a unique experience.
local shoppers. Highlighted by the large
clock in the middle of the center at 3939
Montrose, the center offers shoppers a
browsing experience along the storefront
center featuring art, ice cream, gifts and
Classique Wine & Spirits offers a variety of wines and liquors. Next door
shoppers will find Besselman Gallery &
Framery where they can purchase prints
of Montrose and Houston architectural
landmarks. In addition, the shop provides
custom framing, creative mat designs and
other artistic services.
Mad Elegance combines cards for every
occasion with unique gifts for the creative
shopper. Mad Video, a video rental shop,
offers a variety of movies to take home for
To satisfy the sweet tooth, shoppers can
find ice cream, yogurt, with all the "mix-
in's" of candy and fruit.
Montrose Blvd. offers local shoppers a
variety of shopping experiences and restaurants. Wherever the journey may take
shoppers, it can indeed begin in the neighborhood.
The Chelsea Market
Overall, Montrose Banks Show Little
Growth in a Year
By Connie Woods
Montrose Voice Staff Reporter
The Harris County banks reported an
overall increase of total deposits for the
quarter ending Dec. 31, 1985, over the
same period last year. However, the Montrose area banks' overall deposit total
remained much the same as last year.
Based on the quarterly call from the
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency,
the county's 267 banks reported a $1 billion increase from $38.87 billion for the
last quarter of 1984 to $39.93 billion for
Dec. 31, 1986.
However, the overall 1985 total of deposits for six Montrose area banks remained
much the same as the last quarter of 1984
at $900 million.
Included in the six area banks are River
Oaks Bank & Trust, Allied American
Bank, South Main Bank, Texas Commerce Chemical, Liberty Bank, and
River Oaks Bank & Trust, listed No. 15
in the county, recorded an increase from
$275,796,456 in deposits in December 1984
to $283,379,925 at the quarter's end in
River Oaks Bank & Trust
Allied American Bank
South Main Bank
Texas Commerce Chemical
Ranked No. 19 in the county, Allied
American Bank recorded an increase of
more than $5 million over last year's final
quarter for the year. The Dec. 31, 1985,
report showed deposits of $228,246,698.
The largest deposit increase of the six
area banks was reported by South Main
Bank with an approximate $16.5 million.
Listed No. 25, South Main Bank increased
its deposits from $153,361,560 for Dec. 31,
1984, to $169,836,670 for the quarter ending Dec. 31, 1985.
Texas Commerce Chemical dropped
from $107,791,890 in 1984 to $104,891,191
for the quarter ending in 1985. However,
the bank did record an increase of approximately $6 million from the quarter ending
Sept. 30, 1985. The bank ranks No. 54 in
Similarly, Liberty Bank, listed No. 91,
recorded a decrease in deposits for the last
quarter of 1985 to $69,191,190 from
$77,671,234 for the quarter ending in 1984.
BancTexas-Allen Parkway, No. 137 in
the county, recorded the largest decrease
of the area banks, approximately $21 mil
lion. However, the last quarter of 1985
reported an increase of deposits from $42
million for Sept. 30,1985 to more than $46
million for the last quarter of 1985.
The total deposits for the six area banks
reported for the quarter ending Dec. 31,
1985 showed more than $9 million, a slight
overall decrease from the quarter ending
Dec. 31, 1984.
Texas Commerce Bank-Houston, the
city's largest bank, reported deposits in
excess of $7 billion recorded, an increase
from the $6,775 billion a year ago.