Man did we have a great time Saturday. We headed to downtown Houston to have a little Mexican food but before we ate we decided it was time to start preparing for Halloween so we stopped at our favorite costume store, Frankel’s Costume Company. Have you been there before? We have been going there for years. Every time we need a costume they either have it or know how to make it. They even rolled out the red carpet for us.
I’m so excited this year because while we were there trying on costumes, Betty tried on this cute little number . . .
I was going to hunt her down like the cute little filly she is so I had to put on my ten gallon hat . . .
Then all of a sudden we hear this really heavy breathing followed by “Betty & Donny . . . I am your father!”
For those super, uber Star Wars fans like our friend Cyndi, the Owner of Frankel’s was telling us how cool this Darth Vader mask is. It is an original production . . . like from the 1970’s when the original Star Wars movie came out. The just got it in and said it was a great find for them!!!
Of course not to be outshined we found a really tall Yoda. I know, I know you are saying to yourself right now that Yoda isn’t tall . . . well you try being 18 inches tall and then you tell me he is short!
Our last stop was the disco section. Look at that guy showing off. We saw him dancing earlier. If I could just lift my hand up to point to the corner of the room I could dance just like him. I mean look at Betty . . . she is totally swooning over that guy!
Well we just had a blast at Frankel’s. When it is time for you to look for your next costume, whether it is for Halloween, The Renaissance Festival, Dickens on the Strand, Mardi Gras or any other time you just want to dress up this is the place to go. Morty Frankel original opened the doors to “Morty’s Magic Mart” in 1950 as a magic store. They have just grown and grown from there. You can get magic supplies, costumes, stage makeup and ventriloquist dummies and so much more there. They even rent costumes!
After all that costume shopping it was time for dinner so we headed over to the Last Concert Café located in the Downtown Warehouse district.
Love, Love, Love their salsa (well and the margaritas). Although we were here for a mid-day meal, if you check out their calendar of events you will see that each week they have great live music out on their spectacular patio.
One of the most intriguing things about the Last Concert Café is it’s locked red door. For those of you that are regulars like us, you know that there are varied stories of its origin. There is the story of the building originally being a brothel and to gain entrance you had to knock two times. One was “to safeguard philandering husbands from surprise visits by their wives or to hide some of the customer’s activities from the law” [Last’s Concert Cafe’s website quote]. The tradition has been upheld and to gain entrance into the restaurant you must knock twice on the red door. A waiter or a customer standing nearby will let you in. The only problem in our case is trying to knock on the door since I seem to have a problem raising these darn arms!
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