Ridding an office of row upon row of cubicles - it's a challenge facing most business owners who have an aversion to traditional Houston office space.
The combination of Halloween and Christmas help make this time of the year fairly profitable for temporary retail space. In many cases, an ideal scenario would be for retailers to remain open only during the times when their sales are highest, and then close up shop when they aren't.
It is often said that unconventional thinkers - the dreamers, the creatives, the visionaries - have their heads in the clouds. A study published last year in The Journal of Psychology suggests that when it comes to freeing the mind and thinking creatively, having your head in the clouds (and in rooms with high ceilings) is best.
As regular readers of TheSquareFoot know, Houston's economic success is tied closely to the growth of the energy industry. In fact, that market's resilience during the recession is one of the primary reasons that Houston has been able to emerge from a national period of economic struggles far better than many other cities.
Large, sprawling commercial developments like The Galleria often rely on high-end department stores to function as anchor locations and draw consumers to the area. The developers of a new Galleria office space building set on Post Oak Boulevard, in the heart of Uptown Park, are going a slightly different route, opting instead to use high-quality restaurants to attract customers.
Back about one decade before the turn of the 20th century, Joseph F. Meyer purchased 6,000 acres of land on the southwest outskirts of Houston. At the time, the property cost Meyer about $5 per acre. Sixty years later, his descendants turned that investment into Meyerland Plaza, the third shopping center in the Houston area, following the Palms Center and the Gulfgate Mall.
It's human nature to always search for the next big thing, to constantly try to improve one's condition. This applies to an employee seeking a promotion, a consumer who constantly purchases new cars and to businesses looking for a new Dallas office space.
Not every Houston retail space for rent has the benefit of thousands of square footage. Often, business owners need to make due with what they have, and the less square footage exists, the more pressure exists to maximize the space.
What happens when you cross the Knights of the Roundtable, Dr. Strangelove, a New York City warehouse, a stock exchange trading floor and astroturf? If you work for London-based energy industry recruitment company Spencer Ogden, you'd see all of these contrasting and diverse influences in your new Houston office space.
For a time, businesses that acquired Houston retail space for lease did so without much competition and benefited from the city's relatively unnoticed rebound from the recession.
When new Houston office space development is planned, building owners may consider searching for tenants who are willing to sign a lease agreement before construction is completed. In Houston, this practice is becoming more common.
Office spaces have evolved tremendously since the days of whitewashed corporate offices with a cubicle for every employee. When some managers felt they needed to encourage teamwork in the workplace, many tore down cubicle barriers, while a largely employee-led desire to operate on more flexible schedules transformed coffee shops and homes all across the country into remote offices.
New and old unite in the Upper Kirby area of Houston - for every new mixed-use development that springs up, the region's historic neighborhoods have maintained themselves, acting as a sanctuary away from the bustle of other sections of town.
Just as an urban-dwelling bachelor living by himself does not need a seven-seat minivan to accommodate his transportation needs (it's hardly a glamorous ride anyway), a recently launched startup with a bare-bones staff is unlikely to need a sprawling Houston office space with room for 40 employees.
Frozen yogurt hub Pinkberry has opened its third Houston retail space, this time in the Highland Village area just inside the Interstate 610 loop.
At 2066 Crist Drive, in Los Altos, California, a nondescript ranch home still stands in a suburban neighborhood not unlike many others across the country. For technology enthusiasts, though, the home is their mecca - it is where Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak toiled for countless hours, eventually pioneering the first Apple computer.
Moving to new Houston office space is an exciting time for any business, as it represents a company's continued financial stability. Of course, the move itself requires strategic planning and careful execution, particularly when it comes to relocating information technology (IT) equipment and networks.
As one of Houston's major cultural hubs, the Houston Museum District and its many neighborhoods - including Montrose - is a sought-after destination for residents interested in artistic pursuits and intriguing cultural attractions. And while the district boasts attractive Houston executive suites and office spaces, its biggest appeal may be to Houston retailers that want to situate their business in one of the city's most trafficked corners.
In their professional lives, employees have a set schedule that helps them to be successful everyday. Call it the "daily grind" if you must, but the fact is, day-to-day repetition of commutes and workplace activities help employees stay organized the more second-nature they become.
When choosing a Houston retail space for lease, a company first needs to answer one question about itself - is it a destination location or will it require a high volume of foot traffic (and random walk-ins) to succeed? According to Yahoo contributor S.H. Wallick, the answer to this question will determine whether a business needs to position itself in a high visibility area.
The magic number that business owners should keep in mind when planning a Houston office move is six - as in, the number of months it should take from the time a search begins until the doors to a new office are opened.
The promotional slogan of Uptown Park Houston- "Where You Can Have It All" - is entirely attainable, given the abundance of Houston executive suites and office spaces, along with residences and businesses in the area. As one of the premier business districts in Texas, Uptown Houston is a destination spot for business professionals and consumers alike.
As we wrote yesterday, improving cash flow is the Holy Grail for recently launched business ventures. Cost savings provide financial flexibility to business owners, but as with anything, trimming costs always produces secondary issues that must be addressed.
The costs of starting a new business fall into two primary categories - one-time launch-related commitments (office equipment, consulting services) and ongoing expenses (office space lease payments, salaries, insurance). With cash flow a constant concern for Houston businesses, one strategy for boosting their financial capital is shifting up-front launch expenses to monthly costs, which is why some businesses may opt to lease office equipment or enter a short term lease with one of the many Houston executive suites.
Houston is one of the largest cities in the United States and is also an anchor to one of its largest metropolitan areas, with its suburbs expanding well beyond the Downtown Houston area. This allows business owners an abundance of opportunities to grow into new Houston retail space for lease.
With Labor Day set to mark the (unofficial) end of summer next weekend, families across the country are cramming all they can fit into pickup trucks and U-Haul vans as they move their children to college and, in some cases, new city dwellings.
We had the pleasure of visiting PKF Texas last week. We loved the energy and vice of their office space. One would typically think of an accountant's office space as somewhat dull and bland, but this was anything but!
In the 1920s, the son of a former Texas governor bought 200 acres of land adjacent to a Houston-area country club, helping to sow the initial seeds of the development of the River Oaks community. With these luxurious roots, it's not surprising that River Oaks has evolved into one of the most affluent neighborhoods in the country.