Sunday, May 19, 2013
12900 Old Wellborn Road
While now a marble countertops place (with the creative name of "Granite & Marble"), this used to be Heirloom Gardens.
The old Heirloom Gardens website, which is up as of this writing holds a few surprises. Apparently, the copyright date is automatic, as when I accessed it in 2010, it said ©2010, and now it's ©2013. There's a December "Season Ending Sale", and a PDF of the directions, which have snapshots of Google Maps circa 2005. The original Google Maps were often out-of-date, and this one is no exception. They have North Graham crossing the railroad, Rock Prairie West being marked as "Gandy", and even the railroad marked as "Southern Pacific". The roads are still in a 2001 incarnation, and the railroad has been owned by UP since 1996. Grab a copy of the PDF here.
I don't know what was there before Heirloom Gardens, I seem to remember it was some sort of barbecue place, with BAR-BE-QUE spelled out above the building. At least, I do remember a BAR-BE-QUE sign, and it would make sense in context. I mean, the 1995 shot has the building, but not the nursery semi-covered areas as of 2010 (which supports this context).
As you may have noticed above, North Graham was sadly truncated from the railroad over a decade ago (2001?). I'm guessing that back when North Graham had a railroad crossing and a stoplight, it was substantially easier to access.
I also found a Google Maps Street View picture of the truncation from the other side of Wellborn. This was demolished when Wellborn was widened.
Sorry for the "re-run". Hopefully we can return to the library for microfilms and the Northgate area for new pictures and information...and perhaps downtown Bryan as well...
Saturday, January 22, 2011
6900 East Bypass
Where Cavender's Boot City is today, used to be a plant nursery called Wolfe Nursery, and the only reason I remember it so well is its carcass sat vacant for years (but not THAT well, apparently, as I called it "Wolf Pen Nursery" erroneously. No wonder I had so few Google hits). It isn't that old. A few people report there being a go-kart track here at one time, and indeed a go-kart track was granted a permit in the late 1980s, so it's probable that Wolfe Nursery came in-line in the early 1990s. [6/30/14 Update: This was "Post Oak Go-Carts Amusement", 609 Holleman Dr. E]
These two pictures, snagged from Google Earth, shows how much the building was reconstructed. These were in 2004 and 2008, respectively.
This is what the building roughly looked like from the front.
The font in the front was greenish, and a more bold variant of Helvetica that was common in the 1980s. The building was tan and had green trim as well.
It closed in spring 1998 when the chain went bankrupt (after a fast expansion in the early to mid 1990s), and I remember being inside of it once. It had skylights but had a fairly empty feel (it also had different sections of the store that felt like rooms, maybe). Bankruptcy information from the Houston Chronicle.
In addition to Houston-area locations, I remember seeing a "Wolfe Nursery" was going out of business...in Austin. That at least solves the mystery when I thought it was "Wolf Pen".
In terms of the Houston locations, here's a former one according to the old addresses, now serving as a "distribution center" of sorts for Houston Garden Centers. It looks familiar, doesn't it? The College Station location didn't have a lit sign, but still--not bad on the facade memory, huh? Too bad I never got the NAME right!
Anyway, it's a Cavender's Boot City these days (as well as a different address), part of the future Wolf Pen Village development, which was put on hold after the recession. And frankly, plant nurseries don't live that long anyway.
Editor's note: I doubt they sold orchids. ;)