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PaperCity Exclusive — New Heights Development to Bring High-End Stores, Patio Power to 707 Yale Street

The Heights Mercantile Team is Creating Another Destination


A brand new development is headed for The Heights — just when you thought Houston’s hottest neighborhood couldn’t possibly get any buzzier. There’s nothing quite like adding modern touches to the historic area.

The as-yet-unnamed project at 707 Yale Street by Radom Capital will post up across from their wildly popular Heights Mercantile, and bring two firsts to Space City shopping. But that’s only the beginning.

So far, a pair of stores have been confirmed for the ground floor. There will be four to five total tenants, most likely five, the developers tells PaperCity.

Renowned Austin firm Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, the group behind Heights Mercantile, is crafting the design of the two-story, 8,000-square-foot development.

The two brands are coming in hot, adding variety to The Heights’ current shopping options.

Performance menswear mavens Mizzen+Main is opening its first-ever Space City outpost at 707 Yale. Their apparel is all about combining high-end fabrics and sophisticated looks with  premium comfort.

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“There’s a growing demand for menswear. And I think their product is really good for Houston — it’s stretching, moisture-wicking, light, everything you would you want if you have to dress business casual or professional in the hot box that is Houston,” Radom Capital’s Barton Kelly laughs.

Meanwhile, a brand new children’s boutique clothier Petit Rē will also open on the first floor. The couple behind St. Lo in Heights Mercantile, Skye and Lindsay Vila, dreamed up this new store.

“I think they have a fresh take on the children’s boutique concept. They’re talking to a lot of cool brands and lines they would carry. There’s not really a children’s clothing boutique in the whole neighborhood,” Kelly says.

Petit Rē  will focus on contemporary clothing, and a small curated selection of toys and accessories for the “modern baby and toddler,” featuring unique American and European styles.

Petit Rē plans on incorporating kid-friendly programming into the store — don’t be surprised by an Easter bunny sighting, story time or a Sunday tea party.

The second-floor tenants may be a mystery for now, but they’re sure to delight in the sprawling shared patio.

“The second floor has an 800-square-foot patio overlooking Yale Street, with a cool light fixture above it, kind of open to the sky. It’ll be a cool space for someone,” Kelly notes. Prospective tenants are even toying with the idea of weekend mimosas al fresco.

Radom Capital is doubling up in The Heights because this development group loves the neighborhood.

“We actually live in The Heights. Totally drinking the Kool-aid,” Kelly chuckles.

And they appreciate the loyalty in The Heights, and the opportunity for brands beyond the big names to flourish. “We just love the texture and nature of The Heights, and that it can support those local tenants, mom-and-pops and cool first-to-market national names,” Kelly says.

Bayou City shoppers may have to wait for the grand opening of the 707 Yale development, but from now until October 3rd, they can check out the KREWE Tiny House pop-up right outside Forth + Nomad in Heights Mercantile.

It’s just a taste of what’s to come.

“It’ll draw people from all over Houston,” Kelly says of the new development at 707 Yale Street. “I think it’ll be a destination.”

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