We had the good fortune of connecting with Summer Reeves and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Summer, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
In 2017, Jessica (one of our co-owners) was getting married and wanted a micro wedding (under 15 people) in Houston. However in looking around, she quickly found that there were no locations in Houston that catered to the size and style that she was looking for. After a health scare a year later Jessica decided that she wanted to start her own business. Considering who she wanted to take this new journey with, she reached out to myself (Summer) and Pilar to see if we were interested in joining in. Because we all had similar passions we quickly determined that we wanted a location where we could bring the arts and local communities together through craft workshops, small gatherings, and photography. As a small female owned business ourselves, we love supporting other small businesses, especially women owned. By providing a location for them to promote their crafts and leveraging their products and services for micro-gatherings. We believe that Thirteen48 brings a unique service to our community and are always so excited to meet others that we can partner with.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Thirteen48 is a 1902 colonial revival that is considered historically significant in the Houston Heights. Located on Heights Blvd, Thirteen48 is a beautiful location that mixes historic character with a modern flare. As a go to photography location for bloggers, branding, lifestyle, product, engagements, and more, our guests have several spaces both inside and out that have been designed for picture perfect moments. There’s so many beautiful pieces of history located here in Houston but few that are open to the public where others can experience and capture a piece of that history for themselves. We love seeing the excitement when guests come in and see the space. They immedately begin coming up with ideas on how they can use the spaces and decorative elements to create their own special moments. We fell in love with Thirteen48 when we walked in and saw the natural light coming in. Every room has multiple large windows creating a perfect photography location that you just can’t get in most places. Having the back facing east and the front facing west, we have amazing lighting throughout the space at all times during the day that create a magical environment. Because both myself and Jess have a passion for interior design, you’ll always see new items and different arrangements here at Thirteen48 keeping the space fresh and providing inspiration for photography and small gatherings.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Okay so I’m going to warn you now…I’m a passionate Houstonian! I think that Houston is the most under rated city in the U.S. (and I’ve been to a lot of U.S. cities). There’s so much to do and so much culture here that it kills me when people think that’s not the case. So… if I am showcasing the city to someone there is going to be a LOT of food. I’m a foodie! and Houston is one of the best food cities in the country. First off, we’re going to Tenfold for a coffee (because coffee is a requirement before anything and they’re the best) then we’ll walk down to Angela’s Oven for some of the best breakfast and pastries! Next I would check out what’s happening around the city. There’s always some fun exibits, activities, or events. We might hit up a farmers or arts market to walk off breakfast and ensure we’re nice and hungry for lunch! Now let’s assume that our guest is from out of state. That means we MUST educate them on Texas BBQ so we’re now going to head over to Washington Cooridor and hit up Truth BBQ. Truth originally started in Brenham, Texas before expanding into Houston and is some of the best BBQ in all of Texas (honestly! look it up!). Now that we are fully stuffed we’ll want to sit down and relax for a bit so we’ll head over to Tea and Victory to grab a drink and play some board games. Once we’ve worked up an appetite again, we’ll head outside the loop (gasp!) to showcase the cultural diversity of Houston cuisine by going to Aga’s for the best Indian-Pakistani food in the city. Now that’s it’s late we’ll be ready for some drinks so we’ll go to Axelrad to enjoy time outside and maybe even catch a band or movie that’s playing on their outdoor stage. I could go on and on about amazing places to eat, places to visit, and things to do but I’ll keep it to a one day agenda!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Taking this journey of owning my own business has been rewarding but hard work and there’s no way I could have done something like this without my partner Jess. Jessica is an amazing person that doesn’t know the definition of try, she only succeeds. She is someone I look up to in business and always pushes me to be the best and do more. Her and I are a lot alike in all the right ways and different in the ways that allow us to complement and push one another. I’m so happy she asked me to join her on this crazy journey and I’m looking foward to the future as we continue to grow.
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