Businesses Are Open, but Popular Virtual Experiences Continue

June 11, 2020

Memorial District businesses are open and following health guidelines to keep guests safe, so you can enjoy in-store shopping and dine-in services. Still, some of our businesses offer popular virtual experiences you can enjoy from home. Check out these cool virtual offerings.

Each month, Barnes and Noble has virtual events, such as interviews with authors and celebrities. Here are a few of the bookstore’s upcoming events:

  • Thu, June 18 at 6 p.m. — Madeline Miller, author of the best-selling book “Circe”
  • Tue, June 23 at 3 p.m. — Vanessa Williams, actor and singer and author of “Bubble Kisses”

Also, check out Barnes and Noble’s book club selections that guests can purchase online and then chat about with other book-club enthusiasts on forums like Goodreads.

Release your inner artist. Pinot’s Palette hosts virtual paint parties that the whole family will love. For $20, you can get tips and tricks from art experts, who will guide you as you create a masterpiece. Use your own supplies, which the company lists in advance, and learn from the comfort of home. Upcoming events include:

Tue, June 16 at 12 p.m. — Bella Bunny

Thu, June 18 at 7 p.m. — Pretty Petals

Fri, June 19 at 7 p.m. — Rainy Day Chic

Polish your cooking skills with Sur La Table’s virtual cooking classes for $29, no matter how many people are in your kitchen. If you have always wanted to study with a master chef, now is your chance. Learn recipes from the award-winning Sur La Table team via Zoom.

Did you know The Escape Game at CityCentre offers at-home experiences? Try live escape games via Zoom with your friends and family. Also, check out Field Trips that take students on educational journeys through famous museums, historic landmarks, and significant historical moments.

Spring Branch Memorial Branch Library invites artists, musicians, and speakers to give virtual presentations. Plus, the library also has everything young people need to participate in Harris County Public Library's virtual summer reading program.

Posted by Spring Branch Memorial Branch Library on Monday, June 1, 2020

Queensbury Theatre has exciting virtual programming, classes, and camps. For example, you can take a masterclass by Billboard chart-topper Karen Parks. Also study the ins and outs of backstage theatre during the Tech Series, and take dance classes, including ballet, jazz, and tap. Find the Broadway star in you during an acting workshop, or let your inner Shakespeare shine during a playwright courses. Learn more here.

When you first think about shopping online, you probably think about new items. Well, you might be surprised to learn that you can shop for gently used items from Plato’s Closet Memorial City, which curates a robust online selection of products, and Goodwill Houston, which participates in Goodwill’s online auction.

The businesses we listed often update their social media profiles with information about at-home activities, so be sure to follow them. Also, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, as we regularly post updates about virtual programs like these. Have fun!

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