Spring is in the air, a time of renewal, growth, and celebration. This season, we’re highlighting some of our favorite Houston artisans in our inaugural Craft Issue. Prepare to meet a cast of makers and doers who are building the best of Houston with skill that will leave you amazed.

Start with Chris Shepherd, the trailblazing chef who’s been delighting Houston diners since long before his 2014 James Beard win for Best Chef: Southwest. Next, step into the Montrose studio of Stephen Marchione, master guitar-maker to the stars. His instruments are coveted by the likes of Paul Simon and Mark Knopfler.

Gracing our cover is the inimitable Elaine Turner, the glam and giving designer who’s bringing attainable luxury to women across the country—all while using her platform to strengthen her community. She’s the Texan best friend you always wanted. Be sure to add a few of her stylish pieces to your closet; she’s on the move to make her designs even more accessible, no matter where you live or how busy you are.

While you’re out exploring the town, odds are you’ll see beer from Houston’s own Saint Arnold Brewing Company on the menu. The oldest craft brewery in Texas was founded by Brock Wagner in 1994, and its moxie and independence have made it an integral part of our city—don’t miss a visit, or this behind-the-scenes glance. Cheryl Schulke is another community gem, an expert creator whose high-caliber leatherwork will turn heads in the airport as you make your way home.

Before you go, consult our entertainment calendar, “The Scene,” for an insider’s look at over 300 of Houston’s best upcoming performances, festivals, and can’t-miss events. Tune into our comprehensive listing of Houston sporting events (go, ‘Stros!), and browse through some of our favorite places to dine, shop, and relax around town.

Thank you for choosing Houston Hotel Magazine as your guide to the best of Bayou City. I’m glad you’re here.

Ryan Miller

Publisher, Houston Hotel Magazine