My Top 5: Cooperativa Shop owner Araceli Graham

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Photo courtesy of Cooperativa

Our My Top 5 feature showcases Houstonians who are shaping the culture in the city and impacting people’s lives. In turn, they share their own favorite things to do in Houston when they’re not hard at work. This week, we’re very pleased to feature Araceli Graham, owner of Cooperativa Shop

My Top 5 Things to Do in Houston

by Araceli Graham

  1. The Dunlavy – The perfect place to cap off a bike ride around Buffalo Bayou Park. After a 30-minute bike trail, my family and I love heading over for brunch. Their breakfast sandwiches and mimosas are especially tasty.
  2. DASH Houston – In early November, my friends and I love going to DASH Houston in Silver Street Studios to shop for vintage and contemporary pieces. From antique tables to clothing and jewelry, you can find everything at this place. Plus, they have free parking, great food, and music.
  3. State of Grace – This is my go-to for dinner spot on the weekends. I love going with my husband and friends and sitting at the Chef’s Table. It’s fun, different, and a personal way to get to know the chef throughout the meal.
  4. The Webster – I was so happy to hear The Webster was opening a new store in Houston. It’s one of my favorite places to shop because it’s so easy to find designers and unusual pieces that aren’t available at other stores here. The curating is handled beautifully, and I love their product mix.
  5. Coltivare – When I’m in the mood to get dressed up and try something new, Coltivare is where I go. They have an evolving menu (which is a major plus) and fantastic artisanal drinks. I always have the “Coltivare” gin-infused drink in their garden before going in to be seated.

About Araceli Graham 

Founder of Cooperativa Shop, Araceli Graham previously held executive positions at GlaxoSmithKline and Coca-Cola in Mexico before moving to the United States 12 years ago. Graham founded Cooperativa Shop to not only serve as a place for emerging, unknown, and talented designers to grow and transmit their collections, but also as a place to communicate the reality of Latin American culture to the rest of the world. She aims to diffuse associated stereotypes and to show that there’s truly a more refined and creative side to her culture.