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  • <p>We asked 10 creative Houstonians to tell us where they seek ideas and boosts of inspiration in their hometown.</p>
<p><a class="float-left" href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new"><img src='http://images.fastcompany.com/upload/fast-cities.gif' alt='Fast Cities' border='0' /></a></p>
<p>Read more about <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new">Fast Cities 2011</a>.</p>
  • <p>35, a managing consultant at IBM, Ryan grew up outside Chicago and moved to Houston after being wowed by “how friendly people are here.”</p>
<p><a class="float-left" href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new"><img src='http://images.fastcompany.com/upload/fast-cities.gif' alt='Fast Cities' border='0' /></a></p>
<p>Read more about <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new">Fast Cities 2011</a>.</p>
  • <p>Ryan furnished his home with purchases from Westheimer Road’s antique shops.</p>
<p><a class="float-left" href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new"><img src='http://images.fastcompany.com/upload/fast-cities.gif' alt='Fast Cities' border='0' /></a></p>
<p>Read more about <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new">Fast Cities 2011</a>.</p>
  • <p>Ryan adores the enchiladas suizas at Café Adobe.</p>
<p><a class="float-left" href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new"><img src='http://images.fastcompany.com/upload/fast-cities.gif' alt='Fast Cities' border='0' /></a></p>
<p>Read more about <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new">Fast Cities 2011</a>.</p>
  • <p>40, an entertainment lawyer turned oil-and-gas “land man” who was born in Louisiana and lived for several years in France.</p>
<p><a class="float-left" href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new"><img src='http://images.fastcompany.com/upload/fast-cities.gif' alt='Fast Cities' border='0' /></a></p>
<p>Read more about <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new">Fast Cities 2011</a>.</p>
  • <p>Christopher gets his high-culture fix at Houston’s renowned Museum of Fine Arts.</p>
<p><a class="float-left" href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new"><img src='http://images.fastcompany.com/upload/fast-cities.gif' alt='Fast Cities' border='0' /></a></p>
<p>Read more about <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new">Fast Cities 2011</a>.</p>
  • <p>A 28-year-old IT entrepreneur and networking consultant from an Irish-Mexican mining family, is working to rehabilitate property in the Third Ward.</p>
<p><a class="float-left" href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new"><img src='http://images.fastcompany.com/upload/fast-cities.gif' alt='Fast Cities' border='0' /></a></p>
<p>Read more about <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new">Fast Cities 2011</a>.</p>
  • <p>One source of inspiration for Tico: the Menil Collection art museum.</p>
<p><a class="float-left" href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new"><img src='http://images.fastcompany.com/upload/fast-cities.gif' alt='Fast Cities' border='0' /></a></p>
<p>Read more about <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new">Fast Cities 2011</a>.</p>
  • <p>25 and 27, respectively, met at Texas Southern University and now own a branding consultancy.</p>
<p><a class="float-left" href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new"><img src='http://images.fastcompany.com/upload/fast-cities.gif' alt='Fast Cities' border='0' /></a></p>
<p>Read more about <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new">Fast Cities 2011</a>.</p>
  • <p>Ashley and Ryan brainstorm on Discovery Green (they were photographed at the site where Ryan proposed) and at Hermann Park, pictured here. </p>
<p><a class="float-left" href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new"><img src='http://images.fastcompany.com/upload/fast-cities.gif' alt='Fast Cities' border='0' /></a></p>
<p>Read more about <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new">Fast Cities 2011</a>.</p>
  • <p>Vintage fan Ashley finds other kinds of inspiration at the Montrose
store Fashion Plate.</p>
<p><a class="float-left" href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new"><img src='http://images.fastcompany.com/upload/fast-cities.gif' alt='Fast Cities' border='0' /></a></p>
<p>Read more about <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new">Fast Cities 2011</a>.</p>
  • <p>Ryan prefers light-rail trips to hit happy hours at downtown bars.</p>
<p><a class="float-left" href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new"><img src='http://images.fastcompany.com/upload/fast-cities.gif' alt='Fast Cities' border='0' /></a></p>
<p>Read more about <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new">Fast Cities 2011</a>.</p>
  • <p>35, a firefighter and an EMT, is a Houston native who went to Lamar High.</p>
<p><a class="float-left" href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new"><img src='http://images.fastcompany.com/upload/fast-cities.gif' alt='Fast Cities' border='0' /></a></p>
<p>Read more about <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new">Fast Cities 2011</a>.</p>
  • <p>Michael recharges with visits to Houston’s zoo (“I got kids. You got to like the zoo”)...</p>
<p><a class="float-left" href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new"><img src='http://images.fastcompany.com/upload/fast-cities.gif' alt='Fast Cities' border='0' /></a></p>
<p>Read more about <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new">Fast Cities 2011</a>.</p>
  • <p>...and with Sunday worship at his church, Fallbrook Baptist.</p>
<p><a class="float-left" href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new"><img src='http://images.fastcompany.com/upload/fast-cities.gif' alt='Fast Cities' border='0' /></a></p>
<p>Read more about <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new">Fast Cities 2011</a>.</p>
  • <p>29, a counselor at the Houston Area Women’s Center and a freelance film reviewer, is from Macau. </p>
<p><a class="float-left" href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new"><img src='http://images.fastcompany.com/upload/fast-cities.gif' alt='Fast Cities' border='0' /></a></p>
<p>Read more about <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new">Fast Cities 2011</a>.</p>
  • <p>Francisco hosts screenings in the backyard of the café/bar Brasil.</p>
<p><a class="float-left" href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new"><img src='http://images.fastcompany.com/upload/fast-cities.gif' alt='Fast Cities' border='0' /></a></p>
<p>Read more about <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new">Fast Cities 2011</a>.</p>
  • <p>Francisco photographs Houston’s refineries for their unusual beauty (“So interesting, but they kick me out”).</p>
<p><a class="float-left" href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new"><img src='http://images.fastcompany.com/upload/fast-cities.gif' alt='Fast Cities' border='0' /></a></p>
<p>Read more about <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new">Fast Cities 2011</a>.</p>
  • <p>Francisco refuels at one of the city’s many Vietnamese eateries.</p>
<p><a class="float-left" href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new"><img src='http://images.fastcompany.com/upload/fast-cities.gif' alt='Fast Cities' border='0' /></a></p>
<p>Read more about <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new">Fast Cities 2011</a>.</p>
  • <p>33, an audio engineer, belongs to a band called the Watermarks. </p>
<p><a class="float-left" href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new"><img src='http://images.fastcompany.com/upload/fast-cities.gif' alt='Fast Cities' border='0' /></a></p>
<p>Read more about <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new">Fast Cities 2011</a>.</p>
  • <p>Ironically, perhaps, Cesar cites the usually silent Rothko Chapel as a place that inspires his songwriting.</p>
<p><a class="float-left" href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new"><img src='http://images.fastcompany.com/upload/fast-cities.gif' alt='Fast Cities' border='0' /></a></p>
<p>Read more about <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new">Fast Cities 2011</a>.</p>
  • <p>29, joined Teach for America after a stint in the Navy. He teaches fourth grade at Frost Elementary in south Houston.</p>
<p><a class="float-left" href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new"><img src='http://images.fastcompany.com/upload/fast-cities.gif' alt='Fast Cities' border='0' /></a></p>
<p>Read more about <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new">Fast Cities 2011</a>.</p>
  • <p>In Jordan's downtime, one of his haunts is the eclectic Domy Books.</p>
<p><a class="float-left" href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new"><img src='http://images.fastcompany.com/upload/fast-cities.gif' alt='Fast Cities' border='0' /></a></p>
<p>Read more about <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new">Fast Cities 2011</a>.</p>
  • <p>28, is the University of Houston’s social-media coordinator.</p>
<p><a class="float-left" href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new"><img src='http://images.fastcompany.com/upload/fast-cities.gif' alt='Fast Cities' border='0' /></a></p>
<p>Read more about <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new">Fast Cities 2011</a>.</p>
  • <p>Jess seeks offline peace at the Houston Arboretum.</p>
<p><a class="float-left" href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new"><img src='http://images.fastcompany.com/upload/fast-cities.gif' alt='Fast Cities' border='0' /></a></p>
<p>Read more about <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new">Fast Cities 2011</a>.</p>
  • <p>Then Jess feeds her own urban garden with grounds from Catalina Coffee.</p>
<p><a class="float-left" href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new"><img src='http://images.fastcompany.com/upload/fast-cities.gif' alt='Fast Cities' border='0' /></a></p>
<p>Read more about <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/155/fast-cities-2011.html" target="_new">Fast Cities 2011</a>.</p>
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    We asked 10 creative Houstonians to tell us where they seek ideas and boosts of inspiration in their hometown.

    Fast Cities

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  • 02 /26
    | RYAN GUILLEN

    35, a managing consultant at IBM, Ryan grew up outside Chicago and moved to Houston after being wowed by “how friendly people are here.”

    Fast Cities

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  • 03 /26

    Ryan furnished his home with purchases from Westheimer Road’s antique shops.

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  • 04 /26

    Ryan adores the enchiladas suizas at Café Adobe.

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  • 05 /26
    | CHRISTOPHER BUSH

    40, an entertainment lawyer turned oil-and-gas “land man” who was born in Louisiana and lived for several years in France.

    Fast Cities

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  • 06 /26

    Christopher gets his high-culture fix at Houston’s renowned Museum of Fine Arts.

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  • 07 /26
    | TICO HANNAN

    A 28-year-old IT entrepreneur and networking consultant from an Irish-Mexican mining family, is working to rehabilitate property in the Third Ward.

    Fast Cities

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    One source of inspiration for Tico: the Menil Collection art museum.

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  • 09 /26
    | ASHLEY AND RYAN SMALL

    25 and 27, respectively, met at Texas Southern University and now own a branding consultancy.

    Fast Cities

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  • 10 /26

    Ashley and Ryan brainstorm on Discovery Green (they were photographed at the site where Ryan proposed) and at Hermann Park, pictured here.

    Fast Cities

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  • 11 /26

    Vintage fan Ashley finds other kinds of inspiration at the Montrose store Fashion Plate.

    Fast Cities

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  • 12 /26

    Ryan prefers light-rail trips to hit happy hours at downtown bars.

    Fast Cities

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  • 13 /26
    | MICHAEL PARKER

    35, a firefighter and an EMT, is a Houston native who went to Lamar High.

    Fast Cities

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  • 14 /26

    Michael recharges with visits to Houston’s zoo (“I got kids. You got to like the zoo”)...

    Fast Cities

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  • 15 /26

    ...and with Sunday worship at his church, Fallbrook Baptist.

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  • 16 /26
    | FRANCISCO LO

    29, a counselor at the Houston Area Women’s Center and a freelance film reviewer, is from Macau.

    Fast Cities

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  • 17 /26

    Francisco hosts screenings in the backyard of the café/bar Brasil.

    Fast Cities

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  • 18 /26

    Francisco photographs Houston’s refineries for their unusual beauty (“So interesting, but they kick me out”).

    Fast Cities

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  • 19 /26

    Francisco refuels at one of the city’s many Vietnamese eateries.

    Fast Cities

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  • 20 /26
    | CESAR INSERNY

    33, an audio engineer, belongs to a band called the Watermarks.

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  • 21 /26

    Ironically, perhaps, Cesar cites the usually silent Rothko Chapel as a place that inspires his songwriting.

    Fast Cities

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  • 22 /26
    | JORDAN SMOTHERMON

    29, joined Teach for America after a stint in the Navy. He teaches fourth grade at Frost Elementary in south Houston.

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  • 23 /26

    In Jordan's downtime, one of his haunts is the eclectic Domy Books.

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  • 24 /26
    | JESS BRAND

    28, is the University of Houston’s social-media coordinator.

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  • 25 /26

    Jess seeks offline peace at the Houston Arboretum.

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    Then Jess feeds her own urban garden with grounds from Catalina Coffee.

    Fast Cities

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