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As a shopping district within the jurisdiction of the University Place Super Neighborhood Council, Rice Village has always been primarily a retail center, even since its beginning days in 1930. The 16 block area that now carries that Village designation includes only one apartment complex in its boundaries, appropriately named the Village Apartments.
The primary attraction in Rice Village, as mentioned above is shopping. It is the premier shopping area for much of the Houston area. Both department stores and specialty shops will be found among its offerings. All of these shops are located in the small compact area of a few blocks, which makes it an excellent destination for an all-day shopping escape. There are a dozen jewelry shops, a half-dozen art shops and galleries, several stores offering imported home décor items, The Gap, Eddie Bauer, Victoria Secret and several other well-known clothing stores are scattered throughout the village and, of course, specialty shops galore, everything from luggage to candles and camera shops.
Of course, all that shopping makes people hungry and thirsty. Dining and drinking establishments also thrive within this conglomeration of retail establishments. Almost any cuisine from the global community can be found in one or more eateries in the Village: Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Mexican, Turkish, Indian, French, Italian and Mediterranean. You can also find a variety of traditional North American restaurants and sandwich shops, as well.
Retail sales associates and management positions make up a large portion of the employment. Service and hospitality staff positions also provide employment in the area.
For those looking for a place of worship in Rice Village they may need to look towards the outskirts and beyond, into the Houston area or other surrounding communities.
First Christian Church is probably the closest worship facility for those living in Rice Village. It is affiliated with the Christian Church fellowship of churches, is located 1601 Sunset Boulevard, right next to Rice University. Its preschool is housed in one of the University buildings.
Memorial Church of Christ. Serving the Lord’s Supper each Sunday, Memorial Church of Christ, located at 900 Echo Lane, Houston, TX is one of the options available to residents in the Village.
For those of the Catholic faith , Annuciation Catholic Church in Houston, is a historic landmark, as well as a treasured place of worship.
With a staff number close to 1,000, the Clear Lake United Methodist Church draws an attendance of over 3,000 to its extensive campus from all across the Houston metro area, including Rice Village.
Diversity in age groups and culture can be found at St. Cuthbert Episcopal Church in Houston. The church also sponsors a preschool program throughout the week.
Students living in Rice Village are a part of the Houston Independent Schools public umbrella.
Elementary students are zoned to attend Poe Elementary School, which is located at 5100 Hazard Street, Houston, TX. The school provides an elementary fine arts magnet program for Houston. Its slogan says much about the offers: “Where everyone’s an artist.” This K-5 school also offers accelerated reading programs.
Sidney Lanier Middle School, was one of the first junior high schools in the Houston School District. It is the middle school zoned for the Rice Village area. The school houses a gifted student program, which is a natural fit for students coming from the corresponding program in the Poe Elementary School. All students attending the school are required to wear school uniforms, which add to the crisp new look of the recently renovated interior. The schools mascot is the cute and lovable Purple Puppy.
Lamar Senior High School is located at 3325 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX. Lamar is the zoned high school for students who are moving on from Lanier Middle School or who live in the Rice Valley neighborhood. Lamar proudly provides statistical reports on its educational progress over the last decade on its website. The statistics show a continual climb in educational excellence.
Students living in Rice Village would take the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) tests as part of the Houston Independent School District. The most recent statistics for the district as a whole meet or exceed state standards.
With limited options available for childcare directly within the Rice Village shopping district, in-home childcare is a welcome option for residents there. Concerns over safety and proper vetting of candidates can sometimes cause parents to hesitate when considering in-home care. That’s why we’re pleased to offer our private, in-home childcare provider services to Rice Village families in need of a caregiver. Our nannies are screened thoroughly for any criminal records and have proven track records of childcare success.