Community invited to grand reopening festivities with raffle prizes, food, wine and champagne
Ten months after losing everything to floodwaters, Mark Gray, D.D.S., Cosmetic and Family Dentistry is finally returning home – and they’re celebrating with grand reopening festivities 5-8 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at 1127 Eldridge Parkway.
“It’s pretty amazing we get to celebrate this,” says Jessica Cortez, office manager for Mark Gray, D.D.S. Cosmetic and Family Dentistry. “We’re celebrating that we survived and that we were able continue to provide for our patients even as we lost our home.”
The festivities, explains Jessica, are a way to thank the community and the dentistry’s loyal patients for their support.
They’re featuring food from another Plaza on the Parkways survivor, Amici Wine Bistro, plus wine, champagne, special offers and raffle prizes like a weekend getaway complete with the use of a Jaguar donated by Range Rover of Houston, Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar dinner for two and an overnight stay at the upscale, boutique Hotel Granducu.
Special offers available during the event include $500 towards Invisalign® Treatment, $50 towards a future dental visit and $175 for Zoom Whitening.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, more than two feet of water swamped the dental practice, leaving Dr. Mark Gray, Dr. Marlayne Newman and their team with nothing to salvage. Well, almost nothing that is.
“The only thing we could save were our licenses, because they were hanging up high,” says Cortez with a chuckle.
And like other retail neighbors in their plaza on Eldridge, they did not have flood insurance. Few expected the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to release a torrent of floodwater.
Remarkably, Drs. Gray and Newman were able to keep going without disrupting patients’ care or their team’s livelihoods. Dr. Gray found another dentist office willing to help. The Town and Country Way office opened up enough chairs for Drs. Gray and Newman to continue providing patient services until they could rebuild.
Few could find a silver lining to losing everything without flood insurance. But when “We will shine again” has been your office motto for the past 10 months, good things just might come out of devastating events.
The rebuilt office now sports an upbeat interior with bright colors, engaging architectural touches and, of course, the latest dentistry equipment, including intraoral cameras, digital X-rays, soft tissue lasers, 3D technology and more. Patients can kick back in massage chairs and listen via headphones to CDs, television or DVDs while Dr. Gray’s team treats their teeth.
The grand reopening festivities on June 21 will also serve notice that many tenants of Plazas on the Parkway have been open for post-Harvey business. Amici Wine Bistro, Beans Café Coffeehouse, Houston Barbecue Company, Josephine’s Day Spa, Cigar Towne and the UPS Store are some. The retail center celebrated its rebirth from Harvey-related flooding with a party in early March.
“It’s great to finally move back home,” Cortez says. “We are extremely excited about what the future holds for our patients and our community.”
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