By Dawn Paul, Associate Editor
Great vibes, great food, and satisfying signature cocktails are just some of the perks that the Mosaic Bar & Lounge (Mosaic) brings to Houston’s professional “grown and sexy” crowd. Since 2011 when this establishment opened, it has been one of the hottest spots in the city, being a welcome addition to the booming Museum District. Seth Howard and Isreal C. Holmes are co-owners and business partners in this entertainment enterprise, and their hard work and like-minded business savvy proves that there is power in business partnerships.
When some may say that with the economy it is hard to create entrepreneurial success, Howard and Holmes prove the naysayers wrong. With great planning, a good work ethic, and a prime location, the Mosaic has proven itself as a major player on the entertainment scene. These proud Prairie View A&M University graduates with over 20 years of entrepreneurial experience have not only started a successful business, but they have kept it thriving. Howard says, “ I have been an entrepreneur since I was 11-years-old. My father owned his own law practice. He set the example of entrepreneurship for me. I was born and reared to own my own business.” Holmes always had that same drive and expresses, “I think I received the entrepreneur itch in college trying to pay for school. I have been an entrepreneur ever since. However, I definitely think it was in my DNA to be my own boss.”
Whether you are looking to book a birthday party, a nonprofit event, or whatever the special occasion, the Mosaic has you. When it comes to quality service for the clientele, Howard and Holmes leave no stone unturned. You can always expect first-class service at the Mosaic, because these business partners treat the client not only how they would want to be treated, but steps above. This is one of the reasons why the Mosaic stays booked and has been well-received and patronized by all ethnic groups.
Whether you need a relaxing spot to wind down after a long day at work or if you are looking to just get hang out with friends over the weekend, you should discover the uniqueness of the Mosaic. This great place with a stylish patio that is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Houston is just minutes away from the Medical Center. At the Mosaic you are guaranteed a fun and safe atmosphere with professional patrons, a refreshing ambiance, great music, food pleasing to the palate, and cool libations. Not only does the Mosaic stay busy as the “go to” for professionals, but it also brings star power. February 2nd – 5th the Mosaic welcomes Golden Globe Award Winner Taraji P. Henson as the host of their major event Super Bowl weekend. So if you haven’t already, come and discover the experience that the Mosaic has to offer.
Please talk about the importance of African-Americans owning our own businesses and supporting each other in business.
It is very important, because we need to own ourselves. There is power in ownership and entrepreneurship. Before the Tulsa Race Riot, “The Black Wall Street” in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was a prime example of African-Americans thriving when we own our own businesses and support other businesses in our community. Circulating dollars back in our community is what economic empowerment is all about. This successful Black economy does not have to be a thing of the past. Other ethnicities follow that model, and we should as well. Working together today, we can create that again.
Talk about where the Mosaic was in the beginning and where it is now as a well-known establishment.
The Mosaic has grown and evolved, keeping up with the neighborhood around it. From being a place that was fun to socialize at, this is now a venue where all ethnicities can enjoy great entertainment and network as well. We host community, corporate, nonprofits, and other events. It is important for the Mosaic to be a place where any group can come and connect. We look forward to offering our clientele more as we continue to move forward.
What are rules you live by that keep you successful in business?
You have to surround yourself with the right people. This cannot be stressed enough. Who you surround yourself with matters. Another piece of advice is always listen to the customer. This is a number one rule when it comes to business. If you don’t have customers, then you don’t have a business.
How are you paying it forward to next generation of African-American business owners?
It is our duty to leave a legacy that the next generation will want to follow. It is imperative that we put in the necessary sweat equity and stress hours so when the next generation follows, they have a template to continue to succeed and go beyond what we have built.
What advice do you have for aspiring entrepreneurs?
Being an entrepreneur is very demanding, but you control your own destiny if you put in the necessary work. You just cannot give up. With faith, you can take a simple thought and bring it into fruition. You should always be about elevation and never get comfortable in business. Step out and take a risk in order to create success. If there is high-risk, there is high-reward. If there is low-risk, there is low-reward. Ignore the naysayers and the distractions. Keep your eye on the prize. If your goals give you goose bumps, then look at that as confirmation from God. Success is yours for the taking. Go out and seize the moment.
Though they are definitely driven in the area of business, they are also passionate about the community that they serve, giving back through this business. Active members of this community, these business partners have community initiatives that they participate in throughout the year. They host an annual event, the Jones Leadership High School Drive to assist college-bound students. Also, they have a partnership with their alma mater Prairie View A&M University to provide funds for college students.
Howard and Holmes have created greatness working together, and their example of business leadership is something that does not go unnoticed. This establishment has remained profitable and frequented because these men of business are not award-driven, but customer-driven. The Mosaic is located at 5927 Almeda Road, Houston, TX 77004. If you are looking for a venue to book your party or special event, the Mosaic is your place. You do not want to miss Super Bowl weekend at the Mosaic Bar & Lounge for the largest luxury tent party hosted by Taraji P. Henson and sponsored by GUCCI. For tickets, please visit www.mosaicbarandlounge.com or moosaicsuperbowl2k17.eventbrite.com