Pamela Parker founded Krispen, an upscale home furnishings store in 1986. The Krispen concept of traditional furniture accented with an eclectic mix of carefully chosen accessories has been a trademark of this River Oaks area shop since the beginning.
After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in accounting, Pamela worked for a Fortune 500 company for some years and eventually established her own accounting firm. The next ten years she served her clients' accounting needs and took annual sabbaticals to Europe where her keen interest in the decorative arts took hold. In time, she decided to make her passion her work and changed careers. Pamela closed her firm and found new accountants for her long time clients. She then moved to Paris for six months and trained as a chef de cuisine at the Cordon Bleu. The formal education in fine food and wine was augmented by excursions throughout France and Italy on personal shopping expeditions.
This trajectory led her in 1986 to start Krispen in a small rented space on Westheimer Road. She named the business after her beautiful, silver buff cocker spaniel. The little shop met with exceptional success almost immediately due to the unexpected and exciting mix she presented to her clients. Within a year, she was asked by the Galleria to open a boutique in the Galleria II. Once again, the shop was successful on every level. Pamela conceived, designed and directed six different locations of the store in as many years, allowing Krispen to become a unique and surprising destination in the Galleria.
At it's peak in the mall Krispen occupied the former Frost Brothers department store location. The two-story, 30,000 square foot space was the ultimate in chic with high ceilings, black walls and gleaming fixtures once filled with top quality goods from Gucci and Cartier. At this point in the evolution of Krispen, many international visitors shopping in the mall and staying in the Galleria hotels became loyal fans.
In 1993 she purchased the Danvers Eason Insurance building at 3723 Westheimer Road. The 8000 square foot location was quickly and efficiently converted to accommodate the now firmly established store. Krispen is a sophisticated yet inviting backdrop for the ever changing mix of French, Italian, English traditional furnishings and treasures from every major accessory market in the country. Over the years Pamela has developed sources for home furnishings of the finest caliber in the US and abroad. Her ability to select, display and design entire looks has appealed to customers in the Houston area as well as long term clients on the east and west coasts, in the Middle East and Latin America.