Every month, Community Impact Newspaper features a business and a restaurant in the Bay Area to profile the local establishments residents might not know are in their own backyards. Here are the businesses we wrote about in 2018.
Mary Lee Kennedy has owned several dance studios throughout her 45 years in the business. She tries to be as inclusive and welcoming as possible and pass those lessons onto her students.
Kevin and Ric Kiersh have been serving barbecue and other grilled foods for 16 years, and the brothers are about to open a Tex-Mex restaurant next door to Red River Bar-B-Que & Grill called Red River Cantina.
Owner Deb Sullivan has a true passion for water, especially mermaids, and her boutique captures that love. She even sells her own sea-inspired creations.
Ken and Geri Wadsworth incorporate their heritage into the restaurant. Several recipes they serve have been passed down through their family for generations.
Tom Reed attributes customer service and consistency to his nearly 30 years of success. His business helps customers create beautiful custom doors.
Owner Kim Oravetz’s son died tragically years ago, but his name lives on through her popular Red Oak Cafe, which serves pancakes with everything from bananas to Fruity Pebbles mixed into the batter.
Amber Murphy and Shawna Erminger carry on their parents’ business as the owners of the special-event venue. The building is a historical site of a former bank.
Tommy Tollett recycles over 100 tons of oyster shells a year to the Galveston Bay Foundation, providing homes for oysters in the bay. The move is one of several examples of Tollett’s passion for seafood.
Kendra Epperson uses her business to worship God, giving a portion of every sale back to a nonprofit of the customer’s choosing. Brave Boutique donates $6,000-$10,000 monthly.
Moises Granados and Brent Robinson do not let strangers stay that way for long. The two restaurant owners want Marinas to feel like a home and connect customers to one another.