Bay Area business and dining features of 2018


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.

Kennedy Dance Theatre: Owner hopes studio gives lessons in more than just dance

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.

Red River Bar-B-Que & Grill: Brothers serve up Southern flavors at different restaurants

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.

Glass Mermaids: Water lover shares passion of nautical novelties

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.

Chasin’ Tails Sports Bar and Cajun Cuisine: Owners use secret family flavors

Ken and Geri Wadsworth incorporate their heritage into the restaurant. Several recipes they serve have been passed down through their family for generations.

Reed Doors and Windows: Remodeling business a Webster mainstay for almost 30 years

Tom Reed attributes customer service and consistency to his nearly 30 years of success. His business helps customers create beautiful custom doors.

Red Oak Cafe: Breakfast and lunch nook honors owner’s lost son, spreads positivity

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.

Butler’s Courtyard: Sisters carry on family legacy at historic wedding venue

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’s Seafood and Oyster Bar: Seafood restaurant gives back to Galveston Bay

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.

Brave Boutique: Store owner ‘glorifies God’ by giving back to area charities

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.

Marinas Mexican Restaurant & Bar: Longtime friends use eatery to help others form relationships

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.

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Jake Magee
Jake Magee has been a print journalist for a few years, covering topics such as city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be an editor with Community Impact. In his free time, Magee enjoys playing video games, jamming on the drums and bass, longboarding and petting his cat.
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