Our favorite photos from the Houston metro area in 2018


We covered a lot of ground, from local businesses and restaurants to news, this year.

As 2018 comes to a close, we look back at some of our favorite photos from stories out of the Houston metro area.

Owner Vilma Lara holds shop dog Luna inside Renegade Classics of The Woodlands, located on I-45 North. (Abigail Loop/Community Impact Newspaper)

Renegade Classics of The Woodlands serves as gathering place for motorcycle enthusiasts

At just 20 years old, Vilma Lara took over operations of Renegade Classics of The Woodlands and became the youngest owner in the motorcycle franchise’s history. Read more.

The restaurant’s best-selling item is the Southern Belle, a chicken and waffle dish served with maple whipped cream. (Tessa Hoefle/Community Impact Newspaper)

Jupiter Pizza & Waffles Co. general manager gets creative with the menu

Embracing their reputation as unique restaurateurs, business partners and brothers-in-law Victor Litwinenko and Robert White opened Jupiter Pizza & Waffles Co. in Sugar Land Town Square on Aug. 1, 2013, serving hearty portions of comfort food with their own spin. Read more.

Neon signs, vintage motorcycles, pedal cars and outboard motors are on display at Rosehill Collection & Event Hall. (Anna Dembowski/Community Impact Newspaper)

Take a trip down memory lane at Rosehill Collection & Event Hall in Tomball

If walls could talk, Rosehill Collection & Event Hall would tell myriad stories. Instead, co-owner Duff Campbell said he lets visitors do the talking. Read more.

Holly Gardner owns and operates One Glance in Friendswood. The shop sells jewelry and supplies and offers classes. (Haley Morrison/Community Impact Newspaper)

One Glance jewelry store in Friendswood offers DIY classes, handmade wares

At first glance, One Glance seems like a high-end jewelry store. However, it also offers do-it-yourself options, including jewelry-making kits, beads and classes in addition to premade jewelry. Read more.

(Vanessa Holt/Community Impact Newspaper)

Repeated flooding spurs Harris County to discuss plans for $1 billion bond package in 2018

After three consecutive years of disastrous flooding in Harris County, officials headed into this year with a plan to secure funding for projects that could potentially bolster the region’s defenses against future catastrophic floods. Read more.

Lobster and Shrimp Mac-n-Cheese ($19): A three-blend macaroni and cheese dish mixed with lobster knuckle and grilled shrimp topped with toasted bread crumbs, chives and fresh Parmesan cheese is served with garlic bread. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Kitchen Tales Restaurant: Conroe eatery serves comfort food with modern flair

After managing a number of European-style restaurants for seven years, Kitchen Tales Restaurant owner Jerry Breton moved back to Conroe in October 2015 intending to open an eatery. Read more.

Big N’s offers authentic New Orleans crawfish for $5.50 a pound. (Rebecca Hennes/Community Impact Newspaper)

Big N’s BBQ and Crawfish in Katy offering authentic Cajun, barbecue fare

Chances are that on any typical sunny Saturday, Nathan Nalesnik, owner of Big N’s BBQ and Crawfish, can be found cooking crawfish and slicing brisket out of his permanently parked food truck off Katy-Hockley Cut Off Road. Read more.

Harris County Emergency Services District No. 9 opened a new fire station on Wortham Park Boulevard on April 28. (Chevall Price/Community Impact Newspaper)

Work wrapping up on new, replacement fire stations to service growing Cy-Fair area

The Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department sought to expand its presence in the Cy-Fair area with the opening of three new stations in spring and summer. Read more.

The Sweet Rest Cemetery in Tamina has served as the final resting place for former slaves, Native Americans, military veterans and law-enforcement officers since the 1870s. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)

Tamina community strives to salvage, restore submerged historic cemetery

Submerged beneath a foot of standing water, oil residue, overgrown shrubbery and buzzing with mosquitoes, Sweet Rest Cemetery is a nearly 150-year-old plot of land that serves as the final resting place for many of Tamina’s founders and some of the first settlers of Montgomery County. Read more.

(Haley Morrison/Community Impact Newspaper)

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

Tommy Tollett’s passion for seafood goes beyond taste; the owner of Tommy’s Seafood cares about seafood sustainability as well. Read more.

Xiao Hua “Joshua” Wu opened Wu’s Fine Violins on Lexington Boulevard in Sugar Land in 1999. (Renee Yan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Wu’s Fine Violins owner devotes decades to the craft of violin-making

Owner Xiao Hua “Joshua” Wu opened Wu’s Fine Violins in 1999—crafting, restoring, appraising, renting and selling stringed instruments from his shop in Sugar Land. Read more.

A number of food truck- and craft beer-associated eateries have opened in the last two years in Tomball and Magnolia as well as more than 40 locally owned restaurants. (Kara McIntyre/Community Impact Newspaper)

Rapid growth around Tomball, Magnolia causes rise in local restaurants, craft beer, food truck parks

Locally owned restaurants continue to flood the Tomball and Magnolia communities, drawing visitors from elsewhere in the Greater Houston area, community leaders and business owners said. Read more.

Woodlands Youth Rugby Club was founded in 2009 and offers touch and contact rugby programs for boys and girls in grades 1-12. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)

Woodlands Youth Rugby Club builds next generation of players

Over the past nine years, Woodlands Youth Rugby Club has grown to include more than 220 athletes, making it the largest youth rugby club in Texas, head coach and club Director Frank Rizzo said. Read more.

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