Kalahari opens in Round Rock and more Central Texas news

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions owner Todd Nelson (center) cuts the ribbon for the new Round Rock resort Nov. 12. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Kalahari Resorts & Conventions owner Todd Nelson (center) cuts the ribbon for the new Round Rock resort Nov. 12. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions owner Todd Nelson (center) cuts the ribbon for the new Round Rock resort Nov. 12. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read the latest business and community news from Central Texas.

Round Rock-Pflugerville-Hutto

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions kicks off opening weekend Nov. 12

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions celebrated its official opening Nov. 12 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and the welcoming of its first guests.

New gas station and convenience store coming to SH 130 and East Pecan near Courtyard by Marriott in Pflugerville



Courtyard by Marriott and Community Impact Newspaper in Pflugerville will have a new neighbor in 2021. A convenience store and gas station will be built on property at East Pecan on Impact Way, near SH 130.

San Marcos-Buda-Kyle

Lionheart Hobby to bring lifelong love of board games to Kyle

Lionheart Hobby, 5500 FM 2770, Ste. 103, Kyle, is planning a Nov. 27 opening. Owner Danielle Adams said Lionheart Hobby is a game and hobby store that sells tabletop games, plastic model kits, tools and accessories.

Putt Pub sets the stage for adult mini golf in San Marcos

Putt Pub, a combination mini golf course and bar, opened Oct. 25 at 307 S. LBJ Drive, San Marcos. It features two full bars, an 18-hole mini golf course with various obstacles, indoor and outdoor seating, and "good vibes," according to owner Reilly Hursley.

Central Austin

Hyde Park gets a new men's clothing store, plus more business news from north Central Austin

The following businesses have recently opened in North Central Austin.

New Braunfels

New Braunfels to host virtual tree lighting, socially distanced pictures with Santa

The annual tree lighting ceremony held in downtown New Braunfels will be shifted to a virtual format this year to begin the holiday season in a socially distanced manner.

Ali Linan, Joe Warner, Brian Rash, Olivia Aldridge and Lauren Canterberry contributed to this report.



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Snow covers I-45 in Houston during a winter storm that hit Texas the night of Feb. 14. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Legislators probe energy officials over power failures, lack of preparation heading into winter storm

The Texas Legislature held hearings Feb. 25 with energy companies including Oncor Electric Delivery and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas in response to last week’s historic winter storm, which left millions of Texans without electricity for days.

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic. (Courtesy Qygen, Wikimedia Commons)
Fry's Electronics calls it quits after nearly 36 years in business

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic.

A lone runner jogs on a snow-covered road in Austin. Transportation projects across the city were briefly paused due to Winter Storm Uri. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
ERCOT: Texas power system was less than 5 minutes from collapse during winter storm

ERCOT's CEO offered details into what led to the massive blackouts that left millions of Texans in the cold last week.

cars on snowy road
Texas Disaster Declaration opens door to federal aid for losses sustained during winter storms

Individuals and businesses who sustained losses during the winter storm are eligible for federal assistance, according to a Texas Disaster Declaration approved

ERCOT president and chief executive Bill Magness (left) was joined by the electric grid manager's senior director of system operations Dan Woodfin on Feb. 19 for a briefing on the company's emergency operations. (Screenshot via ERCOT livestream)
ERCOT chief: 'We are completely back to normal operations' as of Feb. 19

Officials with the Texas electric grid manager also said they are preparing for state and federal reviews of this week's power outages.

H-E-B stores across Texas have limited store hours and placed purchase limits on some high-demand products due to ongoing severe winter weather, H-E-B officials announced Feb. 19. (Courtesy H-E-B)
H-E-B, Central Market limit store hours, product purchases due to severe winter weather

H-E-B stores across Texas have limited store hours and placed purchase limits on some high-demand products due to ongoing severe winter weather, H-E-B officials announced Feb. 19.

Gov. Greg Abbott provided updates on the state's emergency response efforts during a Feb. 18 press conference. (Screenshot of April 17 press conference)
Gov. Greg Abbott: Power restored to nearly 2M homes in past day; statewide aid efforts continuing

While power generation has been restored to serve most Texas residents, Abbott said state agencies remain focused on water and food distribution Feb. 18.

Although tens of thousands of megawatts remain off the statewide power grid Feb. 17, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said relief is on the way for many Texans within the next 24 hours. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gov. Abbott: Power restoration on the way for 1M households in next 24 hours

Although tens of thousands of megawatts remain off the statewide power grid Feb. 17, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said relief is on the way for many Texans within the next 24 hours.

Severe winter weather conditions led to outages throughout the Texas electric system this week. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
'Something that you could have planned for': How isolated Texas power grid, winter weather left millions without electricity

As of Feb. 17, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas said it was still working to restore electric service to customers throughout the state.

An Austin Fire Department truck drives down Manor Road on Feb. 15. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texans urged to use caution as carbon monoxide cases increase during power outages

Carbon monoxide poisoning calls have increased as people look for ways to stay warm without power and heat.

Many in Texas are battling power outages amid frigid temperatures. (Courtesy Rico Daniels)
Gov. Greg Abbott calls for investigation of ERCOT, Texas' electric reliability council

As of 1:20 p.m., over 4 million customers were out of power, according to ERCOT.

graph showing power demand out pacing grid capacity
Texas enters second day of blackouts

Although outages were initially intended to last for less than one hour, local grid operators are reporting longer outages.