Every month, Community Impact Newspaper introduces readers to local business owners, showcasing the people and services that are homegrown in Pearland and Friendswood.
“I like the fact that every day is something different. Sometimes I do inventory, some days I do bookkeeping, some days I teach classes, some days I clean shop,” owner Holly Gardner said.
Dr. Bobby Stevener opened Pearland Animal Hospital in 1968. Today, owner Kristofer Schoeffler keeps the legacy going. “I love the culture—it’s a small-town feel. And a very family feel. Our staff love working here,” Schoeffler said.
Misti Bohnert turned a Friendswood home into a business selling clothing, accessories and home goods for women and children.
Art & Kustom Kreations is perhaps best known for its work on the Pearland mural at the Sugared Pear Boutique, but the business is focused on teaching and supporting art, owner Kelly Kronfield said.
Caitlin Farias and Hannah Watson opened Luxie Plum in 2017 after establishing themselves at trade shows. The two bring different styles to their lineup of clothing, jewelry, accessories and gift items.
Since first opening the business out of her own home in 2013, owner Jennifer McDougald has cultivated relationships with local vendors, and she has helped many of them grow by using her sales and marketing experience, she said.
Loren and Jenny Stevenson, a husband-wife, owner-instructor duo, opened Mambo2Fitness in August 2014. “I just want to make people feel comfortable and welcome when they come in,” Jenny said. “To me, the community is key, and building that is what empowers both me and the students.”
ZERO Training Center, which opened in June 2015, is based around personalized training, with a select number of clients per hour.
Owner Serge Gregoire earned his doctorate in nutrition and was a fellow at Harvard Medical School before opening Mind and Body Solutions in Friendswood.
“I want this to be a place where kids can come and feel welcomed, where they can be themselves and touch the toys,” said Norma Guerra-Martinez, who has run the store for three years.
Greg and Earlene Landwehr have found success by focusing on high-quality furniture. They first opened the store in 2004 but moved to Friendswood in 2010.