BEST OF 2017: This year's most-read business, dining profiles in Tomball, Magnolia

Carolineu2019s Kitchen offers chicken, cream cheese and jalapeno tamales, which include dough made from masa, or corn flour.

Carolineu2019s Kitchen offers chicken, cream cheese and jalapeno tamales, which include dough made from masa, or corn flour.

As 2017 comes to a close, consider visiting these 10 local businesses Community Impact Newspaper profiled this year that garnered the largest number of web page views from January to December.



1. Caroline's Kitchen
After finding success at the Tomball Farmers Market, owners Caroline and Chad Cobell opened Caroline’s Kitchen on the city’s Main Street in early February.
Published March 29






2. Che Gaucho
Che Gaucho, which offers hard-to-find Argentine cuisine in Tomball, gets its name from Argentine cowboys who were partly responsible for the independence of Argentina in 1810, owner and manager Diego Copa said.
Published Dec. 2





3. Crawfish Shack
Mudbug lovers in Magnolia have a larger space to enjoy a traditional seafood boil.
Published Feb. 2






4. Tune Up: The Manly Salon
After years of working in the restaurant and real estate industries, Candice Milton said she envisioned her next business venture as a salon that would be a welcoming place for men who were tired of visiting national haircut chains.
Published Feb. 29, 2016






5. Tomball Bowl
Tomball’s only bowling alley may look unchanged from the outside to area residents; however, its interior has changed significantly since it first opened.
Published May 1






6. Extraordinary Education
After choosing to homeschool two of her four children, Elise Eaton founded Extraordinary Education in 2006 in Magnolia. Eaton said because few resources existed for homeschool families in Northwest Houston at the time, she started the learning center to provide social and academic opportunities for students.
Published March 29






7. Mercy House Global Market
After a trip to Nairobi, Kenya, in 2010 to learn about poverty in the slums, Kristen Welch founded Mercy House Global, a nonprofit organization supporting impoverished women around the world. Mercy House Global Market, located on FM 1488 in Magnolia, opened in fall 2016 as an extension of the organization.
Published July 3






8. Junkin Gypsies Tomball
After nearly 17 years working as a flight attendant, Brooke Manning traded the skies for pallet art supplies. Manning opened Junkin Gypsies Tomball—a Pinterest paint and project workshop—in September 2016 as a franchise of the original Junkin Gypsies in Nederland.
Published Dec. 2






9. Brautigams Bar N Grill
With a location tucked away on Market Street, co-owners Michael and Dana Kelly decided to create a new dining concept near the Tomball Historic Depot Plaza to help attract more customers to the area.
Published Feb. 3, 2016





10. Smitty's Meat Market and Smokehouse
Although neighborhood meat markets are quickly becoming a thing of the past, Smitty’s Meat Market and Smokehouse in Tomball is working to revive the tradition by preparing its offerings to the exact specifications of customers.
Published Dec. 2, 2014


By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball/Magnolia & Conroe/Montgomery

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor for the Tomball/Magnolia edition. She began covering the communities of Conroe and Montgomery as well in 2020. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.