Astronauts, guests may train at Space Center Houston and more area updates

Space Center Houston (Courtesy Space Center Houston)
Space Center Houston (Courtesy Space Center Houston)

Space Center Houston (Courtesy Space Center Houston)

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Bay Area

Space Center Houston planning expansion that would allow for astronaut training, guest experience

Despite the pandemic taking a toll on Space Center Houston's operations, staff is still thinking long term of new attractions for the museum, including an area where astronauts would train and guests would be able to go through the ringer themselves.


Spring Klein Sports Batting Cages relocates, rebrands as American Pastime Sports & Batting Cages

Spring Klein Sports Batting Cages relocated from 16666 Kleinwood Drive, Spring, and reopened as American Pastime Sports & Batting Cages at 4750 FM 2920, Ste. 505, Spring, on Oct. 1. The new facility features baseball and fastpitch softball batting cages, indoor and outdoor training amenities, a pro shop, and a full-service T-shirt and uniform shop.

Good Eatz food truck now open on Louetta Road in Spring

Good Eatz celebrated the grand opening of its new food stand at 5838 Louetta Road, Spring, on Oct. 2. The eatery specializes in wings, fish, boudin and burgers and can be booked to cater private events.

Why Write Tutoring now serving Spring, Klein and Cy-Fair students

Why Write Tutoring opened in August and is now serving students in the Spring, Klein and Cy-Fair areas. Owned by Kisha Thomas, author of "Why Write? An Anthology For Introductory Composition," the new business offers private tutoring services in reading, writing and editing for students in grades 6-12 and college, and in math for students in grades 6-8.

Funtastic Learning Toys to celebrate grand opening Oct. 12-16 in Spring

Funtastic Learning Toys, located at 12585 Bammel N. Houston Road, Ste. 103, Houston, will celebrate its grand opening with activities, special offers and giveaways Oct. 12-16. Dedicated to students with special needs, the veteran-owned business offers educational supplies for homeschooling, parent guides, teaching aids, Christian items, study materials, STEM activities and day care supplies.

Pet Supplies Plus now open on Champion Forest Drive

Pet Supplies Plus opened a new location at 18550 Champion Forest Drive, Spring, on Sept. 25. The independently owned and -operated full-size store offers grooming, self dog wash, live fish, live small pets, live crickets and a visiting pet care clinic.

The Woodlands

Sawyer Park Icehouse in The Woodlands begins renovations; anticipates January opening

Sawyer Park Icehouse has announced it will be taking the place of the space that used to occupy Papa's Icehouse, located at 314 Pruitt Road, Spring, when it opens Jan. 1.

Developments to watch: Top Sushi and ShareTea coming to Metropark Square

Marina Stingley, Sam Moon Group Marketing Manager, said tenants Top Sushi and ShareTea are anticipated to open at Metropark Square in late 2020 or early 2021.


After 2 canceled German festivals, Tomball awaits March 2021 festival

The Tomball German Festival is set to return to downtown Tomball on March 26-27.


Family-friendly paintball park stands test of time in Cypress

Many passionate paintball players will at some point think about running their own paintball park, said Kelly McNeill, who co-owns TXR Paintball on Grant Road in Cypress.

Bellaire-Meyerland-West University

Owner of Papa Ben’s Train Place maintains store now in its 20th year

There are not many stores left in Houston like Papa Ben’s Train Place.

Old and new customers patronize the store, including those from outside Houston; a customer even ordered from Australia in early September.

Sugar Land-Missouri City

IMPACT ROUNDUP: Restaurants Mirchi Peri Peri, Cabo Dogs open in Sugar Land, Missouri City

Mirchi Peri Peri and Cabo Dogs Lounge and Grill opened this August in Sugar Land and Missouri City. Read more about the restaurants here.

PHOTOS: Scenes from one of Fort Bend ISD's first football games of the 2020 season

Fort Bend ISD's varsity high school football teams played their first games of the 2020 football season Oct. 1-3.

Heights-River Oaks-Montrose

Chevron Houston Marathon will be a virtual run in 2021

The Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon will be virtual competitions in 2021, organizers for the Houston Marathon Committee announced Oct. 5, citing health concerns from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Levy Park resumes some in-person outdoor activities

For the first time since March, Levy Park is resuming some of its on-site scheduled activities.

The event schedule includes fitness classes provided by local gyms and studios, including The Preserve Gym, Define and Tiny Fitness. The Prelude Concert Series is also back on the schedule, as is Houston Museum of Natural Science programming.

Italian-crafted luxury midrise Giorgetti officially opens in Upper Kirby

Giorgetti, the Italian luxury furniture designer, has officially opened its eponymous midrise in Upper Kirby, according to an Oct. 5 news release.


Hidden Treasures Resale & Consignment coming soon to Montgomery

Owner Barbara Scannell said her shop, Hidden Treasures Resale & Consignment, is slated to open Oct. 12. The resale shop, located at 19380 Hwy. 105 W., Ste. 511, Montgomery, offers smaller furniture items—such as cabinets and tables—costume jewelry, lamps, recovered lampshades, small children's clothes and home decor.

Jake Magee, Shawn Arrajj, Andrew Christman, Anna Lotz, Matt Dulin, Hannah Zedaker, Hunter Marrow and Claire Shoop contributed to this report.



Eric Williams started as superintendent Jan. 18. (Courtesy of Clear Creek ISD)
Eric Williams concludes first week as Clear Creek ISD superintendent

Williams plans to spend his first months on the job discovering how the district can sustain and build on its quality of education.

One local health system leader said he expects everyone, including those under age 65, will have access to the vaccine within the next 90 days. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Houston-area health system leaders talk progress, hurdles during COVID-19

Officials from CHI St. Luke’s Health and UTMB Health said community members must remain vigilant as case counts climb but that they expect the current surge to peak by early February.

During a North Houston Association meeting Jan. 20, Jazz Hamilton—first vice president with the Retail Brokerage Services Group for CBRE—discussed how the future of retail will likely be shaped by the conveniences to which consumers have become accustomed amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Ronald Winters/Community Impact Newspaper)
Pandemic-induced retail conveniences are here to stay, official says

According to Jazz Hamilton, first vice president with the Retail Brokerage Services group for CBRE, between January and November of 2020, consumers spent almost $550 billion online—a 33% increase from 2019.

The estimated number of active COVID-19 cases in Harris County has surpassed 50,000, reaching 51,362 as of the most recent data Jan. 20, according to the Harris County Public Health Department. (Community Impact staff)
Harris County coronavirus count: Active cases top 50,000

See the latest trends on COVID-19 in Harris County.

More than 3,200 new COVID-19 cases have been reported in Galveston County since Jan. 6. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Galveston County adds 38 COVID-19 deaths in 2 weeks

Nearly 30% of the total county coronavirus cases are considered active as of Jan. 20.

The fried egg burger ($13) is an 8 oz. beef burger on a brioche bun topped with a fried egg, bacon, avocado, cheddar cheese and caramelized onions, served with fries.
J. Henry’s Draught House + Kitchen: Family-style eatery offers rotating craft beer selection with crowd-pleasing dishes

When Clear Lake residents visit J. Henry’s Draught House + Kitchen, they can find a beverage to their liking whether they are craft beer aficionados or novices.

19 businesses that opened in the Bay Area in 2020

Here are businesses that opened in the Bay Area in 2020.

In addition to vaccine hubs, there are also smaller community vaccine providers throughout Texas, such as pharmacies, that may also have the vaccine available. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)
EXPLAINED: When, where and how Texans can receive the COVID-19 vaccine

As Texas is still in the early stages of rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine, many Texans are still unsure about where, when and how they can get inoculated.

The barbecue eatery is the second Killen's Restaurant Group venture to launch in The Woodlands area. (Courtesy Killen's Barbecue)
Killen's Barbecue opens in The Woodlands and more Houston-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Houston area.

Mayor Turner and the honor guard.
Houston joins nationwide coronavirus memorial, lights landmarks

The memorial was planned as a component of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris' inauguration.

If the park becomes a hub, it would join two others currently established in the county: One is at the University of Texas Medical Branch hospital in Galveston, and the other hub is at the Galveston County Health District. The health district will offered the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to those 65 years of age and older by appointment only after receiving 1,000 additional doses; appointments were filled within hours. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)
League City's Walter Hall Park closed to become potential mass vaccination site

Two other vaccine hubs are currently established in Galveston County, neither of which are offering new vaccine appointments the week of Jan. 18.