ROUNDUP: Memorial Day business updates from the Houston area

Souq International Markets will open its new Katy-area location soon. (Susan Rovegno/Community Impact Newspaper)
Souq International Markets will open its new Katy-area location soon. (Susan Rovegno/Community Impact Newspaper)

Souq International Markets will open its new Katy-area location soon. (Susan Rovegno/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read some of the latest business news from the Greater Houston area on Community Impact Newspaper’s website.

Souq International Markets to open new Katy-area store late May or June

The grocery store will sell Chinese, Middle Eastern, Hispanic and American foods.

Howard Hughes announces businesses reopening in The Woodlands and Bridgeland

The Howard Hughes Corp. announced in a statement that shops and restaurants at its properties in The Woodlands area have reopened.



League City business coach predicts unstable days ahead for independent gyms

Area gym owners are facing an uphill battle as they attempt to make up the lost profits from being forced to temporarily close, a local business coach said.

Millennium Physicians opens new oncology department at Memorial Hermann Cypress facility

Dr. Urmeel Patel began seeing patients earlier this year at Millennium Physicians’ new oncology office.

Airrosti Rehab Centers now treating patients in new Missouri City location

Airrosti Rehab Centers-Sienna Plantation, which opened May 1, is offering both telehealth and in-person services during the coronavirus pandemic.

Longtime Houston restaurant Bayou City Seafood and Pasta opens for dine-in service at new building

The Cajun-style restaurant opened at its new building on Richmond Avenue after operating at its previous location in the same area for 30 years.

Dosey Doe Big Barn set for June reopening

Live music will return to The Woodlands at Dosey Doe’s Big Barn venue June 4 with social distancing and sanitation guidelines in place.

Conroe, Montgomery businesses strategize safe reopening amid outbreak

Although Gov. Greg Abbott allowed businesses to gradually reopen throughout May, small businesses in the Lake Conroe area are still struggling.

Business is buzzing as local honey providers see customers buy in bulk

Local honey providers in the north Houston area said they have seen an increase in customers buying in bulk despite complications from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. One business owner attributed the trend to honey’s perceived health benefits as allergy season hits the area.

Jen Para, Andrew Christman, Colleen Ferguson, Danica Smithwick, Claire Shoop, Anna Lotz, Matt Dulin, Ben Thompson, Andy Li, Dylan Sherman and Adriana Rezal contributed to this report.


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ERCOT board developing new emergency response measures, managing financial fallout from winter storm

An emergency meeting of an ERCOT advisory committee made up of independent advisers was convened March 5 after the resignations of several board and of ERCOT CEO Bill Magness. 

Here are the coronavirus data updates to know ahead of spring break in Galveston County. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Number of active COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations in Galveston County down 57% in 1 month

While the area seems to have moved past a case surge earlier in 2021, counts are gradually rising ahead of spring break.

Cars wait their turn for a vaccine dose at the Texas Motor Speedway on Feb. 2. The hub was hosted by Denton County Public Health. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
Q&A: Texas doctor discusses first 3 months of vaccine distribution process

Texas is in its 12th week of statewide vaccine distribution, and an expansion of eligibility for vaccination could come later this spring.

The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is the sole provider of blood and blood components 24/7 to more than 170 hospitals and health care facilities in the 26-county Texas Gulf Coast region. (Courtesy Sanford Myers and American Red Cross)
2 weeks after winter storm, Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center still sitting at 1-day blood supply

The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is the sole provider of blood and blood components 24/7 to more than 170 hospitals and health care facilities in the 26-county Texas Gulf Coast region.

Texas Huddle Grille and Sports Bar opened in January at 803 E. NASA Parkway, Webster. (Courtesy city of Webster)
Texas Huddle Grille and Sports Bar now open in Webster

Texas Huddle Grille and Sports Bar opened in January at 803 E. NASA Parkway, Webster.

For a third consecutive semester, Texas public school districts will not be penalized financially due to declining enrollment and attendance as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, due to an extension of the hold-harmless guarantee, state leaders announced March 4. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas leaders ensure financial stability for public school districts through spring semester with hold-harmless extension

The guarantee also ensures that Texas school systems can retain their teachers for the 2020-21 school year for whom they originally budgeted.

Mayor Turner signing Executive Order
Houston becomes first in Texas to set participation goals for LGBTQ-certified businesses in city contracts

“Until today, LGBTQ entrepreneurs couldn’t always bring their full selves to the table for fear of outing themselves and losing business, clients or their livelihoods,” said Tammi Wallace, Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce CEO. “This change means the city is saying, ‘We value you.’”

Eggcellence Cafe and Bakery opened in Webster in February. (Courtesy city of Webster)
Eggcellence Cafe & Bakery now open in Webster

Eggcellence Cafe & Bakery opened its eighth location in early February at 20971 Gulf Freeway, Webster.

This month, the Greater Houston area will mark the anniversaries of its first confirmed COVID-19 cases as well as the first deaths attributed to the pandemic. (Courtesy Pexels)
Share your story: Have you lost anyone to COVID-19?

This month, the Greater Houston area will mark the anniversaries of its first confirmed COVID-19 cases as well as the first deaths attributed to the pandemic.