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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The daily total, the third highest in the county's history, came as Texas confirmed a total of 8,076 new cases overall, a new high for the state. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Harris County coronavirus count: 1,437 new cases confirmed July 1 as Texas Medical Center pushes into ICU surge capacity

The daily total, the third highest in the county's history, came as Texas confirmed a total of 8,076 new cases overall, a new high for the state.

Clear Creek ISD administrators are finalizing reopening plans for the district's 42,000 students. (Screenshot courtesy Clear Creek ISD)
Clear Creek ISD updates: School day extended, masks mandated on buses for 2020-21 school year

The district plans to welcome students back to campuses Aug. 18, but students can also attend school online through the new Clear Connections platform.

The City of Galveston has decided to close all beaches for the 4th of July weekend. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)
Galveston closes beaches for Fourth of July weekend

The beaches will be closed from 5 a.m July 3 until 12:01 a.m. July 6. No cars will be allowed to park on Seawall Boulevard during this time.

Texas Medical Center entered Phase 2 surge levels as of July 1. (Courtesy Texas Medical Center)
Texas Medical Center enters Phase 2 of capacity plan as COVID-19 ICU use continues to rise

ICU occupancy at Texas Medical Center has entered Phase 2 surge levels.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announces a partnership between the city, Harris County and a team of nonprofits to address chronic homelessness at a July 1 press conference. (Screenshot courtesy Zoom)
Updated: Harris County, Houston commit $58 million to program that could "functionally end chronic homelessness" in the county

The funding will be used to rapidly increase access to housing for as many as 5,000 homeless individuals.

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Comptroller: Texas June sales tax revenue totaled $2.7 billion, down 6.5% from a year ago

The Texas comptroller's office has released June sales tax revenue figures.

Kemah's entire 12-person police department is in self-quarantine after an officer tested positive for COVID-19. (Courtesy Fotolia)
NEW: Entire 12-person Kemah police department possibly exposed to COVID-19

Officials said they found out June 30 that an officer was infected and immediately ordered tests for all Kemah police staff and City Hall employees who came in contact with the infected officer.

The report comes as Texas, like states across the country, puzzles through decisions on what the upcoming academic year will look like for students and staff. (Courtesy Pixabay)
Texas Education Agency: 1 in 10 students have disengaged during the pandemic

More than 600,000 Texas public school students didn't complete assignments or respond to outreach during the coronavirus pandemic.

The number of COVID-19 patients in general ward hospitals in Harris County hit a new high mark for the 10th straight day, while intensive care unit occupancy neared its previous high. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Harris County coronavirus count: 7-day average of new cases drops, but hospitalizations continue to rise

The number of COVID-19 patients in general ward hospitals in Harris County hit a new high mark for the 10th straight day, while intensive care unit occupancy neared its previous high from June 28.

While there are many unknowns regarding public education operations next year, one thing is for certain: Students will be required to take the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR test. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Students to be required to take STAAR test in 2020-21 school year

While there are many unknowns regarding public education operations next year, one thing is for certain: Students will be required to take the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR test.

There were 847 coronavirus cases in Galveston County at the beginning of June, but that number nearly tripled by the end of the month. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
CORONAVIRUS UPDATES: Galveston County case counts rose 288% in June

The number of coronavirus cases in Galveston County nearly tripled during June, according to the health department’s case count database.

The order requires anyone age 10 or older to wear face coverings while patronizing businesses that serve the public. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Harris County disaster declaration, mask order extended through Aug. 26

The order requires anyone age 10 or older to wear face coverings while patronizing businesses that serve the public.