Museum scales back reopening, bar owners react to second shutdown and more: Houston-area business, community news

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller recently backed a movement calling for the reopening of winery and distillery tasting rooms and brewery and brewpub taprooms. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller recently backed a movement calling for the reopening of winery and distillery tasting rooms and brewery and brewpub taprooms. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller recently backed a movement calling for the reopening of winery and distillery tasting rooms and brewery and brewpub taprooms. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

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Houston metro

Texas agriculture commissioner joins voices calling for reopening of tasting rooms, taprooms

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller said he has written a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott calling for lenience in a recent order shutting down bars, particularly for establishments he said are important to farming business in the state.

'Refinancing isn't free:' How to navigate refinancing a mortgage

When interest rates are low, homeowners may look to save money by refinancing, which means getting a new mortgage with a better term or interest rate to lower payments.

Walmart to bring drive-in movies to 160 stores nationwide in August, launch virtual summer camp

In communities across the nation, Walmart Supercenter parking lots will be transformed into contact-free, drive-in movie theaters beginning in August, and families can also enjoy a virtual summer camp experience Walmart is launching July 8, according to a July 1 release from the company.

The Woodlands

The Woodlands Children's Museum dials back reopening in light of rising regional COVID-19 cases

Less than a month after it reopened for limited public hours, The Woodlands Children's Museum has returned to being closed for most in-person activities, museum officials announced July 4.

The Woodlands businesses react to reduced capacities, closures

Just weeks after being able to reopen, Gov. Greg Abbott announced bars would be closing and restaurant capacities reduced back to 50% instead of 75% on June 29 in an effort to contain coronavirus cases across the state.

The Woodlands Township closes Harper's Landing Pool due to staffing challenges

The Woodlands Township announced the closure of Harper's Landing Pool on July 1.


Annual Tomball Night, Parade of Lights canceled due to health concerns

The Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce announced via Facebook July 6 that its annual Tomball Night and Parade of Lights would be canceled this year due to health and safety concerns.


Apara Autism Center opens in Katy area

The health care business has a location in Sugar Land and provides applied behavior analysis through one-on-one therapy for children on the autism spectrum.

CBD American Shaman opens in Katy area

CBD American Shaman at Park Row opened June 19.


Langham Creek YMCA completes renovation of outdoor pavilion, gym, child watch area

Officials with the Langham Creek Family YMCA in Cypress announced the completion of a number of renovations July 2, including renovations of the indoor gym, outdoor pavilion and child watch area.

Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood

Q&A: Ashworth Design & Remodeling weighs in on pandemic's effect on business

Bruce Sommers has been remodeling homes since 1983. He opened Ashworth Design & Remodeling LLC in 2011.


Dynamo Dash Youth soccer to be offered at Broussard Park this fall

Dynamo Dash Youth has expanded into Tomball, now offering a fall soccer program at Broussard Park, according to a June 28 news release.


Gov. Abbott’s second round of bar closures a ‘gut punch’ for Spring, Klein bar owners

After just five weeks of getting back to business following statewide closures due to the coronavirus pandemic, Texas bars like Two Mules Tavern and The Jailhouse Saloon in the Spring and Klein area were hit with an unexpected second shutdown June 26.South Houston

Sugar Land-Missouri City

Missouri City farmers market celebrates 1 year of serving the community

Farmers Market Partners-Missouri City celebrated its one-year anniversary June 27.

Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center plans July 7 reopening with minds-on, not hands-on, activities

The Fort Bend Children's Discovery Center, located at 198 Kempner St., Sugar Land, reopened July 7 after being temporarily closed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Bay Area

Q&A: Christian Brothers Automotive CEO talks commercial real estate, essential business operations amid pandemic

Josh Barker, the CEO of Christian Brothers Automotive, spoke with Community Impact Newspaper about how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted business and provided insights on the potentially altered future of commercial real estate.

The Woodhouse Day Spa opens Baybrook Mall location

The Woodhouse Day Spa opened its newest location at Baybrook Mall on June 17.


Yummy Pho & Bo Ne Pearland pushes back early July grand opening

The grand opening had originally been planned for July 6 but has been postponed due to COVID-19.

Goldfish Swim School of Sugar Land to begin lessons July 7 with coronavirus safety measures

The business offers indoor swim classes and programs to teach children ages 4 months through 12 years old how to be safe in and around the water.

Heights-River Oaks-Montrose

Houston ISD will restrict facility access, limit curbside meal program July 3-19

Citing public health guidance and the rapid increase in local COVID-19 cases, Houston ISD will begin restricting access to all district facilities July 3-19.

Vanessa Holt, Shawn Arrajj, Dylan Sherman, Jen Para, Claire Shoop, Kelly Schafler, Anna Lotz, Colleen Ferguson, Haley Morrison, Adriana Rezal, Andrew Christman, Matt Dulin, Nola Valente and Ben Thompson contributed to this report.



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Houston creates new system for low-income residents to address late court fees

The system was among the recommendations made by the mayor's police reform task force in their report.

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Shogun Japanese Grill and Sushi Bar opens in Spring and more Houston-area news

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

An election official directs a car to a spot at the Humble Civic Center's drive-thru voting location. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas Supreme Court rules Harris County drive-thru, curbside voting can continue

More than 98,000 ballots cast at drive-thru polling sites across Harris County will be counted in the Nov. 3 election.

College of the Mainland in early 2020 converted a Methodist church at 1411 W. Main St. into an educational facility to replace the former League City location, which the college outgrew. (Courtesy College of the Mainland)
IMPACTS ROUNDUP: Floor & Decor coming soon to Webster and more

Here is a roundup of local business news in Clear Lake and League City

An election official directs a car to a spot at the Humble Civic Center's drive-thru voting location. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
Drive-thru voting in Harris County becomes popular and more top Houston-area news

Read top stories from the past week from the Houston area.

Up to 40,000 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas members could be impacted if a contract agreement cannot be reached. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
CHI St. Luke's Hospital faces potential contract termination with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas at multiple Houston, Southeast Texas locations

If an agreement cannot be reached, up to 40,000 Houstonians could find their local hospital is out of network for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas.

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State of the city: Mayor Sylvester Turner warns Houston’s recovery could be slow, inequitable

The mayor touted the city's resilience but said that recovery from the coronavirus recession is starting to leave vulnerable communities behind.

Lane Graham at Hall Elementary shows off the observer he made in engineering lab. (Courtesy Clear Creek ISD)
Clear Creek ISD ignites students’ STEM passions virtually, in person through enhanced science programs

Liaisons for the Science Magnet and Elementary-STEM programs said the experiences young learners gain through enriched STEM education are critical in maintaining their social and emotional health amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo speaks during BayTran's 21st Annual State of the Counties. (Courtesy BayTran)
Area county judges reflect on COVID-19 during BayTran State of the Counties

Though the event was held virtually this year, county leaders had a lot to say during the 21st Annual State of the Counties for the Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership.

Oct. 23 is the last day Texas voters can apply for a vote-by-mail ballot. (Courtesy Pexels)
Tackling Texas' vote-by-mail system: Applying, delivering, tracking your ballot

Oct. 23 is the last day Texas voters can apply for a vote-by-mail ballot.

Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at Juergen's Hall Community Center in Cy-Fair. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Harris County’s early-voting turnout up 23% over same time frame in 2016 general election

The five busiest polling locations in Harris County have averaged more than 1,700 in-person voters daily thus far during early voting.

Houston City Council passed a tax rate Oct. 21 of $0.56184 per $100 valuation for fiscal year 2020-21, a 1.07% reduction from the previous year’s tax rate of $0.56792 per $100 valuation. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Houston approves lower tax rate for fiscal year 2020-21 amid calls for further reductions

The rate may still result in an increase for some taxpayers with the average homestead property value rising about 4%.