Apply for Harris County small-business loan, see Rock the Row summer series and more: News from Houston area

Eligible businesses in Harris County may receive a grant of up to $25,000. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Eligible businesses in Harris County may receive a grant of up to $25,000. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Eligible businesses in Harris County may receive a grant of up to $25,000. (Courtesy Fotolia)

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

Harris County

Applications open soon for Harris County's $30 million small-business assistance program

Harris County Commissioners Court voted unanimously June 30 to approve the Harris County Small Business Recovery Fund, a $30 million grant program designated for struggling small businesses that have not yet obtained financial assistance from other COVID-19 relief programs, according to a press release.

The program is set to launch July 13 and will remain open until July 22. It is designed for businesses with 30 or fewer employees, officials said.

The Woodlands

Rock the Row announces summer show series

Starting July 9, Hughes Landing will resume its free concert series Rock The Row with shows running from 7-9 p.m.

Information from The Woodlands Township states those planning to attend should follow social distancing guidelines, refrain from gathering in large groups, and follow guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Waxing the City coming soon to Spring Stuebner Road

Waxing the City will soon be offering waxing services for men and women at its new location at 6630 Spring Stuebner Road, Ste. 510, Spring. According to co-owner Swati Desai, who runs the business with her cousin Neel, construction on the new location begins in August and a grand opening is slated for January 2021.


The Growth Coach business and sales training now serving Spring and The Woodlands

The newest franchise of the national business training company The Growth Coach opened for service in northwest Houston this month.

The Growth Coach of Spring, serving Spring, The Woodlands and surrounding communities, launched under franchisee Robert Osborne on July 1.

Blessings Assisted Living Home set to open soon

Blessings Assisted Living Home, a new assisted-living facility located at 29314 Brook Chase Drive, Spring, is planning its official opening in the near future.

Balanced Foods now open on Louetta Road near The Vintage

Balanced Foods opened a new location at 10300 Louetta Road, Ste. 126, Houston, on May 2. The healthy grab-and-go concept offers freshly prepared prepackaged snacks and meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner that cater to a variety of nutritional and dietary needs.

Contender eSports announces permanent closure on Spring Cypress Road

After less than one year in business, Contender eSports announced the permanent closure of its Spring location at 9702 Spring Cypress Road, Ste. 114, via Facebook on July 7.


Beauty Babes now open in downtown Montgomery

Beauty Babes opened June 1 at 305 Prairie St., Montgomery. The salon offers hair and makeup for special events, such as weddings, maternity photos, film and more. It also offers a small retail section in the store.

Sugar Land

Gyro Hut brings New York-style gyros to Sugar Land with second Houston-area restaurant

Gyro Hut opened its second Houston-area location May 5 at 1914 Wescott Ave., Ste. 150, Sugar Land.

The build-your-own-gyro restaurant offers chicken, lamb, shrimp, fish, falafel and chapli kabab served over rice, lettuce or in a pita, topped with vegetables and sauce.

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New to Montrose: Dining with flowers, a window into peanut butter, more space for dogs and a new ER

The wave of coronavirus cases has put a damper on new openings, but several businesses looking to open in the Montrose area are hoping the curve can be flattened soon. Here is a look at several additions we know about coming to the area.

Bay Area

Houston, League City police departments changing in wake of George Floyd’s death

League City police Chief Gary Ratliff said the department is going to continue de-escalation, use-of-force, race and bias training while recognizing there is room for improvement.

iTile opening July 10 in Webster

Family-run business iTile will open at Baybrook Gateway at the intersection of I-45 and Bay Area Boulevard in Webster on July 10. The business—which sells a variety of tile, natural stone, vinyl and more—leased 26,584 square feet at the shopping center.


Ground breaks on new Kiddie Academy off Cypresswood Drive

Ground was broken June 24 on a new location of the educational child care center Kiddie Academy coming soon to 13909 Mandolin Drive, Houston, near the Cypresswood Drive intersection. The center, which will be known as Kiddie Academy Cypresswood, will be run by Cami Dinh and Taun Le and is slated to open around early 2021.


4 Houston-area pastors take steps urging racial unity across region

As unrest and racial division across the nation were magnified earlier this summer, four pastors representing churches across the Greater Houston area led a gathering with a few hundred fellow church leaders June 15, together outlining practical steps faith leaders could take toward uniting Houston, said Jason Shepperd, the lead pastor of Church Project in The Woodlands.

Emler Swim School now offering interactive lessons online

Officials with Emler Swim School announced the launch of new interactive online swim curriculum this week called Emler@Home. Designed for children ages 6 months to 10 years, the initiative allows parents to help their children learn to swim alongside instructors from the swim school without ever having to enter an Emler school site, according to a press release.

Hannah Zedaker, Andy Li, Claire Shoop, Ben Thompson, Andrew Christman, Adriana Rezal, Danica Lloyd and Matt Dulin contributed to this report.



Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced a COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan for the state Nov. 23 for a vaccine he said could be available as soon as December. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Number of daily new COVID-19 cases in Galveston County up nearly 300% since late October

A total of 14,465 county residents have tested positive for the coronavirus since mid-March; of the total cases, 89% are considered to have recovered.A total of 14,465 county residents have tested positive for the coronavirus since mid-March; of the total cases, 89% are considered to have recovered.

Dozens of clinics throughout the county offer COVID-19 testing services. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)
COVID-19 testing locations remain open in Montgomery County and more local news

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Heading into Thanksgiving, Texas Medical Center continues to report uptick in hospitalizations

The total number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized at Texas Medical Center facilities has increased by more than 50% over two weeks.

The Harris County Justice Administration Department is working to release final reports and launch pilot programs in early 2021. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Harris County Justice Administration Department makes headway on countywide criminal justice studies

The department is working to release the final versions of several studies and launch pilot programs with local law enforcement groups in early 2021.

Adelaide's sells items from local brands whenever possible, such as kits from The Heights-based My Drink Bomb. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Adelaide's Boutique stores strive to be ‘first-stop’ shops for gifts

The Adelaide’s Boutique locations—14870 Space Center Blvd., Houston, and 6011 W. Main St., League City—are meant to serve as customers’ destinations for clothes, shoes, accessories, gifts and other boutique items, many of which are locally sourced.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced a COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan for the state Nov. 23 for a vaccine he said could be available as soon as December. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announces COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan

The vaccine could start being distributed "as early as next month," according to a Nov. 23 news release.

"Remember, we don't want to invite COVID-19 to the dinner table," Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said at a Nov. 23 press conference urging caution amid rising COVID-19 positivity rates. (Screenshot via ABC13)
Mayor Sylvester Turner urges caution heading into Thanksgiving holiday

Houston officials also said 333 health providers had been identified as future vaccine delivery sites.

With remote learning opportunities becoming increasingly prevalent, CCISD is reviewing its flexible learning options—such as Cyber Cafe and the Clear Connections program—and examining current TEA guidelines to determine if changes are needed to any of these programs and policies. (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)
Clear Creek ISD updates: District adding new 2021-22 secondary courses, improving educational experiences

Five new secondary courses will be offered next school year; some courses will replace those previously offered, and some will be new courses altogether.

New guidance from the Texas Education Agency allows districts to require virtual learners who are failing classes or who have three or more unexcused absences to return to school in person. (Courtesy Canva)
Clear Creek ISD imposes grades-based restrictions on virtual learning

Although the Texas Education Agency allows schools to use attendance as a reason for mandating in-person learning with some students, CCISD officials chose to only focus on those who are academically struggling.

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New report: Houston police oversight board lagging behind major Texas cities

The report suggested having no oversight board has a better effect on public trust than having a dysfunctional board.

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Q&A: Laura Colangelo discusses challenges facing private schools during pandemic

Colangelo said private schools have adapted to remote learning and other obstacles in 2020 despite less revenue and a 9% decline in enrollment statewide.