Space Center Houston reopens, some Ann Taylor and Loft locations may close: News from the metro

A flown Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX was put on display at Space Center Houston in March. (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)
A flown Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX was put on display at Space Center Houston in March. (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)

A flown Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX was put on display at Space Center Houston in March. (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read the latest Houston-area business and community news.

Bay Area

Space Center Houston reopens

Space Center Houston, located at 1601 E. NASA Parkway, Houston, reopened July 19 after being closed since mid-March.


Fort Bend Entrepreneur Initiative launches to provide free consulting services to small businesses

Fort Bend County reinforced its commitment to helping small businesses recover from the coronavirus pandemic at a July 23 press conference.

In addition to offering a COVID-19 small business assistance grant program, the county launched the Fort Bend Entrepreneur Initiative with consultants Carter & Carter to provide free one-on-one business coaching to small businesses, according to the conference.

Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood

ROUNDUP: 6 businesses now open, celebrating anniversaries in Lake Houston area

Several locally owned businesses have recently opened in or are celebrating milestones in the Lake Houston area.


ROUNDUP: 5 businesses that have recently closed or are closing in Spring, Klein

The following businesses have either recently closed or are planning to close soon in the Spring and Klein area.


ROUNDUP: 6 recently opened businesses to check out in Tomball, Magnolia

Here are six businesses that have recently opened in the Tomball and Magnolia area.


Some Ann Taylor, Loft locations close as parent company files for bankruptcy

Ascena Retail Group voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy July 23. Ann Taylor, Loft, Lane Bryant, Justice, Lou & Grey and Catherines are all Ascena brands. As a result of the bankruptcy, the business will close all Catherines locations; many Justice stores; and a few Ann Taylor, Loft, Lane Bryant and Lou & Grey stores nationwide, according to a press release from Ascena.

Dylan Sherman, Hannah Zedaker, Jen Para, Kelley Schafler, Jake Magee and Haley Morrison contributed to this report.



Imperio Wine & Spirits sells a variety of liquor, beer, wine and spirits. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Imperio Wine & Spirits opens in Katy; Montgomery Chick-fil-A to open dining room and more Houston-area news

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

The flood gauges will help monitor rainfall and stream levels in specific areas during heavy-rainfall events. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
League City installs 6 flood gauges in Clear Creek, Dickinson Bayou watersheds

Once installed and operational, data from the gauges will be published online so residents can track water levels during high-rainfall events.

The art classes are split into kindergarten through fifth graders and sixth through 12th graders. (Courtesy of University of Houston-Clear Lake)
University of Houston-Clear Lake expands offerings at Art School for Children

The school's first classes geared specifically towards children on the autism spectrum will be offered May 22 for grades K-12.

See how some Greater Houston area school districts are planning to go back to school for the 2021-22 academic year. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
See how some Greater Houston area school districts are planning to go back to school for the 2021-22 academic year

While some school districts in the Greater Houston area are doing away with face mask requirements and virtual schooling completely, others are pivoting to continue offering online learning options for students and plan to require face masks.

(Courtesy city of Houston)
BREAKING: Collins Aerospace coming to Houston Spaceport

Houston officials have announced another company slated for the Houston Spaceport at Ellington Airport in Clear Lake.

CDC ends all mask requirements for fully vaccinated people

The guidance states fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks indoors or outdoors.

Dan Seal, League City Regional Chamber of Commerce, Bay Area economy, BAHEP, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership
Economic official: Bay Area economy chugging along

Despite hurricanes, COVID-19, the February freeze and other hurdles, economic development in the Bay Area continues to move ahead in several industries.

Special Strong offers personal, group and virtual adaptive fitness programs for those with mental, physical and cognitive challenges who want to socialize and improve their health and wellness. (Courtesy Mike Lutey)
IMPACTS ROUNDUP: Adaptive fitness program now open in southeast Houston and more

Here is a roundup of recent business and community news in the Bay Area.

The beaches along the lagoon have been deepened, offering about triple the amount of beach area to accommodate an expected increase in visitors and still allow for social distancing. (Courtesy of Lago Mar)
Crystal Lagoons to debut Houston's longest swim-up bar May 28

New features and activities will include a five-story waterslide, catapult swing and Houston's longest swim-up bar.

Single-family home sales were up 47.4% compared to last April with 9,105 units sold versus 6,175 a year earlier. (Courtesy Houston Association of Realtors)
HAR: Houston-area home sales in April up 47% compared to last year

Single-family home sales were up 47.4% compared to April 2020.

House Bill 1024, signed into law May 12, allows restaurants and bars to permanently sell alcoholic beverages to-go. (Courtesy Pexels)
Cocktails to-go are here to stay in Texas: Gov. Greg Abbott signs change into law May 12

Supporters say the change will help restaurants continue to recover from the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.