Katy's American Furniture Warehouse opens, 20 jobs coming to Tomball via JDR Cable Systems: News from Houston

American Furniture Warehouse opened Aug. 1 at 500 Pin Oak Road, Katy. (Courtesy Chris Harris)
American Furniture Warehouse opened Aug. 1 at 500 Pin Oak Road, Katy. (Courtesy Chris Harris)

American Furniture Warehouse opened Aug. 1 at 500 Pin Oak Road, Katy. (Courtesy Chris Harris)

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American Furniture Warehouse opens in Katy

American Furniture Warehouse opened Aug. 1 at 500 Pin Oak Road, Katy. The business is also expected to bring about 400 jobs to the Katy area and bring in additional sales tax revenue for the the of Katy, Council Member Janet Corte said.

Sugar Land-Missouri City

Service First Automotive opens Aug. 3 in Missouri City after experiencing coronavirus-related delays

Service First Automotive had a grand opening for its Missouri City service center Aug. 3. The new location at 9450 Hwy. 6, Missouri City, is offering 50% off oil changes until Aug. 9.

Bay Area

Moody National Bank acquires Clear Lake branch of Spirit of Texas Bank

Moody National Bank has entered into an agreement to purchase the Clear Lake branch of Spirit of Texas Bank at 1010 Bay Area Blvd, Houston. The change will take effect in the fourth quarter of 2020, according to a July 20 media release.

League City businesses continue to combat COVID-19 with workplace protection pledges

While coronavirus cases continue to surge in Harris and Galveston counties, League City is taking proactive steps to encourage businesses to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and promote those that do.


BREAKING: Texas Railroading Heritage Museum no longer coming to Tomball after five years in the works

Tomball City Council members unanimously voted Aug. 3 to terminate a development agreement between the city and the Texas Railroading Heritage Museum, a museum long proposed near the city's historic depot plaza on South Elm Street.

UPDATED: JDR Cable Systems Inc. US headquarters to bring new jobs to Tomball

The Tomball Economic Development Corp. is helping JDR Cable Systems Inc. bring its new U.S. headquarters to Tomball, according to an Aug. 3 news release from the TEDC, a project expected to create 20 new positions within its first years.


Louetta Automotive opens 12th Greater Houston-area location on Spring Cypress Road

Louetta Automotive celebrated the grand opening of its 12th Greater Houston-area location Aug. 3. Located at 9625 Spring Cypress Road, Spring, the new location is managed by Houston resident Bruce Zacaria, who has more than two decades of experience in the industry.

Spring-based Club Z Tutoring and Test Prep Services sees change in ownership

After 25 years of business in the area, Club Z Tutoring and Test Prep Services of Spring and The Woodlands changed ownership effective Aug. 1 and is now owned by Spring resident Monique Spell, according to a July 31 announcement.


Harris County Pets announces free adoption days in August

As part of a national initiative to clear animal shelters, Harris County Pets will offer free adoptions for spayed or neutered and heartworm-positive pets Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26 and 29, according to a press release.

Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood

Paco Pops serves 80-plus flavors of handmade ice cream, pops

When Paco Pops co-owner Francisco Sanchez was 13 years old, he moved from Guadalajara, Mexico, to work at his aunt’s popsicle shop in Chihuahua.

For six years, Sanchez worked with his cousin, making the pops from scratch. After getting in a serious car accident in 2018 that left Sanchez unable to continue working in construction, he said he thought back to when he was younger and dreamed of opening a shop like his aunt’s.

Bellaire-Meyerland-West University

Houston hot sauce shop iBurn launches fundraising effort to keep business going

The Houston hot sauce shop iBurn has launched a $10,000 fundraising goal to help survive the COVID-19 downturn.


Galavant's Coffee now open in downtown Conroe

Galavant's Coffee opened Aug. 3 in downtown Conroe. Owners Bradley Bailey and Makenzie Rankin operate the mobile coffee cart and sell teas, homemade syrups and espresso-based beverages using beans from Amaya Coffee, a specialty roaster based in Houston.

Heights-River Oaks-Montrose

Bayou City Art Festival in October will be a virtual event, organizers say

The Bayou City Art Festival, originally scheduled for Oct. 10-11 in downtown Houston, will be a virtual-only experience this year, the Art Colony Association Inc. announced Aug. 4.


Whataburger to celebrate 70th anniversary, unveil food truck, expand into 3 states

Founded in 1950, the San Antonio-based fast-food chain Whataburger will celebrate 70 years of business Aug. 8, according to an Aug. 4 release from the company. Founder Harmon Dobson opened the first Whataburger location in Corpus Christi in 1950, and the restaurant chain has since grown to more than 830 locations in 10 states.

Danica Lloyd, Matt Dulin, Hannah Zedaker, Andy Li, Claire Shoop, Colleen Ferguson, Jake Magee, Anna Lotz, Nola Valente, Kelly Schafler and Adriana Rezal contributed to this report.



Most of the electric grid in Texas is managed by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which is not linked to other interconnected national electrical systems. (Courtesy Electric Reliability Council of Texas)
Leaving the Texas power grid 'not likely to be an option' for Harris County, official says

Just two weeks after severe winter weather dropped Harris County temperatures below freezing for three consecutive days, which led to widespread power outages, loss of water and the deaths of at least 50 county residents, Harris County Commissioners Court called for major reform at the state level regarding the Texas power grid and related energy policies.

Mayor sylvester turner
Houston expanding vaccine supply as 6,000 Johnson & Johnson doses arrive March 2

The first shipment will be sent to the mass-vaccination site run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency at NRG Stadium. The site vaccinates individuals who sign up for doses though the Houston Health Department’s vaccine waitlist.

Hank's Crab Shack gets and sells several hundred pounds of crawfish daily, especially during the peak of crawfish season. (Morgan Theophil/Community Impact Newspaper)
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District officials shared storm damage photos at a Feb. 22 board meeting. (Courtesy Clear Creek ISD)
Clear Creek ISD updates: 82% of campuses sustained damage during winter storm, quarantine practices revised

District safety officials briefed trustees at a board meeting Feb. 22 about the extent of damages and gave other details related to CCISD’s storm responses. Of the 42 campuses, 37 sustained damages requiring immediate action, officials said.

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Evictions continue in Houston as new measures aim to stem tide

Over 32,000 eviction cases were filed in Harris County courts in 2020.

Houston City Hall in rainbow lighting
Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce celebrates five years of service

The organization is open to all and serves members throughout the Greater Houston area.

Reedy Chapel, one of more than a dozen historically Black churches in Galveston, is a stop on the tour. (Courtesy Clayton Kolavo/GICVB Marketing)
Galveston tourism app guides visitors through city’s historically Black institutions, monuments

The interactive app, offered by the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, allows visitors to customize a tour itinerary based on interests and time allocation.

(Courtesy Reunion Court of Clear Lake)
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The new Fort Bend Epicenter multipurpose facility could be used as a spot for trade shows and sporting events, could act as a large-scale shelter for county residents in an emergency and more. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
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Snow covers I-45 in Houston during a winter storm that hit Texas the night of Feb. 14. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Legislators probe energy officials over power failures, lack of preparation heading into winter storm

The Texas Legislature held hearings Feb. 25 with energy companies including Oncor Electric Delivery and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas in response to last week’s historic winter storm, which left millions of Texans without electricity for days.