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.



University of Houston—Clear Lake will resume offering its $18-per-class continuing education courses Oct. 2. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
University of Houston-Clear Lake's weekly continuing education program shifts to Zoom for fall semester

The program is open to all, regardless of student status, age or educational background.

Fewer than 500 COVID-19 patients—478—are currently checked in at Texas Medical Center hospitals. (Community Impact staff)
Texas Medical Center COVID-19 hospitalizations drop 30% in three weeks

Fewer than 500 COVID-19 patients—478—are currently checked in at Texas Medical Center hospitals.

The board of directors for METRO has approved the $1.15 billion FY 2020-21 budget. (Courtesy Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County)
METRO board approves $1.15 billion budget for FY 2020-21 with 23% revenue loss

The approved budget is down nearly 14% overall from last year.

About 5,600 Clear Creek ISD students receive special education services. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Clear Creek ISD special education administrators, parents discuss challenges of 2020-21 school year

Clear Creek ISD, home to more than 42,000 students, is grappling with new hurdles brought about by remote learning and the coronavirus pandemic, including how to provide for special education students and families who need additional support.

Gov. Greg Abbott on July 27 issued an executive order extending the early voting period for the Nov. 3 election. (Screenshot of Sept. 17 press conference)
Lawsuit takes aim at start date for early voting as some Texas Republicans challenge Gov. Greg Abbott's order

A group of prominent Texas Republicans has embarked on a legal effort to undo the governor's executive order that extended the early voting period for the Nov. 3 election.

(Courtesy The Republic Grille/Liz Grimm Public Relations)
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Clear Creek ISD will hire a new superintendent at the end of 2020. (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)
Clear Creek ISD board of trustees, search firm create superintendent candidate profile

The profile consists of a statement of desired characteristics, which will be used to help select Greg Smith's successor.

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2020 Voter Guide: Who is on the ballot in the Bay Area?

Here are the candidates Bay Area residents will be able to vote for Nov. 3.

The Longhorn Project at Johnson Space Center: Educational organization showcases Bay Area investment in space, agriculture industries

When visitors spend time around the animals, gardens, science labs and rockets that make up The Longhorn Project at Johnson Space Center, Chairman Andrea Wilson said the environment is unlike anything else in the Houston area.