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Mark Thomas, one of the Axe Masters coaches, practices his throwing. Thomas said when a thrower first “sticks” the axe in the target, it is rewarding for everyone involved. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Mark Thomas, one of the Axe Masters coaches, practices his throwing. Thomas said when a thrower first “sticks” the axe in the target, it is rewarding for everyone involved. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)

Mark Thomas, one of the Axe Masters coaches, practices his throwing. Thomas said when a thrower first “sticks” the axe in the target, it is rewarding for everyone involved. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read select business and dining news from August reporting in the Houston area.

Bay Area

Axe Masters Texas: League City facility provides indoor axe-throwing experiences

While indoor axe-throwing may not traditionally be associated with weddings or family events, Richard Langseth has seen it all at Axe Masters Texas in the business’s first full year.

Langseth, who owns the business with his wife, Robin Langseth, said Axe Masters frequently hosts bachelor and bachelorette parties, which is why he is a member of the Bay Area Wedding Programs Facebook group.



Bellaire-Meyerland-West University

Family-owned Cleburne Cafeteria stands strong during COVID-19

Family-owned and locally operated restaurant Cleburne Cafeteria has managed to not only stay open, but also maintain its success during COVID-19.

It has been through a combination of leveraging new ways of serving its customers while still keeping true to its roots as a warm and familiar environment with delicious Southern-style home cooking, owner George Mickelis said.

“We’re serving you comfort, not just food,” George said.

Conroe-Montgomery

Taste The Asian Mobile Food Trailer brings family together, blends cultures and cuisines

The Taste the Asian Mobile Food Trailer in Conroe is a family affair for the Chengs.

Husband and wife San and Kelly Cheng are the owners, but Kelly runs the day-to-day operations with their daughter, Khalia, a high school junior. They also get help from their nieces Jessica and Kalyssa. The food they serve—a combination of San’s Cambodian and Kelly’s Laotian heritage with classic Southern dishes—is influenced by their mothers’ cooking.

Cy-Fair

Gooey's Ice Cream Sandwiches serves up unique sweet treats in Cypress

There are no rules when creating custom desserts at Gooey’s Ice Cream Sandwiches.

With colorful options such as mint chocolate chip ice cream served on a warm brownie topped with a red velvet cookie and chocolate syrup, the Cypress shop offers new twists on a classic frozen treat.

Heights-River Oaks-Montrose

Family-owned International Billiards marks 80 years in Houston

Over 80 years, International Billiards has proven to be resilient.

“We’ve been hit before, so the virus is just another storm we’ll weather through,” owner Kim Morrison Murdock said.

Katy

Willie Mae's Soul Food Cafe and Music Lounge to open in Katy area

Willie Mae's Soul Food Cafe and Music Lounge will open in the Katy area in 2021, said Ryan Muccular, the co-founder and owner of That's My Dog, which she runs alongside her husband, Kevin Muccular. The eatery will be located next to their current hot dog restaurant located at 22635 Morton Ranch Road, Katy, and will specialize in soul food, including fried chicken as well as macaroni and cheese.

Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood

30 Minute Hit to open women's-only boxing gym in Humble area

30 Minute Hit, a women’s-only boxing facility, will open a new location Aug. 17 at 8650 N. Sam Houston Parkway E., Ste. 160, Humble. The national fitness franchise offers women the chance to move through 13 stations that incorporate boxing, kickboxing and self-defense training with the help of guided instructors.

Pearland-Friendswood

Premiere Cinemas to reopen auditoriums, attractions in Tomball, Galveston, Pearland

Moviegoers will once again be able to attend theaters in person: Premiere Cinemas has announced reopening dates for select locations in Texas, including its theaters in Tomball, Galveston and Pearland.

Spring-Klein

Virus Kill Sanitation now open in Spring

Virus Kill Sanitation opened Aug. 18 at 17150 Butte Creek Road, Ste. 219, Houston. The business specializes in virus, bacteria and fungi sanitation and disinfection for residential and commercial properties using materials that are less harsh than bleach.

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. While the center was initially scheduled to open in mid-March, it was delayed because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Tomball-Magnolia

Baby-focused shop by Burlap Ranch Mercantile now open in Old Town Tomball

Burlap Ranch Baby, an extension of local boutique Burlap Ranch Mercantile, opened its doors to customers in Old Town Tomball on July 9, according to business owner Melissa Scott.

Located at 121 Commerce St., Tomball, Burlap Ranch Baby offers children’s clothing, toys and accessories, such as bibs, bowls and teethers, for infants and toddlers up to age 4.

The Woodlands

OlaTee African Mart opening announced for Sawdust Road in The Woodlands

OlaTee African Mart and OlaTee African Cafe have announced a grand opening at 501 Sawdust Road, Ste. K, Spring, on Aug. 22.

When the market opens, it will offer traditional African products as well as takeaway lunch and dinner options including jollof rice, fried rice, fufu, amala, tuwo, pounded yam, asaro and vegetables.

Colleen Ferguson, Hunter Marrow, Andy Li, Danica Lloyd, Matt Dulin, Nola Valente, Kelly Schaffler, Adriana Rezal, Claire Shoop and Andrew Christman contributed to this report.


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Harris County officials said the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has led to staffing challenges for both the sheriff's and district attorney's offices, creating a perfect storm of more than 90,000 backlogged cases and subsequent overcrowding in the Harris County Jail—already the second largest county jail population in the U.S. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Harris County infuses more than $25M to keep sheriff's, district attorney's offices afloat amid COVID-19 staffing challenges

Harris County officials said the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has led to staffing challenges for both the sheriff's and district attorney's offices, creating a perfect storm of more than 90,000 backlogged cases and subsequent overcrowding in the Harris County Jail—already the second largest county jail population in the U.S.

Fort Bend County commissioners discussed vaccine distribution at a regular court session Jan. 26. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Fort Bend County to open new vaccination sites and more Houston-area news

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The new voting machines differ from those previously used in Harris County in that they feature a digital touch screen as well as a paper copy of the voter's selections that the voter can verify before submitting the ballot into a secure on-site ballot box. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Harris County purchases 12,000 new hybrid voting machines ahead of May 1 elections

The new voting machines differ from those previously used in Harris County in that they feature a digital touch screen as well as a paper copy of the voter's selections that the voter can verify before submitting the ballot into a secure on-site ballot box.

Candidate filing for the May 1 election opened Jan. 13 and will close Feb. 12. (Community Impact staff)
Filing period now open for Clear Creek ISD board election

At-large Position A, as well as Districts 4 and 5, are up for re-election.

Eleven days after officials across Harris County's criminal justice system met to discuss how to alleviate overcrowding at the county jail during the coronavirus pandemic, progress has been "excruciatingly slow," according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office. (Courtesy Brian Jackson/Adobe Stock)
Progress 'excruciatingly slow' on effort to address overcrowding at Harris County Jail

"I know it is keeping many of us awake at night, and it should. It absolutely should," said U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal, who is presiding over an ongoing lawsuit dealing with the county's felony bail practices.

Texas Medical Center offers coronavirus updates

More than 118,000 people have received their first shot.

Harris County Flood Control District is planning to submit preliminary flood plain maps to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in late 2021. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Harris County's preliminary flood plain maps to be released in late 2021

The new flood insurance rates in Harris County could take effect in 2023 or 2024.

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Houston opens first drive-thru vaccination site

The site aims to distribute 1,000 doses per day for the first week and can scale up if more doses become available.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced the opening of a COVID-19 vaccine waitlist at a Jan. 25 press conference. (Screenshot courtesy Facebook)
Harris County to open waitlist for COVID-19 vaccines Jan. 26

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo warned that vaccine supply remains "extremely limited," and it will still take time for those waitlisted to get an appointment.

There are a total of nine existing vaccine hub sites across Harris County and Galveston County. (Courtesy Texas Children’s Hospital)
NEW: Clear Creek ISD, Harris County Public Health to use Challenger Columbia Stadium parking lot as vaccine hub

The stadium is one of eight rotating sites; it will be operational Jan. 27-30.