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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



Houston police
Houston will spend $4.1 million from CARES Act to rein in rising crime rate

Violent crime is up 11% in the city of Houston and there are six hot spots throughout the city that are seeing the most violent crime numbers.

Here are the latest coronavirus data updates for Galveston County. (Community Impact staff)
DATA: Galveston County averages fewer than 25 new COVID-19 cases per day in October

With approximately 400 new cases reported since Oct. 1, the case count total of 12,123 reflects an average of about 22 new cases per day over the last 18 days.

Voters wait in line at a Cy-Fair polling location Oct. 16. (Danica Lloyd/Community Impact Newspaper)
Harris County ballot totals approach 630,000 in first six days of early voting

Ballot counts have averaged about 100,000 daily. Twelve days of early voting remain before the Nov. 3 general election.

Mayor Sylvester Turner and faith leaders
Houston coronavirus updates: Positivity rate hits 5%, places of worship get guidance for reopening

Churches, mosques, synagogues and other places of worship are recommend to limit gatherings to 25%.

Amazon's new sorting center is now open at 22525 Clay Road, Katy. The 800,000-square-foot building opened Oct. 9. (Courtesy Inc.)
Amazon center in Katy to bring 3K jobs and more Houston-area news

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An election official directs a car to a spot at the Humble Civic Center's drive-thru voting location. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
Drive-thru voting locations in Harris County see greater numbers than in-person, despite challenges

More than 42,000 residents in Harris County have used the drive-thru centers so far in early voting.

League City early voting November 2020 elections
Galveston County seeing record voter turnout

Four days into early voting, Galveston County is already seeing record turnout.

The outlet mall is located in Cypress. (Courtesy Houston Premium Outlets)
Outlet mall in Cy-Fair opens 3 new stores and more top Houston-area news

Read the most popular news form the past week from our Houston coverage area.

The Toasted Yolk will open soon where Olympia Grill once stood. (Courtesy Brockway Commercial)
IMPACTS ROUNDUP: Toasted Yolk coming to League City and more

Here is a roundup of local business and related news in Clear Lake and League City.

Meet the candidates running for U.S. House of Representatives District 36

Incumbent Brian Babin has three challengers in the U.S. House District 36 race.