ROUNDUP: Local businesses featured in 2020

On the Run (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)
On the Run (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)

On the Run (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Strawberry Hill (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Infinity Float Center (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Axe Masters Texas (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Tate's Home Decor & Custom Framing (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Adelaide's Boutique (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)
This year may have resulted in lockdowns and closings, but Community Impact Newspaper still featured local businesses.

Here are the community businesses featured in 2020.

On the Run

A group of running enthusiasts have turned their passions for marathons into a successful business and social club.

Strawberry Hill Upcycling Boutique


Sandra Kelly and her daughter, Melissa Loe, find junk at rummage sales or auctions and turns it it into rustic or chic decorations they then sell.

Infinity Float Center

Jennifer Gurley invites those who do not experience stress relief from meditation, massages or acupuncture to try something different: flotation therapy.

Axe Masters Texas

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.

Tate's Home Decor & Custom Framing

Randall Tate has framed everything from jerseys to space gear to “polar bear poop.”

Adelaide's Boutique

As Bay Area residents stay and shop closer to home amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Judy Tabuena and her sister-in-law, Laura Bull, said they aim to provide Clear Lake and League City shoppers with an alternative to major shopping malls.

By Jake Magee
Jake Magee has been a print journalist for several years, covering numerous beats including city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be the editor for and launch the Bay Area edition of Community Impact Newspaper.

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A mandate will remain in effect for the time being requiring all riders to weak masks on vehicles run by the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, officials announced March 3.  (Courtesy Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County)
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The Sweet Paris in Baybrook Mall is the ninth location for the business. (Courtesy Sweet Paris Creperie & Cafe)
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As of 11:30 a.m. on March 2, eight areas across Harris County remained under boil water notice affecting about 2,300 residents. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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