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

iBurn Houston
James Beck founded iBurn, 4227 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, in 2012. (Johnny Pena/Community Impact Newspaper)

James Beck founded iBurn, 4227 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, in 2012. (Johnny Pena/Community Impact Newspaper)

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

"We've been through our ups and downs, but no downturn we've ever experienced has been as disastrous as this pandemic," owner James Beck wrote on his GoFundMe page. "From April to July we've seen 4 months in a row where our sales were the lowest they've been since our grand opening in 2013, and July was the worst of them."

According to the business, it was able to use the Payroll Protection Program to offset one full-time employee's salary, and it is also seeking other loans and government grants.

The fundraiser will be used to pay back deferred rent, update its website sales platform and replenish its inventory, Beck wrote.

"This business has always been about supporting other small businesses, and we hope this pandemic won't stop us from continuing that mission," Beck wrote.

Patrons and fans had contributed almost $4,000 as of Aug. 4.
By Matt Dulin
Matt joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2018 and is the City Editor for Houston's Inner Loop editions.


"Flower Power" is a new immersive large-scale installation  that debuts this month as part of Rice University's public art program. (Courtesy Moody Center for the Arts)
To-do list: 12 events to check out in Bellaire-Meyerland-West University

Here is a look at some of the arts exhibits, performances and other activities around the Bellaire-Meyerland-West University area in March and April.

For a third consecutive semester, Texas public school districts will not be penalized financially due to declining enrollment and attendance as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, due to an extension of the hold-harmless guarantee, state leaders announced March 4. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas leaders ensure financial stability for public school districts through spring semester with hold-harmless extension

The guarantee also ensures that Texas school systems can retain their teachers for the 2020-21 school year for whom they originally budgeted.

Mayor Turner signing Executive Order
Houston becomes first in Texas to set participation goals for LGBTQ-certified businesses in city contracts

“Until today, LGBTQ entrepreneurs couldn’t always bring their full selves to the table for fear of outing themselves and losing business, clients or their livelihoods,” said Tammi Wallace, Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce CEO. “This change means the city is saying, ‘We value you.’”

Badolina Bakery & Cafe will open in Rice Village this spring. (Courtesy Doris Metropolitan)
Badolina Bakery & Cafe to open in Rice Village this spring

The 1,500 square-foot bakery is currently under construction and will neighbor Hamsa, a previously announced modern Israeli restaurant.

I-69 Southwest Freeway at I-610 West Loop will be closed March 5-8. (Community Impact staff)
TxDOT: I-69 Southwest Freeway at I-610 West Loop closed through weekend

The work from crews is part of the $259 million I-69/I-610 interchange project.

This month, the Greater Houston area will mark the anniversaries of its first confirmed COVID-19 cases as well as the first deaths attributed to the pandemic. (Courtesy Pexels)
Share your story: Have you lost anyone to COVID-19?

This month, the Greater Houston area will mark the anniversaries of its first confirmed COVID-19 cases as well as the first deaths attributed to the pandemic.

Leadership ISD has received $1 million in investment it will use to target inequities in HISD schools. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
$1 million investment will help education nonprofit target inequities in Houston ISD

LISD has equipped more than 2,000 racially diverse and conscious leaders to create equity changes and trained more than 200 school board trustees.

People wait in line to receive a vaccine at an Austin Public Health vaccination site. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas offers COVID-19 vaccinations to school, child care workers

Educators, school staff and child care professionals are qualified to receive coronavirus vaccines effective immediately.

In response to Gov. Greg Abbott's March 2 announcement that Texas' statewide mask mandate and COVID-19-related business restrictions will be lifted as of March 10, the Texas Education Agency released updated public health guidance March 3. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Updated Texas Education Agency guidance allows individual school boards to determine mask policies

"Under this updated guidance, a public school system's current practices on masks may continue unchanged. Local school boards have full authority to determine their local mask policy," the release reads.

H-E-B will continue to require employees to wear face masks until further notice. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
H-E-B to require employees, ask customers to be masked despite upcoming expiration of governor's mandate

H-E-B officials announced their employees and vendors would still be required to be masked while on the job, and customers would be encouraged to wear masks while in stores.

3745 Farber St., Southside Place: This brand-new contemporary home sits on a prime block of land in Southside Place. The home features high ceilings and an open floor plan for family living and entertainment. A study can be found downstairs with a full bath that allows for use as a guest bedroom. It features a chef’s kitchen with a view of an expansive yard with a veranda, summer kitchen and fireplace. The home also features a primary suite with a spa-style bath with two large closets and an additional four bedrooms upstairs, all with ensuites. 5-6 bed, 6 full and 3 half bath/6,569 sq. ft. Sold for $3,830,001-$4,418,000 on Feb. 9. (Courtesy Houston Association of Realtors)
Bellaire-Meyerland-West University Place real estate: See some of the properties that sold in February

Homes include an updated home built in 1940 located close to Rice University with refinished original hardwood floors.