Read the latest business and community news from the Houston area.


Montgomery unveils Safe Exchange Zone under 24/7 surveillance

The Montgomery Police Department will launch a Safe Exchange Zone on March 8 at City Hall, according to a March 3 news release from the city. The zone—two parking spaces outlined in blue—will be under 24-hour video surveillance to provide a safe meeting place for residents to exchange goods or avoid an uncomfortable location. The zone is located at 101 Old Plantersville Road, Montgomery.

ManBasics barbershop now offering grooming services and full bar in Conroe

Speakeasy barbershop ManBasics opened at 4130 FM 1488, Ste. 106, Conroe, in November, according to business co-owner Damon Henrichs. The business sells personal care products and features a full bar in addition to offering barber services such as straight-razor shaves and beard trims.


Main Squeeze Juice Co. coming to Friendswood this spring

Main Squeeze Juice Co. is tentatively planning on opening at 1501 W. Parkwood Ave., Ste. 103, Friendswood, in April. Main Squeeze Juice Co. is a juice and smoothie bar that also offers juice cleanse programs.

Mai Thai Pho and Grill set to open in Pearland in March

Mai Thai Pho and Grill plans to open in mid-March. The restaurant, located at 3145 Silverlake Village Drive, Ste. 112, Pearland, will serve Thai, Chinese and Vietnamese food as well as a vegetarian menu.


F45 Training Morton Ranch now open in Katy

F45 Training Morton Ranch, a fitness studio that emphasizes team-based training workouts, opened at the end of February at 3011 W. Grand Parkway N., Ste. 900, Katy.

Palinuro Italian Cuisine celebrates first anniversary

Palinuro Italian Cuisine, at 27131 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Katy, celebrated its one-year anniversary in December.

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Eggcellence Cafe & Bakery now open in Webster

Eggcellence Cafe & Bakery opened its eighth location in early February at 20971 Gulf Freeway, Webster. The restaurant serves breakfast items, such as waffles, pancakes, bacon and eggs, along with a lunch menu of burgers, soups, salads and more.

Texas Huddle Grille and Sports Bar now open in Webster

Texas Huddle Grille and Sports Bar opened in January at 803 E. NASA Parkway, Webster. The restaurant serves burgers, wings, tacos, drinks and plenty more while streaming major sporting events, such as Nascar races and UFC fights.

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Atascocita craft store Making It Crafty Vinyl Retail and Supply finds new way to operate during pandemic

For more than four years, Making It Crafty Vinyl Retail and Supply has offered vinyl and other craft items to the Atascocita-area community. But when the pandemic hit, owner Jennifer Pittman had to change everything.

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Badolina Bakery & Cafe to open in Rice Village this spring

The owners of the acclaimed Israeli steakhouse Doris Metropolitan are bringing an elevated bakery to Rice Village this spring.

Anna Lotz, Adriana Rezal, Haley Morrison, Morgan Theophil, Jake Magee and Hunter Marrow contributed to this report.