Montgomery unveils Safe Exchange Zone; sports bar, cafe both open in Webster and more Houston-area news

The Montgomery Police Department will launch a Safe Exchange Zone on March 8 at City Hall. (Courtesy Montgomery Police Department)
The Montgomery Police Department will launch a Safe Exchange Zone on March 8 at City Hall. (Courtesy Montgomery Police Department)

The Montgomery Police Department will launch a Safe Exchange Zone on March 8 at City Hall. (Courtesy Montgomery Police Department)

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Conroe-Montgomery

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.

Pearland-Friendswood

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.

Katy

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.

Bay Area

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.

Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood

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.

Bellaire-Meyerland-West University

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.



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The project is being conducted in cooperation between the city of Conroe and the Texas Department of Transportation. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Public feedback wanted for $120 million Old Conroe Road project

The average daily traffic on Old Conroe Road in 2025 is expected to be 8,417 vehicles per day—a 16% increase from 2020.

The CISD board of trustees met April 20 and discussed the naming process for new campuses. (Screenshot via YouTube)
Conroe ISD begins naming process for new campuses

Submissions for names will be accepted through May 14.

As part of President Joe Biden’s plan to reopen schools safely nationwide, the department’s National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option is being expanded beyond the summertime. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
USDA extends free school meals provision through 2021-22 school year

Schools nationwide will be able to serve nutritious meals to all students free of charge regardless of eligibility through June 30, 2022, officials announced.

Appointments for a coronavirus vaccine are not needed at Woodforest Bank Stadium. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Appointments no longer required at The Woodlands-area vaccination hub

Everybody age 16 and up is eligible for a vaccine at the hub.

Montgomery City Council convened for a regular session April 13. (Screenshot via Montgomery City Council video)
Montgomery City Council revokes Summit Business Park's permit fee exemptions, citing need for 'level playing field'

The business park is the only developer that has been granted such a permit plan review fee exemption from the city.

The three individuals were indicted on a charge of theft/engaging in organizing in criminal activity. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
6-month investigation into Willis ISD food pantry thefts concludes with indictment of 3 individuals

Employees are accused of stocking the pantry shelves and then selling the excess items, likely at flea markets.

The Not Your Mama’s Grilled Cheese ($8.95) is made with four types of cheese and served with fries. (Photos by Adriana Rezal/Community Impact Newspaper)
Vernele’s New Orleans Bakery & Cafe: Conroe cafe offers homemade recipes, Louisiana flair and family charm

In addition to baked goods such as pies, cookies and cheesecakes, the eatery offers a cafe menu including po’boys, grilled cheese and gumbo.

Vaccinations at any of Kelsey-Seybold Clinic's 26 Greater Houston-area locations are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. by appointment only at no cost to the individual or family. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Houston-based Kelsey-Seybold Clinic expands vaccine eligibility to age 16 and older

Vaccinations at any of Kelsey-Seybold Clinic's 26 Greater Houston-area locations are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. by appointment only at no cost to the individual or family.

Meet the candidates running for Place 5.
Meet Tom Cronin, Byron Sanford running for Montgomery City Council Place 5

Meet Tom Cronin, Byron Sanford running for Montgomery City Council Place 5