Cy-Fair's Suzybeez Bakery is featured on Netflix and more Houston-area news

Tom and Caty Johnston own Suzybeez Bakery in Cypress. (Danica Lloyd/Community Impact Newspaper)
Tom and Caty Johnston own Suzybeez Bakery in Cypress. (Danica Lloyd/Community Impact Newspaper)

Tom and Caty Johnston own Suzybeez Bakery in Cypress. (Danica Lloyd/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Cy-Fair business Suzybeez Bakery featured on Netflix series ‘Sugar Rush’

Tom and Caty Johnston, owners of Suzybeez Bakery in Cy-Fair, were featured on the newest season of “Sugar Rush,” a fast-paced competitive baking show on Netflix.

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Crystal Lagoon offers back-to-school bundle, new amenities to public

The United States’ largest Crystal Lagoons amenity, located at Lago Mar in Texas City, is offering additional activities and a back-to-school bundle for the public, according to an Aug. 12 news release.

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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.

The Beehive Boutique & Garden coming to New Caney

The Beehive Boutique & Garden will open in the fall at 20334 US 59, New Caney. The boutique will sell home goods and garden items.

Five Below to open in New Caney

Five Below will open this fall at 21422 Marketplace Drive, New Caney, according to a press release from the the Signorelli Co.


COVID-19 brings Tomball's 2020 festival season to a halt

The city of Tomball announced Aug. 14 all city events for the remainder of 2020 have been canceled because of the ongoing threat of the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty of when Harris County officials may lift guidelines limiting large gatherings, according to a city news release.

Just Love Coffee Cafe coming to Tomball this fall

Tomball residents Tamara and Jon Hamilton will open Just Love Coffee Cafe at 13727 Sunset Canyon Drive, Ste. 400, Tomball, in October. The neighborhood cafe will offer hand-roasted coffees and a full menu, including breakfast, lunch and dinner items—ranging from soup and salad to wraps and desserts, Tamara said.

Señor Burrito Company now serving street tacos on Main Street

Mobile food truck Señor Burrito Company opened for business in Tomball on Aug. 5. Located in 403 Eats, a food truck park at 403 E. Main St., Tomball, the Southern California-based eatery serves authentic Mexican fare, such as street tacos, burritos and carne asada fries, among other items.

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Here’s which restaurants are adding more outdoor seating using Houston’s new parking space rules

After Houston City Council voted to allow restaurants to convert up to 50% of parking spaces into outdoor dining areas, restaurants are beginning to seize the opportunity.

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New Bank of America Advanced Center promotes digital banking in Sugar Land

Bank of America opened an Advanced Center at 11563 S. Hwy. 6, Sugar Land, on Aug. 3.

Advanced Centers are not staffed with full-time bankers. Instead, digital greeters assist customers with their transactions or connect them to banking specialists via video conference.


Holiday Inn Express & Suites now open on FM 1960

A new Holiday Inn Express & Suites opened at 1010 FM 1960, Houston, on July 1. The new four-floor, 83-room hotel is located within close proximity to George Bush Intercontinental Airport, and amenities include a pool, free breakfast, guest laundry, meeting room space and complimentary airport shuttle service, among others.


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.

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Bludorn sets opening date in former Pass & Provisions, Antone's building

Chef Aaron Bludorn’s eponymous Bludorn restaurant, in the works at 807 Taft St., Houston, since January, has set an opening date for Aug. 21.


Mask-break areas, limited capacity: Texas Renaissance Festival unveils health guidelines for 46th season

The Texas Renaissance Festival has released its health and safety guidelines for the upcoming festival season, which runs Oct. 3-Nov. 29 in Todd Mission, just north of Magnolia.

Kelly Schafler, Anna Lotz, Claire Shoop, Danica Lloyd, Hannah Zedaker, Matt Dulin, Colleen Ferguson, Andy Li, Emma Whalen and Adriana Rezal contributed to this report.


Voters line up outside Juergen's Hall Community Center in Cypress on Oct. 14. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Harris County exceeds its previous voter turnout record before early voting ends

More than 1.3 million county residents cast ballots throughout the entire November 2016 election, but this year, that number was surpassed on Oct. 29—with one day of early voting remaining in addition to Election Day on Nov. 3.

Early voting runs through Oct. 30. Election Day is Nov. 3. (Adriana Rezal/Community Impact Newspaper)
Double-edged sword: As voter turnout reaches all-time highs in Greater Houston area, so does risk of incomplete ballots

Under-votes, or votes that are never cast in a particular race, occur when voters cast incomplete ballots. They typically surge in elections with high voter turnout, said Steve Leakey, president of the Montgomery County Voter Awareness Council.

Harris County residents have returned approximately 163,000 mail-in ballots. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)
Nearly 163,000 Harris County voters have submitted mail-in ballots

Early voting and mail-in ballots will be counted after polls close on Election Day.

ExxonMobil's Houston campus opened in Springwoods Village in 2014. (Courtesy ExxonMobil)
ExxonMobil to lay off 1,900 employees primarily in Greater Houston area

Citing economic strain due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, ExxonMobil officials announced in a press release Oct. 29 plans to lay off approximately 1,900 employees primarily at its management offices in Houston.

Less than a week ahead of the Nov. 3 Election Day, Cihan Varol, an associate professor with Sam Houston State University's Cyber Forensics Intelligence Center, shared insight on foreign election hacking and what it means for voters. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Q&A: Sam Houston State University cyber forensics intelligence expert talks foreign election hacking ahead of Nov. 3

"There is a very slim chance that the hackers can change vote count, but they can definitely influence people to believe that they did manipulate it," Cihan Varol said. "If election fraud is going to happen, it'll be because of disinformation."

Harris County continues to report more confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Cy-Fair area. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
467 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Cy-Fair from Oct. 24-28

There are nearly 2,000 active cases across these 10 ZIP codes.

Face coverings are not required for those entering polling places in Texas during the general election. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
UPDATED: U.S. appeals court pauses decision voiding face covering exemption at polling places

The court temporarily stayed a district judge's decision to void an exemption to Gov. Greg Abbott's statewide face covering order concerning polling places.

A new $40 million COVID-19 relief fund is opening to Harris County residents from Nov. 2-6. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Harris County to provide $40 million in new needs-based COVID-19 relief funding starting Nov. 2

A new $40 million COVID-19 relief fund is opening to Harris County residents from Nov. 2-6.

The Center for Houston’s Future released a report Oct. 28 that looks at the economic vitality of the region’s health care system and assesses the region’s community health. (Courtesy Pexels)
Report: 1 in 4 jobs added by 2036 in Greater Houston will be in the health care sector

However, failing to further develop a talent pipeline in medical expertise would lead to job losses, the report notes.

Houston Morning Market Company is poised to launch three new markets across the Greater Houston area by Nov. 19. (Courtesy Houston Morning Market Company)
Heights Morning Market owner to launch markets in Tomball, Conroe, downtown

“The goal is really just bringing communities together, bringing diversity to these rural communities,” Hayley Summers said.