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.

Bay Area

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.

Sugar Land-Missouri City

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.

Heights-River Oaks-Montrose

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.


Harris County residents seeking a COVID-19 vaccine will no longer be required to sign up for a waitlist effective immediately. (Courtesy Texas Children’s Hospital)
COVID-19 vaccines now available on demand in Harris County

The announcement comes as officials say vaccine demand is falling and will soon be in line with supply for the first time.

Customers can find baked goods and more at The Chef's Bag. (Courtesy The Chef's Bag)
The Chef’s Bag market now offering locally made products in Cy-Fair

Chefs Jennifer Burnett and Kevin Mason recently opened a market where community members can purchase products made by local chefs.

Costco Business Centers, of which there are only about 15 in the country, carry different products and provide a different shopping experience to members than do traditional Costco Wholesale stores. (Courtesy Costco Wholesale)
Costco Business Center being built in Stafford; see live music in The Woodlands and more top Houston-area news

Read the top business and community news from the Houston area from the past week.

The program, which began this week in San Marcos, gives Amazon and Whole Foods employees and contractors direct access to COVID-19 vaccinations. (Courtesy Amazon)
Amazon begins rollout of statewide vaccination clinics for employees

The program, which began this week in San Marcos, gives Amazon and Whole Foods employees and contractors direct access to COVID-19 vaccinations.

A grand opening for the local drive-thru coffee spot Mudslinger's has been set for the end of April. (Courtesy Facebook)
Grand opening for Mudslinger's coffee shop set for weekend of April 30

The locally-owned, drive-thru coffee shop will serve specialty coffee, tea, infused energy drinks and breakfast/pastry items.

Reserve Salon & Spa is home to several small businesses. (Courtesy Reserve Salon & Spa)
Ultimate Drip Therapy and Wellness coming soon to Cypress

The IV hydration therapy and vitamin injection wellness spa is set to open next month.

Officials said the district has spent millions on pandemic-related needs. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Cy-Fair ISD: Federal stimulus funds needed to help cover $227M in unexpected pandemic-related expenses

According to data from Cy-Fair ISD, the district has incurred nearly $227 million in unexpected costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Federal funding is set aside for public schools to address effects of the pandemic. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Why Texas has not yet distributed $18 billion in federal funds intended for public schools

As budget decisions loom for school districts across Texas, state leaders are holding on to federal funds intended for public schools to use in addressing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Homes priced above $750,000, such as this one in the Heights, saw a surge in sales in March, with almost twice as many properties sold. (Courtesy Houston Association of Realtors)
Average Houston single-family home price jumps 20% in March

The average sale price for a home in March was $370,847.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas said power outages are not expected April 13, while requesting energy conservation. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
UPDATE: ERCOT call for energy conservation ends April 13 without need for power outages

An ERCOT official said "tight" supply and demand conditions arose on the state's electric grid April 13 due to forecasting issues amid planned, seasonal maintenance outages by some power generators.

Spearheaded by state Rep. Gene Wu, D-Houston, the new court, if established, would expand the capacity of the county's criminal court system in hopes of reducing its backlog, which stood at 70,951 total cases pending before criminal district courts in Harris County as of April 8. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Harris County supports creation of new criminal district court to tackle case backlog

If the efforts are successful, this would be Harris County's first new criminal district court since 1984 when the 351st District Court was created.