COVID-19 vaccine manufacturer breaks ground in Conroe and more Houston-area news

Officials from VGXI, the city of Conroe, BE&K Building Group and other groups gathered Nov. 10 for the groundbreaking at Deison Technology Park. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)
Officials from VGXI, the city of Conroe, BE&K Building Group and other groups gathered Nov. 10 for the groundbreaking at Deison Technology Park. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)

Officials from VGXI, the city of Conroe, BE&K Building Group and other groups gathered Nov. 10 for the groundbreaking at Deison Technology Park. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)

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

Conroe-Montgomery

Need for speed, expanded manufacturing: Vaccine developer VGXI breaks ground in Conroe


Woodlands-based VGXI, a manufacturer of plasmid DNA that is currently working on a COVID-19 vaccine, broke ground Nov. 10 at the Deison Technology Park in Conroe. The planned 240,000-square-foot facility will increase the company’s capacity to manufacture “vaccine solutions,” according to VGXI.

Cy-Fair



Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar launches virtual restaurant Jolene’s Wings & Beer

The new eatery exclusively offers delivery and takeout services through its website and third-party apps.

Heights-River Oaks-Montrose

Heights resident pushes Houston community to honor its Indigenous history


Bianca Rivera helps educate Houstonians about the city’s often-overlooked Indigenous roots. In September, her advocacy led Houston to officially recognize the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples Day.

New in the Heights: Active Passion, Permission Whiskey, Robot Noodle

New businesses have opened in the Heights in recent weeks. Here are three new locally owned coffee shops, bars and eateries in the neighborhood.

Longstanding Montrose Kroger grocery store will close in January

It was known as 'Disco Kroger' by area residents.

Bellaire-Meyerland-West University

Antone’s reopens sandwich shop at Texas Medical Center


It has been months, but Antone’s Famous Po’ Boys at Texas Medical Center has reopened its doors.

The Woodlands

TO-DO LIST: 8 things to do in The Woodlands area in November and December


Nov. 20 kicks off skating season at The Woodlands Town Center.

5 places to see live music, holiday concerts in The Woodlands in November and December

Already Gone, an Eagles tribute band, will perform at Main Street Crossing, Dec. 5.

Shenandoah boutique Picket Fences provides customers with decor, gifts, decorating advice

The Picket Fences showroom has occupied its present Shenandoah location since 2006 with around 11,000 square feet stocked with artwork, home goods and other hand-selected items.

Burger and Bordeaux at Marcel Town Center strikes a balance between casual and flavorful dining

After leaving the restaurant business for a brief time, Charlie Watkins said he decided to bring a casual dining experience back with him to Texas.

Katy

Family-owned winery to open in Katy area


Waters Edge Winery & Bistro will open this fall at 4828 Waterview Town Center Drive, Ste. 700, Richmond. The family-owned winery will offer an expansive wine selection and bistro-style food pairings as well as private event packages.

Marco's Pizza opens new location in Katy

Marco’s Pizza is now open at 23015 FM 529, Ste. 100, Katy.

Spring-Klein

El Caribeno now serving Puerto Rican cuisine on Louetta Road


El Caribeno celebrated the grand opening Oct. 31 of its new location at 3835 Louetta Road, Spring.

Greater Houston-area volunteers needed to shop for low-income, disabled children Nov. 9-13

More than 500 volunteers are needed Nov. 9-13 to assist Houston-based nonprofit Be An Angel with its annual Holiday Gift Program, which provides holiday gifts to more than 5,000 local low-income children who either have multiple disabilities or profound deafness.

Tomball-Magnolia

Pet supplies, swimming and pizza: Here's the latest business news in Tomball, Magnolia


A number of business have recently opened in the Tomball and Magnolia areas, such as Pizza Inn eatery and Pet Supplies Plus, among others.

Eva Vigh, Adriana Rezal, Matt Dulin, Ben Thompson, Andrew Christman, Emma Whalen, Nola Valente, Hunter Marrow, Danica Lloyd and Hannah Zedaker contributed to this report.



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Jersey Village City Hall is located on Lakeview Drive, but city officials have plans to break ground on a new facility in Village Center in the coming months. (Danica Lloyd/Community Impact Newspaper)
Jersey Village postpones commitment to new City Hall construction contract

Council members agreed it would be best to wait to enter the agreement until other businesses have committed to building in Village Center.

The deadline is May 17 for residents to protest their appraised property values set by the Harris County Appraisal District. (Courtesy Pexels)
Seeking feedback from homeowners with experience protesting appraisals

Have you protested your property appraisals in the last year or two? We want to hear about your experience and potentially include your comments in upcoming coverage.

The coffee shop and roastery will hold a grand opening throughout Memorial Day weekend. (Courtesy Cafe ZunZun)
Cafe ZunZun set to open new Cypress coffee shop, roastery in late May

Joel Castellanos and Pascale Petronin founded the business in 2014 and have been selling organic coffees and teas at farmers markets and online for several years. This is their first brick-and-mortar location.

New details could emerge soon on the potential use of underground tunnels to carry flood water in Harris County, and officials voted May 11 to dedicate an additional $3.26 million to study efforts along Buffalo Bayou. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
County commissioners expand scope of flood tunnel study as next phase nears completion

New details could emerge soon on the potential use of underground tunnels to carry flood water in Harris County, and officials voted May 11 to dedicate an additional $3.26 million to study efforts along Buffalo Bayou.

See a breakdown of local COVID-19 cases and vaccinations. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
344 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Cy-Fair this week as vaccination rates rise

Vaccination rates range from 26.6% to 45.6% across Cy-Fair ZIP codes.

Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services provides a variety of services to assist eligible people with disabilities in preparing for, obtaining, retaining or advancing in competitive integrated employment. Similarly, Workforce Solutions Gulf Coast is a public workforce system in the 13-county Houston-Galveston region of Texas that helps employers meet their human resources needs and individuals build careers. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services to relocate from Tomball to Willowbrook

Six vocational rehabilitation staff with the Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services will move May 18 from 444 Holderrieth Blvd., Ste. 3, Tomball to the Workforce Solutions Gulf Coast office located at 17725 Hwy. 249, Houston, according to a May 11 news release.

Residents will have until May 2023 to obtain a Real ID. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
US Department of Homeland Security extends Real ID deadline until 2023

Drivers will have until May 2023 to get the Real ID, which will be required for adults boarding a U.S. commercial flight.

Moore Elementary School is one of the campuses open for students transfers in 2021-22. (Danica Lloyd/Community Impact Newspaper)
Cy-Fair ISD approves 57 campuses open for voluntary student transfers in 2021-22

Families can now apply for voluntary students transfers for the 2021-22 school year.

Susan Bailey was elected president of the American Medical Association in June 2020. (Courtesy American Medical Association)
'I am convinced we will beat COVID': American Medical Association President Susan Bailey discusses vaccine successes, myths, challenges

Bailey was elected president of the American Medical Association in June 2020. Much of the organization's focus during that time has been on vaccine transparency and distribution.

Cy-Fair ISD is planning to offer a virtual learning program for the 2021-22 school year. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Cy-Fair ISD proposes virtual learning program for 2021-22 pending legislative approval

District officials said the proposed Cy-Fair ISD Virtual School will launch in 2021-22, pending the approval of certain legislation.

Pfizer vaccines could become available to kids 12 and up as soon as next week. (Courtesy Adobe Stock/Graphic by Justin Howell/Community Impact Newspaper)
FDA expands Pfizer vaccine authorization to children ages 12 to 15 years old

This is the first time people under the age of 16 have been granted access to a coronavirus vaccine.