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


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.


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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.


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.


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.