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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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.

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.

Northwest Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 5 covers 22 communities and roughly 2,800 acres around the border of Cy-Fair and Tomball. (Courtesy Northwest Harris County MUD No. 5)
Northwest Harris County MUD pitches bond referendums to keep up with growth, bolster trail system

Northwest Harris County MUD No. 5—which caters to 22 subdivisions around the border of Cy-Fair and Tomball—is seeking voter approval on bond referendums that officials said will help maintain aging utility infrastructure, launch a water reclamation project and bring new trails to the community.