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)

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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.

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.


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.


Members of the Cy-Fair Fire Department Emergency Medical Services team respond to an accident on Brittmore Road in Cy-Fair on Jan. 8. (Courtesy Capt. Daniel Arizpe/Cy-Fair Fire Department)
New fund to benefit Cy-Fair firefighters, department members

"We want to be able to come in and do some work that needs to be done for these heroic people."

One local health system leader said he expects everyone, including those under age 65, will have access to the vaccine within the next 90 days. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Houston-area health system leaders talk progress, hurdles during COVID-19

Officials from CHI St. Luke’s Health and UTMB Health said community members must remain vigilant as case counts climb but that they expect the current surge to peak by early February.

During a North Houston Association meeting Jan. 20, Jazz Hamilton—first vice president with the Retail Brokerage Services Group for CBRE—discussed how the future of retail will likely be shaped by the conveniences to which consumers have become accustomed amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Ronald Winters/Community Impact Newspaper)
Pandemic-induced retail conveniences are here to stay, official says

According to Jazz Hamilton, first vice president with the Retail Brokerage Services group for CBRE, between January and November of 2020, consumers spent almost $550 billion online—a 33% increase from 2019.

The estimated number of active COVID-19 cases in Harris County has surpassed 50,000, reaching 51,362 as of the most recent data Jan. 20, according to the Harris County Public Health Department. (Community Impact staff)
Harris County coronavirus count: Active cases top 50,000

See the latest trends on COVID-19 in Harris County.

Bao Bros. Bistro opened on Hwy. 6 in October, offering steamed bao buns, boba tea and beer. (Courtesy Bao Bros. Bistro)
44 restaurants, cafes and other eateries that opened in Cy-Fair in 2020

From our January edition: See the new openings in the Cy-Fair area over the past year

Krab Kingz is now open in Cypress. (Courtesy Krab Kingz)
Krab Kingz opens Cypress storefront

Krab Kingz entered a soft opening phase Jan. 14 at 12640 Telge Road, Ste. D, Cypress.

In addition to vaccine hubs, there are also smaller community vaccine providers throughout Texas, such as pharmacies, that may also have the vaccine available. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)
EXPLAINED: When, where and how Texans can receive the COVID-19 vaccine

As Texas is still in the early stages of rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine, many Texans are still unsure about where, when and how they can get inoculated.

The barbecue eatery is the second Killen's Restaurant Group venture to launch in The Woodlands area. (Courtesy Killen's Barbecue)
Killen's Barbecue opens in The Woodlands and more Houston-area news

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

The city will annex a 4-acre tract at the northeast corner of FM 529 and Jones Road as a part of a development agreement that will bring a 7-Eleven to the site. The land at the northwest corner of the intersection is already within city limits. (Screenshot courtesy Jersey Village)
Jersey Village approves annexation plans allowing 7-Eleven to come to FM 529 and Jones Road

City Manager Austin Bleess described the agreement as a "win-win" for the city and the developer at a Jan. 18 meeting.

Harris County continues to report more confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Cy-Fair area. (Community Impact staff)
2,862 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Cy-Fair from Jan. 13-19

The total number of active cases in Cy-Fair reached 8,323 on Jan. 18, which is the highest number of active cases the community has had at any given time since the start of the pandemic, according to county data.

Feeding Texas hosted a Jan. 19 webinar to discuss legislative highlights for the 87th Texas Legislature. (Screenshot courtesy Feeding Texas)
Food insecurity in Texas' 87th Legislature: Hunger relief organization Feeding Texas to propose legislation addressing hunger

Hunger relief organization Feeding Texas hosted a webinar Jan. 19 to discuss increasing funding and accessibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in the 87th legislative session.

The Rock Burger Truck is closing in late February. (Courtesy The Rock Burger Truck)
The Rock Burger Truck to end Cypress operations, launch new out-of-state venture

The food truck launched in late 2018 and will continue operating at Brew:30 Taphouse for the next few weeks.