Cakes, arcades, horses, paintball: Here are the Cy-Fair business features from 2020

Jenny Normand owns and operates Shaka Power Yoga in Bridgeland. (Danica Lloyd/Community Impact Newspaper)
Jenny Normand owns and operates Shaka Power Yoga in Bridgeland. (Danica Lloyd/Community Impact Newspaper)

Jenny Normand owns and operates Shaka Power Yoga in Bridgeland. (Danica Lloyd/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Amber Hall (left) is the area manager for the Salons at Stone Gate and The Factory Cypress. Her aunt and uncle Stephanie (right) and Gino Hernandez (middle) own both locations. (Photos by Danica Lloyd/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Tammy Truong opened Cakes N’ Mor on Grant Road in 2016 after a 25-year career as a manicurist. The Vietnam native said baking is one of her biggest passions. (Danica Lloyd/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Joe Grisaffi and Olegario Gorostieta opened Mr. Pixel’s Classic Arcade in 2019. (Danica Lloyd/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Ginger and Terrell Jones own and operate Gooey's Ice Cream Sandwiches. (Danica Lloyd/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Eduardo Callegari founded Callegari Equestrian Center with his wife Candace in 1999. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)

Take a look back at the Cy-Fair business features from our coverage throughout 2020 to see what local businesses have to offer and how they are making it through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cy-Fair family operates network of Montessori Preschool education centers: In the 1800s, Italy’s first female physician, Maria Montessori, researched how children learn, which led to the development of an educational model taught in thousands of campuses today. Kevin Kalra said the model is all about allowing children to learn at their own pace in small classes where instructors can meet each student’s needs.

Jones Road Tree Service promotes tree health in Cy-Fair: Self-proclaimed outdoorsman David Mauk said his education on trees started at a young age, when his uncle taught him how to identify different types and how to take care of them. The certified arborist now owns and operates Jones Road Tree Service on a piece of property his family has owned for 100 years.

Two families bring outdoors in for Cypress children at Kidtastic Park: Kidtastic Park was designed with both parents and children in mind, said Christina Nguyen, who co-owns the business with her husband, Ricky, and her friends Khoa and Jasmine Do. Designed for children up to age 12 with a special designated area for toddlers ages 0-3, Kidtastic Park features a zip line, merry-go-rounds, slides, obstacle courses and educational elements throughout.

Fun N Play Indoor Playground seeks to balance fun and safety in Cy-Fair: For Wendy Lee, a co-owner at Fun N Play Indoor Playground in Cy-Fair, coming to work every day means coming to a place where children show up with smiles and leave with a sense of satisfaction that only a day of physical play can provide.

Salons at Stone Gate, The Factory Cypress have no shortage of customers after COVID-19 closures: For the Salons at Stone Gate and The Factory Cypress, owners Gino and Stephanie Hernandez saw 220 clients within the first two days of reopening after closing for several weeks. They were among the first salons in the Cy-Fair area to reopen as soon as Gov. Greg Abbott gave the go-ahead on May 8 and have implemented several safety measures in addition to what the state has required.

Mr. Pixel's Classic Arcade offers extensive gaming collection in Cy-Fair: Mr. Pixel’s is home to more than 40 pinball machines and classic video games such as “Donkey Kong,” “Asteroids,” “Ms. Pac-Man,” “California Speed,” “Big Buck Hunter” and “NBA Jam,” among others. Between the 1980s and 1990s selections that are constantly being rotated, the lineup of driving, shooting and fighting games offers something for everyone, owners said.

Gooey's Ice Cream Sandwiches serves up unique sweet treats in Cypress: There are no rules when creating custom desserts at Gooey’s Ice Cream Sandwiches. With colorful options such as mint chocolate chip ice cream served on a warm brownie topped with a red velvet cookie and chocolate syrup, the Cypress shop offers new twists on a classic frozen treat.

Shaka Power Yoga in Cypress gets creative during COVID-19: During a year when many are more stressed and uncertain than ever, practicing yoga can help people find balance, clarity and well-being, according to Jenny Normand, who owns Shaka Power Yoga in Cypress. After working for more than a decade in retail management, longtime yogi Normand quit her job in January 2018, held pop-up yoga events throughout the community and opened her studio in Bridgeland by December.

Family-friendly paintball park stands test of time in Cypress: The park consists of eight fields, including two spanning across large wooded areas. The venue caters to beginner and advanced players, hosting birthday parties on one course while players practice for tournaments on another.

Cakes N' Mor features custom cakes, taste of Vietnam in Cy-Fair: After working as a manicurist for 25 years, Tammy Truong pursued a lifelong dream and opened her own bakery in 2016. She said she is able to combine two of her passions—baking and Vietnamese cuisine—at Cakes N’ Mor. The shop offers custom cakes, cupcakes, cake balls, pastries, cookies, Vietnamese sandwiches and Vietnamese-inspired coffees and teas.

Long-standing equestrian center caters to Cypress horse riding community: Horse enthusiasts Eduardo and Candace Callegari first moved to the Cypress area in 1989, an area Eduardo said was known at the time as a place where horse riding was a major staple of life for many families. Ten years later, the couple launched Callegari Equestrian Center on North Eldridge Parkway. In 2020, even as development has filled green spaces, Eduardo said horse riding is just as popular as ever.

By Danica Lloyd

Editor, Cy-Fair

Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in 2016. As editor, she continues to cover local government, education, health care, real estate, development, business and transportation in Cy-Fair. Her experience prior to CI includes studying at the Washington Journalism Center and interning at a startup incubator in D.C., serving as editor-in-chief of Union University's student magazine and online newspaper, reporting for The Jackson Sun and freelancing for other publications in Arkansas and Tennessee.