2019 in review: Check out these 11 Katy-area businesses featured this year

Community Impact Newspaper loves to support locally owned and -operated businesses. In each issue, we feature one business and share the owner's story.

Here is every business the Katy edition wrote about over the past 12 months.

Laguna Pools & Designs specializes in creating backyard paradises for 46 years

Rob Traugott founded Laguna Pools in 1973 as a way to return to his roots growing up in the Rio Grande Valley, swimming in the pool his father built on the family’s farm, he said. Read the rest of the story here.

1010 Greenbusch Road, Katy | 281-392-8833 | www.lagunapools.com

Reform Pilates and Fitness owner brings passion of Pilates to Katy

After years of countless muscle and joint overuse injuries, Victoria Sandoval Knutar turned to Pilates. The exercise offered relief to her body, exhausted from 13 years of competitive swimming, which involved training for 30 hours a week and attending matches almost every weekend. Read the rest of the story here.

3750 S. Mason Road, Ste. 700, Katy | 832-441-4622 | www.reformpilateskaty.com

Boyert Shooting Center offers safe space to learn gun safety

Curtis Alberts said several of his colleagues opened Boyert Shooting Center to welcome anyone ranging from those who have never held a gun to experienced war veterans. Read the rest of the story here.

1200 S. Mason Road, Katy | 281-693-4867 | www.boyert.com

Texas Floral Designer of the Year shares happiness through flowers at Fulshear Floral Design

As the co-owner of Fulshear Floral Design, Ace Berry has devoted his life to floral design by fulfilling orders with his labradoodle, Gus; teaching seminars across the U.S.; and becoming the 2019 Texas Floral Designer of the Year. Read the rest of the story here.

8525 FM 359 S., Ste. 105, Fulshear | 281-533-9468 | www.fulshearfloraldesign.com

The Wellness Centre in Katy offers natural health services

Scott Balin and his wife, Donna, own The Wellness Centre, a facility in Katy that offers chiropractic and nutritional services along with other treatments to help maintain the health of the whole body. Read the rest of the story here.

1432 FM 1463, Katy | 281-395-2225 | www.katywellnesscentre.com

Katy-area specialty store Good Times Running Co. supports athletic community

At Good Times Running Co., guests will find more than just an athletics retail store. Business partners Steve Brammer, Sarah Priest, Nick Waak and Andrea Witte work hard to ensure their shop supplies Katy-area residents with a good pair of running shoes, apparel and nutritional supplements as well as friendship, mentorship and a place to hang out. Read the rest of the story here.

22764 Westheimer Parkway, Ste. 650, Katy | 832-437-7745 | www.goodtimesrunningco.com

No Label Brewing Co. produces ‘beers everyone can enjoy,’ co-founder says

A few things have changed at No Label Brewing Co. since it sold its first barrel of beer in December 2010, co-founder Jennifer Royo said. The business sells to-go beer from the taproom and switched from bottles to cans. A playground and bathrooms were added, and the layout was rearranged. The brewery also produces a larger variety of beers. Read the rest of the story here.

5351 First St., Katy | 281-693-7545 | www.nolabelbrew.com

Counter’s Tutoring Connection inspires student learning through relationships

About seven years ago, Jennifer Counter was a single mom looking to supplement her teacher salary. She began tutoring one elementary student in-home, and within two years she expanded to 20 students. Today, the Katy-area businesswoman runs Counter’s Tutoring Connection full time with about 100 students, 37 tutors and a business manager, she said. Read the rest of the story here.

24662 Kingsland Blvd., Katy | 832-341-6621 | www.counterstutoring.com

Sam’s Strings Violin Shop: East Coast musician goes from working in China to Katy area

Sam Matthews was born into a family who rejoiced in playing musical instruments in Greenville, South Carolina. His father played the double bass; his mother played the piano; and his brother played the trumpet. Matthews said he carried his passion for music into adulthood, and eventually it compelled him to open his own business in the music industry. Read the rest of the story here.

411 Park Grove Drive, Ste. 210, Katy | 713-257-0459 | www.samsstrings.com

Katy boutique Yaya Club Clothing sells women’s fashion, teaches style to all

Co-owners Robin Ebrecht, Angie McClelland and Deb Haring opened Yaya Club Clothing in November 2018 to fulfill a need in the community by providing affordable women’s clothing with fashion advice. Read the rest of the story here.

123 FM 1463, Katy | 281-665-7435 | www.yayaclubclothing.com

Katy-area juice bar koldprezz sells drinks made in-house from organic ingredients

When walking into koldprezz, guests are immediately greeted by the smells of fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs. Read the rest of the story here.

829 S. Mason Road, Ste. 250, Katy | 346-704-5653 | www.koldprezz.com
By Jen Para
Jen joined Community Impact Newspaper in fall 2018 as the editor of the Katy edition. She covers education, transportation, local government, business and development in the Katy area.


Harris County Flood Control District is planning to submit preliminary flood plain maps to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in late 2021. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Farm Stores boasts a drive-thru but will soon expand to curbside. (Photo by Farm Stores)
Farm Stores comes to Katy

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Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced the opening of a COVID-19 vaccine waitlist at a Jan. 25 press conference. (Screenshot courtesy Facebook)
Harris County to open waitlist for COVID-19 vaccines Jan. 26

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Filing for the May 1 Katy City Council election opened Jan. 13 and will close Feb. 12. (Nola Valente/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The filing period is open for residents who plan to run in the May election to serve on the Katy ISD board of trustees.

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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)
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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.

A community bond advisory committee met Jan. 20 for the second of three meetings to review the district's campus and facility capital needs in consideration of a May bond referendum. (Morgan Theophil/Community Impact Newspaper)
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