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. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Jen has written about business, politics and education. Prior to CI, Jen was the web producer at Houston Business Journal.


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