Atascocita Lake Houston Florist helps clients celebrate special occasions

Florists Avery Martin (left) and Ramona Sanders show some of the flowers available at Atascocita Lake Houston Florist.

Florists Avery Martin (left) and Ramona Sanders show some of the flowers available at Atascocita Lake Houston Florist.

Image description
Atascocita Lake Houston Florist
Image description
Atascocita Lake Houston Florist
Image description
Atascocita Lake Houston Florist
Atascocita Lake Houston Florist has evolved in the past three decades, but the shop’s owners said one thing has remained constant over that time: Flowers still bring a smile to anyone’s face.

“I remember this 80-year-old man who didn’t say anything once I handed him his flowers. He just had this really big smile on his face [as he] walked away from the door,” shop owner Cristina Swanson said. “That’s why we’re still here.”

Swanson’s late mother, Amparo Wong, founded the business in 1980 in Atascocita. The shop would later move to its present location in Humble.

Swanson said she initially learned about floral design at 18 under the direction of the late, world-renowned innovator and author M. “Buddy” Benz of Houston, the founder of the Benz School of Floral Design at Texas A&M University in College Station.

“We still use everything I learned in that class,” Swanson said. “But in life, we are always learning, so I am always looking for classes to improve my art design, work and techniques.”

Bouquets and arrangements are available for delivery for any occasion and flower preference. The flower shop also offers consultations for weddings, funerals, homecomings and proms.

“It’s very personalized, and no two [orders) look exactly alike,” Swanson said. “It’s enjoyable to see that young people are so excited about their prom, and they really go all out.”

The flower shop is expecting a busy prom and homecoming season, Swanson said.

“Last year we did Texas-shaped mums, and customers were looking for bling and anything that will add to the shine,” she said.

An array of plants, home decor, and baby and children items are also available, Swanson said.

“Just like people, no two flowers look alike,” she said. “Each has [its] own unique personality and beauty. That’s another reason I’m still here, to share that beauty.”


MOST RECENT

According to METRO, the two employees were a bus controller and a bus repairman, neither of whom had contact with the public. The bus controller has not worked for METRO since May 17. (Community Impact staff)
Harris County coronavirus count: Two more METRO employees test positive

According to METRO, the two employees were a bus controller and a bus repairman, neither of whom had contact with the public. The bus controller has not worked for METRO since May 17.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar spoke to members of the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce on May 27 about what the state's post-pandemic economic turnaround might look like. (Screenshot of May 27 virtual luncheon)
Texas comptroller predicts slow, steady economic turnaround post-pandemic

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said the state entered the era of the coronavirus in a healthy financial situation, which bodes well for the future as reopening continues, but that Texans are not out of the woods yet.

Nursing facilities across Texas will be able to apply for federal funds to purchase devices to connect residents to friends and family. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Gov. Greg Abbott announces $3.6 million project to connect nursing home residents to families

Gov. Greg Abbott announced May 27 that $3.6 million will be provided to nursing facilities to purchase tablets, webcams and headphones to connect residents with family members.

The industry has had to shift to more virtual open houses, which has brought both advantages and disadvantages. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
Montgomery County real estate market takes hit in April; real estate industry goes virtual

Between May 5-11, the Greater Houston area had 241 virtual open houses that drew 1,330 attendees.

Voters are encouraged to bring their own equipment in order to prevent catching or spreading coronavirus.(Graphic by Matthew T. Mills /Community Impact Newspaper)
State of Texas releases voter health checklist for polling stations in June and July

Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughs released a checklist May 26 for voters to follow to help prevent the spread of coronavirus at polls.

Montgomery County Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack announced his plan to give $500 stimulus checks to homeowners. (Courtesy James Noack)
Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack proposes plan for $65 million return through CARES Act

A plan will be submitted for Montgomery County property owners to be able to apply for a $500 stimulus check later this summer.

On May 27, SpaceX will launch NASA astronauts to the International Space Station. This marks the first time in nearly a decade U.S. astronauts have launched from the U.S. (Courtesy NASA Television)
UPDATED: Here's how to watch the historic May 30 SpaceX rocket launch

For the first time since 2011, NASA astronauts are launching from U.S. soil to space.

Public health officials have now confirmed five deaths total over the past five days in the county. (Community Impact staff)
Harris County coronavirus count: No new deaths, 286 new cases confirmed in Harris County May 26

Public health officials have now confirmed five deaths total over the past five days in the county.

Montgomery County commissioners met May 26 in Conroe. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Here’s how Montgomery County will distribute Round 1 CARES Act funding

Round 2 is half the amount of Round 1 and will be used for food distributions and for the elderly and children. The allocation method for Round 3 has not yet been determined .

According to several Facebook posts, Grand Texas officials pushed forward with opening the water park on May 23 despite state orders. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Big Rivers Waterpark & Adventures reopens despite state orders; developer plans for future of Grand Texas

Editor's note: After this print story went to press on the morning of May 26, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a proclamation allowing that water parks, recreational sports programs for adults, driver education programs and food-court dining areas in malls can soon reopen at 25% occupancy under Phase 2.

Starting May 29, water parks will be able to open up to 25% capacity. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gov. Abbott issues proclamation allowing water parks to open

Starting Friday, May 29, water parks will be allowed to open but must limit guests to 25% of their normal operating capacity.