Charming Charlie returns to Houston; Velvet Taco opens Rice Village location; and more local updates from April

Velvet Taco officially opened at Rice Village on April 26. (Courtesy Velvet Taco)
Velvet Taco officially opened at Rice Village on April 26. (Courtesy Velvet Taco)

Velvet Taco officially opened at Rice Village on April 26. (Courtesy Velvet Taco)

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

Bay Area

IMPACTS ROUNDUP: H-E-B coming to Clear Lake and more

The grocery store will be an anchor for other development in the area.

Bellaire-Meyerland-West University

Velvet Taco to open Rice Village restaurant April 26

Velvet Taco, the Dallas-based taco concept that incorporates Asian, Indian, and Tex-Mex flavors into its menu, will soon open its fifth Houston location.


Faith-based series filmed in Montgomery County hopes for spot on Netflix, Hulu

"Breaking Strongholds," a faith-based, eight-episode series produced in Montgomery County, is wrapping up filming, with some of the final shots being filmed April 10, the production crew said. The show has been pitched to various platforms, including Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime.


Charming Charlie returns to Houston with new Willowbrook Mall storefront

The retail clothing store has made a comeback after filing for bankruptcy in 2019.

Heights-River Oaks-Montrose

Domino's, Nuro testing robot pizza delivery in the Heights

Starting April 12, some customers who order pizza from Domino's in the Woodland Heights area could meet its newest employee: R2, a robot delivery vehicle.


Katy-area to be home of Houston area’s first Layne’s Chicken Fingers

After serving up chicken in College Station for nearly three decades, Layne’s Chicken Fingers is opening its first location in the Houston area in Katy this summer.

Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood

Island Tingz Caribbean Grill owner to move eatery into larger location, launch new Cajun concept in former space

The new spot will also sell alcohol and host reggae nights and live music.


Family-owned Country Place Cafe is more than it appears

As the name implies, Country Place Cafe serves country food, specializing in breakfast.


Campioni Restaurant celebrates 30 years in Spring-Klein community

The locally owned Italian eatery opened in 1991 on FM 1960.

Sugar Land-Missouri City

Uncorked: Daiquiris & More brings frozen, mixed alcoholic drinks to Missouri City

Uncorked: Daiquiris & More held its soft opening at the end of March.

The Woodlands

Wildcat PPE furloughs employees as federal contracts stall

Wildcat PPE, the third largest nonretail major employer in The Woodlands area, had to furlough a large segment of its workforce due to contract issues at the federal level last week, announced Gil Staley, CEO of The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership, as part of his presentation at an April 14 conference.


Tomball-based mother-daughter duo launches online boutique Hen Scratch & Co.

Mother-daughter duo Ashley and Andie Bearden launched an online women’s boutique Feb. 15 from their Tomball home.

Jake Magee, Hunter Marrow, Eva Vigh, Hannah Zedaker, Matt Dulin, Laura Aebi, Kelly Schafler, Claire Shoop, Vanessa Holt contributed to this report.