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


Handel's Homemade Ice Cream coming soon to Spring Cypress Road

Handel's Homemade Ice Cream plans to open a new location by mid-November at 8765 Spring Cypress Road, Spring. The ice cream parlor will offer more than 50 flavors of ice cream, yogurt, sherbet, ice, and fat-free, no-sugar-added ice cream available by the quart, pint, scoop or cone.


Burlington to open Sept. 21 in Fairfield Town Center in Cypress

A new location of Burlington is slated to open Sept. 21 in the Fairfield Town Center at 28930 Hwy. 290, Cypress.

Division One Nutrition prepares to open first storefront in Cy-Fair

Local educator and business owner Danai Strother said she plans to hold a grand opening for Division One Nutrition on Sept. 19-20 at 17960 FM 529, Ste. B, Houston. Strother previously partnered with a local gym to offer low-calorie smoothies, energy teas and iced protein coffee, and this is the first brick-and-mortar storefront for the nutrition business.

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KIPP Texas Public Schools plans to open new Sugar Land campus, begins school year virtually

A new KIPP Texas Public Schools campus at 14030 Florence Road, Sugar Land, began the 2020-21 school year virtually Aug. 24.

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Longtime Houston restaurateur Tony Vallone, 'the king of fine dining,' has died

Longtime Houston restaurateur Tony Vallone has died, according to a Sept. 10 statement from his restaurant.

In honor of his legacy, Tony's in Greenway Plaza at 3755 Richmond Ave., Houston, will be closed for the weekend and reopens Sept. 14. The restaurant has served Houston for over 55 years.

Art on the Avenue fundraiser set for Sept. 15-19 with in-person and virtual option

The 23rd annual Art on the Avenue fundraiser—the city's largest silent auction charity art event—will offer a hybrid virtual and in-person experience option.

The event will be available mostly online over five days, Sept. 15-19, with artwork viewings and auction bids all handled virtually, according to event organizers.

After 6-month hiatus, Menil Collection reopening with new exhibits on deck

Closed since mid-March, The Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross St., Houston, has announced it will reopen Sept. 12. The art museum and the Menil Drawing Institute will reopen with updated COVID-19 protocols.

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METRORail Red Line improvements prompt weekend service interruptions

Service interruptions can be expected during the maintenance period starting Sept. 12 and extending through the end of Sept. 13.

Willow Waterhole Conservancy’s annual MusicFest 2020 canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

MusicFest 2020 will not be happening at Willow Waterhole Greenway in 2020.

The board for the Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy voted to not hold the event Oct. 24-25 due to concerns for the health and safety of festivalgoers after being recommended to cancel the event by a large resident-run committee tasked with overseeing the event, said Howard Sacks, who serves the board as events chairman.

Bay Area

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Paycheck Protection Program loan helps Brockway Realty during real estate market decline

As COVID-19 was hitting Texas in March, the residential real estate market was on the decline, and Brockway Realty co-owner James Brockway was worried.

The housing market has since recovered from the pandemic, but it took a sharp decline at its onset, he said.

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Courtyard by Marriott to open in 2021 in Generation Park

Courtyard by Marriott will open in Generation Park in the first quarter of 2021 at at 250 Assay St., Houston. Work on the five-story hotel began May 8, 2018, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported. The 2,000-square-foot hotel will consist of 144 rooms, a fitness center, an outdoor pool, workspaces and a bistro featuring food options and Starbucks coffee.

Hannah Zedaker, Danica Lloyd, Matt Dulin, Jake Magee, Claire Shoop, Hunter Marrow and Andy Li contributed to this report.