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The Republic Grille opens third location in Spring

The Republic Grille announced it recently opened its third location at 3486 Discovery Creek Blvd., Spring.

According to a Sept. 22 press release, the new location is near the intersection of Grand Parkway and Rayford Road in the Harmony Commons development.

Repair One Automotive opens location on Louetta Road

The Woodlands-based Repair One Automotive opened its second location in late August at 8680 Louetta Road, Spring. The automotive repair and service shop offers engine maintenance, alignments, transmission services and inspections, among other services, and features a children's playroom.

Gypsy Caravan Events launches semimonthly Champions Farmers Market

Gypsy Caravan Events launched a new semimonthly farmers market in the parking lot of Campioni Restaurant on Sept. 12. Located at 13850 Cutten Road, Houston, the Champions Farmers Market will take place the second and fourth Saturdays of each month from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and showcase a variety of vendors, including local farmers and artisans.

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Amazon launches 4-star retail store at The Woodlands Mall

The newest Amazon 4-star location opened its doors Sept. 18 in The Woodlands Mall at 1201 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands.

The 4-star is the Seattle-based technology company's physical store brand, and it is stocked with a variety of merchandise from its online marketplace. Products offered at the retail location include books, electronics, home and kitchen goods, games and toys that are trending, top-selling or highly rated on

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Sprouts Farmers Market set to open new Houston store Oct. 14

Sprouts Farmers Market will soon be opening a new grocery store.

The supermarket chain will open a new 26,000-square-foot grocery store at 1212 Old Spanish Trail, Houston, on Oct. 14, the company announced via a July 22 news release.


Community honors legacy of Dr. Norman Graham, Tomball’s 'father of medicine'

In the early 1950s, Dr. Norman Graham and his associate, Dr. William McElveen, answered the call to move to the growing city of Tomball, which was experiencing a lack of medical physicians despite its growth at the time, according to an article in a 2002 "Spirit of Tomball" publication by the Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce.

Graham would later become known as the “patriarch” of Tomball’s medical community. He served the community for 69 years before dying Sept. 3 at age 96, according to Lynn LeBouef, chief executive officer of the Tomball Regional Hospital Foundation, who worked with Graham previously.


Juanita’s Mexican Kitchen to open soon in Fairfield

Juanita's Mexican Kitchen is opening a new location soon in the Fairfield area at 29110 Hwy. 290, Ste. 500, Cypress, offering enchiladas, fajitas, seafood and other Tex-Mex specialties with homemade tortillas.

Frost opens new Blackhorse Financial Center in Cypress

Officials with Frost have announced that Blackhorse Financial Center opened Sept. 14 at 13201 Fry Road, Cypress. The lobby is currently open by appointment only, but the site’s ATM operates from 6 a.m.-midnight daily.

Frost offers financial services for consumers and businesses and operates 51 financial centers in the Greater Houston area.

Esthetix Skin Care now open in Vintage Park area

Holly Mendoza opened Esthetix Skin Care at 118 Vintage Park Blvd., Ste. 12, Houston, in August. Mendoza said she is a licensed esthetician who has practiced in the Cypress area since 2013. The new business specializes in facial treatments for men, women and teenagers.

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New Montrose restaurant Ostia sets opening date

Houston native chef Travis McShane will debut his new restaurant, Ostia, on Sept. 25 in a renovated space at 2032 Dunlavy St., Houston, in the Montrose area.

Dessert Gallery celebrates 25 years of sweets in Houston

Dessert Gallery, 3600 Kirby Drive, Houston, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in September. For the rest of the year, the bakery and cafe will feature monthly product giveaways through its Facebook and Instagram pages. The first giveaway features a half-dozen of its new piñata cupcakes. Dessert Gallery offers curbside pick-up and delivery options, and ships nationwide.

Ride-hailing app Alto expanding to Houston

The Dallas-based ride-hailing service Alto has its sights set on Houston for its first expansion market.

Positioning Alto as an "elevated" experience compared to existing apps, co-founder Will Coleman said the service incorporates logistics technology, personalization and touches from the hospitality industry, such as the service's own in-car scent.

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El Tiempo Cantina to open in Kingwood

El Tiempo Cantina will soon open a new location at 1414 Northpark Drive, Kingwood, in the Centre at Northpark development. Operator Rigo Luna, who used to work at Ninfa’s Mexican Restaurant in Kingwood, said he hopes to open the restaurant by the end of September.

Andrew Christman, Kelly Schafler, Matt Dulin, Ben Thompson, Hannah Zedaker, Danica Lloyd and Hunter Marrow contributed to this report.