Take a look back at the eight businesses of 2020 from Spring, Klein

Nelia Shehaj baked out of her home for four years prior to opening her first storefront in October 2019. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)
Nelia Shehaj baked out of her home for four years prior to opening her first storefront in October 2019. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)

Nelia Shehaj baked out of her home for four years prior to opening her first storefront in October 2019. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Whitmeyer's Distilling Co. pivoted to making hand sanitizer in the peak of the pandemic. (Courtesy Tomball Economic Development Corp.)
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In addition to an inventory of needlework supplies, 3 Stitches offers lessons in cross stitch, needlepoint and Norwegian Hardanger embroidery taught by Brazell, who has more than 40 years of experience in the industry. (Adriana Rezal/Community Impact Newspaper)
Look back at the local businesses Community Impact Newspaper featured throughout 2020 in Spring and Klein, including Agnes Belle, Whitmeyer’s Distilling Co. and The Tailored Teacher.

Vintage Park boutique, Agnes Belle, showcases southern hospitality

Issue published:
January

Monica Jordan along with her husband, Mark, opened Agnes Belle in Vintage Park in July 2018. Named for her grandmother, Agnes Charrier, the home decor and gift boutique aims to showcase the Southern style and hospitality she remembers during summers spent with her grandmother in the countryside

Houston couple continues Shannon Jewelers legacy in Grand Parkway Marketplace


Issue published:
February

Deborah DeShazo said an attraction to the beauty of gems and diamonds sparked her passion for jewelry as a young woman. Thirty-five years later, her and her husband, Claude’s love of jewelry led them to Shannon Fine Jewelry, a jewelry store once located in Spring on FM 1960.

Upscale consignment boutique, Karen's Closet, gives new life to women’s clothing, accessories

Issue published:
March

At 63 years old, Karen Kastner opened Karen’s Closet in the Champion Forest Shopping Center in 2006. Now in her 14th year in business, Kastner has seven employees and nearly 3,000 consignors who stock her shop with women’s clothing, formalwear, shoes, jewelry and handbags.

Champions-area distillery switches gears from producing whiskey to in-demand hand sanitizer

Issue published:
April

Houston-based Whitmeyer’s Distilling Co. is putting away the whiskey barrels and switching to hand sanitizer in response to a communitywide demand caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

3 Stitches celebrates 25 years of needlework in Spring

Issue published:
June

“It has given them something to do in these stressful times,” 3 Stiches owner Pamela Brazell said. “There are people who have gotten back into needlework in order to have something to do.”

The Tailored Teacher offers additional support for students during coronavirus pandemic

Issue published:
September

Lindsayann Anderson founded The Tailored Teacher in 2014 because she wanted to provide individual support for students with special needs. Now, in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the business has expanded to help all students cope with the uncharted waters of remote learning.

Luliet Creamery + Bake Shop turns Spring baker's sweet dreams into reality

Issue published:
October

“I like to be surrounded by people,” Luliet Creamery + Bake Shop owner Nelia Shehaj said. “When I was working from home it was just me, but here you get to meet the people in the community. ... That’s the fun part of my job.”

Family-run boutique On A Whim looks to new year for pandemic recovery

Issue published:
December

After shutting down for two months during the early height of the coronavirus pandemic, On A Whim boutique is looking to recover as 2021 approaches.

Adriana Rezal and Hannah Zedaker contributed to this report.
By Andy Li