House of Roux coming soon; Charming Charlie now open: 18 Spring-Klein business updates readers may have missed in April

The gumbo pie is a House of Roux original. (Courtesy House of Roux)
The gumbo pie is a House of Roux original. (Courtesy House of Roux)

The gumbo pie is a House of Roux original. (Courtesy House of Roux)

Several businesses have either recently opened or are coming soon, expanding or relocating in the Spring and Klein area.

Now open

1. Bimbimbox, an Asian grill and tea bar, hosted a soft opening March 31 at 10111 Louetta Road, Ste. 800, Houston. According to its website, the new concept is based on the popular Korean bibimbap and allows patrons to create their own Bimbimbox with their choice of savory grilled meats, hearty vegetables and homemade sauces. Freshly brewed loose leaf teas topped with boba are also available in a variety of flavors. 281-789-0803.

2. Charming Charlie opened inside Willowbrook Mall near Dillard's at 2000 Willowbrook Drive, Ste. 1112, Houston, in late March. While the retail clothing store filed for bankruptcy in mid-2019 and closed all of its locations—including a store at 6915 FM 1960, Houston—the company announced comeback plans later that year to open 15 new stores, including a location inside Willowbrook Mall. The store is known for its color-coordinated in-store setup of clothes, shoes, jewelry and other accessories. 281-890-8001.

3. Beauty & Confidence Electrolysis officially opened April 1 at 5529 Louetta Road, Ste. A, Spring, after beginning its soft opening phase Feb. 28. Owner Angie Quiroz said she offers a permanent hair removal process called electrolysis, which has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The business offers the service for people of any gender on most parts of the body, including eyebrows, upper lip, chin, abdomen, thighs, arms and legs. 346-298-1172.

4. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opened a new location of Deseret Industries thrift store and donation center April 15 at 8625 FM 1960, Houston, near Hwy. 249 where Sports Authority was formerly located. Officials said the store carries a variety of products for the home and family. Deseret Industries provides job training and career help for local community members through career and technical education and business partnerships. Employment resources services and development counseling services are available on-site. The organization also partners with community agencies to assist others. Items not sold in-store are sent off for humanitarian relief. The store has more than 40 locations in the western part of the U.S., and this is the first Texas location. 346-214-7453.

Coming soon

5. The April 17 grand opening of Beard Papa's, a cream puff bakery, has been delayed until May 8. An April 16 news release from Public Content, the public relations firm for Springwoods Village, stated that the opening was delayed due to "unforeseen circumstances." The bakery, which will be located at 2174 Spring Stuebner Road, Ste. 360, Spring in The Market at Springwoods Village, will offer desserts, including chocolate fondant, cheesecake and creme brulée, as well as blended cream drinks.

6. Chef Paul Friedman, the founder and a former owner of Peli Peli, will be returning to Vintage Park this summer with a new concept, The Chef’s Table. According to Friedman, The Chef’s Table will open in June at The Of, and feature cuisine inspired by Friedman’s personal travels. The Chef’s Table will serve lunch and dinner daily as well as brunch on weekends. Friedman said the restaurant will feature both indoor and outdoor seating, a full bar and a retail store where Friedman will sell his spices and sauces as well as beer and wine.

7. Read King Commercial Real Estate is bringing a new office condo project to northwest Houston. The Offices at Vintage Marketplace are under construction near the intersection of Louetta and Cutten roads. Four buildings totaling 9,000 square feet are split into four 2,250-square-foot units, and owners will have the option to customize flooring, cabinetry and other finishes, according to the Read King brochure. Office condos allow business owners and investors to purchase office space rather than lease. The standard 2,250-square-foot unit is $595,000 and features a reception area, conference room, break room, three offices, storage space and a restroom on the first floor. Additional offices are located upstairs along with flex space, an attic and the option to add another restroom, according to the online brochure. 713-782-9000.

8. Wet My Plant owners Jessica Cohen and Colin Gardipee are planning to open the second location of their Houston-based indoor plant nursery May 1 in Old Town Spring. Located at 26303 Preston Ave., Ste. C, Spring, Wet My Plant will offer a wide selection of tropical plants, cacti, succulents and more. Pots, planters, soil and fertilizers will also be available for purchase. 281-323-4898.

9. House of Roux plans to open in Old Town Spring in mid-May. Located at 317 Gentry St., Spring, the new cafe will offer traditional Cajun cuisine for lunch and dinner with menu items ranging from boudin to gumbo pie—a House of Roux original. Owned by Abbey Hebert and Cody Nicholson, House of Roux's dishes are inspired by the flavors found in Hebert's hometown—a small town located in Louisiana's Acadia Parish.

10. Caliber Solutions and Continental Land & Fur Co. are slated to be the newest tenants of CityPlace 1, according to an April 27 news release from Patrinely Group LLC. According to the release, Caliber Solutions, a technology advisory and professional services firm, will occupy 4,475 square feet on the fourth floor of CityPlace 1, while Continental Land & Fur Co., an independent oil and gas producer, will occupy 5,273 square feet on the third floor. CityPlace 1, a 149,500-square-foot multitenant office building, is located at 1700 City Plaza Drive, Spring, and has 90,000 square feet of office space and 12,000 square feet of ground floor retail space available for lease. 713-244-5483 (Caliber Solutions) 281-873-9378 (Continental Land & Fur Co.)

11. Dutch Bros Coffee will open its first Greater Houston-area coffee shop this summer at 19366 I-45, Spring. With more than 400 locations across 11 states, the Oregon-based drive-thru coffee company serves specialty coffee, smoothies, freezes, teas, a private-label Dutch Bros Blue Rebel energy drink and nitrogen-infused cold brew coffee. According to a Dutch Bros Coffee spokesperson, the new location will be locally operated by Todd Sesock and is slated to open by either late June or early July.

Armored Sports, a new Christian sports camp for youth, is launching this summer in churches across the Greater Houston area, including Kingwood, Spring, Cypress, The Woodlands, Conroe, Tomball, Katy, Pearland, Bellaire and Sugar Land, among other communities. Byron Bray II and Tim Robinson co-lead interactive programming focused on sports ranging from flag football to basketball and dodgeball with biblical teaching for children ages 3 1/2-12. COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place.


12. Smilecrafters Dental opened in its new location at 8312 Louetta Road, Ste. D, Spring, on March 8. Formerly located at 18425 Champion Forest Drive, Ste. 220, Spring, the dental practice is lead by Dr. Kranh Tran and offers a variety of services ranging from teeth cleanings and whitening to dental emergencies, Invisalign and extractions. 281-320-8709.


13. Campioni Restaurant celebrated its 30th anniversary on March 25. Located at 13850 Cutten Road, Houston, the locally owned Italian eatery opened in 1991 on FM 1960 and offers traditional Italian staples including seafood, chicken and veal entrees, gourmet pizzas and pastas as well as salads and desserts. Campioni also features banquet facilities that can seat up to 50 people and offers catering services. 281-893-2267.

New ownership

14. CDC Houston, a subsidiary of Coventry Development Corp.—the developer of Springwoods Village—has acquired The Mark at CityPlace Springwoods Village, a luxury multifamily property. According to an April 6 news release, Houston-based Martin Fein Interests Ltd. which purchased the site from CDC Houston in 2014, will continue to be a partner in the property and provide property management services. Located at 1600 Springwoods Plaza Drive, Spring, the 268-unit, six-story building first opened in 2017 and features one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments ranging from 572 square feet to 1,599 square feet. Community amenities include a resort-style pool and separate lap pool, a 24-hour strength and cardio center, a university-style library, a large social lounge with billiards and a pet spa, among others. 833-306-5173.


15. HCA Houston Healthcare Northwest, located at 710 FM 1960 W., Houston, hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony April 14 to unveil the completion of its multimillion-dollar campus beautification project. According to an April 12 news release, the project included the addition of newly landscaped areas, complimentary surface parking, LED lighting and new entry signage as well as the removal of several former retail and multipurpose buildings on HCA's 21-acre campus to allow for more green space near the hospital's main entrance. As part of the project, the hospital also relocated its air ambulance helipad closer to the emergency room and added a second helipad, the release states. The 423-bed acute care hospital has been serving the north Houston community for more than 40 years and offers a range of medical services, including cardiology, maternity care, neonatal intensive care, pediatrics, bariatrics and neurology. 281-440-1000.


16. After three decades in business, T. Carolyn Fashions announced April 27 it closed its Vintage Park storefront due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and will be online-only for the foreseeable future. Located at 130 Vintage Park Blvd., Houston, T. Carolyn Fashions was established in 1991 and offers women's formal wear in sizes 0-28W for special occasions ranging from homecoming and prom to rehearsal dinners and weddings. For more information or to place an online order, email [email protected]

In the news

17. Houston Push, one of the newest professional basketball teams in The Basketball League, has named Fallbrook Church as its home site, according to an April 15 news release. This means Houston Push will play all home games at the Spring-area church, which is located at 12512 Walters Road, Houston, effective April 14. According to the release, Houston Push was acquired earlier this year by Steve "Franchise" Francis, retired NBA all-star and former Houston Rockets player. The team is led by head coach and General Manager Martyn "Moochie" Norris and assistant coach James White—both former NBA and Houston Rockets players. Houston Push played its first set of home games at Fallbrook Church on April 16 and 18. Tickets for future home games will be sold at the door. 202-922-9138.
By Hannah Zedaker
Born and raised in Cypress, Texas, Hannah Zedaker graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and a minor in political science. She began as an intern with Community Impact Newspaper in 2015 and was hired upon graduation as a reporter for The Woodlands edition in May 2016. In January 2019, she was promoted to serve as the editor of the Spring/Klein edition where she covers Spring ISD and Harris County Commissioners Court, in addition to business, development and transportation news.


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