2019 Roundup: 12 business features from the Sugar Land and Missouri City communities

La Rêve Bridal Couture in Sugar Land is one of the businesses Community Impact Newspaper featured this year. (Christine Hall)
La Rêve Bridal Couture in Sugar Land is one of the businesses Community Impact Newspaper featured this year. (Christine Hall)

La Rêve Bridal Couture in Sugar Land is one of the businesses Community Impact Newspaper featured this year. (Christine Hall)

Community Impact Newspaper featured 12 business in the Sugar Land and Missouri City communities in 2019. Take a look back at these articles, which appeared in the print edition each month.

January 2019 - New Strength Pilates in Missouri City tailors classes to the needs of its clients

Beth Posa helps people regain their mobility after injuries, but it was not very long ago that she was in a similar position. She opened New Strength Pilates in April 2018 to provide a unique approach to wellness: Posa and her team of two trainers tailor workouts to the needs of the client, their body and movement challenges. They even discuss medical history, working with the client’s doctor or physical therapist.

February 2019 - Dance Du Coeur Sugar Land Dance Studio opened when other studios closed

Kathy Morrow’s typical experience with dance was taking her daughter, Olivia, now in college, to classes and recitals around Sugar Land. That all changed when two Sugar Land studios closed in 2011. Morrow, a Realtor, saw the closures as an opportunity to open a new studio, despite the fact that she did not have a background in dance.

March 2019 - Bean Here Coffee owner prioritizes building customer relationships

At Bean Here Coffee, when customers sit at the bar they can expect a barista or owner Mike Ouano to strike up a conversation.

April 2019 - Groove Music School offers private, group lessons

Gonzalo Arjona, a Berklee College of Music alumnus, moved to Sugar Land from Mexico City when he was 16 years old. This was when he began experimenting with music, first testing his skills on the acoustic guitar and ultimately sticking to playing the bass guitar. Later in life, when his children were taking guitar lessons off Hwy. 90A, Arjona agreed to buy the store from the previous owner in April 2015, inheriting three teachers and launching Groove Music School. Arjona now employs 13 teachers and has about 300 students.

May 2019 - La Rêve Bridal Couture offers dream dresses for brides

When a bride walked into La Rêve Bridal Couture one day, she was crying. Her wedding was a few weeks away, and she had not yet found a dress. Manager Aisha Osanyin said her staff found a dress for the bride that day and helped secure alterations in time for her wedding. It is those kinds of moments that Osanyin said is why she does what she does.

June 2019 - Hot Yoga Sugar Land helps clients find their center while getting sweaty

Hot Yoga Sugar Land owner Alanna Partin recalls an injury—a stress fracture following a fitness competition—that had her stepping on a yoga mat for the first time. After moving to Texas, she was laid off in 2015; however, Partin had other plans. At yoga class one day, she heard the owner was retiring and would be closing the studio, something she did not want to see happen. With the support of her husband, Partin took over the studio as owner June 1, 2018.

July 2019 - Sienna Cryo offers pain-management options to clients

When Meco Choates’s wife, Yolanda, decided to take on a more traditional exercise routine, the movements exacerbated some old injuries she received while serving in the U.S. Army. Passionate about bringing cryotherapy options to their Missouri City neighbors, the Choateses opened Sienna Cryo in March 2018. (Note: this business has closed in the time since Community Impact Newspaper wrote the feature.)

August 2019 - Sweets in the Sky cake shop offers custom-made creations in Missouri City

Naomi Lindsley left her analyst job with an oil and gas company to pursue her dream of opening a cake shop. Sweets in the Sky opened in Missouri City in June 2018, and Lindsley said the business is doing well.

September 2019 - Inspiration Stage theater company finds niche in Sugar Land

Between overseeing theater summer camp programs and running rehearsals, Mandy Seymore-Sensat, artistic director of Inspiration Stage, can be found at the Sugar Land Auditorium at almost any time of day or night during the summer months. Inspiration Stage is a theater program that operates year-round, offering dance and acting classes for children ages 3-18 as well as performance opportunities for youth and adult students.

October 2019 - Heaven on Earth event venue reopens after sustaining damage during Hurricane Harvey

After sustaining tornado damage during Hurricane Harvey in August 2017, Missouri City’s historic event venue, Heaven on Earth, reopened this summer.

November 2019 - Wishbone Pet Care owner strives to provide quality services

Becoming a pet owner 11 years ago changed the course of Tammi Bui’s career. Bui, whose background is in marketing and graphic design, said she never imagined that one day, she would own a pet business.

December 2019 - Escape Again Rooms owners provide customized challenging experiences in Sugar Land

During an April 2016 trip to College Station for parents weekend at Texas A&M University, Tracie Whitacre and David Sebek played their first escape room. In November of the same year, they opened Escape Again Rooms in Sugar Land.

By Claire Shoop

Claire joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2019 as the reporter for the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2019 where she studied journalism, government and Arabic. While in school, Claire was a fellow for The Texas Tribune, worked for the student newspaper, The Daily Texan, and spent a semester in Washington, D.C. She enjoys playing cards with her family and listening to the Boss, Bruce Springsteen.


Essential workers struggling to find child care amid coronavirus shutdowns can now find a provider and potentially receive financial assistance through a new Southeast Texas database. (Courtesy Pexels)
Essential workers in Southeast Texas can now search for child care, receive financial assistance

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Fort Bend ISD, along with Missouri City, will hold virtual meetings on April 6. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The Quail Valley Golf Course in Missouri City remains open and has tee times available daily. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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As of April 3, Fort Bend County is reporting 221 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, up from 194 just one day prior. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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Houston Airport System officials expect March passenger data to be significantly lower than in other months. Foot traffic at IAH was light March 24. (Emily Heineman/Community Impact Newspaper)
TSA limits checkpoints at George Bush Intercontinental Airport; Houston Airport System expects significant decline in March passengers

With low passenger travel amid the coronavirus pandemic, Transportation Security Administration checkpoints at George Bush Intercontinental Airport have been consolidated to make better use of resources and personnel, Houston Airport System officials said.

Prices are more of an indicator of real estate activity during the coronavirus pandemic than location or geography, a local Realtor said.
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The $2 trillion federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act—also known as the CARES Act—provides millions of dollars in relief to small businesses nationwide. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce shares information about small-business relief programs

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Volunteers unload food donations for the Montgomery County Food Bank. (Courtesy Drive West Communications)
ExxonMobil makes $250,000 donation to local food banks

The energy company said the Houston Food Bank will receive $200,000, including $50,000 in gasoline gift cards. The Montgomery County Food Bank will also receive $50,000.

The University of Houston at Sugar Land will offer third-year business classes starting in the fall. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)
University of Houston’s Sugar Land campus to offer junior-level business courses this fall

Bauer Dean Paul Pavlou said the decision to expand Bauer classes to the Sugar Land campus was in part because more than 25% of students enrolled at Bauer are from the Fort Bend County area.

Missouri City looks ahead after firing city manager

Missouri City City Council is moving forward with plans to hire a new city manager after firing Anthony Snipes from the role in response to allegations made by Mayor Yolanda Ford.

(Beth Marshall/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Left to right: Salim Nathani, Noureen Nathani and Sadruddin Currimbhoy are members of Bright Offerings' board. Bright Offerings aims to economically empower people through apprenticeship programs. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)
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