Amazon 4-star store opens at The Woodlands Mall and more business, community news from September

Amazon 4-star's in-store offerings include books, games, electronics and home products. (Courtesy Amazon)
Amazon 4-star's in-store offerings include books, games, electronics and home products. (Courtesy Amazon)

Amazon 4-star's in-store offerings include books, games, electronics and home products. (Courtesy Amazon)

Read business and community news from September from Community Impact Newspaper's coverage of the Houston area.

The Woodlands

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.

Bay Area



PHOTOS: Tropical Storm Beta floods Bay Area roads, neighborhoods

With heavy rainfall forecast to continue for portions of southeast Texas on Sept. 22, the Bay Area has already seen elevated water levels and flooding in some neighborhoods.

Bellaire-Meyerland-West University

Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market 2020 moves fall event fully online

The Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market, celebrating its 40th year and previously scheduled for Nov. 11-15 at NRG Center, has been canceled, organizers announced Sept. 16, citing health concerns over COVID-19.

Instead, the 2020 Virtual Nutcracker Market will launch Nov. 11 for early bird sales, then Nov. 12 for all shoppers.

Conroe-Montgomery

Rudy's Country Store and Bar-B-Que announces opening date in Conroe

Rudy's Country Store and Bar-B-Que will open its seventh store in the Greater Houston area Sept. 11, debuting in Conroe, according to a press release. The eatery, located at 14545 Hwy. 105 W., Conroe, will serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and large group meals daily. Breakfast tacos will be served until 10 a.m.

Cy-Fair

Trustees plan to address racial inequality in Cy-Fair ISD

National protests called for the examination of practices within police departments to identify signs of racial inequality across the United States following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25.

This movement had local officials, including the Cy-Fair ISD board of trustees, asking similar questions. In June, trustees John Ogletree, Julie Hinaman and Gilbert Sarabia were tasked with writing a resolution condemning racism, which was signed when trustees convened at the Sept. 14 meeting.

Heights-River Oaks-Montrose

River Oaks Chamber Orchestra set to launch new season with 'Starburst'

The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra launches its 16th season, themed “Color and Light,” on Sept. 26, the organization announced.

"Starburst," its first concert, will be a livestreamed performance based at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion without an in-person audience.

Katy

1000 Degrees Pizza, Salad, Wings coming to Greenhouse Road in the Katy area in November

Jim Cossette plans to open a 1000 Degrees Pizza, Salad, Wings location in mid-November in the Katy area at 1922 Greenhouse Road, Ste. 800, Houston. At 1000 Degrees Pizza, Salad, Wings, customers can build their own Neapolitan pizza with various meats, vegetables, cheeses and sauces.

Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood

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.

Pearland-Friendswood

Checkers opens its Pearland location

Checkers opened Sept. 1 at 7305 W. Broadway St., Pearland. The fast-food chain restaurant serves burgers, fries, shakes, hot dogs and chicken wings, and it only offers drive-thru services.

Spring-Klein

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.

Sugar Land-Missouri City

Missouri City amends street-naming policies

Missouri City residents will now be able to more easily apply with the city to change an existing street name, following recent action by City Council.

Tomball-Magnolia

PHOTOS: Get a first look at Tomball's newly opened Broussard Park

The city of Tomball and Harris County Precinct 4 celebrated the opening of Broussard Park on Sept. 25, more than five years after the city first received the donated land for the park.

Colleen Ferguson, Ben Thompson, Matt Dulin, Anna Lotz, Danica Lloyd, Beth Marshall, Kelly Schafler, Haley Morrison, Andrew Christman and Claire Shoop contributed to this report.



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