Shogun Japanese Grill and Sushi Bar opens in Spring and more Houston-area news

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The Woodlands

Shogun Japanese Grill and Sushi Bar holds soft opening in Spring

Shogun Japanese Grill and Sushi Bar, located at 3532 Harmony Commons Drive, Spring, held a soft opening Oct. 13 in the Harmony Commons Plaza.

Free COVID-19 testing to be available in The Woodlands Township's town hall parking lot

Mobile testing COVID-19 testing will be available at no cost beginning at 9 a.m. Oct. 23, said John Powers, The Woodlands Township's assistant general manager for community services.

GenuWine Tasting Room announces closure after 10 years

GenuWine Tasting Room, a wine bar located at 6503 FM-1488, Ste. 401, Magnolia, announced it will be closing at the end of the month due to the uncertainty of the economy and pandemic.


15 spooky, fall and holiday events to attend in Tomball, Magnolia through mid-November

See the latest events in Tomball and Magnolia.

Diaper drive-thru, barbecue and more: Things to do this weekend in Tomball, Magnolia

From virtual concerts to in-person car shows, here is a number of events going on in the Tomball and Magnolia area this weekend.

Tomball business Goat Maddness offers goat milk-based skin care for him and her

Goat Maddness owner Chris Madden said he learned the skin care benefits of goat milk from his mother-in-law, Linda Faith, who 13 years ago began making products such as lotion and hand soaps from her goats’ leftover milk.

Bellaire-Meyerland-West University

2020 Bellaire Arts & Crafts Festival canceled; spring iteration still a possibility

The 2020 Bellaire Arts & Crafts Festival, scheduled for Nov. 14, has been canceled, according to an Oct. 20 announcement from the Bellaire Culture and Arts Board, the group that oversees the festival.


Airi Ramen coming soon to Fairfield Town Center in Cypress

Airi Ramen is slated to open in early December at 28404 Hwy. 290, Ste. G19, Cypress, in the former location of Slurping Noodles in the Fairfield Town Center.

Bay Area

Tate’s Home Decor & Custom Framing: Family-run League City business captures local history

Randall Tate began working in his father’s framing shop as a young adult in the mid-1960s. More than half a century later, he has framed everything from jerseys to space gear to “polar bear poop.”

Heights-River Oaks-Montrose

The Sporting Club brings the outdoors in with retractable roof on Washington Avenue

SoClutch Group's latest bar and restaurant concept, The Sporting Club, will open Oct. 22 at 5102 Washington Ave., Houston, the group announced.

Sugar Land-Missouri City

4 recently opened businesses in Sugar Land, Missouri City

Blue Legend Swim School, Clean My Teeth, PNC Bank and The Woodlands Financial Group Insurance all opened recently in Sugar Land and Missouri City.


Rainbow Pediatrics of Houston now open on Veterans Memorial Drive

Rainbow Pediatrics of Houston opened Oct. 1 at 12822 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston. Led by Dr. Lisa T. Lau, who is fluent in English, Cantonese, Mandarin and Spanish, the pediatric medical office offers comprehensive care for infants and children from newborns to age 18.


Katy's Pinot's Palette adapts to COVID-19

Earlier this year, Meredith Lanning, owner of Pinot’s Palette in Katy, told Community Impact Newspaper she was taking measures to be extra sanitary and maintain social distancing rules in her classes at the beginning of quarantine; she even suspended in-studio classes for a while.

Eight months and several regulations later, Lanning said it has been a challenging year.


Sandwiches, spin class and more: The latest business news for Conroe, Montgomery

The Conroe and Montgomery area has seen a number of new businesses open and changes in ownership in recent months.

Nola Valente, Hannah Zedaker, Claire Shoop, Adriana Rezal, Hunter Marrow, Andrew Christman, Shawn Arrajj, Colleen Ferguson and Matt Dulin contributed to this report.


Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Dec. 2 that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has allotted 1.4 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines to the state of Texas. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
First allotment of COVID-19 vaccinations expected to arrive in Texas in mid-December

About 1.4 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines have been allotted to the state of Texas and will arrive the week of Dec. 14.

The East Montgomery County Industrial Park off Gene Campbell Road will welcome the Lowe's Distribution Center in July. (Courtesy East Montgomery County Improvement District)
Lowe's to bring 200 jobs to Montgomery County and more Houston-area news

Read the latest Houston-area business and community news.

A new coronavirus testing site is coming to The Woodlands on Dec. 14. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Second free mobile coronavirus testing clinic coming to The Woodlands on Dec. 14

The free clinic from Curative will be available until Jan. 31, 2021.

The letter came a week after Longoria was virtually sworn into the office by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo on Nov. 18. (Screenshot via Zoom)
Harris County scrambles to make creation of Elections Administrator Office lawful after Attorney General's letter identifies deficiencies

Harris County is working to make right the appointment of Isabel Longoria as the county's first-ever elections administrator after County Attorney Vince Ryan received a letter Nov. 25 from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton stating that the county did not follow the proper appointment process.

Gwen Sims first joined Harris County Public Health in 1997. (Courtesy Harris County Public Health)
Deputy Director Gwen Sims appointed interim executive director of Harris County Public Health

Harris County Commissioners Court unanimously appointed Gwen Sims to serve as the interim executive director of Harris County Public Health in anticipation of Executive Director Umair Shah's departure Dec. 18.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Hewlett Packard Enterprise to relocate headquarters from Silicon Valley to Springwoods Village

Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced Dec. 1 plans to relocate its headquarters from San Jose, California to a brand new campus in the Greater Houston area, which is under construction in CityPlace at Springwoods Village.

CCEMS provides emergency medical services for approximately 177 square miles of North Harris County. (Courtesy Cypress Creek EMS)
Judge rules Harris County Emergency Services District No. 11 can no longer withhold payments from Cypress Creek EMS

The ESD No. 11 board voted to terminate its contract with CCEMS on Sept. 3 after a long history of disagreements over the two entities’ 16-year relationship.

Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital is undergoing an expansion. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Work on $250M Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital expansion continues, completion expected in 2022

The new patient tower at Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital will include for 100 more beds.

To support this initiative, community members are encouraged to visit NAM's Blessing Tree, located at 15555 Kuykendahl Road, Houston, where they can choose a child's name and shop specifically for that child. (Courtesy Northwest Assistance Ministries)
Northwest Assistance Ministries in need of donations to support biggest Season of Blessings campaign in nonprofit's history

Northwest Assistance Ministries is in need of toys, food and monetary donations to provide meals to more than 1,700 families and toys to more than 5,300 children this holiday season. By comparison, the nonprofit provided meals for 994 families and toys for 1,773 children in 2019.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has launched a campaign to address declining college enrollment numbers across the state since the pandemic started. (Courtesy Pexels)
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board launches campaign to boost college enrollment

The decline in college enrollment across the state of Texas has prompted several agencies to partner up and create online resources for students and counselors.

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Press Waffle Co. set to open in The Woodlands on Dec. 4

The restaurant features sweet and savory waffles, gourmet milkshakes, and coffee and espresso drinks.