Jewelry, beauty, gifts: 9 local businesses profiled in The Woodlands area in 2020

Manuel Buchanan, owner and operator of K9 PW Training and Boarding, is joined by his wife and two daughters when training dogs. (Courtesy K9 PW Training and Boarding)
Manuel Buchanan, owner and operator of K9 PW Training and Boarding, is joined by his wife and two daughters when training dogs. (Courtesy K9 PW Training and Boarding)

Manuel Buchanan, owner and operator of K9 PW Training and Boarding, is joined by his wife and two daughters when training dogs. (Courtesy K9 PW Training and Boarding)

Community Impact Newspaper features interviews with local businesses every month and offers a look at their services. Here is a look back at the businesses that we talked to in 2020 in The Woodlands area. Due to COVID-19-related closures, business profiles did not run in April, May or June of 2020. Click on the business name to read our full feature on each location with photos and location information.

1. Blissful Waters Float Center

Owners Melody and David Fraser said clients ages 12-87 have come to the center seeking to relieve physical pain symptoms, such as sports injuries, chronic back pain and rheumatoid arthritis. Patrons also look to sensory deprivation therapy to deal with anxiety, depression, insomnia, and other mental and emotional stress symptoms, they said.

2. Thomas Markle Jewelers

Markle opened his original brick-and-mortar retail store in Kingwood in 1988. He expanded to Champions Forest in 2000 and launched The Woodlands store in 2009. Markle said his work has been based around customer service and offering the higher-end jewelry that first captured his attention.

3. Bradbury Brothers

When launching Bradbury Brothers in 2010, owners Michael, Todd and Jason Bradbury dedicated 10% of their total budget to giving back to their employees and community alongside their usual cooling, heating, plumbing and electrical services. According to their mother, Jacki Bradbury, who is also a co-owner and serves as director of marketing and training for Bradbury Brothers, half of the 10% dedicated to giving back is seen directly in the community through donations and a variety of events throughout the year.

4. Perfect 10 Beauty Bar

Logan Lopez, founder and owner of Perfect 10 Beauty Bar, said she began developing her business concept after experiencing the benefits of microblading—an eyebrow-enhancing process—for the first time and venturing into the beauty industry. Since Perfect 10’s launch in 2016, microblading has become one of the salon’s signature offerings, and Lopez said she has steadily grown her business to offer new services inspired by her passions and her clients’ needs.

5. Blazing Bins

Following 16 years of military service, Spring resident Richard Shubin was struggling to find employment before he eventually decided to work for himself, which led to the October 2018 creation of a trash bin cleaning service he owns and operates with his wife, Chasstidy Shubin.

6. K9 PW Training and Boarding

For dog owners around The Woodlands area who hope to improve their dog’s discipline and communication skills, K9 PW Training and Boarding offers hands-on instruction and care based around improving animals’ relationships with their families.

7. Precise Translations

Since coming to The Woodlands five years ago, Precise Translations has earned a reputation in translation services for quick turnaround and taking on a multitude of jobs in various fields, such as oil and gas, immigration, pharmaceutical and medical, Chief Operating Officer Daniela Herrero said.

8. Picket Fences

At Picket Fences, a home decor hub located in eastern Shenandoah, customers can browse through a plethora of decorations, personal accessories and other home goods. Owner Lisa Thompson, who established the original Picket Fences location in 2001 in Oak Ridge North after participating in trunk and craft shows, said she grew her business based on the concept of a well-kept home with a traditional picket fence.

9. Piney Rose Floral

Ever since she was a little girl, Piney Rose Floral owner Taylor Handfelt said, she has had an interest in creative expression and a love of flowers. Through the encouragement of her husband, Cullen, the Handfelts started their floral business in 2016, operating out of the duo’s house in The Woodlands.
By Vanessa Holt
A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey in 1996. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring/Klein edition and became editor of that paper in March 2017 and editor of The Woodlands edition in January 2019.