Research Pines Plaza


The shopping center at 1500 and 1644 Research Forest Drive in Shenandoah features a variety of chain stores and independent businesses. The corridor features Lenny’s Sub Shop, Vic’s Liquor and Timeless Dental, and includes a mix of retail, service and dining options.

Owner Veronica Kearney uses 72-percent cocoa in her chocolates. (via Abigail Loop/Community Impact Newspaper)

Spotlight  – Schakolad Chocolate Factory

Schakolad Chocolate Factory has offered The Woodlands residents handmade, high-quality chocolate for 10 years.

Owner Veronica Kearney said the chocolate made at the shop is distinctive because of its delicate and natural flavor.

“We have very high-grade chocolate,” Kearney said. “It’s 72 percent cocoa. We don’t use paraffin—a wax that keeps chocolate hard [so that it]lasts longer—and we don’t use artificial flavors. You can really taste the cocoa.”

Kearney said she came into owning the chocolate factory after she quit her corporate job and came to the realization she wanted to put a smile on people’s faces. She said the shop has continued to see more customers as new shoppers continue to discover the store’s chocolate.

“Word of mouth spreads,” she said. “People tell others about us. Our customer base increases every year.”

Chocolate packages and orders can be picked up at the shop or delivered to customers, with custom-made orders available for special occasions and company events as well.  Kearney said the shop also provides chocolate fountain rentals for events, such as birthday parties, baby showers and business socials.

1500 Research Forest Drive, Ste. 130 The Woodlands,

Hours: Mon-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Deliveries in under two hours are standard at the shop, owner Jane Galvan said.

Deliveries in under two hours are standard at the shop, owner Jane Galvan said. (via Abigail Loop/Community Impact Newspaper)

Spotlight – The Woodlands Flowers Too

The Woodlands Flowers Too is one of the oldest flower shops in The Woodlands area, first opening its doors in the ’80s on Grogan’s Mill Road.

With three locations serving Montgomery County, owner Jane Galvan said the flower shop has continued to see loyal customers and provides one of the largest assortment of flowers in The Woodlands.

“We serve all occasions with everyday flowers, both contemporary and traditional,” Galvan said. “We deliver throughout all of Montgomery County, can ship out to other states anywhere in the country and even to other countries, such as England.”

The shop provides arrangements for anniversaries, Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays, baby showers and weddings. It also prepares homecoming mums.

Galvan said the goal at the flower shop is for an order to be placed and delivered less than two hours after it was placed. Orders are custom-made with no premade arrangements.

“It’s such an outlet for creativity,” Galvan said. “I try to match the flowers to the character and the occasion that it’s going to be used for.”

To ensure on-time deliveries during the holiday seasons, customers are required to place their orders at least one day prior to the holiday.

1500 Research Forest Drive, Ste. 120 Shenandoah,

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-noon

Additional businesses in Research Pines Plaza


Annie’s Hair Salon
1500 Research Forest Drive, Ste. 110, Shenandoah

Forest Nails Spa
1500 Research Forest Drive, Ste. 110, Shenandoah

Health care

Fresnius Medical Care Woodlands Home Therapies
1644 Research Forest Drive, Ste. 150, Shenandoah

Timeless Dental
1644 Research Forest Drive, Ste. 130, Shenandoah

Woodlands Modern Smiles Family Dentistry and Orthodontics
1500 Research Forest Drive, Ste. 220, Shenandoah


Lama’s Mediterranean Cafe
1500 Research Forest Drive, Ste. 100, Shenandoah

Lenny’s Sub Shop
1500 Research Forest Drive, Shenandoah

Ploy Thai Cuisine
1500 Research Forest Drive, Ste. 240, Shenandoah


Vic’s Liquor
1500 Research Forest Drive, Ste. 170, Shenandoah


Veritas Title Partners
1644 Research Forest Drive, Ste. 140, Shenandoah

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