A new animal hospital and testing lab launch, plus 4 more business updates in The Woodlands area

Cole Veterinary Hospital's second location launched Nov. 2 in Spring. (Courtesy Cole Veterinary Hospital)
Cole Veterinary Hospital's second location launched Nov. 2 in Spring. (Courtesy Cole Veterinary Hospital)

Cole Veterinary Hospital's second location launched Nov. 2 in Spring. (Courtesy Cole Veterinary Hospital)

NOW OPEN

1.
The national diagnostic testing provider ARCpoint Labs launched its newest franchise location Oct. 26 in The Woodlands. Located at 2520 Research Forest Drive, Ste. 400, The Woodlands, ARCpoint Labs of The Woodlands offers corporate drug and background screening services as well as clinical, diagnostic and DNA testing for consumers. 936-283-4099. www.arcpointlabs.com/the-woodlands

2. The second location of the Spring-based Cole Veterinary Hospital launched in the Harmony area Nov. 2. The new facility at 3494 Discovery Creek Blvd., Spring, provides pet health treatments from dentistry to surgery in addition to boarding, bathing, vaccination and pharmacy services. The hospital's original location also remains open at 2757 Rayford Road, Ste. A, Spring. 281-465-0838. www.colevet.com

3. Five Star Floors' fourth location launched in early August at 27030 Kuykendahl Road, Tomball. The Greater Houston-area company, which also operates Pearland, Humble and League City stores, offers laminate, hardwood, vinyl, cork and carpet flooring options in addition to home remodeling and design consultation services. 281-913-7235. www.5starfloor.com

ANNIVERSARIES


4. The North Houston screen-printer Action Wear Plus marked the first anniversary of its The Woodlands-area store at 3091 College Park Drive, The Woodlands, in early October. The Klein-based Action Wear Plus has been in business for 28 years, and provides custom T-shirt screen-printing and embroidery for clothing and accessories as well as signs, trophies and other promotional products for clients, such as schools, clubs and small businesses. 936-202-2446. www.actionwearplus.com

5. Creekside Park's Skylar Grace spa marks its first anniversary in The Woodlands this fall. The spa at 26400 Kuykendahl Road, Ste. A220, The Woodlands, first opened in late October 2019 and celebrated its grand opening in November of last year. Skylar Grace's offers tanning, waxing, and eyebrow and eyelash services. 832-464-7503. www.skylargracespa.com
By Ben Thompson
Ben joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2019 and is a reporter for The Woodlands edition.


MOST RECENT




Courtesy Baja Sur Fresh-Mex and Tequila Bar
40 restaurants that opened in 2020 or are coming in 2021 in The Woodlands area

Restaurants that opened in The Woodlands area in 2020 include locations that offer a variety of cuisines from casual to fine dining.

Magnolia ISD board members approved additional paid sick leave and a $500 bonus payment to district employees in a Jan. 19 board meeting. (Adriana Rezal/Community Impact Newspaper)
Magnolia ISD staff to receive $500 COVID-19 bonus, additional paid sick leave

Magnolia ISD employees will receive additional paid sick leave and a one-time $500 bonus due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Montgomery County continues to see new daily highs in active COVID-19 case counts as hospitalizations rise. (Community Impact staff)
Montgomery County COVID-19 total case count increases to over 34,000; active case count decreases by 1,500

The total COVID-19 case count across Montgomery County has surpassed 34,000.

Zanti offers its take on carbonara pasta. ($16) (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Zanti Cucina Italiana brings authentic Italian taste to The Woodlands area in a casual environment

After taking about 2 1/2 years to select a location and design a concept, Santiago Pelaez opened Zanti Cucina Italiana to bring authentic Italian cuisine to The Woodlands area in June 2019 on Research Forest Drive.

The city of Shenandoah outlined several projects for the upcoming year. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Shenandoah announces 2021 projects including David Memorial Drive extension, water line replacement

One of the primary projects the city of Shenandoah will pursue this year will be the extension of David Memorial Drive to Hwy. 242.

Feeding Texas hosted a Jan. 19 webinar to discuss legislative highlights for the 87th Texas Legislature. (Screenshot courtesy Feeding Texas)
Food insecurity in Texas' 87th Legislature: Hunger relief organization Feeding Texas to propose legislation addressing hunger

Hunger relief organization Feeding Texas hosted a webinar Jan. 19 to discuss increasing funding and accessibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in the 87th legislative session.

13 new businesses that opened in 2020 or early 2021 to check out in The Woodlands area

Tommy Bahama Home opened in January, and stores including an Amazon 4-star opened in 2020 in The Woodlands area.

The Woodlands-area small business, major industries look at 2021 recovery prospects

Several circumstances, such as a growing health care employment sector and a robust commercial market, may have helped to protect The Woodlands from greater losses, area experts said.

COVID-19 vaccines
DATA: Texas has vaccinated about 9% of estimated Phase 1 recipients

Over 1.1 million individuals from the Phase 1 population, which is estimated to include 13.5 million individuals total, have received at least one dose.

Bob Popinski, policy director of Raise Your Hand Texas, shared the organization's top education priorities for the ongoing legislative session. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
‘What does virtual learning and remote learning look like moving forward?': Raise Your Hand Texas policy director talks legislative priorities

Bob Popinski is the director of policy for Raise Your Hand Texas, an Austin-based organization committed to improving public education. He spoke with Community Impact Newspaper in late December about the 87th legislative session, which began Jan. 12.

The barbecue eatery is the second Killen's Restaurant Group venture to launch in The Woodlands area. (Courtesy Killen's Barbecue)
Killen's Barbecue launches new location serving The Woodlands area

The barbecue concept's second Greater Houston location opened Jan. 16 in Shenandoah.