Pizza, picnics and a new wellness center: 5 recent launches in The Woodlands area

Picnic + Pine offers picnic planning and hosting for public or private events in The Woodlands area. (Courtesy Kathleen O. Ryan Fine Art Photography)
Picnic + Pine offers picnic planning and hosting for public or private events in The Woodlands area. (Courtesy Kathleen O. Ryan Fine Art Photography)

Picnic + Pine offers picnic planning and hosting for public or private events in The Woodlands area. (Courtesy Kathleen O. Ryan Fine Art Photography)

1. Picnic + Pine, a luxury picnicking provider serving The Woodlands area, began operating Dec. 1. The business offers a slate of event packages, from standard picnics and movie nights to parties, date nights and photo shoots. Food, drink and accessory add-ons are also available, and events can be held at private residences, public parks and other venues. 832-257-6994.

2. The bake-at-home pizzeria Iconic Pizza, opened north of The Woodlands in early December. Located at 3600 FM 1488, Ste. 105, Conroe, the store offers signature or custom pizzas and calzones made with premium ingredients as well as salads and desserts. Delivery service is available via several food ordering apps. 936-271-0557.

3. The inaugural Sterling Ridge Village Artisans and Farmers Market was held Feb. 7 at The Colonnade of The Woodlands shopping center. The new market at 30420 FM 2978, Magnolia, is hosted by the Sterling Ridge Village Association and features several area food vendors, artists and artisans. The market is set to continue on a bimonthly basis; confirmed dates for this spring include Feb. 21, March 7 and 21, April 4 and 18, May 2 and 16, and June 6 and 20. Further dates will be announced in the future, according to the market's organizers.

4. The Woodlands United Methodist Church announced a partnership with the Brookshire-based Brookwood Community on Feb. 2 that will establish a new full-day work program for adults with disabilities in The Woodlands. The new initiative, Brookwood Woodlands, will be set in the church's newly renovated special needs center at 2200 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands.

The church's recent renovation, completed in December, was centered on the 5,000-square-foot special needs facility, which now includes three classrooms, office space, a learning lab and a children's worship room. According to Lisa Fenley, creative services administrative director at the Methodist church, up to 20 participants will join Brookwood Woodlands once it reaches full capacity. More information on the church and its special needs ministries can be found at 281-297-5900 or The Brookwood Community can be reached at 281-375-2100 or

5. The city of Shenandoah welcomed Houston Wellness Center, a new health clinic just south of Memorial Hermann's local medical center, in early February. The facility opened its doors at 1111 Medical Plaza Drive, Ste. 110, Shenandoah, on Feb. 1 and is now offering several wellness services. A menu of wellness infusions aimed at immunity, rejuvenation, endurance, and hangover and migraine relief are available, as are vitamin booster injections and skin care treatments. 281-465-8630.
By Ben Thompson
Ben joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2019 as a reporter for The Woodlands area and began working as Austin's City Hall reporter in April 2021.


The Woodlands Township board of directors will meet June 17. (Vanessa Holt/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Woodlands to resume incorporation planning sessions June 17

After a break of more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Woodlands Township will resume its incorporation planning meetings June 17.

ShareTea opened in Metropark Square in early June. (Courtesy ShareTea)
ShareTea now open in Metropark Square

ShareTea opened June 7 at the Metropark Square in The Woodlands.

Avanti Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar opened a second location. (Courtesy Avanti Italian Kitchen)
Avanti Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar opens second location in The Woodlands

The new location comes after the original location receive positive reception from the Creekside community.

The Shenandoah City Council approved a resolution regarding an updated thoroughfare plan June 9. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)
Shenandoah City Council weighs in on Montgomery County's 2021 thoroughfare plan

Among the projects opposed by the council is an I-45 overpass from Vision Park Drive.

Taco Bueno sells tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos and more unique items, including the Muchaco, a taco made with a soft pita-like shell. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Taco Bueno coming to Katy and more Houston-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Houston area.

Sen. Brandon Creighton announced his re-election campaign for Texas Senate District 4 on June 10. (Courtesy Brandon Creighton)
'Unfinished business remains': Brandon Creighton aims at re-election for Texas Senate District 4

Creighton announced his plans to run for re-election to serve his third term for the 88th Texas Legislature.

Q&A: Dirk Lange, president and CEO of KBI Biopharma, talks about biotech growth in The Woodlands

KBI Biopharma began operating at its site in The Woodlands in 2017 and has more than doubled in size to 60 employees in the last several years.

Economist Elliot Eisenberg spoke about the economic recovery post-pandemic, saying this year's GDP growth will be the best since the 1950s. (Brooke Ontiveros/Community Impact Newspaper)
Economist explains housing demand, price booms in Texas, Greater Houston area

Eisenberg explained why home prices are rising at a June 9 Greater Houston Builders Association luncheon.

Officials with the Harris County Justice Administration Department said they identified racial disparities in citations and use of force by law enforcement, among other areas. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Harris County identifies racial disparities in use of force, citations from law enforcement agencies

Analysis in the report included racial demographics in instances of consent search, contraband discovery, traffic stops that led to arrests, types of citations or warnings, and use of force.

Hughes Landing is one of two locations where new office leases were signed by The Howard Hughes Corp. in The Woodlands in early June. (Courtesy The Howard Hughes Corp.)
Howard Hughes Corp. names 6 new tenants for Hughes Landing, The Woodlands Waterway

The Howard Hughes Corp. announced June 9 six companies in fields including commercial real estate, cyber intelligence, energy and bioscience have signed leases at The Woodlands office buildings.

Jorge Balderas plans to open Brightway, The Balderas Agency on June 14 at 23919 Gosling Road, Ste. B, Spring. (Community Impact Newspaper)
Brightway, The Balderas Agency coming soon to Gosling Road

The new Brightway Insurance Agency will offer customized home, flood, auto, boat, condo, renters, personal articles, recreational vehicle, motorcycle, life and umbrella insurance policies.