The Silver Strawberry

The Silver Strawberry Owner Michelle McQuillan opened The Silver Strawberry in 2001.[/caption]

After nearly 15 years in business in Tomball, The Silver Strawberry has become more than a typical gift shop. The business has transformed into a resource for students, parents and shoppers looking for unique items for everyday use and special events.

Owner Michelle McQuillan offers a variety of clothing, gifts and accessories in her brightly colored boutique. The Silver Strawberry opened in 2001 and has been located at 30006 Hwy. 249 since 2010.

McQuillan said she grew up in the Tomball area and after working in marketing at Hewlett-Packard for several years, she started her own business selling silver jewelry, which inspired the store’s name.

“After working in the corporate world, putting all of the time and hours in for someone else, I thought I could do that for myself,” McQuillan said. “And I wanted to be able to spend more time with my kids and be more available for them instead.”

The Silver Strawberry has one additional full-time employee, and high school students work part-time at the shop. Each fall, however, McQuillan said she calls in extra help during the shop’s busiest time of year—high school homecoming season.

“We do a lot of homecoming mums, back-to-school and school spirit stuff,” McQuillan said. “We make [the mums] completely from scratch, and we make them to order. [Students] can order just about anything. We have a big display with all kinds of options, and we can customize them with everything from [camouflage] to cheetah [print] to fishing and all kinds of fun ones.”

McQuillan estimates the store sells more than 500 mums each year for schools throughout the area. The store also sells an array of other items, such as glassware, bath items, and gifts for bridal and baby showers, she said.

“We order [products] from all over the United States, but I try to [buy] mainly in Texas,” McQuillan said. “We make some of our products, and we also go to the Dallas market and order from individuals that make things.”

In addition to gifts and clothes, The Silver Strawberry specializes in customizing and personalized items.

“I have moms come in that want to make cute shirts, and instead of having to go to Academy or Hobby Lobby, this is a one-stop shop,” McQuillan said. “We have the product here, we can make them, and the typical turnaround is one to two weeks [or less]. We offer screen printing, T-shirts for youth clubs, teens, organizations, churches, day cares and family reunions. And we also do monograming for shirts, hats and aprons.”

With clothes starting at $12, jewelry starting at $8 and shoes in the $20 to $40 range, McQuillan said she considers the store to be more affordable than traditional boutiques.

“It’s nice because people come in, they need gifts [for several people] and they can find something for everybody, which is neat,” McQuillan said. “We try to do as much as we can. We can come up with anything to help people find what they want.”

By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


As variants are isolated and identified, Houston Methodist's Dr. Ian Glass believes the vaccines available can handle identified variants (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
'The vaccines we have are effective against all the variants out there': Houston Methodist's Dr. Ian Glass discusses variants, vaccinations

As Houston Methodist identified its first case of the lambda variant July 19, Dr. Glass believes vaccines can handle known variants.

Yes Resale will sell used items to benefit Crossbar Academy. (Photo courtesy Wendy Alexander)
Yes Resale coming soon to Hwy. 249 in Tomball

The store will sell used donated items to support Crossbar Academy.

A total of 700 homes are planned for Magnolia Ridge, located in the city of Magnolia. (Chandler France/Community Impact Newspaper)
Magnolia sees surge in single-family development with thousands of homes coming

More than 18,000 lots have been identified for future homes across the three Magnolia ZIP codes.

Peter Lake (left), chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and Brad Jones, interim president and CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, provided an update on state regulators' electric grid redesign efforts in Austin on July 22. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Regulators: Texas electric grid prepared for potentially record-breaking demand next week; 'once-in-a-generation reforms' underway

The heads of the agencies in charge of the Texas electric grid met in Austin on July 22 to provide updates on their grid reform efforts.

Barbarossa Coffee Roasters is hosting an event with GlossBoss Auto Specialists July 25. (Courtesy Barbarossa Coffee)
Food market, anniversary celebration: 4 things to do in Tomball, Magnolia July 24-25

From eating barbecue and enjoying live music to letting the kids take their toy cars out for a spin, here are four things to do this weekend in Tomball and Magnolia.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo is pleading with residents to be more vigilant, asking all residents to start wearing masks again in indoor settings and asking those who are vaccinated to urge their friends who are not to get the shot. (Screenshot Courtesy Facebook)
Harris County raises coronavirus threat level as Hidalgo asks all residents to mask up indoors

Although those who are vaccinated are very unlikely to end up in the hospital, officials said wearing masks in certain situations could help reduce transmissions to the more susceptible unvaccinated.

A COVID-19 vaccine dose is administered to a person's arm
Montgomery County sees July increase in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations

Active COVID-19 cases in Montgomery County climbed above 1,000 for the first time in two months, just after June recorded the lowest active cases since 2020.

Harris County Emergency Services District 11 commissioners received updates on the status of its upcoming ambulances services at a July 22 board meeting. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Harris County Emergency Services District No. 11 commissioners discuss upcoming ambulance service

The district will take over providing emergency medical services across more than 177 square miles of north Harris County, currently being provided by Cypress Creek Emergency Medical Services, on Sept. 1.

Tomball's new Never Forget Garden is now open to the public at Jerry Matheson Park on Ulrich Road. (Courtesy city of Tomball)
Daughters of the American Revolution, city of Tomball dedicate 'Never Forget Garden' at Matheson Park

The garden at Jerry Matheson Park in Tomball features red and white roses in honor of the centennial of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Magnolia Ridge will feature 700 new homes in its newest section. (Chandler France/Community Impact Newspaper)
Roundup: 6 developments to follow in Magnolia

Multiple developments are ongoing in Magnolia, with thousands of homes currently being constructed or planned.

Memorial Hermann has locations throughout the Greater Houston area, including Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center. (Courtesy Memorial Hermann)
Memorial Hermann visiting policies change as COVID-19 cases rise

As of July 21, Memorial Hermann has changed its visitor policy in light of a recent increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the Greater Houston area.