RECAP: Tomball and Magnolia businesses featured throughout 2020

Bridget Gould opened Terrarium in February 2019. (Dylan Sherman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Bridget Gould opened Terrarium in February 2019. (Dylan Sherman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Bridget Gould opened Terrarium in February 2019. (Dylan Sherman/Community Impact Newspaper)


State-mandated closures and county-level stay-home orders were among a few challenges local business in the Tomball and Magnolia area faced in 2020. Here are 11 businesses that were featured in the Tomball-Magnolia edition of Community Impact Newspaper this year.

The Neutral Nest owners combine architecture, graphic design skills to open home decor store in Tomball

Emily Lyszaz, co-owner of The Neutral Nest, spent 12 years in the graphic design industry after earning an architecture degree, while her husband, Bryan, owned a sign company. Five years ago, he couple opened a wholesale home decor company—Brayden & Brooks—to kick-start their business endeavors, she said. Read more.

The British Depot grows from Farmer's Market on Tamina to offer authentic items from England

The British Depot owner Sarah McGowan first came stateside from England in 2001 to live in Florida with family members and help run their business. After six months, she said, she decided to stay for another six months—but then, 9/11 happened. Read more.


Craving Kernels Gourmet Popcorn & Treats brings old-school charm to Tomball<

A trip to the Texas Hill Country inspired owners Randy and Tracey Harmon to bring a classic experience to downtown Tomball. Craving Kernels Gourmet Popcorn and Treats opened in December 2018. Craving Kernels aims to capture the familiar nostalgia of the quaint shops and cafes the Harmons visited in the Hill Country, Randy said. Its shelves are stocked with items to satisfy every customer’s sweet—or savory—tooth, he said. Read more.

Tomball Goat Yago offer yoga, wine tastings with goats

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Monique Dermaux turned to goats. Dermaux, the proprietor of Tomball Goat Yago, who is also an engineer, said she purchased three goats in Navasota to beta-test a yoga-with-goats business in early August 2017. Dermaux’s property on South Cherry Street had flooded multiple times since 2008. Read more.

Celebrating amid social distancing: Tomball Yard Greetings finds itself busy during outbreak

After leaving her corporate office job to start a family in 2014, Leslie Johnson said, she missed the adult interaction and creativity and decided to start Tomball Yard Greetings in August 2015. Read more.

With more people staying at home, Terrarium adapts, boosts business in Tomball

Bridget Gould started Terrarium, a store selling unique indoor and patio plants, in February 2019 because she wanted to bring something different to the Tomball area, she said.

“I think plants are trending in home decor,” she said. “I’ve always loved plants and spent a lot of time in my flower beds and home garden.” Read more.

Family-run Residential Recycling and Refuse of Texas sees increased demand during coronavirus pandemic

Jerrel Wolf started Residential Recycling and Refuse of Texas in 2006 as a recycling company, said Hans von Meier, the vice president of the company and Wolf’s nephew. While the company started off as a family-run recycling outfit, von Meier said, Wolf later added trash collection after many requests from customers. Accountability has been a huge part of the company’s success, von Meier said. Read more.

Threaded Lines sees wave of new customers during pandemic

Jennifer Armentrout said her quilting shop, Threaded Lines, saw an unprecedented wave of new clientele earlier this year as people rushed to find fabric for hand-sewn face masks during the coronavirus pandemic.

“The military was calling for [masks], the police and the hospitals. ... The normal mask production could not keep up with the pace, so they turned to the quilting community, and all quilters stopped quilting and started making masks,” she said. Read more.

Tomball business Goat Maddness offers goat milk-based skin care for him and her

Goat Maddness owner Chris Madden said he learned the skin care benefits of goat milk from his mother-in-law, Linda Faith, who, 13 years ago, began making products, such as lotion and hand soaps, from her goats’ leftover milk. Read more.

Twisted Willow Mercantile: Family-owned boutique in Magnolia offers a little bit of everything

For shoppers at Twisted Willow Mercantile, mother-daughter business owners Debbie and Caeli Condit said they wanted to create an environment that feels like home.

“We’ve lived out here since the early ‘80s and raised all our children here, and so we really wanted to stay local and someplace close,” said Debbie, a longtime Magnolia resident. “[For] shopping in the area, I noticed there weren’t any good boutiques that had lots of unique things. We really try and find unique items that you might not find everywhere else.” Read more.

Comix Cafe mixes comics, coffee and games in Tomball

Darrin Stringfield first opened Comix Cafe in August 2019 with the idea of creating a space for friends to get together, drink coffee, play games and have fun. However, because the coronavirus pandemic has made it difficult for friends to gather in person these days, Stringfield hopes to offer an environment where people can feel safe to continue doing what they love, he said. Read more.
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According to Devon Street Homes—one of the builders in the community—model homes will be available this fall, ranging from 1,454 square feet to 2,883 square feet and ranging in price from $220,000 to $300,000. (Rendering courtesy Devon Street Homes)
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Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough speaks during a budget presentation April 13. (Screenshot via Montgomery County livestream)
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