5 recent business stories from the Houston area readers should know

The employees of The Adventure Begins Comics, Games & More gather their characters together in "Animal Crossing: New Horizons." (Kate Looney/The Adventure Begins Comics, Games & More)
The employees of The Adventure Begins Comics, Games & More gather their characters together in "Animal Crossing: New Horizons." (Kate Looney/The Adventure Begins Comics, Games & More)

The employees of The Adventure Begins Comics, Games & More gather their characters together in "Animal Crossing: New Horizons." (Kate Looney/The Adventure Begins Comics, Games & More)

Read updates on how local businesses are reacting in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce launches dues relief program

To provide relief for local businesses struggling as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce launched a dues relief program April 1.

Gaming stores create virtual connection during coronavirus outbreak

As Montgomery County continues to operate under a stay-at-home order due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, game stores have found new ways to remain connected to their customers.



Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux offering curbside pickup, delivery, alcohol to-go in Spring

Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux opened in Grand Parkway Marketplace II at 21930 Kuykendahl Road, Spring, in March. While the restaurant was initially planning to host a grand opening celebration March 23, due to the coronavirus outbreak Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux is open for curbside pickup and delivery only.

‘It is a different world right now’: Nonessential Magnolia businesses face uncertain futures

Businesses deemed nonessential—such as salons and gyms—have been forced to close temporarily to comply with county and state measures to slow the spread of the new coronavirus disease.

Lake Houston-area boutiques use personal touch, online sales to keep going in coronavirus crisis

In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, Lake Houston-area boutique owners are adapting to keep their businesses running, all while being dubbed “nonessential.”

Hannah Zedaker, Andy Li, Dylan Sherman and Kelly Schafler contributed to this report.

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MOST RECENT

The death total in Harris County now stands at 221. With 11,770 cases confirmed in the county, the death rate stands at 1.9%. (Community Impact staff)
Harris County coronavirus count: 1 new death confirmed May 28, 8 deaths over past 7 days

By comparison, 23 deaths were confirmed between May 16-22, and 39 deaths were confirmed between May 9-15.

Lone Star College plans to partially open 26 buildings beginning June 1. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Lone Star College System discusses reopening plan for June 1

Lone Star College plans to partially open 26 of its buildings June 1, prioritizing health science buildings.

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Tomball, Magnolia uninsured rate to grow following layoffs; state sees calls for expanding health care coverage

More than 22,400 residents within the five Tomball and Magnolia ZIP codes are uninsured, according to 2018 five-year estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, which totals 14% of the population.

Churches in Tomball and Magnolia have opted to livestream services in order to reach more of their members. (Dylan Sherman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Tomball, Magnolia churches find new ways to worship during pandemic

As churches start to reopen for worship, they have chosen to remain cautious about large gatherings.

Outdoor venues in all Texas counties will be permitted to operate at up to 25% capacity starting May 31. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Spectators to be welcomed back to Texas outdoor sporting events May 31 at 25% of venue capacity

Venue owners must operate under guidelines that facilitate appropriate social distancing.

In terms of county health in 2020, Montgomery County ranked among the top 15 on length of life and quality of life.
Health Care Snapshot 2020: Montgomery County ranks in top 10 in Texas for health outcomes

In 2020 county health rankings, Montgomery County ranked among the top 15 counties in Texas in the length of life and quality of life categories.

Volunteers pack boxes of food at the Montgomery County Food Bank. (Courtesy Montgomery County Food Bank)
Montgomery County nonprofits receive $235,000 through Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund

The funding was part of an $8.2 million distribution to dozens of nonprofits in the region announced May 28.

Students enrolled in the University of Houston College of Nursing can take classes at the Sugar Land campus. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)
Q&A: UH College of Nursing dean reflects on how coronavirus has affected education, profession

Kathryn Tart, dean of the University of Houston’s College of Nursing, spoke with Community Impact Newspaper about how the novel coronavirus is changing the way the university is educating nursing students.

Houston Methodist researchers conducted a 25-patient trial in March and April to examine the safety of convalescent plasma transfusions as a possible treatment for COVID-19. (Courtesy Houston Methodist)
Greater Houston-area health systems examine plasma transfusion as possible COVID-19 treatment

The experimental therapy involves the transfer of plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients to those who are currently symptomatic.

The Texas National Guard assisted Inspiration Ranch with its expansion project May 18. (Courtesy of Inspiration Ranch)
Texas National Guard assists Magnolia-based equine therapy center with expansion project

Inspiration Ranch, an equine therapy center located in Magnolia, was assisted by the Texas National Guard with construction needs May 18, according to a news release.

Each eligible child will receive $285 in benefits. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Some Texas students eligible for one-time federal benefit to aid with food purchases

Texas received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide more than $1 billion in pandemic food benefits.