Free COVID-19 testing at Texas Renaissance Festival and more Houston-area news

Free COVID-19 testing will be available to festival staff, participants and patrons every weekend of the festival this fall. (Courtesy Steven David Photography)
Free COVID-19 testing will be available to festival staff, participants and patrons every weekend of the festival this fall. (Courtesy Steven David Photography)

Free COVID-19 testing will be available to festival staff, participants and patrons every weekend of the festival this fall. (Courtesy Steven David Photography)

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

Tomball-Magnolia

Texas Renaissance Festival to offer free COVID-19 rapid testing throughout season

The Texas Renaissance Festival is offering free COVID-19 testing via oral swab for festival staff, participants and patrons throughout the nine weekends of the festival Oct. 3-Nov. 29, according to a Sept. 16 announcement from the festival. The tests are provided by the Texas Division of Emergency Management, according to the announcement.

Cy-Fair



Love for Houston, Mexico inspire menu at Tex-Mex Grill and Bar

Jorge Rodriguez started his career in restaurants at the age of 16 working as a dishwasher. Since then, he said his journey has taken him from line cook to sous chef to executive chef to director of operations in charge of thousands of employees.

Today, Rodriguez owns and runs Tex Mex Grill & Bar on FM 529 in Cy-Fair, fulfilling his dream of owning a restaurant.

Shaka Power Yoga in Cypress gets creative during COVID-19

During a year when many are more stressed and uncertain than ever, practicing yoga can help people find balance, clarity and well-being, according to Jenny Normand, who owns Shaka Power Yoga in Cypress.

The Woodlands

Student-run bakery, Bear Branch sports court open, plus 4 more business updates in The Woodlands

Read more about business news in the Woodlands.

Learn about K9 PW Training and Boarding, a facility in The Woodlands area that offers coaching, lodging for local dogs

For dog owners around The Woodlands area hoping to improve their dog’s discipline and communication skills, K9 PW Training and Boarding offers hands-on instruction and care based around improving animals’ relationships with their families.

Lovebeans Coffeehouse in Creekside Park focuses on giving back to The Woodlands community

When she opened Lovebeans Coffeehouse in October 2019, owner Beth Ferester said she wanted to find a way to give back to the community that has hosted her real estate business for the past 39 years.

Conroe-Montgomery

She Shack, a party and event venue, now open in Conroe

She Shack, a party and event venue, opened Sept. 11 at 905 W. Lewis St., Conroe. The self-described "chic-space" caters to women and is designed for luncheons, graduation parties, bridal showers, baby showers, birthday parties, small gatherings and other events.

Bay Area

IMPACTS ROUNDUP: Pizza Lounge new location coming soon and more

Here is a roundup of local business news in Clear Lake and League City.

Tomball-Magnolia

After 80 years in Tomball, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2427 hits hard times

Established in October 1940, Tomball’s local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2427 has hit hard times after closing its doors following state-level regulations on bars across the state amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Bellaire-Meyerland-West University

Houston Zoo to open South America’s Pantanal on Oct. 10

Houston Zoo has announced the opening of its latest expansion project, looking to pair South American animals with their natural environment, according to a Sept. 16 news release from the zoo.

Endocrine and Diabetes Plus Clinic to celebrate one-year anniversary in October

Endocrine and Diabetes Plus Clinic, at 5420 Dashwood Drive, Ste. 301, Houston, will be celebrating its one-year anniversary in October.

Bankruptcy a possibility as Francesca’s boutique chain explores ‘strategic initiatives’

Francesca’s boutique clothing store is exploring “strategic initiatives” after the company announced 2020 second quarter net sales losses of 29%, down to $75.7 million, according to a Sept. 15 investor report.

Urban Outfitters at Rice Village permanently closes its doors

The Rice Village location of Urban Outfitters has permanently shut its doors, according to a Sept. 8 news release from the company.

Spring-Klein

New owners take over Tune Up: The Manly Salon locations in Champions, Northpointe

Rachael and Michael Worthen and Jackie and Scott Qaulley took ownership of two Tune Up: The Manly Salon franchise locations in the North Houston area effective Aug. 10. According to Rachael Worthen, the two couples now own the salons located at 24441 Hwy. 249, Tomball, and 6920 FM 1960 W., Houston.

Northwest Assistance Ministries relocates semimonthly food distribution site near IAH

Northwest Assistance Ministries will continue its semimonthly neighborhood super site food giveaways at a new location near the George Bush Intercontinental Airport beginning Sept. 22.

Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood

SafeSplash Swim School, SwimLabs sets opening date for new Humble-area facility

SafeSplash Swim School and SwimLabs are set to open a new partnered location Nov. 11 at 10423 N. Sam Houston Parkway E., Humble. SafeSplash Swim School offers indoor swim lessons for children and adults of all ages.

Andrew Christman, Hunter Marrow, Ben Thompson, Kelly Schafler, Shawn Arrajj, Eva Vigh, Adriana Rezal, Hannah Zedaker, Danica Lloyd and Anna Lotz contributed to this report.



MOST RECENT

Montgomery County commissioners met Oct. 27 for a regular Commissioners Court meeting. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Montgomery County to reimburse schools with CARES funds at estimated $40 per student

Under the $40 per student estimate, Montgomery County could provide about $4.4 million in CARES funds to school districts.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo also spearheaded an effort to establish a $10 million Early Childhood Impact Fund, which was approved in a split 3-2 vote Oct. 27. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Harris County establishes $10M Early Childhood Impact Fund, selects organizations to administer additional $7.3M in assistance

Approximately $17.3 million in assistance programs will soon be available to Harris County residents in need, thanks to three programs recently established by the Harris County Commissioners Court.

The U.S. headquarters of JDR Cable Systems Inc. is taking shape in Tomball's Business & Technology Park. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
DATA: Office occupancy up year over year in Tomball, Magnolia despite pandemic

As of Oct. 16 data, the total square feet of retail space was approaching 8 million square feet in Tomball and Magnolia as well.

The Shrimp Brochette ($18.84) features eight bacon-wrapped jumbo shrimp stuffed with peppers, Monterey Jack cheese and grilled vegetables. (Adriana Rezal/Community Impact Newspaper)
Aguirre’s Tex-Mex in Tomball weathers pandemic with low prices

Five years ago, Aguirre’s Tex-Mex co-owner Sam Sahragard and his brothers, Masood and Julio, took on the challenge of moving from Missouri City to the west Houston area with a dream of establishing a Tex-Mex restaurant.

Officials said Beacon Hill will help spur future growth in the city of Waller and in the surrounding area. (Rendering courtesy Wolff Companies)
New master-planned community to bring 1,000 homes, Hwy. 290 improvements to Waller

Officials said Beacon Hill will help spur future growth in the city of Waller and in the surrounding area.

The newly approved rate of $0.59920 per $100 valuation is a decrease of $0.01250 from the FY 2019-20 tax rate of $0.61170 per $100 valuation; it is intended to mitigate rising property values across the county, officials said. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Harris County Commissioners Court unanimously approves tax rate decrease for FY 2020-21

The newly approved rate of $0.59920 per $100 valuation is a decrease of $0.01250 from the FY 2019-20 tax rate of $0.61170 per $100 valuation.

Harris County residents line up outside of Big Stone Lodge in Spring to cast their votes early. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
Harris County early voter turnout on track to surpass total votes cast in 2016 election

All 122 early voting sites throughout Harris County will be open from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 27-29, giving voters an additional three hours to head to the polls.

The county's cumulative case count rose by more than 700 since last Tuesday, and active cases rose by more than 400. (Community Impact staff)
Montgomery County sees more than 21% increase in active COVID-19 cases Oct. 20-26

The county's active case count reached 2,362 Oct. 26, a jump of more than 400 since last Tuesday and the highest such total recorded since late July.

Descendants of the Dean family unveil the marker with resident historian Celeste Graves, second from right, and Montgomery County Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley, right. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
100-year-old home in Magnolia receives Montgomery County historical marker

"I call it the 'house that love built' because of the story involved," said Sharon Russell, historic marker chairperson of the Montogmery County Historical Commission.

Read the latest on FM 2978 and FM 1488 projects in Magnolia. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
2 widening projects to follow in Magnolia

Read the latest on FM 2978 and FM 1488 projects in Magnolia.

Early voting turnout among registered county voters passed 51% Oct. 26. (Community Impact staff)
Updated: Montgomery County reaches early voting turnout high of more than 51% through 13 days

Nearly 190,000 county residents have voted in this year's early voting period.

Inspired by Nashville hot chicken, the new restaurant will offer chicken tender bites, jumbo chicken tenders, chicken sandwiches and bone-in chicken with five heat level options, from "Wimpy" to "Cluckin' Hot." (Courtesy Tumble 22)
Tumble 22 to bring Nashville hot chicken to Vintage Park

Inspired by Nashville hot chicken, the new restaurant will offer chicken tender bites, jumbo chicken tenders, chicken sandwiches and bone-in chicken with five heat level options, from "Wimpy" to "Cluckin' Hot."