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)

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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.



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The Tomball Economic Development Corp.’s Business & Technology Park and residential communities Albury Trails and Alexander Estates—which is currently under construction—are near the property. (Courtesy city of Tomball)
Convenience store, retail lease space proposed for Spell and Hufsmith-Kohrville roads in Tomball

The Tomball Economic Development Corp.’s Business & Technology Park and residential communities Albury Trails and Alexander Estates—which is currently under construction—are near the property.

Less than 7,000 COVID-19 cases remained active in Montgomery County as of Jan. 22. (Community Impact staff)
Montgomery County's active COVID-19 case count falls below 7K, 7 new deaths reported Jan. 20-22

Active cases in the county fell by several hundred this week, while COVID-19 hospitalizations among residents reached a new high.

Harris County Emergency Services District No. 11 met Jan. 21 at its new administrative offices. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
Harris County Emergency Services District No. 11 lays groundwork for 911 dispatching plans

Cypress Creek EMS currently serves as a dispatch facility for 17 emergency agencies.

“Hope is on the horizon,” Fort Bend County Judge KP George said at a press conference Jan. 4. “The vaccine is here.”
Vaccine distribution starts in Fort Bend County and more top Houston-area news

Read the most popular news from the past week from the Houston area.

Pine Street Eats & Sweets will open at 107 N. Pine St., Tomball, in the spring. (Adriana Rezal/Community Impact Newspaper)
Pine Street Eats & Sweets sets spring opening in Tomball

The eatery will serve breakfast and lunch and will feature a bakery.

One local health system leader said he expects everyone, including those under age 65, will have access to the vaccine within the next 90 days. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Houston-area health system leaders talk progress, hurdles during COVID-19

Officials from CHI St. Luke’s Health and UTMB Health said community members must remain vigilant as case counts climb but that they expect the current surge to peak by early February.

During a North Houston Association meeting Jan. 20, Jazz Hamilton—first vice president with the Retail Brokerage Services Group for CBRE—discussed how the future of retail will likely be shaped by the conveniences to which consumers have become accustomed amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Ronald Winters/Community Impact Newspaper)
Pandemic-induced retail conveniences are here to stay, official says

According to Jazz Hamilton, first vice president with the Retail Brokerage Services group for CBRE, between January and November of 2020, consumers spent almost $550 billion online—a 33% increase from 2019.

Tomball ISD board members unanimously approved the decision at a Jan. 12 board meeting. (Adriana Rezal/Community Impact Newspaper)
Tomball ISD board approves extended sick leave for district employees for COVID-19

The approval comes after certain sick leave benefits provided by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act expired Dec. 31, 2020.

The estimated number of active COVID-19 cases in Harris County has surpassed 50,000, reaching 51,362 as of the most recent data Jan. 20, according to the Harris County Public Health Department. (Community Impact staff)
Harris County coronavirus count: Active cases top 50,000

See the latest trends on COVID-19 in Harris County.

With much of the city's festival season halted in early 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic, this year's 2021 festival calendar is contingent on COVID-19 guidelines and mandates at the time of the events, according to the Jan. 20 release. (Community Impact staff)
City of Tomball announces 2021 events, subject to COVID-19 guidelines

With much of the city's festival season halted in early 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic, this year's 2021 festival calendar is contingent on COVID-19 guidelines and mandates at the time of the events, according to the Jan. 20 release.

In addition to vaccine hubs, there are also smaller community vaccine providers throughout Texas, such as pharmacies, that may also have the vaccine available. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)
EXPLAINED: When, where and how Texans can receive the COVID-19 vaccine

As Texas is still in the early stages of rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine, many Texans are still unsure about where, when and how they can get inoculated.