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.



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Hackberry Plaza to bring 15,000 square feet of space along FM 1488 this summer

The plaza includes two 7,500-square-foot buildings with approximately six tenants slated for each.

Armored Sports camps feature basketball, flag football and more. (Courtesy Pexels)
Armored Sports camps to launch in venues across Greater Houston

A new Christian sports camp for youth is launching this summer in churches across the Greater Houston area.

Montgomery County's active COVID-19 case count was 1,692 as of April 9. (Community Impact staff)
Montgomery County active COVID-19 case count drops below 1,700 as of April 9

The active COVID-19 case count in Montgomery County is the lowest it has been since October.

"Breaking Strongholds" is a faith-based, eight-episode series that explores topics such as suicide and depression. (Courtesy Terry Weaver)
Series shot in Montgomery County aiming for Hulu, Netflix deal and more Houston-area news

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Construction on Creekside Court, a KB Home community, is underway in Magnolia on Carraway Lane near FM 2978. (Courtesy KB Home)
97-homesite Creekside Court under construction at Carraway Lane, FM 2978

Construction on Creekside Court, a KB Home community, is underway in Magnolia on Carraway Lane near FM 2978.

Mental health services have seen an increased demand through 2020 and early 2021. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Q&A: Tri-County Behavioral Healthcare director speaks on increased demands from pandemic

Evan Roberson spoke on the demand for mental health services as well as what his organization has seen over the past year.

The temporary waiver covering initial vehicle registration, vehicle registration renewal, vehicle titling, renewal of permanent disabled parking placards and 30-day temporary permits will end April 14. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)
DMV officials say no grace period following waiver of car title, registration; new housing set for Magnolia, Cypress

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Montgomery County ESD No. 10 meetings are held at Magnolia Volunteer Fire Department Station No. 181, located at 18215 Buddy Riley Blvd., Magnolia. (Kara McIntyre/Community Impact Newspaper)
‘Our hiring practice was thin at best’: Magnolia Volunteer Fire Department to ramp up hiring, disciplinary procedures

The ESD 10 board also approved completing settlement documents and issuing payment of Chuck Grant’s wrongful termination lawsuit.

Magnolia Village is a proposed 60-acre mixed-use development located at FM 1488 and Spur 149. (Courtesy Gulf Coast Commercial Group Inc.)
NEW: 60-acre mixed-use development slated near proposed H-E-B in Magnolia

The development, known as Magnolia Village, will be located across Spur 149 from Stratus Properties' proposed Magnolia Place development where H-E-B is scheduled to break ground in June, according to the release.

"Breaking Strongholds" is a faith-based, eight-episode series that explores topics such as suicide and depression. (Courtesy Terry Weaver)
Faith-based series filmed in Montgomery County hopes for spot on Netflix, Hulu

The show, "Breaking Strongholds," explores topics such as suicide, depression and broken families.

From left: Klein ISD Superintendent Jenny McGown and Tomball ISD Superintendent Martha Salazar-Zamora gave presentations and answered several questions at a North Houston Association breakfast on April 8. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
Klein, Tomball ISD superintendents talk work programs, goals for 2021

The superintendents of Klein and Tomball ISDs met to discuss work programs, COVID-19 adaptations and hopes for the 2021 legislative session at an April 8 North Houston Association event.