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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.
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.
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.
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.
IMPACTS ROUNDUP: Pizza Lounge new location coming soon and more
Here is a roundup of local business news in Clear Lake and League City.
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.
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.
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.
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.