Readers' choice: 15 most-read business updates of 2020 in Tomball, Magnolia

The new brewery facility in Tomball is being designed by Ziegler Cooper Architects. (Rendering courtesy Tomball Economic Development Corp.)
The new brewery facility in Tomball is being designed by Ziegler Cooper Architects. (Rendering courtesy Tomball Economic Development Corp.)

The new brewery facility in Tomball is being designed by Ziegler Cooper Architects. (Rendering courtesy Tomball Economic Development Corp.)

1. City leaders confirm Whataburger planned for Magnolia

Whataburger later opened Aug. 17 at 714 Melton St., Magnolia. Read more.

2. Karbach Brewing Co. brewmaster Chris Juergen to bring brewery, restaurant to Tomball

Chris Juergen, brewmaster at Houston's Karbach Brewing Co., has plans to break ground on a brewery and restaurant in his hometown of Tomball by year's end, the Tomball Economic Development Corp. announced late Aug. 11. Juergen is a Tomball High School graduate.

3. Kindred Healthcare to close 6 Houston, Dallas locations


Houston-area hospitals that closed included the Tomball, Spring, Heights and Bay Area locations of Kindred Hospital.

4. Tomball's BJ Services files for bankruptcy

BJ Services, an oil service company located at 11211 FM 2920, Tomball, filed for bankruptcy, according to a July 20 company news release.

5. Frey's Backyard Cafe to close after seven years in Tomball

The restaurant's last day of business was Sept. 13.

6. Q-Shi BBQ and Sushi to open in Magnolia

Q-Shi BBQ and Sushi planned to open a new location in mid-March at 32823 FM 2978, Ste. A, Magnolia.

7. New wedding venue Boxwood Manor coming to Tomball

Boxwood Manor opened in mid-October.

8-12. Burgers, wings, sweet tea and more: Here's the latest restaurant news in Tomball, Magnolia

  • Tomball hamburger joint Joy Love Burgers changed its name to JLB Eatery in mid-September.

  • The city of Magnolia's newest eatery, Wing of Fire, opened for business Sept. 15, according to owner Kimberly Hildebrand.

  • Magnolia's latest wing eatery, WingNuts Express, opened on Tamina Road on Oct. 3, according to a Facebook post from the restaurant.

  • Market Street Cafe celebrated one year of business at 302 Market St., Tomball, on Oct. 13.

  • Kailey and Billy Moore will open HTeaO Tomball this winter at 905 W. Main St., Tomball.


13. Chicken Salad Chick opens Jan. 29 in Tomball

Chicken Salad Chick opened in January at 14030 FM 2920, Tomball.

14. Just Love Coffee Cafe now open in Tomball

Local business owners Tamara Hamilton and her husband, Jon, opened Just Love Coffee Cafe in Tomball on Nov. 23.

15. Heights Morning Market owner to launch market in Tomball

After growing up in rural Texas, Hayley Summers said she moved to the Greater Houston area two years ago. Summers, the owner of Houston Morning Market Company—which runs the Heights Morning Market—said she fell in love with the Tomball and Conroe communities shortly thereafter.
By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball | Magnolia & Conroe | Montgomery

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor for the Tomball|Magnolia edition. She began covering the communities of Conroe and Montgomery as well in 2020. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.



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Snow covers I-45 in Houston during a winter storm that hit Texas the night of Feb. 14. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Legislators probe energy officials over power failures, lack of preparation heading into winter storm

The Texas Legislature held hearings Feb. 25 with energy companies including Oncor Electric Delivery and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas in response to last week’s historic winter storm, which left millions of Texans without electricity for days.

Large-format printing service provider SpeedPro Magnolia was named 2020 Business of the Year by the Greater Magnolia Parkway Chamber of Commerce. (Courtesy SpeedPro Magnolia)
Here's a roundup of the latest business news in Tomball, Magnolia

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Keith Luechtefeld spoke with Community Impact Newspaper about some of the short-term and long-term repercussions of the storm as well as some of the reasons why so many homes saw burst pipes during the freezing weather. (Community Impact staff)
Q&A: Greater Houston Builders Association President Keith Luechtefeld discusses power, plumbing, frozen pipes after Winter Storm Uri

Keith Luechtefeld spoke with Community Impact Newspaper about some of the short-term and long-term repercussions of the storm as well as some of the reasons why so many homes saw burst pipes during the freezing weather.

With the notice lifted, the city recommends residents to flush household pipes, ice makers and water fountains prior to use. (Courtesy Fotolia)
JUST IN: City of Magnolia boil water notice lifted as of 4 p.m. Feb. 25

City residents were put under a nine-day boil water notice after freezing temperatures and electricity outages caused the city's water plants to suffer a loss of water pressure.

Harris County ESD No. 11 commissioners met for a meeting Feb. 25. (Courtesy Cypress Creek EMS)
Harris County ESD No. 11 begins construction process on new facility

District offiicials have said they hope Phase 1 of construction will be complete by August.

Winter Storm Uri led to closures across the Greater Houston area during the third week of February. (Courtesy Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County)
‘It’s been a rough year for us’: Expert explains economic effects of winter storm, ongoing pandemic in Houston region

“It's been a rough year for us economically; it's been a rough year for us public health wise. It's just been a rough year for us psychologically—first the coronavirus and then the freeze," said Patrick Jankowski, senior vice president of research with the Greater Houston Partnership.

The $560 million central processor, which is part of the new Mickey Leland International Terminal, will replace the parking garage for terminals D and E. (Courtesy Houston Airport System)
Parking garage at George Bush Intercontinental Airport to be demolished to make way for new Mickey Leland International Terminal

The international central processor, which is part of the new Mickey Leland International Terminal, will replace the parking garage for terminals D and E.

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic. (Courtesy Qygen, Wikimedia Commons)
Fry's Electronics calls it quits after nearly 36 years in business

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic.

A lone runner jogs on a snow-covered road in Austin. Transportation projects across the city were briefly paused due to Winter Storm Uri. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
ERCOT: Texas power system was less than 5 minutes from collapse during winter storm

ERCOT's CEO offered details into what led to the massive blackouts that left millions of Texans in the cold last week.

The Kamille roll ($17) includes spicy salmon and torched yellowtail topped with ito togarashi, a shredded Japanese red chili pepper garnish. (Adriana Rezal/Community Impact Newspaper)
Top Sushi Tomball celebrates first anniversary amid coronavirus pandemic

According to Janice and Andrew Vu—Tomball residents and the owners of Top Sushi Tomball—surviving the coronavirus pandemic as a new business would not have been possible without quick adaptability, good sushi rolls and a lot of community support.

Emerging technology and alternative energy sectors could help ease the blow of an oil and gas industry downturn in Houston caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, a Houston-area economist said. (Courtesy Visit Houston)
Greater Houston area could see economic relief from pandemic around mid-2021, economist says

Emerging technology and alternative-energy sectors could help ease the blow of the downturn in Houston's oil and gas industry caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Magnolia ISD adjusts attendance boundaries to accommodate Audubon, Mill Creek

Students in Mill Creek and Phase 1 of Audubon will now attend Magnolia Parkway Elementary, Bear Branch Intermediate, Bear Branch Junior High and Magnolia High schools.