Renovations, new businesses and more: Here's the latest business happenings for Tomball, Magnolia

Gianna Italian Kitchen underwent renovation in early January. (Courtesy Gianna Italian Kitchen)
Gianna Italian Kitchen underwent renovation in early January. (Courtesy Gianna Italian Kitchen)

Gianna Italian Kitchen underwent renovation in early January. (Courtesy Gianna Italian Kitchen)

In addition to recent renovations, the Tomball and Magnolia business community celebrated anniversaries and the openings of new businesses.

Renovation: Gianna Italian Kitchen undergoes renovations, accommodates more seating

Gianna Italian Kitchen underwent renovation in early January to open the bar area of the restaurant. According to business owner Roberta Caron, the renovation allows space for two more tables for seating. Gianna Italian Kitchen has operated at 28301 Hwy. 249 in Tomball for 18 years, offering a lunch, dinner and daily specials menu of Italian fare such as primavera, pollo nero and chicken picata. 281-290-6676. https://giannaitaliankitchen.com

Anniversary: Top Sushi Tomball reaches one year of business

Top Sushi Tomball, located at 24435 Hwy. 249, Ste. 70, Tomball, celebrated its first year of business Jan. 23. In addition to sushi rolls such as the California, Shaggy Dog and Caterpillar, Top Sushi Tomball’s menu also offers sushi rice bowls, cocktails and desserts. 281-246-0002. www.topsushitomball.com


Now open: Align Athletics now offering outdoor and virtual workouts

Align Athletics opened in early January, offering outdoor group fitness classes for adults aimed at building endurance, strength and speed. According to business owner and trainer Cheri Castillo, Align Athletics currently conducts workouts at Real Life Church, located at 23845 Hwy. 249, and Northpointe Intermediate School, located at 11855 Northpointe Blvd., in Tomball. The business also offers workouts via classes conducted on Zoom. 281-973-5995 (text only). www.facebook.com/groups/440691283969768

Coming soon: Boudreaux's Boiling Shack coming to Magnolia this crawfish season

Local residents Cherie and her husband, Todd Boudreaux, will open a seasonal seafood boiling trailer at the corner of FM 1774 and Tudor Way in Magnolia in mid-February. Boudreaux's Boiling Shack offers seafood boiled in an original crawfish seasoning blend and will also serve boiled sausage, corn and potatoes. The trailer will be located at 37707 FM 1774, Magnolia. 281-798-0338. www.facebook.com/needcrawfish

Now open: Heart & Hustle CrossFit now open on Hwy. 249

Heart & Hustle CrossFit opened at 21901 Hwy. 249, Ste. 400, Houston, on Jan. 4. The new business is housed in a climate-controlled facility that features state-of-the-art equipment. It offers five different classes that cater to all levels of experience and that incorporate high-intensity interval training, weightlifting and cardio circuits. 832-377-7153. www.hxhcrossfit.com
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Lone Star College has been approved for additional baccalaureate programs following House Bill 3348 being signed June 16. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Harris County Pets facilitates pet adoptions, foster placements and more. (Courtesy Harris County Pets)
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