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Taste of Ethiopia now open on South Congress Ave.

In 2008, co-owner Woinee Mariam opened Taste of Ethiopia in Pflugerville along with her husband, Solomon Hailu. Taste of Ethiopia, which has an existing location at 1100 Grand Avenue Parkway in Pflugerville, opened its 3801 South Congress Ave., Austin, location Sept. 22. The restaurant serves traditional Ethiopian cuisine. 512-251-4053.... more

Conroe’s new CVS is now open on Davis Street

The CVS at 3711 W. Davis St., Conroe celebrated its grand opening on Sept.4. The store offers a full service pharmacy with flu shots, a photo lab and makeup counter. Personal care items and other drug store related merchandise are also available. 936-523-1613.... more

Sutron Corporation expands, relocates in Round Rock to Chandler Creek Business Park

The Round Rock Chamber today announced that the Air Quality Division of Sutron Corporation (Sutron AQD), formerly MeteoStar of Round Rock, Texas and Sabio Engineering of Georgetown, Texas, manufacturers of and providers of air quality instrumentation, water monitoring instrumentation, and weather monitoring, forecasting and reporting systems, have expanded and relocated to Round Rock by to an existing 9,100 sq. ft. building in the Chandler Creek Business Park. Sutron AQD currently has... more

Georgetown’s The Escape, Fine Crafts and Gifts now has new owners

The Escape, Fine Crafts and Gifts, located at 713 S. Main St., Georgetown, is under new ownership as of Sept. 16. New owners Johan Kritzinger and Loela Barry plan on keeping the store, which sells handmade gifts and furnishings, as is, but they also plan on incorporating new ideas and... more

Marble Slab Creamery & Great American Cookies add new San Marcos location near campus

San Marcos' first co-branded Marble Slab Creamery and Great American Cookies location opened at University Square, 350 N. Guadelupe St. earlier this month. Marble Slab serves ice cream with mixed-in toppings and other desserts, and Great American Cookies is known for their fresh cookies, brownies and cookie cakes.... more

11,000-square-foot Houston International Table Tennis Academy opens in Katy

Houston International Table Tennis Academy, or HITTA, opened in mid-July at 510 S. Mason Road, Ste. L, Katy. The roughly 11,000-square-foot facility contains 17 table tennis tables and specializes in training players for national and international competition. In addition to hosting its own tournaments and events, the business offers group and individual classes for all ages, monthly and annual memberships and walk-ins. 713-885-6854.... more

Marianne’s Custom Florals moves to new location on Custer Road

Marianne's Custom Florals is now open at its new location at 7965 Custer Road, Plano. The floral shop relocated on Aug. 3 from its old location at 700 W. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano. Owner Marianne Ganow has been in the floral arrangment business for 25 years and her business was named Florist of the Year by the Plano Chamber of Commerce in 2015 and 2016.  (972) 423-8545.... more

First United Methodist Church of Grapevine celebrates 150 years of service next month

First United Methodist Church of Grapevine, located at 422 Church St., Grapevine, will celebrate 150 years in October. Although the church has undergone many expansions and renovations it has been on the same site since its inception. In honor of its anniversary, the church will hold a celebration Oct. 8-9. The celebration begins with a free organ concert featuring world-class organist Bradley Hunter Welch on Oct. 8 at 6 p.m., and ends with a worship service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9.... more

La Magnolia owner to open new restaurant concept in October

Jose Velasquez, owner of La Magnolia Trattoria Italiana, will open Down the Road Burgers & Brews in mid October. The bar and grill, located in the former Magnolia Smokehouse on FM 1774, will serve burgers, fish, shrimp, wraps, fish tacos, appetizers and a selection of more than 30 beers. The restaurant will also feature dartboards, a jukebox, live music and a drive thru. Velasquez, the head chef at La Magnolia, said he was a police officer for eight years before opening his first... more

Leander’s Bryson community celebrates anniversary with public party

Master-planned community Bryson celebrates its one-year anniversary with a public celebration Oct. 15 from noon-4 p.m. at 501 Chitalpa St., Leander. The party includes live bluegrass music by Lost Pines Band, Cafe Ybor and Rosaritas food trucks, craft cocktails, face painting, lawn games and cake. The party is hosted by community developer Crescent Communities and community homebuilders David Weekley Homes, Drees Custom Homes, Grand Haven Homes, Perry Homes and Scott Felder Homes.... more

Martial arts facility Olympia Tae Kwon Do opens in Spring

Olympia Tae Kwon Do opened Sept. 1 at 5318 Spring Stuebner Road, Spring. The facility offers martial arts from children aged 3 and up, and for both men and women. Instructors teach self-defense and using martial arts to enhance self-esteem. 281-804-5425.... more

New 6-story tower opened by Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital

Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital opened a new, six-story tower Sept. 7. The 155,000-square foot tower near the intersection of the Grand Parkway and Hwy. 59 has 60 patient beds, including 14 for the intensive care unit and 16 for a new intermediate care unit. The tower was part of a $93 million project that included renovations to the existing campus. The tower also has the capacity to add four more floors with up to 30 beds on each additional floor.... more

Wayback Burgers to open 9th Texas location on Anderson Lane

Connecticut-based restaurant Wayback Burgers is opening its ninth Texas location at 2525 W. Anderson Lane, Ste. 135, Austin, in November. Local franchisee owners Gabriela Favela and Salvador Ruiz Esparza said the restaurant will offer burgers, milkshakes, beer and wine.... more

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen to add new Austin location after 30 years of business

Houston-based Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen celebrates its 30th anniversary in the month of October. The company has one location already in Austin at 6319 N. I-35 but is planning a second restaurant in Northwest Austin. Originally slated to open by early November, the opening of the new Pappadeaux will now be in early December at 11617 Research Blvd., Austin. Visit for more anniversary... more

Austinites open Avery Nail Boutique on East 7th Street

Austinite Avery Mohseni and her husband, Ali, opened Avery Nail Boutique at 2025 E. Seventh St., Ste. 117, Austin, in early August. The boutique nail salon offers organic, vegan-friendly and chemical-free products and caters to small parties. 512-777-2588.... more

110 year anniversary celebrated for Coldwell Banker United, Realtors

Coldwell Banker United, Realtors celebrated 110 years in the community Aug. 28. The Conroe area office located at 18784 Hwy. 105 W., Montgomery, offers residential and commercial realty services. Coldwell Banker has more than 700 sales associates in the Greater Houston area in 17 locations. 936-448-2100.... more

Legos store Bricks & Minifigs celebrates one year of business in Plano

Bricks & Minifigs, located at 7224 Independence Parkway, Ste. 332, Plano, will celebrate its one-year anniversary Sept. 26. The store sells new and used Legos in sets and individual pieces. Customers can bring in gently used sets and individual pieces in exchange for cash or store credit.... more

Montgomery to get new McCoy’s Building Supply next year

McCoy’s Building Supply will open a new location next spring at the corner of Buffalo Springs Drive and Hwy. 105 in Montgomery. The nation’s largest privately held building supply retailer, headquartered in San Marcos, operates 86 stores and two millwork facilities across five states. The business offers building supplies and professional services.... more

New Starbucks now open on W. Oltorf Street

Starbucks, 516 W. Oltorf St., Austin, opened Aug. 29. The coffee shop at the corner of South First Street and Oltorf features a drive-thru, patio and three brewing systems, and it is managed by graduates of St. Edward’s University. 512-346-6654.... more

Breakfast of champions now available at Best 1 Donuts in Conroe

Best 1 Donuts opened Sept. 14 at 12021 Hwy. 105, Conroe. The shop sells doughnuts and pastries, such as apple fritters, cinnamon rolls, croissants and biscuits. The business also offers coffee, French vanilla cappuccino and an assortment of bottled beverages.... more

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