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After 104 years, Southern Importers closes shop June 29

After over a century in business, Southern Importers announced it would close its shop at 4825 San Jacinto …

Mendocino Farms sets July 18 opening date, partnership with Chris Shepherd

Los Angeles-based sandwich and salad shop Mendocino Farms will open its first Houston location at 5510 …

Data: Starting teacher pay in Houston-area school districts rises 4.6% for 2019-20

As school districts apply House Bill 3 funding toward teacher raises, the average starting pay increased over $2,400, or about 4.6%, over 2018 salaries, with an average salary of about $55,700 among a selection of Houston-area districts.

PHOTOS: Developers unveil vision for Post Houston featuring rooftop garden, restaurants, coworking space

Lovett Commercial unveiled plans for the historic Barbara Jordan Post Office, 401 Franklin St., in Houston's …

Organic smoothie bar Clean Juice now open in the Heights

Clean Juice, a smoothie and juice bar, opened its Heights location May 24 at 1051 Heights Blvd., Ste. 120, Houston. The North Carolina-based chain serves certified organic ingredients. 704-918-1217. www.cleanjuice.com

Concerts, movies and murals: 8 things to do for cheap or free in the Greater Houston area, June 28-30

From watching "Grease" outside to learning about the benefits of community gardening, there are various …

The Waffle Bus brick-and-mortar opening soon in the Heights

Longtime Houston food truck The Waffle Bus is close to opening its first brick-and-mortar at 1835 N. Shepherd …

Huntington Learning Center opens Heights area location

Huntington Learning Center opened its Heights-area location, 5307 N. Main St., Houston, in June. The center provides tutoring services for kindergarten through 12th grade and test prep classes for ACT, SAT, PSAT, Advanced Placement and other exams. 281-810-6002. www.huntingtonhelps.com

Houston ISD board passes budget with $14 minimum wage, but teacher raises still lag nearby districts

The Houston ISD board of education pushed back against the administration's recommended budget June 27, approving amendments to raise the minimum wage to $14 per hour, limit raises for nonteacher employees making more than $75,000 and allocate $24.5 million in additional resources for campuses.

JetBlue airline to relocate from William P. Hobby Airport to George Bush Intercontinental Airport

A new airline will soon soar into the Lake Houston area, as JetBlue announced in a June 27 news release it intends to relocate from the William P. Hobby Airport in southeast Houston to the George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

METRO board puts brakes on Washington corridor rail idea

Not a single member of the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County board of directors expressed interest at a June 27 workshop for adding a light-rail extension for Washington Avenue to the agency's long-range plan.

Harris County updates nondiscrimination policies to include sexual orientation, gender identity

Joining a group of cities and counties across Texas—including Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Fort Worth and El Paso—Harris County commissioners voted 3-2 at a June 25 meeting to update nondiscrimination and anti-harassment policies to specifically include sexual orientation and gender identity.

Now Open: MAD brings Spanish flair, artful experience to River Oaks

Spanish restaurant concept MAD—named for the airport code for Madrid, Spain—opened June 19 at 4444 …

Amid calls for reform, Houston City Council revisits citywide juvenile curfew

Since 1991, the Houston Police Department has held the authority to detain and issue citations with fines of up to $500 to unattended minors out in public during the school day on weekdays, overnight starting at 11 p.m. on weekdays and overnight starting at 12 a.m. on weekends.

Pizza Birra Vino picks up where Pizza L'Vino left off on Waugh Drive

Pizza Birra Vino opened in June at 544 Waugh Drive, Houston, in the former location of Pizza L’Vino, which …

Sambrooks Tex-Mex concept Candente to take over Cane Rosso space

A Tex-Mex concept called Candente is coming to 4306 Yoakum Blvd., Houston, in mid-July, according to a news …

BB Lemon Montrose location set to open July 8

The anticipated Montrose location of BB Lemon, 4319 Montrose Blvd., Houston, will open July 8. Unlike its …

Houston animal shelter BARC temporarily offering $1 adoption fees for dogs, cats

Adopting a cat or dog from the city of Houston's BARC Animal Shelter & Adoptions will be easier than ever this weekend, as the facility is lowering adoption fees to $1 to encourage animal lovers to adopt a new family member.

Appeals court upholds Houston's historic preservation ordinance

The First District Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Houston's historic preservation ordinance June 25, backing a trial court decision over whether the law violated the city's charter against zoning.

Decatur Bar & Pop-Up Factory offers rotating menu, coworking space to Washington corridor

Decatur Bar & Pop-Up Factory opened in late May at 2310 Decatur St., Houston. The space serves as a bar …

The Center for Hearing and Speech moves as it prepares for new Med Center facility

The Center for Hearing and Speech moved to a temporary location at 1417 Houston Ave., Houston, as of June 19. …

The Breathing Room bringing Pilates, yoga to Rice Military area

The Breathing Room, a Pilates, yoga and wellness studio, expects to open in July at 200 Westcott St., …

Picked Flower Co. brings local floral service to the Heights

Picked Flower Co. opened in the Heights in late May at 1120 W. 15th 1/2 St., Houston. The local flower shop …