Caring faces at Kingwood Medical Center’s Pediatric Emergency Department

Kingwood Medical Center expanded the hours of the area’s only pediatric emergency room starting April 1. Melinda Stephenson, CEO, said, “We are proud to increase the level of high-quality care by expanding the hours to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our board-certified pediatricians, emergency room physicians, and registered nurses offer the expertise, technology and gentle hands needed to treat all major and minor emergencies for children from newborns to 18-year-olds.” 

The May luncheon of the Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce will take place Thursday, May 18, at Stonebridge at Newport, located at 16401 Country Club Dr. in Newport. Lunch will be catered by Stonebridge and will begin at 11:30 a.m. The speaker will be Kimberlee Whittington, director of community education with Lee College. She will speak on opportunities for the community through the center for workforce and community development. The chamber will also present Crosby ISD and Huffman ISD scholarship winners with certificates. Call 281-328-6984 to RSVP.

Vitamins and Such, a health food store dedicated to the health and well-being of its customers since 1999, is now Thrive Nutrition. Thrive Nutrition is committed to providing the best possible service and prices.  Amrita Menon, founder of Vitamins and Such, has been dedicated to the health and well being of her customers for over a decade. After applying her experience and life-long passion to find the best possible natural supplements for her family, Menon’s involvement in the natural health industry developed into an online store and an eventual brick-and-mortar location in Kingwood in 2000. Since opening the store, her love for a healthy lifestyle has led her to continuously further her education and receive advanced certifications. 

Torchy’s Tacos, the popular taco chain, is set to open their Kingwood location at 4529 Kingwood Drive May 31. Torchy’s is located at Main Street Kingwood at the intersection of West Lake Houston Parkway and Kingwood Drive. Torchy’s will open its doors to the public at 7 a.m. Wednesday, May 31. Every customer that visits Torchy’s Tacos on opening day will be entered into a raffle to win free tacos for one year. The restaurant’s highly anticipated opening will be celebrated beginning Tuesday, May 30, from 5–8 p.m. for a public preview event. Attendees will be treated to free food, drinks and a good time. An early arrival is recommended. For more information,visit

Owners Lisa McSwain and Jeff Rocco have opened the first Sanké Hairdressers Salon in the United States. The salon is located at 2855 W. Lake Houston Pkwy., Suite 107, in Kingwood. Every guest receives personalized advice on their hairstyle, as well as advice on how to care for their hairstyle at home, a complimentary coffee or tea served in a cup and saucer, or a refreshing infused water to enjoy while they relax. The Sanké relaxation begins with a scalp massage during the shampoo process and continues with an aromatherapy scalp massage after the shampoo, performed by highly trained stylists who are constantly honing their skills and training. Sanké Hairdressers Kingwood is the first Kérastase salon in the northeast Houston area. Kérastase is a luxury, high end, hair care brand that fits perfectly with the guest centric, pampering concept of Sanké Hairdressers. Call 281-359-3330 for an appointment.

The Lake Houston Area Chamber is now accepting nominations and applications for the 2017-2018 class of Leadership Lake Houston until May 26. The purpose of the Leadership Lake Houston program, now in its sixth year, is to help local leaders develop and build their skills to enable them to make an impact on the growth and vitality of the community. Once selected, each applicant will attend one-day sessions, once a month to learn about economic development, government, justice and public safety, education, health care and social services. The program fee is $895, with partial scholarships available. For more information on the program, contact Johnston Farrow at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the chamber at 281-446-2128.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced recently he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $620.2 million in local sales tax allocations for April, 4.9 percent more than in April 2016. These allocations are based on sales made in February by businesses that report tax monthly. “The cities of Houston, San Antonio, Dallas and Austin saw noticeable increases in sales tax allocations,” Hegar said. “The cities of Sugar Land, McAllen, Irving and Grand Prairie saw noticeable decreases.”


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