Chesmar Home Townhomes in Woodridge Forest Village in Kingwood held a ribbon cutting Sept. 22. From left: Jana Blackburn, vice president of design, Chesmar Homes and Don Klein, CEO, Chesmar Homes. Photo by Lawrence Kuslich

White Lightning, the long-anticipated Dancehall and Saloon with a Vegas twist, opened its doors to the public on Wednesday, Oct. 11 as part of their 4-day event “Opening Weekend.” White Lightning features a Texas-sized dance floor, three main bars, the largest bar being 70’ feet wide featuring an arsenal of spirits, a 25-daiquiri bar powered by Fat Tuesday’s mixers, and a craft beer bar featuring 70 taps. The Texas-sized venue, 30,000 sq. ft. to be exact, is fully equipped with a stage that will welcome popular country music acts and set the stage for local up and coming artists. White Lightning aims to have the biggest spirit selection in Texas, ranging from vodkas to whiskeys, and bourbons to moonshines (the legal moonshine). Currently, the venue houses over 700 different labels of whiskey but the collection is still growing as inventory continues to arrive daily and a final count is yet to be determined. This Vegas-style nightlife experience features a female-driven staff catering to guests with 5-star service. With capacity for just over 1,000 guests, it is no doubt that White Lightning will provide Humble bounds of entertainment.

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The Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Jenna Armstrong, recently traveled to Washington D.C. to speak with federal elected officials on behalf of the businesses and residents in the Lake Houston area that were affected by the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. More than 250 businesses and 6,000 homes in the Lake Houston Area were flooded. The majority of homes and businesses in the area are outside of the 100-year flood plain and did not have flood insurance. Armstrong asked for help in the form of additional tax relief, federally mandated accountability for disaster prevention (H.R. 3824), funding for a study of Lake Conroe, San Jacinto River and Lake Houston and technical assistance through the Economic Development Administration grant awarded to the International Economic Development Council. As the Lake Houston area prepares for long-term disaster recovery, the programs and acts Armstrong is advocating for are necessary to build capacity to maintain the momentum required to rebuild the Lake Houston Area Community.

A new lodging facility, Crystal Inn in Porter, was recently announced. Veer Hanuman Hospitality, which currently owns and operates Best Western Plus New Caney Inn and Suites and the La Quinta Inn and Suites in New Caney, is building the 36- guestroom facility on 2.8 acres on U.S. Hwy. 59/Interstate 69 North between W. Ford Rd. and E. Hammond Dr. The inn features a modern look with a hospitality/breakfast area, guest laundry and a swimming pool. Each guest room will be plumbed so that a kitchenette can be added based on future demand. The project is expected to create eight to 10 hospitality jobs and 25 temporary construction jobs. Crystal Inn is expected to be completed by next August.

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