Ashlar Development and The Groves recently celebrated the new road connection opening of Madera Run and Woodland Hills Drive in northeast Houston. With the new road, drive time to Beltway 8 is reduced to just a 5-minute commute for Groves residents. Ashlar Development also has plans to introduce a commercial mixed-use area to the area within The Groves at the intersection of Madera Run Parkway and Woodland Hills Drive. More information will be forthcoming on the project in early 2019.



SafeWay Driving has leased 1,200 square feet at Kings Crossing. This Randall’s-anchored shopping center is located at W. Lake Houston Pkwy. and Kingwood Drive. In 1973, SafeWay Driving was founded by Gene and Jeanne Walker, as Spring Branch Driving Schools, to prepare young drivers for the Greater Houston area roads. SafeWay Driving continues to revolutionize education for drivers of all ages and levels of experience. They even offer corporate driving courses and assessments to protect their most valuable assets. There are now over 100 instructors with 18 locations in operation from College Station to Missouri City.



Every Thursday, enjoy local produce by shopping at the Kingwood Farmer’s Market held at Kingwood Town Center Park, 4403 Town Center Place in Kingwood. The market operates from 3-7 p.m. during Daylight Savings Time; 2-6 p.m. during regular time, rain or shine. For more information, contact Mike Ibanez at 713-419-4574. Some of the vendors are: Best of the Best – Indian food; Brenham Kitchens – mixed nuts, salsa and jams; Charley’s Honey – local honey; Dustin Eggs – free-range eggs; and Jason Edmond Farms – produce, beef and eggs.



The Lash Lounge has leased 1,200 square feet at Kings Crossing. The Lash Lounge will join this Randall’s-anchored shopping center located at W. Lake Houston Pkwy. and Kingwood Drive. The Lash Lounge is recruiting lash lovers with a special offer. The first 250 people to sign up will receive a free service during the Kingwood location’s soft opening during the first quarter of 2019.



Republic Finance will hold a grand opening and ribbon cutting Jan. 9 at noon. They are located at 7155B Atascocita Road in Atascocita.



The Humble BizCom will meet Jan. 10 from 11 a.m. to noon at Humble High School, 1700 Wilson Road in Humble, and will feature a blend of businesses, community members and school officials coming together to address specific needs and issues of the Humble community. Area citizens, community organizations, businesses and other interested parties are welcome to attend. Speaking will be Kimberly Mouser, Humble High assistant principal; Terri Osborne, principal of Quest High School; and Jennifer Wooden, who will give a preview of the 2019 schedule at the Charles Bender Performing Arts Center. The event is free of charge provided an RSVP to 281-446-2128 is made. A complimentary lunch is included.



Houston’s Adopt-A-Drain program has unveiled several upgrades for program participants. The popular naming feature is back up and running. Adopters now have the option of viewing other drain nicknames before getting creative and naming their own drain. The site is now available on all internet browsers and displays new drains up for adoption. To claim a drain, visit The Adopt-A-Drain program launched in April 2018 and 1,278 drains have been adopted throughout Houston. The program allows the community to take a proactive approach to prevent future flooding, save taxpayer dollars, and keeps neighborhood storm drains clean and litter-free. As Adopt-A-Drain partners, program participants are asked to keep their drain clear of leaves and trash by cleaning it at least four times a year (especially before it rains).



The New Leads Club Morning Chapter meets every Wednesday morning from 7:30-9 a.m.. Meetings are held at Nectar Nitro Cafe, 7560 FM 1960 in Atascocita. Leads Club believes that businesses must exist for some higher purpose than their financial aspects alone. A business is not a master to be served by people, but should itself serve. “The reason for our existence is to serve the higher purpose of helping people help themselves.”



The people have spoken – again – and said that Bush Airport is one of the best airports in the U.S., according to a readers’ poll conducted by Conde Nast Traveler, which recently released the results of its 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards, and in the Best Airports in the U.S. rankings, Bush Airport came in at No. 9. Bush ranked high for its recent transformations, including enhanced dining and shopping options, plus an attention to details like available charging stations and fast, free Wi-Fi.



Small business optimism continued its two-year streak of record highs, according to the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index October reading of 107.4. Overall, small businesses continue to support the three percent-plus growth of the economy and add significant numbers of new workers to the employment pool. Owners believe the current period is a good time to expand substantially, are planning to invest in more inventory, and are reporting high sales figures. “For two years, small business owners have expressed record levels of optimism and are proving to be a driving force in this rapidly growing economy,” said NFIB President and CEO Juanita D. Duggan. “The October optimism index further validates that when small businesses get tax relief and are freed from regulatory shackles, they thrive and the whole economy prospers.” Job creation remained solid in October for small businesses at a net addition of 0.15 workers per firm. However, 38 percent of all owners reported job openings they could not fill in the current period, equaling September’s record high. Sixty percent of owners reported hiring or trying to hire with 88 percent of them reporting few or no qualified applicants for the positions they were trying to fill. Thirty-four percent reported raising overall compensation in hopes of hiring and retaining needed employees, only three points off from September’s record high.

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