Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack Cagle, center, congratulates the Ashlar team along with NHA President Jon Lindsay, far right.


The Groves, a master-planned community in northeast Houston, was honored to receive the Quality Planned Development Designation award from The North Houston Association May 29 at the NHA Awards Luncheon at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott. The award recognizes the community’s commitment to the stringent mandates of superior development found in the trendsetting quality living and working communities in Greater North Houston. Quality standards include superior and thoughtful development and amenities, designed to create a place where people want to live, work and play.



Ashlar Development and The Groves hosted Taste of The Groves recently. The food truck festival celebrated the start of summer and was an opportunity for the public to experience life in the naturehood and what the community’s Lifestyle Program has to offer at The Groves. The event featured brews from Ingenious Brewing Company; food trucks including Uncle Louie G., Tasty Sinsationz, Nitas Cakes and The Dapper Doughnut; live music; a tiny tot area for the little ones; a bounce house; an obstacle course and more. More than 650 people of all ages attended the event to sip, sample food and mingle. For more information on the lifestyle program and details on upcoming fun, public events at The Groves, visit thegrovestx.com/play/lifestyle-events.



The Kolache Factory will open in Kingwood at 1395 Northpark Drive while a new Marble Slab Creamery and Great American Cookies is underway at 7543 FM 1960 East in Atascocita in the former U-Swirl Frozen Yogurt location next to Kroger. Yummy Tummy Bakery has opened a second location in New Caney in the Valley Ranch Town Center at the intersection of Hwy. 59 and the Grand Parkway.



From Michael Collins, the mind behind some of Houston’s favorite restaurants, including The Fish in Midtown, comes his first two concepts outside the inner loop: Wholesome Kitchen and Wholesome Pies. From its soft opening at the Generation Park Block Party at Redemption Square in May, Wholesome Pies, located at 250 Assay, has been serving up tasty Neapolitan pizzas fresh out of the wood-fired oven. Serving classics like pepperoni and margherita pizzas or more unique creations like the seasonal taste of the Mr. Green Jeans or an Elote pizza, there’s something for everyone at Lake Houston’s newest neighborhood pizzeria. Joining Wholesome Pies, Wholesome Kitchen officially made their debut June 6. In a more upscale concept from Collins, the menu of Wholesome Kitchen boasts innovative culinary creations made from all organic ingredients. Open for dinner starting at 4 p.m., patrons can enjoy an array of dishes, including tuna poke, bone-in ribeye and skirt steak with chimichurri. In addition, the Wholesome Kitchen cocktail menu offers a diverse range of beverage options.



Ginger Robata and Sushi bar is now open at 24510 Eastex Freeway, Suite 130, behind Cracker Barrel. This is the third location for the Ginger Restaurants Group as they own Ginger Cafe in Atascocita, the Little Ginger Restaurant in Kingwood and now this one, in the front of Kingwood on Northpark. Ginger Robata is a Japanese, Sushi, Asian fusion restaurant.



The Board of Directors of the East Montgomery County Improvement District approved nine requests for community development grants, totaling $90,069. The Humble Area Assistant Ministry received the largest grant for $26,733; the grant will help assist 36 families in East Montgomery County with housing, utilities and food. The money will also cover some of the costs of 10 food fairs and books, supplies, transportation and uniforms for those enrolled in HAAM’s education program. Grants are funded twice a year to governmental entities, nonprofit corporations and other organizations for projects that improve the quality of life for residents in East Montgomery County.



Vincent Cortez, an accounting assistant at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Humble, has been honored as one of only seven finalists out of Encompass Health’s more than 30,000 inpatient rehabilitation employees in the Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, network to receive the 2018 Outstanding Employee Achievement Award. While Cortez does not have much direct interaction with patients in his role as accounting assistant, he actively embodies the spirit of “If you aren’t taking care of patients, you should be taking care of someone who is.” Cortez exemplified this quality most strongly when the Houston area was impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Cortez’s home was impacted by the floods that followed in the storm’s aftermath. Rather than focus on his home that was underwater, Cortez turned his focus toward his colleagues and patients. He spent consecutive days at the hospital to ensure all employees were paid and provide an extra set of hands to ensure patient needs were met before he began caring for his own home. “Vincent is an outstanding employee and a very giving and kind person,” said Encompass Health Humble CEO Angie Simmons. “I feel privileged to work with him every day and am beyond proud to have him represent our hospital and our region.”



Texas Roadhouse is now under construction at 9747 N. Sam Houston Pkwy. East near the ShowBiz Cinemas in Fall Creek. This is the second local location, following the first one in Kingwood. Texas Roadhouse is famous for its hand-cut steaks, fall-off-the-bone ribs, made-from-scratch sides and fresh-baked bread. The restaurant anticipates opening in July.



Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar recently announced he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $782.1 million in local sales tax allocations for June, 10.1% more than in June 2018. These allocations are based on sales made in April by businesses that report tax monthly.

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