Tiff’s Treats is coming to Kingwood. The privately held cookie company was founded in 1999 with simple ingredients: $20 for baking supplies, an apartment oven, a cell phone to take orders, and a dream. When Tiffany Taylor and Leon Chen were college sophomores at the University of Texas, she stood him up for a date and delivered hot-from-the-oven cookies to apologize. Chen convinced Taylor to turn her cookies into a business, and Tiff’s Treats was born. The company started as small as one can get, with the two of them taking orders on a cell phone and baking cookies in the oven at Chen’s apartment. Today they have 800 employees and stores in four states. The Kingwood store will be located at 4529 Kingwood Drive, Suite 160 and will open Feb. 23.
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GENERATION PARK CELEBRATES YEAR OF GROWTH
2018 was certainly one for the books at Generation Park. From local partnerships and fun community events to restaurant openings and new tenant announcements, 2018 was an exciting year for the McCord team and laid down the building blocks for an even brighter 2019. The Block Party at Redemption Square kicked off the first of many community events at Redemption Square, including Cars & Coffee and Holiday Movie Nights; classes began at the Lone Star College-Process Technology Center; Global Tubing became the fifth company to open its headquarters at Redemption Square; GHX Industrial moved into Lockwood Business Park; Bibo’s Bistro opened as the first restaurant of Redemption Square; BB&T Bank opened its 24th branch in Houston at Generation Park; construction on Redemption Square’s first hotel, Courtyard by Marriott, began; Wholesome Kitchen and Wholesome Pies announced their plans for Redemption Square and are set to open in April; construction began on 255 Assay, Redemption Square’s first luxury apartment complex; and two works of art, “Prevailing Winds” and the #GenParkHeartWall, brought even more beauty to Generation Park.
COMPTROLLER ANNOUNCES TRANSFER OF NEARLY $1.4 BILLION TO STATE HIGHWAY AND RAINY DAY FUNDS
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar recently announced that he completed the transfer of $2.77 billion into the State Highway Fund (SHF) and the Economic Stabilization Fund (ESF; commonly known as the “Rainy Day Fund”). Each fund received more than $1.38 billion, or 50 percent of the total transfer. “Texas’ Rainy Day Fund is an important tool established to help our state weather difficult economic circumstances,” Hegar said. “This transfer pushes the balance in the fund to more than $12 billion. It is crucial that Texas use this amazing asset to maintain our strong fiscal position and our state’s AAA credit rating.” The transfer amounts are based on crude oil and natural gas production tax revenues in excess of 1987 collections. If either tax generates more revenue than the 1987 threshold, an amount equal to 75 percent of the excess is transferred. In November 2014, voters approved a constitutional amendment allocating at least half of these severance taxes to the ESF, with the remainder going to the SHF for use on non-toll highway construction, maintenance and right-of-way acquisition.
HOUSE PUBLIC EDUCATION COMMITTEE RELEASES INTERIM REPORT
The Texas House Committee on Public Education recently released its Interim Report to the 86th Legislature. Speaker Joe Straus previously issued charges to the committee covering a wide range of topics including Hurricane Harvey Recovery, special education and school safety. The document contains a summary of issues discussed and testimony received during hearings over the last 18 months, as well as recommendations for possible policy and legislative changes. The Interim Report can be accessed online via the Texas House of Representatives website at house.texas.gov/_media/pdf/committees/reports/85interim/Public-Education-Committee-Interim-Report-2018.pdf. Committee Chairman Dan Huberty thanked the members of the committee for their dedication and hard work, saying “the extraordinary events that occurred since the last session adjourned spurred members to delve deeply into what some may view as difficult topics without the time constraints of a legislative session.”
LARGE-CARGO TRANSPORTATION OPERATOR TO OPEN AT IAH
Volga-Dnepr Group, one of the world’s largest cargo airline operators and a leader in the transportation of oversized and super-heavy cargoes, announced it will open an Operations Base at George Bush Intercontinental Airport to give customers in North and South America faster and more economic access to its unique range of delivery solutions. It will dedicate one of its 12 Antonov An-124-100 freighter aircraft as well as crews, technical support teams, and special loading equipment for unique cargoes to the Houston facility. Located in the east cargo area at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, the new operations base will improve accessibility to the airport and the company’s services. It will provide unique and specialized on-site engineering solutions to enable the safe and secure transportation of heavy and outsize cargoes, using its team’s expertise in delivering complex load planning and delivery solutions. “The addition of Volga-Dnepr Group’s new operations base is yet another step fostering future growth in cargo operations at Bush Airport,” said Houston Aviation Director Mario Diaz.
NEW COMFORT SUITES TO OPEN NEAR FALL CREEK
A brand-new, 86-room Comfort Suites is opening in early February at 7502 N. Sam Houston Pkwy E. This contemporary hotel will be the first and newest brand refresh by Choice Hotels in the Houston area. This is a mid-scale brand hotel that will be serving the IAH, Fall Creek and Generation Park areas. Large and spacious suites, a fitness center, a pool, Wifi and a hot breakfast – including the famous Texas waffle – are just a few of the great amenities offered.