The new restaurant will be similar in style to Italiano’s Pearland location.

ITALIANO’S TO OPEN FOURTH LOCATION IN KINGWOOD

Fresh garlic knots and homemade pasta will spice up the Centré at Northpark shopping center as Italiano’s plans to open its fourth location in Kingwood. The shopping center Italiano’s will call home is currently under development along Northpark Drive, east of Christian Brothers Automotive and Dairy Queen. “We’ve been trying to get Italiano’s to move north for quite a while, so this is really exciting for us as well as East Montgomery County diners,” said Frank McCrady, EMCID president and CEO. Co-owners Susie Kumbara and Al Sadiku opened their first Italiano’s Restaurant in Humble approximately 19 years ago after moving to the area from Brooklyn. The new restaurant in Kingwood will include a more modern concept and décor, like the location in Pearland, but will have the same food staples such as the famous garlic knots that people have come to love. They hope to open the Northpark Drive location by the end of the year.

STACEY WARD OF HUMBLE ISD ELECTED ATPE STATE TREASURER

Humble ISD teacher Stacey Ward was elected and installed as state treasurer of the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) at the annual ATPE Summit held July 17-19 at the Marriott Marquis in Houston. ATPE has been a strong voice for Texas educators since 1980. It is the leading educators’ association in Texas with over 100,000 members statewide. ATPE speaks for classroom teachers, administrators and paraprofessionals and works to create better opportunities for Texas’ 5 million public school students.

SPEC’S WINES, SPIRITS & FINER FOODS TO OPEN IN EAST MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Spec’s Wines, Spirits & Finer Foods will open its first location in East Montgomery County at the corner of U.S. Highway 59 and FM 1314 in Porter. A leasing agent with Spec’s confirmed the new store will be at 23611 U.S. Highway 59, Suite 500. The move is possible following an election in November 2017 that resulted in nearly 73% voter approval of liquor sales for off-premise consumption in Montgomery County, Precinct 4. Previously, only beer and wine could be sold in stores for off-premise consumption and mixed drinks could only be sold for consumption in restaurants and bars. “Our local restaurants were very supportive of the effort to legalize liquor sales, and this will directly benefit them as they can now buy their inventory locally,” said Frank McCrady, EMCID president and CEO. Restaurants are required to purchase liquor within the county of their address.

JACKSON-SHAW PROJECT 50% PRE-LEASED

Jackson-Shaw, a national real estate development company, recently announced that 50% of its new industrial development, Park Air 59, has been leased prior to completion. This 320,000-square-foot, three-building urban industrial development in Humble is the first industrial component within Houston-based Archway Properties’ 111-acre, mixed-use business park which includes retail, medical office and other uses. Situated on 20 acres, Park Air 59 is strategically positioned at the Will Clayton Pkwy. entrance to the George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Building 1, a 160,000-square-foot, cross-dock building, is located at 18870 U.S. Highway 59. Buildings 2 and 3, located at 18860 U.S. Highway 59 and 18850 U.S. Highway 59, are both 80,000-square-foot, single-load buildings. Each offers modern facility features, including 28-foot and 32-foot clear heights, 130-foot and 210-foot shared truck courts, ESFR sprinklers and abundant trailer parking. The development, located in the City of Humble, has very competitive operating expenses due to the city’s low tax rate.

CROSBY CHAMBER NEW EDUCATORS LUNCHEON

The Crosby Chamber of Commerce will host a New Educators Luncheon Aug. 14 presented by United Community Credit Union. The event will be held at Crosby Church at 11:30. “The Chamber will give every new educator a goody bag full of items donated by our business members to welcome them to our towns. We also do a drawing and gift the teachers door prizes donated by our members. We are asking for 150 goody bag items and we would like to be able to give every new educator a door prize,” states the announcement. For more information, call 281-328-6984.

HEGAR DISTRIBUTES $764.3 MILLION IN MONTHLY SALES TAX REVENUE TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $764.3 million in local sales tax allocations for July, 0.7% more than in July 2018. These allocations are based on sales made in May by businesses that report tax monthly.

NEW UPSCALE APARTMENT COMPLEX COMING TO LAKE HOUSTON

GenCap Partners, Inc., a Dallas-based multi-family developer, purchased a 17-acre site in Humble and broke ground on a 350-unit complex at 17810 W. Lake Houston Pkwy. Coming in the second quarter of 2020, The Sarah at Lake Houston Parkway will feature one-, two- and three-bedroom units, including some townhome units, ranging from 560 square feet to 1,616 square feet, according to a release by JLL. Unit amenities include 9-foot ceilings, wood-style flooring, quartz countertops with tile backsplashes, stainless-steel appliances, and full-size washers and dryers. The units will also feature dual-pane Low-E energy-efficient windows, energy-efficient air conditioning and heating systems, and unlimited hot water with the TEAL system. Community amenities include a private party room with catering kitchen and storage, a fitness center, an on-site pet spa and dog park, an outdoor sun deck with resort-style pool, a lap pool and poolside cabanas, and a biergarten and gathering courtyard.

NEW LEADS CLUB

The New Leads Club Morning Chapter meets every Wednesday morning from 7:30-9 a.m. at Nectar Nitro Cafe, 7560 FM 1960 in Atascocita. The purpose of the club is to assist business owners in getting good business referrals that will expand their business success. The New Leads Club is dedicated to maximizing the use of time and resources to get good business referrals. To accomplish this goal, the Leads Club uses a method of spaced, timed, repetition of information. They are not a social club. They are a business dedicated to increasing members’ business success.

BNI WINNERS CIRCLE

Now, more than ever, business people need to network to stay in business. BNI provides a positive, supportive and structured environment to exchange quality business referrals. BNI is the largest business networking organization in the world. They offer members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and, most importantly, business referrals. They meet every Thursday from 8:30-10 a.m. at The Overlook located at 20114 Pinehurst Drive in Atascocita.

FRIDAY MORNING NETWORKING

This business group meets every Friday morning at Tosca Americana restaurant in Atascocita from 7-8:30 a.m. Tosca Americana is located at 18321 W. Lake Houston Pkwy., Ste. 540. The meeting is chair exclusive. For more information, contact Wanda Rinaudo at 713-805-8560.

NEW U-HAUL LOCATIONS

Huffman Chevron has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve the Huffman community. Huffman Chevron, at 1619 FM 1960, will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, moving supplies and in-store pick-up for boxes. Normal business hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday. Reserve U-Haul products at this dealer location by calling 281-324-0669 or visiting uhaul.com/Locations/Truck-Rentals-near-Huffman-TX-77336/015461.

Lakewood Food Store has also signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve the Humble community. Lakewood Food Store, at 5820 FM 1960 Road E., will also offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, moving supplies and in-store pick-up for boxes. Normal business hours are 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday; and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Reserve U-Haul products at this dealer location by calling 832-412-2867 or visiting uhaul.com/Locations/Truck-Rentals-near-Humble-TX-77346.

In addition, The Furniture Outlet in Humble has also signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer. The Furniture Outlet, at 1120 FM 1960 Bypass Road E., will also offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, moving supplies and in-store pick-up for boxes. Normal business hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Reserve U-Haul products at this dealer location by calling 281-713-9039 or visiting uhaul.com/Locations/Truck-Rentals-near-Humble-TX-77338/056274.

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