TEXAS ROADHOUSE OPENS IN HUMBLE
Humble’s Texas Roadhouse location opened Monday, Sept. 23, at 9747 N. Sam Houston Pkwy. E. Before the first guest walked into the door, the restaurant rolled out the red, white and blue carpet for several local organizations. As the restaurant trained new cooks, meat cutters and other kitchen members, first responders from across the community were the first to try the restaurant’s legendary hand-cut steaks, fall-off-the-bone ribs and made-from-scratch sides. Prior to opening, the restaurant also hosted invitation-only events for friends and family and raised money for Family Legacy and Riley’s Cause. “Being a strong community partner is part of our mission,” said Managing Partner Jeff Ennett. “The mission of Riley’s Cause is to bring a smile to the face of children battling cancer and to bring joy and comfort to their families. Family Legacy supports orphaned children who live at the Tree of Life Children’s Village in Zambia. We’re thrilled to partner with both amazing organizations and can’t imagine a more meaningful way to celebrate our opening.” Texas Roadhouse had an official ribbon-cutting Sept. 20 and brings 215 new jobs to the community.
MAIN SQUEEZE TO OPEN
The New Orleans-based Main Squeeze will open an 1,800-square-foot store, located at 16402 W. Lake Houston Pkwy., and will offer cold-pressed juices, smoothies and acai bowls made from organic fruit and vegetables. The store will also feature a drive-through lane for customers on the go. The Atascocita shop will be the company’s sixth in the Houston area.
BUSH AIRPORT QUICK WAIT
Data compiled by both by the TSA and Houston airports shows more than 90% of travelers get through the mandated security check points in 10 minutes or less, more often than not. The average wait time at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) is 6.24 minutes. Over the past two years, through a strong partnership with the TSA, Houston Airports rolled out processes to make the security wait time shorter. Passengers can access the current security checkpoint wait time at fly2houston.com/iah/overview.
FROST OPENS HUMBLE FINANCIAL CENTER
Frost has opened Frost Humble Financial Center at 19661 U.S. Highway 59 in Humble. A 151-year-old bank with deep Texas roots, Frost currently operates more than 130 financial centers across Texas. The new Humble Financial Center is home to one of Frost’s newer design features, a welcoming greeter station, where bankers can assist customers with making a deposit and withdrawal, answer account questions, open an account or apply for a loan. The new facility also includes a number of unique design elements that reflect Frost’s local heritage and evoke the Texas spirit. Historic state maps and black-and-white photos of Texas line the walls.
EFFECTIVE CHANGE WORKSHOP
On Wednesday, Oct. 16, Lon L. Swartzentruber, CEO of Design Group International, will host a participant-centered conversation on how one can engage change by utilizing their natural abilities and these three behaviors – courage, curiosity and trust – to approach and embrace change in their work and lives. The event will be held at Divergys, LLC Board Room at the Chamber Office, 110 W. Main St. in Humble, at 9 a.m. Cost is $20 for chamber members and $30 for non-members. Proceeds will benefit Pines Montessori School in Kingwood.
NEW U-HAUL LOCATIONS
Huffman Chevron has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve the Huffman community. The gas station at 1619 FM 1960 E. will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, moving supplies and in-store pick-up for boxes. 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. The 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. In addition, The Furniture Outlet in Humble has also signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer. The store is at 1120 FM 1960 Bypass Road E. Reserve U-Haul products at these dealer locations by calling 281-713-9039 or visiting uhaul.com/Locations/Truck-Rentals-near-Humble-TX-77338/056274.
FOREST COVE TOWNHOMES PROJECT
On Aug. 14, the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department removed large piles of debris and tires located at the Forest Cove Townhomes on Marina Drive. The District E office continues to monitor the purchase and demolition of these properties located in the Forest Cove Townhome Community as part of the Harris County Flood Control District Home Buyout Program. HCFCD has purchased all units in the following buildings: 1102 Marina, 1050 Marina, 1060 Marina, 1040 Marina, 1030 Marina, 930 Aqua Vista, and 803/5 Timberline. There are approximately 19 more units to purchase to have complete ownership. The following buildings have been demolished: 1050 Marina, 1060 Marina, and 803/5 Timberline. HCFCD is in the process of demolishing 1102 Marina, 1040 Marina, 1030 Marina, and 930 Aqua Vista. As HCFCD completes ownership on the 19 remaining units, the demolitions of those buildings will follow.
EMCID GETS $2 MILLION DONATION
It was a pivotal moment for the East Montgomery County Scholarship Foundation when The Signorelli Company donated $2 million toward a scholarship endowment for East Montgomery County graduates. The donation was presented to the foundation during its annual fundraising gala Tuesday, Sept. 17.
COMPTROLLER DISTRIBUTES SALES TAX REVENUE
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar recently announced he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $876.8 million in local sales tax allocations for August, and $801.5 million in local sales tax allocations for September. These allocations are based on sales made in June and July, respectively, by businesses that report tax monthly and on sales made in April, May and June by quarterly filers.