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Kingwood offers a wide range
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every style and price point.
Pretty Little Things
Pretty Little Things is a relaxed boutique featuring women's clothing, including dresses & T-shirts, plus accessories. Pretty Little Things keeps the girls of Kingwood well-dressed and on-trend with its wide selection of modern, feminine retail products.
Hallmark is a retail chain specializing in greeting cards, gift wrap, ornaments & gifts for all occasions. Rachael's Hallmark Store in Kingwood has not only the classic product lines of your typical Hallmark store, but also stocks locally sourced and Texas-made items that make great gifts for friends and family.
Cyrese & Co.
Cyrese and Company in Kingwood, TX is home to the finest jewelry, clothing, accessories and home accents in the area. It is a family-owned and operate boutique that offers beautiful, unique pieces you won't find anywhere else.
Gnome Sweet Gnome
Gnome Sweet Gnome carries all seasonal, home décor, baby and kids, collegiate and great finds from around the world. It's unique array of merchandise will make your home the talk of the town.
Fabulous Things offers a wide array of boutique items, wholesale & retail clothing, jewelry, and accessories at a fair price and with a friendly face.
Stein Mart provides the newest and most popular brand name fashion for you and your home. They offer merchandise by up-and-coming designers and one-of-a-kind boutique pieces not found at any other store, and offer it all at incredibly low prices.
Francesca’s boutiques offer an eclectic mix of carefully-curated clothing, bright baubles, bold accessories, and playful gifts that are as fun to give as they are to receive. Stores reveal an array of new arrivals almost daily, so you’ll always discover something special and amazing on every visit.
Palais Royal, owned by Stage, is a specialty department store offering a wide array of women’s retail merchandise at competitive prices with a clean, welcoming atmosphere.
ZooLaLa describes itself as an eclectic & whimsical mix of clothing, shoes, jewelry & gifts featured at a hip boutique.
You're not a true Houstonian until you've sampled all the Tex-Mex options in your neighborhood. The Kingwood Chamber of Commerce has created the following guide of all the best Tex-Mex restaurants in the Livable Forest so you can check out all of your options in one, convenient place!
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Different events are held throughout the area and there is bound to be one that fits your family’s needs. The 4th of July is Kingwood’s biggest celebration of the year, as various events are held by local organizations that aim to bring the community together for a day laughter and festivities.
This is an annual event put on each year by the Kingwood Civic Club. The Kingwood 4th of July parade is one of the largest Independence Day parades in all of Texas! Local businesses, community groups, families, and school organizations enter floats, vehicles and trailers in the event for judging and parade through the streets of Kingwood for the enjoyment of the whole community. A children’s fishing rodeo is held before the parade from 6-7:30am at the Foster’s Mill pond, and a decorated bike rodeo for children is held at 9am in the parking lot of the Kingwood Bible Church. Bikes are awarded trophies by judges and participants are invited to walk in the parade after the bike rodeo. The parade itself begins at 10am at Sandy Forks Drive, making its way to West lake Houston Parkway where it turns onto Kingwood Drive and ends at Kingwood High School. Where your red, white, and blue, bring lawn chairs, and find your spot early, because this event gets crowded!
The Town Center festival is an annual, family-friendly event held at Town Center Park. Food and merchandise vendors will line the streets of the park, and kid-friendly activities like inflatables and games will also be available. Mark Linabury will be hosting the event. The festival begins at 2pm, with live music on stage from 3-9pm. Then, at 9pm, get ready for the best fireworks show in town! Stake out a spot to watch the fireworks early, because this event gets very crowded – especially during the fireworks show.
The Kings Harbor pavilion hosts an annual 4th of July evening concert and fireworks show. TC & the Cannonballs will entertain on the main stage from 7-9:30pm, and a spectacular fireworks show will follow over the Kings Harbor Pier. Blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged!
Alspaugh’s Ace Hardware on West Lake Houston Parkway hosts an annual “street dance” on the Saturday before Independence Day (June 30th, 2018) with free BBQ, hotdogs, ice cream, and live music. The food begins at 6pm and live music starts at 7. Lawn chairs are encouraged, but dancing is even better! This event is fun for the whole family and is truly a community affair. Alspaugh’s often recognizes a community organization each year to which all of the event’s proceeds are donated.
Kingwood has over 500 acres of parks and nature preserves that serve as great destinations for family outings, walks with pets, or sporting events. The area’s parks are staples in the lives of community members and encourage residents to unplug, enjoy nature, and spend time with loved ones.
East End is one of the more popular parks in the area, simply due to its size. It is a 158-acre park located at the east end of Kingwood Drive. East End has raised boardwalks on which visitors can safely walk through the carefully preserved swamps and marshes. The park also contains crushed granite trails that visitors can use for biking and jogging. Visitors will also find picturesque picnic tables and benches overlooking the park’s unique, swampy scenery. Not only is East End a fantastic recreational destination, but it also offers educational opportunities as it is home to varying biological and ecological environments, such as meadows, woodlands, and wetlands. The park also offers a different, unique experience each time the season changes. In the spring, the park is rich with wildflowers and irises, both of which are frequent subjects for photographers. In the summer, visitors will often find deer and other grazing wildlife throughout the park. The fall and winter seasons are a great time to visit East End as well, because various species of bird migrate to the Houston area for the colder months.
When Town Center Park is not hosting festivals, farmer’s markets, or other community events, it serves as a large greenspace in the middle of the Town Center Area that is densely populated with businesses. Despite being in the center of Kingwood’s most commercialized area, the Town Center Park remains a serene escape from suburban life and provides visitors with benches and ample space for picnics. Its proximity to all of the Kingwood’s major venues makes it a convenient spot for various events like the Town Center Fourth of July Festival and Christmas at Town Center. The park can even be rented by Kingwood residents for private events.
The Creekwood Nature area is perhaps the most well preserved, fully natural park in Kingwood. It has been left completely in its natural state aside from mulched hiking trails. It spans about 50 acres and is located at the end of Maple Park Drive in Bear Branch Village. This park is another great educational destination, as park caretakers aim to leave the park as natural and untouched by man as possible. Because of this, it has fewer benches and picnic areas than other parks. However, it remains a beautiful place for family hikes or bike rides.
River Grove Park is somewhat of a hidden gem for Kingwood residents, as it is often overshadowed by the larger East End Park. However, River Grove is a stunning 74-acre park that offers unparalleled views of the San Jacinto River and Lake Houston. It is conveniently located for most Kingwood residents, the entrance being at the south end of Woodland Hills Drive. It has a boardwalk that extends over the water and serves as beautiful landscape for walks and photography. The park is also home to an 18-hole disc golf course, a boat launch to Lake Houston, fishing areas, picnic tables, grills, restrooms, and a pavilion. In terms of park amenities, River Grove is the best that Kingwood has to offer.
Lake Houston Wilderness Park is a large, 4,000-acre wilderness preserve and park located in New Caney, just ten miles north of Kingwood. While it’s a bit of a drive for Kingwood residents, the Lake Houston Wilderness Park is the closest park to the area with camping and cabin opportunities. This park has six modern cabins with amenities, as well as six screen rooms and multiple sites for tent camping. Visitors have the opportunity to camp and hike along the beautiful water of Lake Houston. The park also has a nature center where visitors can go to learn more about the various wildlife found in the park’s ecosystems. Other amenities include a rentable dining hall, restrooms, equestrian trails, and hiking paths.
Deer Ridge Park is a 63-acre area located on the west side of Woodland Hills Drive, south of Kingwood Drive. It is not as natural as other Kingwood parks, but remains an excellent space for family outings like walks, picnics, and games. The park has two tennis courts, a basketball court, a sand volleyball court, private restrooms, shaded picnic areas, a duck pond, a gazebo, and a playground area for children. Deer Ridge is the headquarters of the Kingwood Horsemen’s Association, and horses can be seen on any given day throughout the park.
The Kingwood Farmer’s Market is held every Thursday from 3pm to 7pm (or from 2pm to 6pm during daylight savings time) in the Town Center Park. Local vendors offer fresh, farm-to-table produce as well as locally-made oils, jellies, cheeses, breads, and desserts. Some vendors even sell handmade crafts like jewelry, art, and soaps. The Farmer’s Market provides a peek into local culture and is a great afternoon activity for the whole family.
Celebrate Independence Daye a little early this year by bringing your family out the Kings Harbor complex for a concert featuring Johnny and the Spinsations on July 1st at 7pm. The fireworks show will begin at promptly at 9:30pm; blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged.
Escape Artist Texas is an interactive, mystery-solving experience located on Chestnut Ridge. The facility offers different levels of crime-solving difficulty ranging from beginner to advanced. All Escape Artist experiences are suitable for kids ages 8 and up. The Escape Artist experience is a great opportunity for your family to work as team to successfully solve challenging puzzles and escape the game. There are 5 game options, each lasting a maximum of 60 minutes. The cost is $22 per person and time availability and bookings are available at www.escapeartisttexas.com
The Rustic Brush is a great activity for the creative members of your family. Here, you can build and decorate DIY projects with the help of trained professionals, filling your home with handmade décor or gifting personalized items to friends and family. The Rustic Brush offers prescheduled workshops as well as individual bookings and private parties. Prices and booking times vary and can be found at www.therusticbrush.com
Swords and Superheroes is a somewhat hidden gem in the Kingwood community. It is a combination laser tag, arcade, board game, and paintball center. There is something for every member of your family. This locally owned and operated business offers countless opportunities for wholesome family fun. Hours of operation vary and can be found at www.kingwoodarena.com
The Mudpie Company just reopened its doors after completing repairs from Hurricane Harvey. Here, your family can spend the morning or afternoon getting creative by painting pottery. Mudpie has a huge selection of pottery items available to paint at various price levels. Staff members are happy and helpful, and the environment is perfect for families and children. Hours of operation can be found at www.themudpie.com
East End is a Kingwood classic for every local family. This park is the perfect spot for Summer picnics, touch football games, evening walks, or family photoshoots. East End is the embodiment of Kingwood’s tagline, The Livable Forest, as it provides a woodsy, natural atmosphere and a welcome escape from suburban life. The park is open from dusk to dawn and can be accessed through the Greenbelt Trails.
Kingwood celebrates the 4th of July each year by hosting a festival and fireworks show in the Town Center Park. Food and craft vendors will attend, and entertainment will be featured on the main stage. The festival will begin at 2pm with fireworks beginning at 9pm.
Kingwood Country Club is perhaps the most all-encompassing destination on this list, as it provides adult fun and entertainment as well as kid-friendly activities. The country club is home to swimming pools, cabanas, top-notch cuisine, newly renovated workout facilities, and excellent childcare services. Membership is required for use of the facilities, and prices vary by membership category. More information on membership and upcoming Summer activities and events can be found by visiting their website.
Pump It Up is the ultimate destination for fun jumps, trampolines, and inflatables. The facility offers “open jumps” during which anyone can pay to participate, as well as private party bookings for families, birthday parties, etc. Prices and booking times vary and can be found at www.pumpitupparty.com
Council Member Dave Martin would like to make residents aware of the upcoming opportunity to provide public input to Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD), in preparation of the Harris County 2018 bond election. " Harris County has begun scheduling a series of 23 community engagement meetings next month to solicit public input on an expected $2.5 billion bond issue that would help reduce much of the catastrophic flooding that has struck the area in recent years", Harris County Judge Ed Emmett said Wednesday.
Officials with the Harris County Flood Control District are scheduling public meetings in each of the county's 23 watersheds to describe some of the projects the county is proposing and to solicit residents' input on which projects should be included. Flood Control officials also have created an interactive website detailing the status of more than 150 proposed and current projects throughout the county.
Emmett joined Flood Control District Executive Director Ross Poppe in announcing the initiatives during a Wednesday afternoon news conference at TranStar. Poppe laid out opportunities for a series of channel improvements and repairs, floodplain buyouts, and creation of greenspace and detention basins throughout the entire county. Some of these projects have been in the works for several years, but have been stalled by a lack of money.
The initial list of potential projects and detail about the upcoming community engagement meetings can be found as they become available through Friday, June 8, on a dedicated portion of the Flood Control website at www.hcfcd.org/bondprogram.
Of the five watersheds within District E, three community meetings have been scheduled.
Residents of the Clear Creek and Greens Bayou Watershed, please continue to check HCFCD's website for updates on scheduled meetings within your watershed. If you are unsure which watershed you reside in, please visit the interactive map. The m eetings will conclude August 1, allowing time for county officials to finalize the bond package for voters.
Harris County Commissioners Court is expected to vote June 12 to place a $2.5 billion flood bond issue on the August 25 ballot. If approved, issuance of bonds would be spread over 15 years, and the expected Flood Control tax increase for most homeowners would be limited to 1.4 percent or less.
For more information, please contact Harris County Flood Control District Bond Program Hotlin e at 713-684-4107.
Since the flood, students have temporarily been sharing the Summer Creek High Campus.
Students were able to come back after spring break to a newly remodeled building.
Returning to Kingwood High School is a huge milestone for the community of Kingwood as we continue to rebuild after the devastating floods. Hurricane Harvey left many in the Northeast Houston region with substantial damage to homes and businesses. Some, a complete loss but many continue to rebuild.
Kingwood High School - Credit: Humble Independent School District
The greater Houston area can expect to see more locations of a chicken restaurant chain in the near future, and the newest will be right here in Kingwood, Texas.
Charley Donaldson, Chuck Cain and Robert Drisaldi make up the ownership team of the Cain Holding Group, which is the sole developer of the Slim Chickens' Houston-area franchise.
The group plans to undertake a 25-restaurant expansion across the greater Houston area over the next seven to 10 years.
Slim Chickens celebrated the opening of its Humble location in November 2016; it was the fifth Houston-area restaurant. It was one of four sites originally developed by Slim Chickens Corporate that the Cain Holding Group purchased.
Next on their list for the Lake Houston area is Kingwood.
The Kingwood Slim Chickens is located Northpark Drive and Texas 494 Loop and is scheduled to open in February 2018.
The Humble Slim Chickens is performing well, according to Donaldson. However, the Humble location's metrics did not play into the Cain Holding Group's decision to expand to Kingwood.
"We knew Kingwood would be a good market for us, so we were planning to do it regardless, but we had a good feeling that Kingwood would do just as good if not better than the Humble location," Donaldson said. "Kingwood's a great market. It has a great demographic and if you're developing in the city of Houston, Kingwood is one of the top markets to develop in."
Ultimately, they want to have a location in the south part of Atascocita as well. Between the Kingwood, Humble and Atascocita locations, Donaldson said they feel they'd have good exposure to this part of the Houston area.
The Cain Holding Group agreed to build-out the Houston market a couple of years ago.
"The greater Houston area has 8 million people, so if you want brand recognition, you can't be a five, or six-unit operation. It has to be much larger," Donaldson said.
He said their strategy to move the needle is to expand quickly and enter the market the right way, starting with suburban areas.
The 25-restaurant expansion may be a bold undertaking, but Donaldson said the group is confident in their ability to follow through. This is not the first time the Cain Holding Group has introduced and cultivated a restaurant chain in the Houston market.
The group is also one of two Panera Bread franchisees for the Houston area.
Chuck Cain, majority owner of the Cain Holding Group, brought Panera to Houston about 15 years ago, Donaldson said. It started out on a similar level as Slim Chickens is now, but within a few years it had expanded its following and brand recognition.
Donaldson said the Cain Holding Group has the background, experience, infrastructure and financial backing necessary to carry out this venture as well.
"We have everything needed to follow through with the expansion," Donaldson said. "We not only have a great product, but a really great organization."
Cain said the stability of the group is due in large part to choosing strategic sites for their restaurants and maintaining a standard of food quality.
"We've stayed consistent and have been able to do that through all of our systems we have in place," Cain said.
Slim Chickens vice president of franchise operations, Brian Simowitz, said Slim Chickens Corporate lauds the Cain Holding Group's Houston market expansion.
"We've selected a great franchise partner," Simowitz said. "We're with them step-by-step in the process and are excited to be developing in the Houston market."
Something the Cain Holding Group has done through their Panera locations for the past 15 years is become involved in local schools and sports.
"That will continue to be a focus of ours," Donaldson said.
Donaldson said the Cain Holding Group tries to hire associates locally and promote management from within.
"It's easier to retain employees that way," Donaldson said. That's our practice at Panara and Slims. We like to grow our own managers, meaning the typical 'rock star' manager starts as an associate and grow from within."
In the beginning, the new Slim Chickens will have to hire people as managers because they're starting from scratch, he said, but they already have a good pipeline of potential candidates.
For more information about Slim Chickens, visit slimchickens.com.
Source: Houston Chronicle
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