Press release and images courtesy of Chesmar Homes.
The Kingwood Chamber of Commerce is proud to welcome a new business, Wine & Design, to the thriving Kingwood community. Wine & Design is a “paint and sip” business offering a variety of event packages, class options, and craft selections. At Wine & Design, participants are walked through the steps to create beautiful, unique artwork by a trained artist. No prior art experience is needed - Anyone who participates is guaranteed to go home with a unique, personalized art piece to show off to friends and family.
Chantel Brown, Kingwood native and owner/operator of the Kingwood Wine & Design franchise location, was happy to give her answers our questions about her new business venture.
Why did you choose Kingwood as the location for your new business?
Chantel: I chose Kingwood because this community means so much to my family. I’ve lived in the area my whole life, so it only made sense for it to be the home of my first business.
What is Wine & Design, and what makes it different from other businesses in your market?
Chantel: Wine & Design is a paint and sip art studio that goes far beyond the borders of what you’ve seen before. We will host nightly instructor led classes for projects ranging from canvas paintings to wood pallet signs to terrariums, wreaths, and more. We will also host in-studio private events, team building classes, and fundraising events. Unlike other similar studios, we sell the wine in house! No need to worry about toting your own.
Despite the name, Wine and Design isn’t just for adults. We also have a division called Art Buzz Kids that provides classes featuring creative projects for kids of all ages. Art Buzz Kids will offer birthday parties, holiday and summer camps, and remote location classes for daycares/schools.
Where and when will you be opening your doors to the Kingwood community?
Chantel: We anticipate we will open our doors in October! We are located in Kings Harbor just across the parking lot from Sharky’s.
The Kingwood Chamber of Commerce is proud to welcome Wine & Design to our diverse network of friends and colleagues. For more information about Wine & Design, visit their website or check out their Facebook page.
All images courtesy of Wine & Design.
Humble ISD schools are gearing for the start of a new school year, one year post-Harvey.
Kingwood High School is preparing for a year of changes, starting with a new principal. Dr. Michael Nasra joined the Mustangs in July. KHS is also preparing to begin its first full year at its newly-renovated campus after spending a significant portion of last year at the Summer Creek campus due to damages from Harvey.
Below is the official Humble ISD calendar for the 2018-2019 school year.
Ted Poe is a proud product of the city of Houston, having been educated in Houston and served as a felony prosecutor, judge, and, most recently, Congressman, for Harris County. Following a career in the Air Force, Poe spent a considerable portion of his life dedicated to the public service of Harris County and the city of Houston.
Known for his “no-nonsense” leadership style, Ted Poe has served the Second Congressional District of Texas since 2004. For nearly 15 years, Congressman Poe has represented the Kingwood community, standing for traditional, conservative values and advocating for minimizing the size and scope of the federal government while expanding personal freedom.
Poe announced his retirement via Twitter in November of 2017, saying, “I am looking forward to spending more time in Texas, especially with my 12 grandkids who have all been born since I was first elected to Congress. I am proud of the work that my office has accomplished: giving crime victims a voice, helping to combat human trafficking, and fighting for our constitutional rights and individual liberty.”
Poe is set to make the final speech of his congressional career at the Kingwood Area Republican Women luncheon, which will take place on August 22nd at Walden Country Club.
Poe’s replacement remains to be seen as election day draws closer. Republican Dan Crenshaw and Democrat Todd Litton will face off for Poe’s seat. The new Congressional term begins January 3rd, 2019.
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Former Kingwood High School associate principal Dr. Michael Nasra has been named Principal of Kingwood High following the departure of Dr. Ted Landry at the end of the 2017-2018 school year.
Dr. Nasra previously worked as an associate principal (AP) at Kingwood High School from 2012 to 2014. Most recently, Nasra worked as the principal of Keller High School in Keller ISD since 2014.
Nasra holds a Doctor of Education and Professional Leadership degree from the University of Houston.
It's hard to believe we're already halfway through the summer. But don't worry - The Kingwood Chamber of Commerce has got you covered. Fill your last few weeks of summer vacation with family, friends, and fun, all while staying local in the beautiful, vibrant community of Kingwood, TX.
Delicious Tex-Mex is a staple in the lives of Kingwood residents. Before school starts in August, get the whole family together for a night of chips, salsa, chimichangas, and sopapillas! An evening spent with family and friends is already a treat – the Tex-Mex is just the cherry on top. Need some suggestions on great Tex-Mex in Kingwood? The Chamber has you covered! Click here to check out our comprehensive guide to Kingwood’s Tex-Mex restaurants.
Showbiz is a Kingwood icon – if you haven’t run into what seems like every single person you know while walking into the theater, you haven’t truly experienced Showbiz Kingwood. So, before the school year starts and everyone gets busy, meet your friends for one of the box-office hits of the summer. Haven’t seen The Incredibles 2 yet? Well, join the rest of America and get on it! Or, wait until closer to the end of summer and celebrate a new school year by seeing the premiere of Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!
East End – Kingwood’s forested, suburban escape. Take advantage of your last few moments of vacation and spend some time in nature. We recommend going between the hours of 6am and 9am or 6pm and 9pm to have the best chance at taking your walk in below-95-degree weather. You’ll probably see most of your neighbors and their pets out on the green belts, too – that’s life in the Livable Forest!
Ah, Kolaches - a Texas tradition. Snooze that alarm clock and soak in your last few days of summer relaxation. Then, show some Kingwood love to WestCo Donuts, or Citizen Donuts, or the Kolache House, or Shipley’s, or ANY Kolache destination near you. Treat yourself to that extra-large Boudin kolache – you deserve it!
Community pools are some of the best amenities that come with living in Kingwood. Some residents forget they exist or misplace the pool card a month after moving in - So track down that pool card and head to your community pool for one last day of tanning, family water games, and neighborly celebrations.
The Kingwood Branch of the Harris County Public Library suffered extreme damage to the first floor of its facility during Hurricane Harvey. Books, computers, furniture, and the well-loved Friends of the Library (FOLK) Norris Pelham Used Book Store were all lost when the building took on approximately 4 feet of water during the storm.
Fortunately, a dedicated team of professionals has been hard at work since September of 2017 to restore the library to its former glory. Donations from community organizations and Kingwood residents greatly accelerated the process.
On Wednesday, June 27th, the Kingwood Branch Library celebrated its grand re-opening with the Kingwood Community. Library officials thanked local organizations and residents who were instrumental in the restoration of the facility. The community celebrated with cake, punch, music from the Kingwood Park High School drum line, and lots and lots of books! Welcome back, Kingwood Branch Library!
Images by M. Rosato.
State public universities:
University of Houston
Established in 1927, the University of Houston empowers students in their pursuit of learning, discovery, leadership and engagement. Located in a sprawling metropolis, the premier Tier One campus provides students with cutting edge programs including undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, distance and continuing education. Ranked among the best colleges in America, UH is home to award-winning faculty, innovative research centers, has one of the most diverse student populations in the nation, and alumni who have become international leaders. At the University of Houston, students are prepared to envision their future, emerge as leaders and launch careers that transform the world. Read more.
Undergraduate degrees: 90
Graduate degrees: 80, with concentrations
Doctoral degrees: 3 with concentrations, 3 professional
Acceptance rate: 59.7%
Texas Southern University
Texas Southern University is a student-centered comprehensive doctoral university committed to ensuring equality, offering innovative programs that are responsive to its urban setting, and transforming diverse students into lifelong learners, engaged citizens, and creative leaders in their local, national, and global communities. Read more.
Undergraduate degrees: 79
Graduate degrees: 31
Doctoral degrees: N/A
Acceptance rate: 50.9%
Private colleges and universities:
Set in the heart of Houston, Texas, the nation’s fourth-largest city, Rice is a comprehensive research university that fosters diversity and an intellectual environment that produces the next generation of leaders and advances tomorrow’s thinking. Read more.
Undergraduate degrees: 60
Graduate degrees: 9
Doctoral degrees: 4
Acceptance rate: 16%
Strayer University makes an outstanding higher education experience available to students with the will to achieve and succeed. When you enroll in this fully-online university, you can earn the degree you need without putting your career on hold. Read more.
Undergraduate degrees: 7
Graduate degrees: 12
Acceptance rate: 100%
North American University
North American University is a small university located in Houston, TX. Houston is a metropolitan city full of opportunities, and at NAU, students receive personal attention and find many options for social engagement. The student body represents the best of the United States of America and the world in diversity. The faculty is highly qualified with doctorate degrees in their fields and a vast body of professional experience. NAU offers a student-centered learning environment where every student is valued and provided with opportunities to grow. Read more.
Undergraduate degrees: 9
Graduate degrees: 6
American InterContinental University
American InterContinental University's mission is to provide for the varying educational needs of a career-oriented, culturally diverse and geographically dispersed student body with the goal of preparing students academically, personally, and professionally. Its fully-online degrees allow students to maintain careers and families while pursuing their higher education. Read more.
Undergraduate degrees: 30
Graduate degrees: 18
Houston Graduate School of Theology
Houston Graduate School of Theology works to equip women and men to be ministers and messengers of God’s mission of reconciliation through academic excellence, personal transformation and leadership development. Read more.
Undergraduate degrees: N/A
Graduate degrees: 5
Doctoral degrees: 1
University of St. Thomas
The University of St. Thomas (UST) is Houston's Catholic University, committed to the religious, ethical and intellectual traditions of Catholic higher education. For more than 70 years, UST has promoted students into successful careers in medicine, education, business, public administration and more – throughout Houston and across the globe. The student body reflects the rich diversity of the city itself. UST welcomes undergraduate and graduate students of all faiths and of no faith. The campus is located in Houston's Museum District and Innovation Corridor, a diverse and vibrant urban environment with professional opportunities. UST is just steps from downtown and the famed Texas Medical Center where many students perform prestigious internships. Read more.
Undergraduate degrees: 39
Graduate degrees: 22
Doctoral degrees: 3
Acceptance rate: 84%
Houston Baptist University
Houston Baptist University offers an intimate college environment in the heart of one of the most vibrant and diverse cities in the United States: Houston, Texas. Attending to HBU as a student is about more than books, tests and lectures. It is about stepping into a community where each person is recognized as a distinct individual. HBU strives to not only develop each student academically, but spiritually, physically and relationally as well. The beautiful 100-acre campus is located just minutes from the city’s thriving downtown district, and the opportunities for jobs, internships and fun surround it. Read more.
Undergraduate degrees: 56
Graduate degrees: 24
Doctoral degrees: 2
Acceptance rate: 33.2%
The College of Biblical Studies
Incorporated in 1976 as Houston Bible Institute, the College of Biblical Studies (CBS) began offering classes in 1979. Since its first class, CBS has lived out its mission of providing a biblically based education that embraces all ethnicities and strives to equips students with an academic and spiritual foundation needed to lead their communities, churches and families. Read more.
Undergraduate degrees: 5
Graduate degrees: N/A
Lone Star College System
Lone Star College is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the nation. Students rely on Lone Star College for Associate Degrees, certifications for work in high-demand industries, and credits that enable them to transfer anywhere. Lone Star College System provides comprehensive educational opportunities and programs to enrich lives. Read more.
Associate’s degrees/vocational programs: 25
Houston Community College System
Houston Community College's service area is Houston Independent School District, Katy, Spring Branch, Alief Independent School Districts, Stafford Municipal District, and the Fort Bend portion of Missouri City. Houston Community College is an open-admission, public institution of higher education offering a high-quality, affordable education for academic advancement, workforce training, career development, and lifelong learning to prepare individuals in diverse communities for life and work in a global and technological society. Read more.
Associate’s degrees/vocational programs: 97
San Jacinto College
The Mission of San Jacinto College is to ensure student success, create seamless transitions and enrich the quality of life in the communities it serves. San Jacinto College aims to be a leader in educational excellence and in the achievement of equity among diverse populations. It works to empower students to achieve their goals, redefine their expectations, and encourage their exploration of new opportunities. SJC’s passions are people, learning, innovation and continuous improvement. Read more.
Associate’s degrees/vocational programs: 34
Smart Financial Credit Union
Smart Financial is a full-service banking institution that aims to effectively meet the financial needs of its members. Smart Financial is not only a credit union, but also offers safe deposit box services, notary services, and wire services. Drop in to the new Smart Financial Credit Union location in the HEB shopping center on Kingwood Drive!
Wells Fargo Bank
Wells Fargo makes it easy to manage your accounts, order products, and pay bills online. Wells Fargo has three convenient Kingwood locations, making it a popular bank among Kingwood residents and businesses. Wells Fargo attributes its national success to providing friendly service and quality banking assistance to customers.
BBVA Compass is a leading U.S. banking franchise with more than 680 branch locations throughout the Sun Belt region, specializing in a wide variety of Personal Banking, Commercial Banking, and Wealth Management services. BBVA is another popular choice among Kingwood residents, as it has two convenient locations.
The Mint National Bank
The Mint is located on Kingwood Drive in the SteinMart strip mall, making it a highly convenient banking option for Kingwood residents. It offers traditional banking services and aims to provide quality customer service and safe financial assistance to its local patrons. With fewer locations, The Mint is able to offer one-on-one consultations and assist customers as needed.
Green Bank is a preferred provider for business and personal banking products and services, an employer of choice in Texas banking, and a champion for its communities, including the Livable Forest. Green Bank offers traditional banking services and is committed to providing a safe and ethical solution to customers’ banking needs.
Amegy Bank considers itself a talented family of bankers whose commitment to common-sense solutions and doing the right thing for clients remains a top priority. Amegy specializes in banking privately owned businesses of all sizes and public companies in all industries and offers additional expertise in real estate, energy, and correspondent banking.
Woodforest National Bank
Woodforest is a community bank built upon the needs of the customers. Woodforest is committed to earning customer loyalty by offering the highest level of customer service as well as competitive products and services by employees who are fair, responsive, and professional. Services offered include personal banking, personal loans, and small business banking.
Independent Bank aims to make an impact on the communities it serves through high-performance, purpose-driven banking. Independent Bank also offers a full line of personal financial products and services to make banking easy for families and individuals. It provides capital and guidance to foster growth, bring new ideas to life, and energize local businesses.
Chase Bank serves nearly half of America’s households with a broad range of financial services, including personal banking, credit cards, mortgages, auto financing, investment advice, small business loans and payment processing. Chase has two convenient locations in Kingwood, including a drive-up.
First Financial Bank
Throughout recent national economic tribulations, First Financial Bank worked to remain a place of stability and trust for customers. While other banks have come and gone, First Financial has continued to grow through acquisitions, new branches and the expansion of banking and financial services. Customers can visit any location and receive the same friendly service.
Bank of America
Bank of America is guided by a common purpose to help make financial lives better by connecting clients and communities to the resources they need to be successful. Bank of America works to create jobs, develop communities, foster economic mobility and address society’s biggest challenges while managing risk and providing a return to clients.
Kingwood Pines Hospital
Kingwood Pines specializes in the treatment and partial hospitalization of patients suffering from psychiatric, behavioral health, or chemical dependency issues. Kingwood Pines has 116 beds available and offers a variety of treatments and services, including but not limited to:
• No-cost, no-appointment needed assessments 24 hours per day, 7 days per week
• Inpatient psychiatric services for ages 5 and up
• Inpatient detox (alcohol, opioids) for adults ages 18 and up
• Extended inpatient rehab program for adults after detox
• Evening Intensive Outpatient for Chemical Dependency (adults)
• Partial Hospitalization (daytime therapy program) for adults and adolescents age 13-17
Kingwood Medical Center
Kingwood Medical Center is a full-service hospital with over 300 beds, 450 physicians, and 1,500 healthcare professionals. Specialty centers include the Brain and Spine Center, the Women’s and Children’s Center, the Cardiovascular Center, the Pediatric Emergency Department, the Breast Center, the Emergency Department, the 24-Hour Emergency Department, and the Inpatient Rehabilitation Center. Services include, but are not limited to:
• Emergency medical care – in a 24/7 Emergency Department
• X-ray, CT scan or other diagnostic imaging procedure
• Expert orthopedic care including non-surgical and minimally invasive procedures as well as surgery and rehabilitation for muscle, joint and bone injuries and abnormalities.
Memorial Hermann Surgical Hospital
Memorial Hermann Surgical Hospital offers a variety of surgical services and houses 6 operating rooms and 2 treatment rooms. Areas of specialty include ENT, General, GI, Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedic, Pain, Plastic, Podiatry, Spine, and Urology.
Texas Children’s Specialty Care
This branch of Texas Children’s Hospital offers specialized physician and diagnostic care. Services include, but are not limited to:
• Allergy and Immunology
• Diagnostic Services (EKG, Cardiac Echosonography, Ultrasound and X-ray)
• Pediatric Surgery
• Sports Medicine
Walk-ins are accepted.
CareNow urgent care is an after-hours walk-in clinic open seven days a week. Highly experienced doctors and physicans are proud to serve the residents of Kingwood with quick diagnosis and treatment for minor injuries and illnesses. Some of CareNow’s most common treatments include cold and flu, cuts, burns, UTI’s, STDs as well as sprains and strains.
NextCare offers swift, quality medical services and accepts most insurance carriers. Services offered include illnesses, injuries, physicals, pediatrics, STD & lab testing, x-rays, immunizations & vaccinations, and occupational medicine.
This clean and modern center provides digital x-ray and lab equipment on site. A qualified healthcare team is able to treat a range of illnesses and injuries from coughs and colds, to cuts and broken bones. MedSpring can also provide some non-urgent healthcare services including adult and kid's physicals, vaccines for flu and meningitis, and occupational health.
Kingwood Urgent Care Clinic
This walk-in clinic provides a number of medical services in addition to urgent care services. These services include, but are not limited to:
• Pediatric Clinic services
• Weight Loss Management
• Gastrointestinal disorders
• Gynecology and Women’s Health
• Minor Dental Services
• Neurological disorders
• Northeast Family Urgent Care Northeast
• Integrity Healthcare
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