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All the latest happenings in the Kingwood, Texas area.  Plus information on events, economy, current events and local businesses.

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  • 06/06/2018 7:10 PM | Anonymous


    Town Center Farmer’s Market

    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.

     

    Kings Harbor Concert and Fireworks Show

    Celebrate Independence Day a little early this year by bringing your family out to the Kings Harbor complex for a concert featuring Johnny and the Spinsations on July 4th at 7pm. The fireworks show will begin at promptly at 9:30pm; blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged.

     

    Escape Artist Texas

    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

    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 Arena

    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 http://www.kingwoodarena.com

     

    The Mudpie Company

    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 Park

    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.

     

    Town Center 4th of July Festival

    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

    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 Kingwood

    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

     


  • 05/31/2018 4:19 PM | Anonymous

    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. 

    • Sims Bayou Watershed: Tuesday, June 5, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Hiram Clarke Multi-Service Center, 3810 West Fuqua Street, Houston, Texas, 77045. 
    • Armand Bayou Watershed: Thursday, June 7, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Bay Area Community Center, 5002 East Nasa Parkway, Seabrook, Texas, 77586. 
    • San Jacinto River Watershed: Thursday, June 14, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Kingwood Community Center, 4102 Rustic Woods, Kingwood, Texas, 77345.
    • Clear Creek Watershed: TBD
    • Greens Bayou Watershed: TBD

    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. 



  • 03/19/2018 7:29 PM | Anonymous

    Kingwood High School has reopened their doors since flooding from Harvey back in August, 2017.  

    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

  • 02/09/2018 8:40 AM | Anonymous

    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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