A Muslim-owned Galveston restaurant has received an outpouring of support since reporting that had been vandalized with bacon.
Texas City overcame a strong start by Ball High with high energy and hustle as the Stings defeated the Tors, 68-54, in both teams’ District 23-5A opener Tuesday at Ball High.
Look for 16 high-end town houses to rise on the East End of the island — 1013-21 10th St. — some on the site currently occupied by the long vacant building that once housed the Micheletti grocery store.
Medical alert: Texas-based Hospitality Health ER has acquired about 1.9 acres at the former Fort Crockett military housing complex with plans to build a 24/7 emergency room.
Sophisticated machines these days can be programmed to perform remote tasks, albeit with human controllers pulling the levers from afar. Examples include NASA’s Mars rovers, which require constant, long-distance instructions to perform what is asked of them.
Toy story: Galveston’s famous downtown street, The Strand, on Friday will welcome a toy store and arcade. That’s when Play on The Strand, 2029 Strand in the historic Jockusch Building, opens to the public. Bill and Tammie Taylor and Seth and Lorena Grimes are the owners of the shop, which will offer traditional and contemporary toys, children’s books, games, puzzles and more. They expect Play on The Strand to fill a void.
Look soon for crews to begin building a 139,000-square-foot condominium development that will house cars, not people.
Port of Galveston officials have scheduled a ribbon cutting to mark the completion of the expansion of Cruise Terminal No. 2.
The island is getting much more hospitable. Hotels planned or underway will soon push the room count past 5,000, marking a major milestone for seaport city.
The company has facilitated more than 400 payloads, and its year-over-year revenue has grown stoutly: 36 percent in 2014 and 23 percent last year on revenue of about $10 million. The company anticipates 32 percent growth for 2016.
Hooters is still hush-hush, Marais is near opening in Dickinson and much more in Biz Buzz.
Wycoff Development in October broke ground on the nearly $70 million first phase of Odyssey Business Park.
Preheating: Residents of Clear Lake Shores never have to sail far for fine dining. If all goes as planned, Opus Ocean Grille will open at 1510 Marina Bay Drive in the Watergate Yachting Center in about three weeks.
The Moreno family has decided to try to bring the neighborhood store back, in a way. They hope to resurrect Pennie's, 1713 37th St., as a takeout restaurant.
All that land-clearing west of Interstate 45 near FM 1765 in La Marque is for a 35,000-square-foot building and showroom for Team Mancuso Powersports South.
Fried and true: All that activity next to the AT&T store in part of an island building formerly occupied by Hollywood Video is for a Frenchy’s Chicken, franchisee Andrew Pollman confirms.
The Wharves Board of Trustees, which governs the Port of Galveston, met Monday for its regular monthly meeting. Here are a few business transactions and items the wharves board approved or discussed.
Postoffice package: An old downtown island building, which has been empty and deteriorating for nearly a decade, is under contract to a potential buyer with plans to revive it.
Rumors have been floating around the waterfront for several weeks that someone had the Galveston Yacht Basin under contract and that someone wanted to build condos on the property, 715 N. Holiday Drive on the island.
The Galveston County Daily News this week finalized the purchase of Mirror Publishers of Texas City.
The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce, with support of the Texas Workforce Commission and League of United Latin American Citizens, will hold the first in a series of workshops to be conducted in Spanish from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
It's known as WeMa and it's a hot spot on the island.
Deli dish: League City’s casual dining scene is about to get a fresh lineup.
Fishing expedition: With the announcement this week that Bass Pro Shops had hooked Cabela’s in a deal valued at $5.5 billion, inquiring readers want to know what it all means for League City and area shoppers.
How a 600,000-square-foot commercial development is changing Nassau Bay.
A longtime island gas station closes, a barbecue joint takes over McAlister's Deli space in Galveston and Santa Fe prepares for construction of 21,000-square-foot Tractor Supply.
The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce this week joined other business organizations and trade groups in a lawsuit challenging the White House’s new white-collar overtime rule, which would make millions of Americans eligible for overtime pay.
Planting seeds: Will a long-vacant Broadway building in Galveston soon be home to a garden? If Mayor Jim Yarbrough and city officials have their way, it will. City officials are considering buying the building formerly occupied by Simp’s Kitchen and years ago by a Dairy Queen, 2528 Broadway. Most recently a group had plans to open a Cajun concept at the building, but those never came to fruition.
Land sakes: Will Texas City ever be the same? The residential component of Lago Mar that promises to eventually be home to about 4,400 families, is officially underway.
Galveston Island Brewing’s increasingly popular craft beers soon will be available on area grocery shelves thanks to an agreement with an Austin-based mobile canning company.
The Galveston Economic Development Partnership will present its fifth annual Economic Development Summit from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Galveston Island Convention Center at the San Luis Resort, 5600 Seawall Blvd.
The gentle rippling of English Bayou’s sea-blue water off 61st Street in Galveston belies the havoc that tore across the island when Hurricane Ike barreled ashore eight years ago this month.
A boat launch at the Galveston Yacht Basin used by thousands of people for 40 years will no longer be available to nonmembers unless they’re willing to pay a $1,500 yearly fee.
Grill is on: Those rumors about Plano-based breastaurant Tight Ends Sports Bar & Grill planning a touchdown at the building vacated this year by Quaker Steak & Lube in League City are true.
The Galveston County Daily News has reached an agreement in principle to buy the assets of Mirror Publishers Inc., a web offset printing company based in Texas City.
It’s happening: Bulldozers and a construction trailer are on site. And a general contractor has been hired. So, if the weather cooperates, crews any day will begin building the long-awaited theme park Adventure Pointe on 25 acres fronting Interstate 45, south of Tanger Outlets in Texas City.
Waterfront watch: A very prime island restaurant spot on the waterfront that recently became available continues to generate much buzz and conjecture. When Ignite Restaurant Group last month closed its Joe’s Crab Shack at Pier 19 on the waterfront, it raised several questions about just who would fill the space and whether the Port of Galveston, which is the landlord, would have much say about it. Lease terms allow Ignite to sublease the port property to a reasonable tenant. It’s possible a restaurant operator could forge a sublease agreement with Ignite.
League City has just created its fifth so-called tax increment reinvestment zone in its history.
SPAC-ulation: Strong but unconfirmed speculation is circulating around town that island-born billionaire Tilman Fertitta is planning to re-net the Joe’s Crab Shack chain.
The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce has received a $10,000 state grant to help fund its Spanish language business development workshops for bilingual, Spanish-speaking business owners, the Governor’s Office of Small Business Assistance announced Wednesday.
The Wharves Board of Trustees met on Monday for its regular monthly meeting. Here are a few business transactions and items the wharves board approved or discussed.
Hooter holler: Ever since Hurricane Ike eight years ago destroyed Hooters, 2227 Seawall Blvd., rumors of its island return have persisted.
Supply side: Did Santa Fe plow past other mainland cities to lure the largest retail farm and ranch store in the nation? It sure looks that way.
Seabrook is known for its many fish markets and some have called the city the “Seafood Capital of Texas.”
A&A Machine & Fabrication has completed an order of more than 100 high-pressure tubes in record time, a feat that likely will lead to more projects, as the mainland company breaks into a market recently dominated by European suppliers.
In an effort to unload cruise ships faster and move cargo quicker during busy seasons, the Port of Galveston is entering a U.S. Customs and Border Protection program that allows businesses to request additional officers.
Boeing Space Exploration, based in the Clear Lake area, is continuing its long-term partnership with NASA in developing the agency’s next-generation spacecraft.
Grocer gossip: Some readers are shopping around interesting rumors that a grocer plans to move into the space formerly occupied by Kroger in League City Plaza, on the southeast corner of Interstate 45 and FM 518.
Nicaragua in 1978 was wracked by the final throes of a bloody revolution that in the following July would bring to an end the despotic, three-generation Somoza family regime.
Editor’s note: Laura Elder’s regular Biz Buzz will return next week. In the meantime, here’s an update of last week’s Buzz Blog item.
Deli downer: Some islanders are mourning the sudden closure of sandwich shop McAlister’s Deli, 6600 Seawall Blvd.
Coast Monthly, the award-winning magazine published by The Daily News, has greatly increased its reach to visitors and tourists by making the glossy magazine available in hundreds of hotel rooms across the county.
For nearly 40 years, the Stewart Mansion sat empty, serving as a canvas for vandals, while many of its architectural elements were destroyed or looted.
Penney lane: Texas City commissioners last week cleared the way for Friendswood attorney and developer Jerome Karam and business partner Robin Parsley to transform the vacant J.C. Penney building in Texas City into an indoor self-storage facility and a business center offering such services as printing and photocopies.
Island home sales saw a healthy bump in the first six months this year, rising 6 percent over last year as consumers sought places to sink their cash.
South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center has completed its $10 million renovation, marking the most extensive makeover the hotel property has undergone since its opening nearly 30 years ago.
The scoop: Sometimes, the best business opportunities come in unexpected ways. Just ask Mike and Kathy Bouvier, owners of Hey Mikey’s Ice Cream, 2120 Postoffice St. in the island’s downtown.
The price of oil, like the seemingly ubiquitous pump jacks that extract much of it here in Texas, has had its well-chronicled ups and downs. The latter has been the case since 2014.
Raise your steins: Texas City-based Del Papa Distributing was established on the island in 1910 and is widely known for distributing national brands, particularly Anheuser-Busch products. In 2014, Mark Dell’Osso established Galveston Island Brewing, a burgeoning company working to introduce the world to its craft beers.
Climate change: The building formerly housing department store J.C. Penney in Texas City could soon become a climate-controlled storage facility.
On the half-shell: Gilhooley’s, the iconic San Leon restaurant famous for oysters, has a new owner — the man who for years has supplied the business with the bivalves for which the eatery is famous.