Around 1,200 people lost power in Galveston on Friday morning, after a Waste Management trash truck took down a utility pole near Seawall Boulevard.
After hosting 110 teams and raising more than $3,000 during the inaugural Cougar Beach Bash, the sand volleyball tournament returns to East Beach with more than 150 players preregistered for the event.
Except for the heat, near-perfect conditions for fishing prevailed over the Galveston area on Friday. Anglers on the water early had the best luck and just about all of the typical summertime hot spots paid off.
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.
Joynt’s jumping: Two new drinking and eating establishments are causing a stir on the island with the potential to lure more people to downtown’s western edge.
Another ship has come in for the Port of Galveston.
When it comes to League City supermarkets, Kroger is betting that bigger is better.
From the rooftops: It’s been at least 10 years in the making, is expected to pull Texas City’s mass across the Interstate 45 and is one of the largest mixed-use projects ever to be planned in the county — with its developer projecting 1 million square feet of houses, restaurants, hotels and offices to eventually surface at the site.
Time of the Seasons: It’s happening. Seasons Gourmet Food & Grocer, 2701 Broadway, opens 7 a.m. Friday, just a little more than a year after announcing plans to set up shop in Galveston.
It’s a click-and-collect world, and grocers want a bigger piece of the basket.
Gulf Greyhound Park owners, who are seeking ways to generate revenue at the 210,000-square-foot behemoth after ending live dog racing last year, announced this week a major lantern festival would lease space for several months beginning in the fall.
Pecking in: North county fans of boneless chicken breast sandwiches and those Waffle Potato Fries have something to cluck about. League City officials confirm Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A plans an eatery next to supermarket H-E-B at the intersection of South Shore Boulevard and state Highway 96. City officials this week received plans for the restaurant, which would mark a second for League City. No word on an opening date.
On the menu: As promised, Galveston Restaurant Group has opened Taquilo’s, 2101 Postoffice St. downtown.
Room service: Plans for a 90-room boutique hotel at the Falstaff Brewery site, 3303 Church St. on the island, are on the fast track.
An oil and gas transportation and storage company that operates pipelines in Texas City is seeking a permit to use 150 acre feet of water per year — the equivalent of about 70 Olympic-sized swimming pools — to test and flush its equipment.
The University of Texas Medical Branch has officially opened its $82 million hospital and emergency room at Victory Lakes in League City, where babies already were born last week.
The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce will honor the recipients of the inaugural George P. Mitchell Regional Entrepreneurs of the Year at an awards celebration from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. June 10 at the Galveston Island Convention Center, 5600 Seawall Blvd.
It’s a date: Store wars are about to get very interesting in League City, where grocers are going all out to attract shoppers of the affluent and fast-growing community.
Supermarket speculation: Inquiring readers want to know about all that activity at the vacant Baywood Foods grocery store, 6721 Main St. in Hitchcock. The store closed in September 2014, leaving Hitchcock residents without a supermarket of their own.
A week before hurricane season, the Wharves Board of Trustees, which governs the Port of Galveston, approved a contract with island-based DRC Emergency Services LLC to remove debris after a storm.
Does Beaumont-based Jason’s Deli intend to bite into the market? Rumor has it that the purveyor of sandwiches, soups and salads is planning a League City eatery.
The city isn't trying to stop commercial and residential growth, but better manage the pace of that growth and its appearance, said Paul Menzies, director of planning and development for League City.
A series of issues slowed Seasons Gourmet Food & Grocer, McCutcheon said this week, although declining to cast blame at anyone in particular.
That 22,000-square-foot building rising at the Big League Dreams is part of an expansion that will come at the expense of the sports venue's managers and not League City residents, officials say.
No one at the Port of Galveston expected the Galveston Transit Terminal, primarily a bus depot for the city, to generate shiploads of revenue. But waterfront managers obviously want and need it to make money.
Port of Galveston officials, who've spent millions to lure and keep cruise ships calling on the island, say they’ll be watching a panel of lawmakers studying ways to bring the industry to ports along the South Texas coast.
Crews have begun framing the building that will house the much-awaited Marais restaurant rising at 2015 FM 517 in Dickinson.
High hopes among officials of attracting retail development to land the county owns near the Criminal Justice Center in Galveston continue to be dashed.
After a brief closure and dismay among fans, popular downtown island restaurant EATcetera has reopened with a new owner.
Is actor Johnny Depp moving to Galveston and actress Julia Roberts moving to League City? Such reports lit up social media last week prompting inquiring readers to press for answers.
Tilman Fertitta will be back in front of the cameras in June, and the Galveston business mogul said he was looking forward to shooting season two of “Billion Dollar Buyer.”
The island is set to see an increase in the number of hotel rooms this years, with at least three new hotels opening or planning to open in 2016.
The island’s first Chick-Fil-A opened on Tuesday.
Executives from BMW Group and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, which specializes in automotive shipping, celebrated the official opening Wednesday of an $11 million vehicle processing facility at Pier 10.
Another bit of island business history has slipped away. Joe Aguirre Tile, 1228 Harborside Drive, had a quiet closing and sale of the building late last month, said owner Anthony Rios, the founder’s grandson.
Keeping up with Karam: Friendswood attorney and developer Jerome Karam continues adding to his portfolio of high-profile projects. Karam on Wednesday closed on the acquisition of 58 acres along FM 517 that previously was home to Dickinson Country Club and golf course. He plans to develop 53 residential lots for a gated community.
After decades without a local business association, Dickinson business owners hope a newly formed chamber of commerce will connect homegrown companies.
Complex deal: Will a prominent downtown office building become an apartment complex? It’s possible.
With Comcast Business’ announcement last month it had invested more than $400,000 to extend its Ethernet, Internet, Wi-Fi and advanced voice services to an additional 140 businesses in Manvel, some readers wondered about plans for Galveston County.
When Carnival Breeze makes its Texas debut in Galveston on May 8, the cruise ship will have a little help from the NFL’s Houston Texans.
Steak out: Line up for some buffet buzz. Owners of the island’s Golden Corral say they’re considering opening a restaurant in the Texas City site formerly occupied by Ryan’s, a steak house and buffet that closed in early February.
Hoppiness is … The brewery business continues to boom in these parts.
Island-born billionaire Tilman Fertitta, chairman, CEO and sole shareholder of Landry’s Inc., hopes to impart some of the wisdom he’s gained to contestants on “Billion Dollar Buyer,” a CNBC primetime reality series that's inspiring local watch parties and favorable press in business publications.
To meet demand and increase capacity, Galveston Island Brewing, 8423 Stewart Road, last week began installing a 20-barrel brewhouse.
Property lines: A Kemah company has a contract to sell two large Dickinson parcels to a private investment firm.
Houston Methodist St. John Hospital bought the more than 8-acre property, in the 18000 block of Upper Bay Road, with the idea of eventually using the property for its own purposes, CEO Dan Newman said.
Wait, what? Galveston isn’t often accused of getting it right when it comes to rules and regulations that affect commerce, particularly in the so-called sharing economy.
Dish on Dish: Those in the know say pay-TV purveyor Dish Network Corp. had in recent weeks been in serious talks to open a 60,000-square-foot call center at Mall of the Mainland, 10000 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway. But that deal apparently has disintegrated. It’s unclear why the Texas City deal fell through. But it’s clear the publicly traded Dish Network (Nasdaq: DISH) is undergoing changes in its approach to customer service for the region. Earlier this month, the company notified state regulators it would close its Alvin facility on May 7, affecting 550 employees there.
Ball High School's Restaurant Management class could help relieve industry labor shortages on the island.
Lining up: Officials with hunting, fishing and camping retailer Cabela’s are preparing for a large turnout today as the chain opens its first Houston-area store.
The island’s downtown this week was buzzing with news that a longtime bar and restaurant would close and a Mexican cuisine concept would take its place.
When private infrastructure plans are approved by the city and the work is complete, then people will begin seeing Adventure Pointe rise.
While Cabela’s opens its doors to the public today, dozens of area residents were having a collective outdoors experience of their own Wednesday evening.
A shortage of workers has forced restaurants to limit hours and even delay openings.
This article has been updated to reflect a correction in the item about the Houston Livestock World’s Championship Bar-B-Que contest late last month at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The item should have said that Gasoline Alley Cookers won 2nd runner-up in the brisket entry.
Grand plans: Infrastructure work is far along and crews will soon begin building houses at The Preserve at Grand Beach, a gated, master-planned community of 52 home sites on land east of Stewart Beach on the island.
There’s a limited overlap, business books explain, between the mindset of a gifted research and that of a savvy marketer and entrepreneur.