On the rise: Crews this week were busy putting the final flourishes on new downtown island shop, The Cupcake Cowgirls.
Owner Tina Davis is aiming to open next week or at least by Labor Day, she said.
The shop, 2108 Church St., is very near ready, and Davis is busy securing all the necessary approvals for opening day.
For the uninitiated, the franchise is one of the most popular cupcake concepts in the Houston area.
Rebecca Clanton and baking partner Nicole Costa were crowned the Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” champions in 2012.
Not long after that sweet victory, Clanton opened The Cupcake Cowgirls in Spring and began franchising.
Among the many popular cupcake flavors are Maple Bacon, Carrot Cake and Grandma Love.
Davis, who, with her husband, recently moved to Bayou Vista, reports Clanton is expected to visit the store this week to see its progress.
Along with baked goods, The Cupcake Cowgirls will offer space for birthday parties, meetings and other gatherings. Look soon for a precise opening date.
Pink ink: An island company that specializes in medical tattooing — both cosmetic and reconstructive — has opened an office at the West Island Professional Center, 6511 Stewart Road.
Pink Medical & Cosmetic Tattooing specializes in post-mastectomy reconstructive tattooing and permanent cosmetics.
In some procedures, medical tattoo artists can use areola micropigmentation, which restores the color and shape of the areola after breast/nipple reconstruction.
“And we can do camouflage for scarring around it,” said Joe Moak, who with his wife, Kami, operate the business.
The Moaks also own AasylumTattoo, 6604 Seawall Blvd. The post-mastectomy reconstructive work the Moaks do takes a skilled tattoo artist.
But most women seeking that type of work prefer to go to a private, professional office as opposed to a tattoo parlor, Moak said.
Pink Medical & Cosmetic Tattooing, in suite 7-B, also offers permanent makeup service, such as eyebrows.
Other new tenants at West Island Professional Center are Moments Event Planning and Design, in suite 6E.
Pam Durham is the owner of that business, which specializes in weddings, including destination weddings, parties, reunions and more.
Meanwhile, the law firm of John W. Drewry Jr. has opened an office in suite 7-4.
Drewry practices general law, with a focus on immigration cases.
Ben and Kay Davis own West Island Professional Center, which has 23 tenants with one office remaining for lease.
Top dollar: Is anyone else keeping up with what promises to be a major shake-up on the dollar-store scene, which is a big industry in these parts?
Last month, Dollar Tree agreed to buy Family Dollar for $8.5 billion. Dollar General this week entered the fight for more frugal shoppers, offering $9.7 billion for Family Dollar.
All three concepts have multiple stores in Galveston County. Dollar Tree sells everything for $1, but Family Dollar and Dollar General are much more alike, selling merchandise at various price points.
If Dollar Tree buys Family Dollar, it would continue to operate and grow both brands, company officials have said.
But Dollar General and Family Dollar are so similar, a reduction in corporate offices and closure of underperforming stores is a likely scenario, industry observers said.
Dollar General CEO Rick Dreiling didn’t reveal many details about strategy.
“It’s a little soon for all of that right now,” Dreiling told analysts when asked whether the company would keep the Family Dollar brand, according to reports.
“We’re more focused on the inside of the box as opposed to what the sign is on the outside.” Stay tuned.
Developer watch: There’s more news about developer Jerome Karam, who has been snapping up property all over the county.
Karam earlier this year acquired the Hendley Building, 2016 Strand.
The building is part of “Hendley Row,” 2000-2016 Strand, built in 1858-1859.
The buildings are four adjoining structures, which are the oldest surviving commercial structures in the city.
At 2016 Strand, Karam is developing eight luxury condominiums, three of which are under contract.
The Hendley condominiums range in size from 900 square feet to 1,600 square feet and in price from $165,000 to $275,000.
Four units face The Strand; four face the harbor. All come with storage, wine coolers, stainless steel appliances and stacked washers and dryers.
In a rare amenity downtown, they also come with parking. Five of the parking spaces are on site, while three spaces at 2010 Mechanic St. are covered.
Last month, Karam also acquired an old and long-vacant building in the island’s downtown — the site of the old Ford’s Bar, 1928 Mechanic St., where he plans to develop five apartments.
The building had long been owned by the Demack family. Each apartment will feature two bedrooms and two baths.
Details about the age and history of that building weren’t immediately available.
The Demack building was in such bad shape it was at risk of being demolished, said island Realtor V.J. Tramonte, who advocated for its preservation.
Tramonte is the listing agent on the Hendley condominium development and leasing agent for the Demack apartments.
David Watson is the architect. Pinnacle Construction is the contractor for the projects.
Under construction: Read more next week about the status of the redevelopment of other Hendley Row buildings.
Mitchell Historic Properties in 2012 purchased two east bays of Hendley Row on the northwest corner of 20th Street and Strand. Stay tuned.