Room service: The island’s Harbor House Hotel and Marina on Pier 21 is closed temporarily for extensive renovation. The hotel, particularly popular among cruise-ship passengers, is expected to reopen in late February. All 42 guest rooms, including three suites, will be updated with new décor, furniture, lighting and bedding.

Bathrooms also will get a makeover. Harbor House, which opened in 1993, is the island’s only hotel with a harbor view. The property, 100 21st St., is owned by the family of the late George and Cynthia Mitchell as part of Mitchell Historic Properties; it’s managed by Wyndham Hotels and Resorts. The project is under the direction of Lori Mitchell, the granddaughter of George and Cynthia Mitchell. Mitchell Historic Properties has invested more than $125 million in commercial space, loft apartments and three hotels, mostly in The Strand National Historic Landmark District.

Shop talk: A new resale store concept has entered the market. Style Encore, a franchise by the same company that created Plato’s Closet, has opened at 19074 Interstate 45 in Friendswood. Like Plato’s Closet, Style Encore offers resale prices, but for more sophisticated looks from such brands as Ann Taylor, White House Black Market, Chico’s and Talbots, to name a few, corporate officials say. Ann and Norm Whitton are the franchise owners. The Whittons already own six Plato’s Closet stores in Houston and have two more planned. Minneapolis, Minn.-based Winmark Corp. is behind the franchise concepts.

Along with Plato’s Closet and Style Encore, Winmark is the franchiser of more than 965 retail stores in North America, including such brands as Play it Again Sports, Music Go Round and Once Upon a Child.

New home: Homebuilder and remodeling firm Arkitektura has opened its construction company office and warehouse at 3815 Venze St. in Dickinson, the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership.

Point blank: A new retailer also is taking aim at the Dickinson market. The partnership reports Buddy’s Gun Works, a fire arms sales and gunsmith shop, has opened at 2512 Termini St.

Fast track: Inquiring readers are shopping for the status of the 98,000-square-foot H-E-B planned for the southeast corner of League City Parkway and South Shore Boulevard. But groundbreaking dates are elusive.

“The H-E-B continues to move forward and is currently platting the property,” Owen Rock, League City’s economic development manager, said. “No construction timeline yet, but they seem to be on an aggressive track.”

The proposed H-E-B, which also will include a gas station, will mark the second League City store for the San Antonio-based grocer. The store will rise directly across from Kroger.

Laura Elder is a reporter for The Daily News. Biz Buzz appears Tuesdays and Thursdays. Email your tips and suggestions to

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