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.
“When we moved to Galveston three years ago, we were very surprised to learn there wasn’t a toy store on the island,” Lorena Grimes said.
Play on The Strand also features three arcade games and what many consider one of the greatest and most challenging pinball machines ever produced — Bally’s 1992 Doctor Who.
“I grew up in the ‘80s and ‘90s, so I went for games I loved to play as a kid — ones I knew my kids would enjoy playing, too,” said Seth Grimes, a 33-year-old father of four.
While Play on the Strand opens Friday, it plans an official ribbon-cutting next month. Stay tuned.
Work of art: In other island downtown doings, Tremont Gallery, 511 23rd St., has new owners and a new name — From the HeART Gallery. Read more about it next week in Biz Buzz.
Opening the Vault: Meanwhile, in Texas City’s downtown, businessman Eric Torres has big plans. Torres, principal of 6th St. Vault LLC, has submitted an application to the city to develop a 20,000-square-foot building formerly occupied by Mainland Bank, 701 Sixth St. N., for a mixed-use development. Torres, according to city documents, is planning a gym, residential units, a restaurant and professional offices at the space, which is within the city’s Sixth Street Revitalization District. Torres couldn’t be reached for comment. Stay tuned.
The dirt: Meanwhile, look soon for a boat storage facility to rise on the north side of Interstate 45, just northwest of FM 1765 on about 1.4 acres in Texas City. The 36,000-square-foot complex will consist of 23 boat storage units, city officials confirm.
By the slice: Elsewhere in Texas City, readers are hungry for opening-day news for Cosmic Pizza, which is underway at 615 Ninth Ave. N.
On Nov. 16, the pizzeria was awaiting its last health inspection, according to its Facebook site. Look for an opening in about two weeks. The eatery will serve hand-tossed, stoned-fired pizza.
Catch of the day: For everyone seeking something to counter turkey and leftovers, there’s appetizing news. The much-awaited Opus Ocean Grille is planning a Monday opening, reports Charlie Felts, who along with Chef Chris Simon, is behind the Clear Lakes Shores restaurant. Opus Ocean Grille, 1510 Marina Bay Drive in the Watergate Yachting Center, will serve dinner and will be open seven days a week, with brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. The restaurant will focus on seafood from the Pacific and Atlantic oceans — flown in fresh — as well as from the Gulf of Mexico.
Felts and Simon are also behind the popular Opus Bistro, 1002 Aspen Road, also in Clear Lake Shores.