On the burner: Mainlanders, prepare your chopsticks. Lily Wang is whipping up plans to open Rose Garden Restaurant at 6402 Interstate 45 in La Marque.
The eatery, which is front of Walmart and next to Mattressland Furniture, will serve up Chinese fare. Wang, whose family operated a successful takeout venture in Oklahoma, plans to open the full-service Rose Garden Restaurant next week, but doesn’t yet have an exact date. Stay tuned.
Grounds swell: Plans for a surf shop and coffee bar under one roof are percolating in the island’s downtown. Details were scarce, but word has it that the owners of Southern Spears Surf Shop, 6026 Seawall Blvd. on the island, are behind the concept Texas Surf Shop, underway on the southeast corner of The Strand and 25th Street in the former Panama Hotel.
Texas Surf Shop will offer retail apparel and coffeehouse fare. Southern Spears owners couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
Texas Surf Shop is planned for the space formerly owned by island businessman Allen Flores, who operated La Vida clothing store at the site. Flores is developing La Vida as a wholesale clothing company. Stay tuned.
Show and tell: Business continues to boom for young island entrepreneur Barry Hailey Jr., who last week had an open house for his new Pic-N-Post showroom, 101 Tiki Drive on Tiki Island.
Pic-N-Post puts a modern twist on the old photo booth. Instead of printing photos, Pic-N-Post images go directly to an establishment’s or event’s Facebook wall through a kiosk.
Hailey, 26, spent a year developing the software, which takes users through a series of steps allowing them to take selfies and choose a photo filter of their liking.
Once they are OK’d, photos are instantly posted with a custom watermark/logo. Users sharing and tagging the photos generates buzz for the establishment or event.
The company’s main market is party rentals and businesses that want to drive more online traffic through social media. New big-name clients include Boardwalk Inn in Kemah and San Luis Resort, among other Landry’s Inc. properties, and Galveston Restaurant Group, which operates Saltwater Grill, Nonno Tony’s Kitchen at Pier 21 and other island eateries.
Pic-N-Post offers short-term rentals and long-term leases of the kiosks. Patrons can visit the showroom by appointment.
Goodwill hunting: Inquiring readers want to know the status of the island’s Goodwill store. Goodwill has temporarily closed its 4525 Ave. U store as it remodels the building. The nonprofit organization, which collects and sells donated items, has temporarily moved its store to 5938 Broadway in the shopping center anchored by Big Lots.
But Goodwill still is accepting donations at a trailer at its Avenue U site. Goodwill Industries has been in Galveston since 1970 and at the Avenue U building, which it owns, since 1975. Look for Goodwill to open its remodeled site in early summer.
Biz birthday: This year, Meador Staffing is celebrating 45 years in business. The Pasadena-based staffing agency has a Clear Lake area office at 528 Bay Area Blvd.