Buzz with bounce: Need reason to jump up and down? Look for a December opening ofa massive indoor trampoline park in League City, where Jumping World has leased 37,500 square feet in Pecan Park Plaza, northeast corner of Interstate 45 and FM 518.
The League City location, in a building formerly occupied by Academy Sports + Outdoors, will mark the third for the Houston-based concept, which offers activities for all ages.
Jumping World locations typically include a main court with long trampoline lanes. There’s also are areas for toddlers and young children, along with dodge ball courts, birthday rooms, a video arcade and more.
The indoor trampoline business is growing by “leaps and bounces” in the United States, appealing to people of all ages seeking fun activities and exercise, according to USA Today. Stay tuned.
Fortune telling: Some readers are serving up rumors that Qing Qing Chinese Restaurant is planning a move into the former Fortune Chinese Restaurant building, 3118 Palmer Highway in Texas City.
But Qing Qing owner Lier Ren said Monday the rumors aren’t true. The popular Qing Qing, open a little more than a year, is staying put at its 2815 Palmer Highway location, Ren said.
Meanwhile, landlords are mum about activity in the building where Fortune Chinese abruptly closed last month.
Flying again: As promised, Flamingo Bar and Grill has opened at 6028 Heards Lane. The casual establishment, billed as a sports and entertainment grill, replaces the more upscale Flamingo Steak and Seafood, which caused a big stir when it closed last month.
The closure allowed crews to revamp the place, adding more TVs and changing the lighting, among other renovations. By all accounts, the more upscale version, open a little less than a year, was doing swell.
But owner Bob Greig said Flamingo’s makeover was meant to appeal to men who want to hang out and watch sports or play a game of darts or shoot pool.
The new menu includes such selections as pizza, wings, soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches and seafood dinners. Information about the new manager wasn’t immediately available. For information, call 409-515-7800.
There he is: Meanwhile, inquiring readers are placing orders for news on the whereabouts of former Flamingo Steak and Seafood General Manager Brett Otteman. Otteman has returned to Landry’s Inc., an organization for which he worked before Flamingo Steak and Seafood. You can find him at Fish Tales, 2502 Seawall Blvd., where he’s general manager.
“I would like to thank everyone for their support as they ask where I have gone,” Otteman said. “While at Flamingo, it was an honor to meet and serve all the of the wonderful guests that became friends.”
Otteman said he wished Flamingo well, but was glad to be back with Landry’s, which is owned by island-born billionaire Tilman Fertitta.
“I am thankful and proud to be back helping Mr. Fertitta, his family and all at Landry’s,” he said.
Shoptalk: Island businessmen Ed Muncey and Brian Becker continue to invest on the island, most recently opening Galveston Resale & Pawn, 1515 31st St. Muncey and Becker are awaiting permits for the pawnshop, but already have opened the resale section, which carries new mattresses and little of everything.
Muncey and Becker own paint and antique shop Ralph Lauren, The Home Store, 2025 Broadway. For information, call 713-805-1081.
Business is blooming: Look next month for the island’s Knapp Flower Shop to return to its pre-Hurricane Ike space, 1122 45th St. on the island. Right at Home, which had been leasing the space from Knapp Flower Shop, is moving, making the space available.
Knapp Flower Shop plans mid-October to reopen the walk-in and retail area of the store, owner Nelda Engstrom reports. Knapp Flower’s workshop is in the back of the building, which isn’t easily accessible to walk-in customers, she said.
Business has been good and is steadily growing, Engstrom said.
“Our pre-Ike space became available again and we decided the timing is right for expansion.” Look next month for more details about the move. For information, call 409-763-8581.
Home at last: Meanwhile, there’s a new home for Right at Home, which has been in business for more than six years on the island — the last three in the Knapp Flower Shop building.
Right at Home is expected next week to make the move to 1623 Broadway. Owner Kristen Carlson recently received approval from both the planning commission and the city council to have a home-based business at the house, where Carlson also will live.
Right at Home hires caregivers to help the elderly and/or disabled in their own homes with activities of daily living, such as light housekeeping, dressing, bathing, meal planning, transportation to doctors appointments and more. For information, call 409-740-7400.