Demolition work

Crews have started demolishing the former Broadway Funeral Home, 5815 Broadway, in Galveston. Plans call for a convenience store and Burger King at the site.


On the burner: Will isle Burger King fans finally have it their way? After more than a yearlong wait, it appears work is finally cooking on what will be a convenience store and fast food eatery Burger King at 5815 Broadway. 

Crews appear to have begun some demolition work on the former Broadway Funeral Home building, where the development will rise. Developer Shoukat Dhanani received a construction permit July 2 and had won city council approval for the project a year before that. Dhanani has never explained the long delays but said he expects the eatery and store to open by February.

Plans call for a 3,600-square-foot convenience store and a 2,700-square-foot Burger King. The island’s last Burger King franchise closed in 2004. 

Rooftop report: Inquiring readers want to know the status of a 372-acre residential development and supporting retail at The Reserve at Clear Lake City, just north of the intersection of Clear Lake City and El Dorado boulevards. 

Houston-based Trendmaker Homes in January announced it would build a 700-home development on the parcel, marking the first major residential project in the Clear Lake area since the 1990s.

Look for the first lots to be delivered by the summer, reports the Bay Area Houston Economic Development Partnership. The first phase will offer upscale, single-family homes, along with a gated section devoted to Trendmaker’s patio homes, the partnership reports.

Grocer gossip: Meanwhile,Trendmaker acquired the 372-acre tract from Fidelis Realty Partners, which had owned a total of 412 acres. The remaining 40 acres on the northeast and northwest corners of the intersection of Clear Lake City and El Dorado boulevards will be developed by Fidelis as the Clear Lake Marketplace, two retail centers totaling about 300,000 square feet. 

The development will include about 50 tenants. The partnership reports grocery chain H-E-B is negotiating for a 104,000-square-foot space at the retail development. 

Fit to print: A well-known La Marque fitness studio is flexing a new owner and name. Shellie Long in June took over the business formerly called TransforME, renaming it Transform Fitness, adding new classes and upping the commitment to providing clients with nutritional guidance to complement exercise programs, she said. Transform Fitness, 12003 Delany Road in Gulfway Plaza, offers aerobic and cardio classes, group classes and ongoing nutrition seminars. Long is seeking to spread the word the studio is under new ownership and offering new pricing plans, different tuition structures and payment options to fit budgets. Clients can also save money by bringing friends to class, which also helps them with accountability, Long said. Transform Fitness also added free child care.

Long said she’s strengthened the commitment to help clients master the nutritional side of their fitness plans, including providing grocery shopping tours to help clients learn to make the best food choices. Certified trainers also offer one-on-one exercise sessions. Transform Fitness has fitcamp programs available for all ages and fitness levels, she said. 

No one should be intimidated when they walk in the studio, she said.

“We want people to know they can come here and always be greeted with a smile and positive energy,” Long said.

For information, call 281-979-9200 or visit

Fashion flash: Did you happen to notice on Tuesday the delivery of sewing machines to island clothing boutique Vasstra? The downtown retailer, 405 22nd St., is setting up its own workshop in the same building it operates. The workshop will make it possible for Vasstra to sew a large part of its collection on the island, owner Ritu Pandulla said. Vasstra offers apparel for professional women. And it offers bay casual, evening casual and some formalwear.

“Our first few designs sewn in this workshop will be available with our holiday season collection,” Pandulla said. The first design will be available late October. About 80 percent of Vasstra’s summer collection will be made at the workshop, Pandulla said. 

All the clothing at Vasstra, which began two years ago in the Clear Lake area as an online business, is made with organic, handwoven fabrics that breathe easily in the summer, Pandulla said. The shop also carries bags and jewelry, including one-of-a-kind pieces. 

The shop will continue to offer custom fits at no extra charge on any piece from its collection, Pandulla said. Vasstra also will offer alterations services.

Vasstra specializes in limited edition pieces. For information, call 409-632-7265.

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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