Here’s the beef: Several new stores are planned for the island’s downtown, including some that are novel concepts for the city’s shopping district.

First, look for an April 1 opening of The Beef Jerky Outlet at 2309 Strand in the Rosenberg Building. Clint Hall is the owner of the franchise, which offers jerky products, popcorn, a variety of candies, hot sauces, jams, T-shirts and more. Hall also plans Cypress and Katy stores.

Jerky — meat that has been trimmed of fat, cut into strips and dried to prevent spoilage — is particularly popular among hunters, anglers and outdoors enthusiasts. The franchise typically sets up near stores such as Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s, but Hall chose Galveston for its large tourist draw, he said.

Sharp shop: Meanwhile, Bear Claw Knife & Shear is tooling up for Feb. 21 opening, also in the Rosenberg Building.

Richard Steinberg owns the island shop, along with one in Midland. Bear Claw Knife & Shear offers sharpening services along with traditional and tactical knives and kitchen cutlery, along with beauty and grooming shears and more.

Mitchell Historic Properties owns and manages the Rosenberg Building.

Surf and java: Downtown continues to ride a wave of good retail news as more details pop up about Texas Surf Co., a core surf shop that will feature a fully equipped coffee bar planned for 2425 Strand in the Panama Building.

Texas Surf Co. owner Damien McDonald confirms a Feb. 20 opening date for the shop, which will offer surf fashion, swimsuits, sunglasses, watches, footwear, surfboards, skateboards and more. Along with espresso and coffee drinks, the shop will serve locally sourced pastries and is licensed to serve beer and wine.

“The goal is to have our customers enjoy a cup of coffee or glass of wine and bring them in to a fun environment that embraces the surfing lifestyle that we love so much,” McDonald said.

This marks the second island surf shop for McDonald, who owns Southern Spears, 6026 Seawall Blvd.

McDonald bought the building space from island businessman Allen Flores. V.J. Tramonte of Galveston’s Joe Tramonte Realty represented both McDonald and Flores in the transaction.

Spicy date: Houston restaurateur Domenic Laurenzo plans to serve up a May 1 opening of the El Tiempo Cantina underway at 20237 Interstate 45 in Webster. After substantial renovations, the eatery is opening in the former site of Big Ben Tavern.

Laurenzo is the grandson of Maria Ninfa Rodriguez Laurenzo, also known as “Mama Ninfa.”

Ninfa’s Restaurants became one of the most well-known Mexican restaurant chains in Texas and is credited with launching the fajita movement in Houston. The Webster restaurant will mark Domenic Laurenzo’s sixth El Tiempo Cantina.

El Tiempo Cantina has differentiated itself from Ninfa’s by using different meat marinades and rices and offering different dishes. And the price points are higher.

Armchair chat: A new furniture store has set up house in Webster. Value Furniture & Mattress last week opened at 915 E. NASA Parkway in the Village Real Shopping Center. This marks the second store for Value Furniture & Mattress, which has done business in Pasadena for more than 10 years.

The Webster store offers bedroom, living room and dining room furniture, along with rugs, mattresses and décor.

Biz Buzz

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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