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At the Houston Dog Ranch, Dogs Are the VIPs

By | 2017-07-12T10:09:22+00:00 July 12th, 2017|Business, Business Spotlight|

Tonia Whilden had a problem. Her rescue dog, Beauregard, got anxious around people and other dogs, and couldn’t be boarded at any of Houston’s existing kennels. So Whilden, a professional dog trainer, decided to start her own boarding business; one that would cater to “difficult” dogs like her own. “As I looked around Houston, I [...]

My Spring Branch: Jennifer Edwards, 4J Brewing Company

By | 2017-06-05T10:10:34+00:00 June 5th, 2017|Business, Business Spotlight, My Spring Branch|

Jennifer Edwards is co-owner of 4J Brewing Company, which opens in June. Why did you decide to open this brewpub in Spring Branch? I’ve lived in Spring Branch my whole life. My mom went to Spring Branch High School, so she’s been here even longer. I began brewing beer at home with my dad when [...]

New Bar Brings American Craft Beer to Spring Branch

By | 2017-03-16T10:35:33+00:00 March 14th, 2017|Business, Business Spotlight|

Kyle Pierson Kyle Pierson had a problem. The restaurant industry veteran and bar manager at Montrose favorite Hay Merchant, couldn’t find a craft beer bar near where he lived in Spring Branch. “At Hay Merchant, we would get so many people from Spring Branch, from the Energy Corridor, from Katy,” Pierson said. “They were driving [...]

ARC Specialties: An American Manufacturing Success Story

By | 2016-11-01T13:24:16+00:00 November 1st, 2016|Business, Business Spotlight, Uncategorized|

In early October, the Spring Branch-based manufacturing and robotics company ARC Specialties made news for donating a $150,000 Kuka welding robot to the Texas State Technical College in Waco. It was just the latest act of generosity from the 33-year-old business, which has also donated equipment to LeTourneau University and Texas A&M. Dan Allford, who [...]

A Look Inside the Alliance Fencing Academy, Official Olympic Training Center

By | 2016-08-22T09:26:25+00:00 August 22nd, 2016|Business, Business Spotlight, Uncategorized|

Photo by Camille Simmons On a recent weekday afternoon at Alliance Fencing Academy in Spring Branch, two young men wearing black masks and white protective gear jousted with epee blades under the watchful eye of a coach. Cords attached to the fencers led to the electronic scoring machines used to track hits. Only a [...]

Climb Your Way to Fitness at the Texas Rock Gym

By | 2016-10-17T11:44:29+00:00 June 1st, 2016|Business, Business Spotlight|

On a recent weekday afternoon at the Texas Rock Gym, an indoor climbing center in Spring Branch, a young woman scrabbled her way up the vertical face of a 30-foot-high wall, her hands and feet searching for brightly colored holds. A harness around her waist was hooked to a rope suspended from the top of [...]

Simply Greek Goes From Food Truck to Restaurant Without Losing the Magic

By | 2016-10-17T11:44:30+00:00 May 17th, 2016|Business, Business Spotlight|

Two years ago, restaurateur Terry Stamatakos and his wife moved from New York City to Houston to be closer to his wife’s family. He figured he would open a pizzeria here, as he had in New York. After looking around, he decided that Houston already had enough pizza joints, but what it didn’t have, he soon [...]