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Tacos del Julio

2020-07-06T13:07:03-05:00June 26th, 2020|Business, Business Spotlight|

Necessity is the mother of invention, no less in a restaurant kitchen than anywhere else. So Violeta Villarreal found out in 2001 when she opened Tacos del Julio, the first American outpost of a Monterrey-based chain specializing in the fare of northern Mexico. Back home, their specialty was tacos al trompo -- pastor-style pork cooked [...]

A Tantalizing Taste of Honduras

2020-06-25T12:21:24-05:00June 25th, 2020|Business, Business Spotlight|

By Christina Autry Situated in an inconspicuous center, Mi Bella Honduran Restaurant is a favorite of Houstonians craving a taste of home, as well as those looking for international cuisine in Spring Branch. For those of us accustomed to Mexican or Tex-Mex dishes, Honduran food is a definite change of pace. Come hungry, because this [...]

Lobster Rolls Are The Maine Event at Local Sandwich Shop

2020-06-02T17:43:20-05:00June 2nd, 2020|Business, Business Spotlight|

By JD Herman Situated at the intersection of the Loop 610 and the Katy Freeway, in the MARQ*E entertainment center, hungry Houstonians will find a Spring Branch Management District favorite, Maine-ly Sandwiches. As any New England native will tell you, there is nothing that represents summer more than the ubiquitous lobster roll although, there is [...]

Tacos Doña Lena Opens Doors for First Time in Middle of Pandemic

2020-06-08T11:13:05-05:00June 2nd, 2020|Business, Business Spotlight|

By Dorothy Puch Lillig An early photo of Magdalena Cabrera and son Angel Cabrera, now partners in Tacos Dona Lena in SBMD You may have heard of many restaurants closing during the coronavirus pandemic, but Tacos Doña Lena decided to open — for the first time. And, said owner Angel Cabrera, “Spring Branch [...]

It’s All In The Details at Custom Car Stereo

2020-06-02T17:21:17-05:00June 2nd, 2020|Business, Business Spotlight|

By Christina Autry Daniel Marks is continuing the legacy that Custom Car Stereo began in 1976. Specializing in installing electronic additions and making the perfect modifications to old and new cars alike, Marks has taken the reigns of this beloved business for the past four years. Longtime customers may recognize Custom Car Stereo in its [...]

Vita Living: Building Community for Individuals with IDD

2020-06-02T17:16:08-05:00June 2nd, 2020|Business, Business Spotlight|

By Christina Autry Having operated group homes for Houston adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD) since 1985, Vita Living, Inc. continues to provide a high quality of life for these Spring Branch residents. Joseph Cooper, CEO, and Craig Felderhoff, Chief Administrative Officer, are at the helm of this non-profit which provides much-needed services for [...]

Fratelli’s: A Strong Neighborhood Business Throughout a Pandemic

2020-06-02T17:08:55-05:00June 2nd, 2020|Business, Business Spotlight|

By Christina Autry Barbara Marquis has been the sole owner of a Spring Branch neighborhood classic, Fratelli Ristorante, for the past ten years. Under the expertise of Executive Chef Jakob Goree, this cozy Italian gem serves up classics such as lasagna Bolognese, veal in marsala wine sauce, pizzas, and popular seafood dishes including grilled salmon, [...]