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A menu seasoned by the labor and love of five generations

"Val" Villareal with daughters, from left, Elizabeth, Maria and Michelle. There aren’t too many restaurants in the Houston area that can boast work by five generations of family members. But Valdemar “Val” Villareal’s La Plaza Restaurant, at 1803 Bingle Road in the heart of Spring Branch, is such a wonder. Valdemar’s father Roberto [...]

HortiProcess: Bringing Colombian coffees and fruits to Spring Branch 

Horti: Of or relating to the cultivation of plants; such as, fruits, vegetables, flowers, or ornamental plants in a garden. Process: A series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end. HortiProcess: A Spring Branch District business perfectly blending the two into a growing business. Located on the southwestern edge of [...]

2021-02-26T16:44:53-06:00February 26th, 2021|Business, Business Spotlight, My Spring Branch|0 Comments

Maker of in-demand camping modules finds breathing space in Spring Branch

With a little NASA-inspired ingenuity, TAXA Outdoors takes camping to a level that is “out of this world.” TAXA Outdoors founder and CEO Garrett Finney was a senior space architect for NASA prior to joining forces with TAXA Outdoors President Divya Brown to turn their passion for the outdoors into a successful business. TAXA manufactures [...]

2021-03-06T16:26:29-06:00February 22nd, 2021|Business, Business Spotlight, My Spring Branch|0 Comments

Black History Month profile: Spring Branch ISD’s Bryan Williams looks to history, including his own

Dr. Bryan Williams Influenced by many people on his path in the education profession, Bryan Williams, community superintendent for Spring Branch ISD, credits his professional and personal successes to “the village” of amazing mentors who guided and believed in him. The Kansas City native and sixth in the family of nine children shared [...]

2021-02-13T23:33:36-06:00February 11th, 2021|Business, Community, My Spring Branch|0 Comments

‘Bravo’ to Spring Branch’s Very Own Independent Rental Owner of the Year

Amelia Apartments As the property manager for three Blue Star apartments, Ramon Nunez of Bravo Capital Management has already been revered as someone who makes the Spring Branch District a great place to call home. Now he and his team are being honored city-wide. Recently, the Houston Apartment Association named Nunez and his [...]

2021-02-04T17:01:24-06:00February 4th, 2021|Business, Community, My Spring Branch|0 Comments

Apartment complex stability and safety even make a difference in Spring Branch schools

Photo: Bella Spring Townhomes Apartments Teachers and principals at area elementary and middle schools noticed a positive trend in public education long after a partnership between the Spring Branch Management District and the Houston Apartment Association began. Fewer students were transferring between schools, which improves students’ learning and achievement. The students’ families were [...]

2021-02-01T08:12:53-06:00February 1st, 2021|Business, My Spring Branch|0 Comments

Graffiti abatement program keeps Spring Branch looking good

In every major city, wherever there is an empty wall space, one might find the not-so special artwork of graffiti casting a blight on the surface. While some may think of it as wasted artistic talent, this type of nuisance and eyesore can pose a threat to public safety, or even subject an area to [...]

2021-01-29T13:27:49-06:00February 1st, 2021|Community, My Spring Branch, Public Safety|0 Comments
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