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Oak Forest resident Melinda Faust, who is a managing director at Detring Energy Advisors, has been named one of 25 "Influential Women in Energy" by Oil and Gas Investor and Hart Energy. The Influential Women in Energy initiative, now in its fourth year, honors professional women who have exc…

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Kent and Morgan Shields could not initially get a plumber to come to their Garden Oaks home, where pipes froze and then burst in their garage and also in their pool. And they had trouble finding the materials they needed to cut off the water flow to those damaged pipes, having asked their fe…

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No matter how much economists, bureaucrats and politicians try to fix the problem, the latest Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) news about changes announced Feb. 22 by the Biden Administration means absolutely nothing to battered small businesses across the nation.

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New Harris County Attorney Christian D. Menefee is asking Houston residents to report incidents of price gouging as the region copes with a winter storm that has left residents without power and running water while in many cases causing damage to homes.

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There is plenty of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) money still available after Congress passed the second iteration of the stimulus plan last December. But in a report issued by the Small Business Administration, the money set aside to rescue small business has barely been touched – a glar…

An estate planning question that often arises is about the differences between revocable and irrevocable trusts. At its most basic level, revocable trusts are those that you can “revoke,” change, or terminate at any point during your life. They are trusts that come into effect immediately, a…

As millions of small business owners around the nation await funding from a second round of the Paycheck Protection Program, all but assuring six more months of viability, higher-education economists have begun to call the first round a failure.

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When Brittany Moss and Briana Hubbard first signed a lease in Stomping Grounds on West 34th Street, they planned to open a WowMoms franchise that would cater to mothers and their children. Now, however, they have pivoted to a new standalone concept, Tulum Wellness Spa – which they refer to a…

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Owner Ken Kleinmann said business already had been bad for Corrosion Protection Processes of America, which provides Teflon coating for equipment used in oil fields. The oil and gas industry was in the midst of a downturn before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, which put an even greater strain on the industry and the […]

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Miller’s Café was called out and criticized last Saturday night, when a group of demonstrators stood outside the front entrance, waved flags and chanted in protest of the restaurant’s mask-wearing policy. Two days later, the popular Garden Oaks burger joint was the center of the city’s attention and overwhelmed with support from longtime customers as […]

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Effective Jan. 1, Garden Oaks resident and architect Kyle Thiel will assume 100 percent ownership of Courtney Harper & Partners Architects. Courtney Harper founded the company in 1994. Thiel has a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Kansas State University and a master’s from Washington University. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects […]

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On Sunday, President Donald Trump announced he would sign a second round of stimulus legislation that provides financial stimulus for many individuals, small businesses and defined business sectors like the airlines, restaurants and health organizations. We’re here to talk about the specific impacts on small businesses, so if you want information on the other sectors, […]

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Jonathan McElvy, publisher and president of The Leader, has launched a new division of his company focused specifically on small business partners, their operations, and their ability to navigate a diverse and ever-changing marketing landscape. McElvy Partners will become the umbrella organization for the different companies of which Jonathan McElvy has a majority ownership stake, […]

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Not every fan of the iconic 1983 film “A Christmas Story” knows it was based on Jean Shepherd’s 1966 book “In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash,” which was a fictionalized account of his upbringing in Hammond, Indiana. But Katy resident Beau Blouin knows — he also has read the other two books in […]

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Jack Moore knows how blessed he is that Harting Automotive repair shop has grown steadily since opening its doors in 1982. He also knows why it has been able to do so, and his commitment to the mission has not changed, even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. “A lot of times the auto repair business has […]

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The sale of Christmas trees at Wabash Feed & Garden Store at 4537 N. Shepherd Dr. was going really well, according to owner Betty Heacker. However, the recent theft of some of the trees is casting a pall on the season. “We started carrying about 50 trees a few years ago and this year did […]

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There is no doubt the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was a lifeline to hundreds of businesses in the area. “COVID-19 hit many people hard and our community was not immune to this,” said St. Pius X Head of School Carmen Garrett Armistead, whose private high school was among the beneficiaries of the […]

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Heights-based Radom Capital’s newest tenant, Petite Re Modern Child, is now open across from the Heights Mercantile. Located at 707 Yale St. Suite 103, the boutique offers children’s clothes for newborns through age 6 as well as keepsake toys and accessories, according to a news release. “We couldn’t find cool things for our kids, so […]

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Blue Line Bike Lab owner Fred Zapalac got an unwanted surprise last week. But he’s not letting a recent break-in prevent his and Blue Line’s annual efforts to give back to their community during the Christmas season. Located at 1504 Yale St. in the Heights, the popular local bike shop was broken into last week, […]

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Gene Love, an 86-year-old resident of Oak Forest, has been making wooden toys for 30 years. “My youngest daughter got me started,” Love said. Because of COVID-19, many of the craft shows where Love sells his wares have been cancelled. So his neighbor, Yuliana Dixon, posted photos of some of his creations online. “Gene is […]

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When Lisa Joubert opened the 3,650-square foot dance venue Love Dance HTX at Sawyer Yards in November 2017, she was able to offer larger scale dance classes in hip-hop, dance fitness, country western, salsa, ballroom, Latin and swing. But once COVID-19 changed the landscape, Joubert had to pivot a bit. Now, she is hosting micro-weddings […]

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Many holiday markets will continue this year, some outdoors for the first time and some online. Here’s a rundown of places for you to score the perfect Christmas gift for a loved one – or for yourself. Holiday on 19th Street    Friday, Dec. 4, 6-10 p.m. Stroll Houston’s historic 19th Street shopping district. With safety […]

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John Holler believes Bitcoin is pure hope. “It is a peaceful triumph of justice over tyranny, of wealth over debt, and of peace over war. And it’s something we can all participate in,” he said. “They say misery loves company, but hope loves company, too.” Since opening Holler Brewing Co., 2206 Edwards St., Holler said […]

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Tobin Murphy displays a greeting card that features his artwork. (Contributed photo) Ten-year-old Garden Oaks Montessori Magnet student Tobin Murphy said he has been drawing for as long as he can remember. “We even have pictures of me making doodles in diapers,” Murphy said. “Ever since I was introduced to drawing it was my favorite […]

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Black Friday is not typically a big sales day for Darlene’s Flower & Gift Shop. Post-Thanksgiving shoppers have historically preferred bustling malls and marketplaces to shops like Darlene’s, a small boutique located in a strip center at 10570 Northwest Fwy. But it’s not a typical year, of course, and what is historically the busiest shopping […]

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A local shop is bringing out a deal for shoppers during Small Business Saturday on Nov. 28. Darlene’s Flower & Gift Shop, 10570 Northwest Fwy., is offering 20 percent off purchases during Small Business Saturday and the entire month of December. Darlene’s is a boutique that carries various items from purses to jewelry to floral […]

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Oak Forest resident Amber Ambrose started Ambrose McDowell Communications, a social media management and copywriting company, with business partner Lauren McDowell in 2017. Ambrose said for them, COVID-19 did not create the need to pivot as much as consider what their team of five could add to their current services. Thus, they launched their sister […]

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The phrases shop local and shop small have never meant more than they do right now, this year and especially this weekend. The empty storefronts and for-lease signs make it painfully obvious. In the Heights, especially, we all know how small businesses have shaped these neighborhoods. Commit to helping them stay afloat, especially this weekend. […]

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When COVID-19 closed schools and museums in the spring, Oak Forest’s Erin Clayton had a 3-year old at home to educate and entertain. Her solution for keeping her son engaged has turned into a growing business called PEACE Play Kits. “We were working on the pre-school (curriculum) but home is his ‘play zone’ so I […]

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When Common Bond’s CEO George Joseph started planning for his newest drive-through concept at 3210 N. Shepherd Dr., his landlord, Revive Development, shared information about a unique funding model. Houston-based NextSeed, a micro investment platform, started five years ago when a change in the law allowed a crowdfunding model for capital investment. Investors can invest […]

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Probate is the court process that is required to pass a person’s assets when they are no longer around (or unable to) provide their own signature. When a loved one passes away with assets owned in their own name, and they had not taken measures to avoid the probate process, his or her family likely […]

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By Betsy Denson betsy@theleadernews.com Catalyst Counseling’s owner and practitioner, Barbie Atkinson, said the anxiety prevention and anxiety management program for children offered by her and her clinicians is now being offered online. The six-week program named Calm Crusaders is for children ages 8-12, no more than eight at a time, to meet with counselors for […]

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Valor Barbershop in Oak Forest is running a promotion honoring Houston first responders who have died in recent days. Houston Fire Department arson investigator Lemuel Bruce and Houston Police Department Sgt. Harold Preston were killed in the line of duty earlier this month, with Bruce dying Oct. 16 in a shootout with a suspected arsonist […]

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By Landan Kuhlmann The owners of Future Stars of Houston have seen the fruits of creativity’s labor in their own daughter. Now, they want to bring that chance to all of Houston’s youth. Future Stars of Houston is now offering learning, enrichment and performance classes for children of all ages at 707 N. Shepherd Dr. Suite […]

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For The Leader With people living longer these days, the power of attorney becomes more important than ever. The power of attorney is what allows you to name someone to act on your behalf when you are alive, but no longer able to make your own decisions. If you need to take a required minimum […]

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By Landan Kuhlmann If you see someone in government garb outside your home next week, it’s likely an appraiser from the Harris County Appraisal District (HCAD). A news release from HCAD said the county will have between 50–100 appraisers in hundreds of Houston-area neighborhoods every day beginning Thursday. The appraisers will be there verifying property […]

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By Betsy Denson It was a year ago when the three Democrats on the Harris County Commissioners Court proposed an across-the-board 8 percent “rainy day fund” property tax rate increase – and the court’s two Republican commissioners thwarted it by skipping the vote to prevent a quorum. Now, the commissioners have come together to propose […]

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With close to 500 clients at any given time, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Premier Properties is not hurting for business. The local real estate firm still welcomes the boost it has gotten from a new partnership with a trend-setting mortgage lender. The Berkshire Hathaway brokerage, which has offices at 741 E. 11th St. in the Heights […]

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The formula is tried and true by now. A developer purchases a lot in the Heights where a bungalow has long stood but detoriated, then tears it down and replaces it with a series of connected townhomes that look more modern, can accommodate more people and therefore produce a greater return on the investment. When […]

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By Betsy Denson When Jivar Foty was building a house to resell in the Brooke Smith neighborhood, he quickly saw potential in the area. Foty, who heads up the Benchmark Insurance Group of Texas and Rise Construction, was introduced by a realtor to George Giannukos, a third-generation Houstonian and entrepreneur with investments in commercial real […]

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For The Leader Finding a house to call a home is likely one of the biggest milestones a new family will experience. At the helm of that experience for many in the community is a family duo – twin brothers Stacy and Tracy Mathews – owners of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Premier Properties, the largest Berkshire […]

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Avenue on 34th, the affordable housing project planned for the site of the former Doyle’s Restaurant in Oak Forest, recently received a significant chunk of the funding it needs to come to fruition. The Houston City Council last week unanimously passed an ordinance that will provide a $9.09 million loan to Avenue CDC, a nonprofit […]

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Of all the decisions to be made when planning your estate, there are two big mistakes to avoid — failing to plan and failing to update your plan. For those who have previously planned, the good news is that you haven’t needed your plan yet. That said, you can’t completely set it and forget it. […]

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Judge David Jones allowed roughly 35 claims against the Garden Oaks Maintenance Organization (GOMO) during its latest hearing in federal bankruptcy court, accepting an equity-based legal argument made by a homeowner representing himself and applying it to the other claimants involved in the Aug. 13 hearing. In ruling that the group of homeowners can recover […]

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For broker/owner Creston Inderrieden and IndyQuest Properties, their “Your Dream is Our Quest,” motto permeates every aspect of a transaction, from initial contact to final offer. Creston says he is constantly thinking about how he can wake up and love people every day, and believes that personal relationship is more important now than ever before […]

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A prominent billboard at the corner of East T.C. Jester Boulevard and Interstate 610, featuring the tagline “Grow Near, Grow Green,” is just one of the components of a new marketing campaign from the Near Northwest Management District (NNMD). Eileen Egan, vice president of capital projects, is in charge of the new initiative which highlights […]