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The Woodlands Business December 2016

Gracepoint Homes has unveiled new home designs for the Kingsley neighborhood in Woodforest. The homes will feature classic Southern exteriors.

Gracepoint Homes has unveiled new home designs for the Kingsley neighborhood in Woodforest. The homes will feature classic Southern exteriors.


Gracepoint Homes is debuting a new style of home designs in Woodforest, adding to the array of architectural styles found in the South Montgomery County community.

The homes will showcase classic Southern features in the Kingsley neighborhood of Woodforest, an enclave of 50-foot properties. Home exteriors will feature front porches, columns, shutters, carriage-style garage doors and painted brick.

“These designs will make a beautiful streetscape for the neighborhood and the many front porches hopefully will entice a neighborly camaraderie,” said Virgil Yoakum, general manager of Woodforest.

Inside, the homes — priced from the $330,000s — will offer modern interiors filled with many of today’s must-haves, such as walk-in pantries, open-concept living areas, walk-in closets in the master suite and secondary bedrooms and media rooms. Options for an upstairs game room on single-story designs, additional bedrooms and baths, and master closet access to the utility room allow home buyers to configure homes to their needs. Model home construction is expected to begin in November.

Gracepoint Homes builds in two other Woodforest neighborhoods — Sanderling and Grand Marion.

Thirteen well-known builders offer townhomes, patio homes and executive homes in Woodforest priced from the $190,000s. In addition, nine custom homebuilders offer estate home designs priced into the millions. Thirty model homes are available for touring.

A project of acclaimed developer Johnson Development Corp., Woodforest is located five miles north of The Woodlands and six miles south of Lake Conroe. For more information, visit woodforesttx.com.



Cakewalk Style Shop, showcasing a collection of fashionable designer finds, beautiful shoes and custom accessories, is opening at Market Street – The Woodlands on Nov. 11. Cakewalk Style Shop joins the upscale retail mix at Market Street next to Calypso St. Barth.

Cakewalk Style Shop is the brainchild of internationally recognized jewelry designer Gina Cartwright (her Charmed Circle custom jewelry collection has been featured on the Today Show and on Oprah’s List of Favorite Things) and stylist Jennifer Grigsby, who debuted their first Houston retail location on Westheimer in 2012.

The boutique features unique pieces by designers such as FRAME Denim, VINCE, A.L.C. and Joi, as well as unique finds inspired by international travels.



The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership (EDP) held its Quarterly Partner Luncheon at The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center on Oct. 18. The presenting speaker was Craig Krause, owner and founder of Direct Devel­op­ment Training. Having taught training programs in three countries for all different types of industries, Craig has enabled himself to reach thousands of people from all backgrounds and experience levels. He works with a wide variety of businesses, from sales to resorts, services to manufacturing, as well as nonprofit organizations. Direct Develop­ment Training has been used by several Fortune 500 companies and large organizations to improve in many areas.

For the past 11 years, the EDP has held luncheons for Partners in order to keep them informed of important issues facing businesses today.

Gil Staley, CEO of The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership, said, “As our first skills development program, we were extremely pleased to hear so many positive comments from our members and guests. Everyone in attendance walked away with applicable skills that will benefit them in their personal and professional lives.”


(L-R): Gil Staley, Mike Shultz, Nelda Blair, Steve Pilgrim, Michelle Kooken, Heidi Carney, Jim Calvetti, Debra Sukin, Terry Sellers, Frank Holmes, Lisa Britt, Dean Bass, Don Norrell, Mayor James Kuykendall, JJ Hollie, Brad Thompson and Josh Urban.

(L-R): Gil Staley, Mike Shultz, Nelda Blair, Steve Pilgrim, Michelle Kooken, Heidi Carney, Jim Calvetti, Debra Sukin, Terry Sellers, Frank Holmes, Lisa Britt, Dean Bass, Don Norrell, Mayor James Kuykendall, JJ Hollie, Brad Thompson and Josh Urban.


The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership (EDP) has announced the newly-appointed board members for its 2016-2017 term.

The new board members include Debra Sukin of Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital as chair, Heidi Carney of Prosperity Bank as vice-chair, Mike Shultz of Consoli­dated Communications as secretary, Jim Calvetti of Calvetti Ferguson as treasurer and Terry Sellers of Gallagher Benefit Services as immediate past chair.

Other board members include David Argueta of CHI St. Luke’s Health, Dean Bass of Spirit of Texas Bank, Nelda Blair of The Blair Law Firm, Lisa Britt of Nexeo Solutions, Nathan Cook of McKesson Specialty Health, Ryan Edone of Petroleum Wholesale, Dr. Steve Head of Lone Star College System, JJ Hollie of The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce, Frank Holmes of Sam Houston State University, Mayor James Kuykendall of City of Oak Ridge North, Bob Milner of Mercedes-Benz of The Woodlands, Commissioner James Noack of Montgomery County Precinct 3, Don Norrell of The Woodlands Township, Steve Pate of Strike LLC, Steve Pilgrim of Entergy Texas, Dr. Ed Robb of The Woodlands Township, Alex Sutton of The Woodlands Development Company, Brad Thompson of Wells Fargo, Josh Urban of Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Mayor Ritch Wheeler of City of Shenandoah.

“We are thrilled to have another year of incredible growth in membership and are thankful for the support of the business community with our economic development efforts. We are privileged to have a Board composed of the best executive leadership in our area for the advancement of economic development,” said Gil Staley, EDP CEO.



Darling Homes and Village Builders have opened the doors to Grand Central Park’s first new luxury model homes where prospective home buyers can experience the debut of new homes in one of the greater Houston area’s most anticipated master-planned communities.

Grand Central Park’s new model homes, fully furnished and expertly decorated, are located in the community’s West Village where residents enjoy immediate access onto Loop 336 and I-45. The first sections of new homes also are within a short walk to natural settings of parks and open spaces.

The new model by Darling Homes is part of the homebuilder’s Signature Patio Collection, one-story plans starting in the $380s with open-concept family room, gourmet island kitchen, formal dining, secluded owner’s suite with foyer entrance, media room, secondary bedrooms with walk-in closets and expansive covered porch.

Village Builders’ new Grand Central Park model, part of its Vintage Villas townhome collection, offers a number of luxury features and functional design elements including a large, open chef’s kitchen, spacious family room, covered patio and balcony and generous master suite. Three-bedroom townhome plans by Village Builders start in the $310s.

Located at I-45 and Loop 336, the new master-planned community by Johnson Development Corp. offers new homes by Coventry Homes, Darling Homes, David Weekley Homes, Drees Custom Homes, Jaeger Homes, Perry Homes and Village Builders. New model homes by Grand Central Park’s other luxury homebuilders are expected to open in the coming weeks.

Grand Central Park is located minutes from The Woodlands, the ExxonMobil corporate campus, George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Conroe North-Houston Airport, and will soon offer 336 MARKETPLACE, a 700,000-square-foot regional shopping, dining and entertainment destination at the southwest corner of Loop 336 and I-45. To learn more, go to GrandCentralParkTX.com



Children’s Memorial Hermann is now offering families in The Woodlands access to high-quality, affordable after-hours pediatric care through a newly launched pilot project that utilizes a mobile application platform for on-demand nurse triage and house calls.

Memorial Hermann Health System, in partnership with Dallas-based PediaQ, is the first major health system in the United States to offer the revolutionary digital tool aimed at connecting sick children with highly trained nurse practitioners who can diagnose and treat common childhood injuries and illnesses during off-hours when pediatrician offices are typically closed.

These experienced nurse practitioners specialize in pediatrics and are capable of diagnosing and treating the same urgent care conditions often seen by pediatricians, includ­ing ear infections, fevers, the flu, strains and sprains, stings and bites, scrapes, cuts, vomiting, diarrhea and allergic reactions, among other conditions.

The pilot project is being launched by Children’s Memorial Hermann at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital where nurses and nurse practitioners are currently available to respond to requests to PediaQ’s triage line on weekdays from 5-10 p.m. and from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. on weekends.

If they determine a child should be seen by a provider, a nurse practitioner will arrange an immediate consultation –– available through the Q.Care mobile application –– at the family’s home, where they can assess, diagnose, treat, and if needed, prescribe medication. Currently, house calls are available in The Woodlands and surrounding communities from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

“Children’s Memorial Hermann has long had a reputation for providing top-notch, end-to-end care for children and families throughout our region and this partnership solidifies that reputation, giving parents an easily accessible resource to get the care they need for their kids when they need it,” said Victoria Regan, MD., FAAP, Memorial Hermann’s Sr. Vice President, Women & Children’s Service Line.

Once additional nurse practitioners are hired and the program can be expanded, Memorial Hermann has plans to roll out the program in additional markets throughout Greater Houston.

The partnership marks an evolution in personal pediatric healthcare, allowing working families to more easily connect with caregivers at times that are convenient for them and their sick children. The arrangement is the latest strategy by Children’s Memorial Hermann to transform the way healthcare is delivered, beginning at birth.

“We understand how difficult it can be for families faced with finding treatment for their sick or injured children in the evenings or on weekends,” Regan said. “That’s why Memorial Hermann is pleased to help further PediaQ’s groundbreaking quest to offer exceptional pediatric care in the comfort of patients’ homes. This partnership is a natural continuation of our ongoing efforts to advance the health and wellbeing of children and families across Houston.”

Since the official launch of the Q.care platform in September 2015, consumers throughout the United States have used the application to request more than 3,500 house calls. The nurse triage service was added this year to expand the company’s digital offerings while helping consumers more efficiently navigate the healthcare system, resulting in lower costs and a better overall patient experience. The service has received strong consumer response, earning hundreds of five-star ratings, according to PediaQ.

“PediaQ developed Q.care in recognition of the shift in our culture toward on-demand services and the response has been phenomenal,” said Jon O’Sullivan, CEO of PediaQ. “We are thrilled to be able to further execute our strategy through this valuable partnership with a brand-name institution like Memorial Hermann. We look forward to building new initiatives in the coming months and further showcasing what the Q.care platform can do for health systems across the nation and their communities.”



Tipler Design and Build has broken ground on a third custom showcase home in Pine Island, a Woodforest walkable enclave highlighted by classic architecture.

Tipler is planning a Hamptons-inspired property for its first home in Woodforest, the best-selling community in South Montgomery County. The 6,100-square-foot design features five bedrooms, two-story ceilings and a game room with a balcony overlooking the No. 6 hole of the west course of Woodforest Golf Club. An optional 600 square feet of additional space allows owners to configure the home to their specific needs.

Details such as engineered hand-scraped hardwood floors, upgraded quartz countertops and custom light fixtures have been specifically chosen for the home by in-house designers, who ensure each home by The Woodlands-based builder is truly customized. Other features of the home, priced at $2.1 million, include a large island kitchen with professional Dacor appliances; full baths outfitted with upgraded tile designs, furniture vanities and nickel hardware; and a coffee station and freestanding tub in the master bath. Covered porches in the front and back increase the home’s entertainment space.

“We wanted to introduce an architectural style into the Pine Island neighborhood that would bring ample natural light and a calming ambience into our homes, and we believe our coastal-inspired design meets this objective,” said Justin Tipler, manager partner at Tipler Design and Build.

The showcase home is in the Estate District of Pine Island, a gated enclave of golf course properties that are at least a half-acre, with some neighborhood homesites up to three-fourths of an acre. Manicured gardens and tree-lined boulevards will give Pine Island a timeless appeal. Learn more at LiveAtPineIsland.com or tipler.com.


New Chamber members.

New Chamber members.


The Woodlands Area Chamber of Com­merce held its monthly Meet the New Mem­bers event on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at Grotto at Market Street The Woodlands.

This monthly event is complimentary and attracted 118 Chamber members and guests. Members who joined in the past 90 days were invited to give an introductory commercial. The following new members shared their commercial: Susan Romero, 1P4:10 Sports – Home of Athletic Republic; Leslee Wil­liams, AmeriCop; Amanda Poole, Canopy Cancer Survivorship Center; Matt Arce­neaux, GRT Works; Charlie Wilson, Gulf South Roofing & Solar, Inc.; Jennifer Bruse, Hello Woodlands; Jamee Weber, Houston iPhone Screen Repair; Christopher Goetz, Kingston Systems, Inc; Jon Howard, Mont­gomery Harris Business Alliance; Tony Krolak, MosquitoNix; Michael Skivington, Music Mayhem, LLC; Karen Boyd, Project 828 Foundation; Robert Bod, Project Corner Americas LLC, Stuart Schroeder, Stuart Schroeder Campaign; Lacy Gigout, The Woodlands Charities, Inc.; Phil Owens, The Woodlands Concerned Taxpayers; Derik Brasher, The Woodlands Insurance Agency and Elisa Grimaldi, TRS Staffing.

Members and guests also had the opportunity to experience Grotto Ristorante, which features a private dining room that can seat up to 100 guests comfortably, daily happy hour specials from 3-7 p.m. and a late night happy hour from 9-10 p.m.

The next Meet the New Member event will be held on Nov. 29 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Wood­lands Preparatory School, 27440 Kuyken­dahl Rd. Hosts are selected by lottery twice a year.

For more information on hosting, call 281-367-5777. Visit WoodlandsChamber.org for a full calendar of Chamber Events.



The Cordúa Restaurant Group has announced the planned opening in Novem­ber of Churrascos in The Woodlands at   21 Waterway Avenue. The restaurant will be the sixth Churrascos location to open in the Houston area and the fourth Chur­rascos since 2011. Located on The Wood­lands Waterway, the new Churrascos will be a conversion of their popular Americas restaurant.

“We wanted to focus on Churrascos as our expansion brand with The Woodlands as our sixth Churrascos overall and fourth opening since 2011,” stated Juan Deshon, CEO for Cordúa. “Churrascos is our most popular restaurant concept, and we feel that our unique Latin American menu and exciting dining experience will be a perfect fit for The Woodlands community,” he added.

The grill-centric menu highlights generous steaks and seafood of Latin America with signature plantains, ceviches, churrasco, empanadas, and tres leches. New dishes include smoked spareribs with tamarind guajillo, grilled trout with Huancaina sauce, pressed Cuban sandwiches, queso Idiazabal fondue and beef and pork albondigas.

“Guests familiar with Américas will recognize some of the Churrascos menu items like our award-winning chimichurri-basted Churrasco steak and the original tres leches dessert,” stated Executive Chef, David Cordúa. “We are very excited to be bringing our sophisticated casual culinary experience to
The Woodlands.”

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