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Woodlands Business Apr 2014

Malinda Stewart

Malinda Stewart

‹Malinda Stewart

Malinda Stewart was named principal of B.B. Rice Elementary after the Board approved Dr. Stockton’s recommendation.  She is following Carrie Fitzpatrick, who is now the principal at Stewart Elementary, which will open fall 2014.

Stewart has 12 years of experience in education, serving ten years in Conroe ISD. While in Conroe ISD, she served as assistant principal of B.B. Rice Elementary, assistant principal of Deretchin Elementary, District instructional literacy coach, and Language Arts teacher. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Sam Houston State University.

Viviana Harris

Viviana Harris

‹Viviana Harris

Viviana Harris is the new principal of Anderson Elementary. She is taking the reins from Gilberto Lozano, who will serve as principal of Patterson Elementary, which will also open fall 2014.

Harris received her bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University and her master’s degree from Lamar University. She has worked all 12 years of her education experience in Conroe ISD. Currently, she is an assistant principal at Ford Elementary. Prior to serving as an administrator, Harris worked nine years as an elementary teacher.

Lauren Trice

Lauren Trice

‹Lauren Trice

Lauren Trice has been named business development specialist of The Woodlands CVB. She will be responsible for securing sponsorships for the Red, Hot & Blue Festival & Fireworks Extravaganza, Lighting of the Doves and several other events and festivals presented by The Woodlands CVB.

Trice, a resident of The Woodlands, comes to The Woodlands CVB after serving in various sales, marketing and public relations capacities since 2006. Most recently, she served as marketing manager for Hubbell & Hudson and later launched her own business.

Trice also will seek sponsors for Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekend celebrations, Lighting of the Doves, International Winter On The Waterway (iWOW), The Woodlands Ice Rink and Donoho’s Jewellers Winter Wonderland, the Live at Night music series at Waterway Square, and special events at Town Green Park and along The Woodlands Waterway. Last year, more than 504,000 people attended events produced and supported by The Woodlands CVB.

Terry Allemand

Terry Allemand

‹Terry Allemand

Terry Allemand has been named to Montgomery County Youth Services’ Board of Directors. Allemand’s professional experience includes more than 30 years of tenure at Entergy Texas. While he recently retired from his position as regional customer service manager, during his time at Entergy Texas, Allemand conducted numerous marketing, customer service and economic development assignments.

Prior to being named to the MCYS Board of Directors, Allemand served with several other organizations. He was a member of the Board of Directors for The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce, Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Partnership, Education for Tomorrow Alliance and United Way of Montgomery County. He was also previously a chairman of the Leadership Montgomery County Steering Committee and graduated from Montgomery County Leadership in 1999. Additionally, Allemand is a member of The Woodlands Rotary Club.

Allemand is a graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Louisiana.

‹Howard Hughes Corporation

The Howard Hughes Corporation and its wholly-owned subsidiary, The Woodlands Development Company, will soon break ground for a new full-service hotel at Waterway Square overlooking The Woodlands Waterway®. In addition to 303 luxurious guest rooms and suites and 24,000 square feet of meeting and special event space, the hotel will feature a fine dining restaurant and second level pool deck and bar with direct access to The Fountains at Waterway Square®.

The new hotel — designed for business travelers coming to The Woodlands Town Center and local residents seeking an ideal spot for a staycation — also includes a pedestrian bridge spanning The Waterway and the addition of a performance stage at Waterway Square. The entire project is expected to be completed in mid-2015.

The Woodlands Development Company

The Howard Hughes Corporation® and its wholly-owned subsidiary, The Woodlands Development Company (TWDC),announced that HUSA Management Inc. has signed on to open Local Pour at Restaurant Row in Hughes Landing on Lake Woodlands. Construction is set to begin this summer, with opening scheduled for late this year.

Local Pour is the second restaurant to announce plans to locate in Hughes Landing, a 66-acre mixed-use development that will include up to 11 Class A office buildings, shopping, a selection of up to 12 restaurants at Restaurant Row, entertainment, a Whole Foods Market®, an upscale hotel, state-of-the-art fitness center and up to 800 multi-family residences. Escalantes’ Fine Tex-Mex & Tequila has also announced plans to begin construction soon at Restaurant Row, with opening set for late this year.

Local Pour features a chef-driven menu of American favorites and a large selection of craft beer on tap. This will be their second location in the Houston area.

“Restaurant Row will be a major attraction for the employees, residents and visitors to Hughes Landing on Lake Woodlands,” said Paul Layne, executive vice president of Master Planned Communities for The Howard Hughes Corporation. “Having a variety of lakeside dining options available within walking distance to office buildings, residences, shopping and entertainment distinguishes Hughes Landing from the competition.”

Gracepoint Homes opened model homes in The Woodlands neighborhood of Lakeside Cove.

Gracepoint Homes opened model homes in The Woodlands neighborhood of Lakeside Cove.

‹Gracepoint Homes

Gracepoint Homes opened two million-dollar attached model homes in Lakeside Cove, a gated neighborhood on the shores of Lake Harrison near The Oaks Golf Course in the heart of The Woodlands. Each is a three-story luxury villa situated to capture lakefront vistas. Both have an elevator, with a guest suite and game room on the first floor and common areas on the second floor. The third floor is dedicated to the family, with a spacious master suite and two secondary bedrooms with private baths.

Detail also has been given to outdoor living spaces. The Marbella, at 2 Secluded Trail, has a circular loggia on two floors, with a summer kitchen on the second-floor terrace opening to the family room and double French doors leading to the dining room balcony. The third-floor loggia is adjacent to the owner’s suite, accessible only through the master bedroom. Balconies grace two sides of the reading nook in the fourth bedroom. The Marbella is approximately 3,900 square feet and is base-priced at $1.1 million.

The Granada, at 6 Secluded Trail, also has expansive outdoor living areas, with the first-floor game room and guest bedroom opening to a porch and the dining room and family room on the second floor overlooking an L-shaped balcony that provides ample space for large parties to dine al fresco. The balcony is repeated on the third floor, accessed from the master bath. Other highlights of the 4,144-square-foot home are a study, home office and wine grotto. Base price on the Granada design, which also can be built as a detached home, is $1.275 million.

Gracepoint Homes is the exclusive builder in Lakeside Cove, an intimate neighborhood of 57 properties. Eight attached and detached luxury villa designs are available, with prices from the $670,000s to $1.4 million. Clay tile roofs and stucco exteriors create a Mediterranean ambiance. Included with the purchase of a home are landscape and sprinkler system maintenance, as well as maintainenace of the exterior walls and roof.

Gracepoint Homes has also purchased a 156-acre tract near Interstate 45 just south of FM 1488 that will be used for residential development. The initial phase of The Forest, which is slated to begin home sales in early 2015, will include 65-foot homesites for patio homes and 80-foot properties for traditional single-family homes by Gracepoint Homes. Pricing in the development is expected to range from the $600,000s to the millions.

“A gated section will have quarter-acre homesites for custom designs by builders well-known in The Woodlands,” said Tom Cox, Jr., president of Gracepoint Homes. “This development is approximately 10 miles from the new Exxon Mobil campus, and will be an option for people wanting a new home in the area, especially since The Woodlands is nearing close out.”

‹Conroe ISD

Conroe ISD was recognized for the fifth year in a row for participation in the Entergy Texas Inc. SCORE program with a check presentation at the February Board of Trustees meeting. The district earned $74,093.97 in cash incentives.

Philip Lanier with Clear Results explained how, as a result of participation in the program, the district will now save more than $80,000 in energy costs annually. Conroe ISD’s improvements will also save more than 877,000 kilowatt-hours of energy annually.

“We want to be good stewards to our tax payers and utilize the funds entrusted to us as efficiently as possible. The SCORE program offers CISD the opportunity to utilize cost savings to improve services for our students,” Marshall Schroeder, director of maintenance and custodial. “Not only do the projects offer savings but we also utilize the rebates from projects to invest in more energy saving projects in CISD.”

The Conroe ISD Board of Trustees recognized Montgomery County Children’s Protective Services (CPS) with a Patron Influencing Education (P.I.E.) award in appreciation for their commitment and dedication to the students of Conroe ISD.

Every school year, state and nationwide, staff members, in compliance with their legal obligation, make hundreds of calls to CPS to report suspected abuse and neglect of school-age students. In Texas, the Department of Family and Protective Services, commonly referred to as CPS, is charged with responding to these calls. The Montgomery County Office of CPS investigates reports of abuse and neglect in Region 6. Galatas introduced Cindy Umlang, Region 6B program director for CPS Investigations, to the Board of Trustees. C.J. Haynes, Board past president, presented Umlang and several CPS employees with a plaque.

Coventry Homes model in liberty branch

‹Coventry Homes

Coventry Homes has opened the first of two model homes in Liberty Branch, a pedestrian-friendly, traditional neighborhood development in the Village of Creekside Park in The Woodlands. Keeping with the neighborhood’s goal of offering a range of housing types, Coventry has opened a Craftsman-style model home and will debut a model with Mediterranean influences.

The builder’s five-bedroom model home is now open at 59 Liberty Branch Boulevard. The home features multiple spaces for entertaining, including formal dining and living rooms flanking the foyer, an upstairs game room and adjacent media room with tiered seating and a covered patio with fireplace for outdoor gatherings year-round. A downstairs guest suite has a private bath and all secondary bedrooms also feature private baths and have walk-in closets. An island defines the kitchen from the family room and breakfast area in the home’s open design.

Soon to open is a two-story model home at 75 W. Liberty Square Place. A tile roof and stucco exterior give a Mediterranean flair to the model, which has four bedrooms, 4.5 baths, a game room and formal living and dining rooms. Other highlights include a butler’s pantry, wine grotto, curved staircase in the entry and custom shadow-box cabinetry in the kitchen.

Coventry also offers one- and two-story Tudor, country French and classical designs in Liberty Branch, with prices from the $570,000s and sizes up to 6,000 square feet.

kendra scott

‹Kendra Scott

Austin-based jeweler Kendra Scott has opened a new boutique in Market Street – The Woodlands where it presents the brand’s unique earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings and brooches along with a selection of Kendra Scott Classics, the store’s signature mix of shapes and colors.

In addition to its flagship store and design studio headquarters in Austin, where each Kendra Scott piece is designed, Kendra Scott stores can be found in the high-profile shopping spots of Scottsdale, Beverly Hills and Newport Beach, Calif. The Kendra Scott location in The Woodlands marks the company’s third Houston-area store.

‹BBVA Compass

BBVA Compass opened two new branches  in The Woodlands, bringing the number of BBVA Compass branches in The Woodlands to six. BBVA Compass hosted grand opening celebrations for its newest branches — Terramont Village at 10000 Woodlands Parkway and Alden Bridge at 8100 Research Forest — on March 1. The grand opening events also featured ribbon-cuttings hosted by the Magnolia Parkway and Montgomery County Hispanic chambers of commerce. Former NBA player Robert Horry and Dynamo and Rockets dancers and mascots were also on-hand for the events

‹The Ice Rink At The Woodlands Town Center

The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center once again set a season attendance record with a 15-percent jump in average daily skaters over its 2012 totals en route to topping the 50,000-skater mark for the first time. The 2013 total skater count is even more impressive considering The Ice Rink was open for one less week this year since Thanksgiving 2013 was a week later than it was in 2012.

“To break the 50,000 skater mark with a week less than the previous year speaks volumes about the popularity of this attraction for residents as well as those from outside The Woodlands,” said Nick Wolda, president of The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The Ice Rink attracted 50,583 skaters, an average of 829 a day in 61 days of operation from November 23, 2013 – January 20, 2014 as well as the Preview Weekend, November 16 – 17, 2013. In 2012, the Ice Rink attracted 49,318 in 68 days of operation, an average of 725 skaters a day.

“The Ice Rink continues to play a major role in presenting The Woodlands as a regional destination,” Wolda adds. “It’s also important in terms of helping draw customers to our restaurants and retailers.”

According to the CVB, 62 percent of skaters resided from outside of The Woodlands and there were 830 different zip codes represented, based on surveys completed at The Woodlands Ice Rink.

It is one of the largest seasonal outdoor ice rinks in the southwest.

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