We Are Here When You Need Us…

It’s been more than 20 years since Alan Burkalter, Master Plumber and owner of local Alan’s Plumbing, first started allowing his three sons to ride the truck with him. “They weren’t even ten years old yet,” says Alan. “But I wanted Beau, Luke and Jake to understand and see for themselves core values like hard work, honesty, and the skills of a trade.”

Bugs and Rodents: No! Bees and Mudbugs: Yes!

Bee Unique has been a Rosenberg establishment for nearly 40 years. Two years ago, business partners Sean Foley and Karen Obmaces bought the business, revamped it, and moved it across the street. One unexpected find: the original building was infested with mice.

Imagine Endless Amounts of Hot Water!

When you think of tanks, usually the first image that pops into your head is a heavily armored fighting vehicle or maybe a sleeveless T-shirt.

A Wonderful Family and a Dedicated Business

Ruth Antonius has always been a supporter of local businesses. “I trust local businesses more, and the closer to us the better,” says Ruth. So when her granddaughter Chelsea started dating master plumber Luke Burkhalter more than six years ago, Ruth’s plumbing loyalty went to Alan’s Plumbing.


Now that we’ve lost our collective mind celebrating a MUCH-NEEDED spot of good news (Go Astros!), it’s time to turn our attention to making our homes deliciously comfortable for the holidays. That might include baking homemade chocolate chip cookies, filling the house with the sharp piney scent of a Christmas tree, enjoying the wonderful waxy smell of candles melting and—for us Gulf Coast folks—making sure our air conditioners and furnaces are working properly. Because you know we’re going to use them both!

Not Just Strong – Fort Bend Strong

When Janice first heard that Hurricane Harvey was barreling toward the Texas coast, she assumed it would be a high-wind, high-water event. But nothing prepared her for the sheer devastation that followed. Within a matter of hours, most of her neighbors only two blocks away were stranded on their roofs, frightened, heartbroken, waiting to be rescued.

The Jackson 4 – “Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall we’ll be there!”

When it comes to singing R&B, nobody warbled tunes like The Jackson 5. Their song stylings and dance maneuvers are rivaled by no one. But when it comes to air conditioning, nobody can beat Sugar Land’s own “Jackson 4” at Jackson Air & Heat: patriarch Johnny Jackson, company owner Brian Jackson and Brian’s two sons, Brian and Blake. They may not be able to moonwalk, but they can fix anything air conditioning related...and in a Southeast Texas summer, who would you rather have knocking at your door?

Five Reasons You NEED a Better Air Conditioner

Staying cool is no joke! You NEED a Better Air Conditioner. The Fort Bend area sweated through one of the top five hottest Februaries ever. By all indicators, it’s going to be a scorcher of a summer.

Expect the Unexpected

Did you know Katy, TX was originally named Cane Island? The name was officially changed to Katy when it formally incorporated in 1945. Today, almost 75 years later, Rise Communities brings Cane Island back to Katy. Expect the unexpected!

Fort Bend First

When J.D. Sellers—owner of Optimal Sports Performance (OSP)—built his home nine years ago, there were bugs here and there for the first five years. J.D. says, “I had two different companies come out and both told me I needed to be on their monthly plan to get rid of the bugs. But it didn’t make sense to me. If they were doing their job...the bugs would be gone!”

How to Win the Thermostat Wars

Do you hear that? It’s the chorus of your family complaining about how hot it is inside the house. Oh, sure...one or two rooms are bearable. But the bedrooms upstairs are always sweat boxes. Then come the covert ops: various people-who-shall-not-be-named tiptoeing through the house to turn down the thermostat. Before you know it, the usually bearable rooms are freezing cold and your energy meter is spinning out of control - the Thermostat Wars have begun.

The Guys Want You to Know when Spring Has Sprung

You know Spring is Sprung in the Sugar Land area when:

3 Signs That Summer Has Officially Arrived

Our January temperatures were concrete evidence of the crazy fluctuations we are subject to here in the Fort Bend County area. One minute you’re dialing the thermostat up...the next minute, you’re dialing it down. Way down. And that can happen over the course of one afternoon!

Peace of Mind Knowing You’re Covered

Say there’s a spider in your yard. Is it the good kind that will keep other insects off your tomato plants...while not bothering anything else? Or the bad kind that might send you to the ER? Let BUGCO Pest Control handle all of your insect and rodent concerns, while you keep your peace of mind.

If you’re seeing things, running through your house. Maybe it’s a roach… or even a mouse. Who you gonna call? BugCo.

Since 2007, John Onofrey, Chris Millward, and their team of “bugbusters” of BugCo have been combating pests in area neighborhoods. Know what’s creepy? Pests might be living in your home and you’re NOT seeing them!

Integrity Means Everything

When it comes to your family, your home and your business, you want professionals that have the equipment, knowledge and experience to handle any problem you throw at them with integrity. That’s why decorated Marine John Onofrey built not one, but two, outstanding service-oriented businesses to protect the things that matter most: Top 2 Bottom Inspections (www.texasinspectors.net) and BUGCO Pest Control (www.bugco.org.)

From Mosquitos to Tan Lines…
Are YOU Ready for Summer?

There’s a lot to love about summer—longer days, warmer weather—but there’s a lot to loathe too. You’re showing more skin and spending more time outside, but those pesky mosquitoes and weird tan lines are just some of the woes that can ruin even the most perfect summer day.

NO Pests in this Pub

Food establishments in and around our fabulous community must adhere to strict building codes and inspections. One requirement of all establishments is regular pest control/extermination.

Feeling Right at Home

When Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene Top Producer Debbie Marcell heard Renee McKelvey was joining her office, she couldn’t believe it. “Her previous company redid my floors...twice. And if I had known she was going into real estate, I would have gone after her with a vengeance.”

Fort Bend Pets Alive! hosts the second annual Fort Bend Shelter Pet Expo 2016

Rescheduled due to weather! New date is Saturday, May 14, same time and same venue!

Stellar Moving and Seamless Decluttering

Stephane Leveque moved to the United States from Haiti in 1999. “I took a job with a moving company in Los Angeles,” says Stephane. “It was a flexible position that allowed me to pursue my degree at the University of Southern California.”

Houston is home to 55 types of mosquitoes.
They bite, morning, noon and night.

The Sugar Land area enjoys warm temperatures almost year round. That means shorts and sandals, short-sleeved T-shirts and a whole smorgasbord of exposed parts for mosquitoes and other biting insects to feed on. And they really line up for the attack.

Timely, Top-Notch, and Within Budget

Adrian and Lisa Davilá O’Toole wanted a full update for their 1980s kitchen. “We needed to take down a wall,” says Lisa, “opening the kitchen to the living area. Plus we wanted to rearrange the appliances, all new cabinets, granite, a gas stovetop with an updated hood, and new trim and baseboards.”

When The Days Are Long But The Years Fly

Kids. One day you’re showing them how to throw a football or tie a shoelace. The next day you blink and they’re all grown up, ready to show you a thing or two—about life, yourself, or in the case of master plumber Alan Burkhalter and his sons, just how well everything he taught them about plumbing actually stuck. The good news is they paid attention in a big way. And the results? “They’re first-rate plumbers,” says Alan. “I couldn’t ask for a better crew.”

When You Can’t Take The Heat!

It’s hard for people who don’t live in the greater Houston area to wrap their heads around the fact that come March, summer can be ON in these parts. While the rest of the nation slumbers beneath a thick blanket of snow, shoveling sidewalks, salting overpasses and bundling wool scarves up to their eyeballs, people in southeast Texas may be wearing T-shirts and shorts. It’s absolutely fantastic to call this climate home, but let’s face it...the only thing that makes living in a subtropical climate like ours remotely bearable is air conditioning!

YOUR Home Cleaned YOUR Way
on YOUR Schedule

Melissa Flores, owner of Houston Avocado Company, runs a successful business and a busy household of five kids, three dogs, and a husband that likes a clean house. “I found Mahoney’s House Cleaning five years ago. My experience with cleaning services prior was not good. I had encountered both stealing and just poor quality in the work...and at the time I was trying to take care of it myself. It was through a lucky google search that I found the ladies at Mahoney’s.”

Are You Dreaming of a Perfect Kitchen?

Chances are, we’re not getting a white Christmas this year. But if your holiday dreams include a renovated and perfect kitchen...we’ve got you covered!

What Will YOU Find at Red Potato Market Days?

This month, more than 2,000 are expected at Red Potato’s biggest and best Market Days to date. Red Potato Market celebrates it’s second anniversary and 5th event in the Big Red Barn. “We have something for everyone,” says Laurie Cuthbertson, co-owner of Red Potato Market. “We’ve selected over 70 vendors from our area and areas as far away as Louisiana and Virginia. You’ll find antiques, vintage home furnishings, art, photography, crafts, lighting, glass, pottery, iron, lawn and garden items, vintage linens and clothing, fresh produce, beef, cheese, eggs and more!”

Outdoor Living Spaces Built Just for You!

Imagine a place outdoors where you can spend an entire day swimming, entertaining friends and family, serving drinks and meals and watching the big game. Kryshon Bratton, co-owner of Bratton Pools with her husband Mike, says, “We started building and renovating pools years ago. What we learned from our clients is that many times just a pool is not enough. To really enjoy their backyard...people want an outdoor living space.”

A Family Business That Acts Like Family

“I have called Alan’s Plumbing for my household plumbing repairs for 15 or 20 years,” says long-time Sugar Land resident Eileen. “My four grown children all live in Fort Bend County and they use Alan’s as well. What really stands out is that you can totally trust Alan, from his assessment and labor to his sons who work for him.”

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