Wes Sims, owner of Cajun Cuisine, spent 44 years in the oilfield business. “I never cooked a thing until I was a twenty-something year old bachelor and didn’t like what I could buy. My mom and my grandma were great cooks. I would call my mom for help, and I watched Great Chefs on TV. Having spent some of my childhood in Louisiana, I became very interested in Paul Prudhomme and Cajun cookin
Drag racing has existed since automobiles were first developed. For nearly a century, car-lovers all over the world have sought out the fascination found in two cars lining up and racing from a standing start
When you’re trying to feed the starving after a doubleheader Saturday baseball game, or catch a family meal before the dance recital and band concert that happen to be on the same night...you want a casual restaurant with a varied menu. And when you want to hang out with the guys to watch the game, or catch some live music on the one night you actually found a babysitter...you want a clean friendly place with a fantastic drink selection. Of course, it helps if all of these places are close to home!
When Pat Rotunno and her husband decided to downsize, they knew the right real estate agency was key. “We’d lived in our Pecan Grove home for 25 years,” says Pat. “And with the kids gone, it was time. We’d done a few updates, but we knew it needed more. After several interviews, we fell in love with Kimbra Valachovic (Kimbra V.) at KW Southwest (Keller Williams.) We were sold on her honest and caring character, and the marketing strategies and abilities of Keller Williams.”
Back in 2012, when Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls ran for office, he made several promises. It was easy for him. Sheriff Nehls is a man who is comfortable making commitments and keeping his word. He has served for more than 20 years in law enforcement, as well as 21 years in the U. S. Army Reserve. Before retiring from the Army Reserves with the rank of Major, he was deployed to Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and was awarded two Bronze Stars.
“I began this business with a heart for helping others. At the age of 9 I knew I was destined to be a litigator just like my father. The first time I walked into his courtroom I immediately felt at home and I knew that was where I belonged.”
Your doggie may linger by the table loaded with iced cookies and “pupcakes,” but there’s plenty of healthy choices, too! “Pet nutrition is my passion,” says Cathy. “Many health issues can be solved or prevented with the correct food. We carry high-quality options at a variety of price points, including familiar brands like Blue Buffalo and Acana. Often we’ve personally met the people behind the dog foods we carry. Wild Calling is by a father and son team out of Colorado, Merrick is Texas-based, and Fromm is a fifth generation family business. Primal (the raw food I feed my own dogs) is 100 percent grain and gluten free with antibiotic-free meats, organic fruits and vegetables for perfectly balanced nutrition. Come in and we’ll help you find the best fit for your best friend!”
When you are going through some of the worst days of your life you need the right advice...emotionally, practically, and spiritually. Now Ronique Bastine Robinson of Bastine and Associates has released her book, From Divorce to Deliverance: Divorce Doesn't (Have to) Mean Devastation, subtitled “Wisdom from the Judge on Surviving Divorce Legally and Emotionally with your Sanity, Stability, and Spirit Intact.”
Sara Appliance and Electronics sells entry-level to high-end appliances and electronics. All major brands are in their repertoire, as well as custom design and installation. Mehul says, “Custom kitchens and home automation are our specialties. We invite you to our showroom for a look at what we can do!” And right now you can remake your kitchen with a Special “Buy Two Appliances Get One Free” Deal from Thermador!
Paula works with buyers and sellers in Katy, West Houston, Cinco Ranch, Grand Lakes, Seven Meadows, and Sugar Land. But what’s on the horizon? “Fulshear!” says Paula. “If you haven’t been out that way lately, I encourage you to take a look. Cross Creek Ranch and the established Weston Lakes are fabulous neighborhoods. Custom homes are available in Fulbrook and new tract homes in Fulshear Creek Crossing. And of course with expansion comes restaurants and retail. Fulshear falls in both Katy ISD and Lamar Consolidated ISD. We all know the accolades of KISD, and with new schools on the horizon in the Fulshear area for LCISD, there’s truly lots of great opportunities for children!”
Don’t let an over-full schedule keep you from taking care of yourself. At Zena, an Aveda Concept Salon, you can get your hair cut, colored and styled or enjoy spa services like facials, waxing, or massages...on your schedule! Zena is open from 8am to 8pm Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm on Saturday and (starting November 9th) 10am-5pm on Sunday. Amira says, “Our early morning and late afternoon appointments were filling up quickly and our guests were clamoring for more weekend appointments. We know every minute counts over holidays, so it’s really easy to make an appointment on our website!”
What makes the Stafford Centre so unique? Not only is it a great place to see your favorite Classic Country and Rock Performances but it’s also a great place to hold your wedding, festival, business meeting or corporate gathering! Bryan says, “Our auditorium has a state-of-the-art audio and video system and seats 1,150, making it an intimate setting to enjoy your favorite artists. We also have 25,000 square feet of meeting, banquet and exposition space and over 28 acres of outdoor festival green space, which gives us the capacity to host events for every segment of our community and beyond. As part of our mission, we offer free parking and ticket prices don’t include hidden processing fees, convenience fees, or surcharges. We believe that coming together with your friends, family and colleagues should be easy...so we eliminated all the hassles that stand between you and a night to remember!”
At KnILE Center’s innovative “brain training meets tutoring” program, EduCoachNow, kids develop the critical skills needed for learning...across the board. Betsy says, “We create confident students who process information in every subject more effectively. Cognitive training improves attention, memory, auditory processing, and reasoning...translating to improvements at school! In addition to our main campus, we also have a mobile coaching satellite available in Missouri City. We’re offering a 50% discount ($25 value) on our initial cognitive assessments for October.
The Sugar Land Physicians Center is the perfect home for your practice. Built by and managed through American Commercial Contractors, their architects have created a first-class facility of true beauty. All design work was done by their in-house architects: from the exterior glass and brickwork to the interior design and common areas. In addition to the stunning lobby, coordinated medical suites, and adjacent parking garage, tenants and their patients will also enjoy lake views and connections to the biking and walking paths nearby. You can care for the community in gorgeous surroundings!
Put your pain in the hands of experience...Dr. Harris has advanced chiropractic techniques and Triton DTS decompression tables to relieve the pressure on your spine. In fact, he even taught courses to help other chiropractors use these tables in the best way to relieve a patient’s pain. Dr. Harris also practices soft tissues techniques used by only 150 people anywhere in the world and uses an oscillator and a laser to restore circulation, break down scar tissue, and improve range of movement. He says, “Chiropractic treatment is non-invasive, non-surgical, non-narcotic...and effective!”
Band students from all over Fort Bend are marching to Fort Bend Music Center to purchase, rent, or repair their flutes, trombones, and every piece needed for that big band sound. “We are a complete, full-line music store,” says Betty Tinney, Store Manager, “and a full-line authorized Yamaha dealer with everything from pianos, guitars, drums, lessons and band instruments. Now we offer online instrument rentals through our website www.fortbendmusiccenter.com. Most instruments and accessories that local band directors prefer and recommend are in-stock (even intermediate and pro horns). Special orders can usually be filled within a week! We also offer in-house, on-site, repairs from Monday through Saturday from 10-5. Bill Barth and Louie Corral in our repair shop have a reputation for instrument repair and restoration in Fort Bend and the Houston area, with over fifty years combined experience.”
A name is more than the word you call somebody or the name of a business. Leonetti is a name that means generosity, selflessness, and love. I would like to take this opportunity to ask the community to continue to support the Leonetti family in their business. They not only did business here but gave back in spades. We are fortunate to have Leonetti Graphics and the Leonetti family in our community...and the best way to show our appreciation is by supporting them through this difficult time. I know personally what it takes to build a business and keep it going. While the loss is so great we don't want their family to lose what they built through hard work sweat and tears too. The difference they selflessly made in the lives of young people and our community has made a brighter future for us all. So for that I would like to say thank you.
Richard Machemehl and Scott Crain, co-owners of Home Theater Evolutions, are as excited about the leading edge technology of Control4 Home Automation as only diehard electronics enthusiasts can be. They started doing in-home electronics installations in 2003--initially working not out of a van, but just a four-door Saturn. “We’ve been electronics geeks since we were kids,” Scott explains. “But nothing prepared us for the array of possibilities available to homeowners now, at just the touch of a button. By integrating everything from lighting, music, climate and security to your iPhone, iPad, Android smartphone or tablet, you control everything, all the time, even remotely.”
Love photography, but need a place to shoot? Have a camera but no backdrops and lighting? Wish you had more props when shooting the family holiday photo? Welcome to A Tale To Tell Vintage Prop and Photography Studio Rentals... the place where everyone--moms, amateur photographers and even professional photographers--can take professional photos with unique, one-of-a-kind props.
Did you think furniture shopping was boring? Then you’ve obviously never been to GF with its playground, parrots, monkeys, motivational sayings on the walls, and cake, ice cream, and cookies. “Shopping for furniture should be fun for everyone,” says Mattress Mack. But it isn’t the bells and whistles that have made GF a success. He says, “Ever since day one, as a mom and pop team selling furniture on the side of the road, GF offered same-day delivery in a little red pickup truck. The other key to success is the staff on the floor. You’ll get friendly, customer-focused service that’s never pushy.”
With rising gas prices and pricey airfare you don’t have to renew your passport or pack your bags to experience the healing magic of Thai Massage. Leave your shoes by the door, inhale the scent of jasmine and lemongrass, listen to the soothing fountain, slip into a pair of slippers, and let all your stress go...right here in Fort Bend. At Therapeutic Thai Massage Theo and Mona have created a personal oasis that improves your health and rejuvenates your spirit.
Dana and Jason agree, “Speech therapy isn’t something we ‘do’ to people. They do the work, while we guide them and cheer them on. Whether your child says ‘wabbit’ instead of ‘rabbit’ or your parent struggles to locate the right words or to understand what you’re saying...we’re here to empower all our patients to communicate with confidence.”
Derived naturally from plants, BioTE contains the hormones you need—estrogen and testosterone—to restore and balance not just your mood and mental acuity, but also your bone density and lean muscle mass, your libido and sexual performance. Gone is the roller coaster of energy and focus you may have experienced with a pill or cream. BioTE pellets release a steady supply of hormones into your bloodstream. The positive effects are not just a summer fling with optimal health as studies show BioTE lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s, breast or prostate cancer, osteoporosis and more.
A classically trained German chef, Joachim Jantzen knew beignets were hot—literally and figuratively. In 1999, once he ensured the world-famous Café du Monde in New Orleans – which made beignets famous in the America – wasn’t venturing to Houston, he opened Chez Beignets, first in inner-loop Houston, then a Hong Kong Market location in Bellaire. Lovingly dubbed quán ông già (Vietnamese slang for “the old guy”) by his young Vietnamese patrons, Jantzen has now brought his perfect pastries to Sugar Land. Breezy French tunes pump from the speakers, lush plants and stained glass lamps hover around the tables, and pictures of the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower adorn the walls. It’s a French café perfect for breakfast, an afternoon snack, or light evening dessert.
Board-certified orthodontists with over 20 years combined experience, Dr. Jane and her husband Dr. Scott Huang are the dynamic duo. Recently selected by patients, peers, and colleagues for the elite clubs of “America's Top Dentists,” this husband/wife practice was named the Top Orthodontic Practice in Texas 2014. Dr. Scott says, “We offer everyone, young and old, a free-of-charge consultation. We take digital pictures and x-rays and view them on a smartboard with you. We can draw directly on these images of your teeth from every angle, showing you what needs to be done. Since we’ll have this comprehensive view up-front, if treatment is required, we can tell you both the total cost and length of time it should take.”
Today more people work from home, kids have online homework and your “paperwork” is electronic. Steve Procter, owner of Procter Custom Woodworking, says, “We need to rethink home office design to work in today’s world. With laptops, wireless access, and cloud storage, you no longer need bulky furniture and filing cabinets. A slimmer design is more appealing and may create the perfect workspace...outside the home office. I’ve recently done studies for two different families. One converted a wall in a study to usable cabinets, and the other transformed the back half of a family room into a study with drawer banks and a standalone desk.”
Lomi Lomi is the traditional Hawaiian loving hands massage. It’s an intimate and healing massage that both decreases the negative energy and increases the positive energy. Instead of ‘fixing a problem,’ Lomi Lomi allows you to return to harmony and balance.”
Comedy shows, bands, solo acts, country, pop, rock, Motown and R&B...it’s all been featured on the Stafford Centre stage. Charlie and his wife Janice have become good friends with many of artists he’s recruited, especially the late Ray Price. He says, “I do this for the joy of it and to share some of the greatest music of all time with the community I call home.”
the Vogelsang Antique Emporium features antiques, a wine room, a cafe, a theater, and a specialty food shop. In 1987 the site was awarded a Texas Historical Plaque. Louis’s grandson Robert “Mr. Bob” Vogelsang says, “I believe in preserving and honoring our past, even as we pursue the advancements of the future.”
Nothing is as delicious as a really well-made pizza. The team at Pepperoni’s masterfully assembles pies to order out with crusts made with organic flour, the perfect balance of tomato sauce, mozzarella and over twenty-five toppings including standards like pepperoni or fresh mushrooms and specialty toppings like meatballs, eggplant, or artichoke hearts. Pepperoni’s also offers a gluten-free crust, as well as low-fat cheese and vegan cheese upon request. Although specializing in pizza, Pepperoni’s offers subs, salads, pastas, calzones, wings and desserts. Pepperoni’s first location was such a success that today you’ll find ten restaurants in the greater Houston area. Dine-in or order out for pizza made the right way every time.