Bay Edition - August 2021




Southside Boardshop

Coco Crepes, Waes & Coee



Vanessa Wyche became director of the Johnson Space Center in May.

at 2951 Marina Bay Drive, Ste. 120, League City. The shop opened in October at Suite 216 while its permanent space was being built. The business sells party and celebration items, including costumes, balloons and decorations. 832-864-2616. 11 Coco Crepes, Waes & Coee moved from Suite 200 to Suite 100 at 2471 S. Gulf Freeway, League City, as of early August. Previously, Suite 100 was home to Little Bella Mia with both restau- rants being owned by Manish Maheshwari. Maheshwari has since converted Suite 200 into a community meeting space, which aligns with his original vision for the suites, he said. 281-309-3474. NAME CHANGES 12 Louetta Automotive, which had a location at 632 N. Egret Bay Blvd., League City, is now Sun Auto Service , according to a May 21 social media post. The business was purchased by Sun Auto Service in 2020 and made the ocial name change in May. Sun Auto Service continues to provide the same services, including oil changes, uid replacement, wheel alignment, brake repair and belt replacement. 281-990-4084. IN THE NEWS 13 Space Center Houston , which is at 1601 E. NASA Parkway, Houston, announced in early July that tours of Johnson Space Center’s Mission Control

had returned. Tours of the historic room had been o limits for months at the on- set of COVID-19. Space Center Houston is a museum that allows visitors to learn more about NASA through exhibits. 281-283-4755. 14 William Killinger has been named chief medical ocer at HCA Houston Healthcare Clear Lake , which is at 500 W. Medical Center Blvd., Webster, according to a July 9 news release. The fourth-generation physician had a 27-year career as a cardiothoracic surgeon in North Carolina and served as chief medical ocer at the Medical Center of Trinity in Trinity, Florida. HCA Houston Healthcare Clear Lake is a 532-bed full-service hospital oering inpatient and outpatient medical as well as surgical and specialty services to the Bay Area, including the area’s only pediatric intensive care unit. 281-332-2511. CLOSINGS 15 Little Bella Mia , which is located at 2471 S. Gulf Freeway, Ste. 100, League City, closed in mid-July. Owner Manish Maheshwari, who also ran Coco Crepes, Waes & Coee next door in Suite 200, said it was becoming dicult to run two businesses in the midst of a pandemic and workforce shortage and decided to close the Italian restaurant, of which there are already several in the area. Coco Crepes opened in Suite 100, and Suite 200 has become a meeting space. littlebellamiacasualitaliankitchen


FEATURED IMPACT IN THE NEWS Johnson Space Center , 2101 E. NASA Parkway, Houston, named its rst Black female director over the summer. Vanessa Wyche had been serving as acting director at the center since May, according to a June 30 news release from NASA. She is a 31-year NASA veteran and served as deputy director for nearly three years before stepping into the director role. The South Carolina native and Clemson University alumnus also previously worked as director of the center’s Exploration Integration and Science Directorate and served as a ight manager for multiple space shuttle missions, per the release. As director, Wyche will lead a center that is central to NASA’s human spaceight missions and home to the nation’s astronaut corps, International Space Station mission operations and the Orion Program. “Vanessa is a tenacious leader who has broken down barriers throughout her career,” NASA Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy said in the release. “In the years to come, I’m condent that Houston will continue to lead the way in human spaceight.” Wyche expressed optimism about the future of the space industry in Houston at a Bay Area Houston

Economic Partnership event Aug. 18. Of the more than $5.5 billion the center had in its budget for scal year 2020, more than $2.2 billion was spent in Texas, Wyche said. “To go to the moon, it’s going to take all of us,” she said Aug. 18. “It’s going to take government; it’s going to take academia; it’s going to take industries.” 281-483-0123

Vanessa Wyche



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