Pearland - Friendswood Edition | February 2021

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City invests inwater for future Pearland considers growth, environmental implications while looking at water sources BY HALEY MORRISON

INCREAS ING TAXABLE VALUE Here are the top ve businesses in the city of Friendswood with the highest taxable value. Three of the top ve largest taxpayers in the city are apartment complexes.

As the city brings in more business, the burden is lessened for the average taxpayer.

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last May. The surface water treatment plant will treat water coming in from the Gulf Coast Water Authority, which serves Fort Bend, Brazoria and Galveston counties by bringing in water from the Brazos River. As the city grows, Pearland will continue to explore diversifying its water sources, which already include local wells, the Gulf Coast Water Author- ity and the city of Houston. CONTINUED ON 22

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Pearland’s surface water treat- ment plant will deliver 10 million gallons of clean drinking water to Pearland every day once completed in 2023. In 2016, the city of Pearland took steps to increase its water supply by adding a surface water treatment plant, a project that will cost the city $178.4 million, to the city’s capi- tal improvement projects. The city broke ground on the treatment plant

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Despitepandemic, Friendswood moves forwardwith 80/20goal City continues to attract businesses, new residents

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Tannos now has ve commercial buildings in Friendswood at 100% occupancy, but he is not the only developer who has come to Friend- swood hoping to build more. Three more franchises opened in the city in 2020, helping contribute to the high sales tax revenue the city saw all through the last scal year—despite the pandemic.

When Louis Tannos visited Friend- swood’s downtown area seven years ago, he was surprised at what he saw. The area was underutilized, he said, with businesses looking like they had ended up there, rather than any cohe- sive look. “It wasn’t what you think you’ll nd when you have a high median income and a great school district,” he said.

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Pearland’s surface water treatment plant will treat the water pulled from the Brazos River by the Gulf Coast Water Authority, a regional water provider.

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NOWOPEN 1 JLB Eatery opened Jan. 7 at 145 N. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood. The Texas chain restaurant serves burgers, wraps, wings, fish and chips, and more. 281-816-5003. www.thejlbeatery.com 2 Family-owned Louisiana Pantry opened Dec. 14 at 1330 Broadway St., Ste. 104, Pearland. The specialty food store sells ready-to-go meals, sausages and boudin, as well as a few hot options. Hot options include cracklins, boudin balls, Louisiana beef pie and crawfish pie. On Saturdays, the store sells fresh beignets and coffee. 832-329-8135. http://louisianapantry.shopsettings.com 3 Chloe’s Cajun Kitchen opened Nov. 23 at 111 W. Bay Area Blvd., Webster. The

business is a specialty Cajun and Creole grocer and restaurant. It offers both a daily lunch plate special and to-go kitchen items. Customers can purchase refriger- ated and frozen Cajun meats, seasonings, mixes and sauces to cook with at home. Lunch plate menu items include a gumbo of the day and a boudin-stuffed grilled cheese. 832-932-3579. www.chloescajunmarket.com 4 Gyro King opened in early November at 528 Bay Area Blvd., Ste. 600, Webster. The restaurant offers Mediterranean food, including gyros, meats over rice, salads, sides, desserts, and fresh fruit and vegetable juices. The eatery has four other locations throughout Houston. 281-575-0700. www.gyroking.com 5 Serenity Women’s Health and Med Spa opened at 3320 E. Broadway St.,

Ste. 126, Pearland, in late December. The business offers birth control, well-woman exams, pregnancy care, and treatment for gynecological diseases and disorders. The business also houses a med spa, which offers noninvasive aesthetics treatments such as Botox, facials, dermal fillers and microdermabrasion. 281-819-3590. www.serenity-women.com COMING SOON 6 Tannos Construction is in the final stages of construction for its four-story, multiuse building at 505 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood. The building is 100% leased and 85% occupied, according to developer Louis Tannos. The fourth floor of the building is in the final stages of construction. Construction on the final 5,000 square feet of the building began

Jan. 5. Tannos expects construction to wrap up in March. The primary tenant in the building is Houston Methodist Ortho- pedic Group; the remaining tenants are also medical practices. 281-993-5502. www.tannosconstruction.com 7 Tannos Construction will try to secure a permit for Albritton once it is finished with the final planning stage of the proj- ect. The Albritton is a 240,000-square- foot residential building with retail spaces and boutique offices. The project is expected to break ground in late spring or early summer and will be located at 408 S. Friendswood Drive, behind the Friend- swood Public Library. 281-993-5502. www.tannosconstruction.com 8 Fordham at Silverlake is opening at 2911 Smith Ranch Road, Pearland, this summer. The luxury complex is for those

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who are age 50 or older and active. The Fordham also has apartment complexes in Pasadena and Humble. 9 Gathering Outreach Community Services will be opening May 1 at the Pearland Town Center. Located at 11200 Broadway St., Ste. 630, Pearland, the nonprofit organization offers youth de- velopment and career readiness work- shops to lower-income students in an effort to equalize educational opportuni- ties. Gathering Outreach Community Ser- vices also offers a scholarship program for students. The nonprofit will also offer small groups focused on mental health and anxiety for adults. 832-418-6595. www.gatheringoutreach.org 10 Independence Business Park broke ground on Phase 2 of its project at 6811 McHard Road, Houston, in mid- January. Phase 2 of the business park will include a 18,525-square-foot building and a 25,400-square-foot building. Each building will have a 2,025-square-foot office. The Finial Group, the real estate firm, expects to complete construction on Phase 2 in August. 713-422-2100. www.finialgroup.com/portfolio/ independence-business-park 11 KJAM Sports is opening its first baseball training field in Pearland this spring. Located at 2900 FM 1128, the Fielder Training Center will be open for rent. The field will serve both children’s and college baseball teams. 346-297-3569 12 HOTWORX is soon opening its first south Houston location at 2110 Pearland Parkway, Pearland, next door to the

Chicken Salad Chick. The fitness franchise utilizes infrared heat technology and offers saunas and virtual trainers. The fitness center offers both 15-minute high intensity interval training and 30-minute isometric workouts. The business is set to open in the spring. 832-835-6444. www.hotworx.net 13 The opening for Pearland Floors and Design has been pushed to mid-February. The family-owned business is opening at 1607 N. Main St., Pearland. This location remodels kitchens, bathrooms, showers and cabinetry and offers flooring and countertops. The owner’s wife also builds and sells rustic furniture from the ground up in the back of the store. 346-422-8177 RELOCATIONS 14 Flawless Skin Lounge relocated to 313 S. Friendswood Drive, Ste. 105, Friendswood, on Jan. 22. The business used to be located at 607 S. Friendswood Drive, Ste. 19, Friendswood. Flawless Skin Lounge offers facials, chemical peels, cool slimming and microblading. 832-569-4238.

Good Vibe Burgers and Brews opened in early January in Pearland.

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FEATURED IMPACT NOWOPEN Good Vibes Burgers and Brews opened at 1329 E. Broadway St., Pearland, on Jan. 9. The burger restaurant opened in the former location of King’s Biergarten and Restaurant, which closed in November. “With our tiki-forward burger concept and being so close to the water, we wanted to create that same freeing feeling of being on vacation paired with a fresh, sustainable concept,” owner Eric Nelson said in a press release. The restaurant oers a beach atmosphere, along with burgers, hot

chicken and seafood, including a raw oyster bar. The restaurant also has a variety of beers on tap and cocktails, according to a press release. The restaurant is also child-friendly, with a children’s menu. 832-569-4141. www.goodvibesburgers.com

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CLOSINGS 17 Little Tokyo closed its location at 8201 Broadway St., Ste. 101, Pearland, on Jan. 30. The restaurant, which sold sushi, cooked dishes and bento boxes, still has its Pasadena location at 6737 Fairmont

16 Belle Fleur Books and Games celebrated one year at 2510 Lynn Drive, Pearland, in January. The locally owned bookstore sells books on a variety of subjects from fiction and biographies to philosophy and cookbooks. Belle Fleur is across the street from Acme Dental. 281-997-7222. www.bellefleurbooks.com

15 Located at 1130 Broadway St., Ste. 114, ThisFitFuel celebrated one year in Pearland in January. The restaurant offers healthy meals that can be eaten in the restaurant, taken to go or deliv- ered. The restaurant meals can also be ordered online in bulk. 281-898-8886. www.thisfitfuel.com

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Pearland Parkway trac circlemodications The city of Pearland will break ground on Pearland Parkway in February. The project will replace the roundabout on Pearland Parkway with a trac circle. The 2019 bond funding the work also will fund Pearland Parkway trac improvements. Timeline: February 2021-July 2022 Cost: $2.73 million Funding source: Pearland 2019 bond

TxDOT is widening I45 fromHouston to Galveston—a more than $1 billion project.

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Widening of I45 fromNASAParkway to FM 518 towrap up in 2021; other projects continue

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Work on I-45 continues in the Bay Area, with the reconstruction of I-45 from NASA 1 to FM 518 set to end this year. The $99.7 million project includes the reconstruction and widening of the road to 10 main lanes. The design for the project was approved in 2016. Other improvements include reversing the northbound entrance and exit ramps and having the northbound entrance ramp go over the exit ramp along I-45 from NASA Parkway to FM 518, according to the Texas Department of Transportation website. The project will also widen

the northbound exit ramp, lengthen the Clear Creek frontage road bridges and construct detention ponds. TxDOT will also ip the I-45 and Holland Road intersection. The over- pass was removed the rst week of February. The Hughes Road overpass reopened at the end of January, before TxDOT closed the Holland overpass. Holland should reopen by the end of 2022. Both of these projects are part of the $1.05 billion worth of I-45 widen- ing projects that stretch from NASA Parkway to 61st Street on Galveston Island.

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Sleepy Hollow reconstruction Sleepy Hollow reconstruction was published for bid in January. The project includes the reconstruction of concrete streets in the Sleepy Hollow subdivision. The existing roadway ditches will be cleaned and improved; water lines will be replaced; and the sewer will be rehabilitated, according to the city of Pearland website. Timeline: March-October Cost: $2 million Funding source: Pearland 2019 bond

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News from Pearland, Friendswood & Pearland ISD

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98.5% of Pearland’s 38,938 utility billing accounts are correct.

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company did not find any proof of systemic billing issues, it said in the report, as its analysis determined that 98.5% of the 38,938 billing accounts were correct. However, the company worked under the assumption the meter readings were all correct, Garrison said. Raftelis started its process in September. The company was brought in to do an independent review of the city’s water billing situation, which was caused when the city’s billing started to fall behind water usage.

According to Garrison, the city still needs to collect around 65 days of bills, or roughly $5 million. Raftelis has made observations, but more recommendations for how the city should proceed are to come to council from an ad hoc citizen committee as well. “I think it shows there a lot of issues: cultural issues, billing backlog, reliability of Council Member Luke Orlando said. “We are going to try to solve the so-called problem, but meters ... and then there is the trust,”

The candidate filing period for local elec- tions closes Feb. 12. The mayoral position and council positions 1 and 3 are on the ballot in Friendswood. Incum- bents Mayor Mike Foreman, Steve Rockey and Trish Hanks are running for re-election. Pearland City Council Positions 2 and 4 are on the ballot. Incumbents Tony Carbone and Adrian Hernandez are running for re-election. Pearland ISD Positions 3 and 4 are on the ballot and held by Crystal Carbone and Sean Murphy, respectively. Carbone has filed for re-election. Alvin ISD positions 1, 2 and 3 are on the ballot and are held by Julie Pickren, Regan Metoyer Peterson and Cheryl Harris, respectively. Pickren and Albert “AJ” Johnson III have filed for Position 1, Cory Scott and Regina Stredic have filed for Position 2, and Shirley Brothers has filed for Position 3.

PEARLAND Raftelis Financial Consul- tants presented its review on the city of Pearland’s utility billing department at Pearland City Council’s Jan. 25 meeting. The report recommended continued changes to workplace culture and process and technol- ogy improvements, including implement- ing its Advanced Meter Infrastructure. “Changing this culture is going to take time,” Raftelis Project Manager Seth Garrison said. The consulting

really we have more than one problem.” Michelle Ferguson, senior manager of orga- nizational assessment at Raftelis, said starting with the AMI will help solve the city’s billing issue. The AMI should come online in by early summer, according to the city of Pearland. Council has to solve the billing issues one at a time, as there is no “silver-bullet” fix for all issues at once, Council Member Trent Perez said.

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Pearland City Council meets the second and fourth Monday of each month at City Hall, 3519 Liberty Drive, Pearland. Times may vary. Meetings are streamed and available at www.pearlandtx.gov. Friendswood City Council meets the first Monday of each month at City Hall, 910 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood. Times may vary. Pearland ISD meets the second Tuesday of every month at 5 p.m. at 1928 N. Main St., Pearland. Meetings are streamed on YouTube. Friendswood ISD meets the second Monday of every month at 5:45 p.m. at 402 Laurel Drive, Friendswood. Alvin ISD meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at 301 E. House St., Alvin.

Cityhas 14%of land todevelop

is on the city’s south side. A good portion of the undeveloped land is on the city’s western edge on the southern half of the city. City Manager Morad Kabiri said the undeveloped land left in the city will be the most difficult to develop. All the land lacks infrastructure and abuts existing developments, which means City Council should expect infrastructure hurdles and for neighboring property owners to contest future developments, he said.

Here is the zoning for the amount of land the city has left to develop: LITTLE LAND LEFT

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FRIENDSWOOD There are about 1,900 acres of undevel- oped land in Friendswood, about 61% of which is zoned sin- gle-family residential, Director of Community Development Aubrey Harbin told Friendswood City Council on Jan. 11. Most of the undeveloped land

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Animal control and rescues 1 Brazoria County Animal Control 3602 CR 45, Angleton 979-864-2392 www.brazoriacountytx.gov 2 Friendswood Animal Control 3000 W. Parkwood Ave., Friendswood 281-996-3390 www.ci.friendswood.tx.us 3 Galveston County Animal Resource Center 3412 25th Ave. N, Texas City 409-948-2485 www.gchd.org/animal-services/ animal-control 4 League City Animal Control 755 W. Walker St., League City

Clinics and vets 7 Above and Beyond Veterinary Hospital 11625 W. Broadway St., Ste. 165, Pearland 281-843-9069 www.abvethospital.com 8 Animal Kingdom Pet Hospital 551 A League City Parkway, League City 281-506-0766 www.akph.net 9 Alvin-Friendswood Veterinary Clinic 2407 W. Parkwood Ave., Ste. 124, Friendswood 281-992-7500 10 Claws and Paws Veterinary Hospital 2556 E. Broadway St., Pearland 281-997-1426 www.cpvh.com

11 Egret Bay Veterinary Hospital 1260 E. League City Parkway, Ste. 1000, League City 832-632-1595 www.egretbayvethosp.com 12 Haven Veterinary Clinic 10555 Pearland Parkway, Ste. K, Pearland 713-344-1570 www.havenveterinaryclinic.com 13 Friendswood Animal Clinic 1405 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood 281-816-7365 www.friendswoodanimalclinic.com 14 Marina Bay Animal Hospital 3030 Marina Bay Drive, League City 281-334-2888 www.marinabayanimalhospital.com 15 Parkwood Animal Hospital & Boarding

281-554-1377 www.leaguecity.com/lcas 5 Pearland Animal Services and Adop- tion Center 2002 Old Alvin Road, Pearland 281-652-1970 www.pearlandtx.gov/departments/ animal-services 6 Tails in Transition Animal Rescue 2407 W. Parkwood Ave., Ste., 124, Friendswood 281-992-7500 www.facebook.com/tntanimalrescue DREAM Dachshund Rescue, Education and Adoption Mission No fixed address www.dreamdachs.org

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19 Safari Veterinary Care Clinic 2402 Marina Bay Drive, League City 281-332-5612 www.safarivet.com 20 Shadow Creek Veterinary Clinic 11041 Shadow Creek Parkway, Ste. 101, Pearland 713-436-3848 www.shadowcreekvet.com 21 Silverlake Animal Hospital 10015 Broadway St., Ste. G, Pearland 713-436-9400 www.pearlandvets.com 22 Valley Veterinary Care 1205 E. Edgewood Drive, Friendswood Friendswood PetSafe Dog Park COURTESY GS&F ADVERTISING

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Dog parks 26 Friendswood PetSafe Dog Park 300 Briarmeadow Ave., Friendswood 281-996-3220 www.ci.friendswood.tx.us/261/dog-park 27 Independence Dog Park 3449 Pearland Parkway, Pearland 281-412-8900 www.pearlandtx.gov/departments/ parks-recreation/parks/dog-parks 28 Southdown Dog Park 2150 Country Place Parkway, Pearland 281-412-8900 www.pearlandtx.gov/departments/ parks-recreation/parks/dog-parks

281-506-8694 www.valleyveterinarycare.com 23 VCA Westside Animal Clinic 9223 W. Broadway St., Ste. 107, Pearland 281-997-1044 www.pearlandvetclinic.com 24 VCA Westside Animal Hospital 6034 W. Broadway St., Pearland 281-485-9840 www.vcahospitals.com/westside-tx 25 Veterinary Clinic 2014 N. Main St., Pearland 281-258-4276 www.veterinaryclinicofpearland.com

1301 W. Parkwood Ave., Friendswood 281-648-7387 www.parkwoodanimalhospital.com 16 Pearland 288 Animal Emergency Clinic 10100 W. Broadway St., Ste. 102, Pearland 713-482-4592 www.pearlandanimalemergency.com 17 Pearland Animal Hospital 1601 N. Main St., Pearland 281-485-2496 www.pearlandanimalhospital.com 18 Pearland Pet Health Center 10525 Hughes Ranch Road, Pearland 713-436-2555 www.pearlandpethealthcenter.com

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GET YOUR HEART BACK

TO WHAT MAKES IT REALLY BEAT

Advancing health. Personalizing care. Staying on top of your heart health has never been more important. If you are at high risk for heart disease or are experiencing new or worsening symptoms, it’s time to see your doctor. At Memorial Hermann, our network of affiliated cardiologists offer proactive assessments and personalized plans to help keep risk factors in check. And with enhanced safety measures in place at all of our facilities, you can get the care you need with peace of mind. HEART ISSUES SHOULDN’T WAIT. SEE YOUR DOCTOR.

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Pearland and Friendswood residents have access to comprehensive, advanced heart and vascular care, nearby.The affiliated heart and vascular specialists at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital provide a full spectrumof heart care—fromprevention to treatment to recovery—in a convenient, personalized setting. Cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon Cesar Nahas, MD, associate professor at McGovernMedical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), who serves as medical director of the cardiac surgery programatMemorial Hermann Southeast, says what setsMemorial Hermann Southeast apart is the hospital’s ability to deliver medical center expertise andpersonalized care, right in the community. “We’re small enough to be attentive to each patient, while keeping the quality of care high,” he says. Prevention and Diagnosis Cardiologist Bennet George, MD, assistant professor at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, who practices at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, says, “We start by evaluating a patient’s risk for heart and vascular disease then, if necessary, prescribe lifestyle modifications and/or medication, perform noninvasive and invasive diagnostic tests and coordinate with other specialists for wellness, nutrition and weight management.” Accredited Chest Pain Centers Successful treatment of a heart attack requires immediate medical attention. Memorial Hermann Southeast is a Chest Pain Center and a Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) hospital accredited throughThe Joint Commission. Memorial Hermann Southeast andMemorial Hermann PearlandHospitals operate ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) cardiac catheterization labs 24/7, ensuring patients receive fast intervention to clear blockages and relieve heart attack symptoms.

Minimally Invasive Heart Procedures The affiliated cardiac surgeons at Memorial Hermann Southeast performboth traditional open andminimally invasive heart procedures, including transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), an innovative minimally invasive treatment for patients with severe aortic valve disease. Affiliated cardiovascular disease specialist Abhijeet Dhoble, MD, associate professor atMcGovernMedical School at UTHealth, says, “Through Memorial Hermann’s academic partnershipwithUTHealth, our patients also have access to all the major mitral, tricuspid and aortic valve replacement clinical trials.” Vascular and Endovascular Treatments Affiliated vascular and endovascular surgeons at Memorial Hermann Southeast perform vascular and less-invasive endovascular procedures to correct blood vessels outside of the heart and brain that may be narrowed, blocked or dilated. As affiliated vascular surgeon Sophia Khan-Makoid, MD, assistant professor at McGovernMedical School at UTHealth, explains, “Heart surgeons and neurosurgeons focus on the heart and brain, respectively. Vascular surgeons take care of all the blood vessels coming from the heart, going to the brain, arms, gut and all the way down to the legs.” Heart Rhythm Treatments The teamof skilled electrophysiologists affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast diagnoses and treats all types of heart arrythmias, including atrial fibrillation (AFib). Depending on the diagnosis, a

patient’s treatment plan might include medication and/or cardioversion, pacemaker/ICD implantation or ablation. The Latest Technologies Memorial Hermann Southeast boasts the latest technologies, including robotic surgical systems, state- of-the-art cath labs, two hybrid operating-endovascular suites, a cardiovascular intensive care unit (CV-ICU) and a dedicated cardiac rehabilitation facility. “The quality of care in this hospital is unbelievable,” says affiliated structural/interventional cardiologist Nadish Garg, MD. “The nursing support is amazing, and the Memorial Hermann Southeast offers a medically supervised, 12-week cardiac rehabilitation program designed to reduce a patient’s risk of re-hospitalization, lessen the need for cardiacmedications and encourage a return to work following a heart-related illness. Each program is tailored to the patient’s specific needs and includes exercise, nutrition counseling, stress facilities are state-of-the-art.” Cardiac Rehabilitation Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital Senior Vice President andChief Executive Officer Noel J. Cárdenas says the hospital will continue to offer new and innovative heart and vascular services and treatments. “Memorial Hermann is at the forefront of advancing heart health inHouston. We are committed to helping area residents prevent ormanage cardiovascular illness through advanced, personalized care.” management and other services. An Ongoing Commitment

For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit memorialhermann.org/SEheart or call 713.222.2273.

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BRENDAWILSON OPENEDROLLIE’S FROZEN CUSTARD WITHHER HUSBAND IN2019.

The turtle frozen custard is one of Rollie’s most popular treats.

BUSINESS FEATURE

FROZEN CUSTARD VS. ICE CREAM

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Rollie’s Frozen Custard Pearland dessert business thrives, gives back to the community B usinesses that serve frozen custard are hard to nd in Texas, Rollie’s Frozen Custard owner Brenda Wilson said. BY HALEY MORRISON

There is a key dierence between frozen custard and ice cream: Frozen custard is egg based rather than milk based. It also has fewer calories and less sugar.

Rollie’s Frozen Custard 3695 Kirby Drive, Ste. 123, Pearland 832-770-9155 www.rolliesfrozencustard.com Hours: Tue.-Thu. 2-9 p.m., Fri. 2-10 p.m., Sat. 1-10 p.m., Sun. 1-9 p.m., closed Mon. MENU ITEMS AT ROLLIE’S • Frozen custard • Sundaes • Malts and shakes • Italian ice • Frozen custard pies

uses less sugar and has fewer calories, she said. Prior to running a frozen custard shop, Brenda was the head of human resources at a corporation, and Arthur was an executive with UPS Inc. “Our customers say, ‘That explains the good customer service,’” Brenda said. The business has been received well in the Pearland community, Brenda said, attributing it to the community service done by the business. Rollie’s has volunteered at churches and at Alvin and Pearland ISDs and has donated money to both the local Little League and a nonprot that helps make playgrounds accessible to children of all abilities. Rollie’s also has a mobile unit, which it is able to use for dessert events. This has become an especially popular option over the pandemic and has helped teach people about the business in other parts of Pearland. The Wilsons hope to add a second mobile unit soon, along with a new location on the east side of Pearland or in Friendswood later this year. “If it doesn’t happen this year, maybe next year,” Brenda said.

She opened Rollie’s Frozen Custard with her hus- band, Arthur Wilson, in February 2019. The couple hails from Illinois, and when they moved to Pearland, they looked for a frozen custard place they liked as much as one back home. When they could not nd what they were looking for, they opened Rollie’s. Rollie’s Frozen Custard serves chocolate and vanilla custard every day, as well as two specialty avors a day. The business also has mix-ins for the custard, malts and shakes. Once or twice a week, the Wilsons make a batch of Italian ice as well, Brenda said. “We make the custard fresh, in-house, every day,” Brenda said. Frozen custard diers from ice cream because it is primarily made with egg yolks rather than milk. This makes it richer and more enjoyable for those who are lactose intolerant, Brenda said. Frozen custard also

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DINING FEATURE

BY COLLEEN FERGUSON

Mikki’s Soul Food Cafe Pearland eatery serves homestyle dishes inspired by family

L ove is at the center of the Mikki’s Soul Food Cafe experi- ence because that was the most important part of the business for its founder, Jeanette Williams. After nearly two decades of serving soul food on West Bellfort Avenue, Jeanette, her son Craig Joseph and his family wanted to provide the same homestyle meals to south- east Houston residents. Pearland residents were making the 20-mile drive to the Staord-area location for some of her cooking before Craig and his wife, Tasha Joseph, opened a location at 9603 Broadway St. in June 2019, Craig said. While Jeanette died just ve months before the Pearland location opened its doors, both restaurants continue oering the

resulted in celebrities stopping by for a meal and photos with Mikki’s sta, as documented by the shots hanging from the restaurant’s walls. Craig’s sister Jeanelle Williams runs the West Bellfort Avenue location, which celebrated 20 years in business in December. Diners at either eatery will be greeted by friendly, attentive sta and nd an environment that appeals to everyone, Black or other- wise, since Jeanette valued sharing the avors of her dishes with people of all walks of life, Craig said. “Soul food can be urban; it can be for younger people,” Craig said, adding the Pearland location oers a small-business feel that is unique to the area. “The fact that everything is home cooked—you just can’t really nd that out in this area.” Mikki’s in Pearland from its original 10 dishes and ve entrees; dierent specials are now oered every week- day, and the weekends-only fried chicken and catsh are consistent hits, he said. Mikki’s hopes to oer breakfast options at its locations by summer- time, he added. Jeanette shared her love of cooking with others in a way that established generational wealth for her children, Craig said, and he looks forward to building on that wealth and passing it to his family. has a drive-thru window, which Craig said has been hugely popular amid the coronavirus pandemic. The menu has grown

From left: Jeanelle Williams; her mother, Jeanette Williams; and her brother Craig Joseph opened the rst Mikki’s location 20 years ago.

PHOTOS COURTESY CRAIG JOSEPH

Mikki’sSoul FoodCafe 9603 Broadway St., Ste. 108, Pearland 281-919-9506 www.mikkiscafe.com Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. FEBRUARY FESTIVITIES For Black History Month, Mikki’s is oering 15% discounts to a dierent group or groups of professionals every day of the month to celebrate “the African American rsts.” These include retail workers, entrepreneurs, social workers and those working in education, among others. Visit www.facebook.com/ mikkiscafe for more details.

Available on weekends, the fried chicken with three sides costs $12.95.

same meals she enjoyed cooking and serving. The menu’s roots are in the food Jeanette Williams served at cookouts for her coworkers before she opened a restaurant, when she worked for the United States Postal Service.

“SOUL FOOD CAN BE URBAN; IT CAN BE FORYOUNGER PEOPLE.” CRAIG JOSEPH, OWNER OF MIKKI’S SOUL FOOD CAFE

Smothered pork chops are available daily with three sides for $15.95.

“She sacriced it all [for us] to be where we are today,” Craig said of his mother, whose grave he visits often since it is close to the Pearland location. “I’m reminded of her every day.” Praise of Jeanette’s food spread by word of mouth over the years, including through local on-air personalities, Craig said; Jeanette used to drop free catering o to area radio hosts and their guests. This has

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