Pearland - Friendswood Edition | June 2020

COMPILED BY HALEY MORRISON & MORGAN SLUTZKY

COMMUNITY SERVICE FRIENDSWOOD BUSINESS GIVES BACK TOHEALTH CAREWORKERS Vitality Bowls in Friendswood donated over 150 smoothies to health care workers to thank them for their work during COVID-19. Once it is safe for them to visit, owners Jackie and Jimmy Thomas plan on donating food to those in nursing homes as well. “Our business dropped 75 ... We started using that time to give back,” Jackie said. Vitality Bowls sells smoothies, smoothie bowls and other healthy items.

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FEATURED IMPACT REOPENING When Texas went into lockdown in response to COVID-19 outbreaks across the country, Bellissimo Day Spa had only been open for a few weeks. Now, with the state slowly allowing businesses such as salons and spas to reopen, co- owner and Chief Financial O ffi cer Iris Wilt said she is hopeful the reopened spa will come out on top. Located in Friendswood, the health and wellness facility is home to an esthetician, a massage therapist, a sensory deprivation tank and a CBD store. Wilt said as the spa begins to welcome clients, sta ff is taking every precaution to keep interactions safe. “We hired a third-party company to completely disinfect the place and guarantee surfaces are clean,” Wilt said. “Of course we will be utilizing masks and enforcing social distancing as well.” The number of people within the spa at any given time will be limited by only accepting clients with appointments. Those going to treatments will also be directed immediately to the practitioners’ room; the lounging and relaxation areas will be closed to prevent extra interactions. Wilt said the spa has received a great response from people reaching out to the spa to make appointments.

“I think with people going without for a few months, they realize how much they want a sense of normalcy with beauty and wellness,” Wilt said. Wilt said when the spa fi rst opened, it was a slow start. “I kind of feel like our opening was postponed until now because we opened so soon before the pandemic o ffi cially broke out,” Wilt said. “It takes time for marketing to get out, and by the time it did we had to close temporarily. It was a scary situation to be in, Wilt said, but she is con fi dent in the quality of the services, the experience and following of the practitioners, and the location. “For a while we didn’t know what was going to happen, but we continued to have faith, and now we’re starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Wilt said.

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EXPANSIONS 9 Memorial Hermann Pearland fi nished the fi nal part of its expansion in May. Sta ff celebrated the opening on the new center before social distancing standards were in place. Additions to the center located at 16100 Hwy. 288, Pearland, include a 16-bed Clinical Decision Unit for emergency room patients who may need additional tests, treatment or observa- tion. The hospital also added 11 new beds to the emergency room. 713-413-6500. www.memorialhermann.org NEWOWNERSHIP 10 The Simple Greek , located at 10621

Broadway St., Ste. 109, Pearland, is under new ownership as of May. The new owner, Eric Northern, does not own any other Simple Greek locations. The Greek restaurant allows guests to customize their own pita or bowl. 346-340-4976. https://thesimplegreek.com/menu/ SCHOOL NOTES 11 Alvin Community College , along with Pearland and Alvin ISDs, broke the community college’s record another year in a row for dual-degree graduates. Between the two districts, 181 students received their dual degrees during high school graduation. ACC is located at 3110 Mustang Road, Alvin. 281-756-3500. www.alvincollege.edu

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PEARLAND - FRIENDSWOOD EDITION • JUNE 2020

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