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MYOPINION IS THE GATE PROJECT IS THE SINGLEMOST IMPORTANT PROJECT FOR LAKE HOUSTON.

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Houston ocials will soon hire consultants to design and engineer the new Lake Houston dam gates. (Kelly Schaer/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Ocials, regional agencies prioritize Lake Houston dam, long-term dredging Exploring ways to protect the Lake Houston area from future ood events is a top priority for local enti- ties in 2020, Harris County and city of Houston ocials said. the single most important project for Lake Houston,” Martin said. Additionally, the city of Houston—as the primary owner of Lake Houston— plans to kick o long-term dredging initiatives in the Lake Houston area to reduce ooding and increase the reser- voir’s capacity, Martin said. in 2011, according to a 2011 report on Lake Houston’s sediment from the Texas Water Development Board. BY KELLY SCHAFLER

Although the Army Corps of Engi- neers Galveston District has already removed more than 2 million cubic yards of sediment from theWest Fork of the San Jacinto River, the city—in part- nership with the Harris County Flood Control District and Coastal Water Authority—plans to continually dredge Lake Houston, Martin said. “We will have beginning 2020 an CONTINUED ON 17

City Council Member Dave Martin said he believes the ongoing Lake Hous- ton dam gate project is going to be a major project for residents upstream and downstream of the Lake Houston dam. Designs and engineering for the dam gates will begin this spring. “My opinion is [the gate project is]

Even before Hurricane Harvey hit the region in August 2017, Lake Houston’s capacity to hold water had decreased more than 20% since the lake’s dam was built in 1954 from 158,553 acre-feet to 124,661 acre-feet

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HIGHLIGHTS FROMTHISMONTH

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Now Open, Coming Soon &more TODO LIST Local events and things to do 2020 ANNUAL COMMUNITYGUIDE 7 Statistics on Atascocita, Humble and Kingwood TRANSPORTATION 14 Northpark Drive Overpass Project begins COMMUNITY INFO 9

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FROMKELLY: “In our January front-page story, we cover ongoing ood-mitigation projects, which we believe are going to dominate our stories in 2020. The city of Houston will soon hire a consulting rm to design the Lake Houston dam gate project, and local ocials are looking into ways to implement long-term dredging projects for the lake and the San Jacinto River.”

Kelly Schaer, EDITOR

THIS ISSUE BY THE NUMBERS

EDUCATION 15 School districts construct new facilities CITY AND COUNTY 16 Humble plans for downtown revitalization

local sources 14

new businesses 10

community events 6

game store 1

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NOWOPEN 1 Texas-based wine and spirits retailer Twin Liquors is scheduled to open a new location by Dec. 25, after press time, at 20045 Northpark Drive, Ste. 100, Kingwood, in the Kingwood Place development. The shop will feature a wide selection of wine, beer and spirits. www.twinliquors.com 2 Kingwood-based retailer Pretty Little Things Boutique opened its second storefront Dec. 7 at 255 Assay St., Ste. 107, Houston, in Redemption Square. The boutique sells a variety of handpicked women’s apparel, accessories and gifts. 281-623-7199. www.prettylittlethingsonline.com 3 Action Coach Lake Houston opened Nov. 15 at 900 Rockmead Drive, Ste. 235, Kingwood. Owner Kevin Mills offers businesses one-on-one coaching to help them build profitability and develop their teams. Action Coach Lake Hous- ton also offers free business workshops monthly. 281-312-2834. www.lakehouston.actioncoach.com 4 Pro Gold Buyers opened Nov. 16 at 1420 FM 1960 Bypass Road E., Ste. 103, Humble. The local business buys gold, silver, platinum metals and diamonds. 281-570-2802. http://pro-gold-buyers.business.site

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COMING SOON 5 Taste of Paris Creperie & Cafe, a locally owned cafe, will open in early January at 12230 W. Lake Houston Parkway, Ste. 115, Houston. Co-owner Achraf Elmimouni said the French-inspired cafe will sell a variety of sweet and savory crepes as well as waffles, paninis and coffee beverages. 832-243-5028. www.facebook.com/taste-of-paris- creperie-cafe-101041678030228 6 Dolce & Cannoli Pizzeria will open in late January at 20131 Hwy. 59 N., Ste. 1150, Humble, in the Deerbrook Mall. The eatery serves New York-style pizza, sandwiches, soups, Italian pastries, beer, wine and coffee beverages. This is the second location for the Houston-area eatery. www.dolceandcannoli.com 7 Planet Fitness will open a new facility in the second quarter of 2020 at

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RELOCATIONS 10 Laura’s Dog Grooming relocated Nov. 12 to 20185 Hwy. 59, Ste. 65, New Caney. Owner Laura Carlisle said she relocated from 1714 Roman Forest Blvd., Ste. C, New Caney, after it took on 55 inches of water in Tropical Storm Imelda. Her business offers dog grooming services, including nail trimming and painting, ear cleaning, teeth brushing and coat cuts. 281-689-5777. www.facebook.com/ laurasdoggroomingnewcaney NAME CHANGES 11 Kingwood State Inspection changed its name to State Inspection & Lube in November. The business, located at 2630 Chestnut Ridge Road, Kingwood, performs state vehicle inspections and oil changes. 281-358-4787. http://state- inspection-of-kingwood.business.site

20185 Hwy. 59, New Caney, according to the East Montgomery County Improve- ment District. The national gym fran- chise will feature exercise equipment and small group training sessions. www.planetfitness.com 8 La Michoacana Meat Market will open a new grocery store in the second quarter of 2020 at 20185 Hwy. 59, New Caney, according to the East Montgomery County Improvement District. The Texas-based grocery store, which caters to the Hispanic community, will offer fresh produce, mari- nated meats and homemade meals. www.lamichoacanameatmarket.com 9 Crave Hot Dogs & Barbecue is set to open a new eatery in early January at 14303 E. Sam Houston Parkway N., Ste. 800, Houston, in Westlake Market- place. The eatery specializes in jumbo hot dogs, sausages, brats, barbecue sandwich- es and sliders. 516-316-7420. www.iwantcrave.com

The Cove on Hamblen opened in mid-October. (Courtesy The Cove on Hamblen)

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JANUARY 07 HEAD BACK TO SCHOOL Students in Humble ISD and New Caney ISD return to school from the winter break. The next holiday both districts will acknowledge is Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 20. www.humbleisd.net. www.newcaneyisd.org 12 SHOP A FARMERSMARKET The Groves Community Association hosts its monthly farmers market, where the community can shop more than 30 local vendors oering organic produce, artisan food and homemade crafts. The event also features live music, food trucks, a bounce house and a special statue dedication ceremony to honor veterans. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. The Groves Lifestyle Center, 17317 Cathedral Pines Drive, Humble. 832-777-0400. www.facebook.com/mygrovescai 15 GET A PET VACCINATED The community can bring their pets to Pet Ranch in Kingwood for discounted vaccinations from the Houston-area company Mobile Vet Clinic. The monthly event allows pet owners to get their animals vaccinated and receive heartworm and ea medication, health exams, prescriptions and more. 4-7 p.m.

Cost varies. Pet Ranch, 4411 Kingwood Drive, Kingwood. 936-449-4412. www.themobilevetclinic.com 25 ENJOY ANIGHT AT THE BALLET Vitacca Dance Project, a Houston- based preprofessional performance company, brings a Night at the Ballet back to the city of Humble. The performance will feature modern and contemporary ballet. 7 p.m. $15. Charles Bender Performing Arts Center, 611 Higgins St., Humble. 281-446-4140. www.humblepac.com FEBRUARY 01 RUN, WALK THROUGH LAKE HOUSTONWILDERNESS PARK The Piney Woods TrailFest 2020 invites runners of all levels to run through the woods. Children can do a 1-mile run, while adults can do a 5K, 10-mile, 20-mile or 50K—roughly 31 miles—run though the Lake Houston Wilderness Park. Participants will be served food from Mingo’s Latin Kitchen food truck and craft beer from Back Pew Brewing after the race. 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $20- $100. Lake Houston Wilderness Park,

Humble ISD’s livestock show is followed by the Humble Rodeo & BBQ Cook-O event. (Courtesy Humble Rodeo & BBQ Cook-O)

FEATURED EVENT HUMBLE RODEO& BBQ COOKOFF Three weeks of livestock shows, rodeo events and food kick o with the Humble ISD livestock show on Jan. 20-24. The Humble Rodeo & BBQ Cook-O follows from Jan. 31-Feb. 8, featuring a barbecue cook-o competition, rodeo events and performances from Lanco and Hardy. All weekends feature carnival rides and art from Humble ISD students.

Proceeds from the Humble Rodeo & BBQ Cook-O benet the Humble ISD Education Foundation. Times vary. $20-$25. Humble Civic Center and Arena Complex 8233 Will Clayton Parkway, Humble. 281-641-8140. www.humblerodeo.com

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Atascocita G E T T I N G T O K N O W

The unincorporated area of Atascocita is located east of the city of Humble and south of Kingwood. Atascocita is considered a CDP—or a city, town, place equivalent or township—by the U.S. Census Bureau. Atascocita’s population grew 13.7% between the 2014 and 2018 5-year census estimates, which is higher than Humble and Kingwood.

SOURCES: AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY 5YEAR ESTIMATES, TEXAS STATE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATIONCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER *AGES 25 AND OLDER

Atascocita is located east of the city of Humble and south of Kingwood. (Kelly Schaer/Community Impact Newspaper)

P O P U L A T I O N

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Humble G E T T I N G T O K N O W

The city of Humble was established in 1886 by Pleasant Smith Humble, and it quickly became known as an oil industry haven. Almost 16,000 residents now live within the city’s limits. While its population has only increased 3% between 2014 and 2018 5-year census estimates, city ocials estimate more than 1,000 new single-family homes will debut within city limits in the next few years.

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Humblewas established in 1886, and it became known as an oil industry haven. (Kelly Schaer/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Kingwood G E T T I N G T O K N O W

The master-planned community of Kingwood was developed by Friendswood Development Co. in the 1970s, and it was annexed by the city of Houston in 1996. Kingwood is known as “the livable forest” due to its plethora of trees and vegetation. For the purpose of this page, Kingwood includes the 77339 and 77345 ZIP codes.

SOURCES: AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY 5YEAR ESTIMATES, CITY OF HOUSTONCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER *AGES 25 AND OLDER

Kingwood is known as “the livable forest” due to its trees and vegetation. (Kelly Schaer/Community Impact Newspaper)

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www.facebook.com/creciaskitchen $$ K 4 Kid Kreole Kooking 9739 N. Sam Houston Parkway E., Ste. 100, Humble 281-570-2746 www.kidkreolekooking.com $$ H K GREEK 5 Taste of Greek 4526 Kingwood Drive, Kingwood 832-335-7587 www.tasteofgreek.wixsite.com $$$ K COMING SPRING 2020 ITALIAN 6 Italiano’s Restaurant 1414 Northpark Drive, Kingwood

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AMERICAN 1 Sharky’s Waterfront Grill 1660 W. Lake Houston Parkway, Kingwood 713-904-5200 www.sharkyswaterfrontgrill.com $$ H K 2 Wholesome Kitchen 250 Assay St., Ste. 100-A, Houston 281-741-0203 www.wholesometx.com $$ B H K CAJUN 3 Crecia’s Kitchen 14237 E. Sam Houston Parkway N., Ste. 400, Houston 281-941-9928

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NorthparkDriveOverpass Project to break ground inDecember 2020

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city of Houston. LHRA ocials said the project will reduce congestion and enhance safety in the Kingwood area. Jessica Beemer, chief of sta for Houston City Council Member Dave Martin, said at a Dec. 5 BizCom meeting the roadway will also serve as the area’s rst ocial emergency evacuation route, as it will be elevated above the 500-year ood plain. “We know that Kingwood Drive oods; we know that Northpark Drive oods; and Councilman Martin was adamant on making sure that if we were going to widen this roadway, it needed to be safe in all weather,” Beemer said. Phase 2, known as the Northpark Reconstruction Project, will be completed by 2023. The phase—which expands the road between Russell Palmer Road andWoodland Hills

Ocials will break ground on the Northpark Drive Overpass Project in December, which is Phase 1 of a two-phase project to expand the road from four to six lanes between Hwy. 59 andWoodland Hills Drive. The Northpark Drive Overpass Proj- ect focuses on the portion of the road between Hwy. 59 and Russell Palmer Road. It will expand the road to six lanes, add an overpass over the Union Pacic Corp. railroad at Loop 494 and create 10-foot pathways on the north and south sides of the road, according to Lake Houston Redevelopment Authority ocials. The $39.9 million Phase 1 is paid for by the LHRA—which oversees property tax revenue collected in Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone 10—as well as about $15.5 million from the

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Build-out of schools continues inHumble, NewCaney ISDs Construction on new campuses for Humble ISD and New Caney ISD will continue and break ground in 2020, district ocials said. NCISD is on track to open the new Woodridge Forest Middle School BY KELLY SCHAFLER MOVING FORWARD Humble and New Caney ISDs will continue work on major school bond projects this year. Meanwhile, Centennial Elementary School, which is funded by HISD’s $245 million 2008 bond, is set to open in August. The $28.86 million campus is in the Atascocita area in the Lakewood Pines neighborhood, Humble ISD New Caney ISD

San Jacinto College’s new campus San Jacinto College Generation Park Campus opens in the fall. The $26 million campus will oer basic transfer courses. Registration will open in April.

and it will serve 950 students in kindergarten through fth grade, according to HISD. “I think families and sta are really going to like Centennial’s design,” said Luci Schulz, HISD’s assistant superintendent of elementary schools. “The campus will support engaging, interactive and collabora- tive learning for children.” Construction on Lakeland Elemen- tary’s rebuild, Kingwood Middle’s rebuild, Elementary School No. 30, and Middle School No. 10 will also begin in 2020. Lakeland Elementary’s rebuild and Elementary School No. 30 will open in 2021. Middle School No. 10 and Kingwood Middle’s rebuild will open August 2022.

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expansion for the 2020-21 school year, said Scott Powers, NCISD’s executive director of public relations. The expan- sion, which costs $8.2 million, will add 360 seats to the campus. Additionally, the district will also continue construction this year on the $52 million Keefer Crossing Mid- dle School replacement—which opens in August 2021—and begin construc- tion on the third comprehensive high school, which will cost $111 million to build and open in August 2022. “These three projects combined will add more than 2,100 seats at the middle and high school levels to accommodate continued student enrollment growth,” Powers said.

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Kingwood Middle School rebuild Lakeland Elementary rebuild Middle School No. 10 Elementary School No. 30 Third comprehensive high school Breaking ground in 2020

Humble ISD’s ood barriers Humble ISD was granted $25.4 million in federal money to build Kingwood High School barriers to protect it from ooding. HISD ocials said construction will begin in the 2020-21 school year and be nished in 2022.

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The city of Humble intends to prioritize developing a downtown revitalization plan in 2020. (Kelly Schaer/Community Impact Newspaper)

Humble Museum relocation Contractors broke ground in early November on a $450,000 project to relocate the Humble Museum to its new home in the Charles Bender Performing Arts Center’s band hall. The project will be completed in spring 2020. Possible Montgomery County road bond Montgomery County commissioners and Brown & Gray Engineers are updating the county’s 2016 master thoroughfare plan, which could provide an outline for which projects to include in a potential road bond. County ocials have not conrmed whether a road bond will be called this year.

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local governments and businesses revitalize downtown areas. Humble City Manager Jason Stuebe said the city could host more downtown events and attract more tenants selling food and drinks. The city will also focus on con- tinual funding of its Downtown Improvement Program, which has granted nearly $400,000 to residents to improve the facades of their homes since it launched in scal year 2015-16. The city will match up to $10,000 for renovations to downtown

residences and businesses. Although Stuebe said revitalizing downtown Humble is not something that can be accomplished in a year, the meeting in January is going to be the city’s rst big step toward decid- ing what improvements can be made to Humble to attract more tourism. “This is going to be a very long-term project; this isn’t going to be some- thing that we can just wave our magic wand and all of the sudden turn it into this great, amazing thing overnight,” he said.

In 2020, Humble ocials will explore future initiatives to revitalize downtown Humble and encourage more retail and restaurant growth. Mark Mitchell, president of the Lake Houston Economic Develop- ment Partnership, said the part- nership and city ocials intend to meet with the Houston-Galveston Area Council in January to develop a strategy to revitalize downtown Humble. The HGAC’s Bringing Back Main Street initiative aims to help

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Long-termdredging To combat Lake Houston’s decreas- ing capacity and reduce ooding, ocials said long-term dredging proj- ects are also a priority. Most recently, Costello said the city of Houston sub- mitted a new dredging project into FEMA’s grant portal in late Septem- ber for permission to dredge 1 million cubic yards from north of the mouth bar, or the accumulation of sediment at the conuence of Lake Houston and the West Fork of the San Jacinto River. Additionally, the city of Houston will begin a project in mid-January to dredge from the mouth bar; however, the amount of sediment that will be removed has not been determined, Costello said. Both projects will be partially funded by the remaining $6 million from a $50 million grant from Gov. Greg Abbott’s oce as well as $30 million granted to Harris County to dredge the Lake Houston area via Senate Bill 500, Costello said. The bill passed during the 86th Texas legislative session last year. Blount’s oce received approval to apply for the $30 million from the Texas Water Development Board at the Harris County Commissioners Court meeting Dec. 17. Costello said the city has also decided to hire a dredging company to begin long-term dredging operations to the Lake Houston area, which will be partially funded by SB 500. He said a plan will need to be created to deter- mine which areas will be dredged. Meanwhile, the San Jacinto River Authority and the Harris County Flood Control District are negotiating a scope of work with consultants to nd solutions for sediment that accu- mulates in the river and lake. Chuck Gilman, the SJRA’s director of ood management, said he plans to get the SJRA’s approval in Febru- ary for an interlocal partnership with the ood control district to fund a sediment study, which could cost about $400,000. He said the study could begin in the spring and take 10-12 months to complete. “We want to know what do we need to study and want to study to help answer the question of where [the sediment is] coming from, where it’s being deposited and what can be done about it,” Gilman said.

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ongoing Lake Houston maintenance program that will be 365 [days a year], 7 days a week, 24 hours a day dredg- ing in Lake Houston, San Jacinto River and in all the tributaries … in and around Lake Houston,” he said. Engineering damgates During Harvey, water was released from the Lake Conroe dam, which is upstream from Lake Houston, at a peak rate of about 79,000 cubic feet of water per second, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported. Meanwhile, Lake Houston’s dam gates, which are made to release water at a rate of only 10,000 cubic feet per second, discharged water at 425,000 cubic feet per second during Harvey, according to a February 2018 report from Harris County and consulting rm Freese and Nichols. “Everybody knows it ooded in Kingwood and on the lake, but most people don’t know … [it] went through and bypassed the dam and ooded ... other stu,” Harris County County Engineer John Blount said. In August, the Federal Emergency Management Agency approved the city of Houston’s project to build $47.1 million gates on the Lake Hous- ton dam. FEMA will fund most of the project, while the local match will be funded by the city of Houston, the Harris County Flood Control District and the state of Texas’ Rainy Day Fund, Houston Chief Recovery O- cer Stephen Costello said. Costello said the additional gates will allow water to be released more quickly from the dam in rainstorms to lower water levels upstream to pre- vent ooding while also preventing any adverse eects downstream. The city aims to nish the project by August 2022, he said. While the preliminary design plan was to build 10 gates directly next to the four existing gates, Costello said the city is now considering construct- ing gates away from the spillway. “Because of the age of the dam—the integrity of the dam—maybe there’s a possibility of putting the gates in a dierent location in close proximity to the existing gates,” he said. However, Costello said the gate loca- tion will be determined by engineering consultants the city will hire in Febru- ary or March. Final designs should be completed in August before they are submitted to FEMA for nal approval.

The city of Houston and regional authorities plan to move forward on several projects in the Lake Houston area in 2020, including adding gates to the Lake Houston dam and launching ongoing dredging operations.

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September 2019 The Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District completes removal of more than 2 million cubic yards of sediment from the San Jacinto River in early September. Houston submits a project worksheet to FEMA to remove 1 million more cubic yards from north of the mouth bar. January 2020 The Lake Houston maintenance project, which will include dredging and debris removal, begins with removing sediment from the mouth bar. Spring 2020 The San Jacinto River Authority hires consultants to study sediment in the West Fork of the San Jacinto River. The study, which costs roughly $400,000, will take 10-12 months to complete.

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SOURCES: ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS GALVESTON DISTRICT, CITY OF HOUSTON, SAN JACINTO RIVER AUTHORITYCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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BUSINESS FEATURE EttinGames andHobbies Store creates space for gaming enthusiasts O n any given night, gamers and enthusiasts crowd into Ettin Games and Hobbies, where they nd a place for adventure and community. By day, owner Dave Donohoo also has a game library of almost 500 games that anyone can come in and play for free at the many tables available, he said. variety of board games. Ettin Games, which opened in 2014, BY ANDY LI

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works as a social studies teacher at New Caney ISD. At night, he trans- forms his longtime passion for games into operating the Humble gaming store Ettin Games. Donohoo said he was rst brought into ownership at the store in 2014 and has become the sole owner since the ve previous owners left the business for various reasons. “I actually make it a point now to set aside time every week to play games,” Donohoo said. “Because it’s a way to … remember what we’re here doing and why we’re doing it.” Donohoo said the store specializes in role-playing games, or RPGs, such as Dungeons & Dragons; cards games such as Magic: The Gathering; and a

“Sometimes people just want to see what the components look like, see what the quality is, maybe look at the rules,” he said. Donohoo said regular customers also come and play their home cam- paigns of D&D and other RPGs. The store also has a presence at several conventions and events in the area, often lending out games or setting up tables for participants. As the new year begins, Donohoo said he hopes the store’s community continues to view Ettin Games as its “FLGS”—or friendly local game store. “I think people are telling their friends and family that this is a good place to go and have fun, which I can’t really ask more than that,” he said. EttinGames andHobbies 241 FM 1960 Bypass Road E., Humble 832-644-8802 www.ettingames.com

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