In January, we told you about Texas state representative Jason Villalba and his quest to convince Huy Fong Foods, Inc. to move to our fair state. At that time, complaints from the city of Irwindale, California, where the plant that makes Sriracha is located, threatened to force the company to halt p ... More >>
In 2013, 1,300 people came out in the chilly windy weather to stuff themselves silly with brisket, sausage, turkey and more at the inaugural Houston Barbecue Festival. And this year, we're doing it all over again. The Second Annual Houston Barbecue Festival is back at Reliant Center on Sunday, Apr ... More >>
To love, hate or use: Yelp is stirring the pot yet again
While American craft beer has often been called a small business renaissance, that doesn't mean that entry into the business is a cheap initial investment. Brewing space and equipment can push start-up costs well north of six figures and beyond. This prohibitive figure often means that some of the v ... More >>
Most people could care less about Gmail outside of the free e-mail accounts so many of us use on a daily basis, but one of the best kept secrets of Gmail was the fact that Google provided a free version of its Google Apps for business that allowed small businesses to create up to seven users under a ... More >>
Jeff Randall, the store manager for the new Walmart that just opened on Yale Street over the weekend, is incredibly eager and affable as he leads me around the giant Supercenter that covers 150,000 square feet of retail space -- and roughly triple that in a parking lot outside that the Walmart share ... More >>
Here's a riddle: why would a dairy choose to stop selling milk to Houston resellers for $5 a gallon and instead sell it all to a giant co-op for a mere $1.62 a gallon? The answer? Unbearable pressure. Local milk producer Way Back When Dairy, run by the Ganskey family, has become a valued resourc ... More >>
This sushi joint epitomizes the phrase "mom-and-pop restaurant." Don't expect to rush through your meal here, either, as it's only staffed by the mom and pop themselves -- and no one else. Know where we're eating this week? Leave your best guess below.
A former longtime Justice of the Peace in Montgomery County has been charged with fraud in connection to receiving Hurrican ike relief funds, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced. James W. Dinkins, 64, got $120,000 in relief funds by falsely claiming his primary residence was in Galveston County, p ... More >>
Sam Adams has recently launched "Brewing the Dream," a campaign aimed at providing loans to aspiring food, beverage and hospitality small business start-ups and entrepreneurs. With a goal to both create and save jobs in a tough industry, Sam Adams is looking to provide opportunity for small-time ... More >>
Photo by Troy FieldsThe 82 stops right in front of El Real. Do you ever take it?"I don't see anyone riding the bus to El Real," remarked James Jard, one of the 26 members of the City of Houston's Planning Commission that was gathered in City Council chambers yesterday afternoon for a public h ... More >>
Buddy Valastro is better known as The Cake Boss, and his eponymous show on TLC -- Cake Boss -- has become one of the network's biggest hits. The show, which averaged 2.3 million viewers during its first season, follows Valastro and his family as they run Carlo's Bakery, the family business in ... More >>
Keeping it localMayor Annise Parker announced today an initiative called Hire Houston First, which gives preference to local businesses in awarding contracts. The big change: For contracts under $100,000, the legislative changes allow the City to award contracts for the purchase of goods to ... More >>
We noted earlier today that Beaumont is gaining an Internet rep for the quantity, if not the quality, of its catfight videos of teenaged girls duking it out. Not to be outdone, the adults are getting into the action. The latest from the Golden Triangle city is this family outing at a Chuck E. Chee ... More >>
Walmart brings out the passion.
Trouble in QuirkytownThe Heights may soon be dealing with an unwanted resident, and they're going to have to put up a strong fight to keep them out. The possibility that Houston's seventh Super Walmart could land in the historic area has residents squirming, and a strong reaction for and against ... More >>
Everyone loves a parade
The Valley gets ready for a reprise of thisWe're guessing this isn't going to work out as hoped: The chambers of commerce of several Mexican border towns are calling on residents to stay out of the U.S. tomorrow.That'll teach Arizona to pass a restrictive illegal-alien law, is the thinking. On th ... More >>
The newish Metro board got a wild introduction to the Metro-loving public at its first meeting this afternoon, where one Houstonian got so worked up that he nearly collapsed and later was taken to the hospital. DeWayne Lark, the man that almost collapsed, was talking about the light rail construc ... More >>
Local small business getting squeezed
For 17 years B-Bad Sportswear of Houston has been providing uniforms for teams in the Houston school district, employing 22 workers, hustling to replace torn or missing jerseys before games, proud to have made the shirts and shorts worn by state champions.At one time, boss Gerald Taylor tells Hai ... More >>
You know what's a great place to have a water main break on Black Friday?The corner of Westheimer and Hillcroft.That's what happened early this morning; the water has stopped gushing out, but local businesses are without services and one southbound lane of Hillcroft has buckled and is closed to traf ... More >>
Sample Pasadena's finest food, from upscale restaurants to neighborhood eateries
We've written before of the Houston Chronicle's cozy way of doing pro-bidness journalism in years gone by.Today's Chron offers another charming piece of evidence.The Bayou City History blog, which is always interesting, posts some photos of the development of the North Loop.One of the pictures in ... More >>
This week, Hair Balls is examining the many and varied roads Galveston could take to recover from Hurricane Ike. This week's cover story explores the possibility of casino gambling, while an earlier post here discusses Galveston relying on its existing, tried-and-true economic drivers.But those are ... More >>
Where: Southwell's Burger Grill, 5860 San Felipe St Ste. F, 713-789-4972 What $7 gets you: A better-than-decent burger and fries, or a couple of chili dogs. No drink, though. All I really wanted to do was sip some chicken broth, take some ibuprofen, and then crawl under my covers and quietly die. ... More >>
Enjoy Afrocentric fun on the Almeda Street Corridor
The Port praises itself, with omissions
Potential partners face a steep ante
Carroll Cocchia says she's one-third Indian, and is trying to bring local Native Americans together. Detractors say she's white, and is helping to tear them apart.
Joe's Sandwich Shop is just one of the businesses along Main Street struggling to survive until Metro gets its light rail line up and operating.
Herman Shoe Repair
Major gas companies are driving away independent station operators, all in the name of greed
Margaret Lindsey has battled bad debt, bad luck and a bunch of men in suits to keep Blondie's open - right in the middle of downtown La Porte
Local residents unite to fight the mountain of landfill trash headed their way
Despite the rhetoric, evidence on the minimum wage initiative isn't conclusive either way
Dolly McKenna is the GOP candidate for the 25th District. But will Republicans vote for her?
The Palm Center was supposed to give small businesses a helping hand. But some businessowners say it's only given them grief.