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Nov 03

Residents honor law enforcement by turning Kings Harbor blue

Lake Houston residents got a chance to talk to local law enforcement and see the equipment that they use on a daily basis at Kings Harbor’s annual Turn Kings Harbor Blue event on Friday, Nov. 2.

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Nov 03

Residents honor law enforcement by turning Kings Harbor blue

Lake Houston residents got a chance to talk to local law enforcement and see the equipment that they use on a daily basis at Kings Harbor’s annual Turn Kings Harbor Blue event on Friday, Nov. 2.

Turn Kings Harbor Blue is held every year to celebrate the things law enforcement officials’ impact on the community.

There were over 40 vendors as well as an outdoor car show, a kids zone and a concert performed by the Continental House Band.

Justin Stermer owner of Jersey Blue in Katy came to Kings Harbor Blue for the first time to sell his black and blue jerseys.

“So our motto is creating custom jerseys for our service men and women,” Stermer said. “Without them there would be total chaos and they get a bad rep sometimes so the more support they can get, the better. So my goal is to fill stadiums full of blue.”

There were over 50 law enforcement officials in attendance from entities, such as the Houston Police Department, Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman’s Office and the Humble Police Department.

John Zitzmann, assistant chief with Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman’s office, said this was his first time attending Turn Kings Harbor Blue.

“I didn’t know what to expect but this exceeded my expectations,” Zitzmann said. “I had no idea what it would look like. This is wonderful and there’s a lot of business participation, a lot of community participation and everyone is so kind and makes me proud to be a law man.”

As the event continued, the crowd held blue glow sticks and had a moment of silence for those law enforcement officials who died this year.

A plaque with a police prayer was also presented to each law enforcement outlet as a way to thank them for their service.

Precinct 4 Constable Deputy Christopher Gaines was presented with a flag from Congressman Ted Poe’s Office recognizing him and his service to the Lake Houston community.

Back in April, Gaines responded to call in Atascocita about a man who was suicidal.

As a result, Gaines was shot in the legs and needed immediate medical attention.

Gaines said he is appreciative of this gift from Congressman Poe and the support from the community.

“Seeing stuff like this is the reinforcement to the spiritual help we need everyday,” Gaines said. “Believe it or not we all need this kind of reinforcement from our communities. That’s what drives me to be able to come to work everyday. That’s what gets me through this rehabilitation and this long battle that I’ve had.”

View full article by Houston Chronicle here.
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Sep 07

Kings Harbor plans to kick off 2019 with a “new harbor”

Midway is planning on ending 2018 in a memorable note. The developer is planning to celebrate the grand re-opening of Kings Harbor on New Year’s Eve.

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Sep 07

Kings Harbor plans to kick off 2019 with a “new harbor”

Midway is planning on ending 2018 in a memorable note. The developer is planning to celebrate the grand re-opening of Kings Harbor on New Year’s Eve.

Many businesses in Kings Harbor were flooded with over 6 feet of water by Hurricane Harvey. Many of the stores were closed for over eight months.

Chimichurris, South American Grill, will open before the end of August ready to reveal a new contemporary global cuisine concept.

Meanwhile, Raffa’s Waterfront Grill will reopen in the fall with a new private dining room and open kitchen. Zammitti’s Italian Ristorante will also open this fall and will have outdoor seating in its piazza or market square theme and an expanded bar.

Sharky’s Waterfront Grill has not yet announced its reopening date.

Also at the mixed-use development, Wine & Design opening its first Texas location in the fall.

In addition to daily painting classes, Wine & Design will allow residents to flex their creative muscles through an assortment of arts and crafts projects, summer camps, day care camps and DIY projects. The business will also host private events, such as birthday parties and corporate events.

"As a lifelong resident of the area, I could not be more excited to bring this fun new concept to Kingwood and especially Kings Harbor," said Wine & Design owner, Chantel Edwards in a media release. "Wine & Design goes far beyond the borders of the typical paint and sip studios you’ve seen before and we can’t wait for Kingwood to experience it."

Pretty Little Things, The Berry Bar and Dapper Darlings were the first stores in Kings Harbor to reopen in April with newly renovated spaces.

View full article by Houston Chronicle here.

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Jun 20

5 Reasons To Celebrate Independence Day At Kings Harbor

School is out for the summer and it’s time to start making plans for Independence Day.

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Jun 20

5 Reasons To Celebrate Independence Day At Kings Harbor

School is out for the summer and it’s time to start making plans for Independence Day.

SCHOOL IS OUT for the summer and it’s time to start making plans for Independence Day. Located on Lake Houston in Kingwood, Kings Harbor effortlessly combines relaxing lakeside views and the feeling of getting away with the ease of access for neighbors, visitors and families. Kings Harbor is hosting its 6th annual concert and fireworks show on Wednesday, July 4 from 7-10 PM and here are 5 reasons why you won’t want to miss it!

1. Eat and Shop Local
Kings Harbor is a dynamic waterfront, 20 acre mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented village located in the heart of northeast Houston. The only commercial development within the market located directly on Lake Houston, Kings Harbor offers the perfect blend of uses, including locally owned and operated restaurants and boutique shops. Eat and shop local and enjoy the very best Kings Harbor has to offer.

2. #KingwoodStrong
Not only will you eat and shop local by choosing Kings Harbor as your holiday destination, but you’ll be a part of a larger celebration with the return of our beloved community and waterfront destination after Hurricane Harvey. The community has received an outpour of support and volunteers over the past 10 months, so help us celebrate Kingwood’s comeback and those who helped make Kings Harbor’s July 4 Fireworks + Concert celebration possible!

3. The Grass is Greener…
Got kids? Bring them to play and dance on Kings Harbor’s popular turf plaza, The Green. It’s like your backyard… but better! Don’t have kids? Challenge your friends to a competitive game of giant jenga or cornhole on The Green. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy the sunset, lake views and live music on July 4th.

4. A Salute to the Red, White & Blues
Wednesday evening’s celebrations will kick off at 7 PM with a blues-inspired performance from TC & The Cannonballs. TC and the Cannonballs is a well-known band in the Houston area, with past performances at CITYCENTRE, Axelrad and Sugarland Town Square. They have also opened for many distinguished blues acts such as Stevie Ray Vaughan at his album release party for “Texas Flood”, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Albert King, Jack Mack and the Heart Attack, Los Lobos, Room Full of Blues, John Hammond, The Nighthawks, Buddy Guy, and Joey Long.

5. End Your Night With a Bang!
To cap off the Independence Day celebration, enjoy a 12-minute fireworks show off of Kings Harbor’s pier at 9:30 PM.

This year’s event is sponsored by: The Berry Bar, Sharky’s, Zammitti’s, Capital Title, Pretty Little Things, Dapper Darlings, Raffa’s, Chimichurri’s and The Tribune.

For more information, visit kings-harbor.com.

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May 16

Kings Harbor stores begin to bounce back after Harvey

While a deluge of floodwaters Hurricane Harvey forced many businesses in Kings Harbor to close for several months, it also gave local owners a chance to expand and reinvent themselves.

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Kings Harbor stores begin to bounce back after Harvey

While a deluge of floodwaters Hurricane Harvey forced many businesses in Kings Harbor to close for several months, it also gave local owners a chance to expand and reinvent themselves.

Eight of 13 restaurants and businesses at Kings Harbor — a mixed-use development on Lake Houston — have reopened, said Jonathan Brinsden, CEO of Midway Properties, the owners of Kings Harbor.

The businesses include Edward Jones Investments, Orion, Comfort & Care Medical Supplies, Joseph Chris Partners and BRW Architects. In April, the Berry Bar, Pretty Little Things and Dapper Darlings celebrated their grand re-opening.

Several popular waterfront restaurants, such as Sharky’s, Raffa’s and Zammitti’s have plans to reopen this summer or fall.

“Businesses at Kings Harbor had never flooded before Harvey, so we are thankful to resume activities that make this community so special,” Brinsden said. “We also understand the importance of being prepared and protected for hurricane season.”

Berry Bar Owner Joseph Nguyen said his business took on almost 5 feet of water and lost most of his equipment during Harvey.

Nguyen said he was thankful for Midway Properties to hire professionals to take down the dry wall and take care of other property damages to his and all other businesses in Kings Harbor.

“As soon as waters receded, Midway contracted a remediation company to come in and begin cleaning spaces and removing sheet rock and non-recoverable items,” Brinsden said.

During those eight months of forced closure, Nguyen and his family were unemployed but that didn’t stop them from coming back to Kings Harbor with a new look and a new menu with plenty of healthy options.

Some recently added items to the Berry Bar menu include their acai bowl, the berry bar waffle, fruit smoothies, mangonadas, flavored snow ice and fresh fruit juices.

“We see all the customers that came out and supported us, they know we struggled for the last 8 months so a lot of people came out and said hi to us and congratulated us for coming back to business,” Ngyuen said.

Behind the Berry Bar is Dapper Darlings, a clothing store for infants and toddlers that was only open for 13 days before Hurricane Harvey hit.

Dapper Darlings Owner Felicia Cumby said while the store was closed for repairs they created a website to continue the business and sell at local events. Dapper Darlings took in more than 5 feet of water as well.

All of the clothing and equipment at Dapper Darlings was damaged.

“Initially I didn’t think (the flooding) was going to be a problem because this area hasn’t taken on that much water since Kings Harbor has been built,” Cumby said. “I wasn’t worried at the time. I thought there was no way that it was going to get up here to the store much less 5 and a half feet into the store.”

Since launching their website, Dapper Darling’s clientele has expanded and Cumby said.

“The notoriety that Hurricane Harvey brought to the Houston area — it was all over the news, because it was so devastating — people just wanted to support the businesses and the people that were affected,” Cumby said.

During those eight months of being closed, Cumby took the time to increase her product offering in Dapper Darlings. Now the business is a one-stop-shop for events such as baby showers and birthdays for children.

When one enters Dapper Darlings there will be a painting next to the entry of a wave that has a bible verse on it. The wave represents how much water was in the store.

“It just meant something to us. Honestly, that was a really hard time for my family as you could imagine. We poured a lot of our savings into this and anybody opening a business is taking a risk but the risk that we didn’t think we were taking was a hurricane coming to destroy things a couple days later,” Cumby said.

One thing both Nguyen and Cumby did after the hurricane was get flood insurance to secure themselves in case another hurricane or natural disaster hits.

“You may never know the caliber of the people working shoulder-to-shoulder with you until they are put to the test. I have always appreciated the Midway team, and as a Kingwood resident almost all my life, I knew this is a wonderful community. But I have never been more impressed with the character of people who came together and supported each other as we recovered from Harvey,” Brinsden said.

For the full article, visit Houston Chronicle here.

 

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Feb 13

As Kings Harbor rebuilds, local businesses rebound

Only months after devastating flood damage, Kingwood’s waterfront village revives with renewed and expanded office, retail and restaurant offerings

Kingwood, Texas (February 13, 2018) – Kings Harbor, a 20-acre mixed-use development on the Lake Houston waterfront greeted the new year with a new office tenant, exciting news on rebuilding efforts, and a refreshed brand and website. 

“Kings Harbor has seen a lot of community support since Harvey,” said Suzanne Weatherall, Sr. Vice President of Commercial Asset Management at Midway. “We are very excited to begin the process of rebuilding and reintroducing the Kingwood community’s favorite waterfront destination.”

After Hurricane Harvey’s historic deluge and the release of water from the Lake Conroe Dam, Kings Harbor, which had never flooded before, took on 6 feet of water in all its first-floor businesses. Once the flood waters receded, remediation efforts and building repairs began immediately. Many of the locally owned businesses operating “mom and pop” single locations at Kings Harbor also suffered severe damage to their homes. But they wasted no time, as some, like Nikole Davis, owner of Pretty Little Things boutique, quickly opened temporary pop-up locations and online shops catering to loyal customers while also piecing their lives back together.

On August 29, Davis posted on her personal Instagram, “I don't know that you're ever prepared to hear about your home & business being under water, but the outpouring of love is beyond what I could ever hope for. Thank you. We're coming back!”

By November, the second-floor offices of Joseph Chris Executive Partners, BRW Architects, Inc., Comfort & Care Medical Supplies, Inc., and Orion Engineered Carbons had resumed operations.

In addition to existing tenants returning and reopening, one Kings Harbor tenant chose to open a second business for the first time there.

Felicia Cumby, owner of Dapper Darlings Boutique also is a branch representative for Edward Jones. The new Edward Jones location at Kings Harbor will occupy 1,099 SF of second level office space and construction is currently underway.

"I am excited to be moving my Edward Jones office to Kings Harbor. It's an area I frequent with my family," Felicia Cumby said. "Our firm concerns itself exclusively with the needs of individual investors and small-business owners, and I'm happy to continue to bring that kind of personalized service to this community."

Kings Harbor has several other businesses not just rebuilding, but also expanding. Pretty Little Things is expanding to include an office area for boutique owner, Nikole Davis. This will increase Pretty Little Things’ space to 1,457 SF.

"We wanted to take this time to start fresh and take a look at what we loved and what could use improvements. An additional room for storage and an office will keep the store open and organized,” said Nikole Davis, owner of Pretty Little Things. “We cannot wait to get back into the space and recreate ourselves! It will still be us, just better!"

Midway anticipates an increase in construction activity in the coming months. Currently, Capital Title has completed its rebuild and began operations in December 2017. Restaurants returning to Kings Harbor include Chimichurri’s South American Grill, which began construction in January 2018, with Raffa’s not far behind, and Zammitti’s planning to expand its offerings with espresso and an enhanced bar.

“Seeing our space full of activity and dust flying is a very emotional and sensitive feeling,” said Ronald Perez, owner of Chimichurri’s. “We look forward to opening our doors and serving the community again very soon.”

Dapper Darlings Boutique, Pretty Little Things Boutique and The Berry Bar are projected to begin construction this month. The popular Sharky’s restaurant also plans to return, although the exact date targeted for reopening has not yet been determined.

Kings Harbor will celebrate its revival with a brand refresh and new website. The community will have the opportunity to check out the new logo and branding on social media as the destination’s rebuilding campaign launches a hashtag, #Demos to Dreams. The new website will follow soon after.

“We saw this time of rebuilding as a great opportunity to refresh the look and feel of the Kings Harbor brand,” said Robert Williamson, vice president at Midway. “The new logo and brand design is timeless, and appropriately reflects the project’s beloved waterfront location. We look forward to sharing it with the community very soon.”

For up-to-date information on the rebuilding efforts at Kings Harbor, follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Kings Harbor Tenants:
BRW Architects, Inc. – 2,400 SF
Capital Title – 4,218 SF
Chimichurri’s South American Grill – 3,250 SF
Comfort and Care Medical Supplies, Inc. – 1,835 SF
Dapper Darlings Boutique – 1,121 SF
Edward Jones – 1,099 SF
Joseph Chris Executive Partners – 12,810 SF
*Orion Engineered Carbons – 19,390 SF
*Pretty Little Things Boutique – 1,457 SF
Raffa’s Waterfront Grill – 6,300 SF
*Sharky’s Waterfront Grill – 3,988 SF
The Berry Bar – 1,114 SF
*Zammitti’s – 2,828 SF

*Plans to expand

About Kings Harbor

Kings Harbor is a dynamic waterfront, 20-acre mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented village located in the heart of northeast Houston. The only commercial development within the market located directly on Lake Houston, Kings Harbor offers the perfect blend of uses, with signature restaurants, boutique shopping, town home, apartment and brownstone living, and office space. These factors, along with community events and celebrations, combine to create a unique urban environment.
For more information on Kings Harbor, visit www.kings-harbor.com.<... Midway
Midway’s purpose is to create enduring investments and remarkable places that enrich people’s lives.
Houston-based Midway is a privately owned, fully integrated real estate investment and development firm that has provided the highest level of quality, service and value to its clients and investors for almost
50 years. The Midway portfolio of projects completed and/or underway consists of approximately 45 million square feet of properties in 23 states and Northern Mexico ranging from office and industrial facilities, corporate headquarters, mixed-use centers, business and industrial parks, medical facilities, manufacturing facilities, and master-planned resort and residential communities.

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