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Pan Riko: Aldine’s sweet bread destination

Pan Riko Bakery located at 5216 Aldine Mail Rt.

By Christina Autry

Looking at the online reviews of Pan Riko in the East Aldine District, I quickly got the message that this Mexican bakery is well-loved not only by people in the surrounding community, but from all over Houston. Customers extol the virtues of this modest panadería and are willing to drive from all corners of Houston once they have experienced these delectable and affordable baked goods.

Coming from Aldine Mail Route Road at I-45, you’ll know you’ve arrived when you see large red letters on the strip center façade which read “Pan Riko,” meaning “tasty bread,” which you’ll find to be an accurate description. Upon walking in, you follow the same protocol as in any panadería: pick up a round, plastic tray, and make your way around the many shelves of baked goods protected by glass doors. Tongs in each section are provided for you to snag any items that catch your eye.

Though not a large store, Pan Riko offers all of the traditional Mexican bready sweets that a panadería aficionado would expect to find, as well as tres leches and other specialty cakes made to order.

Free Infant Care Classes

Harris County Emergency Corps is offering free classes to women who are in their 2nd and 3rd trimester. The classes consist of 5 free classes, upon completing the classes there will be a baby shower. All expecting mothers will be eligible for a car seat, portable crib, diapers, and other baby care items. Classes start at 6 pm at 2800 Aldine Bender Rd.

• 02/05/2020 – Car Seat Safety

• 02/12/2020 – Safe Sleep

• 02/19/2020 – Infant CPR & Water Safety

• 02/26/2020 – Infant Emergency and Medication Safety

• 03/04/2020 – What to expect when you are home!

• 03/11/2020 – Baby Shower

For any questions or more information please text or email Amy at acorbett@hcec.com or 832.655.0235.

Why businesses move to the North Houston District

North Houston District Chairwoman and Transwestern Executive Vice President Michelle Wogan, Meridian Energy Group Vice President John Cloward, Texas Children’s Hospital Business Operations Manager Rodney David, Newmark Knight Frank Executive Managing Director Rob Stillwell, Emser Tile Vice President Mark Comstock host a tenant roundtable to discuss what major tenants look for regarding industrial space in Houston. (Photo credit: Bisnow/Tierra Smith)

Local and new tenants join panel on relocating and growth

Approximately 150 guests gathered at the City North Conference Center for the Bisnow Commercial Real Estate Event (CRE) co-hosted by the North Houston District and Lincoln Property Company on October 4.

Bisnow, an online CRE trade publication with 17,000 subscribers in Houston, was a strategic partner in the planning of the event and hosts CRE events all over the country and internationally, focusing on topics related to the developments in key markets.

The first panel included area tenants and representatives from Emser Tile, Meridian Energy Group, Texas Children’s Center for Women and Children and Conn’s Distribution Center. From affordability, accessibility to customers and proximity to the airport, guest speakers shared their reasons for moving or expanding their businesses to the District.

“Why do business here?” Emser Tile’s vice president of real estate, Mark Comstock asked, “Because it’s easy,” referring to Houston’s license and permit process. In addition, a second panel of experts discussed the impact of oil and gas on commercial real estate.

Want to invest in industrial assest in Houston? One answer is to build near the Grand Parkway

By Tierra Smith

Unlike the office industry, the industrial sector was able to stabilize under the oil downturn due to the expansion of the petrochemical industry in Houston. It had a transformative effect, Austin Industries Vice President Russell Carter said. Fracking and other energy-related technological advances led to the decoupling of natural gas and crude oil prices, which spurred demand and expansion within the petrochemical industry and its related suppliers. “The long-term supply of natural gas in North American because of shale gas and fracking has changed the global dynamics,” he said. “Houston sits at the epicenter of what the impact is going to be.” And now, offshore drilling is making a recovery. Within the next two months, the major oil and energy companies will begin finalizing their capital budgets and determining new platforms to launch, JLL Global Energy Practice Leader Bruce Rutherford said. The first place to invest in offshore drilling is in the Gulf of Mexico, he said. Oil extracted there is filtered through the undersea pipeline network, which is connected to the world’s largest petrochemical complex, which is then connected to the largest market for refined products. The second-largest market is the North Sea, he said. JLL research indicates the offshore business will be in full bloom by the second half of 2019 and predicts a boost in real estate demand in late 2019.

Originally, Houston-based industrial developer Vigavi wanted to have a significant presence in the southeast submarket to be close to its oil and gas clients, Vigavi Development Associate Christen Hatfield said. But as the price of oil began to slip, the growth of the petrochemical companies filled the manufacturing space. For example, all of the tenants at the Fairmont Industrial Center in La Porte service chemical plants. Vigavi has four industrial parks in southeast Houston near the Houston Ship Channel. The company is paying over $7/SF for a build-to-suit development currently under contract, she said. That is a big leap from between $2 and $2.50 in the same area about eight years ago, according to Lynch. “When we thought the price of oil was going to affect our business, it actually did the opposite and brought new players into the market,” Hatfield said.

Industrial Demand Picking Up Along Grand Parkway

As space runs out in southeast Houston, developers are looking elsewhere. Industrial product is thriving along the Grand Parkway, which is expected to have a similar effect as the Beltway 8 in terms of connectivity and access for industrial end users. The toll road will connect the suburbs from Conroe, Freeport to the south, Baytown to the east and west to Katy. Hatfield, whose company operates two industrial parks in Katy, one of the fastest-growing submarkets in Houston, said Houston suburbs are ideal for industrial because of the reduced tax rate, lower cost of living and cheaper land cost. “Land is too expensive if you are anywhere close to the Beltway 8,” Lynch said. Industrial space along the Grand Parkway is picking up interest from institutional money, Lee & Associates partner Reed Vestal said. “[At first], they were kind of scared of investing in areas they seemed to think of as prairies,” Vestal, who specializes in land and industrial assets, said. “Now, I can tell you over the last six to nine months, we have seen an enormous amount of activity along the Grand Parkway

Texas Ren Fest opens Sept. 29 with new themes and a Royal Season Pass

Texas Renaissance Festival festivities are held at Todd Mission, 50 miles north of Houston.

HOUSTON – Magic, merriment and majesty await at this year’s Texas Renaissance Festival, the nation’s largest Renaissance-themed event, now announcing unique themes for all nine festival weekends, from September 29 to November 25, 2018, and a brand new season pass, The Royal Pass.

In 2017, Texas Renaissance Festival saw its second highest attendance season, welcoming a total of 644,917 attendees, while facilitating 63 weddings, the most recorded in a single season. Texas Renaissance Festival also saw a 14 percent increase in campers from the previous year, hosting 23,000 guests in the campgrounds – suited perfectly for both those seeking nighttime thrills around a bonfire, and families seeking a quiet retreat with a place to shake off the fairy dust.

“We encourage the noblest lords and ladies of the land who are interested in purchasing Festival tickets to secure the Royal Pass at once to get the most savings — up to 68% off admission, with many free perks included, such as preferred parking and access to TRF After Dark,” says Texas Renaissance Festival General Manager Terre Albert. “We’re thrilled for our loyal patrons to take advantage of such bargains, and excited to see everyone for nine themed weekends this year!”

Flood Bond statement from Commissioner Rodney Ellis

Commissioner Rodney Ellis Responds to Historic Flood Bond Election and Renews Commitment to Equity and Transparency for Funding Flood Control Projects

By passing Prop A, those who voted made it clear that we must effectively address flood control— one of the greatest challenges we face. We owe it to everyone to ensure that urgently needed flood control projects are funded equitably and transparently so that every community is protected from future floods.

We still have a lot of work to do to educate and engage the public so that they can better understand where and how these dollars will be spent on flood control, especially in hard-hit and vulnerable neighborhoods that have long been neglected and underfunded.

Throughout this process, I have made it clear that equity, transparency and resiliency must be at the center of the decision-making process for funding flood control projects. Voters have my commitment that I will continue to advocate for transparency and equitable funding for flood mitigation to foster resiliency and protect all neighborhoods.

Art Car Parade

Houston held its 31st Annual Art Car Parade last Saturday, with cars traveling Allen Parkway. This is Houston’s largest free public event! More than 250 rolling works of art turned concrete into a colorful canvas to celebrate the artist in everyone! Mobile masterpieces motored in and near downtown in the world’s oldest and largest Art Car Parade.

The Parade Marshall this year was Mayor Sylvester Turner.

Entries were judged Sunday evening.

Community groups, public and private schools, and professional organizations have become regular participants. Inspired by what they see, spectators create art cars of their own and often become future participants. And as the parade grows, attracting more and more participants, the complexity and quality of the entries increases.

Art Car Parade Marshal Mayor Turner
Art Car Peacock Feathers
Art Car showing some Gator Teeth
Art Cars or Cupcakes?
Art Car Skeleton won in 2017
Art Car with a pretty pink bunny