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Baking Wars

Small town Friendswood bakery fights for cupcake superstardom in reality TV show

By Joel Luks

The mere fact that there's a popular reality television show that pits cupcake bakers against one another is indication that sugary treats are serious business in which taste, creativity and ae ...


Hometown Glory

Best city in the nation for business? That's Houston, of course — mag heaps on praise

By Whitney Radley

Want to open a pet lounge-cum-coffee shop? Do it today! A bar that gives all of its proceeds to charity? Go for it! You know why? Because Houston is one of the best cities in the nation fo ...


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The most amazing chocolate ever dreamed up? Sugar Land pioneer challenges dessert norms

By Joel Luks

Cardamom is in almost every single Indian-South Asian dessert, but you won't find chocolate in any of those recipes. "Why not mix things up?" thought local chocolatier Annie ...


Hometown Glory

Entrepreneur land: Texas dominates Best Cities for Small Business rankings

By Whitney Radley

We're weathering the recession like champs here in Texas, a phenomenon recognized in the Business Journals' annual On Numbers ranking of the "Best cities in America for small busi ...


Three Brothers and a Sister

Confessions over a bagel: Stories of tenacity, friendships and survival baked into local food institution

By Joel Luks

When I first moved to Houston to embark on graduate studies at Rice University, I had difficulty finding a bachelor pad that quenched my desire for something cute, with personality, close enough to ...


Better signs, better business?

Mayor Parker pleads with citizens to support shops & restaurants along light rail construction

By Whitney Radley

No matter which way you travel in central Houston, it's tough to avoid a light rail in some phase of construction — but some argue that Houstonians shouldn't try to detour around thos ...


OKRA rises

Bobby Heugel's new restaurant group gains concessions in the parking ordinance fight

By Whitney Radley

Members of OKRA, Houston's newly-minted Organized Kooperative on Restaurant Affairs, made an official public appearance at the City of Houston Planning Commission on Thursday. The topic was, ye ...


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