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Valobra Master Jewelers opens new River Oaks store

February 25, 2019

Valobra Master Jewelers has opened a flagship store of nearly 5,000 square feet at 2150 Westheimer in the River Oaks area. The two-story store, which relocated from Highland Village, was built on a site adjacent to St. Anne Catholic Church formerly occupied by a tailor. Owner Franco Valobra, whose family founded Valobra Jewelry Atelier in Torino, Italy, in 1905, incorporated Italian elements such as Venetian plaster walls and a bas-relief sculpture of vines and roses in the rotunda, along with family antiques and works of art.

Awesome Bites Co. plans to open its first store in Sawyer Yards, at 2313 Edwards, in April. Founded by native Houstonian Jennifer Thai, the company sells allergy friendly baked goods and frozen treats. The company has sold more than 100,000 Super Muffins, made with with whole fruits and vegetables instead of sugar, at farmers markets. The dairy-, egg-, soy-, and nut-free menu will also include ice cream and gluten-free waffle cones.

Regions Bank has leased a 22,500-square-foot property now under construction at the northeast corner of San Felipe and Fountainview Drive in the Tanglewood area for a branch location. Russell Janicek of CBRE represented Regions Bank. Mark Davis of Davis Commercial Real Estate represented the landlord, Dinos Texaco.

Whitewater Car Wash has acquired a 1-acre site at Spring Stuebner Road and Spring Plaza Drive. Mark Raines, Matt Parsons, Simmi Jaggi and Elizabeth Clampitt of JLL represented the seller, Spring Plaza. Hunter Grimes of Caldwell Cos. represented the buyer.

Pet Supplies Plus has a new store at 11543 Texas 6 in Sugar Land. Owned by local franchisees Riyaz Momin and Zikar Maredia, the store offers pet food, supplies, grooming services, pet-washing stations and veterinary services through VIP Petcare Clinics.

Children’s Lighthouse of Richmond-Harvest Green has opened an early childhood education center at at 4734 Harvest Corner Drive in Richmond. The 11,000-square-foot center, one of 50 in the Fort Worth-based chain, is owned by operated by Zeff and Karen Walcher and Patrick and Daniella Simpson.

Mail Call Commerce, a packing, shipping, scanning, printing and copying service operated by Justin and Heather Loop, has leased 1,503 square feet in the Woodridge Plaza Shopping Center, at 27838 Interstate 45 North in Oak Ridge North. Bunny McLeod and Katherine Wildman of Wulfe & Co. represented the landlord.

Several restaurants will join phase two of University Commons, a development of Vista Equities Group anchored by Sprouts Farmers Market on University Boulevard near U.S. 59 in Sugar Land. Brad Ryan and Geoff Bracken of Capital Retail Properties represented Vista Equities in the following deals:

Luna Grill, represented by Jamie Weaver of Edge Realty Partners, has signed a lease for 2,700-square feet. The San Diego-based chain serves Mediterranean cuisine at locations in Southern California and North Texas.

Schlotzsky’s Austin Eatery, represented by James Namken of Weitzman, plans to open a 2,700-square-foot restaurant this summer.

Feng Cha, a teahouse represented by Logan Zhou of GT Capital, will unveil its second Houston-area location, taking 1,600 square feet this spring.

U-Maki Sushi Burrito, represented by Hal Colbert of Colliers International, will open its third area location this spring.

Tropical Smoothies Cafe, represented by Lane Zieben of The Retail Connection, signed a 1,600-square-foot lease and is planning a spring 2019 opening. It will be the first Sugar Land location for the brand, which has eight area locations.

Vista Equities opened University Commons in the Telfair community in 2017 and expanded it to 258,000 square feet this year. A third phase is in the planning stages.

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