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Business Briefs: The Woodlands - October 2-7

October 3, 2018

Blue Door Coffee set to open

Employees of Waterway Square will soon have a breakfast place to munch on pastries and sip specialty coffees when Blue Door Coffee opens later this month.

As one of the only independent coffee shops in the township, family-owned Blue Door Coffee is set to serve up espresso, lattes, pour overs, cold brews from Brooklyn, New York-based Parlor Coffee and house-made pastries and breads.

“It’s very difficult to find anything other than Starbucks in The Woodlands,” owner Nycki Sorensen said. “Especially an independent coffee shop that caters to the art of coffee rather than quick service coffee.”

Equally as difficult to find, Sorensen said, is the coffee shop culture that comes with it.

Originally the owner of a coffee shop in Shreveport, Louisiana, Sorensen and her family moved to The Woodlands five years ago when her husband became a pastor at The Woodlands United Methodist Church. In an effort to foster a more authentic feel, Blue Door Coffee will display local artists and host acoustic bands for performance nights.

“That sort of thing is needed here,” Sorensen said. “If you want coffee on the Waterway, you either go to the Starbucks in Market Street or maybe get coffee in one of the hotels — it’s an under-served market.”

The 12 to 15 new employees will be cross-trained on both the coffee aspect of the cafe — headed by her son who specializes in craft coffees — and kitchen work.

Blue Door Coffee will open at 21 Waterway Square, Suite #110 in October, pending construction. For more information, go to www.bluedoorcoffee.com or email nycki@bluedoorcoffee.com.

BoogieBeez dance studio now open

Bumblebee-themed dance studio BoogieBeez opened Sept. 4 just south of the township and offers non-competitive hip hop, ballet, jazz, tap, modeling and acting classes for girls and boys aged 18 months to 13 years in all skill levels.

The goal, owner Londa Spurlock said, is to train dancers to the point where they can successfully audition for their school teams by the time they reach their teen years.

“All kids will eventually get it,” Spurlock said. “It just takes a little longer for some of them and we have time and patience to do that.”

The small, private studio’s classes are capped at seven students — a tactic, Spurlock said, that allows the two dance teachers employed there to give students a more hands-on and personalized dance experience.

“If by 13 (years old), they can move and make the school team. I’ve done my job,” Spurlock said.

Spurlock comes from a background of owning a dance studio in the area, the last of which closed in 2012. In 2013, however, she returned to the dance community after parents of her former students found their children struggling at bigger dance companies.

“It’s easy for kids to get lost in crowd in other dance studios,” Spurlock said.

Besides training budding “Bees,” as the dancers are called, the studio aims to work in the community as they expand and have already performed at nursing homes and raised funds for juvenile diabetes research. Spurlock said the company also aims to host a toy drive this holidays season.

BoogieBeez Performance Team is located at 31315 FM 2978, Suite 300, Magnolia. Visit www.boogiebeez.com or call 832-784-7955 for more information.

mrincon@chron.com

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