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Kings Harbor businesses aim to reclaim heyday in 2019

January 5, 2019

The Harbor is back.

This is the message that parties connected to the waterfront mixed-use development in Kingwood, namely local businesses and their landlord Midway, wanted to relay to the public from the first day of 2019 onward.

At 4 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Kings Harbor hosted “New Year, New Harbor,” a fittingly titled event marking the return — and the will to go farther — of a beloved recreational destination once ravaged by Hurricane Harvey.

“We are thrilled to have more than 75 percent of Kings Harbor’s businesses rebuilt and reopened,” said Katrina Buerger, Midway’s marketing coordinator. “We hope to never need another reason to throw a grand-reopening event.”

There was a silver lining from the destruction, Buerger added, as business owners saw an opening to remodel, expand and even both to their establishments. A new office and storage room in Pretty Little Things boutique, more square footage and new espresso bar in the pizzeria Zammitti’s and additions to the interior and patio of the grill eatery Chimichurri’s are a few examples.

She also mentioned two new, “in early 2019” arrivals to King’s Harbor — the latest studio of the paint-and-sip franchise Wine & Design and the premium gym BELagree Fitness.

“We’re just hoping to get more neighbors in here, build more traffic and build more awareness in the community that all the businesses are back,” said Felicia Cumby, owner of the Dapper Darlings Boutique, supplier of fashion items for newborns, toddlers and young children. Wine & Design will be right across from her store.

The word “heartbroken,” Cumby said, would be the one to describe her feeling upon seeing the store, a passion project that she conceived with her husband, literally under when floodwaters came.

But she is looking ahead, and in the new year the boutique will have more story-time sessions and newer styles by reducing the wardrobe’s maximum age range from 9 years old to 5 years old.

“We have a lot of gift shoppers,” Cumby said. “It’s not just parents who are coming in and buying for their own kids; you have people coming in and buying for birthdays and for baby showers.”

Also racing to introduce newness is Raffa’s, a restaurant-with-a-view with American, Italian and Asian dishes on its menu. In the new year, diners will see revamped equipment, furniture, staff members, flooring, a larger private room and more seats at the bar, according to owner Tony Raffa.

“One by one, we’re all coming back and that will make Kings Harbor a nice destination for the community here around Lake Houston,” he said.

Kingwood resident and Gray Elementary School teacher Brittany Hoosier said she will probably visit the restaurants now that they have reopened.

“I’m excited to spend more time here seeing all the different aspects that will be made new,” she said.

nguyen.le@chron.com

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