Allan Hursig will open his cookie shop, called The Bearded Baker, in a Revive development off 11th Street between North Shepherd Drive and Yale Street this spring.
The Richmond native was laid off from his job in oil and gas and turned to baking. Hursig even tried his luck on the Food Network’s “Christmas Cookie Challenge” this year.
His custom cookies start at $35 per dozen. With the storefront, Hursig said he will do some little cakelettes, scones, muffins and macarons.
“And probably whatever I want to play around with seasonally, like tarts and pies or really whatever looks like it could be fun,” Hursig said.
Hursig said the Heights is a great location for The Bearded Baker’s brick and mortar location for several reasons.
“The first being, the Heights is a foodie’s mecca,” Hursig said. “This is where people go to be wowed by foods and desserts, which is perfect for my focus on high-quality ingredients and uniquely personal and elaborate designs and decorations. The second reason, with my cookies being such an exclusive and unique product, the Heights serves as a great middle ground for all of Houston and its surrounding areas. The Heights, to me, is a perfect match for what The Bearded Baker strives for and I’m very excited to join the community.”
Hursig will have 800 square feet in the same complex that houses Hando Sushi.
MMA gym to open in Heights
UFC GYM was founded in 2009 as the first major brand extension of the mixed martial arts organization, UFC. An upcoming Heights location will be its ninth in Texas.
The gym has set up in an enrollment center at 1431 W 20th St., Ste C near King’s BierHaus and I Cycle Bike Shop with the permanent digs set to open the first week of March.
Leases available at upcoming retail complex near H-E-B
A flyer from Streetwise Retail Advisors announced that a 4,850-square foot building will commence construction at 2220 N. Shepherd Dr., across the corner from H-E-B.
A ground lease or free-standing retail option is available. The complex will also be adjacent to the .9-acre site that the Katz family – of deli and bar fame – purchased last June.
Streetwise’s flyer listed the median age of nearby residents as 38.6 with a median household income of $81,899.
Fluff Bake Bar leaves Midtown for Shady Acres
Rebecca Masson, chef and owner at Fluff Bake Bar in Midtown, told CultureMap that parking was a big issue and prompted her to look for a Heights location. Investor Louie Comella had a property available where a bar had previously been planned.
Now the spot at 1701 W. 15th St. will offer the cookies and cakes that have been offered at Masson’s shop in Midtown since 2015.
Masson said that her new space is bigger and will offer more seating. She’ll also offer breakfast, opening at 7 a.m.
Fluff Bake Bar will reopen on 15th Street by early February.
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