Katy Business August 2016

| August 1, 2016

Organic fruits and vegetables are being delivered to residents of Katy's Cane Island.

Organic fruits and vegetables are being delivered to residents of Katy’s Cane Island.


Some of the freshest fruits and vegetables in Texas along with farm-fresh dairy, artisan baked goods, organic cuts of meat and local poultry are coming to Katy’s Cane Island.

The new master-planned community is the first in the Houston area to establish a partnership with Farmhouse Delivery of Austin, an online service that brings the best of a Farmer’s Market to customers by delivering Texas-grown organic and sustainably produced vegetables and fruits.

While the service currently delivers to residents throughout the Houston area, Cane Island is the first Houston residential master-planned community which Farmhouse Delivery offers a 20 percent discount to residents by utilizing a group drop at the community’s Welcome Center. Farmhouse Delivery also is waiving its $20 set-up fee for all Cane Island residents.

Ideal for busy young professionals, the service offers more than 300 Texas-sourced products including meats, dairy, breads from well-known bakeries such as Houston’s own Slow Dough and Austin’s Easy Tiger, coffee and prepared foods.

“While Farmer’s Markets are great experiences, many families simply do not have the time on the weekends to visit one,” explains Dan Naef, president of Rise Communities, developer of Cane Island.

Since Farmhouse Delivery sources from many different farms, it can offer a broader variety of produce throughout the growing season, Naef adds.

Launched in 2009 on an east Austin farm, Farmhouse Delivery has grown to serve over 5,000 customers in the Austin, Houston, San Antonio and Dallas metropolitan areas.

This year, Farmhouse Delivery began offering “Supper Club,” an evolving, weekly meal delivery service based around Texas seasonal cooking. Each week, Supper Club customers receive locally sourced proteins, vegetables, sauces, and spices along with a recipe to prepare a farm-to-table meal in under an hour. Visit CaneIsland.com for more information.


Patty Wood

Patty Wood


The Katy Area Economic Development Council has announced Patricia (Patty) Wood as its new vice president of business development and marketing, bringing over 20 years of economic development and marketing experience to the Katy Area EDC team.

“We are excited to bring Patty on in this newly created position,” said Lance LaCour, President of the Katy Area EDC. “She has a wealth of experience in economic development and marketing which is a great fit for our organization and the growth of the Katy Area.”

Wood recently relocated to Katy from Lincoln, Neb., where she was the vice president of the Nebraska Trucking Association, growing the transportation, distribution and logistics industry in Nebraska. Prior to that, she worked at the Nebraska Department of Economic Development for 19 years as an economic development business consultant and then as the director of marketing and public relations. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in corporate communications from Doane University, Crete, Neb., and has earned certificates in leadership, human resources and economic development. In April 2016, Patty was named the Nebraska Economic Developers Association “Professional of the Year.”

Patty’s husband, Kelly, works for the U.S. Postal Service, and they have two children, Connor and Katherine, who will be attending Katy ISD schools.




Agave Rio Restaurant & Patio Oasis opened in May, and offers an experience like no other. Walking through the wrought iron gates of this magnificent property will give patrons the feeling of being magically transported to a lush tropical resort. The beautiful patio-themed restaurant offers both adult and family friendly patios, with a Texas-sized sandbox in the latter, as well as a casual indoor dining area. Acclaimed Executive Chef Eric Aldis has been commissioned to build a menu featuring contemporary American and South American cuisine using only the finest ingredients and accented by a comprehensive wine and premium spirits list, along with several signature hand-crafted cocktails. The amazing team has created a one-of-a- kind atmosphere and experience.

Experience an evening of casual dining at its best. For more information, call 281-665-3337 or visit agaverio.com. The restaurant is located at 1138 FM 1463 in Katy.



The British International School of Houston in Katy, a private school that caters to local and international students from PreK to Grade 12, will be part of a new collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The British International School of Houston will implement a unique science, technology, engineering, visual arts and mathematics (STEAM) program based on the multi-disciplinary approach pioneered by MIT.

Launching in September, the program includes the development of a series of in-school challenges for students which focus on the juncture between the five STEAM disciplines. This recognizes that many of today’s innovations arise from the intersection of these different subjects; from art and engineering to technology and science.

In addition to the in-school activities, students from the British International School of Houston will travel to Massachusetts to participate in an exclusive program each spring along with students from other Nord Anglia Education schools. They will learn directly from lecturers and students at one of the world’s leading STEAM institutions. The British International School of Houston STEAM discipline teachers will also benefit from unique professional development opportunities through annual workshops and ongoing training with MIT staff, hosted by the MIT Museum.

Core to the collaboration is the reflection of MIT’s philosophy of “Mens et Manus,” or mind and hand, which calls for a hands-on approach to problem solving. Through this approach, British International School students will develop key transferable skills, such as flexibility, creativity and communication, which can be employed across all academic subjects, and in future careers.

“I am delighted to be able to announce our collaboration with MIT,” said Andrew Derry, Principal of the British International School of Houston. “Our new Strategic Plan states we must prepare our students with the contemporary skills, attributes and concepts that equip them for their fast-changing, globally connected, technology-rich future. Our new, state-of-the-art, ‘School of the Future’ has been designed purposefully around learners and learning with specialist areas for Design Thinking, Computer Aided Design (CAD), and Maker Spaces, all of which fit perfectly with the MIT philosophy, Mens et Manus, to genuinely prepare our students for the challenges of their future.”

Andrew Fitzmaurice, Chief Executive Officer at Nord Anglia Education, said, “As educators, it is our role to ignite our students’ ambitions and prepare them for tomorrow’s challenges. This new program with MIT will ensure that our students are equipped with the skills they will need in the future workplace, and that they learn these skills in an inspiring way. This is an exceptional opportunity for both our students and teachers to benefit from the expertise of one of the world’s preeminent education institutions.”



Yumi Lashes, a revolutionary treatment for eyelashes, is now being offered exclusively in the Katy and Houston area. The brand crossed the Atlantic Ocean from Europe two years ago and has started booming on both the East and the West coasts.

Yumi Lashes is a keratin treatment that turns eyelashes upward, gives length, height, and the appearance of having longer lashes. The process allows for lengthening lashes without the use of extensions, harmful chemicals or damaging adhesives.

Emily Roberson from Katy is the only certified Yumi Lashes technician in the state of Texas. After training and perfecting her skills in Los Angeles, Emily is ready to share her technique with clients in the area.

Emily also specializes in Balayage, highlights, lowlights, overall color and complete styling. To schedule an appointment, contact Emily at 281-381-2400.



In the June 2016 issue of Katy/Fulshear Lifestyles & Homes, a short article about “Dog Parks in Katy”listed several dog parks that are open to the public. The Grand Lakes Dog Park in Katy should not have been included on that list, as the dog park and all other recreational amenities are for use ONLY by residents of Grand Lakes and their guests.

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