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HEB Plus Welcomes Swamp People’s Troy Landry Feb. 7


Come see History Channel’s Troy Landry from SWAMP PEOPLE at HEB Plus, 2805 Business Center Dr. on Sat, Feb. 7!

Pearland Chamber Recognizes Community Leaders

Business of the Year Award recipients ADDI Printing

Business of the Year Award recipients ADDI Printing

Pearland Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Banquet and Meeting was held Thursday (Jan. 22) at the Knights of Columbus Hall, located at 2320 Hatfield Rd.

The incoming board chair, Patrick Larkin of the Larkin Law Firm, selected, “The Best is Yet to Come” as this year’s banquet theme.

The Chamber tipped its hat to The Rat Pack, calling the event, “Pearland’s own Rat Pack Gala.”

Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra sang on the big screens and Marilyn Monroe entertained the crowd, singing, “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend.”

Attendees looked elegant and dapper in black tie formalwear, some even choosing to dress with the theme.

Colors were presented by Pearland High School’s Junior ROTC team, consisting of Christiana Taylor, Bailey Vandenberg, Brandon McKinney, Skye Mosk and Sgt. Major Grant.

Chamber Finance Coordinator Jeanell Thomas was a vision in gold as she sang the National Anthem.

The Invocation was provided by Phil Lloyd, The Growth Coach.

Dinner, catered by Joe’s Barbecue in Alvin, was served before the Chamber got down to business, announcing this year’s award winners, saying goodbye to outgoing Board Chair Mona Chavarria, welcoming incoming Board Chair Larkin and swearing in its new Board of Directors.

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Farmers Market Chain Coming to Pearland

The land is being cleared and the permitting process has begun for Pearland’s newest offering for healthy living choices.

Sprouts Farmers Market is expected to open in July at 2718 Old Chocolate Bayou (CR 89) across FM 518 from the Kroger shopping center.

According to the company’s website, Sprouts Farmers Market “Works to deliver the best possible shopping experience, helping customers live a healthy lifestyle at an affordable price—not just buy groceries.

“Sprouts is a healthy grocery store offering fresh, natural and organic foods at great prices. Since 2002, we’ve been committed to providing our customers with the best-in-class service — and to improving it every day.

“This commitment has taken us from a small grocery store in Chandler, Ariz. to the leading food retailer we are today. We’re proud to serve customers in 10 states with more than 190 stores.

“Our money-back guarantee, online experiences and product promotions allow us to serve more customers in fresh, new ways.

“We have a passion for produce and a devotion to deals. Our buyers are determined to bring you the best values in healthy food, so you can always find your favorites.

“You’ll find mountains of fresh fruits and vegetables, barrels of wholesome grains, nuts and sweets, full-service deli, meat and seafood counters—complete with homemade burgers and sausages.

“Roam around our spacious aisles and you’ll find fresh baked goods, eclectic beer and wine, gourmet cheese, sensibly priced vitamins and supplements, and thousands of natural, organic and gluten-free groceries.”

For more information about Sprouts Farmers Market, visit

Pearland Entrepreneur Opens Fashion-Recycling Store for Teens and Young Adults

54aeca5128919.imageLocal teens and young adults now have a place that not only puts cash back into their pockets, but also sells gently used brand-name clothing and accessories for less.

With a focus on being fashion savvy and shopping smart, the new Plato’s Closet® in Pearland is holding its Grand Opening on Jan. 15 at 9515 Broadway St., Suite 121 behind Shipley’s Donuts.

Plato’s Closet is part of a national recycling retail chain that specializes in clothing and accessories for teens and twenty-somethings. The hip, trendy clothing store buys and sells guys’ and girls’ gently-used, brand-name clothing and accessories, including: shoes, belts, purses, and jewelry and more.

According to Plato’s Closet owner Van Tu, young people love to shop at Plato’s Closet because, “Plato’s Closet fills a distinct niche in the retail market. We are a part of a unique retail resale business that specializes in the teen and young adult market segment.

“The great thing about the concept is that consumers are always looking for ways to stretch their dollar and Plato’s Closet lets them save money in two ways. Customers can achieve savings up to 70 percent off trendy, brand name clothing and accessories. Plus, they can receive cash on the spot for gently-used items that are outgrown or no longer wanted,” Tu said.

Unlike a typical consignment store, no appointment is necessary to sell clothing and accessories to Plato’s Closet. Plus, the store pays cash on the spot for goods it purchases from consumers.

Typically, Plato’s Closet buys items that have been in retail stores within the past 12-to-18 months and are current styles seen in the mall.

“We don’t try to create new fashion trends. We respond to actual trends in a timely and value-oriented manner,” Tu said.

The store is currently open, but will hold its official Grand Opening on Jan. 15 at 10:00 a.m. For more information or store hours, call 281-485-4747 or visit

Shop for a Cause: Vic Coppinger YMCA

Memorial Hermann SE Director or Marketing and Pearland Charity supporter Corrina Abrego is hosting a Stella & Dot jewelry party, with 20% of proceeds benefiting the Vic Coppinger Family YMCA Annual Campaign.

To participate, you may contact Corrina for the address to the Sip and Sparkle party on Sunday Dec. 7 at 2pm or you may shop the online site. As long as you purchase through this link, it will also benefit the Coppinger YMCA Annual Campaign:

Any purchases made will be delivered in time for Christmas!  There are some wonderful gift ideas and they come in cute little boxes.  No wrapping needed!

Contact Corrina Abrego at 281.929.4136 (office) or if you have any questions.

T.J. Maxx Makes Opening Day Donation to Forgotten Angels

Pictured, left to right, are Store Manager Donald Gaines, District Manager Bennie Dixon, Forgotten Angels Development Director Holly McDonald, Forgotten Angels family members Ron and Jacque Attra and T.J. Maxx Regional Vice President Ned Jones.

Pictured, left to right, are Store Manager Donald Gaines, District Manager Bennie Dixon, Forgotten Angels Development Director Holly McDonald, Forgotten Angels family members Ron and Jacque Attra and T.J. Maxx Regional Vice President Ned Jones.

T.J. Maxx joined the Pearland community in November, just in time to bring plenty of Christmas bargains to town. There are more than 1,000 T.J. Maxx stores around the country, and each time they enter a new market, they select a local non-profit to honor with an opening day donation. Forgotten Angels, a non-profit serving individuals living with developmental disabilities, was chosen for the Pearland store and received a $5000.00 gift on opening day.

“T.J. Maxx is a beautiful store and a great addition to the neighborhood!” says Holly McDonald, Director of Development for Forgotten Angels. T.J. Maxx offers an ever-fresh array of fashionable, brand name family apparel, home fashions and other merchandise, such as beauty products, along with an expanded assortment of fine jewelry and other accessories.

Forgotten Angels provides quality care for developmentally and mentally challenged individuals. Based on individual assessed needs, they receive a comprehensive array of services including supervised living, foster/companion care, supported home living, transportation, in-home skills training, community integration, nursing, dietary planning and occupational and physical therapy. The Forgotten Angels Foundation assists in this effort by providing specially designed houses and facilities and by supporting enrichment opportunities, educational enhancement and opportunities for social skills development and individualized training to improve and maintain their independence, academic skills and abilities. For information on Forgotten Angels contact Holly McDonald, 281-412-6435, ext. 136 or

New Pearland Palais Royal Store Opens with Charity and Fanfare

Mayor Reid likes the "Bears That Care" bears.

Mayor Reid likes the “Bears That Care” bears.

The newest Palais Royal location (2650 Pearland Pkwy) celebrated its grand opening Thursday (Nov. 20) with a check presentation to Toys for Tots.

Its parent company, Stage Stores, Inc., donated $100,000 to the non-profit and kicked off its “Bears that Care” program, which consists of holiday-themed, custom designed bears available for purchase.

For every bear sold, $1 goes to Toys For Tots. They will use the money to buy and distribute toys for Christmas gifts to local less fortunate families.

“The employees have been so excited to get to come down here,” said District Manager Mary Jo Taylor.

“You’re all so loyal to our other locations and you’re going to absolutely love what you see. And for those of you that are wondering if we have the same associates, yes we do!” she said.

“It takes a village to open a store like that in four days. But of that is for naught if we didn’t have all of you coming out to shop,” Store Manager Fran McCarty said to the crowd gathered at the front doors.

Roger Blanchard, Senior Vice President of Stores, Stage Stores, Inc. explained the “Bears that Care” program.

“Every year there are children across our nation that do not experience the joy of Christmas morning. Many families in our community have been hit hard by the economy, which is why we feel that it’s important for our Stage Stores family to help children everywhere to have this opportunity,” he said.

“That’s why this holiday season, Stage Stores will launch the sale of holiday-themed ‘Bears that Care’ with $1 of the sale of each Teddy going directly to help make Christmas bright for children everywhere. You can purchase a bear at our new Pearland Palais Royal store as well as 858 other stores across the country,” Blanchard added.

Blanchard then turned to Retired Major, USMC and Vice President of Marketing & Development for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, Bill Grein.

“I’m happy to announce today that Stage Stores is donating the amount of $100,000 to Toys for Tots, a non-profit that has been instrumental in making sure more children experience the joy and wonder of the holidays,” said Blanchard.

“I’m the luckiest guy here today, obviously. I’m going to walk away with $100,000!” Grein joked.

“It’s not for me, but for some less fortunate children across the country. Over the last four years, Stage Stores has raised for us nearly a half million dollars. That’s enough money to fulfill the Christmas dreams of 50,000 less fortunate children. Over the next five weeks, Sgt. Castillo [Eric Castillo, Toys for Tots Houston Coordinator] and 760 other Toys for Tots coordinators across the country will be shopping for seven million less fortunate children. We truly thank you,” said Grein.

With that, the ribbon was cut and the doors were opened to a line of shoppers that had been waiting for up to an hour to get a glimpse inside the store and take advantage of the holiday sales.

Mayor Tom Reid arrived a little late for the ceremony.

“I had a Chamber of Commerce meeting,” he said. “I left at nine till nine, but I missed it!”

Taylor chatted with Reid and showed him around the store.

“This is really nice,” said Reid, who is a long-time patron of Palais Royal. “I’m so glad this store is bigger!”

Shoppers appeared to feel the same way as they made their way through the men’s, women’s and children’s departments, along with the home, intimates, shoes, cosmetics and fragrance departments.

For more information about Stage Stores, Inc., visit To learn more about Toys for Tots,

Source: The Pearland Journal

Palais Royal Celebrates Grand Opening of Pearland Store and Helps Toys4Tots

(HOUSTON, TEXAS, November 18, 2014) – Houston-based retailer Palais Royal will celebrate the grand opening of its recently relocated store in Pearland with a check presentation to Toys for Tots at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, November 20 at 2650 Pearland Parkway.

Stage Stores, Inc. the parent company of Palais Royal is making a $100,000 donation to Toys for Tots in advance of the ‘Bears that Care’ program and to kick-off the holiday season. The holiday-themed, custom designed bears are sold exclusively at Stage Stores, Inc.’s 858 department store locations. For every bear sold, $1 goes to Toys For Tots to support the organization’s mission during their peak season. Toys for Tots will use the funds to purchase and distribute toys as Christmas gifts to local children in need.

WHAT: Stage Stores, Inc. is making a $100,000 donation to Toys for Tots at the grand opening of the newly relocated Palais Royal Department Store in Pearland, to kick off the holiday season and the 2014 ‘Bears That Care’ Program.

WHO:  Sabrina Willingham, Vice President and Regional Manager; Mary Jo Taylor, Store Manager and Bill Grein, Retired Major, USMC and VP, Marketing & Development for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation

WHEN: 8:45 a.m., Thursday, November 20

WHERE: Palais Royal, 2650 Pearland Parkway, Ste 110, Pearland, TX 77581

The U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program helps less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas by collecting new, unwrapped toys each year and distributing those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children. The ‘Bears that Care’ program is part of Stage Stores Inc. Community Counts initiative, which is designed to share and celebrate the efforts of individual stores and associates as well as Stage Stores corporate initiatives for community volunteerism and giving.

Reflection Bay to Host Holiday Market Nov 20

RBEC-HolidayMkt-239x300Reflection Bay Event Center in Pearland throws its doors open for a Holiday Market on Thursday, November 20 from 4 to 9 p.m.  Visitors can enjoy shopping for a variety of gift items including accessories, cosmetics, jewelry, toys and more!  A portion of the retail sales will benefit One World Foundation. Free admission.

When:  Thursday, November 20, 4 to 9 p.m.
Where:  Reflection Bay Event Center, 12234 Shadow Creek Parkway, 77584
More info:  Free admission,

Community Garage Sale Nov 1



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