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Update: Where to Find a Good Cup of Coffee in Spring and The Woodlands

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I’m always on the prowl for new and interesting places to get a good cup of coffee in the suburbs northwest of Houston. It’s easy to get spoiled by places like Blacksmith in the Montrose area, where every bean is meticulously sourced and the espresso drinks are made with such artistry. And though Spring and The Woodlands may not be known as bastions of coffee culture, you don’t have to resign yourself to a long wait in line at a certain American global coffee chain that shall remain nameless. So here, in no particular order, is a list of (mostly) local coffee houses and other spots out this way that take their coffee seriously.

This list is updated from time to time as new coffee shops pop up and as others, sadly, close their doors: Continue reading

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Allo, Sunshine!

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11:15 a.m. on a bright summer Tuesday morning. The Texas heat was already claiming victory as my friend and I slipped inside the doorway of Allo French Rotisserie, a new bistro in the Vintage Park shopping center, Louetta Road at Highway 249, just northwest of Houston.

Vintage Park is an interesting phenomenon, one of those large, rambling shopping centers that is meant to resemble a Tuscan village. It’s part of a whopping 630-acre tract of land purchased from Hewlett-Packard in 2004/2005 and transformed into an upscale residential and mixed-use retail development known as The Vintage. The shopping center was completed in 2007, just in time to receive a punch in the stomach from the Great Recession. With only a fraction of its total square footage leased, the center limped along for a few years without significant growth. Whispers of a Nordstrom’s and other “star” anchor tenants came and went. But gradually, like the temperature on a Houston summer day, things at Vintage Park have heated up. Instead of big name tenants carrying the load, the center is now filled with local and Texas-owned shops and restaurants that are making their own buzz.

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