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Home Care In Richmond, TX

Home Care Richmond, TX

They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.

However, as seniors grow older, completing daily tasks like showering and enjoying activities such as visiting the historic Maggie L Walker National Historic Site gets harder without someone by their side. Unfortunately, many older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live far away from long-term, institutionalized facilities and closer to the place where they feel most comfortable - their home. Home care in Richmond, TX is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.

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The Always Best Care Difference

Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they get older. We are proud to have helped more than 25,000 seniors maintain higher levels of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of in-home care available so that they may live happily and independently.

Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs. That way, they may provide care accordingly without compromising their wellbeing.

The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home services, Always Best Care is here to help.

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“My 91 year old father, who is a stroke patient, came to live with me and my husband 3 years ago after my mother passed away. We struggled weekly to get him to take a bath with assistance by my husband. On the agreed scheduled day for bathing, my father would "feel bad" and negotiate a later date. Bathing a partly paralyzed, uncooperative adult is not easy. So last fall when my husband and I were going to travel overseas for our 25th wedding anniversary, we needed help. Our son was coming to live at our house to take care of my father . It was not appropriate for our son to bathe his grandfather. So my father's doctor recommended I contact Karena Kirk with Always Best Care Senior Services. I had never considered using outside care for my father. Best phone call I have ever made. Ms. Kirk came to meet with me to discuss my father's needs. My father was very reluctant at first. But after the first bathing event, HE IS IN LOVE. Ms. Kirk was gentle, kind, engaging in conversation and asking my father regarding what he needed in this new care relationship. My father knows that his bath schedule is every Monday and Friday and looks forward to Ms. Kirk and her staff coming to care for him. He has in-depth talks and loves their visits. Ms. Kirk and her staff will do other chores like changing out his bedding and washing the linens and his clothes. Any other tasks that I need assistance with they are more than happy to help. It has changed all of our lives for the better.”

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“Karena, Roxane and the team at Always Best Care, provide amazing service in a time when good service is hard to find. They are a resource for families in time of need. I highly recommend if you have a loved one needing assistance full time or for a few hours. They accommodate for everyone's needs.”

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“Always Best Care was literally a godsend for my family! From my first phone call with Roxane who was able to put an amazing team of caregivers in the hospital that day for the my dad's 10 week stay (which included Hurricane Harvey) through the next 5 months in a skilled nursing facility, ABC never let me down. The kindness and quality of ABC's caregivers and the way Karena manages her company exceeded what I thought was possible based on my prior 10 years of experience with other outside caregivers during my mom's decline from Alzheimer's. With no family in Houston, knowing I could count on Roxane's and Karena's caring oversight and communication enabled me to advocate for my dad from out of state and gave me peace of mind to be able to honor his wish to stay in Houston. The kindness and skills of ABC's caregivers were extraordinary (and I have very high expectations)! They became extended family for which I will always be grateful.”

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“Karena Kirk and her staff were a Godsend to my dad and to me! He passed away last November at 104. The care and attention he received from Always Best Care played a huge part in the quality of his life right up until the end. Karena and Roxane were always there to make sure things ran smoothly and on many occasion going above and beyond the call of duty. I will always be grateful for how that reduced the stress of me being the only child, living out-of-town. They had my complete trust and my dad loved them.”

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“Always Best Care provided superb care, for both my mom and dad, for a combined total of 6 years. As a result, my parents were able to live out their lives in their own home. Their caregivers provided daily comfort, care, and kept them safe during their difficult final years. We were truly blessed to have the right caregivers for our parents. Thank You Karena!”

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What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Richmond, TX?

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Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it is especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age.

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When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.

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The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.

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At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one gets older, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Types of Elderly Care in Richmond, TX

To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:

Personal Care

Personal Care Services

If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Common personal care services include assistance with:

  • Eating
  • Mobility Issues
  • Incontinence
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Grooming

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Home Helper Services

Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.

Common home helper care services include assistance with:

  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Preparation
  • Pet Care
  • Prescription Refills
  • Morning Wake-Up
  • Walking
  • Reading
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Companionship Services

Companionship Services

Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite local activities, such as visiting Great Shiplock Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

  • Grocery Shopping
  • Transportation to Appointments
  • Nutritional Assistance
  • Conversation
  • Planning Outings
  • Completing Errands
  • Transportation to Community
  • Events and Social Outings
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Respite Care

Respite Care Services

According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy nearby activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress reduces the risk of caregiver burnout. So, if you've always wanted to eat at the local Bookbinder's Seafood & Steakhouse or visit Monument Avenue Historic District, don't feel bad. Doing so is great for both you and your loved one.

At the end of the day, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible.

If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.

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Benefits of Home Care in Richmond, TX

Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:

Always Best Care offers a full array of care options for patients at all levels of health. With our trusted elderly care services, your loved one will receive the level of care necessary for them to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit - something that is unavailable to many older people today.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a strange nursing home, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?

A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, then, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old.

With the help of elderly care in Richmond, TX, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors.

Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like a nursing home. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier and more affordable to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, seniors who age in the comfort of their homes can save thousands of dollars per month.

In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, are often less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

If your loved one qualifies, Medicaid may help reduce in-home care costs. Review your TX's Medicaid program laws and benefits, and make sure your senior's financial and medical needs meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.
Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.
Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.
Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.
Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.
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Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers.

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Richmond, TX understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

Assisted Living Referral Services

While it's true that many seniors prefer to age at home, sometimes in-home care isn't the best fit. For those seniors and their families, choosing an assisted living facility makes more sense. Unfortunately, finding the optimal care facility is easier said than done in today's day and age. That's when Always Best Care's assisted living referral services begin to make a lot of sense.

Assisted living is a form of housing intended for seniors who require varying degrees of medical and personal attention. Accommodations may include single rooms, apartments, or shared living arrangements. Assisted living communities are typically designed to resemble a home-like environment and are physically constructed to encourage the independence of residents.


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At assisted living communities, seniors receive help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They may also benefit from coordination of services with outside healthcare providers, and monitoring of resident activities to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Caregivers who work at assisted living communities can also provide medication administration and personal care services for older adults.

Other services offered within assisted living communities can include some or all of the following:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Recreational Activities
  • Social Outings
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Family Visitation
  • Personal Care
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At Always Best Care, our representatives can match your senior's emotional, physical, and financial needs with viable assisted living communities nearby. Results are based on comparative data, so you can select the best choice for you or your loved one.

Always Best Care works closely with local senior living communities to gain valuable knowledge that we then use to help seniors and their loved ones make informed decisions. This information can include basic care and rent, resident availability, and services provided. Because Always Best Care is compensated by these communities, we provide senior living referral services at no extra cost to you.

Some of the most popular assisted living communities to consider in our area include the following:

  • The Barrington at Hioaks
  • Brown Stone Assisted Living Facility
  • Commonwealth Senior Living at Chesterfield
  • Sunrise of Richmond
  • Heritage Oaks
  • RAH Winthrop Manor
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For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Always Best Care Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

A discussion of your needs and how our trained caregivers can offer assistance in the most effective way

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A draft of your care plan, which includes highly detailed notes and a framework for the care that you or your senior will receive

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Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider

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Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

At the end of the day, we only hire the best of the best at Always Best Care. Whether you need home care in Richmond, TX 24-hours a day or only need a respite for a couple of hours, we are here to serve you.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Latest News in Richmond, TX

Openings and Closings: Big Chicken Richmond Opens Soon, Los Cucos Tomball Catches Fire

Big Chicken, 3415 FM 762, will open August 30 in Richmond across from Brazos Town Center. For the grand opening, the first 34 guests in line will receive Big Chicken sandwiches for a year, with a limit of one a week. The chicken restaurant has the famous face of NBA superstar Shaquille O'Neal behind it as a partner and 34 was O'Neal's jersey number which was officially retired in 2012.The brand from JRS Hospitality and Authentic Brands Group was debuted in Las Vegas in 2018 with O'Neal as one of three owners. It has since expan...

Big Chicken, 3415 FM 762, will open August 30 in Richmond across from Brazos Town Center. For the grand opening, the first 34 guests in line will receive Big Chicken sandwiches for a year, with a limit of one a week. The chicken restaurant has the famous face of NBA superstar Shaquille O'Neal behind it as a partner and 34 was O'Neal's jersey number which was officially retired in 2012.

The brand from JRS Hospitality and Authentic Brands Group was debuted in Las Vegas in 2018 with O'Neal as one of three owners. It has since expanded to more than a dozen states with the Houston location being the first for Texas. We think Shaq should relocate himself from Dallas to Houston.

The fried chicken can be found in sandwich form or as tenders and popcorn bites. The M.D.E. is the basic with fried chicken, Shaq Sauce and pickles but customers can also try Uncle Jerome's Nashville Hot or the Crispy Chicken Grilled Cheese. The Chicago is perfect for fans of Buffalo sauce while the Shaq Attack delivers a capsicum kick with pepper jack cheese, jalapeno slaw and spicy chipotle bbq sauce. The Big & Sloppy has the added health benefits of mac & cheese, crispy fried onions and roasted garlic bbq aioli. There are also milkshakes and adult beverages.

The Richmond restaurant will be the second Houston area location for the franchise which opened its first Houston store in April 2023. Recently, a third Houston Big Chickenwas announced for the Heights, as reported by CultureMap Houston. The Heights restaurant, expected to open in early 2024, will take over the space at 107 Yale, the former home of Corner Bakery which closed earlier this year as the company filed for bankruptcy.

The Houston expansion is part of a 50-unit deal with franchisees Fazil Malik, Frank Malik and Noordon Jhaver. All three men have experience in business ownership including restaurants, convenience stores and gas stations, both individually and together, with 30 years as business partners.

Los Cucos, 22390 Tomball Parkway, is closed temporarily due to a major fire which injured three firefighters, one of whom had to be hospitalized, according to Click2Houston. The fire began a little after 2 p.m. August 23 with crews being alerted around 2:18 p.m. Heavy traffic caused damage to some of the water hoses, requiring additional crews to be requested. The extra teams also helped to provide relief for first responders due to the extreme heat.

One firefighter was transported to Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital in stable condition while two others were treated on site for heat exhaustion. The fire, which caused major damage to the back of the restaurant, is under investigation.

The Tomball fire comes just eight months after another Los Cucos location in Wharton was destroyed in a fire December 4, 2022. In March 2023, the City of Wharton terminated its lease with the building's owners, according to the Wharton Journal Spectator, requiring that the structure be torn down.

7 Brew Drive Thru Coffee, 21420 Kuykendahl, opens October 16 in Spring Town Center. It's the first Houston location for the company and part of the franchise group 7 Brew Texas which plans a whopping 80 locations in the Greater Houston area. The stand-alone coffee stand concept offers its 7 Originals plus classic coffee drinks with an estimated 20,000 beverage configurations, hot or chilled. It also has a menu of infused energy drinks, chillers, sodas and teas.

The upcoming Spring location is currently hiring upbeat, energetic and friendly Brewistas. Hirees can expect flexible hours, competitive pay and free drinks. Coffee experience is not required.

Cutten Kitchen, 6935 FM 1960 W., opened this week. It serves lunch and dinner with breakfast service coming soon. The menu is made up of American classics such as chicken fried steak, chicken fried chicken, pork chops and fried seafood. There are also grilled proteins like chicken breast and salmon.

Its Quick Bites menu features starters including fried pickles, Southwestern egg rolls, loaded tots, spinach and artichoke dip and coconut shrimp. Along with its fried and grilled entrees, there is a selection of salads, sandwiches and burgers. There is a kids menu as well.

For beverages, there are sodas and teas along with coffee drinks from its Barista Bar. There is also a full bar with televisions for game watching. Artistry, 712 Main, is now open at Finn Hall. The European-inspired cafe from owners Christin Crossin and Andrew Vandenberg incorporates Texas flavors and ingredients into the menu which offers a variety of panini including the Cubano, Brie and Berry, Caprese, Ham and Pineapple and the Texini, which is mesquite pulled pork in barbecue sauce with caramelized onions and roasted jalapeno aioli. The Goat panini is made with grilled chicken, ratatouille chutney, caramelized onions and goat cheese (not goat meat, as this writer mistakenly thought - my apologies). All are made with brioche bread and served with French fries.

There are several salads, butternut squash soup and Italian Budino, a traditional butterscotch pudding topped with caramel and vanilla bean Chantilly cream.

Nobie's, 2048 Colquitt, is now open on Monday and chef Kelly is debuting her caramel Pretzel Brownie Pie as well. Customers will be pleased to note that Monday service will also include its happy hour specials from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. or 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. The HH specials include 50 percent off all oysters and half-off select spirits, drink specials and wine by-the-glass. The double happy hour is also available on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Spot, 2502 Gulf Freeway S., is shooting to open in early September though a grand opening has not yet been set. The League City location will be the second for the Galveston restaurant and hot spot. Salt & Sugar Gastro Bar, 16010 West, opened softly July 29 in the former spot of Verna Mae's, the NOLA-inspired Cajun restaurant which closed in October 2022.

The new restaurant is a mix of Italian and French flavors with a menu of appetizers such as Burrata Caprese, fried calamari and meatballs baked in Neapolitan sauce. For pasta, there are dishes such as Bolognese, Napoletana, Carbonara and Amatriciana. Entrees include Ragu di Fileto and Crema di Gamberi, salted shrimp in garlic butter and homemade white sauce. There is a selection of steaks plus a variety of crepes including chicken curry, stroganoff and chicken and mushrooms. Desserts include tiramisu and millefoglie alle fragole. There is a wine list that leans Italian along with an array of cocktails and mocktails.

There is a long bar, in addition to tables and booths, plus some outdoor seating. The interior is chic, bright and contemporary with creative light fixtures and decorative wallpaper touches. There is also a small outdoor space for dining. Two chefs have been representing H-Town in a big way across national television this past week:

First, it was executive chef Jassi Bindra of Amrina in The Woodlands who won Food Network's competition cooking show Chopped: "Oh, My Squash!" which aired August 16. Bindra took home the $10,000 prize.

Bindra is the executive chef and managing partner at Kahani Social Group. As a Sikh American, Bindra's culinary point of view is a modern take on Indian cuisine with a blend of global influences and careful sourcing of ingredients. Bindra says he embraced the world of Chopped to challenge his culinary skills. He added, "The show's dynamic grappling with unknown ingredients and rapid cooking decisions not only provided me with an exhilarating and demanding experience but also created an opportunity for me to present my culinary craftsmanship in a refreshingly distinct light."

Food Network's Chopped takes talented chefs from across the country and pits them against one another in a contest to use the secret ingredients in their baskets. Usually, the ingredients are quirky at best, bizarre at worst. Bindra's appetizer was his version of mirchi wala, an Indian stuffed pepper dish in which he had to utilize brick French toast, spicy peanut butter, watermelon radish and sardines. His entree course was grilled short ribs with a cherry cola and coconut sauce while his dessert was rabri, an Indian dish made with sweetened condensed milk. The Chopped version had to use candied squash and gooseberries and Bindra nailed it.

Then, this week, it was another chef with ties to Houston that emerged victorious, taking home a well-earned $10,000 check. Mike Pham, chef and co-owner at Trill Burgers, was the last chef standing for Chopped: "Burger:Impossible." Pham's wife and children flew in from California to watch the episode live at the Trill Burgers restaurant.

Pham wowed the three judges in the first two rounds with his Apple Chutney Southwestern Slider and Quadruple Cheese Fondue Lamb Burger before clinching the win with his Pate a Choux Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Burger topped with a chocolate-glazed cherry.

Raised in California, the Vietnamese American chef has a classically-trained culinary background, having graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in Hollywood. He is paying it forward with plans to distribute the prize money to a youth culinary program at Trill Burgers.

Costco Buys 20 Acres for New Store

RICHMOND, Texas – (Realty News Report) – Costco has acquired 20 acres for a new store that will be built in the Aliana master planned community in Fort Bend County on the southwest side of the Houston area.Costco is constructing a 154,648-sf store, is planning a summer opening for the store which will be adjacent to the Grand Parkway.The site was acquired from Houston NewQuest Properties, which is de...

RICHMOND, Texas – (Realty News Report) – Costco has acquired 20 acres for a new store that will be built in the Aliana master planned community in Fort Bend County on the southwest side of the Houston area.

Costco is constructing a 154,648-sf store, is planning a summer opening for the store which will be adjacent to the Grand Parkway.

The site was acquired from Houston NewQuest Properties, which is developing retail in Aliana.

The Costco project is kicking off NewQuest’s 250,000-sf expansion of the Grand at Aliana, a 400,000-sf mixed-use development with nearly one mile of frontage on the Grand Parkway/TX 99.

“Costco joining the Grand at Aliana validates the strength of the market and rounds out our traffic-generating anchors to further protect the long-term value of the overall project for future and existing occupants,” says Austin Alvis, president of the Houston-based brokerage and development firm.

NewQuest has been methodically developing the 80-acre Grand at Aliana since 2018. The regional development’s next phase will include multifamily units, medical facilities, freestanding restaurants and 20,000 SF of additional restaurant and retail space.

“Phase III is the final commercial development piece of the Aliana community,” Alvis says. “We are thankful to have been able to work with the master-planned community developer, Airia, to bring additional essential retail and services to Aliana.”

The Issaquah, Wash.-based Costco chain has warehouses in Katy and Sugar Land, which are six and 10 miles, respectively, from the Grand at Aliana. Costco has 38 locations in Texas and 870 worldwide.

Costco’s development site is located at the intersection of West Airport Drive and the Grand Parkway, the primary access point connecting several master-planned communities to the

commercial corridor and freeways. The warehouse will neighbor NewQuest’s proposed multifamily development, separated only by an interior road in the Grand at Aliana.

The Grand at Aliana’s immediate trade area has a population of roughly 153,000 and growing as is the housing inventory, which will soon be up to 80,000 homes. The average annual income is $146,000 within a one-mile radius of the development.

Dec. 13, 2023 Realty News Report Copyright 2023

Image: Courtesy NewQuest

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ABC13 Game of the Week: Randle-Brenham matchup is a family affair for both teams

RICHMOND, Texas (KTRK) -- ABC13's Game of the Week for Week 6 is a family affair and more proof that we're living in a small world after all.This past week, the ABC13 Localish team uncovered what the Richmond-Rosenberg area has to offer, but little did Eyewitness Sports know that a family connection would be part of it.You see, Randle High School is one of the youngest campuses in our area - 3 years old, to be exact. Wh...

RICHMOND, Texas (KTRK) -- ABC13's Game of the Week for Week 6 is a family affair and more proof that we're living in a small world after all.

This past week, the ABC13 Localish team uncovered what the Richmond-Rosenberg area has to offer, but little did Eyewitness Sports know that a family connection would be part of it.

You see, Randle High School is one of the youngest campuses in our area - 3 years old, to be exact. What's even younger is the Lamar Consolidated ISD school's football program, which is currently in its second year in Class 5A-2, Region III, District 10.

Like any brand new program, the Randle Lions debuted last season still trying to find their footing at 4-6, including 2-4 in the district, but head coach Brian Randle has the team running on all cylinders, winning four of its first five games, including three straight shut-out victories to start 2023-2024.

If you just noticed, Coach Randle is indeed coaching for Randle High School. That's because the sideline general is the son of the person that the campus is named after: longtime educator Dr. Thomas E. Randle.

And remember when we mentioned that the Game of the Week is a family affair? The Randle Lions have a district showdown Friday with Brenham High School, which was where Coach Randle's father and mother graduated.

The younger Randle told Eyewitness Sports many of his aunts and uncles are coming in roughly an hour and a half away to watch a gridiron battle with family bragging rights on the line.

When asked if this is a must-win, Coach Randle said, "Absolutely."

"It's pride. I tell the boys, 'You gotta play for pride.' But, this one means a bunch," the coach said about the matchup, which should now be a regular occurrence for years to come.

He also explained that he's using his legacy as a lesson to his players, that their last names should be elevated.

"It's tough because they named the building after my dad," Coach Randle said with a smile. "Me and my brothers, we're working really hard to elevate some things. We tell the boys that all the time. It's all about elevation, and I think that kind of helps. It helps them understand the importance of one's namesake."

So, Coach Randle and his family have something rare at play, which is no different from what one of Friday night's athletes in this game is experiencing.

It's not every year that a freshman in high school gets attention from colleges, but that's exactly what's going on with Landen Williams-Callis.

Landen just turned 15 and has played in just five high school varsity football games, but he's drawn the attention of some of the biggest and best college programs in the country.

Georgia offered him a scholarship last week, and Oregon did the same Thursday. He also holds offers from Texas A&M, TCU, and Penn State, to name a few.

Well, Coach Randle will take some family pride with him. His squad defeated Brenham, 52-28.

Swinging Door in Richmond will close its doors after 50 years of good BBQ and even better memories

"We had some horses and cows here. It was just an open field, needed to do something with it," Onstad said. "My dad and I physically built this whole building."RICHMOND, Texas — Long before fancypants barbecue joints became all the rage with foodies across Texas, folks in Fort Bend County were flocking to the Swinging Door in Richmond.The local landmark on ...

"We had some horses and cows here. It was just an open field, needed to do something with it," Onstad said. "My dad and I physically built this whole building."

RICHMOND, Texas — Long before fancypants barbecue joints became all the rage with foodies across Texas, folks in Fort Bend County were flocking to the Swinging Door in Richmond.

The local landmark on FM 359 opened on Labor Day back in 1973 and its "down home, back-to-basics" barbecue still draws crowds 50 years later.

Owner Steven Onstad said his unplanned relationship with barbeque began when he was just 20 years old.

"College flunkie, needed a job," he said. "My dad said, 'Get a job or join the service.' So I said, 'I'll take the job.'"

His mom taught him how to cook and his parents owned a pasture up the street.

"We had some horses and cows here. It was just an open field, needed to do something with it," Onstad said. "My dad and I physically built this whole building."

He described it as "a little one-room, twelve-seat shack."

Richmond gradually changed over the years and the Swinging Door grew with it, adding an adjacent dance hall to accommodate bigger crowds.

“Once everyone gets a table they don’t want to leave see, they sit back, having a cold beer, and everything else," he said.

Word spread and soon people were coming from all around to enjoy the pecan-smoked brisket, ribs, sausage and all the fixins.

It's been a go-to spot for five decades for family birthdays, anniversaries and graduations. People who grew up eating there now bring their grandkids.

From pro athletes to Hollywood stars, even a Saudi prince or two, Onstad is happy to dish up good memories with his "Bar-B-Que."

Back in the "Luv Ya Blue" days, the Houston Oilers came often, but it was QB Dan Pastorini's date who drew the most attention. Onstad said customers "like to fell out of their chairs" when he walked in with Farrah Fawcett one night.

"She was just as pretty in person as in her photos and so nice," Onstad remembers.

He said the Monday Night Football crew of Don Meredith, Howard Cosell and Frank Gifford dropped by and so did the famous singing family The Osmond Brothers.

But it's the Richmond community and longtime employees Onstad will miss most when he closes those swinging doors for the last time. He made the announcement recently on the restaurant's Facebook page, saying he's ready to move on to a new chapter.

"Being a huge part Fort Bend County the past 50 years I want to give a big THANK YOU to all of our wonderful customers, customers that became friends, friends that became family and especially all my employees throughout the years that created the backbone of this establishment.

"It has been a honor to be a part of the last 50 years of memories. We have been blessed to have been of service to this area. However, this old BBQ guy has decided to move on to another chapter in life, that being said Swinging Door is closing its doors. We do not have an exact date yet but within the next few weeks. Look forward to seeing yall soon."

Hundreds of customers commented on the post.

"This place is a core memory for me. You will be SO missed."

"I live in the UK but any time we come visit family in Richmond, you’ve always been on the “must visit” list."

"We returned many times over the next 35 years and will miss the food and all the fun times we have enjoyed. Thanks to Steve for all he gave back to the community over the years."

"My children were born and raised on Swinging Door Barbeque!!!"

"Growing up here, Swinging Door was a part of my childhood, and now my adulthood. You’ve been a part of such key moments in our family and I will always say this is the best BBQ around. Thank you for your commitment to this community Steven Onstad."

Onstad said the Swinging Door will close its doors for good after serving up a special Mother's Day buffet on Sunday, May 14. So there's still a little time to swing by to enjoy this "Texas BBQ legend."

Community rallies behind beloved thrift shop in danger of closing

The community stepped up to help The Thrift Shop keep its doors open.RICHMOND, Texas — A beloved nonprofit in Fort Bend County is no longer at risk of closing....

The community stepped up to help The Thrift Shop keep its doors open.

RICHMOND, Texas — A beloved nonprofit in Fort Bend County is no longer at risk of closing.

The Thrift Shop in Richmond provides a lot of free and discounted items to help the community but the store recently fell on hard times.

They were facing eviction and owed about $4,000 in rent.

The store owners, on Wednesday, said the community stepped up and donated nearly $4,000 over the last three days -- enough to keep the store in business.

How to help

Since 1997, the nonprofit (Youth Assistance Thrift Shop) has stood by the community. If you'd like to help the store stay afloat, you can go shopping at The Thrift Shop or you can find out more about making a monetary donation by clicking here.

"We are here to love people and just make life a little bit easier," manager Cheryl Nicklas said.

Store history

The store was started by Nicklas' parents. She now manages the day-to-day operations. There's some pretty great stuff at the storefront for low prices.

"Anything that you can find in your house ... you can find it in this building," she said. "We still sell our clothes for $2 apiece," Nicklas said.

They also give out some items for free. They help those who have to go through some of life's hardest times, including house fires, floods and even women escaping dangerous living conditions.

"We've had women (come into the store) that have had to leave their states in the middle of the night with nothing but their kids and their car," Nicklas said.

They also help with Thanksgiving meals, local schools and prisons.

"We just give them a hug and give them what they need and send them on their way," Nicklas said.

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