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Business Beat: July 2017

Written by Debbie Westbeld. Posted in Community

Business Beat is a monthly column recognizing Deer Park’s newest businesses and giving you other interesting business news from around town. Debbie Westbeld is the Economic Development Administrator for the City of Deer Park, and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 281-478-2042. Visit for more business information.

Otsuka Ramen & Bar is scheduled to open in late July at 8035 Spencer Highway, in the same retail center as Chipotle and 1000 Degrees Pizza. The Japanese noodle house will serve authentic fresh ramen noodle bowls, Japanese soups (the broths take up to 10 hours to prepare), delicious appetizers, plus have a full bar.

Vega’s Mexican Restaurant is now open at 3709 Center St. (former location of Nola’s PoBoys).

Deer Park is now home to Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant, located at 8035 Spencer Highway (next door to 1000 Degrees Pizza and close to Starbuck’s). When Chipotle opened its first restaurant over 20 years ago in 1993, the idea was simple: show that food served fast did not have to be a “fast-food” experience. Their menu includes burritos, tacos, bowls and salads. Visit their website at to learn more about their unique approach and view the menu.

Legacy Community Health now open. They are a federally qualified health center clinic at 3430 Center St. (former location of Shipley Donuts).

IdentoGO is now open at 3717 Center St. (next door to Papa Murphy's and Sports Clips). IdentoGO provides a wide range of identity-related services in safe, professional and convenient locations. Their primary service is the secure capture and transmission of electronic fingerprints for employment, certification, licensing and other verification purposes. Additional services, such as passport photos, identity history checks and fingerprint cards are also available. Their TSA security services can also help you save time at the airport.

MOD Pizza will open later this summer at 9315 Spencer Highway (in the Junction at Deer Park retail center next door to H-E-B’s gas station). They serve up individual artisan-style pizzas and salads made on demand. Customers can design their own pizzas and salads or select from a menu of MOD classics. All are the same price regardless of toppings. The handcrafted pizzas are fired in an 800 degree display oven and ready to eat in less than 5 minutes.

Did you know that most store-bought honey has had the pollen removed through filtering, and some even have added high fructose corn syrup? The Health Nut in Deer Park has pure, raw, local honey that helps stabilize blood sugar, boosts immunity and is antiviral/antifungal/antibacterial. Located at 2606 Center Street, they carry a variety of health-promoting products and have a daily lunch menu.

HD Supply has recently constructed a new 16,000 square foot building at 1234 Underwood Road in Deer Park. Stop by and check out their great selection of tools, building supplies, home improvement equipment and more. They sell to the general public, as well as to commercial businesses. You can reach them at (281) 930-1499.

Somethin’ Sweet Bakery has daily lunch specials, including homemade chicken salad on croissants, chicken spaghetti, homemade soups and quiche. They are now located at 118 Dixie Dr. (formerly the location of Sweet Peas Children’s Boutique and across the street from the post office).

The financial website WalletHub listed Deer Park #17 on their list of the best small cities in the nation to start a small business. The study took into account several factors: business environment, access to resources and business costs. Cities in the study had populations between 25,000 and 100,000.

Interesting Fact: The flu is more likely to kill you than any other infectious disease. Researchers at UTMB in Galveston, however, are close to developing a universal flu shot that will recognize all flu viruses, and you would only need to be given the vaccination one time.