Carrie Taylor

Carrie joined the Community Impact team in September 2012 as a reporter for the Tomball/Magnolia edition. Now, she acts as editor for the Katy market and covers subjects including transportation, education and new developments. Carrie is a Houston native and graduated from Texas Tech University in 2011.

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Cane Island to be city’s first master-planned community

Katy’s historic namesake is reappearing as the label of a proposed 1,000-acre master-planned community. more »

Aug 22, 2013 Katy (1 Comments)

Work is ongoing at the Grand Parkway and I-10 to extend the roadway to Hwy. 290 by the end of the year.

Photo by Shawn Epps

Grand Parkway construction progresses

By December, drivers will be able to use another portion of Houston’s newest toll road. more »

Aug 22, 2013 Katy (2 Comments)

Beer & Wine Guide, 2013

Although there are no wineries in the Katy area, several are located in Houston or within an hour’s drive. more »

Aug 21, 2013 , , , Katy

C. D. Franz astride one of his horses in front of a barn on the original Franz homestead in the early 1900s.

Photo courtesy Donna and Larry J

Franz Family

For Donna Jones, her family’s legacy is hard to miss. A fourth generation Franz, Donna and her husband Larry live on the family’s original homestead on Franz Road. more »

Aug 21, 2013 Katy

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Sprouts opens first Houston-area store in Katy

Feeding the consumer's hunger for local, fresh and natural products, Sprouts Farmers Market is expanding its reach to the Houston area as its Katy area store opens tomorrow, March 27, at 23105 Cinco Ranch Blvd. more »

Mar 26, 2013 On the Town

The Margherita flatbread pizza is covered in shredded mozzarella, tomato slices, basil and virgin olive oil.

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MidPoint Bar and Eatery owner introduces new concept, menu

There's a new player in the restaurant and bar scene at Westgreen Gardens in the Katy area. MidPoint Bar and Eatery opened earlier this month and offers a full bar and lunch menu. more »

Mar 7, 2013 On the Town

Where to spend New Year's Eve

If you are still without plans for what to do on New Year's Eve enjoy our list of local celebrations. more »

Dec 28, 2012 On the Town

The Magnolia Tree House of Tea offers coffee, tea and lunch in its new Magnolia location.

Photo by Carrie Thornton

Magnolia Tree House of Tea opens additional store

The Tomball-based charming tea room, the Magnolia Tree House of Tea, is now serving hot and cold coffee drinks, tea and food on The Stroll in Magnolia. more »

Nov 21, 2012 On the Town

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The Don't Mess with Texas burger ($9.99) is topped with bacon, a fried egg and onion rings.

Photo by Carrie Taylor

All Stars Family Grill

After operating a sports bar for three years, Tony Orlando became a father—and another business plan was born. more »

Jul 25, 2013 Katy

Owners Chance Comstock, left, and Marcus Payavla, have worked together in the seafood restaurant industry since 1994.

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Orleans Seafood Kitchen

With faux balconies, lanterns and a brick walkway leading to the registers, Orleans Seafood Kitchen’s tribute to Bourbon Street is hard to miss. more »

Jun 27, 2013 Katy (1 Comments)

The Katy Grill plate features beef, chicken, bacon-wrapped shrimp stuffed with Jalepeno and cheese.

Photo by Carrie Thornton

Texas Mesquite Grill

One of the most difficult challenges a restaurant encounters is establishing its presence, particularly in a location that has already seen a number of eateries come and go. more »

May 23, 2013 Katy

Nikko has a wall of booths that can be curtained off for private dining and small parties.

Photo courtesy Tony Cogliandro

Nikko Sushi and Steak

Simply owning and running a business is not enough for Kimberli Pham, who also leads Nikko Sushi and Steak’s kitchen as head chef. more »

Apr 25, 2013 Katy