Emily Moore, who co-owns Branché boutique with Lisa Buss, announced on social media that they have closed their physical location at the Ella Oaks Center, 1737 W. 34th St. #600.
They opened the location in spring 2018.
“While we are sad to say goodbye to the shop we were so proud of, we are happy to say that we are down but not out,” Moore wrote. “We are adjusting to these unprecedented times and will still sell online. We will go back to our roots of hosting home shows once it is safe and comfortable to do so.”
Moore said gift cards will still be honored and any store pick-up orders they have will be shipped to customers at the store’s expense. She said further announcements would be forthcoming as they transition to full online sales.
“We are so grateful for each and every one of you,” Moore wrote. “Old friends and new, each of you has helped to make our dream a reality.”
Ad agency moves to M-K-T development
A Connect Texas commercial real estate update reports that Houston-based advertising agency Decode has leased 13,006 square feet at the M-K-T mixed-used development, relocating from its current office location at 3815 Montrose Blvd.
The M-K-T development is under construction at the corner of North Shepherd Drive and 6th Street.
“We are ecstatic to announce that Decode, the acclaimed hometown digital marketing firm, has selected M-K-T as its future home,” said Scott Arnoldy, managing partner at Triten Real Estate Partners, which is developing M-K-T with Radom Capital and Long Wharf Capital.
The report said that the office portion of M-K-T is now 50 percent leased.
Children’s Lighthouse to open by end of year
Oak Forest resident Alexis Legg, who is the franchise owner of the Oak Forest location of Children’s Lighthouse, a Fort Worth-based early learning school, says she hopes to be open at 2109 W. 34th St. by the end of the year.
“We don’t have a firm opening date yet, since so many of the things we need at the end depend on the city and other entities,” Legg said. “We are on track for a mid-November/early December opening.”
The Oak Forest location will be the school’s 51st franchised campus and its 21st location in the Greater Houston region, serving families with children ages 6 weeks up to 12 years old.
In addition to educational child care during traditional school hours, Children’s Lighthouse also offers interactive after-school programs and summer camps.
Legg, who has a master’s degree in education and has spent her professional career in early childhood education, said the opportunity to open Children’s Lighthouse was the perfect fit. She purchased the land for the school in 2019.
“I look forward to bringing a safe, educational and dependable option to our neighbors in Oak Forest,” Legg said.
Visit the early learning school online at childrenslighthouse.com/oakforest.