More Sugar Headed for the Sweetest Strip Center on North Shepherd

Strip Center, 1901 N. Shepherd Dr., Houston Heights

For months, local ice cream shop Fat Cat Creamery has been the only business open in the recently expanded and redone strip center at the northeast corner of N. Shepherd Dr. and 19th St. (It’s over around the left side in the photo above.) But now there’s a sign up announcing that Smoothie King is headed for the spot a couple doors down from it along 19th. And there’s more to this sugar rush: It appears a donut shop is headed for a space next door to Fat Cat in the same center. A buildout for Hugs and Doughnuts, from the folks behind the H-Town StrEATs food truck, is now going on in Suite 4 of the 8,000-sq.-ft. center at 1901 N. Shepherd, a source tells Swamplot.

Photo: Re:Vive Development

Hugs and Donuts

8 Comment

  • I have a feeling w/a donut shop & a kick-ass ice cream shop, smoothie king won’t last long lol. I don’t even think it’ll work for regrets from the other 2 lol. at least it won’t for me!

  • there is also a new spa/salon place that recently opened in that strip center (right next door to Fat Cat) called Blacksheep Parlor. Much more excited by the new donut place though!

  • I love me some Fat Cat Creamery. The owner and staff are awesome and my kids and I cannot get enough of the salted caramel ice cream. Keep up the good work!

  • Fat Cat is run by great people and they have a fantastic product, as evidenced by the absolutely booming business they have been doing since day one. Hope the new donut shop is just as good!

  • The complex is cute & I love FatCat, but I think it’s a bummer that a chain smoothie place is going in. I guess with the beautiful build-out I was hoping for more interesting local businesses vs. regular strip center fare. And I’m sure I’m in the minority, but the donut shop is also a let down for me–when I heard H-Town strEATs was opening something there, I got excited because I thought it would be a real food place vs. just donuts.

  • I think they are going to have to change the name of the area from the “Heights” to the “Widths”. In addition to Fat Cat and the soon to be new doughnut shop, Gelazzi on White Oak is opening in May to serve gelato and other Italian treats. RED Dessert Dive & Coffee Shop is building out on Studewood. Then there is the recently opened Heights Candy Store on Studewood. All of this is in addition to great pastries, baked goods and other treats at Angela’s Oven, Kraftsmen, Revival Market, Boulevard Coffee (possibly the best cinnamon rolls in Houston), Happy Fats, What’s Up Cupcake, Mighty Sweet Mini Pies and Dacapo’s. Yikes.

  • My hats off to the redevelopment. The building looks great!

  • @Old School: Damn do I love living in this neighborhood!