- 18330 Mueschke Rd. [HAR]
The photo at top shows Cypress Ace Hardware attempting to label its most obscure class of goods, the odds and ends customers know they want but struggle to put a name on. Turns out they’re actually top sellers at the 11655 Jones Rd. store: “We have so many people that walk in with a random part in their hand,” co-owner Susan Murff tells the Chronicleâ€™s Rebecca Hennes. Their question: “Do you carry these doohickies?”
Installed about 8 months ago, the DOOHICKIES lettering matches signs that aren’t visible in the photos but run horizontally to the left and right of what’s pictured, advertising the rest of the store’s offerings: tools, paint, electrical items, plumbing supplies, a fudge bar, and an on-site post office. (There’s also an “indoor grilling center where customers can schedule a time to cook their favorite meat on a grill they are interested in buying,” reports Hennes.) As for what corporateâ€™s got to say, each Ace store is individually owned, so local management gets some editorial power over its own dÃ©cor.
We only count 1 basketball court, 1 stuffed elk head, and 3 faux finishes inÂ the 9.74-acreÂ setup at 17020 Cypress Rosehill Rd. —previously kinda-sorta-abandoned by Anna Nicole SmithÂ (the listing agent tells the Chronicle’s Fernando Ramirez)Â during some part of theÂ bankruptcy proceedingsÂ that followed her billionaire husband’s death (and the news that she might not inherit). But maybe the relatively tame suburban stylings aren’tÂ so surprising, given that theÂ property hasÂ beenÂ de-vandalized, remodeled, and expandedÂ by the current owners sinceÂ the home’s last sale in 1998 (years before Smith’s death, the posthumous Supreme Court ruling, and the debut of theÂ operaÂ cataloguing a few of the more storybook-scandalous aspects of her life).
The property,Â “income-generating equestrian operation” and all, is up for sale now for $2.842 million. Also new, since Smith’s departure: a modestÂ backyard sports complex (including a gym building, multi-use court, and putting green). Make the full circuit:
Tin Hall (the building itself, anyway) is now back in the hands of pre-2014 ownerÂ Fred Stockton, reportÂ Shawn Arrajj and Emily Donaldson. The Tin Hall property was bought by MarkÂ Martinez in 2014, who sold the land to MHI McGuyer Homebuilders later that year; Martinez was allowed timeÂ after the Hall’s closing toÂ relocateÂ the structure, and made plans to move it down to a spot off Spring Cypress Rd. just east of Dry Creek — a process slowed down byÂ issues with finding water for the venue and its planned nextdoor retail development.
A set of 4 new FEMA disaster recovery centers opened yesterday, sprinkled around the north and westÂ sides of HoustonÂ hit hardest by the Tax Day flooding.Â The locations include a Greenspoint office buildingÂ right across Greens Bayou from some of the apartment complexes evacuated during the flooding (including Arbor Court).Â The other centers opened MondayÂ in Meyerland, Cypress, and Spring,Â and additional temporary help centers might getÂ set up elsewhere around town.
As of yesterday night, FEMA had already received nearly 12,000 applications for post-flood assistance.Â Harris CountyÂ reported last week that more than twice as many homes were damaged by the April floodsÂ as reportedÂ during last year’s Memorial Day flooding.Â Farmers Insurance agent Peter Zografos told the Houston Press last week that many of the same houses have filed claims a second time: “Some of these homeowners may have to be insured directly with the National Flood Insurance Program due to repetitive claims, [and] basically will be charged more for too many flood claims.â€
Map of FEMA disaster recovery centers: City of Houston