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The Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC) introduced Lakeland Village Center in Bridgeland in 2016. Since that time, the center has grown with a diverse collection of businesses – including restaurants, salons, fitness boutiques, a coffee shop, and more.
Lakeland Village Center was designed to serve as a small downtown with a true ‘Main Street’ so that visitors could have a unique shopping experience and not feel like they are at a typical strip center. Additionally, the majority of the parking is located behind the center in order to preserve the aesthetics of the design. The goal was for Lakeland Village Center to have a historic feel – a trip down memory lane where shopping is located in a downtown setting and customers stroll down Main Street to shop, dine and mingle with friends and neighbors.
Local artist Anat Ronen was commissioned in February 2017 to design the center’s first mural. Anat was asked to create a piece that incorporated nature, a fundamental element ingrained in Bridgeland’s overall plan, with a vintage look that would help bring an old-town feel to the mixed-retail center. The design she created accomplished just that and the style of the mural is referred to as a “ghosting technique” which offers a distressed look with exposed brick and semi-exposed paint.
This first mural added character and charm to the center that set the tone for Anat’s second piece. The team at HHC asked her to create something with historic flair that also incorporated nature but in an unexpected way. She was asked to consider the history of the area, which for decades was used for rice farming and cattle operations. Anat’s goal was to create a piece that would be out of the ordinary and wouldn’t just blend into the background.
After some research, Anat found a vintage postcard that inspired the exact historical tie-in she was looking for. Nothing illustrates Texas more than cattle, and who wouldn’t love a cowboy riding a giant jackrabbit for their next Instagram post? This is how ‘Lakeland Cattle Co.’ was born
There have been several variations of the vintage postcard that originated in the 1930’s. So, when your friends and neighbors ask about the new mural at Lakeland Village Center, you’ll know the historical value of Lakeland Cattle Co.
It’s extra touches like the murals that Bridgeland aims to incorporate into everything that is built. The desire to create places where people can have experiences not available anywhere else is a priority for the community.
Lakeland Village Center is home to the monthly event ‘Friday Night Bites’ where families gather for food and entertainment just steps away from their front door. Special holiday activities are being planned for next month as the center continues to be a destination where people enjoy the offerings available. Each of Bridgeland’s four villages will have similar retail centers and will strive for other special elements, like the murals at Lakeland Village Center, to create a memorable experience for all who visit.
View the daily progress on Anat’s mural. The project took nine days to complete.
The area’s newest fitness facility, F45 Training, opened its doors in Bridgeland last month. If you haven’t heard of F45 Training, you will very soon! F45 combines high-intensity interval training/tabata-style training with the best of CrossFit, traditional weight training, boxing, MMA, surfing and cardio-based programs.
The grand opening was a rousing success, with Cypress residents turning out to learn all about the high-intensity workouts. With music from DJ Dom and refreshments supplied by local businesses, co-owners Jodi Morton and Samantha Hall gave visitors their introduction to functional training programs offered by F45 Training. Read more ›
The Cy-Fair Educational Foundation in partnership with Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital and Houston Methodist West Hospital will host the 8th Annual Houston Methodist Cy-Hoops Invitational December 7, 8, & 9, 2017. Wainwright Dental & Associates, P.C. has been a longtime supporter of this elite high school basketball tournament. The Cy-Hoops tournament looks to engage the community, promote the sport of basketball, and foster community spirit, while raising funds for student scholarships and innovative staff development programs for Cypress-Fairbanks ISD. Read more ›
Bridgeland took home PRISM awards for Landscape Design of the Year, Billboard of the Year (Event Category) and Realtor Team of the Year (The Lippincott Team). The Woodlands won awards for Humanitarian of the Year and Print Advertisement for “Star Spangled Salute at Liberty Branch.” In addition to the five wins, The Woodlands and Bridgeland were named finalists in five additional categories.
The PRISM awards are just the latest in a series of wins for the two master planned communities this year. In August, The Woodlands and Bridgeland had a combined seven wins at the 2017 Texas Association of Builders (TAB) Star Awards in Dallas. Also in August, The Texas Nursery Landscape Association (TNLA) presented Bridgeland with the Gold Award for its innovative Treehouse Park amenity during the 2017 TNLA Awards in Dallas. This spring, The Howard Hughes Corporation received an Innovation Award for One Lakes Edge, a luxury multifamily development in Hughes Landing in The Woodlands, from the University of Houston, C.T. Bauer College of Business. Read more ›
L3 Craft Coffee will offer diverse coffee extractions with unique brewing methods not readily available in the area. Various coffee extraction methods include Siphon, French Press, Chemex, AeroPress, Pour Over and cold brew, as well as conventional techniques such as espresso and drip coffee. L3’s highly trained baristas will follow precise, consistent brewing procedures to release the unique body and flavor of every cup of coffee.
L3 (short for love, laugh and learn) will help its customers discover the unique flavor of every coffee type and allow them to enjoy coffee at its fullest potential.
“Unlike competitors that only offer a social experience, our value is delivering a true coffee experience that creates a curiosity to learn the art of coffee,” said owner Lisa Lau. “Because of the complexity of coffee, our Discovery Bar will demonstrate to customers the various flavor characteristics unique to each brewing method using the same coffee bean.” Read more ›
Sara Carson and The Super Collies, finalists on this season of America’s Got Talent, are headlining the 9th Annual Howl-O-Ween Fest at Bridgeland on October 21 and the show promises to be nothing less thanshow stopping.
It’s the way Sara and her team of dogs have been performing for years. Sara started training dogs when she was 8 and by the time she was 17, she’d made it to The Late Show with David Letterman. Her drive and determination saw her beat out almost 300,000 people who auditioned for America’s Got Talent just five years later.
If it all sounds easy, Sara is quick to point out that it’s not.
“I’ve spent the past three years living in my vehicle, traveling for shows and exploring the United States,” she said. “I’ve been training dogs for about 13 years now and running my own dog training facility in Canada for five years.” Read more ›
Bridgeland’s coolest new amenity now has some shiny new hardware to brag about. The Texas Nursery Landscape Association (TNLA) recently presented Bridgeland with the Gold Award for its innovative Treehouse Park amenity during the 2017 TNLA Awards Celebration in Dallas.
The award was presented to the Bridgeland team and its building partner, LANDology, for developing the park, which includes a unique treehouse structure designed by Houston architect Richard Cate of MCCM Architects.
If you’ve visited Treehouse Park, you know why it’s a special place in Bridgeland. The treehouse, despite being more than 35 feet above ground, never touches the live oak tree that surrounds it. Created from renewable pine stock and is laced within a century-old oak tree, it gives visitors the impression that the stately oak tree organically grew through the treehouse.
Designing the treehouse was only half of the project. Building the treehouse required being mindful of lateral roots beneath the ground which, if cut or disturbed, could have a negative impact on the oak tree. To prevent that, the site was excavated not with shovels, but with an air spade. Using this approach preserved the roots of the stately tree that serves as the treehouse’s host.
In the end, the treehouse construction was successful. As an added benefit, the treehouse is situated on a site well known by local Houston birding enthusiasts. Cate, a longtime birder who frequently visited the site prior to the existence of Bridgeland, designed the treehouse as an escape for Bridgeland residents–a place where they can enjoy a view of the Katy Prairie not often experienced.
During the fall months, Treehouse Park serves as a perfect location for viewing sparrows, hawks and owls.
The event is the work of The Bridgeland Community Supports Veterans, Inc., a 501(c) entity created to help establish a memorial in Bridgeland dedicated to the men, women and families of the armed forces.
There are several options for race participants, starting with the 5K timed run/walk at 7 a.m., followed by a kids’ 1K at 7:30 a.m. All events will be held in Bridgeland’s Festival Park, and top finishers will receive trophies while top fundraisers will receive special prizes. All participants will receive a race shirt and hand towel. There will also be various vendors, food trucks and entertainment during the event.
Race proceeds will help fund the $1.5 million Veterans Memorial planned for the community while also supporting the immediate needs of veterans in the community and helping the group continue their Bridgeland Veterans Memorial Day, Bridgeland Veterans Day Festivals and Christmas Toys for Veterans’ Children programs.
Friday Night Bites returns to Bridgeland this month with live music, more than a dozen food trucks and a chance to help the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).
The October 13 event will run from 5 to 9 p.m. and all First Responders will receive a complimentary meal.
This month’s entertainment is sponsored by Ravenna Homes and guests at Friday Night Bites will have an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for a variety of prizes including an autographed football from Dallas Cowboys great Roger Staubach and tickets to the Houston Museum of Natural Science with IMAX passes. Read more ›