Queens Harbor: Young, female entrepreneurs become the face of popular Kingwood development

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28 February, 2019 By Johnston Farrow

Whether it’s something in the water or simply fate, a unique sisterhood is taking over and redefining one of the most popular shopping and dining areas in Kingwood, bringing a trendy and fresh energy to the area.


Proximity to Lake Houston, community-centered events, and unique design makes Kings Harbor an attractive place for potential business owners. These factors made it an ideal spot for women’s clothing boutique Pretty Little Things, DIY craft studio Wine and Design, and fitness studio BElagree. All three owners are women 30 years-old or younger and all have grown close.

Nikole Christian - Pretty Little Things Boutique

Photo: Drake A. McIntosh Digital Media


“I feel like we put out this energy and they are just an answer to prayers,” Pretty Little Things owner, Nikole Christian said. “I always wanted to have a strong community. It’s why we wanted to open in King’s Harbor so that we could be around other business owners, but with people that are my age, that are women, I feel like I won the lottery.”


Thirty-year-old Christian opened Pretty Little Things in King’s Harbor 2012, selling the latest trends in women’s clothing. Christian’s shop has been a successful addition to the Kingwood mixed-use development, and her savvy approach earned her accolades in the business community. LocalMeA has featured her story here.

 

Chantel Edwards Brown - Wine and Design

Photo: Drake A. McIntosh Digital Media


Atascocita resident Chantel Edwards Brown, 26, opened Wine and Design this month with her grand opening party on March 9. The sister of Kingwood ice cream shop Sub Zero owner, Shane Edwards, she was inspired to open the store after seeing the concept on Shark Tank, much like her brother started his business. The shop is not only a place for customers to paint and sip wine, but it also does feature do-it-yourself craft classes such as knitting and acrylics. 

 

Brittany Norwood-McDonald - BELagree Fitness

Photo: Drake A. McIntosh Digital Media


Brittany Norwood-McDonald, 25, opened BELagree Fitness this January. Formerly working in oil and gas, she fell in love with the BELagree workouts after suffering a herniated disc training for fitness competitions, eventually teaching classes in downtown Houston. She decided to open her own studio after her family moved to Kingwood.


The similarities in age and shared entrepreneurial spirit immediately attracted the three together. Two days after McDonald posted about BELagree opening, the three met along with another young King’s Harbor entrepreneur, Felicia Cumby, owner of children’s clothing boutique, Dapper Darlings, for lunch. The women now regularly communicate via text, patron each other’s businesses, and meet at least once a month to talk shop.


Photo: Drake A. McIntosh Digital Media

 

“The girl gang is awesome,” Edwards Brown said. “We inspire each other, and we share the same vision and mindset. We all discussed that we were going downtown to have fun and we wanted to create that here, to provide cool things to the community.”

Felcia's baby shower at Wine and Design

 

Not only do they have each other to talk to, but they also talk up each other’s businesses, helping drive traffic to the other stores. The owners will often find themselves hanging out at each other’s establishments whether it’s to chat or ask questions about payroll, marketing, how to bring in even more customers, or to simply celebrate each other. Wine and Design recently hosted a baby shower for Dapper Darling’s Cumby.

Chantel, Felicia, Brittany, Nikole 

Photo: Drake A. McIntosh Digital Media


“We call it Queens Harbor,” Norwood-McDonald said. “Opening a business is so stressful and emotional and there are so many days where you think, why am I doing this? But when you have such a solid support system that tells you it’s normal, that you can do this, we’ve all felt this, it’s definitely a special thing for sure.”

Written by

Johnston Farrow

Houston music/arts journalist for CultureMap and Byline Houston; features writer for LocalMeA and Forest Image; seeker of truth and beauty.


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