Coffee Lovers Rejoice as New Coffeehouse Set to Open in Creekside

An equal love of coffee and spending time with friends and neighbors is the inspiration behind the new venture, Lovebeans Coffeehouse and Café, coming soon to Creekside Park.

Owned and operated by Beth Ferester & Company, one of the Woodlands most successful real estate firms, Lovebeans will give Woodlands residents a unique twist on their morning cup of joe.

Beth, along with her son Ryan at the helm, will bring their very own brand of coffee from Costa Rica to the Woodlands, when the coffeehouse opens early next month in the Crossroads Square shopping center, located just off Creekside Forest Drive.

“We were running our new Creekside office when we realized that the space next door had become available,” explains Beth, who has lived in the Woodlands for over 30 years and has seen first-hand the area’s exponential development over the last three decades.

“We love living and working in these beautiful surroundings and we treasure the sense of community here so we decided this would be the perfect opportunity to bring a coffee shop to the area.”

With the vision of creating a gathering place where friends and neighbors can meet in a casual, friendly setting, Lovebeans Coffeehouse was born.

“Lovebeans is coffeehouse eclectic with a splash of homegrown charm,” says Beth.

With a large indoor seating area as well as dedicated outdoor seating, the café will offer Woodlands residents a modern, yet warm and welcoming place to catch up, all while giving back to the local community.

Rustika Bakery will be supplying a variety of these lovely pastries for Lovebeans

By hosting regular events to support local charities, Lovebeans will serve as so much more than a coffeehouse; it is a venture that will benefit many people in the area.

“With a strong sense of community comes a strong desire to give something back,” continues Beth.

“We will be linking up with a number of local charities to host monthly events, as well as providing job and training opportunities for young adults in the Angel Reach program who may not otherwise be given the opportunity to work.”

How The Lovebeans Story Began

The initial concept for Lovebeans goes as far back as the late nineties when Beth’s son, Ryan Ferester, ran a small Zen Café in Costa Rica. During his time there, Ryan created an organic vegan chocolate spread. The spread became so popular that he decided to bring it to the American market under the name Love Bean Fudge Spread. The product can be found on the shelves of many natural food retailers, including Whole Foods.

The raw chocolate spread will be the flagship product on the shelves of Lovebeans Coffeehouse, with profits also going to local charities.

As well as a daily caffeine fix, Lovebeans will sell a wide choice of sandwiches and a range of delicious pastries from the renowned Rustika’s Café & Bakery in downtown Houston. The menu will also feature a selection of wine and beer.

And not to worry tea lovers – Lovebeans will be selling loose leaf TEEMA Teas from Thailand, with profits from each cup going back to the women who helped create the tea.

Catering to all tastes and food preferences, the café will have kid-friendly options with healthy breakfast choices, from overnight oats to nutrient-packed drinks, to kick start your family’s day.

“The Lovebeans menu will be constantly evolving and we will be doing our utmost to serve up seasonal, fresh, healthy food daily with plates to please every palate,” says Beth.

“We want Lovebeans to be a place where people love to gather with their friends and families and where they want to keep on coming back.”

Lovebeans Coffeehouse and Café will be ready to welcome its first customers in September 2019.

Web links:

lovebeanscoffeehouse.com

ferester.com

rustikacafe.com

teemateas.com

angelreach.org

 

Author: Jennifer Taylor

 

The John Cooper School Develops Global Thinkers with Experience in Spain

The John Cooper School offers its students experiential learning opportunities during the summer.  This year 14 students and 2 faculty members traveled through the south of Spain, exploring the cities of Madrid, Toledo, Granada, Seville, Gibraltar, and Cordoba.  The purpose of the trip was to focus on global perspectives; it was designed to move students through awareness, understanding, appreciation, interaction, and experience in a foreign country and immersion in Spanish culture. The objective was to develop global thinking by learning social-mindedness, politics, environment, ecology, technology, economy, and culture. This learning happened by visiting historical sites, attending courses with instructors from the University of Seville, engaging in service, and living with a local family.

Sevilla

Upon arrival in Madrid the group travel to Toledo, the city of “Three Cultures” (Muslim, Jewish and Catholic), and stayed within the historical city walls. They visited the Cathedral, one of the most prominent Gothic buildings in Europe also home to El Greco’s masterpiece The Burial of the Count of Orgaz.

They traveled through Castilla la Mancha, with vast fields of sunflowers and scene of many of the adventures of Cervante’s Don Quixote. In Jaen, they saw expansive olive orchards where one of Spain’s main sources of income, olive oil, is produced. They even sampled chocolate produced with this golden treasure.

Gibraltar

In Granada, they were able to appreciate the beautiful Moorish architecture of the Alhambra and experience the diverse mix of cultures that coexist along its beautiful narrow streets. The group also engaged in a service project with senior citizens.  Each member of the group was paired with a senior who guided the student through the city, sharing stories about where they grew up, pointing out their favorite place for treats, as well as detailing historical events that have occurred during their lifetime.

During the five day stay in Seville, the students lived with an Andalusian family, sharing meals and family dynamics.  They attended cultural and culinary classes where they learned the history of Flamenco, how to cook paella and sample traditional tapas and “merienda”.

Cooking Paella

 

The group then traveled south to Gibraltar, part of the United Kingdom, and experienced crossing the border as most of its inhabitants do on a daily basis to commute to and from work. From the highest point in Gibraltar they were able to see the African shore of Morocco and visited with the famous Barbary macaques, an endangered species of monkeys at the Upper Rock nature reserve, where they also explored its cave full of impressive stalactite and stalagmite formations.

In Madrid, the group visited the Royal Palace, the Prado and Reina Sofia museums. They admired Picasso’s masterpiece “Guernica” and learned of its symbolism and history, other surrealists’ works from Dali and Miró captured their interest as well.

Plaza Mayor Madrid

Throughout the journey the students communicated in Spanish, engaging in conversation and making inquiries to their tour guides.  The group made 3D videos which will allow classmates to share their experience and enhance their learning through the use of this innovative technology.  In this way, the Cooper community as a whole will benefit from this experiential learning adventure.

Sevilla waiting for the bus

Royal Palace Madrid

Service in Granada

Classes

Introducing the Exclusive The Book The Woodlands Wish Guide

The Book The Woodlands is excited to announce that The Wish Guide, a chic, new companion publication of The Book will arrive in mailboxes this year WITH The Book The Woodlands!
The Wish Guide will resemble the beauty and sophistication of The Book with a thick matte cover and pages but in a more petite 7” X 10” size. The Book The Woodlands focuses on the people, businesses, and organizations that make The Woodlands an exceptional community while The Wish Guide will highlight unique local gift, dining and catering offerings available in The Woodlands to help you with your Holiday gift giving and entertaining.

Designed like a high-end department store look-book, the pictorial ads of must-have products and packages, engaging festive articles and community events calendar will make The Wish Guide an irreplaceable resource during the busy Holiday Season. Perfect to peruse again and again and durable enough to withstand sharing with friends, family, and guests. It is sure to find it’s rightful place on your coffee table during the Holidays with The Book TheWoodlands.

The Wish Guide will be direct mailed to area homes in The Woodlands as well as distributed in high-visibility locations throughout the area including Market Street and local hotels, reaching over 100,000 influencers locally.

The goal of The Wish Guide, as with all of the publications of Interfaith, is to raise money to serve our neighbors in need. Last year, with the help of our generous ad partners, Interfaith was able to serve over 8,000 individuals through the Holiday Giving program. “As our community needs rise, we at Interfaith continue to seek ways to build sustainability and grow revenue to provide the programs and services necessary to assist our neighboring families and seniors in crisis,” said Missy Herndon, President & CEO. “Through ad partnerships, businesses market their services and products, and fully fund the publishing of both The Book The Woodlands and now The Wish Guide. In turn, all proceeds of these publications fund Interfaith’s programs and services. We are so grateful to be in a community that cares.”

If you know of a business or event that should be considered for inclusion in The Wish Guide, please contact cmogler@woodlandsinterfaith.org

The Woodlands Christian Academy Students Build Relationships Abroad

On July 8, 2019, high school students ranging from rising 9th graders to recent graduates of The Woodlands Christian Academy set out on a mission trip to Ecuador. Woodlands Christian strives to raise servant leaders who impact the world. This marks the eighth year Woodlands Christian has partnered with Kairos church in the small town of Puyo. Twelve of 27 students on the trip were returning members, eager to reunite with the friends and families they met in previous years.

Woodlands Christian students first landed in Quito, Ecuador before taking a long bus ride to the small town of Puyo, located in the hot and thick Amazon jungle. The remote Puyo community of 60,000 is predominantly poor, living on $1-3 a day. With spotty electricity and no indoor plumbing, most students had never come face-to-face with such poverty; some experienced culture shock.

Woodlands Christian is the only ministry team to partner with Kairos church, a small, missions-minded church that means “God’s timing,” in Greek. Woodlands Christian supports Kairos church by carrying out service projects, providing supplies and hosting vacation Bible school. Additionally, Woodlands Christian supports Kairos in reaching out to 15 other remote churches deep in the Amazon, some only accessible by dirt roads or canoe. On this trip, the missions team traveled to Pakisha, a small town of approximately 50 people. The Huaorani tribe they ministered to is the same tribe that killed missionaries Jim Elliot and Nate Saint in the 1950s.

The theme for the mission trip was “people over projects.” Students went in with the understanding that building relationships with people is more important than completing projects or accomplishing tasks on a to-do list. Students and faculty went so far as to not use their cell phones for two days in order to focus on interacting and engaging with others. Ultimately, building relationships with the people and with each other made the most impact on the high school students, more than any good work they contributed.

Leaving the comforts and convenience of home, Woodlands Christian students were stretched culturally, economically, and spiritually. Their attitudes changed from being self-serving to serving others. The trip concluded with students saying it was, “life-changing.” The hope is that these newly transformed students will take this energy and channel it into the new school year as they lead chapel and small groups.

 

*Content provided by The Woodlands Christian Academy ad partner in The Book The Woodlands

The Woodlands High School Youths “Summer Swish” in Italy

Four years ago an idea was formed by the assistant coach, David D’Allesandro, to organize a youth basketball tournament in Chieti, Italy. Raised in Chieti since he was 10 years old and then moving to The Woodlands in 2014, David would frequently get asked questions about US basketball and the differences with Italy. “I thought it would be nice for them to see with their own eyes. Bringing the two worlds together – what a better way than sports and teenagers?”

Houston Swish was formed alongside head coach Ferdinand “Yogi” Williams, a ten-year veteran coach from Phoenix, AZ including surrounding Houston areas. The next few months practices were held twice a week at Crossroads Church in Magnolia with AAU tournaments played in between. When asked about their preparation Yogi said, “These young men have displayed tremendous passion, intensity and dedication during the previous 3 months of skills training, conditioning, practices, scrimmages and games to prepare for this trip. No matter the size, athleticism or skill of our opponents these young men play together and execute a winning strategy because they believe in each other.”

On June 13th, the team was en route to Italy and within 24hrs of touching down they were off playing their first game. “This opportunity to travel abroad to Italy and experience basketball in a different environment with different rules, different languages and challenges was a priceless experience. I expected this trip to be a lifetime memory, but it also empowered these young men to overcome adversity, maximize their potential,” said Yogi, who then noted perhaps one of these boys may be inspired to play or coach basketball beyond high school.

Their two weeks abroad included more practices and scrimmages, but there was plenty of relaxing on the beach and exploring the beautiful town of Chieti. Chieti is amongst the ancient of Italian cities, situated in the Abruzzo region, a few kilometers away from the Adriatic Sea with the Majella and Gran Sasso mountains in the background. According to mythological legends, the city was founded in 1181 BC by the Homeric Greek hero Achilles and was named in honor of his mother, Thetis. It was called Theate.

When the captain of the team was asked to share his favorite experience about this trip, Federico D’Allesandro a sophomore at The Woodlands High School responded, “Since we moved to The Woodlands I felt like I belonged to two different and separate worlds. My Italian friends and then my friends from the US. It was amazing to see how quickly and easily these “worlds” merged together though! I was also very happy that there were true connections made between my two groups of friends. I have a feeling these two groups will be seeing each other again.”

Market Street 4th of July Festivities

Market Street has completed a property-wide renovation of the award-winning shopping, dining, and entertainment destination. The project took eight months to complete and focused on Market Street’s Central Park. Retailers and shoppers alike are in for a truly unique experience with the new changes!

Photography by Robert Harrington

Natural Grass in Central Park was replaced with weather-resistant and ecologically sustainable synthetic turf in order to better suit year-round festivities and events. New comfortable seating, charming pergolas, eye-catching lighting systems, and an interactive water deck have also all been added for a memorable experience.

Some other exciting changes include enhanced landscaped pedestrian walkways, contemporary parking, traffic management improvements, and relaxation areas. The restrooms have been completely renovated and water bottle fill stations have been added in order to better serve guests’ needs.

Kathleen O. Ryan Fine Art Photography

Market street completed all of its construction just in time to host the 44th South Montgomery County 4th of July Parade, ensuring a magical celebration for our community. On Independence Day Market Street will be hosting the popular patriotic tradition, which will feature marching bands, parade floats, and local dignitaries. The parade will kick off at 9:00 a.m., but red, white, and blue activities will not stop there! Adrian Michael will be entertaining with live music from 6:00-8: 00 p.m. in Central Park.

Kathleen O. Ryan Fine Art Photography

The 44th Annual South Montgomery County 4th of July Parade will be led by Grand Marshall and local philanthropist Christine Clinkenbeard as well as Grand Marshall Lt. Commander Charles Michael Abell. The audience will be able to enjoy retired U.S. Navy marching bands, high school marching bands, various military branches, fire engines, horses, and impressive floats. It will be a family-friendly festivity where everyone can celebrate our great nation and community; come out and enjoy!

Kathleen O. Ryan Fine Art Photography

Kathleen O. Ryan Fine Art Photography

 

Tiny Libraries with an Enormous Impact

You may have noticed the various tiny libraries located in neighborhoods across Montgomery County. The whimsical structures, resembling giant birdhouses, each contain an array of books and serve as “take one, leave one” lending libraries. These tiny libraries provide both children and adults the opportunity to better themselves through the art of literature while also giving the same gift to another neighbor in the community. These libraries started as a way to provide books to children in low-income neighborhoods but have flourished and can now be found all over the world. If you would like to find your next favorite novel or encourage young readers to pick up a book this summer, please feel free to take a book and leave a book in its place at the following locations:

43 Quiet Oak Cir

The Woodlands TX 77381

 

58 S Cobble Hill Circle

The Woodlands TX 77381

 

4242 Interfaith Way

The Woodlands TX 77381

 

4266 Interfaith Way

The Woodlands TX 77381

 

38 South Havenridge Drive

The Woodlands Texas 77381

 

1015 Evergreen Circle

The Woodlands TX 77380

 

8 Slash Pine Park

The Woodlands TX 77380

 

173 Linton Downs Pl

The Woodlands TX 77382

 

10 Daylight Ridge Court

The Woodlands TX 77382

 

428 Rayford Rd

Spring TX 77386

Creekside Forest Dr. Tiny Libary

Interfaith of the Woodlands’ Tiny Library

New Class of All-Star Volunteers Takes Shape

It is no surprise that an organization that aims to make such a profound impact on our community requires many dedicated volunteers. Trained, consistent volunteer pools are required to fulfill our mission of never saying no to someone in need. As a result, Interfaith began a program called Interfaith All-Star Volunteers in 2011. The Interfaith All- Star Program is a year-long volunteer program for high school students in which they complete at least 40 hours of volunteer service with Interfaith Programs and Services. To date, 386 young adults have served as All-Star Volunteers.

“Being part of the work Interfaith does has been the best volunteer opportunity I have found. There are so many different areas in which to volunteer. By working with Interfaith, you know you are impacting the community and reaching so many lives. I have developed interests I didn’t know I had because of the many different opportunities offered from gardening in the community garden to stocking the food pantry to working with seniors at Bingo. I am so thankful to be part of an organization that touches so many lives.” Mary Claire Corell, past Interfaith All-Star Volunteer

The Interfaith of the Woodlands All-Star program is exclusively for teens 14-18 years old in high school or entering their freshman year. The program runs June-May and gives teen volunteers access to all Interfaith volunteer opportunities but has requirements and prerequisites to participate. Potential candidates for our All-Star program must sign up to attend the annual orientation in June and then volunteer in at least four different areas of service with the aim of completing 40 hours within the service year to receive a certificate. This is a student-led program which means it is completely up to the student to sign up for shifts, communicate with the coordinators, keep track of volunteer hours, etc.

 

Missy Herndon, President and CEO shared, “the All-Star Program was created to share volunteer opportunities for high school students to serve together within all areas of Interfaith’s community programs. For 45 years, Interfaith has used service as the common bridge to build community and bring people together. Our All-Star program encourages our local teens to give back and establishes that everyone can make an impact on our neighbors and community. “

For more information about the Interfaith All-Star Program, please contact Sarah Mundy at 832-615-8220 or smundy@woodlandsinterfaith.org

Woodlands Weather Dude

I enjoy weather forecasting and communicating weather risks to people and I have made a career out of it over the last 25 years. In late August 2015, almost on a whim, I started posting about local weather interests on Facebook and Woodlands Weather Dude was born. At that time, the closed group contained only a few dozen members. Now over three years later, the group has grown to over 9,000 followers spread out across The Woodlands and Montgomery County. Although I would like to take full credit for the popularity of the group, I believe there are some larger things at play here that are responsible for this growing popularity.

 

First off, whether we know it or not, the weather touches our lives on a daily basis.

According to a recent Power Research Center study, weather far outpaces other daily news topics on a local level. Over 70% of adults in the Houston area say that the topic of weather is “important for daily life”. In second place was the news topic involving Traffic & Transportation at 52%. Even Government and Politics were only at 26%. Let’s face it; people want to know if the weather is going to have an impact on their kid’s birthday party, commute to work or on their weekend camping trip. Having a cell phone with weather apps or social media, including Woodlands Weather Dude, makes it easier than ever to have access to current and future weather at your fingertips.

 

Secondly, the weather hasn’t exactly been boring around here. In my 27 years of living in Houston, I believe the most active stretch of significant weather occurred here recently over the last few years. Hurricane Harvey (2017) and the two 2016 Floods both had huge impacts on our community and has stirred even more personal interest in the weather, especially during the tropical season.

Finally, I believe the popularity of the WWD Facebook page may also be an unfortunate byproduct of storm anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). According to Dr. Asim Shah, a Baylor College of Medicine mental health expert, “Close to a year after Harvey, we are still seeing [patients with] depression and anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder as well”.  Although I don’t interact directly with most of my followers, I have had many conversations with fellow co-workers who have been directly (or indirectly) impacted by Harvey or prior storms.  Some of them still suffer from insomnia and storm anxiety and have admitted to becoming obsessed with the weather, especially during thunderstorms.

Weather in Texas can be very scary for many in our area. What I attempt to do on my Facebook site is to provide my own unfiltered view on how a certain weather event is going to pan out.  And I always try to do it without any needless hype, although I have to admit some of our recent weather events over the last couple of years warranted some more serious weather language. During quieter times, I sometimes like to have forecasting contests. So if you have a good idea on when we will see our first 100-degree day or when we encounter our first freeze of the year, give me a follow! If you are a successful forecaster, you could even win a small prize. -WWD

Jeff Royed graduated from the University of Oklahoma where he received his B.S. in Meteorology. Jeff has lived in The Woodlands with his wife and two boys for over eight years. In his spare time, he enjoys running and biking on the local trails. He also likes taking his boys on short camping trips.

 

 

 

 

Inspiring Mom- Jo Anne Johnson

What has been your most challenging part of motherhood?

Especially as your kids grow older, I would say it’s teaching them virtues in failure – allowing them to accept and own consequences for their decisions/actions, yes, but also encouraging them to rise up to their God-given potential, and you only get there by trying.  “The only true failure is when you stop trying,” as my parents would say.  Allowing them to fail is one part of this, but leading by example is the flip side of that coin… They’re always watching, so how do I accept life challenges as an incredible opportunity?  Ultimately, we’re teaching our children to stand on their own two feet with strength and confidence in knowing God made them with special intention and purpose, so “rise up” and make the world a better place.

 

What inspires you as a mom?

I’m inspired by Holiness in others, and am inspired by the reality that, by a divine plan, we were chosen to be mothers for our children… What an awesome responsibility as both Nurturer and Teacher!  I am blessed by great friendships and believe me, I take notes from friends with older kids… They’ve encountered life situations and instilled values where I can see their kids flourishing, and it’s super inspirational.  And not just great testimonies for hard work paying off with college or career opportunities, but awesome examples in volunteerism, stewardship.  If I open my eyes, there are ordinary people doing extraordinary things every day.

 

How do you find time for yourself/spouse/children?

I heard this years ago, and have never forgotten it:  “How do you spell Love?  T-I-M-E.”  A professional business coach also made this sobering point, “Your family deserves what’s best of you, not what’s left of you” when you walk in the door.  That awakened my senses, and inspired me to structure my business so that I am present… I love to escape with my son and do things he wants to do – just mother/son time.  Admittedly, a gun range or video game challenge is not always my cup of tea, but there’s a lot of sharing!  With my daughter, she likes foodie outings, and have done quick overnight trips together – very special.  And hubs… We try to find simple moments like coffee on the back patio before the house wakes up, or a quiet dinner together.  We even took a dance lesson in the last year. 😉  Lastly, self-care… I think many mothers would admit self-care often times comes last, and am reminded of the airplane analogy of putting an oxygen mask over our face first so we can help others around us.  We’re not effective serving others unless we’re taking care of ourselves.  It’s a work in progress.

 

What are your favorite things to do/places to spend time with your children in our community?

I would say one of our favorite things to do as a family is going out to eat together!  What does that say about us?! HA!  We live in a resort-like community, so we’ve enjoyed a lot of fun outings through the years… July Fourth parade is an annual tradition, picnics or concert-going in the park, being a spectator at professional golf tournaments, church socials… Window-shopping around Market Street… Volunteering as a family… So many wonderful venues and memories to create!

 

What advice would you give new moms?

Oh my… I’m not sure I’m qualified to give advice, but would simply say to “be present.”  I look back in the early years of my current career when my kids were young, and it’s a blur. I was inspired to get into a coaching program, which allowed me to implement better systems and structure.  One of the core principles I was coached on included creating a Perfect Calendar.  So, that would be my advice… Make sure your top priorities are on your calendar – time for yourself and time for your family.  Other activities, work commitments, etc, will fall in place around the latter.

 

Jo Anne grew up in Overland Park, Kansas, and attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on a full-ride music scholarship while simultaneously pursuing a professional career as a violinist with The Lincoln Symphony Orchestra among other solo & ensemble outlets. Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance, Jo Anne continued a professional music career while exploring a “daytime” career in Corporate America with a Fortune 500 Company. Within a short period, her tenure in insurance claims included: National Catastrophe claims, Fire/Auto claims, Special Investigation, Attorney Negotiations, and Management. Since 1996 Jo Anne has worked, lived, and played in The Woodlands.  She began her real estate career in 2008 which she has grown into a top-producing team – Jo Anne Johnson Real Estate Group.  Married for over 20 years to Troy, a native Houstonian, whom she met in Denver, CO, on business in the early ‘90s, Jo Anne is also the proud mother of two amazing kids! Between band practices and sports fields, she considers herself the luckiest woman in the world!

 

 

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