These Houston businesses are hurting because of the coronavirus. Here’s how you can help them right now.

Carlos Vasquez, left, and his nephew R.J. Vasquez, wait for customers at their family's barber shop Friday, March 20, 2020, in Houston. The barbers at family-owned barber shop estimate they have lost nearly half of their business due to the coronavirus. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

HOUSTON – From restaurants to cleaning services, thousands of Houston-area businesses are struggling as people stay home to slow the spread of coronavirus.

We asked businesses to share their stories and how you can help them out during the pandemic.

Here are all entries we received:

Taqueria Estilo Mexico - Food

Taqueria Estilo Mexico serves authentic Mexican food including gorditas and sopes.

Here’s part of what they shared with us:

“We just opened about a month ago and we were busy until recently."

You can support this business by placing to-go orders and picking them up through drive-throughs.

Location: 10730 Barker Cypress

Phone: (832) 607-6346

Big Ol’ Bows - Shopping

Big Ol’ Bows creates clothing and accessories for children newborn to 3T. They make custom shirts and handmade bummies, bows, bowties, rompers and tutus. They even have “mommy size” headwraps.

Here’s part of what the owner shared with us:

“I’m a small business owner who turned a hobby into a small business. I recently took over this small business as a way to help make up some income we lost in November after my husband (a veteran) was let go from the VA. We took it as an opportunity for him to go back to school full time and finish his nursing degree. I work a full-time job as a transaction coordinator for a real estate team and I do my business in the evenings and weekends we set up at the farmers market! I’m also a licensed stylist... jack of all trades. Anything to help get hubby through school stress-free.”

You can support this business through online shopping.

Best Collision Center - Auto

Best Collision Center offers full-service auto body and paint repair.

Here’s part of what they shared with us:

“In business as best collision for 20 yrs. Founded by Steve Gerardi, specializing in Mazda, all foreign and domestic cars. We also do specialty repair on high-end vehicles. We take the hassle out of dealing with cut-rate body shops and deliver a superior product to our customers.”

You can support this business by purchasing virtual services.

Location: 1705 Sherwood Forest

Phone: (713) 973-9100

La Macro - Food

La Macro is a local food truck located near northside Houston.

Here’s part of what the owner shared with us:

“I’m a single small business owner and have been in business for 8 years and have never struggled in my years of business as these past few weeks... I wanted to just stop but my followers and customers have asked me not to give up... just like I didn’t give up on Houston after Harvey... they want to help out and give back.... 🙏🏽 I cannot employ my staff because I cannot afford to and we are relying on faith at the moment...”

You can support this business by placing to-go orders.

Location: 3903 Fulton Street

Phone: (832) 618-4611

Bark N’ Sparkle - Pets

Bark N’ Sparkle is a dog grooming service.

Here’s part of what the owner shared with us:

I groom dogs in my own home or in the comfort of the client’s home. I make them look and feel better for their owners and themselves. Bring your fur baby to me. I can set out a kennel for you to leave your pet on my porch as to have no human contact. I am practicing all precautions and extra sanitation procedures. Business is at a dead halt right now.”

You can support this business by taking your fur babies to get groomed.

Location: 910 Pebbleshire Drive

Phone: (832) 988- 9402

Armstrong Plumbing Company - Home

Armstrong Plumbing is a new plumbing company serving the Houston area. It specializes in conventional and tankless water heaters.

Here’s part of what they shared with us:

“We opened in mid-January of this year. Our master plumber went into plumbing 15 years ago when he found out that he had a baby on the way. He started specializing in water heaters 8 years ago. Starting a business has been hard especially since we are living in a world of unknowns but we are fortunate enough to still be able to help people in need.”

This business is offering discounted services to customers who have been laid off or have had their hours cut.

Phone: (281) 485-3838

Atlas Glinn, LLC - Security

Here’s part of what they shared with us:

“Most of our clients have been forced to close during this epic pandemic- without relief, therefore causing us to lose business and struggle to keep our staff employed. We are juggling the schedule and business capitol the best we can to triage our operations and keep paychecks going to our most critical assets- our employees.”

Location: 675 Bering Drive Suite 200

Phone: (281) 415-1023

Institute of Contemporary Dance Houston - Dance

The Institute of Contemporary Dance Houston is a new business in Sawyer Heights/Arts District with plans to open this spring.

Here’s part of what they shared with us:

"We hope when COVID19 goes away everyone will come join us! See our website for more information!”

You can support this business by taking one of its live-streamed dance classes that are suited for all ages.

Location: 1302 Houston Avenue Suite #300

Phone: (713) 804-6646

Medical Center ENT Associates of Houston - Health

Medical Center ENT Associates of Houston provides the community with physicians treating patients with ear, nose and throat issues.

Here’s part of what they shared with us:

“We have made the decision to stay open and try to keep as many people to stay out of the hospital as possible. We are trying to keep the hospitals and urgent care facilities from having to treat patients that would have no other choice than urgent care or hospital if we were to close. We are offering virtual visits for patients with compromised health and in-person visits for patients without a fever or cough.”

You can support this business through its virtual services.

Location: 4101 Greenbriar Drive Suite 320

Phone: (713) 795-0111

Storage Authority on Walters Road - Storage

Storage Authority is a storage facility near Spears and Walters Road that has been in business for one year.

Here’s part of what they shared with us:

“We started out with thinking of making our lives better and help out by giving great prices! We are barely a year in and it has affected us big time so any help will work! Whether you want to rent a unit for a month or for a while please come by we will treat you as family. ”

This business wants to help its customers by offering 3 months at 50% off without a contract. And if customers need it for longer, the original price will stay for a whole year. They will even help by making sure you don’t pay a deposit or admin fee.

Location: 11966 Walters Road

Phone: (832) 777-7877

Dirt Free Carpet Cleaning - Home

The Dirt Free Carpet Cleaning team cleans different flooring and furniture in your home. They also clean air ducts and can sanitize any surface in your home or business.

Here’s part of what they shared with us:

“We are family owned and operated. The owner started because he had to work at a young age to feed his family of 10. We have found success by going above and beyond industry standards. Creating new processes and equipment along the way. We have the most powerful truck in the industry with different attachments to be able to clean multiple surfaces.

Location: 1308 Upland Drive

Phone: (713) 730-2782

Krispy Kreme Humble location - Food

Here’s part of what the manager shared with us:

“We are encouraging our guests to order online. This will make it safer for our staff since our guests will only be picking up and won’t have to spend time in our establishment. This will also help to have less contact since they can pay online, we won’t have to touch their cash or credit cards. And they won’t have to walk in to pick up, they can do it through our drive-through window.”

You can support this business by ordering online which will make it a lot safer for its staff.

Location: 1960 Bypass Road W

Phone: (346) 323-7220

Banh Mi And Tea Restaurant - Food

Banh Mi And Tea Restaurant serves Vietnamese sandwiches and Boba Tea. They also have a variety of appetizers and noodles bowl and plates.

Here’s what they shared with us:

“We opened this restaurant 2 years ago. We do the best Banh Mi in Copperfield Village.”

You can support this business by ordering food for delivery.

Location: 7067 Highway 6 North

Phone: (281) 656- 8075

Andy’s Kitchen - Food

Andy’s Kitchen is a small restaurant that offers American comfort food. It was voted best burger in Cypress.

Here’s part of what they shared with us:

“Andy supports our community through feeding churches, schools, first responders and veterans. Now he needs us! Andy is a genuine caring guy. He makes people laugh and is always giving back. He sponsors veteran lunches and feeds school staff and first responders."

Location: 15202 Mason Road

Phone: (832) 653-8302

Full of Crafts Texas - Shopping

Full of Crafts Texas makes custom items including shirts for baby showers and custom glitter tumblers.

Here’s part what the owner shared with us:

“I started making phone cases for my daughter and branched out from there. I now make shirts, bags, tumblers, and many other things.”

You can support this business by ordering online. It can ship items all over the US.

Phone: (713) 591-0532

Shawn Chippendale Imaging - Service

Here’s what the owner shared with us:

“I am a commercial and editorial photographer. I can still conduct my business of photographing content for local businesses while observing all distancing rules. I have over 20 years of restaurant experience and have been a full-time photographer for 3 years now, due to hard work, sacrifices and the commitment to honing my skills. I have found success by providing local & national brands high-quality content at affordable prices.”

You can help this business by booking them to photograph your goods.

Phone: (832) 404-1969

Old 18 - Shopping

Here’s what they shared with us:

“We are a manufacturer of high-end fishing rods. Owned by a top gun fighter pilot, navy seal, and a master fishing rod builder.”

Location: 331 Corporate Woods Drive Suite B-3

You can help this business by purchasing online.

Full Out Dance - Dance

Here’s what they shared with us:

“I offer classes in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Gymnastics, Pointe & Hip Hop for children ages 2-18. Full Out Dance is home to a 50 member National Award Winning Competition Team (Kelley’s Company). I provide a 2nd home and family type atmosphere for many students. I have students that have been with me for 5 years and 10 plus years. We all share the love of dance and have a bond and memories that will last a lifetime.

I started a fundraiser for the studio. These are the shirts for my 12th annual recital that is still set to happen in May🤞. To purchase a shirt click here"

Location: 13455 Cutten Road 2-I

Phone: (713) 732-7363

I Love Bouncies - Shopping

I love Bouncies sells hand made, hand-carved, wood collectible characters.

Here’s what they shared with us:

“We attend various fairs, festivals, community events, and music fests. This was our 1st time as a vendor at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. Going forward our in-person shows have been canceled with no event scheduled until September. We have driven our customers to our website in hopes of continuing on with our sales and mission: We sell characters and offer free smiles 😃

People will hook Bouncies on a ceiling fan pull, hook them on a lamp, above a kitchen sink, in a window, or ride with you in your car. We sell Bouncies to people that have someone in an assisted living, or nursing home. Anywhere you need a little Bounce in your day."

Location: 23715 San Servero

Phone: (979) 575-0474

National Refund Solutions LLC - Personal Finance

Here’s part of what they shared with us:

“I am tax preparation, credit restoration and insurance agent. I love helping others. I believe God gives everyone a second chance, this what we cater too.

I moved here from Port Arthur, Texas and I wanted a change for my life and children’s lives. I really didn’t know anyone but I started doing tax preparation out of my house. Things started to change for the better. Here I am 9 years later making a difference in people’s lives.”

Location: 340 N Sam Houston Parkway Suite A165U

Phone: (832) 504-5252

Pintxo Loco - Food

Here’s what they shared with us:

“We started with one simple idea. Bring homemade meals to your outdoor experience. Our empanadas have received a lot of compliments for their exquisite taste using only Certified Angus Beef. The Paella have become an experience were people try a bit of Spain without leaving Htown. Our paellas can be mixed (seafood & pork), Seafood, Vegetarian.

People can find us on IG #pintxoloco where they can message us for empanada orders daily. BEEF Empanadas are made once a day only. We can deliver within 15 min of West Houston. Paella needs to be ordered 2 days in advance."

Location: 2323 Eldridge Parkway

Phone: (443) 593-9341

Mirror Image Aquatics - Home

Here’s what they shared with us:

“We are a successful pool maintenance and remodeling company located in the PEARLAND/Manvel/Alvin area. We service south of interstate 10. We are licensed, insured, water chemistry certified and hold an A+ rating with the BBB. We employ five people, not including the owners.”

Location: 1612 W Highway 6

Phone: (281) 849-7665

M C Roofing & Construction - Home

Here’s what they shared with us:

"We do roofing, roof repairs and construction of any kind for both residential and commercial and we run a crew of five so we can do the work while maintaining six feet and are willing to do work cheaper than normal to keep our crew working at least three days a week. We started out doing contract work for habitat for humanity and we have been working ever since by word of mouth and business cards (the old fashion way).

We are local. Give us a call and we will continue to do our best work while keeping our distance."

Location: 308 Dreamland Avenue

Phone: (832) 704-3494

The Texas Popcorn Company - Food

Here’s part of what they shared with us:

"We offer fresh gourmet popcorn and nuts, shipped directly to your door! We have a wide variety of flavors. We don’t make it until you order it so it’s always fresh! We are a family-owned business entering our 5th year of business.

We are currently offering $5 shipping on all orders over $20. If you’re local to Montgomery, you can place an order for pick up!"

Location: 18413 Highway 105 W

Phone: (877) 976-2257

El Jardín - Food

Here’s part of what they shared with us:

“We sell Mexican food with traditional favorites. Free delivery within 5 miles, curbside or door dash delivery.

An American dream that started in 1975 and still Family run and operated. We even got recognized my New York Times.”

Location: 7849 Harrisburg Boulevard

Phone: (713) 921-3633

Manning Pool Service - Home

Here’s part of what they shared with us:

"If your pool is turning green or you need equipment repaired. CALL US. We will send a technician to you with contact-free service.

Manning Pool Service has been maintaining swimming pools in the Greater Houston area for over 20 years. We are second-generation owners and were recently featured in Pool Pro Magazine and Houston Life. Keeping pools clean during this time is essential to our community’s health. Families being able to safely swim in their pools will provide a relaxing break from these challenging times."

Location: 2121 Judiway Street

Phone: (713) 912-9098

BJ Oldies - Shopping

BJ Oldies sells home furnishings, decor, and collectibles.

Here’s part of what they shared with us:

“Single mom started over 30 years ago! Family owned and operated!”

You can help this business through online shopping or calling to purchase gift cards.

Location: 1726 Westheimer

Phone: (832) 651-8477

Twisted S Travel - Travel

Here’s what they shared with us:

“Twisted S Travel is dedicated to offering you the best prices and advice while maintaining an emphasis on customer service, so don’t hesitate to contact me so I can start planning your next travel adventure! As your personal Travel Agent, I’ll devote time and effort to making sure you’re happy with your travel options. If you need any assistance, I’m just a phone call or e-mail away, so you’ll receive the immediate attention you not only need but also deserve.”

Phone: (281)-728-9178

Kloud10 CBD Wellness - Shopping

Here’s what they shared with us:

"We had just started our store operations in January of 2020, with any small new business it takes time to get it off the ground, just as it looked like things were going to pick up the COVID-19 crisis struck us and we have barely seen customers the last several weeks leading up to this stay at home order. We don’t want to close our doors or stop trying to provide our products and services and to that end, we are willing to bring all our products out of the store and deliver them. We are still unsure of how the order classifies CBD wellness shops but we hope that we can still make a living and stay true to our mission of helping people.

In 2017 my father had lost his job with ExxonMobil after 20 years of working for them. That was the first heavy blow to us and wasn’t able to find another job in the last 3 years. We decided to start this business last year after he was diagnosed with lymphoma, (thankfully it was a misdiagnosed) but at the time this shook our whole family. I had been working in smoke shops at the time and had already been selling some CBD products but wasn’t sure if they actually would benefit him. When he got a second opinion from his doctor about trying some the doctor actually said “why not.” We went to an actual wellness store and tried a bottle of oil and after just a few weeks we saw unbelievable results. The swelling in his neck had subsided and all he could say was that he felt calmer, more relaxed. From that moment my dad took his whole 401K and life savings, and me and him got started on trying to open our own store, sticking to our mission to look for reputable and high-quality products that would bring people the same benefits that my dad received. It was a hard and long road but we finally opened our doors in mid-January of 2020."

Location: 3719 N Fry Rd #C

Phone: (281) 717-4128

Tiny Giraffe Design - Services

Here’s part of what the owner shared with us:

"I’m a freelance graphic designer who wants to help local businesses get their information out there. I’m offering a free social media image that a business can share via their social media platform to let their valued customers know how to reach them, how to purchase their goods/products, specials, etc. I’ve seen a lot of DIY images and I just want to help and provide this service for them. I can be reached via email for any additional information or to begin the design process for their images.

I was a full-time graphic designer at a local credit union and became a freelancer and stayed at home after having my daughter."

Phone: (713) 885-3484

Sassy Sisters, LLC - Printing

Here’s part what they shared with us:

"We design and make custom shirts, as well as offer supplies to make your own! (Vinyl, blank shirts, and over 200 pre-printed designs to choose from!) We also offer embroidery and make banners.

We are best friends that worked from home for 6 years, before opening our storefront. We started with a single needle embroidery machine, before starting vinyl work, and got the opportunity to buy the store we purchased supplies from, and jumped on it! Through hard work, and lots of late nights, we’ve built something to be proud of!"

You can support this business through online shopping.

Location: 7407 Spencer Highway Suite 120

Phone: (832) 984-4443

Main In Texas - Cleaning

Here’s what they shared with us:

“We clean homes and apartments. Regular weekly or monthly cleans. Move-in or out cleans as well when someone moves.

My mother started our business in 1981 to provide for our family. Three years ago just before she passed when she first became ill and was no longer able to work my twin brother and I took over and have grown it to be enough to support our families."

You can help this business by purchasing gift cards.

Phone: (832) 861-6243

La Fogata Restaurant - Food

Here’s part of what they shared with us:

"We have been providing Houston and it’s surrounding areas with the BEST traditional Colombian cuisine in the city!

Our family came from Pereira, Colombia. Arrived in New York, and after an opportunity arrived, we moved from Queens, to Alief, and never looked back. We believe in providing our clientele, the best quality in not only food, but service as well."

You can help this business by using its curbside pick-up service.

Location: 11630 Southwest Freeway

Phone: (281)-575-8736

Houston Strong Fencing - Home

Here’s what they shared with us:

“Help us get your yard ready for Spring and Summer with a nice strong, good looking fence around your home.”

Location: 8615 Chaletford Drive

Phone: (713) 261-2043

Gfr collision & performance - Auto

Here’s what they shared with us:

"We are a body shop and mechanic shop. We offer a lifetime warranty on our paint on the body shop side and we do a 2-year warranty on parts and labor on the mechanical side.

I started at Maaco at the age of 21 washing cars and worked my way up and after 2 years working for Maaco I worked for an exotic shop and got really good at it and I’m always honest with customers and always stay true to my repairs and promise my customers to get their cars working the way it was before the damage or better. Sometimes I even do free stuff for customers on small issues. I don’t nickel and dime on small stuff and I do free advance computer scans I all my customers have my cellphone number so they can call me anytime they want. Sometimes I even fix a car for free if the issue is really small and it’s a quick fix. Customer service and honesty is my best policy it doesn’t matter how cheap the cost is. Customers will always remember I am honest and I didn’t try to rip them off. For example I had a customer the dealer quoted him 5800 bucks for a air strut and a transfer case on his 2014 jeep and they told him both of them have to replace. I told him the airline was bad because that was the issue and they sell a repair kit for that so I fixed it and the transfer case fluid was just bad so I replaced that and did a oil change for 370 bucks. Another example I had a customer with a hummer h3 they told him he needed a new transmission that was going to cost 4 thousand that’s what the chevy dealership told him and he brought it to me all he needed was a Tcm and that cost 400 bucks parts and labor. I always show the customer the issue and explain to them with detail and how the part works."

Location: 16410 Lee Road

Phone: (832) 638-1053

PHP Agency - Personal finance

Here’s part of what they shared with us:

"After almost 20 years of having a successful restaurant management/consulting career. I found myself needing a change of pace. Found an opportunity in Financial services and instantly fell in love! Helping educate families on financial literacy has really been an eye-opening encounter. Many people are not prepared for life financial experiences. I love the fact I get to help with that! Especially in my Latino community. I’ve found so much passion in what I do now! I’ve been able to expand my business now and am able to work through these tough times!

We help families with retirement plans, life insurance, debt settlements, fixed annuities etc."

Location: 25211 Grogans Mill Suite 400

Phone: (832) 316-4007

Loden’s Hardware - Home

Here’s what they shared with us:

“Loden’s Hardware is a local hardware store that has been in business since 1949. We have been through a lot throughout the years and need your support during this time. We sell plumbing, electrical supplies, pest control, paint supplies and a large selection of nuts and bolts.

Call us for your hardware needs and we can deliver locally to Jacinto City and Galena Park. Call from your car and we will bring it to you.”

Location: 10823 Market Street

Phone: (713) 455-0808

Art Class & Wine Glass - Classes

Here’s part of what they shared with us:

"We offer walk-in paint classes and pottery-painting classes with teambuilding parties as well. The only studio in Houston that offers pottery, wood, glass, canvas & fluid art paint sessions in two convenient Houston locations.

Owner Corina Vanderoef received her fine art degree but chose to do the “corporate” gig as a graphic designer for big-box retailers such as Academy Sports & Outdoors and Sun & Ski Sports for many years. With long hours and stressful deadlines, she decided to start her own paint & sip business in the evenings. After opening a tiny art studio and moonlighting for a year as an art instructor, she quit her regular job and made the leap to full-time as a woman-owned small business. Art Class & Wine Glass was established originally in 2010 to fill a cultural void in the Northwest Houston Cypress area and the Tomball area. Along with being an established performance painting artist in Houston, Corina teaches private lessons, fun BYOB painting class and team building activities at her two premier locations, one located in the Willowbrook Pavilion off of 1960 and 249 and the second located at The Marquee off of I-10 and 610 on Silber Road by Dave and Busters. Family-owned and operated by local artist Corina Vanderoef and her husband Robert, we are looking at trying to keep our doors open after surviving the Recession several years ago and of course a couple of hurricanes here in Houston. We are Houston Strong.”

You can help this business by purchasing gift cards.

Phone: (832) 474-2585

Desert Gold Group - Service

Here’s what they shared with us:

"We specialize in video production & content creation that’s tailored to grow your brands and business! We are currently offering a service to restaurants to create custom online ordering video menus that we can customize to each restaurant.

We’ve been in business for 3 years and this what we live and breathe every day. We love helping small businesses grow their social media presence with professional video content and strategy!"

Location: 3833 Cummins Street

Phone: (505) 614-4775

W. W. Diving - Classes

Here’s part of what they shared with us:

"We are a retail scuba diving store. We teach scuba diving and snorkeling, sell equipment, service and repair dive equipment and sell dive travel. Come in when this is over. There’s not much we do that anyone needs while this is going on, but we will be ready the minute it is over.

We started in 1984 and have just hung in there through good times and bad. This is a pretty small niche business, but there’s nothing like it in the world. I love what I do...teaching people to dive or snorkel, getting them into the best equipment for their needs, taking them on trips. There is nothing any better than seeing someone’s face the first time they dive in crystal clear water full of really cool sea life."

Location: 3023 Woodland Hills Drive

Phone: (281) 540-1616

Verna Mae’s - Food

Here’s part of what they shared with us:

“Verna Mae’s is named after our family matriarch. We offer a taste of home cooking with cajun, creole and Italian influences ‘just like momma used to make’. We just celebrated 2 years in the Cypress area.

We are offering delivery and curbside pickup. We offer a full menu as well as catering or family-style meals. Louisiana style boiled crawfish daily!”

Location: 16010 West Road

Phone: (832) 674-4976

Amara’s Skin & Soul Therapy - Beauty

Here’s what the owner shared with us:

"I am a skilled holistic Lic Esthetician who has 20+ yrs in education and certs for energy healing work, such as Reiki. I mix the two for optimal treatments and I practice chromotherapy as well.

Touch services are canceled as I am pregnant and don’t want to risk anything but some of my energy work can be done virtually. By via, phone, facetime, skype and believe it or not, I’m skilled enough to even do so via messaging.

I started at 15 working with holistic meds and treatments because I have extremely sensitive skin and system and had to find my own way to use hygienic goods and even makeup. It turned into a passion and then discovered I had a natural way of healing those around me on a deeper level. Can’t cure cancer but can help ease the mind and spirit to help cope. From there I took one class after another and even had to prove my newly found skills on live radio with random people. Now at 38, I have perfected everything I have done and have made it into my day to day job. I have helped people out of mental traps when they were in the edge so they could be ready seek professional mental health. I have helped sensitive skin adults and teens care for their skin and maintain confidence in natural beauty. Especially, those with autoimmune illness. All skincare used is custom made and the bath soaks are custom to the clients’ needs and my favorite mobile service. My work is very confidential and private and I suck at knowing how to update my website. Facebook and Instagram are usually updated. Amara’s Skin & Soul Therapy on Facebook."

Phone: (936) 900-5157

Instant Imprints Sugar Land - Service

Here’s what they shared with us:

“We do embroidery, screen printing, printing service, signs, banners and promotional products. We deliver.

Location: 909 Elderidge Road

Phone: (281) 240-5925

Smoke Kingz - Shopping

Here’s what they shared with us:

“We are a Tobacco and Exotic Pop retail Shop. My wife and I started the business when we were between jobs in 2018. We have been doing well but need the support.”

You can help this business through online shopping.

Location: 5516 N Fry Road

Phone: (281) 755-4091

GR Services - Home

Here’s what they shared with us:

"We provide drapery and decor for special events, stage platforms, fashion show runways and backdrops. Pipe & drape in 12 colors and various amounts for corporate meetings, weddings, charity fundraisers, churches. Stage platforms can be custom sized. We can deck over stairs, fountains, and other obstacles. Need a dance floor in your back yard for your event?

We have been in the industry for 36 years providing set construction, staging, decor, lighting, and props. Involved with 2 Platinum Weddings on WE TV. Christmas decor in 7 shopping malls. Have worked in most local hotel ballrooms and event centers."

You can support this business by booking for summer and fall events.

Phone: (832) 628-6723

Perfected Body Laser Med Spa - Beauty

Here’s what they shared with us:

"We offer aesthetic treatments like laser hair removal, body sculpting and skin resurfacing, along with skin treatments and facials. People can go online and book a virtual consultation or purchase a gift card for future services.

I started Perfected Body last April with a passion to improve people’s appearance and help them capture their perfection! I truly love helping people feel good about themselves and giving people confidence. I’ve been in sales all my life and googled my way through starting this business all on my own."

Location: 8321 Broadway Street Suite 120

Phone: (832) 598-2647

For Heaven’s Cake - Food

Here’s what they shared with us:

"Bakery for all occasions big or small! From stunning wedding cakes to fresh bread- all things Heavenly! Delivery in the Jersey Village, Cypress, Tomball area.

I began my business almost 10 years ago out of my house. Clients loved what I created and it grew from there. I opened my storefront in October 2018."

The business also offers curbside pickup service.

Location: 17488 Northwest Freeway

Phone: (832) 876-9197

Kiwi’z Klozet - Shopping

Here’s what they shared with us:

"We are a children’s boutique. We carry new and pre-loved specialty items including clothing, shoes, accessories, toys, furniture, and gear. We carry an assortment of items you can’t or won’t find in your big name stores plus some names we all recognize. From locally made and sourced to nationally sourced - we have something for everyone (from preemie to tweens).

Being a mom to triplets, I took extra care when buying for them. As time has passed I’ve had the opportunity to use and explore so many different products and what works best for my trio. What started as an upscale resale idea (a way to make something back on items my kids didn’t use or gently used) quickly grew and became a full scale retail (online mainly with some pop-ups). I started this store as a method to not only with that in mind but as a way to bring handmade and locally made items to parents who wanted more for their kids at reasonable prices. So my store - Kiwi’z Klozet was born!"

Location: 7717 Louetta Road #11770

Phone: (281) 704-5115

The Boba Spot - Food

Here’s what they shared with us:

"We serve Taiwanese bubble tea and small bite-size snacks! Call in and we can take your order. For pickup. And if needed we can provide curbside.

We started in 2018. Our whole family has been addicted to these drinks since we were little and we always wanted to show everyone how good these drinks are! We just love bubble tea!"

Location: 13411 State Highway 249 Suite 6

Phone: (281) 741-1733

Missouri Car Care - Auto

This business offers automotive repair, vehicle inspection and automotive service.

Location: 1653 Cartwright Road

Phone: (281) 261-0400

Salon Lux - Beauty

Here’s what they shared with us:

"I am a hairstylist and salon owner in Sugar Land, TX. I started my cosmetology career at 16 years old through a technical program offered at my high school. I worked for many brands, hair salons and I decided one day to open my salon suite. I believe I found success with marketing on social media and always providing great customer service! I found success through offering services that

Customers can shop through my affiliate link with Olaplex.com. They can shop online and have their products delivered to them, with free shipping on orders of $50+."

Location: 2181 Texas Drive Suite #222

Phone: (832) 490-7257

Foundations Pediatric Therapy of Houston - Health

Here’s what they shared with us:

“Foundations Pediatric Therapy serves pediatric clients and their families seeking occupational and speech therapy services. Although we treat a variety of diagnoses including autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing disorders, ADHD/ADD, developmental delay, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, anxiety and others, we fully believe each child is more than a diagnosis. Through building meaningful relationships, we support social emotional development and daily life by collaborating with the child, child’s family, child’s educators and child’s other health professionals.

We (Emma Wilking and Diana Dang, co-founders) are pediatric occupational therapists and were previously colleagues for a few years before deciding we wanted to bring something special to the pediatric therapy community in Houston. Time and time again we found there was a missing link between health professionals (including ourselves!), parents, caregivers, teachers, and the children themselves and wanted to fill that void by creating an environment where integrative and individualized care is prioritized. Currently, our clinic provides occupational and speech therapy services for children and their families. Our approach with children is based on the Developmental, Individual Differences, Relationship-Based (DIR®) Floortime™ Model. This intervention model involves developing trusting relationships in a playful, respectful, and joyful manner to promote development in all areas. We value addressing social-emotional skills which are foundational to mental and physical functioning in our social world. Our therapists take the time to understand what a child loves, which enables therapy to become a more meaningful and motivating experience for a child, creating lasting effects. We are unique in our approach as we combine our knowledge and practice of DIR®/Floortime™ with a wide variety of specialized training and continuing education experience. Additionally, our therapists use a highly collaborative approach amongst ourselves and any other members of a child’s team. Success for us is quite simple. Seeing the gleam in a child’s face after overcoming a challenge, hearing a parent’s sigh of relief, facilitating children problem solving, and enabling independence are all manifestations of success."

Location: 3312 Marquart Street

Phone: (713) 999-5358

State Print - Service

Here’s what they shared with us:

"State Print is an online printing company that produces physical marketing products such as business cards, brochures, letterheads, magnets, forms, flyers and more. We also sell printed items inspired by the individual states of the United States of America and U.S. Territories.

Visit StatePrint.com for your online printing needs including full color printing, promotional products and marketing materials."

CityView Catering - Food

Here’s part of what they shared with us:

"When it is time to let your hair down and unwind, CVC Events, Inc. is there to assure your event is flawless. From drop off catering, corporate socials, vibrant galas or any occasions that require the attention of service professionals, we strive to fulfill our clients every need. Innovative cuisine and our friendly and attentive staff are the tip of the iceberg. CVC Events, Inc. can provide and coordinate every aspect of your event. We do as little or much as you need.

What are you craving Houston? City View Catering is offering our fresh from scratch food now available for curbside pickup. Need it delivered? We offer that too! In support of our community, we are currently waiving delivery fee within the greater Houston area. Enjoy restaurant-quality cuisine from the comfort of your own home. Choose from piping hot and ready to serve or heat and serve later. We love you Houston and thank you for your continued support!"

Location: 1809 N Gessner

Phone: (713) 223-9191

Mai’s Restaurant - Food

Here’s what they shared with us:

“We are Houston’s first Vietnamese Restaurant - established in 1978 by my immigrant grandparents. My mom is Mai and today, she is still the heart and soul of the restaurant! My grandparents were immigrants from Vietnam at the fall of Saigon in 1975. They started Mai’s Restaurant to support their 8 children. A lot of heart, sweat, tears, and a dedication to authenticity and southern hospitality has blessed us through 3 generations of business!"

You can support this business through to-go orders, curbside pickup, or through third party delivery.

Location: 3403 Milam Street

Phone: (713) 520-5300

Very fresh ceviches & snacks - Food

Here’s what they shared with us:

"We are a small snack shop near The Woodlands, and we sell all kinds of fresh seafood, like ceviches & aguachiles, as well as fruit snacks, fruit smoothies, corn snacks, mangonadas, signature drinks, micheladas, clamatos and more! We deliver thru DoorDash and you can also call to order and pickup!

My wife and I started this small business 3 years ago. We have become very popular because of our excellent service, our great quality and size of our products. We have a perfect 5star score on social networks like Yelp, Facebook, Google and more. We treat every customer like one of ours, and they get what they want to eat because everything is made fresh!"

Phone: (832) 559-8765

Mercado Multiservices - Personal Finance

Here’s what they shared with us:

“We are a multiservice office that provides the following services: income tax preparation, insurance, bookkeeping, and notary public services. We provide free estimates on all of our services. We have found that being truthful and honest with our clients goes a long way.

I have done water rescues during the recent floods beginning with Harvey. I bought a jet skit when Harvey happen so I can specifically go out and rescue people from flooded areas."

Location: 12755 Walters Road Suite C

Phone: (832) 286-4183

Kosher Bite - Food

Here’s what they shared with us:

“We are a family-owned restaurant offering delicious Mediterranean cuisine, including shawarma, kabob, falafel and lots of other delicious selections. With COVID-19 hitting strong, our business suffered a great loss of customers. We had to lay off half of our staff and we are struggling to make ends meet. With your support we would be able to keep our heads afloat and God willing will get back on our feet soon.We are relatively new in the business. Our passion for good food and pleasing the customer is endless and we work for your satisfied smiles.”

Location: 9804 Hillcroft Street

Phone: (832) 203-5784

Fluff Bake Bar - Food

Fluff Bake Bar is a bakery that specializes in cookies.

Here’s what they shared with us:

"We have curbside service and take out. Gift cards and other merchandise online. Along with our “12 reasons to smile” cookie box that we are shipping.

Fluff started in 2011 doing wholesale and direct to consumer baked goods. We started inside Revival Market. In 2015, we opened in our first storefront in Midtown. We recently moved locations to the Heights on 3/21. I attended culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris in 2000. I have been in Houston since 2007 working for chefs such as Ryan Pera and Chris Shepherd before starting my own bakery."

Location: 1701 West 15th Street

Phone: (713) 522-1900

Houston Cleaning Pros - Cleaning

Here’s what they shared with us:

"We are a commercial and residential cleaning company. We clean homes, apartments, RVs, offices, and corporate living. We offer one time, weekly, biweekly, monthly, and move out cleans. Each clean is tailored specifically for the client! We offer a handyman package, pet care package, laundry, and even carpet cleaning. We’re offering $30 off a one-time clean and $50 off when you sign up for recurring service ($30 off the first clean, $10 off the next two cleans).

I’ve been in the cleaning industry for 20 years. I love what I do! When I found myself single, with two children, I knew I had to make a change! That’s when I started on my own!"

Location: 1773 Westborough Drive Suite 221

Phone: (281) 254-3514

Kyiad Solutions - Events

Here’s what they shared with us:

“We are an event planning business. We are just a small company and depend on every event to make ends meet. Three weeks ago clients began calling to postpone or cancel events. Almost two weeks ago things were shut down completely and this week I had to let my employees go. One of my employees is struggling so badly I’ve bought her groceries in the last two weeks. I’m afraid how her family is going to make it when I can no longer help them.”

You can support this business by purchasing gift cards.

Location: 8102 Bideford

Phone: (832) 477-6572

Tree House Craft Coffee and Frozen Yogurt - Food

Here’s what they shared with us:

"Tree House Craft Coffee & Frozen Yogurt is a unique specialty coffee shop with a self-serve frozen yogurt bar. (The self-serve fro-yo bar is temporarily full service to minimize the spread of the virus.) The variety of offerings from espresso-based drinks, multiple versions of cold-brewed coffees, organic loose leaf teas, and 12 flavors of frozen yogurt and a 32 topping bar will be sure to please everyone!

Online order for Curbside delivery or Ubereats/Favor delivery in the Energy Corridor.

We rebranded and remodeled our frozen yogurt shop in 2015. Our son was only 3 months old when we decided to take the punch. We were also newlyweds so we definitely had our hands full. We had a great response from the community for the first few months. Everything took a turn for the worse when the 2 year road construction began on Memorial Drive. Traffic was awful and customers were having a hard time turning into the plaza. And then Harvey hit. Our plaza wasn’t flooded but most of our customers lost everything. It was devastating. We’re located near the reservoirs. Our plaza became a base. When it was safe for us to commute to our shop to check on things, we opened our doors and let the volunteers and first responders use our restrooms. We brought in our generator and hooked up the espresso and ice machine and made coffee and ice tea for everyone. Life in the community eventually returned to normal and the big road/drainage construction wrapped up. Business began to pick back up. We even had to rearrange furniture around and built more tables to accommodate the surge in customers. We used our own money and took out a credit card line to remodel and rebrand back in 2015. We didn’t use any crowdfunding for the business. We recently paid off our credit card debt. It was such a huge relief. So we are pretty devastated about the current health crisis but we completely understand the importance of the City/County order and are happy to oblige. We miss our patrons! We have some of the most loyal customers! Some come in every day, some come in multiple times a day. As soon as, the City ordered for all restaurants to close the dining area and move to takeout/delivery we wasted no time on creating the online order option. We updated our website with that option. And have been offering curbside pickup. We have a lot of people who use our shop as their office. We’re hoping for normalcy soon and praying for our healthcare workers, those who have been affected by this virus, and the mental health of the community!"

Location: 14008 Memorial Drive

Phone: (832) 287-5418

DLA Editors & Proofers - Editing

Here’s what they shared with us:

"We provide document proofreading, editing, critique, revision and consultation services for applicants, academics, businesses, writers and professionals. We’ve been doing that since 2008 and have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Send us your documents for proofreading, editing and feedback. Our expertise spans a broad range of projects

Born and raised in Houston, TX, editor in chief and owner David Lombardino started his career in 2001 as an editor for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), where he mastered the knowledge and skills needed to edit a broad range of documents. He returned to the U.S. in 2008 to found a premier provider of high-quality document editing, critique, consultation and proofreading services, and thus began DLA Editors & Proofers."

Location: 1700 Post Oak Blvd 2 Blvd Place, Suite 600

Phone: (877) 454-4957

Chuck E. Cheese - Food

Here’s what they shared with us:

"Hello, my name is Jennifer Gonzalez. I am the Assistant Manager at Chuck E. Cheese in Stafford. We are open currently for take out and delivery so from 11am-8pm we are taking orders over the phone and making them to be ready within 15 minutes!

We want to make it easy for parents to have a hot dinner ready for their kids. As of now, we are having specials for $5 Large cheese pizza, $5 wings and $7 1-topping pizza!! We do still sell other items on our menu including gift cards and some exclusive take-home party packages!"

Location: 11920 Southwest Freeway

Phone: (281) 575-9892

Abby’s Bagels & More - Food

Here’s what they shared with us:

"New York-style Bagels. We serve breakfast and lunch. Also have baked goods (muffins, cookies, scones)

Just reopened 4 weeks ago. Purchased this business at the end of December which was previously called Abbys Cafe and before that Manhattan Bagels. The location has been here 20 years."

Location: 4443 Cypress Creek Parkway

Phone: (281) 580-8500

FJR Emergency Roadside service - Auto

Here’s what they shared with us:

“I provide lockout service, jumpstarts, flat tires help, fuel Delivery, and deliver and install batteries. I’m a authorized dealer for Interstate batteries. Even though we are considered a essential workers, the citywide “stay home order” has greatly decreased our call volume. We are open for business and eager to help. I started my own business 2 years ago, but I’ve been in the industry for 5 years. I’ve enjoy helping stranded motorists get back on the road at affordable rates.”

Phone: (713) 657-5179

Southern Painful Pleazurez Tattoos and Piercings - Body Art

Here’s what they shared with us:

"We are a tattoo and piercing studio. We are a small family-owned business that has just been open for a year in Houston. Support us after re-opening. We offer the best prices in the area on tattoos and piercings. As well we offer discounts regularly through our Facebook page. Our tattoos start at $45 and piercings start at $15. Here we treat everyone like family.

We started a year ago, it’s a new twist on tattoo shops being that we are family owned and operated. What has helped us most is that our customers are treated as if they are family or long time friends and that has helped us with our loyal customers. They know that without their business and support we wouldn’t still be open today."

Location: 11950 Windfern Road Suite C

Phone: (346)276-9689

RV Rental - Travel

Here’s what they shared with us:

"Please book a future trip here is a link to my unit: https://www.outdoorsy.com/rv/141778. Thank you.

Lost my job in 2019 so turned to renting out my RV Class A motor home. I won’t qualify for the stimulus package. I can’t file for unemployment either as I have not worked for over a year. People can not go camping to a lot of places I heard the national parks shut down and I have lost rentals. Late last year after searching for jobs I took a gamble to spent the rest of my severance package on purchasing a motor home as an investment to rent or sell. I had one booking last year and one this year, I had several potential booking and they have all postponed or canceled. Now I don’t know how I am going to survive the rest of the year as I was counting on the rentals to carry me through the year."

Phone: (713) 303-3730

911 Dryer Vent Cleaning - Home

Here’s what they shared with us:

"I perform dryer vent cleaning in residential homes. I clean the entire length of the homes venting system from the dryer all the way to the exit point; which in some homes can be up to 30 feet. Not having this service done on a yearly basis is a major fire hazard. Annually over 15,000 homes go up in flames due to improperly maintained dryer vents. There are many benefits of dryer vent cleaning including: Reducing the risk of fire, lowering electricity bill, extending life of dryer, reducing dry time and reducing airborne allergens in your home.

I served as a firefighter with the Cy-Fair Fire Department for nearly 10 years after graduating high school in 2010. After seeing the devastation of fires and what they do to family; I put my business mindset that I have had since I was a little kid to work."

Phone: (713) 799-3270

Texas Drone Pros - Shopping

Here’s what they shared with us:

“We design, manufacture and sell the worlds fastest racing drones. Our FPV (first-person view) drones are a really great way to have some fun without leaving your house or yard. We have beginner kits starting at just $179 that includes drone, FPV goggles and controller. We are Texas’ only walk in racing drone store. My business partner and I founded Catalyst Machineworks about 6 years ago with a vision of taking over the racing drone world. We have successfully grown this business into one that supports us and our employees full time. In late 2019 we decided to risk it all and open a ‘brick and mortar’ store to assist those who want to get into drone racing/freestyle flying but need help.”

Location: 4732 FM 2920 Ste 9

Phone: (281) 250-9788

Tattoo And Piercing - Service

Here’s what they shared with us:

“We offer professional quality tattoos and piercings to Houston we have in business for decades. We love seeing new faces come in and share stories and give them amazing permanent art! We are located on hwy 6 and only use the cleanest and most sterile equipment possible. State registered business and frequently inspected by the health department to make sure we are operating at the cleanest level possible.”

Location: 5930 Hwy 6 N Suite A3

Phone: (281) 463-3302

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