Costco Business Center being built in Stafford; see live music in The Woodlands and more top Houston-area news

Costco Business Centers, of which there are only about 15 in the country, carry different products and provide a different shopping experience to members than do traditional Costco Wholesale stores. (Courtesy Costco Wholesale)

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First Houston-area Costco Business Center under construction at The Grid in Stafford

A Costco Business Center will serve as an anchor tenant for The Grid mixed-use development in Stafford, according to a joint press release from StreetLevel Investments and Provident Realty Advisors.

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Chicago company behind Catholic prayer app Hallow raises $12 million

The cash injection for the Chicago-based company was led by General Catalyst and was a big endorsement in the niche religious-app market that typically sees average investment sizes of $2 million, according to data from PitchBook and Crunchbase. Hallow is one of a handful of faith-based meditation and prayer apps that saw a surge in interest after churches closed and in-person worship moved online.

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While Hallow offers some free content, it makes money through a $59.99 annual subscription fee that allows users to create prayer groups with friends and family, download homilies and prayers, and keep a journal. The three-year-old company has benefited from its partnership with more than 250 parishes across the country that have shared the Hallow app with members.

In addition to expanding its team and developing new content offerings, Hallow plans to increase efforts to recruit new users who

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The 20 Best Embedded Analytics Tools and BI Software for 2021

Solutions Review’s listing of the best embedded analytics tools is an annual sneak peak of the top tools included in our Buyer’s Guide for Embedded Analytics ToolsInformation was gathered via online materials and reports, conversations with vendor representatives, and examinations of product demonstrations and free trials.

The editors at Solutions Review have developed this resource to assist buyers in search of the best embedded analytics tools to fit the needs of their organization. Choosing the right vendor and solution can be a complicated process — one that requires in-depth research and often comes down to more than just the solution and its technical capabilities. To make your search a little easier, we’ve profiled the best embedded analytics tools providers all in one place. We’ve also included platform and product line names and introductory software tutorials straight from the source so you can see each solution in action.


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Gwinnett swimming community mourning death of longtime volunteer Steve Drew | Sports

While Steve Drew and his family relocated to New Jersey a few years ago, he left a lasting legacy in his previous home in Gwinnett County.

Those locals have been in mourning the past few days after learning that Drew, a longtime volunteer in the Gwinnett swimming community, passed away Thursday after a battle with cancer. He worked countless hours with the Gwinnett County Swim League, including a stint as league president from 2003-07.

“Steve was a fixture in Gwinnett swimming, be it on deck as meet referee or behind the scenes running the Gwinnett County Swim League for so many years,” former GCSL president Bill Mahoney said. “It’s not hyperbole that his dedication to the sport impacted tens of thousands of kids through his years of efforts and volunteerism for the Gwinnett County Swim League. I’ll miss getting long phone calls and long, yet humorous and well-worded emails from

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