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Did you know that there are 2.8 million small businesses in the state of Texas employing 4.8 million people? Shopping small in your own neighborhood not only benefits the shopkeepers, some of whom are your Bridgeland neighbors, but also helps keep other area residents employed. It brings tax revenue that can be funneled to schools and infrastructure and also brings people in the community together.

In fact, this report from the Small Business Association (SBA) states that 45.1% of all workers in the state are employed by small businesses.* It’s statistics like these that make it important to try to shop locally when you can.

Lakeland Village Center is the first retail site within Bridgeland and has the feel of a traditional neighborhood’s center of town. I’m betting you can check most of the items off your to-do list by spending a little time there. You can start your day off by getting your heart pumping at one of three exercise venues. You’ll get a full-body workout in just 30 minutes at 9Round Fitness. You can burn 750 calories in just 45 minutes with a session at F45 Training. Perhaps you’d prefer to flow into your day with a little more aloha in a vinyasa class at Shaka Power Yoga. At Lakeland Village Center, there’s an exercise class for every body type and every intensity.

After your workout, you might need to fuel up with a little caffeine. You can grab a specially crafted coffee or choose from a variety of loose leaf specialty teas at L3 Craft Coffee. They also offer a selection of small bites or you can head next door to Chilosos Taco House for some Tex-Mex goodness and a breakfast taco or two.

Pick up your prescription at CVS pharmacy®  and a birthday card for your sister while you’re there.

You know you’ve been putting off making a few appointments and since Lakeland Village Center now has several health related businesses, taking care of yourself doesn’t require a lengthy drive. Stroll over to Cypress Ranch Vision for your eye exam. Active Life Dentistry is just a few steps away. If the last time you were at the dentist was before the ‘Stay Home, Work Safe’ order, you’re overdue for a cleaning. Another dental service dedicated to saving teeth is Cypress Endodontics. They’re located behind CVS. Select Physical Therapy promotes healing and recovery and can help you resolve that nagging back pain most likely caused by the non-ergonomic chair in your work-from-home setup.

Ensure your retirement plan is on track or make a plan to address college expenses by scheduling a virtual meeting with Edward Jones Financial. You’ll get the support you need to achieve your financial goals through their thoughtful individualized approach.

Is it time for lunch already? Whether you’re having a business lunch or meeting friends, Local Table offers seating inside and out and also offers curbside pickup. Their locally sourced menu offerings include gluten free and vegan options, all served with a smile. Just across the street, Local Bar serves from a separate menu and is a great place for a night out.

If you’re needing a little ‘you time’, try a manicure, pedicure, facial or massage from Nails of America. At Exquisite Premier Salon and Spa, you can change the way you look with a cut, color, perm or relaxer. They even have a Man Cave Barber Shop to keep your man looking sharp. Great Clips is another great option for a hairstyle that will help you look your best.

Treat yourself to a mid-afternoon snack by ordering an ice cream cone from Marble Slab Creamery. Choose from a great selection of flavors like Red Velvet or Classic Vanilla and enjoy your cool treat outside on one of the benches that line the walkway.

If there is a budding dancer in your house you’ll find Athletistry Performing Arts Center offers classes in technical artistic and creative styles of dance.

Also located in Lakeland Village is Best Brains of Cypress, a tutoring center that helps children reach their full potential. Their program builds self-confidence while working towards mastery in several subjects.

If dinner plans include going to your friend’s house and you need to bring something along, Lakeland Village Center has you covered. You’ll find a great selection of wines and spirits at Bridgeland Fine Wines. You can even bring along some sweet treats by picking up a box of homemade macarons from Le Macaron. Everyone loves the unique flavors and their appetizing colors are a feast for the eyes.

Lakeland Village Center is just one of several shopping hubs coming to Bridgeland. With a diverse list of retailers, it is becoming the place people go to when they want to shop, dine, and work out. The convenient location alongside Fry Rd and easy access from Bridgeland Creek Parkway makes an easy chore of getting things done and supporting small businesses.

* A note on COVID–19 from the SBA website: The above linked report uses the most up-to-date government data to present a unique snapshot of small businesses. The BLS employment estimates capture the early stages of the pandemic. All other sources reflect data collected prior to the pandemic.