Miracle on 34th Street

6 Big Projects Are Sprouting Up in Garden Oaks–Oak Forest

The two-mile stretch in the GOOF will never look the same.

By Laura Furr Mericas March 2, 2020 Published in the March 2020 issue of Houstonia Magazine

DEVELOPERS AREN’T GOOFING AROUND ON WEST 34TH STREET between T.C. Jester and North Shepherd in 2020.What once was a sleepy corridor lined with auto shops, industrial warehouses, and the occasional beloved neighborhood haunt has—seemingly in a matter of months—become an epicenter of new developments, including many satellite locations of popular eateries and other businesses from around Houston. From retro- fit industrial-chic structures to brand-new, state-of-the-art complexes, here’s what’s sprouting up in the GOOF:

Residents are still waiting to find out who will be leasing spots at 2015  W. 34th St. 

2015 w. 34th St.

  • Developer: Braun Enterprises
  • Why we're excited: Dan Braun and his team recently took over this drab office space, and preliminary sketches show plans for a much-needed facelift. Neighbors are still waiting to see who will lease space here.
  • Anticipated opening: TBD

The pre-school will offer STEAM, character-building, and foreign language curriculums for infants to kindergarteners.

Oak Forest Academy 

  • Developer: Texana Builders
  • Why we're excited: Opening to serve the growing number of families moving to the ’hood, the academy will offer premium day care and schooling—including STEAM, character-building, and foreign language curriculums—for infants to kindergarteners, in a brand-new three-story building. 
  • Anticipated opening: Early 2020

This multi-acre plot will soon feature more dining options for locals. 

2001 W. 34th St. 

  • Developer: Braun Enterprises
  • Why we're excited: Previously home to massive Aztec Rental warehouses, a portion of this multi-acre plot will soon offer more of what the neighborhood craves: quality dining options. Tex-Mex Garage, a new concept from the Cyclone Anaya’s family, and an outpost of Bellaire’s 401 Table and Tap will occupy the development’s two largest spaces. Citizen Pilates and circuit-training concept F45 will make their GOOF debuts here, too. 
  • Anticipated opening: Mid-2020

As part of Ella Oaks Phase Two, the old tire shop at 34th Street and Ella will be turned into a drive-thru Vietnamese street food spot. 

Ella Oaks Phase Two 

  • Developer: RE:VIVE 
  • Why we're excited: Phase one of Ella Oaks brought the area new locations for Aladdin Mediterranean, BB's Café, and Local Poke, along with shopping, fitness, and wellness options. Phase two looks equally promising—and practical. The former tire shop on the corner of 34th Street and Ella will be repurposed into a drive-thru Vietnamese street food spot, Saigon Hustle, while the former RJ's Boots shop (RIP) will be home to a fast-casual version of Montrose’s La Mexicana, dubbed La Mex. In addition, BLK APTHCRY, a coffee shop, healthy eatery, and CBD outpost, will move in nextdoor, while a new freestanding building will house a pediatric dentist and a Sports Clips barbershop.
  • Anticipated opening: Freestanding building, summer 2020; Saigon Hustle and BLK APTHCRY, late summer 2020; La Mex, late 2020

Construction on a third building in this development is scheduled to last through the summer. 

33 1/2 @ 34th Phase Two 

  • Developer: Crescere Capital LLP
  • Why we're excited: Upper Kirby’s Luce Ave Coffee Roasters and Atlanta’s Tropical Smoothie Café will soon join popular Vietnamese restaurant Les Ba’get and swanky nail salon Brushbox in the larger of the development’s built-out properties. Construction on a third building is slated to run through the summer; word is Crescere is targeting more fast-casual restaurants, along with medical and retail tenants, there.
  • Anticipated opening: Luce Ave Coffee Roasters and Tropical Smoothie Café, early 2020; new building, late 2020

The Stomping Grounds will include Camerata in The Oaks, Fat Cat Creamery, and beauty and retail tenants such as Flowe Studio and Threadfare Children’s Boutique. 

Stomping Grounds

  • Developer: RE:VIVE
  • Why we're excited: Apart from the community green space and sleek warehouse-inspired design, residents have been salivating over this property’s top-notch tenant list since news of its arrival first broke. Camerata in The Oaks will offer sips, bites, and grab-and-go options, much like its super-hip sister restaurant in Montrose. Fat Cat Creamery will open a second location here, only about two miles from its first one, and a cocktail bar will occupy a small house on the property. Beauty and retail tenants—like Flowe Studio, Threadfare Children’s Boutique, WowMom’s, and Becca Cakes—are also moving in.
  • Anticipated opening: Spring 2020
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