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November 27, 2014

Strand offers more for the manly shopper

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Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014 1:00 am | Updated: 2:07 pm, Thu Apr 10, 2014.

Shop talk: Two new stores in the island’s downtown are generating buzz for offering manly shopping options, while also bringing fresh concepts to the popular retail district.

Bear Claw Knife and Shear and The Beef Jerky Outlet have opened in the renovated Rosenberg Building, 2311 The Strand.

Bear Claw Knife and Shear, which originated in Big Spring, is known for cutlery and sharpening services. Items include Boker knives, Bear & Son knives and handcrafted, American-made Silver Stag hunting knives, to name a few. The shop, owned by Richard Steinberg, also offers a selection of Wusthof kitchen cutlery for the serious home chef.

And earlier this month, Clint Hall opened The Beef Jerky Outlet. The shop features a variety of beef jerkies, along with smoked elk, bison, salmon, alligator and even kangaroo. Jerky — meat that has been trimmed of fat, cut into strips and dried to prevent spoilage — is particularly popular among hunters, anglers and outdoors enthusiasts. The franchise also offers popcorn, a variety of candies, hot sauces, jams and more.

Mitchell Historic Properties owns the Rosenberg Building and oversees island properties owned by the Cynthia and George Mitchell family.

Combo deal: Remember the rumor circulating more than a year ago that a hybrid concept featuring a Luby’s/Fuddruckers was planning a Clear Lake area location? It was true.

Steel beams are on the rise for the 12,000-square-foot Luby’s/Fuddruckers concept underway at Baybrook Shopping Center, on the east side of Interstate 45 between Bay Area Boulevard and Medical Center Boulevard. The shopping center is home to such retailers as Bed Bath & Beyond, Stein Mart, Bone Daddy’s House of Smoke, Pappas Seafood House, Hobby Lobby and others.

Houston-based Luby’s acquired Fuddruckers in 2010. The company in 2011 experimented with the concept at an existing Houston location, but built the first side-by-side eateries last year in Pearland.

Look for a midsummer opening of the Baybrook Shopping Center Luby’s Fuddruckers.

Teeing up: Dallas-based TopGolf is taking a swing at Webster.

TopGolf, which builds large entertainment complexes in which players hit microchipped golf balls at targets on an outfield, is planning a 65,000-square-foot venue on 13 acres on the east side of Interstate 45 south of Academy Sports + Outdoors, Webster officials confirm.

The high-tech balls instantly score each shot’s accuracy and distance. TopGolf expects to break ground on the Webster store in August, officials say.

TopGolf this month opened its second Houston area location in Spring. The facility “built on 10.5 acres, is three levels and 65,000 square feet, and includes two full-service bars/restaurants, 2,900-square-feet of event space, 102 hitting bays with a 32-inch flat-screen TV at each bay, and a rooftop terrace with fire pit and cabanas,” The Houston Business Journal reports.

At TopGolf, golf pros stroll the tee line offering tips, according to the company’s website.