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MISTLETEAUX

FEVER RIGHT ON TIME!

GOTHEGHANA! POWER OF ART REACHES ACROSS OCEANS & CONTINENTS JUST A FORMALITY

accessorize your Wrist WitH tHis season’s Hottest WatcHes and fine jeWeLry

prepare for a nigHt on tHe toWn WitH timeLess LooKs from our fasHion eXperts

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE SHINY NEW TOYS FOR ALL THE GIRLS & BOYS

CHECKS & BALANCES from spending to saving, get your finances in order before time runs out in 2012

MENDING BROKEN

HEARTS THE NEW LOUIS & PEACHES OWEN HEART HOSPITAL


P U B L I S H E R DECEMBER 2012

SHAWN MICHAEL HANEY /// PRESIDENT & CEO

SHAWN@H3-MEDIA.COM

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In my family and in the families of BSCENE team – as in most families in East Texas and the United States as a whole – we've had our run in with heart disease. From hereditary issues to problems that set in later in life, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the country, and it has been for several decades. So, when we learned about the opening of the new Louis & Peaches Owen Heart Hospital at Trinity Mother Frances in Tyler, we jumped at the opportunity to give our readers a peek inside. BSCENE has always tried to maintain a position at the forefront of the medical community by offering the people of East Texas unique insight and information from the leading physicians and professionals in the region. So we're incredibly excited to bring you this story of careful planning, state-of-the-art facilities and the generous and driven people who made this dream a reality. Heart disease is a serious issue that far too many of us have to address, and we hope that by bringing you this story, we'll be able to help you in whatever way we can. It's almost Christmas time, I can always tell because it means I lose Kelly for several days to the Junior League of Tyler, Inc. at Harvey Hall during the lead up to Mistletoe & Magic, the unofficial kickoff to the holiday season in East Texas. I joke with her about it, but it's always one of my favorite times during the year. It means even more people get to come to town and experience for themselves what's so great about East Texas. And, it's always a fantastic party. Check out the photos in this issue and see for yourself! The holidays always bring with them plenty of formal occasions. Church functions, Christmas parties and charitable events consume the calendar at this time of year, so we wanted to use this month's Style File to highlight some of the hottest looks to take out on the town, and it might just be one of my favorite photo sessions yet. We've been so amped up waiting to release this one! Speaking of the holiday season and its accompanying spirit, a group of insanely creative

young people from across the country led by an East Texan are presenting kids on the other side of the world with a very unique gift this year. Tyler's own Kim Bandy Lewis, formerly of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," and her associates have banded together to open a creative outlet and safe haven for underprivileged children in Ghana. It's an amazing story we know you're going to love. And, how can you even talk about December and the holidays without bringing up something we all love about it: food! BSCENE talked to friends and experts from restaurants and stores about how to prep for those big meals, even if you're a complete disaster when it comes to to the kitchen. Carry-out this Christmas? It's easier and so much tastier than you can imagine. But of course, no December issue of BSCENE would be complete without our Holiday Gift Guide! Each year the fine folks at the stores and boutiques across our area comb their shelves to offer the perfect holiday gift to feature in these pages. The selection is mind-boggling and amazing! We've included everything from facial creams and designer jewelry, to home décor and decadent desserts. Before you hit the stores to finish up your shopping, make sure you check out BSCENE's Gift Guide first! For more gift ideas, photos from all the events in East Texas, financial information, helpful holiday hints, fashion finds and so much more, be sure to check us out online at BSCENEMAG.com. Or, you can always find us on Facebook and Twitter, and our app is available for any smartphone!

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WILLIAM KNOUS /// MANAGING EDITOR

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Finally, there is a new man in the house this Christmas. No, I'm not talking about myself. I'm not talking about my father or brother-inlaw or any cousin, either. I'm talking about my new nephew, William Beckett Herron. Now, I don't mean this with any disrespect toward all the other male humans in the vicinity, and I certainly am not degrading the presence of my precocious and darling niece, Ada. It's just that, I'm really excited to buy little green army men with parachutes, matchbox cars and possibly a miniature velvet smoking jacket for Beck, as his family has taken to calling him. In my family, it's just my sister and me. Growing up, we always spent the Christmas holidays at my grandmother's house, with my Great Aunt and my immediate family (Mom, Dad and my sister). We'd get visits from assorted relatives and spend a few meals at the homes of others during the break, where I would hang out with cousins. It was always a blast, but it was also always way too short. We lived outside the city limits for most of my childhood, which meant there were basically zero young people around the “neighborhood,” much less, any kids my age. So with this new addition to the pseudo-Knous clan, I'm going to get the chance to revisit my holidays gone by with Beck. In the first place, it's pretty mind-blowing that my kid sister has two kids. But getting to share the holidays with them has been something I've looked forward to more and more each year. As Ada has grown up (she'll be 3 at Christmas), it's been a blast seeing her tear into presents from Santa and Uncle Will. But, if I'm honest, unless I'm buying her books, it's kind of a shot in the dark for what she'll be into when it comes to presents. Sock monkey? Hit. Princess doll? Miss. So it goes. With Beck, I think I'll be a little more spot on. Plus, I'll be able to stand strong beside my brother-in-law when any of the ladies start talking about sailor outfits or bunny pajamas or other such “cuteness.” And man, I cannot wait until he's old enough to get the good stuff: sling shots, firecrackers and stupendously sour candy! I'm going to be like a Dennis The Menace dealer for this kid.

But, that's a few years down the line, I'm guessing. I don't know what an infant would do with firecrackers, but I am certain that my sister would be heartily displeased if there are some M-80s under the tree this year with Beck's name on them. That's fine, anyway. I can hold off for a few years at least, until he can adequately control his thumbs (and therefore operate a lighter). We've got time. But man, am I looking forward to passing that time. It's pretty amazing how this little nugget can be the impetus to slow down and appreciate the joy and fellowship that the holidays bring around every year. I'm as guilty as anyone of letting the hustle and bustle of the ChristmaHanu-Kwanzika season get out-of-hand in a hurry. There are accelerated deadlines for the magazine's production, my family travels across the state of Texas visiting relatives, clients are on vacation or juggling work and their own kids are out of school. Stuff gets crazy in a hurry, and it stays that way for an entire month. I've spent the last few years just trying to survive, while also managing to not drag someone out of their car in mall traffic on Broadway to give a very specific lesson on blinker usage (so far, so good). I have a definite advantage with BSCENE, because I get to see people doing wonderful, charitable things all year-round. People are giving and care about their community and, for the vast majority of the time, those are the folks we deal with daily. But I need to remember that's not just for them, or for my job. It's for me too. And now that I have a little man around the house at Christmas this year, it'll be just the push I need to remember to relish these times... and to search out the best discount fireworks online for next year.

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Christmas is in the air! And whether the weather is unusually mild or unusually chilly, everyone is in the holiday spirit. It seems like most department stores deck their halls on Black Friday. So for me, the holidays become real when it's time to shop for friends and family... which I often save to the very last minute. We stay busy at the magazine, especially during the holidays, and my Christmas shopping often takes a backseat. There's certainly no shortage of events this time of year! One of the most fun events that Tylerites look forward to each year is the Mistletoe & Magic event at Harvey Hall, put on by the Junior League of Tyler, Inc. The ladies of the League put on a firstclass event, and the Cajun theme of “Mistleteaux & Magic” added some extra spice this year. The evening of the Preview Party was so much fun! I even got some holiday shopping done in advance. There are always so many diverse merchants at Mistletoe & Magic, and instead of traveling across state borders and to other cities to locate these top-notch vendors, they travel to East Texas for a weekend of shopping bliss! Then, all the profits from the event go back to various organizations in the community. So by doing your holiday shopping there, you are also giving back! It's a win-win. And of course, there are tons of other events that give the people of East Texas ample opportunities to meet and greet each other this holiday season. From Business After Hours at Lago del Pino, the Bergfeld Holiday Open House, the Longview Museum of Fine Arts' Breakfast with Santa and the BSCENE Cover Unveil at Yamato, everyone is meeting and greeting before the holidays. If shopping is your forte, there are tons of events at local retailers to help you check off your holiday shopping list! You never know what amazing items will be at these events and which representative from the company will be there. I even got to meet one of my favorite jewelry designers, Roberto Coin, at his trunk show at Susan Robinson Jewelry! So you definitely don't want to miss out this season. Have a Merry Christmas and we'll see you at the next event!


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Hello, although I live in athens, TX, most of my important errands and appointments are in Tyler,TX. Thank goodness for your magazine which is available free in doctor offices, retail establishments and other waiting rooms such as Woody's for car maintenance and window treatments. I mention Woody's (named by a male I am sure) because your magazine helped this female endure the leather, new oil smell, and at least 30 plus magazines for car buffs during the 3 hours I waited for my car. How nice to turn the pages on articles of current interest and colorful ads for entertainment, social events, fashion, and medical services.

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I'm thankful that about two years ago I read about the development on old Jacksonville Highway around FResH and that the area would be growing and booming with business in the near future. It helped us pick the location of our new store and we could't be happier. great job researching and keeping your finger on the pulse of business in Tyler!

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as a couple that have grown up in Tyler, and certainly have seen many changes, it is refreshing to see a publication that is promoting the best that this wonderful area has to offer! We enjoy keeping up with our “old” as well as our “new” friends through the bscene issues. also, being concerned with volunteerism and community involvement, I appreciate the way bscene serves as a valuable tool for nonprofit communication. Thank you and keep up the good work!

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We at aPec are thrilled to finally be involved with bscene, they are providing us with a great opportunity to expose our business to the Tyler community and surrounding areas. The bscene staff goes above and beyond to help local businesses get their stories told and do a tremendous job of showing the true culture of our city. aPec would like to extend a special thanks to baylee brown for working so diligently with us and look forward to a longstanding relationship!

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The TYLeR AReA BUILDeRS ASSOCIATION heLD A BUILDeRS' LUNCheON AT OUTBACk STeAkhOUSe IN TYLeR ON NOvemBeR 8.

The TYLeR ISD FOUNDATION heLD TheIR COmmUNITY CAmpAIgN kICk-OFF LUNCheON AT wILLOw BROOk COUNTRY CLUB IN TYLeR ON NOvemBeR 8.

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Dr. HANNAH G. DEPPISCH, StAff AND GuEStS ProuDly Cut tHE CrImSoN tAPE oN tHE PINEywooDS HEArt ClINIC IN NACoGDoCHES oN NovEmbEr 15, SymbolIzING tHEIr INDuCNtIoN INto tHE NACoGDoCHES CouNty CHAmbEr of CommErCE.

CHIlDrEN’S boutIquE, tINy turtlES, offICIAlly joINED tHE loNGvIEw PArtNErSHIP AND CHAmbEr of CommErCE wItH A rIbboN CuttING CErEmoNy oN oCtobEr 31.

tHE loNGvIEw muSEum of fINE ArtS oPENED tHEIr DoorS to mEmbErS AND GuEStS At A rECEPtIoN for tHEIr CurrENtly fEAturED ArtISt, julIE SPEED, oN NovEmbEr 10.

trINIty motHEr frANCES HoSPItAl ANNouNCED A rElAtIoNSHIP AGrEEmENt wItH CHIlDrEN’S mEDICAl CENtEr DAllAS (CHIlDrEN’S) AND ut SoutHwEStErN mEDICAl CENtEr (utSw) oN oCtobEr 29.

tHAt GIrl'S boutIquE HElD AN oPEN HouSE to mArk tHE PASSING of tHE torCH from owNEr DAwN wHIttINGtoN to NEw owNEr kArrIE trAylor At It’S loCAtIoN IN loNGvIEw oN oCtobEr 5.

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Mending Broken Hearts

aBout 600,000 people die of Heart disease in tHe united deatHs. Men and woMan in tHe Medical coMMunity, are Hearts of aMericans strong. witH tHe construction of tHe louis & peacHes owen Heart Hospital tHere are HeigHtened Hopes for continued growtH in order to save lives.

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n many ways, East Texas is exceptional. Our economy has been less troubled than most, our cost of living is lower than other parts of the state and country, and our standards of living and businesses and charitable organizations far outshine those of communities much larger or deemed more "metropolitan." However, one significant place where we are certainly not the exception is heart disease. In East Texas, just as with every other place in the country, heart disease is the leading cause of death. But the men, women and organizations behind one our greatest strengths, our indomitable medical community, are committed and making incredible strides to not only combat this problem, but to prevent it, as well. That commitment has most recently taken the form of the Louis & Peaches Owen Heart Hospital at Trinity Mother Frances in Tyler. The Owen Heart Hospital is a culmination of years of planning, the latest research, cutting-edge techniques and state-of-the-art technology implemented by some of the brightest minds in the world – all aimed at treating and improving cardiovascular health in East Texans. “Trinity Mother Frances has been a pioneer in heart care for many years, going way back,” said Heart Hospital CEO John McGreevy. “In East Texas, we brought forth the first robotic surgery, the first minimally invasive valve procedure, the first group of electrophysiologists... This was The nexT sTepping block for TMf: consTrucTing a free-sTanding, independenT hearT hospiTal where The enTire focus is on hearT care. That model has been demonstrated to work

very well, whether [facilities] are physician or health system owned, they’ve proven to be top tier in terms of outcomes, patient satisfaction and improvements in care in that region. This is sort of the final piece to take care of heart patients well.” Mother Frances is slated to open the doors to the facility on Dec. 15. Though the first shovel would never have broken ground without the generosity and goodwill of one East Texas family. After an unexpected stock windfall in 2005, left the Owens with the means to donate to any number of charitable entities, they established the Louis & Peaches Owen Family Foundation with their children who help direct the funds to various deserving groups. While meeting with financial advisors, the Owens were seeking out what’s called a “legacy gift,” one that would last for years to come. When deciding on where to apportion the money, they thought back to an event just a few years prior. “In 2001, I went to the doctor to have a stress test and

didn’t pass,” remembered Louis Owen. “I was immediately taken over to Mother Frances and they performed surgery on me the next morning at 6:30 a.m. – quadruple bypass surgery. I had no clue prior to that that I had any possibility of heart problems, but I had seven blockages so I was very, very fortunate ... The care and The skill of The

hospiTal was incredible, and wiThin in Two weeks i was up and going again… There [are] more

heart problems than anybody knows, and especially in East Texas. I think we have 40 percent more heart problems than anywhere else in Texas ... It’s absolutely the best place to put the money, and we’re just so blessed that we’re able to do it. We never dreamed we would be able to, but God has given us great, great power to do so and we’ll always, we have to give it back.” Officials said it was a gift of roughly $18 million to take the program from a vision to reality. Dr. Fagg Sanford, Chief of Cardiology for Trinity Mother Frances, said it will be more than just a 72-bed building housing people and equipment, but a truly groundbreaking achievement in the care of patients. “It’s going to be a center for community education; it’s going to provide consolidated cardiovascular diagnostics; it’s going to provide new patient care units, new floors for the hospital that will be dedicated to the care of the cardiovascular patient with all the unique needs of those patients more fully met in there; and it’s going to provide resources we hope for cardiac rehabilitation in the future as well,” said Dr. Sanford. “Now all of that [has taken] a lot of work, and this remarkable gift by this remarkable family is the seed that is resulting in the growth of this new phase 2 of the Heart Hospital of Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics. But frankly it starts there; it doesn’t stop there. We [had] a lot of work ahead of us both in terms of the planning process, the actual construction and implementation and the need for additional philanthropic support of this endeavor because there is more to the Heart Hospital than just bricks and mortar.” Heart disease has been the predominant ailment in the United States for more than two decades, and experts agree that, with the increase in health concerns brought on by the aging of baby boomers, it’s not going anywhere. According to the Centers for Disease Control, roughly 600,000 people a year die from heart disease – accounting for one in every four deaths. Every year, almost 1 million people have a heart attack. Coronary heart disease, the most common form, costs the country $108.9 billion each year, when accounting for the cost of services, medication and lost productivity.

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HEART DISEASE IS THE LEADING cAuSE of DEATH foR boTH mEN AND womEN. moRE THAN HALf of THE DEATHS DuE To HEART DISEASE IN 2009, wERE IN mEN. Louis & Peaches Owen Heart Hospital will focus both on the treatment of people suffering from heart disease, as well as the preventative measures to be taken to keep it from causing major problems later in life. “We Will have state-of-the-art everything,” said McGreevy. in addition to the hiGhest quality equipMent and technoloGy you’ve coMe to expect at trinity, McGreevy said the entire approach is different than Most patients have seen before. “Since it’s self-contained, once you pull into the

parking lot you know you’re in the right place. It’s very spacious and doesn’t feel like a hospital: there is fantastic artwork, a café, a gift shop, a chapel, a fountain, a meditation area... We’ve done everything possible to ensure that wait times will be minimized, registration will be streamlined and the care will be efficient and at the highest levels at all times.” One such tactic is called the “universal bed” approach. Normally, patients are admitted, spend time in one room, have their surgery, are moved into an intensive care unit, then moved again to a telemetry room. Now, patients will stay in one bed, in one room, for the duration of their visit – a place totally equipped to handle any level of cardiovascular care. “The facility is also state-of-the-art in terms of electronic medical records, telemetry, image archival and more,” McGreevy added. “We also have a full-service, freestanding imaging center, our own pharmacy, laboratory, food service, as well as two floors housing cardiovascular physicians – cardiothoracic, cardiologists, electrophysiologists, pulmonary and vascular specialists. No more running across town or across campus, they’ll be steps away. Every caregiver in the facility will be there solely to handle heart patients, 24/7; it makes them specialists. That’s how we’ll operate. It will improve our outcomes, it will allow patients to be at less risk for complications and core morbidities.” While McGreevy stated that there are some cases which hereditary issues make almost unpreventable, institutional steps are being taken to catch and treat the problems early. Things like non-invasive imaging, diagnostic imaging and the Heart Aware Risk Assessment programs will allow physicians to gauge the likelihood of impending heart disease and allow patients to be fed into the system at the correct point to offer the best treatment. “norMally We see heart disease

affectinG Males at 45 and WoMen at 40, but With these Measure We can approach theM as early as 35 and have a positive iMpact.”

Currently, Trinity Mother Frances is continuing to relocate medical professionals from across the different buildings, offices and physicians’ clinics to the new facility, and inviting the public and other medical professionals into the hospital with a series of events in early December. It’s another step in a long line of innovation from one of East Texas’ leading employers and health care providers, including the recently signed relationship agreement between Mother Frances Hospital – Tyler, Children’s Medical Center Dallas (Children’s) and UT Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW) that is expected to bring pediatric cardiology, urology, telemedicine, other subspecialties and educational services to Tyler and the surrounding area. As the doors prepare to open on the Louis & Peaches Owen Heart Hospital, McGreevy exclaimed that the overarching mood throughout the entire TMF Hospital System is one of pure excitement. “We know it can be done and we’re ready to do it,” said. “Now it’s just opening the


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“We’ve done everything possible to ensure that Wait times Will be minimized, registration Will be streamlined and the care Will be efficient and at the highest levels at all times.” doors, bringing people in and proving to East Texas and our communities that this is a better way for heart care.”

“The hearT hospiTal is a vision ThaT we have ThaT we can, in one consolidaTed way, bring all The services for hearT paTienTs TogeTher,” said Trinity Mother Frances

President Lindsey Bradley, FACHE. “The Owen family believes in the dream that we’ve talked to them about and our physicians have talked to them about. We want to create something that is preeminent, nationally. We have the vision that we want this to be a center of care that people would see as a destination to want to come because the services are so special and so unique and the quality is so good. Over time, we hope this becomes a beacon of services far beyond Tyler and Smith County and even the counties in East Texas … On a broader scale [the Owens] want to leave a legacy. They feel they’ve had a real gift in their good fortunes in the work of their lives and they want to give back. But they want to do more than just give, they want this be an example for others as to how people with love and vision and resources can assist in helping many thousands of people over a long period of time. They want to set an example for their family, they want to set an example for people throughout East Texas that greatness can be achieved better and faster through the generosity of others.” by Will Knous, wknous@bscenemag.com


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tress. It’s a word that fills your head with immediate anxiety. It seems unavoidable. Marriage, children, employers, jobs, finances, debt... the list goes on. With the approaching holidays, stress seems to be the six-letter word that is at the forefront of most Americans’ minds. Then, add the advent of the smartphone. Instead of calling that relative or employee back later and discussing it tomorrow, they are now emailing and texting you for an immediate answer. In the midst of the chaos, you forgot to pick up your child from school! If this sounds familiar, life’s demands may be taking a serious toll on your health. The causes and effects of stress are well known, but there are other side effects you may not even realize are related to anxiety, and how damaging they can be. “Stress increases any time there’s ‘something extra’ going on,” says F. Toni Dowdy, BSW, LCSW, EAP Manager at East Texas Medical Center Behavioral Health Center. “We are expected to be available to everyone by cell phone and email at all times,” says

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threat. Stress c a n certainly be a positive thing. It’s what keeps us focused to complete a project before a deadline or to slam on the breaks at the last second to narrowly avoid a collision. When the body perceives stress, there is a release of hormones, like cortisol and adrenaline, that cause the heart to beat faster, the breathing to quicken, the blood sugar to rise (providing a source of energy to meet increased demand on the body), the vision to sharpen and the muscles to tense and become ready for action. This is the ‘fight or flight’ response, and it can save your life. However, beyond a certain point, stress is no longer helpful, but harmful – it can be very damaging to one’s health, productivity and relationships.” The damaging side of stress is known as “chronic stress.” This is most common when something hovers over you at all times and you can’t shake it off: things like

Is chronIc stress takIng a toll on your health? don’t stress... read on. Dr. Andrea Ellis, MD at Trinity Clinic. “The ability to keep in touch with anyone across the planet through social media or e-mail creates even more demands on your time.” Let me repeat that: your smartphone makes you available to the whole world at all times. How’s that for a stressful thought? We know what stress feels like and that it surrounds us, but how do those feelings translate into medical terms? Dr. Ellis explains, “Stress is the body’s response to a perceived demand or

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constant body pains or debt. “With chronic stress, it means that we’ve got some ongoing demands in our life, whether it’s from our job or family or work,” explains Dowdy. “It really takes a toll on our physical well being. It makes you physically sick. So many people end up with physical problems because of high blood pressure, and [if ] they don’t learn how to handle the stress, they end up staying sick. Your system [shuts down]. You don’t take care of yourself like you should.” Furthermore, the effects of chronic stress can eventually become life threatening. Almost everything around us can become a stressor. “Both external and internal pressures create stress,” Ellis explains. “Common sources of stress are jobs, relationships and finances. Any major life change can be stressful, even if it is a positive one, such as marriage, the birth of a child or buying a home. Internal pressures like desire to control a situation, uncertainty about the future or unrealistic

rewire the brain, causing your systems to become more vulnerable. The demands are high and you try to cope, but sometimes in unhealthy ways.

The damaging side of sTress is known as “chronic sTress.” This is mosT common when someThing hovers over you aT all Times and you can’T shake iT off: Things like consTanT body pains or debT. When you reach a level of chronic stress, symptoms escalate. Chronic stress commonly leads to panic attacks and panic disorders. It has also been linked to gingivitis, varicose veins, eczema, psoriasis, heart disease, hemorrhoids and hypertension. One study found that people who experience high amounts of stress at work are more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes. Another study showed that when stress hormones continually rise, they accelerate the growth of precancerous cells and tumors, as well as lowering the body’s resistance to HIV and cancercausing viruses like human papilloma virus (HPV). As Ellis and Dowdy spell out, extra demands create more stress. With the holiday season approaching, be prepared for the extra demands of the season. “Even though it’s supposed to be a happy time of year, you’re still feeling the demands of getting things done,” says Dowdy. It’s wonderful to have the family gather for Christmas, but if you’re saddled with preparing the turkey while entertaining guests, it can get chaotic. After everything is cleaned up and leftovers are gone, it’s time for decorating, shopping and more entertaining. Your normal routine is interrupted, some unhealthy food lurks around and you’re too busy making sure everyone is taken care of to focus on yourself. It is important to take time away from the guests and collect yourself in order to maintain healthy stress levels. Find out what your stress reliever is and make time for it. If you’re using the excuse, “I’m too busy to take a walk or read

“The abiliTy To keep in Touch wiTh anyone across The planeT Through social media or e-mail creaTes even more demands on your Time.”

expectations of oneself can also lead to stress.” Another cause of stress is not being able to say “no.” “I think this is one of the biggest sources of stress in our lives,” Ellis continues. “We bring it upon ourselves. We race around in such a frenzy, every hour of every day jampacked with activities, and we wonder why we feel so stressed.” Stress is not simply a mental battle with your to-do list, the entire body is affected. Cognitive, behavioral, emotional and physical symptoms can interfere with your everyday life. Signs of stress include: feeling overwhelmed, difficulty concentrating, anxiety, depression, irritability, slipping performance at work, loss of libido, chest pains, more frequent head colds... and the list continues. “The effects of stress can creep up on you,” says Dowdy. “[You] may not realize that stress has really been bothering you.” When you’re stressed out, do you find yourself falling into bad habits? Stress leads us to eat more or less, and what we do eat may not be healthy. You might smoke or drink more, or you simply shut down and avoid anything good for your well-being. If you have longterm stress, it can bS ceNemAG. co m

a book,” then use the busy schedule to your advantage – pencil in a break. It’s important to have a method for relaxation. Try a handson activity, like crafting; the busier your hands are, the more your mind will focus on the task, eliminating the worries around you. Or, perhaps take up yoga or other deep-breathing techniques. For another approach, try turning off your cell phone for 10 minutes as you decompress (crazy, I

know). “Take care of yourself,” suggests Dowdy. “A person needs to, first of all, prioritize and identify those things that really bother them. We need to balance out our lives. If you know what your stressors are, you deal with what you can and the [rest] you let go.” Both Ellis and Dowdy cannot express this enough: know yourself. If you know what will trigger your anxiety, you can take a preventative standpoint to avoid the situation. Above all, it’s important to be aware of everything. Take the time to be selfish and do something beneficial for your mind and body. Go out with your friends, get a massage, write in a journal or exercise. Whatever your relief is, make time for it daily. If you can’t take the time to have dinner with friends, try something else. It’s important to have several different methods for relaxation so that there is always one on hand. by Margaret Puklicz

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1. CORKCICLE Why drag out the ice bucket when you can make chilled wine look this cool? Corkcicle is a reusable freeze gel “icicle” you insert into white wine to chill or red wine to bring to optimal room temperature $24.95 at Spinout 903.526.2226. 2. VInE StREEt Faux FuR POnChO This luxurious faux fur poncho is at the top of everyone's Christmas list. Styles range from $120-$145. They look and feel fabulous! Only at Morgan Abbigail. 903.234.9944. 3. MIChELE WatCh & BRaCELEtS This season, the look is all about arm candy! This Michele watch paired with a CASSiS Cuff and Lagos bracelets are simply stunning! Cole & Co. 903.592.8585. 4.

4. MuLtI-StRand nECKLaCE This multi-strand pearl and crystal necklace can be yours for only $40. it provides a look of elegance whether it be with the “little black dress” or boots and jeans. Available at Something Borrowed. 903.707.1315. 5. CRyStaL StatIOn nECKLaCE Comes in three different lengths, available in silver and gold. Versatile enough for any outfit. The perfect gift for someone special! $19-$33 at Katie's www.katiesonline.com. 6. JOyFOLIE ShOES Meet Molly! From the Joyfolie fall collection. Find these cute shoes at Fickle Baby. www.ficklebaby.com. 7. ESPRESSO SatChEL Espresso satchel by Yany. A neutral necessity for your winter wardrobe. Available at Cherry Hill 903-757-2955.

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12. CHILD’S CHRISTMAS BOOK The perfect Christmas gift for children of all ages. Each copy is individually autographed by the author! Available at Haute Totz, 903.534.5888. 13. STReSSLeSS ReCLIneR Experience the ultimate in comfort in a Stressless Recliner by Ekornes; the only recliner that provides optimum head and lumbar support at any sitting position. Exclusively available at Swann’s Furniture & Design. www.swanns.com. 14. PULLOVeR Paul & Shark is one of Harley's best finds...made in Italy from the finest fabrics available and unlike any other piece in our stores. Quarter-zip with unique flag taping on collar and placket....a piece you won't find just anywhere. Available at Harley's. www.harleysformen.com. 15.

15. “THe ITALIAn JAne” CAKe This vanilla pound cake, from Janie’s Cakes, is filled with Italian Buttercream, and is all-natural, made-from-scratch, using the finest ingredients. Shipped nationwide, it’s the gift you are proud to give and thrilled to receive! 903.592.6150. 16. CUSTOMIzeD SHADOw BOx Let us help you give the gift of a lifetime: a memory. Incorporate photos, unique elements and meaningful items into this customized shadow box at The Frame Up Gallery. For ideas visit frameupgallery.com. 17. zIP-UP HOODIe Live to Love Apparel presents the ‘Set Your Mind On Things Above’ zip-up hoodie from the Winter Collection that is perfect for the winter season. Find this item and many others at www.livetoloveapparel.com.

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THE LONGVIEw MuSEuM OF FINE ARTS (LMFA) HAS MASTEREd THE ART OF REINVENTION. wITH INNOVATIVE pROGRAMMING, pREMIER ExHIbITS ANd A FRESH IdEA FOR A FuNdRAISER, THE 54-yEAR-OLd MuSEuM IS cHANGING THE wAy pEOpLE VIEw ART MuSEuMS IN EAST TExAS.

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e are definitely attracting a different crowd,” said Executive Director of the Longview Museum of Fine Arts, Renee Hawkins. “It’s fun to have different people, plus our regulars, come and see us.” The Junior Service League of Longview initially created the LMFA in 1958, and held its first invitational exhibit in 1959. Jerry Bywaters, Director of the Dallas Museum of Art, acted as consultant to the League and juror for that event. In 1970, the State of Texas issued the LMFA a museum charter and the art collection the League had amassed was place on permanent loan. The LMFA has called five different locations home since 1958. The present location on Tyler Street was renovated in 1997. Charlotte and oilman John Wrather also donated their property toward this space and now have a gallery named in their honor. They also donated funds for the present museum. In 2005, Ann Lowman, of the The Gregg County Historical Foundation and The Lowman Family Corporation, donated property at the corner of Tyler and Fredonia Streets to begin a sculpture garden, with a piece donated by Steel & Pipe Co., Inc. Today, the vibrant museum is bustling with activity. A recent facelift modernized the facade of the building, adding colored lights that dance across the Longview skyline. This summer ArtWorks, the museum’s new education annex, officially opened its doors to students and visitors. "ArtWorks has something going on all the time,” Hawkins said. “The separate space is really nice; our artists can leave their work set up there and we can follow along.” One of the new things ArtWorks has allowed LMFA to offer is more personalized classes and individualized attention. “If someone wants to take a basket-weaving class and calls up to request it, we can make that happen,” Hawkins said. “We have so many local artists who want to teach and so many resources that we can tap into that if someone says, ‘I think I’d like to do that,’ they can.” b s ce n e M AG.coM


fall. They also have a Family Day once a month to encourage parents to bring their children and enjoy the interactive displays and projects at the museum. Artist in Residence Charles Arnold leads “ABC” classes at the museum. ABC stands for “Artists Brainstorming and Critique,” Hawkins explained. For both professional and aspiring artists, ABC classes are held Wednesday nights and are all about creating better art. “They exchange ideas and critiques and can give each other ideas, direction and suggestions,” Hawkins said. LMFA is also participating in the Longview ArtWalk on Dec. 7. “Be sure to look for our events through 2013,” Hawkins reminded us. “We have a lot of things coming up like our East Texas artists in the summer and a Latino art show, curated by John Hillier, in the fall.” by Amy Brocato Pearson

TODAY, THE VIBRANT MUSEUM IS BUSTLING WITH ACTIVITY. A RECENT FACELIFT MODERNIZED THE FACADE OF THE BUILDING, ADDING COLORED LIGHTS THAT DANCE ACROSS THE LONGVIEW SKYLINE. In 2013, LMFA will deviate from tradition and hold one big fundraiser instead of three or four smaller events, said Hawkins. The last Saturday in February will bring “A Night At the Museum.” “We’re going to roll it all up into one big event,” Hawkins said. “It’s going to be so much fun with lots of things going in every room [at the museum].” Patrons can participate in a casino, silent auction, karaoke, ornament making, origami and, of course, food and music throughout the space. “We used to have a casino night that brought in between $17,000 and $30,000,” Hawkins said. “We hope to raise at least $41,000 at this event.” The fundraiser contributes to about a quarter of the year’s operating budget and the rest is made up of grants, membership dues and rentals of the facility, said Hawkins. During late fall and early winter, Texas artist Julie Speed will be a featured exhibitor. Through Jan. 1, 2013, you can see her exhibit “The Other Hand” at LMFA. “She’s very tongue-in-cheek,” Hawkins described. “She’s realistic, but she’ll do a portrait and the subject will have two ears [on a subject’s profile], or something like that.” Speed, whom Hawkins said is always included in groups of major Texas artists, is quite a coup for the museum. “We’re so pleased to have her,” Hawkins said. During December, the Longview Museum of Fine Arts will celebrate the season with holiday events. On Dec. 1, children and adults alike can enjoy Breakfast With Santa. High school students from the museum’s student board will don elf costumes and otherwise function as Santa’s helpers while children visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. “It’s going to be a really fun morning,” Hawkins said. From Dec. 4-7, the Guild presents a Holiday Tea Room and Market. With about 20 local vendors, from jewelry to homemade foods to artwork and makeup, the market is a “great way to pick up some really unique holiday gifts,” Hawkins explained. In January and February, Diane Walker-Gladney will be the featured artist. A contemporary painter from Dallas whose work is often noted for its intricate layers, sensual textures and playful content; the works of Walker-Gladney are highly anticipated. “We enjoy her and her work,” Hawkins said. The LMFA started holding a Ladies’ Night once a month this BS CENEMAG. C O M

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R&K Distributors has partnered again this year with the City of Longview to offer the Safe-Ride-Home initiative: a free, safe ride home for party-goers on New Year’s Eve to or from any Longview destination. This will be the fifth year that we’ve sponsored this program, and it’s something we firmly believe in. We want everyone to have a fantastic time on New Year’s, and we understand that part of that is going out and having a few drinks with friends. But, the safety of our community comes first, so we want to make sure we do our part to help keep our friends and neighbors safe and responsible.

Starting at 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, there will be five city buses available for pickups and drop-offs. The buses will be running until 3 a.m. and can be scheduled by calling (903) 753-2287 x 10. We strongly suggest you schedule trips in advance, and reservations can be made beginning Tuesday, Dec. 3rd.

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T. bLANcO’S MExIcAN cAFé Come check out T. Blanco’s this month for our exciting lunch specials and always delicious dinner entrees. We offer tasty Margaritas, frozen Crown® and Coke, wine, and beer. Try our chargrilled quail and the succulent shrimp brochette, you will love them! Call us now to reserve our party room or place a catering order for your holiday parties. Every Saturday night we will have a live band from 7-CLOSE, so stop by if you are looking for a place to get some great food and hear some good music! www.tblancos.com 903.643.0100 1045 Gardiner Mitchell Pkwy Lakeport, Texas Mon-Thu: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Fri-Sat: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sun: Closed

Tcby Come try our 16 exciting flavors ! We offer four types of yogurt that include 98 percent Fat Free, Non-Fat, No Sugar Added/Non Fat, and a nondairy/nonfat sorbet.  We have over 35 different toppings that are sure to please even the most choosy of eaters.  Sprinkle on a few toppings or pile them high - at TCBY, it’s Your life. Your yogurt. Your way. T-Shirts now available at both locations. We have a variety of colors and styles to choose from, so stop by and grab your favorite one!

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wING STOp “Wingstop is proud to introduce our new Gliders. It’s a big sandwich with big taste! Each Glider Sandwich is made with 100 percent all white breast meat that is sauced and tossed in your choice of nine flavors and served on a fresh baked yeast roll.” 9 Special Wing Sauces Original Hot, Cajun, Mild, Atomic, Lemon Pepper, Garlic Parmesan, Hickory Smoked BBQ, Teriyaki, Louisiana Rub and Hawaiian. Hours of Operation: Open 7 days a week, 11 a.m. – Midnight Phone ahead or order online at wingstop.com Proudly Serving Tyler and Longview Wingstop. The Wing Experts.

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STANLEy’S FAMOuS pIT bARbEcuE Stanley’s has been family owned and operated since 1958 and is the oldest operating BBQ Joint in Tyler, Texas – serving up true, pit smoked BBQ for over 50 years. Honored, Grateful and Proud to be named “BEST PORK RIBS” in both 2010 AND 2011 at the Texas Monthly BBQ Festival. Breakfast is served Mon–Fri from 7am-10am.  Lunch Mon-Sat 11am-2pm (earlier if SOLD OUT). Dinner Coming Soon!

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yAMATO jApANESE STEAkHOuSE & SuSHI bAR From the finest hand-rolled sushi to the most delectable and entertaining hibachi, Yamato has something to offer everyone. With a full bar, constantly changing specials, and some of the freshest exotic seafood in East Texas, Yamato will surprise and delight you with every visit! Ladies Night every Wednesday with a Live DJ and half-off of all ladies' drinks. Drink specials and a Live DJ every Friday Saturday Evenings, Karaoke! Come enjoy our newly extended patio with the recently added fire-water display. 2210 WSW Loop 323 • Tyler 903.534.1888 • www.yamatotexas.com Find us on Facebook!

VILLA MONTEz Spend your holidays with Villa Montez! Choose from a menu of the finest, freshest ingredients prepared with care and skill by Executive Chef Carlos Villapudua. Or work with our expert staff to create a catering feast that will ensure your holiday party is a smashing success. We offer multiple venues and innumerable menu options for your private or company gathering this season. Book now and dine in one of Tyler’s most beautiful settings, both indoors and out, mixing the magic and glamour of Old Tyler with a progressive, flavor-filled, adventurous menu and a spectacular wine list. 3324 Old Henderson Highway • Tyler 903.592.9696 • http://villamontez.com Menu starting at $7.99

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White Chocolate Raspberry Martini With the heavenly comBination of godiva chocolate liqueur, raspBerry and vanilla vodkas, and the graham cracker rim, this concoction has a Wonderful Balance of flavor. comBining the smooth, creamy texture of White chocolate With the tartness of raspBerry, you Will only Be upset you’ve never tried one Before.

Peppermint Martini perhaps no flavor Better epitomizes the holiday spirit than peppermint. Bright, colorful and Bracing, this liBation is like the Best peppermint you’ve ever had... in a glass. finished off With chocolate syrup, mint leaves and crushed peppermint on the rim, this is a true holiday treat.

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When people discuss the decadent, almost scandalous nature of chocolate, these three drinks from our friends at Breakers: a seafood Joint, represent exactly What they mean. perfectly sWeet, With a surprising depth of flavors, these treats truly are sinfully delicious.

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RIbMASTERS We’ve got some of the best smoked turkey in all of East Texas – boneless breast halves – at a price reduced to $9.99 a pound (normally $12.99). And, of course you already know that Ribmasters has amazing barbecue, delicious sides and desserts and some of the finest, award-winning ribs in the country. Stop in and see us for lunch, supper or let us help with Christmas Dinner, you’ll be glad you did. LET uS CaTEr your hoLiday EvEnTS, ChriSTMaS ParTiES, nEW yEar’S ParTiES and MorE!

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SMASHbuRGER Smashburger was born to satisfy the modern burger lover by offering the best cooked-to-order burger you have ever tasted and all the good things that go with it. Where smash means we literally smash 100 percent Angus beef at a high temperature to sear in all the juicy burger goodness, and our seasoning blend and fresh toppings take our burgers over the top. Where sizzle means the service is friendly and fast – a place that values your time. Where savor means a place that is modern and cool where you can sit back and enjoy a better burger that doesn’t break the bank. Smash.Sizzle.Savor 3314 Troup Hwy 3080 N. Eastman Rd., Ste. 115 7484 S. Broadway Tyler, TX 75701 Longview, TX 75605 Tyler, TX 75703 903.526.7982 903.663.2319 903.534.3719

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Make It Fresh For The Holidays! FRESH by Brookshire's in Tyler has an extensive prepared meal menu. From full dinners and sides to hors d’ oeuvres and desserts, FRESH’s menu provides plenty of options that even the most discerning palate will enjoy. Simply call the catering department at 903.747.3512 or visit the catering desk at FRESH to place an order. FRESH TURKEY DINNER Serves 6-8 12-14 lb. Turkey brined and roasted to perfection. Cornbread dressing, Giblet Gravy, Whipped Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans Amandine, Fresh Cranberry sauce. $99.99 BEEF TENDERLOIN DINNER serves 6-8 Roasted Whole Thyme Scented Beef Tenderloin with Cabernet Demi Glace and Cornbread Dressing, Giblet Gravy, Whipped Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans Amandine, Fresh Cranberry sauce. $169.99 HOLIDAY SIDES PACKAGE serves 6-8 Cornbread Dressing, Giblet Gravy, Green Beans Amandine, Whipped Sweet Potatoes, Homemade Cranberry Sauce $49.99 A LA CARTE ITEMS Giblet Gravy $5.99 Cornbread Dressing $5.99 Smashed Garlic Yukon Gold Potatoes$3.99 FRESH Cranberry Sauce $5.99 Whipped Sweet Potatoes $5.99 Roasted Root Vegetables $3.99

Cajun For Christmas by Fat Catz! East Texans’ luck out geographically. With Louisiana right next door, there’s nothing like having Cajun cooking as an option for a Christmas feast. Chef Cedrick Fletcher’s prepared holiday meal from Fat Catz in Tyler will have your guests begging for more. On the menu:

A Taste Of East Texas by Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Q East Texas is growing with a population consisting, more and more of people who have moved here not just from out of town, but out of state. This probably means their visiting relatives are not from around here either. So, why not treat them to a true taste of East Texas-cooking by ordering a prepared meal from Stanley’s? Willie Nelson recently requested that Stanley’s prepare a lunch and dinner for him while he was in town – so if it’s good enough for Willie – shouldn’t it be good enough for mom and dad? Stanley’s also has many menu items to choose from – and if you’ve been gifted an uncooked turkey already or just have one in your freezer, they also offer the option to bring your own turkey and they’ll smoke it for you! With Stanley’s you can also get rid of the guilt because so much love and pride is taken with each prepared meal, Pencis expressed, “We feel like we’re responsible for everybody’s happiness for that day – and we try to take all of the stress out of it for people. Our focus is always family and friends.” STANLEY'S HOLIDAY MENU *Bring Your Own Turkey (They’ll Smoke It) $2 per pound *Whole Turkey $4.00 per pound *Whole Ham $4.00 per pound *Whole Smoked Turkey Breast (4# Average – Feeds 10) $38 *Whole Brisket $45 Pecan Crusted Turkey Cheese Ball w/ Brochette (Feeds 8-10) $18 Candied Sweet Potatoes (Feeds 8-10) $18 Cheddar Leek Scalloped Potatoes (Feeds 8-10) $18 Bacon Fried Brussel Sprouts (Feeds 8-10) $18 Corn Bread Dressing (Feeds 8-10) $18 Smokey Green Beans $18 Smoked Poblano Mac-N-Cheese $24 Whole Cranberry Compote (Feeds 8-10) $10 Coconut Bread Pudding with Makers Mark pecan drizzle (Feeds 8-10) $32

CAJUN FRIED TURKEY Choice of Two Side Items: (Cornbread Dressing, Rice Dressing, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Corn, Candied Yams) Andouille Gravy, Cranberry Sauce, Fresh Rolls, Sweet Potato, Pumpkin, or Pecan Pies (Dinners #1 and #2 include 2 pies, Dinner #3 includes 3 pies) #1 DINNER FOR 10 TO 12 PEOPLE, $99.95 #2 DINNER FOR 16 TO 18 PEOPLE, $130.95 #3 DINNER FOR 22 TO 26 PEOPLE, $149.95 JUST TURKEY OR HAM SIZE BAKED OR CAJUN FRIED Average (12 – 14 lb.) $ 59.95 “HONEY KISSED” SPIRAL CUT HAM $ 49.95 (Each Ham weighs about 7 - 9 lbs. and feeds about 15 people) EXTRAS Add Another Side To Any Dinner For $ 23.50 (Approx. 15 servings) Cornbread Dressing, Rice Dressing, Oyster Dressing (add $15) Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Corn, Candied Yams Additional Pies: Apple, Coconut or Buttermilk Chess $20.00 each CHRISTMAS ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY WED, DEC. 19, & PICKED UP ON MON, DEC. 24, BY 2 PM.

Other prepared meal options to consider and came recommended by BSCENE readers include: Willow Brook Country Club, Adalante Catering Company, Loggins Restaurant, and the famous Greenberg Smoked Turkey that Oprah deemed one of her favorite things 2003. With so many different choices for your holiday meal, there’s no reason why any host can’t spare a little stress, and still take credit for a fabulous meal that everyone will love! by Veronica Terres


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juLIAN’S ASIAN RESTAuRANT Family, Friends, Food& CocktailsAll Roads Lead to Julian’s this Holiday Season! Merry Christmas from your Family at Julian’s You are the olive to our martini, the grape to our wine. Let us say thank you, by giving 10 percent off your meal purchase when you mention “BSCENE December” Don’t forget WE CATER! Happy Hour Mon-Thur 4p.m.-7p.m.

cHEz bAzAN This second generation, family-owned/operated bakery is much more than a great place to share a simply delicious pastry and gourmet coffee. Chez Bazan offers stellar catering services and truly innovative cake and pastry design to accompany their unparalleled bakery and café. During the holidays, let Chez Bazan satisfy your sweet tooth with signature pies, croquembouche, bouch de noel, iced cookies, homemade breads – and don’t forget to order a gingerbread house! Café Hours: 11a.m. – 2p.m. M-S Bakery Hours: 7a.m. – 6p.m. M-F, 8a.m. - 4p.m. S Closed Sundays

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cHIck-FIL-A We not only have delicious chicken and great customer service but we offer catering for office parties, meetings, baby showers, birthdays, any event. It would be our pleasure. 5716 South Broadway Tyler, TX 903-534-4692 3830 Troup Hwy Tyler, TX 903.561.2324

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JERSEY MIKE’S What makes Jersey Mike’s so terrific? The secret’s in the sub! We start with the highest quality meats and cheeses. Add onions, lettuce, tomatoes, oil, vinegar and spices. Even our bread is baked fresh daily, right in each store. But what really sets us apart is that each and every sandwich is made fresh to order. Meats and cheeses are sliced fresh for each sandwich, and piled high on the in-store baked bread right before the eyes of the customers. Just the way the first subs were made at the original Jersey Mike’s almost 50 years ago!

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THE FATT APPLE CATERING Whether you need catering for a group of 10 or 500+, The Fatt Apple's experienced staff is committed to a truly memorable dining and entertaining experience. The Fatt Apple's catering menu options are limited only by the imagination. Each one can be customized to satisfy a unique taste. Our staff is dedicated to ensuring that your event is what you wanted, from beginning to end. We offer full-service catering, bartending services, bakery items, event or wedding planning, and wedding and party gifts for guests. If you have a wedding, festival, party, or any event where you need catering, give us a call. Call for menus, questions, or availability.

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ometimes ya just have to try something different. Ever said that to yourself? Well this party was “out of the box” for us, and we loved it! Our longtime friends, Kelvin and Jessica Woodfin, were the “brain trust” who hatched an outdoor dining experience that rivals the best of the best. To begin with, Kelvin and Jessica invited a unique group of “Generation Ys” who kept the “Man” on his toes throughout the night. It was a hoot! These 11 young, successful professionals are at the top of their game and full of energy and ideas. There was never a dull moment, and can they ever party! The party took place at the Woodfin’s beautiful home in the prestigious Cambridge Estates in south Tyler. The home’s open concept and casual, traditional décor makes for a perfect party place. The open brick arches that separate the kitchen from the large family living area provide an elegant, rustic look. Our guests easily circulated through the space without missing any of the conversations. Upon arrival, each guest was greeted with a sparkling glass of fine champagne and directed to the kitchen bar where a multiplicity of specialty cheeses, crackers and munchies were displayed. It was here that the crowd loosened up in anticipation of the spectacular five-course dinner that was being prepared by Chef Gustavo Lara before their eyes.

THE ELEGANT DINNER PARTY IT WAS HERE THAT THE CROWD LOOSENED UP IN ANTICIPATION OF THE SPECTACULAR FIVE-COURSE DINNER THAT WAS BEING PREPARED BY CHEF GUSTAVO LARA BEFORE THEIR EYES.

JOIN "THE MAN" FOR A FIVE-STAR DINNER AT THE WOODFINS WITH CUISINE BY CHEF GUSTAVO LARA.

But before we get to the dinner, we gotta talk about the wines. Kelvin is a real wine connoisseur. His wine room hosts three floor-to-ceiling coolers that are home to 480 bottles of his specially chosen favorites. Now we didn’t get to savor all of ̓̔em, but he shared many of his favorites throughout the evening. As if that weren’t enough, his friend, Tracy Graham, wine representative for Republic National, brought a rolling suitcase of her special choices. Now the centerpiece of the night was the fabulous five-course dinner. Jessica artistically created a picture-perfect table on their deck/patio cozily under a patio tent. Tiki lights a-blazing and candles of all colors and sizes were thoughtfully placed about the table and ̓every place was set with an exquisitely mix-and-matched antique place setting. It was a perfect fall-inspired environment for Chef Gustavo’s creative presentations and flavors.

The menu was fine dining excellence prepared and personally served by the Chef. It included unique appetizers, soup and salad with a main course of Veal Shank Osso Bucco, wine-braised with a nice bottle from Kelvin’s wine cellar and finished off at table side. The crowning finale was “Woodfin Flamed Pumpkin Crème Brulee'” served up with extra Bacardi 151 Rum. This group of “Energizer bunnies” kept the party a-goin’ long after dinner with “shots,” wine and toast after toast to good friends, food and fun. We’re already planning another party with these folks and others like ‘em at a restaurant in another East Texas city soon. While these young adults clearly had a blast, they made the “Man” feel, and I suspect behave, 20 years younger. Hats off to Kelvin and Jessica for a one-of-a kind experience. Well, if you’re out and about, look for us, we’ll be…somewhere! GROUP PHOTOS: (BACK) PRISCILLA SCHULTZ BEKKA, TRACY GRAHAM, HEATHER HARMON, PAULA GEAN, MALEK BEKKA, MYSTE SNOW, JOHN MILLER (FRONT) DR. AUBREY D. SHARPE, JESSICA & KELVIN WOODFIN, HOLLY HEAD, RYAN POLK


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THE dINER At The Diner on South Broadway we’re serving up hot, fresh breakfast all day long! Cooked to order, we’ve got pancakes and waffles, omelets and eggs benedict ... whatever you want! You’re not a morning person?  No worries … you can have breakfast anytime! 7924 S. Broadway Ave. Tyler, TX 75605 903.509.dinE TheDinerTyler.com

LAGO dEL pINO GrEaT Food - LivE MuSiC - FanTaSTiC viEWS For lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch, or late-night dining, the diverse menu, immense cocktail and wine selection, soaring private lake views, distinct lighted fountain show, and eclectic live music make Lago del Pino the most unique dining experience in East Texas. With 17 flat screen televisions, Lago del Pino is the place to watch all your favorite sports. Game Day Specials Half Price Appetizers, $2 Domestic Bottled Beer, $3 Draft Beer Thursday 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. See our full menu and upcoming entertainment schedule at lagodelpino.com. 14706 CR 1134 Tyler, TX 75709 Just Off Spur 364 903-561-LAGO Closed Mondays & Tuesdays

zAzA'S MOdERN ITALIAN cuISINE Craving a taste of Northern Italy? Then Zaza's is the place for you to satisfy your appetite with a modern twist on fine Italian cuisine. The extensive Northern Italian menu includes steaks, roasted chicken, stuffed quail, salads, a large variety of pastas, and freshly made hand-tossed pizza. Having more than 5,000 square feet, Zaza's provides both a small and a large private room for all kinds of parties and get-togethers. With quality food and great service, Zaza's is sure to make you an offer you shouldn't refuse! The Ridge Shopping Center 6899 Oak Hills Boulevard Tyler, TX 75703 903.617.6050

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S T Y L E FOR HIM / FOR HER STYLE FILE /// 64 GOT CHILLS? /// 70 WRIST WATCH /// 74 SPOTLIGHT /// 82 ENTERTAINER /// 84 V'S WORDS /// 86 Tea n Rose dress, Apricot Lane; Sam Edelman “Marina” heels, Bridgette's Shoe Collection; rhinestone fashion necklace, circle fashion earrings, clover bangles, rhinestone ring, all at Katie's. (on the bed) Badgley Mishka gown, Mary V's by Shelby; Parker dress, Spinout; Trilogy fur coat, Mary V's by Shelby

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A NIGHT TO REMEMBER HER / Milly dress, Bridgette’s exclusive necklace, Ella Moss faux mink coat, Bridgette’s exclusive earrings, Bridgette’s exclusive ring, Butter “Calypso” heels, Rebecca Minkoff clutch, all at Bridgette’s and Bridgette’s Shoe Collection. HIM / Ted Baker velvet sports coat, Robert Graham shirt, Hickey Freeman trousers, Brighton for Harley’s belt, JZ Richards pocket square, Donald J. Pliner loafer, all at Harley’s; Wenger “Alpine” black dial stainless steel watch, Cole & Co.


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HIM / Paul Betenly suit, Eaton shirt, Tino Cosma tie, Dion pocket square, Brighton for Harley’s belt, Donald J. Pliner loafers, all at Harley’s; Rolex 18K Rose Gold Daytona Cosmograph w/chocolate arabic dial at Susan Robinson Jewelry.

HER / Parker dress, Spinout; Pelle Moda “gleam” heels, Bridgette’s Shoe Collection; Kendra Scott “Della” earrings, Kendra Scott “Paulina” ring (oval), Kendra Scott “Wallace” ring, all at Cole & Co.


HER / Badgley Mischka gown, Mary V’s by Shelby; Qupid velvet pump, Apricot Lane; Layering of Armenta Midnight Sterling Silver and 18K YG necklaces and enhancers, Midnight Oxidized Silver and 18K YG Armenta bangles – one with blue Mother of Pearl and Opal doublet Stations, Midnight Sterling and 18K YG Marquise Ring, 18K YG round dome disk ring w/diamonds, scalloped White Topaz filler charms with Diamond scalloped frame charms on 18K YG Diamond hoop earrings, SS and YG wide cuff w/Bezel set Diamonds all at Susan Robinson Jewelry.


HIM / Paul Betenly tuxedo, Edward Armah bowtie, Dion tuxedo scarf, Eaton shirt, Mezlan “Davino” velvet slip-ons, all at Harley’s; Rolex 18K yellow gold Anniversary GMT II with green dial and black bezel, David Yurman 18K YG studs and cufflinks set, all at Susan Robinson Jewelry.

Models: Holly & Ben Hill Photography: Noel Martin Hair & Makeup: Jessica Woodfin Special Thanks: The McNeil Family


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Puppy knit hat, Haute Totz exclusive, $32. Maison Chic reindeer hat, Fickle Baby, $20. Giraffe knit hat, Haute Totz exclusive, $32. Mayoral gloves, hat and scarf set; Haute Totz $42. Fore!! Axel & Hudson fedora, Haute Totz, $32. Cupcakes & Cartwheels knit animal scarf, $33. Dimples baby booties for girls (set of 2), Fickle Baby, $19 Best Of Chums baby booties for boys, $23.

GOT CHILLS? WARM UP WITH OUTERWEAR

Avalon Femme puffer vest, Cavender’s. $36.

Knit head wraps, Katie’s, each $6. Royal Standard resort wrap, Morgan Abbigail, $48. Biya embroidered scarf, Cherry Hill, $134. Bailey of Hollywood fedora, Harley’s, $65. Altea scarf, Harley’s, $65. Eric Javitz “Victoria” hat, Mary V’s by Shelby (black band), $350. Europa mink gloves, Mary V’s by Shelby, $100. Martin Dingman leather gloves, Harley’s, $195.

Grace & Lace leg warmers, Apricot Lane, $32. Roma galoshes, Moda Me, $84.


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BRASS CHAIN CROSS BRACELET, BRASS GENEVA WATCH, AT THAT GIRL’S BOUTIqUE.

PREMIER DESIGNS SILVER BANGLE, DARK GRAY BEADED BRACELET, PREMIER DESIGNS GUNMETAL WATCH, AT MODA ME BOUTIqUE.

FOR HIM: DAVID YURMAN SS ROUNDED COBRA BRACELET, DAVID YURMAN MEN’S CORAL SPIRITUAL BEAD BRACELET, DAVID YURMAN SS ROYAL CORD METRO BRACELET, DAVID YURMAN STAINLESS STEEL 43MM CLASSIC GMT WORLDWIDE AUTOMATIC WATCH, BLACK PARACHUTE CORD BRACELET W/SS WAVE CLASP, AT SUSAN ROBINSON JEWELRY.

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SPOTLIGHT

“We BuY ClotHeS For Four to SIx WeeKS to Cover tHe Floor and Have plentY oF BaCK StoCK,” BoSleY SaId. “tHen, We’ll Have our grand openIng, and FroM tHat poInt on We’ll alWaYS Be BuYIng and SellIng.”

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Women Will soon be rejoicing. it’s not an opinion, merely a statement of fact When it comes to the opening of clothes mentor in tyler, behind fresh on old jacksonville highWay. offering Women’s clothing at a resale savings of 70 percent Will do that. “There’s nothing like Clothes Mentor around,” said owner Kathy Bosley. “It offers style, sophistication and quality in a beautiful store. Most items originate from better specialty or department stores, and clothing is organized and displayed in a fine retail environment.” From a young age, Bosley had an interest in obtaining great labels at a lower price. “Starting at age 12, I was a bargain shopper for great labels. We were going to open a retail store and build it from the ground up. However, WHen We CaMe aCroSS tHe ClotHeS Mentor FranCHISe and SaW HoW It WorKed and HoW MuCH Help We Would reCeIve In tHeIr Model, We juMped on It.”

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Bosley and her husband lane went to a training, learned about the business and how and why it works. They loved how familyoriented Clothes Mentor is and how much help and backup support they provide, including print ads, television spots and radio spots ready made for publication and broadcast. Kathy will take care of the front of the house (selling/ buying, customers), while her husband will handle the back of the house (billing, finances, etc.). Their children: Kagan, 12; Kallie, 10; and Kyndall, 5, will also be helping out. The Bosleys signed their contract with Clothes Mentor after the new Year and began searching for a location. two years ago, they read BSCene’s article about the development on old jacksonville Highway, and decided they wanted it to be here near FreSH. “Steve

Thornton with j.p. davis, helped us develop this place, and it’s beautiful. We’ve even had comments from other Clothes Mentor owners about what a great job they did designing the space!” Kathy said. “We wanted to be in this traffic pattern, and it’s been great watching it catch fire.” Clothes Mentor carries women’s sizes 0-26, petite and maternity, and features brands like: anne taylor loft, Banana republic, lane Bryant, j. Crew, Chico’s, Calvin Klein, tory Burch, Coach, White House/ Black Market, true religion, 7 for all Mankind and joe’s jeans; and accessories like shoes, purses, jewelry, and from stores like anthropologie, nordstrom and neiman Marcus... and all at an average price of only $14. The brand new tyler location is preparing to be fully up and running by the first of the year.

For women looking to sell their clothing, there are a few regulations that must be met. Items must be: recent clothing in great condition, freshly laundered in a basket, bin or box. They are searching for great labels, bought in a twoyear window (no earlier than 2010). and there are no men’s, children’s or junior’s items. “We Sell IteMS For 70 perCent oF WHat It CoStS In StoreS, and We’ll paY You 30 perCent oF WHat We Sell It For,” explaIned BoSleY. “We paY HalF on deSIgner HandBagS. We don’t do ConSIgnMent, We BuY IteMS WItH CaSH on tHe Spot.” Clothes Mentor is poised to become one of the hot spots in east texas fashion, where women can find excellent deals on top quality items unavailable in other places. “We’re also going to host events like ladies’ nights, shopping events and [we'll] offer specials,” Bosley said. “Basically it comes down to the fact that great, designer labels sell. So many women in tyler drive to dallas or other large cities to get brands they can’t find here. We have some unbelievably wonderful stores here, but there are certain labels that simply aren’t available. So, we know we’ll get great labels and we know women will be getting a great deal... it’s never a bad thing to get a great top for $8. I mean, last week I was at a Clothes Mentor store and purchased a suit that sells for $300, for [only] $45. You just walk out feeling like you stole it!”

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he Elegant Few is a band that came onto the local music scene over a year ago, and has in recent months become one of the premier party bands in the area. Just watch a performance of theirs at Lago Del Pino, and you know that you are seeing something special. In the musical subculture of cover bands, it’s often difficult to parse out what makes one better than another, after all, the music being produced has been played many times by many different artists. But after watching The Elegant Few take audiences to the point of frenzy despite soggy rain showers and boiling summer heat, it’s clear that this group of artists has something special. Ivan Starr Dyer is the lead vocalist for the band composed of all male musicians who take the stage in coordinated, dapper outfits stylistically typical of the well-dressed man. Each member’s unique style adds a flash of pop, punk rock and indie swagger to the uniform and the band’s overall performance onstage. After months of playing together, The Elegant Few has crafted a polished stage presence that combines elaborate lights and technical effects with a personto-person interaction. When Ivan was asked to consider becoming a part of the band, he had no professional experience as a musician. But his raw talent was already attracting the attention of more seasoned artists in Tyler.

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If you have lived in Tyler and circuited local music venues over the years, you have probably seen Ivan’s mother, Iva Starr, perform. She used to play the piano and sing with other local musicians like George Faber and a man who went by “Casper” in venues ranging from Jake’s and Rick’s, to local churches and private parties. Ivan was named

EssEntially, all mEmbErs of thE band havE, whEthEr it was in a church choir or on a nightclub stagE, bEEn pErforming for yEars. for his mother, and even though they shared a love of music, their relationship was often complicated and difficult. “Couple years ago, almost three, my mom passed,” Ivan said, “and I was kind of lost. I didn’t know exactly what I was going to do with my life, I was really depressed. My mom and I had a crazy relationship.” As a child, Ivan sang alongside his mother at church. He performed with his brothers and sisters, and even helped direct the children’s choir. As he grew older and their relationship became strained, he says it was music that made everything OK.

“When we got together, and she was on the piano, and she was singing, nothing else mattered. Even if I hadn’t seen her in a month, I would come up there, we would talk and sing, and then go on about our lives. It was fine, that was our relationship. Sometimes it was difficult, but when music was there, it was the easiest thing in the world,” he said. After Iva died, Ivan felt a tremendous sense of loss and began to consider his future. He began to experience a sensation that drew him back to music, to the bond that they had shared during her lifetime. “I started to miss her, and I wanted to reconnect with her somehow. I would go and listen to Dustin Becker, and he would encourage me to get up and sing a song.” The first such song that Ivan sang was “Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay,” by Otis Redding, a song he had heard his mother sing many times. With Becker’s encouragement, and a feeling that he was approaching something big, Ivan started to pursue opportunities to sing with Becker. “I didn’t know all of the words at first, but I started to get into it, and I started to go from…‘I’ll go out and get some drinks and watch Dustin play’ to ‘maybe I’ll go sing a song with Dustin, and maybe I’ll have drinks.' I learned some new songs, and I sang a few others with Dustin that I already knew, but I always sang (that) Otis Redding [song]. Sometimes I would mess up on it, but I learned it backward and forward, and I got to where I could sing the hell out of it. I b s ce n e M A G.coM


ntFew Few loved that song; it made me feel closer to my exciting live show, including some effects to feed him. I was just trying to stay above that are definitely unique to the East Texas water, just trying to make it.” mom, made me feel better.” After his mother passed, Ivan began It was during one of these nights, on music scene. Perhaps this is the reason why the to take control of his own destiny for the the patio of Shogun in Tyler, that band members Raymond Stanford and Travis band has grown in popularity so quickly, first time, pursuing a future that has taken Riddle approached Ivan about joining the appearing as headlining acts across North shape in The Elegant Few. “I feel more like band. Since that moment, the band has Texas and across state lines. Essentially, all myself than I ever have before,” he says. All the members of the grown quickly and plays band seem to genuinely shows in Tyler, Shreveport, appreciate the crowd Louisiana, the Dallas-Fort For Ivan, the band represents hIs Future, and the and the opportunity Worth Metroplex, Destin, opportunIty to change hIs lIFe. “I really started to see before them at each Florida and beyond. While Ivan is new my Future change, when the shows started bookIng up. performance, and Ivan says that the audience to the professional music makes every long road scene, other members there was just somethIng InsIde me that made me want trip worthwhile. At the of the band have been somethIng better For my son.” end of each performance, playing music and “I made something performing for years. Raymond Stanford, is the band’s lead members of the band have, whether it was in happen, and a lot of people don’t get to say guitarist. Stanford is a classically trained a church choir or on a nightclub stage, been that. I might not have saved a life or anything, but I made somebody’s night. And that makes musician and began playing guitar at the performing for years. For Ivan, the band represents his my night.” age of 12 and, among other talents, is a Toward the end of the year, the band proficient rapper. “I was trained in jazz and future, and the opportunity to change his classical,” says Raymond. “I am a fourth- life. “I really started to see my future change, plans to bring in a new female vocalist and generation student of Andres Segovia. I when the shows started booking up. There pursue more shows in more venues. Raymond was trained in Jazz by Gene Bertoncini was just something inside me that made me says “We hope to become the preferred party for a brief time in my 15th summer.” want something better for my son,” he says. band this side of the Mississippi. We would Raymond has played with the band’s Every time he takes the stage, Ivan moves like to pick up even more venues and to drummer, David Perry, for over 15 years forward to a future that at one point seemed expand our audience base.” For now, locals and started a “recreational” music endeavor so impossible, it wasn’t even a dream. “I had can enjoy seeing the guys perform close to with bass guitarist Marc Carter that led to a son in the ninth grade. He’s 15 now. All home and be a part of the beginning of The the formation of The Elegant Few. Travis my plans went out the window then, I really Elegant Few. If you’d like to learn more about Riddle serves as the band’s sound engineer wasn’t worried about what I was going to the band, log on to theelegantfew.com. by Zoe Lawhorn and orchestrates many aspects of the band’s be doing in the future, I was mainly trying bSceNemAG. com

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SANTA’S HELPERS

FOR ALL YOUR CHRISTMAS NEEDS!

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f you’re like me, by the time Thanksgiving rolls around every year, you’re already trying to figure out how best to manage your time throughout the holidays with the seemingly unending tasks it brings, like: Christmas shopping, readying the home for holiday company, scheduling sitters so that you can attend various parties and holiday functions, planning the annual Christmas card photo, mailing out those Christmas cards, baking for community events and church functions, mailing out Christmas gifts, entertaining guest – the list goes on and on. While the business of the season is usually happily greeted and endured, it can become a bit of a challenge to keep on top of it all. Luckily, I’ve been made aware of some wonderful resources to help tackle those Holiday to-dos. In the spirit of the season, I’m sharing them with you!

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I’m a sucker for doing things the old fashioned way, especially when it comes to sending out Christmas cards. As a writer, it feels like I’m cheating if I don’t hand-write a special note in each greeting card, but sometimes something has to give. Last year, when I realized that my John Hancock wouldn’t be able to adorn each and every card going out to my friends and family, I decided to look into other options that would look and feel just as personal, as if I wrote each one myself. I came across a website called tinyprints.com. This site enables you to personalize holiday cards by adding a favorite photo into a selection of beautiful card designs with inspiring messages and a variety of unique paper stocks to choose from. Can’t decide on just one photo, or want to add a special touch to the card? Additional photos can be added to the backs of some of the card designs and rounded corners are other options available to enhance your personalized touch. If you’d rather use a local resource, MotoPhoto has an online site (motophototyler.com) where you simply upload your photos for various customization options including cards, prints, portraits, photo books and other creative products. It’s also a great opportunity to personalize a gift for that special someone.

Wrapping MadE EaSY

Every year, I vow that I’m not going to be up until 3 a.m. wrapping gifts on Christmas Eve. But, it never fails. Despite my best efforts, I’m usually up with Santa sharing the milk and cookies we left out for him. This year, Santa is going to miss our annual midnight chat and snack because I learned there are professional gift-wrappers ready and waiting to help get those gifts under the tree before he slides down the chimney!

Festival of Flags & Gift Wrapping is one such resource. Open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Festival of Flags is located in the parking lot between Macy’s and Bed Bath & Beyond at 4756 South Broadway in Tyler. In business for 21 years, gift wrapping services start around $5.50 and go up, depending on the size of the package with a wide variety of gift wrap options available. Owner, Cindi Yancy-Hebert encourages those needing gift wrapping to bring no more than 10 to 12 gifts per visit and not to wait for the last minute to drop them by. “We are at capacity during Christmas,” she explained. “If [customers] are going to come here…bring it early!” They also have extended hours during the holidays! Gift wrapping may also be a task you can easily recruit a teenager, friend or family member to make a little extra cash this holiday season. So, don’t be shy and ask around!

SiMpLE Shipping

The holidays get a little more stressful while waiting in line at the post office to get those gifts delivered. Click-N-Ship® is an option to pay for postage and print shipping labels. There’s also an option to schedule Free Package Pickup (go to usps.com/pickup for details) and your mail carrier will pick up your shipment. USPS.com/cheer also allows you to enter your label number to check delivery status on packages with a “Track & Confirm” tool. I hope this holiday help allows you to stop and take a moment to enjoy all that this wonderful season has to offer.

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Kim BanDy Lewis, FORMER pr oduction designer of “Extrem e Makeover: Home Edition,” h elps bring hope and creativity to children in africa.


ow important is art in your life? Do you remember coloring kids] don’t understand what art is.” Lewis explains. “They gave them with crayons and finger paints in your kindergarten class? pens, paper, crayons like we do with our children here, and said ‘draw We have the freedom to express ourselves through music, something’ and they didn’t know what to draw. They don’t have any painting and other art forms. But what about those who imagination, they’ve never been ‘kids.’ They’ve been working their whole don’t have that freedom? Sadly, there are children being lives. [Art Feeds] really started working with them through art therapy. trafficked in Ghana, who don’t have the chance to enjoy Art is a way that kids can talk about what they’ve been through and share childhood, much less the world of art. But, there is hope! Several non- their emotions because it’s obviously hard to talk about what they’ve profit organizations are working toward freedom for the children of been through. So art has created this element of freedom for the kids. Ghana to have a place where they can have a childhood. And that’s why I love this program because it’s not your typical ‘kids are Kim Bandy Lewis, Tylerite and former production hungry in Africa’ story. It’s actually a y at the er designer for six years of story about redemption and art. It’s av sl to in e sold nt “ABC's Extreme Makeover: “The kids [there] ar They’re sold for the equivale an uplifting story we can all relate to 5. for [their] y pa Home Edition,” met a non- youngest age of in some form or fashion.” n’t ca s nt eir pare profit organization called of $20 because th Moved by the charity and with h all day, fis to e ad m e t fed once a Art Feeds while on the show. food. These kids ar ge a passion for design; Valencia, ey th if y ’re luck The organization provides everyday, and they Prasch and Lewis designed the art therapy for children and day.” center. “The exterior of the art approached Lewis and center is complete and we’ve the crew about starting gone over there,” says Lewis. an EMHE project “We went over in April and met in Ghana. After the with the construction contractor show ended, Veronica and the kids. We designed Valencia and Christian the architecture for the art Prasch, fellow production center as well as the inside. designers on the show, We’re basically doing what teamed with Lewis to help we did on 'Extreme' without organize the project. They the Hollywood camera crew partnered with Touch around. We’re pulling as a Life Foundation and many resources as we can to Connor’s Song to build an ship the container over to art center near Lake Volta, Ghana.” The team achieved Ghana. “The kids [there] their goal of filling a 40 foot are sold into slavery at the container with furniture and youngest age of 5,” explains supplies for the center that Lewis. “They’re sold shipped on October 22. for the equivalent The container will take of $20 because about eight to 12 weeks Take their parents to arrive, then the team help ch the opportunit can’t pay for will travel to Lake Volta, il y dren to colorfu [their] food. Ghana and continue l perspe gain a new, Go Te ctive These kids are construction. Touch aam Ghana, Ar on life. made to fish “The design of the t L Connor ife FoundatioFeeds, all day, every building is really different,” ’s Song n and are str day, and they’re TO br Lewis continues. “The iv the kidsing opportunit ing lucky if they resources there are hard and y to . Be a p get fed once obviously there’s not a Target moveme art of the nt to d a day.” Touch [store] to go to. We designed e s ig with a a Life Foundation it to look like a stack of purposen ! alone has rescued Legos. The little boy it’s being about 100 children built in honor of loved Legos; from the lake, it’s [called] Connor’s Creative but there are still Art Center. The building is around 7,000 three [Lego] blocks, which children being symbolizes the three non-profit Photos by Ki m Bandy Le wis forced to work. organizations and “What’s horrible we’re using these about this mangiant, concrete element eated this made lake is that caulkers to make it nd A s. art has cr d ki e for th it’s over a group look like parts of a of freedom program love this I y of trees,” Lewis lego. It’s pretty cool h w l s ca pi that’ ty r u ’s not yo continues. “So a’ story. for a building in because it ry in Afric ng u what happens is Africa. It’s really not h re a ‘kids about y a story they use these fishing nets to taking that much n a It’s actuall ’s and art. It get the fish and [the nets] get tangled in the trunks of the trees extra effort to make redemption we can all ry o at the bottom of the water. Then, the fishing masters will make [the it better than a stucco st r o uplifting rm children] go down into the water and untangle the nets. These kids have box. When you drive in some fo relate to never been taught how to swim. I know, in particular, several children up or walk up to this fashion.” who watched their best friend drown because they couldn’t swim. It’s building it’s going to tragic. And the lake has crocodiles and they talk about electric eels that be really different. I think people are going to go, 'wow, that’s creative,' they [see]. It’s not your normal lake, it’s not Lake Palestine.” as it should be! It should be inspiring from the inside and the outside.” Art Feeds traveled to Ghana to build a relationships with the The center will have stations where the kids can make art, read, children of Lake Volta. “[The program] really realized how much [the dance and sing. “I feel like [art] is critical for children to be able to bSceNemAG. com

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BUSINESS AFTER HOURS Swann’s Furniture hosted the Tyler Chamber Business After Hours at their new location on Old Jacksonville Hwy, in Tyler, on October 25. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres greeted guests as they perused the new facility and "talked shop" with fellow business professionals.

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express themselves and just to be a kid,” says Lewis. “No matter how old you are, there’s something about art that makes you feel like a kid again. These kids, in particular, have been deprived of their childhood. It kind of forces them to go back to see what they are as a kid.” The center will be a creative haven for these deprived children. It will give them a chance to express themselves for the first time. Lewis knows the true spirit of East Texans, “I feel that people [in Tyler] are more connected and generous and really understand things and want to help,” says Lewis. “A lot of times on the show, we talk to people and they say ‘I wanna do something good. [But] I don’t ever really know what to do.’ It never occurred to them to actually do something.” The team raised money for the center throughout August. In three and a half days of posting the promotional video, they raised $2,500; and two days later they were up to $5,000. The deadline was September 1, and they reached their goal of $35,000. “People are excited about it,” says Lewis. “I think it’s refreshing to see more of an uplifting take on a third-world country.” They are now raising the funds to send the team back to Ghana to finish out the inside of the building. Take the opportunity to help children gain a new, colorful perspective on life. Go Team Ghana, Art Feeds, Touch a Life Foundation and Connor’s Song are striving to bring new opportunities to the kids. Be a part of the movement to design with a purpose! Go to www.goteamghana.bigcartel.com to purchase T-shirts and bracelets to help raise funds. by Margaret Puklicz For more information or to donate, go to goteamghana.org and watch the video for a closer look at the project.


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the PaYneFUL trUth "Fail" – Here’s a fine example of a newer zinger that’s entered our vocabulary in the last few years. You can employ this zinger without ending the conversation. Suppose your friend is telling you about a recent trip and describing how they got lost on the ski slopes only to find themselves on a double black diamond, instead of the greens they had been struggling with all day. Without taking the time to ask how the adventure turned out, you mutter “fail” with a condescending tone. This demonstrates that you are aware of the friend’s misfortune without having to take the time to explain how you know. In fact, you may not actually understand the difference between a beginner and expert slope, but using “fail” suggests that you not only have a deep knowledge of the topic, but can also see the humor in it. THE BEST pHrASE dElIvErEd AN HOUr – Or EvEN A MINUTE – TOO lATE HAS AlrEAdY lOST ITS IMpAcT.

Mastering the Zinger SHANE PAYNE SHARES HIS lIttlE SEcREtS to PREPARE tHE PERfEct comEbAck foR ANY SItuAtIoN. This month we’re going to take a look at delivering the perfect zinger. Not the tasty snack from Hostess, but the thing you wish you had said at exactly the right time in order to put someone in their place. When we usually think of a zinger, it's about 10 minutes after the moment is gone. How many times have you caught yourself thinking, “I wish I had said...?" Well, I can help you. By combining a healthy dose of sarcasm with a few proven techniques, you’ll be on your way to becoming a Zinger Zen Master. “I rEAllY ENjOY TAkING THE dAY TO MEET STrANGErS, WAIT IN lINE ANd lISTEN TO NAMES BEING cAllEd OUT IN jUrY dUTY ... NOT!” The first point to remember is that timing is everything. The best phrase delivered an hour –

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or even a minute – too late has already lost its impact. This shows the ‘zing-ee’ that you had to go think about what happened and take time to come up with a clever retort. When trying to prove your superior intellectual wit, taking a time out is not an option. You need to reply almost immediately as if you had been orchestrating the entire conversation like a chess match, carefully luring the other person into your trap so that the zinger could be delivered at the precise moment for maximum effect. Even if you can’t say the perfect thing at the right time, at least make an effort to say something. Here are a few standby one-word zingers that are easy to remember and will work in a pinch. "Not" – Use this one as a reply any time you need to express an opposing view, or as a final word when you want to make a

surprising reversal. “I really enjoy taking the day to meet strangers, wait in line and listen to names being called out in jury duty ... NOT!” "Whatever" – This reply gives a more apathetic indication of your feelings about the conversation. It’s a way of saying that you have bigger issues to worry about. After hearing someone prattle on for too long, you simply wait for them to take a breath, and casually insert “whatever” into the dialogue. They’ll quickly get the idea that you don’t care to hear any more, and will hopefully move on to boring someone else. ANY TIME YOU HEAr SOMEONE dEScrIBING A STUpId STUNT THEY TrIEd, Or ExplAINING THEIr UNINFOrMEd vIEWS ON A TOpIc, TrY USING “NIcE” AS THE IMAGINArY pErIOd AT THE ENd OF THEIr SENTENcE.

"Nice" – I’ve saved this for last since it’s my favorite. Any time you hear someone describing a stupid stunt they tried, or explaining their uninformed views on a topic, try using “nice” as the imaginary period at the end of their sentence. Getting the tone right is crucial with this one, because if done incorrectly, it may sound as if you approve, so be careful. You’ll need plenty of superior attitude when using this one, so that your opinion is thoroughly unmistakable. EvEN IF YOU cAN'T SAY THE pErFEcT THING AT THE rIGHT TIME, AT lEAST MAkE AN EFFOrT TO SAY SOMETHING. As 2012 comes to a close, I wish you the best in holiday tidings along with a healthy and prosperous new year … not! by Shane Payne *Shane Payne is owner of IDEA Post Production, providing both creative and technical services for the advertising and entertainment industries. b s ce n e M A G.coM


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The Discovery Science Place greeted ghosts, ghouls and other amazing costumed guests for a Monster’s Ball in Tyler, on Oct. 27. Guests enjoyed fabulous food by Zaza’s and Fat Catz and the kitchen of Chef Cedric Fletcher. The Museum was transformed with laser lights and fog machines into a spooky disco. Big Tex (Robert Wilson) also took home the trophy as the official winner of the costume contest.

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The Top Tips

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know you before go shopping this Christmas

Sue & DenniS McAfee

The Christmas season is upon us, and with it comes the mad rush to find just the right gift for all those special people on your list. While the convenience of credit and debit cards has made dashing through the malls much easier, it goes without saying that you need to guard you bank cards like cash. To ensure all stays merry and bright this holiday, here are the top five TBT bank card safety tips to carry with you as you shop:

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1. Keep a written record of your card number(s) separate from your wallet. Photocopying the front and back of all of your debit and credit cards will help if you lose your wallet. Keep that card information in a secure place at all times, to easily access should you ever need to notify your bank of a loss. 2. Make sure you know your bank or credit card provider’s Lost/ Stolen phone numbers. Keep this valuable information nearby in the unfortunate event you need to contact your card provider in an emergency. You will also want to make note of the hours of operation of your bank’s customer service and fraud departments.

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3. Do not give out your card number over the phone or online to an unknown vendor or merchant. It is a good idea to do a little research on companies if you have never done business with them before. Do not give out your card information until you can confirm that a particular business is legitimate. 4. When shopping online make sure you only visit websites that are secure – look for indicators such as a closed padlock or an unbroken key on your screen. Additionally, when you come to a site’s order page where you are asked to type in your credit card number, there should be an "s" after "http" in the URL bar at the top of the page. If you are a VISA cardholder, you may also want to consider shopping only at sites verified by VISA. If your card provider offers the Verified by Visa service, you are able to register your card for added protection for online purchases. Finally, restrict your online purchases to your own personal computer. 5. Do not keep your personal identification number (PIN) number with your debit card. Memorize the number, if possible, or at the very least, keep the written number in a secure place. To read our complete list of card safety tips at Christmas, or for more information on how you can protect yourself from identify theft and fraud, log on to the Fraud Protection Center at www.texasbankandtrust.com.

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Americans have spent the last several years closely guarding every dime as uncertainty was the only certainty in the financial world. A lack of planning left many vulnerable to the shifting financial realities affecting everything from real estate values to retirement accounts. But even as things begin to improve, the economy is still fragile. So what are the best financial moves to make in 2013? Our experts reveal some excellent tips to get your finances in balance. Get Rid Of debt The Federal Reserve Bank of New York estimates the average American owes about $47,500. The primary source of debt is mortgage debt followed by student loans, with credit cards coming in third. Greg White, Founder/President of Achieve Financial Group suggests that the first step to financial freedom is addressing and paying off debt. “Debt holds people back because it robs them of money they could have to invest for their future,” says White. “More times than not, we are addressing credit card debt when we see clients who are behind or who are just over-leveraged with their home mortgage loan, car loans, personal loans or student loans.” Karen Partee, Senior Vice President of Texas Bank and Trust, encourages people to develop a plan for eliminating, or at the very least, reducing debt. “There are two lines of thought on this,” she says. “The first is to pay off small debts first. This gives a sense of accomplishment because you can mark one off, [then] apply the payments for that debt to the next expense. The second approach is to pay off debts with the highest interest rates first. This saves money in the long run but may not provide a sense of accomplishment as quickly.” Partee adds that generally, debt should only be taken out for assets that appreciate or provide income like homes or businesses. It is okay

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to borrow if the value of the asset exceeds the debt and the payment does not strain your budget? “Many people think paying off debt is impossible, but it takes patience and diligence. You have to start small and continue to work at it,” she says. “You may have to forego instant gratification you receive from something you want for the greater gratification down the road when you are debt free.”

Financial advisers are encouraging clients to start building an emergency reserve fund for their households. This includes setting aside six months of emergency cash that will cover all expenses for six months, should you have an unforeseen financial crisis like a job loss or a major medical expense. Set GOalS No one would set off on a cross-country trip without knowing their destination. Whether it’s sending the kids to college or retiring early, it’s important to set financial goals to work toward. However, b s ce n e M A G.coM


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meeting these goals takes time, money and careful planning. “The secret to financial success is to spend less than you make, save and invest the difference, and do it for a very long time. When you begin saving at an early age, you have time on your side. You have the power of compounding working to your advantage,” Partee says. When examining financial goals, it is important to determine your timeline and costs. Younger workers have more flexibility and more options and can tolerate more risk. For some older workers who have not yet started planning for retirement, this may mean strict discipline to catch up. “If someone can see the error of their ways and they can have a plan and execute the plan, then they can overcome hurdles and get back to where they can achieve financial freedom someday,” White says. “It’s hard work, but it can be done if discipline is involved.” This can mean assessing monthly expenses and determining which purchases are “needs” and which ones are “wants.” It may also mean determining how much those “wants” will cost in the future if that money had been invested. “Start saving whatever and whenever you can. Even if it is $10 or $20 a month. Set it aside. Once you have an emergency reserve, you can begin investing,” Partee says. If you have a 401(k) available, particularly if there is company matching involved, begin investing in it. Your funds will be growing, tax deferred. You can do this in an IRA, if 401(k) is bSceNemAG. com

not an available option. As you receive raises or bonuses, put half of the raise toward savings. You won’t miss what you have never had. If you are starting late, you must be very disciplined and diligent about savings and must save a larger percentage of your current income to prepare for the future.

Stick to A Budget Setting a budget will help keep track of what you make, spend and invest. “If you don’t have a budget, you don’t really have an idea where

“the first is to pay off small debts first. this gives a sense of accomplishment because you can mark one off, [then] apply the payments for that debt to the next expense.” you are spending all of your income. You need to set goals to get the best use of your earnings, including purchasing assets and saving for the future,” Partee says. To begin creating a budget, determine your total income. Then accurately record all of your expenses in categories such as: charitable d e ce m b e r 2 0 1 2 No. 97


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PARENTS ANONYMOUS OKTOBERFEST Parents Anonymous of Tyler held an Oktoberfest celebration at the historic Mayfair Building on October 27, in Tyler. Patrons enjoyed great food, dark German ales and of course live music provided by two-time Grammy Award winners, Brave Combo.

“Many people think paying off debt is impossible, but it takes patience and diligence. You have to start small and continue to work at it,” she says. “You may have to forego instant gratification you receive from something you want for the greater gratification down the road when you are debt free.”

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giving, taxes, housing, food, transportation, insurance, debts (payment on each), entertainment, clothing, savings, medical, miscellaneous, and investments. Prepare an estimated budget or spending plan and determine whether you will have a surplus or shortfall each month. If you have a shortfall, you will need to increase income, decrease expenses, or sell something. “With a budget, we can see where to redirect money into products that would help us protect our families against risk (medical costs, life insurance, disability insurance) and investment products for a great retirement,” White says. “Anything worth

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Patrons and partygoers shopped and socialized at the Junior League of Tyler’s annual Mistletoe & Magic Preview Party. This year’s event featured some Cajun fare with the theme: “Mistleteaux & Magic.” Guests enjoyed fabulous Cajun cuisine by Savoie’s Catering of Shreveport. The night included the annual Cole & Co. gift boxes and grand prize jewelry; and a $10,000 shopping spree raffle prize to Susan Robinson Jewelry. After the live and silent auctions, The Pictures took the Brookshire’s Stage to end the night with music and dancing. The best part of the event: funds from Mistletoe & Magic help local non-profits and community programs.

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BACK PAgE and your spouse – probably, a little bit. But the people who take your orders wish you’d just go away and never speak to them again. No order should be so complicated as to need a familytree style diagram to interpret it. Do you see any contingency plans mapped out on the menu? Is it 47 pages of Choose Your Own Food Adventure? I bet it’s not. If you’re ordering a chicken salad sandwich, but you don’t like chicken, don’t want bread and you don’t care for mayo … don’t order it! Or go somewhere else that makes that sort of food alchemy. PeoPLe Who uSe The PhraSe “I haTe To Be a PaIN, BuT...” are aLWayS, WIThouT heSITaTIoN, The BIggeST PaINS IN The hISTory of The WorLD.

I HATE TO BE A PAIN, BUT... frOM SPECIAlTy SANDWICHES TO DESIGNEr COCKTAIlS ... IT'S TIME TO JuST lET IT GO. People who use the phrase “I hate to be a pain, but...” are always, without hesitation, the biggest pain in the history of the world. People who say “I hate to be a pain, but...” also use phrases like “co-inky-dink” without a hint of irony and “with all due respect” right before verbally degrading someone face-to-face. Usually, when these horrible, horrible people are trying not to be a pain, they are causing a momentous inconvenience to someone in the service industry – probably a bartender or server. This is, without a doubt, a precarious situation. Quite often, these idiots believe they are simply walking just on the right side of the line of appropriate requests, good taste and outright irritation. Bad news, folks, you are a pain. The BarTeNDer haS BeeN MaKINg MarTINIS for fIve yearS, Do you reaLLy ThINK you’LL eNLIghTeN hIM oN hoW To ProPerLy hoLD The cocKTaIL ShaKer?

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I can hear what you’re thinking, OK. You’re thinking “that’s not me,” right? “It can’t be me... I’m always courteous and respectful of people just trying to do their jobs well.” And you know what, if you stop there, then you’re correct. You aren’t a terrible human – well, at least not in that area. (Who knows what sort of heinous activities you get into during the rest of your day. You might really like “Grey’s Anatomy” or something equally inexcusable.) You go to a restaurant or a bar to pay someone to make your food and drinks for you. There are multiple options on a menu, side dishes can be substituted and you might want Diet Coke instead of the fully-leaded variety. Really, unless you’re at The French Laundry or some other incredibly high-end venue, the menu is ripe for a bit of tweaking, if needed. I personally hate raw onions. I always have, and no matter how many times I try them, I suspect I always might. I don’t mean it as a personal insult to request “no onions” on top of my enchiladas. And yes, I totally understand that they’d probably taste better

the way the chef intended them, covered in chopped Vidalias, so save it. On the other end of the spectrum, a place like Burger King tells you to “have it your way.” If that’s not a license to invent, I don’t know what is? “Can I substitute my the onions for three extra patties and bacon?” If I was the type of person to drink whiskey and Coke, but asked for whiskey and Diet Coke, I don’t think I’d be summarily thrown out onto the sidewalk by an irate mixologist. This seems totally reasonable to me, and I’d hope to most servers or bartenders. So if you fit into that category of customer, rest easy. You might not be the ideal customer, but you’re certainly not a real pain. Nope, that honor is reserved for a special type of customer; the kind that should, judging by their order, just go someplace else. Remember the iconic scene in “When Harry Met Sally” where Meg Ryan manages to make ordering a chef salad and slice of pie take 20 minutes? If that’s you, surprise surprise! Everyone hates you! Well, maybe not everyone. I’m sure your parents love you,

The person taking your order has been on their feet for hours and hours dealing with people who stiff them on tips, send back every dish and don’t know what ranch dressing is. They don’t need to put up with your engineering schematic of a club sandwich. The bartender has been making martinis for five years, do you really think you’ll enlighten him on how to properly hold the cocktail shaker? Go home and put your dressing on the side and shake your own martini counter-clockwise. PeoPLe Who Say “I haTe To Be a PaIN, BuT...” aLSo uSe PhraSeS LIKe “coINKy-DINK” WIThouT a hINT of IroNy aND “WITh aLL Due reSPecT” rIghT Before verBaLLy DegraDINg SoMeoNe To TheIr face. Purchasing your food and drink gives you the right to order whatever type of food and drink you prefer. It does not give you the right to morph into a cocktail-dressed Napoleon, sweetly and passive-aggressively changing every single tiny morsel of food and drink on your table into some sort of zen garden of sustenance. I don’t mean to be a pain, but... you’re a horrible customer. by William Knous wknous@BSCENEmag.com b s ce n e M A G.coM


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