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LETTER We have a lot of great stu f f t h roug ho ut thi s i ss ue but, i f t h e r e i s one th ing to take away f ro m i t, i t wo uld be t hi s , D reams d o co m e t r u e !
Trucks and guns, two things almost every guy dreamed of having as a young boy. How often are you able to tell someone your lifelong dream and then boom, just like that, it is yours. Well, that happened to two guys you will read about this issue. Though different in circumstance and age, for Tyler Autry and Tom Krieg, 2015 was the year for seeing their dreams come to fruition. Tyler, a 15-year old from Canton, Texas, was nominated as a Make-A-Wish Kid at the end of 2014. He knew exactly what his wish would be. However, he was not old enough to receive it. You've seen the show, "Pimp My Ride". What else would a teenage boy want that can have anything he desired? You guessed it, a trickedout truck! And thanks to Davis-Green Paint & Body, special Wish Granters and Make-AWish Foundation of North Texas, Tyler Autry's wish of having a tricked-out truck recently came true. However, Tyler is not the only wish kid recipient. Make-A-Wish North Texas has granted 583 wishes already this year with a goal of reaching 600 by the end of 2015. Read more about Tyler's story and a few others and how being the recipient of a wish provides them with so much more than a special trip or the coolest truck you have ever seen.
you are in front of when you say it. During a Concealed Handgun License class, Tom was teaching a couple of years ago, he casually joked about what he would do if he won the lottery. Eddie Fowler was in his class that day, and Tom's dream didn't seem like a joke at all to him. It sounded like a great idea. And thus the avalanche began. What started as a dream has turned into Dogwood Hills Gun Club and is bigger than Tom could have possibly imagined. We have a lot of great stuff throughout this issue but, if there is one thing to take away from it, it would be this, Dreams do come true! So no matter what life throws your way, remember to dream big, you never know who may be watching or listening!
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While Tyler was nominated and approved to receive the truck of his dreams, Tom Krieg has quite a different story to tell of how his dreams of opening a firearms facility, is now reality. Sometimes, it isn't what you say; it's who
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LETTER with a personality as big as dallas and talent that has landed her opportunities most of us dream of having, she is "living the good life".
She walked in unexpectedly. Standing 4' 10.5" tall (according to her), give or take a couple of inches depending on the height of her shoes, I may have overlooked her if it were not for her vibrant, bubbly personality. I had worked with her for almost a year but only met her via email. I had no idea she was in town and coming to one of our cover unveil parties. I instantly connected with her and felt like I was sitting with an old friend. I also learned that I was much nicer in person than she expected. If I remember correctly, her exact words were, "your emails are scary, I didn't expect you to be this nice." My response was, "oh, are my emails rude?" She quickly said, "NO, not at all, they just command authority." I thought to myself that was a large statement from such a little lady. However, there is nothing little about Kim Lewis except her size. With a personality as big as Dallas and talent that has landed her opportunities most of us dream of having, she is "Living the Good Life". Kim is not a shy person, and one of the things I loved about her was how open she was about her life. Born and raised in East Texas, Kim stays true to her roots, and to this day still keeps in touch with her childhood friends. That is why when Lindsey Harrison, this year's Mistletoe & Magic chair, and longtime friend of hers, called and asked her to be a guest speaker at one of the Mistletoe Luncheons, she said yes!
an awesome designer. Of course, she loves life and travels a lot. However, there is a side of Kim that most people do not know. As a society, we have this persona of what we think a celebrity's life has been like and often forget that like us, they are real people. They go through real life circumstances too. The difference is, they do it with a smile and try to act as if life is perfect. The thing that is constant whether you are celebrity or not is how you react to those struggles. Kim has had her fair share of hard knocks. She is an inspiration to us and has agreed to let us tell you her story, the real, the raw, the unfiltered story, in hopes that she will be an inspiration to others.
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While there may be nothing simple about Kim's life, her article in our At Home section this issue is about as simple as it gets. "Simply White" is the Color of the Year for 2016, which was announced by Benjamin Moore last month. Read her article and get a jump start on your home design projects before the new year arrives!
We have wanted to feature Kim on our cover for a while now, and this provided the perfect opportunity. You are familiar with her already, as she has been a contributing writer for us for the past few years, so what can we tell you about Kim that you do not already know? Sure she is
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30 BUTTERFLY HOPE LUNCHEON 32 BUSINESS AFTER HOURS BEER & BRATS OKTOBERFEST
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STREET SCENE What is “STREET SCENE”: glimpses of glitter, photos of friends, a few lines of life and laughter. Like a school's yearbook, Street Scene chronicles life in East Texas. You'll find businesses and others commemorating anniversaries. Celebrations and charities gloss these pages, accompanied by faces you know. Music, theater and other cultural events also make the scene.
Prism Beauty Bar held a Drop Dead Famous themed party in honor of their one year anniversary, at their location in Tyler, on Oct. 24.
The annual Winner’s Circle, held at the home of Melanie and Bo Miller, was held to recognize the Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts Dean’s Circle 2015 award recipients, in Nacogdoches, on Oct. 16.
Hutto Orthodontics held a ribbon cutting at their new location in Tyler, behind Fresh by Brookshire's, in celebration of opening a new office on Oct. 13.
BOSS Crane and Rigging had a ribbon cutting at their grand opening, including of a catered lunch, tour and speech by Senator Ted Cruz, at their location in Longview, on Oct. 23.
Texas Oncology held a ribbon cutting for their new addition the Varian TrueBeam STx, at the center’s location Longview, on Oct. 8.
YMCA of Tyler was presented a check by Trinity Mother Frances and the Rose City Triathletes, with funds they raised from the TMF Rose City Triathlon, at their location in Tyler, on Oct. 14.
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The Jacksonville Chamber was on hand for a ribbon cutting at Sadler’s Marine, at their new location in Jacksonville, on Oct. 7.
The 28th Annual Tyler Cattle Barons’ Gala raised $525,823 and presented a check to the American Cancer Society, in Tyler, on Sept. 23.
The Longview Chamber of Commerce was on scene at the ribbon cutting of Massage Envy, at their location in Longview, on Oct. 13.
The Emerald Bay Champagne Invitational Golf Tournament hosted a weekend long event sponsored by the Men’s Golf Association and volunteers from Emerald Bay to benefit the Emerald Bay Scholarship Foundation. The event was held at Emerald Bay Golf Club, from Oct. 3-5.
The 82nd annual Texas Rose Festival ribbon cutting and prayer service was held at the Rose Garden Center in Tyler, to kickoff the festival’s events on Oct. 15.
Christopher Radko artist Mario Tare was on hand to sign the handcrafted ornaments and decor, in clouding an exclusive piece Worldy Wishes, at Cole and Co. in Tyler, on Oct. 21.
Kilgore Economic Development Corporation received the Community Economic Development Award at the annual TEDC meeting, in Kilgore, on Oct. 21.
The Meals on Wheels Ministry announced details of the Senior Safety Program, a partnership of MOWM and the Tyler Police Department, that will provide senior clients who live alone to have a more secured channel. The annoucement was made at the Meals on Wheels Ministry in Tyler, on Sept. 25.
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Recently opened European Wax Center held a ribbon cutting in celebration, at The Village at Cumberland Park in Tyler, on Oct. 8.
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LIVING THE GOOD LIFE Article by: Krystal Phillips Photos by: Jason Berrier
KIM LEWIS LIVES HER LIFE AS A WILDFLOWER, LEAVING EACH PLACE SHE COMES TO MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN IT WAS BEFORE. A TEXAS NATIVE, HER CAREER IN DESIGN HAS TAKEN HER AROUND THE WORLD AND BACK. THROUGH HER JOURNEY, SHE HAS WORKED FOR ABC, HGTV, FYI, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, ANIMAL PLANET AND TLC, AND EVEN CELEBRITIES SUCH AS TIFFANI AMBER THEISSEN, JEWEL AND TY MURRAY. HER CREATIVE PROJECTS HAVE RANGED FROM BUILDING A 60’ TALL SILO INTO A BAR, TO INSTALLING A 21’ FUSELAGE OF AN AIRPLANE IN A HOUSE, TO RESTAURANTS, TIGER CAGES, COFFEE SHOPS, BAKERIES AND MORE.
en years in the design industry has yielded incredible opportunities, and everything she touches seems to turn to gold. To the outside world, Kim is viewed as a modern day super woman – a gifted designer with an insane creative ability. From the outside, it appears the entire world is at her fingertips. However, it has not been an easy road. Perhaps it is her outlook on life that has led to her success. She is a real, raw person with an incredible zest for life and insurmountable resilience. Kim comes from a line of women born and raised in East Texas … Ben Wheeler, Edom and Van Zandt County. “No wonder the women in my BS CENEMAG. COM
family are tough,” Kim said. “Our Texas roots run deep.” She said jokingly, her dad always called her and her mom “Little B.I.T.s.” (Born In Tyler). It was not until she left for college and returned did she truly appreciate the beauty of East Texas. “I was crossing over the 155 bridge at Lake Palestine, sun rays glistening off the still water, as quiet fishermen sat patiently waiting with a rod in hand. I remember being overwhelmed with gratitude, as the scenery was breathtaking. This was my hometown. I had grown up around this.” She recalls trips to Noonday for tomatoes, out to Chandler to pick her Grandmother’s hot peppers, pecans and coupled with extravagant costumes at the Tyler Rose Festival. “Life growing up in this small town captivated my heart,”
Kim recalled. Diversity is key to her style. East Texas has its own dichotomy of diversity, but the way East Texas has influenced Kim’s design style the most is the way in which we approach people. “Tyler has a real sense of community … an X factor of authenticity in our relationships. Design is deeply personal, so you must find that connection and balance in your client’s personal space.” Kim has a knack for gaining her clients’ confidence and trust. She gives the credit for this to her East Texas roots. “I cannot tell you how many times I have walked into a builder’s office around the country, and immediately sensed
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their presumption of me, knowing I had flown in from Los Angeles,” Kim claimed. She quickly clears the air by confidently (and always kindly) blurting out, “Let’s get one thing straight here. I’m not from Hollywood. I’m a Texas girl!” Sighs of relief would fill the room. “People from Texas just have this ability to make friends, gain trust and get stuff done.” She calls this her “boots on the ground.” Kim’s passion for art and creativity began with dance. Twenty-four years of dance transformed her into the artist she is. To this day, dance still holds the most sacred place in her heart. After graduating from Robert E. Lee, Kim received a degree in Journalism and Marketing from Texas A&M University. After one year with an ad agency in Austin, she quickly decided that avenue was not creative enough. There were too many “ceilings” in the agency, so she took a job with Four Hands, a furniture manufacturer in Austin, TX. Within two months, she went from being the Marketing Assistant to running the entire Marketing Department. Between photo shoots, media schedules and budget, her love for interior design and product development blossomed. In 2003, Kim met Brandon Lewis, the man she would marry. Two years later, her path crossed with a Producer from ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”. In 2006, Kim’s marketing role
led her to Oklahoma to place furniture in one of the homes for the hit television show. After staying up all night with the design team, Tom Forman, the Executive Producer of the show, approached her the following day, “Kim, we want to hire you for the design team,” he said. “We’ll call you this summer when the job opens.” Shocked, she called Brandon right away squealing with excitement. “This team was all about (3) things I love: design, travel and helping people,” Kim added. Months passed without word from the ABC producers. Wedding plans ensued. In June of 2006, as Kim was sitting in her wedding dress waiting for her dad to walk her down the aisle, her Blackberry buzzed.
IT WAS THE PRODUCER. The text read, “Hey I need to know if you want this job. Call me.” Sitting in her wedding dress, she replied, “I’m walking down the aisle in five minutes … I’ll call you tomorrow. Yes, I’m interested.” From there, life began to move very quickly for
Kim and her new husband. Within two weeks of being married, ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” shipped her off to Alaska to build a home for a family of fifteen children. They desperately needed help. Far from home, staring at the window of the hotel room in the middle of the night, the sun was high in the sky of Fairbanks, Alaska. Kim recalls thinking to herself, “newly married, living in Alaska for three weeks, in a creepy hotel room all by myself … what have I done?” Meanwhile, Brandon left his job, packed up their entire life into a Penske truck (with Kim’s dog, Riley) and drove to California, where they would make a new home. Arriving to Los Angeles just in time to pick Kim up from the airport, the couple gave themselves three days to find a place to live. Unreal. Unreasonable. “Again, what were we thinking?” she says. “It took us 1 of the 3 days we had given ourselves just to find a place to park the moving truck,” she recalls. The trusting Texas girl and her husband were suddenly amidst the big city. LA was an entirely different world than from East Texas. On day three, at 6p.m., Kim and Brandon (and Riley) signed a lease!
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TRULY, THIS IS WHERE KIM’S PASSION FOR DESIGN IGNITED. SHE BEGAN TO SEE HOW IT BROUGHT PEOPLE TOGETHER, CHANGED LIVES, GAVE HOPE TO THE HOPELESS, AND SPARKED INSPIRATION WHERE DREAMS HAD BEEN LOST. Within two years of working as a Design Producer (Interior Designer) on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”, the Executive Producer placed Kim in charge of the entire design team. She was twenty-seven years old running a team of over twenty designers and carpenters, for a show capturing 12 – 17 million weekly viewers. (No pressure or anything.) She found herself in and out of airports, drawing houses on the tiny tray tables of Southwest Airline jets. The casting team would give her a packet of information, often the day before they traveled to the given location. “None of the families we built for on Extreme Makeover knew I even existed. I was the tiny ghost designer. Every room theme you saw on the show, I had sat in a room with my team and conceptualized. Even the On Camera Designers were given their assignments by yours truly,” Kim claims. Every week executives challenged Kim’s team to ‘out do’ what they just did. How could their concepts become even more extreme – it could never be too ‘over the top’ for ratings. “I found that the only way to keep everyone happy was to keep it about the family. Producers, builders and volunteers could all stand behind something if it was a meaningful, intentional design. This is the space in which we could all agree," Kim recalled.
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Truly, this is where Kim’s passion for design ignited. She began to see how it brought people together, changed lives, gave hope to the hopeless, and sparked inspiration where dreams had been lost.
was time to leave and start concentrating more on her own family. Her last episode on Extreme Makeover took her to Joplin, MO where a tornado had leveled the community. The team built seven houses in seven days. It was “epic.”
“There is no room for snobbery in my designs. Creativity is essential to our existence. Regardless of where we come from or our income, design is an art form and art is universal,” Kim states.
Brandon was there by her side as they shouted for the last time, “Move that Bus!” Surrounded by the design team she had built, everyone knew this was the end of an incredible chapter of life.
The following years were both incredible and incredibly challenging. Kim’s life consisted of piling on air miles and late work nights on construction sites. “If I was awake, I was working,” Kim said. Deadlines drove her life. Building a house in five days every week required incredible stamina and endurance. She had design teams in different parts of the country at all times. Her career was taking off, while her personal life was unknowingly falling apart.
That week in Joplin, Kim met Art Feeds, a nonprofit who provides free therapeutic art programs to children. Standing in front of the newly built homes, Art Feeds asked Kim if she would help them design and build an art center in Ghana, West Africa for children rescued from slavery. Of course, she said yes!
With her husband in Los Angeles, many times by himself, year after year, the two often weighed the pros and cons when it was time to re-sign with the television show. Despite the challenges, they always made the decision (together) for her to continue her job. “Yes, I loved my job, but was totally committed to our marriage,” Kim stated. Two trips around the world, a home near the beach, weekends in Malibu and California wine country…life was everything she had dreamed of and more. Eight years into the show, in 2012, she knew it
“After working for 7 years with Extreme Makeover, I honestly felt lost once it was all over. I had put so much of my value as a human being into that job,” she said. Her phone was no longer ringing off the hook. She and Brandon were living in Venice, CA, in a bungalow by the beach. It was a beautiful place to live, but something wasn’t right. In a whirlwind trip overseas, Kim and two other EMHE Designers traveled to West Africa, where they drew an art center overnight. “Standing under this stunning tree in Africa, sketch pad in hand, I was surrounded by children who had been abandoned. There I was again, doing what
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I loved … using design to change lives.” Kim vividly recalls. She remembered an overwhelming voice say, “You are exactly where you are supposed to be.” The next day, she presented the design – a thoughtful, creative expression that would offer healing to abandoned children. At the age of 10, Kim had lost her mother, Glenda M. Bandy, to a four-year battle against cancer. After that, Kim often felt alone growing up. She and her mom had been best friends. “While my story was so different, I could somehow relate to these sweet kids.”
“ONE OF THE BIGGEST GIFTS MY PARENTS GAVE ME WAS THE CONFIDENCE TO BE ANYTHING I WANTED TO BE,” KIM SAYS. These kids, in the far away land of Ghana, West Africa, needed someone to believe in them. “I felt called to tell them what my parents had told me… you can be anything,” Kim claimed. By February 2013, the art center was built. That month in a bacteria-filled, crocodile infested lake in Kumasi, West Africa, Kim got baptized after seventeen other Ghanaian children. A few short months later, her life shifted and a tsunami struck. It was July 2013, on a Saturday, Kim learned of her husband’s infidelity. Kim had witnessed unfaithfulness in her family growing up and had long carried the fear of trusting someone
in marriage. Her greatest fears became her reality. “The following two years are a book and a story of its own I will probably share at some point,” Kim said. Months later, on the anniversary of her Grandmother’s birthday, her husband asked for a divorce and her world crumbled. When you promise “for better or worse,” wasn’t this “worse?” she questioned. “I have never been a quitter, but I’m learning the difference between quitting and letting go.” To the outside world, success seems to follow Kim wherever she goes, but she has experienced great pain and the path has not been smooth sailing. One Friday afternoon, during a day spent in self-reflection, Kim identified in her journal four “boulders” from her past that were too heavy to bare the burden of anymore. That afternoon, Kim checked her mailbox to find a Hallmark card from a dear friend. On the front of the card was a black and white photo of a little girl, pushing with all her might four boulders. Inside the card, her friend had written, “Kim, I feel like you’ve always been this ‘little girl’ who has had to deal with ‘big girl’ things. It’s time to let God move your rocks.” Amidst destruction, failure, intense disappointment and a nearly broken spirit, something new was born. Vagabond Designs. For years, the ideas for Vagabond Designs had danced in Kim’s head and heart. Fear kept her from moving forward. “I didn’t know how to make the dream a reality, so I just didn’t do it. Through the pain of divorce, I have learned that life is simply what we make of it. Our past does
not define who we are in the future. Our past does mold us and shape us, but it should never limit us,” Kim said. Kim shared the design mission behind her new global brand, Vagabond Designs, and the core values, all closely tied to her own soul:
• ROOTS: WHERE OUR STORY BEGINS … OUR ROOTS GROUND US. EMBRACING WHERE WE CAME FROM IS CRUCIAL TO HAPPINESS IN WHERE WE ARE GOING.
• WINGS: DESIGN SHOULD TAKE US ON A JOURNEY …TRANSCEND US TO WHERE WE WANT TO BE. ART SHOULD EXERCISE THE FREEDOM TO DREAM.
• PURPOSE: CREATIVITY AND DESIGN SHOULD BE INTENTIONAL, THOUGHTFUL AND INSPIRING.
Kim says she feels empowered than ever to do what she loves. What are some of the lessons she has learned along her journey?
• PERFECT LOVE EXPELS ALL FEAR. • VULNERABILITY YIELDS COURAGE. • COURAGE IS CRITICAL.
“My experiences have been insanely unique, but the treasured moments in my design career always point back to the people I have met along the way,” Kim says. “I have met some truly beautiful people.” Kim’s design experience coupled with her courage and a newfound vulnerability make her an ideal role model for young women. For future aspiring designers, she gives these words of advice: B SC EN EM A G.COM
• CREATE YOUR OWN UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE IN DESIGN. CONSIDER YOURSELF AN ARTIST, JUST LIKE VAN GOGH. DEFINE YOUR ANGLE IN THE INDUSTRY AND STICK TO IT. THIS WILL BE YOURBRAND. • ALWAYS LEAVE ROOM TO LEARN. • WALK INTO MEETINGS WITH ARCHITECTS, BUILDERS AND CLIENTS KNOWING YOU DON’T KNOW EVERYTHING AND ADMITTING IT.
This attitude is refreshing and will be well received. We have more than enough ego already in the design industry. Set yourself apart by being willing to learn and grow. For Kim, art, creativity and design have been her outlet since she was a toddler dancing at Holly Barron’s Dance Studio and performing at Caldwell Auditorium. She calls creativity her “pulse.” Thirty-four years later, that artistic outlook on life has been the raft that keeps her afloat. Each chapter throughout this life, despite the hardships and disappointments, has fueled her creativity.
“WE CAN CHOOSE TO LET THE FIRE AND STORMS OF LIFE CONSUME US, OR WE CAN WALK THROUGH THEM WITH CONFIDENCE KNOWING THEY CANNOT AND WILL NOT BREAK US. In fact, the excruciating heat of hardship softens our hearts and exposes our nerves just enough to be reshaped, remolded, and used for the glory of something much greater than us,” Kim said. What does Kim hope for the future? She is currently working on commercial and residential projects in Austin, TX. Collaborating with Touch A Life Foundation, her hope is to continue building art centers around the world each year for children that need someone to believe in them. She will continue working with artisans around the globe to bring more unique home décor and fashion products to the market.
HER GOALS DON’T STOP THERE THOUGH. She is working to launch more tiny home designs to the market soon. Most importantly, her honest and genuine desire in all of this is to empower others through creativity with her global brand, Vagabond Designs. “I have decided through the pain to live like a wildflower: pop up in unexpected places and offer something beautiful.” This “wildflower approach” could not be more true to her vibrant personality, and East Texas is proud to be the hometown of such a lovely soul.
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7TH ANNUAL TEXAS EQUESTRIAN GALA, OCTOBER 10
The 7th annual Texas Equestrian Gala benefiting Azleway was held at the Texas Rose Horse Park on October 10. Guests were treated to a dinner by Villa Montez, dessert by Collin Street Bakery, live and silent auctions auctioneered by Mark Scirto, a Texas wine tasting and the Grand Prix Horse Jumping competition. All proceeds benefit the Azleway SABRINA & JEFF WAR Boys Ranch in Tyler.
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SABRA & DENNIS SPENCE, JULIE WOOD, WANDA & JOSE FELICEO
JOYCE CRAWFORD, LEE PINION
NAN MOORE, JENNI MOORE, LARRY MOORE
JULIE WOOD, JANNA MCCLURE, CASEY OLAND, BROOKE MCARTHUR, MARLA JASPER
WINTER & GORDAN ROBERTS
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The buoyant beat of an Eric Church hit almost shook the work bay as the mist parted to reveal shifting LED lights. First pink, then blue, then green, then purple, in rotation, as the truck approached, close enough to touch, then backed up and parked. The eyes of the 15-year-old watching the proceedings lit up almost as brightly as the colored accents on the headlights of his newly customized truck. Tyler Autryâ€™s wish was coming true. No. 20
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lmost a year ago, Tyler was referred to Make-A-Wish North Texas by his physician at Medical City Children’s Hospital, where he had been undergoing treatment for cancer. The Canton High School student was stumped at first, not knowing what his wish might be. “A trip or something like that wouldn’t have meant nearly as much to him as this truck does,” said his mother, Amy Autry, at the wish reveal party in October at Davis-Green Paint & Body in Tyler. With the help of his volunteer Wish Granter, Tyler decided on a truck customization. Make-A-Wish North Texas grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enhance the human experience with hope, strength and joy, according to the mission statement of the organization. Last fiscal year, Make-A-Wish North Texas granted 583 wishes and hopes to grant 600 this year. Children like Tyler can wish to go somewhere, like to Hawaii; to be something, like a fashion BS CENEMAG. COM
Londyn designer or a firefighter for a day; to meet someone, like WWE wrestler John Cena; or to have something, like a shopping spree or vehicle customization. Some 46 percent of wishes last year involved Walt Disney World Resort ™. Tyler’s wish was a long time in the making. First, he had to decide on his wish. Then, because he wasn’t even old enough to have a driver’s permit when he made his wish, he had to wait to get that. When he got his permit, his parents, Tom and Amy, bought him a 2005 Ford F350 truck that was already in great shape. Tyler shows heifers on the 4-H circuit and needs to be able to pull a gooseneck trailer with his truck. But Tyler had a vision. He was imagining the stuff a teenage boy dreams are made of. A lift kit. Lights. A bed liner. Camo seat covers. Satellite radio. Tyler’s wish granter asked him to make a list of the dream items he’d want for his truck, if the sky was the limit. Tyler made a list and sent it to Make-A-Wish. Serendipitously, right about the same time Tyler was making his wish, Darren Davis, owner of Davis-Green Paint & Body on Old Jacksonville Highway, called the Make-AWish offices. Davis, along with his staff of
skilled craftsman, had customized two other vehicles for Make-A-Wish projects in previous years, and was ready to tackle another truck. Make-A-Wish had just the project. A child can be referred to receive a wish if they are between the ages of 2 ½ and 18, as long as the referral comes before their 18th birthday. There are a few groups of people who can refer a child for a wish. The child themselves can complete a referral. A parent or legal guardian can make the referral, or a medical professional familiar with the child’s case can refer a child for a wish. The last group can include doctors, nurses, social workers, child life specialists and even the school nurse. The process is fairly straightforward. After the child is referred, Make-A-Wish contacts the child’s physician, who determines if the child’s condition is life-threatening. A “lifethreatening” condition can include anything that is malignant, degenerative or progressive. Once the child is medically eligible, volunteer wish granters are assigned to discover the true desire of the child’s heart. After the child determines his wish, another authorization is required from the doctor to make sure the wish is medically appropriate for the child. N OVEM B ER 2 0 1 5
Photo By: Bryan Stewart Everything is planned out, down to the last detail, then the wish comes true. Tyler’s Wish Reveal party came four months after he surrendered his truck to the staff at Davis-Green. In fact, that was part of the ploy. Tyler’s parents wanted to surprise him with the finished product, so they told him he was traveling to Tyler, TX, for a doctor’s appointment. On the drive to Tyler, Tyler needled his mother about getting in touch with Make-AWish to check on the status of his truck. His father, egging him on, encouraged his mother just to “drop by” Davis-Green to check on the progress. Upon arriving at Davis-Green Paint & Body, a technician was dispatched to check the status. Finally, Tyler and his family made their way back to the work bays, where the presence of family, friends, media and sponsors rapidly revealed Tyler was about to get his truck back. Not all Wish Reveals are epic productions. It depends largely on the nature of the child.
Rhylee, 7, had her Wish Reveal at school,
with all her classmates. A fake assembly
brought her to the school’s gym, where her wish granters told her she’d be leaving for Walt Disney World Resort the following week, on her birthday.
Wish Reveal took place in MakeA-Wish offices. Aiden, 7, who is physically disabled with neurological disorders, would have been overwhelmed by a large production and a big crowd. When Londyn, 5, wished to go to the rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada, her wish granter, Mitzi Sterritt, arranged a Western style parade at Tyler Junior College to let Londyn know her wish was coming true.
Her mother, Brittany Ragsdale, could only laugh. “She loves her animals,” Brittany confirmed. Londyn was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis soon after birth. Cystic fibrosis, a disease which affects the lungs and digestive system, requires constant treatment. Even on her wish trip, Londyn couldn’t forgo lifesaving treatments. “It’s a lot of time and a lot of medicine,” Brittany said. While she still had to take her treatments on her trip, “it was so good for her to be there and experience it all,” Brittany said.
Londyn, who has cystic fibrosis, has always been interested in horses and farm animals. She has her own Shetland pony, Junebug.
“The best part for us was to see her so happy and enjoy it,” she said. “It was a relief. It took stress away to go and hang out and be a normal family for while.”
Her favorite part about the rodeo? “The mean bulls that some people rode and got stepped on,” said the cherubic looking youngster.
In fact, 96 percent of parents surveyed said that the wish strengthened their family, according to a national survey of the Make-A-
Londyn, whose wish took place almost a year ago, remembers it like it was yesterday. She got a pink cowboy hat. And a purple one. Both with tiaras, of course. She saw Sara Evans in concert and got to see all kinds of rodeo events.
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Wish community by the TCC Group in 2010 and 2011. Some 74 percent of wish parents observed that the wish marked a turning point in their child’s response to treatment and 97 percent of wish families observe increases in their wish kids’ emotional health. A solid 99 percent of parents reported that the wish experience gave their children increased feelings of happiness. The best part of her daughter’s wish trip to Disney World Resort was the feelings of happiness and relaxation the family experienced, said Jessica Seay, whose daughter, Lilly Anderson, went to the Magic Kingdom this summer. Lilly, 5, who has a rare form of blood cancer, was diagnosed in November 2014. “When we found the cancer, it was already critical,” Jessica said. “We were airlifted to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Nashville and we didn’t leave until
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Billy & Kay Torrence opened their home to over 100 guest on Friday night, October 9th in Kilgore, TX, to host a fundraising event. for Rahab’s Retreat and Ranch. The retreat center is dedicated to helping women and children as they come out of sex trafficking and the sex industry. The exclusive event started at 6:00 p.m. and was $1000 per person to attend. The guest got to enjoy the beautiful grounds of the B.K.S. Estates. Music filled the air from the famous Edwin Holt Jazz band, and the Kilgore Rangerettes were all lined up in the front walk way greeting each guest as they arrived. Jack Ryan’s Steak House catered the food for the event and the Torrence Racing team (Steve Torrence) was there with one of their Capco Contractors, Torrence Racing Top Fuel Dragsters! The Red Carpet event was over-the-top. Attendees included everyone from Mayor R.E. Spradlin III, local celebrities, to the Rich & Famous. The evening festivities included dancing, cocktails and roars coming from the Torrence Racing car, as the engine was fired up. All proceeds from the event go to Rahab’s Retreat and Ranch, a 32,000 sq foot home for women and children founded by Teresa Richenberger in Kilgore, TX. Teresa and her team invite you to stop by for a tour of the home. “We have been BLESSED BEYOND MEASURE and want to say THANK YOU to all who made this event a NIGHT TO REMEMEBER,” exclaimed Kay Torrence and Teresa Richenberger.
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Meals on Wheels held their 42nd annual fundraising event that celebrates another year of service, with this year’s theme being “A New Orleans Jazz Brunch,” on October 8. Guests enjoyed the cuisine of New Orleans, music and a silent auction. About 500 guests attended and a keynote speech was addressed by Reverend Jerome Milton, along with a presentation for the “Volunteer of the Year” award.
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MAN ABOUT TOWN ‘ THE M AN ’ AND CR EW HIT UP THR EE Z , IN T YLER , TO GET A TASTE O F A UNIQ UE T W IST O N EASTER N FUSIO N DININ G .
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Three Z is the Place to be Just when ya think you’ve tried all the good Asian food in town, someone “builds a better mouse trap.” Tucked away in Times Square Center, Three Z is the most astonishingly, unique twist on far eastern fusion dining. Yep, Three Z Azian Cuizine is a must do, “fast,” casual place for lunch or dinner. The “Man” has known the owners, Brad and Vanessa Downey, since 2010. These folks eat, sleep and breathe Asian fusion at its best. Brad is quite the chef himself! They even remodeled their kitchen at home to hone his Asian culinary skills long before the idea of owning a restaurant entered their minds. We watched, with interest, the complete tear-out of the space as they started to put together “their vision of a hip, modern, Asian restaurant, providing freshly prepared gourmet meals, while using high-quality
ingredients both quickly and economically.” What makes Three Z different is that one can get exotic, made to order Asian fusion in an upscale environment, not only quickly, but for a value with most everything on the menu being under $10! Diet conscious folks are offered gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and allergy-specific alternatives. The choice is yours and the options are endless! The atmosphere is bright and open with a contemporary-modern feel. The entire front-end is a wall of windows. The décor is sleek, with lots of metal, mirrors and color. All of the beautiful art work on the walls was hand painted by the talented, local artist Dace Lucia Kidd. Her goal was to inspire a tranquil and upscale vibe. Even the lettering for the internal signage are the handiwork of Dace. They have effectively used red and silver brushed metal on the chairs as welcoming accents to the Dallas-like retro feel of the
place. Add to that the beautiful photos of the menu dishes on the wall, at the entry for easy ordering, and you’ve got the ideal fast-casual dining spot. Brad and Vanessa have focused on quality made-to-order Asian dishes crafted by a kitchen staff with over 100 years of experience in total. Three Z offers dine-in, take-out and catering for any occasion. Want wine or beer with your meal? Their list features bottled beers from across Asia and all of the favorite domestic choices, as well as a great selection of wines by the bottle or glass. Listen, $2.50 wine by the glass is available at Happy Hour, which is Monday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.. Now that’s a deal! Every day you may expect some kind of half price appetizer or dessert special as a surprise treat for their customers. B SC EN EM A G.COM
The “Man” has done both lunch and dinner at this great restaurant. Each time there has been a crowd. The place is a-hummin’ with cheerful conversation over especially unique food, which is Asian inspired with an East Texas twist. They are open Monday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.. Just place your order at the convenient front entry, be seated and relax till the service conscious wait staff deliver your drink and the “taste of your life” Asian fusion. Wanna do take out? It’s easy! Either call in ahead and pick it up or stop by, place your order and have a drink while you wait. At Three Z you get it your way every time with a 100% guarantee of satisfaction. And since it’s locally owned, you may speak with Brad, Vanessa or their operating partner, Andrew Griffith, anytime. Believe me, they want to hear from you. The “Man’s” partner in crime for putting this super fun group together was good friend Zairah Wooten. She runs with a group of
future professional men and women, "the future of Tyler," who also know how to enjoy life. There were twelve of us (I was the mascot, 12th man on the field.) The group began meandering in about 6:15 p.m., and Caleb Hughes started the wine and beer a-comin,’ as the appetizers started landing on the table. Vanessa tended to us as if we were her own family (Brad, who was cooking in the kitchen, came out to see us, but he was keeling the food on time in the kitchen.) Let me tell ya, Vanessa and Brad treated our group of young professionals like royalty. Nothing was spared for a delightful evening, and Caleb was on point all night. He was super as are all the folks at Three Z. We had a special printed “Man About Town Menu” of four courses, with eleven different items for us to try. Rhonda Asquistapace, wine rep. for URLO Vineyards, provided the fine new Italian Pinot Grigio (2014) for us. It was wonderful! You should know, every dish we tried was superb. This food is uniquely fantastic. It is beautifully plated, colorful,
tasty and hot, straight from the kitchen, and made-to-order. Our feast was topped off with the house specialty desserts of Coconut Crème Brule and Cheese Cake Spring Rolls. Now those were to die for! We were stuffed, but Vanessa insisted our guest take the leftovers home, which they gladly did. Then we sat back and did a round of Saké Shots before leaving. Whoa! But the night was not over. We caravanned the short distance to Cork, Food & Drink for a night cap and then, for some, it was off to Rick's on the Square. Tyler has so much to offer! Well, if you like Asian food you must try Three Z. But listen, expect some of what you have had before, but taken to a new and different level. There are traditional items, but even they are better than ever. So, if you’re out and about, look for us, we’ll be about town.
DAKOTAS STEAKS • SEAFOOD • CHOPS Dakotas has been one of Tyler’s favorites for over twelve years. We are your destination for business luncheons, intimate dinners, signature martinis, catering and private events. We specialize in excellence with our service and offer only the highest quality ingredients on our menu.
We are excited to announce our new location change! 4803 Old Bullard Road Suite #1 Tyler, Texas 75703 (in the La Piazza Shopping Center).
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LOLA’S HANDCRAFTED SANDWICHES Scratch-made Soups, Salads and Sandwiches Lola’s offers premium quality sandwiches, soups and salads made from scratch daily with a focus on fresh and locally sourced ingredients.
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BREAKERS A SEAFOOD JOINT It’s the hit of the season! ONE appetizer, TWO entrées and a dessert – all for only $25. From golden fried calamari for starters to our Key lime pie for dessert, along with a huge collection of outstanding entrées, the new Breakers 2 for $25 menu is great food at a great price. Mon. – Wed. 11a.m. - 10p.m. Thurs. – Sat. 11a.m. – 12a.m. Sun. 11a.m. – 9p.m.
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Gusano’s CHICAGO STYLE PIZZERIA Gusano’s Chicago Style Pizza is Tyler’s new hangout spot for great pizza and a full sports bar. We offer specials nightly and weekly, including family nights and kid specials. Want to watch the game? We have 14 large T.V.’s including 2 outside on our patio that fits up to 25 people. Gusano’s offers 12 beers on tap including a Chicago beer and a Texas handcrafted beer. Come see us and try out the newest Chicago Style and Traditional pizza in town!!
$8.49 Daily Lunch Specials Mon.- Fri. 11a.m. - 2p.m. Happy Hour Mon.- Fri. 3p.m. - 7p.m. Sat.- Sun. All day Hours 11a.m.-10p.m. Sun- Thurs, 11a.m. -11p.m. Fri.-Sat.
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three z AZIAN CUIZINE Support a locally owned and operated business when you “Eat Local” at Three Z Azian Cuizine! The East meets Texas in this unique restaurant that blends fresh Asian flavors with those of the South. (featured here: made-to-order BBQ Pork Azian tacos with steamed bao buns, slow-cooked pork, house-pickled cabbage & our own Spicy Mayo) Mon. - Thur. 11a.m. - 9p.m. (Happy Hour 11-7) Fri. - Sat. 11a.m. - 10p.m. (Happy Hour 11-7) Sun. 11a.m. - 3p.m. (Happy Hour 11-3) KIDS EAT FREE ON TUESDAYS! (dine-in only)
Find us on Facebook/Twitter/Yelp or at: aziancuizine.com 5201 S Broadway ave ste 122 • Tyler, TX 75703 • 903.525.9389
LAGO DEL PINO TEXAS FOOD TEXAS FUN Join us for our Weekday Specials! Texas Tues., Wine Down Wed., Thurs. 1/2 Price Apps , Infusion Fri. and $3 Mimosas during Sat. & Sun. Brunch! Now open Tues. through Thurs. for dinner only, 4p.m. to 10p.m., Fri. 4p.m. to 12a.m., Sat. 11a.m. to 1a.m., and Sun. 10a.m. to 8p.m. Nov. 6 Aaron Stephans, Nov. 7 The Damn Quails, Nov. 13 Soul Track Mind, Nov.14 South Austin Moonlighters, Nov. 20 Perfecto Amor, Nov. 21 Josh Ward, Nov. 27 LC Rocks, Nov. 28 Dustin Becker
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AN AVALANCHE OF GREATNESS Article & Photos by: Jordan Sherrod
n avalanche often starts with a small, seemingly insignificant action. For example, a branch may fall from a tree and cause some snow to shuffle, leading to someone calling out to fellow skiers on another slope. A bit of snow begins to trickle down the mountain, comes together and begins to move. Before you know it, the snowfall begins to gain momentum. What was started by a tiny action has now attained a movement of greatness. Dogwood Hills Gun Club too began with a small, seemingly insignificant action. Like an avalanche, the momentum gained as it looked to the greatness that lied ahead. During a Concealed Handgun License (CHL) class a couple of year’s back, Instructor Tom Krieg took a moment to share his dream with the class. “If I won the lottery I’d get ten acres and open up a firearms facility,” Tom claimed. At the time, the class had no facility to meet at, so they met at Tom’s home. It was then when Tom spoke of his dreams, Eddie Fowler’s ears perked up. Eddie was a man of business, open to dreams and innovations. After hearing of Tom’s lifelong dream, Eddie thought he’d start looking for those ten acres. By the third CHL class, Eddie had not found Tom his ten acres. Dejected, Eddie walked up to Tom and said, “Tom, I can’t find you ten acres anywhere!” Tom, shocked, had no idea Eddie had been looking for land, but he was also thrilled! “Eddie, if you’re serious about this, we should go to the SHOT Show in Vegas to get some ideas,” Tom said.
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In January 2014, Eddie and Tom prepared to leave for the SHOT show. Before leaving for Las Vegas, at the airport, Eddie’s wife, Terry, made a great discovery. Terry, who knew a great deal about real estate, had found 170 acres for sale in the heart of East Texas. “Well I didn’t find your ten acres, but I’ve got 170 acres you could buy,” Terry said. The 170 acres was soon purchased and became the starting point of Dogwood Hills. Once in Vegas, Eddie and Tom met with the National Riffle Association (NRA) and shared their plan. Impressed, the NRA suggested the two take a range development course in New Orleans, Louisiana. The gentlemen eagerly signed up and attended the development course in March of that year. Though it was long and tedious, “Like drinking out of a fire hose for four days,” Eddie recalled, the two pushed through and used the knowledge they gained to begin plans for their course. Tom, a certified NRA pistol and rifle instructor, and former NRA law enforcement officer, was the primary designer of the plans. He ensured everything in the plans exceeded minimum requirements and safety regulations. After a slow start due to weather, Dogwood Hills Gun Club officially opened in March of this year. That’s when the avalanche began to pick up momentum. The community provided support for the gun club through encouragement and attendance. “People that come
out here come back,” Eddie said. Schools, churches, security and law enforcement continue to send their personnel out to be trained in self-defense and situational awareness. The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) has even made Dogwood Hills a “home-base” of sorts for some of their defense courses. And the momentum doesn’t stop there. Upcoming enforcement of laws, such as open-carry in January 2016 and campus-carry in August 2016, are causing more East Texans to flock to the gun club for CHL and safety courses. In July of 2015, Eddie and Tom applied for a grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. To their amazement, they received the largest grant ever presented to a non-government applicant, totaling 1.97 million dollars. This amount was monumental for Dogwood Hills. Eddie recalled the precise planning and safety precautions Tom created in the plans as what had allowed them to receive such a great sum. With the grant money they received, Eddie and Tom began implementing their plans. They built 25, 50 and 100 yard rifle ranges, an office to greet guests and a 6800-foot nature trail. Future plans include an Olympic regulated archery range, a climbing wall, a fishing pond, a zip line, two 30 pod 3D archery courses with targets and five stands for sporting clays. They also seek to provide hunter education with the grant. The training courses at Dogwood Hills offer many benefits to participants. Tom’s goal in training is, “creating a space where people can learn, train and practice in a safe environment.” Dogwood Hills seeks to provide opportunities for families to get off the couch and go outdoors. They even provide safety instruction courses for children so they know how to approach a gun. “The more training, the less tragedy,” Tom said. The gun club also seeks to provide self-defense courses to all individuals, but particularly to women. This specific audience is due to the fact that 57% of all new shooters are women, according to Eddie. Tom’s wife Shelia, a certified firearms expert, teaches the courses specifically catered to women.
The staff at Dogwood Hills Gun Club is very serious about safety. Four primary safety rules about firearms are talked about, in great detail, at the club: • ASSUME FIREARMS ARE LOADED. • ALWAYS KEEP YOUR FIREARM POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION. • ALWAYS KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOU ARE READY TO FIRE. • ALWAYS BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET AND WHAT’S BEHIND IT. These four rules are so engrained in the venue that they are even on the back of Tom’s business card. Perhaps this is why families feel so comfortable taking their children out to the gun club. “If it’s not a place I’d send my two daughters, then I’m not doing something right,” Eddie claimed. Dogwood Hills Gun Club also provides great benefit for the community. It brings Tyler a revenue stream from large events it will host, such as the Rhineheart 100, a collection of life-size 3D animal targets, the Interscholastic 3D Archery Championship next fall, mini Pro-Am shoots and 5k races. The events are likely to attract people from other states to Texas, thus allowing Tyler to gain publicity as a community. A final benefit the gun club seeks to offer the community is greater safety. This safety drive will attempt to reach the public in many ways, one of them being through charity. “This is a legacy. It’s my time to give back,” Tom said. Eddie and Tom recently filed a 501 (c)(3) to be a non-profit
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charity, in addition to their for-profit division of the business. The non-profit charity and grant from Texas Parks and Wildlife give Dogwood Hills the funds to build facilities where organizations, such as Wounded Warrior or breast-cancer awareness groups, can host charitable events.
“We want to be that good corporate citizen,” Eddie said. Planned construction of facilities for these events includes a large open pavilion, a 4,000 sq. ft. classroom building and a large parking lot.
Eddie Fowler and Tom Krieg are both confident in the growth and greatness of Dogwood Hills after seeing the momentum that has occurred in the past eight months of business. “There’s not anything like this for 300 miles,” Tom claimed. “There’s no other place around here where you can do all these disciplines in one place,” Eddie added. It all started with one man sharing his dream. The momentum slowly began, and now an avalanche of growth and greatness is fast approaching Dogwood Hills Gun Club. Both Eddie and Tom look forward to enjoying the growth and greatness in the
next few years to come. Dogwood Hills has a high potential for greatness and is already well along the path to it. The staff is welcoming, the facility is safe, the participant opportunity is open and the growth is eminent. In years to come it is likely that this venue will be a local hotspot for a large variety of experiences and events. The club is located at 15160 County Road 1227, Flint, Texas 75762 and is open to the public. You can contact them via phone at 903-5933442a, and their hours of business are 9am5pm, Monday through Friday.
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YAMATO JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR Specializing in traditional Japanese cuisine Steak-Seafood-Sushi Boats-Bento Boxes-Udon Soup Two Private rooms available Live DJ every Friday and drink specials from 9p.m. until midnight Live band every Sat. from 9p.m. - 1a.m. Happy Hour: Mon. - Thurs. 5p.m. - 7p.m. Kids eat free on Sun.
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THE BURGER GRIND BURGER RESTAURANT In the world of “The Burger”, freshness is king! Come visit Tyler’s newest taste-craze sensation and discover for yourself what all the buzz is about!
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CHEZ BAZAN FRENCH BAKERY & CAFÉ We are celebrating 30 years of making holiday goodies. Let Chez Bazan satisfy your family’s sweet-tooth with one of our many custom pies. Choose from pumpkin cheese, chocolate bourban pecan, forest berry and caramel apple, along with traditional favorites like pecan, coconut and chocolate cream. We also have pumpkin rolls, sweet bread loaves, various cupcakes, gingerbread cookies and fall iced cookies!. Be the hero, bring Chez Bazan! Make sure your order is ready for Thanksgiving by placing your order the week before! Visit the link below for our holiday pie list prices at www.chezbazan.com/holiday. 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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ETAN GOLF TOURNAMENT, SEPTEMBER 25
A small army of golfers converged on Wood Hollow Golf Club for the annual Neal McCoy Angel Network tourney on September 25. The event hosted by Jacksonville country singer Neal McCoy benefits East Texas children battling serious or life threatening illnesses. More than 20 years ago, Neal McCoy and his wife, Melinda, started the East Texas Angel Network after finding inspiration from a child with bone marrow cancer. Since then, ETAN has been fortunate enough to raise almost 7 million dollars to help about 400 families.
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7. What to Wear, Where? Chic. Cozy. Cool. The perfect outfit for holiday shopping excursions or an afternoon hayride is a pair of lightly ripped jeans paired with a checked, plaid button down shirt. Top it off with a faux fur, hooded vest and punctuate the look with Christmas-cranberry-toned accessories from top to bottom. Outfit available at Gaudy Me. *Looking for the perfect Christmas gift for Mom? Consider Stephanie Kantisâ€™ two-tone gold and silver, triple drop earrings and two-tone ring.
1 - Ryu black knit ruffle-trimmed top 2 - Ethyl skinny blue-denim-like jeggings 3 - Simply Noelle blue knit, button wrap 4 - Town & Reese gold-tone, teardrop Elizabeth earrings and gold-tone bangles 5 - Multi-colored stone, western-style cuff 6 - Atenti Santa Cruz petite pouch (front & back) 7 - Lane pointed-toe cowgirl boots
What to Wear, Where? If holiday plans call for a little dinner at the ranch, dress up your favorite pair of jeggings with a knit, ruffle-detailed top. Punctuate it with gold accessories to speak to the dressier side of the occasion. An edgy pair of cowgirl boots ties the look up and compliments the ranch setting. Continue to play off that rustic-yet-dressy style by throwing on a knit wrap and accentuating it with a western-inspired cuff and clutch. Available at Steele’s.
1 - Miller Ranch Khakis 2 - Red Wing Shoes brown belt 3 - Miller Ranch western button down shirt What to Wear, Where? Not the layering type? Is the basic, button down and khaki pants more your style? No worries. Basic, doesn’t have to mean boring. When you think of winterweather wear, warmth can also be accomplished by letting Mother Nature’s winter palette be your muse. As a simple way to emulate warmth in your winter wear, incorporate the woodsy browns, chestnuts and burnt orange colors of the season. The ease of this outfit can take you to church on Sunday, then a little brunch afterward at Mom’s. Available at Steele’s *Traveling this holiday season? Travel in comfort with this Cole and Co.
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5TH ANNUAL RIDE FOR THE CURE, OCTOBER 10
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1 - Mayoral large striped sweater 2 - Andy & Evan corduroy pants 3 - Mayoral navy quilted coat with hood 4 - Elephantito brown leather tie up boots He’ll be just as cute, but still rough and tumble in these corduroy’s matched up with a color-blocked-striped sweater. The quilted coat makes him look really cool, while keeping him very warm during his time playing outdoors.
1 - Mayoral hot pink trousers 2 - Bloch hot pink ballet flats 3 - Pink sparkle Lucite bangles 4 - Wheat shimmer-look long-sleeve 5 - Mayoral puffer vest in stone with faux fur collar To grandmother’s house we go! Pint-sized fashion will take center stage at your next family, holiday affair. Little Lucy wants to look as fabulous as her mommy, while also keeping warm during her holiday travels. Bundle her up in fabulous, layered, pieces. Underneath the perfect, puffer vest, add a simple long sleeved shirt. Add a pop of pink bottoms. Then let her play up the glam with mommy-like accessories including a sparkly studded tote and a fur-real scarf.
1 - Altea plaid scarf 2 - Peter Millar sweater 3 - Waterville quilted vest 4 - Wigens wool newsboy cap 5 - Trask cap-toe leather boots 6 - Dion graphic-print, cotton socks 7 - Lipson bright plaid button down shirt 8 - Citizens of Humanity slim straight jeans 9 - Haupt gray plaid wool button down shirt 10 - Bill Lavin soft cutout, chocolate brown leather belt 8.
*Need a little travel companion or a gift for your dad? The Moscow Mule, Carry On Cocktail Kit may be your answer. Available at Cole and Co. Winter Wear, Where? Layering continues to be key in winterizing your wardrobe. Pairing a handsome, tweed-inspired knit with a rugged vest that says “true” outdoorsman even if you’re a nature novice, speaks volumes this season. Classic, masculine appeal will be amplified adding simple, yet impactful accessories with a wool, newsboy cap or soft plaid scarf. If you’re more hot natured, swap the sweater out and add a button down underneath the vest. This is the perfect outfit to take your little pumpkin on a hayride by day or your significant other to enjoy the neighborhood Christmas lights by night. Available at Harley’s.
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5TH ANNUAL TEE OFF FOR TOTS, OCTOBER 5
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*Need a great gift for the host of the party? NEST Pumpkin Chai reed diffuser and scented candle brings out the scents of the season and will delight any host or hostess. Available at Cole and Co. Winter Wear, Where? Nothing says Boho chic more than weaving various ‘70s-inspired elements into one winterworthy ensemble. From these statement-making maroon knee high boots that will help you strut your stuff, to a fabulous fur poncho—this outfit will earn you some great compliments at this year’s Thanksgiving dinner. Available at Bridgette’s.
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A BIT OF HUNGARY IN EAST TEXAS Article By: Veronica Terres Photos By: Jason Berrier
Since 1957, Americans have been able to enjoy a little bit of Hungarian artistry, among their table settings and curio cabinets, with the beautiful, hand painted, white porcelain works of Herend.
Together, they showcased the latest collection for Cole and Co. customers and took a moment to share on the art behind Herend and the secret to its success.
Located just outside of Budapest, Hungary, Herend is Europe’s largest porcelain manufactory, and known for its fine, masterfully crafted pieces of dinnerware and figurines. According to the company, since its early beginnings, the porcelain dinnerware gained quite the following after Queen Victoria purchased a large set for Windsor Castle, Today that pattern is still being produced. Even the late Princess Diana was said to have delighted to Herend in her Christmas stocking. While East Texans may never be in the company of royalty (except for our very own Rose Festival Queen and her Court), they sure have been able to dine like them with the treasure trove of Hungarian pieces, painstakingly created by highly skilled molders, sculptors and painters, and always available for purchase at Cole and Co., in Tyler, Texas. In October, the store was one of three retailers in the state, and one of ten locations nationwide, selected to be part of Herend’s 2015 artist tour. The Herend Artist Event featured painter, Marianna Steigervald, who specializes in the company’s Oriental designs and has been mastering her craft with the company for nearly a quarter century now. Accompanying her on the tour was Herend’s Regional Sales Manager, Rob Springelmeyer.
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Q: How does an artist get to be part of the Herend family? Rob: Basically, they go through the regular schooling. Then they go to three years of painting school. That makes them eligible. Then they’re selected from their talent at that point. Another thing that’s interesting, Herend is a village outside of Budapest. A lot of the artists are third and fourth generation. In other words, they grow up learning it from their parents. It’s a prestigious position to be a painter for the people living in Herend. It’s a very desirable occupation. Marianna: In my childhood, I liked drawing, painting, the arts, and I lived near to Herend, the next village to mine. That’s why, in fact, I went to the school there. The manufacturer has its own school and I went there for three years. Because I prefer the oriental designs, oriental style, I chose to paint and specialize in oriental designs, including of the figurines and the flowers.
nice, I think. The falcon is my favorite piece. And I like the composition of the naturalistic and the surreal Herend’s signature, fishnet design combined with natural faced pieces. Rob: It’s the first time, in a long time, that Herend has introduced a platinum design.
Q: What’s been your favorite piece to work on? Marianna: It’s very, very difficult to say. I like a lot. I like the older designs. I like some flower designs. I like some figurines, but I prefer the oriental.”
Q: How many pieces do you paint in a year? Marianna: I can’t tell you because some pieces take a very long time to do. Some pieces are quite fast. Sometimes I work on one small vase for one month. Rob: Each artist has their own expertise, Marianna’s being the oriental dinnerware. Some of the artists might be more into the Queen Victoria pattern or the fishnet, or the natural. It depends upon what their expertise is in the factory, the painting area of what they do. There are also master painters, but some of those master painters will work on pieces for years, on commission pieces. It’s not uncommon for a big urn or a piece, rather, to take a year or more.
Q: Do you have a favorite piece in the new Herend Collection? Marianna: I have a lot. I like the new platinum designs, with gray and platinum together. I think it’s a very nice design. And some figurines are very
Q: Do pieces get retired? Rob: We do have limited edition pieces. The interesting thing about Herend, because it’s all completely hand done and hand painted, no dinnerware
pattern is ever discontinued. We can go back in the archives, and the factory will do anything that they’ve ever done. So, in reality, there really isn’t a discontinued dinnerware pattern. Now, there are figurines that are printed as limited edition pieces and they get retired. Marianna: If somebody has very old pieces and it’s broken, we can do replacement pieces, always. Herend has this promise because it’s important if somebody has an old or big dinner set and would like a replacement. Yes, it’s something that is important.
Q: What makes Herend pieces so special? Why do you think people love Herend so much? Marianna: The secret, I think, is the handwork, absolutely! Every piece is special and a little bit different. As I previously said, I paint identically, but each piece is a little bit different through the handiwork.
Q: How do you come up with a design? Rob: The factory actually has design studios that come up with new patterns. Marianna: We always have the model, a design that I copy and paint. I can’t paint a design that may pop up in my mind. It is very, very important that if I paint something a long time, it has to be all the same. It can not change. BS CENEMAG. COM
Q: Are Americans loyal Herend customers and what do you want them to know? Marianna: Yes, and I am very glad! I would like them to know how much work goes into each piece, and how the product came to be.
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ast month I attended the Benjamin Moore Color of the Year Announcement in New York City. Design professionals from around the globe gathered to witness the big reveal of the color palette trends for 2016.
In a sense, this was our equivalent of Fashion Week in Paris for the apparel industry. Cocktail attire, champagne pouring and hors dâ€™oeuvres being passed, chatter filled the Manhattan skyscraper. Suddenly the room goes silent, the lights dim down, and a video screen floods across the largest room in the wall. It was dramatic and provocative. All of this, to announce the Color of the Year:
SIMPLY WHITE (Benjamin Moore OC-17)
Yep, the color of the year is white! Personally, I could not be more excited about it.
In the industry, I am known for my love of color. So, you might think, why would she love white? Isn’t it boring?
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What better color to launch from with our imagination. “The color white is transcendent, powerful and polarizing – it is either taken for granted or obsessed over,” said Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore Creative Director. “White is not just a design trend, it is a design essential. The popularity of white, the necessity of white, the mystique of white is quantifiable in our industry. Of the top ten best-selling Benjamin Moore colors, variants of white occupy five spots. It was inevitable that we would ultimately recognize white as our Color of the Year.” Wait…did you catch that!? FIVE of the most popular TEN colors in the Benjamin Moore palette are shades of white!
FRAMEWORK Architecture simplified is like the 2x4 framework of a blank canvas. Size, shape and dimension all matter. The easel is our foundation. I prefer to look at design from an artist’s perspective. As a little girl, I loved studying Van Gogh, Picasso, Seurat, Monet, Paul Gaughin. Years ago in Amsterdam, I walked into the Van Gogh museum and just started crying with only one foot in.
Design is not one-dimensional. We see from all sides, all angles, we are effected by the size and scale of things, whether we know it or not. How many times have you walked into the entry of someone’s home and been underwhelmed by the tiny light fixture hanging overhead? Architecture is all about scale. When the framework is good, it should inspire. With holiday season in full swing, most people are looking around at their home through the mother-in-law’s or older sister’s scrutinizing eyes. (Women, we are so hard on ourselves). “What must be fixed before the guests arrive?” you might be thinking. For the area of the house that’s bugging you the most, here’s my encouragement: Take a step back and evaluate the framework, like Monet would do in the park. Perhaps we are just talking about how to decorate your tabletop for Thanksgiving. Whatever it is you’re fussing with in your home, I want you to look at the framework like a….
BLANK CANVAS This month I’m traveling back to my hometown of Tyler, where I’ll stand up at Mistletoe & Magic to talk about design and inspiration. Isn’t there comfort in going back to the beginning of where our story started? This is the space where “Simply White” makes me giddy. White is the unsung hero… The base for all color and texture in this world. White is the blank page of our design story. Readers, if any of you journal, you know the incredible feeling when you start fresh on a new page. White allows us the permission and privilege to start with a blank canvas. What more empowering feeling is there in life than a fresh start? There is beauty in the purity of white in our homes. In design theory, negative space is often undervalued. Folks, let the space breath.
The most popular kitchen color the last couple of years has hands down been white kitchens. In fact, there’s an underlying boredom for most designers when it comes to white kitchens. Everyone wants them, and we are tired of the request, but know they always look good. Why is our culture so hungry for white? Honestly, I just think we are wired to need a restart sometimes. It is time to let the complexity of white simplify our spaces.
BRUSH STROKE So your framework is there and the blank canvas has been set. Whether you’re decorating a bathroom, the guest bedroom, a kitchen, or dining table top for holiday feasts, these same principles apply in color. Let us take the kitchen as a tangible example here. When the kitchen is white, the colors and textures of food come forth and the act of cooking takes center stage as the art. Going back to Van Gogh, I’ve always been obsessed with his brush strokes. Think in terms of his individual stroke and the mix of colors he used. The
layers of his brush strokes are like the layers of our textiles, furniture and accessories in design. Painting our walls or cabinets white allows the story of the other elements to take shape. Suddenly we appreciate the bright orange of that bell pepper or the texture of the handmade porcelain mug.
ART Design is an art form. Art can move people. Treat your home as a work of art. You are the artist. The framework is yours to construct, the canvas is there to paint. Color is one of the most ancient forms of expression. The soft palette of trending colors for 2016, besides “Simply White” include a soft cream, pale green, sky blue and cheery light lavender. All notions in color to remind us of the invigorating freshness found in a light, bright space and the universal appreciation for a clean slate. (See photos of ): Cream Puff 2174-70 Kittery Point Green HC-119 Lemonade 2024-60 Morning Sky Blue 2053-70 White Heaven 2068-70 The reason I travel to third world countries to build art centers voluntarily is because I believe we all should be empowered to hold that brush in our hands, figuratively speaking. My fresh start for 2016 will find me in Cambodia, doing a small part to influence budding artists. We are all artists. So, friends, go claim your canvas, and don’t be afraid to just start with white.
The color white is transcendent, powerful and polarizing.
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The annual TJC Alumni Awards Dinner was held at the Rogers Student Center, at Tyler Junior College, on October 9. The event recognized outstanding alumni and friends of the college, for achievements in their industry, profession, and life work’s or service to TJC. This year’s CATHY & JERRY BRANUM honorees, to name a few, included former mayor Barbara Bass, philanthropist Eleanor Cameron and State Senator Kevin Eltife.
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TJC science center’s new exhibit celebrates the science of sound
xplore the science of sound and hearing with “Sonic Sensation,” a new, traveling exhibit running through August 2016 at the Center for Earth & Space Science Education at Tyler Junior College. Visitors will learn about the anatomy and physics of hearing, find out about sound waves and what they can do to protect their hearing.
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“Sonic Sensation” consists of 14 interactive stations where visitors can experiment with different pitches and frequencies and make a movie soundtrack. They can step into the popular Scream Chamber, a soundproof booth where visitors can step inside, let loose and measure how loud they can scream. Sort high and low pitches by hitting colored bells, create sounds by conducting an Invisible Orchestra, and launch a billiard ball to show how sound hitting the eardrums sends signals to the brain.
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They can also measure the frequency of sounds, match mystery sounds, and try to find hidden “animals” in kitchen cupboards by just listening. Young visitors will want try out Ear This, a fun photo opportunity where they can see how they look with the ears of an elephant, rabbit, panda and more.
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PRO-AM CASINO PARTY, OCTOBER 3
The Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation held their 8th annual Pro-Am, which honors wounded veterans and service members. The three-day event featured a golf tournament, raffle, a casino party with an auction and entertainment provided by Jenny Tolman and Bill Whyte, at KE Bushman's in Bullard, on October 3. MARC MORRISON, SHANNON & THOMAS GROS
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Craft fairs are not new. They are a ubiquitous part of church calendars and annual festivals all over East Texas. But it was Etsy that famously harnessed the power of the Internet and took selling handmade goods to a global audience in 2005. Through Etsy, anyone could sell vintage or handmade items online to anyone through peerto-peer selling much like an online craft fair with virtual storefronts. This approach also spawned the not-so-nice and now closed RegrEtsy website where gift recipients displayed their least favorite items.
Murphy and Laura Watson, have developed a new concept that not only embraces but puts a spotlight on the growing handmade movement in East Texas.
According to its website, Handmade at Amazon is a new store on Amazon.com “for invited artisans to sell their unique, handcrafted goods to our hundreds of millions of customers worldwide.” Amazon’s site differs from Etsy in that it is by “invitation” only. To be considered, Amazon tells artisans that all of their products must meet Amazon’s definition of handmade. A list included in the site’s FAQs outlines what that means. All applications are reviewed by the Handmade at Amazon team, and only those who pass the test receive an invitation to sell.
“It’s going to be a fun, local Etsy-like place where shoppers can find artsy, cool and unique items,” Murphy says, describing the upcoming event they are calling “The Market” to be held Nov. 21 at the Tyler Rose Garden Center.
ust last month, online retail giant Amazon launched a new website called “Handmade at Amazon,” hoping to capitalize on the increasing demand for handmade and one-of-a-kind goods just in time for the holidays. However, Amazon’s approach is a little different from Etsy’s everyone-can-sell model.
Amazon’s entry into the handmade market is significant. What was once a trend seems now to be an outright “handmade movement” away from mass-production toward handcrafted. Locally, the ladies behind the wildly successful Children’s Consignment Clothing Sale, Tess
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and has the option to donate what doesn’t sell. Literally, truck loads of items are donated to local charities after each sale, which also benefits the families who shop by providing thousands of used items at low prices. “In our last sale, we had over 1,400 families who brought items to sell,” says Murphy. “What we also saw was many of these moms who participate in the sale year after year are also looking for other ways to provide extra income for their families through their various hobbies and talents. Many had asked if they could sell their handmade items at the CCC Sale, but that’s not really what that sale is about.” Instead, the idea of holding a separate sale to showcase handmade items began to germinate and later grew into their newest endeavor this November. The ladies say The Market is in keeping with the same goals of the CCC Sale, which are to connect moms, reuse and recycle, and to build back into the local community and local families. Since announcing The Market was taking vendor applications in late summer, the ladies had received more than 100 applications by mid-October for only 40 spots. A committee was created to evaluate each application to determine if the vendor’s items were consistent B SC EN EM A G.COM
with the focus of this first incarnation of The Market, which is locally handmade or handcrafted. The hope is the event will benefit both the artist by giving her an audience for her work, but also the buyer who is looking for something she just can’t find at a big-box store. And, much like Amazon, the ladies hope to harness the community they have already created through the CCC Sale to connect the two.
“We are all coming out of a difficult recession, and families want to help one another,” said Watson. “It’s the same idea as a local farmers’ market. It just feels good to people to support their friends and neighbors and to know where something came from. We see it as a societal shift. This also fits in with who we are: moms helping moms.” In that same vein, Murphy and Watson see themselves as facilitators in this event and hope only to cover costs while connecting vendors and shoppers. As a result, they are giving the selected artists a lot of freedom to decorate their assigned booths and conduct business as he or she sees fit. Visitors are invited to come explore this unique holiday shopping experience that is only open for a limited time from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 500 people have already joined the Facebook event saying they are coming. However, both ladies acknowledge that this first time will be a learning experience, much like the first CCC Sale more than a decade ago. “The market really drove the CCC Sale and what we included and how big it became,” Watson says. “We see the same thing happening here. The demand will determine what happens next.” The Market will be held 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21 at Tyler’s Rose Garden Center, 420 Rose Park Drive in Tyler.
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5523 Troup Hwy. & 3829 St. Hwy. 64 W • Tyler, TX 903-581-6091 • 800-755-0055 • www.altra.org • www.drivealtra.org *Membership eligibility required. A+ Checking available for personal accounts only. Qualifying accounts earn currently posted Annual Percentage Yield (APY) on balances up to $15,000; Portion of balance over $15,000 earn 0.50% APY. Account earns 0.10% APY if all requirements are not met in any given cycle. Rates subject to change monthly. A “cycle” begins the last day of one month and ends on the second to last day of the next month; this allows Altra to calculate and post dividends and ATM refunds on the last day of each month. All requirements must be completed and/or posted in each cycle to be considered a qualifying account. Debit card transactions processed by merchants and received by Altra as ATM transactions do not count towards qualifying debit card transactions. Only debit card transactions processed by merchants and received by Altra as POS transactions count towards qualifying debit card transactions. ATM fee refunds available for ATM withdrawals made from A+ Checking only. Dividends calculated and paid each calendar month on the daily balance. Contact Altra for complete details. Federally insured by NCUA.