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The Most Wonderful Time As we prepare to send this issue to press, I’m reminded of how I feel on Christmas Eve. After weeks of decorating, list-making, shopping, wrapping, baking—it’s all over. To put together each issue of Flower Mound Style, we discuss story ideas, make assignments to talented writers, interview experts, schedule photography, proof pages. Then when our Creative Director, Bruce, hits that magic button on his computer to send it to the printer—it’s all over. And just like waiting to see the expression on my kids’ faces Christmas morning when they come downstairs, I get excited to think about how you, our reader, will react to each issue as it arrives in your mailbox or you pick up a copy at the library, the CAC or Chick-fil-A. My hope is you find something to love in every issue. Each month we sit down with a local mover-and-shaker in our Next Door Q&A, and in this issue we caught up with Santa just before he got too busy to chat. Perhaps you can share his interview with your child on page 42. And we also talked to the hardworking folks in our town who endeavor all year long to ensure our community thrives. In “FloMo Grows” on page 44, you can read about what projects are underway and what to expect in the coming months. You also won’t want to miss our feature on page 28, as we get to know Flower Mound residents who came to the United States from India. Learn how they celebrate Christmas and gather ideas on how you can incorporate your family’s unique heritage into the holiday. For the first time, I plan to leave my grandmother’s wooden shoes by the fireplace in hopes that Sinterklaas will leave a gift, and I’ll even whip up a batch of pepernoot cookies—a traditional Dutch treat. However you celebrate the holiday season, we hope peace and goodwill will follow you into the New Year. Merry Christmas, friends!

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18 WITHERSPOON Visit a local distillery for refreshment and merriment

28 OBSERVE GLOBAL Make traditions old and new a part of your celebrations

44 FLO MO GROWS Developing an appreciation for our booming economy

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BLUE & LONESOME THE ROLLING STONES DECEMBER 2

Back to the Blues The Rolling Stones’ first studio album in more than a decade, “Blue & Lonesome”, was recorded in just three days in West London. A passion for blues music has always been at the heart and soul of The Rolling Stones, and the sound of the new album reflects this passion. Produced by Don Was and The Glimmer Twins, the album was recorded at British Grove Studios, close to Richmond and Eel Pie Island, where the band started out as a young blues band playing pubs and clubs. The album’s 12 tracks pay homage to the sounds of their early days and feature the songs of Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon, Eddie Taylor, Little Walter and Howlin’ Wolf.

TOM CLANCY, TRUE FAITH AND ALLEGIANCE MARK GREANY DECEMBER 6

America Under Attack President Jack Ryan is back in the latest installment of the No. 1 New York Times bestselling series from author Tom Clancy. Espionage, assassins and rogue attacks lead into a novel about a massive information breach within America’s military. And it goes downhill from there. The country’s most dangerous enemies have jumped at the chance to use the data breach to uncover American intelligence agents—both on and off the grid. This is no doubt a job for President Ryan, the country’s only hope. Mark Greany is the author and co-author of more than seven Tom Clancy novels.

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Mayday! Mayday! What has become commonplace in their time may seem unfathomable to us. But screenwriter Jon Spaihts (“Prometheus”) has once again taken us to space, which is not so much the final frontier anymore. On board a spaceship and headed to their new home, along with 5,000 other travelers in suspended animation, passengers Jim (Chris Pratt, “Jurassic World”) and Aurora (Jennifer Lawrence, “Xmen: The Apocalypse”) wake up 90 years too early after the ship malfunctions. Jim and Aurora’s reality is they will probably spend the rest of their lives on this ship, and so they fall in love. But just when you think they will drift off happily into the Milky Way, they face another ship dilemma.

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TOWN TAKES HONORS AT TFEA CONFERENCE For the first time, the Town of Flower Mound was recognized with several awards at the Texas Festivals and Events Association’s (TFEA) annual conference. Flower Mound Parks and Recreation took home three first-place Kaliff Marketing Awards of Excellence for Best TV Promotion (Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony), Best Miscellaneous Clothing (Dorothy’s Dash participation shirt), and Best Event/ Organization Newsletter (Adventures Guide). The Town was also awarded second place for Best TV Promotion (Independence Fest), in addition to two third-place awards for Best TV Promotion (July Parks and Recreation Month, and Concerts in the Park).

DOG PARK ON ITS WAY TO LAKESIDE DFW Work on a one-acre dog park at Lakeside has begun, according to officials at Realty Capital, master developer of Lakeside DFW. The site, located just east of the central roundabout at the intersection of Edgemere and Lakeside Parkway, is adjacent to the wooded area fed by a creek. Enclosed by iron fencing and surrounded by the Lakeside Trail, the park will include several entrances and offer picnic tables and benches for pet owners. Use of the dog park will be for Lakeside residents only. A set of rules and regulations for dog owners is currently being drafted. Many trees in the area, including some adjacent to the creek and along the trail, have been lighted to provide security and add to the area’s beauty after sunset. The area was initially dedicated solely as a detention basin, a requirement of the town when a new property is developed. “Members of the community hoped this space could be used for another purpose,” says Jimmy Archie, managing partner of Realty Capital. “We explored a number of options and concluded that a dog park would be popular and provided an amenity that could survive flooding without suffering any real damage.” THE SHOPS AT HIGHLAND VILLAGE CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS Santa Claus has come to town and will visit with children young and old in his new home away from home within the amazing 60-foot Christmas tree located in Central Park at The Shops at Highland Village. Make plans to visit with Santa and share holiday wishes every evening through December 24th. Or plan to sit back and enjoy a free horse-drawn carriage ride through the festive streets of the shopping center. Carriages will run Fridays through Sundays until December 18 as well as Monday, December 19, through Friday, December 23. Carriage rides are complementary and available first come, first served; the carriage will not run during inclement weather.

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SURGEONS RECEIVE RECOGNITION FOR SUPERIOR PATIENT SATISFACTION Four Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound surgeons were recently nationally ranked in the 99th percentile for patient satisfaction via Press Ganey surveys. Recognized were Jeffery S. Cantrell, M.D., Orthopedic Associates; M. Bradley Evans, M.D., Associates of ENT Surgery; Patrick W. Shovlin, III, M.D., FACS, Associates of Surgery; Chad E. Treece, M.D., FACS, Associates of Surgery. Press Ganey provides patient satisfaction surveys, management reports and national comparative databases for the integrated health care delivery system.

DALLAS ARBORETUM PLANS END-OF-YEAR CHILDREN’S EVENTS On December 22, from 1 to 3 p.m., join the TECH (Tinker, Engineer, Create, Hack) Truck staff from the Perot Museum in The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden at the Dallas Arboretum for a hands-on experience where the only limit to creating is your brain! Then from December 24 to 31, the children’s garden will host a week of blowout programs. The schedule will be jam packed with exciting, educational programs. Fan of their plant lab? Stop by every day for a different lab experience before the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden closes for preventive maintenance until February 24. Go online for more details, DallasArboretum.org.

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FMFD CHIEF HONORED FOR LEADERSHIP Congratulations to Flower Mound Fire Chief Eric Greaser, recently recognized as a recipient of the 2016 Fire News Outstanding Leadership Award. Chief Greaser was nominated by his colleagues, who highlighted ways this fire veteran has gone the extra mile to make a difference in the lives of others. Chief Greaser joined FMFD in 2014 and has played a pivotal role in transforming the department both organizationally and operationally, by forging relationships within the Town and public safety teams across the region. Chief Greaser traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, to accept this honor at the Firehouse Expo annual conference. WALLETHUB DETERMINES FLOWER MOUND AS ONE OF BEST SMALL TOWNS IN AMERICA In its most recent research detailing the best small towns in America, giving each a score of 1-99 to determine the best small cities in America, WalletHub’s analysts compared 1,268 cities across five key dimensions: 1) Affordability, 2) Economic Health, 3) Education & Health, 4) Quality of Life and 5) Safety. "For our sample, we selected cities with population sizes between 25,000 and 100,000 and considered only the 'city proper' in each case, excluding cities in the surrounding metro area," writes their panel of experts. Flower Mound received an impressive score of 97 with nearby Southlake (99), Allen (98), Coppell (97) and Keller (95) also garnering high scores. Small-town dwellers enjoy tighter networks, shorter commutes and an abundance of land, just to name a few advantages. Granted, there are tradeoffs such as perhaps fewer restaurant options or shorter business hours. But one of the best perks of living in a town with a relatively smaller population is cheaper cost of living — generally speaking, that is. WalletHub’s analysts compared 1,268 cities with populations between 25,000 and 100,000 based on 30 key indicators of livability. They factored in housing costs, school-system quality, safety and number of restaurants per capita, to name a few. To review the entire findings, go to WalletHub.com and read more. WalletHub is owned by Evolution Finance, Inc. and is based in Washington, DC.

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TOWN OF FLOWER MOUND LAUNCHES UPDATED WEBSITE With one click on Flower-Mound.com you’ll discover a fresher, cleaner design and a more mobile-friendly website for easy viewing on smartphones and tablets. The website still keeps residents engaged by featuring the latest news, a Town event and meetings calendar, quick links to the top-visited pages, and social media buttons. In addition, the updated homepage also showcases the latest Flower Mound TV videos in the “Stay Connected” section, providing easier access to the Town’s award-winning programming. “The Town’s website is the foundation for all of our communications,” says Molly Fox, director of communications. “With this improved design and functionality, our goal is to ensure that any resident, business owner or visitor can go to Flower-Mound.com and find exactly what they are looking for quickly and easily.” Residents will still have the ability to sign-up for email and/or text notifications through the popular “Notify Me” feature as well as pay their utility, alarm permit and court fees online. The site also allows access to Town Council, Board and Commission documents from 2007 forward. TOWN GIVES AWAY SEEDLINGS, PLANS TREE FARM In celebration of Arbor Day, the Town of Flower Mound Environmental Services Division gave away approximately 100 seedlings of various tree species to commemorate the holiday. The seedlings were distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis at Post Oak Park (4751 Flower Mound Road). The Town also planted an eastern redbud tree at Post Oak Park to commemorate Arbor Day. Looking forward, the Town of Flower Mound announced exciting plans to develop a two-acre tree farm at Green Acres Farm Memorial Park, located at 4400 Hide-A-Way Lane. The farm is scheduled be developed in two phases. Phase one will have approximately 1,000 seedlings planted on an acre of land. Phase two will be added in year three and will have additional seedlings planted on the remaining acre. The tree farm's seedlings will be raised and repotted to larger pots as the trees grow. In year four, the first trees should be large enough for transplant and distribution from the tree farm. The specific use of the trees is yet to be determined, but will be mostly used on town properties such as parks, street medians and open spaces.

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STATE SENATOR JANE NELSON RETAINS SEAT Incumbent Republican State Senator Jane Nelson won the 2016 Texas Senate general election for District 12 after running against Rod Wingo, a Libertarian candidate. Nelson, a Flower Mound resident, first took office in 1993 after winning the 1992 election. She currently chairs the Senate Finance Committee and is the first woman in Texas legislative history to chair a standing budget-writing committee. She also serves as Chairman of the Sunset Advisory Commission, and is the highest-ranking Republican in the Senate. Before becoming Chairman of the Finance Committee, she was the longest-serving Chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee. Senator Nelson has been ranked “most conservative” more times than any other State Senator. Her work on behalf of abused children, seniors, cancer survivors, domestic abuse victims and people with disabilities has earned her widespread praise.

FMHS MARCHING BAND WINS EVENTS; LISD SWEEPS 2016 UIL 6A STATE Flower Mound High School’s marching band won the Bands of America Super Regional in San Antonio, Texas. FMHS took first place in every category: Outstanding Music Performance, Outstanding Visual Performance and Outstanding General Effect. In addition, LISD swept the 2016 UIL 6A State Marching Band Contest with Flower Mound High School winning first place, Hebron High School taking second place and Marcus High School placing third.

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CHRISTMAS AT THE WHITE HOUSE RIGHT HERE IN NORTH TEXAS You don’t have to travel to Washington, D.C., to experience how the President of the United States and his family celebrate Christmas. From now until January 8, 2017, A Season of Merriment and Melody: Christmas at the White House is on display at The George W. Bush Presidential Center. Mrs. Laura Bush selected A Season of Merriment and Melody as the White House holiday theme in 2004, weaving a theme of holiday music and traditional Christmas carols throughout the White House decor. This celebration is replicated at the Bush Presidential Center. Please note, admission to the center is always free for active U.S. Military personnel and discounts are available for seniors and retired military.

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TEXAS’ CHRISTMAS CAPITAL PLANS CELEBRATIONS Celebrate the magic of Christmas in Grapevine, the Christmas Capital of Texas! Escape to SNOWLAND at the Great Wolf Lodge or create Christmas memories with a Lone Star Christmas package at the Gaylord

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LEWISVILLE'S WITHERSPOON DISTILLERY DELIVERS A LOCAL DISTILLING EXPERIENCE ONE HANDCRAFTED BATCH AT A TIME

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hen we talk about distilling, most of us connect the spirit with geography: Scotch comes from Scotland, tequila from Mexico, vodka from Russia, rum from the Caribbean, and everyone knows bourbon comes from Kentucky. Just don’t tell that to the founders of Witherspoon Distilleries. Quentin Witherspoon, Ryan DeHart and Natasha DeHart (pictured on page 20) blurred their passions with their business expertise and together founded North Texas’ Witherspoon Distillery—the home to Bonfire, River Rum, Witherspoon’s Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey and Witherspoon’s Single Malt Scotch. “North Texas is where we all call home—a place that has welcomed us with open arms,” says Natasha DeHart, chief revenue officer. “The Lone Star State has such a rich history of independence, pride and strength, we wanted to make bold, flavorful spirits worthy of their origin. We couldn’t ask for a better place for our business to lay down roots.”

THE FOUNDING FAMILIES Although Quentin Witherspoon is a fifth-generation Texan, he learned his craft straight from the source. He began tinkering with distillation while in the Central African Republic as a U.S. Marine and then learned the art of moonshining in South Carolina. He even spent time in Puerto Rico learning to make rum. Following his military career with the Marines and Homeland Security, Witherspoon eventually returned to North Texas ready to start the next phase of his life; he currently lives in Flower Mound with his wife, Michelle, and their two children and is a master distiller. “By chance, we all moved to the DFW area around the same time, ran into each other and started discussions about opening a distillery together,” says Natasha. “In 2011, that became a reality.” In October, Witherspoon Distillery celebrated one year at its Charles Street location in Lewisville. Natasha’s husband, Ryan, chief financial officer, served in the Marines with Witherspoon. He worked for Siemens Enterprise Communications in Munich, Germany, followed by a stint with Hewlett Packard Enterprise in Plano. An avid home-brewer, Ryan employs the right mix of discipline, business acumen and passion for spirits to build Witherspoon Distillery fm STYLE Magazine

“Above all else, quality, consistency and our customers will always remain our highest priority.” Natasha DeHart, co-founder, Witherspoon Distillery into a breakout success. Natasha wears several hats at Witherspoon; she handles business development and customer relations and brings 15 years of sales and leadership experience—both domestic and international—to the company. She’s passionate about home-brewing and about Witherspoon Distillery’s mission of producing small-batch, quality spirits in a welcoming, family-friendly environment. “There are some great distilleries out there, but rather than compare ourselves with them, we are focused on forging our own path,” she says.

AN ENTERTAINING EXPERIENCE Witherspoon Distillery is open to the public, with live music and a visiting food truck every Friday and Saturday. The venue remains family-friendly and, outside of special events, no tickets or reservations are required. Customers have come to love shimmying up to the full craft cocktail bar, which is complete with house-made liqueurs, bitters DEC 16 • 19


and creative spirit infusions. Witherspoon also offers plenty of nonalcoholic options, including a number of house-made sodas and fresh-squeezed juices. For the cocktail menu, expect a full range of spirits, including brandy, gin, agave spirit, vodka and more. For both the bar and for the retail market, Witherspoon makes several varieties of rum and whiskey. Part of the Witherspoon experience is enjoying live music on their expansive patio, food trucks on the weekends and evening distillery tours, where you can learn about everything involved in distillation, from fermentation to bottling. The team shows no signs of slowing down, either, even while staying true to their roots. “We’ve kept our goals modest to ensure consistency and quality, which could be put at risk by explosive growth,” says Natasha. “We are growing consistently and will likely need to expand operations in the next few years, but keeping our Texas customers happy comes first.” Witherspoon Distillery is not alone in its pursuit of small batch production. Across Texas, small distilleries appeal to those captivated by the farmto-table trend. Now it’s not only cool to eat what local famers produce but also hip to sip what local distillers bottle. A huge boost to the boon came late in 2013 when Senate Bill 905 allowed Texas distilleries to sell directly to consumers—in bottles Natasha DeHart, co-founder, Witherspoon Distillery and by the glass. The bill opened up opportunities for places like Witherspoon Distillery to interact more directly with consumers and create entertainment venues out of production facilities. “Because we handcraft all our spirits, each one is unique. Everything we make is small batch,” Natasha says. “Every bottle that goes out the door has been hand-bottled by one of us, or by one of our wonderful bottling party volunteers. We have our hands in every step of the process, from grain to glass.”

“The Lone Star State has such a rich history of independence, pride and strength, we wanted to make bold, flavorful spirits worthy of their origin.”

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•B  onfire got its name from an actual fire that broke out while testing Witherspoon’s experimental cinnamon rum.

The current distillery was previously the Old Town Lewisville Piggly Wiggly grocery store.

•W  itherspoon Distillery was founded by two former U.S. Marines. • Quentin Witherspoon first learned

to distill spirits using water distillation equipment while stationed with the Marines in the Central African Republic, and Ryan and Natasha count home-brewing as a side-hobby.

•W  hen the whiskey is distilling, the whole building smells like a bakery. When they are distilling rum, it smells like butterscotch candy. •W  itherspoon’s whiskey bottle just got a facelift, and the new look is now in stores. • Witherspoon head distiller

Chris Leurig is the cover model for a benefit calendar, the 2017 North Texas Beerds Calendar, created by Dirtbag Charities to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. Order yours at DirtbagCharities.org/shop.

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Barbara Cravey ABC-Pediatrics | 830 Parker Square Road, Flower Mound 972.410.5297 | ABC-Pediatrics.com In response to the growing dilemma faced by families impacted by autism, ABC-Pediatrics now provides quality services that are accessible and reliable to the community. “Flower Mound and the surrounding areas were certainly in need of programs,” Cravey says. The center opened in July 2015 and a year later launched a camp-style school-age program that focuses on life-skills, academic support, socialization and 1:1 support to maximize each child’s unique abilities. ABC-Pediatrics partners with families to meet each child’s needs individually, while never forgetting that the whole child includes his or her family. “We provide hands-on, comprehensive training with every therapy,” Cravey says. Dedicated to serving families impacted by autism through Achievement, Balance, Community, Cravey and her team have significantly changed families’ lives. “We’ve been given this time to provide opportunities and experiences that allow staff, our clientchildren and their families to fulfill their potential and achieve their dreams,” says Cravey. 24 • DEC 16

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Nicole Smith Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty 682.472.2473 | NicoleSmith.net As a Realtor with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, Nicole is a part of the number one brokerage for homes valued over $500,000 in the DFW Metroplex, due to the level of exposure a home receives when listed with and marketed by Sotheby’s. Her team offers luxury level service for homeowners in all price ranges. Applying Zig Ziglar’s philosophy of: “You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want,” to her business acumen, Nicole strives to truly make a difference in the lives of her clients. “Homes are so much more than sticks and bricks,” she says. “They create the chapters in the story of our lives. My role is to handle the business piece of the home purchase or sale in such a way that minimizes stress instead of adding stress to an already stressful process.” fm STYLE Magazine

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Ray David, Jr. PointBank | 4920 Long Prairie Road, Flower Mound 972.434.3200 | pointbank.com Independent, locally owned PointBank has served our communities since 1881, making it the oldest bank in North Texas and the longest standing financial institution across Denton County. PointBank continuously invests in the latest advancements in technology and is amongst the first to bring them to Denton County. “While we are constantly looking for more innovative ways to be at the top of our industry, you can walk in and still shake hands with the president,” says David. “Every customer is treated like our only customer.” When it comes to products and services, David prides himself on running a bank that grows and adapts to customers’ needs. For area entrepreneurs, that means having a bank willing to provide loans to start, grow or even enhance their businesses. “Unlike bigger banks, we have the opportunity to know the person behind the business,” David says. “Our motto this year is, ‘We loan it. You grow it.’”

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Albert Gutierrez | General Manager Kwik Kar of Flower Mound | 2212 Long Prairie Road 972.355.8531 | GoKwikKar.com Albert Gutierrez has loved cars since he was a kid and has been an auto technician for 36 years. “My dad owned an auto parts store when I was little,” he says. “It is in my DNA.” So when people come in to Kwik Kar with questions about their vehicles, Albert is all ears. “We are here to be helpful.” From the outside looking in, it might seem that Kwik Kar offers only oil changes, but each employee has at least 10 years of hands-on experience in all areas of service. “And they love cars as much as I do,” says Albert. “We give customers an alternative to the high cost of taking their cars to the dealer for repairs and maintenance.” In fact, his motto is: Dealership quality service at an independent price. “Everything we do is for the benefit of the customer,” says Albert, who also takes great pride in servicing luxury and vintage automobiles.

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LIVE LOCAL OBSERVE GLOBAL FAMILIES WEAVE INTERNATIONAL TRADITIONS INTO CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS

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orn and raised in India, Bhavna Vashisht moved to the United States when she was 25. When you drive past her Flower Mound home around Christmastime, you might

not guess that she and her family are Hindu. They participate in the parade of Christmas homes and decorate with Christmas trees and holiday décor. Vashisht’s daughter plays carols on the piano, and the family loves to bake cookies and exchange Christmas gifts with friends. “Everyone celebrated everything where I grew up in India—there was no demarcation or separation in terms of holidays,” says Vashisht, whose family is the only one from India on her cul-de-sac. “When I came to the United States, I simply continued this tradition.” by Annette Brooks

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Our world has evolved into a global village, an d commu n iti es woven throughout DFW reflect our nation’s rich, multicultural fabric. Together, residents from various religious backgrounds and ethnicities observe ChristAdd a little global mas in Flower Mound. adventure to your As citizens of the world, celebrations by sharing they embrace seasonal a Christmas treat from traditions from a myriad another country with of cultures and share in your friends and family. the universal message of SWEDEN – Whip up peace on earth and goodsome ostakaka, a will to mankind. custard-like cheeseThe Vashisht housecake topped with hold’s festivities include whipped cream and lingonberries. Christian traditions along with preparing for Santa’s CHINA – Get the kids arrival. The family lights a involved in making menorah during Hanukkah a Chinese favorite: and, on their bookcases, fancy pink and purple you will find delightful cellophane-wrapped gourmet apples. children’s books about a variety of religions. CANADA – Pick up “We have fun celebratChicken Bones, a spicy ing nonreligious holidays cinnamon-flavored from around the globe, candy with a hard shell and filled with too, such as Chinese New chocolate. Year and the American Thanksgiving,” Vashisht PHILIPPINES – Delight says. “It’s just another your family with bingka, way we integrate different a delicious dense and cultural traditions into our chewy rice-coconutcheese cake. daily lives and our home.” Madhuri Rao emigrated KENYA – Your family to America 18 years ago. and guests will love She says Flower Mound kaimati, a Swahili feels as much like home delicacy. These sweet fried dumplings as her hometown in are coated with a India. Like the Vashishts, cardamom syrup. the Rao family goes all out at Christmas. “I went to a Catholic school in India and hung out at the church, so Christianity was familiar to me when I came to the U.S.,” she says. “I believe in embracing the goodness in all religions.” Rao and her family began with a small tree and have progressed to a much larger one complete with a fm STYLE Magazine

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nativity scene, as well as many exterior decorations. “My kids were pretty influential in my decision to actively participate in the Christmas holiday festivities,” says Rao. “Seeing everyone else and their friends celebrating, they wanted to be part of it, too. I love it as well.” They also celebrate American Thanksgiving, and then in January, Rao cooks a feast again for Indian Thanksgiving. She admits, “After Indian Thanksgiving is over in January, I’m ready for a break from nearly two months of holiday cooking and baking!”

EXTENDING INVITATIONS Vashisht looks for opportunities to include her friends and neighbors during holidays. She often invites them to her Diwali dinner party, honoring the Hindu festival of lights. “We’re as interested in sharing our traditions and celebrations with our friends as we are in incorporating theirs into our lives,” she says. “I was elated when I picked up Diwali Forever Stamps at the post office. It was exciting that the country I call home recognized Diwali in this type of national display.” All around us, people will honor their faiths and traditions in ways that are special to them. Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25, starting with Advent, the fourth Sunday before Christmas. And, this year, Jews celebrate Hanukkah from December 24 through New Year’s Day. If your friends, neighbors or coworkers share a faith different than yours, extend some goodwill by wishing them peace and joy as they celebrate their holidays. And don’t be shy about inviting others to learn about your traditions or accepting invitations to celebrate theirs. Our great country has always championed acceptance and inclusion, while embracing the unique heritage in each person’s DNA, and communities thrive when we get to know each other better. 30 • DEC 16

Join in the fun of celebrating Christmas as you know it, while incorporating a tradition or two from your ancestral heritage. Gift giving occurs on the feast of Epiphany (January 6) in Mexico, not on Christmas, and on Epiphany Eve (January 5) in Russia and the Ukraine. In Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, people celebrate on Christmas Eve by throwing confetti, taking pictures and enjoying Christmas decorations and lights. Children in Holland receive gifts in wooden shoes or clogs instead of Christmas stockings. It is tradition in Ireland to leave mince pies and a bottle of Guinness for Santa. Portuguese children keep their shoes along windowsills and doorways on Epiphany eve and fill them with carrots and straw to lure the horses of the Three Wise Men to their households. In the morning, they collect gifts and the goodies left in their shoes.

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HOLIDAY CHEER Gifts to dazzle everyone on your list

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1. FOR THE FASHIONISTA PICASSO NECKLACE Collections by Joya offers jewelry created by artisans across the globe. This stunner is made in America from Ethiopian brass beads, Amazonite rock chain and Czech Picasso beads that pair nicely with a long chain or can be worn all on its own; 18 inches long with a two-inch extender. CollectionsByJoya.com | $78.95

2. FOR THE ENTERTAINER A-FRAME WINE RACK WITH CHALKBOARD What’s on the menu? Chianti or cab? Display your favorite vino with a whimsical greeting, a favorite quote or a nod to the label you’re serving. Small but serviceable, this rack holds up to six bottles and is crafted from wood, metal and slate. Cost Plus World Market in The Highlands of Flower Mound | $29.99

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3. FOR THE ADVENTURER HERO5 BLACK BY GOPRO The latest installment of the GoPro, HERO5 Black features voice command, a touch screen and waterproof shooting without the cumbersome add-on housing. Billed as the best GoPro to date, the HERO5 Black is sure to please the outdoor adventurer on your Christmas list and is compatible with all GoPro accessories. Best Buy in Flower Mound | $399

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4. FOR THE OFF-ROAD KID XtC JR 24 DISC Giant bicycles pulls out all the stops with this 24-inch bike that’s as fabulous as it is functional. The ALUXX-grade aluminum frame is lightweight and durable and features stainless spokes, alloy hubs, 3x7-speed drivetrain, bell, kickstand and a healthy dose of awesomeness. Giant Lakeside | $390

5. FOR THE TRAVELER SAMSONITE GEOTRAKR 25" EXPANDABLE SPINNER Samsonite has done all it can to help you keep up with your bag. With an on-board electronic geo-tracking device, you can track your luggage from your smartphone. If only the GeoTrakR could keep up with your smartphone, too. Samsonite Company Store at Grapevine Mills | $350

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Perk Up Your Usual Coffee GIVE YOUR JAVA A JOLT FROM JURA

C DETAILS Price: $1,899 - $1,999 Dimensions: 11" x 13.8" x 17.3" Adjustable coffee spout: 2.6" – 4.4" Bean capacity: 10 oz. Water capacity: 64 oz. Cable length: 47" Sur La Table in Park Village

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offee is the best part of waking up, but there are countless ways to brew it: French press, softbrew, percolator. Your morning cup of joe has come a long way from the classic Mr. Coffee on the kitchen counter. But when you crave more than just a quick jolt of caffeine, you might be tempted to head to your favorite coffee shop. Let the barista pour that perfect flat white or espresso, right? Not anymore. With the Jura E8 Automatic Coffee Center, your kitchen becomes your own personal coffeehouse. The Jura E8 is inspired by the world’s best baristas and allows you to achieve coffee nirvana without leaving home. So go ahead—keep those slippers on. Featuring bean-to-cup freshness, this sleek countertop coffee center is equipped to prepare 12 different café-style drinks at the push of a button. It’s designed with Jura’s cutting-edge Pulse Extraction Process, which allows you to brew specialty coffees with an intensity and breadth of aromas that go far beyond what your standard coffee maker can produce. Ready to try your

hand at a little coffee wizardry? The machine makes it easy to brew the perfect cup thanks to one-touch controls, a multi-level grinder, integrated frother and automatic filter detection. Plus, a bright TFT color display allows you to see what you’re brewing in those early-morning or late-night coffee sessions. Do you love a bold cup but your spouse prefers a milder brew? With eight coffee strength levels, everyone in your family can enjoy a cup fine-tuned to their personal preference. You can even program up to six custom drinks. (How’s that for having something to get excited about in the morning?) The coffee center also features a height-adjustable spout to accommodate a wide range of mug sizes. No detail was overlooked with the Jura E8; every feature was designed to deliver the richest, most aromatic coffee and espresso possible. Fine-foam technology produces feather-light frothed milk, and an Intelligent Pre-Brew Aroma System develops the maximum flavor from any blend or roast of coffee. And thanks to a six-level AromaG3 grinder, you’ll get an optimal grind every time. The coffee center delivers high-quality brews, but it’s not high-maintenance. With integrated rinsing, cleaning and descaling programs, it’s hassle-free to maintain. You can program the switch-off time or turn to energy-save mode to help conserve power. With the Jura E8 Automatic Coffee Center gracing your kitchen countertop, you may never visit a coffee shop again. Your favorite barista will miss you.

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All the Traditions of Brazilian Churrascarias in a Unique and Modern Dining Experience.

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Do One Thing and Do It Best THE MANTRA AT EMPORIUM PIES PROVES TO BE A RECIPE FOR SUCCESS

I EMPORIUM PIES 107 S. Tennessee Street McKinney 214.491.1577 EmporiumPies.com

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f there’s a universe without pie, then we don’t want to live in it. But if you’ve ever attempted to bake one from scratch, you know how laborious homemade pie can be. And trying to achieve the perfect crust? Well, that’s an art form all its own. Megan Wilkes and Mary Sparks perfected the artistry of pie crafting and peddled their delicious desserts at farmers markets and restaurants in 2011. Within a year, the duo had amassed enough business to open a brickand-mortar bakery in the tony Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff. In 2013, Emporium Pies’ second location opened in historic downtown McKinney. This fall, they opened a third shop in Deep Ellum. From the looks of things, Emporium Pies might soon become a revolution.

“We opened a shop because we thought it would be a good venue for our community,” Wilkes says. “Where else can you meet a friend or go on a date and eat something delicious for less than $10?” Wilkes says the first location soon became overrun with pie-seeking patrons, so the second shop in McKinney helped spread the business a bit. “We sold out of pies all the time,” she recalls. The response to Emporium Pies has definitely exceeded the business partners’ expectations, but neither one plans to grow too fast, too soon. “We are an owner-operated company and we do it all, so we are committed to ensuring we produce a quality product,” Wilkes says. Sparks develops the recipes while Wilkes focuses on the business side of the counter.

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While Emporium Pies stocks whole pies for folks to enjoy at home (or in the parking lot—we won’t judge), many customers appreciate the nostalgic experience of sharing a slice of pie over coffee with a friend. “Even if you can find a restaurant that serves good pie, you feel obligated to order a meal, too,” Wilkes says. “Here you can just order pie.” With sweet shops specializing in treats such as cakes, cupcakes, ice cream and gelato, why pie? “Pies are a little challenging to make at home,” says Wilkes. “Pie crust is fickle, so people end up buying it from the grocery store and it’s just not as delicious. We knew we could make delicious pies and revive a lost art.” Plus, who has time to make pies from scratch— especially during the busy holiday season? “Our apple pie takes 12 hours to make from crust to completion,” Wilkes adds, saying she remembers making pies with her grandmother, but her mother didn’t invest the time. Besides the American classic apple pie (aka Lord of the Pies), Emporium Pies has rolled out so many delicious options, we can’t decide which to try first. Emporium’s take on pumpkin pie, Drop Dead Gourdgeous, features a gingerbread crust and a spicier custard filling than conventional recipes. Expect the pecan pies here (The Drunken Nut) to have a richer, deeper flavor due to caramelized brown sugar, bourbon and butter instead of corn syrup. Merry Berry features a tartly delicious blend of cranberry and pecan filling over a signature salty crust and topped with a sugar cookie. “We like to say that if a cranberry muffin and a sugar cookie had a baby, it would be this,” Wilkes says. Buttermilk pies are a Texas tradition, so Emporium Pies adds a hint of chai spice and calls its version a Buttermilk Blitzen. And if dessert isn’t dessert unless it’s chocolate, Emporium Pies understands. Try Father Christmas— an icebox pie featuring a chocolate cookie crust topped with peppermint filling and finished with whipped cream with peppermint on top. Because the winter pie menu is the most popular—yet runs the shortest span of time—we suggest getting your orders in early. You can call the shop or order online. If you want to try before buying a whole pie (or a dozen or 100), each location serves pie by the slice and has seating for dining in. “After we open for the day, it’s first-come, first-served,” Wilkes says, “and you might have to wait in line.” Loyal Emporium Pies customers know firsthand that pies sell out, but the experience is worth the wait in line. Emporium Pies has been a part of many special occasions—from holiday meals and weddings to first dates and even engagements right in the shop. “We’ve had couples who had their first dates here, so they came back to get engaged,” Wilkes says. “It’s great to be a part of people’s special times.” Let’s raise a fork to sweet celebrations all year long!

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When a television producer looked for a local restaurant to use as the set of a pilot he was shooting, Dido’s Urban Grill fit the bill. When area schools need a place to hold a fundraising event, Dido’s Urban Grill steps up. And when a talented young man wanted to showcase his guitar skills—and earn a little money for college—Dido’s provided the venue. For a fairly new local restaurant, Dido’s Urban Grill has eagerly embraced its neighbors and established itself as a cool venue with an equally notable menu. The DiDominick family opened the restaurant in July 2015, putting son Gary in the kitchen to run the grill and create recipes. “Gary attended the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco (an affiliate of Le Cordon Bleu) and always wanted to open his own restaurant,” his dad, Ernie, says. But opening a venue in California requires a significant investment, so Gary’s parents, Pam and Ernie, convinced him to move back to North Texas. Together, the family found the perfect location for a California-type gastro pub in Flower Mound—a space near the busy FM 2499 and 3040 intersection that provides easy access for people coming into town. Creating a concept was easy; finding a fitting name was a little harder. Dido’s (pronounced dee-doughs) is derived from the family’s last name; ‘urban grill’ reflects Gary’s move from the big city back home. Patrons have embraced both the concept and the family’s scratch-made menu fare, which changes to reflect seasonal offerings. Daily specials are featured on the chalkboard with happy hour specials from the bar every day of the week.

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Expect the unexpected here—like a fun take on the chicken-and-waffles craze: Chicken and Mac Waffles. Picture waffle batter blended with mac-n-cheese, pressed into a waffle iron and then topped with tender chicken thighs, drizzled with bourbon maple syrup and served with a side of baby greens. Aren’t you intrigued? Dido’s popular weekend brunch, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., features bottomless mimosas, eggs benedict (now with crab cakes) and shrimp and grits along with sandwiches, curry coconut fresh muscles, Scottish salmon and handmade sausages. “Our menu features what’s in season, fresh and plentiful,” Ernie says. Be sure to save room for dessert or come in for coffee and a sweet anytime. Try Pam’s homemade carrot cake—a recipe handed down from her grandmother—or chocolate bread pudding. Or go all out and order the Fluffernutter—peanut butter and bananas rolled in Panko and deep fried. Dine in, carry out or set up a menu for a few or a crowd. Dido’s Urban Grill now offers catering—just in time for the holidays. Just be sure to add Dido’s Urban Grill to your holiday to-do list. Eating here might just become habit-forming—a habit you won’t want to break in the New Year.

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Satisfy Your Cravings Starwood Café serves the three most important meals of the day—breakfast, brunch and lunch Starwood Café is one of those places that feels as though it has been part of Flower Mound forever, so we were surprised to learn that only two and a half short years ago it opened in Robertson’s Creek shopping center. A favorite after-church spot for brunch or for a late breakfast or early lunch during the week, Starwood Café features palate-pleasing plates of downhome cooking and has earned a loyal following. “We have really great food and such personable service, that people keep coming back,” says Kimberly Almeida, general manager. “In fact, a gentleman told me recently that he orders the same thing every time he comes in and said we serve the best breakfast in the state.” Imagine what he’d say if he got a little more adventurous with the menu! Open every day from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Starwood Café has perfected recipes designed to start your day off right. From their famed Tuscan Omelet to their Whole Hog Skillet—featuring layers of hash browns, sausage, smoked Applewood bacon, ham, eggs and cheese—you have no excuse for leaving here hungry. Or if you’re feeling a little ooh-la-la, order the Very Berry Crepes, featuring fresh strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries stuffed into delicious crepes and dusted with powdered sugar.

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If coffee is your beverage of choice, the no-frills but unusually good Columbian coffee by Farmer Brothers is reason enough to stop by the café. Almeida admits to being a coffee connoisseur and says people come to Starwood Café for the coffee alone. “We don’t serve espressos or cappuccinos, but we do have flavored creamers,” she says, if you like your cup of joe fancy like that. Beyond the breakfast and brunch menu, explore sandwiches, salads, wraps, paninis, burgers and all the sides, plus favorites including chicken fried steak and chicken fried chicken. For those who crave something sweet after their meal, look for a few select desserts on the menu during the holiday season. Italian cream cake, pumpkin pie and bread pudding with lemon sauce and toasted walnuts will appear in rotation for a limited time. When the weather permits, Starwood Café diners flock to the outdoor patio for a bit of fresh air and a view of the garden. Or you can always get your meal to-go, including fried chicken for a few or a crowd. Sunday is definitely the café’s busiest day, so if you want to avoid a wait, come during the week when reservations are accepted or take a chance on an open table. Groups can reserve the patio or tables indoors. Trust us when we say, Starwood Café is the place to start your day.

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AN EVENING OF CELEBRATION Laser lights and rolling fog greeted guests at the 13th annual GRACE Gala—Angels Among Us celebration on October 22 at the Irving Convention Center. Gala co-chairs Ashley and Andy Cunningham welcomed nearly 780 guests to a night of performance art, auctions, celebrities and more. GRACE executive director Shonda Schaefer was serenaded in honor of her 10-year anniversary with GRACE. Jamie Wooldridge, president of Berkeys Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical, was honored with the 2016 Angel of GRACE Award.

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SANTA SPEAKS THE JOLLY OLD ELF TELLS US WHAT IT’S LIKE BEING THE MOST POPULAR GUY IN DECEMBER

Christmas comes just once each year, but the guy in the red suit spends months getting ready for one big night— kinda like the Dallas Cowboys preparing for the Super Bowl, except, well, Santa delivers every year. We caught up with the busiest dude in town to talk about what December means to him before he got too busy packing his sleigh and granting special wishes of Flower Mound girls and boys.

Wow, Santa. After all these years, we meet again. I’ve always wanted to know—did you ever consider another line of work? Oh, no! Never! The other day, I came across a letter from my friend John. He asked for some gifts, but he also wanted me to bring some presents for his sister. I could never consider another job. There are so many children who are so selfless and kind, it’s really a privilege to be Santa. What’s it really like working with all those elves? Well, it can be quite tedious at times. Thank goodness for Mrs. Claus. They respond so much better to her than I. They enjoy their breaks and playing outside with the reindeer. But in general, they can be such a joy to have on my team. You still find time to visit children to hear their wishes in person. Is there a request you can’t grant? One I get quite often—usually from an only child— is the wish for a brother or sister. I tell them that’s not in my hands. I can grant puppy wishes and kitty wishes, but to answer the request for a baby, that has to come from grace. When you’re in our neck of the woods, what are some of your favorite places to hang out? One would be Barnes and Noble in the Shops at Highland Village. Reading is one of those activities that never grows old. I also enjoy strolling through Main Street in Grapevine—during the holidays of course because of all the lights. But my favorite would be the Gaylord Texan at Christmas. There I can have a cup of coffee, sit back, take in all of the sights and sounds and relax watching all the families soak in the magic of Christmas! You seem well-suited for cold weather. Can we guess what your favorite sport is? I love baseball and got to see the Rangers play when I was in Texas this summer. I met some new friends at the stadium who weren’t sure if it was really me, since I was wearing a Rangers’ red shirt and not one with fur trim. I told the kids I was in disguise so I could check up on their brother. But my favorite

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sport is definitely ice hockey—if that was your guess. I’m a huge fan of the Montreal Canadiens and the Detroit Red Wings. We always leave a plate of cookies by the fireplace. Do you have a favorite cookie you’d like to request? They’re all wonderful, but chocolate chip and sugar cookies are my favorite. Or peanut butter. Or even Oreos. And a glass of milk is always nice. After Christmas, Mrs. Claus puts me on a very strict diet and makes me clean out the reindeer barn every day for exercise. I take it you’ve never met a cookie you didn’t like. Is that the best part about being Santa? Ho, ho, no! Getting to see smiles and the brightness in the children’s eyes is the best part. Being on the receiving end of all that joy makes me so glad that I chose to do what I do. We only see you in your fabulous red suit. Do you have a favorite ensemble you wear off-season? Mrs. Claus and I go south during the summer to soak in all the warmth we don’t get at the North Pole, so while there I wear shorts, Hawaiian shirts and sandals. Our favorite places are Belize, Key West [Florida] and Vera Cruz [Mexico]. Those places provide a nice break from minus 47 degrees. Those sound like awesome places to retire to. Is retirement anywhere in your near future? No, no, no! If at all possible, I’ll never pass the torch. The joy and happiness I receive keeps me young. Any advice for parents on how to get kids to stay off the naughty list this time of year? They shouldn’t tell their children that Santa won’t come to visit them if they don’t behave. I visit every house on Christmas Eve. But if they stay on the naughty list, a lump of coal could be coming their way instead of what they wished for. What gift would you want every child to have? Joy and happiness. There is just too much ugliness in the world right now. I would want for every child to have enough joy and happiness to last all year long.

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FLOMO GROWS FROM DIRT ROADS TO MULTIMILL ION-DOLLA R DEVELOPM ENTS, OUR COMMUNITY HAS EVOLVED INTO A THRIVING, FLOURISH ING TOWN

Talk to anyone who has lived in Flower Mound for a decade or longer, and you’ll hear tales of four-way stops that are now bustling, busy intersections complete with stoplights and additional turn lanes. Some reminisce about former pastures transformed seemingly overnight into housing developments. Speak with our senior citizens, and they’ll recall when Morriss Road

was a two-lane street “paved with dirt.” Today’s landscape reveals few similarities of the town of 50—or even five—years ago. Along with any town’s growth comes rises in property values and an enhanced quality of life for its citizens. Thriving communities attract new families who require new homes. Retail follows along with medical facilities, restaurants, parks and recreation, schools and services. As new developments sprout from our soil, behind the scenes our town’s employees and elected officials encourage growth while controlling rapid and intense urbanization. Although Flower Mound is a town by name, at 43 square miles, geographically it is the second largest municipality in Denton County behind Denton itself. Lewisville comes in a close third at 42 square miles; neighboring Highland Village is a scant 6.4 square miles and Coppell

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is 15 square miles in size. In 2001, a master

appreciate until they get their bill. Our tax

plan was established to balance Flower Mound’s

rates haven’t increased and home values are

tax base and grow commercially to establish

being protected.”

an 80/20 residential/commercial balance. Today

The average new home value for 2016 is

our town remains steady at 78/22, which repre-

$501,000, up 17 percent from $428,000 just four

sents a slightly lower tax burden on residents

short years ago, according to Flower Mound’s

than initially planned.

Local Economic Climate figures. Existing home

If You Build It … _________________ “Most people want good schools and roads, water that runs clean and toilets that flush,” says Tommy Dalton, Flower Mound’s assistant town manager. “A rising tide raises all ships. When people notice their taxes going up, it is because home values are rising—which people

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values continue to climb at an even greater rate. If you paid $250,000 for your home in 2011, expect your home, on average, to be worth $340,000 today—a 36-percent gain in only five years. While it might appear that new homes are springing up on nearly every corner, the rate of new home construction has remained fairly

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steady. In 2010, there were 22,940 households in Flower Mound; today 23,308 homes are standing. “The town issued just over 7,000 permits this year,” Dalton says, “but that includes new fences and water heaters, not just home construction. A little over 400 single family homes were issued permits.” Flower Mound’s average annual growth rate has remained steady at about one percent over the past 10 years. Drive through any DFW city and it’s obvious that the entire Metroplex is growing. However, Flower Mound, at only slightly above the national average (0.7 percent), is not experiencing the population explosions of some Texas cities. Georgetown (part of the Austin-Round Rock metro area) saw its population rise 7.8 percent between July

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Dirt is always on the move at Lakeside DFW.

2014 and July 2015, making it the nation’s fastestgrowing city (with a population of 50,000 or more), accord-ing to the United States Census Bureau. Texas was home to five of the 11 fastest-growing cities in the nation (Georgetown, Austin, New Braunfels, Frisco and Pearland), and five of the eight that added the most people (Houston, San Antonio, Fort Worth and Dallas were the others). Current population numbers show Flower Mound home to just over 68,000 residents; build-out projection is 108,000, which will likely happen by 2060.

… They Will Come _________________ Since the town’s incorporation in 1961, growth, period, has been an ongoing concern of Flower Mound’s citizens and its leadership. “Growth is

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ValuePenguin.com determined Flower Mound the safest place to live, of Texas communities with populations in excess of 50,000, in 2015 and 2016.

W  alletHub gave Flower Mound a score of 97 (out of 99) in its scoring of best small towns in America, with populations of 25,000 to 100,000. (Nov. 2016)

T he Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex ranked as the third fastest growing

difficult to predict,” Dalton says, “because we don’t know what the market is going to bring.” Also to consider is how that growth affects the environment, the safety of the community and the stress to its infrastructure including roads and amenities. Flower Mound’s Economic Development office does its best to attract quality commercial developers and is currently experiencing a downtrend after a robust surge of permits between 2010 and 2012. The office utilizes the North Central Texas Council of Governments for assistance in planning for common needs and coordinating for sound regional development. Today, Flower Mound is home to between 1,200 and 1,500 open commercial businesses. From May 2012 to June 2016, 501 new businesses opened in the town; between 38 and 40 percent of the total number of businesses were added in that period of time. Most of this growth has been seen in key areas along FM 2499, within Lakeside Business District and along Cross Timbers and Flower Mound Roads. From January 2013 to December 2015, 78 new medical offices opened including United Dermatology Associates of Flower Mound, TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre and Texas Oncology-Flower Mound, allowing residents increased access to local providers for health care. fm STYLE Magazine

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area in the U.S. by Forbes (January 2015) •

D  Magazine ranked Flower Mound eighth four years running in its Top Suburb List (2012, 2014)

Time and Money magazines ranked Flower Mound No. 12 on their lists of “Top Earning Towns.” (2014)

Following a 2013 Resident Survey requesting additional dining establishments, a concentrated effort was made to attract more restaurants to the area. Since January 2014, more than 50 new eateries have opened in Flower Mound—Carvao, The Table, Urbano, Verf’s, Dido’s Urban Grill and many more. On the south side of town, Lakeside DFW, a mixed-use project, enjoyed the opening of additional retailers this year as well as the ground-breaking of The Towers a high rise that touts views of Grapevine Lake and access to DFW Airport as major appeal to future residents. Recently announced new amenities include a 6,000-square-foot plaza overlooking Lake Grapevine and a residents-only dog park. “The plaza will extend approximately 80 feet toward the lake from the boardwalk,” explains Rebecca Everitt, a deveopment associate with Realty Capital. “The views of the water are beautiful from this spot.” DEC 16 • 47


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3. 1.T he Shops at Lakeside plans new tenants for 2017. 2. F  lower Mound’s first hotel nears completion at River Walk.

Farther north on 2499 and to the east, The River Walk at Central Park, a 158-acre mixed-use development, has completed much of its core construction of the waterways and landscaping plus some residential neighborhoods. Under construction now is an upscale Courtyard by Marriott, situated south of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound. Also planned is additional ground-floor retail with space for offices or residences above, restaurants, a 3000-seat amphitheater, famers market and a wedding chapel, plus over 46 acres of parks and open spaces. “Expect a flurry of activity soon,” says Bobby Dollak, civil engineer for Centurion American, the developers of The River Walk. “We have really upped the wow factor by moving some amenities to key locations.”

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3. L  ake-View Plaza is under construction.

Hand-in-hand with attracting new businesses is the town’s commitment to their success. While the national average for closure rates for new ventures is 34 percent, Flower Mound boasts an impressive low 6.9 percent average since 2012. Due to the town’s retention programs, Flower Mound is not cannibalizing itself or forcing out older businesses. Those entities that close do so most likely as a result of unique and specific conditions businesses naturally face in any competitive consumer market, reports the town’s Economic Growth Analysis. Overall, Flower Mound is in the midst of a period of planned growth and prosperity. With thoughtful care to the well-being and good health of its citizens and its economic framework, those entrusted with the future of our town deserve our appreciation for their continued efforts toward financial stability and a sound economic development focus. fm

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Winter Wanderings THREE UNIQUE ESCAPES TO EXPERIENCE DURING THE FROSTY SEASON

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Aspen’s Art Scene TheLittleNell.com Located in a remote area of the Rocky Mountains’ Sawatch Range, Aspen just might be the quintessential winter destination in Colorado. Originally settled as a silver-mining town, Aspen has grown up to be quite classy. A little bit artsy and a little bit homegrown, the city has more to offer than just supreme skiing and people watching. Enjoy galleries that feature works of art from all over the world in every media imaginable. And the city isn’t short on dance, music and

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theater arts either. Add to your weekend agenda watching a performance by the contemporary Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Company. The artistic side of Aspen flows into the restaurant and hospitality industry as well. Within the community’s only five-star, five-diamond hotel, The Little Nell, you’ll find original abstract works of art by internationally recognized painters, sculptors and photographers. In fact, the hotel has weaved art into its accommodations and dining experiences. Stay the weekend in one of The Little Nell’s six luxury suites—each named for a notable Aspen figure or location— oozing with contemporary charm and lavish amenities. The Roch Suite, named for Swiss mountaineer and skiing champion André Roch, is a 1,250-square-foot, one-bedroom space that includes two stone-clad gas fireplaces, wool carpeting and a steam shower and soaking tub. If looking for a palate-pleasing dining experience to match the hotel’s tone, a guest must only walk to The Little Nell’s signature restaurant, element 47 (as in the 47th element on the periodic table, silver). With a relaxed “Aspen casual” dress code, as locals call it, and a long wine list, the restaurant’s cuisine and atmosphere won’t disappoint.

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A Hideaway in the Pacific Northwest AlderbrookResort.com Nothing says spending the weekend sipping coffee in the rain— well, not actually in the rain—than a weekend getaway to Seattle, Washington. But if rain is not your cup of tea, and you’d rather relax in the mountains, the Alderbrook Resort and Spa is surrounded by the majestic Olympic Mountains and sits at the shores of Hood Canal. However, just because your weekend getaway may seem like a mountain retreat, you definitely won’t be roughing it. Alderbrook offers two types of accommodations: guestrooms and cottages. The two-bedroom cottages range from 600 to 650 square feet and include a fully equipped kitchen, luxury linens and a gas fireplace in the living room. Pets are welcome to join the family for the weekend, also. Fresh, local ingredients and seafood make for a great shore-to-table dining experience. The seafood harvested from the Puget Sound and the Hood Canal includes oysters, crab and the like. A weekend of relaxation doesn’t have to stop at sleeping and eating; there are many activities to choose from during your stay at Alderbrook. Golfing, hiking and boating are just a few pursuits worth trying.

Tennessee’s Hidden Inn BlackberryFarm.com In 1976, a Tennessee couple opened their residence, Blackberry Farm, to the public as a six-room country inn. Located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee, Blackberry Farm has since grown into a 4,200-acre estate complete with a wellness center, three dining choices, a brewery, a wine cellar, a barn and a variety of

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accommodations that far surpass the six rooms offered in ’76. With access to another 5,000 acres of private wilderness, Blackberry Farm is a resort located on a working farm. With the nearest southern city 45 minutes away, a stay at the farm is truly a weekend escape from modern-day life. There doesn’t have to be snow-covered ground for you to enjoy a weekend winter getaway. Trade in your skis for a bow and arrow or a fly-fishing rod. And why warm yourself by a communal fire pit when you can escape to Blackberry Farm’s Deep Healing Woods to experience forest bathing? (Think mental clarity, not soap and water.) There are enough outdoor activities to feed your soul and thirst for relaxation, and there are three restaurants on site to fill your belly. Described as “Foothills Cuisine,” the rugged-meets-gourmet food served at each of the farm’s eateries is the creation of more than just a butcher and baker. A chef, master gardener, cheese maker, forager, jam lady, chocolatier, restaurant manager and sommelier each put their passion behind whatever dish is served. If nostalgia is one of the factors drawing you to Blackberry Farm, the estate rooms are the original inn rooms dating back to the 1970s. Period antiques give each of the rooms a step-back-intime feel. If, however, you are looking for a little more modern luxury, the Hill Cottage accommodations include a screened-in porch complete with rocking chairs, and indoor necessities such as high-speed internet, flat-screen televisions and surround sound for the whole cottage.

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A Musical Extravaganza Prepare for a flurry of lasers and magical crescendos from the legendary Trans-Siberian Orchestra

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Founder of Trans-Siberian Orchestra Paul O’Neill says, “We have two stages—with pyro, light and lasers—on both sides of the arena, as well as in the crowd and the best sound we can find. There are no second-class seats at a Trans-Siberian Orchestra show. I want people to walk out of our shows speechless and still not believing what they have seen was possible.” At press time, tickets were still available for both shows, ranging in price from $37.50 to $77.50, but who knows how long they will last? Act now to make this Christmas season the most unforgettable one yet.

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re you feeling sluggish? Are holiday treats weighing you down? Then get moving! You still have time to lighten up this holiday season by training for the Dallas Jingle Bell Run! Since 2009, the Trinity Strand Trail and the Mavs Foundation have sponsored this familyfriendly and festive holiday race in the Metroplex. So strap on your sneakers and Santa hats and bring the whole family for either the one-mile walk or the 5K run through the Dallas Design District. This year’s race will take place Wednesday night, December 21, with the one-mile walk beginning at 6:30 p.m. and the 5K kicking off at 7 p.m. Online registration is available now, with reduced prices for kids 10 and under. Packet pick-up is at Luke’s Locker (on Mockingbird Lane near SMU) between December 17 through 20, and race-day registration opens at 4 p.m. the afternoon of the event. Every participant gets a T-shirt and bells, so be prepared to jingle all the way through Dallas! You can register your entire family or group at DallasJingleBellRun.com. Both the one-mile run and the 5K are open to wellsocialized and non-aggressive dogs and to stroller-pushers. After your race is complete, be sure to stick around for post-race festivities at the Hilton Anatole, complete with food, music and beverages for the entire family, with entertainment by the Mavs Dancers and the Crazy ManiAACs. Bonus: Parking is free! Proceeds from the race support the Mavs Foundation and the Strand Trail.

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ARTS & CULTURE events MERCYME WITH THE DALLAS POPS DECEMBER 16 AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER, DALLAS | Billed as the “Holiday Event of the Year,” Texas natives MercyMe return from their world tour to play a special evening with the Dallas POPS orchestra on December 16. The Christian band, with hits like “I Can Only Imagine,” will sing from a litany of Christmas favorites and their own awardwinning albums. You won’t want to miss this special night of uplifting tunes and Christmas joy, so purchase your tickets soon: They’re going fast!

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DECEMBER 10 AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER | If you are up for a special night with someone you love, why not surprise him or her with tickets to Andrea Bocelli? This will be a night to remember. Don’t wait! Tickets are going fast to see one of the best tenors in the world. This is a limited American tour, as Bocelli will sing in only eight U.S. venues, with Dallas being one of them. In this concert, he’ll sing from his latest album, Cinema, and will also perform his trademark arias and love songs. The show is guaranteed to give you all the feels! CHRISTMAS PARADE AND TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY DECEMBER 10 GERAULT PARK | Flower Mound may be growing, but nothing beats the small-town feel of our 27th annual Christmas parade and tree lighting! Gather your family together for this Christmas tradition that is unique to Flower Mound and makes it one of the reasons you love to call Flower Mound home. This year’s theme is Candy Land Christmas. Be prepared for lighted floats, food trucks, choir performances, carriage rides and photos with Santa. We can't wait to see you there!

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS THROUGH DECEMBER 21 DALLAS CHILDREN’S THEATER, | What’s better than a children’s stage performance of a holiday television classic? The Dallas Children’s Theater is thrilled to produce “A Charlie Brown Christmas” this holiday season. Come see the whole Peanuts gang—Charlie Brown, Lucy, Snoopy, Linus and the rest—as together they learn the real meaning of Christmas. This is a great show for ages four and up. Watch as your children’s faces light up with amazement as an animated classic comes to life! CASA MAÑANA CHILDREN'S THEATRE: SANTA CLAUS—A NEW MUSICAL THROUGH DECEMBER 23

THE TEXAS TENORS IN CONCERT DECEMBER 13 - 17 PALACE THEATRE, GRAPEVINE | What do you get when you mix a country crooner, a pop star and an opera sensation? It’s the Texas Tenors, and they’re coming back to Grapevine to delight audiences for five days of shows at the Palace Theatre. These three classically trained tenors were already career singers before their big break on America’s Got Talent six years ago. Since then, they’ve performed for audiences around the world and look forward to serenading fans deep in the heart of Texas again.

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CASA MAÑANA, FORT WORTH | What do you do when Santa Claus announces his retirement after delivering toys to girls and boys around the world for over a thousand years? You find a replacement Santa, and pronto! The search is on for the new Santa this season as Casa Mañana Children’s Theatre trains Santa’s replacement just in time for Christmas Eve in “Santa Claus—A New Musical.” Bring your own little elves for a whimsical show full of holiday cheer.

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ARTS & CULTURE events JOHN DENVER—ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS DECEMBER 23 MEYERSON SYMPHONY CENTER, DALLAS | The Dallas Symphony Orchestra is ready to take Texans straight to deep powder and Rocky Mountain melodies with John Denver—Rocky Mountain Christmas. In this heartwarming tribute to the late singer, Jim Curry, a singer long-devoted to John Denver’s music, shares his hopes for peace, humanity and love by performing classics such as “Annie’s Song,” “Rocky Mountain High,” and “Christmas for Cowboys.”

KATHY BURKS THE NUTCRACKER THROUGH DECEMBER 21 DALLAS CHILDREN'S THEATER | Who’s the puppet, now? In Kathy Burks’ world, everyone can enjoy the spectacular show of The Nutcracker in puppetry. Bringing together Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, life-sized puppets and amazing special effects, this critically acclaimed adaptation is sure to delight both the young and the young at heart. Known as one of the finest puppet companies in the world, Kathy Burks Theater of Puppetry Arts is also the oldest in the American southwest and has produced shows continuously since 1973. Come and experience this dazzling holiday puppet show!

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THE EISEMANN CENTER, RICHARDSON | If you’re looking for an upbeat, modern, hip-hop retelling of an old favorite, make plans to attend The Hip Hop Nutcracker, where Marie-Clara and her Nutcracker Prince travel back in time to the 1980s, when her parents originally met in a nightclub on a fateful New Year’s Eve. This show is full of dozens of dancers, a DJ and a wicked violinist. On the eve of Christmas Eve, this show may very well become a new holiday favorite of your family!

FORT WORTH BOTANIC GARDENS | While the rest of us spend roughly 10 months a year not thinking about Christmas, the Fort Worth Botanic Garden staff is busy cultivating over 3,000 varieties of poinsettias in preparation for decorating their Garden Center and offices for the month of December. From Holly Berry and Pink Peppermint to Prestige, Marble, Winter Rose and Aggie, every possible poinsettia variety is arranged for you to enjoy. View multiple Christmas trees and a holiday train, all made from beautiful flowers!

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GOODYEAR COTTON BOWL JANUARY 2 AT&T STADIUM, ARLINGTON | There’s nothing better than a New Year’s bowl game to round out your holiday! The Cotton Bowl Classic, started in 1937, is one of the oldest and best of the college bowl games. Come on over to Arlington for a Saturday full of tailgating, friends and football and celebrate the New Year. Ticket packages are available now at the platinum, gold, silver and bronze levels, which include incredible discounts, complimentary parking and guaranteed club seats. Get your tickets now! THE SORCERER'S APPRENTICE JANUARY 5 - 8 MEYERSON SYMPHONY CENTER, DALLAS | Before the children go back to school and the young adults head back to college, take them for a night out with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at the Meyerson. Presenting The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, the world-renowned composer and conductor Matthias Pintscher debuts as conductor for this special performance with music from Debussy, Ravel, Dukas and Pintscher himself, in the Dallas premier of Mar'eh, performed by Karen Gomyo. This unforgettable performance is the perfect way to start 2017! RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS JANUARY 8

THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER | Maybe after all of your holiday entertaining, gift-wrapping, gift-giving, and hosting, you might just need a night out with old friends. Why not throw back to your college (or high school) days and throw down with Anthony Kiedis, Flea and the gang from the Red Hot Chili Peppers? They’re coming through Dallas on their latest tour, and they’re hotter than ever. With a combination of both new music and old favorites, the Peppers promise to give you just the escape you need after the holiday season is over.

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DALLAS ARBORETUM | Nothing can quite prepare you for the extravagance, beauty and stunning details of “The 12 Days of Christmas” in the Women’s Garden of the Dallas Arboretum. Watch with awe as each verse of this wellknown holiday carol comes to life in custom-designed and constructed gazebos. Each gazebo is lit with thousands of lights, mechanized parts that move to the music, and lifelike characters—all the way from the 12 lords a-leaping to the partridge in a pear tree.

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HIGHLAND VILLAGE TREE LIGHTING Cookie decorating, live entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides and a visit from Santa were all part of the Tree Lighting and Let It Glow Light Show Spectacular at The Shops at Highland Village. This annual event is presented by a cooperative venture between The Shops, The Highland Village Women’s Club and The City of Highland Village.

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