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the first step S TA F F & C O N T R I B U T O R S PUBLISHER Mike Tesoriero SALES & MARKETING DIRECTOR Nicole Tesoriero EDITOR Ashley Bradshaw


A new year’s like a blank page — a fresh start ready to be filled with memories, accomplishments and triumphs. After a tough 2020, I know I’m not the only one ready to turn over a new leaf and get going on all things 2021. But before jumping into all the changes ahead, it’s important to check where you’re starting from. Before making a resolution to finish a marathon, you have to take that first step. Thankfully, there are plenty of gym enthusiasts, like Dallas Cowboys legend DeMarcus Ware, ready to lead you on that journey. Learn more about how you can work out with him in person or virtually in our cover feature, “A Fitness Family.” Maybe you want to get more involved in your kids’ lives. However, you can’t jump in with two feet without knowing what’s happening in their district. You can read more about what the spring semester will look like at CISD and how teachers are handling changes in “Class Is (Still) In Session” and “Ask A...Teacher.” Or perhaps your focus is turned inward, and you’re honing in on your mental health. Before setting out to transform your wellness, it’s important to gauge where you’re at. Learn how to make that first small step and how the community at large benefits from transparent conversations in “Managing Mental Health.” No matter what your year’s plans include, it all starts with that first step. And, hopefully, that initial choice will make it easier to take on your 2021 goals.

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A FITNESS EMPIRE Former Cowboys great discusses his latest business ventures


TALKING TO A TEACHER CISD's Sherry Sickler discusses the 2021 spring semester


BREAKING IT DOWN Local professionals discuss the importance of talking about mental health

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Pieces Of Exercise Equipment For Your Home Gym Exercise Mat: For yoga or floor work, a quality mat will keep you comfortable during a workout. Jump Rope: This affordable cardio tool will get your heart pumping. Dumbbells: Whether you go for the 2- or 10-pound sets, these multi-purpose tools will help you feel the burn. Resistance Bands: Upgrade your strength training with a few elastic bands. Mirror: Check your form as you go by hanging a sleek, full-length mirror on the wall.

POLAR PLUNGE 2021 GRAPEVINE JANUARY 23 Are you ready to be freezin' for a reason? Take the Polar Plunge this month to support more than 12,000 local Special Olympics Texas athletes. Starting at 8 a.m., locals will gather at Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine to raise money for the organization that provides year-round sports training, competition and health and inclusion programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities in our community. Don't forget your costume, and mask, at home!


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Leading Southlake in Sales Significant Solds in 2020 6905 Rockingham Court | Colleyville* 820 N. Shore Drive | Highland Village 3404 Colgate Avenue | University Park 3049 Loch Meadow Court | Southlake* 3521 Chimney Rock Drive | Flower Mound 566 Aviator Drive | Fort Worth 1251 Biltmore Drive | Southlake 1257 Biltmore Drive | Southlake 1305 Mt. Gilead Road | Keller 402 Vintners Court | Grapevine 3809 Caruth Boulevard | University Park 1521 Meeting Street | Southlake 2515 Ralston Drive | Trophy Club 2328 Bridgewood Drive | Keller 1125 Savoy Lane | Southlake 313 Trail Dust Drive | Southlake

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Wynne and Perry Moore are an incredible team to work with. They are consummate professionals with a thorough understanding of their market and an expertise accrued from years of experience. Their recommendations in regard to preparing the house for market were on point and paid off, resulting in a quick sale and a relatively stress-free transaction. Best of all, they are just truly nice individuals who were easy to work and communicate with and who were readily accessible throughout the selling process.” —Ken & Jennifer P.

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sports epic is not complete without a moving montage. Whether it’s track athletes running down the beach in “Chariots of Fire” or fans cheering on the Panthers in “Friday Night Lights,” montages motivate viewers to get up and take on whatever challenges they face, making for inspirational entertainment choices ideal for the start of a new year. Everyone knows Rocky Balboa is the king of training montages, whether he’s running up the steps in his first film or scaling the snowy mountains in “Rocky IV.” But he isn’t the only boxer who displays perseverance as Robert De Niro, Hilary Swank and Mark Wahlberg also racked up wins round after round in “Raging Bull,” “Million Dollar Baby” and “The Fighter.” And few coaching sequences are as cherished as Mr. Miyagi teaching Daniel the crane and wax on, wax off in “The Karate Kid.” Denzel Washington also displays his sporting prowess in the basketball drama “He Got Game” and the high school football biopic “Remember The Titans.” Gene Hackman, Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Lucas also coached their own basketball teams in “Hoosiers,” “Coach Carter” and “Glory Road” while Michael Jordan threw on his old jersey to play with the Looney Tunes in “Space Jam.” Sean Astin inspires in the stirring true story of “Rudy,” and Brad Pitt saw the Oakland A’s through a rousing underdog season in “Moneyball.” Because no matter the sport, we all want to see our favorite cinematic athletes chase after their dreams.

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eMarcus Ware’s life looked quite different a few years ago. The outside linebacker played for the Dallas Cowboys before moving to the Denver Broncos and winning a Super Bowl ring. Playing in nine Pro Bowls, earning the First-Team All-Pro title four times and competing on season 27 of “Dancing With The Stars,” DeMarcus was always on the move. While he’s living out his NFL retirement in Southlake, DeMarcus isn’t slowing down. In July, he teamed up with his partner Angela Daniel and manager Randi Chapman to open 3Volt Fitness in Trophy Club. And last month, DeMarcus launched Driven To Win, a fitness app that provides another avenue showcasing his love of fitness. Whether it’s through his classes in the gym or his app’s content, DeMarcus is channeling his NFL experience and athleticism to bring people together. Even the new mayor of Trophy Club can be found at 3Volt working out. With a great team of people beside him and his drive keeping him going, DeMarcus Ware is creating a fitness empire in and around Southlake.


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electrify the community?’” The development, dubbed Trophy Club Town CenBorn in Auburn, Alabama, DeMarcus didn’t even step ter, places 3Volt in the heart of the action, surrounded foot on a football field until his junior year of high school. by retail spaces, apartments, townhomes and the Aloft But it wasn’t long before the 196-pound, 6’4” athlete Hotel. shined, making 55 tackles, seven sacks and becoming MVP With a plan in place, DeMarcus, Angela and Randi by the end of his senior season. came up with the name for their gym: 3Volt Fitness. His physical talent helped him forge ahead. Heading to The name is inspired by both the trio of owners and Troy University after high school at 255 pounds, DeMarcus the style of their gym — 3Volt offers three different played in his first college game in 2001. 45-minute classes, each offering a different style of “The guy who was starting in front of him got hurt,” Osi working out. Umenyiora, DeMarcus’ high school teammate, says via his Getting closer to their goal website. “They put him in on of opening a gym, it was time the very first play, and he ran 50 to look for their talent. Angela yards to chase somebody down and Randi sought out 3Volt’s from the other side of the footcurrent general manager Kay ball field...That’s when I knew he Vargas after taking a few of was going to be something.” her classes. In his final two college seaI wanted to be an oasis away “That’s how I met them and sons, he earned All-Sun Belt then they called me and asked Conference honors, was the Defrom your home, 45 minutes to me if I was interested in changfensive Player of the Year and ing because they were openan hour, where you can come in, was a finalist for the Hendricks ing up a studio here in Trophy Award, which is given yearly to you have fun but you get the Club,” Kay says. “[I joined] becollege football’s top defensive cause...we had three different end. DeMarcus was also the first results you want and you never formats that we could teach member of his family to graduhave to worry about — like we said and I taught all three already, ate college. and I could do it all in one In 2005, the NFL came callin college, the Freshman 15 place. And then I also had the ing. DeMarcus was picked 11th opportunity to be the general overall by the Dallas Cowboys — the COVID 15. manager here.” in the 2005 NFL Draft. And just DeMarcus, Angela and Ran15 years later, he is likely to be di also took future manager — DeMarcus Ware inducted into the Pro Football Pierre Brown’s classes at a Hall of Fame when he becomes gym in Dallas. eligible in 2022. “They started off by just coming to my class. And Retiring from the NFL in 2016, DeMarcus did what after the pandemic came, everybody was off for a nearly every retired professional athlete attempts to do — while,” Pierre says. “DeMarcus reached out to me and broadcasting. But what set him apart was his experience, had some ideas, and I met up with him and talked and presence and jovial nature. that’s how 3Volt came about.” “That was fun,” DeMarcus says. “But I knew that I had DeMarcus says opening 3Volt was quite the feat due a higher calling, which is still being a captain like I was 12 to construction, planning and getting the word out, but years in the NFL, but doing it in a way to where I’m helpthrough it all (plus a pandemic), the 3Volt team kept ing people, motivating them to live healthier lives, but pushing forward. also motivating them to have a positive outlook on things “I told myself, I’ve always been a person that [will] each day.” accept a challenge. The pandemic was here, I don’t know who’s going to come to the gym, I don’t know THE ROAD TO 3VOLT how I’m actually going to open it up,” DeMarcus says. Before opening the gym, the pro-bowler was like ev“But it was at a time where everybody was like, ‘We eryone else — working out in his garage. But DeMardon’t know what’s going on. Let’s just see what works. cus began entertaining the idea of starting a gym two Let’s just throw it out there.’” years before 3Volt opened. Introducing 3Volt Fitness to the community during There, DeMarcus says he set out to “teach people a pandemic was a risk. But it was a risk that paid off. A the way that I train in a way to where it’s approachable little more than six months after opening, 3Volt Fitness but it has a methodology where you want to get the has more than 100 members. While it is a large group, right results that you want.” everyone can participate safely because the gym has At first, DeMarcus pondered the idea of establishing strict cleaning protocols in place and an airPHX — a his gym in Southlake Town Square, in his own backyard. system that disinfects the air and surfaces. “There were a lot of hoops and everything I had “I wanted to be an oasis away from your home, 45 to go through to try and get it into Southlake Town minutes to an hour,” DeMarcus says. “Where you can Square, and I heard there was a new development in come in, you have fun but you get the results you want Trophy Club,” DeMarcus says. “And I said, ‘Well I see and you never have to worry about — like we said in that a lot of businesses are going out there. Why not college, the Freshman 15 — the COVID 15.” put something in the center of all of that that can really



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Unlike traditional gyms, 3Volt offers only a few ways of working out. The Lagree room focuses on stability and core strength, the Burn room focuses on cardio training and the HIIT room focuses on building strength and power. “We want to continuously provide adapting stimulus that touches and addresses every aspect of training if you were training with a personal trainer,” Angela says. “Most people can’t afford to go pay $100 an hour with a personal trainer, but here you have the guidance and all the ability to achieve the same results at a fraction of the cost.” Members immediately noticed the intensity 3Volt provided. “That honestly was the biggest draw,” member Chasidy Murphy says. “Really what [they’ve] done is brilliant... Most of the time you worry about plateauing in your workout. You’re not going to plateau because you can constantly move between those different [styles] and just upset your body and keep yourself going.” Chasidy, who owns a State Farm agency in Trophy Club, has been a member of 3Volt since it opened. “I think for me the key thing is it’s like having a personal trainer at your disposal in every single class that you’re in,” Chasidy says. “It’s like a family there. You get to know everyone, including DeMarcus. They care about your fitness, your ability to do things well, your ability to stay healthy in everything you’re doing. So to have someone with that level of care about your strength and ability is not something you get in a typical gym.” DeMarcus prioritizes that familial vibe. “I think an atmosphere is totally what you always try to do, is make sure that the people that come in, they feel like they’re part of a team,” he says. “Not just someone that just came to work out. They’re there having fun, and they actually get to know all the trainers but also everyone else that’s working out.” Whoever works out at 3Volt Fitness is part of the family, including Trophy Club Mayor Alicia Fleury. “Between the three styles of class workouts offered, there's something for everyone,” Alicia says. “Personally, I love alternating between all of them...What’s really great is not only does each instructor have their own style, but they make each class different, so it never gets boring. There was a workout challenge in September...I attended 31 classes in 29 days and can honestly say no class was exactly the same.” And you never know who you will be working out alongside — like DeMarcus himself. “It’s 5 o’clock in the morning, and I’m next to DeMarcus in class,” Chasidy says. “And then you see him sweaty and suffering and you’re like, ‘OK, well if this Super Bowl winner next to me is suffering, I don’t feel so bad. I feel like I’m doing pretty good.’ So it’s very motivating to have him in the class as well.” When DeMarcus first attended a class Alicia was in, she says she didn’t even notice him at first. “He’s very unimposing,” Alicia says. “Just a really nice and happy guy.” At 3Volt, DeMarcus could show up in any class at any time. The former Dallas Cowboy loves to keep people guessing. SOUTHLAKESTYLE.COM

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“I usually come in last in the class, because they never know which class I’m taking,” DeMarcus says. “I’ll come in last, and they’re like, ‘Is he gonna work out with us or train us?’ And I’ll come into the class… and I’m there and we’re getting it and we’re having fun. That’s why they like it too, because I’m like, ‘Oh my’re killing us, like come on.’ Or I’m the ra-ra guy that’s rooting them on.”


As if a gym wasn’t enough on his plate, DeMarcus also launched a fitness app in early December called Driven To Win. The app, separate from 3Volt Fitness, offers NFLcaliber workouts alongside the players themselves. “I’ve spent my whole life training my body to perform on the highest level,” DeMarcus says in the app’s introduction video. “Now I want to give back and help you reach your fitness goals.” With his passion for fitness driving him, Driven To Win has been two-and-a-half years in the making for DeMarcus. “It’s been a passion project filled with long nights and early mornings, 15 months of filming exercises and working closely with the development team,” DeMarcus says. “All knowing that at the end of the day, this will change lives.” Augmented reality and 3D technology allow trainers to appear right in users’ living rooms. Von Miller, Leighton Vander Esch and Tyron Smith will be among the NFL players on the app. “My goal for this app is to shake up the fitness world. With cutting edge technology and features unique to Driven To Win, you will have the tools you need to become the best version of yourself,” DeMarcus says in the introduction video. “And I’ll be with you along the way.” With Driven To Win and 3Volt Fitness, DeMarcus is paving a path to help everyone reach their fitness goals. “Everything is coming to fruition,” DeMarcus says. “And it’s working out.”


While the pandemic may have slowed things down, DeMarcus, Angela and Randi have big plans for 3Volt Fitness. “We’d absolutely love to expand. We’ve got a lot of people already reaching out to us asking for opportunities to expand with us,” Angela says. “We just want to make sure before we do that, that we’re ready for the growth.” Angela says they’d love to potentially open locations in Dallas and in Denver, where she and DeMarcus used to live. But that comes after the first location sees sustained success. “Right now we just want to focus on the current business that we have and making sure that that’s running as smoothly and that gets the love and attention that it needs,” Angela says. “I think a lot of times you see people so eager for growth that they stop nurturing what they have.” Like Angela, DeMarcus sees expansion in 3Volt’s future. “This isn’t the only one. I want to do like 10 of these and find certain areas in great communities that want to gravitate to this type of atmosphere that this gym brings,” he says. “I’m really happy with the success that’s been going on in the gym right now.” 24 • JAN 21



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SPOTLIGHT community

SOUTHLAKE POLICE SGT. JOHN STOKES PASSES AWAY Southlake lost one of its best in late November. Since 1999, Sgt. John Stokes served the Southlake community faithfully as a school resource officer supervisor for Carroll ISD. During his time with the police department, Sgt. Stokes was recognized with five commendations and was named the supervisor of the year in 2018. A GoFundMe fundraiser raised more than $40,000 for his family, and funeral arrangements were held on Friday, December 11 at Gateway Church where about 500 police officers, city officials and community members safely gathered to honor the late sergeant. “John was a beloved member of our police family and will be sorely missed by his co-workers and the community,” Chief James Brandon says to MySouthlakeNews. com. “John had a long law enforcement career, but our school resource officer program’s leadership is a great example of the heart that he had for protecting others. We extend our condolences to the Stokes family and offer our prayers during this difficult time.”

CISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES APPROVES DR. LANE LEDBETTER AS NEW SUPERINTENDENT On December 11, the Southlake Carroll Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve Dr. Lane Ledbetter as the incoming CISD superintendent. In November, the district announced the Dragon graduate as the lone finalist for the position. Dr. Ledbetter has worked in education for the past 27 years, and he has experience as both an educator and administrator in several school districts. His first superintendent job was at Graham ISD in 2012 before he accepted the Midlothian superintendent position in 2015, where he rolled out a one-on-one technology initiative and passed the largest bond program in the school’s history. Southlake Style previously reported Dr. Ledbetter’s name was selected out of 45 applicants and five semi-finalists, who the board interviewed over the course of a few weeks. CISD Board President Michelle Moore previously stated his personal experience with the district made the board feel he was the most capable to lead the district forward. Dr. Ledbetter’s start date was set for January 4. CEF RAISES MORE THAN $100,000 DURING TELETHON The Carroll Education Foundation Telethon was a success. The event raised a total of $108,000, which is enough to fund two CISD teachers. It’s just shy of matching last year’s $114,000 raised. “I am declaring this year a win, particularly with all the obstacles that have been thrown in our way,” CEF board chair Rebecca Hindman says in an email. Over the past 25 years, CEF has contributed more than $2.5 million to CISD teachers, students and alumni, with $1 million coming in over the past two years through the teacher fund and scholarships. To learn more about CEF, visit its website.

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CARROLL SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL ANNOUNCES GREEN JACKETS FOR 2020-2021 Carroll ISD announced its honorable Green Jackets for the 2020-2021 school year. Every year, the district selects eight boys and girls to represent the Dragons at various community events. These Green Jackets were chosen from a highly competitive group of students to sport green blazers at graduation, musical and theatrical events, sports games and civic events. Congratulations to these students: Laura Brambilla, Kiera DiCesare, Krista Dillard, Caroline Hao, Jolie Lay, Elizabeth McTaggart, Aspen Meadows, Nikoletta Shockley, Lance Almand, Alexander Beres, Samuel Colvin, Mitchell Greenberg, Nicholas Langenberg, Oscar Lydick, Brian McCarthy and Everett Potter. CISD RANKED NO. 1 SCHOOL DISTRICT IN DFW BY NICHE Carroll ISD is the top school district in North Texas, according to new rankings released by Niche. Ranking school districts based on their test scores, college readiness and graduation rates, Niche bases its rankings off of millions of reviews from parents and students. Out of 82 school districts in DFW, Carroll ISD was ranked the best in the area for Niche’s 2021 rankings. Reviewed based on 10 criteria categories, Carroll ISD received an A+ for academics, college prep, teachers, health and safety, clubs and activities, sports and administration. Its resources, facilities and food all received an A-, while its diversity was ranked a B-. Besides being ranked the No. 1 school district in the Metroplex, Carroll ISD was also ranked the best school district for athletes in Texas, the best school district in Tarrant County and the safest school district in DFW. The district was also named for having the best teachers in Tarrant County as well.


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FORMER EMERALD BELLE DANCING IN LAS VEGAS SHOW ‘EXTRAVAGANZA’ Molly McKinnon, the 2018 Emerald Belles captain, has not slowed down since graduating from Southlake Carroll. The dancer is taking Las Vegas by storm and is currently starring in “Extravaganza,” which opened on November 23. The show runs six days a week at the Jubilee Theater with a max crowd of 50 people due to the pandemic. Besides her current stint in Vegas, Molly was also part of the Netflix series “Dancing Queen” and led the Emerald Belles as they competed on “America’s Got Talent.” CARROLL ISD DECREASES QUARANTINE PERIOD Carroll ISD has updated its quarantine protocols in accordance with new guidelines published by the Centers for Disease Control. Instead of 14 days, close contacts to COVID-19 can now quarantine for 10 days if they show no symptoms. According to a district email, close contacts can now return to campuses only if they meet three requirements: no COVID-19 symptoms are shown during the quarantine period; symptom monitoring continues through the 14-day period; and individuals adhere strictly to all recommended safety protocols including masks, social distancing and frequent handwashing. While the quarantine period has shortened for those who decide not to get tested, individuals will still have the option to quarantine the full 14 days if they so choose.



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GRAPEVINE SANTA HOUSE RAISES MONEY FOR GRACE Louie Murillo had quite the holiday season. The Grapevine resident decked out his house with hundreds of vintage Santas to spread cheer and raise money for the local nonprofit GRACE Grapevine. Starting in April, Louie scoured Facebook Marketplace and eBay for vintage Santas, even flying to Chicago to get a set of reindeer and a sleigh. Some Santas he picked up in St. Louis, and he had a friend in Kansas City picking up Santas for him. “Wherever we could get them,” Louie says. “I was all over the place just trying to get them.” All that work paid off. Louie was featured on NBC5, WFAA, CBS11 and NBC’s “Nightly News,” and the Murillos raised more than $19,000 for GRACE Grapevine. SOUTHLAKE FAMILY HOSTS CLOTHING DRIVE FOR THE HOMELESS In December, Sierra Rose and her family organized the Hugs For The Homeless donation drive and collected personal items for the homeless at Union Gospel Mission Church. To accommodate social distancing, the Roses made an Amazon wish list that people purchased items from and they assembled into gift bags. Their gift bags included Bibles, gloves, socks, hats, toothbrushes, toothpaste, blankets, snacks and candy canes, and they delivered around 125 bags to the church on Christmas Eve. “It’s based on this idea of warmth — of restoring dignity to this population and reminding them that they’re loved and valued,” Sierra says. “We know how big of a deal it is to some people to get gloves or a blanket this holiday season, so we just wanted to be there for people that are struggling right now, especially from COVID.”

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CISD ALUMNI NETWORK AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED The CISD Alumni Network announced its winners for the 2020 alumni awards last month. Assistant cross country and track coach Niki Gilley was selected for this year’s Jay Armstrong Award for Outstanding Dragon Alumni. Graduating from Carroll Senior High School in 1989, Niki has worked for the district for 20 years in several capacities, including coaching the track and field team as well as the basketball team. Niki has also advised for several CISD clubs, including the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Council and PALS. For the Chauncey Willingham Award for Outstanding Dragon Faculty, Emerald Belles director Melissa Page was selected as this year’s recipient. Working for the district since 1997, Melissa has led the Belles through several regional, state and national appearances, including competing on “America’s Got Talent" last year. She’s also been a two-time finalist for the Texas Dance Educators’ Association Director of the Year and the Lifetime Achievement Award, and she was also recognized by Southlake Style with the Brian R. Stebbins Award For Community Impact in 2019. Finally, community supporter Jr Murdock was selected for this year’s Phil Barber Award for Outstanding Community Patron. A Southlake resident since 1986, Murdock has been a staunch supporter at several Carroll football, basketball, baseball, soccer and softball games. He organized Carroll athletic banquets, served as membership and merchandise chairman for the Carroll Athletic Booster Club and served on the Dragon Council. Congratulations to these award recipients! CARROLL FINE ARTS DEPARTMENT HOSTS VIRTUAL HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING The pandemic couldn’t stop the Carroll Fine Arts Department from celebrating the holidays this year. In December, the Dragon Band, choir and theater department came together to celebrate holidays in a series of fun virtual and socially distanced events. On December 10, the Carroll Theater department performed a holiday variety show with the Carroll choir and jazz band titled “Please Stand By…”, where the cast sang, danced and performed sketches live on its YouTube channel. Then, the Dragon Band hosted its holiday concerts across four performances on December 9 and 10 with immediate family at the Carroll High School gymnasium. Then on the last day of school, Old Union Elementary students recorded a Christmas sing-along that was played over the morning announcements.


MORE THAN 40 DRAGONS NAMED TO ACADEMIC ALL-STATE More than 40 Carroll Dragons have been named to Academic All-State by the Texas High School Coaches Association. According to the website, 21 Dragons were named to Academic All-State from the football team, while seven were named from the volleyball team and 13 were named from the cross country team. For football, Luke Hallenbeck and Payton Knezek were named to the first team, while Madison Chilcutt, Austin Haase, Hayden Webb and Lance Almand were named to the second team. Honorable mentions include Caleb Garcia, Madeleine McCaskill, Nadia Ton-Nu, Owen Holloway, Hunter Holden, Eric Ybarra, Casey Venis, Caroline Tamez, Andre Sancer, Wesley Craddock, Brady Boyd, Caleb Gillette, Adam Webb, Jayden Smith and Mason Grawe. For volleyball, Linzee Leal, Emilie Lichtenberger and Victoria Piwetz were named to the second team, while Hailey Duran, Mia Delgado, Vanessa Quiroga and Mia Reyna were named honorable mentions. Finally for the cross country team, Brian McCarthy, Bryan Fernando and Nicholas Langenberg were named to the first team; Laurel Hook, Logan Schauanman, Matthew Hetrick and Michael Chambless were named to the second team; and Abigail McIlvain, Antonio Florcruz, Ethan Satsky, Grace Williamson, Nikoletta Shockley and William May were all named honorable mentions. Congratulations to these Dragons!



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CARROLL CROSS COUNTRY BOYS WIN STATE TITLE After an eventful year, the Carroll cross country boys took home their second consecutive state title trophy at the 6A State Championships. After facing off against a hundred other runners in Round Rock, the Carroll boys and girls cross country teams placed first and second in their respective races. In the boys race, senior Antonio Florcruz finished fifth overall with a time of 15:31. Senior Solomon Chavez finished 11th with 15:41, followed by seniors Bennett Woolsey, Bryan Fernando and Mason Alexander winning 32nd, 42nd and 43rd place respectively. Sophomores Logan Cantu and Hunter Hill rounded the team out at 52nd and 74th respectively for a team average of 15:56. The girls, meanwhile, saw junior Kaylie Cox finish sixth overall with a time of 18 minutes. Seniors Abigail McIlvain, Grace Williamson and Laurel Hook followed her in 21st, 24th and 33rd place respectively, and sophomore Ava Bushaw finished 51st with a time of 19:14. Junior Olivia Jones and sophomore Audrey Dunn both finished 54th and 56th for a team average of 18:42. While the Carroll girls were narrowly beaten by first-time champions Lewisville Flower Mound, Carroll cross country coach Justin Leonard says he’s still proud of his girls for putting up a fantastic race. “Our young men and women left it all out on the course today,” Justin Leonard says in a media release. “We had a lot of seniors running their last race, and they gave it all they had. I’m thrilled our boys were able to defend our state championship, and even though it didn’t quite go our way on the girls side, I’m proud of how they competed.” The boys state title win marks the 11th consecutive year the team finished either first or second at the state meet. Congratulations, Dragons! FWSO PERFORMS HOLIDAY MUSIC AT WHITE’S CHAPEL The Christmas season was a little brighter thanks to the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, who performed holiday music on December 17 at White’s Chapel. This event, a partnership with Apex Arts League, featured carols like “Deck the Halls” and “Jingle Bells” and gave locals an opportunity to celebrate the holidays while retaining social distancing.

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CSHS ENCORE CHOIR QUALIFIES FOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION While its audition looks a little different this year, Carroll Senior High School’s Encore choir still qualified for one of the most competitive acapella competitions in the world. Every year, the International Competition of High School Acapella gathers choir groups from all over the world to compete for the top spot of its contest. In the previous two years where Carroll qualified for the quarterfinals, Encore would prepare a 12-minute set of acapella and dance choreography. This year, all of the quarterfinalists will instead produce, perform and submit a four-minute music video. Choir director Paul Doucet says Encore will film the music video in January and will submit its entry to the ICHSA in February. Semifinalists will be announced in March, and the finals will take place in April. “It is such a different experience,” Paul remarks. “We are incredibly honored and excited to prepare for this year’s quarterfinals!” CITY OF SOUTHLAKE LAUNCHES BUSINESS RELIEF GRANT PROGRAM The city of Southlake launched its first-ever grant program to help local business owners toward economic recovery last year. On November 17, the Southlake city council adopted the Southlake Business Relief Grant Program, a $1 million initiative that provides stimulus relief for businesses affected by the pandemic. The program is funded through the city’s economic development investment fund and can award businesses up to $10,000. “This program will help our local businesses bridge the revenue gap they’ve experienced so they can continue to provide the great products and services to the community without having to consistently worry about revenue,” Economic Development Director Daniel Cortez says to “It’s important to understand that when our local businesses hurt and struggle, as a community, we do as well.” Southlake businesses with 50 or less employees are eligible and must have been in operation since January 2019. Applicants must be able to demonstrate loss of income due to COVID-19 and be in good standing with taxing entities. Businesses that have received financial assistance from other entities are still eligible to apply for the city’s grant program by January 15. DELTA HOTELS BY MARRIOTT OPENS IN SOUTHLAKE Southlake officially has a new hotel. Delta Hotels by Marriott opened on November 27, with 240 rooms and a signature restaurant in Sky Creek Kitchen + Bar. “The six-story hotel includes 10,000 feet of technologically advanced meeting and conference facilities consisting of eight meeting rooms, including the Chisholm Trail Ballroom,” Hotel Manager John Emmett says via press release. “The hotel is now accepting reservations for guest room stays, dining reservations, corporate meetings, catered events, weddings and more.”


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FIVE GUYS SOUTHLAKE CLOSES PERMANENTLY After providing Southlake Town Square with delicious burgers, crisp fries and savory hot dogs for over 10 years, Five Guys closed its doors for good in December. Opening in 2010, the fast-food restaurant is part of a franchise that operates over 1,500 locations in the United States, including 72 restaurants in Texas. Its award-winning fresh beef burgers and Kosher-style hot dogs come with a variety of unlimited toppings such as mushrooms, jalapeno peppers, grilled onions and A1 steak sauce. Five Guys was also rated the best fries in Southlake Style’s “Best Burger Joints” in 2015. The next closest locations are at 2701 Hwy. 121, Suite 100 in Euless and 9180 N. Fwy., Suite 528 in Fort Worth. To learn more about the fast-food franchise, visit JERSEY MIKE’S SUPPORTS WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA This Christmas, Jersey Mike’s supported Wreaths Across America by matching up to $300,000 in wreath sponsorships to the veteran nonprofit. The organization places wreaths on every headstone at Arlington National Cemetery. Last year, more than 2 million wreaths were placed in honor of veterans, according to a press release. “Experiencing the placement of a wreath, and knowing the impact that one simple action has for so many, is truly meaningful,” Jersey Mike’s founder and CEO Peter Cancro says in a press release. “The thought of a headstone being left bare is unimaginable and is something we want to help make sure doesn’t happen.” PARK PLACE HOSTS VIRTUAL TOY DRIVE From December 3 to 14, Park Place dealerships held both a physical and virtual toy drive. The dealership group was excited to help families during a hard holiday season. “Park Place cares about our community and we are happy to provide support to those in need,” Anam Ali Hashambhai, marketing director for Park Place Dealerships, says via press release. “There are many families struggling this year due to the pandemic, and Park Place continues to seek out opportunities to help. By supporting the Community Partners of Dallas’ virtual toy drive we are hoping to fulfill thousands of wishes for children who might otherwise not receive a gift this year.”

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HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A TEACHER? I think this is my 16th year. I taught for seven years, and then I stayed home with my two children. This will be my ninth year at Walnut Grove so...I taught for seven and then stayed home 11 years, but this is my ninth year back. HOW HAS IT BEEN TEACHING IN A PANDEMIC? I still love teaching, and I love the kids. Last spring was hard just because it was new for everyone and kind of a shock. Starting this school year, I was a Dragon Virtual Academy teacher. So for the first nine weeks, I taught online. That pushed me to grow in areas of technology. I felt like it was just important for the kids to see me every day and be there as a person. WAS IT HARDER TO TEACH IN THE SPRING THAN IN THE FALL? Definitely. I think in the spring, I wished I could have done what I did in the fall. But I don’t think we were all ready for that or even aware. When it all happened, my class would have live Zoom meetings, but even Zoom was kind of new for us. [Last] fall, I felt we truly had a digital classroom. HOW SUPPORTIVE WAS CISD? I definitely felt like CISD was supportive, even our administrators and PTO have been supportive. I felt like once a week we were getting treat cards or signs. HOW HAVE THE KIDS FARED IN SCHOOL DURING THE PANDEMIC? I had some students who were in my virtual class who I could just tell needed to be in person. Some struggled trying to turn in their work or be involved and engaged when they’re online. But now, they’re back in class, and they’re doing great. Others could be successful in person or online, and they’re just moving along and doing great. I feel like that option was important. WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED WORKS BEST WHEN TEACHING IN A PANDEMIC? I feel like human contact has been so important both online or in person. But it was especially important when I was teaching online. Seeing their faces and them getting to see mine, I felt like that interaction was so important for them to have.

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ic McLane is in the business of helping people. As a State Farm insurance agent, Vic has been protecting people from the unexpected for over 20 years. Now he’s doing that closer to home with his new office he’s opening on Southlake Boulevard. Vic started working with State Farm right out of college when he joined the claims department in 1988. Even after he made the leap from adjuster to agent in 1999, Vic retained his skill of assessing risks and making sure his clients were properly protected. “Risk is something most people don’t think about but can have a large impact on them and their family,” Vic says. “No one ever expects to be in a car accident or have their house be destroyed by a tornado or a fire. But it happens, and you don’t want to find out after the fact that you hadn’t planned for such an event.” Ever since his early days as an agent, Vic witnessed the tremendous growth of Southlake and knew he wanted to be a part of it. Years after moving, Vic and his family now identify as proud Dragons themselves, with his daughter thriving in Carroll ISD's band program. “I've always wanted to be a Dragon,” Vic says. “The school district, the unbelievable football program, the strength of the incredible community and a driven purpose all makes Southlake special.” With the opening of his new Southlake office, Vic is more excited than ever to bring his expertise as a personal risk advisor to the community he loves. Whether you’re looking for car, home, renter, life or health insurance, Vic will help protect you from the unexpected.

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rioritizing mental health isn’t just vital for individuals; it’s essential for communities at large. So to start out the new year, we have gathered psychologists, psychiatrists and counselors for a roundtable discussion focused on the importance of maintaining our mental well-being. As we plunge ahead into a new year filled with its own possibilities and unexpected challenges, here are a few steps we can all take to care for ourselves in 2021.

Q: Why is mental health so important? William Goldman: The American Mental Health Foundation, using data from the World Health Organization, lists the top 10 diseases that lead to disability in developed countries. Of those top 10, eight are mental health disorders such as depression, alcohol and drug use, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. In addition to the disabling effects directly related to such behavioral health disorders, these disorders also negatively impact the burden of physical disorders and their management, such as heart disease and diabetes. Angel Logan: An individual struggling with mental illness does not always wear their struggles on their sleeve. It is often the people we least expect who are actually struggling, and it is important to create safe spaces for people to express themselves.

Q: What can be the consequences of ignoring mental health? Goldman: Consequences can range significantly from a sense of stress that impacts one’s day-to-day to functional disability in completing simple daily tasks and self-care to self-harm and suicide. The most common reasons that people seek social security disability are for mental health reasons. SOUTHLAKESTYLE.COM

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on the panel Texas Health Behavioral Health Center licensed professional counselor associate Leatha Nowlin has experience working with adults, children, couples and families.

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Q: What physical issues can stem from a person’s mental well-being? Logan: Mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression often manifest in physical symptoms such as an elevated heart rate, heaviness in the chest, gastrointestinal issues, headaches and more. Some significant physical responses may also include high blood pressure, chronic fatigue, insomnia and heart failure. Aaron Langford: There are several causes of premature death that occur in all the major psychiatric disorders that I don’t think get enough attention. For example, individuals with schizophrenia potentially die 20-30 years earlier from cardiac disease, cancer, strokes or lung diseases. Individuals with bipolar disorder potentially have their lives shortened by 10-14 years particularly due to cardiovascular disease. ADHD has a 220% increased mortality rate across all age groups, primarily with accidents being the No. 1 cause of death.

Q: What are some of the largest hindrances you’ve seen to mental health? Goldman: It is commonly — and wrongly — thought that having a mental health issue equates one to being cognitively, morally or emotionally impaired and weak, as well as being labeled with pejorative terms like ‘crazy’ and ‘lunatic’ that can carry the connotations of being devalued and dehumanized. These attitudes, in a painfully ironic way, serve only to marginalize and blame people with mental health concerns to the point that the affected do not readily seek proper medical treatment. Leatha Nowlin: Affordability can be a hindrance in the mental health field. If a person has lost insurance or income due to loss of employment, their mental health needs may become less of a priority. Thankfully, there are many low-cost or sliding scale options for mental health services. Asking for a student or supervised clinician could be a viable option. Free resources in the community are often available from My Health My Resources Tarrant County, Psychology Today, Alcoholics Anonymous, ACH Services and The WARM Place, and speaking to a therapist about payment options can all make accessing affordable care manageable.

Q: What are some misconceptions about mental health? Logan: Individuals are not able to turn their symptoms on and off. Understanding this allows us to treat the disorder and allow the individual to feel valued and not stigmatized about something that is outside of their control. Nowlin: Having a diagnosis is not a life sentence. Mental illness affects people of all races, genders, socioeconomic status, ages and religions. Some issues may be temporary depending on the situation you are in, which type of treatment you seek and how well you are supported. However, a more severe diagnosis can also SOUTHLAKESTYLE.COM

be managed with proper treatment, medications and ongoing self-care. Mental health is the responsibility of everyone because it can affect anyone. Langford: With there being more news of mass shootings across the U.S., I think an unfortunate misconception that gets propagated is that people with mental illnesses are dangerous or violent. More often than not, individuals who have mental health problems are the victims of violence and not perpetrators.

Q: How should we as a community normalize talking about mental health? Nowlin: Mental health needs to start with awareness. We need to be teaching children at a young age about self-care, mindfulness, advocating for themselves and seeking proper treatment when needed. Adults can become involved in local support groups, talk to a mental health professional and stop stigmatizing mental illness. Goldman: People should see the wide range of mental health disorders as being no more shameful and stigmatizing than talking about their asthma or arthritis. Mental disorders are brain-based illnesses at their very bottom, not dissimilar to migraine headaches or epilepsy. If people realized that one out of four people in the U.S. in any given year suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder, the hypocrisy of shame and stigma would diminish significantly.

Q: How did you see 2020’s stress affecting mental health? Tammy Pulse: The stress of 2020 and COVID-19 has increased addiction, suicidal ideation, depression and anxiety. It has compromised the cognitive functioning of people in ways that has made it difficult for people to sustain attention and focus. Knowing that we are in a mental health crisis, I believe that educating people about mental health should be prioritized. Logan: The abnormally high number of patients currently in behavioral health treatment is directly related to the stresses of 2020. Many individual therapists and hospitals have experienced an influx of new clients. Additionally, there has been an increase in anxiety-related socializing and being in social places, not only because of the fear of contracting the virus but also because individuals have adjusted to fewer interactions with smaller groups of people.

Q: How did COVID-19 reshape the mental health industry? Les Carter: The pandemic has isolated our entire population in abnormal ways. We have had to get used to a different way of communicating. Many doctor appointments are now online. It can be effective, but it can also feel less personal. Also, the pandemic inhibits the public from finding positive outlets for stress relief. We can’t go to entertainment outings. Meals with friends and family have to be restricted. We can’t read each JAN 21 • 39

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other’s facial features due to masks, and we can’t hug. We need positive connections as part of our overall well-being. All of this isolation increases the feeling of loneliness and emotional weariness.

Q: What is something you wish more people knew about mental health? Goldman: That mental health disorders are very common — that many of your friends and neighbors are seeing mental health providers these days and that there are many things you can do that would make a positive impact on your own mental health issues. Langford: About 20% of adults experience mental illness, yet people often suffer from distressing symptoms for an average of 11 years before seeking treatment. It does not have to be that way, and that starts with each of us making our own mental health a priority.

Q: What is a small step that a reader could take to improve their mental well-being? Langford: There are so many small steps anyone can take that can have a positive impact on overall mental well-being. Meditating or sitting quietly for 15-20 minutes on a daily basis can really help foster a feeling of being grounded and tuned in to your internal state. Before you can do anything about your problems, there must be an understanding that such problems exist.

Southlake Psychiatric & Counseling Center co-founder William Goldman has been treating mental health disorders in children and adults for over 20 years. As a mental health nurse practitioner with Advanced Psychiatry DFW, Aaron Langford treats patients in a variety of settings. As the executive director of the Charis Behavioral Health Center, Angel Logan specializes in intensive treatment for children and has worked with families in crisis for over 10 years. Southlake Psychiatric & Counseling Center co-founder and mental health author Les Carter is a clinical counselor and an expert in anger management. CISD coordinator of counselors Tammy Pulse has been with the district for over 24 years.

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Carter: Stay connected as best as possible. For instance, Zoom happy hours are better than nothing at all. Stay in contact with those who are especially isolated like elderly parents or those with other physical limitations. Go outside. Exercise. Do activities at home that encourage pleasant engagement. Play games. Read books. Don’t overload on worrisome speculation. Be open. Share what you feel. When you notice another person’s anxiety, comment on it in an encouraging way.

Q: What would you advise readers to do to improve their mental health for the new year? Logan: Many people recognized a significant reduction in stress during the quarantine. Families ate dinners together and played games together. Individuals learned new skills and engaged in hobbies. We were forced to reevaluate the manner in which we had been spending our time and what we valued. Prior to COVID-19, everyone’s schedule was full, and quality time was non-existent. In 2021, it will be important to continue the positive things that we learned about ourselves as individuals and as a community. Things such as self-care, recognizing community heroes and the importance of staying connected with loved ones are critical in improving mental well-being. CELEBRATING OUR 200th ISSUE

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Executive Medicine Of Texas 2106 E. State Hwy. 114, Suite 300, Southlake • 817.552.4300 •

(L-R) Chris Tupper, D.C.; Randi True, PA-C; Mark Anderson, M.D.; Elizabeth Cox, M.D.; and Walter Gaman, M.D.

The Executive Medicine of Texas medical experts are here to help, educate and inspire. The most rewarding part of our job is… patient transformation. Often, people come to us because they need answers, they’re tired or they just need more energy. Watching them blossom back into the people they were meant to be is priceless. We help others live a healthy life by… treating patients based on their unique needs, sometimes right down to their DNA. By focusing on the patient as an individual, we can help them become stronger, healthier and live longer.

Our business is unique because… when patients need their doctor right away, that doesn’t mean in two weeks. This is why our concierge patients are not only seen the same or next day, but also have their doctor’s direct cell phone number for emergencies. Our top health and wellness tip for 2021 is… take time to focus on your physical, mental and emotional health. These things are often related, so the best place to start is with a head-to-toe half day physical exam. We are inspired by... our patients who take charge of their health and increase their chances for a longer, healthier life. The physician can offer guidance, but the actions of the patient are what determines the outcome. EXCLUSIVE OFFE R

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Impact Performance & Fitness 525 Nolen Drive, Suite 100, Southlake • 817.416.3838 •

Getting into the gym is the first step, and once you get in, it’s as simple as starting to move. Our top health and wellness tip for 2021 is… just start moving. It doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be walking, running, biking, whatever challenges your body. We recommend starting with a trainer so they can get you on a program, but you can also come in and we’ll show you around and familiarize you with all of the equipment as well. We are inspired by… the people who come and put in the work, regardless of their fitness levels. There was one member who just started walking, and now is seeing results and is starting to do more. They aren’t looking for accolades — although we like to give them — they just want to stay physically and mentally healthy, and exercise is the best medicine for both. Our business is unique because… we are a local woman-owned boutique gym. We live here and participate in the community. Our trainers are highly skilled, and we use high-end Freemotion equipment. We also provide full-service locker rooms with towel service and all toiletries, so you can come before work or at lunch and are able to clean up and go back to work. EXCLUSIVE OFFE R

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NexGen Fitness Southlake 721 E. Southlake Blvd. • 817.479.9929 •

Come train in our private personal training suites, where we’ve been social distancing for years! Customers come to us needing… the best personalized private training all while in the comfort of their own state-of-the-art training suite. They don’t have to fight the gym crowds or worry that their trainer’s attention is elsewhere. It’s truly one on one, and that’s why we have the success we do. Our business is unique because… we are truly 100% private personal training. This means no groups or crowds and a clean, sanitized workout environment, which is extremely important right now. Couple that with our individualized approach, and we have the ability to safely and effectively train our clients.

We help others live a healthy life by… personalizing not only their workouts but also their nutritional plans and cardio programs. Our focus is to help them reach their goals and understand how fitness is important to quality of life as they age. We want them to learn and feel empowered in each workout. We are inspired by… knowing that we can impact lives and have a blast doing it. Helping people live healthier, happier lives is what keeps our team pushing themselves every day.


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Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates 540 E. Southlake Blvd., Suite 140 • 817.410.2111 •

Last year was difficult for everybody, but Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates is here to serve our community. Customers come to us needing… a full complement of allergy and immunology services, including testing to identify their specific allergic triggers. We have friendly staff and strive to make our patients’ experience not only educational but also enjoyable. We believe in patient-centered care, which recognizes that medical decision-making is a shared responsibility between the patient and provider. Our top health and wellness tip for 2021 is… get your flu vaccine. Wear a mask, wash your hands and social distance when and where appropriate. Be consistent with your allergy and asthma medications, and keep your follow-up appointments. It is so important to have your allergies and asthma under good control, especially during this pandemic.

(L-R) Swapnil Vaidya, M.D., Ph.D. and Dalia Galicia, M.D.


The most rewarding part of our job is… the ability to provide answers to our patients. The focus of our specialty is to find the root cause of our patients’ symptoms and educate them on allergic triggers, avoidance measures and treatment options. This approach helps people understand their allergies, asthma and immune system better. When we can help bring this understanding to our patients, we can accelerate them down the path of a healthier and more fulfilling life.

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Champions Club At The Marq 285 Shady Oaks Drive, Southlake • 817.748.8955 •

(L-R) Leslie Jones, Randy Wolf, Janna Weaver, Chad Pittenger and Heather Bittinger

If 2020 has taught us anything, it is to always prioritize your health. Start early, develop a plan and stay consistent. We help others live a healthy life by… leveraging our talented team of trainers and group fitness instructors, as well as our newly added registered dietician. We help members craft a customized health and wellness plan unique to their needs and abilities. Our services also focus on social wellbeing — members can take group fitness classes, use the gym or walk on the track together. These are just a few ways we help members stay engaged in a lifestyle that encompasses both physical and mental health.

Our business is unique because… we are a health and wellness hub for the whole family. Although Champions Club is a community-focused recreational center, our approach is geared to provide the level of service comparable to a high-end health club. We’ve developed strategic partnerships that allow us to offer multiple health and wellness outlets for our members and help them achieve optimal success. The most rewarding part of our job is… seeing family, friends and neighbors come together and support each other in their journeys to stay fit and healthy. Knowing that we’ve played a part in helping them achieve their goals makes everything we do worth it.


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Radiant Precision Medicine 1100 N. Kimball Ave., Suite 110, Southlake 682.200.9910 •

Customers come to us needing… high-level personalized service. Radiant has two groups of patients — those who are dissatisfied with traditional medical practices where they feel more like a number than a person, and others who are not getting the personalized level of care they desire from nontraditional practices. We have invested in innovative therapies to help people in ways they never imagined possible. One misconception in our field is… if you don’t feel sick and are not in pain, your health is not at risk. We have all known people who have been getting on fine until they’re not, whether that be an unheralded blood clot, heart problem, etc. We look for areas of risk to help you identify and manage potential health issues. EXCLUSIVE OFFE R Julianna Lindsey, M.D.

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The Exercise Coach 1500 N. Kimball Ave., Suite 140, Southlake 817.764.3431 • Customers come to us needing… a sustainable fitness routine after being failed by the typical big gym experience. We offer a comprehensive training approach that is designed to be a perfect fit for each client, regardless of their current fitness level. Our business is unique because… Exercise Coach combines bio-adaptive exercise technology with the encouragement of certified coaches to provide safe, efficient and effective strength training. One misconception in our field is… that movement quantity is more important than muscle quality. Short-duration, highintensity exercise is necessary to maintain and increase muscle quality and cannot be achieved with a cardio-based exercise program alone. Our top health and wellness tip for 2021 is… counteract the effects of aging and maintain a strong immune system with strength training. EXCLUSIVE OFFE R

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Class Is (Still) In Session

With The Pandemic And A New Superintendent, CISD Is Ready For Spring Spring 2020 featured CISD, along with schools around the globe, scrambling to adapt as the pandemic closed its 11 campuses. This fall, teachers and administrators worked to create both virtual and in-person offerings for their students. And now, with almost a year of pandemic life under its belt, Carroll is prepared for the upcoming semester.

Flashing Back To Fall

When the school year started in late August, parents and students were given the option to go back to the classroom or enroll in Dragon Virtual Academy. During the first grading period, 56% of parents signed their kids up for in-person instruction while 44% signed their kids up for virtual learning. “While there have been challenges during the first half of the year, overall we have had a successful first semester where we have been able to continue to offer our parents [choices] in instructional platforms for their children,” says Dr. Janet McDade, the assistant superintendent for students services. To keep track of their COVID cases, the district also launched a dashboard that records all the active and recovered cases in the district. “The fall semester has been unlike any other we have experienced, but I think the thing we have been most impressed with is our student’s ability to roll with the flow and adapt to the new safety protocols and the new learning platforms at school,” says Dr. McDade.

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Planning For The Spring

“We will continue to offer parent’s instructional choice during the spring semester,” Dr. McDade says. “The district will continue to follow the same safety protocols that we have had in place since the first day of school.” The spring semester will also mark the beginning of the tenure of CISD’s new superintendent, Dr. Lane Ledbetter. Dr. Ledbetter was named the lone finalist last year and comes to Carroll with 27 years of experience, serving most recently as superintendent of Midlothian ISD.

Leaning On The Teachers

“While we have not conducted formal feedback sessions, we have received a lot of feedback over the semester,” Dr. McDade says. “Our teachers are understandably tired, and this type of instructional model is not ideal, but our teachers are happy to be back in the classroom.” Jeremy Jennings, a math teacher at Eubanks Intermediate School, says the spring wasn’t necessarily harder, but definitely different. “The spring was challenging because the pandemic caught everyone off guard, and out of an abundance of caution forced school districts across the country to send learners home to learn virtually,” Jeremy says. “Since that time, however, a lot has been learned. We have had time to plan to welcome learners back to campus and prepare to receive learners online.” No matter what schooling has looked like, CISD students have proved to be resilient. “While we may not know what 2021 will look like, I know our Dragon staff, students and parents will rally together,” Dr. McDade says. CELEBRATING OUR 200th ISSUE

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BEST OF 2020 On December 4, Southlake Style held a virtual version of its annual Best Of Celebration, sponsored by Mark Jones and First Financial Bank. After reflecting on another year of quality editorial content and thanking loyal advertisers, Shonda Schaefer was named the 2020 Brian R. Stebbins Award For Community Impact recipient. After the announcement, Shonda spoke about her tenure with the nonprofit, acknowledged her team’s hard work and thanked Southlake Style founders Mike and Nicole Tesoriero for the recognition. The longtime GRACE CEO is the 12th community leader to receive this honor.

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AWARD WINNERS 2009 Brian R. Stebbins 2010 Brad Bradley 2011 Southlake Women's Club 2012 Jack D. Johnson 2013 Martin Schelling 2014 Gary Fickes 2015 John Terrell 2016 Dr. David Faltys 2017 Mike Hutchison 2018 Traci Bernard 2019 Melissa Page 2020 Shonda Schaefer


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Liam And Mark Snyder Reflect On Life In The Fast Lane


hen it comes to extracurricular activities, most high school seniors opt for traditional sports like football or baseball to fulfill their competitive edge. Mark and Liam Snyder, however, enjoy a different pastime: Formula One racing. Since 2016, the twin brothers have been professionally racing against drivers all across the country. And these boys have talent behind their drive, with Mark winning a national championship in 2018 and Liam winning one last year. While they’re quickly coming up on another finish line with graduation approaching in the spring, they’ll never forget the experiences they shared on the race track together. Mark Snyder: I’VE LIKED CARS… ever since I was 9 or 10 years old. My dad brought us to the race track, and we see these cars spinning out of control, flames shooting out of the back. I was like, ‘I want to drive one of those!’ So my dad bought us a Miata, and we started driving down this private road. You can get speeding tickets on the highway for going straight at 80 miles an hour, yet we were drifting corners at around the same speed. Liam Snyder: MY MOM… originally did not like us driving. Whenever we would crash, she would get super, super nervous. Nowadays, she’s generally used to us being fine. Instead of asking if we’re OK, she’ll now ask how bad the car is. One time my mom got on the radio while I was racing and yelled, ‘You need to slow down!’ She was no longer allowed on the radio after that. You never tell a racer to slow down. MS: WE’VE BEEN RACING PROFESSIONALLY… since we were 14. We were the youngest licensed race car drivers in the United States back then. We had to drop every single sport because racing is a full-time lifestyle. It’s always working on the cars, posting videos, talking to sponsors and practicing on the track. It’s all about the connection between you and your car. LS: RACING… is really competitive. Everyone puts in their best effort, but as soon as you hit the track, it’s just you and the car. The team has done all they could to get you in there, but then you go out and lay your whole year of hard work out there. No one cares if you’re 17 or 50. You’re just another driver on the track. MS: IN 2018… I raced in the SCCA National Championships at Sonoma. I ended up winning by 17 seconds. The only thing I can remember was how dry my mouth was during the race. I couldn’t even talk when I came in for the interview. I was like, ‘Give me a water first, then I can talk.’ I did my victory lap with no helmet and I came in with my flag. I was like, ‘I have no idea how I’m here right now.’

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LS: FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS… I have been trying to win a championship, and I had gotten second at both races each year. They were both for something stupid, like my clutch getting destroyed or getting blinded by the sun. If you made one mistake, you either got passed or you crashed out. But this was my year to win. I had to have a perfect race. MS: YOU’D THINK… the driving part would be more stressful, but it’s actually the spectating where you have a connection with someone. When I was racing, I was just having fun passing people. It was the people on the sidelines that bit all of their nails off and were about to pass out. I didn’t realize how stressful it was to watch a race. My heart was like 100 beats a minute when my brother was on the track. It was the longest 45 minutes of my life. LS: I WAS FIGHTING FOR FIRST… throughout the whole race. There were cars spinning around, flying everywhere, bouncing off of each other, clouds of smoke in the air. It was like ‘Days of Thunder.’ I just kept my head in it. I came here to race. Whatever happens, happens, but I’m getting past whoever I can get past. The top 10 were all separated by a tenth of a second. You couldn’t even blink your eye between the top 10. The whole field was bumper to bumper, 100 miles an hour all in one line. I only won by a half-second. It was a really close race. MS: THERE’S A SAYING THAT... college ruins racing. If you go to college, you’re done with racing. It takes two races a year to keep your license, so we decided we’re going to do two or more races over the summer to keep it. Texas A&M also has a huge formula SAE program, so we’re gonna be part of the building team and try to possibly be two of the test drivers. LS: I LOVE… the competition of racing. I love the thrill, the adrenaline, the rush and the excitement of it all. You never get tired of it. It’s like an addiction of just wanting to get back behind the wheel. You can never get enough drive time.


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To Boldly Go Where No Man Or Woman Has Gone Before


he COVID-19 pandemic invaded our world mid-March 2020 and shut countries down. As the pandemic circled the globe, closures and suspensions followed. The entire sports world came to a halt. The entertainment industry faced challenges to continue to host various events and shows. School closings made parents and teachers scramble to figure out ways to complete the school year and make adjustments to hold graduation ceremonies. Stores and businesses locked their doors, affecting the livelihoods of not only owners but also their workers. Although some businesses were deemed essential, such as the grocery stores and medical facilities that remained open, they struggled to function as usual. Even churches closed their doors. We all adapted. I will always remember March 20 because my shoulder surgery got pushed up to that day before all elective surgeries were postponed. Sure, some things are slowly seeming to make a comeback, but it will take a while before this nation, and the entire world, gets back on track. The year 2020 resides in the past, and we can’t change it. But we can reflect upon it, and make decisions that will impact 2021. We can look at the things that went well and continue them or do them better. We can look at what didn’t go well and make changes to improve or correct them. Have you ever considered that maybe we need to

stop doing some things or hanging out with some people simply because they add no value to our lives or they don’t allow us to grow? Maybe there were things that you were called to do, but you were scared to do them. Maybe you hesitated because you felt uncomfortable or ill-equipped. While watching one of the older “Star Trek” movies with my husband (Yes, we are still Trekkies), a statement made at the end of the opening dialogue really hit home. If you are a Trekkie, you will be familiar with the line, “To boldly go where no man has gone before!” Wow! After hearing that, I started to consider whether I as a Christian really boldly go where the Lord asks me to go. Forget the bold part; do I even go? I decided I would follow the Lord’s calling in 2021 and explore unknown territories that may make me uncomfortable. I want to seek out new opportunities that I may have been hesitant to explore — to boldly go where Pat has never gone before. What about you? Will you take the leap of faith and go boldly wherever you are led? The fact that you and I breathe today is proof of His divine covering over our lives and that He has a plan. We need to stop asking Him to show us where to go. As I heard it said, “We just need to be going. God will do the showing.” I’m ready to go and charter new and unfamiliar territories. I’m reminded that wherever He takes me, He will equip me. Here I boldly go.


“In 500” is a monthly department written by members of our community in 500 words. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Southlake Style. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN SUBMITTING A PIECE, PLEASE EMAIL EDITOR@SOUTHLAKESTYLE.COM.

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EDUCATION GUIDE 2021 Finding a school that aligns with your children’s learning styles can be daunting. It’s important parents know the facts, so we’ve compiled that crucial information to help you make the right decision for your family.


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Grapevine Faith Christian School Grapevine Faith exists to develop and graduate authentic Christian leaders. In partnership with Christian families, the school educates children ranging from pre-K through 12th grade. Grapevine Faith infuses a biblical worldview in every aspect of the school experience to encourage ministry and mission-mindedness to the local community and beyond. The Grapevine Faith class of 2020 earned more than $13 million in merit-based scholarships to colleges around the globe and scored 22% higher on their ACT than the national average. Students from the elementary, junior high and high school classes earned 327 state awards through academics, athletics and the arts. Come to Grapevine Faith, and see faith in action!

FAST FACTS Grades........................................................... Pre-K - 12th grade Enrollment................................................................................. 820 Student-Teacher Ratio...............................Varies by grade Private or Public...............................................................Private Tours Available........................................................................ Yes Cost.................................................$9,100 – $17,350 annually Transportation........................................................................... No Open House.........Jan. 19, Feb. 23, Mar. 30 and Apr. 20 Enrollment Dates.............First Pool, February + Rolling Enrollment Enrichment Programs: STEAM, Technology, Athletics, Creative Arts and Debate

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Fort Worth Christian School Fort Worth Christian School is a Christ-centered, college preparatory school located just 15 minutes from Southlake down Davis Boulevard. With an exemplary staff and exceptional programs, FWC offers parents an alternative to larger public schools in the area. With students from over 100 different churches, FWC is an independent and ecumenical Christian school that empowers every student for a lifetime of faith, service and leadership. It is FWC’s mission to make sure every student is known, loved and valued. While they are taught excellence in and out of the classroom, they will also be empowered by a biblical worldview to lead and serve our community, our nation and our world.

FAST FACTS Grades...........................................................Pre-K – 12th grade Enrollment.................................................................................650 Student-Teacher Ratio...............................................12:1 – 15:1 Private or Public...............................................................Private Tours Available........................................................................ Yes Transportation Offered........................................................ No Cost Per Semester........................................................... Varies Enrollment Dates................................... Rolling admissions Enrichment Programs: Drill Team, Bass Fishing, Service Trips, Athletics, Fine Arts

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The Children’s Courtyard

School of Rock Southlake/Keller

Since opening in 2002, the Children’s Courtyard has provided a safe, warm and welcoming learning environment for children in Southlake and the surrounding communities. The Children’s Courtyard is a Cognia-accredited educational center that provides a variety of child academic programs for children ages 6 weeks through 12 years old. The state-of-the-art facility offers infant care, preschool, prekindergarten, accelerated pre-K, and before- and after-school care. Plus with the Prep Lab’s full-day schedule, the instructors help each child become prepared for elementary school and beyond. Come and see how the Children’s Courtyard helps your child become the best version of themselves.

School of Rock is a growing, passionate community dedicated to enriching lives through performance-based music education. After 20 years of teaching thousands of students, the faculty at School of Rock knows that playing songs with people you love drives deeper engagement than conventional music education. Students learn to not only play music but also understand the value of humility, hard work and being on a team. School of Rock’s kids have gone on to be on film, television and Broadway, as well as touring the world in countless bands, having made friends for life. In short, the school makes musicians.



Ages...............................................................6 weeks – 12 years Enrollment.................................................................................. 180 Student-Teacher Ratio.................................. Varies by age Private or Public..............................................................Private Tours Available.........................Yes, in person and virtual Cost.......................................................................... Varies by age Transportation.Yes, to and from elementary schools Enrollment Dates...............................................................Open Enrichment Programs: Soccer, Spanish, Briks 4 Kidz and Dance

Ages...........................................................................................6-106 Student-Teacher Ratio..................... Varies per program Private or Public..................................................After school Tours Available........................................................................ Yes Transportation Offered........................................................No Cost Per Semester........................................................... Varies Season Showcases................................................... Jan. 15-17 Enrollment Dates......................................Open enrollment Enrichment Programs: Summer Camps, Adult Lessons and Band, Little Wing group classes (pre-K–kindergarten), Rookies group classes (6–7 year olds), Birthday Parties and Events

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The Clariden School

Westlake Academy

Small classes. Big spaces. Virtual and in-person learning. All of these things help make The Clariden School the award-winning private institution it is known for. Educating children from pre-K to 12th grade, The Clariden School gives hands-on instruction to students through project-based learning with a focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math. Creating lesson plans that ignite curiosity and encourage innovation, The Clariden School is inspiring the next generation to become a global community of independent thinkers. The Clariden School helps you discover your genius.

As the only municipally owned charter school in Texas, Westlake Academy’s mission is to provide students with an internationally minded education of the highest quality. Westlake offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, a one-to-one iPad program and STEM and CTE courses with technology integrated into its classrooms. The Academy offers all three programs of the international baccalaureate curriculum, and was recently ranked the No. 1 charter elementary, middle and high school in Texas. Westlake Academy connects individuals from around the world, creates lifelong learners, and unites them in their cultural and national identities.



Grades........................................................3 years - 12th grade Enrollment...................................................................................125 Student-Teacher Ratio............................................12:1 — 15:1 Private or Public..............................................................Private Tours Available........................................................................ Yes Transportation...........................................................................No Cost Per Semester..............................$4,525 — $8,800 Enrollment Dates.....................................................March Enrichment Programs: Arts, Character Education, College Pre-Counseling, Field Study, Before and After School Activities

Grades.......................................... Kindergarten – 12th grade Enrollment................................................................................. 885 Student-Teacher Ratio......................................................... 13:1 Private or Public............................................................... Public Tours Available.............................................................. On hold Cost............................................................................................ None Transportation..........................................For field trips and athletic events only Enrollment Dates..................... December 1 – January 31 Enrichment Programs: Sports, Coding, Sciences, Arts and Languages

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home STYLE Home Projects To Take On In 2021


e spent a lot of time at home in 2020, tallying up features we would like to update in our confined surroundings. This year, cross a few of those projects off your checklist with some DIY disposition. These house updates may seem daunting, but each of these home design changes can be done by beginners. So grab your toolkit, and get to renovating.

BRING ON THE BRUSHES An affordable way to brighten up a room is with a can of paint. Whether you invest in the new 2021 trendy shades or create an accent wall with a bold hue, this colorful change can elevate the energy of a space. Smaller projects include painting the back of your front door, which will transform your entryway with a new vibe. Or go bold by investing in a wainscoting kit and creating a three-dimensional installation in your living space. INSTALL A NEW KITCHEN BACKSPLASH Hungry for a new kitchen? Skip the remodel while still getting a fresh look by investing in a new kitchen backsplash. White subway tiles add a classic polish to a space while multi-colored mosaic tiles enhance the dimension of your walls. Whether you set the backsplash with a mortar mixture or opt for a peel-andstick design, this wall feature will perk up your place. SWAP OUT YOUR HARDWARE Keep the DIY kitchen projects going by installing new cabinet hardware. Traditional, bulky pulls can make the whole room feel outdated. With a few tools and a little shopping, this small adjustment can contemporize the entire room. Add contrast to your cabinets by selecting black matte bars, or embrace a bold metallic with a polished gold option. But the fun doesn’t have to stop in the kitchen. Replace all the pulls in your home at once, whether they be in the bathrooms or your home office, to ensure the entire house feels cohesive. ENHANCE YOUR BACKYARD FEATURES We may not be spending a lot of time outside this month, but your spring self will thank you for enhancing your backyard now. Add some warmth to your yard with a DIY brick fire pit, perfect for entertaining on winter nights. Or grow your own seasonal fruits and vegetables by installing a few wood planters. For a heavier undertaking, build a swinging daybed that can forever live on your porch. Just be sure to secure the new lounge feature into a load-bearing beam for safety purposes. JAN 21 • 67


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fter a challenging year full of trials, foodies are in desperate need of a place to ease back, let their hair down and relax with friends. Thankfully, Harwood Arms opened in Dallas last month, providing a cozy, food-forward neighborhood pub in the Harwood District. Harwood District consists of 19 city blocks in the heart of Dallas and now features nine restaurants focused on creating new experiences for diners. You may be familiar with those other concepts — Happiest Hour, Mercat Bistro and Te Deseo are just a few — but the restaurant district’s mission is all the same.

“Our leading philosophy is to spark curiosity,” Alexie Estrada, Harwood International’s curator of brand experience, says. “From the storytelling to the transportive hospitality environments, we strive to deliver extraordinary experiences that keep guests coming back to discover something new with every visit.” Harwood Arms, the latest addition that opened on December 7, has joined the community with a bang thanks to its British Isles-inspired menu, craft cocktails and top-tier whiskeys. The 4,000-square-foot pub manages to create a cozy atmosphere



while still allowing space for guests to retain social distancing. With warm wood fixtures, six TVs and dartboards, the interior encourages diners to stick around for a while and build connections. “The intention was to create a spot where everyone will know your name,” Estrada says. “One could say it’s our version of ‘Cheers.’ We see colleagues, friends and sports fans alike gathering around the bar to share thoughts, ideas, visions and to even cheer and banter over a good game airing on TV. All in all, guests can expect a warm welcome, a cold pint or a whiskey served neat and fresh food-forward culinary offerings here.” With more than 40 whiskeys ranging from Irish to Japanese selections, 50 domestics and craft cocktails, it’s easy to find something to get excited about on the drink menu. To get a taste of its unique offerings, try the Harwood Arms Private Select Old Fashioned, which showcases a one-of-a-kind whiskey made in partnership with Maker’s Mark. Or for a classic, its Irish Coffee is finished with a spiced whip, which is sure to put a smile on your face. After finding something to sip on and skimming the menu, diners should expect warm yet refined dishes that redefine pub grub. “Flavorful, scratch-made dishes are our heart and soul,” executive chef Ryan York says. “We definitely kicked up the flavor of traditional pub fare while adding dishes that guests may not typically see at a pub.” The loaded potato skins and beer-battered fish and chips act as elevated traditional staples, while the roasted bone marrow provides a more unexpected option. For something on brand with pub food, enjoy the Guinness-braised short rib, served with cheddar grits, carrots and pearl onions. And luxurious ingredients and flavors can be found in the London Broil, a 10-ounce steak served alongside Irish cheddar and Boirsin mac and cheese and steak sauce. Make sure to leave room for dessert. Its whiskey toffee cake is made with Jameson anglaise, candied hazelnuts and vanilla whip, and its Beeramisu consists of Guinness-soaked ladyfingers, cocoa and mascarpone whip. Whether you come by for late night (Harwood Arms remains open until 2 a.m.) or try out its highly anticipated brunch, be ready to find regionally influenced dishes, quality drinks and a community of pub-loving diners just waiting to know your name.


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Better Food, Better Life

Sushi Sakana Opens Its Doors In Southlake For the past three years, James Park has dreamed of opening a sushi restaurant in Southlake, and it was finally realized when he opened Sushi Sakana in Kimball Crossing last month. A restaurateur who has been in the industry for 15 years, James has managed the Plano location of Sushi Sakana since 2017. Collaborating with his partner and chef Sung Yoon, James says their restaurant is special because it focuses on enhancing the experience for its customers. “A lot of sushi restaurants are more focused on growth rather than quality,” James says. “They open a lot of locations, do all-you-can-eat. We wanted to make a better restaurant with higher quality and great taste. I want my restaurant to be the very best that it can be.” The quality speaks for itself. The restaurant features over 50 rolls of four variations of cooked, raw, no-rice and deep-fried rolls, providing new impressions with every bite. James says their deep-fried rolls are among the most popular selections, with their nine varieties made with spicy crabmeat and mayonnaise, jalapeno and eel sauce before fried in tempura batter. But his personal favorites are the Volcano, a California roll baked with marinated crawfish and sliced avocado, and the Sakana Fire, a shrimp tempura roll made with cucumber, spicy tuna and crunch flakes. “We have a good selection of rolls for everybody,” James says. “Some customers are looking for cooked rolls while others are looking for fresh ones. We make each one specific to the customer’s preferences.” But sushi isn’t all that they specialize in. They also feature an assortment of Japanese entrees available in bento boxes or a la carte. The teriyaki, for instance, delivers savory sensations whether you select beef, chicken, shrimp or salmon as the protein, and the 7-ounce filet mignon provides heft to any meal. Plus with unique dessert selections like mochi ice cream and tempura cake, you can feel assured knowing the end of your meal will be just as unique as the rest of the dining experience. And with the rollout of new UberEats delivery services, diners can take the experience home by ordering to go. “This location was a dream come true for us that’s been several years in the making,” James says. “We want Southlake’s neighborhoods to enjoy better food and better life with us.” So whether you sample a sushi roll or explore its other culinary delights, you’ll enjoy indulging in the high-quality experience that Sushi Sakana provides.

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in between REPS The New Year provides a clean slate for those who have fresh intentions. With common resolutions including working out and spending quality time with loved ones, we’re making things easier for you by mapping out a morning that includes both. Whether you’re working around a Saturday bike ride or a Sunday jog, here’s how to design a date while staying on the go.



While heading down Southlake Boulevard to Keller may feel like a hike, the espresso drinks at Summer Moon Coffee prove to be worth the trip. The cozy coffeehouse uses a wood-fired brick roaster to prepare its beans, making for a cup unlike any other. Sweet tooths will love the Summermoon, an original latte served with its signature Moon Milke: a blend of seven secret ingredients. Traditionalists, on the other hand, can enjoy a cappuccino or nitro cold brew. Gluten-free foodies are sure to jump for joy over the array of pastry options available, like pound cake, cinnamon rolls, donuts and macarons. And hopefully with that caffeinated kick, you and your significant other will be ready to take on whatever activity you have planned.


After walking around Bicentennial Park or Lake Grapevine, keep the healthy choices going by stopping into Southlake Town Square’s Pure Cafe. The bright bistro is known for its fresh smoothies, sandwiches and salads, making for a light option for those who don’t want to feel weighed down by their food. Breakfast lovers can enjoy classics like avocado toast and oatmeal, while lunchers can revel in refreshing dishes like its acai bowl, made with acai juice, strawberry, blueberry and banana and topped with fresh fruit and granola. For proteinpacked selections, try the jalapeno chicken sandwich, a flatbread creation complete with green leaf lettuce, red onion, cheddar cheese and salsa. Winter flavors can be found in the cranberry pecan salad — organic mixed greens, cranberries, green apple, feta cheese and pecans finished with balsamic vinaigrette. Not only will you be filling up on nutritious options but also you will be supporting a Southlake-owned business. It’s a win-win all around.


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rom the Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado to Ponte Vecchio in Italy, bridges are more than pretty backdrops. History, innovation and construction feats are built into these picturesque connectors. Whether you love the thrill of the Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge or the history of the Khaju Bridge, here are some beautiful bridges worth traveling for.

Royal Gorge Bridge | Canon City, CO

Adrenaline junkies and fans of the highwire acrobat Nick Wallenda can test their fear factor at America’s highest suspension bridge. The Royal Gorge Bridge in Canon City, Colorado, is stretched a whopping 956 feet above the Arkansas River. Built solely for people to enjoy — it


is not part of a road or highway system — the Royal Gorge Bridge was first built in 1929 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Walking the bridge and taking selfies aren’t the only things you can do here. Test your fear of heights even more with the Royal Rush Skycoaster, which goes 1,200 feet over the edge of the Royal Gorge, or learn more about the bridge’s history at the Plaza Theater.

Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge | China

If the Royal Gorge Bridge doesn’t provide enough of an adrenaline rush, the Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge in China sure will. This bridge is the longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge in the world. Spanning two mountains in the

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A SYMBOL OF FLORENCE The first documentation of the Old Bridge is from 966

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Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, this bridge is not for the faint of heart. As they walk the 1,410 footlong bridge, visitors can look down 984 feet at the world below. Height-averse people will surely want to avoid this bridge and its 20-foot width — only 600 people are allowed on the bridge at one time, and visitors enter in batches. If even that isn’t scary enough for you, around 50 miles away from the Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge is the Tianmen Mountain Scenic Area, which is home to three glass skywalks hanging to vertical cliffs 4,600 feet high.

Khaju Bridge | Isfahan, Iran

History buffs, art history majors and lovers of unique destinations will never tire of the beautiful sights and sounds of this bridge. Khaju Bridge in Isfahan, Iran, was built around 1650 and has 23 arches that span its length. Built under the reign of the Persian Safavid King Shah Abbas II, the bridge also serves as a place for public meetings. But it truly comes to life at night when decorative lights illuminate its arches. Original tile work and paintings also adorn this bridge, allowing visitors to marvel at both the bridge’s architecture and artistic history. Walking around the bridge and its pavilion, guests will be able to admire the stone seat Shah Abbas once sat on and reflect on the bridge’s 350-year history. Described as one of the most famous bridges in Iran, Khaju Bridge is not to be missed.

Ponte Vecchio | Florence, Italy

During World War II, the Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence, Italy was one of the few bridges that escaped destruction by Germany. First built in 966 over the Arno River and then rebuilt following a flood in 1345, Ponte Vecchio — also known as Old Bridge — is rich in history. However, those less interested in the past can look forward to the shops, which have been there since the 13th century, that line the Ponte Vecchio. So it’s a perfect destination for those ready to indulge in Italian retail. Early on in the life of the shops on Ponte Vecchio, all kinds of shops flourished, including butchers and fishmongers. However, this also allowed odors to develop — which is why in 1593, Ferdinand I proclaimed that only goldsmiths and jewelers could have shops on the bridge. So now visitors just have to look out for the chic, luxurious destinations that await to be explored.


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