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December 2015 • Vol 10 • Issue 12

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A Breath of Fresh Air STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS Publisher Mike Tesoriero Mike@SouthlakeStyle.com Editor Audrey Sellers Audrey@SouthlakeStyle.com Advertising Director Nicole Tesoriero Nicole@SouthlakeStyle.com Art Director Bruce Sons Bruce@SouthlakeStyle.com Marketing and Events Manager Geri Allen Geri@SouthlakeStyle.com Advertising Coordinator Dia Moraru Dia@SouthlakeStyle.com Contributing Photographers BluDoor Studios Jamie Handy Kumiko Murakami Campos Tommy Pennington Contributing Writers Amy Reisner Lori Stacy Gina Tagliarino

As 2015 draws to a close and I look back on our annual Best Of list (see page 45), I can’t help but become even more excited for the future of our city. For months, we have been witness to some major improvements, most notably at Bicentennial Park—the city’s most central park. Although still under construction, the bulk of my excitement is a result of all that is already completed across Southlake’s parks and recreation landscape. Thanks to a Parks Renaissance over the last two decades, Southlake now has more than 20 different parks and recreation facilities totaling more than 1,200 acres of athletic fields, playgrounds, trails and ponds. From the Bob Jones Nature Center to the Southlake Tennis Center, there are hundreds of ways to spend quality time and take in a breath of fresh air with family and friends. Research shows that cities with thriving parks are safer. That’s because dedicated green spaces are frequent gathering places for a well-connected community. Such a community looks after itself and protects what it has built. There are also commercial benefits to these communal spaces, which create new jobs and greater opportunities for economic growth and development. The simple fact that well-maintained parks contribute mightily to community pride and fiscal sustainability was never lost on any of our community leaders. Former Mayor John Terrell told us as he left office this past May, “Our parks system is one of the best in the state, and when complete, Bicentennial Park will represent one of the finest parks in the Southwest...” Terrell would also be the first to tell you that he was but a part of a larger team of leaders and volunteers who helped shape our city. However, from 1999 through 2015, the majority of our Parks Renaissance, Terrell’s leadership had an immense impact on the parks system, and thus, the quality of life we all hold so dear. It is for this reason, and many others that we are acknowledging him as Southlake Style’s 2015 Community Impact Award recipient. Patience and persistence pay off, and whether it’s an elementary choir performance at the Senior Center, a concert on the lawn at The Marq, or watching kids play baseball, before long, young, old and all of us in between will make our way to enjoy the everexpanding amenities of Bicentennial Park—Southlake’s first and finest park.

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25 BEST OF 2015 The year in review

36 PARKS RENAISSANCE A look at Southlake’s vibrant park system

41 JOHN TERRELL 7th Annual Community Impact Award winner

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08 SOCIALLY SPEAKING 10 TRAVEL WITH STYLE 12 THE MEDIA ROOM 15 IN THE SPOTLIGHT 16 Community News 19 Business News 73 SHOP IN STYLE 74 Stuff You’ll Love 75 Luxury Review 77 LOCAL FLAVOR SIX 10 Grille, The Ashton 85 BOARDING PASS Ski Destinations 91 ARTS & CULTURE / EVENTS What’s going on in our area 1 00 OUT & ABOUT Southlake Style’s Social Gathering 1 02 SS NEXT DOOR 1 04 PARTING SHOT

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CHRISTMAS IS FOR CHILDREN Each year, Christmas Is For Children helps families in our area experience the holidays with dignity and a sense of normalcy. Like so many, we adopt Angels and support the Food Drive and Food Basket Assembly. christmasisforchildren.com Nicole Smith | 682.472.2473 nsmith@briggsfreeman.com nicolesmith.net

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CARROLL CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS TOOK SECOND PLACE AT STATE The Southlake Carroll Boys and Girls Cross Country teams earned second place finishes at the Class 6A State Championship in Round Rock, Texas, last month. Despite rain, wind and mud making the already difficult course at Old Settler’s Park even more challenging, both the boys and the girls came away with a podium finish. Head Cross Country Coach Justin Leonard said in a press release, “Our boys and girls ran as hard as they possibly could today and came up a little short of our goal. Even though we didn’t reach our goal, I’m still proud of the way they competed and their strong finish to the season. Our goal is to work hard and aim high and we will regroup and get ready to come back next season and leave it all on the course again. I would like to thank our seniors for the leadership and dedication to the program over the past four years.” SECOND ANNUAL TABLETOPS SOUTHLAKE A SUCCESS The Southlake Hilton was the setting for the second annual TableTops Southlake event last month. The fundraising event featured beautifully decorated tables, a reception-style lunch and silent auction. The event benefitted Grapevine Gatehouse, a new supportive living community where women and children in crisis receive safe refuge. Proceeds will be used to purchase gifts for children and women at Gatehouse.

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CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS GERMAN-STYLE AT THE TEXAS CHRISTKINDL MARKET Get your holiday gift list ready: The Texas Christkindl Market returns to Globe Life Park in Arlington for its fifth year. This free, family-friendly market, which runs through December 23, features a unique shopping experience for holiday gifts, decorations and unique one-of-a-kind finds. Guests can shop for traditional handcrafted gifts and collectibles straight from Germany including exclusive Käthe Wohlfahrt merchandise and designs from the iconic Rothenburg ob der Tauber Christmas Village. And don’t forget to partake in the authentic German treats and eats!

SOUTHLAKE’S INTERNATIONAL BALLET THEATER PRESENTS NUTCRACKER PERFORMANCES Visions of sugar plums will be dancing in your head December 5 – that’s when the International Ballet Theater (IBT) is hosting its Nutcracker performances. Shows are at 2 and 5 p.m. at the Dupree Theater at the Irving Arts Center. Studio A Dance in Southlake is the official home of IBT. “Nutcracker Sweet: Twist on a Traditional Tale” will be an entertaining performance for all ages, with a creative script to match the beauty of the ballet. Dancers from Studio A and beyond auditioned for roles, with professional Principal Dancers, Harry Feril (Bruce Wood Dance Project) and Yulia Ilina (Russian trained ballerina), joining the troupe. Get your tickets for the Nutcracker performances at IrvingArtsCenter.com. CARROLL EDUCATION FOUNDATION ANNOUNCED 2015 GRANT WINNERS Carroll Education Foundation (CEF), with the support of the Dragon drum line and Park Place Lexus, conducted the 2015 Prize Parade in October, awarding more than $77,000 in grant money to Dragon classrooms across the district. Each school within Carroll ISD received funds that will support innovative learning for years to come. To date, CEF, with the support of generous donors, has awarded more than $1 million in grant funds to support CISD’s mission of creating an environment that fosters excellence. Funds raised from the Culinary Celebration, North Texas Day of Giving and the Friends of CEF Capital Campaign are on their way to Dragon classrooms.




CARROLL MEDICAL ACADEMY SEEKS MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS FOR CAREER DAY Are you a member of the medical community? The Carroll Medical Academy (CMA) invites you to take part in its Annual Medical Professionals Career Day on February 11, 2016, at the CISD Administration Building. The event is an opportunity for students to converse with medical professionals, and it’s a chance for those in the medical field to give back to the community. “CMA’s Annual Career Day affords our students the opportunity to explore the many and varied career tracks available within the healthcare field,” says Trish Ballew of the Carroll Medical Academy Boosters. “Each year, all CMA students spend a day conversing with medical professionals from across Southlake and the Metropolex.” Participation is available in half-day increments (morning or afternoon) or a full day. If interested, send your contact information to cmacareerday@gmail.com or visit CarrollMedical.com.

LIBERTY CHRISTIAN STUDENTS PLACED SECOND IN WORLD SOLAR CHALLENGE It was the adventure of a lifetime for some students at Liberty Christian School. The school’s Solis Bellator (Sun Warrior) team competed in the World Solar Challenge this fall, finishing in second place in the Adventure Class. Not only did this team accomplish a mammoth task by trekking across Australia from North to South in a team-built solar car, but they boast having the youngest team member ever to compete in the World Solar Challenge. Freshman Austin Hunt is 14 years old. The team was also one of only three high school teams joining the ranks of global teams and universities such as MIT, Stanford, Cambridge and University of Michigan (who came in fourth behind two Dutch teams and one Japanese team). The two other high school teams were from Japan and Houston, Mississippi. For more information and final rankings, visit WorldSolarChallenge.org.

SOUTHLAKE RANKED IN “50 BEST SUBURBS IN AMERICA” LIST For the first time, Southlake made Business Insider’s list of the “50 Best Suburbs in America,” coming in at No. 17. The list was determined by a number of factors including commute times, median household income, poverty and crime rates, public school ratings and housing affordability. Southlake was topped by three other Texas towns: Bellaire at No. 10, Highland Park at No. 7 and University Park at No. 4. Other Texas suburbs on the list include Colleyville (No. 32), Trophy Club (No. 36) and Flower Mound (No. 44).


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DRYBAR OPENED UP SHOP IN GRAPEVINE Drybar, the nation’s premier blow-dry salon, opened in Grapevine last month. The concept, which has captivated a legion of loyal clients around the country, is simple: No cuts. No color. Just blowouts. Drybar provides professional blowouts at a flat price of just $40, regardless of hair length or thickness (wash included). The list of styles reads like a cocktail menu: the Cosmo (lots of loose curls), the Straight Up (straight with a little body), the Southern Comfort (big hair, lots of volume), the Mai Tai (messy and beachy), the Manhattan (sleek and smooth) the Dirty Martini (tousled and textured) and for the little ladies, the Shirley Temple at $28. Visit SouthlakeStyle.com to see our Q&A with founder Alli Webb. DEL FRISCO’S HOSTED SECOND ANNUAL RUN WITH THE TROOPS 5K Last month, Southlake-based Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group Inc. hosted its second annual Run With the Troops 5K at Bicentennial Park. The family-friendly event was a chance for participants to run or walk alongside past and current military personnel on a five-kilometer course. The 5K benefitted Operation Once in a Lifetime, a nonprofit created to make the dreams of U.S. soldiers come true. “Del Frisco’s is thrilled to once again show our support for our nation’s service members and Operation Once in a Lifetime,” said Sherry Joseph Treviño, Director of National Sales, in a press release. “Not only does this special event allow our six Dallas/Ft. Worth restaurants to collaborate, but it enables the entire community to draw together in a fun and interactive way for a great cause.” LITTLE SUNSHINE’S PLAYHOUSE WELCOMES NEW SCHOOL MANAGER Akemi Steiner is the new School Manager for Little Sunshine’s Playhouse, located at 600 Zena Rucker Road in Southlake. Steiner, who has a degree in Special Education from Stephen F. Austin University, brings more than 24 years of experience in the early-childhood business. “I am so pleased to be the School Manager at Little Sunshine’s Playhouse in Southlake. This position will allow me to do what I do best, and that is to work with parents, teachers and students to ensure success in every way possible,” she said in a press release. “I look forward to being a part of the daily growth of imaginations, enrichment of positive attitudes as self-esteems are being developed, and the ever so important learning that will prepare each child for future endeavors.”



PRIMROSE SCHOOL OF SOUTHLAKE, PRIMROSE SCHOOL AT HIDDEN LAKES HELD CHARITY DIAPER DRIVE Rosemary and Josh Briggle, Owners of Primrose School of Southlake and Primrose School at Hidden Lakes, saw a need in the community and stepped in to help. Their schools recently hosted a two-week-long diaper drive, bringing in nearly 13,000 diapers for Captain Hope’s Kids, a nonprofit that helps meet the critical needs of homeless children. The organization donates approximately 16,000 diapers a week, making it the largest supplier of diapers to homeless shelters in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. “We hope to exceed our number the next time around, however, the volunteer who picked up the diapers said it was the biggest single donation he had ever seen,” said the Briggles. “We’re very proud of all of our Primrose families for their generosity and compassion.”


TEDDY’S BIGGER BURGERS ARRIVES IN COLLEYVILLE There’s a brand-new burger in town, and it’s big. Teddy’s Bigger Burgers, the Hawaiian burger phenomenon, has opened its first shop in Texas. Located at 4712 Colleyville Boulevard (Highway 26), the restaurant serves menu items with “retro Hawaiian flair.” Founded 17 years ago in Hawaii, the Teddy’s Bigger Burgers brand lives up to its name. The premium, 100-percent ground chuck burgers are big and beefy, and flame broiled to perfection. Signature burgers include the Original Burger, Teriyaki Burger and Monster Double Burger, which is the largest burger on the menu at one pound of premium ground chuck. Teddy’s Bigger Burgers in Colleyville is open seven days a week from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. See the menu and learn more at TeddysBiggerBurgers.com.

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FUSION ACADEMY HOSTED TED TALK SPEAKER, SHAWN ACHOR Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage, was the keynote speaker at Fusion Academy’s seminar, “Finding Your Path: Fusing Authenticity and Happiness to Guide Success.” The October event was geared toward students, parents, teachers, counselors and other education professionals. Achor drew hundreds of attendees as he challenged the crowd with questions such as “Do authenticity and happiness guide your life, or do you have it backwards?” He gained worldwide appeal for his TED Talk, “The happy secret to better work,” and is the 13th most-viewed TED Talk speaker. The event was part of Fusion Academy’s Annual EPIC Summit (Excellence, Passion, Innovation, Courage – EPIC).

SAVE THE DATE FOR MID-CITIES SOS 10TH ANNUAL CELEBRITY CHEFS On January 17, the Hurst Conference Center will be the setting for an unforgettable evening of campfire cuisine, craft beer and wine. It’s all for the 10th Annual Celebrity Chefs 2016, a Mid-Cities SOS event benefitting SafeHaven. Themed “Camping Under the Stars,” the event includes a guest appearance from Michael Martin Murphey along with his signed guitar with “Wildfire” lyrics up for bid. Guests will be in the running for many exciting raffle prizes including a $1,500 gift certificate to Market Street, a gift package to Great Wolf Lodge and a Mystery Treasure Chest worth at least $1,000. Last year, Mid-Cities SOS raised more than $120,000 for SafeHaven. You’re invited to put on your best boots, business attire or bling, and enjoy an evening of campfire cuisine, music and good times. Visit Mid-CitiesSOS.org for details.

WOUNDED WARRIORS RETURN TO SOUTHLAKE FOR CHARITY SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT The Wounded Warrior Southlake Steering Committee is hosting, along with the City of Southlake, a charity softball tournament featuring the world-famous Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST). WWAST consists of amputee soldiers who play all over the world against ablebodied teams to inspire and educate others and to enhance the lives of amputee soldiers. (The WWAST is not affiliated with the Wounded Warrior Project.) The 2016 tourney will be held at Southlake’s Bob Jones Softball Park on January 23. The all-day event includes a slow pitch softball tournament featuring the WWAST and teams from North Texas, including local teams comprised of CISD softball and baseball players, CISD teachers and coaches, and members of churches, businesses, sports associations, and the Southlake Police and Fire departments. Learn more at WoundedWarriorSouthlake.com.

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BEST OF 2015 BEST UP-AND-COMER Southlake-based singer and songwriter, Cole Wilkinson, strummed his way into the hearts of millions on NBC’s The Voice. Though he didn’t get any of the judges’ chairs spinning during the Blind Auditions, Wilkinson is hardly done. His goal is to move to Los Angeles when he turns 18 and score a record deal. Lofty goals—but something tells us he’s got just enough talent and tenacity to get there.

BEST SUMMER SIPPABLES A tall glass of water has its place, but when summer rolls around, sometimes what you really need is a well-crafted, refreshing cocktail. Among our favorite top-shelf libations for summer sipping? The Champagne Margarita at Mi Dia from Scratch. Streaming dry ice makes this concoction part expertly crafted cocktail, part spectacle in a martini glass. January 2015 • Vol 10 • Issue 01

BEST CEO IN THE KNOW Tom Klein, CEO of Sabre Corporation, one of the world’s largest travel technology companies, is at the helm of one of the country’s happiest workplaces. Klein isn’t out of touch in a corner office – he makes a point to get to know his team, to create a friendly work environment and to offer unique perks. His worldwide team is taking note. 26 • DEC 15




BEST BEHIND THE WHEEL School bus drivers in Southlake come from all different walks of life. While many other districts employ drivers who made a career of it, our city is different. Explains one driver: “We are a bunch of people from different backgrounds who all happen to enjoy driving school buses post-retirement.” BEST LAST WORDS Our former Foodie Fellow, James Reid, penned his final review, wrapping up his monthly column for us to pursue his food-blogging career. For 18 months, he gave our readers a first look at some of the Metroplex’s best new dining establishments. Thanks, James, for piquing our curiosity and our appetites. BEST REMINDER TO BE KIND Our story on random acts of kindness brought many inspiring dogood tales to the forefront, including GRACE’s Acts of Kindness cards and volunteers dropping off fresh fruit with Meals on Wheels. It was certainly a reminder of how we all can bring more warm fuzzies into the world, one random act of kindness at a time. BEST GROCERY SCENE If only Southlake had a few good grocery stores. Mark that under phrases you’ll never say. By February, our city had a virtual cornucopia of specialty and natural-foods grocers (and likely the highest kale per capita) thanks to Central Market, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, The Fresh Market and Sprouts. SOUTHLAKESTYLE.COM

BEST TEAR-JERKER MOMENT We tend to get a little misty-eyed reading through submissions in our decade-old Best Mom essay contest. This year’s winning submission was no different. Karly Weigl along with her siblings, Ryan, Cheylee and Royce, wrote about their mother, KC: “Thank you for the hugs and kisses when we were born and the ‘final goodbye’ hugs and kisses when we went off to college. On this Mother’s Day, we say ‘thank you’ mom for loving us unconditionally and reminding us to smile and laugh each day because tomorrow is not guaranteed.” Tissue, anyone? BEST DROOL-WORTHY DESSERTS Our February feature, “Gallery O’ Glazes,” was packed with all kinds of good stuff: Coffee liqueur-dipped ladyfingers, warmed dark chocolate cake, fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies. The way to our heart, though, is the scratch-made key lime pie at Winewood Grill. It’s light and fresh with just the right amount of sweet zing. DEC 15 • 27

BEST OF 2015 BEST PLACE TO GRAB A BURGER There’s no shortage of great burger joints in Southlake, but the hometown favorite is Johnny B’s Burgers and Shakes. This family-owned and operated restaurant proves that simplicity still reigns supreme. When John Finlayson opened his namesake burger joint in 2003 with his wife Sandi, they set out with the simple motto to be the hometown cheeseburger place. Mission accomplished.

BEST BRAIN FREEZE The frozen concoctions are flavorful and fun at HipPop, an all-natural popsicle, slush and shaved ice joint in Grapevine. Flavors on the menu include Busta Lime (Jalapeño Cucumber Lime) and Insane in the Membrane (Mango Habanero). HipPop even created Dragon Pride pops for our 10th-annual tailgate.

BEST NEW BOUTIQUES (E.Leigh’s Contemporary Boutique pictured above.) Southlake Town Square is home to world-class shopping, and we can’t get enough of two boutiques new on the scene: E.Leigh’s Contemporary Boutique and Kendra Scott. We love E.Leigh’s for its chic, on-trend styles and friendly service, and when it comes to jewelry, every woman should own an iconic piece from Kendra Scott. We have the Elle earrings in more than a few colors.

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BEST SHOCKINGLY SMART STUDENT Few of us can even fathom achieving a perfect score on the SAT, but 16-year-old Nikhil Ravi of Carroll High School did it. After strenuous practice, Ravi, 15 at the time, took the exam in October 2014. The results came in two weeks later and the rest is history.


BEST KICK-BUTT COUPLE Melissa and Mark Page are many things: husband and wife, business partners and fitness fanatics who turned their love for staying in shape into a successful business venture. The two opened ZYN22, a boutique that offers a little bit of dance, a little bit of cycling and a whole lot of fun. Melissa works with her team of former Emerald Belles to spin people into shape all over the Metroplex.


BEST FAMILY SUCCESS STORY The name Claffey is synonymous with pools. Recognized as the fifth largest pool company in the country, Claffey Pools is the family-owned business that has served Southlake and beyond as the go-to experts for not only pools but the entire outdoor living experience. The family continues to build on their father’s original motto: “Quality is our commitment to you.” BEST EXAMPLE OF STEPPING UP While stopped at a red light in Southlake, something caught former Army paramedic Aaron Kreag’s attention. A man was assaulting his female passenger in the car next to him. Kreag’s wife called 911 as Kreag exited the car and yelled for the man to stop. When the man stepped outside the car, Kreag drew his .45 caliber gun and held the man at gunpoint until police arrived to secure the scene. BEST FIRST CONCERT Taylor Swift came to town in September, and is it just us, or was everyone at AT&T Stadium? Although we couldn’t find a Blank Space in the crowd, it was fun to Shake It Off with hordes of other Swifties. The Dallas stop of The 1989 World Tour was indeed a pop-infused event we were glad to experience.


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BEST OF 2015 BEST TACO BREAK If you have a craving for authentic Southern California tacos but you can’t swing a trip to Long Beach, just jet over to So-Cal Tacos in Grapevine. The place is vibrant and fun with a menu that’s big on Mexican-food favorites like burritos and quesadillas. We love the Gamechanger (a honey chipotle grilled salmon taco), and if we’re in a really gnarly mood, we’ll get it Cali-style and stuff it with fries.

BEST LEADING LADY Laura Hill made history this year as Southlake’s first woman mayor. She’s been a civic leader for more than a decade, and she’s also a successful businesswoman; Hill is the co-owner of Downey Publishing and Texas Ice Cream. She has racked up numerous accolades, and now she’s focusing on creating the very best version of Southlake.

BEST LEADING MAN The first role Carroll Senior High School student Drew Brown remembers playing required him to be dressed up in a giant pizza costume. He’s come a long way – most recently as the lead in Carroll Theater’s “Young Frankenstein.” We named Brown one of our “Five Ones to Watch,” and he hasn’t disappointed.

BEST INSPIRING M.D. Everybody loves a heart-warming medical story. So we were happy to introduce you to Robert (Dr. Bob) Owens, M.D., a Southlake otologist and neurotologist who works with both adults and children with complex ear problems. He performs more than 700 ear surgeries each year, many of which are life-changing for pediatric patients. Some of his patients have even gone on to shine in the spotlight. Madi Davis, a talented singer featured on NBC’s The Voice, worked with Dr. Bob for years.





BEST BANK STATEMENTS Southlake is the sixth richest community in the country, according to MSN.com’s list of the 10 richest towns in America.

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2015 BEST BRIGHT FUTURES This year, 15 CSHS athletes signed letters of intent to represent colleges throughout the United States. Added to the running total of 29 from CSHS, it’s easy to see that with 44 letters of intent, Dragon Athletics continues to produce some of the state’s best athletes.



BEST BON VOYAGE Come explore the Great Northwest with us! Southlake Style and Shangri-La World Travel have partnered with Celebrity Cruises for “Expedition Alaska: Seas the Day.” Mark your calendars for July 29, 2016: That’s when the Celebrity Solstice departs from Seattle, Washington, and sails to Ketchikan, Tracy Arm Fjord, Juneau, Skagway, Inside Passage, and Victoria, British Columbia.


BEST NUMBER OF OUTSTANDING WOMEN IN A SINGLE ISSUE Our second annual Women in Business issue was packed cover to cover with exceptional ladies leaving their mark on the community. From our features on Mayor Laura Hill, Zena Rucker and Linda Clark, to inspirational women such as Patti Stebbins, the October Southlake Style is a testament to some of the area’s leading ladies. BEST NEW DIGS Southlake Town Square’s first condominium project, The Parkview Residences, was launched in late June of this year and is already 35 percent sold. The development provides homeowners with a lock-and-leave lifestyle in the vibrant center of one of the state’s most desirable communities. BEST BRAGGING RIGHTS Southlake just keeps topping the charts. Our fair city is one of only seven Texas suburbs to make Business Insider’s prestigious annual list of best suburbs in the country, coming in at No. 17 out of 50 ranked ’burbs. Southlake is also the No. 1 place for finding a job (Keller and Colleyville made the top 10 list as well), and ranks first as having the highest annual median income, according to WalletHub.

BEST NFL CONVERSATION We caught up with DeMarcus Ware, the six-foot-four, 258-pound defensive end who spent nine seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, to talk about life on and off the field. We got his thoughts on Jerry Jones, and we learned that although Ware is a powerhouse on the field and in the gym, he has a soft spot for his kids. If his daughter wants to have tea time, you can bet Ware is raising up his pinky and clinking a teacup.

BEST STREET NAME WITH A FACE: ZENA RUCKER Between Byron Nelson Parkway and Carroll Avenue is Zena Rucker Road, a street that’s not yet a thoroughfare thanks to its feisty, fearless namesake. When most octogenarians are slowing down, Rucker has become a real estate developer – though she has no interest in selling her nearly 75 acres of land.




BEST TRADITION IN ACTION Ian Moss, a 2014 Carroll graduate, is Texas A&M’s Mascot Corporal for the 2015-16 academic year. This means that he’s in charge of Reveille, the university’s official mascot, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


BEST BUSINESSMAN WITH A BACKSTORY Southlake resident Aslam Khan is a highly successful entrepreneur and one of the top franchise holders in the country. He lives in a sprawling 16,500-square-foot home on the west side of town, but he hasn’t always enjoyed a lavish lifestyle. He grew up in the small village of Fatehabad, Pakistan, where shoes and most human necessities were merely a fantasy.

BEST GOLD-GETTER Connor Hendrickson, 2014 Carroll graduate and former Dragon runner, represented Team USA at the Pan American Junior Championships in Edmonton, Canada. Hendrickson won Gold in the 10,000 meters with a time of 30:46. This was the single fastest time of all competitors throughout the 24-lap race.

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LEGO STAR WARS MILLENNIUM FALCON As if there was any question a Star Wars item was going to top our list. The three-foot-long toy with more than 5,000 pieces is a majestic tribute to Han Solo’s famed warship. Bids on eBay top $4,800 as of press time. VERTIBIRD Before drones, there was the VertiBird, Mattel’s line of toy helicopters. We remember happily flying the little helicopter around a central hub, swooping down to pick up a stray object (sock, coin, younger sibling) in its flight path. LITE-BRITE Aside from the little pointy pegs just waiting to be stepped on, we always enjoyed making light-up works of art on the Lite-Brite. Hasbro released the toy in 1967, and over the years has included patterns for Scooby-Doo, Darth Vader, My Little Pony and other pop-culture faves. ETCH A SKETCH When the Etch A Sketch was first unveiled at the 1959 International Toy Fair, it was a total flop. Fast forward a year, and the mystical drawing toy was one of the most-requested toys of the holiday season. It’s still a beloved classic nearly 60 years later. ROCK ’EM SOCK ’EM ROBOTS The Rock ’Em Sock ’Em Robots, one red and one blue, first engaged in battle in 1964, and they’re still duking it out today. Players control the action in the boxing ring, throwing punches until the head of one of the robots pops up, marking the end of the round. Physical aggression has never been more fun.

BEST REPEAT PERFORMANCE The Dragons did it again. Carroll won its fourth consecutive UIL Lone Star Cup, making it the first in history to win the newly formed Class 6A division. It’s just another example why #ExpectExcellence is more than a hashtag. BEST AL FRESCO DINING When the weather is nice, you can find us mingling over lunch at our favorite patio hotspots. There are plenty in the area – whether you want to catch some fresh air during brunch with the family or find a romantic spot for date night. We gravitate toward the patio at Brio come lunch hour. There’s always a nice breeze, great views, and of course, to-die-for food like the Shrimp Mediterranean. BEST GOOD-GUY GOLFER PGA Pro Ryan Palmer is a world-class golfer with a heart for giving back to kids. He started the Ryan Palmer Foundation in 2003, and its “Birdies 4 Brighter Smiles” initiative raises funds for young kids to receive proper dental care. He says: “I feel blessed to give to these kids. It puts the biggest smile on my face, and most importantly, it gives the kids something to smile about.” BEST INVESTMENT FOR A RAINY DAY To anyone contemplating buying a lakefront property, the prevailing sentiment is to come on in – the water is fine. This year saw the most drastic changes in water levels, with 35 trillion gallons of water flowing into the region’s lakes in May alone. Lakes throughout central and North Texas are ranked among the prettiest in the country, though owning a slice of Texas utopia comes with unique charms and challenges.

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BEST IN WATER The Carroll Dragon boys’ swimming and diving team finished No. 1 in the public school national rankings by the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association for the 2014-2015 school year. The Dragons have won five consecutive state championships, while the Lady Dragons finished third in the public school rankings. Overall, the Carroll program (boys and girls) finished sixth in the nation. BEST ON LAND It doesn’t get any better than the men’s high-school Dragon lacrosse team. They received the Bob Patterson Trophy and recognition as the state’s top program. The annual award recognizes the top Texas men’s high-school program for their sportsmanship, quality of play, respect for the game’s character and the honor that they bring to the sport.

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PARKS Renaissance From just a single park two decades ago, Southlake has blossomed into a community lauded for its beautifully diverse park system. By Lori Stacy


Photos by Tommy Pennington


ometimes communities grow at the expense of parks and open spaces. Fortunately, that is not the case in Southlake. Though the town is expected to see an increase in population of 17 percent from 2005 numbers, the parks and recreation options here have not only continued to grow, they have flourished. The list of parks, recreation areas and open spaces in this community is remarkably diverse. The Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve offers a chance to explore and appreciate the local ecosystem; the impressive lacrosse fields at North Park have welcomed colleges and high schools for playoff games; and the recently opened playground at Bicentennial Park, with its dragon theme and innovative equipment, plays host throughout the days to young children and home-school recreation groups. For those seeking history and lore, By Gina Tagliarino Royal and Annie Smith Park includes a Photography by Jamie Handy hand-dug well rumored to be the final resting place of a notorious gangster named Pinky. In a league of its own is Texas Rangers Miracle League Field, which opened in September and is the backdrop for the Southlake Miracle League, enabling those with disabilities the chance to play baseball. And this month the city will reach another milestone with the opening of “Legends Hall,� Phase I of The Marq Southlake, a premier community recreation center that will house the senior center, an events hall, multipurpose conference and meeting spaces, a club lounge, catering kitchen and an outdoor amphitheater and events space. Construction for Phase II, which will include the fitness and recreation center, indoor aquatics, an indoor playground and multipurpose classrooms for programs, begins in 2016.


PARK FAST FACTS In 1992, Southlake had 14 acres of parkland, all in Bicentennial Park At that time, the recommended park acreage per 1,000 residents was six to 10 This number then changed to 21 acres per 1,000 residents – almost double the regional standard Today, the city has 1,205 acres of parks and open spaces Concept plans are currently in place for the following city parks: Bicentennial Park Bob Jones Park Chesapeake Park The Cliffs Park Coker Hike and Bike Park Gateway Park Haven Park Johnson Place Park Kirkwood-Sabre Linear Park Koalaty Park Liberty Park at Sheltonwood Lonesome Dove Park Noble Oaks Park North Park Oak Pointe Park Royal and Annie Smith Park Southlake Sports Complex


“People here prioritize enjoyment with the family. You see that with the parks.” - Mayor Hill

or a town that had just one park two decades ago to be where it is today requires not only community support and involvement but also the effort and planning of the city leadership. Former mayor John Terrell has been one of those driving forces. He was mayor from 2009 until 2015 and has been actively involved in Southlake politics and community service for the past 16 years, meaning he has not only been involved in the planning and development of The Marq from the beginning, but has also witnessed and been a part of a parks renaissance in this city. “We have one of the best park systems in the entire Southwest,” says Terrell, who credits a community and leaders who have not ever strayed from the goal of making Southlake one of the most desirable places to live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. “City leaders had a vision for a number of years about making sure the park system was the highest quality,” says Terrell. This included buying land for parks, recreation and open use and developing a longterm master plan for the area’s outdoor—and indoor—community spaces. A plan that was put in place for the city in 1992 has been modified throughout the years to meet the growing needs of a growing community. “What’s interesting is that these kinds of visions can’t be a success without continuity,” says Terrell. “That we’ve kept this vision for so many years is rare and unique.” Terrell is quick to point out that the city’s impressive park system isn’t the work or the vision of just a few people. “Many people were involved from early on,” he says, adding that community support has been key in executing the vision. “Our entire city buys into this quality of life.” “Our main goal is to continue to provide the park opportunities our residents tell us they desire while maintaining the environmental integrity of the gifts we have been given in this beautiful city,” says Tina Wasserman, chairperson of the Parks and Recreation Board. “As a parks board, we are tasked with balancing many aspects of parks, from large active parks such as Bicentennial Park, Bob Jones Nature Center and North Park, to smaller passive parks, to neighborhood parks and open spaces. I feel our city has done a tremendous job of balancing the need for very active parks for youth and adult activities, to passive parks for walks and enjoying nature. We have places you can go in our city to meet all of your needs.” Says current mayor Laura Hill, “From the day anyone gets involved in Southlake politics, you know right away how important the parks, open spaces and preserving trees is to the city.“We’re so family-centric,” says Hill. “People here prioritize enjoyment with the family. You see that with the parks.” Indeed, on most mornings you can find Mayor Hill taking advantage of one of the city’s parks with her four-legged family member. Hill has been taking Emma, a four-year-old Rottweiler, to her office in Southlake since the dog was just 12 weeks old. Most mornings, the pair stops at Liberty Park at Sheltonwood to get a walk in before work. Neighborhood parks such as Liberty Park reflect what Hill says has been a deliberate effort by the city to hold developers to a higher standard, ensuring that new communities in Southlake preserve green spaces and set neighborhoods back from the street. So even as the population increases and new neighborhoods are built, the charm of the city has not been lost. A Look Back In 1992, Southlake had a population of 8,000 and 14 acres of parkland, all in Bicentennial Park. The city was expected to grow to 48,000 residents (a third more than the current forecast), and the recommended park acreage per 1,000 residents was six to 10, detailed in what the city called the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan. Four years later, city officials changed that number to 21 acres per

thousand residents, almost double the regional standard, and saw the opening of two additional parks and the expansion of Bicentennial Park to 41 acres. Since then, the city has welcomed additional parks and open space that have brought the total acreage up to 1,205. This number includes small neighborhood parks and the more than eight acres of parks and open spaces within Southlake Town Square, areas that people might not recognize immediately as city parks but that contribute significantly to the beauty and quality of life in Southlake. In 2013, when Terrell was serving as mayor, the city updated the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan and adopted what they call the “Southlake 2030 Comprehensive Master Plan,” to focus on the future of the city’s parks. The plan emphasizes how important parks, recreation programs and open spaces are to the city, stating that, “accessible parks provide a place to play, exercise, spend time with friends and neighbors, or to just relax and recuperate. Trails serve an important recreational function while also creating opportunities for connections throughout the community. These walking, hiking, running, biking, and equestrian trails connect neighborhoods, parks, schools, places of employment and activity centers, and create mobility opportunities for residents of all ages.” Perhaps the most significant addition to the plan, though, was the inclusion of a community facilities element, one that would encourage residents of all ages to participate in recreational, educational and sports-related classes and activities. The plan emphasized that “such access also increases opportunities for interaction among all members of the community, which can lead to stronger community ties and an improved sense of connectedness.” Next Up: The Marq When The Marq opens later this month, that part of the plan will be realized and Southlake’s citizens will have a central location to meet, enjoy classes and activities or just relax with friends and neighbors. “We are excited to see the dream of a community center come to life with The Marq,” says Wasserman. Mayor Hill agrees. “It’s the bow on the package,” she says, referring to how The Marq fits into the city’s overall parks, recreation and outdoor spaces plan. “And,” she adds, “it’s paid for.” The $15 million facility was funded entirely by a halfcent sales tax, meaning that not only was Phase I completely funded but the impact on Southlake’s citizens was minimal. “Seventy-five percent of that revenue comes from people who don’t live in Southlake,” Chris Tribble, Director of Community Services for the city, points out. Building a Better Senior Center The Senior Center inside the Marq is particularly impressive, with a library, lounges, a café area and a kitchen. But Terrell admits that it wasn’t an easy sell to the area’s seniors. “At first seniors were totally against locating [the senior center] in The Marq,” says Terrell. “They wanted to upgrade the existing facility where it was.” Terrell read an article about the City of Euless’ new senior center, which had been built in the city’s rec center even though the seniors had been hesitant. But after the center opened, Euless’ older citizens loved the facility and

its location, and participation by seniors went up by an astounding 2,000 percent. “So we loaded up a bus with Southlake seniors and took them to visit the new Euless senior center,” says Terrell. “We let their seniors tell our seniors how good it was to be located in a rec center.” After that visit, Southlake’s seniors were wholeheartedly on board for what is to be one of the premier centers of its kind in the area. “I am extremely glad we have been able to meet a need for our seniors,” Terrell adds. The opening of the senior center, though, is bittersweet for Terrell. He worked hand in hand with the longtime chair of the Southlake Senior Advisory Commission, Dick McAuley, who passed away in April 2014—before McAuley was able to see his efforts on the new senior center realized. “He was so, so important,” Terrell says of McAuley’s involvement with the senior center. “He at least knew, though, that it was approved.” A Leader With Impact Though Terrell, who is vice president of commercial development for DFW Airport, no longer holds an official position with the city, he is still involved in the community. “I’ll never stop doing things for the city; I love this city.” He and his wife aren’t quite empty nesters yet (they have two children—Jacob, 18, a student at Texas A&M, and Jordan, 14, a freshman at Carroll High), but that doesn’t mean Terrell doesn’t derive just as much enjoyment from Southlake’s parks as a family with young children. He enjoys taking walks through Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve and considers a great day to be one that includes an outing to Southlake’s Texas Rangers Miracle League Field to watch a game and cheer on the children. “It’s an inspiration to watch these kids play baseball, many for the first time,” says Terrell, whose wife Joanne is currently on the board of the Miracle League. While Terrell is quick to spread credit for the advances the city has made with its parks, recreation and outdoor spaces—and indeed it has been a community effort that the city’s many leaders have executed—Terrell’s role as a city leader over the past 16 years and his support of Southlake’s impressive park system can’t be minimized. During his tenure, more than 11 miles of new sidewalks and trails were created, and he also helped the city welcome the arrival of Miracle Field, calling it one of the projects he took most pride in as a city leader. Terrell has been involved with the development of The Marq, which has been in the works for 10 to 12 years, since its inception. Says Mayor Hill, “The Marq would not have happened without John Terrell’s strong leadership and fiscal stewardship. I am still amazed that Phase I was built with cash and that John worked with city staff to ensure that Phase II would be built without asking Southlake residents to foot the bill. He had a strong vision for our city parks and you can see his influence in dozens of our parks.” So while we celebrate the opening of The Marq Southlake and reflect on the growth and improvement of the area’s parks and outdoor spaces, we at Southlake Style would also like to celebrate John Terrell as our 7th annual Community Impact Award winner. It’s an honor most deserved.

LEAVING BEHIND A LEGACY Some notable achievements of John Terrell, our 2015 Community Impact Award winner. Served as a city leader in Southlake for 16 years Served as Mayor of Southlake from 2009 to 2015 Appointed to Southlake’s Zoning Board of Adjustment in 1999 and to the Planning and Zoning Commission in 2000 Helped set up the Crime Control Protection District (CCPD) tax that paid for new DPS facilities Added more than 11 miles of new sidewalks and trails to Southlake Helped lead the charge for Texas Rangers Miracle League Field Was a driving force behind the development of The Marq


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BEST OF 2015 Dr. Ryan Walsh, Dr. Casey Turner and Dr. Sayeed Attar

ADVANCED ENDODONTICS OF TEXAS The Best Endodontics in the Metroplex “My husband had severe tooth pain in September and of course it was over the weekend. I called Dr. Casey Turner. Even though she was out of town, she called me immediately. She was able to call in medications to control infection and pain to get through the weekend. The office worked me into their schedule on Monday morning and we found out that two root canals were needed. My husband has severe anxiety problems and with the care given by Dr. Turner Attar and staff, he made it through the procedure with no problems. What a great experience. This is the only place to go for care.” - Rebecca Wonderful Experience! “When I arrived at Advanced Endodontics of Texas, I was greeted so kindly by a welcoming staff. I was seated very promptly and Dr. Ryan Walsh spent time going over my root canal procedure with me to calm my fears. Then when he numbed the tooth I was pleasantly surprised how very little I felt the injections, which made me even

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more confident that I was in the best of care. I never felt any pain or discomfort during the procedure and the tooth has felt great ever since. I highly recommend Dr. Ryan Walsh and the whole team. This was one of the best dental experiences I’ve ever had.” - Sara Phillips Painless and Professional “I recently had a root canal done at this office and it was a great experience! The staff was all kind and professional! Dr. Attar was very compassionate and understood my fears. He and his assistant took the time to make sure that I was comfortable throughout my visit. Thank you, Advanced Endodontics of Texas for a painless and professional experience!!” - Tiffany Prda 1674 Keller Parkway, Ste., 100, Keller 817.562.4141 AdvancedEndoofTexas.com



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BARROWS FIRM She Has Her Client’s Best Interest at Heart “I have always found Leslie to be very compassionate about her work – she cares. I recently went through a divorce, which involved getting custody of my children on a very quick basis. Leslie managed to get the papers signed and the order delivered all in the space of a few hours. She also called me that evening to make sure that everything had gone smoothly, that I had my children with me and that they were OK. She has her client’s best interest at heart and I would recommend her to anyone.” Outstanding Representation “The Barrows Firm has always provided outstanding representation for me. Leslie is a top-notch attorney and her staff is tremendous.” Best Decision “Hiring the Barrows Firm was the best decision I could have ever made in regards to my divorce. They not only have a thorough knowledge and understanding of Texas Family Law, but their intimate knowledge of the courts made them more than invaluable. Thanks to the firm, I


went from not seeing my only child to having full custody. I would recommend the Barrows Firm to anyone who needs any of their services.” Case Dismissed “My 16-year-old son was charged with a very serious crime. The District Attorney would not dismiss my son’s case and the case was set for trial. Right before trial, Mrs. Barrows negotiated a dismissal of the case for my son.” Highly Recommend “Leslie Barrows and the members of her firm were an incredible help to me during my divorce. They are wonderful to work with and go above and beyond what is required of them. I’m so thankful to have found this firm and I highly recommend the Barrows Firm to anyone in need of legal help.” 500 E. Belknap, Ste. A, Fort Worth 99 Trophy Club Drive, Trophy Club 817.481.1583 BarrowsFirm.com

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“We have been using Berkeys ever since replacing our HVAC systems and we are always pleased with their services. Our air conditioners and furnaces now run cleaner, quieter and more efficient, and we are thrilled our cooling and heating bills have been significantly reduced. Our technician, Brandon C., always provides us with prompt and courteous service, is very thorough, and always takes time to explain how our systems work, and give recommendations on how to keep our systems running efficiently. Berkeys has also provided excellent plumbing and electrical services in repairing leaky faucets and faulty electrical outlets. Locally owned and operated, Berkeys provides a ‘go to’ for our home maintenance needs and we would definitely recommend them!”

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Absolutely Fantastic Service and Medical Care! “I went to Better Faster with a painful neck injury. They were so caring and supportive. I was treated professionally and quickly. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing medical care. Love this group!!!” - Elaine Leap


Great Job Diagnosing and Setting My Broken Leg “Came to the clinic after hurting my leg in a hockey game. Dr. Dennington got it X-rayed, showed where the break was, and set and splinted my leg. He also recommended a great surgeon for the fix. Couldn’t be happier with the service and expertise that was provided.” - Jordan Brod

Very Fast and Professional “I cut my thumb trying to fix my car. I went to Better Faster and they got me into the back within minutes, stopped the bleeding and sealed my wound. Dr. Dennington was very personable and professional. As a person prone to dumb injuries, I can say this was a much better experience than going to the ER!” - Jim Mannering

630 N. Kimball Ave., Southlake 817.421.8777 BetterFasterUrgentCare.com

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BEST OF 2015 James Keoughan

BRIGGS FREEMAN SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY Happy to Have Chosen the Keoughan Group “My husband and I went out one weekend afternoon to explore new subdivisions in DFW. We had no serious intentions of buying a home, let alone building one, but surprised ourselves when we stumbled upon our ideal floor plan in a budding area of Fort Worth. Knowing we would benefit from their guidance, we called the Keoughan Group to help us navigate building our new home. We made a great decision. The entire team has been extremely helpful and knowledgeable throughout this process. If you are considering buying, building or selling your house, we most definitely recommend using the the Keoughan Group.” - Alex Kupstas

I’ve known James for 10 years and he is ethical and I trust him. He also listens to his clients to see what their needs are. My wife and I highly recommend him.” - Bruce Jackson

We Highly Recommend Jerry to All Our Family and Friends “Jerry and the James Keoughan Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty group are professional, knowledgeable and responsive. Any time we need advice or have a question, Jerry is “ALWAYS” quick to respond and has the information we are seeking. Their attention to detail is unsurpassed, and they are head to shoulders above the competition. We highly recommend Jerry and the James Keoughan Group to anyone in need of a great real estate group.”

A Great Experience! “James has sold two houses for us. The first one had a contract within five days of listing. Our most recent house had a contract within five days as well. If you are serious about selling, he is your man. We are currently down sizing and he is also helping us with the purchase.

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- Joyce Hanley The Keoughan Group 112 State St., Ste. 200, Southlake c 972.523.9740 JamesKeoughan.com



BEST OF 2015


Brian and Nanette Luker


Unparalleled Experience

“Professionalism doesn’t begin to describe the outstanding service from the Luker team. Brian and Nan are exceptional. Their attention to detail, expert consultancy and industry tenure helped us navigate and expedite the buying process, without compromise or risk. Thank you, Luker team. We look forward to working with you again.” - E. Smith

“We just bought our dream home with the help of Brian and Nan Luker. They are extremely creative and have unparalleled experience in the North Texas real estate market. Professionalism, honesty and integrity are clearly all core values of theirs. We refer all of our family and friends to Brian and Nan.” - Jay and Stephanie

Best Team Ever in Finding Your Dream Home

Outstanding Customer Service!

“We were extremely lucky to have found Nan and Brian Luker. What sets this team apart is their passion for their profession and their wealth of knowledge. They’re always available to share their insight, give advice, and know how to strategize and negotiate to get the best deal. They are prompt to come to see us when we have a concern. They are a phone call or a text away. In our first transaction we found out they are very good listeners, very knowledgeable, trustworthy, loyal, great advisors, quick to find out what our taste is and carefully narrow down the houses that they feel will impress us. We regard Nan and Brian as our friends, and we look forward to future transactions with them.” - Kambiz


“Nan and Brian deliver OUTSTANDING customer service. My company has used Nan and Brian as our relocation experts for the last six years, and every time they deliver OUTSTANDING customer service. They understand that relocations can be stressful, and they make our employees feel at ease with the process.” - Michael

Brian and Nanette Luker 112 State St., Ste. 200, Southlake c 817.919.9729 /c 817.235.8260 EnjoytheMove.com

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BEST OF 2015 Marilyn and Terry Newton

BRIGGS FREEMAN SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY On a Scale of 1-10, Marilyn is an 11 “Marliyn and Terry are outstanding Realtors. They know the market and have a gift of outstanding professionalism and salesmanship. They took over the listing of my ranch property after I had poor results with a different company. The marketing with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is the best in the business. They not only market well, they then follow up with all potential buyers to understand their needs. They are able to create the wow factor in selling your home. They are so pleasant and great to work with. It made the sale of my property go very smoothly and less stressful. If you want results whether selling or buying, they are the best choice!” - Gayle Karanges

can speak with authority of the residential experiences DFW has to offer. The quality of service they offer is without a doubt...top notch! What sets them apart from other real estate professionals is their instincts about people. They will get to know you, your needs and then they’ll guide you. They are fabulous real estate professionals and wonderful people.” - Deanna Rivera

They Bring a Personal Touch to Each Sell! “I have known the Newton’s for 17 years, three home purchases and two sells!! There is no one who works harder for their clients than they do. They take the time to get to know you and truly care about helping you find your dream home.” - Deonna Unell

Real Estate Best Practices! “Undoubtedly, Marilyn and Terry’s years of experience in the real estate market gives them an edge to recognizing trends, growth and investment opportunity. Their financial knowledge is most impressive. They have sold homes in almost every area within the Metroplex and

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Marilyn and Terry Newton 112 State St., Ste. 200, Southlake 817.846.7600/ 817.980.0459 BriggsFreeman.com



BEST OF 2015


Carol Russo

BRIGGS FREEMAN SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY Efficient and Creative “Thanks to Carol’s guidance about preparation before selling, we had multiple showings and an offer within 24 hours at a great price. We diligently followed her advice. She worked efficiently and creatively to help us meet our moving timelines from one part of town to another. We have recommended her to several friends and they have all had great experiences like we did.” - Karla

Amazing! “I am thrilled to write a review about my house hunting/home buying experience with Carol. First off, she is amazing! I have used several Realtors in the past and none have even come close to being as competent, organized, knowledgeable, accommodating and driven to make the home buying experience great as her. We were coming from out-of-state and we had only three days to find a home. On top of that, my husband and I would be bringing our one-year-old along, and it was also a holiday weekend. Carol, however, dedicated her whole weekend to ensuring that we found the home of our dreams, and she succeeded. Prior to that she was on vacation with her family in Las Vegas, where we were


currently living, and she made time for us to meet her and ask her questions so that we felt comfortable having her as our Realtor. I could not have asked for a better Realtor. She was referred to us from a friend, and we will refer our friends, and anyone that is in need of a Realtor, to her. She is just that good!” - Kassandra

Carol Goes Above and Beyond “We sold our Timarron home with Carol for well over full price. Her “Home Launch Plan” worked seamlessly. She met with us months before the actual list date to offer guidance and share market knowledge. Preparation is key! She and her team of professionals went above and beyond to provide a smooth transaction. Carol knows how to get the most for your house! She is truly the BEST!” - Marianne Carol Russo 112 State St., Ste. 200, Southlake 817.304.4663 CarolRusso.com

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BEST OF 2015 CARILLON Absolutely Wonderful Neighborhood! “Friendly, family community, great amenities: playground, parks, walking trails, community pool and well-kept public spaces. Carillon is very close to downtown Southlake: a definite plus! We love living here!” - Mike

Wonderful Neighborhood and Community! “Carillon has truly been a unique experience. Because it is a young community that is still being built, there is so much energy and vibrancy. There are many social activities for community members of all ages from a Halloween parade for children to adult-only Christmas parties. The commitment amongst community members to make the neighborhood the best place to live is truly what makes it stand out.” - Monika

Carillon’ to communicate with each other, take care of each other, and plan fun events to ensure we have many opportunities to know our neighbors. We celebrate National Night Out the first Tuesday of every October and had the largest neighborhood gathering ever experienced by Southlake. Home or not, neighbors watch out for each other. For families, you can’t have a better school system. We’re just across the highway from Forest Park Medical Center, and when the “Upscale Retail” is complete, we will have it all!” - MaryLee

Perfect Neighborhood “Love for my neighborhood does not describe fully how I feel about living in Carillon. Great neighbors, amazing parks, big sidewalks. I could not ask for anything better.” - Lily

Best Lifestyle in Southlake! “We love living in the Carillon Villa District. Carillon has a great Social Committee that works diligently to ensure all are welcomed into the community. We use ’Nextdoor

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1845 Riviera Lane, Southlake 817.251.5900 CarillonSouthlake.com



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COMPLETE CARE SOUTHLAKE Complete Care - Outstanding Care

Complete Care for All Your Family’s Needs!

“Outstanding service at Complete Care Southlake! Everyone there is a true professional. Very little wait time - even during flu season, which is why we were there. Dr. Peebles was wonderful with my daughter. I would trust them anytime with any medical issues from flu to broken bones. Top-of-the-line service.”

“Complete Care is an unbelievably clean, convenient and professional urgent care facility. The 24-hours, 7-days-a-week schedule in the heart of Southlake provides a location and time convenience for all residents. The extremely knowledgeable and experienced doctors, kind nurses, and supportive office staff are unmatched by surrounding facilities. The organization and diligence of the Complete Care staff provides quality healthcare services in a timely manner. Each one of our family members has been a patient at Complete Care and each experience has resulted in excellent medical care. We are thankful for a facility that can meet all of our healthcare needs in one location. From X-rays to antibiotics or fevers to flu, Complete Care is the place for your family’s entire healthcare needs!” - Melissa

- Jeff

Amazing Care, Amazing Doctors “Complete Care Southlake is a top rate facility with amazing doctors! When my son was injured this summer, and we suspected a broken bone we immediately went to Complete Care Southlake for the fastest diagnosis. All exams and X-rays were completed and done within the hour, without the hassle of waiting in a typical emergency room. I would recommend Complete Care Southlake to ANYONE. They are hands down the best of the best when it comes to urgent care!” - Anne


321 West Southlake Blvd., Ste. 140, Southlake 817.809.2089 CompleteEmergencyCare.com

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Best Daycare/School Around

“Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool is full of teachers who care for every child and take pride in their job every day! The management team has all families best interests at heart and strive to make every experience the best. I would not take my children anywhere else in town. I would recommend this preschool to everyone looking for quality childcare.” -Kristin

“My 2-year-old has been attending since April and I couldn’t be happier with her teacher, the facilities, management, and my favorite part: kiddie cams....I look forward to the daily emails with details of the day!” - Evonne

Best Childcare Program “Little Sunshine’s Playhouse has an exceptional program with lots to offer to your little ones. They educate the whole child through their innovative learning program and enriching lessons throughout the day. Beyond that they have exceptional school management and welleducated teachers.” - Kelley

Little Sunshine’s is the Best Choice You Will Make “Little Sunshine’s is a wonderful program. Their curriculum and special features are unrivaled. They have a great staff that loves the kids and what they do!” - Molly

Amazing! “Southlake is run by three AMAZING leaders who have deep routed passion for the Early Childhood Education field. I highly recommend!” - Taylor 600 Zena Rucker Rd., Southlake 817.442.5771 LittleSunshine.com

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BEST OF 2015


Mark Jameson and 2014-2015 ScholarHeather Athlete Scholarship Recipients Peyrovi, Clinic Owner

MARK JAMESON-ALLSTATE INSURANCE Long-time Customer “I have been a customer of Mark Jameson Allstate for a very long times and will remain with his agency due to the excellent service and professional staff. When you call, you are always greeted by a staff member that truly wants to help you. They really care about providing you with the best way to protect your family’s property and assets.” - Gloria

Mark Supports the Community, Office Staff is Amazing “My wife and I chose to do business with Mark Jameson because he supports Southlake through scholarship programs through the school, and many other donations and support. We love being able to keep our insurance business within Southlake Carroll, and receive what we feel is over and above service from his agency staff as well. It’s truly a win-win!!!” - Bryan


With Having so Many Choices, I Wouldn’t Choose Any Other Office “Excellent customer service has almost become a thing of the past. We consumers have grown accustomed to being outsourced to a robotic voice. Not at Mark Jameson’s Allstate. You always get a live person who is willing to go above and beyond for you. I am not very insurance savvy and the customer service ladies there take care of me so well. They are knowledgeable and always take their time. I have recommended them to all my friends and family. There is nowhere else I would rather be than with Mark and his team.” - Antwon

Best Insurance Agency Ever “Love dealing with the ladies in the office. They are always so nice and caring. Great customer service.” - Ann 500 N. Carroll Ave., Ste. 120, Southlake 817.481.5569 Mark.Jameson@Allstate.com

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BEST OF 2015 MICHAEL A. BOGDAN, M.D., FACS Amazing Surgeon “Dr. Bogdan performed a facelift with open platysmaplasty. As Dr. Bogdan had previously performed upper blepharoplasty for a friend and I (and the procedures produced fabulous results), I had no reservations about the facelift. Not only does he thoroughly explain the procedure to be performed but the healing process as well. As a patient, you always feel at ease with the knowledge that Dr. Bogdan’s extensive training and visual acuity ensure the very best results. His skill level is amazing and I feel so fortunate to be a patient. I would give Dr. Bogdan and his staff a ‘10’ if it were possible.” - Mary

AMAZING! “Dr. Bogdan performed my breast augmentation in May. From the very first phone call, I knew he was the doctor that I wanted. His calm and confident demeanor was exactly what I was looking for. We even talked about the history of the breast implant, the procedure, etc. before we even got to me, so that he was sure I was fully informed. As someone who had done HOURS of research myself, I appreciated that! My surgery and re-

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covery could not have been easier. Dr. Bogdan and his extremely skilled OR staff and anesthesiologist made me extremely comfortable before and after the surgery. He and his office staff were more than accommodating to MY schedule, which was no small task! I couldn’t, and wouldn’t, recommend another plastic surgeon.” - Rachael

Dr. Bogdan is the Best “After three consultations with other doctors, I finally met Dr. Bogdan. What a difference. I knew at that moment he was the doctor for me. His professionalism and skills are unsurpassed. I am completely happy with the results. If I ever need another procedure I would travel back to Dallas to do so.” - Donna

410 N. Carroll Ave., Ste. 170, Southlake 817.442.1236 DrMichaelBogdan.com



BEST OF 2015


Mark E Mason, MD, FACS

Heather Peyrovi, Clinic Owner

SOUTHLAKE PLASTIC SURGERY Dr. Mason is the BEST “Dr. Mason is such a wonderful doctor! He is very humble, friendly, and personable! His staff is so awesome and helpful throughout the process! They took great care of me and worked with my schedule! I highly recommend Dr. Mason. He is absolutely the best!” - Trish

As you can imagine, it is a scary thing to let someone cut our body!! Dr. Mason made me feel so at ease, comfortable and trusting. After my procedures, I have been 100% satisfied and just wished I had done it sooner. My experience has been nothing but perfection. Thank you Dr. Mason and his beautiful staff.” - Carolyn

Dr. Mason is a Wonderful, Caring Doctor and Person

Most Compassionate People

“Dr. Mason and his staff are very caring and really make you feel like you are part of their family. I have had three surgeries at Southlake Plastic Surgery and my daughter has had one. They were all very good experiences and we both would do them again. I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Mason and his staff.” - Leigh

“Dr. Mason and his staff are the most compassionate people I’ve ever met. From the moment I stepped foot into the office, I felt welcome. His nurses are so kind and are always available for any question or concern. I’m so pleased with my results. I’d recommend Dr. Mason to anybody looking for any cosmetic surgery!!” - Crystal

Dr. Mason is the Only Plastic Surgeon for Me “From the moment I walked through the doors of Dr. Mason’s office, I felt like royalty. The way that I was greeted was very personal. As I met for my consultation, I was educated on the procedures that I was going to have.


900 E. Southlake Blvd., Ste. 100, Southlake 817.442.8900 SouthlakePlasticSurgery.com

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BEST OF 2015 Spine Team Texas physicians pictured above from Southlake, Bedford and Fort Worth clinics. Front (L to R): David Rothbart, M.D., Juan Bartolomei, M.D. Back (L to R): Eric Coligado, M.D., Jennifer Donnelly-Straach, M.D., Michael D. Garcia, M.D., Ryan S. Reeves, M.D., Thurston McMillen, M.D., Amit Darnule, M.D., Cortland Miller, M.D., Heather Blackburn, M.D., Leonard Kibuule, M.D.

SPINE TEAM TEXAS Great Place! “From Dr. Cortland Miller to the guys in therapy, this is a great place for your back problems! They listen to patients and hear what you tell them! They work with you on the best therapy for where you are right then! They’re not talking amongst themselves, but paying attention to what you are doing and interact with you. Great place!”

I am Team Spine Team for Life! “My chiropractor referred me to Spine Team Texas. They got me in right away and scheduled me for a spinal injection within the week, which helped immensely and got me to a place where I could function. They reaffirmed what previous surgeons had said and instead of letting me go, they had me work with one of their Physiatrists, Dr. Blackburn. In November more tests revealed that my herniations had grown significantly worse and surgery was necessary at this point. My neck is so much better since I had a spinal fusion, and I would recommend Dr. Kibuule to anyone.

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My scar is so small it’s almost unrecognizable. I have almost full range of motion, and I no longer have to live in fear of making one wrong move. I am team Spine Team Texas for life!”

A Gift to Our Area “I just can’t say enough good things about this practice. I’ve run the gamut from PT to shots and finally surgery. Everyone I’ve come in contact with at Spine Team Texas was professional, knowledgeable and kind. They are a gift to our area and I would match them to the likes of Mayo Clinic! I appreciated that surgery was the last option.”

1545 E. Southlake Blvd., Ste. 100, Southlake 1305 Airport Freeway, Ste. 406, Bedford 10840 Texas Health Trail, Ste. 240, Fort Worth 817.442.9300 SpineTeamTexas.com



BEST OF 2015


The physicians on the medical staff of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southlake are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of the hospital.


Singing Your Praises

“This hospital is the best in the DFW area.”

“I have already started singing your praises to all who will listen.”

Love, Love, Love! “I love, love, love the folks who work there. They are top notch, the best of the best.”

Recommend to Everyone “I have recommended you to everyone I know in the area. Will always choose your facility when I have a choice.”

The Very Best “I have had many procedures at many facilities and yours continues to be the very best!”

Excellent Care “I have been in a lot of hospitals and the care there was great and the staff explained everything, it was wonderful to be important and understood.”


One Word: Amazing “My entire experience with Texas Health Southlake was amazing. Everyone, from room sanitation to the nursing staff, was phenomenal. One of the best experiences I have had with ANY hospital. All of the staff were professional, helpful, encouraging and concerned. I would recommend (and already have) Texas Health Southlake to anyone considering surgery. Thanks to all of the staff who cared for me.”

Great Staff “My experience with the doctors, nurses and staff was exceptional! I would recommend this hospital to everyone. Thank you for all you did to make this a great procedure!” 1545 E. Southlake Blvd., Southlake 817.748.8700 TexasHealthSouthlake.com

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BEST OF 2015 THOMAS & SHARON MICHAEL, REALTORS - DFW ELITE GROUP Thomas and Sharon are the BEST!!! “We are so happy to work with Thomas and Sharon! It is an unbelievable experience! Our home was listed for sale by another agent for three months in the hottest selling season, but was not sold even after several price reductions. Then Thomas took over and he sold it even before listing it on MLS, at the full price!!! Thomas is also extremely friendly, professional and super responsible! We can reach him at any time when we have questions, and he always responds with a big smile. Everything he does is for the best interests of his clients. As we had moved to another state, Thomas helped us take care of everything for the sale, repairing etc. The whole process is totally worry-free when working with Thomas! We simply just could not describe how great Thomas is!!!” - Xun

Our Real Estate Advocate “We are so thankful to have found Sharon Michael to help us relocate and start our new lives together. We had exceptional circumstances throughout our efforts of relocating to Southlake and she worked tirelessly to

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find us the perfect home that fits all of our needs. During our search, Sharon made herself available to us even at the most inconvenient times and was very receptive to our preferences. She was fantastic at sharing our vision and simplifying the process. She was also very instrumental in looking out for our best interest during closing negotiations and was proactive about particulars we had not even thought of. We genuinely felt that she was our biggest advocate and we appreciate all of her hard work to get us here.” -Jessica

Fantastic Service! “We cannot thank Thomas enough for the outstanding job that he did. I am confident that no other realtor could have provided us with the same level of professionalism and sound advice. He was a true asset during a very stressful time.” - Jared 850 E. State Hwy 114, Ste. 100, Southlake 817.807.6555 DFWEliteGroup.com



BEST OF 2015


TOMMY PENNINGTON REALTY GROUP, INC Very Effective at Selling Homes “Tommy and his team have sold our last four homes. My wife Melissa and I would never use anyone else because he is very professional. He is not afraid to spend the money required to get the right videos and pictures of a house, so prospective buyers know exactly what to expect. He is also not afraid to have the hard conversations that are sometimes needed, especially when it comes to pricing and staging your home. He also leases our rental properties, which has worked out great! If you’re serious about selling your home, hire Tommy and his team and take their advice.” - John & Melissa

No One Better Than Tommy Pennington “You will not find anyone more knowledgeable about the market, passionate about his clients, or insightful on selling a home than Tommy Pennington. He does not tell you what you want to hear, but his honesty and integrity guide you through the steps to get your house sold in the least amount of time for the most amount of money. Tommy listed my home and we had multiple


offers within two days of it being on the market, and it sold over list price. It was a great experience and I wouldn’t consider using anyone else.” - Ginger

Southlake’s ‘Gold Standard’ Realtor “When we were looking to move closer to Southlake, Tommy Pennington guided us through the process from start-to-finish and was there to answer every question we had along the way. He knows so many people and was able to get us into the perfect (and perfectlypriced) home for our family while minimizing all the hassles and headaches normally associated with a move. Tommy is the new standard of realtors and my family can’t say enough great things about his attention to detail and spectacular customer service.” - Charles

546 Silicon Dr., Ste. 101, Southlake 817.416.9000 TommyPennington.com

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BEST OF 2015

BLIND & SHUTTER GUYS Best Personalized Service “We purchased shades from another vendor in a particular fabric and color, which were improperly sized. The vendor could not replace them because the fabric was no longer available. That’s when we called Karl. He arranged to have the shades resized so we could use them, and helped us choose a fabric for the adjacent room. Karl knows his merchandise and is patient, helpful and insightful. I wish our home had more windows so we could give him more business!” - Sandra Rosenstiel

Quality, Service, Professional, Competitive Pricing “I had Hunter Douglas Silhouette Blinds installed in several rooms in my home. Karl was timely, professional, and immediately took care of some minor issues I had after installation. He always has a smile and a kind word. I have confidently recommended him to several friends and they have all been very pleased.” - Cynthia Keen

912 Raven Ct., Southlake 817.251.4940 BlindandShutterGuys.com

BRIO TUSCAN GRILLE Great Atmosphere “Great lunch at Brio as always, great atmosphere and yummy drinks! Service and food are always great.” - Kasey

Never Disappointing “A great place to meet friends or entertain visitors. Food is always great and service is friendly and professional. Outdoor areas are especially nice this time of year!” - Anonymous

Excellence in Service “At Brio, Robert and his team exude excellence in service and cuisine, and they make it a point to stay connected and give back to the community. When dining at Brio, I am always greeted with warm smiles and familiar faces - it is a place I have come to deeply enjoy and I will continue to be a patron of this great establishment.” - Joe

1431 Plaza Place, Southlake 817.310.3136 BrioItalian.com

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BEST OF 2015


ENGEL & VÖLKERS - DAN HOLMES Unbeatable Service “Moving from Canada to the U.S. has a lot of unexpected challenges. Dan Holmes’ service went well beyond any real estate agent I have ever dealt with. He was passionate about making things as seamless as possible for us. Dan helped guide us through the process with ease. If we had an issue and he didn’t have the answer he was able to direct us to the people that could help us. I will only buy and sell from Dan while I am in the DFW area.” - Richard

In Southlake-Westlake I Have Not Found a Person More Knowledgeable “Dan listened to what we wanted and was tireless in our search for a home, twice. His patience to help us was more than I could of asked for. Dan has been a great person and has introduced me and my family to many families in the Southlake.” - Anthony

640 North Carroll Ave., Ste. 100, Southlake 817.528.4606 DanHolmes.EVUSA.com

Owners Patty and Keary Turner and the Team

GRAYSON ALLEN FINE JEWELERS Very Helpful “I was beginning the search for an engagement ring and was referred to Keary Turner and his staff at Grayson Allen. I was given GREAT knowledge and helpful information that made the process a whole lot less stressful. The diamond ring looks amazing on my now wife’s finger and I couldn’t be happier. A customer for life!” - Justin

had to return anything to her over all these years. A true GEM!” – Kelly

My Favorite Place to Shop!

First Class Jewelry and Service

“Great experience! I put my diamond hoop earrings on every single day no matter what. I also lost one of my earrings to a different set and they were able to recreate a perfect match.” - Sheri

“We have been customers of Darla’s for 15+ years. Her taste and style in jewelry is above superior. Grayson Allen offers one of a kind jewelry that is above the usual standard. Darla knows our taste and always delivers. I have never

1560 E. Southlake Blvd., Ste. 110, Southlake 817.416.0825 GraysonAllen.com


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BEST OF 2015


Perfect Location “The Southlake Hilton has been the perfect location for hosting our sales meetings, training classes and visitors in town. It offers everything we need for a great meeting experience. Its beautiful outdoor veranda is perfect for group dinners and social events. With so many shopping and dining venues within walking distance, it’s the perfect spot for any DFW traveler.” - Roxanne

Great Hotel “We use the Southlake Hilton often for our corporate events. Whether it’s a board meeting or staff meeting, they provide the highest quality service. The food and facilities are wonderful and our groups love going back! We couldn’t be any happier with the hotel, the food and the staff.” - Kim

Excellent Customer Service “The Southlake Hilton has hosted our corporate events for the past five years. I cannot say enough about how great they are! Excellent customer service and their staff is first class.” - Christi 1400 Plaza Place, Southlake 817.442.9900 HiltonSouthlakeTownSquare.com

i FRATELLI PIZZA Best Pizza in Town “Great customer service and the pizza is always delicious! I will never go back to ordering the same old tired, round pizza.” - Shawn

The Best “I have been madly in love with the Del Bianco pizza! I cannot believe how wonderful it is! It is absolutely my favorite pizza place that I have ever been to!” - Danielle

Recommended “Reliable, fast service and excellent pizza. John always remembers our order.” - Rachel

My Go-to Place for Pizza “Best pizza in town. Straight ahead hot, fast and delicious every time.” - Helen

2600 E. Southlake Blvd., Ste. 110, Southlake 817.749.0990 iFratelli.net

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“Dr. Lopez has been my doctor for about eight years now and she is absolutely my favorite! She is so very kind and compassionate and actually listens to you!! She also has an amazing staff!! They always respond very quickly! I love these people!! They always lift my spirits!” - Colleen

Dr. Lopez and Her Staff are Simply the Best “Dr. Lopez is not only an excellent physician, she is also a wonderful “life coach.” Her understanding and compassion far exceeds anything I could ever imagine. I’m grateful to know her and her staff.” - Helen

BEST OF 2015

I Will Follow Dr. Lopez Wherever She Goes!



Love Dr. Lopez and Her Staff! “Dr. Lopez is always professional and beautiful on the inside and out. She takes the time you need to discuss any concern you may have and you always feel better when you walk out. And she is a great hugger when you need a boost.” - Sylvia

700 E. Southlake Blvd., Ste. 130, Southlake 817.328.0331 LifesMedicine.com


Always a Satisfied Customer “I frequent Mustang Elite’s Car Wash and Lube Center and their gift shop. The staff is very friendly and helpful and I have always driven away a satisfied customer! Thank you!”

Great Job Always “The team at Mustang Elite always does a great job. My favorite part is browsing their gift shop while my car is being washed; they have such a great selection of unique gifts. I never leave empty handed!!”

Excellent Service “I come in about twice a week because the service is always excellent, the staff is always cordial and consistent, and the product is good! The prices have stayed the same for as long as I can remember (10 years+).”

2125 Ira E. Woods Ave., Grapevine 817.421.6088 MustangEliteCarWash.com


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BEST OF 2015


Forever Grateful “My son started at 2 1/2 and has gone through their preschool and pre-Kindergarten programs. To say he was prepared for Kindergarten in Carroll ISD is an understatement. The foundation Primrose gave my child has set him up for success. I cannot wait for the same love of learning to be instilled into my 2 1/2-year-old daughter, who is currently in their preschool program. Thank you, Primrose. I am forever grateful!” - Katie

Very Knowledgeable “Primrose School at Hidden Lakes is a true blessing. Our daughter started at the school a little over 6 months ago and has become well-rounded and very social due to the curriculum and activities in her class. The owners and staff are caring, patient, kind and very knowledgeable. We couldn’t imagine a better place for our daughter.” - Hunter

Primrose School of Southlake 155 S. Kimball Ave., Southlake | 817.421.8087 PrimroseSouthlake.com Primrose School at Hidden Lakes 1100 Davis Blvd., Southlake | 817.337.4666 PrimroseHiddenLakes.com

PROCORE FITNESS Friendly and Knowledgeable Trainers “I recently switched to this gym, and have seen changes after just four classes. The trainers here are very motivating and friendly, which is not always the case. The staff and cleanliness of this gym are superb.” - Arin Whitehead

ProCore Fitness IS the Best in Southlake! “Knowledgeable and encouraging trainers! FitLane and FitWall are fun, new and butt-kicking in a good way!” - Charlotte Ryan

Greatest Gym “Most up-to-date equipment you will find paired with the most knowledgeable professional trainers.” - Stephanie Hansen

Awesome Gym! “This is a fantastic gym with wonderful trainers and state-of-the-art equipment!” - Alicia Kennedy

275 Commerce St., Southlake 817.809.2100 ProCoreFitness.net

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BEST OF 2015


SCHOOL OF ROCK Teaching Style Goes Way Beyond a Music Lesson... “Qualified instructors, attentive office staff, accommodating schedules, well-organized, proven teaching style, and lets not forget an outrageously great time for the students. My son has been there almost three years and has significantly developed in his skill, understanding, and performance. Very happy with our decision to try it and highly recommend for any person showing interest in the art of music.” - Erin

Our Little Girl Will Never be the Same... “The instructors are always top notch! Caring, knowledgeable, inspiring people that have helped our daughter build confidence and skills that she will take with her forever! Not only with music, but in school, with friends and around other adults too! She has become a leader in everything she does! I am so grateful that we found School of Rock for that first free trial lesson - it has been an amazing experience!!!” - Lisa 3220 W. Southlake Blvd., Southlake 682.593.0990 Southlake.SchoolOfRock.com

SHANGRI-LA WORLD TRAVEL Best Experiences Ever “One of the best travel booking experiences I’ve ever had. I booked a Disney Cruise for my family. The communication was flawless and service was incredible. I’ve booked another trip through them and will be a customer for life! Highly recommend this great team!” - Len

Our Go-to Agent for Life! “Gloria has planned our honeymoon to Kauai, Hawaii, as well as our family trip to Italy. Her firsthand experience and knowledge of these locations allowed us to enjoy ourselves the entire time. She is our go-to travel agent for life!” - Anna

Love Them! “Our 2016 cruise will be our 4th time working with Shangri-La World Travel. The team helped us when our trip was cancelled mid-trip. They got our excursions cancelled and refunded, found a hotel for us and got us home from Anchorage, all on very short notice. We wouldn’t go anywhere without their help and advice.” - Bobbi 100 N. Kimball Ave., Ste. 102, Southlake 817.421.7447 Shangri-LaWorldTravel.com


Owners Mike Currie, Master Cruise Counselor and Gloria Currie, Elite Cruise Counselor

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BEST OF 2015

SMART BRONZE Best Service! A Weekly Must for This Fair Lady! “I started out tanning for ‘special occasions’ but now I’m a weekly customer! Every day is a special occasion with my natural looking healthy tan. Being fair skinned and 40+ getting a handheld spray tan allows me to wear shorts and skirts year-round and avoid the dangers and wrinkles of lying out in the sun. It’s easy to book appointments online and/or on the app. They are always friendly, making you feel comfortable the minute you walk in the door. I highly recommend Smart Bronze to anyone and everyone!!!” - Karen

Excellent Customer Service! “I have been a customer for years at Smart Bronze. The staff is always friendly and professional. The hours are great and they have always been accommodating with my hectic schedule! The service and products are excellent, and they have great company support! Highly recommended!!!” - Dan

100 W. Southlake Blvd., Ste. 142, Southlake 817.251.1082 SmartBronze.com

Stephen and Mia Poorman with their exceptional staff and coaches.


Extremely Satisfied

Great Place

“I am extremely satisfied with the quality and coaching I have experienced at Southlake Tennis Center. My son participates in the Academy Program and has regular private lessons.”

“Director Stephen and Mia Poorman and the rest of the staff members are always so welcoming. They will go out of their way to help you and talk to you, which I really appreciate, as it makes us feel a part of the club.”

Amazing Coaches “Southlake Tennis Center has amazing coaches. They have such a professional nature and the outstanding influence and confidence they have instilled in my son are truly exceptional. My son joined Southlake Tennis Center as a beginner and is now playing at Academy Level as a cham within two years.”

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450 W. Southlake Blvd., Southlake 817.421.5605 SouthlakeTennis.com



BEST OF 2015


THE BOARDROOM SALON FOR MEN Excellent Service “I’ve been a customer/member of The Boardroom for several years. I encourage everyone needing a good cut combined with a great experience to give it a try!” - Bob

Great Service, Better Haircut “I will not get my haircut anywhere but The Boardroom. I look for perfection and my stylist delivers every time. I highly recommend The Boardroom. Just try it once. You’ll be impressed.” - Ghanshyam

Best Service in Southlake “I have been going to The Boardroom in Southlake since I moved from their Addison location. Because of the service from Rikki, I became a member and get a cut every week. If you are a professional that needs to look your best during every meeting, go to The Boardroom.” - William

1260 Main St., Southlake 817.251.9600 BoardroomSalon.com


Love This Place “My daughter started going to this school when she was three months old. I had a really hard time leaving her at school and would have loved to be able to stay home with her. Now that she is almost two, I am so happy that we decided to enroll her at Children’s Courtyard. I would recommend this school to everyone!” - Alison Brocklebank

Wonderful and Caring Childcare Center “My son started at The Children’s Courtyard Southlake when he was 18 months old and my daughter started at 3 months old (now 3 1/2 and 1 1/2.) We can’t say enough wonderful things about this facility! They provide a safe, clean childcare center and I am always amazed at how much my kids have learned from the teachers there. They have exceeded our expectations and we absolutely recommend them to other families!” - Melissa Lemaster

1601 Corporate Circle, Southlake 817.442.8782 ChildrensCourtyard.com


Director Leann Hart

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BEST OF 2015


Celebrating Individuality “Having our daughter being in an environment where learning is fun, creative and innovative is important to us. Celebrating individuality is big in our family. We were thrilled that Clariden fulfilled all of our expectations and more!” - Knight Family

My Children Thrive Here! “We love Clariden for the vision of its leadership towards education, the passionate caring teachers and the environment that promotes learning for the sake of learning, not just to pass a test. My children thrive here!” - Kazewych Family

Great School! “We chose Clariden for the academic, personal, and social learning environment.” - Schroeder Family

100 Clariden Ranch Rd., Southlake 682.237.0400 ClaridenSchool.org

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SHOP IN favorites / fashions / finds

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SH SHOP IN STYLE stuff you’ll love

For the Eclectic Shopper


1/ SPRINGFREE TRAMPOLINE Known as the world’s safest trampoline, Springfree Trampoline gives kids of all ages more space to bounce. This medium, round trampoline (10-foot) has a soft bounce designed for medium-sized yards. Springfree Trampoline at Shops of Southlake, $1,550 2/ CLARISONIC OPAL SONIC INFUSION SYSTEM Put the power of anti-aging in her hands with this system designed to build the skin’s resilience over time and prevent future damage around the eyes. Includes a 1.7-ounce bottle of anti-aging sea serum, two extra applicator tips and a universal charger. Beauty Brands at Park Village, $185 3/ DALLAS COWBOYS TAMMY JERSEY This lace-up V-neck fashion jersey is perfect for the female football fan in your life. Made from 100-percent polyester with a sequin Dallas Cowboys graphic on the front, this jersey is an officially licensed NFL product. Fans United at Shops of Southlake, $50


4/ GOKEY CLASSIC DOUBLE-SOLE MOCS Give the gift of handcrafted footwear. Made in the U.S., these brown, oil-tanned leather moccasins from Gokey have five-ounce uppers and a special dual sole of seven-ounce leather. Available in whole and half sizes 6-14 in D, EE widths. Orvis at Park Village, $198 5/ 3Doodler 2.0 3D PRINTING PEN Bringing the fun of 3D printing to the masses minus the hefty price tag, the 3Doodler draws dimensional figures and structures by extruding heated plastic that quickly cools and solidifies into a strong, stable form. Michael’s Arts and Crafts, $100




If you would like to introduce us to your favorite finds, just drop us a line at Editor@SouthlakeStyle.com, and if you want us to try your stuff, we’ll gladly accept your favorites at 260 Miron Drive, Suite 110, Southlake, TX 76092.

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luxury review



rab your Swatch watch, your Reeboks and a pocket full of change, and remember the good old days—getting lost in a heated game of Pac-Man without the fear of mom calling you on your cellphone to check up on you. For those of us who can remember crowded arcades filled with the sounds of the “pew, pew, pew” shoot ’em-ups and the “ding, ding, ding” pinball machines, Namco is bringing that 1980s nostalgia to life. The designer of the original Pac-Man arcade video game has created the 30th Anniversary Authentic Pac-Man Arcade Game to take you back in time. Complete with the original programming, the arcade game recreates the glowing maze, pac-dots, ghosts and the yellow chomping hero himself in exact detail. The crisp 19-inch LCD screen displays Pac-Man and his ghostly enemies, while the four-way joystick and buttons provide authentic control. And no Pac-Man arcade challenge would be complete without the classic “wocka, wocka, wocka” soundtrack, resonating through the integrated speakers. Pac-Man images reminiscent of the 1980s video game era—think neon colors and pixilation— adorn the arcade game cabinet. But there’s no need to hoard your loose change. There is only a decal of a coin door on front—no real slot. Just plug the cord into an AC outlet and you are set. Just make sure you pick the right spot for your memory-lane icon to settle. The 30th Anniversary Authentic PacMan Arcade Game is embodied in standard arcade game casing, stands five feet tall and weighs more than 230 pounds. The unit will make a great addition to the family game room. Let Junior and his friends duke it out on the couch using the (insert manufacturer here) console. Leave the real thing to the Baby Boomers. In addition to Pac-Man, the arcade game is programmed with 12 additional games from the 1980s, including Galaga, Galaxian, Galaga 88, Xevious, Rally-X, Bosconian, Ms. Pac-Man, Dig Dug, PacMania, Mappy, Rolling Thunder and Dragon Spirit. While you may be able to find some of these games online or a compilation “family fun night” console video game, nothing beats the blast from the past feeling of an authentic arcade game. The next time your child asks you to join her for a video game marathon, make it a point first to regale her with a tale of big hair and parachute pants. Be sure to start out with the phrase “long ago,” because let’s face it, to her, 30 years ago is ancient.

DETAILS Plugs into AC Price: $3,500 58” H x 22” W x 33” D Hammacher.com


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SIX 10 GRILLE, THE ASHTON HOTEL 610 Main St., Ft. Worth 817.332.0100 TheAshtonHotel.com

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Amid the hustle and bustle of Cowtown at Christmastime is a quiet, cozy spot to enjoy a cup of tea. But not just any tea: afternoon tea, the English custom that began in the 1840s. You can find this ideal spot in the heart of downtown Ft. Worth tucked inside The Ashton Hotel, known as the jewel on Main Street. Here, guests are invited to take a respite from the busyness of the season and take part in a sweet and civilized pastime. Housed inside the The Ashton’s upscale restaurant, SIX 10 Grille, is a charming, intimate Tea Room. It’s truly the perfect setting for afternoon tea with classical music drifting through the air and fine bone china from England resting atop each linen-bedecked table. A fireplace crackling in the corner creates a warm, cozy ambience. We think settling in for a cup of tea is just the way to relax after doing a little holiday shopping in Sundance Square. The Ashton has hosted afternoon tea since

the 39-room boutique hotel opened its doors a century ago. It offers Fall Tea on Saturday afternoons along with a special Teddy Bear Tea for children under 12, but we suggest partaking in the Holiday Tea. It runs from 2 to 4 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from November 27 through December 27. Whether a formal tea is already part of your family’s holiday tradition or you’re looking to do something special this year, you’re in for a treat at The Ashton. The four-course feast includes the requisite assortment of crustless finger sandwiches, an array of scones and yuletide sweets plus a selection of some of Ft. Worth’s finest loose-leaf teas. This isn’t meant to be a quick break in your day; this is a ceremonious experience. The Holiday Tea begins with a flute of festive champagne cocktail and the first course: Roasted Chestnut Soup with Sweet Potato Ribbons. When pureed, chestnuts become rich and creamy with




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a subtle but distinctive flavor. The sweet potato gives this soothing bowl of seasonal comfort food just the right balance of savory and sweet. With appetites officially warmed up, it’s time for the second course. The menu selections are many, ranging from Christmas tea sandwiches such as Smoked Salmon and Capered Mascarpone to Baked Brie and Lobster Bouchée. Each dainty, two-bite sandwich is soft and freshly baked. Although these sandwiches are small, they’re satisfying. Part of the fun of tea time is the presentation, and at The Ashton, everything is served with all the pomp and circumstance you’d expect for English royalty. Food isn’t just brought out and placed in front of you; a server grandly presents a three-tiered cake stand. On this graceful culinary accouterment are china plates topped with delicate tea sandwiches. Bread and ingredients have never looked so dignified. While savoring the bites, you have your choice of teas to sip. Options include White Pomegranate, Orange Blossom Oolong and Cherry Sencha among others, but the most-requested teas are the Coconut Assam and Vanilla Rose. The Coconut Assam tea is robust and uplifting, a balance of bold black tea and subtly sweet coconut. It’s amazing on its own but particularly delicious when sweetened and combined with milk. The Vanilla Rose tea will have you feeling warm and content. Rich and flavorful, it’s as invigorating as it is relaxing. Each cup is nicely brewed without any bitterness. Because this is a feast, the experience continues with a third course of Buttermilk and Raspberry Scones. They’re delicate, freshly baked and served with Devonshire cream, lemon curd


and strawberry preserves. The scones are warm and perfectly portioned. Every single bite is delicious. The fourth course and final component of the Holiday Tea is a fanciful display of confections including Eggnog Truffles, Pistachio Macaroons and Chocolate Bon Bons. The most-favored sweets, though, are the Raspberry and Chocolate-Filled Shortbreads. These tasty gems consist of buttery shortbread stuffed with rich chocolate ganache. They’re an indulgence, but they’re worth it. If a visit to The Ashton’s Holiday Tea feels like a fancy urban escape, it’s because it is. Ft. Worth definitely shows its refined side with this tea time. We recommend making reservations early (spots fill up fast) and savoring the magic of the season with a spot of tea. Pinkies up!

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Sushi Scene RA Sushi brings fun and flavor to Japanese cuisine.

Viva Las Vegas roll

Rainbow roll

RA SUSHI BAR RESTAURANT 1131 E. Southlake Blvd. 817.601.9590 RASushi.com

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With dozens of red orbs dangling from the ceiling and a dance-music soundtrack pulsating through the air, the atmosphere at RA Sushi feels more like a club than a place that’s serious about sushi. But make no mistake; the upscale restaurant that rolled into Southlake’s Park Village is serving up some of the area’s most creative and artfully prepared sushi. Open for lunch, dinner, happy hour and Sunday brunch, RA Sushi’s impressive eight-page menu appeals to both sushi novices and connoisseurs. There are dozens of sushi offerings, each one meticulously designed and presented. But if raw fish isn’t your thing, the restaurant also offers a few chicken and steak selections. We started our meal with the Garlic Edamame, which was lightly lacquered in an Asian garlic butter sauce. It wasn’t overly oily like some edamame appetizers. We also crunched our way through an order of the “RA”ckin’ Shrimp. This tempura-battered goodness was expertly crispy, and when dipped into the accompanying ginger teriyaki sauce, the shrimp was divine. For lunch, our group gravitated toward the Viva Las Vegas roll, a chewy mixture of crab and cream cheese rolled in rice and seaweed and then lightly tempura battered. A sweet eel sauce lifted this roll into a whole new realm of deliciousness. The Spicy Chicken Teryiaki Udon was an appetizing choice for those in our party who preferred to steer clear of sushi. A departure from typical teriyaki dishes, this offering consisted of juicy slices of chicken nestled atop a bed of thick, al dente udon noodles. Spicy teriyaki sauce was artfully applied to the sides of the plate, making this dish as pleasing to view as it was to taste. If you’re looking to mix things up for brunch, give RA Sushi a try. Its Sunday brunch runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and offers our brunch-time favorite: bottomless drinks. But don’t expect to find the usual; the restaurant puts its unique twist on brunch-time beverages. The Tokyo Bloody Mary is a wake-you-up mixture of Absolut Citron and Sho Chiku Bai Nigori Sake that’s shaken with crushed cucumber and a signature wasabi-infused Bloody Mary mix. The result is a perfectly balanced drink that pays homage to the classic but offers some Japanese flavor. If sweet is more your speed, try the Ginger Mimosa. It’s made with sparkling wine and ginger orange juice. Both drinks are available by the glass, but let’s be real: Bottomless is the way to go for brunch. Regardless of when you visit, you’re in for a feast of flavorful meals, innovative sushi and top-shelf cocktails. RA might be a trendy take on “raw,” but to us, it’s more of a cheer for the newest addition to Southlake’s sushi scene.


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Lunch Date Del Frisco’s Grille will captivate your lunch break.

Fish tacos

Lollipop chicken wings

DEL FRISCO’S GRILLE 1200 E. Southlake Blvd. 817.410.3777 DelFriscosGrille.com

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Del Frisco’s Grille is certainly a classy and sophisticated chophouse, but don’t think of it only as an after-work establishment – it’s actually an ideal spot for lunch. The restaurant recently rolled out its “Lunch Time in No Time” campaign featuring an expanded lunch menu along with several new starters. We were happy to bring our appetites and taste our way through the many original and intriguing options. When we arrived for lunch, the staff was friendly and welcoming, escorting us up the stairs to a comfortable leather booth overlooking the bar. We prefer to sit on the second level (it’s the perfect spot to gaze upon the comings and goings of Southlake Boulevard), but there’s not a bad spot in the house – upstairs, downstairs or on the rooftop patio. There are plenty of diverse and creative options on the restaurant’s Grab A Pair lunch menu, and along with its Daily Dish features, there’s something for every craving. We kicked off our visit with one of our all-time favorite appetizers, the Burrata and Heirloom Tomato Salad, along with some new selections: the Lollipop Chicken Wings and the Asian Street Tacos. The salad was beautifully plated, featuring fragrant tomatoes, flavorful basil oil and balsamic vinegar, and a generous portion of rich, creamy burrata. As for the wings, we loved biting into a classic, Buffalo-style chicken wing without the sticky fingers afterwards. These were downright addictive when dunked into a cool, avocado-ranch dressing. The street tacos, which were loaded with barbecue pork, pickled daikon and carrot, cucumber, cilantro and chiles, had an unexpected but palatable kick. Our appetites piqued after the first course, we moved on to the main event: our lunch entrées. The Brick Chicken was easily a standout. Succulent, juicy meat with perfectly crisped skin was paired with luscious, hand-mashed potatoes, shallotbuttered green beans and roasted chicken jus. This dish was the ultimate in comfort cuisine. Another favorite among our group was the Chopped Chicken and Farm Greens Salad. Tender, diced chicken, roasted pine nuts, crumbled blue cheese, tomato, carrot, and a Dijon mustard vinaigrette made it a satisfying, full-flavored meal we’ll definitely order again. If you believe that no meal is complete without a touch of something sweet, we feel the same way. That’s why we savored not one but two desserts: the Coconut Cream Pie, which was topped off with a gigantic heap of white-chocolate shavings, along with the Nutella Bread Pudding, which was moist, warm and delicious served with a giant scoop of coffee ice cream. Del Frisco’s Grille is on point for an efficient, in-and-out lunch, but with the upscale ambience, friendly service and tantalizing menu options, you’ll want to linger.




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C O M E S E E W H AT ’ S I N S I D E . We have a lot to celebrate. The Dallas/Fort Worth Marriott Solana continues to be the perfect destination for your next event or stay. With our new Hotel and Solana Office Park renovations, due for completion in January, our hotel will feature a new arrival experience, renovated Greatroom/restaurant experience and updates to our meeting space bringing a whole new look and feel to our hotel. B O O K Y O U R N E X T B U S I N E S S M E E T I N G O R N I G H T A W A Y A N D TA K E A D V A N TA G E O F : • 14,000 sq ft of renovated flexible meeting space • A resort-style setting with outdoor event space and tranquil pool • A short drive or complimentary shuttle to local destinations for shopping, entertainment, spas, nightlife, and the DFW Airport. • New guestroom entertainment providing complimentary access to Netflix, Pandora, Hulu, and more F O R R E S E R V AT I O N S C A L L 8 1 7. 4 3 0 . 5 0 0 0 O R V I S I T M A R R I O T T. C O M / D A L W L


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LET IT SNOW Hit the slopes over the holidays Photo courtesey Whistler Blackcomb




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ski resorts

Cold, Snowy (North) American Winter THREE SKI RESORTS TO BOOK THIS SEASON.


hoosing a ski resort for this year’s obligatory winter vacation can be a daunting task. With so many to sort through, it’s hard to decide where to book. You can narrow your list by myriad of attributes and amenities, or you can add another box to check off: festivities. The following three resorts in North America have more to offer than just fresh snow and hot cocoa moments.

Ski Like a Champion Home to the only men’s World Cup stop in the United States, Beaver Creek Ski Resort hosts the Birds of Prey competition each year. For serious ski enthusiasts looking for an adventure to observe from afar, this event, which takes place December 4-6 this year, is sure to meet your vicarious needs. Want to dig your own skis into the powder at Beaver Creek? With 1,832 acres, the resort offers a few surprises. In addition to the 150 different trails, skiers can find fresh-powdered ski “stashes” throughout the terrain. But if you’d like to take the path most traveled, you won’t have to worry about sloppy snow. Groomers work all night to ensure groomed trails stay fresh. BeaverCreek.com Looking for luxury lodging at Beaver Creek? The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain has a long amenity list offered on site, and ski activity assistance to boot. Let the onsite ski shop provide

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overnight tune-ups and waxing for your equipment. Left the house in a hurried rush for the airport? You have the ability to rent skis, snowboards and other necessary accessories such as helmets at the ski shop as well. Pair these resources with classes for ages three and up, and your family is ready to hit the slopes. Two things can motivate guests when it comes to taking advantage of the onsite spa, Anjali. Number one: Skiers can attest to worn-out arms and legs—the sport can be rough on the body. Number two: Maybe you’ve discovered skiing isn’t your forte. Retreating to Spa Anjali for the Rocky Mountain, Alpen or Himalayan experience, those wishing to relax and rejuvenate have a world of pampering possibilities at their fingertips. WestinRiverfrontBeaverCreek.com


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ski resorts

Santa Meet and Greet Imagine hitting the slopes with none other than the big man in the red suit himself. That’s right. Santa is leaving his sled and reindeer behind to visit the Park City Ski Resort in Utah mid December through early January. The new, 16-day festival DecemberFest will include morning and après musical acts, village entertainers, a resort tree-lighting ceremony and more. Not impressed with theatrics? These numbers might appeal to your conventional side. With more than 7,300 acres, more than 300 trails, 38 lifts, seven terrain parks, 14 bowls, six natural half pipes, one super pipe and one mini pipe, Park City is considered the largest ski area in the United States. ParkCityMountain.com

by-side mountains, each one a mile high. Connected by the Guinness World Record-holding PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, the two mountains offer enough terrain—8,171 acres to be exact—for all types of winter activities. There are chutes, steeps, cliffs and bowls for skiers and snowboarders of all ages. WhistlerBlackcomb.com

Why rent a cabin when you can reserve a suite at the Waldorf Astoria Park City? With accommodations ranging in size from a small city apartment (350 square feet) to a quaint suburban home (2,100 square feet), leave roughing it to the less traveled and enjoy amenities such as your own personal fireplace and kitchenettes. The resort suites are made to accommodate skiers, snowboarders and snow-shoers alike. Because the one thing all three guests have in common? After a long day on the slopes or the backcountry trails of the Wasatch Mountains, their bodies are in need of rest. WaldorfAstoria3.Hilton.com

Celebrity Sightings One of Canada’s leading film festivals, the 15th Annual Whistler Film Festival at Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort in Canada takes place in early December. The event will feature more than 80 innovative and original films from around the world. You’ll also have opportunities to meet the people behind the scenes of each film. Think of it as Cannes, only much colder, and your free time will be filled with action-packed skiing rather than toasting cocktails. But you didn’t just come for the dinner and a movie experience, right? There has to be a ski-worthy redeeming quality about Whistler Blackcomb. How about this? Whistler Blackcomb features two side-

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“Specialty rubs—made for steaks not the spa—can make all your carnivorous dreams come true at the Four Seasons Whistler Sidecut Modern Steak + Bar. While choosing the best lodging for your winter resort vacation, it’s just as important to consider cuisine as it is to weigh your fitness center and spa options. Executive Chef Eren Guryel serves up a variety of regional meats, including Canadian prime beef from Alberta. Prefer surf to turf? Chef Eren uses using locally sourced Queen Charlotte Sound halibut or wild Chinook salmon. FourSeasons.com



A Gateway Christmas Musical Thursday, Dec 10 | 7:30 pm Friday, Dec 11 | 5:45 pm & 7:30 pm Saturday, Dec 12 | 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 5:45 pm & 7:30 pm Sunday, Dec 13 | 9:00 am, 10:45 am & 12:30 pm Admission is free, and tickets are not required. Children’s ministry is available, birth through sixth grade.


Saturday, Dec 19 | 4:00 pm, 5:45 pm & 7:30 pm Sunday, Dec 20 | 9:00 am, 10:45 am, 12:30 pm & 2:15 pm Children of all ages are welcome to attend our Candlelight Services. Children’s ministry is available, birth through five years old.

Gateway Church Southlake Campus 700 Blessed Way | Southlake, TX 76092

For other service times and locations, visit gatewaychristmas.com. gatewaypeople


ARTS & gigs / galas / galleries


HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS Experience the season’s best and brightest events




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Nov. 26 - Dec. 31


Bigger and Brighter Experience festive fun at Texas Motor Speedway’s Gift of Lights.


exas Motor Speedway. If Santa could ditch his sleigh, we’d bet he would trade it in for a racecar. And why not? The Man in the Big Red Suit has a lot of presents to deliver, and not much time to fulfill his duty. Luckily, he may get to sneak in a test drive of his dream car during Texas Motor Speedway’s Gift of Lights, a two-mile, drive-through holiday spectacular that stays true to its name with lights, lights and more lights (over two million!) paired with Christmas music on your car’s radio through KLTY 94.9. For those wanting to meet Santa before he gets to work delivering all those presents, be sure to stop by the all-new Santa’s Village on the inside track of Texas Motor Speedway for more than 22,000 square feet of surprises, pictures with Santa, free popcorn and more. And if you need a winter warm-up, hot cocoa will be available to keep you toasty through the night. This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever, with several hundred new displays and a variety of new festivities. And while it’s a wonderful way to enjoy the season with your family, it’s also a great way to give back to the community. For every ticket sale, a portion of the proceeds will benefit charity partners including DFW Toys for Tots, Ronald McDonald House, Christmas Wish and Speedway Children’s Charities. You’re also invited to bring an unwrapped gift for Toys for Tots to enjoy a $5 discount on your visit. Give back, celebrate and relish a family tradition you’ll be proud to share for years to come.

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DETAILS Date: November 26 – December 31 Location: Texas Motor Speedway


Dec. 8-20



Christmas Cheer Catch a laugh this season at Elf the Musical.


DETAILS Date: December 8-20 Location: Music Hall Fair Park


usic Hall Fair Park. He follows four major food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup. Smiling is his favorite. He’s always on the hunt for Santa. And if you can say it, he can sing it. Who else could it be, but Buddy the Elf? Our favorite character is back this Christmas to dazzle us with his naïve, yet endearing personality in a hit musical that’s sure to add a touch of mischief to your holiday. Join the fun as Buddy, a young orphan, finds himself raised in the North Pole after accidentally crawling into Santa’s bag of gifts as a little boy. Raised by elves, it’s unbeknownst to him that he’s actually a human being — that is until his towering size and terrible toy-making abilities reveal the truth. The discovery takes him on a heartwarming adventure to New York City in search of his birth father, as he works to find his true identity. But when he discovers that his father is on the naughty list and his stepbrother doesn’t even believe in Santa Claus (gasp!), Buddy must use his determined spirit to win them over and share the true meaning of Christmas with them all. Hailed by critics, Broadway buffs and fans of the classic holiday movie starring Will Ferrell, Elf The Musical offers everything you could want from a holiday performance. From witty humor to lively music, it has a little something for every age group, with enough festive joy to bring a smile to even the biggest Grinch in town. An excuse to skip the crowded malls and head inside for a little holiday warmth? We’ll be there!

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Nov. 23-Jan. 10

NOVEMBER 8 – JANUARY 3 Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Grab a cup of cocoa … it’s time to stroll the most magnificent outdoor holiday display in the city. In addition to special seasonal activities and Santa sightings, the garden will once again be adorned with elaborate 25-foot Victorian gazebos with the return of its popular 12 Days of Christmas exhibit. To add to the enchantment, new this year is the addition of 500,000 sparkling lights, turning the area into a winter wonderland that’s sure to awe.

A SEASON OF STORIES: CHRISTMAS AT THE WHITE HOUSE 2003 NOVEMBER 23 – JANUARY 10 George W. Bush Library. For a little holiday decorating inspiration, think big and take a cue from the White House. This third in a series of exhibits featuring the holidays at Bush Center focuses on the 2003 season, which combined the magic of Christmas with classic children’s stories (a perfect fit for the First Lady’s dedication to childhood education). Explore handcrafted décor showcasing beloved storybook characters, just as they were once displayed at the nation’s capital. 28TH ANNUAL CHILDREN’S HEALTH HOLIDAY PARADE DECEMBER 5 Downtown Dallas. Bring back that childlike wonder of the holiday season at the Children’s Health Holiday Parade. Starting at 10 a.m., the streets of downtown Dallas will be filled with magic and merriment, courtesy of spirited marching bands, famous characters, holiday floats, larger-than-life balloons and much more. It’s a tradition that’s grown to become one of the largest parades in the country, so show up early as you join a crowd of thousands looking for a little festive fun. CHRISTMAS IN THE STOCKYARDS DECEMBER 5

TRAINS AT NORTHPARK NOVEMBER 21 – JANUARY 3 NorthPark Center. What turns a holiday event into a tradition? Seventeen years is a good start. It’s been that long since NorthPark Center first set up its toy trains exhibit, and today it continues to dazzle more than 60,000 shoppers annually … all in the name of helping the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. Watch as trains roll along on a journey across America, featuring cityscapes from downtown Dallas, Times Square and The White House to name a few.

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Fort Worth Stockyards. Did you know Santa wears cowboy boots? Of course, he does! Round up your crew and head to the Fort Worth Stockyards to celebrate the holidays like they did in the Wild West. Experience everything from the legendary herd cattle drive, armadillo races and chicken roping, to more traditional fun like live music from local children’s choirs, photos with the Jolly Old Man himself and an afternoon parade filled with festive fun.




DALLAS SYMPHONY CHRISTMAS POPS DECEMBER 11-20 Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. When it comes to the sounds of the holiday season, there are a few requirements. First, you must have festive carols and a talented chorus to perform them. And of course, you can’t forget the classics, from cheerful to sacred. Combine them and you have the Dallas Symphony’s Christmas Pops — a must-see event that will have you singing along through the New Year.

THE NUTCRACKER DECEMBER 11-27 MICHAEL W. SMITH AND AMY GRANT DECEMBER 6 American Airlines Center. Pair two multiplatinum, Grammy Award-winning Christianmusic superstars together and what do you get? Nothing short of magic. Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith are joining forces with the Dallas POPS for a Christmas-themed concert that’s sure to bring cheer to even Scrooge himself. With 13 Christmas albums between them, there certainly won’t be a shortage of holiday spirit here. Sing along as they belt out their own renditions of your favorite seasonal hits … along with a few of their own.

Bass Performance Hall. It isn’t really the holidays until you’ve seen the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Not to worry, Texas Ballet Theater has you covered with its classic performance of The Nutcracker. Follow the story of Clara, who goes on a magical adventure after receiving a mysterious nutcracker from her godfather. The performance is brought to life by an entire ensemble of the area’s most talented dancers.

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events Dec. 13 DALLAS MARATHON, HALF MARATHON AND RELAY DECEMBER 13 Downtown Dallas. Have a holly, healthy Christmas with the help of the Dallas Marathon. The largest Dallas marathon and the longest-running marathon in Texas brings together family, friends and passionate runners to participate in a variety of events — whether it’s the 26.2 mile marathon, the 13.1 half marathon, the five-person relay or simply as a spectator. And the good feelings continue long after the race, with local partners like the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children benefitting from the proceeds raised.

TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA PRESENTS THE GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS EVE DECEMBER 20 American Airlines Center. So you want pyrotechnics, lasers, brilliant lights and music before New Year’s Eve? Trans-Siberian Orchestra can help with that. The rock band is known for its visually electrifying shows, and they sure aren’t taming it down for the holiday season. In their latest production, the band goes back in time to 1999 for its first made-for-TV film “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” now transformed into an enchanting live concert experience you’ll have to see to believe.



Heard Museum. Start a Southwestern-style tradition this season with Holidays at the Heard, where cookies and carols are exchanged for fry bread and hoop dancing. Experience American Indian culture through music and dance performances, artist demonstrations, hands-on crafts and exhibit galleries — as you and your family discover an entirely new way to celebrate the holidays.

DECEMBER 16-27 AT&T Performing Arts Center. Big girls don’t cry … unless they miss out on Grammy and Tony Award winner Jersey Boys, that is. And with just 16 performances during its limited engagement at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, you better act quickly to avoid grabbing for the tissues. Follow the story of how The Four Seasons came to be one of the biggest sensations in pop music history, transforming from four blue-collar kids to international superstars by age 30. Oh, what a night indeed.

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GOODYEAR COTTON BOWL CLASSIC DECEMBER 31 AT&T Stadium. 3 … 2 … 1 Time for kickoff! Start your countdown to the New Year with a football tradition 80 years in the making at the Cotton Bowl Classic. The historic bowl game dates all the way back to 1937, pitting two of college football’s best against one another for an unforgettable battle at the home of the Dallas Cowboys. Who will be this year’s Cotton Bowl champ? Only time will tell.


Dec. 31-Jan. 1 LIGHTS ALL NIGHT DECEMBER 31 – JANUARY 1 Dallas Convention Center. Quick — when you think of New Year’s Eve, what comes to mind? Glittering lights, shining bright from dusk to dawn? Energetic music setting the mood for an evening of celebration? Or maybe it’s just gathering together with a few thousand of your closest friends? Get all this and more at the Lights All Night music festival, a sound and light experience designed to awe. At this year’s event, Grammy Award nominee Kaskade is among one of the many DJs keeping you and the party hopping … right into 2016. DAY 1 DALLAS JANUARY 1 Fair Park Dallas. Champagne and parties are nice, but how will you celebrate the New Year once the last piece of confetti falls? Day 1 Dallas is ready to answer that question with a fun, family-friendly atmosphere to jumpstart your 2016. Created for children and families, the inaugural event will offer an exciting opportunity to gather together and share in entertainment through interactive activities, musical performances, carnival food and a spectacular fireworks show. And you won’t even have to stay up ’til midnight for this party.


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For anybody who wants to up their baseball game, just look to former MLB player Homer Bush. He wrote the book on it: Hitting Low in the Zone: A New Baseball Paradigm. In the book, the Southlake resident shares stories from his days playing with the Padres, Yankees, Blue Jays and Marlins, along with data on how hitters can experience consistent success every time they step up to the plate. Here’s what Bush has to say about his book, the sport and the power of perseverance.


Q: What inspired you to write your book? A: About two years ago, I was looking for a competitive edge for my son. I started researching the data and video of some of the most elite hitters and recognized that their swing mechanics had a common thread. I wanted to open up a dialogue about what swing mechanics are necessary for hitters to have consistent success at the plate. Q: What do you hope readers will take away from it? A: I want readers to know that contrary to popular belief, hitters can be improved significantly. Elite offensive players are not born; they become that way through having the proper hitting approach and mechanics. Successful hitters have a plan at the plate, and they execute that plan no matter how big the moment may be. Q: One of your biggest passions is teaching hitting. What message do you want to impart to aspiring baseball players? A: If a player understands the dynamics of baseball and what it takes to be successful – things such as preparation, focus and execution, along with hard work – they can do great things in the game. Q: You’re a regular youth instructor for a number of camps and clinics. What do you find fulfilling about coaching? A: I pride myself on being able to help players of all ages take a sometimes-difficult game and make it easy. If players trust me, I can give them a plan in almost every phase of the game that will make it fun and allow them to have success at the same time. My goal is always to inspire players to reach their full potential while providing them a supportive and positive learning environment for personal growth. Q: You were a member of the 1998 World Championship New York Yankees team. What’s the secret to your success? A: Several things. I’ve always remained humble and I’ve tried to make the most of every opportunity presented to me. I’ve maintained intense focus, surrounded myself with people who would provide sound advice and remained a team player at all times. Those things have worked for me and are what I teach my own children. Q: Tell us about one of your favorite memories from the Major Leagues. A: One of my favorite Major League memories is without a doubt my first Major League homerun, which happened to be at the old Yankee Stadium in 1998. The game was televised on ESPN, so all of my family and

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friends got to witness it as well. I’ll never forget the standing ovation from the fans as I rounded third base. Q: What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from your pro baseball career? A: I’ve learned to keep going even when things don’t seem to be going my way. There’s no replacement for a little hard work, dedication and perseverance. Q: You’ve lived in Southlake for nearly two decades. What do you enjoy about our community? A: Southlake is full of good, hardworking people. I’m a real fan of the high standards that my kids are held to in the school system. I travel heavily throughout the year for baseball, and I like the fact that when I come home, I don’t have to leave my general neighborhood. Southlake has some of the best dining and shopping in the DFW area. Q: Share with us a little about your family. A: My son Homer Jr. is an eighth grader at Carroll Middle School. He loves all sports (baseball is his favorite, of course). My daughter Jailyn is an 11th grader at Carroll Senior High School. She’s very creative and loves art. My wife, Monica, and I have been married for almost 20 years and are high school sweethearts. She’s a great writer and one of the smartest women I know, which is why she’s my co-author on this book. She knows my hitting philosophy better than anyone. Q: You’re working on a second book now. Can you give us a sneak preview? A: Yes. After researching for Hitting Low in the Zone, it seemed like a natural progression for me to do another book on other aspects of the game. This book will talk about how to be a high-end baseball player overall. It will have more detailed hitting mechanics, as well as tips on fielding, throwing and base running. Q: Anything else you’d like to add? A: I’d like for players, dads and coaches to know that if you want to be an elite hitter, the information in this book will get you there. If you read the information with an open mind and execute the mechanics, I am confident that your path to consistent success at the plate will be substantially less difficult.

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