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The Good Stuff As I’m writing this letter on a rainy Monday morning, the weekend still fresh in my mind, I can’t help but think about the good stuff. For me, it’s making memories with family and friends. This time of year, many of those memories are made outdoors, whether it’s getting some fresh air with my toddler at Bicentennial Park or cheering on my budding Dragon athlete at a flag football game. The good stuff is also sharing moments over amazing food. (Ya gotta eat, right?) Great food is one of the reasons this issue was particularly exciting to put together. Every year, we roll out our Readers’ Choice survey to uncover the area’s best restaurants. We’ve polled readers on everything from pizza places to burger joints and, this year, we asked you to tell us about your favorite Mexican food. As someone who’s always up for tacos and guac (and maybe a skinny margarita, too), I loved seeing the survey results pour in. Turn to page 26 to see how your favorite Mexican places stacked up. With Mother’s Day right around the corner, our “Masters of Mexican” feature provides plenty of ideas to keep Mom fed. But because a sizzling plate of fajitas doesn’t last long, we also share some enduring ways to celebrate moms, from sweet treasures and quirky gifts to a bathroom addition that’s fit for a queen. And as a shout-out to incredible moms everywhere, we profile Gigi Butler, the inspiring single mother and founder of Park Village’s new bakery, Gigi’s Cupcakes. While this issue is packed with many things that are good, we also shed some light on an issue that’s far from it: identity theft. It’s a crime that wreaks havoc on millions of people each year—some right here in our community. A poll on revealed that 18 percent of readers have experienced identity theft once; nine percent have had it happen twice. Flip to page 48 to read a local victim’s story and learn ways to guard your family against one of the country’s fastest-growing crimes. No matter what you take away from this issue, I hope we’ve served up a little of the good stuff—whatever that happens to be for you. Happy reading,

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25 READERS’ CHOICE 2016 The area’s top Mexican restaurants, as deemed by Southlake Style readers

49 IDENTITY THEFT One of the country’s fastestgrowing crimes could happen to anyone … including you

58 THE SWEET LIFE Gigi Butler on motherhood and her business, Gigi’s Cupcakes


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Meeting of the (Musical) Minds When Eric Clapton released “Slowhand” nearly four decades ago, no one could predict it would go platinum, specifically RIAA-certified 3x-platinum. And after working with legendary producer Glyn Johns on the 1977 nowiconic album, Clapton has reunited with Johns for his 23rd studio release, “I Still Do.” Clapton remarked this “was a long and overdue opportunity to work with Glyn Johns again.” The 12-track record includes some original songs by Clapton, but most importantly, Clapton’s legendary guitar work. It’s clear the 18-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and guitarist fulfilled his promise with “I Still Do.”

MODERN LOVERS EMMA STRAUB MAY 31 Age is Just a Number When does it sink in that you are officially a grown up? Is it college graduation and bills— or marriage and children? Modern Lovers, the latest novel by author Emma Straub, explores the adult lives of Elizabeth, Andrew and Zoe. Once college band mates, the three have managed to stay in touch through the years and now live in close proximity to one another in Brooklyn. Now entrenched in their adult lives, they have come to the realization that what has aged them the most is “passing on the torch” to the next generation—their kids.



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Everyone loves a good detective drama, and Fox delivers its version of a Sherlock Holmes-era backdrop for such a series in “Houdini & Doyle.” The Holmes reference was intended, as the main characters of the adventure drama include author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Stephan Mangan, “Episodes”) and magician Harry Houdini (Michael Weston, “House”). Inspired by true events, Houdini and Doyle—who were best friends during their time (mid-20th century)—assist the first female constable of the London Metropolitan Police Force, Adelaide Stratton (Rebecca Liddiard, “Man Seeking Woman”), in inexplicable and sometimes supernatural cases that no one else wants.

Past Meets Present In Marvel’s X-Men universe, Apocalypse is the first and most powerful mutant. Waking up after thousands of years can make anyone cranky. Now immortal, invincible and bent on creating a new world order, Apocalypse recruits a team of mutants, including Magneto (Michaels Fassbender), to carry out his plan. A sequel to “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” this film sees the return of the younger versions of Magneto, Professor X (James McAvoy) and Raven (Jennifer Lawrence). However, Marvel fans can look forward to some familiar faces of the future. This marks the ninth installment in the X-Men universe film series.

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CARROLL SENIOR HIGH NAMED ONE OF AMERICA’S SMARTEST PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS Dragons have a new accolade to their name: Carroll Senior High School (CSHS) landed on a prestigious list of the country’s smartest public high schools, coming in at No. 49 out of more than 23,000 public high schools across the United States. Research company Niche ranked schools’ academics by key factors including SAT/ACT test scores and graduation rates. Scoring an overall A+ rating by Niche, CSHS is one of only three Metroplex schools to make the top-50 list. Dallas’ Highland Park High School ranked No. 22, and the School for the Talented & Gifted in Dallas came in at No. 8 on the list. Three other Texas schools (all Austinbased) also made the list: Westwood High School at No. 47, Westlake High School at No. 36 and the Liberal Arts & Science Academy at No. 3.

HIT THE LINKS AT THE PRO PLAYERS FOUNDATION GOLF CLASSIC How about a round of golf on a Monday morning? And how about if that round of golf is for charity? When you participate in the 10th Annual Pro Players Foundation (PPF) Golf Classic May 16 at the Trophy Club Country Club, you’re doing it “fore” the kids. Proceeds from the tournament benefit disadvantaged children in North Texas. PPF is made up of a group of professional athletes and business leaders who volunteer their time and talents for children. With a mission of “enriching the lives of children,” PPF partners with pro sports teams through various initiatives to give children the opportunity to succeed and the chance for a positive future. Take part in the 10th Annual Golf Classic and help PPF change the lives of children in need. Sponsorship opportunities are available at four levels and start at $500.

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RUN FOR A GOOD CAUSE, PARTICIPATE IN THE MISS DALLAS 5K Brittany Tew, Southlake native and reigning Miss Dallas, invites the community to lace up their running shoes and head to Bachman Lake for the Miss Dallas 5K on June 4. The chip-timed race will benefit the United Leukodystrophy Foundation (ULF), an organization that serves individuals and families affected by leukodystrophy. Register at

SAVE THE DATE FOR ANNUAL CHARITY GARAGE SALE The Women’s Group at Good Shepherd Catholic Community is hosting its annual three-day parish garage sale May 12-14 with a goal of earning $25,000 for charity. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur, Loving Care Pregnancy Center, the Holy Trinity Catholic School Tuition Assistance Program and Women’s Group senior scholarships. A $10 entry fee allows shoppers access to an EarlyBird Preview and Purchase Sale May 12. The event is free and open to the public May 13, and bargain shoppers can purchase a 30-gallon bag for $10 May 14 and fill it with any remaining items. Visit for more.


SOUTHLAKE WOMEN’S CLUB FOUNDATION SELECTED RECORD NUMBER OF BENEFICIARIES Art in the Square is quite a success story. The first event had seven beneficiaries, and now the organization has surpassed $2.3 million in net proceeds and was able to help 30 charities in Northeast Tarrant County this year. This is a record number for Art in the Square. This year’s recipients are nonprofits that help women, families and children overcome challenges. The programs receiving grants will fund summer camps, therapy, meals, abuse programs, outreach programs and more. Click to for the full list of Art in the Square 2016 beneficiaries.

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CARROLL THEATRE DELIGHTED CROWDS WITH SPRING MUSICAL There were plenty of laughs and fun moments in Carroll Theatre’s spring musical, “Junie B. Jones,” last month. The engaging, fast-paced production was based on the award-winning series of books by author Barbara Park. The comical musical followed bespectacled Junie B. Jones and highlighted her adventures in first grade.

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LADY DRAGONS TOOK HOME SECOND PLACE IN ALLISON MALONEY MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT The Lady Dragon Water Polo team headed to The Woodlands last month to compete in the Allison Maloney Memorial Tournament. The out-of-district tourney was an opportunity for the girls to view teams they would be competing with at the state championships. The Lady Dragons surged ahead early in the tournament, beating Clear Lake 11 to 2 in the first round, St. Agnes 16 to 3 in the second round and Lamar 11 to 3 in the third round. The team lost the championship round to Cy-Creek by one point with a final score of 5 to 6.

SOUTHLAKE NAMED AMERICA’S FIFTH HIGHEST-EARNING CITY NerdWallet recently ranked Southlake fifth on its list of cities with the highest percentage of households earning more than $100,000 per year. “High earners in Southlake are the majority of residents: 71.2 percent of households make over $100,000 a year. Homebuyers seek out Southlake for its plentiful shopping opportunities and high-performing public schools, with an eight-time state champion high-school football team,” the site said of the city. The only other Texas city higher than Southlake was University Park. Colleyville came in sixth on the list. Other nearby cities on the list included Keller (No. 22), Frisco (No. 31), Coppell (No. 34) and Allen (No. 60). The list was comprised of 100 cities in total.

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CEF ANNOUNCED 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION CO-CHAIRS Calling all Dragons: Get ready for a Western-themed bash to top them all. Carroll Education Foundation (CEF) is kicking off its 20th Anniversary Celebration, themed Boot Scootin’ Dragons, September 10 at the Southlake Hilton. Heading up the anniversary event are cochairs Sarah Mason and Kathy Talley, who both have years of eventplanning experience under their belts. Talley said she is “honored to be chairing Boot Scootin’ Dragons. It is truly wonderful that the foundation has been supporting CISD students and teachers for 20 years, and we look forward to carrying on the tradition.” Mason added, “This year’s 20th Anniversary celebration is shaping up to be the biggest event to date, and we look forward to seeing our community parents and businesses to benefit CISD’s teachers and students.”

SOUTHLAKE NAMED THIRD-MOST CHARITABLE CITY IN NORTH TEXAS The Dallas Business Journal reported that the average annual contribution to charity per household in Southlake was $1,118.97 last year, making it third on a top-10 list of North Texas cities. Colleyville topped the list, averaging $1,250.79 per household. “You might notice on this year’s list we shook up the rankings a bit. Instead of only looking at total cash contributions to charities, we used Esri’s proprietary charitable rank index, which accounts for population and looks at charitable giving to household income ratios,” according to the report. Esri is a company that uses a geographic information system. The report indicated North Texas donated a total of $745 million to charity in 2015, which is a regional average of $338.27 per household. Also locally relevant and making the list were Flower Mound and Coppell (No. 5 and No. 8 respectively).


MAKE-A-WISH GRANTED THE WISH OF WALNUT GROVE KINDERGARTENER Make-A-Wish Foundation, the nonprofit founded in 1980 to grant wishes to children around the world who are living with lifethreatening illnesses, made a stop in Southlake and even brought along a special guest: Mickey Mouse. In March, kindergarteners and first graders at Walnut Grove Elementary School (WGES) gathered in the cafeteria for the surprise unveiling of a trip to Disney World for kindergarten student Lucas Sun. Students cheered with delight as Mickey Mouse entered the room and Sun learned that his wish had been granted. “We’ve heard about the reveals and seen them on the news, but we’ve never experienced them here,” said WGES Principal Mike Landers. “It was really cool. It’s the day before Spring Break, so it was the perfect time.”

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SOUTHLAKE RESIDENT NAMED A WINNER IN ROAD WARRIOR CONTEST If you ever want to meet a real-life jetsetter, just talk to Southlake resident Emily Williams Knight. When she says she travels a lot, she means it. In fact, she’s a bona fide road warrior. American Way, the inflight magazine published by American Airlines, deemed her as one in its 22nd annual Road Warrior contest. Williams Knight, along with this year’s four other winners, vacationed in Belize as the grand prize. Visit SouthlakeStyle. com to read what she has to say about the win, life on the road, and the ups and downs that go along with frequent travel.

GRACE’S DRIVE INTO THE NIGHT A GLOWING SUCCESS Last month, GRACE hosted Drive Into the Night, its second-largest fundraising event of the year. Held at the Grapevine Golf Course, golfers enjoyed a barbecue dinner, craft beer, raffle prizes, and of course, a little lighthearted competition. Golfers played nine holes of golf with nothing but a glowin-the-dark golf ball and the light of the stars. Prizes were awarded to teams who placed first, second and third in putting, closest to the pin and longest drive.

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BRIAN R. STEBBINS MEMORIAL PARK UNVEILED IN SOUTHLAKE TOWN SQUARE Many Southlake residents knew the late Brian R. Stebbins, the driving force behind Southlake Town Square. And now they have a new way to honor his memory: the Brian R. Stebbins Memorial Park. Friends and community members gathered last month at a special ribboncutting and unveiling in the heart of our city. Cooper and Stebbins, Highland Landscaping and TBG Partners conceived the idea for the memorial park. Ian MacLean, president of Highland Landscaping, said at the ceremony, “This park is undoubtedly the most prominent project we’ve done as a company in our 14-year history.” Take a moment to visit the park at 305 Central Avenue.

MIRACLE LEAGUE FIELD HOSTED LONESTAR ROADRUNNERS The Lonestar Roadrunners, a local nonprofit Beepball baseball team comprised of all blind and visually impaired players, played at Southlake’s Miracle League Field last month. The sport is similar to softball in terms of hitting, fielding and pitching, but it has modified rules regarding scoring and outs. Sound-emitting bases and balls are used as well as audible pitchers and defensive spotters so that athletes can play without any sight. “We want to spread awareness that nothing is impossible—miracles do happen,” said Ozzy Calamaco, who has played for the team since 2012. “The best feeling is getting to hit the ball. Once a person hits that ball, they come alive. To be running freely without sight is an amazing feeling. Miracle League Field [helped] us to experience the miracle of America’s favorite pastime.”

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ARTHUR MURRAY DANCE STUDIO WALTZES INTO GRAPEVINE There’s a new place to jazz up your dance skills: Arthur Murray Dance Studio has opened its doors in Grapevine. The studio hosted an open house celebration last month with a dance party, light refreshments and giveaways. Founded in 1912, Arthur Murray Dance Studios use tried-and-true teaching methods to make learning to dance fast, fun and simple. Certified instructors teach ballroom, Latin, swing, salsa, tango, country western, wedding preparation and more. Dance programs are customized to fit each individual’s needs, schedule and budget. All ages are welcome to learn—no partner required.

ZANIAC AMPS UP LEARNING AT NEW SOUTHLAKE CAMPUS Zaniac, a national STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) after-school enrichment center, where learning feels like play, opened its first Texas campus in Southlake this spring. Located at 445 W. Southlake Blvd., Zaniac offers programs and camps that get kids excited about math and science while preparing them for 21st century jobs. The bright, colorful campus features glass-walled classrooms with white boards and large multimedia screens as well as a variety of tools to engage students in realworld applications of STEM subjects. “I have three kids of my own, so I am passionate about exposing our young generation to STEM education early on, before they even reach high school,” said Owner Anne Sinnott. “Zaniac is the perfect complement to our great education system here in Southlake.”

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BUSINESSES BECOME CLASSROOMS FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS The Department of Special Programs at Carroll ISD is committed to providing all students with special needs the educational opportunities and support to reach their full potential, including developing skills and experiences needed for employment. Since the best place to learn work skills is in authentic environments, CISD seeks local companies that will allow their business to serve as a classroom. This year, Taziki’s, Trader Joe’s, Old Navy and VarioSystems have allowed students to practice working in their businesses with staff support and job coaching. The Southlake Sonic and Home Depot have also partnered with CISD. Additionally, the Southlake Nothing Bundt Cakes hired two special programs students to assist the business. Alyssa Martin and Julia Sanders work two shifts a week assisting customers by filling orders and helping prepare supplies and cakes for pick-up.

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TEXAS HEALTH SOUTHLAKE OPENED NEW PHYSICAL THERAPY CENTER IN BEDFORD Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southlake expanded its services through the addition of a new physical therapy center. Located in Bedford at 2419 Highway 121, the 6,500-square-foot facility provides outpatient physical and occupational/ hand therapy for individuals suffering from pain or injury. “Services provided at the new physical therapy center allow Texas Health Southlake to better accommodate the needs of the community. Since any physician can refer patients to the center, the facility provides a final step on the road to recovery for many individuals who need additional assistance outside of our hospital doors,” said Traci Bernard, R.N., president of Texas Health Southlake.

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BLACK DOOR HOME CO. Turning Eyesores into the Eye-Catching


ohn and Elizabeth Huffman are not just partners in life, but in work. This year they opened Black Door Home Co., a fullservice home renovation and improvement company.

Why Start a Business Together?

John and Elizabeth started Black Door Home Co. because they absolutely love home renovation and design. It does not intimidate them at all to take a serious eyesore and turn it into something beautiful. When they see severely outdated concepts, rather than get overwhelmed, they just see possibility. The couple first thought about doing this as a profession after buying their current home. They love that Southlake has an upscale, rural feel and they wanted to buy an older home that had all of Southlake’s charm wrapped up into it. They came upon the house while they were in between soccer games. It was outdated but had a great layout and they loved the lot. Elizabeth told John they could buy it under one condition–they had to do some major work first. The most important was ripping out the existing staircase and removing the blue popcorn ceilings before they moved in. They changed the entire house from top to bottom – literally – and made it a home that is a great fit for their family. They also fell in love with the process. After many friends and family asked for help and input during their own renovations, the couple started thinking about doing it as a business. The idea of owning something themselves and building it into the type of business they wanted was very appealing. After a few months of discussion and much prayer, they felt like the time was right to make it official.

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The Huffmans can help turn your home into the perfect haven for you and your lifestyle. Specializing in renovations, design and décor, they can work with any budget and any idea. It is their desire to love your home just as you do and they will treat it like it’s their own. Working closely together with the homeowner, they want to make sure you get exactly what you want. They also help some homeowners update their homes to sell, which provides an opportunity to meet a need for people in the area that cannot be met otherwise. To the Huffmans, it matters that they help people and show them genuine care and love – they really enjoy building relationships with their clients. And since the couple has different strengths, they work well together – John with his legal and management background and Elizabeth with her design, décor and communications background.

All in the Family

College sweethearts, they met at Texas A&M and got married after graduation. They moved to Washington, D.C. where John was in law school at Georgetown and Elizabeth worked for Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. John practiced law for six years and then moved into the oil and gas industry. They have lived in Southlake since 2008 and celebrated their 10-year anniversary earlier this year. Plus, Elizabeth homeschools their three children, ages nine, seven and five, so it truly is a family affair. They also have six chickens and a dog named Teddy Roosevelt. It’s a fun, lively, never-a-dull-moment life and they wouldn't have it any other way.



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Masters of Mexican Presenting the winners of our 2016 Readers’ Choice survey. When it comes to Mexican food, these local restaurants are los mejores.


acos! Enchiladas! Fajitas! Mexican food that makes you want to say, “mmm…gimme más.” That’s exactly what we uncovered in our 2016 Readers’ Choice survey. We polled readers in a two-part survey on their favorite Mexican food in our part of town, honing in on the top tacos, margaritas, guacamole, tortillas, and also the best menu variety and atmosphere. The seven restaurants that rose to the top as finalists out of 20 area establishments bring the Tex, the Mex and a fiesta of flavors. It seems that our readers can relate to whoever said, “Life without Mexican food is like no life at all.” Our survey revealed that nearly half of you (47 percent) go out for Mexican food once a week, and almost a quarter (21 percent) of you enjoy it multiple times a week. When you need to satisfy your Mexican-food fix, here are the area’s best places to do it, as deemed by Southlake Style readers. by Audrey Sellers




Chuy’s Mexican Restaurant

1221 E. Northwest Pkwy., Southlake TOPNOTCH TORTILLAS


Chuy’s Mexican Restaurant is indeed a chain establishment, but make no mistake: This Austin-based restaurant is churning out tortillas better than any mom-andpop kitchen. No mass-produced supermarket tortillas here; only fresh and homemade. When it comes to the tastiest tortillas, Chuy’s secured a solid 25 percent of the vote in our survey, followed by Mi Chula’s Good Mexican and Anamia’s Tex-Mex. Its secret? Hand-rolled tortillas made from scratch daily. Tortilla experts transform a few ingredients into a simple dough, which is then rolled out to become soft, melt-in-your-mouth spheres of flour, corn and bluecorn deliciousness. These tortillas then go into dishes such as the restaurant’s famous “Big As Yo’ Face” Burritos or house specialties such as the Chuychanga and Chicken Flautas. Or you can put the tortillas directly in your mouth. You don’t need a hearty filling or even a dab of butter to enjoy these babies; they’re perfect when they’re piping hot and plain. “Our fantastic tortilla ladies take pride in our food and their contribution to it,” says Brittany Martin, field marketing manager for Chuy’s restaurants. “Our food is made fresh several times a day in the kitchen, including the dough and masa for our tortillas. When you visit Chuy’s, the tortillas you order haven’t even been made yet.” On its website Chuy’s admits, “We don’t take anything seriously, except our food.” When founders Mike Young and John Zapp started the restaurant in 1982, they wanted to serve authentic, fresh Mexican food in a fun and funky environment. That’s exactly what they’ve been doing ever since. They’ve expanded the restaurant to 11 states, and in the process, given Mexican-food fans a taste of some of the best tortillas around.


B E ST Mi Cocina

Southlake Town Square 1276 Main St. BEST MARGARITAS The food is reason enough to go to Mi Cocina (it’s Zagat-rated as one of Dallas’ Most Popular and it also landed on Zagat’s Essential Dining list), but it’s the handcrafted margaritas that take this restaurant to the top. Southlake Style readers say the ’ritas at Mi Cocina are the best around. The local favorite got 29 percent of the vote, followed by Mi Dia From Scratch and Anamia’s Tex-Mex. Mi Cocina’s Mambo Taxi® (after which you might need a taxi) is downright legendary. “It’s not only our most popular margarita, but also what our restaurant is known for,” says Rosalinda Posoz, restaurant director for the Southlake location. The margarita is swirled with sangria for a deliciously potent beverage that’s perfect frozen but also good on the rocks. Some say it’s made with Everclear, but the menu (and the bartenders) won’t tell. Mi Cocina offers more than a dozen handmade margaritas with several different flavor profiles, whether you’re

into sweet, fruity, smoky or spicy. Some are crafted with little else than tequila and lime; others are more creatively cooling with fresh purées and muddled fruits. What makes each one special, says Posoz, is that it’s “made from scratch with only the highest quality ingredients.” So are margarita fans ordering their beverages frozen or on the rocks? Patrons like them both ways. The restaurant serves an even mix of the two varieties. A poll on reveals 50 percent of readers prefer a frozen marg and 50 percent like it on the rocks. We’ll call it proof that margaritas are equally good in both forms. In addition to the Mambo Taxi, local favorites include the Jalapeño-Agave Margarita, which delivers a sneaky sizzle with Sauza tequila, agave nectar, jalapeño salsa and lime juice, and the new signature Double Barrel Margarita, made with Black Barrel Hornitos Sauza. Mi Cocina also debuted a seasonal margarita for summer: the tequila-based Milagro Sangria. “It’s served in custom glassware featuring some of our beautiful commissioned artwork by Mexican artist, Luis Sottil, and can be ordered by the glass or in a carafe to share,” Posoz says. Patio season is upon us, so raise a toast with a classic or a new favorite. When you’re in Mi Cocina’s margarita kingdom, you know each one will be reliably good.

Torchy’s Tacos

2175 E. Southlake Blvd. TASTIEST TACOS The humble taco: It’s a Mexican-food mainstay. Only the tacos at Torchy’s Tacos aren’t humble at all; they’re “damn good,” as the restaurant boldly touts in its stores and on its website. Our readers agree, with more than 30 percent proclaiming that Torchy’s does tacos best. Anamia’s TexMex and Mi Dia From Scratch came in second and third place, respectively. The Austin-based taco shop began in 2006 as a trailer attached to a Vespa scooter. Founder Michael Rypka felt the area was lacking some great street food, so he put his executive-chef skills to work, turning out tacos so good he grew his fan base from one neighborhood to the entire nation. Torchy’s now operates more than 30 stores, serving up Mexican-street-food-style tacos in crazy-good varieties. Torchy’s famously funky menu features tacos such as the Trailer Park, a flour tortilla bulging with fried chicken, green chiles, pico de gallo, lettuce and cheese, all topped off with a zingy poblano sauce. Make it “trashy” by holding the lettuce and adding queso. Speaking of queso, the restaurant’s green chile queso is topped off with guacamole, queso fresco and cilantro. A drizzle of Diablo hot sauce makes this dip sing. For those who like to mix it up with their tacos, Torchy’s also offers a rotating monthly special known as the Taco of the Month. Sometimes it’s new and different; sometimes it’s an old favorite. And, because Torchy’s has a philanthropic side, it donates five percent of the monthly taco’s sales to community causes. To us, it makes the tacos taste that much better.




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Mi Dia From Scratch

1295 S. Main St., Grapevine BEST VARIETY BEST ATMOSPHERE Whether you’re contemplating the Queso Fundido or the Quesadillas Tex-Mex to start with, Mi Dia From Scratch is all about choice. More than a quarter of readers (27 percent) ranked the Grapevine hot spot as having the best menu variety, followed by Anamia’s Tex-Mex and Chuy’s Mexican Restaurant. Our readers know a good thing when they see it; this upscale cantina is also Zagat-rated as one of Dallas’ Best Mexican Restaurants and also one of Dallas’ Best Outdoor Mexican Spots. It’s not a wonder why. The food is as creative and authentic as it is good. “Our menu is aimed at showcasing the evolution of Mexican cuisine through its many historical influences,” says Gabriel DeLeon, chef and managing partner, “while incorporating the flavors of New Mexico in a way that has not been successful in this market before.” DeLeon takes the “From Scratch” part of the name seriously. Almost everything is made in-house. The menu mixes Mexican dishes like Relleno Al Carbon and Pollo Agave with modern Santa Fe and Tex-Mex flavors such as New Mexican Guiso and Chimichangas. But of all the wide-ranging options, DeLeon says the Sea Bass Tacos are the most popular. Tender fish is grilled over pecan wood, tucked in a house-made flour tortilla, and topped with pickled cabbage, micro cilantro and a kicky chipotle remoulade sauce. When you need something to wash it all down, Mi Dia’s expertly crafted margaritas are not to be missed. Each one is made with hand-squeezed juices and 100-percent agave tequilas picked from the restaurant’s awe-inspiring tequila tower. Regulars particularly love Hell Freezes Over, a mouthwatering combination of freshly muddled cucumber, basil and lime topped off with New Mexico green hatchinfused Herradura silver tequila. DeLeon jokes, “Mambo who?” It’s not just a massive menu that sets Mi Dia From Scratch apart; it’s also a beautiful environment. Nearly half (42 percent) of Southlake Style readers say the restaurant has the best atmosphere, followed by Chuy’s Mexican Restaurant and Mi Cocina. This isn’t a place to hunch over a bowl of tortilla chips unnoticed; this is a see-and-be-seen restaurant with an ambience that’s just as enticing as the menu. Whether you shimmy into a comfortable upholstered booth inside or opt for a spot on the patio (which is equipped with an outdoor bar and fire pit), you won’t be disappointed. Mi Dia From Scratch has it all: fire, water, music, and, of course, fantastic Mexican cuisine. There’s a great energy here that just begs guests to stay a little longer and savor the food and the experience.

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Anamia’s Tex-Mex

2980 E. Southlake Blvd. BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT OVERALL BEST GUACAMOLE With so many excellent choices in the area, we wondered who would stand out as the best Mexican restaurant overall. The top tamale? Anamia’s Tex-Mex with nearly a quarter of the vote. Chuy’s and Mi Dia From Scratch came in second and third place, respectively, as the local favorites. Community members adore Anamia’s, and the restaurant adores them right back. “I love seeing my guests enjoy their time with us, and seeing them leave happy and satisfied,” says Owner Jay Ortiz. “It’s what makes me go to work every day.” Serving guests with the highest quality food and the best possible experience has been a passion for Ortiz since he opened the first Anamia’s with his wife, Anna, in Coppell in 1994. What started as a small, hole-in-the-wall restaurant in a nearby town has expanded into a flourishing business with four locations around the Metroplex and more than 250 employees (many who have been around since the original opening). “Anamia’s is not a chain or franchise,” Ortiz says. “We are family owned and operated, and we believe in treating guests like family.” This family focus is even reflected in the menu—many items, like Jerry’s Chicken or the Gabriella plate, are named after family members, employees and longtime friends of the restaurant. Dishes range from Tex-Mex classics such as enchiladas and tacos to specialty surprises like Fajitas Picante, a sizzling plate of chicken or beef fajitas topped with crispy, fried onion strips, rice and guac. As for the environment, Anamia’s is warm and inviting, from the friendly service to the restaurant décor. “We bring a comfortable but family-friendly vibe with the help of our designer and long-time friend, Andra at Keaton Designs,” says Oritz. So will there be additional locations popping up in North Texas? You can bet your brisket tacos. “We’ve had wonderful success and growth,” says Ortiz. “We will be expanding, but first we are recognizing our infrastructure so that our growth will go smoothly.” More locations just means more opportunities to enjoy the restaurant’s show-stopping guacamole. Nearly 40 percent of Southlake Style readers proclaimed Anamia’s has the area’s best guac, followed by Mi Dia From Scratch and Mi Chula’s. The guacamole is so outstanding that it’s nearly impossible to avoid devouring it along with an entire basket of tortilla chips. The beloved dip (which is also pictured on Anamia’s gift cards) is a hand-mashed fiesta of large Haas avocados, tomatoes, onions, cilantro and the restaurant’s secret mix of spices. (When you have guac this good, you have to keep certain things under wraps.) It’s made tableside in a molcajete bowl, the traditional Mexican version of a mortar and pestle. “It’s about the show and it being prepared to [the guests’] order: mild, medium or spicy,” says Ortiz. “Our guests love that.” Guests love the guac and a lot more at Anamia’s. Now that it’s declared as the best Mexican restaurant in our part of town, be prepared to wait for a table. Better go early—we sure are.

Best Overall

Readers’ Choice 2016: the Rankings Here’s how the votes for best Mexican restaurant stacked up, according to Southlake Style readers. Anamia’s Tex-Mex 24% Chuy’s Mexican Restaurant 19% Mi Dia From Scratch 18% Mi Chula’s Good Mexican 15% Mi Cocina 11% Cristina’s Fine Mexican 7% Torchy’s Tacos 3% 3% didn’t choose an overall favorite

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Del Frisco’s Grille 1200 E. Southlake Blvd. 817.410.3777 |

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Growing up in a small town in Northwest Ohio, Del Frisco’s Grille Market Chef Aaron Henschen had the luxury of living on a farm. Growing a variety of fruits and vegetables – there was even fresh honey – opened his mind to different flavors at a young age and helped him appreciate local ingredients and seasons. Del Frisco’s Grille offers The Daily Dish of chef specials and is always bringing in seasonal vegetables and seafood. Recently it introduced Asian Street Bao Bun Sliders with barbeque pork, pickled daikon and carrot, cucumber, cilantro and chilies. And while the prime Steakhouse Salad has always been the fan favorite, for Henschen it’s the Prime Chili Burger. He says he’s looking for a better burger but is having a hard time finding one.


il Calabrese Ristorante & Bar Luciano Salvadore Executive Chef, Co-Owner “I am passionate about Italian food and my career as a chef.”

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DeVivo Bros. Latin Fusion Ralph and John DeVivo “We wanted to open a restaurant that fused our Italian heritage with Mexican food.”

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Brothers Ralph and John DeVivo come from a large Italian family where so much was centered around the kitchen or the kitchen table. When they opened DeVivo Bros. Latin Fusion last fall in Southlake, they wanted to achieve something different. By specializing in pizza and tacos, DeVivo Bros. Latin Fusion uniquely combines both Italian and Mexican cultures creating delicious Latin Fusion cuisine. The array of pizza and taco options is accompanied by other specialty items like Italian Nachos and a Sriracha Honey Glazed Pork Chop. And with a fabulous wood fire pizza oven imported from Italy, beautiful ambience, extensive wine list and outdoor patio, this will be your new go-to place for pizza, tacos or something Latin Fusion.


Copeland’s of New Orleans Southlake Chris Elsaesser, Executive Chef “The rushes on the restaurant line inspire me to do it all over again the next day.”

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Executive Chef Chris Elsaesser worked in restaurants since he was 15 but it wasn’t until he was in his 20s that his love of cooking came. On his own in Austin without a lot of money, he prepared his meals at home while watching PBS cooking shows. Now he draws inspiration from satisfied customers. Elsaesser says the menu at Copeland’s is influenced by popularity, portion sizes and dietary concerns. Patrons’ favorite menu item is the Shrimp and Crab Cake Alfredo. But for those seeking a lighter version of the dish, the restaurant recently added a Crab Cake and Zucchini Pasta to the menu with julienne zucchini and poached shrimp in a light stock. The restaurant also offers a very elaborate breakfast buffet and Sunday Brunch where Elsaesser gets to “push the envelope” in regards to quality and creativity of food.

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Winewood Grill Francisco Aquado, Executive Chef “The best part about cooking and creating a dish is that it brings people together.”

Winewood Grill 1265 S. Main St., Grapevine 817.421.0200 |

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With 14 years of culinary experience behind him, Francisco Aquado knows what it takes to prepare a good meal. After spending time in the kitchens of large chains like Fleming’s Steak House and Bob’s Steak and Chop House as well as privately owned restaurants like Fusco’s (owned by Chef Michael Fusco) and La Villa Restaurant at the Philbrook Museum in Tulsa, Aquado now serves as the executive chef at Winewood. He says the restaurant’s menu is special because it pairs unconventional ingredients with those that are more well-known and traditional—like those found in the tenderloin bruschetta (tomato jam, arugula and pesto). To Aquado, food offers never-ending possibilities when it comes to pairing flavors, discovering new elements and creating dishes.


Mi Dia From Scratch Gabriel DeLeon, Chef “We cover the whole spectrum of Mexican food: Tex-Mex, Mexican street food, authentic Mexican and New Mexican.”

Mi Dia From Scratch 1295 S. Main St., Grapevine 817.421.4747 |

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As a kid, Gabriel DeLeon was fascinated by the different foods his father prepared for him and his brother. When DeLeon’s father opened La Margarita in Irving several years later, DeLeon knew he wanted to be in the business. An honors graduate from the Art Institute of Dallas who trained in Mexico City with Chef Patricia Quintana, DeLeon is well equipped to prepare each and every made-from-scratch dish at Mi Dia, where he serves as head chef. Using only the highest quality ingredients, each meal is guaranteed to be an experience for the senses. Mouthwatering offerings like the Cochinita Pibil and Duck Carnita streetstyle tacos are among guest favorites, and the restaurant’s spicy hot sauce is a well-known staple.

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Wildwood Grill Matt Molesworth, Executive Chef “Once I start a conversation with someone about food, I get pretty excited, pretty quick.”

Wildwood Grill 2700 E. Southlake Blvd. 817.748.2100 |

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Wildwood Grill’s Executive Chef Matt Molesworth always loved cooking with his father growing up. In fact, he still loves to share the dishes they created together. He has also learned from many great mentors over the past decade that he has been cooking. At Wildwood Grill, he tries to bring a classic Southern feel to the Texas-style dishes offered. He loves to adapt the menu with the seasons to bring specific flavors to the table when freshness is at its peak. The restaurant runs fantastic, chef-driven features every weekend (and during the week) so there is always something new or different. And while the two most popular menu items are the Grilled Atlantic Salmon and the Wood-Fired Filet, Molesworth’s favorite is the Chilean Seabass.


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i Fratelli Pizza Neil Turner, Owner/Operator

i Fratelli Pizza 2600 E. Southlake Blvd., Southlake 817.749.0990 |

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Although Neil Turner, owner and operator of three i Fratelli Pizza restaurants, has always loved backyard grilling and smoking BBQ, his love of cooking came from his father. He first ate the Big Brother pizza when he was eight years old and was immediately hooked. It’s still his favorite menu item today. Topped with pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushrooms, green bell peppers and green onions, it is also a fan favorite. Other favorites include: the Staff Special, Vegetarian, Carne Classico, Del Bianco and Margherita. The regulars also rave over the pizza without cheese. It is drizzled with a little olive oil instead with your choice of toppings. It’s no wonder i Fratelli was voted Best Pizza in Dallas, D Magazine readers’ poll, November 2015.

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The Terrifying Reality of Identity Theft


icture this scenario. You receive a phone call from a number you don’t recognize. The caller is sent to voicemail, and upon playback, you hear a friendly yet unsettling voice inquiring if you’ve opened a credit card account at their department store recently. Only problem is … you haven’t.

Southlake Police Chief James Brandon says Southlake’s identity theft problem isn’t necessarily a unique one, as it’s striking victims across the country. “Identity theft cases are on the rise nationwide, and have become one of the most common ways that someone is victimized,” Chief Brandon explains. “If one looks at the trend on a regional, state or national level, the numbers are increasing year to year.” Southlake Mayor Laura Hill agrees. “Identity theft has unfortunately become the new normal,” she says. “It is frightening to think how many people I know that have either been affected personally or have a friend who has been affected.” According to Southlake Police records, 184 identity theft cases were reported in the city in 2015, and 37 reported just in the first two months of 2016. But what constitutes an identity theft case? And could you be considered a victim? “Identity theft is generally understood to fall within the Texas penal code section 32.51 Fraudulent Use or Possession of Identifying Information,” Chief Brandon says. “This means that it is illegal to possess or use someone else’s information to obtain credit, goods or services.” Still many get identity theft confused with credit card abuse, which, while a serious crime, is not nearly as difficult to recover from. “I think it’s safe to say anyone who has ever had a credit card probably had an unauthorized charge on his or her account,” Jessica says. “However, with credit card fraud, it’s a simple process to get rid of unwanted charges. You call the credit card company and cancel the card. They send you a new one. With identity theft, the process is not that simple. Unless you have a company like ID Watchdog or LifeLock that will do the legwork for you, it’s a tedious process.” And it all starts with one unfortunate phone call. So, what should you do first if you receive a message that your identity has been stolen? Where do you turn?

Could someone be trying to steal your identity? More than one in four people have experienced identity theft, according to MSI International. It’s a crime that cost Americans $16 billion in 2014, according to a study by Javelin Strategy and Research. If you’re like local identity theft victim, Jessica*, or most people for that matter, you’ll probably chalk this up as a scam, or at least a clever way to get you to sign up for a credit card once you return the call. Unfortunately, this time the phone rang again. On the line was Jessica’s bank, now asking if she had opened not one, but five additional credit cards with various merchants recently. “I was furious,” Jessica recalls. “In less than 24 hours, the fraudster(s) had opened or attempted to open 18 different accounts and charged more than $10,000 using my identity. Some were done online, some in the stores and some charged to my existing store accounts.” A CRIME THAT HITS TOO CLOSE TO HOME Frightening scene, but this couldn’t happen to you, right? Consider this: Between 2014 and 2015, identity theft rose by 47 percent nationally, and Texas rose from tenth place to eighth place on the Federal Trade Commission’s list of states with the highest per-capita identity theft complaints. Bringing it even more local, Southlake ranks 28th place in Credit Donkey’s Safest Cities in Texas 2016 study, compared to our neighbor Colleyville’s first-place standing. What’s more, the crime has no age biases. People young and old are impacted by identity theft.


BE VIGILANT AND SMART “If one believes they have become a victim of identity theft, the first step is to notify your local police department to file a report,” Chief Brandon says. “Most credit agencies and creditors will not accept a victim’s claim without an official police report.” When Jessica discovered she had been victimized, she and her husband jumped to their phones to take action. “I called the credit bureaus, he called the banks and credit card companies, the police, the IRS … anyone else we could think to notify,” she recalls. “I was

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desperate for information and the ‘off’ switch. In hindsight, I would have frozen my credit with all three credit bureaus rather than just issue a fraud alert.” Based on her experience, Jessica recommends everyone take a few precautionary steps to help protect themselves from identity theft, though she knows no one will ever be completely safe. Here’s her advice: 1) SHRED YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION. 2)  ONLY MAIL YOUR OUTGOING MAIL AT THE USPS OFFICE, OR HAND DELIVER IT TO THE MAIL CARRIER. 3)  ENABLE TWO-STEP ONLINE VERIFICATION FOR ALL YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNTS AND BANK/ FINANCIAL





did you kno w? THE COLD, HARD FACTS ABOUT IDENTITY THEFT More than 13 million Americans have experienced some sort of identity theft. Identity fraud occurs every two seconds. More than 30 percent of identity theft victims are scammed by family and close friends. Identity theft has been the No. 1 consumer complaint for 15 consecutive years. More than one billion records containing personal information were leaked in 2014. Sources: Federal Trade Commission, CNN Money, IBM, ABC News

Though all highly suggested, Jessica notes the credit report to be the most important of all. “Do it today, and make sure it matches what you should have on there,” she urges. “Are there any inquiries from companies that you did not authorize? Are there any discrepancies? If yes, take care of those immediately.” Chief Brandon echoes Jessica’s recommendation to shred all personal information. “In the past few years, there have been several large-scale data breaches including Target and the federal government,” he says. “Though a consumer can’t prevent a company’s data breach, things like retrieving mail promptly and putting out trash just before pickup can help. Shredding documents that contain personal information is also a great way to prevent a criminal from acquiring the needed information for an identity theft.” Take advantage of neighborhood or community trash collection events, such as Southlake’s annual Crud Cruiser, to clean house while staying safe— with all documents shredded before removal. “The bad guys always seem to be one step ahead of us,” Mayor Hill says. “Protecting yourself is a never-ending task, and that doesn’t even begin to deal with companies, the government and doctors that have your personal information that can be compromised.

I think it’s safe to say anyone who has ever had a credit card probably had an unauthorized charge on his or her account.

“When you have computers searching for access, there is no selectivity,” Mayor Hill adds. “Hackers don’t care where you live.” With data breaches and online hacking becoming an easy way for criminals to hide behind a screen, the only choice people have to protect themselves is absolute diligence. In addition to the suggestions listed above, the National Consumers League advises updating browsers, anti-virus and operating system software regularly, securing your home wireless router and network, taking caution when opening links or attachments in emails, staying aware of which companies store your personal data, filing your taxes early, and again, reviewing your credit reports frequently. If all this seems a little overwhelming, identity theft protection companies are available to help keep watch over your assets, so you’re not in this alone. “After years of thinking that I should sign up for some kind of identity theft protection, a recent case in Southlake motivated me to finally do it,” Mayor Hill says. Chief Brandon says that while some may be wary of paying a resource to assist with protecting your identity, the pros may outweigh the cons. “Critics of companies such as LifeLock are quick to point out that a vigilant person can do many of the same things that the company does. One can examine their free credit report to ensure that no credit has been obtained that isn’t legitimate. Reality is, most of us are not that vigilant, and there may be some benefit from utilizing these companies,” he says. Even if you don’t invest in services, the company’s blog,, is a goldmine of useful information. “Spend the money to make sure your computer, iPad and cell phone are safe,” Mayor Hill advises. “Hire experts if you aren’t sure. You have to assume the worst will happen; that it will happen to you.” Can you really put a price on peace of mind? Many, including Jessica, would likely say no. She’s still working to put the pieces of her stolen life back together, and it seems everyone knows another victim doing just the same.

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1. MCKENNA LEATHER JEWELRY BOX This large leather jewelry box from Pottery Barn is lockable and features three drawers, a mirror, lift-out tray, open and divided storage, and a mini travel box. Available in four colors/textures. Grey lizard is shown., $200


2. WOODEN MUSIC BOX Add a little whimsy to Mom’s life. This handcrafted, wooden Ferris wheel music box from Papyrus rotates to a tune from Chopin’s “Nocturne.”, $50

3. COOL MOM TRAVEL MUG Have mug. Will travel—in style. This 15-ounce ceramic travel mug with silicone lid is perfect for any mom on the go. Because let’s face it, all moms are cool. Francesca’s at Southlake Town Square, $20

4. AROMATHERAPY SHOWER DIFFUSER Turn your shower into a spa with an Essio aromatherapy shower diffuser that uses organic essential oils. Starter Kit (shown) comes with three essential oil pods. More essential oil pods are available online., $45

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5. PRAYERBOWL Invoke the power of prayer in a unique way. Choose from two different gold-edged, Swarovski crystal-trimmed bowls, each with its own Bible verse, and pause each day to reflect on the prayers you place in the bowl. $52


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e’d like to let you in on a little secret—Mom is tired. Although she’ll love anything handmade from her kids or a thoughtful brunch planned by her husband this Mother’s Day, what she really wants is to relax. While hydrotherapy is a great solution for her tense back (from carrying around a baby or toddler) or weary feet (from standing on the sidelines cheering on her favorite little soccer player), it usually takes a trip to a spa to reap the benefits. But a BubbleMassage Air Bath by Kohler could be just the gift Mom’s been waiting for. This walk-in bathtub, equipped with a chair-height seat with inflatable cushion, transforms the bathroom into a hydrotherapy haven. Once inside the tub, Mom can easily slide the side wall up and begin to fill the bath with water. After the water drains, the side wall can be lowered for an effortless exit. The integrated ledge allows space for soaps, shampoos or even candles to enhance the athome hydrotherapy session. Moving on to the BubbleMassage feature of the Kohler Elevance, there are 59 air jets that release thousands of bubbles to massage

the body, and the variable-speed blower lets her adjust massage intensity up to 18 levels. The Zones of Control feature, available as an accessory, lets Mom choose a complete body massage or one that targets the back, legs or feet. She can use her favorite bath oils and salts since the system is hygienic and easy to clean, featuring automatic and manual purge cycles. You’ll want to contact a Kohler retailer to purchase the Elevance Rising Wall 5’ Bubble Massage Air Bath, and seek the help of a qualified installer. It is available in white, biscuit or almond color, and price varies accordingly. The idea of spending the day at a spa is something that would make most any mom happy this Mother’s Day. However, there is always something that happens between the time she receives a spa gift card and when—or if—it is actually used. That something is called life. As her husband, son or daughter, you should understand she is grateful for the gift, but more grateful for the time she gets to spend with her family. Therefore, task yourself this Mother’s Day to bring the spa to her to be enjoyed whenever she desires. The only accessory she’ll need is a reprieve from door knocking. May 16 • 55


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Motherhood & Cupcakes here’s a new cupcake shop in town:

Gigi’s Cupcakes. But there’s more than flour and frosting behind this Park Village bakery; there’s Gigi Butler, its faith-filled, go-getter founder who’s also a single mom. Balancing motherhood and entrepreneurship? Butler’s got it in the bag—or rather, the cupcake box. Gigi’s Cupcakes has grown from one shop in Nashville, Tennessee, to more than 100 franchise locations sprinkled throughout 23 states. There’s an international store in South Korea and there are also plans to grow the business to 250 locations in the next five years. “Becoming a successful entrepreneur requires persistence,” says Butler. “Not only in your passion for your product or service, but also in following your dream.” Country Songs, Cleaning … and Cupcakes

Since childhood, Butler had dreams of becoming a countrymusic star. She sang in bars all over California and then moved to Nashville, hoping to be discovered. To make ends meet, Butler also started her own cleaning business, Gigi’s Cleaning Company. She cleaned homes, offices and construction sites while singing on the side. When her music career didn’t take off as she had hoped, Butler turned to baking. She grew up in a family of bakers and had a knack around the kitchen. So she thought, “Why not start a bakery?” Butler opened the first Gigi’s Cupcakes in 2008 with only $33 to her name. She prayed customers would come. They did … and they loved the cupcakes. In 2013, her gross revenue was reported at $43 million. So how did Butler create a booming business while raising her daughter, Kendel, as a single parent? Hard work and a whole lot of prayer. “I lean on my faith at all times,” Butler says. “I ask God for the guidance to help me lead this company and my family in the right direction.” Butler remembers the moment she knew she had something special with her blossoming bakery. Interestingly, it was her first customer complaint. A woman had traveled over an hour for a Scarlett’s Red Velvet cupcake and was furious when she learned the flavor wasn’t on the menu that day. “She was so upset we didn’t have it and informed me she’d driven specifically to my bakery for that one cupcake,” says Butler. “Someone was emotional about a cupcake flavor I had created. At that moment, I knew I had created a product that people were passionate about and really wanted to buy.” A Taste of the Brand

While Butler knew she hit a sweet spot with cupcakes, she also knew the value of diversifying the menu to differentiate her shop. Walk into Gigi’s Cupcakes and you’ll find a sugary smorgasbord of stuffed cookies, bread loaves, muffins, cakes, cheesecakes, pies and specialty coffee. The shop is also rolling out cake bites, quiche and ice cream in a few test markets. 58

As for the cupcakes, customers can choose from a mindboggling 300 rotating flavors, including gluten-free and sugar-free varieties. Each treat is topped off with Gigi’s signature swirl of sky-high icing. No matter what flavor or indulgence sweet seekers opt for, they’re in for something special. “We focus on creating a full sensory experience at Gigi’s Cupcakes, providing freshly baked items that are finished with an artist’s touch,” Butler says. “I want people to instantly recognize our box, like they do a Tiffany’s box, and get excited knowing there is an incredible dessert waiting inside.” Butler got a taste of her own company from a different perspective when she appeared on the hit CBS series Undercover Boss last year. On the show, Butler got in disguise and worked alongside her employees as a cupcake decorator, baker, cake manager and customer service rep. At the end of each episode, the CEO or “Undercover Boss,” offers financial gifts to selected employees as a token of appreciation. Butler helped one employee launch a charity and provided funds to help another employee start a family. Giving back is important to Butler—and it’s something she hopes to impart to five-year-old Kendel. “I want to leave a legacy of love for my daughter,” she says. “I want her to know there is strength and a sense of community when you give back to people.” Ingredients for Life

Butler also wants Kendel to know the value of hard work. When times got tough, Butler persevered, changing course from singing and housecleaning to baking and entrepreneurship. She admits there are challenges when simultaneously running a business and raising a child, but these can be overcome. “[As] a single mother, balancing work and life is a constant struggle. It’s something that every working mom or dad struggles with,” Butler says. “I always read my Bible and exercise regularly to keep myself sane.” She has also accepted that she can’t (and shouldn’t) try to do it all. “For a long time, I thought I could be involved in every aspect of the business, have a social life, and care for my daughter,” admits Butler. “By hiring others to help me manage and grow the Gigi’s Cupcakes brand, I’ve learned to trust in others’ expertise and experience.” With talented professionals helping her run the business, Butler has more time with Kendel. They’re often whipping up cupcakes and other homemade treats in their kitchen in the Nashville area. In fact, that’s probably what they’ll be doing for Mother’s Day this month. Butler says she plans to attend church and cook, bake, and host friends and family. For Butler, the best moments are those shared with her daughter. “I enjoy creating sweet memories with her,” she says. “Every day has its challenges, but the relationship I have with my daughter is worth more than I could ever achieve in my professional life. Both are hard work, but worth it.” By Audrey Sellers

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Brunch in the Garden restaurant506 inside The Sanford House is a culinary utopia.

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urrounded by a lush garden in downtown Arlington, set on the property of a charming bed and breakfast, is restaurant506. You wouldn’t even know it’s there … unless you’d heard about its many accolades. The elegant eatery nestled inside The Sanford House has a perfect five-star rating on, won Open Table’s Diner’s Choice 2016 award, and has also landed on the website’s national list of best brunches. If you’re looking to treat Mom to a special Mother’s Day or you just want to enjoy a great meal in a serene setting, this place comes highly recommended. Though the inn is worth checking out for a staycation, you don’t need to be a guest there to dine at restaurant506. It’s open to the public Wednesday through Saturday for dinner, or you can make reservations for Saturday or Sunday brunch, which runs from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. every weekend. For Mother’s Day, the restaurant is

rolling out a special prix fixe brunch menu. All you need to do is make a reservation— and maybe get some flowers. Classified as “inspired American cuisine,” the dishes at restaurant506 are just that—inspired. Executive Chef John Klein has cooked in places such as Boston, Chicago and Florida, and he incorporates those experiences into the food at restaurant506. “These places each have a way of expressing their vibrant cultures through food,” he says. “Drawing on my experiences allows me to think outside the box to create our own unique style.” The menu is creative, if not indulgent. The award-winning brunch, which is admirably not a buffet, features fare such as Peaches & Cream French Toast and Sage Asiago Crusted Trout. Whether you’re into sweet or savory, there’s something to satisfy your appetite. And because brunching means sipping on a


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chilled beverage, restaurant506 offers a refreshing variety, including four different kinds of mimosas. Dinner is also a delightful experience. The meal begins with an “Amuse Bouche,” which means “amusement for the mouth.” It’s a succulent taste designed to whet the appetite before the main course. There are as many appetizers as there are entrées on the menu, so if you typically don’t order a starter, you might want to look over the offerings—particularly the Pecan Crusted Crab Cakes. These happen to be Chef Klein’s specialty and have become a staple at restaurant506. “I have always been inspired by seafood and fresh herbs, and my Maryland-style crab cakes are the perfect combination,” he says. “This dish also draws from my experience in Texas as I have added pecans into the breading.” Dinner options such as the Espresso Dusted Duck Breast and Herb Crumbed Rack of Lamb aren’t just deliciously tempting, they’re also artfully plated. The food here is designed to be appealing to the eye and the taste buds. Just consider the Chocolate Deconstruction, a $9 marvel of a dessert. A hollow orb of chocolate is filled with ice cream and fresh berries. Then, at your table, a server pours pipinghot caramel over the top, melting everything together into a plate of sweet deliciousness. When you declare a favorite on the menu, it’ll stick around—for a while, at least. The menu changes in the spring and again in the fall to incorporate the freshest foods while also highlighting the themes of the season. Right now, kale is the ingredient du jour. “This superfood is something that has caught the public’s attention lately,” says Chef Klein, “and I’m excited to present kale in my own way.” Spring is a lovely time to dine al fresco, or you can enjoy your meal in the lavishly appointed dining room. When you’re done, take a stroll beneath a canopy of trees in the courtyard. It’s an ideal spot for snapping a quick family photo (which is all Mom probably wants, anyway). And if you’re there in the evening, the garden sparkles with twinkling lights. Should you want to weave some educational tidbits into your experience, restaurant506 offers special dinners and events. It will host a Whiskey Pairing Dinner later this month, and in the summer, it will roll out an instructional wine series. Called the 506 Wine School, participants learn about and taste at least six different wines while enjoying some light bites. We admit we don’t often look to Arlington for fine dining, but we’re glad we discovered restaurant506. It’s a quiet retreat with an abundance of culinary and visual delights. May 16 • 65


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Pizza Party Taverna Rossa is a music-fueled celebration of craft pies and pints. Gourmet pizza. Craft beer. Live music. That’s Taverna Rossa Craft Pizza & Beer in a nutshell. The Tex-Italian watering hole new to Park Village brings plenty of hometown flavors and handmade deliciousness to Southlake. The menu is built on a foundation of stone-fired, thin-crust pizzas, but there are plenty of other worthy options such as salads, small plates, sandwiches and pastas. And you can bet these items are hand-crafted, hand-torn, local, seasonal—you know, all those culinary terms that are having a moment right now. Case in point: the Smokey Pie. It’s made with sweet Texas barbecue sauce, local smoked brisket, local bacon and house-blended cheese. Or consider the Killer TX Sausage Queso. Ladled into a cup or bowl, this spicy dip is made with ingredients such as local Texas sausage and house-pickled jalapeño. Notice a common theme here? The food is appealing for a reason: It’s authentically Texan.

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Taverna Rossa isn’t just spinning pies and serving dishes with a Texas twist; it provides the whole package of great food and drinks in a fun atmosphere. It’s open for brunch, lunch and dinner, and offers a few different happy hours. Stop by Friday and Saturday starting at 9 p.m. for its Late Night “Hoppy” Hour (we see what they did there), and enjoy live music from local bands. Genres range from rock and country to grassroots-style music. Now about those drinks. The restaurant offers a dizzying array of beer, wine and cocktails. There are two dozen craft brews on tap plus a sizeable selection of bottles and cans. The beer may get all the buzz, but don’t pass up Taverna Rossa’s hand-crafted cocktails. The Rossa Mule is a refreshing concoction of fruit-infused bourbon, ginger beer and fresh lime. And the Lemon Basil Crush, made with infused Deep Eddy vodka, muddled basil, yellow chartreuse and grapefruit, is basically summertime in a glass. While it’s certainly a lively scene with beer, booze and bands, Taverna Rossa is also a hot spot for brunch. They don’t call it “Sunday Funday” for nothing. Every Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m, brunchers can enjoy sweet and savory 13-inch breakfast pies. Mama’s French Toast Pie is luscious sustenance topped with fresh berries, goat cheese, local honey, almonds and cinnamon. There are also a handful of what the restaurant calls “Hangover Specials,” which include menu items like biscuits and gravy and street tacos. Bottom line: If you love pizza and ice-cold beer, give Taverna Rossa a shot. It promises it’s here “to take this tried-and-true pair to the next level.” We think it’s hitting the mark—and doing a whole lot more.

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In the South, you spell love p-i-e. At least that’s the sentiment of Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop. “When you share pie, you share love,” according to founders Scott and Meredith Layton. The nostalgic Southern dessert shop that has become a mainstay in Knoxville, Tennessee, has brought its handmade, award-winning pies to Colleyville, and we couldn’t be more excited to taste every last one. All the recipes were handed down from the grandmothers of the founders, so you know these pies are the real deal—from the buttery crust to the perfectly sweet filling. The confections at Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop are almost too pretty to eat. Six classic pies such as Coconut Cream and Granny’s Apple Pie are handmade daily in two sizes: four-inch mini pies and nine-inch pies to share. There are also seasonal pies such as the Summer Peach Pie and Edisto Key Lime Pie, which is named after the founders’ favorite beach in South Carolina. And of course, there’s a Buttermilk Pie at Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop. The signature dessert is smooth and sweet—a hybrid of a classic Southern chess pie and a custard. “This flavor is great for people who prefer something without chocolate,” according to the shop. But if you happen to love chocolate, the Chocolate Meringue Pie won’t disappoint. The filling is slow-cooked on the stovetop and stirred until it reaches the perfect consistency. The result is a velvety pie bursting with rich chocolate flavor. Lightly toasted Italian meringue is the finishing touch. While every pie is magnificent, Nanny’s Pecan Pie rose to the top as one of the South’s Best Pecan Pies, as declared by Taste of the South magazine. The famed pie starts with a buttery shortbread crust, which is then filled with crunchy pecans and topped with a decadent pecan filling. Then in the oven it goes until it’s firm but still moist and chewy. We can only imagine the aromas that must constantly waft out of the bakery. The shop also whips up something called a Cloud 9, which is just what it sounds like: bliss in a cup. A mini pie is delicately mixed with a giant scoop of ice cream, resulting in a swirl of crust, sweet fillings and ice cream in each bite. It’s like à la mode, only better. Thumbprint Cookies are yet another sweet indulgence at Buttermilk Sky. These cheerful confections have different icing colors and flavors to coincide with the season. However you like your pie, one thing is for sure: You’ll want to get a slice at Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop. If pie is love, we’re downright smitten.


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he world has given you 35 reasons to plan a vacation in the beautiful waters of the Caribbean. Each island has its own personality, and although you can swim, dine and sleep on any of them, your experience will be unique wherever you choose to sink your toes in the sand.

The Bahamas: Paradise Island This is a chance for your family to get lost in paradise. Conveniently located above the water (unlike the myth) the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort in the Bahamas is a place for the whole family to experience the epitome of fun in the Caribbean sun. A city of sorts by the sea, the resort boasts a waterpark, more than 20 restaurants and 19 bars and lounges, a casino, spa, golf course and plenty of shopping. The six towers at the Atlantis Resort vary in price point, allowing you to book an affordable getaway or a luxury vacation. The Royal Towers, which match most closely the architecture of the iconic city, are middle of the road when it comes to pricing, but you really won’t be making any sacrifices— you’ll still have six suite styles to choose from. A big bonus to staying in the Royal Towers is you’ll be in close proximity to the Aquaventure water park. With 141 acres of waterscape, the park features more than 20 million gallons of water, Atlantean-themed towers, high-speed water slides, a milelong river ride with rolling rapids and wave surges, 20 swimming areas and a kids water-play fort. Oh, and there are 11 unique swimming pools if you want to leave the adventure-ing to the kids and spend your time in a private poolside cabana.

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Grand Cayman A visit to the famous Seven Mile Beach on the west side of Grand Cayman will put you in the right place (one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful beaches) at the right time (even at peak tourism times, this almost endless stretch of sand tends to be the least populated of the region’s beaches). The Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort is located on the seven-mile stretch and “captures the relaxing and casual seaside ambience of island living.” The resort offers 273 luxury guest rooms and 22 suites. Hungry? A full American-style breakfast is served each morning, or you can choose to dine at one of the restaurants onsite. The

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U.S. Virgin Islands: St. Thomas Although it is described as the most cosmopolitan of the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Thomas still boasts that laid-back Caribbean culture that allows visitors to set their own pace for this island vacation. Home to the famous Charlotte Amalie Harbor, the island has a variety of hotels and resorts. However, because of its central location to many of the activities on the island, The Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Beach Resort by Marriott is a great place to set up home base. With harbor, garden and island views, accommodations are only steps away from the beach. Dining options at the resort include a number of topnotch choices that cover all the bases. The Havana Blue at Morning Star Beach Club has been ranked in the top five of many travel and food publications. The restaurant serves Latin Americameets-Pacific-Rim fare, and is an upscale, no-bathing-suit-attire establishment. In other words, you must make reservations, and a visit probably makes for a great date night sans kids. However, there are a number of casual grilles for grabbing a quick bite for breakfast or lunch., Guests at the Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Beach Resort by Marriott will find their stay on the south side of the island puts them at arm’s reach of many activities St. Thomas is famous for, such as St. Thomas Adventure Tours. A locally owned and family-

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operated business, the facility specializes in guided excursions of protected bays, coral reefs and beaches. You can swim with sea turtles, snorkel over a live coral reef, or kayak along the coast to experience the beach views from a whole new perspective. Even if you have no prior experience, the guides are always in and on the water to assist guests during the tours. In addition, all tours and excursions can be customized according to preference and abilities. Transportation is provided and photos are included with every tour. And there is something to be said for exclusivity. According to Michelle Felder of St. Thomas Adventure Tours, “Our guests see more than they would on most other tours as we have one guide per six guests, and we are the only operator at all-snorkel location, so they are never crowded.”

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A Festival of Fun Grapevine Main Street Fest is the perfect family outing.


istoric Downtown Grapevine. It’s that time of year again. Grapevine’s 32nd Annual Main Street Fest is back with more food, wine, beer, live music, rides and a whole lot of family fun. It’s the perfect event for all ages, so round up your crew and enjoy the sights, sounds, and of course, the food. There are plenty of mouthwatering options on the docket, from turkey legs, pizza, corn dogs and funnel cakes to in-house menu options at any of the festival restaurants located within Historic Downtown Grapevine. When it comes to fun and games, one of the most popular attractions is the Carnival and Midway, where you can try your luck at all kinds of activities and even get a view from above while riding the Ferris wheel. The KidsZone is where kids can enjoy the LEGOLAND® Discovery Center’s Junior Builder Competition, a petting zoo, interactive games and more. If you like to shop, work your way down Main Street through the Grapevine Marketplace, where you can find all kinds of unique items available for purchase from a variety of businesses and historic downtown shops. If you’re a fan of beer, you can find something special on tap at the Craft Brew Tasting Experience. This separate ticketed event features a variety of craft brews from Texas and all over the United States. For you wine lovers, you’ll find a selection of wines available throughout the festival inside the three wine pavilions. There’s so much to experience that you can spread the fun across the entire weekend.

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usic Hall at Fair Park. The witches of Oz have landed in Dallas, and they’re ready to cast a spell over you. Follow the yellow brick road to the Music Hall at Fair Park for your chance to see “Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz.” Hailed as “Broadway’s Biggest Blockbuster” by The New York Times and “A Cultural Phenomenon” by Variety, this musical is sure to make you think, laugh and cry. Broadway is a magical place, and “Wicked” brings The Emerald City to life with the untold story of two girls who met in the Land of Oz, long before Dorothy arrived. Galinda is the bubbly, blond popular girl who

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everyone considers good. Elphaba, on the other hand, was born with emerald-green skin. She’s smart, fiery and possesses an extraordinary talent in the field of sorcery, becoming known for defying gravity. As a result, she is what people like to label as something bad, or rather, wicked. These two girls end up as roommates and an initial rivalry between them later results in an unlikely friendship. You will see them work their way through their different personalities and viewpoints, a rivalry over the same love interest and Elphaba wishing her appearance didn’t make her a social outcast. With a plot filled with lots of twists and turns, don’t miss out on seeing this phenomenal show and learning how Glinda the Good Witch and The Wicked Witch of the West came to be known.

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AC ARTS & CULTURE events APEX ARTS LEAGUE FILMS AT THE MARQ MAY 7 The Marq. “Films at The Marq” is planned as the first annual event designed to bring the Southlake community together to celebrate the art of films. This free, all-day event features a film symposium, children’s feature film, main feature film and a Texas short film exhibition. Food trucks will be onsite to fuel your appetite, and for adults in need of an adult beverage, take part in a vodka tasting provided by Zodiac Vodka. COTTONWOOD ART FESTIVAL MAY 7-8 Richardson. For all you art lovers and collectors out there, the City of Richardson’s Cottonwood Art Festival is right up your alley. This two-day event, held in Cottonwood Park, brings together art, music, food and family fun. Come out to enjoy a little shopping, interact with artists in person, and then relax in the courtyard with a bite to eat and listen to some live music. Be sure to check out ArtStop, an interactive children’s area complete with life-size paintbrushes. BUTTERFLIES! MAY 6-29 The Shops of Willow Bend. Flutter freely among the butterflies at the Greater Plano Kiwanis Club’s 15th Annual Butterfly Festival inside the Grand Court. Walk through a conservatory filled with flowering plants and observe flying butterflies in a natural setting. Enjoy a staff-guided tour in the onsite butterfly house, learn about the anatomy of the butterfly, feed a butterfly and even get the chance to see a butterfly hatch from the chrysalis. Kids can also join in for a fun, interactive reading of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.



MAY 9 AT&T Stadium. The “Countdown” is on. Known as “Queen B” or “Sasha Fierce,” Beyoncé is one of the most dynamic and engaged concert performers of her generation and is hitting the road on her “Formation” World Tour. Known for her many recognizable songs full of empowerment, we have no doubt she will slay in Dallas. Expect to see a spectacular show filled with new and familiar songs with numerous dance routines, multiple costume changes and of course, the opportunity to hear this one-of-a-kind voice in person. ASIAFEST MAY 7


Plano. How does a day filled with delicious food, fun and music for the entire family sound? You can find it at AsiaFest, which features numerous cultural performances, demonstrations and vendors. Learn about Asian languages and medicine, experience music from many cultures, a fashion show featuring traditional costumes, martial arts demonstrations, cultural booths and fine art, plus savor a variety of Thai, Chinese, Indian and Japanese cuisine.

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American Airlines Center. She has asked “What’s My Name?” but we all know who she is. Global sensation, Rihanna, along with opening act Travis Scott, is making a stop in Dallas on her “Anti World Tour” in support of her eighth studio album, “Anti.” In addition to new songs like “Work,” you can expect to hear popular favorites like “Umbrella” and “Rude Boy.” All we have to say is “Cheers” and please “Don’t Stop the Music.”

ARTS & CULTURE events DAVE MATTHEWS BAND MAY 14 Gexa Energy Pavilion. The Dave Matthews Band will spend the summer touring to celebrate their 25th anniversary before they take a hiatus in 2017. They still have “So Much to Say” as they plan to perform two full sets each night. Is there such a thing as “Too Much” when it comes to the DMB? We think not. Enjoy an evening with Dave and the guys where you can “Stand Up” and dance while you jam out to hits like “Crash into Me” and “Everyday.”

TASTE OF IRVING MAY 14 Irving. Live music, a fun zone, a large craft marketplace and culinary entertainment. What more could you ask for when it comes to an outdoor festival? The Taste of Irving offers attractions for all featuring family-friendly activities and food samples (menu items for $5 or less!) from a variety of Irving restaurants. Be sure to stop by the Main Stage where you can enjoy the sounds from the N’awlins Gumbo Kings, Mad Men Swing Band and the Hot Texas Swing Band.

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ART ON THE GREENE MAY 20-22 Arlington. With a view of Rangers Ballpark on the east, Cowboys stadium on the west, a lake on the north side, and plenty of sculptures and tree-lined paths, Richard Green Linear Park is the perfect place for the 5th annual Art on the Greene. Throw in 125 incredible national, regional and local fine artists showcasing their work inside the park, music from eight different bands performing free all weekend, and it makes for an incredible art festival you don’t want to miss. DALLAS PET EXPO MAY 21-22 Dallas Market Hall. Shop, learn, play and adopt. That’s what you can expect when you attend the Dallas Pet Expo. Bring your pets and enjoy an array of exhibitors, live entertainment, obedience demonstrations, the latest and greatest pet products, plus fabulous prize giveaways. Get discounted vaccinations, microchipping, and heartworm and flea preventatives. The best part? Dozens of rescue groups will be onsite for a mega adoption event. So, if you didn’t come with your pet, you can certainly go home with one.


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NATIONAL POLKA FESTIVAL MAY 27-29 Downtown Ennis. “Polka is Golden” is this year’s theme for the 50th anniversary of the National Polka Festival. Throw on your favorite traditional Czech costume (it’s okay if you don’t have one) and bring the family out for a Memorial Day Weekend filled with polka dancing, delicious foods, live bands (including Grammy Award-winning Brave Combo), decorated floats, colorful costumes and more. Did we mention dancing? Enjoy a little bit of the Czech lands when the festival kicks off with an opening dance Friday evening.


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A: The retirement phase of living is very much a transition to more flexible frameworks of thinking and subsequent forms of opportunity. It’s joyous, but challenges you to be highly creative. Fortunately, creativity is on my side. In addition to my philanthropy involvements, I also teach higher education classes at a private university. One of my enduring professional roles has been as a teacher/mentor to aspiring school administrators. Q: What do you miss most now that you’re retired? A: I’ll always relish the close interaction with colleagues, students and parents with whom I’ve worked. I cherish the fine-tuned problem solving associated with providing optimum opportunities for our students. Q: What did your time within Carroll ISD mean to you personally? A: My Carroll years embody the culmination of a 43-year career. “Reaching for the Stars through Difficulties…Ad Astra per Aspera” is the motto of my beloved native state of Kansas—not that I didn’t arrive in Southlake as soon as I could.

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