Southlake Style October 2014

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October 2014 • Vol 09 • Issue 10






STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS Publisher & Editor Mike Tesoriero Assistant Editor Amy Reisner Advertising Director Nicole Tesoriero Art Director Bruce Sons Community Liaison Dia Moraru CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Kumiko Murakami Campos BluDoor Studios Skipping Stone Studio CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Gina Mayfield James Reid


Dollar for Dollar The National Center for Education Statistics estimates that by the year 2017 women will be the majority holders of advanced education. Estimates show women will outpace men earning 64 percent of Associate’s degrees, 60 percent of Bachelor’s degrees, 63 percent of Master’s degrees, and 56 percent of Doctorates. Although still unequal, the gender gap in women’s to men’s earning ratio is also growing. In 2013 women earned $0.82 for every dollar a man made, up from $0.59 cents per dollar at the signing of the Equal Pay Act in 1963. Forty-one years later, empowered women continue to make their mark on the world—paving the way toward true equality for the next generation. This month we’re excited to feature three outstanding women who are the epitome of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In movement right here in Southlake. Of course if you asked Judy Gaman, Julie Thannum and Deborah Edmonson, they would be the first ones to shrug off the accolades as just another day at the office. Whether it is fully realized or not, these women and many others just like them, are helping to close the gap in gender stereotypes. Whether at the office or working in the community for such worthy organizations as Southlake City Council, Kiwanis, The Bob Jones Nature Center or the Carroll Independent School District, their actions directly raise the bar in healthcare, education and charitable endeavors. Perhaps even more importantly, their indirect contributions as role models, not just for their colleagues and peers, but for the next generation of young families is immeasurable. Ultimately, their message is local and global at the same time: enjoy your work, enjoy your family, have faith and give back in ways that are uplifting and fulfilling. We also asked those featured in our first annual Women in Business section to share what motivates them in business and life. Collectively all of these empowered women are teaching the next generation to work hard in support of what they love. Perhaps one day soon, our daughters (and our sons) will see the time where work, regardless of gender, is valued dollar for dollar.

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1925 Pearson Lane, Westlake Carrie Smith / $12,500,000 817.905.4559

1255 Fanning Street, Southlake Kim Miller / $1,645,000 817.233.5032

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15 Wyck Hill Lane, Westlake Nicole Mickens / 2,495,000 817.328.1162

1609 Enclave Court, Southlake Jeannie Anderson / $2,490,000 817.314.8004

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60 AUDIBLE PLAY Don’t call it a comeback

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16 Community news

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57 Luxury Review


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room EVERYTHING WILL BE ALRIGHT IN THE END WEEZER SEPTEMBER 30 With their ninth studio album in a career now spanning two decades, Weezer and frontman Rivers Cuomo continue to prove alternative nerd-rock is still a thing. Awkward yet socially savvy, the band teased fans for months with clips from their latest album Everything Will Be Alright In The End. Reunited with The Cars’ Ric Ocasek as producer, they get back to the lighter, younger sound that made their 1994 collaboration The Blue Album triple platinum thanks to hits like “Buddy Holly” and “Undone— The Sweater Song.”

SHOPAHOLIC TO THE STARS SOPHIE KINSELLA The A-list Lifestyle Shopping sensation and hopeless financial journalist, Becky Brandon, makes her way to the star-studded world of Los Angeles. Although married with children, she hits the ground running—ready for red carpet premieres, paparazzi and of course, shopping trips down Rodeo Drive. Dreaming to turn her passion for shopping into a profession, she becomes a personal stylist to the stars. Becky’s fast-paced and frenzied lifestyle once again takes center stage in the seventh installment from the long-running Shopaholic series from best-selling author Sophie Kinsella.



Did He Do It? Instead of celebrating his wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) alerts the police that his beautiful wife of five years is nowhere to be found. Unraveled by a never-ending barrage of questions from the authorities and the media, Nick becomes the primary suspect and the country’s most hated man. Based upon the global best-selling book of the same name by Gillian Flynn, the movie also stars Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris and Rosamund Pike.

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Creeper Cop CBS’s latest psychological thriller will creep into the world of stalking. Golden Globe winner Dylan McDermott (The Practice) stars as Detective Jack Larsen of the Threat Assessment Unit of the LAPD. Larsen, a recent transfer to the Unit from New York City’s homicide division, has a strong personality and questionable behavior that has landed him in trouble before. However, his past behavior may also prove valuable on his new job— investigating crimes of voyeurism, cyber harassment and romantic fixation.


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CEF RAISES MORE THAN $250,000 AT ANNUAL CULINARY CELEBRATION The Carroll Education Foundation recently hosted their Culinary Celebration Fundraiser at the Southlake Hilton in September. The retro theme, “Peace, Love and Dragons” was a hit with all the guests— most dressed for the occasion. According to CEF Executive Director Kacy Hankins, the event grossed more than $250,000, and there was record attendance with more than 1,000 people registered. The top three items in the silent auction included; an autographed Johnny Manziel jersey for $3,600, Truluck’s chef dinner for $1,900 and the Michael Jordon autographed photo for $1,625. The top two live auction items were the Lake Como Italy trip for $17,500 and the Lexus for a year package for $10,500. Chaired by Sarah Mason and Mimi Tran, the event was a very successful night for teachers and students.

DRAGONS VOLLEYBALL TEAM STARTS SEASON STRONG Ranked No. 2 in the nation on the Max Preps Top 50 list, the Carroll Lady Dragons volleyball team is off to a great start, already boasting an 8-0 record early in the season. The team swept the prestigious Adidas Texas Volleyball invitational in mid-August, and Lady Dragon Megan Porter was named tournament MVP. Five-time state champion volleyball coach Ryan Mitchell joins the Lady Dragons as head coach this season. Mitchell had a 315-14 record at Lovejoy, where he previously coached.

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BRIO DONATES FOOD TO LOCAL POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS Brio Tuscan Grille, committed to the support of local and national service persons, celebrated Labor Day by taking meals to local police and fire departments. Visiting eight locations total, in both the Southlake and Keller communities, Brio wanted to express their gratitude to those working to better our community throughout the year, especially on Labor Day. Brio just celebrated eight years of being in the Southlake Town Square. “We want to thank the community for making us feel so welcomed,” said Special Events Coordinator Michelle Kapin. “Our community is our family.”

FIRST FRIDAY ANNOUNCES FALL SEASON A place for real women to have real talks about real life, First Friday hosts a free speaker at 11 a.m. the first Friday of each month (the second Friday during the Holidays) September through May at Harkins Theatre in Southlake. Founded by Lisa Rose in September 2008, First Friday is an initiative of projectHandUp, a 501(c)3 that gives women a hand up with life’s challenges. Valorie Burton kicked off the season in September, and the Fall 2014 season includes the following three sessions; “This is Your Life: Hearing God’s Voice & His Plan for Your Life” with First Friday & projectHandUp founder Lisa Rose on Oct. 5, “Taming Entitlement in Our Kids ... and Ourselves” with author and speaker Kay Wyma on Nov. 7, and “Contentment — (At Christmas? Yeah, Like That’s Gonna Happen)” with Women of Faith development director Debbie Stuart on Dec. 5.




CSHS RANKS HIGH ON TOP U.S. HIGH SCHOOL LIST Carroll Senior High School was ranked among Newsweek’s Top High Schools in the United States. CSHS was ranked No. 80 and led public high schools in Texas with the exception of Lovejoy High at No. 69, according to Newsweek’s online beat, The Daily Beast. According to the website, six indicators were culled from school surveys to compare public high schools in the United States, with graduation and college acceptance rates weighing most heavily. Other criteria included college-level courses and exams, the percentage of students on free or reduced lunch, and SAT and ACT test scores. The data used in the ranking methodology was from 2012-2013.

CARROLL THEATRE DEPARTMENT OPENS FALL/ SPRING SEASON WITH TARZAN IN NOVEMBER The Carroll Theatre Department has announced its Fall/Spring production schedule. Preparations are already underway for the November 2014 production, Tarzan, The Stage Musical. They will also be producing The Great Gatsby in October 2014. Spring 2015 will unveil the One Act Play on its quest to reach the State Championship in May. The theatre department is currently seeking sponsorships for the new season.


SOUTHLAKE CARROLL DRAGONS PRESENTED WITH THE LONE STAR CUP For the third year in a row the Southlake Carroll Dragons took home the honor as the state’s most accomplished school across band, theater, academic and athletic pursuits. On Friday, Aug. 29, during the football season opener, the Dragons were presented with the University Interscholastic League (UIL) Lone Star Cup. With this latest Lone Star Cup, Southlake Carroll has taken home its fifth UIL cup since the 1997–1998 school year and third 5A Lone Star Cup title in as many years. The Dragons celebrated state championships in boys and girls cross country, boys swimming and diving, and wrestling for the 2013–2014 school year. Strong playoff performances from the girls volleyball and boys golf, in addition to several team district championships, also added to the UIL distinction.

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KELLER ISD’S BOARD OF TRUSTEES APPROVES 2014-15 BUDGET The Board approved the 2014-15 budget and voted to maintain a tax rate of $1.54 per $100 property valuation as part of its work at a special meeting. The tax rate includes $1.04 toward general operating budget and $0.50 toward debt service. It represents the fourth year in a row that the tax rate has not changed. The maintenance and operations (M&O) rate has not changed in seven years. Trustees also approved $249.5 million in expenditures for the 2014-15 budget. The budget includes a deficit of $9.3 million that will be drawn from the District’s fund balance. Keller ISD currently has $78 million in its fund balance. REAL ESTATE OUTLOOK IN THE SOUTHLAKE AREA AND BEYOND In the Southlake area, Realtor and Broker Roxann Taylor said, “I cannot fathom the market could be any better than it is here!” People are moving to Southlake for the total package; schools, restaurants, shopping, services and all of it, Taylor said. “It’s a wholesome community and that’s what people want.” Also on the rise, the number of homeowners making updates to their property. The outlook for North Texas is much of the same, and an item of note: many cities in North Texas avoided the housing recession. Homes are not staying on the market very long, and the median sales price of real estate has increased by 7.1 percent from $182,000 in 2013 to $195,000 this year.

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THE FRESH MARKET OPENS IN SOUTHLAKE PARK VILLAGE The Fresh Market, Inc. has expanded its presence in September with a new store in Southlake, marking the company’s third store in the Dallas area. Founded in 1982 in Greensboro, North Carolina, The Fresh Market is a specialty grocery retailer focused on providing high-quality products in a unique and inviting atmosphere. At its newest location at 1001 E. Southlake Boulevard, in the Southlake Park Village shopping center, the specialty grocer will employ a team of friendly, well-trained professionals who pride themselves on providing the highest level of customer service to shoppers.




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SABRE’S TRIPCASE INTERGRATING WITH UBER TripCase from Sabre has partnered with upstart transportation app Uber in its mobile travel management application. With this integration, TripCase users can seamlessly request an Uber ride and receive special discount pricing through the TripCase


GROUNDBREAKING TAKES PLACE FOR SOUTHLAKE COMMUNITY REC CENTER The ground has been broken for the long-awaited development of a Community Recreation Center for Southlake. The facility will be located in the southwest corner of Bicentennial Park off Shady Oaks Drive, and will be constructed in two phases. The September groundbreaking marked the start of construction of Phase 1, already 100 percent funded. This phase will include an events hall, multipurpose conference and meeting spaces, a club lounge, catering kitchen, senior center, an outdoor amphitheater and events space. Phase 2 will include spaces for fitness, performance training, gymnasium, indoor jog/walk track, indoor aquatics, indoor playground, party rooms, early learning classroom, child watch and multipurpose classrooms for programs. Funding for Phase 2 requires voter approval, and if approved ,Phase 2 construction would begin in the Fall of 2016.

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SOUTHLAKE HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION TRIPLES, MAINTAINS CITY’S BALANCED BUDGET Homeowners in Southlake have something to look forward to come tax season 2015. The city’s proposed budget for the 2015 fiscal year calls for a 10 percent homestead exemption, cutting approximately $52,000 in taxable value from the average homeowner’s tax bill. According to City Manager Shana Yelverton, the city will not be incurring any additional General Fund debt during the 2015 fiscal year. “The city will pay for many high-impact capital projects with cash, while effectively reducing the property tax rate with the homestead exemption.”

MEN’S GROOMING SALON, THE BOARDROOM CELEBRATES 10 YEARS The Boardroom Salon for Men opened its doors first in Southlake 10 years ago and now, 13 DFW locations and 17 locations in Texas later, they are still delivering the ultimate relaxed grooming experience for men. Founded by Southlake residents Bruce and Heather Schultz, The Boardroom provides exceptional haircuts, hot lather shaves, facials, massages, coloring, hand and foot grooming, as well as face and body waxing in an elegant, country club environment, The Boardroom has set the standard for the men’s grooming industry.

New & Notable PENN STATION EAST COAST SUBS 3000 E. Southlake Blvd., Southlake Penn Station East Coast Subs has opened in Gateway Plaza. With a menu featuring an array of Grilled East Coast Style submarine sandwiches, freshcut fries and hand-squeezed lemonade, you know you are in for a treat. All sandwiches are prepared fresh in full view of the customer using hearth-baked bread, USDA steak and the finest meats, cheeses and vegetables. The potatoes are hand selected, fresh-cut and flash-fried in cholesterol-free peanut oil. The lemonade is made from scratch every day using hand-squeezed lemons. THE SALT CAVE 200 N. Kimball Ave., Ste. 206, Southlake The Salt Cave has opened in Southlake Corners. They offer salt therapy to help revamp your core strength, balance, vitality, and well-being. According to the company, salt therapy can help you feel better faster when dealing with common ailments such as Cold and Flu, Asthma, Bronchitis, Cystic Fibrosis, Sinus Infection, Sinusitis, Rhinitis, Hay Fever, Emphysema, Dermatitis, Eczema, Acne, ADHD, and much more.


COMPLETE CARE SOUTHLAKE 321 W. Southlake Blvd., Ste. 140, Southlake www.CompleteEmergencyCare. com/Southlake Complete Care Southlake recently opened in Tuscan Creek Villas. This free-standing emergency center is open 24 hours, 365 days and can provide basic urgent care for minor emergencies such as fevers and cuts, all the way up to major medical care for things such as heart attacks and head injuries.

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uilding a personal connection with a skilled plastic surgeon can make all the difference in looking and feeling your best. At the newly opened Vennemeyer Plastic Surgery in Southlake, Dr. Michael Vennemeyer and his staff know you need to feel understood before you can trust someone to help make the right decisions about your aesthetic procedures. Over the course of his career as an award-winning, board-certified plastic surgeon, and author, he has helped countless patients achieve the results they have always dreamed about. A seasoned plastic surgeon, Dr. Vennemeyer has brought his passion and expertise in cosmetic plastic surgery to the Southlake community. Meet Dr. Vennemeyer An Ohio native, Dr. Vennemeyer graduated summa cum laude from Ohio State University. He then completed medical school, followed by five additional years of plastic and reconstructive surgery residency at Ohio State University Medical Center. After seven years of successful practice in the Ohio area he and his wife, Andrea—also a physician— chose to move to Southlake for the excellent quality of life. “We searched across the United States to find the perfect place to call home,” says Dr. Vennemeyer, “We fell in love with the friendly people, strong sense of community and positive vibrant energy that’s not easily found in other parts of the country.” Dr. Vennemeyer’s excellent reputation and skill are underscored by the fact that his patients include other plastic surgeons, physicians and their families, hospital administrators, attorneys and celebrities. “It’s always rewarding when other surgeons, anesthesiologists or RNs whom I have worked with in the OR request I operate on them or their loved ones.” Due to his high level of expertise, he has also been retained to review cases and provide his opinion as a plastic surgery expert witness in malpractice cases. His vast experience in working to educate patients and make them feel at ease, led him to author the book, “Plastic Surgery Myths Dispelled: A Consumer’s Guide.” Since the book’s publishing in 2011 Dr. Vennemeyer has been featured on FOX and NBC television for his expertise in plastic surgery and to discuss the details of his book, which debunks inaccurate plastic surgery information and sheds light on the information you need to know when considering cosmetic surgery. Dr. Vennemeyer will be addressing specific cosmetic surgery myths in upcoming issues of Southlake Style. Meet the Staff What sets Dr. Vennemeyer’s practice apart is how the personal attention clients receive is taken to a whole new level. A warm, highly skilled staff completely focused on anticipating each pa-

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Dr. Vennemeyer and his staff, Nicole Taylor, Kelly Risser & Emily Darnell

tient’s needs adds a palpable luxury feel to the practice. Patient Coordinator Kelly Risser, Patient Concierge Emily Darnell and Practice Manager Nicole Taylor each bring unique expertise to the staff and it is evident their focus is on creating the best experience for each individual patient. Emily was hand picked because of her incredible warmth and innate ability to make people feel comfortable. Her past experience as a nanny gives her insight into the busy life of moms undergoing plastic surgery, and the connections to arrange childcare after mommy makeovers, if needed. Concern for how their family would be taken care of during recovery is one of the biggest obstacles to mom’s not putting themselves first. Emily focuses on solutions to make their rejuvenation possible. Dr. Vennemeyer recruited Kelly, in large part, due to her nurturing side and ability to connect with other moms—she is a mother of five and understands the demands they endure daily. “I wanted a busy mom who really gets my patients to be our patient coordinator,” says Dr. Vennemeyer. Patients benefit greatly as Kelly is ideal for the role, which provides a high level of patient support from the first consultation through the entire recovery process. Experienced Practice Manager Nicole Taylor said, “Dr. Vennemeyer is an incredible plastic surgeon and I am so grateful I found him. I did my research before coming on board and saw his amazing before and after pictures and read the incredible online patient



reviews.” Nicole’s background in plastic surgery and natural ability to connect with people makes her an incredible asset to the team. An Accomplished Plastic Surgeon An innovator in the field of plastic surgery, Dr. Vennemeyer demonstrates his cutting edge training and experience through procedures that include: mommy makeovers, breast augmentation, facelifts, rhinoplasty, tummy tucks, and his approach to liposuction — 360 Lipo. Circumferential treatment of the abdominal area, or 360 Lipo, is a method of liposuction that treats the abdomen, waist, hips, and flanks simultaneously to achieve better results. “Treatment of these areas together as a single unit allows for better skin retraction and more dramatic reshaping of the entire core area,” explains Dr. Vennemeyer. “This is an exciting technique and has the potential to improve mommy makeover results significantly.” Patients find great benefit in Dr. Vennemeyer’s customized and personal approach. He regularly invites breast augmentation clients to “try on” breast implants to best determine the proper size. “We have luxurious fitting rooms with beautiful, oversized full-length mirrors at our office,” he explains, “We invite patients to bring their girlfriends or significant other and favorite outfits to try them on with various sized implants. It makes the process fun and helps women feel confident in their size choice.”


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The Empowered Modern Woman Three Southlake women rise to the occasion balancing busy lives filled with work, family and philanthrop .

Expected to be so many things to so many people, women often find it a challenge to balance the many hats they wear. If so inclined to have a career, she must balance that with her role as a wife and perhaps a mother. And if those two to three tasks aren’t difficult enough, consider the working woman who plays wife, mom and philanthropist. Judy Gaman, Debra Edmondson and Julie Thannum make these hats look good. Each in their own field – medicine, law and education – they aspire to give other women the confidence to lead a full and balanced life. They may stop short of calling themselves role models, but we feel completely comfortable giving them that designation.

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udy Gaman didn’t know the first thing about gardening when she started her horticulture hobby, but now she is bringing jalapenos to her co-workers and growing mounds of sweet potatoes. This is quite the fitting “escape” for Judy, a woman who nurtures more than just flora Judy has been in the healthcare industry for more than 25 years. Currently, she serves as the Director of Business Devlopment for Executive Medicine of Texas in Southlake. In addition to this role, she is part of a joint venture, The Stay Young Media Group, LLC, where she works along side two physicians—one is her husband. Together they produce books, a radio show and speaking events. She has continued her passion of getting behind the reason why things happen, and most recently authored her fourth book (with a fifth on the horizon), this time about longevity. Realizing it was about education – to teach people the how and why connection, she had the opportunity to interview centenarians. Judy became close to one of the 102-year-old interviewees and spends every Friday visiting with Lucille. It is in this role that Judy finds herself embracing a career and achieving the greatest good. Judy commented on the importance of empowering people about their health. “I witnessed people who have episodes with diabetes and depression, and I am really amazed at how much education they don’t have. Empowering really goes back to education. If we can educate the masses then we are giving them life.” “Educating the masses” is quite a task to undertake, but when you co-host a nationally syndicated radio show with two doctors and serve as a medical expert on other national radio programs, it’s not hard to fathom. “If we can get out in front of people - this is such a passion for me - and educate them and move them we can take the fear away,” Judy said. “Tell them here’s what you need to do, here’s why you need to do it and here’s the consequence if you don’t do it, then they’ll naturally want to take care of themselves. If they take charge of their health it’s not just about them, it’s about that child at home, or the parent that depends on them - it goes beyond them. If we can teach people, there is so much power in that!” Judy, who has contributed her time to numerous philanthropic organizations in Southlake, has a strong feeling about community involvement. “There are people that are less fortunate because of their own doing, and there are people less fortunate because of no doing of their own, but we aren’t here to judge. We are just here to help. Service is what you do because that’s what our Heavenly Father wants us to do, not because that’s going to give us anything here, like a paycheck or kudos. You don’t do it for that reason.”

The Lawyer


o ahead. Call her a tree hugger. “Guilty as charged,” Debra Edmondson will say with a smirk. This later-in-life lawyer has been licensed for 10 years and currently practices at the Edmondson Law Firm, P.C., which focuses on all matters of real estate, corporate, employment and administrative law. She has served on multiple city councils and even ran for mayor once. “When I was on city council, my passion was to preserve as much open space and save as many trees as possible. I’ve always said I’d rather hug a tree than a piece of concrete.” In 2009 she was able to put her time where her heart was – in nature. Debra was elected as president of the board of directors for Bob Jones Nature Center in Southlake. Under her guidance, the Nature Center has flourished. A number of years ago Debra organized the Naturally Sweet fundraiser, which has now become an annual event, benefiting the Nature Center. “At the end of 2009 we had about $30,000 in our bank account,” Debra said. “I’m very excited that this year we are looking at bringing in total revenue just under $300,000, and we are putting it to good use.” One of these uses is educational programming for all ages. “It is important to ensure that people have an understanding of the natural world, our environment and the important role it plays in the healthy sustainability of our world in general—especially locally in Southlake,” Debra said. What gets into these women? Mild mannered wives and moms feel empowered to spend their personal time outside of any career they may be focused on to further a cause. Where does this can-do attitude come from? For Debra, she looked to her past. “My mother always encouraged my sister and I,” Debra said. “She told us that we could do whatever we wanted to do. She was a single mom who supported us and really set a great example for being that fearless woman who goes about getting what she wants and accomplishes what she wants.” As mentioned earlier, Debra became a lawyer later in life, which would not have been possible without the support of her husband and children. Even then, it takes a special can-do attitude to accomplish goals. “Women need to have a degree of confidence in that they need to be confident in who they are,” Debra said. “I have a little saying that is not unique to me, ‘A girls gotta do what a girls gotta do.’ Be positive about what you want to accomplish and know that there are going to be ups and downs. Just have that goal and reach for it!” Debra’s formula for success and empowerment is much like the other women’s. “I really try to keep my priorities straight. I put God first in my life and try to start out every morning with prayer and Bible study, independently. I just move forward one step at a time,” she explained. “And I try to make sure I have a good night’s sleep.”

The Communicator


ulie Thannum confessed it’s hard for her to sit still. When there is work to be done, she’ll be the first one there and the one who turns out the lights. “I like to roll up my sleeves and do something like stuff envelopes but – and you can ask my staff - I don’t usually get to do those things.” And after hearing about her exhausting schedule as the Assistant Superintendent for Board and Community Relations at Carroll ISD, we’re convinced she’s right. When we had a chance to meet, Julie was fresh off the heels of a teacher orientation session, welcoming the new hires to Carroll ISD, a school district she has been with for 17 years and believes in 100 percent. “I just love to come to work everyday - I love working for Carroll, and I believe in the school district. I’ve been very grateful we have an administration that allows me to do my job, the people that allow you to do your job- they empower you.” With the amount of admiration she has for the district and the passion she puts into her work, it’s no wonder she just helped secure a two-year contract with Ozarka Brand 100% Natural Spring Water to become the exclusive bottled water at Dragon Stadium. And when she’s not securing high profile sponsorship contracts for the district, she is working on the crisis management plan or she’s working with troubled teens at her church or speaking at national conferences on the topic of sponsorships, crisis management and troubled teens. Not all at once of course. With as many tasks Julie juggles at work, it begged the question: how does she find time to incorporate the other important aspects of her life? “It’s hard to find that balance, and I’ll be the first to tell you I don’t always have it together,” Julie said. “I am also a wife and a mom - that’s very important to me. “I have a very strong faith, and as a Christian I try to show that in my life that to keep balance you have to develop the whole person. I pour a lot into my work because I love my work, but I pour a lot into my family. I want to raise my kids to be good people who make good decisions, who have good relationships, who have faith and value family, but then I want them to put passion into their work, I want them to love 25 years from now going to work, even on the days when they are tired.” We set out to interview three different women in the Southlake community, knowing a little about their careers and family lives, but not much. We knew they might have a few things in common – the balancing of work and family – but we didn’t expect these women, who had taken different paths in life, would have such similar trains of thought. But after speaking with these three women, each on separate occasions, we realized they have their priorities set – God, family, then work - and they put every bit of themselves into everything they do. This is what empowers them and how they hope to empower others.




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Business Wisdom from Southlake’s Working Women 24 NOTABLES

Women in Business



“Slow down and take your time when handling business.”

Marilyn Newton When I am not working I am spending time with my family. My husband of 41 years and I have two daughters that are married to wonderful men and have given us three beautiful granddaughters ages 1, 2 and 3. We try to get together at least once a week.

Broker Associate Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty 112 State St., Ste. 200, Southlake c 817.846.7600,

Business Beginnings. The reason I decided to become a realtor was not because of “liking to look at homes,” it was that the business side of real estate seemed so interesting with the marketing, the contracts and always having new and interesting clients. Still after 24 years as a realtor there are still daily surprises and real estate is never boring. My Advice. I tell other realtors to “slow down” and take time when handling business. So many mistakes can be made when one doesn’t take the time that is needed to give to the details. My Inspiration. The memory of my father and his achievements still inspires me because he never gave up on any endeavor or challenge. Biggest Achievement. I went back to college after my children were in elementary school and got my degree in mathematics. There was a lot of late-night studying.

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“ Choose your mentors and leaders wisely. Work under a person who you respect and would like to be more like.”



When I am not working I am with my family. We have a senior, so we are busy with all of the activities in his senior year. We have a freshman, who is playing in the Carroll Marching Band. Our 4-year-old son goes 90 mph just about 24/7. Then we have the baby, who is turning one. He decided that crawling was not for him and went straight to running. That is our lives right now, and we are amazingly blessed!

Wynne Moore Senior Vice President The Wynne Moore Group Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty 112 State St., Ste. 200, Southlake c 817.781.7060,

Business Beginnings. I was given a chance at on-site sales by my previous employer and fell in love with helping people find their homes. It’s a special thing to help someone find the home where they will make memories with their family and friends or to help someone be able to move on to the next phase of their lives by selling their home. My Motivation. I am motivated by seeing my clients excited about their new homes. That is the best part of my job! I love listening to what someone wants in a home and then helping them find the perfect one – whether that means an existing house or building a house. One of my favorite experiences was when I told a client that I saw the right house for her family and as soon as she walked through the front door, she said, “I’m home.” We left the house and wrote an offer. I still hear from her and she always tells me how much she loves her home.


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“Love what you do! ” REAL FINANCE ESTATE


Nanette Luker When I am not working, I am enjoying time with my grandsons, Jackson and Jake. I also love exercising with my small group of boot camp buddies and Zumba family, and when a larger opportunity arises Brian and I love to travel; we both love the beach.

Realtor Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty 112 State Street, Ste. 200, Southlake c 817.235.8260,

Business Beginnings. I felt that a career in the real estate industry would allow me to serve others without sacrificing the flexibility of being available for my children. Biggest Achievement. Looking back, my biggest achievement that changed my life would be the day I enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where I served four years. My Motivation. I pray and read devotionals and subscribe to motivational tweets that come throughout my day! I share with family and friends. I particularly enjoy the amazing responses I receive from each of my daughters. My Inspiration. My grandmother was always my greatest inspiration, and there is not a day that goes by that I don’t remember that she taught me to always lean on God and not our own understanding and in all circumstances, pray!

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“Hard work pays off, it won’t be easy or quick, but will certainly be worth it in the end. ”



In my personal time I am on a ball field cheering on my boys, training for a road race (currently the Boston Half Marathon on Columbus Day weekend) or enjoying some quiet time with light gardening. I volunteer my time with the schools and sports programs my children are involved with and support various foundations in the district.

Jessica Bonanno Broker Associate Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty 112 State St., Ste. 200, Southlake c 972.559.4339,

Business Beginnings. I have always had a passion for home design and remodeling projects. The thought of tearing down a wall excites me! And I’ve always enjoyed working with people. Becoming a realtor was the natural way to pair these two interests together to create a truly rewarding career. Best Advice.There are no limits in life; the only limits you have are ones you accept or put on yourself. Believe in yourself, trust in yourself and enjoy the journey! I believe anything is possible. I may fail, but I will fall short from trying rather than not attempting at all. My Inspiration. My Father, who has taught me to be independent, strong and dedicated in everything I do. He is a very humble man and has inspired me to raise my family with devotion and compassion as he did.


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“ Be yourself and follow your intincts! ”

When I am not working I am thinking about work. I hate to admit that, but it’s true! I really enjoy time with my wonderful husband, Thomas, and our amazing children, Grant and Lauren. We also like traveling, and experiencing new places and different foods.

Sharon Michael Realtor Thomas & Sharon Michael, Realtors | DFW Elite Group 850 E. State Hwy 114, Ste. 100, Southlake 817.602.7180,

My Motivation. I find it very rewarding helping people realize their dreams. In my case, that means finding the home of my client’s dreams – the home where they will live with their family and create memories that will stay with them for a lifetime. Biggest Achievement. I was the youngest ever Director of Retail in the history of Nicole Miller, the famous New York City based fashion house, and I was featured in The Wall Street Journal. I am even more proud of the fact that along with my husband, we have been recognized for achieving the highest levels of professionalism, client satisfaction and performance among real estate professional nationwide. My Inspiration. It is great to watch others who perform at their highest levels achieve great things through their own talent, hard work and determination.

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“ Stay true to yourself and God! Pray in all situations, and your way will be found. ”



Lisa Quinn and Kelly Marcontell When we are not working we enjoy spending time with our family – our husband, our children and in Lisa’s case, a soon-tobe grandchild! Our families, as well as God, inspire us! Enjoying the friendships we have made over the years is also how we relax, and we look forward to traveling when our business allows.

Realtors The Quinn Marcontell Group 121 Countryside Ct., Ste. 120, Southlake, TX 817.310.5215, and

Biggest Achievement. We both have been consistently the top producers with RE/MAX statewide and within our Southlake office, Hall of Fame recipients, and consistently voted Best of the Best for D Magazine and Southlake Style Magazine. Lisa has been awarded the Shining State Award for her philanthropic efforts in the community. Giving Back. We believe you can give back with your time, talent and treasure. We aspire to do all three by helping in our community. We work with Southlake Women’s Club, CEF and Young Men’s Service League. These organizations allow us to assist with many philanthropic charities locally. Our Motivation. We realize that it is a very stressful time for individuals and families when you are buying or selling your home. Our goal is to make the process as stress free as possible! This also motivates us to provide service with the highest degree of integrity while building long lasting relationships with our clients.

Lisa Quinn (817) 657-1294

Alex Quinn (817) 875-8318


Kelly Marcontell (972) 743-9171

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“Stay true to yourself as you follow your dreams! ”

When I am not working I am running after two young children. My other passion aside from design is being a mom and trying to spend quality time with my boys as they grow up.

Whitnie Cypert Owner The Interior Collection 2600 E. Southlake Blvd., Ste. 130, Southlake, TX 817.748.0444,

Business Beginnings. I have always been interested in design and creative outlets, so starting off in Design Housing & Merchandising at Oklahoma State University just made sense – I’ve never regretted my decision or looked back for one moment. Biggest Achievement. I opened my own business 10 years ago, and it has been challenging and rewarding in so many ways. I am so blessed to have remarkable clientele that allow me to create unique and beautiful spaces. Biggest Challenge. Balancing my home and work schedules is not easy. Fortunately, I was led by great example through my mother, who owned her own business—what I remember of childhood is her always being there for us, not her work schedule. I strive to do the same for my kids and am privileged for the flexibility I have in my career.

Jodi Trotter, Interior Designer Whitnie Cypert, Owner/Interior Designer

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“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right! ”- Henry Ford



When I am not working I am with my family or friends. You will also find me on the golf course, rooting for my kids and their teams, Carroll Lady Dragon Golf and Auburn Men’s Golf.

Susan Gilchrest Luxury Home Specialist, Realtor Tommy Pennington Realty Group 546 Silicon Dr., Ste. 101, Southlake, Texas 76092 817.718.1242,

Business Beginnings. Our family relocated to Southlake from the East Coast many years ago. When we came to Southlake, this was a small town of 6,500 people. I have watched this town flourish and become the special place it is. I love introducing new families to our area and helping them relocate into the community. I feel lucky to live and work in Southlake. My Advice. Hire a professional. Choose someone who is dedicated, experienced, educated and focused on helping you to achieve your goals. My Inspiration. My clients inspire me everyday. As a Buyers’ Specialist, I know that the home search can be challenging, especially now when there is so little inventory. When people find the right home, it is so fantastic. I love to see that excitement on their faces. However, the best feeling of all is handing my clients the keys to their new home. Knowing that they can get settled in and begin the next chapter of their lives is very exciting.


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“ Find something you love to do and be the best at it! ”

Gloria Currie When I’m not working I spend time walking my Golden Retriever, Princess Leia. It’s very relaxing and gives me a work out. Whether you own your business or not- life is a balancing act. Most of the time I find myself working during the waking hours. We travel a great deal with clients, who become our friends.

Elite Cruise Counselor-Luxury Cruise Specialist Cruise Holidays of Southlake Experts Land and Sea 100 N. Kimball Ave., Ste. 102, Southlake, TX 817.421.7447.

Business Beginnings. My husband really wanted to do something together after he left the corporate world. We both come from a travel background, and that is how we met. So, this chapter is about sharing our successes together. Biggest Achievement. Measuring achievement has many meanings to me; to make people’s dreams come true through travel, to create memories for a lifetime, to bring people together, and to help friendly acquaintances to become lifelong friends through travel. That is my biggest achievement! Giving Back. We support the community. We help by managing exclusive travel packages for live auctions with charitable organizations in our community. Abroad, we practice “voluntourism” when we can. Our travel club toured and financially supported The Kenyan Orphanage for newborn and young children. Our group raised key funds for tribal teen girls that were at risk of abuse. My Motivation. We sell fun, what more can I say? Not many people can say that.

On location in Cinque Terre, Italy

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“Never forget why we became doctors – to help people live healthier lives”-Dr. C. “Listen to People! ”-Dr. P.



Dr. C: When I am not working I am traveling or planning to travel. I love to explore small towns full of charm and history, as well as visit metropolitan areas to shop and enjoy the nightlife. Dr. P: When I am not working I am often in Colorado skiing at Wolf Creek, golfing or fishing the Piedra River.

Dr. Shital Chavda, M.D. and Dr. Kathryn A. Pifer, D.O. Colleyville Coolsculpting 4214 Gateway Dr., Ste. 100, Colleyville, TX 817.354.7999.

Business Beginnings. Dr. C: My dad always emphasized the value of education. My mom had never hesitated to help a person in need. She would drop everything she was doing to help a complete stranger. I wanted to be like my mom and help everyone live better and healthier lives while following my dad’s advice about education. I can’t even remember wanting to do anything else except practice medicine. Dr. P: I love medicine and love to help people. Biggest Achievement. Dr. C: Finishing Medical College and becoming a doctor. We have a large and very close-knit family. We lived in a small town and no one in my family had pursued education as far as they would have liked. My older sister was the first doctor in the family and I felt so accomplished to be the second. Dr. P: Building a great medical practice for the past 30 years with my husband, son and great staff.


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“ Treat people the way you expect to be treated. ”

Leslie Barrows When I am not working, I am a wife and boy-mom of three: Jeff, Cash, Rhett and Jett. I’d say my biggest achievement has been becoming a mom – it really changes your outlook on what is important.

Attorney at Law The Barrows Firm, P.C. 500 E. Belknap, Fort Worth, Texas 76102 817.481.1583,

Business Beginnings. Throughout college and law school I was a crisis counselor and an advocate for women who were in abusive relationships. I went to law school to continue helping people and to be a difference maker. In my law practice my mission is to provide outstanding legal representation to my clients. Whether you face a bench trial, jury trial or administrative proceedings, my firm will defend your constitutional rights and stand beside you every step of the way. Giving Back. Volunteering and community service have always been important to me. Currently, I am a Metroport Teen Court Judge and Meals-On-Wheels volunteer in Southlake. My firm sponsors the Adopt-A-Street program in Southlake as well. Additionally, I volunteer my time to the Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans program in Fort Worth and work very closely with the National Adoption Day program in Tarrant County. Biggest Challenge. The clock! My day starts at 5 a.m. and ends around 7 p.m.– just in time to spend the evening with my family.

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“ Be passionate, have persistence and surround yourself with smart people! ”



Heather King When I am not working I am relaxing at home with my husband, dog and cats.

Board Certified in Family Law Koons Fuller, P.C. Family Law 181 Grand Ave., Ste. 225, Southlake, Texas 76092 713.789.5112,

I do enjoy a good concert and live music. I also enjoy traveling and reading.

Biggest Achievement. Becoming a shareholder at a major law firm doing what I enjoy, which is family law. I honestly never thought I’d be where I am. I always thought I could do it, but you never really know what you can achieve unless you try. Advice. Listen and have no fear. One of the things I’ve learned over the years in family law is to listen and to not let fear rule my emotions. Listening is so very important in family law because sometimes the smallest details matter, and fear is the most dangerous emotion out there. It can control you unless you control it. My Motivation. First you have to surround yourself with selfmotivated people. They don’t need to be “motivated” by me or anyone else. Empowering them to make decisions and to do what they do best is motivating. Empowerment in our world is very motivating, or it seems to be for my staff and fellow attorneys.


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“ Believe in yourself, chart a realistic course and stick to it.”

When I am not working I am either remodeling the house with my husband, Rick, or I am enjoying time with family on our boat at Old Hickory Lake in Nashville. My children inspire me to work hard to support them, but also to make the planet a better place for them in the future.

Stacie Norvell Owner Smart Bronze Sunless Tanning 100 W. Southlake Blvd., Ste. 142, Southlake, TX 817.252.1082,

Business Beginnings. I never was able to achieve that gorgeous, dark tan as all my friends. For my fifteen-year high school reunion I had heard about all of the ‘stars’ getting airbrushed tanned. I gave it a try, and it transformed my self-image. For the first time in my life I had a perfect tan, which made me feel confident and beautiful. I wanted to bring this confidence to other women. I started Smart Bronze and eventually left my 17-year career in the fashion industry to concentrate on the business full time. Best Advice. My dad always told me, “Don’t bother to do a job if you aren’t going to do it right,” and demonstrated this to our family through his own actions each day. My mom taught me the importance of “Do unto others as you would have them to do unto you,” and I try my best to live this way each day.

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Always follow your passion; be fearless; be generous and most of all, remember to: “Do the Right Thing! ”



Judi McQueary President & CEO Corinthian Wellness Spa 1251 E. Southlake Blvd., Southlake, TX 817.734.1935,

When I am not working I am relaxing at the spa with my good friends, Dana Rector and Jordan Taylor, or I am at my lake house in Austin.

Business Beginnings. The very heart of Corinthian Wellness Spa is to “give back.” I wanted to start a company that not only allowed everyone to give back to themselves and enjoy some “me” time, but I also was passionate about starting a company that gave back to the community through charity work and fundraising. Giving Back. We work with many wonderful groups, including the battered women at “I Can Still Shine”! We have been honored to be their Corporate Sponsor for the last 3 consecutive years. Additionally, we have been the Platinum Sponsor for National Charity League and are honored to support GRACE. My Inspiration. My dad is my biggest inspiration by far. He was a man of honor, integrity and extreme generosity. He was a dear and loyal friend to all who knew him and an inspiring Dad and husband. He left an indelible legacy for my sister and I specifically, and the entire family generally.


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“ Do your best to always do what you say you are going to do.”

When I am not working I am with my children, watching movies or reading. I feel one of the greatest ways you can give back is to try and be the best person you can be; working to help, inspire and motivate others to be their best as well.

Rhonda James Owner James Landscaping, Inc. LI 5159 817.329.0528,

Business Beginnings. I love to be outside, and my family comes from a farming background, so I got my degree in Horticulture. My Advice. My father was an entrepreneur before he retired. I learned how to treat people and conduct business successfully by watching him. My Motivation. I have always had an inner drive to be the best at whatever I am doing. I believe other people want to do work that they can be proud of as well, so I try to create an atmosphere where they can do that. Biggest Challenge. Obtaining legal workers within a broken immigration system has been challenging. We get H2B VISAS for our workers, but it grows more expensive and complicated every year. Biggest Achievement. Winning a Texas Excellence in Landscaping Award.

Cassie James, VP of Design Rhonda James, Owner

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“Pay attention to what people are saying about your business and look for opportunities to engage with your most loyal fans.”

We enjoy supporting “The Dragon Nation” by sponsoring events that connect other people in the community. As Dragons, we take pride in the superior service we provide our clients and partners, giving them tools to grow their businesses.


Andrea Novak – Escrow Assistant Stephanie Kleam – VP/Sr. Escrow Officer Lindsey Wynn – Commercial Escrow Officer Julie Walter – Business Development Carrie Stephens – Escrow Officer


The Fidelity Team Business Development Fidelity National Title, Baker Firm, PLLC 850 E. State Hwy 114, Ste. 200, Southlake 817.442.1111,

Business Beginnings. When Branch Manager Stephanie Kleam began working in the title industry, a mentor told her “once you start in the title business, you’ll always be in the title business.” Over 20 years later, those prescient words have proven true. In 2011, Stephanie partnered with a former client and commercial real estate attorney Chris Baker to form their team to serve the expanding real estate market in Southlake and northeast Tarrant County. Our Inspiration. As members of the Dragon Nation, we never forget that only excellence is acceptable. We take our inspiration from the Dragon rallying cry “Protect the Tradition”. Our tradition has always been to provide the highest level of service to our clients and partners. We are thrilled to be part of the Southlake community and part of Dragon Nation.


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Hydrate and Heal Now that fall is setting in, it’s time not only to update your wardrobe, but also your skin care routine.

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Greg McElroy takes his winning ways to ESPN

Former Southlake All-Star and All-American Greg McElroy takes on the national spotlight - off the field.


s a young boy Greg McElroy quickly learned what it took to succeed. He patiently watched and learned from a long list of talented players and coaches in Southlake. Years of dedication and preparation were rewarded. When it was his turn to shine under Friday night lights he was ready. After high school he accepted a scholarship to Alabama and it was more of the same. Watching. Waiting. Learning from the games best. Once again he would shine, this time as a BCS National Champion, Academic All-American and lastly, as an NFL draft pick. When it was all said and done, McElroy solidified a reputation as a thinking man’s quarterback— one who never shied away from, but rather excelled in the spotlight. This football season he once again stepped into the spotlight, however this time he’s doing so from the sidelines as a college football analyst for ESPN’s latest endeavor, the SEC Network.

network’s 2011 BCS football coverage. Once again, when the opportunity arose, he was ready and took control. Articulate, well-schooled and always up for a challenge, McElroy made the most of his on-air appearances garnering the attention of ESPN executives. However, with NFL prospects and dreams in his immediate future, talks with ESPN were sidelined.

Why he’ll keep the job: Becoming a seventh round draft selection of the New York Jets was a dream come true. McElroy, would join Mark Sanchez and fellow SEC alum Tim Tebow becoming part of a trio of quarterbacks that would tackle the bright lights of the New York media circus. Half way through his first NFL season as a third string backup McElroy had already seen more losses than he did his entire football career dating back to middle school. Comments were made to the media about the Jets lack of locker room leadership, and McElroy found himself in the NFL doghouse. He had yet to prove himself on the field, but it was certain to ESPN that he could, and would, voice his opinions no matter the stakes. ESPN was tuned in and when NFL retirement was imminent they made him an offer he

McElroy (center) competed with Tim Tebow throughtout college and the pros.

How he got the job: In the fall of 2010, after a heartbreaking 28-27 defeat at the hands, and feet, of Cam Newton’s Auburn Tigers, Alabama had tallied a 9-3 record playing in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). A Florida Citrus Bowl invitation followed with an uneventful matchup against Michigan State. Alabama won in a 49-7 route of the Spartans, a full week before Oregon would face Auburn in the 2011 BCS National Championship game. As fate would have it, McElroy’s collegiate career ended a little earlier than even he would have originally liked; however, in hindsight, the timing could not have been better. A stellar student from his first days on campus, he completed both his Bachelor’s in Business and his Master’s in Sports Administration weeks ahead of hanging up his crimson #12 helmet. Just days after his collegiate career had come to an end, the next challenge in life would make itself available. With two degrees, a Rhodes Scholar nod and plenty of recent Iron Bowl experience under his belt, Greg was invited by ESPN to make a series of cameo appearances during the

couldn’t refuse. In March of this year he accepted the role of College Football Analyst in the inaugural season of ESPN’s SEC Network. With the acceptance, he joins an impressive roster of on air talent that includes two Heisman Trophy winners, four National Championships and two Super Bowl Rings. And as in college and the NFL, he once again is face to face with Tim Tebow. By most accounts it seems like a perfect fit. ESPN gets to add another recent SEC stand out and familiar face to its lineup. And at the age of 25 with his on air capabilities still not fully known, McElroy earns the chance to grow his television career at a premiere institution with a wealth of firstrate resources— a familiar game plan from McElroy’s own perpetually winning playbook. McElroy joins the partnership between the SEC and ESPN who have signed a 20-year agreement through 2034 to create and operate a network that will air SEC content 24/7. Its no small affair; they plan to program more than 1,000 events across a variety of collegiate sports in its


Greg McElroy Career Highlights Southlake Carroll 2005 (16-0) As a senior in 2005, his only year as a starter, he threw for 4,682 yards and 56 touchdowns against only nine interceptions while leading the Dragons to a state championship and mythical national championship. After the season he was honored as the Texas 5A player of the year and nationally as an EA Sports All-American. His 56 touchdowns set a new Texas high school record that still stands seventh in the state’s record books.

University of Alabama 2009-2010, (24-3)

first year. As part of the network McElroy will be a member of the team that will televise approximately 45 SEC football games. Additional football programming will include studio shows, original content such as SEC Storied, spring football games, and coverage of signing and pro days. On Greg’s potential and multi-year contract, ESPN’s SEC Network Executive Stephanie Druley told Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated, “He’s smart, he knows the game, and we think Greg has potential to be an exceptional broadcaster. He’ll not only be able to break down the X’s and O’s, but he’ll be able to tell fans what it’s like to play on Saturday in the SEC.”

As a junior in 2009, he threw for 2,508 yards and 17 touchdowns. Under his leadership the Crimson Tide were undefeated (14-0) winning the BCS National Championship over Texas 37-21. For his career he compiled 5,691 yards passing and 39 touchdowns while winning 19 consecutive games as a starter (35 consecutive wins including high school). He was an Academic All-American who earned a Bachelor’s in Business Marketing in 2009 and a Master’s in Sports Administration in 2010.

The Tides have Turned

NFL 2011-2013 After a stellar collegiate career, McElroy was drafted in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL draft by the New York Jets. He rose to the occasion as a backup and in 2012 he fashioned a late scoring drive to lead the Jets over the Arizona Cardinals 7-6. The performance led to his one and only NFL start in three seasons with New York and the Cincinnati Bengals. He announced his retirement via Twitter on March 21, 2014.


As the quarterback and team captain of a perennial football powerhouse, he was asked a never-ending series of questions. Now the tides have turned, and he will be the one holding the microphone. During the SEC media days he told a group of assembled reporters, “I’ll be honest with you guys. It’s tough asking questions. It’s a lot easier to respond to questions being asked towards you.” “I knew about Alabama, Texas A&M and Arkansas,” he admitted to SEC reporters, that growing up in north Texas and attending an SEC school has given him an acceptable head start, but to be on the other side of the microphone he realizes there is a lot of work ahead of him. He still has to get up to date on the rosters, coaches and playing styles of 11 other SEC teams. The good news is, he’ll have the resources of ESPN backing him up. On his new post he acknowledges the level of resources that ESPN has put into the launch of their latest endeavor. He admitted, “I really think it’s going to be outstanding. I’m so thrilled to have the opportunity to work with all these guys.” As he steps into the spotlights of the SEC Network’s set in Charlotte North Carolina, McElroy embraces the first steps of a career off of the playing field. “I am thrilled to be joining the ESPN family. College football has always been one of my greatest passions, and I am tremendously grateful for the opportunity to take part in the launch of the SEC Network,” said McElroy. “The SEC provided me with five of the best years of my life, and the fact I will be able to cover its 14 outstanding universities was extremely appealing and exciting!”

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and broadcast on the jumbo screen. Look for fun activities happening in the children’s area and the sports zone, along with an array of contests and drawings taking place throughout the weekend. “You must also stop by to visit the arts and crafts vendors,” De France said, “you will find some of the most breathtaking handmade goods.” Swiss Horns will be performing again - an absolutely amazing show to watch. Also in the entertainment line-up; Bravo Combo, Blue Finger Disco, Back in Black, the School of Rock and many others. In addition to the live music and stage entertainment, fun and interesting characters will stroll about the festival over the course of the weekend. “We’ve all worked really hard together as a committee to further ‘Germanize’ the entire experience of Oktoberfest,” De France said. “It’s going to be a really fun and enriching event for the whole family!”

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ermany comes to Texas each October as cities and communities around the state celebrate Oktoberfest! However, although united in spirit and German heritage, each city’s celebration is as unique as the town that hosts it. The Southlake Chamber of Commerce will present its 13th Annual Oktoberfest Oct. 3-5 at Southlake Town Square. Attendees will be coming from all over to enjoy the wide selection of beer and food – including everyone’s favorite German dish, brats! Nearly 100,000 people are expected to descend on Southlake for the festival – a free event for the whole family. According to Oktoberfest Coordinator Danielle De France, there are magnificent new elements to Oktoberfest this year. Last year’s festival may have featured Weiner Dog Races, but this year has added a Weiner Dog parade and costume contest. In addition, the Weiner dog races will be held in the sports zone

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Both UT and OU will be heading into the game as nationally ranked teams, and the Red River Rivalry is notorious for making or breaking a team’s hope for a national championship. But of course there is more than just national attention the teams hope for. Probably the best “trophy” of all is bragging rights. However, because it’s always nice to be able to bring back something tangible to your school, three trophies are exchanged – the Golden Hat (a gold, ten-gallon cowboy hat), the Red River Showdown trophy (kept by the student government of the winning school) and the Governor’s Trophy. Make sure you arrive to the Cotton Bowl early, the AT&T Red River Showdown takes place during the State Fair of Texas, so there’s much fun to be had before and after the heated football game.

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ootball is a fall staple in the state of Texas, and about 100 years ago, we thought it might be nice to include Oklahoma in our gridiron love affair. One of the oldest football traditions in the United States, the Red River Rivalry game between The University of Texas and Oklahoma University is coming to the Cotton Bowl Oct. 11. What began around 1900 has become one of the top three football rivalries in the nation– up there with the Army-Navy and Ohio State-Michigan matchups. This year’s Texas-OU game might be one of the most anticipated in a long time. Former UT Coach Mack Brown is no longer leading the Longhorns on the field. This will be Coach Charlie Strong’s first year at the UT helm against veteran OU Coach Bob Stoops’ Sooners. Not surprisingly, there is a lot of pressure on Strong to restore the UT program to the elite status it once was. And talk about there being a lot at stake!


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Dallas Museum of Art. Currently on display at DMA, the Mind’s Eye: Masterworks on Paper from David to Cézanne exhibit features more than 100 works on paper in various media by 70 artists, including Edgar Degas, Paul Cézanne and Vincent Van Gogh.

Main Street Garden. Sure to become an annual event in Downtown Dallas, Smoked is ready to welcome you to a BBQ and music festival. More than 15 pitmasters will be on hand to serve up the “finest cuts of meat.” In addition to Texas barbeque, Texas music can be heard from more than eight performers, including Bob Schneider, Black Joe Lewis and the Ton Tons.

AUTUMN AT THE ARBORETUM NOW THROUGH NOVEMBER 26 Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Enjoy more than 150,000 fall flowers as you walk to the gardens of the Arboretum. Visitors will once again be able to enjoy Pumpkin Village, featuring more than 50,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash. Kids will love the storybook themed “houses” in Pumpkin Village, and the atmosphere makes for a great family photo. COOL THURSDAYS CONCERT SERIES OCTOBER 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Fall evenings outdoors in the perfect time to enjoy some cool music. Starting at 7 p.m. each Thursday in October, the Arboretum will be hosting a concert at the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn. Tickets can be purchased online.

GRACE GALA OCTOBER 11 Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas. The 11th Annual Grace Gala is a black-tie dinner, dancing and auction event that raises money for GRACE, a Grapevine area charity. GRACE demonstrates compassion for those less fortunate by providing assistance to individuals and families in crisis and guidance toward self-sufficiency. The Silent Auction and Cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m.
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Bob Jones Park. Bring your ghouls and goblins to the woods of Bob Jones Park in Southlake. Formerly celebrated as the annual Fall Family Campout, this year’s event has a Halloween twist. There will be a haunted trail, and prizes for the spookiest campsite and the best costumes.

Addison Circle Park. One of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, Antony and Cleopatra comes alive in Addison. The play, directed by Rene Moreno, begins at 8 p.m. each night. Ticket information and pricing is available online.

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DRIVING MISS DAISY OCTOBER 16 – NOVEMBER 16 AT&T Performing Arts Center. Dallas Theater presents Driving Miss Daisy at the Kalita Humphreys Theater. Told through vignettes, this production by Alfred Uhry and directed by Joel Ferrell, chronicles the decadeslong relationship between a stubborn, Southern matriarch and her proud, African-American chauffeur. SOUTHLAKE VS. EULESS TRINITY OCTOBER 17 Dragon Stadium. When Trinity and Southlake clashed in the 2013 Class 5A Division 1 Regional game, Euless beat Southlake Carroll with 448 rushing yards. It’s time for revenge on the field. The winner more than likely will be taking the District 7-6A title. Considered one of the best match ups in the Texas – and maybe even the United States – this much anticipated rivalry is a must-see game. ENRIQUE IGLESIAS AND PITBULL OCTOBER 17 American Airlines Center. These international superstars are reuniting for a 15-stop AEG live tour around the United States featuring Latin urban star J Balvin as the supporting act.


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THE SLEEPING BEAUTY OCTOBER 17-19 Bass Performance Hall. With music composed by Tchaikovsky, this classic tale of a princess and a 100-year curse comes alive on stage. Presented by the Texas Ballet Theatre and accompanied by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, this piece is a beautiful retelling of the French version of the story by Charles Perrault.

WESTLAKE CLASSIC CAR SHOW OCTOBER 18 Solana Health Club. It’s time for the 4th Annual Classic Car Show in Westlake, and those attending will not be disappointed. The theme for this year’s event is “Golden Era of the Automobile 1909-1959.” Awards will be given for Best of Class, Best of Show, People’s Choice and Mayor’s Choice. The event benefits the Westlake Historical Preservation Society. NATURALLY SWEET NOVEMBER 1 Bob Jones Nature Center. Pleased to announce their annual fundraiser, the Bob Jones Nature Center presents their annual fundraiser, Naturally Sweet. From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. guests will enjoy a magical evening featuring live music, a silent auction and tastings from area restaurants. Michael Young and his wife, Cristina Barbosa are this year’s honorary co-chairs.

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hat if I told you that right in the middle of Old Town Keller, spring water flows — water so natural that it’s purified and filtered by the earth itself? “Well, that’s nice,” you might say. But what if I told you a Southlake resident uses that spring to make really good fire-brewed craft beer —an All American Blonde, an Irish Red and a super-delish Chocolate Stout among them? And what if you and some friends could go hang out at an umbrella-shaded picnic table and sample the beer while some cool local music plays in the background?

“Really?” you might say. Really.

A sharp right turn off Keller’s Main Street leads down a nondescript drive between Harvest Christian Center Church of God and the now-defunct Picker’s Point Antiques & Collectables. And there it is, just past the Samantha Springs building, Shannon Brewery. Where did this place come from? About 20 years ago that Southlake resident, Shannon Carter, played adult league soccer in Austin. As luck (or fate) would have it, the team was not sponsored by the usual local dry cleaner or insurance agent. “I played soccer for a team that was sponsored by a home brew company,” Shannon recalls. “They gave us a home brewing kit and none of us knew how to brew. The manager of the team said, ‘Anyone want to try?’ Me and one other guy said, ‘Yeah, we’ll give it go.’ And I was hooked right then. I’ve been brewing ever since.” As it turned out, Shannon was unknowingly following in his great grandfather’s footsteps. He, too, was a brewer in Ireland according to Shannon’s dad, who offered Shannon a family heirloom once he realized the seriousness in his pursuit. “There’s a carving set, and its got some notes in it of his for his brewing,” Shannon’s dad told him. “I’d love the carving set, I think is what I said,” Shannon remembers, laughing. “And I got the carving set, and in it there was a recipe for his pale ale, but as you can imagine, it was quite basic — malted barley, water and hops. So I just filed it away and didn’t worry about it,” he says.

But as he began to get more serious about brewing, something about those notes stayed with him. “He had a process that was quite interesting: He fire brewed,” Shannon says. Once he thought about it, he had a revelation: “That’s the process I want to follow.” From there, he went on to recipe development. “We ended up being the only really fire-brewed beer in Texas, the only one in the U.S. that I can find,” Shannon says. In the years that followed, Shannon went out and “guest brewed” with commercial brewers, so jumping to his current 30-barrel brewing system housed inside his 6,500-square-foot brewhouse wasn’t too much of a shock. Back in Austin, he owned a branding agency for decades, so owning a business wasn’t new to him either.

After selling that business, Shannon and his family moved to Southlake for the school district — which was not just important for his children, but his wife as well. An occupational therapist, she now works for Carroll ISD. Another area benefit: While the Austin area is relatively crowded with breweries, the D/FW area is relatively “untapped,” says Shannon, with all puns intended. But the area still had its challenges, including finding a natural water resource. “Everything we do is based around this one word, and that’s wholesome,” Shannon says. (Even the brewery’s spent grains are donated to area ranchers and farmers.) So he went about calling local cities to get a sense of their interest level, which in some cases didn’t even warrant a return phone call. Then he called Keller to see if they would get behind his idea. “The economic development director, DeAnna Reaves, said ‘We’ve been trying to recruit a brewery to come here for two years. Have you heard of Samantha Springs?’” Turns out it was just what Shannon was looking for — a natural spring. (That’s important because water constitutes about 90 to 95 percent of beer, making it a key ingredient and flavor along with


non-GMO whole grain and whole flower hops). “They’re a 220,000 gallon a day spring that’s been providing water to Texans for 150 years and before that to Native Americans for who knows how long,” Shannon says. The catch was that Shannon wanted completely unadulterated water — no chlorine, no chemicals, no treatments of any kind — but once the water leaves the ground, Samantha Springs has to treat it, according to regulations. The springs owner, Joe McCombs, invited Shannon onto his 22-acre property and showed him a dilapidated pole barn with the suggestion, “Let’s build it here, and we’ll give you a tap right into the spring, and you can brew directly,’ Shannon remembers. And that is just what they did. And there it was: a falling down mess with holes in the roof and rusted tin on the ceilings. And then Shannon’s branding background kicked in. “We’ve taken a lot of the wood and the poles and the tin and re-used it and put it in here. The bar’s got reclaimed wood, the taproom has the reclaimed tin,” he says. He and Joe got together, and as Shannon puts it, “We just made it cool.” Even the beer garden’s tables are made with metal supports salvaged from picnics tables on their way to the dump. “We stripped out the rotten wood, painted them, and put new wood on them.” Then there’s a 16-foot high, 200-gallon water tower that irrigates a trough full of hops surrounding a good part of the beer garden. Today, he offers tours of the facility, filled with large tanks with names like “mash tun” and “boil kettle” and “heat exchanger” and “fermenter.” They churn out beers such as the


All American Blonde, made with all American hops. “Most of our recipes are based on recipes from the UK. This is the one anomaly,” Shannon says. “It’s a real light, easy drinking blonde. Not too bitter, just a nice gateway craft beer.” Then there’s the Pale Ale, “a traditional Irish pale ale”; an IPA/ India Pale Ale, “more bitter, a little stronger;” and the Irish Red, “malt forward, really yummy.” And, of course, the Chocolate Stout, “Fantastic. We have yet to find anybody who doesn’t like our Chocolate Stout,” Shannon says. The beer garden sits just outside the taproom and opens from Thursday through Saturday, with tours on Saturdays from 12-3. They close at 8:30. “We don’t want to be a pub. We’re a brewery. It’s just like a winery,” Shannon says. Apparently, a “belly up to the bar” kind of winery. They’ll host private parties too. These days, Shannon Brewing Co. beer can be found just about everywhere in the local market — the beer case at Whole Foods, Central Market, as well as bars including the Flying Saucer, Keller Tavern, Ginger Man and paired with the wings and things at Jack & Grill in Roanoke. Of Shannon’s first 25 sales, 20 of those customers contacted him, “because of our unique process, because of our unique beer,” he says. What does the future hold? “We would like to expand pretty quickly,” Shannon says. “We would like to be a Texas beer as quickly as possible. Our secondary market will probably be Houston. Then we’ll be down in Austin, San Antonio and beyond. But we’ll probably remain a Texas beer for a while.”



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If you read my first salvo as Southlake Style’s Foodie Fellow in January 2014, you remember that Chef Stephan Pyles is Dallas’ own celebrity chef, and his outposts are some of my favorite places in which to dine and enjoy a unique atmosphere. Now, in a newly enlarged space that used to house Pyles’ Middle Eastern-themed concept, Sumar, he has brought South American plates (emphasizing Peruvian dishes) into the bright spotlight he inhabits. San Salvaje lies at the bottom of a downtown Dallas skyscraper just a block away from the vibrant Dallas Arts District. The décor reminds you of a museum with masks on the walls, room dividers featuring artifacts, and wooden tables stained a shade of purple. It can leave you feeling as if you can’t touch anything for fear of breaking something, but don’t concern yourself with that. The food is the star attraction. I would suggest taking some friends along for the ride so that you can sample a variety of items from different areas of the menu. Also, have your server guide you through the choices. This is key at San Salvaje because it is not always easy to

decipher just what the dish is comprised of or if it will be what you expected. My group dined during Restaurant Week 2014, and as a result, the regular dinner menu was slimmed down with the option of going with the pre-fixe that offered three-courses. Our server moved us away from the pre-fixe cuisine and toward a very exciting mix of items from the à la carte selection. Before diving into the initial courses, we ordered from the Cócteles (cocktails) carte du jour. Our table ordered four different drinks so we could get a cross-sample of the drink program at San Salvaje. The Pink Guava Caipirinha was the top choice followed closely by the Orange Spice. Both colorful, juice-based drinks have a good kick from their respective liquor ingredients. Much more satisfying than a margarita! We ordered several of the Causa Limeña Classico, which is best described as a tower of mashed potatoes, tinted yellow by Peruvian chiles, topped with poached shrimp with a surprise inside – a quail egg that once cut into runs its yolk into the dish adding richness to the potatoes. We tried a tacu tacu that featured a rich, tender pork



Pink guava caipirinha

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belly patty layered on top of a banana chutney. With a great start to our dining journey we moved on to the ceviche choices, as this is an area of highlight at San Salvaje. Tony (our fearless server) highly recommended the Amberjack Ceviche that was simply succulent slices of fresh fish with a small hit of a light cream-based sauce. This dish was a huge hit. You could taste the delicate fish without any overpowering sauces or flavors to cover it up. Up next were several Sweet Corn Humitas, which was warm corn hash with large chunks of fresh lobster and a fried sliver of avocado. This is South American comfort food! Another table favorite was the Three Cheese Arepas, which could be summed up as a Peruvian grilled cheese using griddled corn cakes instead of bread to enclose the warm, gooey cheese. Again, another exotic take on comfort food - South American style. The tacos we sampled, Barbacoa, were solid but not as special as the ceviche or the corn-based dishes. We finished off the meal with a dessert from the pre-fixe menu, Capirotada, or chocolate Mexican bread pudding with a cinnamon-rum créma sauce. Our group, who are fans of great bread pudding, decided this dessert didn’t disappoint. Warm, soft and with just the right amount of the rich rum sauce, it was a fantastic ending to our journey into South American cuisine. Chef Pyles’ travels once again bring his imagination to life in his newest showcase. Plan an evening at San Salvaje soon.

As Southlake Style’s foodie fellow, , James is passionate about discovering unique dining experiences in the DFW area by night while crafting high impact marketing strategies by day as founder of Audacious Think. A native Oklahoman, he now considers the hometown of his beloved Dallas Cowboys to be his own as well. Follow James on Instagram or Twitter: @james_a_reid

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Big screen, tasty wings The right way to celebrate football season Since football is the reason for fall season excitement in Texas, it’s only fitting the sport has a food mascot. Football and wings go hand in saucy hand around here, and you’d better believe the best place for watching the game should include the best place for fowl provisions. Whether you like them spicy, dipped, boneless or fried, there is a wing for you. And for every taste, there is a local eatery ready and willing to toss you the right flavors sure to compliment any and all renditions of your fight song.

Be original Duff’s Famous Wings are some of the best Buffalo wings around, and they should be. Duff’s began serving chicken wings in 1969 in Buffalo, New York – where our obsession with the mouthwatering miniatures began. Duff’s arrived in Texas in March 2013, bringing their recipes to the Southlake area. With flavors that range from mild to death, Duff’s wants you to know that “Medium is HOT, Medium Hot is VERY HOT, and Hot is VERY, VERY HOT.” What makes Duff’s a great place to watch the game is that you don’t have to leave the kids at home to fend for themselves. The atmosphere of the restaurant is family friendly, so that everyone can sit down, eat and cheer on the team.

As cluck would have it With more than 15 locations in the South, Plucker’s came to Grapevine in 2011. An Austin original, Plucker’s opened in 1995 a few years after some college freshmen in dire need of wing delivery set their sights on making it happen. Whether you enjoy boneless or bonein wings, or maybe jumbo bone-in wings, there are 19 sauces to choose from. Enjoy your wings with a kick or a burn. There is Buffalo mild for “beginners” or Fire in the Hole for seasoned wing connoisseurs. With themed evenings during the week, including a “Kids Eat Free” night, there is something for everyone at Plucker’s.

Don’t wing it it Football party invites flood your inbox this time of year, and there’s the age-old question of, “What do I bring?” Don’t be that couple who brings another bean dip to your friend’s house for the game. Show up with a winner –wings! If you’re thinking about going with the old standby, Buffalo Wild Wings in Grapevine offers take out, and we’ve heard their Caribbean Jerk sauce is a fan favorite. We don’t want to overlook the fact that BWW is a great place to saddle up to a barstool and watch the game, but we wanted to let you know that their food – delivered or otherwise – is perfect for the season.



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Great Taste The urban wine trail in Grapevine Texas, the 5th largest wine producing state, has more than 300 wineries. Hyper-locally, Grapevine is home to an amazing urban wine trail. With a tourism culture built right into the city, there are many ways to enjoy wineries within the town. Wine events and festivals take place throughout the year including one of the biggest in the nation, Grapefest. But there is also enjoyment to be had during the down times – when all is quiet on the festival front. With several wineries in close proximity, Grapevine is the perfect place for a wine tour company to set up shop. Exploring the Grapevine winery scene is as easy as booking a jaunt with Grapevine Wine Tours. Guests can enjoy a great four-hour experience eating, tasting wines and exploring Historic Downtown Grapevine. Each tour package features; a stop at three local wineries, lunch or dinner and climate-controlled transportation. More specifically, you’ll have a tour bus and guide, and generous wine tastings at two wineries and a three-course meal with wine at the third wine establishment. Each tasting lasts approximately 45 minutes with longer time allotted for the meal at the third stop. There are seven wineries that participate with Grapevine Wine Tours, Cross Timbers, D*Vine Wine, Farinas Winery, Homestead Winery, Su Vino Winery, Winewood Grill and Delaney Vineyards. And since there’s only time to visit three locations on each tour, itineraries rotate daily. Take a tour on a Saturday afternoon and evening – you’ll be exploring different libation locations on each trip. That gives you the perfect opportunity to make a weekend of it! As a local there may not be a need for you to lodge at one of the hotels on the pickup route, but why not make it a romantic staycation with your significant other or a girl’s weekend? These wine tours are perfect for bachelorette gatherings. Whatever circumstances bring you to Grapevine, taking a stroll – or bus ride – along the urban wine trail is a must.

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The Foodie Fellow Five James Reid’s restaurant picks for October. 1. San Salvaje by Stephan Pyles - 214.922.9922 2100 Ross Ave., #100, Dallas, TX – Chef Stephan Pyles expresses a colorful side of his cooking imagination at his newest dining destination. Come ready to sample many items from the menu from ceviche to tacos to empanadas. You won’t be disappointed.

2. Thirteen Pies (formerly Fireside Pies) - 817. 769.3590 2949 Crockett Street, Fort Worth, TX – The Fireside Pies location in Fort Worth will soon be rebranded as Thirteen Pies to better reflect their expanded menu and unique pizza offerings. This location is also open for lunch, unlike the Fireside Pies locations in Dallas, Plano and Grapevine.

3. Savor – savor/ - 214.306.5597 2000 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Dallas, – The primary restaurant of Klyde Warren Park next to sister restaurant, Relish, offers simple, high-quality dishes using fresh, locally sourced items to create a vibrant dining experience.

4. Relish – relish/ - 214.306.5598 2000 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Dallas, TX – This former food truck and now Savor’s companion kiosk is permanently located next to Savor at Klyde Warren Park. An easy to access walk-up window along with breakfast options offers gourmet burgers accompanied by fries and frozen custard. Breakfast service at Relish includes coffee and beignets.

5. AF+B – - 817.916.5300 2869 Crockett St., Fort Worth, TX – Locally sourced ingredients with a simple and easy to understand menu with sections for snacks/small plates, larges plates and sides for lunch, dinner or brunch menus. Everything, even the condiments are house made.

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nly recently has the glamping trend – glamorous camping – made it to the states. It has really been within the last ten years. What began as an international appeal has grown to a phenomenon of glampers looking to combine the great outdoors with the luxury of a hotel or resort. Both independent facilities and the global hospitality industry are cashing in on this experience. Although the prices vary amongst the locations, you can be sure to pay a premium to have a concierge at the campground. And if your five star fireside experience is all inclusive of an adventure, expect the dollar amount to be even higher. Accommodations range anywhere from tents and tree houses to cabins and teepees. But these aren’t your typical tents. Usually referred to as tent houses, these living quarters might be made of canvas, but the similarities stop there. Inside you’ll find king-sized beds with high quality linens, en suites equipped with handmade soaps and balcony views of forests and coves rather than buildings and cars. Each vacation destination puts its own spin on the “glamour” part of glamping. You might find amenities such as restaurants, swimming and lounging pools, and a spa. Taking it up a notch, room service and guided tours might be added to the list of luxuries. With that being said, there are a few things you won’t find on your trip. Your access to technology will be limited. After all, you are seeking a getting-back-to-nature experience. But you won’t be completely in the dark ages. While televisions in your tent or teepee will be few and far between, some locations offer iPad docks in your “room” and have wi-fi available in the common areas. However, whatever technology you feel you are “lacking” is more than made up for in the form of relaxation or adventure on your glamorous camping trip.

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Tree house penthouses Sitting along the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia, the Tenthouse Suites at Rock Water Secret Cover Resort seem to levitate along the Malaspina Strait. High above the rocky cliffs on the edge of the forest, these are not your run of the mill tents. Connected by a 1,500-foot boardwalk, each suite offers amenities you would expect from a four star hotel, but available in a secluded, outdoor environment. For starters, how many tents have you stayed in that have radiant heated floors? Not to mention each suite also has; a hydro-therapy tub with a view, a rain forest shower, a propane fireplace, shoji screens and a private veranda with comfortable outdoor furniture. Although the




lodges and cabins at Rock Water Resort are family friendly, the Tenthouse Suites are designed for a couples’ getaway. The coastal location of the resort allows for myriad of water activities including kayaking, diving and fishing. If you’d rather stay closer to shore, hiking and mountain biking may be more your speed. One of the many benefits of glamping, the resorts provide you with the right equipment to take on any activity you choose. There is no need to pack fishing gear or biking helmets. Rock Water Resort puts them at your disposal. Something else you don’t have to pack - provisions. An onsite restaurant offers a fare much better than anything you can prepare over an open flame. Offering a true glamping experience, the Tenthouse Suites at Rock Water Secret Cover Resort are a rare find nestled within the forest in Canada.

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Upscale Provisions Located in the Australian bush – the undeveloped and rural part of the Down Under landscape – Paperbark Camp gives visitors a chance to unwind and unplug. Enjoying nature as intended, you’ll not find electronic device hubs in the canvas, safari style tents. Instead of falling asleep the sound of the hum of electricity, you’ll drift off to the sounds of Australian wildlife, safely above the ground of course. Paperbark offers three different safari tent accommodations; king deluxe, deluxe and original. Glamping is meant to be enjoyed to the fullest – choose the king deluxe, known as the “King Parrot.” Complete with two kingand two twin-sized beds, King Parrot is great for a two-person intimate getaway or a family gathering. Each tent has polished hardwood flooring and an indoor en suite with double vanity and sunken bath. If you can pull yourself away from your luxurious accommodations, Paperbark offers the finest of dining at The Gunyah Restaurant with a menu that changes daily, enjoy a Peruvian style lamb rump with taro purée on Monday, and come back Wednesday for Confit pork belly with corn coriander purée. And just as the safari tents sit high above the ground allowing you to enjoy the sea breeze, the Gunyah allows for a similar unique experience amongst the gum trees.


A trip to Northern Thailand and a stay at the Four Seasons Tented Camp is what you’ve been looking for in a once in a lifetime glamping opportunity. Designed for active adults and teens, your trip to the Tented Camp Golden Triangle is all-inclusive – including an elephant ride through the jungle. First things first, before you make your jungle trek, you need a good night’s rest. You can choose from a deluxe or superior tent depending on who joined you on your trip. Each of the 15 accommodations at the Tented Camp include a full bath and an outdoor rain shower. If you choose the deluxe tent, you are in for a treat on your balcony – there is a hot tub. Once you have slept well, and perhaps had a relaxing evening in your balcony hot tub, it’s time to be an early riser. The Four Seasons Tented Camp has a variety of activities to make your jungle safari complete. Start your day with an adventure. An experience unlike any other, take a bareback elephant trek to watch the sun rise over the Laos Mountains. When you return, a post-elephant massage is just what you need. The spa located at the camp offers a variety of facial and body treatments, including massage. Enjoy a traditional Thai massage either at the spa or in your tent. According to Thai legend, this massage was practiced in temples in the second and third centuries. “It combines Oriental pressure point stimulation and stretching with gentle rocking to relieve muscle tension; it helps improve circulation and flexibility to invigorate the nervous system.”

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