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27 Dentistry with Country Lakes Family Dental

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHTS 15 Geico: All Your Insurance Needs Under One Roof

23 PostNet: Unlikely Couple Open PostNet in Northlake

ARTICLES 08 10 Hot Weekend Spots for Girls 10 North Texas Fair and Rodeo Ready for Full Crowds

12 Inside Community & Education 14 Setting the Stage for the Future of Denton County

19 A Learning Experience 20 Launched into Stardom 22 5 Things To Try 24 Sheriff’s Corner with Sheriff Tracy Murphree

25 From the Bottom to the Top 29 Signs of Heat Exhaustion & Heat Stroke



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Cover Image Shaded house by Longhorn Screens. Shades. Shutters.

30 Foodie Friday DFW: Clink Wine Bar + Bites

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Publisher of Murray Media Group,

Publisher & Editor Scott & Kelly Murray






here is so much to talk about with our latest issue! Not only are we justifiably highlighting women of influence in our community, but the kiddos are officially back in school! If you remember — and I know you do — last year was a little iffy when it came to the start of school because of COVID-19. Some kids were in person, others were learning virtually, and the traditions of school supplies, new clothes, carpool lines, and big yellow school busses each morning looked drastically different. All opinions aside about the pandemic, I really do have a heart for working parents who stepped in as homeschoolers, the teachers who shifted lesson plans, administrators who tirelessly worked behind the scenes, coaches who kept our kids in the game, and the students who found a way to roll with the punches. Our kids deserve nothing but the best — now and well into the future. And I know they will continue to make us proud during the 2021-22 school year. We hope you enjoy the latest issue. Along with back-toschool stories, we are celebrating women in business. Many of the women I have interviewed for this issue all spoke of being true to themselves and having strong allies in their corner. They spoke on balancing work and home life — how it comes with ups and downs but to focus on the positive and find ways to do the things that make you happy. I wish you and your family the best of luck as we start the new school year!


Managing Editor Jana Melton Sub-Editors Bobbi Byrne Alisha Tran

Editor & Writer Steve Gamel


Caylie Howard, Diane Ciarloni Jade Kensington, Jean Eisenmann Leena Duwadi, Mark Miller

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Stay well, stay kind, and be blessed.

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1. Fredericksburg

Are you looking for a hot spot for your weekend’s girl trip? Fredericksburg is the perfect spot for you. Fredericksburg is known for its wineries. You can stay in one of their quaint bed and breakfasts, shop and explore the town during the day, and relax with a glass of wine in the evening. It’s the perfect place for you to unwind with your girls for a weekend. 2. Granbury Granbury is the perfect getaway for any girl’s weekend. They have a cute town square with lots of shops and restaurants for you to enjoy. If you’re looking to cool off during the day, they are also home to Granbury Lake, where you can boat, water ski, and more. If you’re looking for a unique nighttime experience, you can also check out their historical ghost tour that they host on the square. Granbury is sure to show you and your girls a great time! 8 | 35 WEST | AUGUST 2021

3. Dallas You don’t have to travel far to experience a fun weekend with your girlfriends.

Dallas is home to some amazing history. You can check out any number of their

museums, eat delicious foods at any of their fabulous restaurants, and experience some amazing shopping experiences. A weekend in Dallas is just what the doctor ordered for your hot girl weekend! 4. Fort Worth If you’re looking for a boot scootin’ good time with your girls for a weekend, then look no further than Ft. Worth. You can take a tour of the historical district of this fun little

town during the day, and then dance the night away at one of their country dance halls

and bars. And don’t forget to take a stroll in the Ft. Worth Stockyards. Ft. Worth is a girl’s trip you won’t forget! 5. San Antonio San Antonio is a fun way to spend a weekend away with your girls. You can remember the Alamo by taking a tour of the historic building, enjoy delicious food from their

variety of restaurants, then take a River Walk boat ride in the evening. This trip is a surefire way to ensure that you and your girls have a fantastic weekend getaway! 6. Salado Salado is the perfect little town for your relaxing girls weekend getaway. You can stay at

the historic Stagecoach Inn, explore the Royal Street District, Browse Unique Boutiques, and enjoy some delicious wine. This is the perfect little trip for you and your girlfriends to experience a weekend of memories.

the Galveston Island Historic Pier in the evening, and dine on some delicious food. This is the perfect little town for a weekend at the beach with your girls! 9. Dripping Springs Are you looking for a sip and relax girl’s weekend? If so, Dripping Springs is the place for you. They are home to some of the best wineries and breweries. You’ll get to experience unique tastes and flavors that you will only find here, in Dripping Springs. If you and your girls are wine connoisseurs, this is the trip for you! 10. Austin

7. Waco Are you and your girlfriend’s wannabe fixer uppers? Waco is the home of the original Fixer Uppers, Chip and Joanna Gaines. You can take a stroll around the Magnolia

Silos, enjoy a delicious Magnolia cupcake at their bakery, and even eat at the Gaines’

restaurant in Waco. Waco is the perfect place to live out your redecorating dreams with your girls!

8. Galveston Are you in need of a beach vacation with your girls? Galveston is a great little town

to explore with your girlfriends. You can relax on the beach during the day, explore

The capital of our beloved Lonestar State is a great weekend getaway for you and your girls. You can experience the history of our home state by taking a tour of our capitol building. If you’re looking to cool down, you can take a swim in the Barton Springs Municipal Pool. You can also enjoy some delicious cuisine that is unique to Austin. Austin is more than just our state capital, it’s a great girl’s weekend destination! AUGUST 2021 | 35 WEST | 9

North Texas Fair and Rodeo




CROWDS by Mark Miller | photos courtesy of Kelsey Hodges


fter being held last year in October and conducted under COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, the North Texas Fair and Rodeo returns to its August roots while welcoming as many people as possible in 2021.

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The 93rd rendition will take place Aug. 20-28 at the North Texas Fair Grounds north of U.S. 380 in Denton. In 2020, crowd sizes and areas were regulated, 100 hand sanitizers were placed throughout the grounds, and plexiglass was installed at the concession stands. Everything was sanitized daily, and masks were mandated at all the gates. “There was a lot of added expense with a lot of decreased crowds, but it was 100 percent better than not having it,” said Executive Director Glenn Carlton. While hand sanitizers return this year, and there will be plenty of places

“There was a lot of added expense with a lot of decreased crowds, but it was 100 percent better than not having it.” to social distance for those still apprehensive about the virus, Carlton expects 200,000 or more people to enjoy themselves over the nine-day run. Back after a seven-year absence will be Tumbleweed Crossing, a wild west stunt show that will be conducted every day. Another popular attraction that has delighted attendees for years is Swifty Swine, the swimming pig who also will take part in the pig races. Talley Amusements will again operate the midway as it has for 10 years. Probably the biggest attraction will be the music with a stellar list of top country artists including Aaron Watson, Terri Clark, Michael Salgado, Jake Hooker, Giovonnie and the Hired Guns, Randall King, Midland, Flatland Cavalry, and Sawyer Brown. Most nights will

“We’ll be able to host road shows and youth sports. It’s going to be multipurpose.” feature three acts on two stages in addition to the daily rodeo including the PRCA, Invitational Ranch, 21 and Under, Bull Blowout, and Mutton Bustin.’ “I think the all-inclusiveness is the big thing,” Carlton said. “You get the rodeo and the music and the whole fair for one price. And along with the great entertainment, you get other things like the livestock show and creative arts. You get to see a lot of Americana and a lot of community.”

“They have been the strength and backbone of this organization forever,” said Executive Assistant Nanci Kimney. The event has been conducted at its current 33-acre site since 1945 when Dr. W.C. Kimbrough sold the property to the Denton County Fair Association for $5. Before that, it was held at other Denton County sites but primarily featured horse and mule races.

“Right now, we’re a 100-acre fair on 33 acres,” Carlton said. “The new location will be more than a fairgrounds nine days a year. We’ll be able to host road shows and youth sports. It’s going to be multipurpose.”

ADMISSION Aug. 23-25 | $15

for anyone age 12 and older Aug. 20-22 & 27-28 | $20 Aug. 26 | $30 Military and those age 55 and older receive a $5 discount each day Children 6-11 are $5 and 6 and under free throughout the fair.

This year’s sponsors include Miller Lite (music), Coors (rodeo), Samsung (carnival), First State Bank (livestock barn); Commercial Bank (exhibits), First United (Fun Zone), Peterbilt (Kids Zone), and DATCU.


Helping Carlton and his small staff will be a corps of about 800 volunteers focused on making the fair/rodeo a success.

Within the next five years, the fair is expected to move to a 109-acre property purchased in 2014 at I-35 and Ganzer. It most likely will be a joint effort between the fair and Denton County. Until then, however, people can enjoy all the North Texas Fair and Rodeo has to offer.

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ROANOKE LOOKING FOR FOOD & DRINK VENDORS Do you produce delicious local food products? Roanoke Farmers Market is looking for food and beverage vendors to join the market! It’s only $10 per week and a great way to get the word out about your business. If interested, please contact Mary Jo Tellin at or go to to fill out the form.

JUSTIN’S FALL FEST The City of Justin is hosting its first ever Fall Fest! On October 2nd, come to Community Park and enjoy this fun event benefiting Justin Emergency Services. It will feature a rodeo, vendor opportunities, and more. Admission will be $5 a person or $20 for a family with a limit of 6 people. For any questions about the event or sponsorships email Justin’s Public Relations Coordinator Holly, at


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MONSTER SCULPTURE CAMP NORTHWEST ISD PTA RECEIVES AWARDS The Northwest ISD Council of Parent Teacher Associations received the first ever Outstanding Advocates for Children Award for their work to increase voter turnout in local elections, connect PTA members with elected leaders, and educate voters about candidates and issues. Also recognized, the Northwest High School Parent Teacher Student Association received the Advocacy Award of Distinction for their efforts to support students’ mental health, teachers, and families in their community. 12 | 35 WEST | AUGUST 2021

Students attending the Monster Sculpture Camp, hosted by Northwest ISD, had the opportunity to work with recycled materials and plaster to design, build, and paint a creature from their own imagination. The students were able to use different art techniques to first sketch their monster, and then sculpt it and design scenery for it. photo courtesy of Northwest ISD

HARVEST MADE RCLCO’S TOP 50 Robert Charles Lesser & Co. (RCLCO) helps organizations seeking strategic and tactical advice regarding property investment, planning, and development, and each year they come out with the 50 Top-Selling Master-Planning Communities and this year Harvest made #41! Harvest has had a 78% jump in sales so far in 2021 and is only expected to grow from there. We’re happy to have our community recognized.

LAST DAY OF ROANOKE FARMERS MARKET The last day of the Roanoke Farmers Market falls on September 25 which is National Lobster Day. To celebrate, Cousins Maine Lobster food truck will be there to treat us with their delicious lobster dishes. $5 vouchers will be available to the first 100 guests to be used on your Cousins Maine Lobster meal purchase. photo courtesy of Cousins Maine Lobster Facebook page

NEW PIKE MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL The Northwest ISD Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Patricia Lutkenhaus as the new principal of Gene Pike Middle School. Mrs. Lutkenhaus previously served as assistant principal at Pike Middle School and has worked at Northwest ISD for eight years. During that time she has been nominated three times for the Teacher of the Year award and earned the title in 2017. She’s looking forward to providing students the best possible experiences during their time at Pike. photo courtesy of Northwest ISD

STEELE APPROVED AS AN EARLY COLLEGE HIGH James M. Steele Accelerated High School has officially been designated as a Texas Education Association Early College High School. Starting the 21-22 school year, Steel Accelerated High students in ninth grade and those in tenth and eleventh grade who are enrolled in the school’s Collegiate Academy will receive free college courses and textbooks! During the transition to an ECHS, the district will continue to operate the Collegiate Academy in its current form.

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Setting The Stage


O f

D e n t o n

C o u n t y

by Denton County Judge Andy Eads photo courtesy of Judge Andy Eads


nsuring Denton County continues to have a thriving economy is an important part of County government and one the Denton County Commissioners Court takes very seriously.

Despite recent challenges, growth across Denton County is rapidly increasing as

new businesses – large and small – flock to

our region. In fact, new projects have been ongoing since the middle of last year, not slowing at all. Calls for available office

space are constant while major housing developments, townhome projects,

and apartments are under construction throughout the county.

With a current estimated population of

911,912, Denton County is not far from

topping the 1 million mark – a milestone

now anticipated by 2025. We are growing at a faster pace than what was projected just five years ago when our population was expected to hit 1 million in 2030.

By 2050, the latest estimates call for our

population to reach more than 2.3 million. Jobs grew by 45,488 in the past five years and are projected to grow by

40,810 in the next five years. The median

household income, as reported in 2018, is now $83,400 in Denton County – around $23,100 above the national median household income of $60,300. The rapid growth is exactly why we are focused on drawing high-paying jobs to Denton County and providing a diverse portfolio of positions to meet the needs of all residents. In just the last five years, we’ve attracted such top companies as Farmer Brothers, Tanger Outlets, Mary Kay, Charles Schwab, Tyson, two Stanley Black & Decker facilities, Thirty-One Gifts, Gulfstream, ASCO/Texaplex, Ariat, the PGA headquarters, Grandscape, Schluter, Ericsson, Belltown Solar, and a major expansion of Retractable Technologies Inc. Together, these projects have invested billions into Denton County, some relocating regional and national headquarters along with higher wages in an array of industries from solar power to tourism, technology and much more.

When you stop to think about it, Denton County has become THE place to live, work, and play in the region, state, and the U.S. We have also worked tirelessly in the last few decades to ensure transportation needs are being addressed as more vehicles traverse our highways. We expanded FM 2499, Interstate 35E, FM 1171, west U.S. 380 with plans underway for east U.S. 380, and much more. Soon, you will see construction along Interstate 35W in the main lanes and frontage roads as well as in the area where 35E and 35W merge. Plans are being drawn for Loop 288 West with an estimated let date of 2026 to complete the loop both east and west of I-35 in Denton. And that is just the beginning. We will continue to plan ahead to ensure adequate access throughout the county. We also work with the Denton County Transportation Authority to provide alternative transportation via bus routes and the A-train as well as with our cities and towns to address their ongoing needs. The Denton County Commissioners Court also recognizes the importance of balancing this fast-paced growth and the requisite infrastructure requirements while keeping our taxpayers top of mind. Among the top 15 counties in Texas, we have the lowest countywide tax rate at .224985 since we do not have hospital or college districts. And we aim to keep it that way. A thriving, diverse economy coupled with meeting residents’ needs for transportation, housing, education, and income is the legacy we want to leave for decades to come. It is important we all work together to create the Denton County we can all be proud of for future generations to enjoy.


If you have any questions or comments, please let me hear from you. 940.349.2820 | | 14 | 35 WEST | AUGUST 2021

Business Spotlight





by Steve Gamel | headshot photo courtesy of Laura Ferring

aura Ferring never imagined getting into the insurance world. Now she can’t imagine doing anything different. Ferring, a Lantana resident and your friendly do-it-all-insurance agent and owner of GEICO in Flower Mound, started her career on a whim 21 years ago. As the story goes, she was looking for a job when she stumbled upon a GEICO kiosk. A single mother at the time with zero insurance background, she figured it’d be a temporary job until she got settled. “I went in and interviewed, fell in love with the company, and here I am 21 years later,” Laura said. “I absolutely love this company and what we do for our customers. I don’t necessarily need to be here all the time, but I want to be.”

She permanently moved to Denton

Ferring and her team are exactly who you want and need when it comes to your insurance needs — especially since she’s right around the corner by the new River Walk in Flower Mound. She’s done just about everything during her time at GEICO, from being an agent and supervisor to a zone manager and top producer who has traveled all over the country to help grow different markets.

auto, home, and boat insurance to

County in 2007 and jumped at the chance to run her own branch in Flower Mound last year.

On top of all that, her branch is a

one-stop shop for everything from can’t-be-beaten policies for RVs,

personal watercraft, rental property,

and more. Overall, GEICO has over 17 million policyholders, a 97% customer satisfaction rate, and prides itself on

having local offices all over the country for its customers to turn to.

Laura’s staff is unique in that it is truly a

family in every sense of the word. Not only does her son-in-law, Eric, work for her, but her husband, David, is also onsite and an integral part of their success. David has

over 20 years of experience with GEICO

and met Laura shortly after she joined the company. They’ve been married since

also in the perfect spot in Flower Mound. Just the other day, we had a pilot who got off work on a Saturday, saw our sign, and stopped in to get everything switched over. He kept saying, ‘I love that you’re right here. It’s so easy and convenient.’ I wouldn’t have invested everything into this if I didn’t truly believe that I would be here for a very long time.”

“I absolutely love this company and what we do for our customers. I don’t necessarily need to be here all the time, but I want to be.”

2006 and have three children.

For Laura, that means her customers can be confident that their needs will always be taken care of.

“We take a personal approach to every customer, and we make sure they are

always taken care of,” Laura said. “We’re

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A Little Slice

Of HEAVEN by Caylie Howard | photography by Miranda Longoria Photography


ith this worldwide global pandemic, it’s been drilled into our brains that staying home means staying safe. For weeks, our entire world was shut down and we were all advised to stay inside the safety of our homes. Many people have found that these trying times of social distancing and limited outings have been extremely difficult on their mental health. Staring at the same four walls day in and day out can be tolling, which is why many people have chosen to take this opportunity to upgrade their living space into their own personal oasis. Longhorn Screens. Shades. Shutters. has prided themselves on offering the best customer experience to make your outdoor living space dreams come true.

Longhorn Solar Screens first came to light in 2005. Jeff Rinehart and his wife, Dee, had just moved into their home in Denton. They were swept away with the exciting times of owning a new property that neither of them had noticed that the window in the master bathroom faced west and was getting bombarded by the sun. Jeff and Dee were not about to let one little issue ruin their otherwise perfect dream home. Jeff decided to make a few calls to different companies around the area to get information about how much it would cost to install a solar screen. He was blown away with the outrageously expensive prices that he was being quoted. Jeff had always had a creative mind and he decided to put that into good use. Jeff made the decision to create the screens himself and was pleased to see how well the end result turned out. Not long after, someone had asked him about his solar screens and whether or not he would be willing to do the same for them. From then 16 | 35 WEST | AUGUST 2021

on, the customers just kept coming in one after the other. Jeff found that his phone

rarely ever stopped ringing which led him to make the decision to quit his day job

and begin the journey of owning his own screen business.

In the beginning, Jeff housed his business out of his garage. “It was a cramped

space, and a lot of late nights. But you

have to start somewhere.” said Jeff. Over the years, Longhorn Solar Screens has

expanded their business and revamped the name to Longhorn Screens. Shades. Shutters. Eventually customers started asking for patio screens and interior

window treatment options so they began

selling more products. They have become the go-to company for window screens, motorized retractable patio screens,

screened-in patios, custom plantation

shutters, and interior window treatments. Longhorn uses the best manufacturer of outdoor screens in the industry, Corradi

USA. By their use of this incredible, Italian

manufacturing company, Longhorn has set themselves apart from every other competing business on the market. The screens are manufactured here locally in Carrollton, Texas. Longhorn also uses local manufacturers for their interior window treatments products as well. Longhorn Screens. Shades. Shutters. is a family-owned, Denton County based business that will travel not only all over Denton County but will also expand to certain areas of the DFW Metroplex. They pride themselves on offering a one of a kind one-stop-shop experience for each and every one of their customers. This locally owned business will come to you for a one-on-one consultation about what you are wanting and how to bring your vision to life. You can be rest assured that the company provides the best sales experience in the market

with their extremely knowledgeable sales team that will help you make the best decisions for your home. Their expertise in their line of business makes them the perfect company to transform your outdoor living space into your own little piece of paradise or make the inside look and feel amazing with new window treatments and/or plantation shutters. After having to spend so much time in your own home this last year, it’s easy to realize that you want your home to

940.514.1118 be truly comfortable. These trying times have opened people’s eyes to the fact that staying at home doesn’t have to be miserable. With a vision, a dream and Longhorn, you can make your home your own little slice of heaven.

1100 S. Woodrow Ln. Denton, TX 76205

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Experience by Mark Miller | photos courtesy of Eric Kicinski


inishing ninth in any athletic competition normally would be cause for extreme disappointment. But doing so against much more experienced foes at the U.S. Olympic Trials proved something different for Duke Kicinski.

National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II discus title in 2016 with a throw of 57 meters. “I was good at both sports but liked track a lot more,” he said. “It felt like it was something I wanted to do past college, and football was something I would not pursue after college.”

That’s where the Rhome native and 2014 Justin Northwest High School graduate ended up in late June in Eugene, Oregon. He qualified based on being among the top 24 nationwide in various professional meets. His effort of 58.17 meters fell well short of the three who made the team – Mason Finley (63.07), Reggie Jagers (62.61), and Sam Mattis (62.51).

Wanting to compete at the Division I level, he transferred to Texas Tech University where he redshirted his first year. In 2018, he threw 59 meters to win the Big 12 Conference championships and placed ninth in the NCAAs. He won NCAA title his senior year at 62 meters, one less than his still personal-best 63 meters.

“Those are guys I see at track meets around the country, and they were on their A-game,” the 25-year-old said. “It just turned out to be the top three older guys making the team.”

“Any time you get your [butt] kicked, it’s a learning experience. While the next Olympics are in three years, next year are the World Championships. So I’ll try to make that team. That’s the most immediate goal.”

After earning a degree in kinesiology, he moved to Arizona where he spent a year in private coaching while training under professional shot putter/discus thrower Ryan Whiting. Just before the pandemic began last year, he moved back to Texas to live with his parents.

He’s currently letting a stress reaction in his right foot suffered last October heal while plotting his next move and looking for possible jobs. He also plans to apply to be accepted to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California.

“Any time you get your [butt] kicked, it’s a learning experience...”

Kicinski played football and track in high school and earned a scholarship to play outside linebacker at West Texas A&M University. He played both sports for one year and track for two, winning the

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LAUNCHED INTO by Brooke Ezzo | photos courtesy of Kirsten and Erik Turner


n 1984, a group of music-loving guys living in Hollywood got together and created a band. Over the next couple of years, they would have a few bandmates come and go, but it was the lineup in 1988 that we know as Warrant. That same year, the group signed with Columbia Records, now known as Sony Music, and they would go on to become one of the most popular and iconic glam, “hair metal” bands America has ever heard.

Harvest resident and Warrant guitarist Erik Turner fell in love with music and rockn-roll when he was about 13-years-old. One day, he picked up an electric guitar and never turned back. Along the way, he teamed up with Jani Lane, Jerry Dixon, Steven Sweet, and Joey Allen, combined their love of classic hard rock bands, and formed their own sound. Influences including Cheap Trick and Thin Lizzy helped shape the bands’ rock and roll. Incredible songwriter and lead singer Jani Lane contributed to the band rising to the top with his catchy lyrics and melodic tunes. “Sometimes, he would bring in a song that was almost done, or he would just have pieces of it, and we’d sit in a room in rehearsal hall and arrange it together,” Erik said. “There was a good period of seven to eight years where he was a song writing machine.”

Songs like Heaven, Down Boys, and Sometimes She Cries launched the band into stardom. But, it wasn’t until their second album and title track Cherry Pie that they became a household name. Over the past 30 years, Warrant has sold over 10 million albums around the world, and Cherry Pie has taken on a life of its own, being featured in movies, TV shows, and commercials.

Carolina, New York, Nebraska, California, every state honestly, and coming home

on a Sunday. I sleep in on Monday, have a couple of days at home, go grocery shopping, then leave and do it all over again.”

Erik added, “We perform at a lot of state

fairs, festivals, casinos, charity events, and fundraisers. Thankfully, we’ve been really busy.”

Erik and wife, Kirsten, have been Harvest

residents since early 2019. Their son Noah attends the University of


In September 2020, Cherry Pie celebrated its 30th anniversary. Tour dates were put on hold as the pandemic swept through the globe, but the band can proudly say they are back on the road performing 16 songs each show all over the country.



Luckily for us, Warrant will be rockin’ at Strokers in Dallas Saturday, October 2nd in a live, free concert for those who would like to travel back to the early 90s and jam out to songs so good, makes a grown man cry.

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a show on a Friday or Saturday in North

North Texas. They love

Texas (who doesn’t!) and have always felt right at home here. When not

on the road, the Turner

family enjoys taking the

RV to new locations and camping by lakes.

“I’ve been coming to

Texas as a professional musician since 1988,

and I just always loved the people,” Erik said.

“And, it’s true, everyone

that comes to Texas from other states are all so

impressed with how friendly everyone is.

Even though our son is grown up, Harvest has a real sense of community and we love to see it.”

Sadly, in 2011 Jani Lane passed away —

leaving an opening in the band. Longtime friend of Warrant, musician Robert Mason fit perfectly into the lead singer position.

STARDOM Together, the five men continue to do what they love for the people who love it, and that Sure Feels Good To Me. Strokers Dallas sits on over two acres, with a courtyard big enough to accommodate

plenty of Warrant die-hards. The concert is free for the general public, but VIP passes are available for purchase at Strokers. You don’t have to ride a Harley to get in, but you do have to like Cherry Pie. The show should put a smile on your face, ten miles wide because “30 never tasted so good!” Visit or call 214.357.0707. Stay updated on Warrant news on social media or their website,


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Things 5TO TRY little orange fish 601 S. Main St., Ste. 101 • Grapevine, TX little orange fish is a fun-filled children’s boutique that carries children’s clothing in girl’s sizes 0-12 and boy’s sizes 0-8. They have many different brands to suit a variety of styles and carry high-end lines as well as budget-friendly fashions. No matter what you or your child is looking for, you’ll find it here. Heaven Sent Boutique & Gifts 2585 MacArthur Blvd., Ste. 1100 • Lewisville, TX

Heaven Sent Children’s Boutique has been outfitting children in fun, upscale clothing for the past 15 years. They carry clothing for boys and girls from infants to age 14 years old. They also carry a huge assortment of unique gifts and accessories to complement each outfit.

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Janie & Jack 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy., Ste. 425 Grapevine, TX Janie and Jack is a design house with every kid at its heart. They make clothes that last, that you can pass down from sibling to sibling. They carry clothing for boys and girls from newborn to age 16 years old. Their collections feature modern twists on class fashion.

Pickled Pink Children’s Boutique 148 S. Elm St. • Keller, TX

Half-Pint Children’s Boutique 108 W. Oak St., Ste. 102 • Denton, TX

Pickled Pink Children’s Boutique is owned by Texas native, Shannon, who opened up this children’s boutique in 2009. It consists of multiple vendors and a wide selection of personalized clothing and gifts, giving customers the ultimate shopping experience. They also carry many exclusive lines you can only find at Pickled Pink.

Half-Pint Children’s Boutique carries many different brands to suit a variety of budgets and styles. They have clothing items for boys and girls from newborn to size 6, and toys and accessories for a variety of ages. They also offer monogramming services to customize your children’s clothing and accessories.

Business Spotlight



PostNet in Northlake


by Mark Miller | photo courtesy of PostNet of Northlake

ary Good, a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel and airline pilot/ instructor, and his wife Magda, a funeral director, didn’t know much about the printing and shipping industry before buying the PostNet franchise in Flower Mound. But one successful year later, they have just opened their second location in Northlake. Now those who have driven to Flower Mound can visit the full-service print provider, shipper, and shredder closer to home. They also will be able to attend a grand opening in September. “The thought of going from a career I thought I’d do my whole life to owning our own business is just mind-boggling,” Magda said. “It’s exciting. It’s a challenge, and we both love taking on challenges. The community has been welcoming, so we only believe we will be successful.”

Illinois after retiring from the Army in 2016. A year later, he saw an ad for American Airlines/ American Eagle/Envoy for former military helicopter pilots to become airline pilots based in Fort Worth. Gary had been thinking about possibly buying a business, so he looked around DFW and saw the Flower Mound PostNet store for sale. When it was still available six months later in May 2020, he pursued it without originally telling his wife.

“It’s exciting. It’s a challenge, and we both love taking on challenges...”

The couple met in 2005 when Good accompanied a soldier to her McKinney funeral home. They married in 2012. Gary, 49, started a leadership and management consulting business in

“I didn’t know he was plotting and planning to buy a business that would change my life,” she said. “He was going on a four-day trip and ‘by the way I bought this business,’ and then he left me.”

The Goods knew about PostNet through a friend in Illinois, so Magda warmed to the challenge. Then, three weeks after starting in Flower Mound, Gary met Northlake’s developer who said they were looking for a mail service provider after it was denied its own post office. “I later re-engaged with him, and he said he had talked to about 10-11 similar businesses, and no one else engaged,” Gary said. “We’re honored to have received the Northlake CDC and EDC Pioneer grant, which helps new businesses start up.”

972.544.1230 | | 100 Plaza Pl., Ste. 300 • Northlake, TX 76226

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etention Officers perform specialized law enforcement work in the care and security of inmates to ensure their constitutional rights and welfare are safeguarded in the County Jail. A typical work day could involve admitting and booking inmates, supervising trustees, ensuring security of inmates and the Jail, performing commissary duties, receiving and maintaining an inventory of inmate property and supplies, performing control operations, performing inmate classification duties, and preparing and transporting inmates. Additional responsibilities may include monitoring cameras, monitoring emergency systems, performing various life and fire safety activities, performing telephone and radio communications and performing duties as a member of the Extraction Team. If you or anyone you know might be interested in a career in Law Enforcement, and you meet the following minimum qualifications, you can apply online. • Good moral character. • Must be 18 years of age. • High School diploma or GED required. • Must be a U.S. citizen. • Must attain certification by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement as a

Jailer within one (1) year of employment.

• Possession of a valid Driver’s License. Must be able to obtain a State of

Texas driver’s license within 90 days. Once hired, Detention Officers will go through on-the-job training before

attending The Basic County Corrections Class, which is on site at The Denton

County Sheriff’s Office. This is where the

certification by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) is obtained.


WE ARE HIRING If you are interested in a career in Law Enforcement, join our family and be a part of a great organization. Detention Officer I positions start at $38,752.00 per year. Visit our website to apply. careers/dentoncounty

Detention Officers’ starting salary ranges from $38,752 - $44,952 depending on education and experience. Detention Officers receive a wide range of benefits including: health care

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by Brooke Ezzo | photos courtesy of Cassie Samons


otivation to be and do better comes in all forms. You can gain it through daily affirmations written on Post-It Notes on the bathroom mirror, reading self-help books, or talking with friends and family. It can also come from a prison cell wrapped up to look like a rehab facility.

For Justin resident Cassie Samons, it was the latter. Before prison, Cassie went in and out of 10 treatment centers. The rehabilitation only working for a short time. “I had been clean for years, but when I had a C-section, they pumped me with all kinds of narcotics, and the cravings just took back over,” Cassie said. “Tarrant County, where I lived at the time, had no mercy. They didn’t care if I had a husband and four kids, one being a new baby.” On June 25, 2010, Cassie turned herself into the county. Three days later, she was transported to SAFP (pronounced safe p).

A day, she says, she’ll never forget. For the next seven months, Cassie would spend every day determined to transform her life. “It was called rehab, but it really wasn’t,” Cassie said. “The guards got in your face and yelled at you. It was the worst.” SAFP is part of the state’s Substance Abuse Treatment Program run by the Rehabilitation Programs Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The program is supposed to provide different treatment options for individuals suffering from substance abuse addiction. And for some, it works. AUGUST 2021 | 35 WEST | 25

“HOW YOU MAKE A POSITIVE OUT OF A NEGATIVE IS UP TO YOU. IT’S A CHOICE. AND, I CHOSE TO GO HOME.” Cassie left SAFP in February 2011 and was forced to spend two months in a halfway house in Dallas, again ripped away from her family. Missed birthdays, missed holidays — she knew she couldn’t relapse. While other women went back to their addictions, Cassie stood strong in her faith and her motivation to go home. “I had the strength not to do it because I wanted to go home,” Cassie said. “I missed my family so much. Like anything else, how you make a positive out of a negative is up to you. It’s a choice. And, I chose to go home.” Over the past 11 years, Cassie has turned several pages in her story. Following in her father and grandfather’s footsteps, real estate has become a lifeline. Gaining knowledge about the ever-changing market and confidently valuing properties, Cassie has made a big name for herself. As a REALTOR with JP & Associates, Cassie is passionately addicted to helping her clients find their forever homes. She became so busy that two years ago, her husband Jason Samons joined her business. “We literally tag-team everything,” Cassie said. “If I’m too busy, he steps in. If he’s too

busy, I’ll take over. It works out good. Plus, he’s my best friend. I don’t see it any other way.” Cassie said her addictive personality is now used for things that only positively affect her life: her family, working out, and working hard for her clients. She encourages others to keep self-care a priority and do the things that keep you grounded. Eleven years ago, Cassie may have hit rock bottom. But today, she is flying high. “Even though it was the worst thing that ever happened to me, on the other foot it was the best thing that ever happened to me because I got clean from it,” Cassie said. “I have huge faith now. I follow the signs, I listen to God, and I let Him run my daily life.” Cassie, husband Jason, and their children Tanner, Maslin, Turner, and Macy live in Justin. They are currently building their dream home. They continue to encourage each other and those around them and want people who may be struggling or know someone who is struggling with an addiction to know that there’s still time to change your story.


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Dental Keeping Your



Dentistry: Ask The Expert

Once again, our old friend saliva can buffer the acidity and remove bacteria, but this becomes difficult when we constantly sip on sugary or acidic drinks. Many cold treats are great to enjoy during the heat of the day, but remember to moderate indulgences like ice cream and popsicles that are packed with sugar. You may consider certain cold fruits or vegetables as alternatives.

by Dr. Matt Artho, Owner of Country Lakes Family Dental

t’s August in Texas which leaves us with only two temperatures, hot and hotter. Believe it or not, hot weather and the summer season can affect your dental health depending on your routines. Here are a few tips on how to keep your dental cool while having fun under the sun. Staying hydrated is extremely important, not only for your overall health, but for your dental health. Poor hydration can result in poor saliva production which

can lead to dry mouth. When bacteria

and plaque look to accumulate around your teeth and gums our saliva flow

helps wash out bacteria, and keep it

from adhering to vital oral structures.

Saliva also helps with bad breath and maintaining the mineral of our enamel. In staying hydrated, be careful in using water alternatives. Beverages like soda, sport drinks, or seltzers may not only contain sugar, but are acidic as well. Bacteria use sugar for food and produce acid which causes tooth decay. In addition, bacteria prefer an acidic environment.

Using ice to cool off is great, but not necessarily for your teeth. It goes without saying that chewing ice can cause permanent damage to our teeth. Long term ice chewing can cause tooth wear, and one unfortunate bite has the potential to fracture a tooth. Finally, the best way to keep your dental cool this summer is to keep up good habits. Brushing, flossing, and a good diet will help ensure a “chill” dental visit. Enjoy the rest of your summer and happy smiling! 940.455.7645 | COUNTRYLAKESDENTAL.COM | 74 MCMAKIN RD., STE. 200 • BARTONVILLE, TX 76226

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Signs of

HEAT EXHAUSTION & HEAT STROKE by Dr. Rebecca Butler (Lantana Resident), Board Certified in Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics


he heat of the summer has definitely arrived. Summer is a season of fun – pool parties, park days, and family barbecues result in long days of playing outside in the heat and in the sun. Additionally, athletes are often preparing for the upcoming season with training camps and outdoor workouts. Spending time outside is great, as long as your child is protected by sunscreen, proper hydration, protective clothing, and frequent rest periods to avoid heat illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Signs of heat exhaustion in children may include:

It’s important to treat heat exhaustion immediately, as it can develop into heat stroke. If your child shows symptoms of heat exhaustion, you should:

Confusion, disorientation

Flushed, hot and usually dry skin

Loss of consciousness

Bring your child to a cool, shaded place

Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

Encourage them to drink cool fluids that contain salt (like sports rehydration drinks)

Rapid heartbeat and breathing

Severe headache

Apply a cold wet towel or sponge to the skin


If your child complains of painful muscle cramps in his or her legs, arms or abdomen, you can also gently stretch or massage sore muscles.

Weakness and/or dizziness

If your child is unable to drink or seems to be losing alertness, call your doctor or seek medical attention immediately. Signs/Symptoms of heat stroke in kids:

An elevated body temperature, usually less than 104˚ F

Cool, clammy skin

Chills, despite the heat

Fainting, dizziness or weakness


Increased sweating

Increased thirst

Signs of heat stroke in children may include:


Muscle cramps

A body temperature that rises dangerously high – above 104 degrees

Nausea and/or vomiting

Absence of sweating

Heat stroke is a severe type of heat illness that occurs when a child’s body creates more heat than it can release. This results in a rapid increase in core body temperature, leading to brain damage or death if not promptly treated.

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Mon, Tues, Thurs: 7:30am-6pm | Wed: 7:30am-1pm | Fri: 7:30am-5pm Sat: 9am-12pm

If your child shows signs of heat stroke, call 911 and: •

Bring your child indoors or into shade and undress him or her right away.

Begin rapid cooling by immersing him or her in a bathtub of cool/cold water.

If not available, apply cold towels over much of the body replacing them frequently

Avoid pushing fluids unless your child is conscious and alert

It is important to seek immediate emergency medical treatment. Be safe, have fun in the sun, enjoy the summer with your children. BUT be aware of the extreme dangers that can occur with high heat and dehydration.



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CLINK Wine Bar + Bites by Jay Marks | photos courtesy of Foodie Friday DFW


t all started with a dream and a desire to fill a void Laura Black felt was missing here in the Flower Mound community.

At CLINK, you can find 16 wines on tap, which Laura says is important for two reasons. Number one - it keeps the wine fresh so the first glass is just as fresh as the last. Number two - Laura believes in being

signature dishes for us while we were there, including Roasted Vegetables

CLINK Wine Bar + Bites is, at its core, a wine bar. But it really is so much more than that. It’s a place to come enjoy a fun night out with friends or for a date night with your significant other. You can even attend one of their paired wine dinners or rent out the back room for your own private event. In addition to creating an atmosphere people are already raving about since they opened, Laura has a couple other tricks up her sleeve that make her wine bar unique.

Chef Greg prepared a few of CLINK’s

served over cannellini bean hummus

with za’atar and a pomegranate syrup; Warm Ricotta made with fresh herbs,

lemon zest, and black garlic powder and

drizzled with a hot honey; and the Sicilian Flatbread made with their signature naan dough, coppa, soppressata, herbed a good steward of the earth, and using these reusable wine kegs cuts down on waste. In addition to those 16 wines on tap,

CLINK also has 16 more wines you can purchase by the glass, and many more you can purchase by the bottle. And if you’re not a wine connoisseur at all, they also have beers on tap. Another thing that makes CLINK different from just about any other wine bar is the fact that the food is not at all an afterthought. Laura has Chef Gregory Stockdale running her kitchen, and there’s no one who could do it better. He has years of experience working in some of the best and most prestigious restaurant kitchens in the country, and now we get him here in Flower Mound!

ricotta, caramelized onions, and drizzled with that same hot honey.

This food is incredible. It is most certainly not an afterthought. Each dish was

perfectly created to pair with the wine

of your choice. And you will never leave CLINK hungry.

We love that Laura finally decided to fulfill her dream of opening a wine bar here in Flower Mound. And she told us that

she loves getting to see people enjoying moments big and small every day. She

also loves putting her sommelier expertise to good use by helping you find the perfect glass or bottle.

So, go visit CLINK Wine Bar + Bites.

Whether it’s for the wine, the food, or the

atmosphere, we know Laura and her team will make sure you love your experience.

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