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14 Inside Community & Education

42 Dentistry with Country

18 Commissioner Bobbie Mitchell

Lakes Family Dental

44 Organizing with Cloud Nine Organizing

50 Fitness with Outlaw Fitcamp BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT 17 Geico: All Your Insurance Needs Under One Roof


29 Chamber Ribbon Cuttings 58 Best of Denton County Top 3 Party

ARTICLES 08 10 Hot Weekend Spots for Girls

10 Something to Quack About! 13 Foodie Friday DFW: Clink Wine Bar + Bites

22 Our Favorite Local Finds 24 5 Things to Try 26 Emma Malabuyo Day 28 It’s All Genuine at Family Smiles Dental Group

33 Setting the Stage for the Future of Denton County

34 A Company with Purpose 37 A Passion for Helping Seniors 39 Women in Business Inspirational Quotes

46 North Texas Fair and Rodeo Ready for Full Crowds

49 7 Things You Didn’t Know: Chad Russell

52 Flower Mound Women in Business

56 Sheriff’s Corner with Sheriff Tracy Murphree




SERVICE RUNS IN THE FAMILY Cover Image starting from the left: Keith, Dustin & Adrianne Neff of Triple A Air Conditioning & Heating


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!

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Stay well, stay kind, and be blessed.

Sincerely, Kelly Murray 6 | FLOWER MOUND TOWN LIFE | AUGUST 2021





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 | FLOWER MOUND TOWN LIFE | 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 | FLOWER MOUND TOWN LIFE | 9




by Jean Eisenmann photos courtesy of Mixed Media Creations

day packed with family fun is coming to Flower Mound, and we’re betting you’ll take to it like a duck to water!


make time to duck into Flower Mound’s beautiful River Walk development for this 4th annual charity drive.

Rhythms at the River Walk is the annual fundraiser for the Cross Timbers Rotary Club, and the highlight of this signature event is their Duck Derby race. Whatever your plans for Saturday, September 18th,

Beginning at 10 a.m., the Riverwalk at Central Park will be brimming with food trucks, music, vendor booths, activities for the kids, a duck mascot – and then there’s the duck race.

“This year, we’re anticipating 3,000 people, if not more.” 10 | FLOWER MOUND TOWN LIFE | AUGUST 2021

“This year, we’re anticipating 3,000 people, if not more,” President-Elect for Cross Timbers Rotary, Jim Moll predicted. Each rubber duckie entered in the race is “adopted,” or purchased. Every adoption supports the Cross Timbers Rotary Club’s efforts to benefit our local community’s non-profits and youth organizations. “Anyone at least 18 years old can adopt a duck,” Jim explained. “Parents can adopt on behalf of their child. That said, last year a six-year-old won first prize!” One duck can be adopted for only $5, but to increase your chances of winning, there are plenty of options for purchasing: Bundle of Ducks: 6 for $25 Flock of Ducks: 12 for $50 Brood of Ducks: 24 for $100 Flight of Ducks: 50 for $200 Dynasty of Ducks: 125 for $500

It all started early in 2018. “At that time, our incoming Cross Timbers Rotary Club President and Co-Founder,

Chuck Elsey, and former Charter President

“Anyone at least 18 years old can adopt a duck...”

and Co-Founder, Andy Eades, traveled

to Graham, Texas and visited their duck derby,” Jim reflected. “From that, they

concluded Flower Mound didn’t have

to be limited solely to a duck race, but

something bigger, and it would become a signature event for the community.

That’s how Rhythms at the River Walk came to be.”

“Our goal for 2021 is to sell 25,000 ducks,” Jim declared enthusiastically. At the rate these ducks are flying off the shelves, that goal could become a reality. “Typically, the Duck Derby race begins at 12:30 with the Duck Drop,” Jim announced. The race begins when the river becomes awash with a mustardyellow hue, as thousands of ducks

descend onto the water, bobbing like buoys toward the finish line. The first

lucky duck to reach the designated finish

line will win a $2,500 VISA gift card for its owner – complete with bragging rights! Ten additional VISA gift card prizes will be awarded: 2nd place = $1,500, 3rd place = $1,000, and gift cards for 4th through 10th places!

Founded in 2015, Cross Timbers Rotary is the largest rotary organization in

Denton County, with 130 members.

Their mission is to “provide services to

others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and

peace through the fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.”

“In March of each year, we issue a grant request to any non-profits in Denton


County. Beneficiaries are chosen in April, and grants are awarded in June,” Jim pointed out. “We presented 24 different grants from 2020’s event proceeds.”

Every number is unique to a duck.

Rhythms at the River Walk’s Duck Derby is the highlight of the day. “Attendee estimates for 2018-2019 were about two thousand people, and 15,000 ducks were sold,” Jim said. “Last year, even during COVID-19, folks attended.” In addition to adopting a duck – or ducks – online, if you can’t get your ducks in a row to adopt early, they can be adopted on race day. But keep in mind they are subject to availability. Another avenue to duck adoption is the Buck-a-Duck program. Many nonprofit organizations have chosen a team name for the event, and they are selling duck adoptions, too. For every duck they sell, Cross Timbers Rotary gives that organization a buck to be awarded in October.


“Twelve teams already have formed for this year,” Jim mentioned. “In 2020, 4,000 ducks were sold through our non-profit partners.” No sitting ducks among this group, a lot of work behind the scenes goes into the event. A randomly computer-assigned identification number is placed on the

bottom of each duck using waterproof tags. Every number is unique to a duck. “On the Thursday before the race, we hold a tagging party for rotary members and volunteers to tag the ducks,” Jim said. September 18th will be here before you know it, so adopt some ducks and have some fun while helping the Cross Timbers Rotary contribute to so many worthwhile organizations.


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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HOPEFUL HEARTS 5K STAMPEDE On September 25 in Old Town Lewisville come run for the Hopeful Hearts 5k Stampede benefiting Christian Community Action! Registration includes a t-shirt, goody bag, free food and drinks, and an opportunity to win individual and team contests with great prizes! There will be music, an auction and a VIP party for the top sponsors to meet former Dallas Cowboy and three-time Sup er Bowl Champion Tony Tolbert! For more information visit or contact

CERTIFIED SENSORY INCLUSIVE The Flower Mound Public Library is now Certified Sensory Inclusive. To earn this certification, Library staff had to attend training on how to recognize visitors with sensory needs and how to handle a sensory overload situation. Sensory bags equipped with noise-canceling headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards, and weighted lap pads will also be available to all visitors who may feel overwhelmed by the environment.


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FLOWER MOUND HIGH GRADUATE SIGNED BY SPARKS Flower Mound High School graduate Lauren Cox was number 3 overall pick and signed by the Los Angeles Sparks to a rest of season contract. Cox was a collegiate superstar at Baylor University helping them win the 2019 National Championship. She’s looking forward to working with the other great players on the team and being coached by their notable leadership. photo courtesy of Los Angeles Sparks Facebook page 14 | FLOWER MOUND TOWN LIFE | AUGUST 2021

Both the girls and boys Marcus Bowling teams have been rolling strike after strike this past season. During COVID-19 each team was reduced to 5 members and both teams still qualified for the regional tournament. During the tournament, each of the 5 girls bowled well above their averages and ended up finishing 13th overall in the state! photo courtesy of Marcus High School Bowling Facebook page

MARCO’S PIZZA IS COMING TO TOWN GET MAD FOR CHICKEN Mad For Chicken specializes in Korean fried chicken and is now open at 1050 Flower Mound Rd. Ste 280 right next to HOTWORX! They also offer other tasty options like their top-selling kimchi fries and fried dumplings. To learn more about MFC and to view their menu, visit their website at photo courtesy of Mad for Chicken Facebook page

Marco’s Pizza has been in business since 1978 and they’re now expanding to Flower Mound! They offer pre-build pizzas, pizza bowls, salads, subs, and specialty items. This new location is expected to open fall of 2021. To learn more about Marco’s Pizza, visit their website at photo courtesy of Marco’s Pizza Facebook page

LEWISVILLE ISD IS HIRING Lewisville ISD is hiring for multiple positions across the district. To view the open positions and to apply visit Keep in mind you must complete an LISD job application to be considered for a position. Once you’ve completed it, you may send a letter of interest as well as your resume to the campus and/or department.

VIRTUAL ART SHOW Traditionally, Lewisville ISD’s district-wide art shows are held at Medical City Lewisville Grand Theater where students, families, and friends gather to admire students’ artwork, but this year the galleries were closed. Thanks to the Visual Arts Leadership team, LISD was able to showcase the students’ art virtually and families could view the gallery just by clicking a link. Upon entering audiences were transported to the gallery shows they know and love! photo courtesy of Lewisville ISD



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





“People will work with you if you work with them. People will respect you if you respect them. We don’t have all of the answers, but we can be a resource to the people.”

by Caylie Howard | photos courtesy of Commissioner Bobbie Mitchell


ver the years, our world has produced some of the most influential women in history. We have seen the world of women blossom with opportunities. We have seen women, quite literally, change the world as we know it. As residents of Denton County, we are privileged to say that we are home to some of the women that hold the prestigious title of women of influence. It’s safe to say that there is no one more deserving of the title of an influential woman than our very own Denton County Commissioner, Bobbie Mitchell.

Commissioner Mitchell has been a loyal resident of Lewisville since 1971. She is the proud wife of her husband, Fred, loving mother to her two children, Darin and Rhonda, adoring grandmother to her nine grandchildren, and a great grandmother to three. “Above all, I serve the Lord. I am blessed and highly favored.” Commissioner Mitchell said. Commissioner Mitchell retired from GTE in May of 1993 after 20 years of service in various management positions. “I believe that a business background was very beneficial in my political career. There’s a lot of red tape that you have to go through to get things done.” Commissioner Mitchell said. In 1985, Commissioner Mitchell joined the City of Lewisville’s Zoning Board of Adjustment. She served on the board until 1987 when she joined the City of Lewisville Planning and Zoning Commission, to which she served until

“There was a little bit of racism involved, but I had the support of the Chamber of Commerce to take racism out of the election.”

1990. “A lot of people don’t like to start by serving on boards, but for me it was a positive.” Commissioner Mitchell said. From there, Commissioner Mitchell went on to serve two years on Lewisville’s City Council. In 1992, Commissioner Mitchell served as Deputy Mayor Pro Tem, until 1993 when she became acting Mayor of Lewisville. She served in that role until 2000. In 2000, the opportunity to run for Commissioner of Precinct 3 opened up. This opportunity did not come without its challenges. “This was my first time running as a Republican. This was a party office. I had two opponents to begin with until one dropped out.” Commissioner Mitchell recalled. But that wasn’t the only obstacle in Commissioner Mitchell’s run for office. “There was a little bit of racism involved, but I had the support of the Chamber of Commerce to take racism out of the election.” AUGUST 2021 | FLOWER MOUND TOWN LIFE | 19

As residents of Denton County, we are privileged to say that we are home to some of the women that hold the prestigious title of women of influence.

“Every one of us has a calling. I like to say God put me here for such a time as this.”


Commissioner Mitchell went on to say, “I was a candidate for the people; for all of the people. Now I’m an elected official for the people. We are all the same, no matter our race. We are all God’s creations. I’m looking forward to the day when we don’t refer to it as the first black Mayor of Lewisville, or the black Commissioner, or even a woman Commissioner. We just refer to it as Commissioner.”

She added, “Every one of us has a calling.

In the many years that Commissioner Mitchell has served Denton County, she has

Saying that Commissioner Mitchell has

learned some very wise lessons.

When asked what Commissioner Mitchell’s advice is for women considering running for office, her response was “first and foremost, pray about it. It can be a hard job. Then talk to some of your friends. Ask them how they feel about you becoming a public servant. Then you should find out about the job.”

I like to say that God put me here for such a time as this.” Commissioner Mitchell

has prided herself on representing the

people of Denton County as a resource of information. “We can’t know everything. But I make sure that people know that they can come to me. If I don’t have a

solution, I will point them in the direction of someone who does.”

served Denton County with grace and

outstanding leadership is nothing short of the truth. She has led with kindness,

acceptance, and wisdom for decades, and it is because of her amazing dedication to our County that Commissioner

Bobbie Mitchell is without a doubt to be considered one of our most influential women of Denton County.


Local 1 2 3 4 Women of Influence Issue

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Tracee Elrod*

Brushstroke 24 Hour Liner by MAC. This eyeliner is the best in the world. It literally stays on all day! The brush stroke allows for a defined line and you can make it as thick or as thin as you want! It also comes off easily when washing my face! So glad I found this little gem a few years ago! I order 2 at a time so I am never without! AUGUST 2021 | FLOWER MOUND TOWN LIFE | 23

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.


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.


Emma Malabuyo by Leena Duwadi photos courtesy of Emma Malabuyo


remarkable number of Flower Mound talents have shined a light on the town’s name with their extraordinary achievements in what they do. Emma Malabuyo is one such rising star who, at a young age, has established herself as an artistic gymnast. She is a five-time member of the U.S. national team and has earned a total of 25 medals for Team USA. She qualified as an elite gymnast in 2015. Her magical strength of balance has rewarded this young athlete for being one of 10 players representing the US Women’s Gymnastics Team and traveling to the Tokyo Olympics as one of four alternates! “Dreams do come true; I still can’t believe it!” she shared on her social media after being selected for the Olympics. “Since I was a little girl, I dreamt about going to the Olympics. Grateful for all the love and support from my family, friends, and coaches. I’m so thankful”, she also mentioned. On Independence Day, in honor of celebrating the outstanding success of this 18-year-old, FM mayor Derek France presented her with a proclamation declaring July 4 as Emma Malabuyo Day in Flower Mound. It was a proud moment


for Flower Mound people as they cheered for this historic announcement. On behalf of the town, mayor France wished all the best for her upcoming endeavors. Emma is training as an “all arounder” and can potentially get called for any or all gymnastics events in the Olympic games.

an injury sidelined her sports journey at the peak of her career – not just once, but twice. It was in 2018 when she became eligible for senior competition.

Born in Mountain View, California, Emma started gymnastics at the age of five and never looked back.

“I had an injury in 2018, I also had surgery in 2019, and I couldn’t compete,” Emma mentioned. “I had to take a step back and look at how I can better myself even though I’m not doing gymnastics.”

“I was really good at swinging across the monkey bars at two years old, so my parents signed me up at Little Gym,” she recalled. Everything looked perfect until

That was the time when her sports spirit worked the most. It was a challenging phase. However, she was committed to conquering it.

“It’s not about the scores. It’s not about this placement. It’s about how do you define your own success.” “The last few years have been some of the toughest times, but I’m glad I didn’t give up,” she wrote in one of her Instagram posts. When she made a comeback, Emma was more confident and healthy. “I needed to show myself that I was strong and capable of being a true competitor again.” In her difficult years, Emma got immense support and motivation from family, friends, coaches, and her healthcare team. All of them believed in her when she had doubts. Malabuyo represents Texas Dreams Gymnastics, where Kim Zmeskal-Burdette is her head coach. Kim’s husband Chris Burdette is the assistant coach. Kim Zmeskal is a retired artistic gymnast and the 1991 World All-Around champion who has been coaching Malabuyo for the last eight years.

helped to make this what she wants this to be,” Zmeskal told NBCDFW. Emma’s favorite events are uneven bars and balance beam, and she usually spends more than 30 hours a week working to polish her abilities and skills. What is her favorite thing about gymnastics? Emma says the adrenaline rush of competition and working on new skills. That’s why she believes it’s the journey that she enjoys, and wins and medals are just secondary. “It’s not about the scores. It’s not about this placement. It’s about how do you define your own success,” she said in an interview. She’s an avid learner.

Malabuyo loves to create fun videos on TikTok and YouTube and hang out with friends when not practicing. Sushi and pizza are her favorite food. This pop music lover’s most-liked book is The Hunger Games Series, and Math being her favorite school subject. Stranger Things and Riverdale are her favorite TV shows. Curious about what movie won Emma’s heart the most? It’s “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before!” While Emma is working so hard to make the country proud, let’s continue cheering for her!

“I think her maturity and her experience and our connection over the last eight seasons has really




At Family Smiles Dental Group by Diane Ciarloni | photography by What’s That Guys Name? | PHOTOGRAPHY BY GUY T


here’s an authenticity about Jenifer Nichols, DDS, and the way she leads her practice, Family Smiles Dental Group, in Flower Mound. She’s genuinely interested in her patients and their families. She asks if the kids enjoy school, or how they’re handling the latest heat wave. She doesn’t know a stranger. To someone who is not happy about a dental appointment, it sounds more like an invitation to visit over a glass of sweet tea.

Dr. Nichols, who took ownership of the practice five years ago, is a natural-born caregiver. Nurturing is what she does best. Her husband and their two boys, a one-year-old and a three-year old, fit snugly under her wings. There’s also plenty of room for her clinical staff, some of whom were there 20 or 30 years before she bought the practice, along with her patients. That makes Dr. Nichols happy.

“I was always interested in health care as a career,” Dr. Nichols explained. “I was in the Health Science Technology Education (HSTE) program in high school, which lets you ‘shadow’ a health professional during senior year. “I thought I wanted to go into radiology but there wasn’t an available spot. There was a dental practice open, so I decided to take it. That was a blessing. I like people. I like talking with them, caring for them, and making them part of a family atmosphere. That’s why the word ‘family’ is in our practice name. In retrospect, I would not have been happy as a radiologist in a dark room!” Even the design of Dr. Nichols’ clinic reinforces the sweet tea atmosphere.

I like talking with them, caring for them, and making them part of a family atmosphere.

COVID-19 was a challenge, especially in terms of preserving an upbeat morale. “We have full French doors that open to the grass and trees,” she said. “There are birds and rabbits. It’s great for the patients and for me because it removes any sterile, hospital vibes. “The HSTE program taught me early on that everyone on the team is critical to success. I know how lucky I was to have almost the entire staff stay after I bought the practice.” COVID-19 was a challenge, especially in terms of preserving an upbeat morale. “It also had some positive effects,” Dr. Nichols continued. “People become more attuned to their health needs. Our growing practice added new patients along with an associate dentist and an additional hygienist during this time. “For me, feeling I’m serving a purpose is necessary for a sense of fulfillment. I’m blessed because I definitely have that in this community.”

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FAMILY by Steve Gamel | photography by What’s That Guys Name? | PHOTOGRAPHY BY GUY T


ustin Neff was born in an attic. OK, well, not literally. But when you spend every summer, winter, and weekend from the time you’re 10 going on air conditioning service calls with your dad, climbing in and out of attics, and knowing that one day you’ll be running the family business, it certainly does feel that way.

“I was destined to be an AC man,” Dustin said with a laugh. He’s now the general manager for family-owned Triple A Air

Conditioning & Heating in Flower Mound. “It’s all I’ve known. All these guys today kind of adopted it. I was born into it.”

He added, “It’s a great profession. We just want to serve people and give them the best possible experience.”

For the folks at Triple A Air Conditioning

& Heating, that part comes second nature. Dustin’s grandpa, Grandpa Neff, got into

the HVAC world back in 1949 when, after spending four years in the military, he

realized he could fix just about anything. He never owned his own business, but

Grandpa Neff was the go-to technician for many a family that craved a reliable

and honest AC guy. It wasn’t uncommon in those days for Grandpa Neff to have

his son Keith on calls with him. At only 11 years old, Keith was his dad’s trusty tool runner and right-hand man.

Keith enjoyed the work and cobbled

together a pretty successful career in

his own right. In 1989, he bought familyowned Triple A, which had already

served the community for 20 years.

Like his father before him, he got his

son (Dustin) involved every chance he could. After graduating from Texas

A&M, Dustin returned to work with his dad and eventually took over as the Dustin Neff

General Manager

Keith Neff Owner

GM in 2019. Keith is still involved as

the owner, and Dustin’s wife, Adrianne, is their reliable CFO.

The bottom line is that when you hire Triple A, you’re getting a local family.

That’s huge in this day and age when contractors are a dime a dozen but Adrianne Neff CFO

don’t always produce quality results.

Now serving residential and commercial

customers for three generations, the Neff family has built lifelong relationships

with their clients and a legacy of skillful

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Dustin brings a fresh perspective to serving customers that included adding advanced technologies that lead to longer-lasting, reliable, and more efficient HVAC units and overall comfortability no matter the time of year. This includes a focus on air quality, smart-home products, energy-saving thermostats, and more. “That’s one of the neater things — watching how this family business has grown,” Dustin said. “We’ve gotten better, and we’ve learned how to serve our clients better. Unfortunately, we go behind a lot of people who didn’t treat the customer right. We aren’t perfect, but we always stand behind our work and what we do. And if we mess something up, we fix it.”

...graduates have an opportunity to excel in a lucrative career without the expense of a college degree. What you also get with Triple A is a community partner. They have an undying servant mindset, whether it’s finding ways to support a local family, donating to a local school or sports camp, or giving back to local nonprofits. Triple A currently works with Comfort for a Cure, where they supply comfort bags to cancer patients at Texas Oncology. This cause is near and dear to the Neff family, as Keith’s wife, Corinne, battled the disease. One month per year, they also donate a portion of all proceeds to Winning the Fight to support families suffering from addiction. Perhaps their biggest claim to fame is that they were recently the catalyst behind creating the HVAC program at TECC West, a four-level HVAC curriculum trade program that equips Lewisville ISD students with the necessary hands-on training, tools, and access to industry professions to start a career in the HVAC industry. Dustin is an active board member and negotiated with Lennox to acquire equipment that serves as the

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on tools for these students. Dustin said graduates have an opportunity to excel in a lucrative career without the expense of a college degree. “If these kids can learn to communicate, take the job seriously, and do a really good job, they can leave high school with the knowledge of how a refrigeration system works,” Dustin said. “And because

there are so many options in our industry, they can get a job immediately after graduation. They may not have been born into it, but it’s giving them a starting career very early.” He added, “We have a good team, and we all work hard to provide the most exceptional service experience possible to our customers.” AUGUST 2021 | FLOWER MOUND TOWN LIFE | 31


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.


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a Company with Purpose by Contributing Writer | photo of Danielle Cornett by Sandra Lynch & group photo courtesy of Shapes Fitness for Women


anielle Cornett had no intentions of becoming a fitness club owner in 2019. And if you ask her today, she will tell you it is an amazing experience owning Shapes. “The women that walk through our door inspire and empower each other daily. It’s so gratifying seeing the community the Shapes staff and our members have built in a short period of time,” she said. Danielle wanted to make a positive impact, invest in her community, and run a business that would do its part to inspire and uplift women of all ages. Whether it’s your first time in a fitness club, or you’re a seasoned veteran, Shapes offers something for every woman. Danielle also wanted Shapes to be a symbol of representation and something women in the community could take inspiration from day after day.



“My vision from day one was to build a fitness community for women so they would be comfortable in a nonintimidating environment, while excelling and enjoying their fitness journey,” she said. Although still a young company, Danielle and the Shapes community continually give back by supporting other small businesses. Most recently, Danielle started

Marvelous Monday Boss Babes through social media to promote women-owned businesses in the community. Each week, she promotes a business, and it is highlighted through her social media channels. Rahna, a Shapes member, said, “What I cannot emphasize enough is her love for supporting other businesses. Her love for her community is not selfish, for her own growth, or financial gain. She wants the small businesses to succeed, and she wants to help. That is one of my favorite parts about her. Her phrase ‘Babes Support Babes’ is pretty relevant here.” Another way Danielle gives back is through local charities she and husband Clint support. This includes Ally’s Wish, Mission Moms, and Sadie’s Sleigh. “The community supports Shapes, so we make every effort to support local charities that are doing great things,” Danielle said. Ally’s Wish co-founder, Missy Phipps said, “Danielle has probably the biggest heart that I know, and not just for her family, but for her friends and the people she works with. I think her mission in life is to serve, and I think she does it well!

“I want every woman to leave Shapes feeling more empowered and confident than when they walked in the door.” When she joined us at Ally’s Wish, it was a game-changer. When she gives, she gives 100% – and that’s what she did. She has helped us tremendously. We’ve been able to grant so many wishes to terminally ill moms. She’s an encourager, cheerleader, and motivator. And she loves people!” Danielle has a passion for fitness and people. She teaches many fitness classes weekly, personal trains, and pushes

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every member to be the best version of themselves. For Danielle and the Shapes staff, it’s all about inspiring, motivating, and uplifting women while helping members reach their fitness goals. Bonnie, a Shapes member said, “Personally, Danielle brought me back. I’m an active person, and I suffered a severe ski injury. Even though I could not walk or even drive, Danielle explored with me what I could do instead of dwelling on what I couldn’t. She would not let me give up. Danielle multiplies the energy and positive attitude within her to everyone around her. She simply makes everyone want more, push harder, and believe so much more in themselves. It is obvious that Danielle is fulfilled each day by others reaching small milestones towards their goal.” Danielle agreed. “I know my purpose is not just to train and teach a great class but to help motivate and build confidence,” she said. “I want every woman to leave Shapes feeling more empowered and confident than when they walked in the door.”

For Danielle and the Shapes staff, it’s all about the members and building a community of inspiration, empowerment, and Babes Supporting Babes. Aldi, a newer member, came in with her three young kids four months ago and was very shy and new to fitness. “She started slowly taking classes and improved each time. Next thing I knew she was taking two in a row and working to full intensity with each one,” Cornett said. “The weight started dropping off (more than 30 pounds), but more importantly, her smile started getting bigger every time I saw her. You could see her confidence starting to shine through. I now see her daily in the club working out and strength training on her own. She is goal crushing.” Cornett added, “I love seeing her focused and working hard knowing that she is gaining so much more than just a strong body, but confidence in herself. It fills my heart. And knowing her three young children are seeing their mom becoming stronger and a more confident woman is bigger than she even knows. If I can be any kind of influence to women, it is to be confident, be kind, and live with a giving heart.” AUGUST 2021 | FLOWER MOUND TOWN LIFE | 35



Helping for


by Jean Eisenmann | photography by What’s That Guy’s Name? | PHOTOGRAPHY BY GUY T


here comes a time in most people’s lives when they feel motivated, inspired, or even pressured to choose a career path. It’s safe to say the decision is often made in one’s early 20s. “I really didn’t know my life’s path until my mid-40s,” Lori Williams confessed. What’s more, at the age of 54, she launched her own business! Lori is owner and founder of Lori Williams – Senior Services, LLC, a senior referral service, and so much more. “The main focus of my business is senior living placement – a completely free advisement service to seniors and their families,” Lori explained. “Finding senior housing for yourself or a loved one can be such a confusing, frustrating, and time-consuming process.” Matching the special needs and quality of life that seniors require with their housing deserves more than a Google search. “I collaborate with senior communities, realtors, and movers across the Metroplex to ease the transition into senior living. It’s a very stressful time when seniors give up their homes and move during that stage in life,” Lori emphasized. How did this compassion for the senior community begin?

It all started with Lori’s grandmother being diagnosed with dementia. “I watched as my mom and her sister struggled with what to do for their mom, and their search for resources to assist her,” Lori reflected. “I learned right along with them what their options were.” “My grandmother lived to 101, and when she passed away, I was holding her hand,” Lori shared, her voice filled with emotion. A graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in marketing, Lori now felt drawn to working with seniors. “I was inspired by the wonderful people I met throughout my grandmother’s journey, she affirmed. The ensuing years found Lori fulfilled and realizing her purpose. While employed for an independent assisted

living facility, “I knew that working with seniors was what I was meant to do,” Lori recounted. It had become her passion. Before launching her own business, Lori also gained beneficial experience working five years for a national senior referral service. “Then I decided it was time to go out on my own.” In March of 2018, after more than a decade of working in the senior industry, Lori Williams – Senior Services became a reality,” Lori stated with pride. Her abilities range from being a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP), to hosting a weekly Podcast, Aging in Style with Lori Williams, that aired its 50th episode on July 30. “Don’t let your age prohibit you from following your path, chasing your dreams, and finding your purpose,” Lori advised. She feels very blessed to be working with seniors. “I say a little prayer for each of them every day.”

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Stacey Miller - BISTECCA – An Italian Steakhouse

Growing up as a young girl in the 1960’s I remember watching “The Wonderful World of Disney” every Sunday night. Fast forward MANY years and I learned that (in spite of Mr. Disney’s wonderful fantasies) you don’t get what you wish for, you get what you work for. I truly believe that work ethic is the most important component of being successful! This was never more evident than last year during the pandemic. All the years of hard work and being a part of this amazing Community paid off when the Community embraced us and supported us during what was the most difficult time in the history of the restaurant! You get what you work for!

YVONNE D. STEWART - Owner of The Woodhouse Day Spa, Highland Village The hardest part when you are new to being a Small Business Owner, male or female is the unknown! It is always going to cost more than you thought, there are going to be hiccups in construction, licenses and recruiting a brand-new staff. I focused on 3 Key parts to start my business. Brand, everything the guests sees,

hears, and feels about your business. In the shop, from your team, your marketing & merchandising, store front everything. If you do not have an accountant, get one! Last but certainly not least Talent, the team you create starts with you! Be a Servant Leader by listening, having empathy and awareness. Create a culture of Trust and encourage diversity of thought and foster leadership in others! Never stop recruiting! Great people are hard to find, and you want to know what GREAT people look like!

MANU SHAHI - Founder, Homework In a Café The Covid-19 crisis has disrupted corporate America in ways we have never seen before. As we all head back to work, we WOMEN need to keep in mind to adjust performance expectations, establish new norms for remote work, educating employees on gender bias, and providing allyship and anti-racism training. As a LeanIn Network Leader and Business owner, I know the issues are real and together we should help make this community stronger with diversity and inclusion training on an ongoing basis.


KRIS WISE - Keller Williams Realtor Nobody prepares you for the 24/7 of owning a business. You put blood, sweat and tears into your business and if you don’t learn about work life balance, you can end up working yourself to death. I decided to make the second half of 2021 to not be about top sales agent awards and more about my health and fitness. I see other women on that same path. Hire out as much as you can to help your home run efficiently. I choose to not hire out those areas because in the end it doesn’t matter who cooked the matters who was at the table and the conversations you have while there. You can have it all when you are intentional with where you spend your time. Choose wisely.

GINGER EADS When you own a small business, you hold every position. You are the CEO (Chief Executive Officer), the COO (Chief Operating Officer), the CFO (Chief Financial Officer), the CMO (Chief Marketing Officer), the CTO (Chief Technology Officer) and many times, the Executive Assistant too. It can be overwhelming and hard to balance these different functions. Make appointments on the calendar for your own desk time to intentionally focus on all of these areas each week. Many times, a small business owner will function as only the CEO, but if these other areas are dismissed, the business will have a hard time keeping the doors open. Try it – schedule time with yourself as COO, CFO, CMO, CTO and Executive Assistant. You will see a difference very soon in the sustainability of your business. 40 | FLOWER MOUND TOWN LIFE | AUGUST 2021


Ask The Expert: Dentistry

Dental Keeping Your



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. 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

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



Ask The Expert: Organizing


That being said, none of us expected

the interesting chaos and confusion that

the COVID-19 pandemic brought into all our lives. As a result of this unexpected confusion, your priorities may have

shifted; what used to feel urgent can wait and what used to feel important is taking a backseat to other concerns.

Now that Texas businesses are back to

full operation and residents are getting

comfortable with venturing out, you may

Productive A

by Crystal Nerpel, Owner of Cloud Nine Organizing

s an organizing expert, I totally appreciate the importance of being productive and staying organized. But as a wife and mother, I also realize that life is never ever going to be completely organized and perfect. In fact, I usually embrace the small bit of happy chaos that keeps life interesting.


be tempted to start adding activities,

obligations and distractions back into

your schedule. We are all excited to start feeling “normal” again, but as you start

making future plans, I encourage you to take a look at your priorities before you start overloading your schedule. Ask yourself a few questions: • Is what was important to me before the pandemic still important to me now? 

• Have I stopped doing something during this pandemic that I don’t really miss?

• What tasks do I do that take me a long time but don’t add much value to my day? • What tasks really get me closer to my goals?

If you have ever noticed that you are exhausted at the end of each day because you are super busy, but you don’t feel like you’ve actually accomplished anything, it’s time to reprioritize. Always being busy but unproductive will eventually take a toll; mentally and physically. You’re going to crash and burn. In his highly popular book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey explains the Time Management Matrix and how effective

people spend more time in Quadrant II, minimize time spent in Quadrant I, and worry very little about Quadrants III and IV. Many people allow urgent tasks to interrupt their progress because they haven’t taken the time to pay attention to their priorities. All you need is about 10 - 15 minutes every day to plan ahead. Look at your next day’s schedule and decide if there is anything in Quadrant III or IV that can be delegated or deleted. So, as you adjust to your changing priorities, learn to say “no” to the tasks that are not important to the overall quality or success of your day.  

Always being busy but unproductive will eventually take a toll; mentally and physically. CLOUDNINEORGANIZING.COM


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.


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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Ask The Expert: Fitness



by Jesse J. Leyva, Owner of Outlaw Fitcamp

hether you realize it or not, you talk to yourself all day. Self-talk is something you do naturally throughout your waking hours. It’s the thoughts that you have in response to everything happening. These conversations you have with yourself can be destructive or beneficial. They influence how you feel about yourself and the world around you, and how you respond to the events in your life.

Researchers have shown that positive self-talk is a powerful tool for increasing your self-confidence and sense of wellbeing. People who have positive self-talk are more confident, motivated, and productive.

with you. You don’t consider that it’s

because something came up or they’re just too busy.

Catastrophizing You always expect the worst. For example,

Increased vitality

Greater satisfaction with life

Improved immune function

Reduced pain

Better cardiovascular health

Less stress

Better physical wellbeing

It seems clear that if you don’t naturally use positive self-talk (and some people just naturally do), then you need to retrain your brain toward a more positive outlook.


if you have something bad happen to you


Before you can start trying to practice more positive thinking, you need to be able to recognize your negative self-talk. According to the Mayo Clinic, there are four types of negative self-talk:

all day that you’re having a horrible day.

You either see things as perfect or terrible.

If it doesn’t come naturally to you, you’ll need to work at starting to talk to yourself more positively. Try to make these types of changes in your reactions:

temper, you beat yourself up for being an

Negative: I didn’t eat well today. I knew I’d fail at trying to eat healthy.

If you find yourself falling into any of these

Positive: I didn’t eat well today, but I have most of the week. I’ll get back on track tomorrow and I’ll be fine.

Filtering You magnify the negative part of every situation. If you gained two pounds this week, you beat yourself up and forget about the fact that you’ve lost 10 pounds in the previous weeks. Personalizing You put the blame for everything on yourself. If your friends cancel dinner plans, you assume it’s probably because they didn’t feel like spending the evening

first thing in the morning, you’ll complain Polarizing

If you get mad at your child and lose your awful parent.

four categories often, you need to take the steps to change your self-talk to be more positive. That change in attitude has a lot of benefits.



Positive self-talk has been proven to have the following health benefits:

Try to become more aware of the way you’re talking to yourself. You may not even realize how much negative self-talk you have each day. Just remember—you can’t always control what happens, but you can control how you react to it.






WOMEN IN BUSINESS by Leena Duwadi | photos courtesy of Christi Beca



lower Mound is home to many women entrepreneurs who are proud of what they do and believe in helping one another grow. They live by a motto - When women empower women, they are stronger together! That’s why many young ladies are gracefully adopting entrepreneurship as a career choice. Leading the mission is Flower Mound Women in Business (FMWIB), a platform that has united diverse women in the community. Women with various backgrounds ranging from fitness gyms, restaurateurs, bakeries, flower shops, teachers, boutiques, finance, doctors, direct sales, lawyers, real estate, and everything in between.

A few years back, when she was looking

Christi Beca, a successful realtor by profession, is the woman behind FMWIB.

ages who regularly meet, brainstorm,

for a group to join that connected likeminded women business owners to

network and support each other, she

couldn’t exactly find one. That’s when

FMWIB was born in 2015. Six years later,

the platform is thriving. The organization


has recently received its

501c3 nonprofit status and is committed to giving back to the community.

“Started with just over 30

people in the networking

group meeting once a month to now approaching 4,000 members, growing daily

and the impact on the local

community has been amazing,” Beca said. “Our focus is to empower women to live their best lives.”

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and supportive environment with other like-minded women looking to achieve

high levels of success without judgment or competition.

“We even have a few teen bosses in our group. It’s such an inspiration to see the younger generation running their small businesses,” Beca remarked.

As a leader, Beca takes pride in seeing

so many successful women encouraging other women and genuinely rooting for

others to succeed. They meet every two weeks, i.e., on the 1st and 3rd Thursday

at CLINK Wine Bar + Bites. The team has

excellent partnerships with other nonprofit organizations and other groups, including the men’s group.

“It’s important to understand that race,

gender, religion, background, etc., should never affect your desire to help your

community,” said Beca, who has been

living in Flower Mound for 20 years now. The nonprofit has been doing a lot of community events. They run Flower

Mound’s largest Holiday Spectacular

event with free visits with Santa to benefit the Toys 4 Tots program. They donated Fletcher’s Corny Dogs to Texas Presbyterian Hospital during Nurses Week amidst the COVID-19 pandemic last year. Recently, along with donations from several local restaurants, they donated meals to the entire Flower Mound Police Department to show their community appreciation and support to the men and women in blue. With COVID, small business owners have had to pivot and adapt their businesses more than ever. That’s where the FMWIB group has been doing its best to promote local businesses.

own is no easy walk. Being a CEO and a

“The sense of pride and support we get from our local community is what makes me happy,” said Beca, who comes from a line of entrepreneurs and real estate professionals. She’s a third-generation

play in the family and professional setup

Realtor. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BBA in Marketing and Finance. For a woman aspiring to build a successful career, establishing a business on her

mother to two kids, Christi had her own set of challenges.

“I think as a woman, you have to have

grit and toughness about you to be taken seriously at times. I also think society expects women to be able to do-it-

all between work and family life,” she

expressed. “I feel it’s an unhealthy and unrealistic expectation put on women

to be the best at everything: be the best CEO, the perfect mother, the best wife,

etc., and if you’re not succeeding at one, then you’re failing.”

She further said that all the roles women

are essential. However, practicing self-care should be on the top. She believes that women have to get better at saying no

to things that don’t suit them. And being the leader of an empowered network of women in the town, Beca continuously

strives to help ladies be the best version

of themselves so that they can better take care of their family and profession.










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