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NOVEMBER 15, 2019 DECEMBER 13, 2019 40 & Under Top Professionals Issue

Entrepreneur Of The Year INSPIRATIONAL


Corinth - Hickory Creek - Shady Shores - Lake Dallas






Publisher & Editor Scott & Kelly Murray


Managing Editor Jana Melton Sub-Editors Bobbi Byrne Alisha Tran

Writers & Editor Steve Gamel Brooke Ezzo


Kelly Murray


Art Director Liz Wallace Graphic Designers Caroline Brock Alyson Modene

Photography What’s That Guy’s Name? PHOTOGRAPHY BY GUY T 469.500.5657


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That Matter

he theme of this issue is to celebrate 40-under professionals. These are the top go-getters in their industry; the small-business owners you look at and say, “Wow, they’ve got it all together. How did they become so successful — and all before the age of 40?”

As I sit here scarfing down a chicken salad Not to brag, but we feel pretty proud while trying not to mess up my keyboard of the publications we continue to churn as I type, I am reminded that the days of out each month, whether it’s one of our being under 40 have long since passed numerous monthly magazines or our for Scott and me. I’m not yearly issue of Best of Denton going to admit how old County. And we’re extremely From growing up in we are, but I can promise proud of the business owners Canada to moving to you we’re not too old to Texas to raise a family, whose stories we share forget where we’ve been I can’t remember a day every day. and how far we’ve come. where I didn’t have a So as you scan the pages From growing up in vision of being the best of this month’s issue, take a Canada to moving to I could possibly be. second to really pay attention Texas to raise a family, to the young business owners I can’t remember a day we have highlighted. Their stories are where I didn’t have a vision of being the sure to inspire. best I could possibly be. It didn’t matter how young we were. We knew what we wanted and went after that proverbial brass ring as hard as we could. Having our own company, being successful, and surrounding ourselves with amazing employees who share that dream is a dream come true.

Sincerely, Kelly Murray

Publisher of Murray Media Group




On the Cover is: Awstin Gregg owner of Connections Wellness Group


Entrepreneur Of The Year



09 Fitness with Outlaw Fitcamp

06 Inspirational Quotes

21 Real Estate with Make the Move Team BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT 18 Tattoo My Shoes: Tattoo Your What? Tattoo My Shoes! 24 Mrs. Lively’s Cajun Konnection:

Josiah Tauaefa Still Doing Well For NY Giants

10 Gobble Without The Wobble! 12 Inside Community 13 Inside Education 15 Local Online Boutique Becomes Go-To Fashion Experts

40 & Under Top

22 Giving Back For The Holidays


26 Community Corner

A Cajun Kick

29 Foodie Friday DFW with Jay Marks Real Estate


30 Sheriff’s Corner with Sheriff Tracy Murphree

20 Halloween Resident Photos

31 Denton Holiday Lighting Festival

EDITORS PICK: Lake Dallas’

08 Spirit of Christmas Events

Still Giving Lake Dallas




Find your local, top professionals under the age of 40 years old in your area.


40 & Under Top Professionals

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES From Young Professionals In Denton County

by Steve Gamel

Allison Liberio, Family Hearing Practice PLLC

(photographed to the left)

“Find someone who knows how to run a business and ask them to mentor you. You don’t know what you don’t know. During my first year in business, my goal was to not run out of money. After that, I didn’t really have a goal. I needed some direction. My business coach has been critical in helping me to find out what I want out of my business and the steps I need to accomplish them.” “You decide your stress level. You can choose to be stressed over the business and its growth (or lack thereof), or you can choose to see every day as an opportunity to pursue your dream. I love my job. It doesn’t often stress me out. I am privileged to get to chase my dreams.” photo courtesy of Allison Liberio

Chris Bowen, Bowen Pools (photographed to the right)

“I make it a point to attend WAVE (for young professionals in the pool industry) events and network with other entrepreneurs. I attend chamber meetings and other various networking groups to try and meet likeminded people. It’s important to help each other even when in the same industry because you never know when you’ll be the one who needs help.” “Things don’t always work out the way you think they’re going to, so be prepared! There’s also no obstacle that can’t be overcome with hard work, grit, and determination.” photography by What’s That Guys Name? Guy T Photography 6 | LAKE CITIES LIVING


Awstin Gregg, Connections Wellness Group

(photographed to the left)

“Take the leap! Chase your dream! You’ll regret the things in life you don’t ever do more than you will the things you do. Find a problem in the community, solve the problem, and create a business plan around that solution. You’ll never reach a point where you feel you have sufficient courage or preparedness to start your own business. So, don’t wait for this mystical reassurance. Celebrate your failures as much as you do your successes. No matter the outcome, you are a better person for it.”

photography by Your Candid Memories (

“I am afraid of failing every single day, and to be honest, I hope that fear never goes away. The fear of failing helps ensure I constantly improve, am constantly vigilant, and constantly never forgetting the value of a hard-working employee, of a little win, and of the vision for the company. True growth happens outside of the comfort zone. If there is ever a day I am no longer fearful, then I’m no longer growing or pushing myself. And, that in and of itself, is something to be afraid of, too.”

Jennifer Balmos, Balmos Law

(photographed to the right)

“Having a support system is vital, whether it is family, friends, or other professionals. I think being a leader doesn’t mean having all of the answers; I think it means being humble enough to admit when you need to research further or confer with a colleague.” “From my own perspective, there have been so many instances where I’ve been the only woman at the table — or the youngest person at the table. That was intimidating to me at the beginning of my career. Fifteen years into my practice, I’m usually not the youngest anymore! And I’ve been around long enough to know how to deal with those who might not take me as seriously.” photo courtesy of Jennifer Balmos

Tracee Elrod, CoServ (photographed to the left)

“I think it is important for young professionals to get together to strategize and to discuss wins and obstacles they are facing. Young professionals bring new ideas and new ways of doing things to the table, but we cannot, and must not, discount the older generations and the value they bring to the table through their experiences! It’s a joint venture that can boost an up and coming business with new ideas, plans and technology, as well as not wasting time on repeating a past mistake or idea that hurt or held the business back.” 

photo courtesy of Tracee Elrod

“As I look back on my 11.5 years at CoServ, and where I am today, I want to give credit to my mom and dad. They taught me to work from the ground up.  That hard work and perseverance, in the beginning, will open doors in the future. I cannot thank my mom and dad enough for the education, experiences, and advice that have given me and continue to give to me to this day. ” NOVEMBER 2019 | LAKE CITIES LIVING | 7

The Spirit of Sponsored By

CANNED FOOD SORTING Nov. 23 | 10am - 3pm Lake Dallas Elementary School


he Spirit of Christmas provides a Thanksgiving meal and Christmas gifts, which includes shoes, clothes and gifts, to children in families that fall below the poverty line. Here in the Lake Cities area we have several events and volunteer opportunities.

ANGEL TREE ANGELS Pick up angels from the tree at Angelina’s, Walmart, Lake Dallas Public Library, Ciera Bank, and Point Bank. All angels need to be returned by Dec.15.

WRAPPING PARTY Dec. 20 | 6:30pm - TBA Enjoy time with friends and neighbors as we wrap new gifts for the Angel Tree children of the Lake Cities area. There will be Food, a Live Auction, Music, Fellowship, and Fun. You don’t want to miss out on this.

Do you want to sponsor the wrapping party, provide food, or entertainment? Contact us today!



Fitness: Ask The Expert •




ights have been strung, gifts are being wrapped, and holiday treats are everywhere.

Just no starchy vegetables like potato or corn

Lots of lean, protein-filled meats and eggs

Stick with meat that has been roasted, barbequed, or baked

Avoid fried meats and eggs

Not so fast.

Fruits, nuts, and seeds in moderation

We’ve come up with a survival strategy to keep holiday pounds from making a permanent home on your hips.

Fresh fruit for a delicious dessert

A handful of nuts or seeds for a snack

Don’t eat sugar-added fruits, nuts, or seeds

It’s no secret that most people gain 5 to 10 pounds over the next month. With all the parties, special meals, and edible gifts, weight gain is pretty much inevitable...right?

This strategy is very simple. I’m not expecting you to have the time to log all your calories or eat every meal at home. We are going to be realistic. Golden Tip to Avoid Holiday Pounds: Spend the next four weeks eating like a caveman, with two daily exceptions. Here’s why: Holiday pounds are caused by eating too many foods that are high in carbohydrates and simple sugars. You can avoid all that by sticking with an eating plan created by our prehistoric ancestors while still keeping things fun by allowing for two small daily exceptions.

Holiday drinks: 8 ounces

This plan works because it allows you to indulge in two exceptions each day. This encourages you to pick and choose the holiday cheat food that you really love, as opposed to feeling obligated to eat everything in sight. When you navigate the buffet line at your next holiday party, feel confident knowing that you have a game plan. Stick with salad, vegetables, and meats first, then pick out your two small exceptions and savor those. Remember, we’re here to help you meet your fitness and weight loss goals. Call or email today to get started on a fitness program that will turn your holiday weight gain into a holiday slim down.

by Jesse J. Leyva, Owner of Jesse James Fit & Outlaw Fitcamp

Then enjoy 2 small exceptions. •

Bread or grain product: No larger than the size of your hand

Starchy vegetables: Half of a cup

Baked goods: Should fit into the palm of your hand

Candies or confections: The smaller the better

This is what you would eat... •

As many fresh and fiber-filled vegetables as you want

Load up on salads

Enjoy vegetable side dishes





by Brooke Ezzo

unning is good for the soul, like good shoes are great for the soles. This year, before you fall into a deep, deep turkey induced sleep, join all the other overachievers bright and early for a Turkey Trot Thanksgiving Day tradition.

From fun runs to 5Ks, food trucks, and costumes, there is a trot for everyone. Whether you are a professional athlete or someone who prefers to socialize while taking a stroll, these trots offer certified timed routes or untimed. Go at your own speed as you cruise around North Texas. Check out this year’s list of Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trots! Gobble, Gobble! DOWNTOWN DENTON TURKEY TROT Thurs., Nov 28 | 7am 322 East McKinney • Denton, TX 76201


The Denton Area Running Club proudly presents the 5th annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk event benefitting the Denton Community Food Center. Donations are appreciated to the Denton Animal Shelter. Participants will race through the Texas Women’s University campus and the historic Denton Square. Entry fees go up to $35 on race day. For registration and more parking info visit

320 Waketon Rd. • Double Oak, TX 75077



Thurs., Nov 28 | 7am

Double Oak Town Hall

Benefitting inner-city youth programs run by Dare To Service, the 9th annual Double Oak community trot is a great way to give back and kick-start your endorphins Thanksgiving Day! Join the 1 Mile Fun Run or the 5K before race day or it could be sold out. Entry fees start at $40 for the 5K, you can register at DoubleOakTurkeyTrot.

ARLINGTON TURKEY TROT Thurs., Nov 28 | 6:30am Globe Life Park 1000 Ballpark Way Arlington, TX 76011 The 10th annual family-friendly Turkey Trot is a community event featuring a 5K and Puffin’ for Stuffin’ 1 Mile Fun Run presented by the Arlington Turkey Trot. This event benefits the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County. Entry fees start at $21, register for the event by visiting


Thurs., Nov 28 | 8am | FROST BANK 6115 Camp Bowie Blvd. Fort Worth, TX 76116

There’s something for everyone at the

38th annual trot this year. There will be a 10K, a 5K, 1K Gobbler Trot, a Virtual

Race, and you can register your dog!

Supporting the Fort Worth YMCA, this

holiday event has become a Thanksgiving Day tradition for thousands of people. Entry fees vary for timed and untimed races. Visit for more info and to register.


Thurs., Nov 28 | 9am | Dallas City Hall 1500 Marilla St. • Dallas, TX 75201 The Trot is hosted by the YMCA of

Metropolitan Dallas and is the longest running Turkey Trot in the state of

Texas. The 52nd annual run is one of

the largest Thanksgiving Day events of its kind. Along with the run, there will

be vendor booths, a family area, crafts, bounce houses, balloon artists, and more. Entry fees vary for timed and

untimed races. For more info and to

register visit turkeytrot.


Castle Hills Village Plaza 2560 King Arthur Blvd. Lewisville, TX 75056

The 7th annual neighborhood 5K

Run/Walk benefits Castle Hills Outreach and local charities is almost here.

All residents are encouraged to join

this fun family and community event. Participants will run from the Village Plaza through the neighborhood.

Entry fees are $25 for ages 5 and up,

children under 4 are free! Dogs on leashes are welcome! To register for the event, visit turkey-trot.


INSIDE COMMUNITY FRIDAY NIGHT STEAK NIGHT WITH THE VFW Fri. Nights | 6 - 8pm | The VFW Post 10460 501 Thompson Dr. • Lake Dallas, TX 75065 Every Friday night from now until December 27 our local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post is putting on a community steak night event! These get-togethers are open to the community and for $15 a person you’ll get a ribeye or a T-bone steak cooked the way you like it, a salad, and a baked potato. Grab some friends, and come support your local veterans! For more information visit the VFW Facebook page at


FREE WOMEN’S SELF-DEFENSE COURSE Sat., Nov. 23 | 10 - 11:30am Legacy Boxing Gym 525 East Hundley Dr. Lake Dallas, TX 76065 Legacy Boxing Gym, a non-profit organization, and the Lake Dallas Police Department have teamed up to offer ladies, ages 14 and up, an opportunity to both build confidence and gain skills in self-defense! Make sure you sign up soon because space is limited. Contact Coach Richard Lox at 940.279.4500 or at to sign up. 12 | LAKE CITIES LIVING


Mon., Dec. 2 | 6 - 8pm | Corinth City Hall 3300 Corinth Pkwy • Corinth, TX 76208

PAWSITIVE VIBES With a love for art and animals Guyer High School student Maddy Huffman has combined her passions and turned it into her business! Pawsitive Vibes is her outlet to create custom, affordable artwork of your furry family members. To have Maddy create a custom portrait of your furbaby and to view her digital art gallery visit her Facebook page at PawsitiveVibesArt.

Joy to the world, the annual tree lighting event is here! Join the City of Corinth at

this family-friendly holiday celebration. Enjoy some music from the Lake Dallas District Choir and the Lake Dallas Jazz Band. Le Theatre de Marionette Puppet Show performs and Santa will be there! From food trucks and cookie decorating, to crafts and a train ride, there is an activity for everyone! Admission and activities are free. For the event schedule please visit and click on Community Events. We will see you there!


photo courtesy of Bridget Matamoros Mota

photo courtesy of Melaynee Broadstreet

Lake Dallas High School Jazz Band members made the All Region Jazz Band last month. Congratulations to these six Falcons; Nick Love, Josh Dunn, Miguel Bello, Michael Minassian, Nathan Armijio, and Jase Ballard. These members have put in hours of practice daily and their hard work has paid off. For Love, Dunn, and Bello, their auditions were sent to a panel of judges for the opportunity to be placed in the All State Jazz Band. To find out the results, check out the band’s Facebook page

Highstepper Color Fun Run Dec. 7 | 8 - 11am LDE 3rd Grade PTA Music Program “Snowman” Dec. 17 | 6 - 7pm

GUYER HIGH SCHOOL ROBOTICS Sat., Dec. 6 | 4 - 7pm | Sun., Dec. 7 | 8:30am - 12pm Comerica Center 2601 Avenue of the Stars • Frisco, TX 75034 The incredible Guyer STEAM Team placed 2nd for the BEST Award and earned the award for Best Marketing Presentation at the Denton County Boosting Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) competition Saturday, October 26. The team had to simulate the recovery of the power grid after a natural disaster using their robot named Stickers. This qualified the team for the UIL State Robotics Competition in December. Come be a part of the cheering squad! The Denton County BEST hub needs community support in order to keep these groups competing. If you would like to become a sponsor, email Dr. Anaya at

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA AND HOLIDAY FAIR Sat., Dec. 7 | 9am - 12pm | Lake Dallas Elementary 401 Main St. • Lake Dallas, TX 75065 Get excited because the 9th annual Breakfast with Santa and Holiday Fair is coming to town! You’re invited to partake in all of the holiday festivities including shopping, performances by children from the community, cupcake walk, photos with Santa, games, food, and more! Breakfast is free, wristbands for unlimited games, a trip to the popcorn bar, and one photo with Santa is $10. All proceeds benefit the PTA as well as Falcon Friends at Lake Dallas High School. To be a vendor email

SSE’s Habits Are Cool Family Night Nov. 19 | 5:30 - 7pm

Varsity Men’s Basketball VS Lakeview Centennial Nov. 19 | 7:30pm at GHS Main Gym Varsity Women’s Basketball Sadie’s Sleigh Night VS Richardson Dec. 10 | 7pm at GHS Main Gym Varsity Men’s Soccer VS Flower Mound Jaguars Dec. 17 | 7:30pm at GHS Stadium




Local Online Boutique



rittany Standifer and Kay Pierce can tell you exactly when their first Facebook Live show aired for

their popular online boutique, Katie Lee Designs. It was May 31, 2019, and they were absolutely terrified.

by Steve Gamel

They also bring in different items each

week, which means viewers can expect something new all the time.

“And if they don’t see something they want, we can make sure we get it for

them,” Brittany said. “We are extremely

“You put yourself out there wondering,

flexible and try our best to cater to what

“It took us a few weeks before we did it.”

Most people might not know that Katie

‘What if no one likes us?’” Brittany said.

they really want and need.”

Looking back, overcoming their

Lee Designs’ humble beginnings were

for online shoppers was the best

part of what they do. Brittany and Kay

fears and starting a weekly video

as a custom vinyl store. And it’s still a big

decision ever. While boutiques that

can do everything from custom t-shirts to

specialize in women’s fashion can be a dime a dozen, Katie Lee Designs

has legitimized and separated itself

banners, stickers, and putting company logos on coffee mugs, hats, cars, and other items.

through its growing social media

Kay had experience in vinyl work and

followers between Facebook

stay-at-home mom and said we should

presence. They have well over 300

wanted to open up a boutique. I was a

and Instagram, and while they cater

definitely do it,” Brittany said. “And so we

become the go-to fashion experts

and it has helped us get the boutique side

to shoppers anywhere, they’ve

did. Vinyl is still a big part of what we do,

for Lake Cities residents.

of the business started.”

At Katie Lee Designs, you can find a

She added, “We’re hoping to get a bunch

clothing, handbags, shoes, and

bigger. It’s been a lot of fun.”

seemingly endless supply of jewelry,

of new followers and make this even

accessories guaranteed to spice up your

To learn more about Katie Lee Designs

wardrobe. Brittany is usually in front of the camera modeling or showcasing

various items. But they both interact with

viewers before, during, and after the show.

or watch one of their Facebook Live videos, simply tune into Facebook on Thursday nights. You can also


Pictured above is Brittany Standifer (left) and Kay Pierce (right). Logo courtesy of Katie Lee Designs Website photo courtesy of Kay Pierce NOVEMBER 2019 | LAKE CITIES LIVING | 15


Of The Year by Steve Gamel


t was a typical weekday afternoon, and Awstin Gregg was going through his normal routine of meeting with patients and working alongside his amazing team at Connections Wellness Group. He knew he had an appointment coming up with the folks at Murray Media Group in a few minutes, but they hadn’t shared with him the reason why. “I knew they needed my check for that month, so I figured they were simply stopping by for that,” Awstin said with a laugh. But that wasn’t the case at all. He said what happened next was a complete shock. Murray Media officials, including publisher Kelly Murray, surprised Awstin with the inaugural Entrepreneur of the Year award for 2019. The Murrays, who have long facilitated the Best of Denton County awards and their collection of monthly neighborhood magazines, had decided earlier that month to create an all-encompassing award for the one person or local business they felt represented service above self. The award is going to be a yearly thing moving forward. Awstin said being the first recipient was a humbling experience. “We’ve been blessed to receive a large amount of awards this year, but to be recognized for this one is an absolute honor,” Awstin said. Kelly Murray said presenting Connections Wellness with this award was a no-brainer decision.



“Awstin and his team came onto the

with one phone call, a patient can have

this community with everything they had,”

seek solutions in areas such as psychiatry,

scene in Denton County and dove into

Kelly said. “They are down-to-earth, hardworking, and really care about people. And they’re obviously doing well.”

While Awstin’s name is front and center,

he refuses to accept this as anything less than a shared award. Just as deserving

for the facility’s jaw-dropping success is

his partners David Tucker, Chris Bennett,

Gurjeet Kalra, Megan Albertson, Michele Menzie, and Michelle Dean. Behind that team of medical professionals, along Sponsored Content

with their growing staff, Connections Wellness has become the go-to source

for well over 15,000 patients who have

photography by What’s That Guys Name | PHOTOGRAPY BY GUY T

been craving an all-

encompassing medical plaza right in their

backyard. They have a team of physicians from all disciplines

a team of doctors working together to

medication management, couples and

family counseling, routine wellness and illness visits, trauma treatment, play therapy for children, and more.

The latest accolade is one in a long line of honors and awards Connections

Wellness has won over the last year.

Connections Wellness was named a

Best of Denton County winner in seven categories. In February, the practice

passed a joint commission survey and received national

“The truth is that I have an amazing team. Yes, I am lucky enough to lead as their CEO and pave the way on the front lines, but it’s their support which really allows me to have the courage to lead in the way I do...”

collaborating with

accreditation for quality in the healthcare field. This accreditation is

something no other private practice in

DFW has achieved. On a local level,

Connections Wellness has also started a partnership with

behavioral health providers in a model

UNT called Kick the Stigma, where the

And with the addition of a primary care

resources to its student body regarding

that has never been attempted in DFW. wing in June, there’s no need to go anywhere else.

“The truth is that I have an amazing team. Yes, I am lucky enough to lead as their

university provides key information and mental health. During all home football

highlighted during any field goal, kickoff, or punt. It’s all in an attempt to keep the conversation going when it comes to

me to have the courage to lead in the

“It’s been fun to watch it all grow,” Awstin

way I do,” he said. “I don’t see myself as entrepreneur of the year. My success is theirs, and vice versa. My name could

never be associated with something like this without their support.”

Children & Adolescent Therapist (Michelle Dean, LPC)

games, Connections Wellness is

CEO and pave the way on the front lines, but it’s their support which really allows


mental health.

Children & Adolescent Therapy Practice

said. “The idea is that we are not going

to be cutting corners. When an individual walks through the door, our goal and

expectation are that they feel like our only client. This was the biggest leap of faith

We all expect to receive a higher level of

I have ever taken in my life, and the fact

for a few annoying sniffles that keep us up

to get better, I don’t think I could truly

able to visit one facility for all our needs,

To be in a space where you are making

Psychiatry Practice

care when we go to the doctor, even it’s

that more and more people come here

late at night. But at no point have we been

capsulate how fulfilled that makes me.

from sniffles and the flu to depression,

genuine improvements in people, and

from living a healthy life. The idea behind

are fulfilled, I can’t think of a more soul-

2701 Shoreline Dr., Ste. 151 Denton, TX 76210

anxiety, and anything else that keeps us the Connections Wellness model is that

the people who are providing that care fulfilling thing.”



Business Spotlight













photo courtesy of Ernie Moreno


by Steve Gamel


our shoes don’t have to be ordinary. Just ask Ernie Moreno.

For the past five years, Moreno has been bringing shoes — yes, shoes — to life

through his unique online store called

Tattoo My Shoes. As the name suggests,

Moreno uses everyday shoes as a canvas

personality and life journey. Over the years, Ernie has also used his talents to bring awareness to various charitable causes.

His secret to success is in making sure

each shoe design is unique to the owner.

experiences as a longtime tattoo artist.

Translating those skills into working with custom footwear was a lot easier than

most people might think, and it also helps that he has a true passion for making people smile.

rather than the human body. And he’s

“When I got into this, there weren’t a lot of

take any idea and turn your footwear into

full these days, but not everyone can do

shoes can take anywhere between one to

“Just give me an idea or something you

“I love the detail of it all; it’s something

proven time and time again that he can

people doing it. The bandwagon is pretty

Depending on the design, a single pair of

a hand-drawn, colored work of art.

it as well as I do,” Ernie said with a laugh.

two weeks to complete.

His intricate artwork includes everything

from floral designs to Japanese imagery, sports themes, comic and anime, and

custom pieces that express the owner’s



want me to replicate.”

Ernie does all of his artwork from his Denton home and draws from his

that I really enjoy doing.” For more information,




TACULAR Photos were submitted by area residents. If you’d like to submit your photos for publication or if you have any questions please email us at



Real Estate: Ask The Expert

Taking Advice From

by Beth Caudill Make the Move Team 940.320.2777



s business owners, we are constantly asking ourselves who else we can learn from so we can grow and succeed in whatever we set out to do personally and professionally. But who do we turn to for that sage advice nowadays?

Since we were little, it’s been ingrained in all of us that we can never go wrong seeking guidance from someone older than us. After all, the older crowd has more life experiences and plenty of knowledge to share. While I am almost a part of that older generation and agree wholeheartedly that we know a ton of stuff, we don’t know everything.

As someone who has been in the real

So with that being said, I challenge everyone not to be afraid to take advice from the young professionals out there, too.

were growing up, but the younger

I say that because it can be really easy to get stuck in our old habits and take for granted some really good advice from people who, despite being younger, are trendsetters in their line of work. They know that the world has changed, and so have our clients’ needs and wants. It is our job as professionals to evolve and cater to those needs.

attention of their target audience and

estate business for a long time, I have seen plenty of things change over the years and am constantly looking to the younger crowd — many of whom are on my team — for advice. A perfect example is social media. Social media wasn’t around when we generation doesn’t know a life without it. They are consistently using platforms like Facebook and Instagram to grab the build deep relationships. If you’re stuck in your ways, consider these facts: •

According to MarketingSherpa, 95% of online adults ages 18-34 are more likely to follow a brand through social media than through any other means (advertising, etc.).

63% of customers actually expect companies to offer customer service via their social media channels, and 90% of social media users have already used social media as a way to communicate with a brand or business.

I wouldn’t have known those statistics or changed the way I go about talking to buyers and sellers if I hadn’t taken the advice of younger professionals who clearly know what it takes to succeed in today’s environment. The bottom line is that whether you’ve been a leader in your industry for 30 years or you’re an up-and-coming trendsetter, we all bring something valuable to the table. And it’s time to open our hearts and minds to those possibilities. If you have any questions when it comes to real estate or anything else that has to do with the Lake Cities or surrounding communities, give my team: Make The Move Team at eXp Realty or give me a call. NOVEMBER 2019 | LAKE CITIES LIVING | 21

Giving Back For

The Holidays by Brooke Ezzo

SADIE’S SLEIGH After her own fight with Leukemia, Sadie Keller knows all too well what it means to miss out on Christmas mornings because of cancer. In 2015 Sadie created her own toy drive to help bring Santa to hospitals. Sadie’s Sleigh delivers donated toys to children being treated for cancer, ensuring they have a wonderful Christmas. They are accepting donations until December 16th at

HOPE SUPPLY CO. Founded in 1989 as The Hope Foundation for the Homeless, their mission was to provide emergency grants to shelters for critical operating needs. As the growing number of babies being born into the homeless population the foundation chose to focus its resources toward helping homeless children in North Texas. They are currently the only program of their kind. All donations go toward warm, dry clothing, diapers, hygiene items, school uniforms, school supplies, and toys. To volunteer, to donate, or to schedule clothing pick-up please visit



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he joy of the holidays comes with surrounding yourself with friends and loved ones, but the spirit of Christmas represents the selfless things we do for others. There are many families in Denton County who may not have a home to wake up in after Santa comes, or loved ones spending that exciting morning in a hospital room fighting for their lives. This time of the year isn’t called the receiving season, it’s the giving season. If you are looking for a way to give your time, to give back, and to serve your community, here are few places to start. Be a Santa this year and spread Christmas cheer.

OUR DAILY BREAD In June 2000, more than 20 Denton area churches founded Our Daily Bread to feed and care for the homeless and at-risk in our community. Their mission is to maintain the dignity of their guests and offer opportunities for a new start. This faithful soup kitchen provides free, nutritious meals seven times a week. To volunteer or donate please visit them at



Their mission is to provide food for families in need. Cash donations are the most versatile but non-perishables are greatly appreciated. Their biggest need for canned goods include canned fruit, canned tuna, canned chicken, and canned meals like SpaghettiO’s, chili, and stew. This center is solely run and operated on the efforts of volunteers and community donations. For more information please visit

DASF has one mission: to save more animals. Whether it is funding medical treatment for homeless pets or subsidizing adoption costs so more dogs and cats can find their fur-ever families, their goal is to enhance quality of life for these animals and help raise awareness in our area. They are always looking for volunteers and foster pet parents. You can also donate to the cause by visiting


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Still Giving Lake Dallas A

Cajun Kick by Steve Gamel


hen Kevin Lively was three years old, he would stand eagerly in a straightback chair in front of the stove in his grandmother’s modest Louisiana kitchen and help her cook one of her many famous Cajun recipes. They’d do everything from fry eggs and prepare out-of-this-world gumbo, shrimp, and jambalaya to bake homemade biscuits and desserts.

satisfy any customer. Every dish,

whether it be their gumbo, crawfish,

alligator ball basket, blackened fish, or boiled shrimp, is prepared daily with

fresh ingredients and cooked with only

the finest signature spices. And let’s not That was nearly 50 years ago, yet the smells and soulful flavors from that kitchen are strong in Kevin’s mind and heart.

forget about their mouth-watering

desserts like pecan cobbler, buttermilk pie, and bread pudding.

“And I’m sure I was also getting in the The menu has expanded since way,” Kevin said with a smile. “But we they’ve settled in. And with the holidays were cooking. Back then, they had the big quickly approaching, Kevin doesn’t bowls – you’d sift the flour, want anyone to overlook work the dough, and pinch “The taste of the bayou the fact that they have the biscuits off. I remember plenty of catering options comes from my roots. doing all of that.” My grandmother’s and available for any occasion.

photography by Your Candid Memories (

Call Ahead For Seating 940.279.4299 721 E Hundley Dr. Lake Dallas, TX 75065



mother’s pictures are in The restaurant also offers With so many vivid memories of his late the hallway, and we use live entertainment every Friday and Saturday night grandmother, Edith Lively, both their recipes.” and a banquet room. and his mother, Judy – both epitomize southern cuisine in his “My niche is to offer a family-oriented eyes – it stands to reason why Kevin, now restaurant where a family can come in and 52, named his Lake Dallas restaurant get a good meal, a place that’s upscale Mrs. Lively’s Cajun Konnection. And over enough to dress up and go out on a date the last year, the Lively way of filling a but is still comfortable for the group of tummy with a taste of the bayou continues people coming in from a day on the lake,” to give this fishing community a welcome Kevin said. “The taste of the bayou comes Cajun kick. from my roots. My grandmother’s and Mrs. Lively’s Cajun Konnection is a full-tilt taste of Louisiana with an amazing variety of made-from-scratch Cajun meals that will

mother’s pictures are in the hallway, and we use both their recipes. I invite you to

come in and get to know mom and me.”

Lake Dallas’

JOSIAH TAUAEFA Still Doing Well For NY Giants by Steve Gamel


ven after former Lake Dallas football star Josiah Tauaefa ended up on the New York Giants practice squad and was quickly named one of the top rookies this preseason, many NFL experts still considered him a long shot to make the Giants’ active 53-man roster. Clearly, they didn’t know enough about Tauaefa and how special of a player he really is.

In October, the Giants signed Tauaefa off their practice squad and almost immediately thrust him into game action. He posted three tackles in a 28-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, proving he could be a force for years to come.

determination. In his final season at Lake Dallas in 2014, Tauaefa tallied 82 total tackles with two sacks. But he showed time and time again that he could be used on both sides of the football and helped lead the Falcons to a 9-2 record.

“It’s incredibly special,” Tauaefa told the Denton RecordChronicle shortly after he was signed. “I couldn’t have asked for anything more than this opportunity. This is a testament to much more than just me and the work I’ve put in, but to everyone who has helped me get here.”

He went on to play three years at UTSA, where he was named Conference USA Freshman of the Year in 2016. For his college career, he had 257 tackles and 11.5 sacks.

He posted three tackles in a 28-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, proving he could be a force for years to come.

To Lake Dallas residents far and wide, Tauaefa is a symbol of hard work and

Everyone at Murray Media Group extends their heartfelt congratulations to Josiah Tauaefa and his family. We hope you have a long and exciting career in the NFL. NOVEMBER 2019 | LAKE CITIES LIVING | 25


photo courtesy by Commissioner Bobbie Mitchell


CONNECT WITH US: Facebook: DentonCountyTX Twitter: @DentonCountyTX If you have any questions or comments, please let me hear from you. My email is bobbie. and my office number is 972.434.4780.

by Denton County Commissioner Precinct 3 Bobbie Mitchell


s the season of Thanksgiving nears, I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the

community partnerships we have with the towns and cities across the county and, in particular, within Precinct 3.

With over 859,000 people in Denton County and more arriving daily, our

population has grown an estimated 29

a few. My hope is that everyone has the

Transportation is an important part of the

Denton County.

role. We want to keep county taxes low

opportunity to work close to home in As the county has worked with our

partners to continue attracting new

opportunities for our residents, we’ve also collectively addressed the challenges growth brings.

As you’ve heard our County

percent since 2010. In that same timeframe, 14 of our cities grew by 10 percent or more.

As we continue to

experience growth in

Denton County, together we have enjoyed the

opportunities of new retail businesses, job

Instead of re-creating the wheel, we work together to insure the best use of our taxpayer monies.

Judge say, transportation is a family value. We say

additional neighborhoods.

or providing services to the more than

45,000 veterans who live in our county. This is about all of us and our quality of life. We make sure we take care of our citizens as well as our cities.

be late for work because

Village, Hickory Creek, Lake Dallas and

certainly wants to miss their

Instead of re-creating the wheel, we work

Lewisville, Flower Mound, Highland

of traffic issues and no one

Shady Shores.

children’s sporting events,

music performances or other

That is why Denton County works

One Gifts in Flower Mound – just to name

roads and highways.


that is registering your motor vehicle

daily life. No one wants to

closely with our communities to look


access to county services – whether

I enjoy working with our partners in

We’ve welcomed everyone from Mary

Kay and Ericsson in Lewisville to Thirty-

as well as provide good roads and easy

that because it affects your

evening family activities.

opportunities and

Denton County Commissioners Court’s

beyond today when it comes to our

together to insure the best use of our

taxpayer monies. And we make sure future generations have the same opportunities we have been given in Denton County.

For these partnerships to benefit all, I am

thankful. May each of you have a blessed Thanksgiving holiday season.




Thanksgiving Restaurants: Foodie Friday DFW

Thanksgiving R E S T A U R A N T S


ho doesn’t want a Thanksgiving where they don’t have to cook anything? If you’re anything like us, you’re looking for restaurants who can help you out with just dessert or even the whole meal!

These Foodie Friday DFW restaurants are offering food for Thanksgiving, whether it’s pre-order or they’re open the day of. Carvao Carvao in Lakeside is also usually open Thanksgiving Day serving their usual

menu as well as traditional Thanksgiving

photos courtesy of Foodie Friday DFW

favorites. Call 972.539.8555 to make Swirl Bakery

your reservation.

Salerno’s Salerno’s serves a Thanksgiving buffet each year, usually from 11am - 2pm. They serve traditional Thanksgiving items as well as some Red Snapper, lasagna, and penne pasta. Reservations are required, so call to make yours today at 972.539.9534.

Every year, Swirl Bakery offers fully cooked Thanksgiving feasts for pick-up that just need to be heated up before serving.

That’s our kind of meal! You can choose

from Thanksgiving Breakfast, Thanksgiving Dinner, or Thanksgiving Dessert items and can place orders by phone at

214.513.1334 or in-store. Orders must

be placed by Wednesday, November 20. Marty B’s

Hive Bakery

The Tavern at Lakeside Head over to Lakeside DFW where The Tavern will be open from 3-11pm

Marty B’s is taking holiday catering orders

serving a traditional Thanksgiving

sure your Thanksgiving guests would love

Crispy Brussel Sprouts will be in the mix!

for Thanksgiving must be placed by

encouraged to ensure you have a seat!

at! And we’re

buffet. We’re hoping some of their

a true Texas-style meal. All pick-up orders

Reservations are not required but are

Friday, November 22, so get them in fast!

Call 469.293.3441 for reservation.

We’ve sampled the pies Hive Bakery has on their Thanksgiving menu, and they’re awesome! Our favorites were the Dutch Apple, Pecan, and Pumpkin. In addition to pies, you can order bread loaves, cinnamon rolls, scones, cookies, and yeast rolls. Orders must be placed by November 22 by calling 972.316.7625 or emailing

972.724.2540 | 1013 Long Prairie Rd., Ste. 102 | Flower Mound, TX 75022



CORNER with Sheriff Tracy Murphree



ederal Law allows The Denton County Sheriff’s Office or any agency with a Federal Forfeiture fund to give $25,000 per year to a nonprofit organization. Sheriff Tracy Murphree and The Denton County Sheriff’s Office concentrates on organizations that help children. To quote Sheriff Murphree, “I like the

idea of using drug dealer money to help


The first two years Sheriff Murphree was

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our kids.”

in office, the federal drug seizure money went to the Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County (CACDC). CACDC’s

mission is to empower child abuse victims, their families, and the community through education, healing, and justice.

This year, The Sheriff’s Office received careers/dentoncounty

approval from the Denton County

Commissioners Court to give the $25,000 federal drug seizure money to CASA of

Denton County. CASA is the abbreviation for Court Appointed Special Advocates.

“I like the idea of using drug dealer money to help our kids.” 30 | LAKE CITIES LIVING


CASA trains and supports passionate

adults who fight for a child’s right to be safe, to be treated with dignity, and to


learn and grow in the security of a loving family.

DENTON HOLIDAY LIGHTING Fri., Dec. 6 | 5:30 - 9:30pm Denton Square 110 West Hickory • Denton, TX 76201 Since 1988 Denton has captured the true spirit of a small town holiday celebration. You’re invited to the 31st annual festival and toy drive. There will be food and drinks, horse drawn wagon rides, and photos with Santa! Come early and stay late to enjoy all this historic square and festival has to offer! For more information visit photo courtesy Denton Holiday Lighting

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Lake Cities Living Magazine November 2019  

Lake Cities Resident's favorite source for local news, events and community notices.

Lake Cities Living Magazine November 2019  

Lake Cities Resident's favorite source for local news, events and community notices.