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From breaking through the glass ceiling to launching successful startups, businesswomen have proven they have what it takes to succeed in the business world. In this issue, we take a closer look at Women in Business today—their achievements and the challenges they face. The rise of women in business has brought about diversity and fresh perspectives. Their unique experiences and insights fuel creativity and pave the way for future generations—inspiring young girls to be able to dream big and pursue ambitions fearlessly.

Women-led businesses are growing at a faster rate than the overall rate of business growth in the United States today. And even with all of these advances, women still face numerous challenges. In this 17th Annual Women in Business issue, we highlight the stories of many successful women who have overcome challenges and are making a positive impact in their industries.

Seventeen years ago, our very first Women in Business issue also had five local businesswomen featured on its cover. As a matter of fact, Whitnie Cypert the owner of The Interior Collection was one of them and she’s on this one, too. She’s joined by Kelley Swing of Head Case Hair Studio, Dr. Olivia Wedel of Olivia Wedel Counseling, March Baremore of Allure Intimate Apparel, and Angela Aldridge of Jane - Southlake (read all about them starting on page 18).

We feature 90 women in our Women in Business professional profiles sections in this issue who have embraced the opportunities that have come their way. As Women in Business, we have come a long way, but there is still work to be done to ensure we have equal opportunities and recognition. As I say every year, I hope that this issue inspires and encourages our readers to continue supporting women in business, and reach for the stars when it comes to their own professional ambitions. Remember to surround yourself with a support system of like-minded individuals who truly believe in your vision and encourage you to reach greater heights. Oh, the places we will go!

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— Ecclesiastes 5:18-19

“Behold, here is what I have seen to be good and fitting: to eat and drink, and to find enjoyment in all the labor in which she labors under the sun during the few days of her life which God gives her — for this is her [allotted] reward. Also, every woman to whom God has given riches and possessions, He has also given the power and ability to enjoy them and to receive [this as] her [allotted] portion and to rejoice in her labor — this is the gift of God [to her].”


This scripture alone serves as proof that hard work pays off—especially when we enjoy what we do. However, we must be mindful that God will only bless what He has called us to do. Everything else is meaningless in His eyes, because what we set forth to do without His blessing is considered vain. As a result, we forfeit any worthwhile reward. How do we gain God’s approval and assure our profession aligns with Him? It’s simple. We must make sure our convictions—don’t compromise or contradict His Word. He promises to “confirm His Word” by sending a sign that endorses the task placed before us. Bear in mind, God will never bless us with anything that could alter our dependency on Him. He is Jehovah Jireh, Our Provider.

Balancing work, family, and personal responsibilities can be frustrating. The pressure to do it all—successfully—can be exhausting. But praise be to God for giving us the perfect example of a “Boss Lady.” She’s found in Proverbs 31:10-31. A hardworking woman who walked earth’s runway with boldness, beauty and wisdom. A confident woman who never made a business decision without seeking God’s guidance. A wife and mother who took extremely good care of her family. All the while, never

neglecting her own spiritual, mental, or physical needs. A woman who understood the assignment and worked diligently to fulfill her responsibilities. In Hebrews 11:6, God promises to reward “…those who diligently seek Him.” And that’s exactly what she did—personally and professionally, holding fast to the spirit of Colossians

3:23-24: “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. She committed her work to the Lord, and He made sure her plans succeeded. (Proverbs 16:3)

Working hard doesn't have to equate to strenuous hustle and bustle. Yet, most of us are overwhelmed with busyness when we don’t integrate our plans with God’s. Where do we find His plan? In His “employee handbook:” The Bible. God wants us to experience joy in the job He blessed us with. Proverbs 10:22 promises that His blessings can make us rich without adding sorrow. This means that with the right attitude, we can approach each day without stress, strain or struggle. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with working hard and earning money. We were designed to work. At the end of the day, God is on our side. He’s equipping each of us with everything we

need to live a life of true fulfillment and joy, giving us the ability to conquer any role and tackle any task—as a boss lady and as a helpmate. As women of God, we are on assignment. Our job is to follow the example He left in His handbook—the Bible. Remembering that our works (in word or deed) are only accomplished because of His might, and not our own. We should never “…toil to acquire wealth; [but] be discerning enough to desist [it].” (Proverbs 23:4-5). 2 Timothy 4:7 promises that hard work, dedication, and staying true to your faith pays off in the end. Stick to it and you will be rewarded—God will make sure of it.

As Believers, we must be passionate about our work to ensure long-lasting success in the Lord (Romans 12:11). Psalm 128:2 promises that you will enjoy what you’ve worked hard for; you’ll be happy, and things will go well for you. God rewards those who work hard, and that can come in a variety of ways. If you continue to put in a solid work ethic, the reward will outweigh the labor. Having a title and wearing many hats does not make us successful. Putting in the hard work and trusting God for virtuous results does! “There is profit in hard work…”

– Proverbs 14:23

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Many of us have long-term friendships. Some have even lasted since childhood, some since high school, and some since college. Love, Life and Lucille by Judy Gaman is the story of a friendship lasting almost four years. Though four years may seem brief by comparison, it turns out you can pack a lifetime’s worth of friendship into that short period of time.

Judy Gaman met Lucille Fleming in the process of writing a book. She sought out centenarians, people 100 years old or older, to ask them the secrets to their longevity. Lucille had plenty to share that day. She recommended keeping a positive attitude, eating a healthy diet and continuing to exercise. She also listed having friends and keeping up your appearance—but Lucille had so much more to share with Judy. That one-hour visit with Lucille turned into more than three hours. Soon they began scheduling lunches together on Fridays. Before long they considered themselves the closest of friends.

As we get to know Lucille a little better, it’s not hard to understand why Judy was drawn to her. At age 100 her per-

sonality shone bright in every situation. She loved beautiful clothes and always dressed colorfully, including a ribbon in her hair, one around her neck and a flower at her lapel. Judy’s assistant, Mary, even added photos of Lucille to her fashion blog.

Judy and Lucille see each other through difficult times—as real friends do. The crises include Lyme disease, a heart attack and a diagnosis of hyponatreamia, an electrolyte imbalance that results in a low concentration of salt. In spite of her advanced age—not all the medical issues are Lucille’s.

Throughout the book Lucille shares with Judy her “lessons learned” from a long and active life. They range from living in the moment to loving unconditionally. The pair also get to know one another’s families. Lucille helps Judy understand her own parents better—especially her mom, who Judy had felt sometimes put her work before her children. Judy continues learning from Lucille even after she has passed away. The final lesson brings the book to a meaningful and satisfying conclusion.


ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Suzanne Somers, actress, entrepreneur and longevity guru, wrote the introduction to the book. She also plays a part in the story, making her own connection with Judy and Lucille at a special event that took place in Dallas.

Judy Gaman is the Chief Executive Officer for Executive Medicine of Texas in Southlake. She graduated from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences with a degree in Health Sciences with a focus in Clinical Research Administration. She has over 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She is the Healthy Living Expert often heard on FOX News Radio and host of the nationally syndicated Stay Young radio show, now the Stay Young, America! podcast. Judy is the award-winning author of seven books. Love, Life and Lucille can be purchased on, at Barnes and Noble bookstores and at your favorite independent bookstores.

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“Judy’s five-time award-winning book, Love, Life, and Lucille" tells the true story of how the elegant and spirited Lucille Fleming, who shined brightly until two weeks shy of her 104th birthday, transformed Judy’s once workaholic life and changed her path forever.”
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DFW Mid-cities Chapter of Jack and Jill of America announced their first “Power To Make A Difference” Youth Advocacy Award winner as Grant Flowers, a junior at Westlake Academy. Grant was selected and recognized for his volunteer and philanthropy work in sports in Tarrant County. Grant is an inaugural officer of a nonprofit 501c3 organization called The Cub. This organization supports inner city sports programs to provide new equipment and clothing to students in underserved communities. The belief is that equal access to sports improves health, mental focus and well-being in teens. In 2021, Grant became CEO of The Cub and has focused fundraising efforts towards a sport he loves—golf. Grant worked with the FWISD fundraising to identify schools with a large percentage of students receiving free lunch that had golf teams. He chose Diamond Hill-Jarvis as the school with a young booming golf program that expanded from five to 25 players in the last three years. “I am honored to receive the first Power To Make A Difference Youth Advocacy Award from the members of the DFW Mid-Cities Chapter of Jack and Jill of America. Engaging in our communities through volunteer and philanthropic opportunities are crucial to building a strong and vibrant Tarrant County. As a member of Generation Z, I am hopeful that more of my peers will engage in this type of volunteer work and help address the serious needs that we see in our communities” said Grant Flowers, CEO of The Cub.


Texas travel blogger Jessica Serna, better known as My Curly Adventures, and her food blogger husband Ismail Mpiana, known as My Culinary Adventures, together have opened an ice cream-themed vacation home in Waco, Texas called Casa Kumwesu. The name Casa Kumwesu roughly translates to “our place/our house/our village” and celebrates Serna’s Hispanic roots and Mpiana’s Zambian/Congolese roots. The 2,300 square foot, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home sleeps up to 8 guests and costs an average of $350/night. Tucked on several quiet acres, the sweet abode is just minutes away from the Magnolia Silos, Baylor College and Lake Waco. Full of bright colors, unique ice cream decor, and loads of sweet surprises, this home is truly one-of-a-kind. The house is an Instagrammers dream, packed with numerous photo ops sprinkled throughout. The living room is adorned with soft seating, an ice cream chair, a large TV, board games, and tons of fun ice cream-themed decor. The house features a large, fully equipped kitchen and coffee bar plus a large soaker tub for luxurious bubble baths. The couple made an effort to support small Texas businesses in every way that they could, filling Casa Kumwesu with artwork by local artists and utilizing Texas companies whenever possible. Even the soaps and shampoos are made in Texas. Serna has attracted over half a million TikTok followers and 150,000 Instagram followers with her Texas travel series and Mpiana has amassed over 50,000 Instagram followers in just one year. Coincidentally, Serna recently had an ice cream named after her at Picole Pops. For more information or to book Casa Kumwesu, visit Vbro and Airbnb. My Curly Adventures is a travel blog created by Jessica Serna. Best known for her Texas Travel series, Serna has traveled to and written guides for most of the cities in Texas since starting her blog in 2017. She also writes the Wanderlust Travel column her for us in Society Life. | MAY 2023 15



On Monday April 17th, Make-A-Wish North Texas hosted the 11th annual Wish Upon A Par golf tournament to raise funds for Make-A-Wish North Texas. The tournament, presented by Uinta Wax, featured a 4-person scramble and the opportunity to meet and interact with wish kids while celebrating the power of a wish at River Crest Country Club in Fort Worth. More than 150 people attended the tournament. “We are incredibly thankful for the generosity and support of the sponsors and individual donors in our beloved Fort Worth community,” said Teddi Wiggins, development officer at Make-A-Wish North Texas. “This event allows us to enjoy a fun day together while focusing on what matters—raising funds to grant more wishes across North Texas.” The event helped raise more than $175,000, the most of all 11 tournaments, for Make-AWish North Texas and raised awareness about the organization’s vision—which is to grant the heartfelt wish of every eligible child battling a critical illness. This year, Make-A-Wish is actively working to grant more than 630 wishes across North Texas. Since Jerri Watt started the tournament over 10 years ago, Wish Upon a Par has raised over $1,543,000 for Make-A-Wish North Texas. Together with generous donors, supporters, staff, and the volunteers, Make-A-Wish North Texas and 57 other Make-A-Wish chapters throughout the U.S. have granted more than 330,000 wishes nationwide.


Join Shakespeare Dallas for the beloved summer tradition Shakespeare in the Park. See Shakespeare classics as they were intended: under the stars. Shakespeare Dallas is excited to announce this year’s Shakespeare in the Park productions: Much Ado About Nothing starring Nicole Berastequi as Beatrice and Marcus Stimac as Benedick June 7 through July 16, 2023 and Two Gentlemen of Verona starring Ben Stegmair as Proteus and Dhruv Iyengar as Valentine June 14 through July 14, 2023. Both shows will take place outdoors at the Samuell-Grand Amphitheater (1500 Tenison Parkway Dallas). Picnicking is encouraged and beer and wine is allowed. Gates open at 7:30pm and performances begin at 8:45pm. Each shows approximate run time is 1 hour, 45 minutes. Tickets start at $20 for general admission, $15 for students and seniors. Season subscriptions start at $50 and include priority seating and early admission to the grounds.


Shakespeare in the Park: Much Ado About Nothing & Two Gentlemen of Verona By Shakespeare Dallas June 7 through July 16, 2023 | Tuesday-Sunday at 8:45pm Samuell-Grand Amphitheater (1500 Tenison Parkway Dallas). Tickets start at $15.


MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING directed by Jenni Stewart: For some in Much Ado About Nothing, love begins at first sight. For others, love has been forsworn. The war is over. Pedro Prince of Aragon, with his followers Benedick and Claudio, visits Leonato, Duke of Messina, father of Hero and uncle of Beatrice. Claudio who fights for his love for Hero, and Benedick, who has forsworn women until his friends make him believe that he has caught the eye of Lady Beatrice.

TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA directed by Korey Kent: The Two Gentlemen of Verona is one of Shakespeare's earliest plays and also one of the most rarely performed. It's about betrayal, love and disguise. When two best friends fall in love with the same woman, chaos ensues. Proteus is determined to destroy the betrothal of his friend, Valentine, and the lovely Silvia, but he also forgets his own beloved Julia in the midst. Resolved to win back his love, Julia travels to Milan to find Proteus.

ABOUT SHAKESPEARE DALLAS | For more than 50 years, Shakespeare Dallas has entertained North Texas with exciting and accessible indoor and outdoor theatre, integrated school programs, community events, and cultural enrichment. Performing for more than 25,000 attendees each year, Shakespeare Dallas is best known for the beloved Shakespeare in the Park series, producing quality works the way Shakespeare was meant to be enjoyed: under the stars.


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From women who struck off on their own after pandemic layoffs to moms that refused to sacrifice flexibility or their careers, to women who realized that they had the talent to lead their teams to success—the 90 women we featured on these pages have turned their challenges into opportunities, obstacles into learning experiences without making apologies for doing things their own way, and they have shown that when women choose to break any barriers they have within their own minds—the sky is the limit. | MAY 2023 19 COVER STORIES
20 MAY 2023 | Allure Intimate Apparel SL

Born as a Solution to a Common Problem At

Specialty | Allure is a family-owned intimate apparel business established in 2003. This beautiful, cozy boutique was created by women for women and offers finely crafted bras & lingerie which cater to the diverse needs of women of every shape, size and age. Allure understands the intimate nature of this retail niche and works tirelessly to provide women with a relaxed and customized shopping experience, ensuring her comfort and satisfaction.

What Sets Us Apart | Allure’s extensive collection includes over 150 sizes of bras (28-48, A through K), ensuring that women with varying body types and shapes have a truly all-inclusive assortment of choices. Passion for serving women inspires exceptional customer service making Allure a top destination for women in search of perfectly fitting, quality undergarments. Allure’s attention-to-detail, and their knowledgeable, friendly staff are key to helping each customer find her perfect fit. Our highly trained and professional staff all understand the whole-body benefit of a well-fitting, supportive bra. Women find us to be a great resource not only for traditional bras, but also sport, leisure, and nursing bras in all sizes.

Challenges | In July of 2023, Allure will be celebrating its 20th year. Our team grew through the great recession, the pandemic and every bump in the road along the way. Even through COVID to today, the Allure Girls (which is what we call ourselves) rolled up their sleeves and were determined to not give up! We hit the phones during shutdowns, promptly offered curbside pick up and did many other innovative things to keep Allure afloat. We even had one employee, who was receiving chemo for breast cancer refuse to not work. She came in every single day, whether we were open or not to make phone calls. I believe we actually got even more motivated when others simply gave up or were just too devastated by the restrictions.

Defining Success | Over the past two years, we moved and built a new corporate office, remodeled and updated several stores, changed

and upgraded our tech and computer equipment—including our point of sale system and website—and steadily grew our business. This was obviously made possible thanks to our customers who support Allure beyond belief. To this day, I get emotional when I think about how they propped us up. There were moments we thought our almost 20 years of love and labor was going to be gone in the blink of an eye. Here we are today having done well over 600,000 bra fittings and looking forward to the new challenges and successes that lie ahead. We will never forget them and be forever grateful for our customers. They are our success!

Words To Live By | We believe we rise by lifting up others which applies not only to the relationships with our customers, but also to those within our Allure team.

Giving Back | All stores regularly develop relationships with women’s shelters, advocacy groups and services for the homeless to donate gently used pajamas and bras which are greatly appreciated by those who receive them.

Sisterhood | The women of Allure are a fun, dynamic group and we’ve been known to go out dancing, attend a show, or just order pizza and catch up with some good conversation and a glass of wine. There are multiple Allure Girls that have matching tattoos because their sisterhood is so fierce. They are the anchors of Allure!

Strong Foundation | Allure began as a single store in Wisconsin in 2003. News of Allure’s unique and beautiful selection of European lingerie and bras quickly spread and within a few short years, Allure expanded its inventory to offer even more sizes. Allure has proudly grown to seven stores in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Texas, with the most recent locations in Southlake and Dallas. From Dallas to Wisconsin, it’s a company empowering women—those who work there and those who shop there. Allure’s model is a business for women by women! | MAY 2023 21
Photo | (l-r) Rebecca Johnson, Chelsea Govan, March Baremore, and Veronica Marez
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Allure Intimate Apparel was born as a solution to a common, but not-oftendiscussed, problem — ill-fitting undergarments. Allure offers an exceptional, professional bra fit experience to every customer. Allure, we’ve got your fit!

Head Case Hair Studio

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Sustainable Salon Offering Healthy Beauty

Innovative and Organic Hair Salon & Barber Shop

Head Case Hair Studio is a full-service salon and licensed barber shop in Keller that’s leading the way for healthier organic and vegan beauty. We invite you to join us on this journey towards changing the way we all do beauty.

Specialty | At Head Case, we pride ourselves on being a model salon for sustainable practices. Our team takes great care of needs and wants while always keeping an eye on the environment around us. We’re proud to be a full service salon that is a certified Green Circle Salon dedicated to recycling over 95% of our waste to lighten our carbon footprint. Head Case offers hair, makeup and waxing services with eco-friendly products that won’t damage hair or irritate your skin as many others do without sacrificing the quality service you crave!

Inspiration | My hair was literally falling out from the severe damage the salon hair care products had caused—and that’s when I’d had enough! In searching for a safer alternative, I was saddened by the lack of salons practicing sustainable beauty. That’s when the seed for Head Case Hair Salon was planted! I recall hearing that if you wanted to be beautiful, then ‘no pain, no gain!’ I never thought twice about the itching and the burning of the products I was using while quoting that phrase to endure the pain. Those days are gone!

Life’s Experience | With over a decade of Management and District Management experience in the beauty industry, I received knowledge and training from dozens of professional beauty companies. Without realizing the connection, I noticed harmful effects of the chemicals on myself, family members, clients, salon professionals and environment. I was suffering from my own health concerns, including hair loss, chronic sinusitis and autoimmune diseases. So, I became more aware of other people around me with similar symptoms. This sent me on a quest for knowledge researching the harmful effects caused by long-term exposure to the chemicals found in hair color and other beauty products. That’s why I opened Head Case Hair Studio in 2016—to lead the way for organic and vegan beauty you can trust.

Defining Success | I have a belief that the key to success is not just in working hard, but in taking care of people who make us successful. I am committed to empowering them and providing tools they need for success.

Work-Home-Life Balance | As women, we often find ourselves taking care of everyone else and putting our own needs on the back burner. When I schedule my self-care appointments, I am more obligated to go because I know I am committed to someone else!

Greatest Professional Accomplishment | Head Case has earned many awards—from the Top 200 Salons to Society Life’s Tops in Tarrant. We proudly represented the beauty industry for the Rolling Stone Culture Council who published our article ‘Green is the New Black’ on

Words To Live By | Beliefs are thoughts you continue to think. I believe the thoughts of the leader determine the outcome—change your thoughts and you change the outcome. I like what Wayne Dyer said—change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.

Challenges | The lessons I learned managing salons in a corporate environment were different than opening my own business because it was about me. The biggest challenge I overcame was getting out of my own head and looking for the solutions. Managing your mindset is important for business owners to ultimately find success.

Setting Standards | Head Case has conquered the misconception that ‘natural’ beauty products do not work. Natural hair care requires natural products—and many products formulated for salon use contain harmful chemicals that actually cause more damage. By bringing you the cleanest, safest and best-performing products I have found in the beauty industry today, Head Case can not only make you look and feel great—but actually start to heal the damage that’s been done!

Best Advice | Know what you are putting in and on your body, read the ingredients, use as organic as possible, and if it burns— it isn’t good for you!

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Photo | (l-r) Kelley Swing, CEO/Founder and Brandy Thorpe, Co-Founder/Manager/Educator
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The Interior Collection SL COVER STORY

Experience the Everyday Elegance of Design with The Interior Collection

Our design center, retail showroom, and award-winning team assist you with in-store and in-home design consultations, as well as renovation, new construction, or destination projects from conception to completion.

Specialty | At The Interior Collection, we strive to present an exceptional approach to each design project, whether we are designing a single room or an entire home for a client. We offer the most unique design possibilities to fit our clients’ lifestyles and needs.

Defining Success | My sign of success for my business is repeat clientèle and strong referrals. Many of our current projects are clients who we have been providing design services for over 15 years on multiple homes, both locally and destination. We have traveled abroad to France and Spain, as well as here in the U.S., for design inspirations, continued design education, and to bring back unique pieces that will enhance any space.

Work-Home-Life Balance | I would not consider myself anywhere close to an expert on balancing my life schedules, but I have made adjustments over my 18 years in business to help manage my time in a more even way. We recently moved our offices from Southlake to Keller, in order to be closer to my intermediate and high school sons. This move has allowed me to maximize my time at home in the mornings and after school— while still working a full day in the office.

Greatest Professional Accomplishment | Opening my own business at age 28 and growing that business over the past 18+ years is my greatest accomplishment—but a close second would be acquiring and keeping my amazing staff for over 17 of those years. A few have come and gone over the years, but our current staff has been with me 17 and 15 of those incredible years in business.

Childhood Dream Job | I dreamed of being a fashion designer when I was young and even tested those waters in college my freshman year. I was introduced to Interior Design in my introductory design classes and fell in love! I always wanted to own my own business (like my mother who is a Speech Pathologist) and have a family. With Interior Design, I felt those dreams were more attainable. I also

love working with people and developing relationships so I was quickly drawn to residential design.

The Process | My career in Interior Design is very unique, in that each day is different, each client has different needs and I strive to never repeat a design. That being said—every preparation requires a different approach. That is one of the things I love most about my job. I am a ‘work better under a deadline or pressure’ kind of girl—always have been! So we prepare for days, weeks, and sometimes months designing, pulling material samples, creating ideabooks, photo sheets and drawings. The day before or the morning of is setting up the most impactful presentation for that specific project. Some design presentations are extremely tangible and take up our entire showroom and others are presented primarily on a computer. Either way—it is one of my favorite phases of the project. I consider it a thrill to win over a skeptical husband or convince a client to step out of their comfort zone.

In My Free Time | I wish I had time for a steady hobby or spa day—but with baseball playing boys we spend most of our evenings and weekends at the ballpark. Our time with friends and family is enough to recharge the soul for another week of work. But I do love a good facial or pedicure!

Words To Live By | I turn to prayer and scripture often in my business and personal life, but there really isn’t one specific scripture or quote I turn to most—it depends on the situation. I do believe we are all put on this earth to provide a little bit of light to those around us. I always put my family and friends ahead of work needs and I appreciate that in return from our clients and staff. I enjoy what I do and I strive to bring that joy to those around me! | MAY 2023 25 1149 Keller Parkway, Suite C, Keller, Texas 76248 (817) 748-0444 |
Photo | (l-r) Jodi Trotter, Interior Design; Whitnie Cypert, Owner/Founder/Interior Design; JaniceTammen, Bookkeeper & Inventory Coordinator
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Jane - Southlake SL COVER STORY

Sipping, Savoring and Sharing in Style

Coffee & Brunch by Morning, Swanky Lounge by Night

Jane is a space for gatherings of all sorts — from grabbing a morning coffee to taking a seat in our chic, classy, hotel lobby-style atmosphere to enjoy one of our crafted cocktails, a glass of wine, or small bites perfect for sharing.

Specialty | From live music days and tailored events including the decorations and themed menus—Jane is the place to be. Whether to check emails and have a latte, sip a glass of wine and share bites, or get cozy and have a cocktail before or after dinner with your date, the posh atmosphere was created to be comfortable from morning to night. With the intent to provide a comfortable space for all types of visits, Jane incorporates various accommodations like bistrostyle outdoor tables and lounge patio seating, larger communal tables, traditional bar and dining options. Whatever you choose, Jane is perfect for sharing your experience.

What’s in a Name | Named after a street one of the owners lived on in New York City, Jane is a sleek and sophisticated concept with two covered patios and Insta-worthy elegance indoors to dine, connect and relax. Its upscale, chic hotel lobby vibe transcends the frenzy along Southlake’s main drag. Brothers Mo and Karim Noorali had zero restaurant experience when they opened Jane in August 2021. Now almost two years later, Jane is the place to be for wine, cocktails, bites and brunch any day of the week.

Defining Success | Being a part of Jane and helping it to grow is an exhilarating experience, however I believe my success is determined by the success of those around me. My greatest accomplishment is to look back over the decades and see the success and growth of those I’ve mentored. I take my leadership role at Jane seriously and I try to positively influence those who work with me. Watching them grow and succeed defines my own success. At the heart of leadership is a desire to serve others and a dedication to helping them become great

Setting Standards | Nothing is ever cookiecutter at Jane. From the menu that was curated to cover a variety of tastes and palates, to the hand crafted cocktails that aim to surprise by mixing unexpected combinations—every time the experience is uniquely Jane. We strive to think outside the box and use ingredients and combinations that many would not attempt. This is no plain Jane! All plates and shareables were designed with elevated touches. We feature seasonal ingredients in menu items as often as possible while rotating offerings to ensure our diners can try something new every time.

Work-Home-Life Balance | Jane is a passion project. It is as fulfilling and rewarding as it is demanding. I am fortunate to have the support of an amazing ownership team, The Noorali family, Southlake, our team members, and the local surrounding communities.

Giving Back | At Jane, we are passionate about philanthropic partnering, and hosting the community’s businesses and residents. Located in Southlake’s Park Village, Jane is a convenient spot for events, meetings, nonprofit fundraisers, galas and banquets, or school PTAs and booster clubs. We do our best at Jane to support as many organizations in our community as possible. Some of our recent partners have been the Chambers of Commerce, the Rooted Gala in Keller, the Gifting Project of Southlake, Safe Haven, GRACE, SASO, and Southlake’s National Charity League. We truly love to show our support and partnership. I also support the ALS Association, American Cancer Society, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and MS Foundation. Supporting local nonprofits while continuing to build the brand at Jane is one the most fulfilling parts of my job.

Challenges | Opening as an independent sole concept from scratch during a pandemic presented us with many uphill battles starting even before doors opened for business. Whether construction and material sourcing challenges, staffing shortages or supply chain issues with vendors—we were forced to deal from the onset and do our best to navigate and overcome each while growing and learning to be better prepared for the future.

Words To Live By | “Live life by what you can build not buy; what you can share or give not acquire; your character is defined by your significance not success; live a life that is fulfilled, live a life of love inclusive of all. The greatest legacy one will ever leave are the hearts we will touch, the lives we will change and the memories we will live in long after our times have come.”

Photo | Managing Director of Operations (MDO) Angela Aldridge (in red) with her team (l-r) Mae Elliot, Bartender; William Kauber, Bar Manager; Philip Wilson, Bar Manager; Dinote Gilson, Chef; Michael Bridges, Bartender; Logan Smith, Server | MAY 2023 27
1151 East Southlake Boulevard, Suite 390, Southlake, Texas 76092 (817) 424-JANE (5263) |

Olivia Wedel Counseling & Consulting, PLLC SL

28 MAY 2023 |

You Can Feel Better, Think More Clearly and Move Forward with Focus and Intention

Olivia Wedel, PhD, LPC, NCC, LCDC, PMH-C is helping women feel hopeful with a renewed sense of purpose and joy by providing specialized services in prenatal and perinatal mental health and planning for postpartum care.

Specialty | My business specialization is serving women and mothers through various life transitions with focus around prenatal, perinatal, and maternal mental health. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor, I completed training and certification through Postpartum Support International in Perinatal Mental Health, which allows me to provide specialized services for postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. I work primarily with postpartum depression, anxiety and rage. In addition to the provision of therapeutic services, I provide a variety of non-clinical support services to help mothers, families, and the community. I work with community organizations and agencies to train employers on postpartum mental health and supporting families. I also offer training to professionals such as chiropractors, massage therapists, doulas, pelvic floor physical therapists, and other birth workers on recognizing signs and symptoms of perinatal distress. Being able to screen and support mothers during the postpartum time frame prevents prolonged distress and can save lives, and I feel strongly about having conversations to reduce stigma and promote access to care.

Mental Health and Birth | Mental health must be included in your birth plan, but most of the time it’s left out entirely. Then moms are caught off guard and unprepared when they start to experience symptoms after having a baby. Having a realistic plan for sleep and nutrition is essential. I work with moms and dads to develop flexible, but sustainable postpartum plans tailored to their needs. These plans are done anywhere from one to three sessions and may be done either virtually or in person.

Defining Success | Success is being able to arrange my schedule so that I can take my son to school, spend time with him in the evenings, and occasionally take a nap with him during the day. Success is being able to set my hours in a way that allows time where I’m intentional with my clients, but also intentional with my family outside of the office—able to do things that replenish my spirit and bring me joy, because that in turn helps me better serve my clients.

Challenges | Initially, the biggest challenge was building a business from scratch during the pandemic. It was really hard to network and market myself when I had no childcare outside of my husband’s availability, and my son had some respiratory issues, so I was very careful about doing large attendance events in person. Finding affordable office space for someone starting out was another challenge—and I really love where I’m at inside Grapevine Birthing Center. It’s a really peaceful, calm place.

Work-Home-Life Balance | One of my professors and mentors in graduate school told us once that balance is a myth—and as a working mom—I tend to believe him!

Greatest Professional Accomplishment |

Outside of getting my Ph.D. from TCU in 2017, I consider my greatest professional accomplishment the fact I opened my own business, a private practice in counseling, during the pandemic when I also gave birth in the same year. When I reflect on the year 2020, I still cannot believe I accomplished what I did, but by the grace of God, I managed and it’s so wonderful to see my business continue to grow and flourish.

Good Reads | I have written four parenting courses that will be available this summer online and in person: “Babies & Biology;” “What About the Dads;” and “Two P’s in a Pod: Prenatal and Perinatal Mental Health.”

Childhood Dream Job | I wanted to be a librarian because reading has always been one of my favorite things. I consistently won the summer reading program awards in school, and I loved going to the library. I read to learn and relax. Even though I chose an entirely different career path, I really like that being a therapist gives me a chance to read—a lot!

Words To Live By | “Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly” is scripture I live by and incorporate it into my life personally and professionally. My favorite quote is by author Anne Shirley: “Tomorrow is always fresh with no mistakes in it.” We can always try again tomorrow. | MAY 2023 29 409 West Wall Street, Grapevine, Texas 76051 (817) 264-6604 |



Women in business have made remarkable strides, shattering glass ceilings and defying long-standing stereotypes. They have emerged as entrepreneurs, leaders and innovators across various industries. Their representation in executive positions and boardrooms has steadily increased—highlighting both their competence and ability to drive success.

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Women have been instrumental in championing workplace diversity. By challenging norms, women in business have paved the way for generations of female professionals to pursue their aspirations and achieve their potential. As both role models and mentors, they inspire women around the world to break barriers and thrive in the business world. | MAY 2023 31 SL LOCAL PROFESSIONALS
& Hayes Restorative / Cosmetic Dentistry 32 MAY 2023 |

The Superior Gist Way is Elevating Dentistry Meet His World Class Dental Team

As Southlake’s first dentist, Dr. Greg L. Gist has been practicing in the same location since 1984. His treatment philosophy sets his dental practice apart on a national level—attracting patients from all over the United States, as well as many foreign countries. Dr. Gist’s experience and approach to overall systemic health is the difference that sets this practice apart. For almost 40 years, he and his team have been committed to a higher standard of clinical and aesthetic excellence using only biocompatible materials that support systemic infection-free health. This is accomplished in a loving and comfortable environment that features a dental team who truly believes this is their calling. Dr. Gist feels blessed to be able to care for their patients in a fun and loving environment, surrounded by the most talented and nurturing support staff. They’ve been referred to as ‘The most amazing dental team in America!’ by many of their patients. Read more about them here:

Shelley Simon, Treatment Coordinator / RDA

For 18 years, I’ve been taught everything I know from the best restorative dentist in the world. Understanding why Dr. Gist restores teeth the way he does ‘The Gist Way’ and having the clinical protocols that bring tremendous value to our patient’s restorative and cosmetic dental care is what makes my job amazing! My family, including extended family are all patients in the practice. After seeing the level of dentistry Dr. Gist does, I wouldn’t let them go anywhere else! I consider my work and family all one unit. Dr. Gist even said the prayer at my wedding. The best part of my job is loving what I do and enjoying coming to work. What we do here is life-changing—not only for the person’s health, but also for their confidence! Seeing the pure joy that comes from our patients after we have finished a full mouth rehab is so rewarding.

Tammy Doporto, Front Desk / Hygiene Coordinator

I strive to maintain and practice Dr. Gist’s philosophy of providing relationship-driven health care. Working with Dr. Gist has made balancing my work and home life very easy because he is so family-oriented—and being a part of his dental team family has been such a blessing! Working with the best cosmetic dentist and the most amazing restorative team to transform the lives of our patients is the best part of my job. When our patients smile, I know that we connected with them in a meaningful way that changed their life!

Jenna Gillund, RDH, Registered Dental Hygenist

I have learned so much above-and-beyond my skillset as a hygenist working for Dr. Gist. He counts on me to provide his patients with the highest level of care, and in-turn I am excited to be a part of each of their restorative journey. Dr. Gist puts his patients and his dental team at the core of his priorities and I am grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of it all. His practice is really like a family for all who visit here.

Monique Rose, RDA

I’m grateful for the opportunity to learn and work at one of the very few dental practices that performs high-end full mouth restorations. The undivided attention I am able to provide to each of Dr. Gist’s patients also allows me the time needed to always provide thorough hygiene care. The best part of my job is assisting Dr. Gist chairside witnessing him giving each patient back confidence with a youthful smile.

Rachael Zuniga, RDA

Hands down the best part of my job is working as a team to turn a patient who is unhappy with their smile into one that can not stop smiling! Dr. Gist has formed a strong and unified team that upholds his superior standards for dental care and we grow stronger with continued education. The opportunity to learn from his experience is one we all take seriously and we don’t take for granted that we get to learn from the best!

What Patients Can Expect | Patients who come to Dr. Gist’s practice can expect for this dental team to deliver the very best service and highest quality dental care in the world—to patients looking for this level of care. Their team will continue to be a blessing to every patient that God brings them. If you’ve been hiding your smile, putting up with pain or putting off going to the dentist—their safe sedation dental techniques mean that you can have years of dental treatments done quickly and with little to no discomfort. They confidently promise you the finest, safest and most comfortable dental care.

2379 North Carroll Road, Southlake, Texas 76092

(817) 488-7512 | SouthlakeSmiles .com | MAY 2023 33
Pictured | (standing - l-r) Junior Partner and Protégé Dr. Carter Hayes, and Founder/Owner Dr. Greg L. Gist (seated - l-r) Monique Rose, Rachael Zuniga, Jenna Gillund, Shelley Simon, and Tammy Doporto

What is the James Landscaping Design and Installation Process?

The Process | It is a deliberately and carefully planned process that will result in reinventing, repurposing or revitalizing your personal surroundings. From the time you set an appointment to the completion of your installation, you can expect the process to take approximately 6 months. What are the key steps? Read below to get the details.

Set an Appointment | (Typically, we schedule appointments several weeks out): Our design process begins when you make a call to set an appointment, after which you will receive a new client questionnaire (similar to new patient paperwork at the doctor’s office). Your answers to the questionnaire will help our sales representative prepare for the site visit and also help our designers to understand any concerns or design aesthetic you prefer. Please know that we require a property survey before we visit in order to complete the evaluation accurately.

Site Visit | (Client only required for the 1st hour; reps can be there much longer!): During the site visit, our sales rep will meet with you to discuss your landscape issues and wishes. We will decide together if a full-color, CAD landscape design is needed or if it is possible to make a proposal without a design. During the visit, our sales representatives will take detailed notes, evaluate any issues, take photos, and even film a short video to describe your existing landscape and design requirements.

Design | (12-15 weeks): During the site visit, you would have signed a design agreement that details the price of the design, the scope and the design timeline. Our designers will review the site notes, photos and videos and create your new custom landscape on a full color, CAD-generated design.

Zoom Design Presentation | (.5-1.5 hours): A few days before the ZOOM presentation, we deliver a folder that includes your design, installation proposal, plant photos, plant care instructions, and a lighting catalog. We give you this time to review

the design so you will be familiar with it at the presentation. During the ZOOM presentation, our sales representatives will review the design with you and answer any questions you may have. We offer installation phasing so you do not have to install the whole design at one time. Once you are ready to proceed, you sign the proposal and place a down payment to get on the installation schedule. Depending on the time of year, work could begin anywhere between a couple of weeks and six weeks.

Installation | (depending on the size of your design… maybe one week, more or less): This is the most exciting part! We will transform your landscape to the specs of your design. We have the best crews in the business—sorry to be so bold but it is true. Some of them have been with us for over 20 years. They know landscaping and they will respect your property. The crew will leave your property clean at the end of every day and the installation progress will be evident.

Our Team | (l-r) Owner/Founder Rhonda James, Eva Lau, Priscilla French, Dyan Brown, Jane Weil, Denise Taylor, and Shannon Jeffrey Adam

Creating Personalized Landscape Designs in Northeast Tarrant County Since 1989 #LI 5159 | | (817) 329-0528 | 34 MAY 2023 |

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Landscape photos are from the front foundation beds on the above sample design.

Back 2 Real Food

Dr Liz Graves, DC


Specialty | I specialize in weight loss via restoring proper metabolic function. Back 2 Real Food uses food to heal the metabolism to best assist weight loss. We attract all ages of men and women, but our highest demographic is women approaching menopause who are struggling with keeping the weight off, losing weight, or having gained weight for no reason.

What Sets Me Apart | Compassion and empathy. I struggled with my weight. I know how much body image overlaps and plays into life. I understand how it can cause you to end up saying no to events, people, and activities because you are either limited or you just don’t feel good in your own skin. I am a woman, I know the struggle that women’s hormones play into cravings, weight and weight loss. I also have a tested process that gets to the root of the problem and I love watching women and men reclaim their best body and their best life.

Defining Success | I define my success by the positive impact that I can make on people. Regardless of if it’s a client seeking out weight loss, inspiring a young woman in her life or career, or just making someone’s day better with a friendly smiling and simple “hello.”

Work-Home-Life Balance | I believe balance is somewhat of an illusion. It’s never a 50:50 balance—there will be times where we need to allow more energy for work and times where more energy needs to be directed towards our own self-care and our home life. Letting go of the expectation of balance has helped me the most. I can now tune into my intuition and flow between the spaces I am needed most without any regret or resentment.

Greatest Professional Accomplishment | I believe my greatest professional accomplishment has been attracting and training my amazing employees. I could not do my job on my own!

I’m lucky to have an amazing team who inspires and challenges me, while assisting me to make sure our patients get the most out of our services.

Words To Live By | I have two favorites: “We never know how far reaching something we may think, say or do today will affect the lives of millions tomorrow.” – BJ PALMER, DC And then: “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.” – HENRY

Making A Difference | When it comes to charitable work, I had the opportunity to spend six months volunteering in Zimbabwe. I truly cherish those memories as they have continued to give me humility in my daily life. I was really lucky to have discovered my life’s passion and purpose at only 20 years old. Working in the health and wellness industry is a dream come true. I now get to live my dream every single day serving my purpose and helping others to reclaim their health!

1323 W. Northwest Highway, Ste 300 Grapevine, Texas 76051 (817) 400-0575

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Specialty | The Benefit Link provides crucial guidance seniors need in order to make educated decisions without being influenced. We help choose the right Medicare plan for the best healthcare while guarding your finances from high medical bills. As both insurance agents and advocates for seniors, we will help you obtain Medicare Supplement (Medigap), drug plans, dental, vision, and life insurance.

Why Choose Us | The Benefit Link essentially takes the place of a benefits coordinator by providing ongoing support. Working with seniors is our sole expertise—there is no charge for our services and we’re available on a direct basis. We provide insurance services in all 50 U.S. states and have access to all major insurance carriers. We work independently, and have access to virtually every major insurance company and their plans. We are dedicated to knowing everything we can by tracking premiums, rate increase history and trends across all companies so we can provide as much information as possible— and at no cost to you!

What You Can Expect | We exceed expectations— we’re purely here to serve our clients and create lifelong relationships by providing continuous support. As leading experts in our field, we value the friendships and trust established with our clients as someone hey can rely on— and we rely on our faith.

Challenges | What gets us through any challenges is knowing we are able to give hope to others during difficult seasons as we encourage them. We pray for our clients and remind them God has a good plan for their life.

My Why | Looking back, I realize this is what I was destined to do. I had a seven-year-old sister diagnosed with diabetes who went on Medicare at only 23. I was in my 20s, which is a pretty young age to be exposed to Medicare, and our family wasn’t prepared to handle it. I remember my mother spending so much time and energy trying to find resources to help us through an already tough time. That is when a seed was planted within me. I knew that by giving people on Medicare all the information that they need, as well as the support, counseling and guidance—we could make a difference in people’s lives. That is why I formed The Benefit Link.

Greatest Professional Accomplishment | It’s an honor to be recognized in the industry as one of the top producers in the United States for over 20 consecutive years—and also to have served on advisory boards for some of the largest insurance carriers in the United States.

Making A Difference | By knowing your specific needs, we help you make the right decisions that will benefit you in an industry that can typically be impersonal. Providing peace-of-mind is something you just can’t put a price on. –

6209 Colleyville Boulevard

Colleyville, Texas 76034

(817) 904-2110

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Board + Brie

Lane Tunstall OWNER / FOUNDER

Specialty | At Board + Brie, we specialize in charcuterie boards, classes about how to create charcuterie boards, and we set up charcuterie displays for weddings and events. We also host events at our shop like baby showers and bridal showers. We offer fun, unique experiences and team building events to bring your friends, family, or team to our shop to create beautiful boards together. We even offer virtual classes.

What Sets Me Apart | We understand busy women! When you have a party or event, we will create beautiful boards with a ton of variety so all you have to do is set them out and enjoy.

Defining Success | My success is defined by my customers and fellow female business owners showing up for me. We recently had a Mother’s Day Open House and we had a huge turnout. I was humbled by all the women who chose to hang out with us on a weeknight when there was

so many things going on for them this time of year. Everyone is so busy, and it’s truly an honor when women choose to spend their precious time at my shop whether it’s an Open House, to buy a board, to come to a class or event we host, or to comment on our social media.

Work-Home-Life Balance | Ha, I don’t really have balance! Some days I’m killing it at work and my husband takes over at home, and some days I’m killing it at home and my team takes over at work. Asking for help and delegating is so hard for me, but I know that it’s necessary if I want to grow my business. We close the week after New Years and for Spring Break every year so that we can all have time with our families. I love that my kids see me doing what I love! Hopefully by watching me build this business from a board on my kitchen island to a brick and mortar location, they will set goals for themselves too someday.

Greatest Professional Accomplishment | Moving from a small brick and mortar to a bigger brick and mortar location in Roanoke. I wanted to be able to have a space where I could host fun

events (I love a theme) and bring back in-person gatherings post 2020. It was 3am mornings and blood, sweat and tears—literally! But, every time I walk into my new shop I am so grateful!

Making A Difference | I had my oldest son as a single Mom at 20 and luckily I had family support, but not everyone does. That’s why I love to support anything that helps young moms. Embrace Grace is a current favorite of mine.

Words To Live By | My Dad always told me to find something that you love to do for a career—something that you can’t believe they will pay you to do. It took me awhile to figure that out, but I have that now. Whenever I have a set back, I just remember that I am so happy to be doing what I love!

400 South Oak Street, Suite 140 Roanoke, Texas 76262

(817) 693-1908

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CKM Management


Specialty | CKM Management is a full-service staffing agency with experienced promotional Brand Ambassadors for wine & spirit tastings, trade shows, conventions, in-store promotions and special events which also includes bartending. At CKM (also known as Cindy Kay Models Inc.) our mission is to provide clients with high energy brand ambassadors or models who conduct themselves with a professional demeanor and are knowledgeable of the products they are demonstrating.

Defining Success | We believe in forging relationships with effective communication is the key to our success. The result is always positive and professionally conducted product demonstrations that customers enjoy, and which leads to product awareness and sales for our clients.

What’s New | In 2023, we started bartending events that offer experienced, professional TABC certified bartenders for upscale events, galas, weddings and special celebrations. Our standard service includes cocktail creations and pourings of your provided beer, wine and spirits. We would love to be part of your next event. Please contact us for details on our new venture.

What Sets Us Apart | When it comes to product knowledge, we go a step further than just offering product technical sheets. We research fun facts and selling points about the products of upcoming demonstrations and communicate that to our team. This makes CKM brands ambassadors a step above the rest.

Setting Standards | CKM increases product and brand awareness to ensure your event is a success while providing peace-of-mind that your event will be handled professionally. As a statewide Texas agency (and soon to include additional states), we provide coverage in every major market, plus most smaller markets across Texas. We specialize in brand building for both on and off premise establishments.

Education & Expertise | Cindy Kay Models Inc. was started in 2000 and with over 25 years of experience in fashion and print it was the perfect business for me! This is where the name originated from! Soon I moved into other parts of the industry. I updated the name to CKM Management in 2004 to include more than just fashion, but also to include a broader area of the marketplace which would include, wine, spirits and special events. My goal was, and still is, to provide top talent that are well-trained and knowledgeable in all areas.

At The End of a Long Day… I like to light an aromatic candle, run a bath with Epsom salt and listen to inspiring Law Of Attraction videos!

Photo | Thank you to the owners of the Stone House Restaurant in Colleyville for the beautiful setting and to Hope Family Vineyards for their Austin Hope wine!

(682) 472-6516
Landline (817)
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David Mar tin & Son Roofing

Jennifer Huynh Martin OWNER

Specialty | Specializing in professional roofing services since 2012, I’m proud to be a co-owner of David Martin & Son Roofing along with my husband David Martin. Our renowned roofing company covers roof replacements, ventilation improvements, leak repair, gutter systems, missing shingles, tree damage, rodent damage and more. Our goal is to deliver an ownership experience that’s consistent with the premium products that we sell, service and install. We gauge our success on the fact that 95% of our clients are referrals or repeat customers.

Defining Qualities | I learned the importance of hard work from a young age working as a manager at my parent’s gas station, convenience store and commercial property business center for many years. Utilizing my dental certification, I also served as an office manager and a dental assistant for 13 years. Reflecting on such a diverse

career, I can attribute much of my success to my parents’ teaching—especially my father.

Inspiration | I hope to serve as an example to other budding entrepreneurs—especially other Asian women like myself. I’m a first-generation immigrant who came to the United States from Vietnam early in life. I have continually worked hard and strived for success in various maledominated industries. I aspire to be at the top of our industry and be known as a company based on honesty and integrity above all else.

What Clients Can Expect | I have been known to be able to identify complex roofing issues and determine my client’s needs when simply speaking to them over the phone—even if I have never met them in person. I’m always excited to receive positive feedback and enjoy working with customers of all ages and walks of life. We aim to elevate the roofing industry.

Making A Difference | I have been active with several industry-related organizations, such as my professional membership with the National

Women’s Business Council. I am dedicated to civil advocacy and contribute to the Colleyville Lions Club where I was awarded the Melvin Jones Award—the highest honor presented by the International Lions Club. I’m also involved with Save Eagle Mountain Lake, Red Ribbon Week drug-free elementary school campaign, the Colleyville Heritage High School, and the Grapevine High School, to name just a few.

At The End of a Long Day… I can be found by the pool or playing ball with our Labrador ‘Honey’ and German Shepherd ‘Macallan.’ My husband and I look forward to spending time catching up with our two sons, Roland and Jake. But on weekends, we are on the lake catfish and bass fishing by day, and enjoying a drink (or two) by night on our dock.

5200 Colleyville Boulevard, Suite A Colleyville, Texas 76034

(817) 236-9898

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Destiny Drip Bar

Judi McQueary


Specialty | Destiny Drip Bar, powered by Corinthian, is a locally female-owned company, continuing its passionate pursuit of excellence in wellness, beauty services and community charitable involvement in Southlake since 2007. Corinthian Wellness & Med Spa added Destiny Drip Bar in 2019 offering award-winning vitamin infusions and injections. Destiny Drip Bar proudly employees only registered nurses. You are in safe hands with our professional nursing team!

Why Choose Us | Drip infusions are a perfect way to give back to your body, mind and soul. We put ourselves to the test each day, whether it’s through playing sports, working out, having one too many drinks, or just not drinking enough water. What better way to say “thank you” than by giving ourselves the vitamins and nutrients our bodies desire! Whether you get a drip a few times a week or once a month, you’ll be happy you did!

What’s New | The cosmetic injection team from Corinthian Wellness & Med Spa has started offering their beauty injections inside Destiny Drip Bar. So not only can you now get a vitamin infusion, you can also receive AHA fillers, neurotoxin injections, and Biote hormone replacement therapy! Corinthian’s passionate about providing an exceptional spa experience and now it’s all in one convenient location at Destiny Drip Bar— your one-stop shot!

Corinthian Family | The Destiny Drip Bar is a natural addition to the Corinthian family of companies. Judi McQueary is the beautiful, vibrant, charitable and much beloved owner of both Destiny Drip Bar and Corinthian Wellness & Med Spa. Judi has an unparalleled passion for promoting health, beauty and wellness— especially for women.

Setting Standards | All of their Google reviews are 5-star—and this team has earned every single one! In a field that is becoming more saturated locally, Destiny Drip Bar stands

Mission | They want to promote healthy lifestyles to our community, and hope most people will feel an immediate benefit from vitamin infusions— even if it is simply to improve hydration.

Photo | (l-r) Tracey Breadner, RN; Victoria Phommahaxay, RN; Nayelli Arriaga, RN; and Lotta Meyer, RN

Judi’s Drip Offer | Judi’s drip is named after Judi McQueary—longtime Southlake resident, owner of Corinthian Wellness & Med Spa and Destiny Drip Bar. As they say this drip includes everything but the kitchen sink! Society Life readers get 20% off Judi’s Drip June 15 to July 15, 2023!

1251 E. Southlake Blvd., Suite 305 Southlake, Texas 76092 (682) 270-3942 | MAY 2023 41



Shonda Schaefer


Mission | Our primary focus is on sharing the blessings of the community with those who are less fortunate to promote self-sufficiency. GRACE is a resource for our client’s journey towards a better future. GRACE is in the business of building a better, stronger, more resilient community.

Greatest Professional Accomplishment | GRACE is such a collaborative environment that I hate to take credit for any accomplishment—so many people, staff and our wonderful volunteers, are involved in nearly every one of them. Going back 16 years to my very first days at GRACE, I am very proud of the seamless transition that took place as Tricia Wood (founder and first chief executive of GRACE) and I worked with our staff and board during the change of leadership. In the 36-year history of GRACE, we have had only two chief executives—and we were exactly on the same page in working with the community to serve those in need. We have always felt our mission

strengthens families which, in turn, strengthens neighborhoods, communities, and ultimately this entire region. (However ... being named one of Society Life’s Magazine’s Most Inspirational, Accomplished & Engaging Women in Northeast Tarrant is hard to beat!)

Defining Success | Success is defined by the people we help, the client relationships we build, and their stories. When we assist an individual or a family through their crisis and come out stronger on the other side, it is tremendously gratifying. While GRACE’s programmatic outcomes are exceptional, and awards for success are numerous, I define my personal success by witnessing a team of staff fully pour their hearts into this mission and reap the rewards of their efforts. I am honored and humbled to be just a small part of the GRACE family.

Work-Home-Life Balance | My husband Paul and my three wonderful children are my loudest cheerleaders! Our family is deeply committed to this work and doing it together has been a source of many wonderful experiences. However, we work hard at GRACE. When it’s Gala time, the

Back-To-School Fair, or Christmas Cottage—any number of GRACE functions throughout the year—long hours and straight days of work are not uncommon. But, once we put the “lid” on an event, I encourage the staff to get away, be with their loved ones, and refill their cups. I do my very best to lead in this area by example and regularly show the team that it’s necessary for us to keep this healthy balance.

Words To Live By | The mission of GRACE is firmly rooted in Matthew 25. But when you see GRACE’s Mission Statement, you can’t help but be reminded of Peter’s First Letter. In fact, we use a phrase very similar in our marketing materials, “Giving as we have received, to help those in need.” It’s in 1 Peter 4:10, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied graces.”

837 East Walnut Street Grapevine, Texas 76051

(817) 488-7009

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Heyday Skincare Southlake


Specialty | Heyday was founded on the simple idea that facials were an essential part of a healthy skincare routine that just didn’t fit into everyday life. Today, Heyday makes expert skincare accessible—every day. Heyday offers personalized facials, progressive products and professional guidance in their four-wall, open-door experience that has reinvented the traditional skincare model to be both accessible and approachable. Heyday’s 50-Minute Facials are customized by an Expert Esthetician (Skin Therapist) who works with you to understand where your skin is today in order to take it where it’s going. Each experience will be tailored to your journey with the potential inclusion of innovative enhancements, such as gua sha, Nano Infusion, LED Light Therapy, microdermabrasion and professional peels.

Defining Success | For me—it was finding my peace. Peace comes from experience and knowing yourself. We can not always control the chaos around us—but we can control how we respond during those situations. It’s taken me years to realize that at the end of the day—no matter what happens—I’ll be okay. By finding my own peace, it has allowed me to share that with others in any situation. And in today’s world of craziness—a little peace goes a long way... now that’s success!

Greatest Professional Accomplishment | With my 20 plus years of experience in the wellness and beauty industries—I’d say my greatest accomplishment is being blessed with a gift for mentoring others. From the opportunity to be the fitness trainer for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders to the shop manager at Heyday Skincare Southlake—I have been lucky to be able to share my life experiences with young people, and to help guide them in their careers and life adventures.

Words To Live By | My mother taught me the Golden Rule at a very early age. This verse has become a way of life for me. “Treat others the way you want to be treated.” – LUKE 6:31

Childhood Dream Job | I grew up in a rural West Texas community where football was everything, After church on Sundays, the Dallas Cowboys ruled my world. Their cheerleaders (also known as America’s Sweethearts) were my idols! I wanted to grow up and be a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. Only one problem— I couldn’t dance. So when I had the opportunity to be a part of the Cowboys Organization by being their fitness trainer—that was a dream come true. They also influenced my love of skincare and the beauty industry. I am passionate about helping others be able to live their Heyday—everyday!

116 State Street, Suite 150 Southlake, Texas 76092

(682) 204-2966

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Specialty | As an Enrolled Agent with years of experience, Hightower and Associates Bookkeeping and Tax Service works to maximize your tax savings with professional tax preparation services. Our experienced team is expert in all areas of taxation, including corporate, estate, individual, partnership and federal, local and state taxes. We keep up-to-date with the changing tax laws, as well as your changing life events, such as the birth of a child, a new business, new home, or inheritance. As an Enrolled Agent, we adhere to certain ethical standards and codes of conduct established by the IRS.

Why Choose an Enrolled Agent | Partnering with a financial professional like an Enrolled Agent is about more than just making sure that your taxes are done correctly. It’s about making sure that you’re taking the steps necessary today to guarantee a better, more prosperous financial tomorrow—whether you’re talking about your


personal finances or your business finances or a little bit of both at the same time. While it’s true that using an Enrolled Agent can save a significant amount of time in terms of tax preparation, their true benefits exist all around that goal. They’re your trusted advisors, your valued representatives and your true partner in every sense of the term. Thanks to the Continuing Education requirements and different levels of testing outlined by the IRS, they’re also tasked with the most important job of all—effectively representing you on your journey to a better, more fulfilling and more secure future in terms of your finances.

Honors / Awards / Memberships | I am an active member of the Texas Society of Enrolled Agents and the National Association of Enrolled Agents. I was honored to compete in the Miss Nebraska USA pageant where I received the prestigious Communicator Award—and this strength for effective communication has driven many positive outcomes for my clients. I have also served as President of the GCISD Council of PTAs and was also a member of the Economic

Action & Bond Planning team. I was humbled by my nomination for the City of Colleyville Citizen of the Year Award and was awarded the PTA Lifetime Achievement Award. I am also proud to be nominated as a Finalist for the Southlake Style Reader’s Choice 2023 Award for Accountant.

Defining Success | Referrals are the cornerstone of any service business—and the biggest way I can define success. My firm relies on satisfied clients as the primary source of new business, and our referrals are always sincerely appreciated!

Words To Live By | “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.”

– PROVERBS 3:5–6

270 Miron Drive, Suite 114 Southlake, Texas 76092

(817) 749-0721

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Impact Performance and Fitness

Kim Itzla OWNER

Specialty | As the owner of Impact Performance and Fitness, Kim hopes you’ll consider this your ‘Gym Home.’ Don’t let the highly educated personal trainers and stateof-the-art FreeMotion functional equipment fool you... this is one big gym family! Some members feel most comfortable working out on their own, while others like the one-on-one guidance. From first-timers to students to adults and athletes—the members range in age and fitness levels, but they all have one thing in common. Impact is their happy place. It’s kind of the ‘Cheers’ of gyms (you know where everyone knows your name)! Most of them know each other and if you’re new, they welcome you in and you won’t feel new for long!

What Sets Us Apart | With a background of 30 years in corporate America, Kim has a unique perspective to offer and a true appreciation for her position now. She gets to go to her favorite place every day! She enjoys walking around and talking to members to make sure everyone has what they need.

Challenges | The pandemic closures caused many challenges, but the trainers still had clients that wanted to workout. So, they got creative and trained clients in the garage at Kim’s house. They pulled benches, boxes, weights, jump ropes and bands and worked out there for six weeks until they could reopen the gym to members.

Work-Home-Life Balance | With the gym being open seven days a week, she tries to stay away on the weekends with the exception of her personal workouts. Her four dogs are fine if she’s away during the day... as long as they get her at night and on the weekend!

Making A Difference | Kim supports a lot of animal and children’s charities. She has four rescue dogs, so it’s close to her heart! The honors from her corporate gig were a while ago, but they are on a shelf in her office at home as a reminder of the success from that part of life.

Childhood Dream Job | As a kid, Kim thought she wanted to be a veterinarian because she loved animals. Then, she realized it would be too hard to lose patients!

Greatest Professional Accomplishment | In the corporate world her greatest professional accomplishment was being a top producer year after year. In her current life, being able to keep the gym open when the pandemic hit and giving Impact’s trainers the opportunity to make a living is her greatest accomplishment.

Defining Success | If the members and the team are happy, and she’s still having fun, she’s successful.

Words To Live By | “Live the life you love, love the life you live.” Kim says she’s going to get it tattooed one day!

525 South Nolen Drive, Suite 100 Southlake, Texas 76092 (817) 416-3838

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Jessica Serna


Specialty | I’m the Creative Mind, Blogger, Writer, Photographer, and Face of My Curly Adventures—a Texas-based travel brand that has been inspiring people to find magic in the everyday and encouraging people to live a travel lifestyle even with a 9-5 through looking for local getaways. While my focus has been Texas, I love finding fun and unique destinations near and far. Through social platforms, along with bringing amazing travel destinations, I’ve been able to support, inspire and encourage women—especially Latinas and women of color, to go after their dreams of travel. Working in collaboration with others shows strength and unity and builds some great friendships along the way.

Defining Success | Success has come at several stages of my life. The biggest was finding the courage to quit my job to fully pursue the travel career that I had dreamed of. From there—with determination and persistence— I spent all my time learning and piecing together the necessary skills including things like SEO, pitching to brands, enhancing my writing and photography skills, and overall business management. Every piece of knowledge, and every positive message or testimonial from a follower, is a success in my book. I believe it is important to stop and acknowledge your accomplishments along the way.

Work-Home-Life Balance | Work-life balance is always a struggle. You would think that since I travel most of the time that I would be able to relax and enjoy all of the places I visit. However, when I am traveling, I’m planning, writing, capturing photos, exploring the details of each location, along with many other aspects of my business. It can be a bit chaotic, so my husband and I try to plan one or two days in between trips to stay home and just relax, or spend time with family. Putting down the phone and stepping away from technology is the key.

Challenges | One of the challenges I’ve experienced is showing how we are valuable, establishing the fact that while we get to travel, it is still a lot of work to provide high quality content and run it as a legitimate business. We have built a strong brand with multi-media outputs and diverse products, as well as built a team who get to work remotely and complete their work on their own schedule—while getting to travel as well.

Giving Back | Some of my favorite charities are Vickery Meadows and their Eagle Scholars program which helps youth in Dallas go to college. Bonton Farms is another favorite. They do a lot of community outreach providing food and homes for people experiencing homelessness.

Dream Vacation | My dream vacation would be anywhere by the water where we can relax—staying at hotels or lodging with spas and activities. I love to travel to Mexico and South America, learning the cultures and expanding my Spanish-speaking ability.

My Curly Adventures

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OsteoStrong Colleyville East

Rachelle Limosnero & Cynthia Gaston


Specialty | OsteoStrong is the largest biohacking facility with a 10-year history of increasing bone density—known to slow the effects of osteoporosis. Our goal is to help you develop a strong, healthy skeletal system with our innovative, non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical, and holistic solutions to improving bone health. In just 15 minutes per week, you can increase strength and bone density, improve posture, balance and athletic performance. You don’t have to lose healthy bone tissue as you age. Osteogenic loading can help you maintain strong and healthy bones for life.

A Unique System | Today, more and more people are discovering the benefits of osteogenic loading, and protecting and developing their skeletal strength through OsteoStrong. By attending one session a week, that takes between 10 and 15 minutes with no fatigue, sweating or even a needing to change out of your regular clothes, you can take a significant step toward

strengthening that vital foundation and creating a whole new level of health. OsteoStrong works for people at all ages and levels of activity.

What Clients Can Expect | Your journey starts with a complimentary assessment. During your first-visit, your coach gives you a personal facility tour, reviews goals, and sets up your personalized program. During each visit, members will perform four specialized “trigger events” on our patented technology, monitored by a trained session coach to deliver the precise stimulus needed to activate the human body’s natural adaptive responses. For each trigger event, your objective is to push or pull as hard as you can comfortably for each of the four movements. Your complete session is less than 15 minutes, and you are in complete control of your entire session.

Older Does Not Mean Weaker | Many factors can increase these percentages of bone loss including: diet, environment, disease, menopause and some medications. To ensure we maintain a strong foundation, we need to reduce or reverse this loss. The good news for us is that anything de-conditioned can be re-conditioned.

Osteogenic Loading Benefits | There are wide reaching benefits of osteogenic loading your skeletal system: Increased Energy and Strength, Improved Posture, Agility and Balance, Often the Reversal and Elimination of Joint and Back Pain, Avoidance or Reversal of Osteoporosis.

Free Bone Building Session | We’ll create a plan for you and guide you through the entire journey, and you’ll love it! Text STRONGME to 817-751-7588 to claim your complimentary Bone Building Session with our team.

Get Your First Session on Us | Visit us online at, then fill out the form and get your first session on us!

Pictured | (l-r) Rita Foltz, Cynthia Gaston, Rachelle Limosnero and Jacqueline D’Amico

707 Glade Road

Colleyville, Texas 76034

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Vine House Real Estate Group

Specialty | Our primary focus is residential real estate. Vine House Real Estate Group is a full service real estate team with Rogers Healy and Associates Real Estate representing all price points across DFW. Specializing in all facets of real estate—residential, buying, selling, leasing, apartment locating, investing, commercial and multi-family. We are your trusted local housing and market experts, committed to building longlasting relationships beyond real estate. Our goal is to provide excellent service while creating clients for life. We primarily work in the North Texas Region with occasional transactions in other parts of the Lone Star State.

Defining Success | My success is defined by the impact I make on people around me, as a Realtor, a leader, a mom, and a friend. I have always aspired to be a trailblazer. I want to be the woman other people look up to and know

if I can do it, you can do it, too. I am grateful for the abilities that my successes has afforded me—I enjoy giving back to my community.

Giving Back | As a single mother, I have had hardships, but I’ve been blessed to have a very supportive family. I’ve made a concerted effort to support women’s shelters, as well as non-profits that help single parents, children in need, and those that work to rescue people from human trafficking. I am also a member of Compass Christina Church and each year we pack meals to feed thousands of people all over the world.

Inspiration | My grandmother, Mary DeLoera, exhibited strength, wit, and a strong work ethic. She was the backbone of our family. I’d love to thank her for all she taught me, and let her know I will always carry her legacy forward. She always encouraged me to be my best!

Words To Live By | “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and

he will show you which path to take. Rooted in faith, I am guided by this verse and always serving.” – PROVERBS 3:5-6

Childhood Dream Job | When I was younger, I wanted to be a pediatrician. I wanted to be in a field where I had the ability to help and care for people.

My Team | My team consists of my daughter, Kyleigh Gleason, and my two long-time friends Deanna Cass and Kandida Randall.

At The End of a Long Day… You will find me at home enjoying a home-cooked dinner with my family. Dinner is served promptly at 7:00pm and we have one rule… no cell phones. It is our quiet, intentional family time to talk about our day and life.

129 South Main Street, Suite 260 Grapevine, Texas 76051 (817) 501-7770

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The Rose Table

Katie-Rose Watson


Specialty | As a food blogger, cookbook author, and content creator, my goal is to inspire my readers to cook at home and host magical parties for their loved ones. The Rose Table is best known for my Disney Dinners series, which I began in 2018 and has since garnered tens of millions of views on social media.

Defining Success | A lot of people might say I’d define success as my cookbook or major brand deals, like when Disney sponsored my channel, but to me success comes from wanting to do something and having it turn out exactly as it did in my mind. Social media is a tricky business. You’re at the mercy of the algorithm. But when I dream up something crazy, like how to host a Jurassic Park party with dinosaurs and it turns out even better than I could have imagined, that’s a win.

Challenges | I’m a one woman show! When people watch episodes of The Rose Table, I don’t think they realize that I’m directing, filming, cooking, and hosting all at once. I edit all of the content. I photograph all of my recipes. I do every part of it—and it’s exhausting!

Greatest Professional Accomplishment | As a lifelong Disney lover, my greatest accomplishment has to be partnering with Disney. When I started Disney Dinners, The Rose Table only had 10,000 fans. When my very first episode—Frozen—got 10,000 views, I knew I had something special. My Alice in Wonderland episode went viral on Facebook and I ended up getting a video contract with Meta that changed my life. A month after I finished the year-long series, Disney reached out to me and has since sponsored three episodes: Mary Poppins Returns, Captain Marvel, and Maleficent Mistress of Evil. The Rose Table now has over 300,000 fans across platforms and over 30 million video views last year alone.

Work-Home-Life Balance | It’s difficult when you work from home. In addition to running The Rose Table, I also own a PR company. I work a lot of 12-15 hour days. I’m admittedly a workaholic, but I love what I do so I’m kind of always working. I think the key is to do something you’re so passionate about, you never feel like you’re working. I also make time to be outside every single day. I walk my dog, garden, play with my horses… being outside really grounds me and gets my eyes away from screens. I feel like a new woman after an hour with my horse!

Giving Back | I’m a huge patron of the arts and there are so many wonderful organizations like Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Shakespeare Dallas that do so much to introduce children to the arts.

My Last Meal | Probably my grilled lobster tails with ginger lime beurre blanc, roasted potatoes, and filet mignon. And we can’t forget dessert! A big slice of my Chocolate Lavender Dream Cake. Mmm. Now that’s a perfect meal in my book! | MAY 2023 49
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Alycia Savage


Specialty | I own a commercial, fine art photography studio in Keller Town Center. Savage Studio is a productbased boutique providing clients a luxury experience and premium art pieces including, custom heirloom albums, canvas gallery wraps, hand torn art, acrylic blocks, metal masterpieces and custom frames. We cater to families, high school seniors, corporate professionals, beauty and portrait sessions. I have always had a passion for photography!

Defining Success | True success comes from knowing I’m creating family heirlooms by preserving once in a lifetime memories for generations to come. The excitement, smiles, and tears of happiness on my clients’ faces is one of the most rewarding feelings I experience.

Priorites Then and Now | When I began my career as a professional photographer over 20 years ago, my priority was to provide relaxing and fun experiences with amazing art products. With the rise of cell phones and digital photography, the industry saw an increase of clients compromising for digital files over artwork in their homes. I have never wavered from my belief that your artwork should not ‘live’ on your phone and social media. Over the years I have discovered even more beautiful ways to display the family heirlooms I create for my clients.

Best Advice | I am often asked what it really takes to be a professional photographer. First and foremost, it is important to hone your craft and educate yourself about your equipment, proper and flattering lighting (studio and natural), posing, styling sets and editing techniques. Equally important (if not more important) is learning how to interact with your clients to make them comfortable and allowing you to capture their real self.

Work-Home-Life Balance | With the flexibility of working for yourself, life can become unbalanced easily. I feel it is important to set a daily schedule and stick to it.

Greatest Professional Accomplishment | I am very honored that I still photograph almost all of my very first clients after almost 22 years in business. It’s an amazing feeling to get to photograph a high school senior I’ve been photographing since their mother’s maternity session!

Words To Live By | “Don’t just make a living. Make a life.” My goal in life is to do what I love and love what I do... with passion!

At The End of a Long Day… While I have a huge love for traveling all over the country and world, at the end of the day I am in my happy place laughing with my friends and family (including my doggo!) trying a new recipe or grilling out by the pool in my flip-flops.

251 Town Center Lane, Suite #2105 Keller, Texas 76248

(813) 924-8356

Savage Studio

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Lorraine Haan-Stewart


Specialty | Commercial imagery including, family photography (family, seniors, maternity, pets), but also business needs (headshots, executive portraits, food, product). I have a lot of strings in my bow!

Defining Success | For me, success is when you have loyal clients who come back year after year, who respect and value your work, and that feeling you get when they love their images so much that they are near to tears.

Work-Home-Life Balance | To be honest, the edges are very blurred. I set boundaries although they are not set in stone. Part of my life surrounds dog rescue and I’m a ‘special needs and hospice’ foster for various rescues in the U.S. By it’s very nature, that role is not 9-5 and sometimes I travel long distances to bring a dog back for care. By the same token, photography commitments are not always 9-5. I pride myself on being very flexible in accommodating client needs. My day starts

early but even days I don’t need to be up, I enjoy that extra hour or two spending time with my wonderful dogs. They give me so much joy and love that it sets me up for my day—and with my 7 dogs plus two fosters that’s a whole lotta love!

Challenges | Many challenges starting anew in a foreign land. I’m British and when I moved here from England almost two decades ago I was on a visa with my (also British) husband so I was allowed to live here, but not work. The first few months I could go nowhere nor do anything. It was tough, but I had my camera so it was put to good use and saved my sanity!

Giving Back | I support many dog rescues, by fostering, donating (money or my photography skills for fundraising events and calendars). My husband and I also have a small beekeeping business and 25% of all proceeds goes to various local dog rescues.

Words To Live By | Life is like a camera. Just focus on what’s important and capture the good times, develop from the negatives and if things don’t work out, just take another shot.

What Clients Can Expect | First meeting is a fact finding exercise about what the client wants, expectations and goals. It’s a friendly, very relaxed meeting in person, or by phone. Then a follow up written communication outlining and agreeing to the shoot plan (date, time, location, costs, contingencies). It’s very fluid and efficient, and completely stressfree. I communicate well with my clients so there are no surprises. Shoots themselves are typically relaxed and most clients think they’re even fun!

At The End of a Long Day… I have all the fun I need doing my photo shoots and activities with my dogs. But if I have an hour at the end of the day, I practice my violin. A skill I’ve been trying to master for years. Progress is slow, but I enjoy using a different part of my brain. My deaf fosters commonly sit with me as I tickle the strings—I guess they won’t mind if I’m off key! | MAY 2023 51 (817) 714-7732
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Texas Regional Bank

Specialty | Texas Regional Bank offers full capabilities for our clients—banking, investments and insurance. As one of the premier banks across the state of Texas, Texas Regional Bank provides exceptional personal banking products and services along with unmatched customer service and experience.

Defining Qualities | At Texas Regional Bank, we build relationships through loyalty, trust and hard work. We live by the highest moral and ethical standards. In everything we do, we are open, honest, and respectful. We invite you to come and experience real ‘Relationship Banking.’

Giving Back | We take pride in contributing our time and resources to make our community great. We are successful when our communities are successful. It’s our mission to be the ‘People You Know’ in the communities that we serve. This is banking Texas, one relationship at a time.

I provide insights, guidance and services to help my clients achieve their financial and investing goals with tax planning, investing advice, and alternative investment opportunities. I take the time to get to know my clients personally, and to develop a deep relationship as their fiduciary and trusted advisor. I do this so as to understand my clients mindset, their view on money, and how their life and money connect.

Greatest Professional Accomplishment

I consider my greatest professional accomplishment to be when I helped turn a manufacturing company on the brink of bankruptcy into a profitable and expanding business nationwide.

I am dedicated to helping families plan for life’s major events, including Wealth Management, Insurance Planning, Credit Facilitation, Business Succession Planning, and Retirement Planning.

Greatest Professional Accomplishment | I am constantly present in the community, volunteering my time with numerous organizations. Never did I think that I would be named “2021 Citizen of the Year” from the Southlake Chamber of Commerce. I am humbled and will forever appreciate the recognition!

Defining Success | I define my own success as wanting what my clients want. I work hard for my clients. I am consistent, and I will not compromise. Things will always come together when one does the right thing.

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1256 East Southlake Boulevard, Suite 210, Southlake, Texas 76092 | Stacy Wells (817) 330-6083 | Mimi Tran (817) 678-2618

Veronica Tripoli


Specialty | I care. I have a passion for my industry, our communities, and most of all people. I have been selling real estate in the DFW market for over 20 years. My speciality is being completely in-tune with each of my client’s real estate needs. I have been known for providing accurate and knowledgeable information concerning the market and keeping my clientèle informed today, as well as for tomorrow. Real estate is many things and it is constantly changing. There is an energy and flow to it. Our metroplex is vast with so many different pockets, so I stay well-informed for you.

Why Choose Me | I listen to you.Your needs are my job. I enjoy consulting, listing, selling, buying, marketing and networking. It is this constant awareness of the trends and movements in our marketplace that have lead me to success as a luxury leader in the real estate market.

Defining Success | When all parties are happy. Success is many things. I contribute my success in real estate to my background in occupational therapy and care planning. I still do a complete needs assessment on every client. I want to know everything! Success is referrals, and dinner parties and the friendships that came from the trust that was built.

What Sets Me Apart | I’m fun and quirky. I don’t take myself too seriously. I’m a bit of a workaholic, so it works to my clients’ benefit. I enjoy cultivating and nurturing relationships. My approach to sales is highly intuitive and creative. I know where the secret gardens are... I enjoy finding that needle in a haystack, marketing ranches with ponies, securing the yard for Fido, showcasing the dream kitchen, and working with investors.

Honors / Awards / Memberships | I spend a lot of my time in real estate collecting sales performances and designations to secure and protect my clientèle’s best interest. These are a few of the designations and honors I’m most proud of: Certified Luxury Home Specialist, Advanced Historic House Specialist, Certified New Home Specialist, Certified Residential Specialist, Seller’s Representative Specialist and Accredited Buyer Representative. I am an active member of the Texas Association of Realtors, National Board of Realtors, Metro Tex Board of Realtors, and Colleyville Planning and Zoning Commission. I was proud to be awarded the Colleyville Women's Club Novus Award, and to be recognized as a Luxury Leader and Multi-Million Dollar Producer.

Home Sweet Home | I am truly blessed by the company I keep! Clients become friends, and ‘my casa is your casa’ becomes a way of life. From first time homebuyers to their forever home, I will be there. Real estate is a business transaction based on trust, market savvy, real estate nuances, and financial outcomes. It is a live process— and I respect that real estate is a fast-moving commodity, but it’s also ‘Home Sweet Home.’ It is always my honor to assist you and my pleasure to get to know you. | MAY 2023 53
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Specialty | I enjoy every facet of the real estate business from advising clients purchasing new construction homes, assisting first time home buyers, and guiding clients as they navigate their most important investments over the years.

Women in Business | Women and particularly moms seem to have a unique ability to relate to our clients and help them discover what they are truly looking for in a home. Everyone has a specific reason to own a home—whether its their first one or their 4th or 5th one—and women do a better job listening and trying to meet those needs. Women have the unique ability to be part counselor, part coach and part cheerleader!

Defining Success | I have always been a very competitive person, however in real estate it’s not about the number of transactions. It’s about the quality of the relationships you build with your clients. When you work every deal as if it’s

Turner Fortune Real Estate

your only client, people remember that—and they’ll come back to you when they’re ready to make their next real estate decision. My success has always been repeat and referral business!

Challenges | Residential real estate has been somewhat dominated by women and we are all fairly competitive. The difficulty occurs in trying to establish a reputation of trust and integrity— recognized by both your prospective clients, as well as your peers. I have a unique focus—since my name is on the building!

Greatest Professional Accomplishment |

Building our real estate company while taking the time to enjoy having amazing kids and grandkids!

Work-Home-Life Balance | Luckily, my husband and I own Turner Fortune Real Estate. He’s our broker and I manage the day-to-day operations and our agents. We also own Turner Fortune Renovation & Design. I handle design work, and he handles the rest of that business. We’re both workaholics. We enjoy time together, but ultimately we both like talking about business.

Words To Live By | In both our personal and professional lives, we live by ‘The Golden Rule,’ Treat people like you want to be treated! We strive every day to live by those words and encourage those around us to do the same.

Childhood Dream Job | I wanted to be a clothing designer. Growing up I loved clothes, and in high school I worked at a boutique in Tulsa. I absolutely loved doing all the displays for the store!

Making A Difference | One of my favorite charities is GRACE Grapevine. I enjoy helping people and mentoring them. I was recently honored to be named as one of the top 500 Agents for 2022-2023 by Real Producer, and Fort Worth Magazine named me a Top Realtor in 2022-2023.

5200 Colleyville Boulevard, Suite D Colleyville, Texas 76034

(817) 366-5885

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Vera Photo and Talent

Vera Crosby


Specialty | I am a photographer, model scout and manager. I love to help brand people for their business whether it’s for modeling or real estate—its all the same to me. I try and make everyone feel comfortable so they can let me do my magic. I love shooting senior photos and I love working with kids. I am passionate about bringing out the best in people to help them succeed.

Defining Success | My definition of success is doing what you love and watching your clients become successful. That makes me happy! Having a hand in creating a brand for them and watching them soar is all the success I need!

My Why | I’m a passionate person and I fell in love with photography instantly, but I also hustled my butt off to get noticed because I love to show everyone how beautiful they are to me. Photography allows me the perfect way to offer people that gift and share with them how I see them through my camera lens.

Challenges | Over the course of my career and life, I have learned that I can’t do everything—and it’s okay to ask for help when you need it.

Work-Home-Life Balance | One of the benefits of building my own business is that I’ve been able to make my own schedule—and since my kids have always been my number one priority, that’s been a huge blessing.

Best Advice | If you’re interested in modeling— finish school first and then try it as a secondary job for extra money. If it happens, it happens. But it’s not easy.

Greatest Accomplishment | I get full satisfaction knowing my children have all received recognized for what they do—academically, sports, and in the fashion world. One of my sons was ranked 11th most famous male models in the world, my other son won MVP in the NFL Pro Bowl last year, and my beautiful daughter continues to shine and excel in college—what more could I want than to see them all succeed. At the end of each day, it’s not about me. I’m excited watching my kids shine. They’re all pretty amazing, I’m so blessed!

Words To Live By | Believe in yourself and be confident—people will feed off of great energy. And if something is meant for your life it will come your way.

At The End of a Long Day… I can be found cooking and dancing in my kitchen, plus chilling with my dogs— I love them! | MAY 2023 55
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She Supply was formed in 2016 during a youth choir tour bus ride when Shari leaned over the aisle to show Kathy a Facebook video that she had recently watched on period poverty. It moved the two women so much that they began researching the homeless situation in the DFW area to determine if there was a need. There was a need. Shortly after, the vision and brand proposition of She Supply was created, and Kathy and Shari vowed to make a difference in their community and fight the effects of period poverty.

SHE SUPPLY has a vision to fight the effects of poverty through service and friendship to women of all ages and to change the trajectory of their lives. At She Supply, their mission is to provide a sense of dignity and cleanliness to women in need, and their goal is to end period poverty. They do that by providing women with monthly feminine hygiene products and new underwear — basic necessities that most of us take for granted.

She Supply provides pads, tampons, bras and underwear to community partners on an ongoing basis to fill the gap where their resources lack.



• Homeless shelters

• Food pantries

• Domestic violence services


• Serve our community

• Faith through service

• Grace without judgment

“Often when teens and single parents come to live with us, they arrive with nothing more than the clothes on their backs and a garbage bag of personal items. Our partnership with She Supply offers our residents dignity and hope in the form of new undergarments and feminine products. Thanks to She Supply we can shift the resources we allocate for these essentials to other critical program needs,” shared Courtney Banatoski, President & CEO, Cumberland Presbyterian Children’s Home.

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She Supply Stats

There are 2,400 Homeless Women in North Texas Counties

1,000,000 Products Delivered

65,832 Cycles Funded

161,000 Female Households in Texas Currently Live in Poverty


Period Products

Period poverty is defined as inadequate access to menstrual hygiene tools and education, including but not limited to sanitary products, washing facilities and waste management. While the term period poverty is relatively new in medical literature, menstrual hygiene management has been discussed for decades in the context of the gender gap in education for youth living in low- and middle-income countries.


Will you join the mission to end period poverty? She Supply collects feminine hygiene pads, tampons, and underwear (new with tags). If you’d like to donate items She Supply needs, please reach out to them through their email below to schedule a pick-up of your donations.


Let the organization help you organize a She Supply donation drive for your business, community organization, or church group. Just set a time frame for your donation drive, advertise your donation drive to your group, set up collection boxes, and feel good knowing you are making a difference for women in need.


Are you seeking a speaker to come talk at your upcoming event? The She Supply mission is to raise awareness to end period poverty—and that starts with getting the word out. If you are interested in having one of their trained members to come speak about this epidemic and their mission at your next event, please email them a request. They would love to support you and your community. (They kindly request at least 30 days advanced notice for all speaking engagement bookings.)


She Supply is always on the lookout for volunteers to help with fundraising, event planning, awareness, and much more. They would love to hear from you about their volunteer opportunities. Tampons and sanitary pads are some of the most needed items in homeless shelters and food banks. She Supply won’t stop until period poverty in Texas has ended once and for all. Join us in supporting women.
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25% of Women Struggled to Buy
Last Year Due to Lack of Income
Imagine Having to Decide Whether to Buy Milk for Your Children or Buy Pads for Yourself... this is a Problem She Supply is Committed to Solving


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I said so

In this issue of Society Life’s Mom’s column, we asked local Real Estate Agent, Jade Stocker to answer 20 questions about her experiences both in becoming and being a mom. Jade has one daughter: Luna Rue (6 months old). Jade lives with her fiancé Johstin and Luna in Fort Worth. Here’s what she had to say…

Want to be featured with your kids?

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SOCIETY LIFE: What’s one of your earliest memories you have of your Mom? JADE STOCKER: The holidays! Christmas especially, growing up my mum would go all out for the holiday season and family traditions. Now that I have Luna, I’m so excited to introduce those traditions into my own family, and add new ones of course!

SL: What’s something you thought about Motherhood that was totally wrong? JS: I really thought juggling work and motherhood would be easy. Mum guilt is real! But I am learning to give myself grace and not put too much pressure on myself.

SL: What’s something you always wanted to do but didn’t... and why didn’t you? JS: When I first moved to the U.S. from London, England 12 years ago my plan was to work and save money, then go back-packing for a year. Little did I know I would meet my fiancé here, then decide to stay in America—and the rest is history!

SL: Was there something your Mom did when you were a kid that you swore you’d never do as a parent? JS: Nagging, haha! But really, her being a working single mum I never really appreciated all that she did. Being a mother myself now, I look back on those years slightly differently. Since I am able to work from home, I hope that I’m able to spend more time with Luna rather than being away from her working.

SL: What did you think you wanted to be when you grew up? JS: A fashion buyer. Before becoming a real estate agent I worked as a store manager in luxury retail. I have always loved fashion.

SL: How have your notions of what it means to be a Mom changed over your lifetime? JS: Before becoming a mother, I had this picture perfect idea in my head of what it was going to be like. I thought it was like the highlight reels you see on Instagram, but instead I’m showing up to the office in the same outfit from the day before with spit up on my shoulder!

SL: What’s the best family vacation you’ve ever taken? JS: I have had so

many great ones. In 2017 I took a trip home to the UK, a few days after being there Johstin flew over and surprised me. He had planned out everything and came with us on our family holiday to Palma Majorca and proposed on a small dock on the Mediterranean Sea. I’m very excited to go on our first family beach vacation with Luna this year!

SL: Is there a moment or event that radically changed the way you saw Motherhood? JS: : I have been a mum for such a short time, but the bond that I feel with my tiny human is something I never would have imagined. She is by far my greatest achievement and I feel very lucky to be her mum.

SL: When did you know you were ready to have kids? JS: When I was younger I thought I’d be ready in my mid-twenties. That came and went and I was definitely not ready because I was focused on work. I think when I turned 30, I felt like “Okay, I can do this.”

SL: What’s your favorite photo of your family or kids? JS: When Luna was born, Johstin took a selfie of the three of us. I don’t think I even knew what was happening in that moment, but that picture will always be so special.

SL: What was the first year of motherhood like for you? JS: Life has changed so much! It’s only been a few months but it’s been a whirlwind of emotions—both amazing and exhausting! The hardest, but most rewarding job.

SL: What do you want or wish most for your kids? JS: For her to live life to the fullest, travel, experience different cultures and to live out her dreams.

SL: What are some of your biggest struggles as a Mom? JS: Trying to juggle everything! Making sure that I’m giving Luna the attention she needs, along with working, being a good fiancé, dog mum, keeping the house clean and making time


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for myself and my health. I have newfound appreciation for all the mothers out there!

SL: What would your perfect day off be like? Describe it. JS: Family day! Exploring a new city—eating delicious food on a patio in the sun.

SL: What’s the one song that means the most to you? JS: Taylor Swift’s Never Grow Up

SL: What advice would you give to your younger self about Motherhood? JS: Time flies, treasure every moment! Don’t be so hard on yourself and take the help—the first few months are an especially wild ride and any kind of respite is much needed.

SL: Is there a quote, saying, words of advice or scripture you consider words to live by? JS: “Life is what happens to you, when you are busy making other plans.” – John Lennon. I have a tendency to want to control every outcome and always look to the future, so this quote reminds me to live in the moment.

SL: If you could share a meal with any woman past, present or future who would it be? Why? JS: My grandma. Living overseas and being away from family is hard. Modern technology definitely helps, especially when we FaceTime. But having Luna makes me miss even more not having my family closeby. We have always had a great bond and she is hilarious!

SL: What Mom from real-life or even TV/movies do you admire most? JS: I can’t think of one mum that I admire the most. All mothers out there deserve admiration!

SL: At the end of a long day, what do you do for fun or relaxation? JS: Winding down with a hot bath and then binging a Netflix show and eating a delicious dinner.

– Momilies Column –Would you like to answer 20 questions about motherhood and becoming a mom? If so, you could be featured here in our next Momilies column with your kids and family. Our photographer will take professional photos of you all for the article as well. We even give you some to keep! Please send an email with your contact to:

– FatherHood Column –Dads can also send in their stories about fatherhood to be considered. Share any memorable moments with our readers by emailing his story of fatherhood to us at: | MAY 2023 63


Twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall, we host a kid-centric party. It’s a good thing we have a kid. If we didn’t, it would be strange. We won’t hold these parties much longer. Our 11-year-old daughter, Revi, will soon be a teenager. Our house is rather small. Our backyard is fewer square feet than our house, so we tend to host parties in our front yard. A critical element of the spring party is the attempted enhancement of our home’s curb appeal. The beautification, as with so much in life, begins with mulch. My apologies if you are a neighbor and are not invited to the party. This story is not about you, though I guess it could be. It is about mulch. I dread purchasing and laying mulch. I will not focus on laying it. It’s a dirty process. My wife believes I should pay to lay it. I shouldn’t have to pay to lay it, so I will focus on purchasing the bags of mulch.

This year the procurement experience began when I arrived at the garden center of a local big-box retailer. Due to the expansive size of the garden center, I was not able to immediately locate a register where I could pay for the mulch. Fortunately, an employee was nearby. According to her name tag, her name was “Marge.” She was no ordinary employee. Marge was in her 80s and was lounging in a Rascal. A Rascal is an electric mobility scooter that can be modified into a formidable all-terrain vehicle. Holstered in the Rascal was a can of Pringles, a 48 oz. Sonic limeade, and an oxygen tank. An oscillating fan hummed beside her. She was engrossed in, judging by its cover, a trashy romance novel. Her mouth held a cherry stem that she flipped from end-to-end as though it was a toothpick. Unsure if she was on a break, or if she had broken out, I took a chance and I asked where I could pay for mulch. She responded in riddle and said, “Not here, not near, walk past the underwear.” I embarked on my journey. I purchased two pairs of euro-briefs and 32 bags of mulch. I returned to the garden center to load the mulch into my car.

As I lifted the eleventh bag of mulch into the car, I heard the electric buzz of the Rascal approach. Marge came to a screeching hockey-stop two inches from my shins and insisted that I provide proof of payment before I dare load another bag into the car. I handed her the receipt, scoffed at her feeble ways, and continued to load the car. Her computer-like brain counted 34 bags. I corrected her and informed her that I only purchased 32 bags. Then, nonsensically, in a rather strong-armed tone she demanded that I purchase an additional two bags. I planned to buy another two bags anyway. I thought it best not to argue. She abruptly swiveled the Ras-

cal with enough g-force to make an astronaut cry. As she peeled away, she sent me a warning message. Her oxygen bottle became unseated and slammed against my car.

I returned to the car 15 minutes later with a receipt for two more bags of mulch. It was two too many. My muscles ached. As I prepared to load the bags into the car, I heard the threatening buzz of the Rascal. Before she could ask, I presented her with my receipt. She smiled and said I reminded her of Herc U. Lees, a character from the book she was reading. She began to make odd mouth motions as if she was chewing cud. With a hacking cough she dislodged from her mouth a knotted cherry stem and spit it in my direction. Then she aggressively whipped two-fingers into the air in approval of the two bags, as a signal to her gang, or to gesture the new peace between us. Perhaps it was all three.

Thank You MulchVery

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FEST • Main Street Fest is a family-friendly festival in the heart of Historic Downtown Grapevine, Texas. It’s three fun-filled days of live music, craft beverage experiences, delicious eats, street performers, shopping, and so much more! The Main Street Fest is family-friendly with the unique KidZone and tons of fun in the carnival! Live entertainment will be going all weekend long with tribute bands on four stages. Look for music headliner, Little Texas, on the Main Stage Friday, May 19th and 90s pop rock band, Vertical Horizon Saturday, May 20th. This year they are hosting the largest Craft Brew Experience yet, featuring over 100 brews from 50 breweries. Be sure to stop by A Taste of Texas, a brand-new tasting opportunity where you’ll find 20 breweries and 40+ craft brews from the Lone Star State all in one spot. There’s also the ability to upgrade your Taste of Texas ticket to a VIP ticket and gain access to the Lone Star Lounge. Last but not least get a spot at the first ever Brews & Bites pairing workshop, featuring treats from Chez Fabien and brews from Shannon Brewing Co. Find new activities down Main Street! Play a game of pickleball with your friends at the Chicken N Pickle pickleball court, complete with bleachers for spectators! You will also find a brand new climbing rock wall on Wall Street. Adults are$9 and children 6-12 and seniors 62+ are $5. Get a Weekend Pass Pin for $20 plus shipping for the collectible pin and entry for all three days. For more visit:


• Sirius XM radio host Seth Rudetsky is bringing his Broadway concert series to Dallas. Lyric Stage is proud to present Seth’s Broadway Concert Series: starring Jessie Mueller and Seth Rudetsky at the Majestic Theatre on Tuesday, May 23 at 7:30pm. Rudetsky is teaming up with Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller for the special-event concert by Lyric Stage that will be filled with intimate, funny, behind-the-scenes stories mixed with incredible performances of the songs Mueller has performed on Broadway and beyond. Mueller will recreate showstopping performances from her unique Broadway career such as "She Used to Be Mine" from Waitress, "If I Loved You" from Carousel and, of course, the title song from Beautiful. Tickets for this special one-nightonly concert range from $40-$175. VIP includes premium seating and a meet and greet and photo op with the Broadway stars after the show for $250. Visit:


Join us for Mental Health and Athletes— a panel discussion with athletes about their mental health. Investing in our mental health has become more necessary and more discussed amongst athletes today than in the past. We are fortunate to have many athletes at all levels speaking up about mental health and the importance of it in sports and life. On Tuesday, May 23rd from 7-8:30pm, Dr. Nina Rios-Doria will be hosting a mental health discussion with former professional athletes and others to discuss their mental health journey in sports. The athletes on panel include: James Nitties (former PGA Player), Craig Gentry (former Texas Ranger MLB Player), Tony Casillas (former Dallas Cowboys NFL Player), and (former NFL Player) Louis Trinca-Pasat. They’ll be addressing overcoming injury, transitioning out of their sport, dealing with daily pressures, and more when playing sports and how it affected their mental health. There will be opportunities to ask questions at the end of the interview. Teens, parents and others are welcome to attend this event. May is mental health awareness month. Let's keep the dialogue open and discuss and invest in our mental health. Visit: Click ’connect’ then ‘event calendar’ then ‘registration.’ ....................................................................

MAY 26 • JOHN WAYNE DAY • John Wayne’s legend is celebrated on John Wayne Day, which takes place each year on The Duke’s birthday, May 26. During the day, visitors to John Wayne: An American Experience can sample cookies and Gold Handle Coffee in John Wayne Stock & Supply. That day, the shop also will launch its new “America, Why I Love Her” 50th anniversary collection—a Grammy-nominated recording featuring patriotic poetry recited by John Wayne. The John Wayne Cancer Foundation will also be on-site, telling guests about the John Wayne Grit Series, which includes five picturesque run locations across the west, including Fort Worth. The exhibit will be open till 3pm (last tickets sold at 2pm), when it will close for the second John Wayne Day event. This event will take place in the Fort Worth Stockyards. Visit:

JUNE 2-3 • TASTE ADDISION • Sample all that Addison has to offer at Taste Addison, the iconic festival that dates back to 1993. The best-in-DFW experience includes national music artists, top-notch Addison eateries, wine and spirits tastings, special performances, activities for the whole family, and a chance to discover what makes

Addison the live-work-play capital of North Texas. Event takes place at Addison Circle Park located at 4970 Addison Circle, 75001. Entrance is located at the corner of Quorum Drive and Addison Circle. To learn more about Addison, go to:

JUNE 3 • THE UNICORN’S BIRTHDAY DSO CONCERT • Join the DSO for the premiere of The Unicorn’s Birthday. The DSO commissioned Grammy-nominated and multiplatinum award-winning composer, Bob Singleton, to create this sensory-friendly concert. “The Unicorn’s Birthday” will be a gentle, fantasy-and-fun-filled symphony experience with terrific music, fun sounds, captivating on-stage activity, friendly graphics, and gentle audience interactivity. This new work is designed to be a welcoming concert for families as well as those with special needs. Concert will be at Meyerson Symphony Center at 11am. Tickets start at $17. Visit: ....................................................................

JUNE 4 • WW MILITARY MILES 5K, 10K AND HALF MARATHON • Come join us and support our Military in our 15th Annual WW Military Miles 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon in Keller Texas. It starts and finishes in front of Keller City Hall Building. The event benefits three charities: Fisher House Foundation, WWP, and Team RWB. The “Happenings” begin at 6:45am with the Half Marathon corral followed by the 10K and then the 5K. Half Marathon need to be lined up by 6:30am, 10K by 7:00am, and 5K 7:30am. Races starts at 1100 Bear Creek Parkway in Keller 76248. Visit:


2023 • On Saturday, June 10 at 4pm, the Emmanuel Presbyterian Church of Bedford located at 2701 Harwood Road will host a free concert. Their vision is to share the joy of classical music with their neighbors with Concerts on Harwood—a classical music concert series. This concert will be followed by two others this year, in September and December. Ticket price is free. Donations appreciated. French Horn Recital by Tyler Wang (French horn faculty at Tarrant County College; former principal horn of Shenyang Symphony Orchestra, China; and former French horn faculty Northeastern University, China) will be with Tak Yan Yeung on piano. Fo more info, please visit:

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Budget Friendly Dripping Springs


On a recent trip to Dripping Springs, Texas I was astounded at the vast number of unique places to stay! There’s an experience for every budget, and one of those was a quaint cottage overlooking the rolling Texas Hill Country.

I love Dripping Springs! The hills roll out before you in all directions, the wine flows abundantly, and there are some seriously unique places to stay! If you’re planning a trip, make sure to just start planning your second one, because this small town has so many cool spots that will keep you coming back. What I love is that Dripping Springs has something for every budget. If you’re looking for something more luxurious, there are some places that will make you wonder if you’re even in the United States. If you’re looking for something more budget friendly, you’re still able to get a one-of-a-kind experience.

Sure to fulfill all your wild hippy desires, this cabin is perfect for someone looking for a budget friendly option in Dripping Springs. You can rent a tiny cabin with large windows that give you the best views of the Hill Country. It’s perfectly situated so that you feel like you’re all alone! For just $85 a night you can book this cabin and wake up to an incredible sunrise. Perfect for anyone seeking tranquility, you can come here to journal, relax, and not have a worry in the world! And don’t worry, this spot is still close to shops and restaurants. Located at the 13 Acres Wellness Retreat, you can schedule private coaching, meditation, yoga or a massage during you stay ( When you’re not chilling inside your cabin, you can relax on the hammocks outside. If you’re looking to stay here, you can book through AirBNB.

If you’re looking for a budget friendly and memorable experience in the Texas Hill Country, this cabin is just the spot. Don’t forget to check out some of the other incredible places to stay in Dripping Springs as well as all of the fun things to do in Dripping Springs. Sometimes the magic is found in some of the smaller towns—there was actually so much to do in Dripping Springs that we had to go back twice and still didn’t get to do quite everything we wanted.

Many people might know about Dripping Springs because of the famous Hamilton Pool that you have to make a reservation for months in advance. However, you’re doing yourself a disservice if you don’t spend a couple of days to explore all of the other amazing things to do here. Of all things I expected to find in Dripping Springs, I can confidently say that a 200-year-old Vietnamese courthouse was pretty close to the bottom of my list. However, Tillies offers luxury dining in the Hill Country. As soon as you walk in, you’re greeted by ornate teal doors that lead to another country. The restaurant itself was transported from Vietnam to Dripping Springs by the owner and filled with other antiques from around the world. You could simply enjoy this place for the views. Yet you would be missing the food. American fare mixed with Asian influences make the menu truly unique. We savored each bite of the grilled beef short rib with hot shiitake mustard and tagliatelle and wished we could try one of everything. The drinks incorpo-

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rated local distilleries such as the Agua De Campo using sotol from Desert’s Door and the Amalfi Thymes which used Dripping Springs gin. Afterwards you could order desert or head outside to make s’mores by the fire. Looking for a little thrift shopping or cute boutiques? You can spend a lazy afternoon wandering through Historic Mercer Street. Visit the 1854 homestead of Dr. Pound at the Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead. The Pounds were a founding member of Dripping Springs and helped lay the foundation of the town. The house remained with them for four generations, and 90% of the artifacts came from the family making the home personal and a great representation of the times!

Hamilton Pool Preserve doesn’t need many words. If you’re a Texan, it’s probably already on your bucket list. Created when an underground river collapsed, Hamilton Pool is a historic and oneof-a-kind site. To plan the perfect getaway to Hamilton Pool, here are a couple of notes. In the Summer months you have to make a reservation as early as 2-3 months ahead of time (especially for weekends). You can choose either a morning or evening slot. Because of its popularity, I expected it to be incredibly packed. However, on the day of our reservation, we arrived just as it opened and for the first 30 minutes there were maybe 10 people total. After that it still didn’t get full until two hours later, and even then, it never got overwhelmingly crowded. If you want complete relaxation, make sure to get there early to be one of the first people. Hamilton Pool is a stunning site to be seen. However, years of human activity have caused the greenery and wildlife to fade away and have left this place pretty barren. Right next door is the Westcave Discovery Center. Here they take you on tours to discover the relatively untouched beauty of the Westcave grotto. I’m so glad they were able to preserve this so we can enjoy it’s natural wonder. It also serves as a powerful lesson on our impact on the environment and our need for conservation.

I’ve always had a love for olives, but the Texas Hill Country Olive Company helped me grow a true appreciation for the work that goes into olive oil. You can go in any day of the week and try these local olive oils, eat from their cafe, and enjoy olive oil gelato (sounds weird, tastes great!) However, the real treat is going on the Olive tour where you can see the trees and the olives growing on them depending on the season, learn about the different types of olives and see the process of making the olive oil. Since Dripping Springs is so close to Austin, there’s naturally quite a bit of Austin influence. We stopped at the food truck park which had several different options, but our favorite was Razas Food Shack. If you’re looking for breakfast tacos, this is the place to go. For less than $3, one taco is more than enough, and on top of your traditional breakfast tacos, they have funky cool toppings for something different.

Dripping Springs might be named after the springs at the Milk House Branch of Edwards Aquifer, but it almost could be named after the abundant options for distilleries in one place (probably the first option, but still). Check out all of the amazing distilleries in the Dripping Springs area. In addition to the abundant distilleries, there are even more wineries. There are different wine tours in the area, but my favorite option is through Austin Wine Tours where you can hire a chauffeur in one of their vehicles and choose your own path. Check out all of the wineries in Dripping Springs.

Part of the reason I keep coming to Dripping Springs is all of the cool places you can stay, plus all of the fun things to do. Dripping Springs has some of the most unique places to stay in Texas. From a fairy tale house to a safari themed house and more, there are so many cute options for a fun getaway whether you want to get out or just relax in your cool rental for a weekend. Put Dripping Springs on your summer road trip list. | MAY 2023 69

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Dallas Athletes Racing

WW Military Miles 5k,


and Half Marathon

Heroes are remembered, but legends never die. In 490 B.C.E., during the Greco-Persian Wars, a Greek soldier named Pheiddipedes was told to make haste and run 25 miles to Athens to deliver news of Greece’s victory over Persia. The town he departed from was called Marathon. Legend has it he ran without a single stop, delivered his message, and dropped dead on the spot. The Marathon was born. In 1894, inspired by this legendary feat, the newly formed International Olympic Committee (IOC) added the Marathon into its Athletic category. Seventeen athletes from five countries competed in that Marathon. Ironically, the race was won by a Greek water carrier named Spyros Louis, who also became a national legend. Today, there are over 800 marathons throughout the US, with over 60 million participants. Terrestrial locomotion—or rather, walking, running, or jogging—is not only good for your health but also financially healthy for the charitable organizations they represent. Whether it’s a 5k, 10k, half, or full Marathon, competitive racing connects competitive spirits to philanthropic foundations. Race participants are always ready to spend their calories for a cause. It’s why Dallas Athletes Racing (DAR) wants you to come out and join them for their 15th Annual WW Military Miles 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon that starts and finishes in front of Keller Town Hall. The event benefits three military charities: Fisher House Foundation, WWP, and Team RWB (Team Red, White & Blue). The ‘happenings’ begin at 6:45am with the Half Marathon corral followed by the 10K and then the 5K. The different starting times allow DAR to keep you safe and spread out during the race. All runners will be timed, and there will be awards for each age group. Each participant will receive a Commemorative t-shirt, world famous DAR race socks, and finishers medal.

WHO: Dallas Athletes Racing (DAR) began with a single kids and family triathlon in Coppell, Texas, in May 2001. It became Texas’s largest kids and family multi-sport event in its first year! With over 80,000 athletes in their database, DAR has become a powerful charitable fundraising organization. DAR is a family and friend-owned and operated small business that focuses on fun events and a healthy lifestyle!

WHAT: 15th Annual WW Military Miles 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon. Each participant receive the following:

• Commemorative T-Shirt

• World Famous DAR Race Socks

• Finishers Medal


WHERE: Keller Town Hall

1100 Bear Creek Parkway Keller, Texas 76248

The race starts and finishes in front of Keller City Hall

HOTEL STAY: Stay at the Hampton Inn Hotel and walk to the race site on race morning. Great rate! Hampton Inn is at 200 Town Center Lane in Keller.




Sunday, June 4th, 2023



The race starts and finishes in front of Keller Town Hall


5:30 - 6:30am – Half Marathon

5:30 - 7am – 10K

5:30 - 7:30am – 5K

START TIMES: 6:45am – Half Marathon

7am – 10K

7:30am – 5K

11am Course Closes

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WHEN: Sunday, June 4, 2023


5:30 - 6:30am – Half Marathon

5:30 - 7:00am -– 10K

5:30 - 7:30am – 5K


6:45am – Half Marathon

7am – 10K

7:30am – 5K

11am – Course Closes

WHY: With the WW Military Miles Half Marathon, 10K and 5K (over 4,000 runners), and other events, DAR has raised over $500,000 for wounded military and their families, school districts, Team in Training (leukemia-lymphoma), organ donation and other charities! For 20 years, DAR has been providing athletes from beginners to elites with the best triathlon and foot races in the entire metroplex!

HOW: Anyone can pick up your packet. Maximum five packets per pick up. Preregister on your personal device before arriving at Packet Pick. Changing distances is not offered at Race Day Packet Pick Up. Registration closes at 6am—no exceptions. Dallas Athletes has a no refund or transfer policy.

PACKET PICK-UP SCHEDULE .........................................................


Bike Mart

1451 W Campbell Rd, Richardson, Texas 75080

SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 2023 FROM 12-4 PM Bear Creek Running Co.

121 Rufe Snow Dr. Ste. 103, Keller, Texas 76248


FISHER HOUSE FOUNDATION: Fisher House Foundation is best known for its network of comfort homes where military and veteran families can stay at no cost while a loved one receives treatment. (

WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT: Founded in 2003, the Wounded Warrior Project is a charity and a veteran's service organization that offers a variety of programs, services, and events for wounded veterans of military actions following September 11, 2001. (

TEAM RWB: Team RWB's (Team Red, White & Blue) mission is to enrich the lives of American veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. (


All 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon participants receive a commemorative WW Military Miles tech shirt and a pair of world-famous DAR socks! The men's shirt will be a short sleeve shirt, and the women's will be a tank top. All finishers will receive a custom finisher's medal.


You or a designated person of your choosing must be present at the awards ceremony to receive your award. We will not mail or arrange post-race pickup. There will be individual WW Military Miles awards for the following categories in each distance: Overall Male, Overall Female, Overall Masters Female and Male, and Overall Grand Masters Female and Male. The age group awards will be three deep male and female:


Male – 40-59

Female – 40-54

Grand Masters: Male – 60 and over

Female – 55 and over

Overall Finisher Awards, Age Group Awards, Chip Time Awards

Overall, Age Group awards will be set out and ready for pickup on race day. You can pick up your award once the timer updates and finalizes 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon results. You do not have to wait for an award ceremony



Can't make the event? Join us virtually. Do the 5K, 10K, or Half Marathon at your own pace and time. Please post your results on the WW Military Miles website and pictures on the Facebook page. Each virtual runner will receive a race shirt, finisher's medal, socks, and race bib. Packages will be sent out right after June 13.

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AMERICAN / ECLECTIC ......................................

Babe’s Chicken Dinner House • Fried chicken as good as grandma’s, but she’s got better things to do, like chow down on unlimited sides. Warm biscuits with butter and honey are reason to go. • Roanoke and NRH $ L D

Blue 22 Sports Grill • Locally owned, family gathering spot with a scratch kitchen offering prime sporting events—what more could you ask for? This is a perfect family friendly sports bar! • Trophy Club $-$$ L D R

Chef Point Modern Bar & Restaurant • Fine dining redefined. With indoor and outdoor dining spaces, they accommodate private and semi-private parties. Catering available. • Colleyville $-$$ (Brunch) L D

Chill Restaurant & Bar • Sports headquarters for business meetings, company parties, wedding receptions and rehearsals, birthdays and anniversaries. Outdoor patio, live music and ladies night. • Grapevine $ L D R

Craft & Vine • Stunning indoor-outdoor watering hole. Everything from expansive beer and wine choices to a menu of shareable plates invites conversation. Happy hour with martinis and sunsets. • Roanoke $$ L D R

FnG Eats • American grill comfort cuisine serving memories with a twist. A decidedly casual neighborhood spot where you get both a good burger and a dressed-up plate of mussels. The bar is just as vibrant. • Keller $$ ((runch) L D R

HG Sply Co. • Healthy has never been more indulgent. Using all-natural, minimally processed ingredients, the menu satisfies almost anything, whether you’re on a restricted diet or throwing caution to the wind. • Trophy Club $$ L D

Horizon 76 • Order a burger served “bone-in” or topped with mac and cheese and bacon, or chicken pot pie made with fried chicken chunks and crowned with a crispy chicken tender. Build s’mores. • Fort Worth $$ L D

Leela’s Wine Bar • Wine should be easy, eco-friendly and enjoyable—that’s why their wine is on tap. Tap is less bottles, less waste, consistent quality—glass after glass. Consider this your new wine bar. • Trophy Club $$ D

Mason & Dixie • Celebrating all things Southern—a neighborhood gathering place. Take them up on their BYOB invite when shrimp and grits is on their specials board. • In Grapevine Antique Market $ L

Moxie’s Grill & Bar • Crowd pleaser serving globallyinspired fare like Thai curry bowls, tuna ceviche, steak frites. Fun, sophisticated setting that’s equal parts sports bar and eclectic brasserie. • Southlake $$-$$$ L D

Next Wood Fired Bistro & Vino Bar • Intimate, and refined restaurant serving everything from simple roasted chicken or crab cakes, to lamb tagine or surf and turf. Acclaimed wine program. • Colleyville $$$ L D

Oak Street Food and Brew • Food hall with chef-driven food—from fish and chips to overstuffed baked potatoes, to craft bbq. Expansive in and out—gathering place for groups.

• Roanoke $-$$ B L D

PIAF Kitchen+Wine+Bar • From power lunch to happy hour, to a romantic date night. Weekends start with buffet brunch and end with drinks on rooftop bar. Flatbreads, seafood, steak. • Grapevine $$-$$$ (Brunch) L D

Sky Creek Grill • In Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club—bistro dishes with contemporary western flair. Steak, salmon, pasta, salads, sandwiches, hamburgers, cold beer. Restaurant and bar open to public. • Keller $-$$ B L D

Sky Creek Kitchen + Bar • Sky Creek embodies casual elegance with sleek, understated décor—prime destination for a special celebration, family dinner, romantic evening, or afterwork drinks.

• Southlake $-$$ L D

j Social Oak Wine & Whiskey Lounge • 21+ lounge with a speakeasy vibe, comfy patio, state-of-the-art wine and whiskey pouring systems, amazing tapas style dishes—an experience like no other. • Trophy Club $$-$$$ D R

j Sports City Taverna • A menu strong on options—wood fired pizza, street tacos, burgers, brunch. Whether your team wins or loses, you’re a winner with the best food and drinks in the city • NFW $-$$ (Brunch) L D R

Stone House Restaurant • Regionally inspired, locally sourced proteins and a chef’s garden. Sharables, craft beer, cocktails, wine, chops. Must-try 1200-degree broiled steak. • Colleyville $$-$$$ D

TruFire Kitchen & Bar • Consistent menu, exemplary burger of akaushi beef or truffle-scented mac and cheese. Banana split and handcrafted cocktails are a must. Gluten free and vegetarian menus. • Southlake $$ B L D

ASIAN / SUSHI / THAI ....................................

Cowtown Sushi • Unexpectedly refined sushi and sashimi. They’ve had “hidden gem” status for way too long. Chefs are eager to impress diners, making this an environment to expand your palate. • Southlake $-$$ L D

Foster’s Sushi, Seafood, Bar & Grill • Creative style to fill your appetite. Indoor and outdoor bar with friendly staff and total of 10 flat screen TVs to suit all sports fans, plus happy hour from 3-6pm. • Roanoke $-$$ L D

Honey Teriyaki • Quality Japanese food—teriyaki and sushi. Many sauces made from scratch with honey—hence the name. Large portions, reasonable prices, friendly service, legit food. • Colleyville $-$$ L D

j Hush Sushi • Posh location with elevated sushi and drink menu. Don’t miss their Wagyu burger. Foodies will flock to Hush for happy hour specials and their vast selection of Maki, Nigiri and Sashimi. • Keller $$-$$$ L D

Maki & Poké • Sushi rolls and Hawaiian bowls—here you don’t have to choose! Incredibly fresh and generous sushi rolls. BYOB (build your own bowl) is a fav. Very deserving of their many 5-star ratings! • NRH $-$$ L D

Malai Kitchen • Thai-Vietnamese mash-up—with silky curries, sriracha made in-house. Imaginative beverage program with house-brewed beers. A rand finale, Mango Sticky Rice Smash. • Southlake $$-$$$ L D

My Lan Vietnamese Kitchen • Big, steaming bowls of pho, heaping rice plates and rows of crispy egg rolls. Vietnamese staples are soulful and flavorful with reasonable prices . • Colleyville $ L D

NAPA Thai Asian Cuisine • Unique Thai restaurant that offers a glimpse of traditional Thai culture—where balance and harmony come together in a relaxing, yet elegant atmosphere. • Colleyville $-$$ L D

Noodles @ Boba Tea House • Generously portioned, skillfully prepared Vietnamese, pan-Asian dishes. Try the spicy beef noodle soup, Thai beef salad and the Mocha Madness smoothie. • Fort Worth $ L D

Sabai Sabai Southeast Asian Kitchen • Expect pad Thai, massaman curry, pho, also explore Lao beef jerky, steamed fish or a marinated beef salad. Dine in or takeout. Food packs plenty of flavor. • Grapevine $ L D

Saikou Sushi & Ramen • Well-executed Japanese cuisine. Slurp tonkotsu ramen, pork-forward broth, superb vegetable ramen, classic miso, shoyu and shio varieties. Sushi and bento boxes. • Alliance $-$$ L D

j Sea Siam Thai • Food captures the essence of Thailand. Using the freshest ingredients with traditional Thai cooking techniques, you can sip tea while browsing menu of the finest Thai foods. • Keller $$ L D

Sushi Dojo • Premier fast-casual sushi restaurant specializing in party trays, office/event catering, and food truck service. Known for sushi tacos and burritos. Delicious, affordable, high quality sushi. • Southlake $-$$ L D

Sushi Nomi • Modern Japanese with inventive sushirolls, ramen, teriyaki and more, plus beer and wine. Choose from delicious lunch options like bento boxes, fried rice, sushi specials.

• Fort Worth $-$$ L D

Sushi Sam • Lunch deals like loaded bento boxes. Management is always warm and personable, which is reflected in their friendly service. Amazing salmon skin rolls (not the easiest to pull off). • Southlake $ L D

Thailicious • Authentic Thai in a contemporary, relaxed environment. Soft shell crab, creamy curries, Crying Tiger and pad Thai. Seek out tom yum-inspired martinis and mojitos. • Southlake $$ L D

V’s House • Family-owned Vietnamese restaurant offering upscale takes on classic dishes—plus surprises. You’ll find staples of Vietnamese cuisine, including pho varieteies—all made in-house. Creative cocktail menu. • NRH $-$$ L D

Wine:30 • Wine bar featuring Texas wineries/wine makers, complimented by wines from California, France, and Italy— also offering a handful of locally brewed craft beers, flatbreads and charcuterie board pairings. • Roanoke $-$$ L D


Axiom Coffee • Coffee house with purpose. Organic beans sourced from small Honduras producers from a farm run by World Gospel Outreach employing single moms to harvest and supports an orphanage. • NFW $ B L D

Board + Brie • A curated array of noshables that pair perfectly with wine and talk. Cheese and charcuterie grazing boxes and boards, crowd-pleasing fare or feasts for one. Pick up or delivery. Catering for tables. • Roanoke $$-$$$ L D

Brew & Batter • Locally owned, stand alone house serving good coffee! Not to mention waffles! There offer two bases— cornbread and a liege waffle (a european waffle made with yeast daily) • Grapevine $ B L D

Buzzed Bull Creamery • Made-to-order, alcoholic and nonalcoholic frozen dessert and coffee company—harnessing the power of liquid nitrogen to bring a one-of-a-kind-experience to guests. • Grapevine $ L D

Alli’s Sweet Shop • Delicious cake pops for any event, celebration or just because! They deliver your bouquet just like a florist and brighten the day of any recipient! Cookies, cakes, cupcakes, treats. • Southlake $ L D

Creative Memories Bakery • Cupcakes, smash cakes, wedding, birthday, graduation, shower, gender reveal and baby shower cakes, petit fours, cookies, brownies, cake balls/pops, ding dongs. • Fort Worth $-$$

Crumbl Cookies • Giant cookies delivered! Chocolate chip, chilled sugar cookie and rotating flavors like key lime pie, salted caramel cheesecake, birthday cake or German chocolate. Open ‘til midnight! • Southlake $

Doughlicious • Offering scoops of raw, safe-to-eat dough in chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, sugar cookie, banana pudding and s’mores. Grab a multi-pack of mini scoops to share. • Grapevine $

Dr. Sue’s Chocolate • Doctor by trade, master chocolatier at heart, Dr. Sue Williams crafts the finest chocolate specimens you’ve ever had. Delightful creations like chocolate bark, truffles, and chocolate bars. • Grapevine $

j GOrganic Eats • High quality, organic, non-GMO, real food and drinks offered with the knowledge to empower you to make informed decisions as to what goes in your body (formerly DessertsRx). • Colleyville $ B L D

Hey Sugar Candy Shop • Bulk candies and popcorn, syrups and flavorings from an old-fashioned soda fountain. Chocolates by Nib Chocolates. Ice cream made in a machine from the 1920s. • Roanoke $-$$

JudyPie • Time-tested recipes, anchored by shortbread crust, elevate flavors like apple, pecan, buttermilk, banana cream into their best versions. By the slice or whole (large or small rounds). Gluten free, vegan, paleo. • Grapevine $ L D

Juice Junkies • No need to be a health nut to appreciate juice blends, smoothies, whole food snacks and cold-brewed coffee drinks, but they just might convert you. Cold-pressed. Restocked regularly. • Keller $ B L (continued on next page) | MAY 2023 75

Kindred Coffee Co. • A love for craft coffee and local community—they find the best coffee and roast it at their shop. Stop by for a cup, fresh salad, gelato or one of their pastries.• North Richland Hills $ B L D

‘Lette Macarons • Elegant French sandwich cookies readymade for gifting. Endlessly customizable. Offers a selection of fine shortbread cookies and will soon offer macaron ice cream sandwiches. • Southlake $

Native Coffee + Kitchen • Refreshing, independent voice serving unapologetic interpretations of comfort food favs—pancakes, tacos, burgers and nachos—alongside coffee made with Texas-roasted bean. $ B L D

Nothing Bundt Cakes • Made fresh daily using eggs, butter and cream cheese. Bite-sized Bundtinis, single serving Bundtlets, 8” and 10” cakes and double-tiered cakes. Daily samples show how yummy it is! • Southlake $

Personalized Grazing • Specializing in customized charcuterie boards and personalizing your culinary experiences, they offer classes, gifts, filled and unfilled boards, even custom boards. • Southlake $-$$$ B L D

Redefined Coffee House • Locals gather for birthdays, meetings, and conversation—and everyone sips macchiatos and iced lattes made with Avoca coffee beans. • Grapevine $ B L D

Texas Harvest Pie Co. • Small pie shop feels like home. Lovingly crafted pies like apple, blueberry, buttermilk, key lime taste like grandmas if she’s an expert baker. Serving lunch. • Keller $-$$

j To Chai For • To Chai For is a go-to for satisfying cravings! Serving coffee, chai lattes, paninis, scones, and waffles—every sip and bite is full of flavor, and made from scratch. Nothing prepackaged ever! • Keller $ B L D

BARBECUE ........................................................

Back Forty Smokehouse • Brisket, ribs, full bar, outdoor patio, friendly service, locally owned—should we keep going. Back Forty is conveniently located next to the new Tex Rail train station. • NRH $-$$ L D

Feedstore BBQ • Local fav with quality meats and the freshest veggies available. Ridiculously good chopped beef, chicken, sausage and fall-off-the-bone ribs, fried okra, spicy beans and amazing rolls. • NRH $-$$ L D R

Hard Eight Pit BBQ • Authentic mesquite barbecue. Award winning cuisine. “Old World” slow cooking over pits adopted from German settlers who came to the Texas Hill Country long ago. • Roanoke $-$$ L D R

Meat U Anywhere BBQ • “Meating” your BBQ and catering needs. Slow smoked with seasoned oak and hickory. Exclusive sides, special offerings, ultimate breakfast tacos • Grapevine and Trophy Club $-$$ B L D R

Red Barn Bar-B-Que • Best all you can eat catfish on Friday nights, and sausage and turkey around town. Rustic counter service with generous plates and comfort grub in. • Colleyville $-$$ L D

BREAKFAST (+ lunch/dinner)


Another Broken Egg Cafe • Twists on Eggs Benedict and Omelettes, Biscuit Beignets, Cinnamon Roll French Toast and much more. Brunch is the most important meal of the week! • Southlake $-$$ B (Brunch) L

Bacon’s Bistro & Cafe • Breakfast diner with really good service, food and company—sandwiches, soups and salads for lunch. It’s common to have a wait on weekends because it’s just that darn good! • Hurst $$ B L

Black Walnut Cafe • Classic fare, upscale flair. Handcrafted sandwiches to chilled local craft brews to swirly rows of gelato. Open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner every day of the week. • Colleyville $-$$ B L D

DeVivo Bros. Eatery • Rustic comfort food on Americanized menu with Italian flair. Bold flavor, large portions, meatloaf, pastas, sandwiches with rustic simplicity and refined elegance. • Keller $-$$ B L D

Kassandra’s Mexican Kitchen • Hidden gem. Great lunch with well-priced specials. Tortillas live up to the name. Put it on your list for breakfast, served all day. Breakfast quesadilla, beans and potatoes—a good reason to get up early! • Keller $ B L D

Main Street Bistro & Bakery (Bistro M) • Local gem with foodie following (and a Gallic accent). Chocolate bomb cake that makes your toes curl. Best croissants. Must-try pastries and desserts • Grapevine $$ B L D

Mangos Breakfast Brunch

• French toast, chicken, waffles, omelets. Taking shots at convention with duck bacon burgers, s’mores waffles, skillets with chicken fried steak, stuffed avocados. • Southlake, Keller $$ B (Brunch) L

Oldwest Cafe • Big menu, big portions, good value. Saddle up that horse and hit the trail for Oldwest Cafe... pretty darn sure ya’ might like it! Breakfast served all day long (or until we go home for the day)! • Grapevine $ B L

Rush Bowls • Smoothies in a bowl with fruit and toppings. Featuring all-natural fruit and açai blended until thick and creamy, these are a healthy alternative dessert or a perfect meal. Perfect refueling stop. • Keller $ B L D

Seven Mile Café • Fans flock for specialty pancakes, Gouda grits, egg dishes and Stumptown coffee. You cannot go wrong with benedicts or the pancake sampler. Vegan and gluten-free options. $-$$ B (Brunch) L

Stevie’s Diner • A unique, family-owned and operated throwback dining experience. Whether you’re in the mood for a delicious breakfast or lunch, head over to Stevie’s Diner. • North Fort Worth $ B L

Starwood Cafe • Specializing in breakfast and lunch at eight locations around DFW, and serving breakfast all day—this is your new brunch destination. Vast menu serving all your favs. • Trophy Club, NRH $-$$ B L

Sunny Street Café • Serving hearty American fare—with gluten-free options. Dine-in or carry-out, this is your neighborhood destination for fresh, wholesome food and friendly service served daily. • Roanoke $-$$ B L

Toasted Yolk • Perfectly poached eggs, strip after strip of crunchy bacon, layer upon layer of turkey and pastrami—these are delicacies we dream about at night, and they’re the ones we want to wake up to! • Keller $-$$ B L

Townhouse Brunch • Twists on omelettes, benedicts, pancakes, salads, sandwiches. Lean sweet (banana Nutella crepes) or savory (“everything spiced” avocado toast), your cravings is covered. • Colleyville $$ B (Brunch) L

BRITISH ...........................................................

From Across the Pond • Get your British classics—fish and chips, bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie and more—plus, burgers, sandwiches, pastas and salads from beyond the pond. • Colleyville $ L D

The Londoner Pub and Grill • Pub turning out English classics like fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, and bangers and mash with confidence. Their decor screams typical English pub. • Colleyville $$ L D

BURGERS / SANDWICHES ................................

Bottlecap Alley Icehouse Grill • 100% Fresh Angus Beef, name brand quality meats, whole veggies chopped in-house daily and local artisan buns. A place where kids and adults co-mingle successfully. • Grapevine $ L D

Chick & Biscuit • Southern food done right! Home-style comfort food—from spicy hot chicken to pulled pork, brisket, and sausage gravy, the menu honors the South. Inside Harvest Hall. • Grapevine $$ L D

Fred’s Texas Cafe • Nationally acclaimed hamburgers, fabulous chicken-fried steak, the coldest beer in town—that’s Fred’s—a beloved local dive that’s serious about food! • TCU, Fort Worth, NFW $-$$ L D

Kincaid’s Hamburgers • Where friends meet to eat! Hypefree, good-old-burgers, ice cream shakes, deviled eggs, stuffed jalepenos, fried okra, chicken sandwiches, banana pudding. • Southlake and Alliance $ L D

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LA Burger • Beautifully seared meat, thoughtful layering, oozy cheese, toasty buns—burgers executed with California flair. Tacos, fries, hot dogs, salads and shakes served counter-style, all with a fresh multi-culti twist.

• Keller $ L D

Old Town Ice House • Burgers, po-boys, wings, tacos, salads, artisan brews—celebrating the ice industry in its heyday, as well as the founding of Keller during that era. Raise an ice-cold glass with us! • Keller $ L D

Ferrari’s Italian Villa & Chop House • Beautiful banquet and private dining. Bountiful antipasti bar. The roasted entrées from the wood fired oven are standouts. Desserts prepared tableside. • Grapevine $$ L D

Fireside Pies • Swanky pizza served in a casual environment. Who knew my favorite veggie pie (Peta Pie) would come from the same place as my favorite meaty pie (Triple ‘Roni)? • Grapevine $ L D

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria • Brooklyn’s iconic pizza has now arrived—crust is perfectly thin and crisp and cheese and toppings first-rate. Brooklyn charm here to go with some excellent pizza. • Grapevine $ L D

• Keller $-$$ L D

The Pour Shack • Comes alive as the sun sets! Cover bands and DJs pump up the scene and the music at this big indoor/outdoor bar serving up burgers and drink specials. Your neighborhood bar.

The Station Patio Icehouse • Gathering place to enjoy good food, good drinks and good music. It’s everything you’d want your own backyard to be, with all the people you love and none of the work! • Keller $$ L D

CAJUN ..............................................................

Bayou Jack’s Cajun Grill • Part soulfuajun, part vibrant cocktails, two parts bon temps. Jambalaya, po boys, grilled oysters, étouffée. Drink swamp juice, Hurricane Kris and Abita on tap.

• Roanoke $-$$ L D

Copeland’s • Authentic taste of the Big Easy adjacent to the Hilton Southlake lobby. Soul satisfying eggplant pirogue and mind-blowing bananas foster French toast. • (In the Hilton Hotel) Southlake $-$$ B L D

The Lost Cajun • Real and authentic Cajun food from the gumbo and jambalaya to the fried seafood—it’s like you’re in Louisiana! Awesome frozen drinks and food you can taste!

• Keller $-$$ L D

GREEK .............................................................

Café Medi • Devoted fans—they give as much attention to vegetarian dishes as their succulent grilled and braised meats. BYOB. Salads, hummus, falafel and fool. Their lamb shanks really shine. • Keller and Hurst $-$$ L D R

INDIAN .............................................................

F2 Fusion Flavors • F2 combines the sensibilities of the Middle East with Asia, offering Indian flavored Kebabs, lamb and even goat dishes for a global tour of cuisines and cultures. Daily buffet. • Southlake $-$$ L D

Mughlai Fine Indian Cuisine • Courtly cuisine of Mughal royalty—familiar dishes like lamb roghan josh and chicken tikka masala served alongside more obscure dishes from authentic Indian street fare. • Southlake $$ L D

ITALIAN / PIZZA ..............................................

Armend’s Restaurante • Laid-back, family friendly pizza place reminiscent of Naples. Plenty of hearty Northern Italian favorites with great prices and friendly, family-owned service. • Southlake $ L D

Bosses • Brick oven pizza using the finest cheese and meats— and freshest veggies. They set out to make the best pizza in town and some say it’s “The Best Darn Pizza in Texas.” • Lake Worth, NRH, North Fort Worth $ L D

Brio Tuscan Grille • Buzzing from the shaded outdoor patio to the courtyard bar. Upscale enough for the date-night crowd, but casual enough for locals wandering in from their shopping.

• Southlake Town Square $-$$ L D R

i Fratelli Pizza • Distinctive thin-n-crispy pizza, handmade sauces, dressings, dessert—favs for 30 years. Delivery committed to exceeding expectations with their exemplary service and fast delivery. • Southlake, Keller, NFW $-$$ L D

j Jonny’s Pizza • At Jonny's Pizza, they only use the freshest ingredients in their New York-style hand-tossed pizzas. All of their tasty Italian cuisine and other dishes are made in-house as well. • Fort Worth $ L D

Inzo Italian Kitchen • Old-world menu with a new-world accent. Using fresh ingredients and doing things the way Nonna did years ago. One taste is all it takes to be amazed. Buon appetito! • Roanoke $-$$ L D R

Loveria Caffe • Emilia-Romagna is Italy’s premier destination for food lovers—premium pastas, cured meats, cheeses, wines, meatballs, lasagna, eggplant parm perfected centuries before landing right here. • Colleyville $$ L D

Napoli’s Italian Café & Creamery • Italian-America classics in cozy historic Grapevine Main Street setting. Linger in or drop by the creamery for freshly made gelato and Italian desserts. • Grapevine $-$ L D

Oliva Italian Eatery • Italian staples rendered with verve— spaghetti and meatballs, lobster ravioli, anticipated featured items. Expertly curated wines at a remarkable value. Popular wine dinners. • North Fort Worth $$ L D

Palio’s Pizza Cafe • Food tastes better, and they swear it’s better for you with fresh ingredients made-from-scratch. Pizzas with pesto, artichoke hearts, chicken and mushrooms. • Keller, Colleyville, Grapevine $ L D R

Stellini Trattoria • Shareable arancini (crisp risotto balls) or taglieri (meat & cheese board). Housemade pastas and pizzas. Steaks and chops with polenta, gnocchi and potatoes. Creative cocktails. • Grapevine $$ L D

Vinny’s Italian Restaurant • Good food, great people. Like being invited to your Italian uncle’s house for dinner— serving authentic New York style pizza and Italian classics. • Roanoke $ L D

Wise Guys Pizzeria • Exceeding expectations and providing Fresh food, family hospitality, hard work, and a hands on approach to pizzas, pastas, premium drafts—all made from scratch. • Roanoke & Grapevine $$ L D

Zeppole • Refined pasta dishes, seafood and soulful renditions of Italian specialties showcased in an open setting that feels like your favorite outdoor patio. • Located inside the Gaylord Texan Resort Atrium $$$ D

LATIN AMERICAN .............................................

Calabrese Ristorante and Bar

• Authentic Italian fare with ingredients imported from Italy—modern and traditional Italian dishes to please every palate. Wine list as seductive as the atmosphere. • Southlake $$ L D

Coal Vines • Pizza wine bar separating good pizza from great—a perfect crunch and just a speckling of char. This pie was made for good vino. Fortunately, they have plenty of that on hand as well!

• Southlake $ D R

Delucca Gaucho Pizza & Wine • Slice-after-slice of gourmet pizza—garlic picanha, shrimp and fontina, Turkish lamb— along with cheese or pepperoni—brought to your table oven hot. All you can eat perfection! $$ D

Boca 31 • Drawing from Mexico, Peru, Caribbean, Americas— elevating street food with creative flare—barbacoa tacos to pulled pork to guava and cream cheese empanadas, the menu is anything but standard. • Keller $ L D

Del Campo Empanadas • Empanadas with savories like chicken, ham, spinach, picanha steak. Dipped in chimichurri it’s a no-fuss meal or grab-and-go snack. Pick up sweet treats here also. • Fort Worth $ L D


• Fine Latin cuisine that hints at humble mom and pop roots. Sleek design draws crowds as much for their pupusas and margaritas as for the weekend salsa dancing. • Colleyville and Southlake $-$$ L D R

MEXICAN ...........................................................

Farina’s Winery & Café

• Elegant but unassuming with solid food and wine to back up the atmosphere. Italian classics headlined by popular pizzas, are Farina family recipes.

• Grapevine $-$$ L D

Baja Cantina • Coastal Mexican with seafood and amazing steaks. Fajitas are a fav, also fish tacos, spinach queso, frozen margaritas that make you swear you’re on vacation! • Watauga, NRH, Roanoke, Keller $-$$ L D R | MAY 2023 77

Cristina’s Fine Mexican • Lively setting, unique menu with Tex-Mex favorites, as well as unique central Mexican dishes. Must-have margaritas. • NRH, Trophy Club, Southlake, Flower Mound and Lewisville $ L D R

Elote Mexican Kitchen • Little taqueria with style. Slow roasted meats, fresh ingredients, marvelous margaritas. Entire menu is gluten free (except flour tortillas). Plus soy cheese and tofu sour cream. • North Fort Worth $ B L D

Enchiladas Olé • Specializing in enchiladas filled with chicken, cheese, veggies or beef, then topped with Perez’s famed sauces from a classic ancho chili to a rich queso. Tamales and happy hours. • NRH $-$$ L D

Esparza’s Restaurante Mexicano • Possibly the coolest patio scene in the area. Feast on Mexican classics, but don’t miss out on their famous margaritas, fajitas or their authentic Mexican favorites. • Grapevine $ L D R

Fresco’s • Vibrant joint serving traditional Mexican dishes and Tex-Mex using quality ingredients. Unmistakable flavor and freshness, and awesome margaritas. Fair prices. • Watauga $ L D

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen • From warm Gulf waters, the icy Alaskan coast, the mighty Atlantic and Pacific, they go to any depth to bring you the finest seafood available—all year long. • Grapevine $$-$$$ L D

Rockfish • Local favorites like the shrimp basket, fish tacos, wild copper river alaskan salmon, rock-a-rita margarita, schooners, and Mexican shrimp martinis. Great seafood—not a lot of clams. • Southlake $-$$ L D

Shuck Me • Seafood spot with bountiful fried baskets, peeland-eat shrimp, crawfish, oysters, po-boys, gumbo. Big portions. Plenty to choose from—perfect seafood fix without breaking the bank. • Southlake and Alliance $-$$ L D

The Blu Crab Seafood House and Bar • Inspired by travel and culture—offers vast menu of culinary delights using the freshest ingredients. Come in to and celebrate your senses! • Colleyville $$-$$$ L D

Truluck’s Seafood, Steak & Crab House • Iconic for stone crab claws—beloved for freshness! Chic dining room hosts sophisticated dinners with inventive foodie twists served in the mix. • Southlake Town Square $$-$$$ L D


Los Molcajetes

• Start with warm tortilla chips and red or green salsa. Enjoy a margarita and a sizzling plate of fajitas, top it off with sopapillas, flan or fried ice cream—the ultimate Mexican comfort food! • Roanoke $ L D

Manny’s Uptown Tex-Mex • Dragon-ritas, brisket tacos, signature queso, fajitas and enchiladas—perfect with a Manny’s Taxi. Weekend breakfast is a fav, happy hours and catering.• Southlake $$ B L D

Martha’s Mexican Cocina • Reliable Tex-Mex in a relaxed, setting with a great patio. Try brisket tacos and pollo poblano. Vegetarian options with daily specials and happy hour. • Keller $ L D R

Mesa • Elevated coastal cuisine in a bright, elegant restaurant to match its vibrant, upscale menu. A magic touch with seafood, including lobster enchiladas, Mexican gumbo and chipotle shrimp. • Grapevine $$-$$ D R

Mesero • Beyond Tex Mex, but lives up to its promise of Mexican Spirit American Life. One taste of the iconic Queso Mesero and brisket tacos will keep you coming back... don’t skip their amazing drinks! • Southlake $$-$$ L D

Mi Cocina • The original see-and-be-seen spot is still a crowd favorite. A sleek but festive interior draws locals for “modern” enchiladas and first-rate Tex-Mex. • Southlake and Alliance $-$$ L D R

Mi Dia From Scratch • Traditional Mexico City recipes with modern Santa Fe and Tex Mex flavors. Experience a true fusion of the past and present. • Grapevine, Plano, Flower Mound $-$$ L D

So-Cal Tacos • Former food truck is now a great taco joint with the same delicious food and laid back vibe. The truck, Woody, paved the way for fresh tacos, delicious margarita, and ice cold beer. • Grapevine $ L D

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Big Fish Seafood • Fresh seafood, including lots of Cajun options, plus great drink specials and frequent live music in a rustic and relaxed setting. Known for treating all guests like family. • Grapevine $-$$ L D

Bonefish Grill • A menu full of fresh flavors of the season and innovative dishes—specializing in seasonal fresh fish. Taste today’s freshest catch and try something new on each visit. • Southlake $$-$$$ L (sat-sun) D (daily)

The Crab Station • Promises the best seafood in a family oriented experience. Have fun cracking and peeling with your hands—getting messy while you’re at it! Entrees, wings, kettles, shareables, peel-n-eat • NFW $-$$ L D

Fish City Grill • Menu of crawfish, Gulf and east coast oysters, and other fresh seafood selections. Favs like fish tacos, Gulf shrimp, renowned oyster nachos. Chalkboard specials are a great deal. • Southlake $-$$ L D R

Bob’s Steak and Chop House • Bob’s is ranked as one of the top steakhouses in the country—and for good reason. The steaks are prime, the portions are big and the drinks are stiff. • Grapevine $$$ L D

The Classic at Roanoke • Unlikely fine dining destination. Nicely focused menu serving grilled steaks and seafood. Worldclass food, casual atmosphere, family friendly environment. A true classic. • Roanoke $-$$ L D R

Del Frisco’s Grille • Spend the day shopping the square before meeting for dinner and drinks. Luxurious dining room or patio. Local flavor—diverse menu has something for everyone. • Southlake $$-$$$ (Brunch) L D

Dino’s Steak & Claw House • Serving a variety of seafood, steak and poultry dishes in a vintage bank building along historic Main Street. This romantic spot also offers live piano music. • Grapevine $$-$$$ D

Keller Chophouse • Signature dishes like fried calamari with tomato risotto, sides of truffle Parmesan fries, a roster of seafood, chicken and steaks (New York strip, bone-in ribeye, and filet mignon). • Keller $$-$$$ D

Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse • Prime aged beef, the freshest seafood and uncomplicated sides. No wonder it’s a favorite for impressing out-of-towners—their kitchen rarely (if ever) gets it wrong. • Southlake $$-$$$ L D

Mac’s on Main • Southwestern, cajun and global influences. Steaks, signature prime rib and seafood. Cocktails, beer, 30+ single malt scotches, wine list. Locally owned and operated, oneof-a-kind. • Grapevine $$ (Brunch) L D

Old Hickory Steakhouse • Savor premium Black Angus Beef seared to perfection, sample artisanal cheeses from around the world, indulge in the Texas inspired wine cellar. Inside Gaylord Texan $$-$$$ D

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille • Vibrant twist on traditional steakhouse fare with unexpected specialties. Bar 79 offers handcrafted bites, fine wine, cocktails, beer, live music and patio seating. • Grapevine $$-$$$ D

j Sweetie Pies Ribeyes • Sweetie Pies steaks are cooked “Old Style” meaning the steak is fresh-cut, seasoned and seared at 550 degrees—locking in natural juices! Big menu goes well beyond steaks or burgers. • NRH $-$$ L D

Winewood • American fare with modern flair: Waldorf salads, Dagwood club, Niman Ranch pork chops and chicken Cordon Bleu. Ideal for family meals, business lunches or celebrations. • Grapevine $$ L D

Submit your favorite dining spots for consideration for a Where Locals Go Review and to be listed here in our Top Tables section. Please submit the restaurant name and location to us so we can check it out at: Bon appetit!

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You won’t believe how easy and delicious this banana cake is and the cream cheese frosting is absolutely to die for! Just look at how luscious the frosting is. There is something so laid-back about a sheet cake. It’s not too fancy, not too serious, just perfect for a weeknight sweet treat. And yet served with fresh banana slices on top and a cup of decaf coffee, this cake is delicious enough to serve at a dinner party. We love a cake that can do both! Fun fact: this is one of Mama Rose Table’s recipes and was the cake she baked for my older brother’s first birthday, meaning this recipe is older than I am!



2/3 cup butter, at room temperature

1 2/3 cup granulated sugar

2/3 cup buttermilk

1 1/4 cups mashed bananas, (about 2.5 medium bananas)

3 eggs

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/4 tsp baking soda

1 1/4 tsp baking powder

3/4 tsp salt

2/3 cup pecans, chopped


(1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9×13″ pan.

(2) Beat softened butter with sugar until combined. Mix in buttermilk and mashed bananas. Add eggs, one at a time. Gently mix in flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the chopped pecans.

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(3) Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely (about an hour) in the pan, then frost with cream cheese frosting.


12 oz cream cheese (full fat), at room temperature

1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened

2 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla ....................................................................................

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It was a particularly chilly morning last December. It was also a particularly busy one. I had to schlep 13 goody bags and two teacher bags up to my daughter’s school for the holiday party. In the midst of wrestling my little one into a festive outfit and bow, and loading aforementioned swag, I didn’t get to finish my coffee nor did I remember to bring it for the car ride. I was exhausted, still in my robe and I remember breathing an extremely audible sigh of relief as I shut the car door after drop off. As I pulled through the school parking lot that’s shared with a few businesses, I spotted a black trailer emblazoned with ‘Chai Tea’ on the side parked in front of the church—a sight for sore mama eyes.

I honestly didn’t expect much more than a much needed caffeine kick to get me through the rest of my morning, but to my surprise this humble trailer was serving up so much more: locally hand-blended chai from two of the

friendliest folks in town. My love for chai runs deep, but making it the authentic way at home is a bit painstaking.

To Chai For is probably my favorite story to date. Owners Danny and Joy Atkisson received a chai making kit as a gift from Danny’s parents who had traveled to India on a mission trip. Danny and Joy would have friends over for game night and make them chai tea using the recipe and spices in the kit. As time went on, Danny and Joy would experiment with the recipe adding a little more of this and a little less of that until they devised their own perfect concoction. They started their To Chai For trailer to bring this soul warming blend to the community, but it wasn’t long before the opportunity came up to take over the former Roscoe’s Coffee space in Keller. Now, with a kitchen, they have expanded their menu to include paninis and scones, in addition to their chai, coffee and waffles.

The great thing about their waffles, which come in original, churro, cheddar and cheddar bacon flavors, is that the syrup is baked into the waffle. So if you’re driving through and getting breakfast for the road, it’s truly a nomess meal you can enjoy on the go. If you’re lucky enough to stop by when the brown butter or lemon blueberry scones are in stock, grab one, because they’re a hot commodity.

Since their tea blend is hand crafted, To Chai For has ability to truly customize your chai latte. Big box coffee shops typically serve pre-fab chai blends that already contain powdered milk— meaning if you need dairy-free, it’s not possible. To Chai For offers guests almond, oat or conventional milk. They can also customize the sweetness where others cannot because the sugar is also already in the mix. If you prefer, at To Chai For you can sub stevia for sugar.

My not to be missed item here is the dirty chai latte—a chai latte with the addition of espresso. If you’ve had it anywhere else and didn’t like it, I promise you’ll change your tune after having one at To Chai For. That was me. I always thought they tasted, well, like dirt. At To Chai For, the chai is so rich and flavorful that the espresso is merely a note. It’s a great way to get your day going or as a pre-pick up line pick me up. If chai just isn’t your thing, the Dannycano is my second fave. It’s an Americano made with their housemade sweet cream.

As for the OG To Chai For? You’ll still see the trailer out and about. Danny and Joy truly love connecting with the community. Would you like to have the chai trailer as a unique addition to your next event? Then, contact the Atkissons to reserve your date!

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841 North Tarrant Parkway #100 | Keller, Texas 76248 | 574. 855.8176 | | Monday - Saturday 6:30am - 5pm | Closed Sunday
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