A Center for All of Us

Every year, men, women, and children seek out Fort Worth’s The Women’s Center to receive hope, crises resolution, job services, or emotional healing. As a community, The Women’s Center acts to treat the most pernicious problems within a community: unemployment, rape and child abuse, low wages, depression, and the desperate situations created through an intersection of crisis, violence, and poverty.…

Strong Women

I was a single mom for 13 years and with that came a lot of do-it-myself projects. Over the years, I have told y’all about my lack of skill when it comes to plants but what I haven’t shared is that I am AWESOME at reading directions. When IKEA came to Texas my sister and I made the trek to…

September 2017 Around Town

Achtung, y’all! Oktoberfest Fort Worth is a Munich-style celebration so authentic you’ll forget you’re in Texas. Guests will enjoy traditional German food, music, dancing and much more.Lederhosen approved and new for 2017, is the Oktoberfest Midway with rides the whole family will enjoy. The festival kicks off with Thursday’s ceremonial ‘Tapping of the Kegs’ and the fun continues through Saturday…

Catch Them While You Cowtown Couture

It all began one day in the summer of 2016. What started as a casual lunch conversation between two friends quickly evolved into a business idea. The end of lunch saw the securement of a tax ID, and Cowtown Couture was officially born. The brainchild of two stay-at-home moms, Angela Williams and Amanda Wear, Cowtown Couture began as a Facebook…

September 2017 Good Times

The new Ridglea Area Neighborhood Alliance held a happy hour event on Saturday night July 15 from 6-8 at Buffalo West. 
Photography Richard Dalton rkdphoto@flash.net

Color Your Style

The meaning behind different colors and how they affect mood and behavior is an often debated topic, particularly when it comes to decorating a home. Baylor Anne Bone and Gail C. Hancock, the award-winning design duo behind Baylor Bone Interiors, believe color choice should be based on your personality and lifestyle, not the psychology behind a particular palette.

Craft & Cocktail

Add a half cup of cucumber slices and 2 tablespoons of basil ribbons to 1 cup of gin.
Refrigerate overnight. 
Strain the gin and reserve 4 ounces. 
Divide ice between two tall glasses. 
Add gin and divide the grapefruit juice 
between glasses. 
Top with ginger beer and garnish with grapefruit wedges, cucumber slices and thinly sliced basil ribbons. 
Enjoy. Cheers!

The Best Stories Are Made-Up

When women reminisce about childhood passions, or career ideas that persisted through high school, makeup artist surely ranks alongside veterinarian and fashion designer. A combination of artistry and mystique define the imagined life of the makeup artist, with every day an adventure and every client a fresh canvas. Kari Ann Shuler lives this dream on daily basis. Ironically, it wasn’t…

Aunt Dru’s Old Fashioned Banana Bread with a Twist

One of the smells that remind me of my home is my Aunt Dru's banana bread. I make this when I want to bring back memories of my childhood, and I am sure it will for you as well.

Our Captain

Police work relies upon a sacred bond of trust between officers and their communities. Fort Worth Police Department’s visibility in the community exemplifies this trust, and breaks down the barriers that can exist in other cities between police and citizens. An example of this stance, the Neighborhood Patrol Officer program, places officer liaisons into area neighborhoods. These specially
-designated officers help…

I have seen you around town

Every now and then I meet someone that recognizes me from my picture and it truly surprises me. Besides my family and friends, who are obligated to read what I write, I really didn’t think that people paid much attention to it, so it was an absolute pleasure to meet Martha Wells and Cathy Ralls.

August 2017 Around Town

Dear Cavaliers, OK, kids – are you ready? It’s almost time to kick off the new school year, and we are so excited to see you again this month. The bunnies have been running wild on the empty playground all summer! We do think the bunnies are cute, but we can’t wait to see YOU on that playground instead. The…

August 2017 Good Times

The Benbrook Area Chamber of Commerce held their annual golf tournament at Mira Vista Country Club June 19, 2017 with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Rutledge Foundation. Photography provided by Renee Ross.

The Tasty Way to Digestive Health

Sometimes great products get born of careful planning and firm intention. Other times, circumstances align around an idea and purpose, as if fate itself helps will something into being. A probiotic beverage hand-crafted here in Fort Worth, falls into the latter category. Creator Autumn Warren originally crafted the beverage for the personal use of herself and her family. Now, Ether…

Best Bets for Back to School

Every family needs the right items on hand to ensure students are geared up to succeed in the classroom and on the playing field. These supplies and handy tools are designed to make back-to-school season easy as 1-2-3 for kids and parents alike.

Better Back-to-School Buys

When those first school bells ring and class is back in session for kids of all ages, make sure you and your student have everything in hand to help ensure success. Whether it’s tools for the classroom, supplies for a nutritious lunch, stylish clothes or helpful items for home, you’ll need to gear up for the school year ahead. Find…

August 2017 Culinary Creations

The busy pace of back-to-school schedules can make it feel like nearly every aspect of life has you under a time crunch. Fortunately, when it comes to feeding the family, there are some simple foods you likely already have on hand that can provide easy solutions for snacks and mealtime alike.

Express Yourself

Fun back-to-school looks to copy—without getting in trouble!

Paying It Forward

For too many young people, college appears as an unattainable dream. Tuition costs, already high, have continually risen. Before you blame the market, consider this: the cost of tuition has rapidly outpaced inflation, almost to the point of absurdity. Annual tuition at Harvard, for example, currently sits at around $45,000. This represents an increase of 17x the amount in 1971.…

Gatti’s Back in Town

A legend in the pizza business has returned to Fort Worth via a new flagship location at 3268 W. Seventh. Mr. Gatti’s has served up great pizza and fond memories for Texans for almost 50 years. Though the institution has opened almost 100 locations across the country, it has always called Texas home. Practically everyone can pleasantly recall birthday parties…


The warm summer months call for some fun traveling with loved ones, however, trips can be less fun if four-legged family members aren’t able to come along. Pet parents already know not to leave pets in the car on a hot day, but there are other factors to consider when your pets are tagging along for the ride.

Empty Nester Projects

Our girls are moving to Boerne, Texas this summer. Can I just say that there have been way too many life changes happening right now in our lives? First Pace graduating, now this! So I have come up with a solution to stave off my never ending need to mother and that is PROJECTS! I know what you are thinking…

July 2017 Around Town

The Ridglea Hills Neighborhood Association is excited to announce its Inaugural Independence Day Parade to be held on Sat July 1st at 10 am. We encourage businesses, non-profits, clubs and organizations to participate! Please visit the website for parade route and entry form, www.ridgleahills.com. Questions should be sent to ridgleahillsna@gmail.com The parade route will be the Clayton Road loop.

Fort Worth Nissan Scholarship Event

Fort Worth Nissan gave away $10,000 in scholarships to 2 very talented and deserving Fort Worth ISD seniors; 
Alexa Villa and Kishaun Jackson. The O.D. Wyatt drum line entertained guests while Buffalo West served up delicious food.

Summer in the City of Gold

Telluride, Colorado. The name inspires visions of a winter wonderland, world-class skiing, snow-capped mountains, and cozy evenings before a roaring fireplace. Telluride does not disappear during the summertime, however, nor does its scenic beauty take a single step back. As perhaps the single most scenic area in the Rocky Mountain High Country, Telluride attracts legions of visitors year round. If…

& Woods

Every year, monarch butterflies embark on a 3,000-mile migration across North America. This feat of endurance lasts eight months, spans three countries and captivates people worldwide. These graceful pollinators rely on milkweed for feeding and reproduction, but over the last decade, a reduction of milkweed habitats has occurred along the butterflies' flight path. The decline of any species can be…


Sliced or diced, grilled or blended, there are countless ways to prepare watermelon. With some fruits, half or more is wasted when you throw away the seeds and peel, but you may be surprised to learn that you can use an entire watermelon, including the rind, to make delicious and refreshing dishes.

July 2017 DIY

The old saying goes that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” If you’re new to caring for a lawn, you may not know that this is especially true when it comes to your yard. If left untreated, weeds can weaken or even destroy a healthy stand of grass.

Stay Cool 

Over the years, Bourke Harvey, his GM Brad Gardner, and a dedicated staff have steadily developed Curly’s Frozen Custard into a west side institution. No one who travels the famous bricks of Camp Bowie could possibly be a stranger to the little shop at 4017 Camp Bowie Boulevard: quaint, peaceful, with outdoor seating, a drive-thru, and a sign that boldly…

Ready to Serve

On May 6, 2017, Dr. Brian Byrd replaced longstanding District 3 councilman Zim Zimmerman. To learn more about our new representative, we spoke with Dr. Byrd about his experience in the race, inspiration for running, and stance on various issues.

June 2017 Around Town

In 2009, Medi Weightloss of South Fort Worth opened its doors, and I became patient number one. There really was something different about this program, and it worked. I was able to lose almost 30 pounds, three shy of my goal weight. For me, weight loss has been a lifelong struggle. After almost reaching my goal, I allowed myself to…


Our travel plans this summer are to visit Mike’s parents, who live outside of DC. The last time I went to DC was with my parents and sister in ’77. I’m sure things have changed a little since then. Mike is dreading the endless walking and wants to rent Segway’s to see everything, which we all know will end up…

Leading by Example

A community needs a sheriff that reflects its values. Of course, sheriffs work to uphold the law and order that makes possible the community’s framework. But it’s as the visible paragons of justice that they have perhaps the greatest impact. In addition to their role as enforcer, sheriffs serve as examples of honor and justice for the entire community. The…

June 2017 Good Times

Keri Volmert's 40th Birthday was celebrated in style. The event was held at Magnolia Motor Lounge April 28 and attended by her nearest and dearest. West FW Lifestyle wishes you many more Keri! Photography was provided by A & K Photo Booths.


The series offers a variety of music for every taste, from the Music of Pink Floyd to Star Wars to Asleep at the Wheel, with fabulous fireworks every night and three nights of our Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic on July 2, 3, and 4! The full Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra performs on 13 of the 17 concerts this summer. The…

Dad’s Day, Dad’s Way

Finding the perfect gift for dear ol’ dad may be easier than you think. Show that you’ve paid attention all these years and know what it takes to make him smile. From gifts that make practical tasks easier to accessories for his favorite pleasure pursuits, these ideas take the stress out of showing your dad how much he means. Add…

DIY Vanilla Orange Sugar Scrub

Create your own DIY sugar scrub for a perfect Mother's Day gift for the women in your life.


As warmer weather approaches, so do a variety of special occasions. If you’re looking for an easy way to celebrate with family and friends, brunch is a perfect option. Not too early and not too late, everyone can enjoy a hearty meal and good company before the day gets busy. A brunch menu can include both elegant options and classic…

Hot for the Biscuit

At a recent gathering of the Hot Box Biscuit Club, culinary Nirvana was achieved through Paris Hilton. No, the socialite and heiress has not refashioned herself as a chef, nor was she cannibalized. The Paris Hilton . . . That’s Hot was actually the name of the centerpiece dish. It (or she?) was accompanied with a selection of other cleverly…

Looking Sharp

If you honor and love the ideal of the barbershop, Fort Worth has a new offering to keep you looking sharp. As a cultural institution, barbershops have a long and storied history. According to the National Barber Museum & Hall of Fame, barbering as a profession dates back to Egypt in 5000 BC. Egyptian nobles performed this honored calling, and…

Shoot Smarter

Fort Worth’s Shoot Smart has generated accolades and won recognition as the best shooting range in Fort Worth. The reason why? Because it takes the concept of the ‘shooting range’ to a whole different level. A forward-thinking establishment that keeps the comfort, safety, and fun of its guests at the forefront, Shoot Smart has rapidly expanded on the basis of…

Summer Ready

This May will be a busy one in the Thomas household. I have the daunting task of mentally preparing for Pace, my youngest, to graduate high school on June 1! I’m pretty sure it will take me the entire month. There were times when I thought this day would never come and he would very possibly become a professional high-school…

May 2017 Good Times

The Benbrook Chamberof Commerce & Economic Development welcomes Marksmen Firearms & Outfitters. Their Grand Opening at the Benbrook location was March 4. Photography Keaton Hutto | kdhutto1@gmail.com

Texas Summertime Tradition

An old African tradition prompts a different response for the simple greeting of “hello”. Instead of responding likewise, the person says “I see you”, in recognition of the greeter’s personhood and individuality. The profundity of this simple salutary response is readily apparent: as human beings, we all want to be seen and heard. Too often in everyday life, most people…

May 2017 Around Town

Stroke is a “brain attack,” says George Cravens, MD., FAANS, FACS, one of the region’s leading neurosurgeons and founder of the Center for Neurological Disorders, May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and Dr. Cravens serves on the Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council’s Stroke Committee. He is chair of JPS Hospital’s Department of Neurosurgery. Under his leadership, JPS earned certification…

Get Grilled

Regardless of location or era – from Hawaiian luaus to the Argentine asado – people have always combined friends, family, fire, and food to celebrate special occasions and ring in the season. Rituals abound in the particulars of barbeque. For the ancient Hawaiians, the roasted pig became an offering to the gods. At your own backyard celebration, the ritual could…


The walls of your home are a form of your personal taste and expression. So when choosing your wall coverings think of what message you want to convey and the kind of atmosphere you want to create in the room. Of course it’s easy to just hang a few photos, a shelf or a piece of art work you’ve picked…

Celebrate the Season

On May 4th through 7th, children and adults alike can rejoice. Fort Worth’s premier family event, Mayfest, once again enlivens Trinity Park with its effervescent mixture of fun, food, and music. To learn a little more about this event’s rich history, we spoke to Elizabeth Basham, executive director of Mayfest, and Emily Allison, Mayfest’s marketing manager.

Parting Thoughts

Most children take after one parent more than the other. Such was the case with my family. I am the spitting image of my father: the nose, the opinions, the gregarious nature. My sister is equally like my mother: quiet, stubborn, and extremely shy.

Spring Forward Fashion

Of all the times of the year to look your best, late spring into early summer caters the best to personal style. With the natural world exploded into color and vibrancy, we naturally want to dress up, enjoy the weather, and luxuriate in the season’s ease. Despite the character of Fort Worth’s local boutiques, shoppers have often felt compelled to…