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

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…

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…

A WHOLE SEASON IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER—IT’S THE PERFECT TIME TO REINVENT THE WALL!

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…

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…

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…

Escape to the Keys

Cool nights, tiny umbrellas in fruity drinks, soft sand, and the rustle of palm trees in a warm breeze; the sights, textures, and sounds of a tropical vacation inspire relaxation like nothing else. As summer approaches — and brings with it, undoubtedly, another year of punishing heat — many Texans look to their calendars and begin to daydream of an…

April 2017 Around Town

A brand new Marksmen Firearms & Outfitters retail store will opened in Benbrook, Texas. This is the third location for Marksmen. There are two other stores in Mansfield and Killeen, Texas. “We could not be more excited to part of such a welcoming community. Our goal is to guide and educate our customers to help them find products which best…

Denim & Diamonds Auction for Hill School of Fort Worth

Hill School's annual Denim & Diamonds auction raises funds for the only full-service school in Fort Worth that focuses on children with learning differences. On February 24, Hill School raised more than $35,000 that will be put towards classroom needs, the exterior renovation project and the Hill Foundation.

Artists

If you read my monthly letter, you will already know that I DO NOT have a crafty bone in my body. That being said, I have a true appreciation for artists in all forms: musicians, writers, painters, you name it. I am always in awe of the amazing talents that they have been blessed with. Douglas Matus has been with…

Be Bold

Art becomes the shared property of all who experience it. The impressions that a piece inspires, which can span the range of human emotions, can uplift or drive to introspection, entertain and embolden, and represent a moment shared between artist and observer

Remembering Townes

When most people consider the greatest songwriters of all time, several names appear with regularity: Bob Dylan. John Lennon. Joni Mitchell. Neil Young. Bruce Springsteen. Leonard Cohen. One name, often forgotten, deserves a place on this list: Fort Worth’s native son, Townes Van Zandt, a man whose musical accomplishments rival those of anyone.

Festival in the Fort

Over the last decade, music festivals have exploded in popularity. Though Fort Worth has had events in the past, such as the Fort Worth Music Fest and Dia De Los Toadies, the city has hitherto lacked competition for tastemaker events such as Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest or the Bay Area’s Noise Pop Festival. Fortress Festival, which debuts this April…

A Whole New Casa

For almost 60 years, Casa Mañana has brought Broadway shows and artistic excellence to the people of Fort Worth. Over the decades, the arts organization housed within the iconic aluminum-domed theater has grown to become the largest group of its kind in Tarrant County. Renovations in 2003 served as the capstone of a decade-long fundraising project, and elevated the homegrown…

Fort Worth’s Art and Soul

On April 20th through the 23rd, Fort Worth’s historic downtown will once again fill with the sights and sounds of the MAIN ST. Arts Festival. Though every year has stood as an exemplary celebration of the art and soul of Fort Worth, this 32nd iteration promises to exceed itself in every possible way. As the largest art show in Texas,…

The Healing Station

Hospitals have historically been considered drab, depressing places, full of empty, sterile corridors and the sights and sounds of illness. Many healing facilities have sought to change this impression, with artist -in-residence employed to enliven barren spaces and distract the senses from depressing environs. In addition to ornamentation, hospitals have come to view art as supplementary to the healing process,…

Hot for Coffee

Whether it’s fatigue, stress, or the mere tediousness of waking life, Mudsmith Coffee offers the libations to cure what ails you. The coffee shop and hangout spot, which first opened in Dallas’s Greenville in 2013, now has a sister location in Fort Worth. To find the place requires either a lucky explorer’s sense or foreknowledge of its existence, as the…

March 2017 Around Town

The Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) is partnering with Fort Worth’s urban angling community to bring back TRWD Flyfest. The festival will be a family-friendly day of fly fishing, food, wine and craft beer in and along the Clear Fork of the Trinity River. Whether you are an experienced angler or have never touched a fly rod, this fun day…

March 2017 Good Times

The Camp Bowie District Annual meeting was held January 19 at Game On Sports. Special Guests were Mac Churchill and Councilman Zim Zimmerman. Mac was honored with a Longhorn sculpture created by Andrew Bradford. Photography by Tammy Graham - Locations Photography www.locationsphotography.com

The Herb Garden

I am an avid watcher of the Food Network. I may or may not have a slight crush on Bobby Flay and wish that Ina Garten was our next door neighbor. I seem to also be susceptible to their marketing ploys. One day while watching my “SHOWS” I got the bright idea that I would start a kitchen herb garden…

Research and Deliciousness

Few companies are able to achieve success through the preeminence of a single product. Even in the case of a company like Coca-Cola, whose namesake beverage literally provides shorthand for a world of “cokes”, the range of products and onslaught of the new seems endless. No company embodies this necessity with greater zest and grace than Renfro’s Foods. For decades,…

How to Maintain your Marble

Veins of color and unique patterns give marble tile a truly stunning appearance. However, maintaining that elegance may seem anything but effortless. Common advice cautions against using vinegar, bleach, ammonia or other general-purpose cleaners, while taking care to prevent scratches from the wheels of an old vacuum or basic sand and dirt is paramount. With all these rules, it may…

You’ll Be Floored

All decorating spaces begin with bare walls and empty floors. We choose adornments to match our tastes, needs, and the limits of our space, and consider this an act of personal expression. For many people, their home decor represents an honest picture of themselves, and serves to comfort the soul, welcome guests, and provide a source of continual stability. Beneath…

A Fresh Spring Greening

A well placed and chosen plant can light up an entire room. Unfortunately, lending these sparks of greenery and life to our domestic spaces requires more than just a trip to the local garden store. Placement is key, as all plants will not thrive in any area throughout the home. You must also think about design elements, such as how…

Get Pumped for Summer

Though summer officially starts on June 21st, the summer fitness season starts months earlier. Anyone who wants to shed the pounds — and lassitude — of winter should understand that beach bods don’t arrive overnight. You must affect a new routine now, and make spring your personal season of change. This doesn’t come easy; after all, we’ve just spent months…

Aim High and Help CASA

No one would argue that abused and neglected children are the most vulnerable members of any society. Without the maturity or resources to assume agency over their own lives, these children can become prey to repeated instances of trauma. While the sadness of this plight can affect anyone, few people understand the scope of child abuse within their own communities.…

The Playhouse of Your Dreams

Children dream of worlds that belong exclusively to them. Most of us have memories of imagined journeys, special hideouts, and days spent in creative play and adventure. Some of us were lucky enough to have actual playhouses, constructed through the aid of a caring adult, that served as centers for our creative play. Chances are, none of us had anything…

February 2017 Lifestyle Letter

My dad (Big John) and I were frequent visitors to CHAS.KINCAID GRO. MARKET (KINCAID’S) during the 80’s and 90’s. I was strictly a cheese and mayo only kinda gal and Big John was a “works” guy. One day our order was mixed up and I had my first taste of mustard, lettuce, pickle, onion, and jalapeno. Surprisingly, I didn’t die…

Where Friends Meet to Eat

If one thing defines westside Fort Worth to a degree comparable to its famous brick-lined thoroughfare, it’s Kincaid’s Hamburgers. An institution in the truest sense of the word, Kincaid’s has celebrated over 70 years in its current location at 4901 Camp Bowie Boulevard. Throughout those decades, it has evolved from a grocery store, and neighborhood butcher, to the beloved burger…

February 2017 Good Times

Combined Area Council Luncheon Honoring Erma Johnson Hadley & Guest Speaker David Cooke, City Manager, Fort Worth. 
Photography by Hasson Diggs with 360 Media www.hd360photos.com

Accountability to Your Health

Medi-Weightloss, the physician-assisted weight loss program that emphasizes accountability, has won many converts in Fort Worth and beyond. One new proponent, Heather Vowell, has lost a remarkable 130 pounds since adopting the program just over a year ago. As inspiration for all those whose New Year’s resolutions were to lose a few pounds, we talked to Heather about what has…

February 2017 Around Town

Welcome to our cozy, intimate neighborhood gathering spot. Open daily for dinner and for brunch on Saturday and Sunday, Winslow’s is the ideal place to grab pizza and wine with friends, Happy Hour with a colleague, dinner with the family, an after work cocktail or waffles and mimosas on the weekend.

Research and Deliciousness

Few companies are able to achieve success through the preeminence of a single product. Even in the case of a company like Coca-Cola, whose namesake beverage literally provides shorthand for a world of “cokes”, the range of products and onslaught of the new seems endless. No company embodies this necessity with greater zest and grace than Renfro’s Foods. For decades,…

Winter Workout Tips

Cold weather exercise brings about many unique challenges. Though we in North Texas don’t have to worry about the worst of the seasonal gauntlet — at least not for long stretches — it’s still advisable to take certain precautions as the thermometer plummets. As winter wears on and the days stay chilly, we checked in again with James Conley for…

Red, Hot, and All New

In 2013, the Red, Hot, and Blue franchise of Fort Worth had fallen on hard times. An absentee owner had left the three locations adrift, and poor service combined with lackluster food to sound the death knell for this longstanding barbecue and music joint. Then, out of the blue, a red hot savior arrived in the figure of Robert Hubbard.

Breads of a Certain Feather

Immy Khan, owner of the Black Rooster Bakery, has given Fort Worth one of its most beloved local sources for breakfast, lunch, coffee, and exquisite artisanal bread and other baked goods. He also owns the Lunch Box, a westside lunchtime institution, and co-owns the exciting and unique La Perla Negra in downtown. For someone who has had such success as…

Little Bite of Heaven

As a career social worker, Melissa Gradel nurtured a secret dream: the desire to break out on her own, and spread smiles and cheer through the purveyance of sugared confections. For many people, owning a bakery seems like ‘paradise’. You set your own hours, you spend days surrounded by iced and sugary goodies; and the localvore movement has even created…

January 2017 Good Times

On November 17 Buffalo West hosted the enlisted soldiers from the Joint Reserve Base to an early Thanksgiving dinner. Photography provided by Ashley Renee Ross Photography reneerossphotography@yahoo.com

Welcome 2017

I have mixed emotions about 2016. I witnessed some absolutely terrible things happen to family, friends and the world in general, but I also witnessed some amazing blessings as well. I look at the new year as a chance for a fresh start in the aspects of my life that I feel are lacking. If I feel less connected spiritually,…

Your Access Point to Health

It’s no secret that Fort Worth loves the outdoors. From the Botanical Garden to the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, Sundance Square to the Trinity Trails, the city’s esteem for its outdoor spaces showcases a love for nature and healthful living. New Year’s resolutions for fitness often involve taking advantage of this bounty which surrounds us — after all,…

Confessions of an Almost Skinny Girl

As I write this, I am eating a brown sugar cinnamon Pop Tart. What an idiot, considering it’s the month we’re all focused on health and fitness. It’s a JANUARY ritual. This is the month we all strategize. We frown at ourselves in the full-length mirror, which is really the rearview mirror of what we did in December.

Make Your Life Insurance Work for You

Life insurance is a valuable asset, but over time you may find that your life insurance no longer fits your situation. You might be surprised to learn that in addition to your home, stocks, bonds and antiques, your life insurance is another asset you can sell.

January 2017 Around Town

The Medi-Weightloss® Program is not a diet; it’s a lifestyle change! Get off the dieting roller coaster and rejuvenate your life, learning to live healthy and lean for a lifetime. Our trained professionals help make your weight loss journey stress free and uncomplicated. On average, patients compliant with the Medi-Weightloss® Program lose 6.4 pounds the first week and 14 pounds…

A Smooth Way to Start your Day

A wealth of research shows that starting each morning with a nutritious breakfast delivers benefits throughout the day. If you’re pressed for time or simply need to mix up your morning routine, put a fresh spin on a time-saving favorite by making a smoothie bowl.

Brighter Smiles for Fort Worth

As a beloved dentist and owner of one of Fort Worth’s premier practices, Dr. Nikki Green has performed a kind of hat trick: she’s made dentistry a pleasure for her patients. A specialist in general, cosmetic, implant, and sedation dentistry, Dr. Green combines cutting edge technology with a personable approach that makes office visits into a practical joy. To help…

Tri Harder for Better Health

The triathlon: no sporting event inspires quite the same mixture of curiosity, intimidation, and awe. Like modern day gladiators, triathlon runners measure themselves against the dual challenges of road and water, armed only with their natural strength and a bicycle. If you've ever wanted to test yourself to discover the limits of your fitness, a triathlon surely ranks alongside the…

The Trainer Who Understands You

If one-on-one work aligns best with your personality and fitness goals, then James Conley is your ideal partner. James — whose studio is located at 4826 Camp Bowie Boulevard — gives clients the benefits of extensive experience, along with an inspirational approach that can help anyone stay on track through the New Year.