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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…

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…

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Curly’s

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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.

Sundance Square Christmas

A general lack of snow has never diminished the holiday atmosphere of Fort Worth’s downtown. The heart of the city goes all out for Christmas, and welcomes those from surrounding areas to celebrate annual milestones, develop shared memories, and strengthen bonds of communal spirit. For years, people have associated the holiday season in Fort Worth with the XTO Parade of…

A Jewel of a Fundraiser

On December 10th, Fort Worth’s premier gala returns to raise money for the worthiest of causes: the patients of Cook Children’s Medical Center. Held annually since 1953, the 63rd Jewel Charity Ball promises to once again act as a spectacular signifier of thanks to the donors who enable the work of Jewel Charity.

P.S. The Letter Turns a Page

For almost 20 years, P.S. The Letter has provided west Fort Worth with a trusted destination for fine gifts, quality paper goods, wedding and bridal registry services, and much more. Owner Linda Motley -- along with her dedicated staff – has emphasized service and quality products to the extent that her Camp Bowie Boulevard store has outgrown its space.

The Turkey Trot Tradition

For an alien observer of American customs, Turkey Trots would appear as a contradictory phenomenon. Around the country, every year on Thanksgiving, thousands upon thousands of runners lace up their sneakers and hit the pavement. These events typically benefit charities and act as extensions of the joys associated with the holiday.

Light Up the Holidays

As the days get shorter, and the temperatures – finally – begin to drop, a Texan’s mood shifts to contented thoughts of the holidays. In the latter part of the year, we all hew a little closer to home, and value the pleasures of a family all the more than usual. In the absence of visual cues, such as snow,…

The Wright Places for Home Decor

For almost 30 years, Adrian Wright has helped North Texans transform their homes into expressions of personal style. Over the years, he has seen local tastes evolve to keep pace with growth: as North Texas, and especially Fort Worth, have become more urban and culturally “hip”, homeowners have slowly broken away from traditional styles of decor.

The Women of West Fort Worth

Darla Bettencourt has always known where her heart lay: with flowers, and the joy she could bring to others through her efforts as a florist. What began as an after-school gig has blossomed into a flourishing career — one where beauty sprouts on a daily basis from the storefront at 5023 Camp Bowie Boulevard.

Your New Favorite Spot

Every once in awhile, a new business captures the soul of a community. For the locals of west Fort Worth, Kat Swift is a familiar face. A photographer and service industry wunderkind, Kat has manned the ship at several area watering-holes. She considers Fort Worth’s music community, centered around Lola’s Saloon, as the true home for herself and husband Steve…

Bouncing Back after Baby

The Pilates Concept, a fully equipped Pilates studio located at 4201 Camp Bowie Boulevard, brings the benefits of core fitness and movement therapy to Fort Worth’s Cultural District. Men and women of all ages have sought out owner Sarah Cornett and her team to help with fitness goals and injury rehabilitation.

Keep Calm and Prost On

Once upon a time — or, more appropriately, es war einmal — Fort Worth celebrated the noble institution of Oktoberfest at a festival hosted by the Fort Worth Symphony at the downtown Convention Center. Several years ago, this tradition came to an end, and there was much weeping and gnashing of teeth. Many noble spirits carried the torch of Oktoberfest…

Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast: the most important meal of the day. An old saying of dubious veracity, it nevertheless conveys the esteem in which the humble meal is held. An exquisite breakfast conveys an air of relaxation and luxury, and is generally a treat reserved for long weekends, holidays, and vacations. Yolk, a new breakfast and lunch spot recently opened at 305 Main…

Laughter Improvs Anything

The vibrancy of Fort Worth’s core has no clearer representation than Sundance Square on the weekends. Amid the din of voices that populate the air on a Friday or Saturday night, chances are you’ll hear laughter, along with quotes and one-liners that may sound totally nonsensical heard out of context. You can thank Sundance Square Management for the vital atmosphere…

Rock On, Fort Worth

At bottom, everyone wants to be a rock star. We may publicly declaim our admiration for presidents and scientists, or envy the looks and wealth of Hollywood actors; at the end of the day, however, if given the ability to switch places with one person, most of us would make the same choice. At their respective primes, we’d rather be…

A Boutique All Her Own

Parents of tweens — kids between the ages of 10 and 13 — understand the difficulties of transitions. Tween girls, especially, seem to grow up too fast; between increasing independence and the development of a true fashion sense, shopping for clothes becomes another struggle alongside navigating moods and staying connected.

Get Your Game On

ports, both team and individual, provide a crucible for the attainment of human potential. From decision-making to instinctual reliance, teamwork to self-confidence, athletics develop the body and sharpen the mind. No one needs to stress the importance of athletics in Texas; as a part of our culture, sports are as important as BBQ, cowboys and wide-open spaces.

Summer on the Trinity

Regardless of your age, the word “summer” never loses its luster. As children, we look forward to the end of the school year and what feels like an eternity of freedom. The child who enters summer is never quite the same that steps forth again into fall. Young lives get measured in the subsequent milestones of summer breaks, with all…

Remembering Sammie

At some point in the nighttime hours of February 28th, tragedy struck the home of Keri and Larry Volmert. The heating system on the second story of the couple’s home malfunctioned, raising the temperature in the room of 17-month-old daughter Sammie. When Larry rose the next morning and went to check on his daughter, a wave of heat greeted him…

Paradise in Ridglea Hills

Gardening offers a singular crop of joys, with memories that can prove as precious and fleeting as a rare bloom, a scent on the breeze, or a bird’s momentary perch. Most gardeners, especially those who emphasize the ornamental, can attest to the satisfaction of getting everything “just so,” if only briefly. In Texas, our climate presents unique challenges and thrills…

Hooked on the Outdoor Life

Father’s Day can present an annual conundrum to mothers, sons and daughters. We all love our dads, and strive to express this through displays of affection and appreciation. The crowning accoutrement of Father’s Day, the gift, presents a special problem, however: most men — especially dads, whose hobbies take a backseat to work and family — are astonishingly difficult to…

Uncommonly Great Food

Proximity to a university or college can serve as a boon to a restaurant or bar. Students provide a readymade and eager clientele, while game days, graduation and other events bring an influx of new patrons — most of whom have standards defined by expediency, rather than quality. It’s easy for “College Standard Bar & Grill” to coast on domestic…

Wild for Craft Brews

The craft beer movement means different things to different people. For the public, it widens the availability of complex, specialty brews that challenge assumptions about beer’s taste and character. For beer-lovers, it has resulted in a golden age of small breweries, each with their own unique approach, history and offerings. For brewers themselves, what in previous years would be relegated…

Kids with All the Answers

As all mothers can attest, time flies as children grow. Sometimes it seems as if hardly a month passes, and the baby in diapers has become the active toddler; another blink, and your youngest has received her driver’s license, and it will have seemed like yesterday that the college-age child attended his first day of kindergarten. The experiences and joys…

A Survivor’s Journey

The onset of a health crisis prompts feelings of fear, helplessness and anger. The afflicted not only confronts issues of mortality and the anxiety of victimhood, but must somehow find the strength to fight for recovery. Loved ones can feel powerless, as their ability to help becomes limited to reassurances and, perhaps, the tasks of a caregiver.

Tanglewood Moms

Most moms would agree that motherhood counts as the “greatest” of more than one category: as a challenge, reward and adventure, the special bond and experiences of mothers and children color the world around us. As Victoria Wise, founder of Tanglewood Moms puts it, “there is strength in numbers,” and the booming popularity of the Fort Worth-centric Facebook group and…