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…

The Modern Never Goes Out of Style

The concept of “modern,” by necessity, must evolve along with the times. An object, idea or person, once labeled “modern,” can only remain so for a limited period, before the passage of years renders it outdated, the antithesis of new. Entire artistic movements have suffered this fate: Modernism, for example, developed in literature through the first decades of the 20th…

A Place to Shine

Over the past several years, the neighborhood of Fairmount has grown into one of the city’s premier cultural areas. A combination of inventive restaurants, hip nightspots, annual festivals and one-of-a-kind boutiques attracts a steady stream of shoppers, diners and revelers, while many of the neighborhood’s historic old homes stand as showpieces of restoration and tasteful design. While Magnolia Avenue serves…

Trash to Treasure

A true artist sees potential wherever he or she looks — the hidden beauty in an object, person or event that simply needs to be drawn out in order to shine. Rebecca Low, the sculptor and owner of Rebecca Low Gallery at 7608 Camp Bowie West, has become a master seer of objects’ hidden potentials.

Springtime at Archie’s

Spring is in the air, and with it the drive to go outdoors, enjoy the sunshine and get your hands dirty in the garden. Whether you were born with a green thumb, or become “all thumbs” the moment you touch a spade, Archie’s Gardenland has the tools you need to become a successful home-harvester.

Down-Home Chic

Today, Brumbaugh’s Fine Home Furnishings has customers spread across the country, from New Jersey to Wyoming, along with a devoted clientele right here in Fort Worth. Known for its signature aesthetic, in-house line and glossy spreads in Texas Monthly, Brumbaugh’s beginnings may surprise new clients and longtime shoppers alike. “Larry started the company in 1966 with railroad salvage inventory,” says…

Gourmet at Ease

The Crystal Springs on the River development promises to transform west Fort Worth along White Settlement Road. This mixed-use entertainment, dining and residential project hearkens back to a time when the area hosted the Crystal Springs Dance Pavilion, a landmark dancehall often credited as the birthplace of Western swing.

Fixture on the Scene

The concept of “gastro chic” has evolved to describe a certain type of urban culinary style: locally sourced ingredients, inventive takes on traditional recipes, and a casual atmosphere that nevertheless feels elegant. As Fort Worth becomes more urbanized, many restaurants have tried — and failed — to capture this vibe as modeled in neighborhoods such as Brooklyn’s Williamsburg and Los…

Farm-to-Glass Vodka

Muleshoe, Texas, while not quite within the geographic distinction of the Panhandle, is close enough to share the area’s noteworthy characteristics: rolling plains, rich soil ideal for agriculture, and expansive pastures that teem with livestock. The Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge preserves the native environment of the South Plains, a unique ecological area where the Great Plains reach their highest altitude.…

Pairs Well With Life

Winslow’s Wine Cafe is the rare restaurant where every visit feels like a special occasion. This momentous atmosphere is no accident, and comes from the staff’s tireless efforts to make every patron feel like the most important person in the house. At nearly eight years and counting, Winslow’s Wine Cafe has earned its reputation as one of the west side’s…

In the Zone

In select cities around the world, people have engaged in habits that lead to longer, happier and more healthful lives. Whether through tradition or broad-based communal effort, these cities set an example for others and point the way towards a global re-evaluation of lifestyle choices. National Geographic Fellow Dan Buettner identified these habits in his book, The Blue Zones: Lessons…

Get Fit in the Fort

In order to make 2016 the year you finally take control of your health, you need more than a cookie-cutter gym stuffed with flashy machines. You need an actual partnership with a facility that cares about you and your fitness. Regardless of your tastes or goals, on Camp Bowie Boulevard you can find the workout you need — and lose…

Partners in Business and Life

Fort Worth is kind to local business owners. Despite its distinction as the 16th-largest city in the country, Fort Worth has maintained a widespread fidelity to homegrown businesses that one typically only finds in smaller communities. Whether this is due to local pride or the persistence of the communal spirit, one thing is certain: many people choose their neighbor’s businesses…

Holidays with the Chefs

For Keith Hicks, mastermind of Buttons Restaurant, cooking has always been deeply rooted in notions of family. “I’m originally from West Virginia,” says Keith. “I grew up helping my grandparents cook. I remember gatherings of families, people coming together on Sundays and Thanksgiving to celebrate great food and music. That’s what the whole theory of Buttons was built on: good…

Magic Across the Footlights

Two of Fort Worth’s premier cultural institutions — the Texas Ballet Theater and the Bass Performance Hall — are in many people’s minds inextricably entwined. A partnership that has yielded rich dividends for over 50 years, the collaboration between the ballet troupe and its home theater is perhaps best represented in one iconic annual performance: Tchaivosky’s the Nutcracker, which has…

Turning Compassion Into Action

Since 1984, The Salvation Army has been making Christmas special for North Texas families in need. Through their Angel Tree adoption program more than 50,000 children, ages 0-14, receive gifts gathered from the community each year.

Downtown Wonderland

As diverse and urbane as any major city, Fort Worth maintains a treasured fidelity to traditions and annual events that reach across demographics to unite the citizenry. Whether it’s the MAIN ST. Arts Festival, Concerts in the Garden or the Parade of Lights, Cowtown residents turn out to celebrate — and embrace one another as shared inheritors of a proud…