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 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…

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…

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…

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,…

Homegrown Original

Sometimes, art seems to have a will of its own. Stories abound of artistic pieces that seemingly leapt into being, where the artists themselves acted as mere channels for inspiration. For sculptors, one often hears that the materials themselves dictate the form; the finished piece was there all along within the driftwood or stone — it just needed the artist…

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.

Built to Last

Home builders work to bring clients’ dreams into the light of day. As someone who gets entrusted with one of life’s most important investments, a builder must negotiate the demands of reality against a client’s wishes and needs. Anyone who has struggled to manage a major remodel or building project can respect the indispensability of a skilled construction company. As…

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…

Where Everybody Knows Your Name

Neighborhood restaurants have become scarce in many cities. These bygone bastions of comfort and familiarity, where a favorite table feels like a personal possession, have suffered through the whims of fickle diners and rampant competition. The manufactured kitsch and faux “hominess” of many chain restaurants also work to undermine the survival of authentic neighborhood spots. Like a breath of fresh…

West FW Lifestyle Celebrates Our 2nd Anniversary

As a publication rooted in community, West FW Lifestyle is a collaborative effort. To celebrate our second anniversary, we’re going behind the pages to introduce the people who make every issue possible.

Looks Good on Paper

Everyone loves a good success story: inspiring tales of those who follow their passions, and through dedication and hard work achieve beyond their wildest dreams. One local artisan has transformed her love of art and craftsmanship into a booming business still in the process of expansion. Kelly Vidrine, a former clerk at a stationery shop, found inspiration for her own…

Oasis on the West Side

If you’re looking for a Fort Worth facial destination, look no further. Chances are you’ve seen or heard of Metropolitan Day Spa, in the corner of a quaint cultural district shopping center on West 7th Street. And if you’re lucky, you’ve made it to the top of its three month-long waiting list. But what makes this spa so special? We…

Home is Where the Fun Is

Since its establishment in 1952, Fort Worth Billiards has grown to become the number one billiards and game-room design store in the Metroplex. The original owner, Loyd N. Miles, ensured the long-term success of his business when he hired two young men, Ernest Lazo and Albert Trujillo, on a part-time basis.