Shop Southlake During Tax-Free Weekend, August 11 – 13

Send the kids back to school in style and stock up on certain items without paying sales tax during the Texas Sales Tax Holiday, August 11-13. With nearly 260 retailers in Southlake, shoppers will find the perfect mix of options and discounts this weekend to complete their school shopping list.

As in previous years, most clothing, footwear and school supplies priced less than $100 are exempt from sales tax during the holiday. Specific eligible items include:

  • Shirts, sweaters and jackets
  • Pants, jeans and shorts
  • Most shoes
  • Basic school supplies
  • Backpacks

It is important for shoppers to note that most clothing and footwear will be exempt from sales tax, but there are exceptions. Items primarily designed for athletic activity or protection, such as golf cleats and football pads, do not qualify for the exemption. However, tennis shoes, basic workout apparel and swimsuits may be purchased tax-free.

Additionally, although most backpacks will be exempt from sales tax, items traditionally not used by elementary and secondary students will still be taxed, such as luggage, briefcases, computer bags and purses.

Shoppers can score additional discounts on top of the sales tax holiday at several Southlake retail locations, including Southlake Town Square, Gateway Plaza and Park Village. Learn more about the various shopping options in Southlake on the Shopping page of VisitSouthlakeTexas.com, including a complete listing of retail businesses.

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Shop Small in Southlake on Saturday, November 26

Although Black Friday is synonymous with holiday shopping sales for big brands, Small Business Saturday is not to be overlooked. Many small businesses will offer special discounts and promotions during the one-day celebration of local retailers on Saturday, November 26.

Owned and managed by members of the community, independent shops and restaurants form the backbone of many local economies, including Southlake. With dozens of small businesses offering unique assortments of products and services, here are a few examples of how you can shop small in Southlake this Saturday:

  • Accents—Located at 1251 Main Street, the clothing shop offers a curated collection of trendy, eclectic indie brands. With the philosophy that style should reflect the unique and interesting aspects of life, Accents offers an exclusive selection of clothing, handbags, and jewelry.
  • Blue Pomegranate Gallery—Located at 1236 Prospect Street, the gallery is described as an inviting place with “art that makes you smile.” Shoppers will discover handcrafted fine art, fine craft, and gifts—many of which are made from ‘up- cycled’ items.
  • Elaine Turner—Located at 311 Grand Avenue East, the clothing specialty shop aspires to empower customers to feel beautiful inside and out, with an opportunity to be charitable while enjoying accessible fashion. The store is named after its owner, an avid supporter of breast cancer awareness.
  • Leigh’s—Located at 1234 Main Street, the boutique offers high quality apparel, handbags, and accessories for the contemporary woman. E.Leigh’s strives to provide fashion-forward woman with the perfect complements to a fabulous wardrobe.
  • Lauren James—Located at 1252 Main Street, the store offers uniquely styled clothing perfect for everyday occasions and once-in-a-lifetime events—everything from collegiate apparel to bridesmaid dresses.
  • Malouf’s—Located at 190 State Street, the fine clothing retailer has showcased the latest fashions from around the world for nearly 70 years, and offers shoppers unparalleled customer service and a friendly staff.
  • Sunshine Glaze—Located at 1246 Main Street, the bright and cheery creative art studio offers a wide selection of ready to paint pottery, mosaics, glass fusing, and mixed media wood art.
  • Sweet & Sassy—Located at 1246 Main Street, the salon and spa specializes in trendy haircuts for kids, makeovers, and even offers birthday parties, complete with a hot pink limo for transporting party guests in style.
  • Whole Earth Provision Company—Located at 321 State Street, the specialty retailer offers a broad array of innovative, high-quality products for people who are commitment to learning about, experiencing, preserving, and enjoying the outdoors.

Support small businesses in a big way through shopping small on Saturday, November 26. With unique product offerings and exceptional customer service, it pays to shop small in Southlake. By keeping money local, the community is able to thrive.

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Shop ‘Til You Drop in Southlake

From upscale boutiques to popular brand names, Southlake is the premier shopping destination in North Texas. Minutes from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, and home to nearly 260 retail stores and growing, retail therapy could not be more accessible or diverse than the selections in Southlake, Texas.

BlueNew stores are opening every day in Southlake. At the heart of the city, shoppers will find Southlake Town Square, an expansive outdoor shopping district with more than 125 shops and dozens of restaurants. Southlake’s original retail hub might resemble a quaint historical downtown, but Town Square is only 17 years young and offers today’s hottest brands to prove it. Already established customer favorites, such as Apple Computer Store, Coach, and Pottery Barn recently welcomed several newcomers to the neighborhood, including Bluemercury, a luxury beauty retailer; cult-favorite jewelry designer Kendra Scott; Lily Rain apparel and accessories; preppy style icon Vineyard Vines; and artsy Blue Pomegranate Gallery. With foodie favorites like Trader Joe’s and Del Frisco’s Grille lining the south edge of the Square along Southlake Boulevard, and boutique hotel Hilton Southlake Town Square at the north end near Highway 114, Southlake Town Square truly offers visitors everything from shopping to dining and accommodations.

Adjacent to Town Square at Highway 114 and North Carroll Avenue, Carroll Point is one of Southlake’s newest shopping centers. Although smaller than Town Square, Carroll Point adds to the variety of shopping and dining options available in the city. Chuy’s, the popular Austin-based Tex-Mex restaurant chain, has been serving hungry customers in Southlake since opening in 2015, but most of the other tenants opened their doors in 2016. Lo Lo’s Chicken and Waffles serves more than a half-dozen variations of the Southern staple, and fast-casual Salata offers over 50 ingredients to build customizable salads. Bicycle World provides one-stop shopping for cycling enthusiasts, offering bicycles and gear for sale, as well as bike services. Several spas, salons and studios round out the remaining spaces, including The Gent’s Place, Robert Morales Studio, Hand and Stone Massage, Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Center, and bodybar Studios.Howard Wangs

The Shops of Southlake is located directly across from Town Square along Southlake Boulevard, and is a popular destination for residents and visitors alike. Anchored by Central Market, a gourmet grocer with a vast selection of food products and cooking classes, the shopping center also includes DSW Shoes, Nordstrom Rack, Pier 1 Imports, Corinthian Wellness Spa, Jordan Taylor, Bonefish Grill, and Howard Wang’s China Grill, to name a few.

From The Shops of Southlake, venture across the street to discover Southlake’s newest shopping center: Park Village, which is located at the southwest corner of Southlake Boulevard and Carroll Avenue. The mix of shops and restaurants include well-known names like Orvis and REI, two popular outdoors outfitters; Michaels, the arts and crafts super store; culinary retail favorites The Fresh Market and Sur La Table; and eateries including Gloria’s Latin Cuisine, Malai Kitchen, RA Sushi and Taverna Rosa, among other center occupants. The most notable feature of the shopping center is its eye-catching fountain, a design inspired by the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.

PGAFurther east, shoppers will find Kimball Oaks, another relatively new shopping complex located at the intersection of Southlake Boulevard and Kimball Avenue. Most prominent in the center, PGA Tour Superstore is the place to shop for all things golf and features certified golf pros, swing simulators, practice bays, a putting green and more. Bassett Furniture, Tuesday Morning, and restaurants including Red Rock Canyon Grill and BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse also inhabit the center.

Other well established shopping areas are nearby and further add to the variety of shopping options in Southlake. Directly across the street, Southlake Corners contains Home Goods, Staples, Babies ‘R Us and Toys ‘R Us, Kincaid’s Hamburgers, McAlister’s Deli, and other stores. Minutes up the road, Gateway Plaza is home to Ulta Beauty, Bed Bath & Beyond, T.J. Maax, Old Navy, Mellow Mushroom, and Anamia’s Tex-Mex, to name a few longstanding customer favorites.

Whether you’re shopping for fun or with a purpose, with so many assorted retailers within a relatively small radius, Southlake makes shopping easy, enjoyable, and always offers something new. For more information and updates about new store openings, go to www.VisitSouthlakeTexas.com.

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New Smoke Shop Ordinance

On July 28, 2014, the Haltom City City Council held a workshop in regards to increasing restrictions on smoke shops and directed the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) to draft a zoning ordinance amendment to further restrict smoke shops for the promotion of public health, safety, and welfare. The P&Z held a public meeting on August 12th and another on September 9th to draft the zoning ordinance amendment; and on September 23rd, the P&Z recommended that the City Council approve the drafted regulations on smoke shops. Subsequently, on October 27, 2014, the Haltom City City Council adopted Ordinance No. 2014-032-03, which further restricts locations for smoke shops within Haltom City.

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