Southlake City Secretary Passes Away

Carol Borges, Southlake’s City Secretary, passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, after battling an aggressive form of cancer.

“Carol had a heart of gold and the kindest manner,” said Mayor Laura Hill.  “She worked tirelessly to make sure the Council and I always had everything we needed. Every resident who came in contact with her was touched by her care and concern. I am a better Mayor because of Carol and the feeling of loss is just tremendous for everyone who knew her.”

Carol had been with the City since 2016 when she was hired as the Deputy City Secretary.  In 2017, she was named City Secretary. She, along with City Secretary’s Office team, managed the day-to-day operations of the City Secretary’s Office, the City Council meeting agendas, the City Council’s and Mayor’s official schedules, as well as Southlake’s municipal elections.

“To know Carol Borges was to know someone who knew how to have fun. She took her work seriously and worked hard, but Carol’s ready smile and hearty laugh are what I will always remember,” said City Manager Shana Yelverton. “Whatever difficulties Carol encountered in life and at work were managed beautifully. She always aimed to please, and her desire to do the right thing and make any situation that much better is part of her legacy.”

Carol started her municipal career in the City of Wentworth Village in 2009. She also served in several leadership positions for the North Texas Municipal Clerks Association, including as its president. Carol also served in elected office in the Trophy Club Municipal Utility District starting in 1996.  Before leaving in 2009, she acted as its Director, President, and Chairman. Before starting her career in local government work, Carol worked in information technology.

“Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Carol’s family, and friends,” added Yelverton. “Her work family will also miss her deeply, She was a joy to work with, and we were lucky to have her on our team.”

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Southlake Police CID Commended by City Manager

On December 28, 2018, City Manager Shana Yelverton and the Southlake Police Department honored members of the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) with commendations for their collaborative efforts in closing two recent high profile cases, in addition to their normal workload.

Each member of the CID team normally carries 30-40 cases at any given time, ranging from domestic violence to forgery to burglaries of motors vehicles (BMVs).  However, when a case comes in that is time sensitive and “all hands on deck,” they come together as a team to lend their own special skillsets to the case.

“They work well together,” Chief Brandon said.  “There is no drama.  They spend their days worrying about how to effectively serve the community, and it shows in the success they’ve been able to achieve.”

One of the aforementioned cases involved a multi-state operation in which a juvenile runaway was lured to another state in a possible human trafficking scheme.  Detectives began working the second the call came in early that morning and didn’t stop working until the victim was located and the suspect arrested in Tucson, Arizona.  Because of their high level of efficiency and their determination, they were able to find the victim within five hours of the initial 911 call.

The detectives of CID are meticulous, and they work as a cohesive team to overcome the hurdles of any case by any means necessary.  “They are absolutely committed to resolving cases and getting results,” Chief Brandon said.

Members of CID pictured below are Detective Thomas Roberson, Detective Josh Ellis, Lieutenant Jose Luna, Sergeant John Stokes, crime analyst Diana Smith, Sergeant Karl Moor, Detective Delaney Green, and Corporal Robert Briggs.

Congratulations to this team.  They are to be commended for their outstanding performance and their dedication to the Southlake community.

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Corporate Memberships to Champions Club Available for Employees of Southlake Businesses

Do you work for a business in Southlake? You’re eligible for a discounted corporate membership to Champions Club!

An inclusive corporate membership gives you access to all of Champions Club’s amenities and benefits at 10% off the base membership rate. You’ll also receive members-only pricing for room and meeting space rentals.

Southlake businesses must be verified by the City of Southlake to qualify for corporate membership rates. Employees must show proof of current employment in the form of a pay stub dated within thirty (30) days of enrollment.

Employee Wellness Programs

If you’re a Southlake business owner or corporation looking to increase employee engagement and satisfaction, we can help you transform your workplace.

Employee well-being is directly tied to a company’s efficiency, productivity and overall culture. An inclusive and thoughtfully-designed wellness program can have a positive impact on your employees’ physical, mental and emotional health, ultimately contributing to a healthier, happier workplace. Corporate memberships to Champions Club make it easy and affordable for employees to take advantage of our many health and wellness opportunities, including:

  • Lunch and Learns
  • Health and Wellness Seminars
  • Walking/Running Club on Indoor Track
  • 50+ Group Fitness Classes
  • Personal Training

To learn more or purchase a corporate membership, contact our Membership Services Coordinator at (817) 748-8955 or memberships@themarqsouthlake.com.

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Savor Southlake: Distinctively Delicious Dining Options

Hungry for unique eats? From Brazilian-style pizzas to Japanese sushi and Texas barbeque, Southlake has a variety of distinctive dining options to satisfy any appetite. Savor one-of-a-kind flavors from across the country and around the world in Southlake.

For a unique pizza experience outside of the [cardboard] box and with roots tracing to South America, head to Delucca Gaucho Pizza at 2001 W Southlake Boulevard, Suite 103. Inspired by Italian immigrants’ influence on Brazilian gauchos (who serve bountiful selections of meats in popular churrascaria steakhouses), this pizzeria similarly offers a seemingly endless variety of pizzas to try. With a fixed price and no menu, guests are seated, welcomed with a charcuterie and antipasto platter, served lobster bisque, and then select options from the roaming pizza servers who come to each table with numerous handcrafted pizzas—like Sopressata Salami & Candied Bacon and Brazilian Hearts of Palm, to name a few. Complete your meal with a glass of wine and save room for gourmet dessert pizzas.

Pizza is also on the menu at Armend’s, which serves authentic Italian cuisine in a casual, family-friendly environment (which is also BYOB). Family-owned and operated, Armend’s is one of the first restaurants in Southlake, having originally opened in 1994 in a different location from its current spot at 2315 E. Southlake Boulevard, Suite 101. Find traditional Italian appetizers, salads, soups, hot subs, chicken, veal and seafood entrees, and homemade pastas like Eggplant Parmigiana and Penne Alla Vodka. Italian cuisine could not be fresher, as all items are cooked to order and are made with carefully sourced ingredients.

For flavors from the coast, visit Shuck Me at 585 Randol Mill Avenue. Find oysters, shrimp and fish on the menu prepared in various ways—fried, grilled, in chowders, jambalaya and salads, on Po-Boys and in fish tacos, with plenty of starters, sides and drinks (including beer on tap, margaritas and sangria). Don’t overlook the popular Whole Fried Red Snapper with optional spicy garlic butter sauce and served with beans and rice. For those who would rather turf than surf, Shuck Me also offers chicken and burger options, and has items for The Minnows (kids).

Also specializing in fish, Sushi Sam serves authentic Japanese cuisine and was the first restaurant to bring sushi to Southlake back in 1998. The family-owned and operated restaurant sources the finest ingredients. Sushi rolls are made with fresh, high quality fish and the sake and beer are ordered straight from Japan. With beautifully styled and colorful presentations, eat with your eyes before savoring a bento box at lunch or a traditional Japanese entrée at dinner—Beef Teriyaki or Chicken Katsu—or sample the various rice bowls, specialty noodles and of course, sushi. End on a sweet note with fried bananas or mango rice. Sushi Sam is located at 500 W Southlake Boulevard, Suite 138.

No need to head south of the border for “real Chicano flavor,” just head to Frezko Taco Spot at 3105 E. Southlake Boulevard. The restaurant keeps the options simple, offering only burritos, tacos, quesadillas and salads, but keeps customers coming back by using flavorful family recipes, fresh, never frozen ingredients and locally-sourced meats. Cool off from the spicy flavors with house-made agua frescas and save room for tres leches cake. Frezko was voted as One of the Top 10 Taco Shops in DFW by Fort Worth Star Telegram.

Craving Southern flavors? Wildwood American Grill puts a contemporary spin on wood-fired grill favorites—steaks, seafood, burgers and more, all with a regional flare. Try customer favorites like Dragon Dip, a tribute to Southlake Carroll Dragons (mustard seed-infused cheddar beer dip with toasted pretzel bread), or the Ribeye Steak with Texas whiskey butter, Sweet Tea Rotisserie Chicken, or the Texas BBQ Burger. Don’t miss the Cheese-Infused Poblano Grits as a side. The restaurant also boasts an extensive wine list, and carries specialized liquors and craft beers. Wildwood is located at 2700 E. Southlake Boulevard.

Nothing satisfies a Texas-sized appetite quite like smoked meats and Feedstore BBQ has perfected their craft. Located at 530 S. White Chapel Boulevard, the restaurant is the oldest retail establishment in town and has been selling barbeque since 2001 (after originally operating as a feed store in 1950’s). In addition to traditional barbeque favorites, such as brisket, pork, chicken, turkey, ham and sausage, customers also keep coming back for the catfish, big bowl salads and homemade desserts. With as many awards and accolades as menu items, it’s no wonder that Feedstore BBQ has become a dining staple in Southlake.

Getting hungry yet? Come savor Southlake. We promise to save you a seat at one of our favorite tables.

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Southlake TEXRail crossings to be Quiet Zones

With the new TEXRail project almost complete, there has been an increase in train noise as the system is being tested. The train horn is loud, we hear it too! The good news is Quiet Zones will soon be in place in Southlake.

The City of Grapevine has filed the Notice of Establishment to create Quiet Zones along the rail line. Southlake has two rail crossings included in the request: SH 26 at Brumlow Avenue and SH 26 at Kimball Avenue.

The 27-mile commuter rail line will connect Fort Worth to Grapevine and into DFW Airport and is expected to begin full operation on January 5, 2019. In preparation for full-service, TEXRail noise has been louder than normal during mandated Federal Railroad Admiration testing. This safety testing is required to take place day and night. Part of the testing process requires the trains to blow their horns as they pass through intersections, and is what residents have recently been hearing. Once TEXRail is in full service the Quiet Zones will be established; horns should only be used if there is a safety concern.

“We’ve been told there are still a few more improvements to be made at the Brumlow intersection, but once they are done, the extra loud testing should stop,” said Senior Director of Planning and Development Services Ken Baker. “We know it’s very loud and that horns have been sounding at all hours day and night, but we’re hopeful once the quiet zone is established and the extra testing stops it will get better.”

To learn more about the TEXRail project or to contact TEXRail, visit https://ridetrinitymetro.org/texrail/.

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Southlake Based Business Makes a Deal on Shark Tank

Southlake business owner Mitch Allen, made his pitch on a recent episode of Shark Tank for his company Hire Santa and scored!

He closed a $200,000 investment deal with businesswoman Barbara Corcoran in return for 10 percent of the company.

According to his website, HireSanta.com, booking a professional Santa is made simple and easy. With over 1000 Santa’s in the company’s database, there are enough Santa’s to go around and spread the holiday spirit locally or across the nation. Clients can choose from a variety of real beard Santa’s to make appearances at their holiday party, community event, mall or company.

All Santa’s are professionals and are required to have a full background check.

The company is projected to close at more than $1 million in sales this year.

Hire Santa was also featured in Dallas News and on ABC Go.

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The Old Nocona Boot Factory Opens in Southlake Town Square

Cowboys, rodeo buffs and western fans now have a reason to “boot scootin’ boogie” in Southlake Town Square with the recent opening of The Old Nocona Boot Factory at 234 State Street. Staying true to its heritage, all products sold are made with the finest leathers and quality materials paired with a style that embraces the wild west.

This is the fourth location for the leather specialist, which also has stores in Fort Worth, Grapevine and Nocona, Texas—the site of where the business began in 1948. The Old Nocona Boot Factory is part of a long history in leather in Nocona, also known as the “Leather Capitol of North America.” The town’s history dates back to when the Justin family moved there in 1889 to build boots for cowboys on the Chisholm Trail.

In keeping with tradition, The Old Nocona Boot Factory carries a variety of leather goods, but is best known for its selection of boots. From full-quill ostrich to cayman belly, leather and lizard skin, find durable men’s work boots, premium cowboy boots, stylish women’s fashion boots, and boots for kids. The Factory also sells western belts, belt buckles, accessories and boot and shoe care products.

“We’re excited to add new brands to our product line-up, like Texas-based Twisted X and popular Old Gringo Boots, and we hope to add our own boot line in the coming spring or summer,” stated Adam Moore, the general manager of The Nocona Boot Factory in Southlake.

The Old Nocona Boot Factory is partnering with Hope 29:11 and Twisted X to help children in need year-round, and aims to provide shoes to 1000 kids this winter. Every purchase of boots $200 or more provides a pair of shoes for a child in need in Texas, Mexico and Uganda. If customers simply want to give back without making a purchase, The Factory gladly accepts donations of children’s shoes for the drive.

“Southlake is a great fit for The Old Nocona Boot Factory, especially since there’s a need and interest in our types of products, but not a lot of stores that offer boots in this area,” commented Moore, who also added that the community aspect of Southlake has been very welcoming.

“These boots are made for walking…” (or running, roping and riding), so head on over to The Old Nocona Boot Factory to find yourself a new pair for your next adventure. While you’re in Southlake Town Square, don’t miss out on other newly opened stores, including Sweet As Sugar for boutique children’s clothing, Scout & Molly’s for fashionable looks and apparel for women and the Peloton Showroom for a fully engaging experience on high-tech workout equipment.

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December Southlake Business Spotlight: Precision Ortho Express

Precision Ortho Express is the featured business for December’s Southlake Business Spotlight.

The walk-in, immediate access, full service, state of the art Orthopedic, Sports Medicine & Spine clinic is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday – Friday. Their team of board-certified orthopedic specialists treat a variety of ailments including sprains, fractures, strains/sprains – ligament injuries, joint pain, neck/back pain carpel tunnel, work related injuries, regenerative medicine and injection therapy.

If you have a sports/orthopedic injury, work related injury or chronic condition, you can receive immediate care by orthopedic specialists without the time or expense of an ER visit.

From weekend accidents, sports injuries, arthritis, to work-related accidents, they are here for you offering state of the art, hospitality based Orthopedic, Sports and Spine Care.

Learn more about Precision Ortho Express from the previous City Council meeting and the Southlake Business Spotlight blog.

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Insider’s Guide: Tips for Celebrating the Holidays in Southlake

Oh, what fun it is to visit Southlake, Texas, during the holidays! From sparkling displays to festive family fun, Southlake is the perfect destination for holiday cheer. Here is our insider’s guide for where to shop, eat, play and stay during the most wonderful time of the year.

Making a holiday shopping list and checking it twice? With more than 130 stores (everything from Apple and Pottery Barn to Kendra Scott and lululemon athletica) in Southlake Town Square, as well as many other hot spots, like Shops of Southlake (Central Market, DSW, Nordstrom Rack and more) and Park Village (REI, Beauty Brands and Sur La Table, to name a few), shoppers will find something for everyone on their holiday shopping list. With the rush of the holiday season, the Holiday Concierge in Southlake Town Square can even help guests stay organized by helping with movie showtimes, buying gift cards, checking restaurant menus, getting directions and information about stores, and making dinner reservations.

Hungry for a holiday helping? If you’re out last minute Christmas shopping, stop by Wildwood Grill and Del Frisco’s Grille on Christmas Eve for special holiday menu features. Copeland’s of New Orleans will also be open Christmas Eve serving its full menu of Cajun items, as well as on Christmas Day from 7AM-7PM serving a special Christmas Platter of holiday ham or turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, dressing, cranberry sauce and cornbread. Copeland’s famous Cajun fried turkeys are also available for pre-order for holiday dinners at home.

Get in the holiday spirit with seasonal activities. The holidays would not be complete without a visit with Santa. Stop by Santa’s Village in Southlake Town Square where kids of all ages can have their picture taken with jolly ole St. Nick (and even reserve one-on-one time with him) or simply drop off their letters to Santa at the Village Post Office. While you’re there, enjoy a nostalgic tour of Town Square by horse-drawn carriage rides. Just across the street, foodies can take holiday cooking classes at Shops of Southlake’s Central Market – including decorating a gingerbread house, Tex-Mex Christmas and An Italian Christmas Eve. Enjoy a bit of holiday cheer for FREE during Wine Walk in Park Village on December 13. Visit the various shops there from 6-9 p.m. for wine tastings, light bites and a Sommelier presentation.

Treat the kids to some holiday fun, too. Mark your calendars for Story Time with Mrs. Claus on December 20, a fun time filled with holiday stories, hot cocoa and cookies. Another option is Holiday Break Camp Mania, a fun and safe environment where kids can enjoy arts and craft activities, field trips and plenty of play time. With multiple camp dates, it’s a great opportunity to keep children entertained while on holiday break.

“We really enjoy attending all of Southlake’s holiday events. Visiting Santa, watching the tree lighting, and enjoying the many other activities and entertainment that make this season so special for our family each year,” stated Mark Guilbert, president of the Southlake Chamber of Commerce.

Stay the night in Southlake. Conveniently located in Southlake Town Square, Hilton Dallas/Southlake Town Square is within walking distance from shopping, dining and holiday attractions. The boutique hotel has 248 spacious guest rooms with European-inspired design, an in-house restaurant – Copeland’s of New Orleans, a 24-hour fitness center and is even pet-friendly. If you’re bringing the kids, consider the Family Fun Package, which includes breakfast for four and free high-speed Internet access. Getting away with your significant other? The Celebrate in Style Package includes a complimentary drink upon arrival and in-room breakfast for two.

Just off of State Highway 114 and a short drive from DFW Airport, Cambria Southlake DFW North offers 175 generously sized and contemporary guest rooms with Texas-inspired flare. Tech-savvy guests also love the modern amenities, including RoomioTV-enabled flat screen TVs that turn mobile devices into remote control (for streaming Netflix, YouTube or accessing Photos) and the Ivy by GoMoment virtual texting assistant, which allows guests to text hotel staff to facilitate quick and easy answers to questions. Guests can savor Texas flavors and locally-made beers and wines in-house at Social Circle Bistro. Don’t forget to ask about the Breakfast Package and discounts for seniors and members of the military.

With ever-updating events and attractions, stay in-the-know with the latest holiday happenings by downloading the Visit Southlake App! Explore what the city has to offer, including upcoming events, popular restaurants, downtown hot spots, shopping and points of interest. You can access the Visit Southlake App from the website or by visiting the app stores on iOS or Android smartphone devices and downloading the app.

With a season full of merry and bright festivities, make Southlake your Home for the Holidays!

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Southlake Students Received Constituting America Proclamation

Southlake Students were honored at Tuesday’s City Council meeting for their outstanding achievements through music to promote our country’s founding principles and U.S. Constitution.

Gabriella Tommasi, Joshua Landgraf and Taylor Landgraf were inspired to enter the Constitution America’s, “We The Future” contest and won! The purpose of the contest is to promote the three branches of government and checks and balances. Tommasi won for her song, “The Constitution is the Right Solution” and Joshua and Taylor Landgraf won for their submission, “Constitutional”.

The students were honored at Tuesday’s City Council meeting and were presented with a Constituting America Proclamation by Mayor Laura Hill.

See the rest of the proclamation below.

  Constituting  America  educates,  engages,  and  empowers America’s rising    generation    through    their    three   cornerstone   programs: interactive   educational   presentations   to   students   of   all   ages, nationwide  scholarship  contests, and 90-day annual online studies; and,

Whereas, Actress Janine Turner, founder & co-president of Constituting America, spoke at Eubanks Intermediate School in honor of Constitution Day 2017, and Gabriella Tommasi, Joshua Landgraf and Taylor Landgraf were inspired to enter Constituting America’s “We The Future” Contest and won; and,

Whereas, we commend Gabriella Tommasi for her winning song “The Constitution is the Right Solution,” and Joshua and Taylor Landgraf for their winning song “Constitutional”; now,

Therefore, I, Mayor Laura Hill, on behalf of the City Council, do hereby recognize Gabriella, Joshua and Taylor for their outstanding achievements through music to promote our country’s founding principles and U.S. Constitution.

 

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