North Texas Paints it Forward!

rocksIt ROCKS to live in North Texas! Not only are its residents friendly, but they seem to take genuine pleasure in paying it forward. We often hear of people buying a Starbucks® for the next person in line, buying groceries for the person who forgot their wallet, or posting pictures to Facebook groups of found pets, wallets, backpacks. With this much kindness to spare, it only makes sense that North Texas has embraced the rock painting craze that is sweeping the country!

boy in playgroundAccording to the Facebook group Flower Mound Area Rocks, “young and old are participating in this fun community fad, which spreads happiness, love and inspiration through the simple gesture of painting rocks and hiding them throughout the community for people to find.”

mom painting rocksIt’s simple to take part – you decoratively paint small rocks, then hide them where community members gather (parks, trails, etc). The lucky finders of the rocks are asked to post a picture of the rock on Facebook, using the hashtag on the back of the rock. The finder can then keep the rock, or re-hide the rock.

So paint it forward, North Texas! You just might brighten someone’s day!

Inspiration and instructions can be found on Pinterest, via google search, or in any of these local Facebook rock painting groups: Denton Rocks / Flower Mound Area Rocks / Lewisville Rocks / Colony Rocks

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There’s Music in the Air!!!


Listening to live music under our beautiful evening skies is a favorite family activity in North Texas. Pack up your lawn chair and make plans to enjoy these ongoing summer outdoor concerts:

Denton: Twilight Tunes, award-winning concert series presented by Denton Main Street Association at Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square Lawn, 110 W. Hickory Street starting April 21st from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. and will run every Thursday evening through June 30th.  Admission is Free Denton Twilight Tunes

Music4Flower Mound: June 2-30 (every Friday in June) – Lakeside Music Series from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Shops at Lakeside DFW, 2314 Lakeside Parkway. See schedule at LakesideDFW.com

Highland Village: Sounds of Summer Concert Series each Thursday in June from 7-9 p.m. at The Shops at Highland Village in The Patio Courtyard between Blue Goose and Rockfish Seafood. HV Sounds of Summer Concert Series 972-317-7500

Music3Lewisville: June 6-July 25 (every Tuesday in June and July) – Lewisville Summer Outdoor Concert Series at 7 p.m. at Wayne Ferguson Plaza, 150 W. Church Street in Old Town Lewisville. Free event. Lewisville Sounds of Lewisville

Roanoke: Evenings on Oak Street Concert series at Austin Street Plaza, 221 N. Oak St., Roanoke on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month from March through October. 817-491-2411 or Roanoke Evenings on Oak Street

Information provided by Keller Williams Dallas Metro North, via The Cross Timbers Gazette – Community Calendar. See more fun area activities here.

Attention Flower Mound Foodies!


chefLocal “Foodies” are all smiles about the new eating and dining trends coming our way!

The Market at Lakeside, 2500 Lakeside Parkway, Suite 100 – opening this month, The Market at Lakeside is an independent grocery store, run by local owners Billy and Talitha Ledet. The neighborhood store will feature quality, unique, fresh food and ingredients to satisfy your everyday eating, entertaining and special occasion needs. In addition to offering basic staples, The Market will offer a variety of healthy grocery items, fresh produce, baked goods and deli sandwiches, as well as an assortment of wines and local craft beers. The Ledets strongly support local farmers and producers because they believe in the community they live in and serve. Curbside pick-up and delivery will be offered; outdoor seating is available to meet your friends and enjoy a Saturday morning croissant!

coffeeTrio Craft Coffee, 2650 Flower Mound Road (NE corner of FM2499 and FM3040) – After Carlos and Susan Palacio, owners of Trio, moved their shop down the road into a beautiful, larger new space, they wanted to bring to the community high-quality food prepared by reputable chefs. Carlos always believed that his pursuit of intentional, ingredient-focused coffee products was a natural pairing with cooking; to that end, the Palacios hosted their inaugural pop-up dinner on May 11 for 22 lucky diners.

A pop-up dinner is a dining trend in which diners are given a chance to try something new – like a meal eaten entirely in the dark, or a meal made entirely of food scaps, or in the case of Trio Craft Coffee, a meal that features coffee as both an ingredient as well as a meal pairing.

Trio plans to repeat the experiential dining experience with another pop-up dinner planned for the Fall.

Read more about Trio’s inaugural pop-up dinner: Dallas Observer

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What Was The Good News For December?

Motorsport Aftermarket Group is relocating their corporate headquarters from Irvine, California to the Cypress Waters development in Irving. They are expected to employ roughly 150 workers, with an average annual wage of $70,000, in its new headquarters.  The company sells aftermarket parts for motorcycles — from mufflers to handle grips to sunscreens.

Dallas-Fort Worth’s strong housing market shows no signs of slowing with analysts expecting the region’s home sales to reach $24 billion by the end of the year. That would more than double the market’s sales volume in four years.  “We were ecstatic when the market reached $11 billion at the end of 2011,” said MetroTex President Steve Habgood, in a statement. “This year, we reached $22.7 billion by the end of November and could conceivably reach $24 billion for the year.”   North Texas’ condo sales have also done well this year and have already topped a billion dollars for the year, he added.  Not only is volume higher, prices are higher too.  Through the first 11 months of 2015, sales prices for preowned homes sold by real estate agents in North Texas are 11%  higher than where they were in November 2014, according to the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University.  The price jump so far this year is more than twice the average annual price increase in the area during the last decade.


Plano-based Green Brick Partners, Inc. acquired 52 acres in southern Flower Mound at Gerault Road and FM 2499 for the development of 450 home sites with a build out value of approximately $160 million. The planned townhomes and patio homes are part of the 110 acre master planned development called Southgate.  The first phase of residential development will begin in the spring of 2016, with model homes opening in early 2017.   The patio homes and townhomes will be built by Green Brick Partner’s subsidiary, CB JENI Homes. The homes are designed around 5 acres of parkland with walking trails connecting owners to the $1.5 million amenity center, complete with a pool, workout room, and entertaining areas.


There are 3 college football bowls to watch in the DFW area. The most anticipated of the three is the Cotton Bowl game played at AT & T Stadium in Arlington on Dec. 31st at 8:00pm.  2 Alabama will square off against No. 3 Michigan State and the game will be one of two semifinal games played, leading to the CFP title game. Each of the so-called Big 5 conferences, including the Irving-based Big 12 Conference, will receive an estimate $50 million, whether they have a team in the playoffs or not. Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl will have the University of Washington versus Southern Mississippi University at 1:20 p.m. Dec. 26 at the Cotton Bowl stadium at Fair Park in Dallas. Estimated payout for the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl will be $1.1 million per team.  In Fort Worth, officials with the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl announced that the University of California will take on the Air Force Academy on 12/29/15.  The estimated payout for the Armed Forces Bowl will be $675,000 per team.

Dallas-based TopGolf is building its fourth North Texas location, expanding for the first time to Fort Worth. Topgolf has 22 locations worldwide, including in Dallas, Allen and The Colony. The 65,000-square-foot center is slated to open in late summer 2016. Located at the southeast corner of Highway 121 and I-35 near downtown Fort Worth, the new TopGolf will include102 hitting bays, up to 3,000 square feet of private event space and 230 high-definition TVs.

Frisco’s $5 Billion mile continues to develop.  From Warren Parkway to Lebanon Road along the Dallas North Tollway, the development along Frisco’s $5 Billion mile is rapidly changing the landscape.   In the span of just one mile, Frisco has $5.4 billion in projects under development. The Ford Center at The Star in Frisco — future home of the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters — is the $1-billion, 91-acre mixed-use project that anchors this mile. Upon completion next summer, The Star will feature a 12,000-seat indoor stadium that will host high school football games for local schools, two hotels with 480 rooms, and an additional 66-acre, mixed-use entertainment district capable of supporting 1.7 million sq. ft. of commercial development.  Also under development along the $5-billion mile are the $1.7-billion Frisco Station mixed-use project; the $700-million Gate mixed-use and office complex; and the $2-billion Wade Park community that will include a Whole Foods Market, two hotels and 2.3 million sq. ft. of office space.


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What’s The Word On Lakeside DFW- Moviehouse & Eatery

Mark McLaughlin, director of operations for The Moviehouse & Eatery, provided a thorough tour of the construction site at Lakeside this week.

“We think the exterior profile will be outstanding,” he said standing in front of the building. “The entrance makes a big impression.”

Inside, he shared details of improvements and tweaks incorporated into the building based on the company’s experience in operating its other two locations in Austin and Keller.

He expects the theater to open to the public in July, in the middle of the busy summer season.

Opening in the summer will pose some operational challenges.

“Summer is our busiest time of year,” McLaughlin explained. “The kids are out of school, the film schedule is packed with content for every genre of film lover, and showings begin at 9:30 and 10 in the morning until late into the night.

“We operate virtually around the clock in June, July, and August.”

Then there is the pent-up demand in Flower Mound.

“We are expecting large crowds,” McLaughlin explained, “so it is important that we ramp up our staff quickly to ensure we offer our movie-goers the kind of experience that Moviehouse prides itself on and will keep them coming back.”

The Moviehouse in Keller has attracted large crowds with its plush recliners from which patrons have the opportunity to order classic American cuisine, crafted cocktails, and traditional movie treats.


Austin Moviehouse & Eatery

Movie House 1

Austin Moviehouse & Eatery

The food is served to customers in their seats.

The July film calendar includes Minions, Ant Man, and Mission Impossible 5.

“We are eager to get started,” McLaughlin added, “and become a big part of the community.”

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