Sunday, June 13, 2021

Southlake Business Relief Grant Program Application Now Open

To support Southlake’s local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City Council adopted the Southlake Business Relief Grant Program. This grant program is the first of its kind ever in Southlake aimed at providing relief to local business owners.

“Southlake is a strong community. Over the last several months, I have spoken with countless business owners that are operating with a reduced capacity in customers, staff and are making it work despite the challenging environment. The City Council wants to make sure that we give back to our businesses that have given to the community so much over the years. By helping our businesses succeed, we can continue to build a stronger Southlake and stronger economy together,” Mayor Laura Hill said.

Over the last several months, the business community has experienced an increasingly challenging environment due to the ongoing pandemic. Changing consumer behaviors and loss of revenue, are just two things on Southlake business owners’ minds. They have also had to adjust to state and local mandates while finding the best ways to accommodate their customers and reassuring them their business is a safe environment to be in.

“This program will help our local businesses bridge the revenue gap they’ve experienced so they can continue to provide the great products and services to the community without having to consistently worry about revenue. It’s important to understand that when our local businesses hurt and struggle, as a community, we do as well,” Economic Development and Tourism Director Daniel Cortez said.

This business relief grant is the newest of many recovery efforts the City has provided to its business community. Earlier this year, the Southlake City Council, with input from the Economic Recovery Task Force and the Community Enhancement and Development Corporation also provided strategies to help local businesses in their recovery efforts by allowing them to expand their offerings, from outdoor retail sales to outdoor dining and signage placement. This grant program further expands on Southlake’s relief efforts.

The application period is open from December 3 to January 15. Notifications to all businesses that apply will be sent beginning late January with grant disbursements to occur in February.

To review eligibility requirements or to apply for the grant, visit the Southlake Business Relief Grant Program webpage. For questions, please contact the Office of Economic and Development and Tourism.

Wildwood Southlake Adapts to Safely Serving Diners in the Age of COVID-19

From limited occupancy to increased curbside service, the restaurant scene has greatly changed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Locally-owned Wildwood Southlake, like countless other restaurants, has adapted to this new normal, but it continues to serve the same smoky, Southern-inspired specialties.

Opened by Dave and Mary Garner in December 2009, Wildwood Southlake has become a local mainstay. Made popular by its wood-fired chops, poultry, seafood and extensive wine and whiskey lists, Wildwood Southlake offers a community-connected environment, as can be seen on its menu with Dragon Dip and the Dragon Burger, both paying tribute to Southlake Carroll Dragons.

Wildwood Southlake supports numerous local organizations including the Southlake Chamber of Commerce (Dave served as its president 2018-19) and Carroll Education Foundation. Most recently, Dave assisted Southlake Mayor Pro Tem John Huffman’s task force in creating the Southlake Safe program, a partnership with local businesses to promote health and safety in the era of COVID-19.

Southlake business owners can sign the Southlake Safe Pledge, a voluntary, opt-in agreement that demonstrates a commitment to protecting the community by following recommended health and safety guidelines. Businesses that sign the pledge receive a Southlake Safe Pledge kit, which includes PPE essentials like face masks, a digital thermometer, hand sanitizer and a Southlake Safe decal to display on their storefront. All businesses that commit to the pledge are featured in a Southlake Safe business directory at SouthlakeSafe.com.

Restaurants have been one of the hardest hit industries during the COVID-19 pandemic and Wildwood Southlake has not been immune to the challenges. The restaurant supports efforts to restore consumer confidence.

While the restaurant was closed from March to May due to Governor Abbott’s mandate in response to the pandemic, it underwent several changes, including a number of upgrades (installation of hands-free sinks and toilets, new tile, updated bar flooring, new LED light fixtures and a number of other projects). Upon reopening in May, the restaurant implemented rigorous staff training sessions regarding additional safety precautions and social distancing, as well as started contactless curbside pick-up for meal orders.

“Due to mandates from the state, Wildwood was closed for over six weeks and has been limited to 50 percent capacity indoors for the past several months. Measures to increase the percentage of occupancy will not materially impact occupancy of the operation while current social distancing measures remain in place. Our sales remain below last year and we look forward to seeing those guests who have not returned again in the near future,” Dave explained.

According to the Texas Restaurant Association, there is no evidence of a systemic spread of COVID-19 coming from restaurants – like Wildwood Southlake – that follow the Texas Restaurant Promise, which encompasses Texas’ Minimum Standard Health Protocols for Restaurants and national reopening guidance developed by the National Restaurant Association with experts from the FDA. In effect, the lack of a direct correlation is evidence that, when restaurants demonstrate effective mitigation efforts, the risk is low when dining outside or inside.

At Wildwood Southlake, guests may choose to safely dine socially distanced inside the restaurant, outside on the patio, or order contactless curbside pick-up. Whichever option diners choose, know that Wildwood Southlake is open and ready to serve the same chef-inspired comfort foods that have made the restaurant a local favorite.

City Makes Modifications to COVID-19 Regulations for Business

City Council approved new and existing temporary regulations and activities for Southlake businesses during the October 6 City Council meeting.

The City understands that businesses have been severely impacted by COVID-19 and has suspended enforcement of sign codes, parking, landscaping and outdoor and patio activity regulations to help businesses succeed and continue to provide a safe environment for the public.

With social distancing guidelines still in place, the City allowed businesses to post tents, trailers and trucks outside to sell merchandise and offer food pickup. Regulations to provide vaccination or testing related services by medical and health professionals outside of the normal office or clinic settings were also approved.

Ratifications of new regulations to Institutions such as schools, churches and government facilities will also go into effect to allow organizations to set up temporary structures or tents in order to conduct business or activities outdoors as long as they meet all zoning, building and fire regulations.

Gyms, fitness studios or any facility that is associated with instructional classes will also be allowed to conduct sessions outside the building as long it is on the same property as the facility.

Any tenant utilizing temporary signage regulations will need approval by the owner or property management company.

All changes will be in place until January 5, 2021.

To view the lists temporary regulations click here. For questions please contact the City of Southlake Planning and Development Services Department.

Southlake Business Spotlight – Tastefully Yours Catering

Tastefully Yours Catering is a full service, family owned and operated catering business located here in Southlake! Serving their loyal Dallas – Fort Worth area clients since 2007, their goal is to transform your ideas of food and event catering into spectacular and memorable events, from wedding receptions, corporate & team building events, and private parties of all flavors, Tastefully Yours Catering combines delicious cuisine with impeccable service and unmatched presentation to create truly unique culinary events. Learn about them directly from owner, Lisa Huszar, and start making your culinary plans for the holidays!

Southlake Business Spotlight – October 2020

Tastefully Yours Catering is a full service, family owned and operated catering business located here in Southlake! Serving their loyal Dallas – Fort Worth area clients since 2007, their goal is to transform your ideas of food and event catering into spectacular and memorable events.Specializing in wedding receptions, corporate & team building events, and private parties of all flavors, Tastefully Yours Catering combines delicious cuisine with impeccable service and unmatched presentation to create truly unique culinary events. Learn about them directly from owner, Lisa Huszar, and start making your culinary plans for the holidays!#SelectSouthlake #BusinessSpotlight #LocalBusiness #Southlake #dinelocal #localcatering #holidaymeals

Posted by Select Southlake on Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Southlake New Biz List August 2020

This list of new Southlake businesses is provided by the Southlake Department of Economic Development and Tourism to help you see what’s new and what’s coming into the Southlake market! Contact us by Email if are a new business coming into town or if you have any questions about our listings. You may also visit www.SelectSouthlake.com for other business information or follow us on Facebook for the latest business news.

Now Open

  • McIlvain & Associates, LLC – Whether you’re starting a new business venture or own a well-established organization, their talented CPAs and financial experts can help you leverage the right accounting and tax strategies to keep as much of your hard-earned profits as the law allows. Their team members have extensive backgrounds in the fields of taxes and accounting. They’re also proud, active members within the community. McIlvain & Associates recently opened at 1110 N. Kimball Avenue, Suite 100. McIlvain.net 817-545-1277
  • The Foundry Gym – The Foundry Gym, owned and established by Joseph Lea, is intended to offer members programming outside the box and allow them to explore functional fitness that serves them best, including programming from SOFlete, Spartan, and HYROX. All three programs are focused on enhancing the athlete’s fitness so that he or she can live the rest of their life even better. The Foundry Gym recently opened at 2120 E. Southlake Boulevard. TheFoundryGym.com 817-421-3539
  • Havertys – Shopping for stylish, high-quality furniture in Southlake? Havertys Furniture has everything you need from entire furniture sets to finishing accents and home décor. Tell the story of your home with the extensive selection of styles in our showroom including traditional, rustic, farmhouse, contemporary, mid-century modern and more. Havertys opens on August 21st in Southlake Corners at 250 N. Kimball Avenue, Suite 250. Havertys.com 817-722-3030
  • One Stop Nutrition – At One Stop Nutrition, they have always prided themselves on offering the highest quality products and knowledge to their health-conscious customers. From day one, they have rigorously stayed on the cutting edge of nutritional science and continually listened to their customer’s needs to become today’s premier spot for one stop shopping. One Stop Nutrition recently opened in Wyndham Plaza at 2704 E. Southlake Boulevard, Suite 101. OneStopNutrition.com 817-912-1107
  • Dalpha Capital Management – Dalpha Capital Management is an investment firm specializing in digital asset strategies. They recently opened their newly formed business at 620 N. Carroll Avenue, Suite 150. Dalpha.Capital
  • Graduate Coffee – We’re going to graduate! This is Graduate Coffee, a coffee shop that feels like a summer vacation but works as if it`s finals week. They’re elevating. It`s the start of a new class. Graduate Coffee recently opened at 1901 W. Southlake Boulevard, Suite 100. GraduateCoffee.com 817-912-1403
  • Soul Sweat Yoga – Owned by Melinda & Jayson Nag, Soul Sweat Hot Yoga opened its doors in 2016. Formerly known as Sumits Hot Yoga, the Nags created Soul Sweat as a great opportunity to restore and bring D/FW a fresh, upbeat HOT YOGA studio. Since opening in 2016, SSHY has won multiple awards, including Star-Telegram’s “Best Yoga Studio 2018” and FWTX “Best Yoga Studio” in 2020. Most recently, Soul Sweat Yoga opened at 1431 E. Southlake Boulevard, Suite 519. SoulSweatYoga.com 817- 410-3737
  • Top Fitness Store – Top Fitness Store is your trusted source for fitness equipment. When you buy exercise equipment from them, you will be investing in the best equipment from industry-leading brands. No matter your fitness level or goals, Top Fitness Store provides the tools needed to elevate your fitness lifestyle from the convenience of your home.Top Fitness recently opened in The Shops of Southlake at 1431 E. Southlake Boulevard, Suite 501. TopFitness.com 817-251-2569