Monday, September 27, 2021

Forecast Filled with Play: Indoor Fun for Everyone in Southlake

Rainy days and heat waves can’t limit family fun in Southlake. With numerous indoor entertainment options available—from escape rooms to adventure parks, cooking classes and play worlds—kids (and kids at heart) are making exciting memories, no matter the forecast.

Confinement is the name of the game at Red Door Escape in Southlake. With fully-immersive team-based experiences using technology and creativity, teams actually attempt to escape from trapped rooms in less than an hour by solving puzzles and looking for hidden clues. With a variety of “episodes” available, from Prison Break to the fairy-tale themed Once Upon a Time, there are experiences for everyone’s taste, age and desired level of difficulty. From having fun with family and friends to team building with co-workers, Red Door Escape is the place to unleash your imagination. Red Door Escape is located at 280 Commerce Street, Suite 285.

From jumping to climbing and racing to riding, Urban Air Adventure Park offers guests numerous gravity-defying adventures. The indoor amusement park features multiple types of trampolines and jumping activities, indoor go-karts, bumper cars, virtual reality, climbing walls, ropes course and more. Urban Air also offers a designated trampoline area for children seven and under, a pizza café, weekly activities, birthday and special event bookings, and various membership levels. Urban Air Adventure Park is located at 2201 W. Southlake Boulevard.

Sharpen your culinary skills at Taste Buds Kitchen. Offering adult cooking classes (with BYOB), family cooking classes and exciting events for kids, everyone has a place in the kitchen, regardless of age or skill level. If the kids can’t handle the heat this summer, get them in the kitchen for summer camp. With week-long camps and single-day adventures, these opportunities offer budding chefs as young as four-years-old a look into how dough rises and ice cream freezes, allows kids to participate in cooking games, contests and more. Available for birthday parties, private cooking lessons and corporate events as well, Taste Buds Kitchen is located at 2140 E. Southlake Boulevard, Suite V.

Hungry for hands-on? For self-proclaimed gourmands and people who are “really into food,” Central Market also offers cooking classes. From tapas to American classics, cupcake decorating to seafood, the ever-updating cooking calendar is filled with a variety of flavors to satisfy multiple food cravings and appetites for learning culinary techniques. Although most classes are for adults, some classes are open to children. Central Market is located at 1425 E. Southlake Boulevard.

Sparking imaginations for children through dramatic play, Small World Big Imagination allows kids to simply be kids. The play facility is targeted to children ten and younger, and offers hands-on activities, crafts, and free-play in a miniature grocery market, fire house, doctor’s office, house, barn, mechanic station, puppet theater, camp site and more. Small World Big Imagination is available for open play, birthday parties, private events, and offers special events (holiday parties, summer activities, firefighter day and more), and is located at 280 Commerce Street, Suite 125.

Rain or shine, exciting indoor activities in Southlake offer fun-seekers plenty of opportunities for keeping busy.

Central Market Southlake To Add Curbside Grocery Pick-up

Foodies will soon get a faster fix at Central Market in Southlake. The gourmet grocer will add curbside pick-up services in late 2019, having received unanimous Southlake City Council approval in January.

Located in the Shops of Southlake retail center, the supermarket chain specializes in gourmet, organic and craft food and beverages—everything from house-made salads sold by the pound to fresh meats and produce, imported coffee beans and locally brewed beers. Texas-based HEB grocer owns Central Market, which has other locations in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Plano and San Antonio. Currently, the Fort Worth location is the only Central Market to offer curbside pick-up.

The Southlake location has plans to create eight designated parking spaces adjacent to its current store, expanding the operation into what is currently occupied by Toy Maven, a toy store that will move to another retail space within the Shops of Southlake. Curbside pick-up services are set to begin in Southlake in late 2019, just in time for increased grocery shopping during the holiday season.

Once the curbside service starts, customers can order on, select the Southlake location and a pick-up time, and park in a designated curbside parking space. A Central Market partner will then load the groceries. The cost to reserve a pick-up time is $4.95 and a 3% personal shopping fee is applied to all orders.

Central Market joins several other food retailers in adding more convenient ways to shop for groceries. Kroger in Southlake already offers curbside pick-up and Costco in Southlake allows customers to order online and pick-up eligible items in-store. With the addition of Central Market’s curbside pick-up, making a quick stop for groceries will be simpler in Southlake.

Southlake is the Perfect Family Staycation

Have all the fun and relaxation of a vacation, without having to leave town! From restaurants to shopping to our beautiful parks to our luxurious spas and hotels to our fun events, Southlake has everything you need for the perfect staycation.

Splash, Play and Run

Whether it’s a run through one of the trails at Bob Jones Park or taking your kids for a splash at Bicentennial Park, there’s a park for you and your family!

Start your staycation at one of our many parks.

Shop ‘til You Drop

Take a midday stroll through Southlake Town Square, Park Village, Shops of Southlake or some of our other shopping options and find the perfect shopping experience for you. From finding the perfect outfit to getting started on your new hobby, Southlake has a store for you.

View our over 260 shopping options here.

Bring Out Your Inner Chef

When you’re planning your staycation, why not take a cooking class? Central Market, Taste Buds Kitchen and Sur La Table all offer a wide variety of classes to choose from!

Dine Out

Start your day off with a nice brunch, enjoy lunch at one of our breezy patio restaurants, grab a coffee, have a nice steak dinner and finish with dessert right here in Southlake! We offer a wide range of dining options and cuisines that are going to make your staycation perfect.

Find the perfect bite here.

Pet-Friendly Options

Your staycation can be spent with your furry companion thanks to our many pet-friendly options. You can take Sparky over to BooBoo’s Buddies Dog Park at Bob Jones Park for a walk or take him with you to lunch or dinner at one of our many pet-friendly dining options. Get him the VIP treatment from grooming to a massage or check into one of the pet-friendly hotels.

See just how pet-friendly Southlake is here.

Relax, it’s Your Staycation

Your staycation can be exactly how you want it. You can kick back and relax. Southlake offers a variety of spa options, and you can relax in one of our luxurious hotel options!

Choose from one of many spa options here.

View our hotel accommodations here.

Don’t Forget These Activities!

Southlake has the perfect attractions to enhance your staycation. You can watch a movie at Harkins Theatre or head on over to the Red Door Escape Room. This place locks you in a room for 60 minutes with friends and family, and you have to solve clues to escape the room!

Summer Party Prep Made Easy with Grab-and-Go and Catering Options in Southlake

Summer has officially arrived, along with outdoor parties, backyard barbeques and other festive occasions with friends and family. Instead of spending hours in the kitchen—or over a flaming grill—let one of these culinary destinations in Southlake do the work for you so that you can sit back, relax and enjoy the party.

Offering from-scratch, home-style cooking for families on the go, Scratch Catering & Fine Foods specializes in food-to-go and custom catering. Located at 2125 W. Southlake Boulevard, the gourmet food shop has a menu that changes seasonally. New and delicious dishes are continually popping up, but certain customer favorites are always on the menu—like the oven baked lasagna and bacon-wrapped meatloaf. Catering options are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. With several meats and sides sold by the pound, Scratch Kitchen is the perfect option for feeding a hungry crowd.

For health-minded hosts who want delicious options, stop by Protein Fit Kitchen at 1151 E. Southlake Boulevard. The restaurant serves chef-prepared, nutritionally-balanced meals and snacks with convenient carry-out options. Pick up to-go orders (which can be made online) or grab prepared options from the cold cases for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks. The restaurant uses whole, quality proteins and responsibly grown, seasonal ingredients to offer healthy, flavorful foods. With dine-in options and meal prep also available, Protein Fit Kitchen caters to all types of healthy appetites.

Nothing welcomes company more than the smell of fresh bread. Great Harvest Bread Company is your neighborhood family bakery, complete with milled-on-site whole grains, baked into from-scratch breads and goodies and served fresh daily. Great Harvest can put together the perfect assortment of baked goods for morning events or a delicious array of equally filling lunch or dinner meals—including box lunches, hand-crafted sandwiches, salads and grain bowls. If you’re invited to a gathering, a Great Harvest gift basket filled with handmade bread and treats is a delicious way to show your appreciation.

Not sure what to serve at your soirée? Before you decide, let your eyes feast upon the many global flavors at Central Market, located at 425 E. Southlake Boulevard. With an expansive cold case filled with a wide variety of fresh salads, vegetable dishes, meats and more—all sold by the pound, Central Market has flavors to suit ever palate. Sample a few specialty cheeses and peruse the extensive wine selections, or even pick up grocery essentials while you’re there. With chef-prepared dishes, custom-made in-store and delivered to your door, Central Market catering makes feeding a crowd even easier with party platters, hors d’oeuvres and appetizers to order.

Located across the street in Southlake Town Square is Trader Joe’s, the California-based specialty market known for its extensive private label products such as wine, frozen appetizers, salsas, candies and other party essentials. The grocer carries an extensive array of domestic and imported foods and beverages, including artisan breads, Arabica bean coffees, international frozen entrées, fresh crop nuts, deli items, in addition to staple ingredients like eggs and milk.

No need to stress about what you’re serving—or taking—to your next summer party. With fresh and flavorful options ready to be picked up or customized catering orders a phone call away, Southlake can satisfy appetite for festive, crowd-pleasing fare.

All Appetites Lead to Southlake

Searching for locally grown produce, hard to find grains or imported cheeses? Foodies have quite the buffet of options now with four specialty grocers within a two mile radius in Southlake. The Fresh Market and Trader Joe’s opened their doors in this year, joining already established Central Market and Sprouts. Specialty food stores now outnumber the larger supermarket chains in town. This shift is reflective of a national trend towards healthier eating that includes fresh produce, organic meats and gluten-free products, as well as catering to local gourmets seeking rare wine, exotic spices and other culinary treats.

Central Market was the first to blaze into town in December 2006, much to the delight of residents throughout Northeast Tarrant County. With only nine stores throughout the state of Texas, most located in major cities, Southlake is by far the smallest city to claim a Central Market. Known for its extensive wine selection, vast organic produce section, in-store café and popular cooking classes, Central Market has quickly become a social hub in addition to supplying basic necessities and hard-to-find ingredients.

Sprouts Farmers Market opened in Southlake in 2007, the first location in Tarrant County. Touting a full line of groceries with prices 20-25 percent lower than its competitors, the natural food chain’s motto is “Healthy living for less.” Although smaller than the traditional supermarket, Sprouts provides one-stop shopping with an on-site bakery, large selections of wine and beer, national and house brands of organic items, fresh seafood, choice cuts of beef grown without hormones or antibiotics, 14 varieties of sausage made in-store, 1,500 gluten-free items, 8,000 different vitamins and supplements, and a produce section with 300 to 400 items.

The Fresh Market, which opened its doors in January. Self-described as “a fresh concept in grocery shopping,” it is similar to an open air market, with shelving deliberately kept low so that customers can see across the store. Inspired by European markets, the store displays rustic styling, warm lighting and classical music. Shoppers will notice the smell of freshly brewed coffee, always available for sampling, as they peruse the prepared foods section, in-store bakery, full-service meat and seafood counter, multitudes of bins filled with roasted coffee beans, chocolates, nuts, granolas and snack mixes, and the extensive fresh produce section. The Fresh Market takes pride in offering local and regional produce, using a 100-300 system to designate how many miles away the produce was sourced.

The newest arrival in Southlake is Trader Joe’s, which opened last week. The California-based specialty grocer is known for offering more than 3,000 unique food items under the Trader Joe’s private label, including Trader José’s salsas, Trader Ming’s fried rice, and Charles Shaw wines, popularly dubbed “Two Buck Chuck,” to name a few products. Another significant point of difference is that Trader Joe’s does not have sales or promotions. The grocer carries an extensive array of domestic and imported foods and beverages, including artisan breads, Arabica bean coffees, international frozen entrées, 100% juices, fresh crop nuts, deli items, and vitamins, in addition to staple ingredients like eggs and milk. Rachel Broderick, Trader Joe’s media relations representative stated, “We’re excited to open our Southlake store. There are a lot of foodies in the area.” She also noted that all store locations have interior décor related to their specific location, and that customers should expect to see painted murals on the walls of the Southlake location that are inspired by the community and local landmarks.

Thanks to these four specialty markets right here in Southlake, there is no lack of fresh produce, organic meats, imported wines or specialty ingredients. As we say in Texas, “Come and get it!”

District Honors Dragon Teachers of the Year, Faculty and Staff

Carroll ISD Campus Teachers of the Year, pictured left to right. Back Row: Jared Sutton, DMS; David Lown, CSHS; Shelley Alonzo, OUES; Colleen Aldridge, EIS; Josie Smith, RES. Front Row: Kelli Anne Connell, WGES; Reigan O'Quinn, CES; Melissa Bailey, DIS; Rebecca Colvin, CMS; Jennifer Wunderlich, CHS; Meredith Schneider, JES

Carroll ISD Campus Teachers of the Year, pictured left to right.
Back Row: Jared Sutton, DMS; David Lown, CSHS; Shelley Alonzo, OUES; Colleen Aldridge, EIS; Josie Smith, RES.
Front Row: Kelli Anne Connell, WGES; Reigan O’Quinn, CES; Melissa Bailey, DIS; Rebecca Colvin, CMS; Jennifer Wunderlich, CHS; Meredith Schneider, JES

The Carroll ISD Administration will formally recognize this year’s Campus Teachers of the Year at the district’s annual End of Year Celebration scheduled for 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28 at Carroll Senior High School. The celebration brings together all Dragon employees for an afternoon of awards and celebrations marking the end of the school year.

Every year, each of Carroll ISD’s eleven schools selects one teacher who best represents the district’s mission vision and values throughout the school year. Teachers were chosen by their co-workers. This year’s secondary campus teachers of the year are: David Lown, Carroll Senior High School; Jennifer Wunderlich, Carroll High School; Rebecca Colvin, Carroll Middle School and Jared Sutton, Dawson Middle School. This year’s K-6 campus teachers of the year are: Melissa Bailey, Durham Intermediate School; Colleen Aldridge, Eubanks Intermediate School; Reigan O’Quinn, Carroll Elementary; Meredith Schneider, Johnson Elementary; Josie Smith, Rockenbaugh Elementary; Shelley Alonzo, Old Union Elementary and Kelli Anne Connell, Walnut Grove Elementary.

Carroll ISD’s 2013-14 K-6 Teacher of the Year and Secondary Teacher of the Year will be announced at the End of Year Awards Celebration. To compete for this recognition, each of the Campus Teachers of the Year must complete a comprehensive award application. An awards committee, made up of district employees, parents and School Board Trustees will select the top two individuals to represent the district in the Region XI Teacher of the Year contest.

The End of Year Celebration will be emceed by Superintendent Dr. David Faltys and will include CISD Administration and members of the Board of Trustees. The event is made possible by businesses and individuals that contribute Carroll ISD’s We Care program and district sponsors Frost BankCentral Market Southlake and Park Place Motors.

Pinocchio Concert Comes to Southlake

Join in the fun as the Apex Arts League hosts the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra to present Pinocchio’s Adventures in Funland on Sunday, February 16th at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake.

This kid-friendly concert is an audio-visual experience sure to delight audiences of all ages. There will be an Instrument Petting Zoo starting at 2 p.m. where kids can get up close and hands-on with musical instruments. The concert begins at 3:00 pm followed by snacks in Gepetto’s Kitchen sponsored by Central Market. Here the audience will have the chance to meet musicians from the symphony.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, students, and Apex members, and $5 for children 12 and under and can be purchased at the door or at

Click here to download the flyer.

Two Southlake Restaurants Participate in DFW Restaurant Week

The 16th annual DFW Restaurant Week is now underway, a unique opportunity for diners to enjoy three or four-course meals while also supporting local charities. The event is sponsored by Central Market and a portion of each fixed price meal purchased will go towards either the North Texas Food Bank in Dallas or the Lena Pope Home in Fort Worth. Two Southlake restaurants are participating in DFW Restaurant Week and have created special menus for the occasion.

Truluck’s in Southlake Town Square offers fresh-catch seafood, juicy steaks, and hand-selected wines. The restaurant boasts numerous awards from Zagat, Fort Worth Magazine, and Southlake Style. Truluck’s is offering three course meals now through August 18th, with “optional enhancements” for seafood lovers who are hungry for more. Read the complete menu offerings at

Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse in Southlake is a sibling restaurant to the historic Dallas location, and offers the same top-quality aged beef, fresh seafood, and fabulous desserts. In addition to being rated as the #1 Traditional American Restaurant in DFW by Zagat, the restaurant also offers a trendy atmosphere, boasting a jazz lounge that features live music on the weekends. Diners may enjoy a three-course meal now through Kirby’s extended date, September 1st. Read the entire menu at