Monday, July 13, 2020

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.

August Southlake Business Spotlight: Office Evolution

Featured in the August Business Spotlight is Office Evolution.

The workspaces for rent at Office Evolution Southlake, a suburb of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, are designed to help small business owners and entrepreneurs excel. Southlake, known as one of the country’s wealthiest areas, is conveniently located north of Fort Worth and Dallas and easily accessible to both cities. The fully furnished office spaces help you work efficiently and comfortably.

You may tell yourself that you can focus on familiar environments like your home or local coffee shops, but in reality, they’re often filled with distractions and interruptions. The professional atmosphere found in our office spaces will allow you to give tasks your full concentration, avoiding the lack of productivity found in a hectic environment. Our workspaces offer plenty of room to help you stay organized.

The office spaces at Office Evolution Southlake help small business owners and entrepreneurs establish a place to get work done efficiently and productively. When a member sits down in one of our fully furnished workspaces, it’s time to focus on building their business.

Watch the Office Evolution team present to City Council here.

Kimball Park Adding Restaurant and Retail to Mixed-Use Development

The northwest corner of State Highway 114 and Kimball Avenue continues to transform into a welcoming gateway to the city. Kimball Park, the 15.5-acre mixed-use commercial development that anchors the area, is already home to Cambria Hotel & Suites and The Offices at Kimball Park. A third building is under construction that will add a restaurant and 4,000 square feet of retail space, including a day spa, to the development this year.

According to Kimball Park developer Jeff Medici, The Offices at Kimball Park – the city’s second stand-alone Class A office building – is 87 percent occupied and new tenants have moved in since the building was completed last summer. There are two remaining restaurant sites for sale and plans are in the works to begin development.

“As the final pieces of Kimball Park near completion, I don’t think it’s a stretch to say the entire development – originally envisioned in 2012 – is a home run for the City of Southlake,” Medici stated. “Kimball Park has brought jobs, hotel tax revenue and increased the city’s tax base by more 30 times since the land was purchased five years ago. ”

The Cambria, which is Southlake’s second hotel, has also seen changes since opening its doors in late 2016. A new management team has implemented aggressive sales strategies targeting business travelers, group meetings and social events, while also bringing in locals to its restaurant and lobby bar. In its first year, Cambria received the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, Loved By Guest award from, and was voted a top hotel by readers of Society Life.

“We believe the Cambria experience is unique, exciting and offers more sophisticated technology that other hotels don’t have,” said Beverly Brantley, Cambria’s director of sales and marketing. “One of our goals going forward is to continue to engage with the community and draw in residents from the local area with happy hour specials and live entertainment.”

For more information about Kimball Park, contact Medici Development Partners at 817-527-5601.

Community Update about Proposed Carillon Parc

Mark your calendars for a public meeting about the proposed Carillon Parc on Monday, June 4, 2018.

Mayor Laura Hill will lead the public meeting whose purpose is to update Southlake residents and the City’s Boards and Commission members. Meeting attendees will hear from Southlake staff about the overall project as well as the proposed public park, proposed public library, and the potential public investment. The meeting will take place at The Marq Southlake in Legends Hall and will start at 6:00 p.m.

Currently, the Carillon residential community sits on 285 acres of land between North White Chapel Boulevard and Carroll Avenue on State Highway 114.

The Development Plan was heard by the City’s Planning and Zoning Commission on May 17, 2018. The Commission recommended the development to the Council by a vote of 6-0. The proposed development plan is scheduled to go before the Council on June 5, 2018.

Charged and Ready: Tesla Supercharger Station Opens in Southlake Town Square

There was electricity in the air last Saturday morning as a crowd, along with nearly 50 Tesla electric vehicles, gathered in the parking lot at Prospect Street and Carroll Avenue in Southlake Town Square.

The excitement was in anticipation of the ribbon cutting for the Tesla Supercharger station, which is one of 39 throughout the state and five in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. There are 70 registered Tesla vehicles in Southlake, the highest concentration in Tarrant County.

Line of TeslasSimilar to a gas station, the Southlake Supercharger has 10 stalls for Tesla owners to plug in and charge their vehicles quickly. This allows for out-of-area travel and more than 500 stations are strategically placed throughout the U.S.

According to Rick Bollar, a Southlake resident, and president of Tesla Owners Club of North Texas, this network differentiates Tesla from other electric cars, which aren’t capable of long-distance travel.

“Having a Supercharger station in Southlake is really special because we’re one of the few in Texas that is not located along a highway. The amenities we offer in Southlake Town Square will make it a destination for people traveling across the country, encouraging them to stay and shop, eat and spend the night,” said Bollar, who estimates it will bring $500,000 in revenue to the city.

Bollar also pointed out that a Supercharger differs from the urban charging stations – which are located in Plano and Dallas and designed to serve drivers who don’t have a garage (and way to charge their vehicle at home) – in that the Supercharger delivers more power, thereby charging the car faster.

“This station puts Southlake on the map as a destination for Tesla owners and is another example of exciting things that are happening in our city,” stated Southlake Mayor Laura Hill, who participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Southlake Town Square welcomed Tesla last September with the opening of its 4,500 square foot gallery across from the Apple Store. According to Tesla, its charging network is designed to be the fastest, most convenient, and extensive charging network in the world. Note: There are currently six public chargers for all-electric vehicles in Southlake Town Square, see the map below.

Tesla Supercharger Map for MSN

City Leaders Celebrate Opening of TD Ameritrade Corporate Campus in Southlake

It’s not every day that Southlake welcomes a 318,000 square foot corporate campus and its nearly 2,000 employees to town. Which is why City leaders and administrators, representatives for state legislators, Southlake Chamber of Commerce president and board members, and other community VIPs turned out in force April 26 to celebrate the grand opening of TD Ameritrade’s  Operating Center.

As the “new kid on the block” of a portion of State Highway 114 that is already home to several Fortune 500 companies including Sabre, Verizon and Deloitte – and many other well-known tenants in neighboring Solana business park – TD Ameritrade is an impressive addition to the area’s growing list of corporate citizens.

The Nebraska-based brokerage firm purchased 78 acres near the northwest intersection of SH 114 and Kimball Avenue in October 2015 with the intention of opening a state-of-the-art regional corporate campus to consolidate financial services, technology, and operations staff from two existing leased buildings in Fort Worth.

According to TD Ameritrade President and CEO Tim Hockey, who was on-hand for the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony, the new facility has accomplished that and much more.

“As TD Ameritrade starts its new chapter in Southlake, we are a much larger company than we were 20 years ago. Our new Business Center is intended to support the continued growth of the company, as well as help our associates become more efficient, collaborative and successful in their careers. That’s a good thing for our clients, our shareholders and the city of Southlake,” Hockey stated, noting Dallas-Fort Worth is the company’s second-largest location after its headquarters in Omaha.

Hockey also pointed out the company’s commitment to being an active and community partner by supporting numerous events and giving employees eight hours of paid time off each year to volunteer for the organization of their choice.

Tom Nally, president of TD Ameritrade’s Institutional Division and a Southlake resident, oversaw the opening of the massive facility. He praised the collaboration and teamwork between many entities in order for the building to be completed on time and on budget.

“When selecting our new home we had an eye on the future, and we knew Southlake was where we needed to be. Our vision was to provide a better associate experience – one that brings them together, provides leadership development and continued education, as well as offers amenities that today’s professionals want in their careers,” said Nally. “We are particularly grateful to the City of Southlake for allowing us to bring that vision to fruition.”

The new Business Center increases the square footage by more than 50 percent, providing amenities the Fort Worth office did not have, including a full-service cafeteria, fitness center with professional trainers and group exercise classes, training facilities, and other multi-purpose areas for associates. The multi-story building and adjoining parking garage were designed with sustainability in mind and has achieved LEED Gold certification.

“Today, approximately 2,000 associates are working in this building, and we have room to grow. We want to be an employer of choice and an advocate for the community, and the completion of this project, in our opinion, is a step in that direction,” added Nally.

Southlake Mayor Laura Hill addressed the crowd and officially welcomed TD Ameritrade executives and associates to the city.

“You are part of Southlake now and we knew from the beginning this was special for our community. This has truly been a partnership and I expect great things from both sides as we move forward. Thank you for being here and making Southlake better,” Hill stated.

In September 2015, Southlake City Council approved a tax abatement agreement with TD Ameritrade, incentivizing the mutually beneficial decision of opening the Southlake campus. Construction began on the building mid-2016 after the site plan was approved by Southlake City Council.

“This is exactly the type of high-quality development we want along SH 114 and we couldn’t be happier to welcome TD Ameritrade to Southlake,” Hill added.

TD Ameritrade Regional Business Center in Southlake is located at 3000 TD Ameritrade Lane. For more information about the company’s services, visit

Granite Place at Southlake Town Square Named Best Suburban Office by Dallas Business Journal

The Dallas Business Journal has revealed the 26th annual Best Real Estate Deals and Southlake’s Granite Place at Southlake Town Square was named the Best Suburban Office, edging out Bethany East in Allen and Fourteen555 along the Dallas North Tollway for the award. The awards were presented to stand-out deals made throughout North Texas in 2017.

One year since opening for business as a premier Class A office building, Granite Place is now home to several tenants and has available space for additional occupancy. With a prime location along State Highway 114 frontage road in Southlake Town Square, the six-story office building has become a visible landmark in Southlake and is also making its own mark.

The 158,000 square foot office building – with amenities including a corporate living room, shared conference rooms, landscaped courtyard with WiFi, and adjoining parking garage – was recently nominated as a finalist for “Best Office Project” by D Magazine as part of D CEO’s 2018 Commercial Real Estate Awards, and received recognition in Dallas Business Journal’s Best Real Estate Deals of 2017 in the category of “Suburban Office.”

Granite Place is currently 40 percent leased with 10 tenants listed in the building’s lobby directory that includes Campari America, HeartSciences, Republic Title, Scott & Scott, LLP, and Spaces Granite Place, Southlake’s first co-working, and flexible office space group. The company occupies 23,300 square feet within Granite Place and is already 60 percent leased since opening in March. The industrial-style, two-story space offers a 900 square foot business club, 191 dedicated desks, two meeting rooms, and one boardroom for rent by the hour or day. Bicycles, board games, and a ping-pong table are a few of the fun perks offered to members.

In a press release by Spaces about its Granite Place site, Joshua McLeod, Space’s associate vice president of North Texas commented on the many benefits of the location.

“Spaces Granite Place is situated in the heart of Southlake Town Square, the perfect location for local entrepreneurs and business in search of flexible co-working space, arts and entertainment programming, and networking opportunities. With a pedestrian-friendly environment and an energetic atmosphere, Spaces Granite Place is just steps away from McPherson Park and conveniently located with quick access to the DFW International Airport,” stated McLeod.

According to Aarica Mims, a leasing manager for Granite Properties, there is more than 94,000 square feet of available space within the office building.

“We are currently building out spec suites that are in the 1,500 to 3,500 square foot range to meet demand. The top two floors and the top of the building signage are still available for larger users,” stated Mims, adding that more new tenants are expected to sign in the near future.

Southlake’s commercial expansion has dramatically increased over the past year. After the opening of Granite Place in March 2017, a second Class A office building opened in August 2017, The Offices at Kimball Park. Together, these developments have increased Southlake’s commercial square footage by approximately 275,000 square feet, creating additional opportunities for businesses to take root in Southlake. Also nearing completion is Chapel Crossing at the southwest corner of SH 114 and N. White Chapel. Chapel Crossing is a 55,000 square foot, three-story, Class A medical office building.