This week on Minute with the Mayor, Mayor John Huffman shows the importance of shopping small this holiday season with two special guests — Councilmember Amy Torres-Lepp and The Toy Maven Owner, Candace Williams.
“Shopping small” is a movement used to encourage customers to spend their money with local businesses that give back to the community, rather than with larger corporations. The trio spent time in the Shops of Southlake Toy Maven location discussing how the intentionality of your dollar can go farther than you think.
“We’re your friends. We’re your neighbors. We go to sporting events with the children, and when you support small businesses, you support local families.” said Councilmember Torres-Lepp.
Additionally, Mayor Huffman brought up how money spent in Southlake has financial benefits for the City as well. “Every dollar you spend here in Southlake — that’s retail dollars and tax dollars that come back to the General Fund,” Mayor Huffman stated. The General Fund “accounts for all activity not specifically accounted for in other funds. It includes such operations as police, fire, engineering, planning, finance, and administration.”
This means that City-funded programs and projects are directly and positively impacted by consumer expenditures in Southlake.
Although there are great financial reasons to shop small, Williams said one of her favorite things about having a small business and working with the community is being able to interact face-to-face with customers and provide an experience unlike anything else. “It’s nice to watch kids come in and see the wonder on their face,” said Williams. “But when you come in here, our amazing staff will ask you questions: What is your child interested in? What do they love to do?”
This extra emphasis on customer service provides a personalized and attentive approach, making for a special memory every time.
While there are many places to choose from to spend your holiday dollars, please consider shopping locally. For a full list of businesses in Southlake, visit our Southlake Business Database.
To watch this week’s episode of Minute with the Mayor, click below.
The days of finding a primary care doctor strictly through your insurance network may be on their way out! Instead, some physicians and patients in Southlake and beyond are turning to the Direct Primary Care model of health care.
Direct Primary Care (DPC) differs from traditional medical insurance-driven practices in that it does not involve medical insurance at all. DPC physicians charge a monthly membership fee directly to their patients in exchange for a place in their care and offer a variety of services to their patients through fee systems, without any third-party involvement from insurance. DPC physicians often operate micro practices consisting of themselves, and one or two support staff such as a nurse and/or administrative assistant.
For small business owners, Direct Primary Care can be an affordable alternative to medical benefits for their staff. Rather than paying to help supplement insurance premiums for their employees, business owners can cover all or a portion of their employees’ membership at a DPC practice. A membership to a DPC practice can also serve to supplement traditional medical insurance, providing patients with more comprehensive care overall with the added security of medical insurance.
Dr. Elvira Jasarevic, owner of Crescent Direct Primary Care in Southlake, recently shared her thoughts about the Direct Primary Care model in an interview:
Why did you decide to practice under the DPC model? “Through the DPC model, I am able to devote the appropriate amount of time to my patients and avoid feeling rushed or pressured to prescribe them medications for a ‘quick fix’. Instead, I can take the time to build a relationship and give them the attention their current medical situation requires, whether that means weekly visits or constant communication.”
How do referrals to specialists and other outside services work? “Without traditional medical insurance, specialists or other outside services are paid for out of pocket. Often DPC physicians will build relationships with other practices/service providers in the community and identify a cash rate for services for patients referred to them from the DPC practice. For those with traditional medical insurance plans, we do make referrals like they would get with regular medicine.”
Crescent Direct Primary Care is located at 1202 S. White Chapel Boulevard. Also serving the Southlake community utilizing the Direct Primary Care model is Covington Family Health, located at 1330 N. White Chapel, Suite 100. Both practices opened in the past few months and are accepting patients.
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Leadership Southlake Class of 2022 wrapped up their leadership project Taste of Southlake earlier this month on March 3rd! The event was a huge success raising funds and awareness to support local restaurants still impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and current staffing shortages.
Hosted by the Cambria Hotel, Taste of Southlake brought together stakeholders of the Southlake Restaurant Community including Armend’s Pizza & Pasta, Cake Pops & More, Calabrese, Fajita Pete’s, Feedstore BBQ, Jane., Jellicos, Kirby’s Steakhouse, Pokeworks, Scratch Kitchen, Shuck Me, Sky Creek, Thailicious, Wildwood and more!
With the purchase of a ticket, attendees were invited to the Cambria Hotel to eat, drink, enjoy live music and learn about the local restaurants serving and supporting the Southlake Community. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sales of tickets to attend the event as well as the funds raised from gift card sales went back to the restaurants. In total, the Leadership Southlake class of 2022 raised more than $10,000 for our local restaurants.
“From its inception we wanted Taste of Southlake to be planned in a way that it could easily be continued after the conclusion of our leadership program,” said Daniel Paschke, a Leadership Southlake 2022 participant. “Our hope is that the Southlake Young Professionals Group within the Southlake Chamber of Commerce will take on the event, give it a new flavor, and continue to support our local restaurants in the coming years.”
If you missed out on Taste of Southlake, another opportunity to celebrate Southlake’s community and culture is right around the corner! Celebrate Southlake is scheduled for Friday & Saturday, March 25 & 26. Join in on the celebration with family and friends to enjoy food, cultural performances, and fun! Or sign up to volunteer and help make a memorable event for the whole city! Find more information on the city webpage.
Leadership Southlake is hosted by the Southlake Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the City of Southlake. To learn more, please visit the Southlake Chamber of Commerce’s webpage.
Earlier this year, the state of Texas experienced one of the harshest and devastating winter storms in decades. The impact on businesses was significant as many were already struggling through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and was then compounded by a winter storm that resulted in further lost revenue.
To further support these local businesses in overcoming these challenges, the Southlake City Council adopted the Southlake Landscape Reimbursement Grant Program. This grant program is aimed at providing relief to local business owners whose landscaping was killed by the winter storm of February 2021. This grant will reimburse businesses the amount spent for the city required landscaping on their commercial property.
“This is a unique grant program but one that our local business property owners will appreciate,” Director of Economic Development and Tourism Daniel Cortez said. “Our main goal is to bring back the aesthetic beauty that landscaping brings to Southlake. It’s been difficult enough for businesses to manage through a pandemic, but the winter storm of February added to the hurt our businesses were facing.”
While most businesses have recovered from the winter storm and the economic impacts of the pandemic have mostly passed, there remains some visual impacts from the winter storm, specifically the landscaping on commercial properties. Many business properties throughout the city have needed to replace their landscape due to the extreme cold temperatures from the storm. While many business owners have already replaced most of the landscaping that was lost due to the low temperatures, the costs associated with acquiring the landscape materials were higher than normal due to the demand across the state.
To assist businesses that have already replaced their landscaping or are in the process to replace it, the City is offering a reimbursement grant for local business owners with commercial property in Southlake. Here is what business owners should know to apply for the grant:
The application period for this grant program is open from October 11, 2021 to December 31, 2021 until all funds for the grant are disbursed. Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.
To find out more information about the grant program, visit the Southlake Landscape Reimbursement Grant Program webpage. For questions, please contact the Office of Economic and Development and Tourism at BusinessGrant@cityofsouthlake.com.
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.
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.
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
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