Saturday, September 30, 2023

Volunteer with the Economic Development & Tourism Department!

The Department of Economic Development and Tourism is recruiting Volunteers for their recently refreshed Business Engagement Program!

Originally launched in 2018, Southlake’s Business Engagement program is aimed at accomplishing a number of goals for the department;

  • Building relationships with Southlake businesses
  • Learning about long-term goals of Southlake businesses
  • Learning about concerns, needs and challenges of Southlake businesses
  • Helping to identify future challenges of Southlake Businesses, and
  • Helping to identify opportunities for partnerships with the City

Volunteers will be responsible for reaching out to business representatives, scheduling a brief phone, or in-person interview, and facilitating a discussion about the business and the Southlake business environment! Volunteers will also have the opportunity to contribute original marketing content for Southlake businesses, such as photos, from their errands and activities throughout Southlake! This material will then be utilized by the Select Southlake and Visit Southlake social media accounts to help market our Southlake businesses to residents and visitors. A bonus? Hours are flexible to volunteers’ schedules!

The initial volunteer training will take place Tuesday, May 30th, at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Southlake Town Hall.

To register as a volunteer, visit the Volunteer Southlake page at this link:

For additional information, please reach out to or call (817) 748-8198.

Mayor Huffman and Special Guests Talk Shopping Small this Holiday Season

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 Direct Primary Care Model: A New Form of Health Care

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.

**Image Credit: K.D Photography.**

The First Taste of Southlake was a Savory Success

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.

Southlake Landscape Reimbursement Grant Program Applications for Local Businesses are Now Open

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:


  • Business owners should have a landscape plan for their commercial property.
  • If you don’t have a landscape plan, the City will likely have one on file. You can request one by emailing
  • Identify what landscaping was replaced due to the impacts of the February 2021 winter storm.
  • The landscaping that qualifies for the reimbursement will be only what is required by City ordinance.
  • Obtain a copy of your paid invoice for the landscaping material. The cost breakdown of material will need to be provided.
  • Read the eligibility requirements of the grant program at
  • Submit your application online once you have all your documentation.
  • The city will review your application and conduct an inspection of your new landscaping.
  • A check will be mailed at the address provided in your application.


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

May 2021 New Biz List

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 for other business information or follow us on Facebook for the latest business news.
Now Open

  • Peace Psychology Center – PEACE Psychology Center is a practice serving children, adolescents, caregivers, and families. Their goal is to provide compassionate and high-quality support services from experienced mental health and allied professionals, including child psychologists and therapists. PEACE recently opened at 1723 E. Southlake Blvd., Ste. 200. 214-531-7753
  • Community Med Family Urgent Care – With locations spanning the North Texas area, they’re the urgent care clinic you can go to seven days a week to receive treatment for non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses. They’re also the center you can visit for walk-in school physicals, flu vaccinations, occupational medicine, and more. Community Med recently opened at 2315 E. Southlake Blvd., Suite 110. 817-502-9220
  • Any Lab Test Now – Any Lab Test Now provides direct access to clinical, DNA, and drug and alcohol lab testing services, as well as phlebotomy and other specimen collection services, through our retail storefront business model. Just like any other retail business, our customers walk in, choose the lab tests they want and get tested.500 W. Southlake Blvd., Suite 134 – Lab Testing. 682-268-5522
  • Palm Beach Tan – Whether you want that “just off the beach” look or a light sun-kissed glow, you can trust The Tanning Experts at Palm Beach Tan to help you find your perfect shade. Palm Beach Tan recently opened at 1431 E. Southlake Blvd., Suite 521. 817-305-7005
  • Action Behavior Centers – Action Behavior was founded in Austin, Texas to provide ABA therapy for children on the Autism Spectrum. Their goal isn’t to be the largest ABA therapy provider. It’s to be the best. Every day, their talented and committed team strives to help your child reach their highest potential. Action Behavior opened at 230 S. Nolen Drive. 817-402-8250
  • AN Modern Nails & Spa – AN Modern Nails & Spa is a professional Nail Salon in the Southlake area. They’ve offered a wide range of services and products to give you the elegant and fabulous look that you deserve. We are ready for giving you the perfect services, feel free to book an appointment or enjoy our walk-in services. AN Modern Nails & Spa recently opened at 2140 E. Southlake Blvd., Suite O. 682-477-4005
Coming Soon

  • Five Below – 2910 E. Southlake Blvd. – Discount Retailer
  • Whistle Britches – 431 Grand Ave. East – Southlake Town Square – Restaurant
  • Westin Hotel – 1200 E. State Highway 114 – Hotel
  • Muchacho Comida Tex-Mex – Southlake Town Square – Restaurant
  • Tone Shop Guitars – 3220 W. Southlake Blvd. – Guitar Shop
  • Not Just Soccer – 611 E. Southlake Blvd. – Sports Retail
  • Texas Mind Science – 2118 E. State Hwy 114 – Medical Specialty
  • Black Rock Coffee Bar – 2305 E. Southlake Blvd. – Coffee & Specialty Drinks
  • Saint Bernard – Shops of Southlake – Retail Apparel
  • Jane. – Park Village – Coffee & Beverage Shop
  • Ono Poke – 2704 E. Southlake Blvd., Ste. 102 – Hawaii Poke & Salad
  • CAVA – 2175 E. Southlake Blvd., Suite 100 – Mediterranean Cuisine
  • Mikoto Ramen Bar & Sushi – 2310 W. Southlake Blvd., Suite 100 – Japanese Cuisine
  • Pinspiration – 2140 E. Southlake Blvd., Suite K – Arts and Crafts
  • RockBox Fitness – 100 N. Kimball Ave., Suite 105 – Fitness Studio

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.

Southlake New Biz List November 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 for other business information or follow us on Facebook for the latest business news.

  • Fajita Pete’s – Pete’s new concept, boasts a small footprint with a majority dedicated to the kitchen so they can focus on catering and home or office delivery services. Drivers deliver authentic Fajitas during all open hours, whether to an office lunch meeting, birthday party, or employee anniversary. This efficient and convenient service quickly makes Fajita Pete’s a household (and officehold) name everywhere they open. Fajita Pete’s recently opened at 721 East Southlake Blvd., Suite 100 in the Village at Timarron. 817-410-3654
  • Eggsquisite Café – Eggsquisite Cafe is locally owned and operated.  They specialize in breakfast and lunch.  They take pride in offering the freshest ingredients and friendliest staff.  Their caring and committed staff will ensure you have a fantastic experience with them. Eggsquisite Café recently opened at 260 N. Kimball Ave., Suite 262 in Southlake Corners. (682) 477-4411
  • Cold Stone Creamery – How good is their ice cream? Well, let’s just say that on a scale of 1 to 10, they’re somewhere around an 11.5. But they’re about more than just serving up amazing ice cream. Cold Stone likes to think they’re really in the business of making people happy! Cold Stone Creamery recently opened at 410 W. Southlake Boulevard, Suite 120B at Bicentennial Plaza. (817) 410-3872
  • uBreakiFix – uBreakiFix fixes electronic devices (it’s in their name after all). From the classic phone drop in the parking lot to the tablet in the toilet. They’ve seen it all. They understand how traumatic it is when you break your favorite devices and they want you to feel better the moment you walk in. uBreakiFix recently opened at 2140 E. Southlake Blvd. in Southlake Village Center. (682) 900-3100
  • Rally House – Visit Rally House Southlake to shop the most diverse selection of apparel, home decor and gifts for your favorite Texas professional and collegiate teams. Shop Rangers jerseys, Cowboys sweatshirts, Stars tees, Mavericks hats, Longhorns tailgating gear, Aggies drinkware and so much more. You’ll find the best brands at Rally House Southlake, including Nike, Adidas, Majestic, New Era, Retro Brand, ’47, Mitchell and Ness. Rally House recently opened at 301 N. Carroll Ave. in Southlake Town Square. (817) 778-8080
  • Prestige Wealth Management – No one strategy fits everyone, which is why every client gets their undivided attention—from planning to execution to follow-up. They take a proactive approach to helping you develop a strategy to address your financial goals and objectives, using the most efficient methods available. Prestige Wealth Management recently opened at 2011 E. Kirkwood Blvd., Suite 100. (817) 637-8121

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