The 2022 Southlake Business Climate Survey is now open.
The 2022 Southlake Business Climate Survey launched this week. All Southlake business owners, managers presidents and CEOs are encouraged to participate in this survey and share their opinions about today’s economic environment, City services and other business-related topics.
The survey results and business owner comments are an important and integral part of the City’s work planning. The results are used to guide the City’s work and resource allocation. It also assists the City in determining what business programs are most beneficial for local businesses.
“I think it is important to obtain information from Southlake business owners to be used to educate our community to buy and stay local which benefits our community and our citizens,” said Leslie Barrows, owner of local law practice The Barrows Firm. “I have confidence in our elected city council leaders who understand the challenges of entrepreneurship.”
Businesses can take the survey online from their smartphones or computers. Knowing that time is one of the most important things for businesses, the survey is set up to take no more than five minutes to complete. The businesses can then choose to answer additional questions to assist the City further or simply submit their answers. The survey closes Friday, April 15.
If you’re a business located in Southlake and would like to participate in this survey, follow this link or snap the QR-code at the bottom of the page.
If you have questions about the survey, the Office of Economic Development and Tourism is available at 817-748-8198 or by email at EconDev@ci.southlake.tx.us.
Survey Link: https://forms.office.com/r/n8UetAG0Nk
We know those holiday decorations are coming down now and we’re all thinking about a little redecorating to bring in a better year. Let Spruce Home help you make this happen with any of their great home decor items or maybe a wardrobe makeover! They’ve got it all and they’re a great new small business! Learn more about them here in this video.
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.
As businesses serve customers in a modified capacity, it is essential that plans to reopen are made with the intention to keep people safe.
The City of Southlake launched Southlake Safe as a business support initiative that was developed by the Economic Recovery Task Force for businesses to help maintain recommended safety guidelines and best practices to protect their employees and while serving their customers.
Safety and security are a top priority for the City of Southlake, and the Southlake Safe campaign is part of the efforts to maintain the safety of those who live, work and play in this world-class community. The partnership gives business owners an opportunity to show their commitment to providing a safe and clean environment by taking the Southlake Safe Pledge.
Participants who adopt the pledge receive a Southlake Safe Pledge Kit, which includes PPE essentials like a digital thermometer, face masks, hand sanitizer and a Southlake Safe decal to display in their place of business.
These businesses will be listed in the Southlake Safe business directory and receive a recurring spotlight feature that highlights among other participating businesses. This program is also completely free for Southlake businesses to sign up for.
“This is a great way for businesses to show customers and their employees that health and safety is a priority,” Director of Economic Development and Tourism Daniel Cortez said. “We have received a positive response and support for the program from the entire community. All of us are in this new world together doing the best we can to support our community during these challenging times and it’s important for us to work together for a Southlake Safe environment.”
Learn more at www.SouthlakeSafe.com.
McIlvain & Associates, a full-service accounting firm, hosted a groundbreaking ceremony November 19 for its future home in Southlake. The 5,994 square foot building will be located at 1110 North Kimball Avenue in the Highland Corner Office Park. Upon completion in Fall 2020, McIlvain & Associates will relocate its operations and 15 employees to the new building. Mitchell Builders of Southlake is the general contractor.
McIlvain & Associates has been located in Colleyville since 1997. According to Managing Partners Kelli Hoffman and Tasha Whiddon, when the time came to find a new space, choosing to purchase land on North Kimball in Southlake seemed like the perfect spot.
“Building and owning our office is a milestone for McIlvain & Associates,” Hoffman said. “This new space will give us room to expand and serve more clients.”
Founder Sandy McIlvain opened the doors of her CPA firm in 1988 with a vision to provide exceptional service, trusted expertise, and to create a family culture within her staff that truly cares for their clients. Thirty-one years later, her vision and succession plan has been realized. The firm continues to enjoy a respected role in the community and maintain steady growth.
For more information, call 817-545-1277 or visit www.mcilvain.net.
VariDesk is bringing a new workspace venture, VariSpace, to Southlake with the purchase of the former Vista at Solana.
The prime business location at SH 114 and Kirkwood offers easy access to North Texas highways and to DFW Airport making it a great location for growing businesses. The former Vista at Solana location was last occupied more than a decade ago, and while many opportunities to lease the space have been presented, VariSpace has proven to be a great fit for the space.
“Southlake is the perfect place for VariSpace,” said Southlake Mayor Laura Hill. “When we envisioned what kind of company would make this space come alive, this is what we had in mind: future-ready and forward-thinking. Congratulations to VariSpace on their success, and I’d like to be the first to welcome them to Southlake!”
VariSpace provides space as a service to companies seeking both long-and short-term lease flexibility. It provides VariDesk furnished office space for lease. VariDesk has recently found success with this concept with VariSpace Las Colinas. VariSpace Southlake expands on the concept of space-as-a-service, offering “turnkey” workspaces to companies looking for move-in-ready spaces along the SH 114 corridor.
“Our mission is to create workspaces that elevate people and VariSpace is taking that mission to the next level,” said Jason McCann, co-founder and CEO of VARIDESK.
“The response to VariSpace Las Colinas is validating our approach to space-as-a-service. The response has been incredible – practically fully leased out while still under construction. Now we’re ready to expand our vision to Southlake,” said McCann.
“We’re always looking to add quality businesses to the Southlake market and couldn’t be more excited to welcome VariSpace to their new home. We look forward to working with them and all the partners who utilize the space,” said Assistant City Manager Alison Ortowski.
Learn more about VariSpace on their website.
Spring has sprung and new businesses are popping up in Southlake. Hop your heart out at the newest trampoline park in town, stock up on natural cosmetics, savor Latin American flavors with a Texas twist and join a cult classic burger following. All of these exciting options are now available, so put a spring in your step and head to Southlake.
Kids of all ages and fitness levels will find no shortage of activities at Urban Air Adventure Park. More than a trampoline park, the indoor amusement park also features indoor go-karts, bumper cars, virtual reality, climbing walls, ropes course, Sky Rider Coaster (similar to a zip line) and much more. Show off your jumping skills on the ProZone Performance Trampoline (jump from an elevated platform), DropZone (giant inflatable airbag), Slam Dunk Zone (basketball + trampoline), Runway Tumble Track (trampoline lane) or Apex Trampolines (segmented trampolines on the floor and walls). There is even a designated trampoline area for kids seven and under, and a café for refueling on pizza and drinks. With weekly activities, birthday and special event bookings, and various membership levels and endless adventures for defying gravity, Urban Air Adventure Park is the go-to place. It is located at 2201 W. Southlake Boulevard.
Spring cleaning your cosmetics cabinet? Pay a visit to Lush and stock up on beauty and bath products made from preservative-free and organic ingredients. All Lush products are made by hand, include natural, fair-trade ingredients and are never tested on animals. From bath and shower to hair, face and body products, find them all at Lush, located in Southlake Town Square at 1431 Main Street.
Herencia brings new meaning to spring fever with its south-of-the-border spices and flavors. Meaning “heritage” in Spanish, Herencia pays homage to Latin recipes passed down from generations. Savor popular South and Central America dishes with a Texas twist—appetizers, salads, Texican entrées, “back yard Texas” grilled meats, tacos and enchiladas, and desserts. Herencia is located at 1431 E. Southlake Boulevard, Suite 551.
Shack fans, rejoice. Shake Shack is now in Southlake. The New York-based burger joint started as a hot dog cart stand and has now grown into a burger brand with a cult-like following, offering burgers, chicken, flat-top dogs, fries, frozen custard, drinks (including beer and wine), breakfast and even items for dogs. Shake Shack is located in Southlake Town Square at 125 Central Avenue.
Now with even more options for playing, eating and shopping, spring is a great time to get out, explore and find new favorites in Southlake. For a complete list of new and coming businesses, take a look at the New Biz List, published monthly by the City of Southlake Economic Development & Tourism Department.
Safety and security is always a top priority for the City of Southlake. It helps to promote a healthy and stable environment for our residents, visitors and businesses. With the proper ordinances in place it can also help to regulate and control the use of occupancy, construction, repair, design and quality of materials used for buildings and structures within the City.
To ensure that the City continues to promote a safe and healthy environment, City Council had their first reading of the 2018 International Codes at their April 2 City Council meeting.
These codes were presented for adoption to provide regulations that safeguard public health and safety for the Southlake community.
Historically, the City adopted the International Code Council’s construction codes as local building codes with regional and local amendments; the codes are continually updated on the national level and published every three years. The International Codes have been reviewed by the Regional Codes Coordinating Committee under the direction of the North Central Texas Council of Governments. The NCTCOG recommended the City of Southlake to adopt these codes.
Building codes apply to virtually every type of structure from garages and houses to schools, churches, agricultural and commercial buildings.
The adoption includes the following codes: Building, Residential, Fire, Plumbing, Mechanical, Fuel Gas, Existing Building, Swimming Pool & Spa and Property Maintenance Codes.
The broad range of categories will be in place to help protect the health, property and welfare of the citizens of Southlake by ensuring that the codes are correctly enforced.
“The City provides effective building inspections and helps prevent violations by taking this proactive measure,” said Senior Director of Planning and Development Services, Ken Baker. “Enforcement of these ordinances is vital to establishing a safe and healthy community.”
The 2018 International Codes go into effect on May 1, 2019. City Council will have their second reading at the April 16 City Council meeting. All plans submitted to the City after the effective date must meet all 2018 International Code standards. For more information please visit our website.