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Metrocrest Resale's Assistant Store Manager Jessic

Shop and help a great cause at the same time.

 

Metrocrest Resale, a resale boutique with home décor, furniture, jewelry, clothing, household items and other one-of-a-kind finds, offers a great selection to give you and your home a new look. And now, Metrocrest Resale has a new look of its own! Closed for several months due to the pandemic, Metrocrest Resale has undergone a transformation and is now celebrating a grand reopening.

“Our store’s look is new but your purchases will still help families and seniors in the community through the many programs provided by Metrocrest Services,” said Tracy Eubanks, CEO of Metrocrest Services, the non-profit agency that benefits from Metrocrest Resale. “Shoppers can feel good about getting a great deal while helping others at the same time.”

On Thursday, July 29, the public is invited to join Metrocrest Services and the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce as they cut the ribbon at the grand reopening celebration of the Metrocrest Resale store. The event is from 4 to 6 p.m., with the ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided, and a special 50% off coupon (not available with other promotions) will be provided to those who attend the event.

Still located at 2661 Midway Road, Suite 207, in Carrollton, Metrocrest Resale is showing off its new look in an upgraded space with a boutique feel. Shoppers can peruse the many upscale items available for sale, including name-brand clothing, accessories and housewares. Metrocrest Resale is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Shopping at Metrocrest Resale is both rewarding and fun. “Thank You Tuesdays” offers shoppers ages 55+, as well as veterans, teachers and first responders 20% off regular priced items, adding even more savings to your final purchases. Shoppers also get added incentives with a frequent buyer card available at the register, where shoppers receive one stamp for every purchase over $10; fill up your card and get 50% off your next purchase (excludes sale and furniture items and any other offer). New items are added to Metrocrest Resale daily, giving you even more reason to shop often. Visit Metrocrest Resale on Facebook for featured items and in-store promotions.

And, next time you clean out your closets or living spaces, consider donating your gently used or new items to Metrocrest Resale. To request a pickup, please call (972) 250-1900 to schedule and get availability. Donation policies are available on the Metrocrest Resale website.

Whether you are shopping or donating, this is the time to help: Now in its 50thanniversary year, the need that Metrocrest Services faces is greater than ever. Exacerbated by the pandemic and the deadly winter storm, this year finds North Texans in need in greater numbers than the non-profit agency has ever seen as it helps with rent, food, utilities, jobs and more in its mission to help end poverty and decrease inequities. The non-profit estimates that needs of its clientele have more than doubled in the past year, with the agency serving 28,066 clients in 2020, an increase of 68 percent over previous years. 

Metrocrest Services, Inc., is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing programs for individuals, families, and seniors that lead to self-sufficiency and foster independence. Programs include rent and utility bill assistance, financial and budgeting assistance, food pantry, employment counseling, and transportation, minor home repairs, and home-delivered meals to benefit seniors. Additionally, Metrocrest provides programs focused on children including holiday gifts and summer food. For more information, visit www.metrocrestservices.org.

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And don’t miss the Fresh Margarita of the Month— it’s a real peach.

 Celebrate your love of a fine Mexican spirit on Saturday, July 24, National Tequila Day, with delicious food and drinks from Uncle Julio’s in the restaurant or to go.

If your fiesta is at your own casa on National Tequila Day, order a 16-ounce Frozen or Swirl Margarita to go for only $5 (at participating locations). This special offer is available for to-go orders placed online at UnceJulios.com with a food purchase.

Uncle Julio’s offers its delicious Frozen Margaritas and Swirl Margaritas in convenient 16-ounce pouches. Take them home and let the margaritas sit at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes until they achieve that perfect slushy consistency—and then enjoy! Uncle Julio’s invented the famous Swirl Margarita in Dallas in the 1980s, made with layers of frozen margarita and homemade sangria.

 Guests dining at Uncle Julio’s may celebrate National Tequila Day with a Fresh Margarita of the Month. Fresh seasonal fruit is squeezed and muddled to order, creating a deliciously fresh libation. July’s Fresh Margarita of the Month is the Peach Margarita. Freshly squeezed lime juice and muddled peaches are combined with 100% agave Lunazul Tequila and St. Germain 12 for that unmistakably fresh taste. Guests may add a Premium Tequila Floater* (*where available by law) to a margarita for only $2.

Uncle Julio’s has 35 varieties of tequila available in the restaurant. Bartenders can recommend a tequila for guests who are sipping the tequila straight, or for those who want to enjoy tequila in a cocktail to celebrate National Tequila Day.

Uncle Julio’sserves made-from-scratch Mexican cuisine, using fresh ingredients and authentic recipes to create its signature taste in everything from mesquite-grilled meats to hand-crafted margaritas. Guests find memorable dining experiences through a welcoming atmosphere and interactive menu. Headquartered in the Dallas, Texas area, the first Uncle Julio’s opened in 1986 and continues to expand to define the polished casual Mexican industry. To find a location near you or to peruse the mouth-watering menu, visit UncleJulios.com, or connect with Uncle Julio’s on Facebook @UncleJulios and Instagram @UncleJuliosMexican.

 

 

 

 

 

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Athlete Training and Health experts, who coach athletes we will see compete for gold medals at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, offer tips anyone can use to up their game.

While many of the world’s elite athletes converge upon Tokyo, Japan, for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad, the summer Olympics, all eyes will be on the incredible performances that these well-trained competitors can achieve. Whether you are training at the highest level like an Olympian — or are simply enjoying cheering them on from the comfort of your couch — we can all learn lessons in upping our own game from these incredible athletes’ dedication.

The sports performance experts at Athlete Training and Health know what it takes to train at levels that range from everyday health to elite feats of athleticism. During the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, they will be cheering on athletes who have strengthened and conditioned their bodies with expertise from Athlete Training and Health, including Kristie Mewis and Jane Campbell, who will compete on the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team; English Gardner, a track and field star on the U.S. Women’s Track and Field 4x100m relay team; Kelley Hurley and Courtney Hurley, who will compete on the U.S. Fencing Team; and Victoria Stambaugh, who competes for Puerto Rico in the sport of Taekwondo.

Chris Slocum, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and regional athletic performance director with Athlete Training and Health, works with Olympians who will compete in Tokyo. Slocum and fellow Athlete Training and Health coaches Blaine Schmidt and Mark Pryer —who have all trained clients to Olympic glory —offer these tips that athletes of all abilities and skill levels, can use to achieve any goal, whether that’s an Olympic gold medal or perhaps just losing those pandemic pounds:

Consistency, consistency, consistency.Being an elite level athlete starts with being consistent in your training, your recovery and in your attention to your overall health, Slocum explained. “Whatever your goal is, doing what it takes to achieve that goal starts with consistency. For an average person, that means showing up to the gym every day and being consistent with your activity and your nutrition. Do the work,” he said.

Prioritize recovery.While working out and training is an important component of building muscle and losing weight, recovery should be considered an important part of the process, too. “Sleep is one of the most underutilized recovery tools,” Slocum said. “The highest levels of testosterone production — a hormone that helps build muscle — occur during the REM stage of sleep. Because of this, it doesn't take long for poor sleep quality to cause lowering levels of the hormones you need.” Focusing on recovery also extends to how you fuel your body, Slocum said, with good nutrition and appropriate supplements, as well as excellent hydration, being key.

Track progress.English Gardener, a track and field sprinter who specializes in the 100-meter dash, is an Athlete Training and Health client who will be competing this summer in Tokyo. She, like other elite athletes, carefully tracks her progress to best understand how her body is reacting, and works with the performance coaches at Athlete Training and Health to adjust her workouts accordingly. “For Olympic athletes and also the general population, we always start with an evaluation to get information on where they are in their performance, and then we reevaluate every three months,” Slocum said. “We train their programs up around these evaluation results, working to increase their strength, and then we’re able to see how they lose weight and progress through exercises.” Slocum stressed how individual the programs are--not just for the elite athletes but also for the average person just trying to be at their best: “At Athlete Training and Health, our training programs are carefully pre-planned. We’re able to progress those based on your training history,” he said.

Work with specialists in athletic development.Whether your goals are breaking world records or simply being able to dance to your favorite record, seek out strength and conditioning experts who specialize in athletic development, just as Olympic athletes do. Slocum and the other coaches at Athlete Training and Health have master’s degrees in fields of human sports performance, and are certified strength and conditioning specialists who work integrally with physicians, physical therapists, registered dietitians and other experts the athlete may need on his or her team. The sports performance expertise offered at Athlete Training and Health is an important part of the strength and conditioning of Olympic athletes competing in Tokyo—and also the high school athlete trying to make a team, a mom getting back to activity after a knee injury, a dad hoping to get healthy to improve his heart function, or that young professional with a dream to break her own personal best record. “Everyone can benefit from the science behind athletic development,” Slocum said.

Train your mind like any other muscle.The importance of mindset and focus can’t be underestimated. “It’s easy for people to get distracted by things,” Slocum said. “But whether you really want to lose weight or go to the Olympics, the focus has to be consistent.” Slocum uses Taekwondo athlete Victoria Stambaugh as an example: “Her mindset is one of wanting to get better every day. During the one and a half or two hours we train together, she is focused in,” he said. “Kristie Mewis and Jane Campbell are the same; they are focused and ready to go, regardless of what else was going on in their lives. Once they had the vision and mindset, nothing could stop them.” Make the time you spend on your workout count, Slocum said, to benefit from your training, just like Olympians do.

What is your goal? Whether it’s losing the pandemic pounds, living in a healthier body, or even reaching the pinnacle of your sport, the certified, experienced experts at Athlete Training and Health have the expertise and a program tailored just for you.

ABOUT ATHLETE TRAINING AND HEALTH

The mission of Athlete Training and Health is to utilize best practices from scientific research in human performance to provide a world-class training environment for athletes and adults of all fitness levels. Athlete Training and Health’s forward-thinking approach of collaborating with hospital systems, professional sports teams, universities and independent school districts is setting new standards for health and performance training. Athlete Training and Health invests heavily in the post-graduate education of its performance coaches, who in turn develop evidence-led training programs guaranteed to deliver sustainable results. The state-of-the-art facilities at Athlete Training and Health facilities feature best-in-class turf fields, pro-style weight rooms and cutting edge technology to exceed the needs of their athletes, communities and healthcare partners. Based in Katy, Texas, Athlete Training and Health operates three training centers: two in the Houston metro area and one in Allen, Texas, where, thanks to Athlete Training and Health, the competition has never been healthier. For more, please visit athletetrainingandhealth.com.

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Leader in experiential entertainment to bring unique value with first location in DFW Metroplex
 
Entertainment disruptor EVO Entertainmentis planning a blockbuster opening all its own -- a new, large format, experiential venue in Southlake Town Square. Combining the art of movie-going with gourmet dining and mixology, plus bowling and gaming options, EVO Entertainment presents a host of entertainment opportunities all in one convenient place. It is expected to open in Southlake Town Square near the end of 2021, and will be the first DFW Metroplex location for the fast-growing brand. 
 
“Southlake Town Square continues to pursue innovative operators offering the most engaging and unique experiences,” said Jason Kasal, vice president and senior leasing director – western division with Retail Properties of America, Inc. (“RPAI”), owner and operator of Southlake Town Square. “Introducing the EVO Entertainment concept in Southlake Town Square will provide a highly elevated movie-watching experience combined with a host of other amenities to add a new level of entertainment to our carefully curated lifestyle destination.” 
 
EVO Entertainment will open at 1450 Plaza Place in Southlake Town Square, in a 68,733-square-foot space that formerly housed a theater. Guests will enjoy dine-in movie theaters from the comfort of their soft, reclining seats, and the ability to order a wide selection of gourmet food and beverages, including wine, beer and spirits. Guests may see a variety of films -- from the newest releases to well-loved classics -- on any one of seven screens. The refreshed, reconfigured venue will also include a full restaurant and bar, gaming (including virtual reality), bowling, private party rooms and other entertainment. An outdoor gathering place is also planned for a green space front yard with seating and a fire pit that will connect into the environment near Muchacho Tex Mex, a restaurant opening in Southlake Town Square in July. 
 
“After exploring the DFW Metroplex, we determined that Southlake—particularly Southlake Town Square--was the best place to enter the market,” said Mitch Roberts, CEO of EVO Entertainment Group. “We are excited to be part of an environment with some of the best retail in a lifestyle destination that truly values the experiential element of shopping, dining and playing together as an elevated human experience.”  
 
ABOUT EVO ENTERTAINMENT GROUP ® :
 
EVO Entertainment Group ®is an Austin based out-of-home entertainment operator comprised of a number of innovative brands including EVO ®Entertainment, EVO ®Cinemas, and EVO ®Concerts. Since its launch in 2014, EVO ®has gained a reputation as a leader in innovation, as well as one of the fastest growing independent cinema circuits in the country. EVO ®Entertainment Group currently employs over 1,000 team members and entertains nearly 3 million guests annually.  
 
About Southlake Town Square
 
Located in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex in Southlake, Texas, Southlake Town Square is owned and operated by a subsidiary of RPAI. This 130-acre, open-air, mixed-use development boasts more than 120 specialty retail shops and restaurants, including the first Market by Macy’s in the country, Apple, Madewell, Anthropologie, lululemon and Sephora, an upscale urban Hilton Hotel, offices, city and county government buildings, a U.S. Post Office and residential brownstones. To learn more, please visit SouthlakeTownSquare.comor call 817-329-5566. Connect socially with Southlake Town Square online via its Facebookor Instagram
 
About RPAI
 
Retail Properties of America, Inc. is a REIT that owns and operates high quality, strategically located open-air shopping centers, including properties with a mixed-use component. As of March 31, 2021, the Company owned 102 retail operating properties in the United States representing 19.9 million square feet. The Company is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol RPAI. Additional information about the Company is available at www.rpai.com
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Lifestyle destination in demand as retailers open new front doors in Southlake
 
Contemporary lifestyle brand Free People is soon to have a new home in Southlake Town Square. Defined by femininity, creativity, curiosity and adventure, Free People offers unique women’s apparel, intimate wear, shoes and accessories. Free People is expected to open in late 2021 in a 2,329-square-foot space at 1434 Main Street, next to Tommy John and across the street from LUSH. 
 
Premier luxury outdoor furniture brand Summer Classics will open this summer at 301 N. Carroll Avenue in an 8,800-square-foot space near Market by Macy’s, and will feature a line from Gabby Home Furnishings. 
 
“These are exciting brands that wants to engage customers with the level of in-person, interactive experience that a home in Southlake Town Square can offer,” said Jason Kasal, vice president and senior leasing director – western division with Retail Properties of America, Inc. (“RPAI”), owner and operator of Southlake Town Square. “Our walkable, well-edited collection of desirable brands is what continues to set Southlake Town Square apart as a lifestyle destination, and we’re pleased to continue to grow and create opportunities for our guests to interact with the great brands that call us home.” 
 
Southlake Town Square will welcome many fresh new faces to its venerable mix of buzzworthy brands this summer. 
 
Express Edit will open in Southlake Town Square, in a 2,066-square-foot space across from Michael Kors at 311 Grand Ave East in May. This new concept features a smaller collection curated specifically for the Southlake community, with women's and men's must-have styles handpicked by local influencers. The concept opened in Nashville’s premier urban neighborhood, The Gulch, earlier this year and is making its Texas debut in Southlake. 
 
On the heels of Whistle Britches chicken emporium’s opening later this month in a 4,072-square-foot space at 1230 Main Street, renowned Dallas chef Omar Flores will open another new restaurant concept, Muchacho’s, later this summer. Muchacho’s is located at 431 Grand Ave East in a 4,475-square-foot space to offer the James Beard Award nominee’s take on Tex-Mex. 
 
Trophy Blooms, owned by award-winning local floral designer Madeline Ricketts, also opened its doors on May 22 in a beautiful, 916-square-foot location at 335 N. Carroll Avenue next to Nothing Bundt Cakes. 
 
About Southlake Town Square
 
Located in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex in Southlake, Texas, Southlake Town Square is owned and operated by a subsidiary of RPAI. This 130-acre, open-air, mixed-use development boasts more than 120 specialty retail shops and restaurants, including the first Market by Macy’s in the country, Apple, Madewell, Anthropologie, lululemon and Sephora, an upscale urban Hilton Hotel, offices, city and county government buildings, a U.S. Post Office and residential brownstones. To learn more, please visit SouthlakeTownSquare.com or call 817-329-5566. Connect socially with Southlake Town Square online via its Facebook or Instagram
 
About RPAI
 
Retail Properties of America, Inc. is a REIT that owns and operates high quality, strategically located open-air shopping centers, including properties with a mixed-use component. As of December 31, 2020, the Company owned 102 retail operating properties in the United States representing 20.0 million square feet. The Company is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol RPAI. Additional information about the Company is available at www.rpai.com
 

 

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Lifestyle destination in demand as retailers open new front doors in Southlake
 
 
Contemporary lifestyle brand Free People is soon to have a new home in Southlake Town Square. Defined by femininity, creativity, curiosity and adventure, Free People offers unique women’s apparel, intimate wear, shoes and accessories. Free People is expected to open in late 2021 in a 2,329-square-foot space at 1434 Main Street, next to Tommy John and across the street from LUSH. 
 
Premier luxury outdoor furniture brand Summer Classics will open this summer at 301 N. Carroll Avenue in an 8,800-square-foot space near Market by Macy’s, and will feature a line from Gabby Home Furnishings. 
 
“These are exciting brands that wants to engage customers with the level of in-person, interactive experience that a home in Southlake Town Square can offer,” said Jason Kasal, vice president and senior leasing director – western division with Retail Properties of America, Inc. (“RPAI”), owner and operator of Southlake Town Square. “Our walkable, well-edited collection of desirable brands is what continues to set Southlake Town Square apart as a lifestyle destination, and we’re pleased to continue to grow and create opportunities for our guests to interact with the great brands that call us home.” 
 
Southlake Town Square will welcome many fresh new faces to its venerable mix of buzzworthy brands this summer. 
 
Express Edit will open in Southlake Town Square, in a 2,066-square-foot space across from Michael Kors at 311 Grand Ave East in May. This new concept features a smaller collection curated specifically for the Southlake community, with women's and men's must-have styles handpicked by local influencers. The concept opened in Nashville’s premier urban neighborhood, The Gulch, earlier this year and is making its Texas debut in Southlake. 
 
On the heels of Whistle Britches chicken emporium’s opening later this month in a 4,072-square-foot space at 1230 Main Street, renowned Dallas chef Omar Flores will open another new restaurant concept, Muchacho’s, later this summer. Muchacho’s is located at 431 Grand Ave East in a 4,475-square-foot space to offer the James Beard Award nominee’s take on Tex-Mex. 
 
Trophy Blooms, owned by award-winning local floral designer Madeline Ricketts, also opened its doors on May 22 in a beautiful, 916-square-foot location at 335 N. Carroll Avenue next to Nothing Bundt Cakes. 
 
About Southlake Town Square
 
Located in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex in Southlake, Texas, Southlake Town Square is owned and operated by a subsidiary of RPAI. This 130-acre, open-air, mixed-use development boasts more than 120 specialty retail shops and restaurants, including the first Market by Macy’s in the country, Apple, Madewell, Anthropologie, lululemon and Sephora, an upscale urban Hilton Hotel, offices, city and county government buildings, a U.S. Post Office and residential brownstones. To learn more, please visit SouthlakeTownSquare.com or call 817-329-5566. Connect socially with Southlake Town Square online via its Facebook or Instagram
 
About RPAI
 
Retail Properties of America, Inc. is a REIT that owns and operates high quality, strategically located open-air shopping centers, including properties with a mixed-use component. As of December 31, 2020, the Company owned 102 retail operating properties in the United States representing 20.0 million square feet. The Company is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol RPAI. Additional information about the Company is available at www.rpai.com
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Marsha Dimes will host Dallas Pride 2021
Tickets on Sale Now for Dallas Pride 2021

Tickets are on sale now for Dallas Pride 2021, two nights of outdoor, in-person variety shows that will raise awareness and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. Both evenings’ events will take place at the Band Shell in Fair Park and will feature exciting talent from North Texas. The shows will also be streamed online at DallasPride.org. 

“This pandemic has taught us we have to do things a little differently than we would normally do,” said Jaron Turnbow, executive director of Dallas Pride, “and while we are not having a Pride parade--nor are we having a festival, this year--these shows will allow us to be back out together to celebrate with our friends and allies.” 

Friday, June 4, Marsha Dimes will host a show featuring entertainment from Uptown Players, Jada Pinkett Fox, IDT Band, Raquel Blake, The Roommates, Daphne Rio, Bleach and other artists. 

On Saturday, June 5, the show hosted by Marsha Dimes will feature The Cast of the Rose Room; The Fly Queens; Sisters-in-Action; Sister Helen Holy; The FlannelTones, an ensemble of the Turtle Creek Chorale; Anton Shaw; Niecee X; Kameron Ross; and others. Kennedy Davenport, a star of RuPaul’s Drag Race, also will perform. 

On June 4 and June 5, gates for the events will open at 7 p.m. and show time is 8 p.m. Those attending virtually may log on to DallasPride.org starting at 7:30 p.m. 

Talent for both evenings hails from North Texas. “This year, we wanted to celebrate our community and showcase the amazing talent that we have right here,” said Marsha Dimes, fabulously. 

Tickets can only be purchased in advance, and are available by visiting https://dallaspride.org/pride2021/ 

Ticket prices for Friday or Saturday evenings are: $15 for upper level, $20 for mid level, $25 for lower level and $35 for the VIP floor ticket. Two-day tickets (which include both Friday and Saturday evenings) are available, as well, starting at $25 for upper level, $35 for mid level, $45 for lower level and $65 for the VIP floor tickets. There is no assigned seating; all tickets are general admission within the respective seating levels. The event will operate at a reduced capacity for the Band Shell, allowing groups to determine their own seating and spacing. 

VIP tickets include floor seating and the opportunity to get up close with host Marsha Dimes and other entertainers, as well as enjoy dedicated lines for the food and drink stations closest to the VIP seats. 

Food and beverages will be available for purchase on-site. Cash and credit will be accepted, and contactless payment will be available. No outside food or beverage will be allowed into the event. 

In addition to the outdoor, in-person experiences, the events also will be streamed online for those who feel more comfortable watching from home. Streaming is complimentary and available via DallasPride.org. 

Dallas Pride will follow the health and safety rules mandated by Fair Park. All attendees will be required to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth except when eating or drinking. Social distancing will be enforced in lines for food and drink. Hand sanitizer stations will be available. Please note that there will be no Pride parade or festival this year. 
Parking at Fair Park will be available at Gate 5 for $10. Attendees may also take the DART Rail green line. 

 
Dallas Pride is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening, supporting and celebrating the LGBTQ+ community by creating events and initiatives that foster connections between members of the community, its allies and its supporters. 

Follow @DallasPride on Facebook, @DallasPrideOfficial on Instagram, @DallasPrideOrg on Twitter, or via the organization’s website, www.DallasPride.org, for all the tea. 
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This Mother’s Day, honor mom with a fun experience, a gift that helps others 

Mom played many a tea party with you as a child. Now, it’s your chance to honor her with a delicious at-home tea this Mother’s Day, an unforgettable gift that gives back. Societea, Afternoon Tea To Go, a sister company of Society Bakery, has partnered with Mommies In Need to create a special take-home cream tea box that makes the perfect gift for the special lady in your life.   

Now through May 5, pre-order your delicious take-home cream tea from Mommies In Need, boxed and wrapped with a beautiful ribbon, for only $25. Each box includes four homemade scones, clotted cream and seasonal jam, as well as a special tea selection in your choice of regular or caffeine-free. A Mommies In Need branded mug completes the boxed gift, and is the perfect way for mom to remember this special experience.  

“As a mom, spending quality time with my children is my favorite thing to do, and what I look forward to most on Mother’s Day,” said Natalie Boyle, founder and CEO of Mommies In Need. “We’re thrilled to partner with Societea to offer this experience, one that also gives families a chance to help others.” 

Proceeds from the take-home cream tea boxes will support Mommies In Need, a non-profit organization with a mission to provide childcare, community and compassion to parents or other caregivers facing a health crisis. Since its founding in 2014, Mommies In Need has provided thousands of hours of in-home care, virtual visits and now also in-person care through Annie’s Place, a licensed childcare facility in Dallas. 

And, if you’re treating mom to a tea on Mother’s Day, follow these tips from Emily Cassady, a tea sommelier, co-owner of Societea and supporter of Mommies In Need: 

Get seated. Seat yourself comfortably at a table and lay your napkin on your lap with the crease folded towards you. 

Pour your tea. A hot debate is whether to pour the tea or milk first. In days past, if you had fine china, you would pour your tea first to show your gathered group that your porcelain could hold up to the hot water. If you added milk first, it was a scandal. Nowadays, they say hot water, brew to strength, and then add sugar or milk, if you must.  

Don’t dunk. Everyone agrees that dunking scones in the tea or milk is a “no-no” as far as proper tea etiquette goes.

Stir it up. While some say one should stir your spoon from 6 o’clock to 12 o’clock, other say it’s back and forth from 6 o’clock to 12 o’clock. But everyone agrees that there should be no tapping of the spoon against the cup. Never lick your spoon. When you are finished stirring, simply rest your spoon on your saucer. 

Practice the hold. The thumb and index finger should almost pinch the handle at the top, then use your middle finger to support the weight of the cup, rather than hooking through.  Tuck in your ring and pinky fingers--they aren't really invited to the tea party!

Enjoy the scones. Clotted Cream first? Jam first? If you use the Devonshire Method, you split your scone in two and add clotted cream to your scone first, followed by the jam. Cornish Method has you splitting your scone in two, adding the jam, then the clotted cream. Which way is right? Ultimately, that is up to you...but the Queen of England prefers the Cornish Method.  

Put your pinkie—and your phone—down! Many feel that they need to put their pinkie up in the air as a sort of posh affectation, but it’s wholly unnecessary. So, too, are phones – after you get that great selfie of you and mom, and have posted it with the hashtags #MothersDay,  #MommiesInNeed and #MomsforMoms, put your phone away and enjoy your time together. 

To order a take-home tea from Mommies In Need, please visit the Mommies In Need website. Pre-orders will be available for pick-up at Society Bakery (3610 Greenville Avenue) on May 7 and May 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

Mommies In Need would like to wish moms everywhere a very happy and blessed Mother’s Day.

Mommies In Need is a non-profit organization that relies on the generous support of compassionate individuals, foundations and businesses that recognize the value of the services Mommies In Need provides to families. Among its many supporters are The Moody Foundation, The Crystal Charity Ball, The Simmons Sisters Fund at the Dallas Foundation, The Constantin Foundation, Hamon Charitable Foundation, The Meadows Foundation and Perot Foundation, as well as in-kind partners The Beck Group and Winstead PC.

More information about Mommies In Need is available on its website and through its Facebook and Instagram

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92-acre parcel near W. Melissa Road and U.S. Highway 75 will create more than 400 new home sites in growing city

Astra Development is pleased to announce that an entity affiliated with its company sold 92 acres of land northwest of the intersection of W. Melissa Road and U.S. Highway 75 to home builders Taylor Morrison and NexMetro Development. The deal, which closed April 7, will create more than 400 new home sites in Melissa.

“We are proud that we were able to get this project to the finish line by creating a mixed-use project with two quality builders,” noted Justin Bono, founder and president of Astra Development. “This will add more housing options for those who desire the lifestyle that the city of Melissa has to offer. We are pleased to be able to turn this over to Taylor Morrison and NexMetro Development to make these residences a reality.”

The preliminary plat for the 92-acre parcel, named Stoneridge, has been approved and construction plans for the first phase are under review. Development is expected to begin this summer. At build out, Stoneridge will include 411 residences.

Taylor Morrison plans to build 194 single family homes on 72 acres in the Stoneridge community. Taylor Morrison prides itself on the quality of its homes, thoughtfulness of its communities, and the personal relationships it builds with homebuyers. The company’s proven track record and 100-year legacy is a testament to its strong reputation of trust with its customers. Taylor Morrison builds and develops distinctive communities from coast to coast, serving a wide array of homeowners. 

Keith Hurand, division president for Taylor Morrison, said, “Stoneridge provides the winning combination of affordably priced new homes, highly ranked schools, access to major roadways and easy access to the infrastructure provided by the northern suburbs in Collin County. Being voted as America’s Most Trusted Homebuilder for six years in a row, Taylor Morrison looks forward to bringing exceptional customer experience and expanding our market presence to the City of Melissa.”

National build-to-rent developer NexMetro Communities has purchased 20 acres of Stoneridge to build and lease approximately 217 detached homes in its Avilla Stoneridge community, a unique leased home neighborhood designed to meet the growing demand for the company's innovative luxury leased home lifestyle. Avilla Stoneridge will offer private luxury rental homes to lifestyle-conscious consumers seeking a new home experience without the burdens of home ownership. Avilla Homes neighborhoods feature single level, detached homes for lease in a gated enclave. The one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans feature private entrances, outdoor patios and private backyards, along with high-end finishes such as 10-foot ceilings, granite/quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances and more. The pet-friendly communities offer the perks of neighborhood living with optional garages, resort-style pool, beautifully landscaped recreation areas, and even an electric car charging station--all maintained by a professional management company, without mortgage payments or HOA fees.

“Melissa is an ideal submarket for our Avilla luxury leased communities given the region’s key demand drivers, including job and income growth, household growth, supply demand and high occupancy rates,” said Ryan Griffis, managing director of NexMetro Communities in Dallas/Fort Worth. “Build to rent is growing nationwide faster than any other type of real estate, with the demand for these ‘best of both worlds’ neighborhoods that appeal to a diverse group of consumers – from professional millennials to baby boomers.” 

Marty Neilon and Carter Kendall of CBRE brokered the transaction with Taylor Morrison.  Steve Smith of SRI Properties brokered the transaction to NexMetro. Kimley-Horn & Associates serves as the land planner and civil engineer for the project. 

Astra Development currently owns or controls more than 2,800 acres for future residential development in various locations across Collin and Denton counties, which are expected to yield more than 12,000 lots upon development.

Astra Developmentacquires land and develops residential projects in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and other select markets.  Astra Development is committed to investing in and developing only quality projects that achieve targeted returns for the company and its investors. To contact Astra Development, please visit the company’s website.

 

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World Vision Surprises North Texas Woman Who Has Helped More than 68,000 North Texans by Distributing Aid During COVID

Helen Epps thought it was just another day working hard to help her community. The founder and leader of Morning Star Prayer Resource Center has partnered with World Vision to provide food and essentials to nearly 70,000 North Texans struggling due to the pandemic and winter storms. As Epps waited for her weekly relief distribution from World Vision to serve those in need, she had no idea what she was about to receive: a special surprise to honor her work in helping her community weather this historically challenging year.

Roberta Taylor with World Vision led a team of partners and volunteers to the Morning Star Prayer Resource Center in Fort Worth. In addition to the 50 Family Emergency Kits, full of food, PPE, hygiene items and school supplies they brought for those in need, the team also surprised Helen with a plaque, flowers and balloons to acknowledge her dedication to the community.

Epps could not believe her eyes as she looked around at the much-needed food and supplies that she would give to North Texans in need, and finding smiling faces who were there just to see and celebrate this dynamic lady.

“Elder Epps has been so instrumental in assisting World Vision in getting items needed out to the community,” noted Roberta Taylor of World Vision during her presentation to Epps. “On a personal note, I have known Elder Epps for years and she’s always been the same: She’s a giver, someone who always helps out in the community. World Vision just wanted to honor her for her selflessness and service.” 

More North Texans are in need now than ever before as the COVID pandemic rages on and families are left having to choose between electricity or food, or even be forced to go without either one. Morning Star Prayer Center is one of the many organizations who are able to carry out their vision of caring for the community with help from World Vision, a worldwide non-profit making a difference in local communities.

Thanking her partners in the community who help make distributions possible, Epps pointed to their collaborative work as she graciously accepted her acknowledgement. “We didn’t do it on our own; we did it because of our partners, and they make it possible,” Epps said. “Thank you, World Vision, for helping us help our community around the state of Texas and beyond.”

World Vision’s pandemic response over this past year has so far helped 602,739North Texans with family emergency kits and boxes of fresh food that have equated to 3.3 million meals served during the pandemic alone. Also included in the boxes is very important PPE and educational supplies to help families keep themselves healthy. All told, World Vision’s combined efforts across the U.S. have resulted in more than 1.5 million PPE products distributed to its partner organizations, including churches and other organizations.

The Morning Star Prayer Center, just one of World Vision’s many partner organizations, during the pandemic has given out 111,244 meals to 68,655 people, including 37,881 children in one of the most underserved and vulnerable areas in Fort Worth.