New and Notable — January
Jan 15, 2014 01:47PM ● Published by Anonymous
Grapevine gets green light for new attraction
An up-and-coming amusement park will make its way to Grapevine in 2014 — Microland America. The main attraction will feature a tiny faux Mt. Rushmore, bonsai gardens and miniature self-operated trains.
Grapevine City Council presented the plan in October, billing the upcoming amusement park as the “world’s first all-natural, miniature themed entertainment attraction.” Microland America will include a 12,675-square-foot building, coupled with a 1-acre botanical garden. The attraction will be located on four acres at 2451 W. Grapevine Mills Cir.
The now-approved plan will also feature a natural exhibit, which includes a retail gift shop, community and event party rooms and an entertainment area with interactive activities, explained Microland America President Betts Hoover in a letter.
The council unanimously approved a conditional use permit, which will allow a setback deviation needed to begin construction of the project. Admission will be $12.50 for adults and $7.50 for children. Hours of operations are slated for 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Microland America is expected to reach completion by spring 2015.
Grubbs Infiniti breaks ground in Grapevine
The Grubbs family has a reputation for providing an exceptional car-buying experience to their customers. After more than 60 years of overwhelming growth and success, Grubbs Infiniti is moving to Grapevine due to the company outgrowing its current space.
The new dealership, which was set to break ground before the end of 2013, will offer additional space and convenient proximity to the majority of its clients. The 75,000-square-foot space will be located on 12 acres at S.H. 114 and Texas Trail, essentially doubling the current land and building sizes.
“We build for growth,” says the Infiniti dealership’s co-owner and executive manager George Grubbs III. “I looked at where the majority of my customers live, started looking for land and found the area in Grapevine.”
Grubbs Infiniti will also showcase a unique design to its dealership, which will include the cars surrounding the building on all sides compared to cars placed only in front of the building.
“The building becomes like a lounge surrounded by all of the beautiful cars,” Grubbs says. “We view our cars as artwork, and we want to be surrounded by the artwork.”
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One-of-a-kind designer jewelry is making its way to Southlake Town Square. This full-service, in-house design center features a professional staff, which has the upscale knowledge and artistic skills needed to turn patrons’ dreams into reality. The fine jeweler can transform one of the pieces in its showcase for inspiration or create a unique design based on a customer’s vision.
Soar Music School
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Students of this ministry-minded school are able to master the art of music, which will allow them to be an invaluable part of any group. Instructors are worship leaders, teachers and artists who are aiming to assist students in spreading their talents through various media outlets.
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Steve and Alexis Schulze are trying to save the world one vegetable at time. The power couple is bringing their passion for healthy living and community compassion to Southlake. Thinking outside the box, the Schulzes created a blueprint for neighborhood juice bars where fresh produce and affordable prices are the main ingredients to jumpstart anyone’s day.
Dr. Sue’s Chocolate
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Dr. Sue has one mission: to fight weight challenges by delivering a healthy product — chocolate. The nutritious-loving guru is using natural fruits and local honey to enrich her sweet creations. All products start with dark, European-style chocolate, which is sprinkled with seasoned fruits such as blueberries, cherries and ginger. Residents and visitors in Grapevine will get to experience rich flavors full of nutritional integrity, leading to a healthy lifestyle.