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Southlake Style

A Centennial of Style

May 01, 2014 01:11PM ● By 16560

May 2014

Update: Congratulations to Julie Speelhoffer for winning the 100th issue survey gift card. Thanks for reading in style! 

Southlake Style magazine made its debut in the early months of 2006, created in an effort to offer Southlake residents an opportunity to share their enthusiasm for the city. In the past eight years, the publication has made it a priority to deliver content that both serves and inspires, from Carroll ISD news and city updates to profiles on local personalities and fun articles about food, fashion and fancy cars. To highlight the always-impressive achievements of Southlake Carroll athletes, the first Dragon Pride was published in 2006 and has since acted as a means to chronicle years of sports success with two issues annually. On the following pages, we survey readers on their favorite moments and take a look back at a few highlights that still resonate after 100 issues.

Most Impactful Cover Stories

March/April 2006

The inaugural issue celebrated the grand opening of Grand Avenue, a district that includes Apple, Anthropologie, Barnes & Noble, J. Crew, The Cheesecake Factory, Brio Tuscan Grille and Truluck’s. It also featured an interview with then-mayor Andy Wambsganss and Art in the Square’s 2006 Artist of the Year, Kathy Kromer.

January 2008

In the earlier years, contributors wrote much of Southlake Style’s editorial content, and this month’s cover feature introduced them and their writing to readers. Mike Mills penned a financial solutions column, Brad McCullom provided golf tips, Cruise Holidays of Southlake wrote about travel, and Karry Millette discussed the importance of fitness. Additionally, the one-and-only Roxann Taylor had her own real estate column, Dr. Eric Benzick wrote about family health, Jami and Bob Zimmerman chatted about interior design, and Dr. David Faltys broke news on all things Carroll ISD.

October 2008

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this issue of Southlake Style incorporated a Think Pink! theme and donated 10 percent of its proceeds to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Tarrant County. Article topics included breast cancer survivor stories and breast cancer facts straight from physicians, among others. Former Dragon volleyball player Amy Moan also shed light on Pink Out games — Southlake Carroll athletic events that raise money through ticket sales for breast cancer research. Amy’s volleyball event was the first, and they continue to be successful for many other sports. 

August 2009

As the 2009-2010 school year kicked off, this cover feature explored the advances in classroom technology. “Gone are the overhead projectors and pull-down screens of the past,” the article reads. “They have been replaced by document cameras and interactive white boards.” In 2013, CISD introduced its latest technological achievement — Mobile Dragon, a free smartphone app that allows parents and students to view campus maps, athletics schedules, a school calendar and more.

May 2011

In March of 2011, a 9.0-magnitude earthquake — the fifth largest in the world since 1900 — hit the northeast coast of Japan and triggered a devastating tsunami. Although Southlake’s sister city, Tome, is located 70 miles from the quake’s epicenter, it was still affected. At the time of this issue’s publication, one person was reported dead, 12 were missing and 42 were injured. Additionally, more than 1,000 buildings — mostly homes — suffered extensive damages. Then Southlake city councilman, Jeff Wang, was instrumental in promoting efforts like Southlake4Japan that raised money for disaster relief.

April 2012

Southlake resident Jon Daniels, general manager for the Texas Rangers, graced this month’s cover. He became the GM in 2005 at just 28 years old (the youngest in MLB history) and completely restructured the Rangers’ approach to scouting. “We had to reassess how we did everything. There was no foundation to what we did, no scouting structure,” he said. “I challenged all scouts to come up with a ‘gut-feel’ guy. Find your guy, and do the extra homework on him.” Now 36, Daniels made news last year when he traded Ian Kinsler to the Detroit Tigers for Prince Fielder.

March 2013

This issue’s cover feature, “Kids in Crisis,” discussed the teen tragedies that plagued the city of Southlake between 2010 and March 2013. In that time period, 47 suicide attempts were reported, eight of which resulted in death. Teenagers between 15 and 19 years old made 14 of the attempts, and three of those resulted in death. Laura Hill, founder of Southlake Parents Against Risks to our Kids (SPARK), said at the time, “Kids are desperately looking for ways to express sadness and deal with stress.” 

April 2014

Southlake Style’s first Style Issue recapped the Southlake National Charity League’s annual fashion show and profiled eight locals who contribute to the community and look good doing it. It also featured Southlake Carroll freshman Abby Williamson on the cover. An up-and-coming high fashion model signed with Dallas-based Wallflower Management and New York-based IMG Models, Abby has only just begun to show the world her talents.

Memorable Milestones

2006: Awarded Southlake’s Small Business of the Year

2006: First Dragon Pride issue

September/October 2006: Celebrating 50 years of the city of Southlake

2008: Southlake Style goes monthly

March 2011: Five years of Southlake Style and Dragon Pride

Dragon Pride Fall 2011: Championship issue honoring the state champion Dragon football team and coaches

March 2014: Cover feature celebrating 15 years of Southlake Town Square and introduction of the magazine’s redesign

Community Impact Award winners 

Brian Stebbins (2009)

The inaugural award was presented to Brian Stebbins for his extraordinary vision for Southlake Town Square, which has dramatically enhanced the landscape of the city. Stebbins, who passed away in October of 2012, will always be remembered as the father, friend and leader who put his heart and soul into transforming the town square into the wonderful dining, retail and residential community it is today.

Brad Bradley (2010)

As the founder of nearly 30 nonprofits that have improved the quality of life in and around Southlake, Brad Bradley was selected for the 2010 award. One the most recognizable children’s charities is Summer Santa, which Bradley cofounded with Dave Lieber, now a columnist for The Dallas Morning News. Bradley, also a judge, established the first law office in Southlake after settling in the area in 1983.

Southlake Women’s Club (2011)

The faces behind Southlake’s annual Art in the Square festival were honored for making the event a time-honored tradition. Established in 1999, Art in the Square draws approximately 150 artists and thousands of art lovers to Southlake each year. Proceeds from the three-day weekend are donated to area charities.

Jack D. Johnson (2012)

Known as the founder of Dragon Nation, Jack D. Johnson was awarded in 2012 for his role as the first superintendent of Carroll ISD — a position he held for 28 years. Sadly, Johnson passed away in early January 2013, but his legacy will forever live on in the hearts of Dragons everywhere. 

Martin Schelling (2013)

Recent winner Martin Schelling is at the heart of Southlake safety, having held some of the most esteemed positions in Southlake. He served on the SPIN committee, co-created Southlake’s Crime Control and Prevention District and currently serves on city council.

Magazine Contests

Engaging readers is always one of the magazine’s top priorities. Over the years, Southlake Style has had the pleasure of reaching out to residents of Southlake and the surrounding areas for participation in various contests, including cover contests and the annual Best Mom contest.

October 2009: Alannah Bruce, winner of the Taste of Autumn cover contest

It’s been almost five years since this talent was selected to appear on the cover of Southlake Style. Alannah, who will turn 11 this July, has made a name for herself as an actress in film, television, on stage and in print. Managed by Dallas-based The Horne Agency, Alannah has appeared in campaigns for Michaels, Visionworks, Chuck E. Cheese and Academy Sports & Outdoors. She was recently cast in two feature films: “A Miracle for Haven,” set to release this coming Christmas, and “Dancer and the Dame,” starring Billy Gardell and Eva LaRue.

August 2013: Zoe, winner of the Dog Days of Summer cover contest

The large but loveable Bernese mountain dog posed with model Erin Robinson on the cover, but in real life, she belongs to Lance and Laura McKoy (pictured here). Zoe, now 5 years old, was chosen from a sizeable number of adorable entries.

Best Mom Essay Contest

For nine years and counting, Southlake Style has asked elementary school students what makes their moms the best in Southlake. It’s always hard to select just one essay for publication in each May issue, especially when the kids describe Mom as “super mom,” “angel in disguise” and “my best friend.” To quote 2011 winner Eric Houtman, “A mom isn’t just someone who raises you. She helps you in school, goes to all your sports games and doesn’t get mad when you’re having fun and you beat her in checkers.” 

Fun Facts

The first issue of Southlake Style was 32 pages. December 2013’s Best Of issue reached 112, and the magazine now continues to print each month at 96 pages. 

When Armend’s was named Best Pizza in the March 2009 issue, word spread so fast that the restaurant ran out of dough trying to serve customers. Armend’s was once again selected as the best pizza restaurant in the area in the February 2014 issue. A poll distributed to readers in Southlake and surrounding communities confirmed that the family-friendly, BYOB restaurant is their go-to for good food and a good time. 

Kenny Hill, Riley Dodge, Roxann Taylor, Mayor John Terrell and Santa Claus have each graced a Dragon Pride or Southlake Style cover more than once.

Where Are They Now?

Catching up with some of Southlake’s famous faces 

Sidney Fullmer

The “An American Girl: Saige Paints the Sky” star graced the July 2013 cover of Southlake Style. An exclusive event in partnership with Forest Park Medical Center and Harkins Theatres Southlake 14 was held in early July — it allowed ticket holders to view the movie before it was released. Sidney, who turns 14 next month and will enter her first year of high school in August, recently wrapped filming on “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” The film, which also stars Jennifer Garner and Steve Carell, is expected to be released in theaters in October.

Cade Foster

The football star has been a cover star twice, once for Southlake Style’s February 2014 issue and previously for Dragon Pride’s Fall 2009 issue. The strong-legged kicker, who won two national championships while at the University of Alabama, will receive his master’s degree in August and intends to declare for the 2014 NFL draft. “I will be going out for the draft, but my focus is on pursuing a JD or MBA degree from Alabama,” Foster said last month.

Russell Maryland

The former University of Miami defensive tackle, who went pro with the Dallas Cowboys and helped lead them to three Super Bowl championships, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011. The Southlake resident is currently a player engagement assistant for the Cleveland Browns. 

Go to the Polls

While compiling some of the most memorable moments from the past 99 issues of Southlake Style and Dragon Pride, we decided to reach out to our readers to discover their thoughts on our content.

Southlake Style’s first issue was published in March 2006. How long have you been a reader?

71% — 5 years or more

15% — 1-3 years 

Tracy E.:Southlake Style started in the month we moved to Southlake. It has graced our coffee table every month since. We eagerly anticipate its arrival.”

Julie S.: “Love Southlake Style! Has great articles, fabulous photos and is a wonderful source for finding out what’s going on around town.” 

How long do you generally keep an issue of Southlake Style? 

55% — 1 month or longer

Wendy A.: “I have many copies saved as keepsakes for my children.”

Karla C.: “Love to have them as a tabletop read for out-of-town guests who want to know what our city is about. They love the magazine.”

Favorite Issues

Katie A.: “I enjoyed the issue featuring Peter Max. I kept that issue a long time.”

Favorite Story

“Kenny Do it Again?” Dragon Pride Fall 2012

“Major League Miracles,” The Miracle League breaks ground in Southlake’s Bicentennial Park, June 2013

“The Making of a Star,” Sidney Fullmer brings American Girl Saige Copeland to life, July 2013 

Where in the world is Southlake Style?

Since the beginning, readers have taken the magazine with them on trips and vacations all over the globe, and Southlake Style has documented these travels on its Travel With Style page. Check out some of the most exotic locales, like Machu Picchu, Italy, Ecuador and Peru, seen here, and visit for a full image library. 

Gabriel and Sandy Wong in Machu Picchu.

The Noon family in Pisa, Italy.

Gina and Blake Bunnell at the Equator in Ecuador.

The Essary family at Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman in Cuzco, Peru. The complex is made of huge polished stones placed together tightly without mortar. 

Loyal Advertisers Since 2006

Thanks for being there every step of the way! 

Roxann Taylor

A decade ago, I met the Tesorieros as they got settled in Southlake. In the years that ensued, they shared their passion with me about wanting to have a publication that connected everyone in the community. Of course, I said I would be their first advertiser, and the rest is history.

Cruise Holidays, Mike & Gloria Currie

Thanks, Mike, for supporting creative yet thoughtfully selective writing. Thanks, Nicole, for always looking at our business from a variety of sales and marketing perspectives with sound business coaching. Together, your passions for life, family and travel are most refreshing and always with style.

Elite Suites, Dave & Jenny Shackelford

Feedstore BBQ, The LaFavers

Tommy Pennington


Staff Picks: Favorite Editorial Topics

Mike Tesoriero, Publisher & Editor

“I've enjoyed so many features over the years, but one that stands out above the rest was interviewing former Cowboy great Russell Maryland (February 2011). Hearing firsthand about his Super Bowl winning days with the Cowboys was a treat for any fan. Even better was watching him interact with his family — it was easy to see he was an All-Pro dad as well. He's all personality, and it shines through his family.”

Nicole Tesoriero, Advertising Director

“Our second issue is near and dear to me because I loved Mike's letter from the editor. I also loved our interview with Brian Stebbins from our first issue. Other favorites have been Sidney Fullmer, the American Girl from the July 2013 issue and our October 2013 story on Grapevine Craft Brewery.”

Linden Wilson, Assistant Editor

“I have many favorites, from the the Sidney Fullmer story (July 2013) to the Grapevine Craft Brewery feature (October 2013). I also loved interviewing the CEO of Del Frisco’s Grille (November 2013), Cade Foster (February 2014) and Abby Williamson (April 2014) — all such down-to-earth people.”

Christina Mlynski, Online Assistant Editor

“My favorite issue was the Best Of 2013 issue, which highlighted the top moments and stories of the year. You get a sense of fulfillment when you get a chance to honor and look back at the highlights that took place throughout the year. It's a milestone as a publication to give yourself a pat on the back for all the wonderful endeavors taken on in the span of a year.”

Bruce Sons, Art Director

“I like the story about Cade Foster, the former kicker for Alabama (February 2014). It was a well-written, well-photographed, timely article that was definitely noteworthy for Southlake.”

Dustin Vyers, Senior Designer

“The Style Issue (April 2014) was my favorite because my background as a photographer is in fashion — pulling clothes and working on photo shoots.”

Dia Moraru, Community Liaison

“I loved the cover and the story, ‘The Perks of Being Abby’ (April 2014). I think young talents need as much support from the local press as possible.”

Food For Thought

It’s no secret that Southlake loves food. From burgers at Bottlecap Alley and pasta at Patrizio’s to pizza at Coal Vine’s and steak and seafood at Truluck’s, there’s no shortage of dining destinations that offer delectable dishes. To accommodate the city’s expanding restaurant scene, Southlake Style expanded its Local Flavor department to include reviews, a wine column and timely restaurant news. James Reid, partner at the Grapevine-based Buzzbomb Creative, came on as Southlake Style’s Foodie Fellow in January 2014. Reid dines in restaurants throughout Dallas-Fort Worth in order to inform Southlake area residents about must-try eateries like Off-Site Kitchen (Dallas) and AF+B (Fort Worth, see page 82).

Did You Know?

Johnny B.’s shows its Dragon pride by serving up the Dragon burger, a triple cheeseburger topped with jalapenos and chili.

Dave and Mary Garner, owners of Wildwood Grill, acquired ownership of Southlake’s Fish City Grill in December of 2013. The Garners also own a Fish City Grill located in the Garland area.

Southlake Style’s September 2012 issue profiled Dave Garner, John Finlayson (Johnny B.’s) and Bill Lafavers (Feedstore BBQ) as three restaurant owners who have the savvy to maintain business in a downtrodden economy. Feedstore has been in operation since 2001; Johnny B.’s since 2004 and Wildwood Grill since late 2009. Additionally, each establishment is truly a family business, making family-friendly Southlake the best place to set up shop.