Best of 2015 (part 1)
Dec 04, 2015 12:25PM
● By Dia
SOUTHLAKE STYLE'S YEAR IN REVIEW
A look back at 53 of our favorite moments
Southlake-based singer and songwriter, Cole Wilkinson, strummed his way into the hearts of millions on NBC’s The Voice. Though he didn’t get any of the judges’ chairs spinning during the Blind Auditions, Wilkinson is hardly done. His goal is to move to Los Angeles when he turns 18 and score a re- cord deal. Lofty goals—but something tells us he’s got just enough talent and te- nacity to get there.
A tall glass of water has its place, but when summer rolls around, sometimes what you really need is a well-crafted, refreshing cocktail. Among our favorite top-shelf libations for summer sipping? The Champagne Margarita at Mi Dia from Scratch. Streaming dry ice makes this concoction part expertly crafted cocktail, part spectacle in a martini glass.
Tom Klein, CEO of Sabre Corporation, one of the world’s largest travel tech- nology companies, is at the helm of one of the country’s happiest workplaces. Klein isn’t out of touch in a corner office – he makes a point to get to know his team, to create a friendly work environment and to offer unique perks. His worldwide team is taking note.
School bus drivers in Southlake come from all different walks of life. While many other districts employ drivers who made a career of it, our city is different. Explains one driver: “We are a bunch of people from different backgrounds who all happen to enjoy driving school buses post-retirement.”
BEST LAST WORDS
Our former Foodie Fellow, James Reid, penned his final review, wrapping up his monthly column for us to pursue his food-blogging career. For 18 months, he gave our readers a first look at some of the Metroplex’s best new dining establishments. Thanks, James, for piqu- ing our curiosity and our appetites.
BEST REMINDER TO BE KIND
Our story on random acts of kindness brought many inspiring do-good tales to the forefront, including GRACE’s Acts of Kindness cards and volunteers dropping off fresh fruit with Meals on Wheels. It was certainly a reminder of how we all can bring more warm fuzzies into the world, one random act of kindness at a time.
If only Southlake had a few good grocery stores. Mark that under phrases you’ll never say. By February, our city had a virtual cornuco- pia of specialty and natural-foods grocers (and likely the highest kale per capita) thanks to Central Market, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, The Fresh Market and Sprouts.
We tend to get a little misty-eyed reading through submissions in our decade-old Best Mom essay contest. This year’s winning sub- mission was no different. Karly Weigl along with her siblings, Ryan, Cheylee and Royce, wrote about their mother, KC: “Thank you for the hugs and kisses when we were born and the ‘final goodbye’ hugs and kisses when we went off to college. On this Mother’s Day, we say ‘thank you’ mom for loving us unconditionally and reminding us to smile and laugh each day because tomorrow is not guaranteed.” Tissue, anyone?
Our February feature, “Gallery O’ Glazes,” was packed with all kinds of good stuff: Coffee liqueur-dipped ladyfingers, warmed dark choco- late cake, fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies. The way to our heart, though, is the scratch-made key lime pie at Winewood Grill. It’s light and fresh with just the right amount of sweet zing.
There’s no shortage of great burger joints in Southlake, but the hometown favorite is Johnny B’s Burgers and Shakes. This family-owned and operated restaurant proves that simplicity still reigns supreme. When John Finlayson opened his namesake burger joint in 2003 with his wife Sandi, they set out with the simple motto to be the hometown cheeseburger place. Mission accomplished.
Southlake Town Square is home to world-class shopping, and we can’t get enough of two boutiques new on the scene: E.Leigh’s Contemporary Boutique and Kendra Scott. We love E.Leigh’s for its chic, on-trend styles and friendly service, and when it comes to jewelry, every woman should own an iconic piece from Kendra Scott. We have the Elle earrings in more than a few colors.
The frozen concoctions are flavorful and fun at HipPop, an all-natural popsicle, slush and shaved ice joint in Grapevine. Flavors on the menu include Busta Lime (Jalapeño Cucum- ber Lime) and Insane in the Membrane (Man- go Habanero). HipPop even created Dragon Pride pops for our 10th-annual tailgate.
Few of us can even fathom achieving a perfect score on the SAT, but 16-year-old Nikhil Ravi of Carroll High School did it. After strenuous practice, Ravi, 15 at the time, took the exam in October 2014. The results came in two weeks later and the rest is history.