Best of 2015 (part 2)
Dec 04, 2015 12:13PM
● By Dia
Melissa and Mark Page are many things: husband and wife, business partners and fitness fa- natics who turned their love for staying in shape into a successful business venture. The two opened ZYN22, a boutique that offers a little bit of dance, a little bit of cycling and a whole lot of fun. Melissa works with her team of former Emerald Belles to spin people into shape all over the Metroplex.
While stopped at a red light in Southlake, something caught former Army paramedic Aaron Kreag’s attention. A man was assault- ing his female passenger in the car next to him. Kreag’s wife called 911 as Kreag exited the car and yelled for the man to stop. When the man stepped outside the car, Kreag drew his .45 caliber gun and held the man at gunpoint until police arrived to secure the scene.
The name Claffey is synonymous with pools. Recognized as the fifth largest pool company in the country, Claffey Pools is the family-owned business that has served Southlake and beyond as the go-to experts for not only pools but the en- tire outdoor living experience. The family con- tinues to build on their father’s original motto: “Quality is our commitment to you.”
Taylor Swift came to town in September, and is it just us, or was everyone at AT&T Stadium? Although we couldn’t find a Blank Space in the crowd, it was fun to Shake It Off with hordes of other Swifties. The Dallas stop of The 1989 World Tour was indeed a pop-infused event we were glad to experience.
If you have a craving for authentic Southern California tacos but you can’t swing a trip to Long Beach, just jet over to So-Cal Tacos in Grapevine. The place is vibrant and fun with a menu that’s big on Mexican-food favorites like burritos and quesadillas. We love the Gamechanger (a honey chipotle grilled salmon taco), and if we’re in a really gnarly mood, we’ll get it Cali-style and stuff it with fries.
Everybody loves a heart-warming medical story. So we were hap- py to introduce you to Robert (Dr. Bob) Owens, M.D., a Southlake otologist and neurotologist who works with both adults and children with complex ear problems. He performs more than 700 ear surgeries each year, many of which are life-changing for pediatric patients. Some of his patients have even gone on to shine in the spotlight. Madi Davis, a talented singer featured on NBC’s The Voice, worked with Dr. Bob for years.
Laura Hill made history this year as Southlake’s first woman mayor. She’s been a civic leader for more than a decade, and she’s also a successful businesswoman; Hill is the co-owner of Downey Publish- ing and Texas Ice Cream. She has racked up numerous accolades, and now she’s focusing on creating the very best version of Southlake.
This year, 15 CSHS athletes signed letters of intent to represent colleges throughout the United States. Added to the running total of 29 from CSHS, it’s easy to see that with 44 letters of intent, Dragon Athletics continues to produce some of the state’s best athletes.
Southlake is the sixth richest community in the country, according to MSN.com’s list of the 10 richest towns in America.
Come explore the Great Northwest with us! Southlake Style and Shangri-La World Travel have partnered with Celebrity Cruises for “Expedition Alaska: Seas the Day.” Mark your calendars for July 29, 2016: That’s when the Celebrity Solstice departs from Seattle, Washington, and sails to Ketchikan, Tracy Arm Fjord, Juneau, Skagway, Inside Passage, and Victoria, British Columbia.
BEST NUMBER OF OUTSTANDING WOMEN IN A SINGLE ISSUE
Our second annual Women in Business issue was packed cover to cover with exceptional ladies leav- ing their mark on the community. From our features on Mayor Laura Hill, Zena Rucker and Linda Clark, to inspirational women such as Patti Stebbins, the Octo- ber Southlake Style is a testament to some of the area’s leading ladies.
Southlake Town Square’s first condominium project, The Parkview Residences, was launched in late June of this year and is already 35 percent sold. The development provides homeowners with a lock-and-leave lifestyle in the vibrant center of one of the state’s most desirable communities.
Southlake just keeps topping the charts. Our fair city is one of only seven Texas suburbs to make Business Insider’s prestigious annual list of best suburbs in the country, coming in at No. 17 out of 50 ranked ’burbs. Southlake is also the No. 1 place for finding a job (Keller and Colleyville made the top 10 list as well), and ranks first as having the highest annual median income, according to WalletHub.
Between Byron Nelson Parkway and Carroll Avenue is Zena Rucker Road, a street that’s not yet a thorough- fare thanks to its feisty, fearless namesake. When most octogenarians are slowing down, Rucker has become a real estate developer – though she has no interest in selling her nearly 75 acres of land.