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Southlake Style

Ten Years in The Making

Mar 02, 2016 11:37AM ● By Dia

Welcome to the 10th anniversary edition of Southlake Style! With this issue, the magazine has officially existed for 10 years. That’s more than 100 issues (127 to be exact) covering the people, events and achievements that make our community so great.

As we look back on our history, we realize that we’re really looking back on all of you. Through the pages of this magazine, we’ve covered everything from preschool happenings to presidential visits. We’ve highlighted CEOs and NFL players, fashion and philanthropy, first pitches and first victories. And of course, we’ve featured the many glories of Dragon Nation, from state championships to all the accolades in between. 

For moments big and small in our city, Southlake Style has been there. Join us as we look back.   

10 Monumental Moments in Southlake History (and Lots of Important Moments in Between)

2006 Phase II of Southlake Town Square opens

2006 Southlake celebrates its 50th birthday

2006 The Dragon band debuts “Lids,” its post-season halftime show 

2006 Carroll Dragons are 5A State Champs in Football and Girls’ Cross Country

2006 The Shops of Southlake, anchored by Central Market, opens, bringing 250,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space

2006 Southlake Style receives Southlake’s Small Business of the Year award

2007 The Hilton Dallas/Southlake Town Square opens

2007 Students and Parents Against Risk to our Kids (S.P.A.R.K.) is founded by Laura Hill

 2007 City of Southlake gets a new logo

2008 Bob Jones Nature Center opens in north Southlake

2008 names Southlake the most affluent neighborhood in the United States

2008 Southlake Style jumps from a bimonthly to monthly publication

2009 Brian Stebbins is named Southlake Style’s inaugural Community Impact Award winner. Following annual winners include Brad Bradley, the Southlake Women’s Club, Jack D. Johnson, Martin Schelling, Gary Fickes and John Terrell

 2010 The Southlake Department of Public Safety headquarters on Carroll Avenue is dedicated

2010 Southlake’s new campus of Gateway Church opens

 2011 Phase I of Bicentennial Park improvements is completed

 2011 Southlake Carroll wins its first UIL Lone Star Cup

2012 Dragon Pride Spring debuts

2013 CISD releases Mobile Dragon, a free smartphone app that shows campus maps, schedules, calendars and more

2014 Southlake Style gets a fresh redesign

2015 Inside Carroll’s inaugural edition hits mailboxes

2015 Dragon Pride Winter debuts

2015 SchoolDigger ranks Carroll ISD the No. 1 school district in Texas

2015 A new-and-improved Bicentennial Park opens, including the Texas Rangers Miracle League Field and a new playground

2015 Southlake gets its first woman mayor with the election of Laura Hill 

2015 Legends Hall, Phase I of The Marq, Southlake’s $15 million community center, officially opens

2016 Construction on Phase II of The Marq gets underway 

Southlake: Then and Now

                                                         2006                                   2016

Approximate population                 25,000                       29,000 (in 2014)

Average household income          $187,000                   $174,000 (in 2013)

Average household value              $398,000                   $607,000

Square miles                                   22                               22.4

Top employer                                 Sabre Holdings       Sabre Holdings

Sources: City of Southlake;


10 Memorable Quotes

You said it. We loved it.

“In developing communities like Southlake, oftentimes new ideas are vilified for having a different approach. I feel we’ve brought a civil dialogue to the community that is respectful and fact-based rather than one that is purely emotional.” –Andy Wambsganss, former mayor of Southlake

March/April 2006 interview

“Change is inevitable, yet change and growth done with excellence is a blessing.” –Dr. Greg Gist, designer of Southlake’s original logo in 1984

January 2008 feature, “In with the New: the City of Southlake Has a New Logo”

 “Everywhere you go in the Metroplex you will find Southlake people doing good. It is the nature of giving that comes from within our city that is really impressive.” –Laura Hill, mayor of Southlake

May 2008 feature, “Family is Her Business” 

“I want to encourage students to get involved with some kind of activity to be passionate about. I want them to be proud of themselves and what they can accomplish.” –Kristen Blair, former Miss Southlake and Miss Texas

January 2010 feature, “Miss Texas and Her Lone Star Princess”

“When my mom was born, God gave her an extra coat of courage, independence and determination.” –Preston Stone, winner of Southlake Style’s 8th annual Best Mom Essay Content

May 2013 

“The pageantry of high school football in Texas is different than anywhere else. The home games are so much fun, and there’s just a different energy with playoff games.” –Kris Brown, former Dragon and NFL player

January 2014 feature, “Just for Kicks”

“The most rewarding part of the job is seeing people succeed; seeing them get wins.” –Tom Klein, CEO of Sabre

July 2015 feature, “Happy Place”

“I want to flip the switch on every kid. Education, to me, is preparing kids for the future, and it’s really whatever future they dream of.” –Dr. David Faltys, CISD superintendent

August 2015 Q&A

“I love every part of Texas, but the quality of life in Southlake is second to none. I’m glad to call it home.” –State Representative Giovanni Capriglione

September 2015 feature, “Talking Texas”

“There’s never really been a time when I thought I couldn’t do anything that other kids could.” –Christopher Tracht, Carroll Middle School student athlete

January 2016 feature, “Catch Him if You Can”