Category Archives: Feature Stories

These headliners provide information about the people, places, and things to do in our little nest between Dallas and Fort Worth. To nominate someone for a feature story, send an email to and tell us about your idea.

Five Ways to Love Your Community in Roanoke and Grapevine, Texas

Valentine’s Day is over, but take heart. You can still share your love with everyone! encourages YOU to give back to the community that you call home. Everyone tends to have good intentions, but only actions count. A couple of dollars or a few moments of your time could seriously improve someone’s life.

These five little ways to help are simple, quick, and the whole family can participate.

  1. GRACE: Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange
    In addition to professional services and monetary donations, GRACE accepts donations of lightly used household goods and clothing at Donation Station. You can also donate new medical supplies, unopened drug samples from your doctor, and non-perishable food items. All donations help members of the Grapevine community who need assistance during hard times. Continue reading

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Power It Up at TNT Supplements & Smoothies in Roanoke

When Rhome residents Tom and Teal Krecioch realized that they would have to drive miles to find a nutritional supplements and vitamin store, they decided to open their own store in Roanoke. As a family with kids in the Northwest ISD, the Krecioches cater to their patrons, because these same folks are their neighbors and friends.

In addition to supplements, TNT features a full smoothie bar. For only four bucks, you can enjoy a large, vitamin packed, delicious smoothie for yourself – or the kiddos! The scrumptious treats are low in calories and fat because each one is made with fresh fruit…yum! Continue reading

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Entertainment for Wine Connoisseurs in Grapevine, Texas

You’ve probably heard about Grapefest*, the Main Street, Grapevine, celebration that brings families, wine, and businesses together for a few days of serious fun each fall. But did you know, Grapevine has more to offer when it comes to wine.

Delaney Vineyard Girls' Nite Out

Delaney Vineyards, for instance, offers tours and tastings, so you can drop by, learn about the wine-making process, explore the vineyards with a tour guide, and sample wines before you go. The Delaney Vineyards tour makes for a great couples’ or girls’ night out. Besides Delaney, which is located on Hwy 121, Grapevine’s downtown district features a few tasting rooms and cafes you may enjoy. D’Vine Wines, for instance, offers live entertainment on Thursday and Saturday nights. Farina’s Winery & Cafe offers a full menu for lunch and dinner. At Homestead Winery & Tasting Room, visitors leave behind their signatures on the wall or ceiling.

Looking for an all-day adventure? Eight Grapevine, Texas vineyards and/or tasting rooms participate in three annual Wine Trail events: the Valentine Wine Trail, February 13 & 14, the New Vintage Wine Trail, April 16 & 17, and the July 4th Wine Trail. Tickets cost around $50 each, and they normally include three tastings at each location, a souvenir wine glass, hors d’oeuvres, and one bottle of wine. Limousine service is available for the tour, as are special hotel packages for out-of-town guests. Continue reading

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Roanoke is The Unique Dining Capital of Texas and So Much More!

Roanoke Convention & Visitor Center

Last year, the Texas State Legislature awarded Roanoke, Texas with the title of “Unique Dining Capital of Texas.” You may not have heard much about it yet, but stay tuned. The renovation of historic downtown Oak Street, which began in January of 2009, should come to completion in April of this year – just a few months away. To celebrate the city’s designation and construction completion, Roanoke has planned Unique Week, a one-week celebration in April that will include music, food, fun, and best of all – community!

Roanoke: Unique Dining Capital of Texas

Mi Familia Mexican Restaurant

Some restaurants, like Classic Café, Babe’s, and Prairie House (on 377) have brought Roanoke residents downtown for years now. New additions include Cowboy Chow, Twisted Root, and One Fish Two Fish (on 377). Tortilla Flats offers breakfast and lunch on an airy patio, and the Mi Familia Mexican Restaurant has a full menu of Tex-Mex, as well

as a bar, Iguana Mojado Cantina (The Wet Iguana). Click Here for Specials! All of these Roanoke, Tx restaurants are family friendly, and if you’re dining downtown anyway, be sure to check out some of the cool shops.

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The iLIVE Best Customer Service Ever Award Goes to Oakley in Southlake

The team has been secret shopping for “The Best Customer Service Ever,” and we found it. Here’s the story.

A gentleman ordered prescription sunglasses with custom frames from a local eyewear store. When the frames arrived, the “O” on the side, which stands for the brand, Oakley, was not green as he had specified when placing the order. Unfortunately, the eyewear store could do nothing about it. The sales representative contacted corporate and got caught up in red tape.

The customer decided to contact Oakley corporate. He emailed back and forth with a friendly customer service representative. While the email correspondence did prove positive, the Oakley representative asked for the customer’s patience. He was trying to get the situation handled. Continue reading


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The 411 on Kids’ Eyesight Problems

Does your child need glasses?

Kids who avoid reading, complain of headaches, or squint to see far away or close up may need to see the eye doctor. Poor eyesight can be hereditary, too, so if both parents wear corrective lenses, their child may also need glasses.

Most people know about these symptoms and situations. But here’s something you may not know. Dr. Mark Zebrowski of Eye Masters in Grapevine, Tx says that children with learning disabilities should visit the optometrist, especially if they exhibit an aversion to reading. In some cases, children go through a battery of diagnostic testing for learning disabilities before they ever have an eye exam – and poor eyesight can contribute to significant learning problems.

“One of my young patients had been through testing for learning disabilities for about a year before the parents thought to bring him in for an eye exam,” says Dr. Zebrowski. “An eye exam is so simple, I wish parents thought to do it first, rather than last. It could save a lot of time, frustration, and expense.”

If kids get eye exams at school, why go to the optometrist?
According to Dr. Zebrowski, school screenings are not as thorough as an optometrist’s exam. Also, eye doctors who work with children know when a child is “cheating” on an eye test. For instance, the child may peek through her fingers or misread the letters on purpose. Dr. Zebrowski recognizes this behavior and gently helps children perform the test correctly for more accurate results. Continue reading

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(Free) Dentistry with a Heart by Dr. Huckabee in Southlake, Tx

Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy Heart Month! In February, love is in the air. It’s also when the American Heart Association holds a big campaign to boost awareness about heart disease and prevention.

Southlake folks are on board. Dr. Timothy Huckabee and many other dentists are doing their part to help in the fight against heart disease, spreading the love by offering free dental care to those who need help. Last year, over $60 K of dental work was performed on 120 patients who were treated in Dr. Huckabee’s Southlake dental office.

What’s the connection between dentistry and heart disease? Gum disease affects about 80% of the adult population in America, and it is closely linked to increased risk for heart attack, stroke, and many serious health risks. Continue reading

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