Category Archives: Grapevine CBV

Grapevine shops are opening in a limited way; Support our local businesses

Screen Shot 2020-04-26 at 6.47.33 PMPursuant to Executive Order GA-16, issued on Friday, April 17, 2020, by Governor Greg Abbott and effective at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, April 24, 2020, some retail businesses classified as non-essential in the original “Stay-at-Home” order will be able to provide “To-Go” services with some restrictions.

Any non-essential business that chooses to reopen to utilize the “Retail-to-Go” system must follow the guidelines outlined by the Texas Department of State Health Services for the safety of employees and customers:

  • Customers will not be allowed inside any store/establishment.
  • Customers may purchase items from a participating retail store for pick-up, delivery by mail, or delivery to doorstep.
  • All payments must be conducted over the phone or the internet (if not possible, contact must be minimized).
  • Purchased items should be delivered/placed inside the customer’s trunk or backseat to minimize contact.
    • Items delivered to a home should be delivered to the front doorstep. Delivery personnel is not allowed to enter a residence.

Retail delivery by mail:

  • All payments must be done over the phone or the internet.
  • Purchased items should be delivered by mail without customer contact.
  • All customers should wash or sanitize their hands after any transaction.

View Governor Abbott’s Executive Order number GA-16. View the COVID-19 Guidance for employers, employees, and customers of reopened retails services provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services. View our Shop Local map.

With a high emphasis on social distancing and avoiding large crowds, the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau has put together a list of Retail Stores and their respective hours of operation, online shopping availability and ability to purchase gift cards or gift certificates so you can pay it forward!

Grapevine, TX: Not JUST ‘The Christmas Capital of Texas’ Part 1: Hotels

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Photo Courtesy of Grapevine CVB

It may still be a bit cold and rainy in Grapevine, TX, but that doesn’t stop us from having fun! The Christmas Capital of Texas is also a must-see town all year long, with several festivals and more vendors, stores and entertainment venues than I can count!

Keep reading to get a peek into what’s worth it (on a budget), what’s family-friendly and what’s the most fun – all from a local resident!

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If you’re coming to town with no real agenda, make sure you stop at the Grapevine Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, located at 436 S. Main St., which is the “main drag” here in Grapevine. The knowledgable folks there will be able to give you advice and literature to tailor-make your vacation into what you want it to be.

The Usuals – Hotels:

Of course, Grapevine is famous for the Gaylord Texan Resort and the Great Wolf Lodge year-round. If you’re planning a vacation at either of these venues, check sites like GrouponGrapevine CVB and the venue’s site to learn about any deals or specials that are going on.

Both venues are located minutes from the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport (DFW). If you fly into Love Field, I’d recommend renting a car with a GPS if you’re not familiar with the area. There’s lots of construction going on on the highways and many drivers never replace their “blinker fluid.” 🙂

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The Gaylord Texan Resort

The Skinny: The Gaylord Texan is hard to beat. No matter what time of year it is, they always have something special going on. They recently installed a water park to compete with Great Wolf – it’s smaller than the Wolf, but there are less children running around and all of the amenities are first-class, but so are the prices. The Gaylord is operated by Marriott, so if you are a Marriott Rewards member, you can cash in your chips for discounts, free rooms, etc.

The Great Wolf is, well, full of children. The amazing indoor/outdoor waterpark and inside games guarantee that your little one (and probably you, too) will have a blast! You can go get breakfast in the morning in your pajamas, have all kinds of souvenirs made, and the kiddos can play “MagiQuest,” which is described on the Great Wolf website as such:

Explore the lodge and take part in the adventure of a lifetime! MagiQuest turns Great Wolf Lodge into a live-action game where you’re the star. You’ll choose a special magic wand, top it with extra powers, and set off on a quest. Play for a few minutes or all day. Be sure to take your wand home and continue your adventure on your next trip to Great Wolf Lodge.

Or “ShadowQuest:”

Take your quest to the next level, young Magi! We need your help to battle the Shadowlord and collect runes in this challenging interactive adventure. The ShadowQuest guidebook provides secrets and clues to help you cast spells and complete your mission to save the light before it vanishes forever. When you succeed, you’ll receive a medal for your courage!

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Photo Courtesy of the Great Wolf Lodge

The rooms can be fun, with a separate area for the kids that resembles a treehouse, while the adults have a traditional King or 2 Queen bed set-up adjacent to the bunk beds. Of course, “regular” rooms are also offered, housing one King or two Queen beds and no bunks.

The bottom line is if you don’t want to be surrounded by children, then skip Great Wolf. Go to the Gaylord or the many hotels located in Grapevine, such as the Embassy SuitesHyatt PlaceHilton Garden Inn or Springhill Suites. There are also plenty of motels – Super 8 and Motel 6 being among them.

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Photo Courtesy of the Great Wolf Lodge

Restaurants abound in these areas, so you can have your pick of whatever you’re craving. For some guidance on local fare, click HERE.

NEXT: LOCAL DELIGHTS THAT YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF

Texas Artist Partners with Mother Nature, displays at Main Street Festival

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Bob

Wolf 

Does Texas possess the most beautiful rocks in the world? State recognized artist Bob Wolf thinks so. Armed with a saw, grinder, and his imagination, he cuts, grinds, and polishes semi-precious rock and sets each one into a custom jewelry setting. He, along with one hundred other artists, will be showing their art at this year’s 35th Annual Main Street Fest in Downtown Grapevine.     

“While painters use flat canvas, I use three-dimensional rock to produce pieces of art more beautiful than what I could make myself. Mother Nature is fun to work with,” says Wolf, whom the Texas Commission on the Arts has recognized twice as a State of Texas Artist finalist.

To bring out a stone’s best colors and patterns, slabs of rock are cut and then decisions are made on how to cut and shape the stone to best showcase what Mother Nature placed in the rock. Then a setting is custom made using silver and gold-filled wire. 

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Photo: Bob Wolf

Besides describing how he produces his work, visitors to Mr. Wolf’s booth can hold and see what Australian opal, Southwest raw turquoise, West Texas plume agate, and East Texas petrified palm wood look like before they are made into jewelry.

“For children, I have dinosaur bones and dinosaur coprolite to inspect with a magnifier.  When children learn what dinosaur coprolite is, they quickly return the specimens to the table,” says Mr. Wolf mischievously. [It’s fossilized dinosaur poop]

“This is our second appearance at Main Street Fest. Lots of good music, beverages, and food. We are looking forward to participating once again.”

This year’s 35th Annual Main Street Fest will be held in downtown Grapevine from Friday, May 17 from 10 am to 11:30 pm; Saturday May 18th from 10 am to 11:30 pm; and Sunday, May 19th from 11 am to 6 pm. Mr. Wolf’s art booth can be found under a banner reading “State of Texas Artist Finalist.”

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Bob Wolf at Work (Photo courtesy of Bob Wolf)

Grapevine Earth Day April 20

56281600_10156844195561368_8833216713764896768_oLet’s join the global effort that teaches and inspires people to live more responsibly locally. Grapevine’s annual outdoor Earth Day Celebration will help celebrate Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary! Held at the Town Square Gazebo (325 S. Main St.) in downtown Grapevine, this fun family event features educational presentations and vendors that will help us learn to live more environmentally friendly.

Presentations include:

  • Pollinators and Beekeeping
  • iNaturalist Explorers Program
  • Couch Potatoes Composting

Hosted in partnership with Keep Grapevine Beautiful and Grapevine’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

  • Date: Saturday, April 20
  • Time: 9:00 AM – Noon
  • Location: Town Square Gazebo (325 S. Main St.)
  • Tickets: Click HERE