Category Archives: Grapevine

July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza 

Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. on July 4th

Celebrate America’s birthday at this year’s July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza complete with spectacular fireworks set to patriotic music. Viewing locations listed below include some of Grapevine’s lakeside parks and are subject to change. Parking or entry fees may apply.

Lake Parks Viewing Areas
Suggested Viewing Areas

(Click on each location name for more information)

Boater/Trailer Parking at Boat Ramps is $10 per.

Due to capacity limitations, cars will not be allowed to leave and re-enter the park without paying an additional fee.
 

Distant/Obstructed Viewing Areas

Viewing Areas with Restricted Acces
  • The Vineyards Campground & Cabins (Accessible to guests only with pre-scheduled reservations for that Sunday night. Gates are closed to the general public. Click here to make your reservation)
Fireworks Music Track

You can’t have a fireworks show without a rocking music track! We have made it easy by giving you the option to stream the show here from the page.

Follow the steps below to enjoy the show to the fullest!

Play Via Soundcloud
  • OPTION 1: If you don’t have the Soundcloud app installed, click on the black “Listen In Browser” button. Please allow up to 15 seconds for the song to buffer.
  • OPTION 2: If you have the Soundcloud app, click on the orange “Play on Soundcloud” button. The app should automatically open. Please allow up to 15 seconds for the song to buffer.
    • The Soundcloud app is free to download for the Apple and Android stores. It is free to register for an account but is not required to activate the app.
    • If you have the app but have not registered an account, the song should still play. You may see a screen that says “create an account” while the song is playing. Click on the button, and then on the next screen click on “cancel” in the corner. This should display the standard playback controls.

Please note that some viewing areas have less cell phone signals than others. It is suggested you check how many bars of service you have and even practice starting the music to see how long it takes to begin playing in the case that buffer times are 30 seconds or longer due to lower cell service signal. We suggest hitting “play” at 9:29 p.m. and then pausing the track to be prepared to hit play once the first shell goes into the air so that the song has appropriate time to buffer.

When you see the first firework go into the air, hit play!

The Grapevine Edit Launches on Instagram to Celebrate All Things Grapevine

A new Instagram account aims to celebrate everything that makes Grapevine a must-visit spot in North Texas. Whether it’s wineries, restaurants, boutiques, shopping, or tourist attractions, The Grapevine Edit showcases the best of the city and the “everyone knows each other” vibe that makes Grapevine stand out in the crowd.

The Grapevine Edit launched in early June. It’s a project run by Laura Kellerman Studio, a full-service portrait photography studio that recently opened on College and Main Street behind Bull Lion Winery. Earlier this month, the team from the studio shot content at four dozen businesses located on or around Main Street. The material, highlighting the best places to stop, eat, relax, and enjoy life, will be released over the next four months. 

“We met some wonderful people so far this summer,” Kellerman said about the project. “There’s no shortage of fun things to do in Grapevine, and we’ll be showcasing as many as we can find in the months to come.”

The Grapevine Edit plans to release an original piece of content each day and sprinkle in standout pictures and videos created by local businesses, visitors to Grapevine, and area influencers. The goal is to create a content experience that brings to life everything that makes Grapevine the perfect place to live, visit, and play. 

Have a Grapevine favorite you think needs to be featured? It could be a park, a menu item, a summer camp, or an amazing laundry service — message us on Instagram or email thegrapevineedit@gmail.com. And when you post something fun about Grapevine, be sure to use the hashtag #TheGrapevineEdit.

Grapevine Apartment Community Goes to the Dogs

A new concept apartment community has come to Grapevine courtesy of Fidus Pet Concierge Communities. Fidus is the sole creator of Grapevine’s own “pet-centric” apartment homes, located at Cross Creek at Grapevine Ranch. They kicked off the summer with an adoption event on June 18.

This “Adoption Party Summer Bash” featured seven highly regarded animal shelters, including North Texas Australian Shepherd Rescue, Habitat 4 Paws, Bull Luv Able Rescue, Rescue Row, The Colony Animal Services, Dallas Dog RRR, and Mid-Cities Rescue. The party included over 30 dogs available for adoption, all of who varied in age, breed, and size.

Read more from NewsBreak…

Enjoy the photo gallery below! For more information, visit FidusPet.com

Grapevine Police investigating a deadly single vehicle crash

Shortly after 5:15 p.m. on Friday, June 24, 2022, Grapevine dispatchers received calls about a crash in the northbound lanes of S. SH-121 near Mustang Drive. A Honda Civic left the roadway on the left side and struck an overpass pillar.

The driver was the sole occupant in the car and was already deceased when first responders arrived.

Officers are still investigating what led the driver to veer off the roadway, but witnesses said the car was not speeding at the time of the crash.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner will release the driver’s name pending notification to next of kin. One lane of northbound SH-121 will remain closed until the crash scene is cleared.

Fidus Pet Concierge Communities Hosts Adoption Party Summer Bash at Cross Creek, Texas’ First Dog-Centric Apartment Community

WHEN: Saturday, June 18th | 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Cross Creek at Grapevine Ranch, 2701 Grapevine Mills Blvd N, Grapevine, TX 76051

WHO:  Participating rescues and shelters include: North Texas Australian Shepherd Rescue, Habitat 4 Paws, Bull Luv Able Rescue, Rescue Row, The Colony Animal Services, Dallas Dog RRR, and Mid-Cities Rescue; Jasmine Mayorga, Event Coordinator and Senior Marketing Executive for Fidus Pet Concierge Communities; and Alyssa Waldie, Property Manager for Cross Creek at Grapevine Ranch

WHAT:  Fidus Pet Concierge Communities, the creator of Dallas’ first and only pet-centric luxury apartment homes, will host its Adoption Party Summer Bash at Cross Creek at Grapevine Ranch, a garden-style apartment community designed to appeal to dog lovers. The seasonal soiree will feature seven of the city’s most highly regarded adoption shelters, including Dallas Dog: Rescue. Rehab. Reform, as well as 30 friendly dogs of varying ages, breeds, and sizes available for adoption.

Adjacent to the tree-lined Mill Run nature trail, Cross Creek at Grapevine Ranch is widely recognized as Texas’ most dog-friendly community. It accepts pups of all breeds and sizes — each of which is temperament tested — and is designed to meet the needs of dog parents through a combination of unique features in every apartment, exceptional dog-focused amenities, and an array of pet-related community services and events.

While mixing and mingling with a plethora of pups in need of a forever home, Saturday’s attendees will be able to learn more about Cross Creek at Grapevine Ranch by touring its robust selection of dog-centric amenities and apartments, if desired. Every apartment at Cross Creek comes with a doggy door that directly leads to either a private fenced yard or a private porch relief system, as well as a pet-focused tech package that helps address a pet parent’s concerns when away from the apartment. Starting in mid-2023, residents will also have access to an array of conveniences afforded by the opening of the Fidus Care Center, an on-site pet concierge offering services that include doggy daycare, boarding, grooming, walking, and in-unit feeding.

Saturday’s event will bring a variety of food trucks serving up some of the city’s tastiest treats to Cross Creek, along with several photo areas to ensure prime social media content. Admission and parking are both free of charge. 

New in Grapevine: May 2022

May proved to be Grapevine’s most prolific month yet for new business openings in 2022! Almost two dozen new vendors opened their doors (or, at least, obtained their certificates of occupancy) last month, offering everything from tasty food to life-saving medical services. While there isn’t room for all of the awesomeness here in our monthly round-up, there are so many exciting announcements that our team had a hard time deciding who to feature. Here’s a short list:

THE ONES YOU ALREADY HEARD ABOUT:

Some of the biggest projects Grapevine has ever seen made their public announcements last month. If you follow our Grapevine Economic Development on social, you know that Grapevine Mills is now home to an official Stranger Things Store and will soon see the opening of Meow Wolf‘s fourth-ever portal. Just as impactful, in a totally different way: Paycom is bringing 1,000+ jobs to the City and hosted their official ribbon-cutting at a beautiful new campus just a few weeks ago.

THERE IS PLENTY OF ABA IN FOXHOLE:

Children and teens with autism have a new resource in Grapevine’s Foxhole Therapies, LLC. This talented team of specialists uses evidence-based techniques like Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), Natural Environment Teaching (NET), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and advocacy to support children and families navigating the challenges of Autism Spectrum Disorder. They can even provide training for parents and professionals seeking to better support members of their community. Locally owned with multiple insurance plans accepted.

WE WANT TO PUMP YOU(R CONCRETE) UP:

With three main locations across the US, Concrete Pump Supply is a tenured provider of construction materials and services dedicated to helping contractors finish their jobs safely and on schedule. Their new Grapevine location is just about equidistant to offices in Georgia and California, reinforcing the strategic value of our City in a nationwide distribution network for companies of all shapes and sizes. Sadly, Hans and Franz aren’t available to help you pour concrete, but you’ll likely prefer the 150 years of combined experience at Concrete Pump Supply over a couple of disparaging personal trainers.

BEN’S COOKIES ARE A CHUNK OFF THE OLD BLOCK:

Internationally beloved cookies packed with chocolate chunks (never chips) are coming to Grapevine. UK-based Ben’s Cookies have chosen Grapevine for their first location here in the USA, and we’re betting they can list a baker’s dozen reasons why. The confectionary joins a long list of exciting vendors sweetening the deal for shoppers at Grapevine Mills. After forty years, this Great British Bakery is off on a great adventure here in North Texas, with your taste buds invited along for the ride.

MAKE MEMORIES WORTH 1,000 WORDS, NOT 1,000 BUCKS:

Given the choice between supporting the arts and supporting small business owners, we say: “Why not both?!” So when Certified Professional Photographer Laura Kellerman launched her new studio on College Street, we had cause to celebrate. Kellerman offers everything from family photos to personal branding for professionals, with custom printing and layout options available in-house. Now there’s a service that deserves some exposure (if that photography joke hits you the wrong way, you might try adjusting your shutter speed)!

Source: https://www.choosegrapevinetx.com/news-center/p/item/43765/new-in-grapevine-may-2022

New Concept Convenience Store Thrives in Grapevine

Most people who have driven in Texas by vehicle, whether on long trips or just traveling around town, are likely to be familiar with the concept of the “convenience store.” These are the gas stations that also carry food, drinks, and other necessities for the traveler or hometown resident. Merriam-Webster defines this type of business as, “A small, often franchised, market that is open long hours.” These are the places that are open 12 – 24 hours a day to make sure that customers can get what they need when they need it.

People who want to save time often buy from convenience stores because they’re…convenient. There’s no huge store to walk through, there are many items available, and usually, there’s no big line to wait in. Folks can be in and out in five minutes, depending on their needs and the store’s merchandise. The prices may be a bit higher than bigger stores, but that can be a small price to pay to save a trip to a Big Box store.

The concept of a “mega” convenience store is well-illustrated by Buc-ees’s, which tends to be an automatic stop for those traveling long distances on the highways of Texas, as well as in four other states. When stopping at this mega-store, travelers can count on clean restrooms, plenty of homemade goodies, interesting home décor available for purchase, and tons of gas pumps. They can also count on difficulty finding a parking place, crowded stores, lines for the restrooms, and oftentimes, lines for gasoline.

Almost every convenience store in Grapevine is a regular gas and basic needs station. Some serve up pizza and a small menu of goodies. A new concept convenience store, which opened about a year ago, is giving the “normal” convenience store model a run for its money. Welcome to Texas Best Smokehouse.

Read more from NewsBreak…

Enjoy the gallery below:

Grapevine Dispatchers Receive 21% Raise and New Title

Grapevine 9-1-1 dispatchers are now among the highest paid in all of North Texas. A new 21.5% pay increase just took effect for current employees and new hires, along with a new job title.

The higher pay is part of a new hiring strategy to combat severe staffing shortages and recruit the most qualified candidates. The 9-1-1 industry nationwide has seen a significant drop in applications since the start of the pandemic. Grapevine Police announced a hiring bonus last year to draw in more applicants, but with local agencies raising their pay, the Department needed to do even more to remain competitive. 

The 21.5% pay increase puts starting salaries at $52,208 – $73,091 a year based on experience.  Benefits for City of Grapevine employees are also among with best in the region, making employment even more attractive to families and parents. 

Grapevine Police also reclassified the job title from Telecommunicators to Emergency Communications Specialists. The new title is designed to better define the employees’ job descriptions and industry standards. Emergency Communications Specialists, also nicknamed Dispatchers, are designated as first responders in the state of Texas. They are trained in life-saving techniques and can provide medical aid as needed over the phone until police, fire or paramedics can arrive on the scene.

Emergency Communications Manager Kellie Hayney says both changes highlight the importance of dispatchers and the role they play in public safety. “Emergency Communications Specialists are the true first responders. When every second counts during an emergency, their skills with a caller can be the reason a life is saved. We are grateful to the City and Department for recognizing their importance, and the need to attract the best candidates to serve our community.”

The current Emergency Communications Specialist hiring process closes on June 10. Anyone wanting to apply can go to GrapevinePD.org and click on “Apply for a Job” to learn more.

A new dispatcher recruiting video is also posted on social media. You can find it at: https://bit.ly/3yU7sVI

U.S. Attorney announces federal sentencing for executives from Grapevine real estate investment firm

Four executives from a Grapevine-based real estate investment firm have been sentenced to a total of 20 years in prison, says U.S. Attorney Chad Meacham.

According to the attorney for the Northern District of Texas, a federal jury convicted executives from the United Development Funding firm (UDF).

The four of them were found guilty in January for 10 counts, including securities fraud, conspiracy to commit securities fraud, and conspiracy to commit wire fraud affecting a financial institution. They were all sentenced to prison on Friday.

Read more from NewsBreak…

FREE STUFF!

If you are interested in the history of Grapevine – mainly its alleged ghostly history – then be the first to comment on this post on the webpage or our Facebook page. Leave us your email address or phone number so that we can contact you when you win (a PM or DM is fine as long as you leave a comment as well). Your prize is four (4) tickets to the Night Watchman Tour, courtesy of Grape Vine Springs Winery.

I have personally taken this tour and even if you don’t see any ghosts, the historical narrative is fascinating! Several people have captured ghostly faces in their photos!

This is a WALKING TOUR up and down Main Street, so be prepared to walk 60-90 minutes. The tour ends back at the Winery, where every tour participant can enjoy a free glass of the excellent wines offered by Grape Vine Springs.

Tours are held Friday and Saturday nights and leave from the Winery, located at 409 S. Main, at exactly 7pm, so it’s recommended that you check-in around 6:45pm. The tour is kid-friendly, unless you have a sensitive child, as some stories do contain gruesome, but not graphic, details. YOU MUST MAKE A RESERVATION. Just tell them that you have free tickets donated by The Grapevine Source.

For more information, click on the links above, and may the quickest commenter win!

Thanks to Dave and Grape Vine Springs Winery!