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 firstname.lastname@example.org. And when you post something fun about Grapevine, be sure to use the hashtag #TheGrapevineEdit.
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.
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 ThingsStoreand 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)!
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.
Scooter’s Coffee will be constructing a new location at 897 W. Hwy. 114, Grapevine.
At an April 19 meeting, the Grapevine City Council and the Grapevine Planning and Zoning Committee approved a request to construct the 664-square-foot drive-thru coffee shop, which will include outdoor seating, according to city documents.
Scooter’s serves a variety of hot, cold, and frozen coffee drinks, teas, smoothies, and bakery food items, according to the company’s website.
A cookie concept from England is coming to the U.S., specifically, Grapevine, smack between Dallas and Fort Worth: Called Ben’s Cookies, it’s an international chain founded in Oxford, making its stateside debut with a shop at Grapevine Mills Mall, where it’s slated to open in March.
Ben’s cookies follow classic recipes, except for one thing: They use big chunks instead of puny chips. So instead of “chocolate chip,” it’s “chocolate chunk.”
There’s milk chocolate chunk, dark chocolate chunk, white chocolate chunk, and double chocolate chunk with chocolate chunks in a chocolate cookie base.
New businesses arrive in Grapevine all the time, and January 2022 was no exception. It’s fairly common to see restaurants, retailers, and office users setting up shop in our City, but we want to make sure new businesses feel at home as soon as they arrive. Grapevine Economic Development proudly welcomes the following new users to our wonderful community:
Specializing in custom computer programming, Aqore is the latest in a series of IT and Technical Support companies to choose Grapevine. While the company services most of North America, their staffing and recruiting software is definitely going to get a workout reading through thousands of well-qualified resumes here in North Texas!
Based in Delaware, this shopping cart innovator is adding a North Texas branch on Portamerica Place, a popular landing spot for corporate users and those who need a little extra warehouse space. Aisleworx specializes in fabricated shopping carts for supermarkets and department stores, providing a fun way for families to bring children along for the ride. They also provide digital solutions for online shopping.
Providing everything from skincare services to eyelash and eyebrow maintenance, Expressive Beauty is a new salon that will fit right in with burgeoning developments along Northwest Highway. Their team received a Certificate of Occupancy on January 7, 2022, and are already taking appointments.
Europe’s most popular sportswear retailer has a new storefront at Grapevine Mills Mall. Having relocated from a smaller space, the new Adidas Outlet is doubling down on Grapevine – literally! The new store will be twice as big as the previous one, just like your kid’s new kicks at the start of every school year.
After navigating COVID, a winter blizzard and more than a few other obstacles, Grapevine Main was finally welcomed to the community by way of a Grand Opening Celebration and Ribbon Cutting on April 24.
Everyone was invited to listen to presentations, sip a little vino, enjoy some finger snacks, and watch their kids play in the fountain at Peace Plaza, which is located right in front of the clock tower. Tours from the ground floor to the Observation Tower were given to those that came out to celebrate.
Grapevine Main Station is a brand new 42,000 square foot brick and cast stone Station, which includes Harvest Hall on the first floor, where citizens and visitors alike can enjoy 7 different European style food and drink vendors; Third Rail, which offers a more private meeting space; offices on the second floor; and meeting spaces, ballrooms, and rooftop terraces on the fourth floor.
The front of the Station, Peace Plaza, is a 38,000 square foot outdoor space with outdoor seating, an interactive fountain for the kids (and kids at heart) and native landscaping. Hotel Vin, which is part of the campus, is a 120-room boutique hotel run by Marriott.
The Station also features a 15-story-high clock tower, which includes an observation deck. The tower offers views of AT&T Stadium, downtown Dallas and downtown Ft. Worth. The four 12-foot diameter glass clock faces were custom designed by Electric Time Company, which has been a manufacturer of tower and street clocks since 1928.
The main reason that this project was implemented was to provide a more all-encompassing, one-stop-shop for folks that ride the trains, as well as for visitors who come to Grapevine for all the events available throughout the year. Grapevine has a long history of train service, and these new additions not only make transferring from train-to-train easier, but also offers travelers, as well as locals, upscale shops and dining venues. If an overnight stay is planned, Hotel Vin offers rooms of ultimate luxury.
Several members of City Council presented their outlooks of Grapevine Main before staff contributors; Convention and Visitors Bureau Advisory Board Members; staff from ArchiTexas, which served as the architect for the project; members of Manhattan Construction Company; and Coury Hospitality, who made sure all of the guests were taken care of, were recognized.
“’Next stop Grapevine Main,’ was the conductor’s call heard back in 1888 when the cotton belt steam engine pulled into the new wooden depot on Main Street,” said Mayor William B. Tate in his dedication speech.
“With will and determination, Grapevine’s voice was heard, and the design of this fabulous Main Street Station complements our Main Street, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places,” Tate said. “The architectural elements demonstrate our appreciation for great rail stations in the past. The mural on the east wall features vignettes that are dear to our community. On Grapevine Main’s exterior and interior, we have put our heart on the line for the world to see.
“Welcome to your hometown. We hope this place touches your heart. We invite you to always make your ‘Next Stop Grapevine,’” said Tate.
The two cornerstones, one that was inscribed with the names of the people that were involved in the project, and the other, which contained the address in large letters and presented some words of purpose, were unveiled.
The symbolic ribbon was cut after a champagne toast, which was poured and handed out by members of the Grapevine Wine Pouring Society. Members of City Council, Mayor Tate, representatives from the CVB, Architexas and Manhattan Construction Company participated in the ribbon cutting to officially open the building.
Tours of the Grapevine Main Station, including Harvest Hall, the Observation Tower and Peace Plaza were offered.
As the hallways are navigated, the ceiling lights change form from a spiral to a x-shape to horizontal lines. The tour guide explained that folks can find the horizontal line lights to take them to the train depot.
The upstairs meeting and ballrooms were elegant and spacious, with unique chandeliers throughout. Access to the outdoor Roja Rooftop Terrace, which is a feature for guests of Hotel Vin, was available on the fourth floor. The seating area surrounds the skylight to Harvest Hall and offers temperature-controlled “bubbles” in cold weather, as well as open seating in warmer seasons.
“This is incredible,” said attendee Cindy Feldner. “I’ve lived in Grapevine most of my life, and it seems like they keep offering so many new things. This town is very different from what it was just five or ten years ago.”
Everyone is invited to come take a look at Grapevine Main, located at 815 S. Main Street from 11am until 3:30pm!
Come on out for:
Free Commemorative Items (for first 250 guests)
Community Toast with a Keepsake Champagne Flute
Entertainment by Decades, DFW’s Premier Party Band (see video below)
Additional Food and Beverages Available for Purchase Inside Harvest Hall as well as Mimosas on the Plaza
Peace Plaza at Grapevine Main Station A 38,000 square-foot expansive outdoor plaza located at the intersection of Main Street and Dallas Road in Historic Downtown Grapevine featuring music, art and wellness events.
Hotel Vin, Autograph Collection A luxurious six-story, 120–room Marriott Autograph Collection boutique hotel with urban inspired style.
Harvest Hall A European-style food hall featuring seven globally-inspired kitchens showcasing high-quality, chef-driven, specialty foods.
Third Rail An intimate entertainment venue inside Harvest Hall with indoor seating for up to 100 people, a gorgeous outdoor patio for 60, a large horseshoe-shaped bar and catering services.
The stores will open flagship H-E-B stores in Plano and Frisco in the fall of next year.
The company’s Central Market stores have been in the DFW area since 2001, and H-E-B stores have been built in nearby communities like Burleson, Hudson Oaks, Granbury, and Waxahachie.
But actual H-E-B stores haven’t been available to shoppers in Dallas-Fort Worth.
“This is an exciting day as we share plans to expand our presence in the DFW market with the introduction of H-E-B, our flagship banner, to our growing network of stores,” said Stephen Butt, President – Central Market Division of H-E-B. “For the past 20 years, Central Market has been committed to earning customers’ trust, and H-E-B Partners will work hard to earn the confidence of the many new shoppers we look forward to serving in the Plano and Frisco communities.”
H-E-B will open one store in Frisco at the northeast corner of Legacy Dr. and Main St., and one store in Plano at the southwest corner of Preston Rd. and Spring Creek Parkway.
Additional details about the new stores will be shared at the groundbreakings, which are projected for this summer.