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Editor's note: A lot happened this week, so here's your chance to get caught up. Read on for the week's most popular headlines. Looking for the best things to do this long holiday weekend? Find that list here.

1. Southlake Town Square to welcome 8 hot new stores and eateries by year's end. The post-pandemic retail comeback continues at Southlake Town Square, with a slew of new openings happening through the end of 2022. Here's a rundown of what's coming soon, where, and when.

2. Fort Worth-based American Airlines adds new nonstop flights to picturesque island nation. Fort Worth-based American Airlines announced May 26 that it’s launching daily nonstop flights between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Auckland, New Zealand, on October 29. The nonstop service, which will operate through March 25, will be the first between the two cities.

3. Texas' largest crystal lagoon dives into Memorial Day weekend with floating cabanas and more. North Texans ready to dive into Memorial Day weekend with a refreshing road trip can aim their cars toward Houston, for Texas’ largest Crystal Lagoons amenity. Lagoonfest Texas returns for its third year with crystal-blue water, white beaches, and the favorite aquabanas — the floating cabanas.

4. Fort Worth's Wild Acre Brewing gets new owners who plan big things. One of Fort Worth's top craft beer brewers has a new owner, and they have very big things planned. Wild Acre Brewing, founded in 2014 by John Pritchett, has been acquired by Dallas' Bishop Cider as part of a crazy-big expansion that includes the acquisition of another brewery in Arlington.

5. Fort Worth Medical District bags some burnin' hot Nashville chicken. A spicy hot chicken concept from California has debuted in Texas: Called Burnin' Mouth Chicken, the restaurant just opened in Fort Worth at 1229 8th Ave. #127, advantageously located right in the thick of the Near Southside/Medical District, where it's serving its version of the Nashville hot chicken sandwich, along with chicken strips, wings, and fries.

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A quintessential Texas road trip to Shiner beckons with beer and barbecue

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A koozie in the gift shop at the Spoetzl Brewery demands, “Eat Meat. Drink Beer.” That pretty much sums up any good journey to Shiner, a town about 80 miles southeast of Austin that’s home to roughly 2,000 souls and the famed brewery that produces iconic Shiner beers.

For the meat, options abound along the route to Shiner. For lunch, consider a stop in Lockhart for some of Central Texas’ best barbecue. There’s Smitty’s Market, where the line starts right next to the open pit and the ’cue is served on sheets of paper, old-school style, like all the best Texas barbecue. (Smitty’s also serves Shiner beer, but the eatery only takes cash, so come prepared.)

Other celebrated Lockhart options include Black’s Barbecue and Kruez Market. There’s also City Market (it’s cash only here, too) and Luling Barbq, literally across the street from each other in the town of Luling.

The beer part of this adventure, naturally, happens most deliciously in Shiner. Czech and German immigrants founded a brewery here in 1909 after discovering artesian water. Bavarian Kosmos Spoetzel bought the operation, named it for himself, and continued using traditional methods as its brewmaster from 1914 to 1950. Today, Spoetzel is one of the largest independent craft brewers in the country, selling beers in all 50 states and Mexico, every drop of it brewed here.

That water is key, says Jimmy Mauric, current brewmaster.

“Beer is 93 percent water, so the local water makes Shiner special,” he explains. “The water is pristine, not chlorinated, and we use the well water only for our beers and seltzers.”

Other ingredients used at the brewery include roasted barley malt grain, a special blend of hops, and three types of yeast, including two proprietary strains. For its seasonal beers, the brewery sources special ingredients, like peaches and dewberries, locally as much as possible.

A tour of the brewery is a must. Tour packages start at $15 for guests 21 and older, $10 for guests younger than 21, and run approximately every hour, from 11 am Monday through Saturday and 1 pm Sunday. The last tour is at 4 pm every day.

You’ll be treated to a history video, a stop by a kitchen where the guide explains the beer-making process, a peek at shiny copper fermenters, and a wall of caps from all retired employees since the company started recording keeping. Plus, you’ll get a brief visit to a mock fermentation tank to check out a creative video on that process and the tiny yeast that power it.

A viewing deck overlooks the massive bottling line where the iconic brown bottles travel on moving conveyor belts, piling up like traffic on I-35. The last stop is a classic honky-tonk-style bar, walls covered with historic photographs and a display case of the different seasonal special beers the brewery has released throughout the years.

The tour ends with beer tastings — which you will definitely crave by this time — and visitors can purchase a pint (or two) of their favorites while enjoying a respite at one of the onsite picnic tables on the sprawling lawn outside.

Other local must-visit stops include Howard’s, at 1701 N. Avenue East, which looks like the typical corner gas station convenience store in every small town, but actually offers many wonders, including beers on draft and a charming biergarten out back that often features live music.

Choose from several hundred beers at Antiques, Arts and Beer, each served with complimentary peanuts and popcorn. The historic 1911 building features tin and barnwood walls, art and antiques, and, out back, a pet-friendly covered deck.

Shiner’s Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church is worth a photo stop. The red brick Romanesque Revival-style church, dedicated in 1921 and listed in the National Registry of Historic Places, features a dramatic altar backed by a painted mural, statues, and stained-glass windows. Take a look inside, and feel free to offer up a prayer of thanks for Shiner beer.

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6 intoxicating breweries and distilleries to spirit away to in Dripping Springs

Dripping with drinks

Dripping Springs bills itself as the Wedding Capital of Texas, complete with a trademark on the phrase. The growing community near Austin also brags about its official International Dark Sky designation, a draw for stargazers. While there may be no official recognition for an abundance of wineries, distilleries, and breweries — trust us — this area has boozy bona fides.

As summer fades into fall (yes, please!), here are three distilleries and three breweries in Dripping Springs offering plenty of reasons to stop by.

Booze

Desert Door Distillery
Sotol is tequila’s smoother cousin. This distillery makes it from sotol plants wild-harvested in West Texas and uses it to make ranch water, margaritas, and bespoke cocktails. A covered outdoor seating area with misting fans is kid- and dog-friendly. Enjoy live music, limited editions of sotol, and farm-to-table inspired dishes from the Eden West food truck, open Thursday 4-8 pm, Friday and Saturday noon-8 pm, and Sunday noon-6 pm. Distillery hours are Thursday 3:30-8 pm, Friday and Saturday 11:30 am-8 pm, and Sunday noon-6. 211 Darden Hill Rd., 512-829-6129.

Dripping Springs Distilling
In 2005, the Kelleher brothers built the first distillery in the Texas Hill Country and in 2007, sold their first bottle of Dripping Springs Vodka. The venture became Dripping Springs Distilling in 2018, offering vodka, gin, bourbon, tequila, and other spirits. A new location with a bar; visitors center; event venue; and spacious, oak-studded grounds, complete with a kids’ play area and water bowls for the pups, opened in August. After a pandemic-related hiatus, distillery tours and tastings are back by reservation or walk-up ($21.65 per person). Venue operations manager Kristi Quick reports plans for Sunday tours with Austin Tour Company, featuring this and two other area stops. The distillery plans to roll out fall cocktails in October, with seasonal touches such as warming spices and hot drinks. Also in the works: Sunday brunch. The distillery is open Thursday through Sunday 10:30 am-5 pm. 5330 Bell Springs Rd., 512-858-1199.

Treaty Oak Distilling
On 28 shady acres, tour the production facility, dine at Alice’s Restaurant, sip cocktails, or sample spirits in the Rickhouse Bar or tasting room, or grab a picnic table under the oaks. Bring the dog and the kids (there’s a play area for the little ones). A $25, 45-minute guided tour and tasting includes $5 off any bottle, up to two bottles. Tours run Saturday noon-5 pm every hour. Live music happens on Friday and Saturday. Nab one of 10 spots in the Single Barrel Select program that includes behind-the-scenes tasting and barrel samples, a personalized bottle of cask-strength Ghost Hill Texas Bourbon, a barbecue plate, and a 40 percent discount on food, beverages, and merchandise all day. The entire facility is open Friday and Saturday noon-9 pm, and Sunday noon-6 pm. 16604 Fitzhugh Rd., 512-400-4023.

Beer

Beerburg Brewing
Hops don’t grow well in Texas, but Beerburg sources all its other brewing ingredients from the state, with a Wildcraft Series featuring Texas-foraged plants. Seasonal offerings for fall include a mesquite bean and pecan brown ale. Taqueria la Violeta offers a variety of regional Mexican street food, including tacos and house-made ice creams. Enjoy it all on a large deck and tree-shaded beer garden. Live music jams every Friday and Sunday, and local artwork is on view in the lounge. Beerburg is open Thursday and Friday 3-8 pm, and Saturday and Sunday noon-8 pm. 13476 Fitzhugh Rd., 512-265-0543.

Fitzhugh Brewing
Here, the possibilities abound. Choose to spend your day in an expansive indoor space, on the covered patio, or in the large outdoor beer garden with shaded picnic tables, a playscape, and a stage. Co-owner Kerbey Smith and brewer Nathan Rice make beers for everyone, not just aficionados. Rice brews styles from Barbados to Belgium, all piped straight to the bar taps. (It doesn’t get fresher than that!) Food by PEJ Kitchens (the sister company of longtime Austin smokehouse Pok-e-Jo’s) features tender riffs on barbecue, from smokehouse nachos to burnt ends, pork ribs, and sausage — and one of Austin’s most inventive charcuterie boards. Events range from those featuring baby goats to kids’ nights, four-course dinner and beer pairings, and a one-year anniversary party planned for October 16 that will include music, raffles, and bottle releases. Fitzhugh is open Thursday and Friday 4-8 pm, Saturday 11 am-9 pm, and Sunday noon-7 pm. 15435 Fitzhugh Rd., 512-648-0653.

Jester King
The picnic tables in the pole barn, beer garden, pasture, canopy, goat barn, and grotto are first-come, first-served here, but there are a lot of them and most offer glorious shade. In addition to a rotating cast of unique beers, including one brewed with 100 percent Texas ingredients (very impressive since Texas-grown hops are a challenge), Jester King makes wine and cider using its own groundwater and Texas grapes and fruit for wine and Texas apples for cider. Food options include fresh-made pizzas, barbecue, and sides. Walk the mile-plus nature trail and the grounds on your own, or reserve a Goat Experience or Goat Walk with the herd of Nigerian Dwarf goats ($10 per person) or a tour ($5 per person). Jester King is open Wednesday and Thursday 3-9 pm, Friday 3-10 pm, Saturday noon-10 pm, and Sunday noon-9 pm. Reservations are encouraged. 13187 Fitzhugh Rd., 512-661-8736.

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Indulge in the charm — and tasty brew and barbecue offerings — at Fitzhugh Brewing.

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Indulge in the charm — and tasty brew and barbecue offerings — at Fitzhugh Brewing.
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Texas' beloved Twang inspires spicy new craft beer from Fort Worth's Martin House

Flavor Bomb

Those who like a little zing in their beer have a salty San Antonio-based business to thank for Martin House Brewing Company's newest beer sensation.

Twang, a family-owned flavor factory known for creating “the original beer salt” and other spicy drink boosters, has teamed up with the Fort Worth craft brewery to release a new beer inspired by Twang, called Twang-a-Rang.

Twang-a-Rang, which Martin House describes as tasting like “a sweet mango candy with a spicy chili finish,” is brewed in Fort Worth and is now available at select retailers and bars throughout DFW and Texas, while supplies last.

“San Antonio has shown us so much love over the recent years, that it really is special to be able to team up with Twang and start a new friendship,” says Shugg Cole, Martin House Brewing’s director of marketing, in a release. “We are looking forward to many more flavors of Twang-a-Rang and many more hangouts with our new San Antonio family.”

Brewed with mango flavoring, mango puree, and a blend of salts and spices, Twang-a-Rang has an alcohol content of 6.5 percent and emulates the sweet and spicy flavor of Mango Chili Twangerz, which inspired the beer.

“Twang is really excited to be a part of this collaboration with Martin House Brewing Company,” says Edmundo Macias, Twang’s director of marketing. “This is a great opportunity to come together with another Texas brand to create something that’s unique but also tastes great. We encourage consumers to dress the beer with Mango Chili Twangerz to give it a Latin twist.”

Twang-a-Rang is available at select retailers and bars that already carry Martin House beers, including select H-E-B stores, Total Wine, Spec’s, and Trader Joes; it is sold in six-packs for $10-$12.

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Distillery popular in Dallas expands to Fort Worth's Magnolia Avenue

Vodka News

UPDATE 11-22-2021: The distillery says it has "super softly" opened its location in Fort Worth.
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A Dallas County booze-maker is expanding west: Lockwood Distilling Co., a combination distillery-eatery in Richardson, will open a second location called the Lockwood Distilling Co. Bottle Shop, in Fort Worth.

It'll open in a sweet vintage brick building at 1411 W. Magnolia Ave., in the same block as The Usual, The Lazy Moose, and Nonna Tata.

According to a release, will open in late September.

Lockwood is from husband-and-wife Evan and Sally Batt, who opened their Richardson location in October 2019 with a line of spirits that included vodkas in flavors such as cinnamon rum and hibiscus. They just won a 2021 Microliquor Award for their Triple Gold Hibiscus Vodka and Single Gold Bourbon.

Evan previously worked at beverage companies such as Desert Door Distillery, Glazer's, and Imperial Brands, Sally had a passion for making connections, and they shared a love of food.

They opened only a few months before the pandemic and were among the companies that pivoted quickly into making hand sanitizer. With help from their neighbors, they set up a socially-distanced patio in the parking lot and in the past few months have completed the expansion of a 4,000-square-foot production and storage warehouse and market for Lockwood merchandise and bottles.

The new outpost on Magnolia evokes the Richardson original with a black-and-white industrial aesthetic, natural woods, dark metals, and a covered patio where they'll host live music.

The space features their trademark custom artwork including familiar faces like Biggie Smalls and Dolly Parton (their original has a portrait of Will Ferrell).

The menu is from executive chef Julio Ortiz (The Ritz-Carlton, Knife Steakhouse, Dallas Cowboys), and includes Poblano Pimento Cheese, Dirty South Pie, and their Smoked Bologna Sandwich.

General manager will be Sean Masucci, who has vast experience in the microbrewery and tequila businesses, and as the release notes, has a beard, which is "a true LWDC characteristic."

"We are thrilled to bring our division of the community, charity, and craft spirits to Magnolia Avenue in the Near Southside Village," Evan says in a statement. "Fort Worth has grown gracefully and even as a big city, it still maintains a small-town feel, which makes us feel right at home."

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New NOLA-inspired craft brewery taps in with king cake beer for Fort Worth

Brews News

After months of pandemic-related delays, Fort Worth's newest craft brewery is ready to pour: Neutral Ground Brewing Company has officially opened its doors at 2929 Race St., in Fort Worth’s up-and-coming River East District.

It's owned by Stan Hudson and Sean Doublet, brewery partners who are combining their backgrounds in Texas and Louisiana for both the brewery and the beers. Hudson is a Texas native who’s homebrewed for more than a decade, while Doublet is from New Orleans and has a chemistry degree from Tulane University.

The name "Neutral Ground" refers to the once-disputed border between Texas and Louisiana, after the Louisiana Purchase.

And the signature beer? A king cake flavor that nods to Doublet's New Orleans roots. It actually combines multiple styles of non-traditional brewing ingredients, they say.

Other selections range from the Force Majeur IPA to the Ode to Excess Oatmeal Stout. They plan to have 20 beers on tap, but are still waiting for larger equipment to arrive, so they're getting started with a smaller system with limited capacity, they explain.

“We pride ourselves on our diversity and want to draw under-represented groups to the craft beer scene,” says Doublet.

Patrons can expect a restaurant feel inside, with custom-designed booth seating, tables and chairs, distinctive architectural details on the ceilings and walls, and unique lighting fixtures. The building features open-air, street-side barstool seating and patio seating both in the front and the back.

They do not sell food; however, folks may bring food in, whether from neighboring restaurants or via Door Dash or Uber Eats.

As for the location in River East, the owners say they purposely shunned warehouse buildings in industrial parks for their project and instead sought out locations near restaurants and residences. For them, Race Street checked all the boxes.

“We wanted a location with foot traffic,” Hudson says. “We must have done a drive-by through at least 20 properties.”

It's been a hot area for new businesses in recent years, including Tributary Café; The Post at River East live music venue, bar-restaurant; the new Latin-inspired seafood destination La Onda; several boutiques and shops; and a high-rise apartment complex.

Hudson was especially excited about Race Street, he says, because he lived in and still owns property in the nearby historic Oakhurst neighborhood.

“I've seen the Race Street and River East area develop over the years,” he says. “Race Street has such a good vibe.”

Neutral Ground Brewing Company is currently open from 4-10 pm Fridays and 2-10 pm Saturdays. They're currently selling beer by the pint, and they plan on tastings, tours, and beer to-go in the near future.

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These are the 13 can't-miss shows in Dallas-Fort Worth theater for December

Theater Critic Picks

This is, in my opinion, the best time of the year to go see a show. There are so many family-friendly offerings just begging to become traditions, and lots of new interpretations of holiday classics.

Plus, there are always one or two non-holiday themes shows, if you need a break from all the tinsel and holly.

Because there were so many holiday shows that opened late last month, they are included again here for easy planning.

In order of start date, here are 13 local shows to watch this month:

My Fair Lady
Broadway at the Bass, through December 4
Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady.” But who is really being transformed? The musical boasts such classic songs as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “The Rain in Spain,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly,” and “On the Street Where You Live.”

Jesus Christ Superstar
WaterTower Theatre, through December 11
The iconic rock opera, featuring award-winning music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas. Reflecting the rock roots that defined a generation, the legendary score includes "I Don’t Know How to Love Him," "Gethsemane," and "Superstar."

Twas the Night Before...
Cirque du Soleil, through December 11

Cirque du Soleil’s spin on the beloved Christmas tale is about the wonders of sharing and friendship. The production is a flurry of Christmas cheer and rip-roaring fun with hugely lovable characters that will introduce audiences to the magic of Cirque du Soleil.

Christmas with Nat and Natalie
Casa Mañana, through December 17
Cozy up in the Reid Cabaret Theatre for an “unforgettable” evening with holiday favorites from Nat King and Natalie Cole. The father-daughter duo separately recorded over 100 songs that became hits on the pop charts.

Crystal City 1969
Cara Mia Theatre, through December 18

Inspired by a little-known event in Texas history, Crystal City 1969 is based on the true story of Mexican-American students in South Texas who walked out of their school and into civil rights history. Crystal City became an example of American democracy at its best.

Black Nativity
Bishop Arts Theatre Center, through December 18
Black Nativity, returning to the Bishop Arts Theatre Center stage for its 18th anniversary, is a hand-clapping, toe-tapping, finger-snapping theatrical wonderment, inspired by Langston Hughes' retelling of the Nativity story.

A Christmas Carol: A New Musical Comedy
Casa Mañana, through December 23
Casa Mañana presents a new, fresh twist on a classic Dickens tale that will have children ages 4 to 100 laughing alike. A Christmas Carol: A New Musical Comedy features a contemporary pop score and current pop culture references that are guaranteed to have audiences dancing in the aisles. This show is suitable for all audiences.

A Christmas Carol
Dallas Theater Center, through December 24
Dallas Theater Center presents their annual production of A Christmas Carol, a delightfully reimagined take on Dickens’ enduring classic. Three spirits have come to visit the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge to take him on a fantastic journey through Christmases past, present, and future that annually delights audiences across North Texas. But will it be enough to save Scrooge’s soul?

Head Over Heels
Uptown Players, December 2-18
An inspired mash-up of posh and punk, Head Over Heels is an unpredictable Elizabethan romp about a royal family that must prevent an oracle’s prophecy of doom. In order to save their beloved kingdom, the family embarks on an extravagant journey where they are faced with mistaken identities, love triangles, sexual awakening, and self-discovery, all set to the music of The Go-Go's.

Six
Broadway Dallas, December 6-25

Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived. From Tudor queens to pop princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII take the mic to remix 50 years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of 21st-century girl power.

Handle With Care
Stage West, December 8-January 8
A young Israeli woman on holiday with her grandmother in the United States is confronted by an unexpected turn of events. Now, she finds herself stranded in a motel room on Christmas Eve with an oddball delivery man. Is their meeting an accident, or is it destiny generations in the making? Hilarious and tragic circumstances culminate in a heartfelt romantic comedy about what you can find when you feel lost.

The Dimension of Death
Pegasus Theatre, December 29-January 22

The world premiere of the 22nd Harry Hunsacker adventure by Kurt Kleinmann finds us in the year 1955. Harry, Nigel, and Foster have been dispatched to a Top Secret Air Force base in Nevada where a matter of the highest level of National Security awaits them. They’d heard rumors about Paradise Ranch but the reality of what they saw exceeded their imagination. In no time, however, the bodies start piling up and our trio finds themselves trapped in The Dimension of Death.

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
Theatre Three, December 29-February 18
Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Robert’s musical is headline the grand opening of Theatre Too, the intimate downstairs space that has been closed since 2020. Directed by Joel Ferrell and music directed by Vonda K. Bowling, this comedy takes on the truths and myths behind what it means to love, date, or lose someone. The run includes special performances on New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day, complete with holiday-focused perks like champagne, chocolates, and flowers.




Ultimate party house with indoor pool hits market for $745,000 in Fort Worth

Wild house for sale

A seemingly inconspicuous home in east Fort Worth shows that you never really know what kind of wild-and-crazy stuff is going on inside a house - and not to judge a building by its exterior.

The four-bedroom, five-bathroom house at 1809 Carl St., four miles east of downtown Fort Worth, recently hit the market for $745,000. At first glance, it looks like many homes in the area. But a peek at the interior photos shows why it's attracted lots of attention on the Zillow Gone Wild Facebook page and Twitter account.

Called a fusion of “ultimate” party house and “coolest” investment property in its Zillow listing, the home seems to be built around an indoor, ground-heated swimming pool complete with slide and diving board.

Additional party house highlights include:

  • An outdoor kitchen
  • An outdoor shower
  • A hot tub
  • Air hockey and pool tables
  • Astro turf from TCU’s field
  • Party lighting
  • Enough parking for a tour bus
  • Multiple indoor and outdoor entertaining areas

The home, built in 1940, features 7,179 square feet of living space on less than half an acre of land. The property includes the main four-bedroom house plus a loft-style studio back house with a hot tub and underground wine cellar.

Thousands of commenters on Zillow Gone Wild shared their thoughts about the unconventional home. Several of them compared the house to game shows, '80s department stores, and frat houses.

“It’s like an '80s department store and a game show had a baby. I’m overwhelmed and it was only pictures,” one critic wrote.

“This house screams frat house decorated with the entire contents of a furniture warehouse going out of business sale,” another critic commented.

Some commenters said the house had less than innocent undertones.

“There’s $700,000 worth of coke in that green carpet around the pool, guaranteed,” one commenter said.

Another commenter wrote, “Part Dave and Buster’s, part 1980s drug lord. I LOVE IT.”

Other, nicer comments noted the house’s bright, fun colors and the appeal of an indoor swimming pool.

Lance Blann of Dave Perry Miller Real Estate, who has the listing, says the house’s owner is a single, older, fun gentleman who wanted to create a “cool, eclectic” bachelor pad-esque space.

When he first listed the house in early August, Blann expected it to receive more attention than it did. He says many people were interested in visiting the house and filming TikTok videos, but he didn’t get any serious prospective buyers and the attention soon dwindled.

But since the listing was shared in Zillow Gone Wild on December 1, Blann has received an outpouring of calls.

Blann speculates that the house has two target audiences: sports fans who love to host parties, or maybe a multigenerational family. Since the back house is a studio apartment, it could potentially host grandparents or in-laws while the main house could host parents and their kids.

One of his first visitors to the house was a woman who says she grew up there, Blann says. The woman told Blann that her father built the house and enclosed the swimming pool because he was tired of leaves falling in it. Blann says the house’s current owner bought the house and began renovating it about two years ago.

Several Facebook users asked in Zillow Gone Wild whether the house will be available to rent rather than buy, but Blann says the answer is no — the current owner is only interested in selling his party house.

The heated indoor pool has a slide and a diving board.

Dallas-Fort Worth artist lands collection of colorful canvases at Target stores

Artist News

A local artist who creates colorful and vibrant art has a collection being sold at Target.

The artist is Roma Osowo of Dallas, and the 18-piece collection features a variety of abstract masterpieces ranging in designs and sizes, each unique but filled with Osowo's joyful and optimistic perspective. The collection is available in Target stores until Sunday, December 4, and online until Monday, September 4, 2023.

The collection came about when a home decor company saw the potential in her talent and made introductions to Target.

There are smaller canvases measuring 10" X 13" and 11" X 11", priced at $14.99, some of which have sold out; and larger canvases measuring 24" X 24", 24" X 30", and 36" X 36", priced from $50 to $85.

Osowo was born and raised in the British Virgin Islands, before migrating to the U.S. when she was 16. She spent more than a decade having a family and put art on the backburner, but returned to painting in earnest in 2017.

She favors rich, vibrant colors, calling herself a "color-loving abstract artist who creates vibrant, joy-filled art to elevate beautiful spaces."

She has also done cellphone cases, calendars, personal diaries, and other home goods, as well as a special clothing collection and resortwear for Trefle, a retailer based in the BVI.

Her work has been collected worldwide, and has been sold in a few retailers in the U.S. such as HomeGoods and Barnes & Noble. She's also has been featured in magazines such as Traditional Home and has worked with brands like Erin Condren, Pressed Juicery, Framebridge, Wexel Art, and Lemonade Pursuits.

“I want people to associate my name with the type of art and feeling they want to create in their homes,” she says. “As well as a name that reminds people that it’s never too late to pursue what you love.”