Photo courtesy of Jeremiah's

A frozen dessert shop is opening in Keller and the timing could not be better: Jeremiah's Italian Ice, the Florida-based chain specializing in Italian ice, will open at 2122 Rufe Snow Dr. #102 on May 25.

The location is from local entrepreneur Steven Dubberly, who previously ran a law practice where he worked with small businesses. A release describes how he discovered Jeremiah's: He was introduced by his girlfriend Alicia Mouser, who took him there on one of their first dates. Dreamy!

Founded in 1996, Jeremiah’s Italian Ice has more than 100 locations throughout Florida, Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Colorado, Nevada, Alabama, Tennessee, and Texas.

They're known for their high-quality Italian ice, available in more than 40 flavors; and their creamy soft-serve ice cream. Combined together, they result in indulgent treats such as the Jeremiah's Gelati, which features layers of Italian ice and ice cream.

Flavors include watermelon, horchata, passion fruit, mint chocolate chip, mango, cookie butter, sour green apple, black cherry, banana, cake batter, and cotton candy.

The stores also boast an upbeat atmosphere, with vibrant colors.

Dubberly has another location in development in Saginaw, with a plan to open at least five locations across Dallas-Fort Worth.

There are currently five locations in the DFW area including Lewisville, McKinney, Frisco, Burleson, and Melissa, with three others in the works.

Dubberly will be running the Keller location with family and friends, a close-knit group who wanted to become involved in something together. That includes girlfriend Alicia, his parents, and his friend and business partner Aubrey McPherson.

"I want to work in a place that brings a smile to my customers’ faces, and Jeremiah’s is the perfect place to do that," Dubberly says. "Keller doesn’t have anything like Jeremiah’s in the area, and I strongly believe we can become a real staple."

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Blue Bell and Dr Pepper collaborate on uber-Texan new ice cream flavor

Ice Cream News

Do two Texas greats taste great together? Blue Bell and Dr Pepper certainly think so.

The two iconic Texas brands have teamed up to create a new Blue Bell ice cream flavor called Dr Pepper Float. Available now in both half gallons and pints, it combines vanilla ice cream with a Dr Pepper-flavored sherbet.

“The best ice cream floats are made with Dr Pepper poured over a few scoops of Blue Bell,” Blue Bell vice president Jimmy Lawhorn asserts in a press release. “Why not put a spin on this popular treat and create our own version? The flavor of Dr Pepper and texture of the sherbet combine perfectly with the smooth vanilla ice cream. You may find yourself reaching for a soda glass instead of a bowl.”

Certainly, it’s easy to imagine taking Lawhorn’s suggestion. Not only could someone eat a scoop of Dr Pepper Float ice cream, they could also make a Dr Pepper float by pouring a can of Dr Pepper soda over some scoops of Dr Pepper Float ice cream in a tall glass.

Half gallons of Blue Bell run about $7.50 to $9 depending on where you buy it, and a pint is $3.50 to $5.

If it isn’t immediately available in the freezer section, be patient. Blue Bell will distribute the flavor through 2024. Currently, the Brenham-based company sells more than 40 ice cream flavors in 23 states, including places as far away from Texas as Nevada, Illinois, and Virginia.


Artsy Meow Wolf will open with 15 food purveyors from Dallas-Fort Worth

Opening News

The popular immersive arts venture Meow Wolf, slated to open a new "portal" in Grapevine this summer, will be joined by an accompanying slate of food and beverage vendors, ranging from empanadas to nitrogen ice cream to craft beer to pies.

Meow Wolf is the Santa Fe-based art collective turned national psychedelic sensation, which has multiple portals (locations is too boring a word) open to the public in Denver, Las Vegas, and Santa Fe, with two new portals coming to Texas: Grapevine in 2023, and Houston in 2024.

These vendors were selected for their creativity, impact on their communities, and their ability to not just feed visitors, but contribute to the kaleidoscopic experience for which Meow Wolf is known.

“Our cafe is an extension of the immersive art world that is Meow Wolf Grapevine,” says Meow Wolf Director of Operations Mandy Cooper in a statment. "As a certified B-Corporation, our goal is to provide economic opportunity that supports local, women, and minority-owned small businesses."

The other benefit, she notes, is that "if you taste something you like, you can visit and support these businesses right here in the Dallas-Fort Worth area."

They've partnered with more than 15 local food and beverage artists, as follows, in alphabetical order:

  • All Y'alls Food. Plant-based jerkies and bits
  • Blended Family Foods. Salsas and sauces
  • Buzzed Bull Creamery. Liquid nitrogen ice cream
  • Celestial Beerworks. Dallas craft beer brewery
  • Celzo Co. Agua fresca, lightly carbonated vitamin-infused refreshment with exotic flavors
  • Del Campo Empanadas. Handmade baked empanadas and artisanal Argentinian pastries
  • GNS Foods. Family-run woman-owned nut business in Arlington
  • Hive Bakery. One-of-a-kind pastries, with an authentic voice
  • HTeaO Grapevine. Texas tea
  • Judy Pie. Sweet and savory pies just like Grandma used to make
  • JuiceLand. Juices and smoothies, with locations in Austin, Houston, and Dallas
  • Mac and Cream. Modern French macaron bakery, inspired by French and Asian cultures
  • Melt Ice Cream. Ice creams made with high percentage of butterfat
  • Nikki's Popcorn Company. Unique and interesting popcorn flavors
  • Noble Coyote Coffee Roasters. High-quality sustainability coffee company in Dallas' Expo Park
  • Peaberry Coffee. Oak Cliff craft coffee shop with the first and only canned iced coffee
  • Purpose Tea. Healthy brewed tea made from the purple tea leaf
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Sweet Dallas-Fort Worth couple's new Waco Airbnb is an over-the-top ice cream dream

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A dynamic Dallas couple is promising some sweet dreams with their new dessert-themed vacation rental in Waco.

Jessica Serna and Ismail Mpiana, wife and husband behind My Curly Adventures travel blog and My Culinary Adventures food blog, respectively, have debuted an ice cream-themed rental home called “Casa Kumwesu.”

The name pays homage to Serna's Hispanic roots and Mpiana's Zambian-Congolese heritage. It roughly translates to “our place/our house/our village.”

The three-bedroom, two-bathroom house spans 2,300 square feet on several acres of land, and can accommodate up to eight guests.

Highlights from the listing include:

  • one king-sized bed, one queen-sized bed, and two single beds
  • kitchen with stainless steel appliances
  • formal dining table and long island with seating reminiscent of a soda fountain
  • coffee bar stocked with syrups and toppings in a nook with seating
  • large soaking tub
  • plush bedding in each bedroom
  • four parking spots
  • two outdoor security cameras

But beyond the nuts-and-bolts, it's the Instagrammy design details that make the house a whimsical wonder. It's sprinkled with ice cream decor throughout, from ice cream cone seating and bathroom wallpaper to dish towels and pulls on the kitchen cabinets. On the walls, bright pastel colors and quirky patterns (one looks like "melting" ice cream) would make Willy Wonka proud. A photo-worthy ice cream cart bearing the name "Casa Kumwesu" stands outside on the patio.

Other fun features include a full-size Ms. Pac-Man machine and a super trendy flower wall with neon sign that says, "Treat Yo' Self" over a bed.

Mpiana says the ice cream theme wasn't due to any great love of the frozen treat (although Serna did recently have an ice cream named after her at Picole Pops). It was essentially marketing presentation that came to life.

“Jessica was doing a keynote seminar to destinations about the importance of owning a particular niche and going all out with it,” Mpiana says. “She ended up using an example of an ice cream theme."

As she was researching, she ended up falling in love with the colors and fun of ice cream and "just ran with it,” he says, adding that they both ended up enjoying the design process.

It was important to them to fill Casa Kumwesu with pieces and products that support Texas businesses, they say, from beautiful custom artwork created by local artists to personal care items by H-E-B’s Field and Future line. Many items were sourced through Etsy and Instagram. For instance, kitchen towels were designed by artist Volta Voloshin-Smith (@colorsnack on Instagram), a fringe wall was done by Oh My Darling Party Co (@ohmydarlingpartyco); and Home Airbnb designer Erica Dike (@ericaoohdesigns) helped bring it all together, with a cherry on top.

But, why Waco? Serna says its proximity between Austin and Dallas made it the perfect location for them.

“We spend so much time passing through Waco on all our travels across Texas, and we just started to fall in love with it,” she says.

Casa Kumwesu

Photo courtesy of Casa Kumwesu

Guests can share a meal at the large island, which resembles an old-fashioned soda fountain.

The home is located minutes away from a few of Waco’s most popular spots: Magnolia Shops at the Silos, Lake Waco, and Baylor University.

Casa Kumwesu has quietly opened for reservations via Airbnb and Vrbo. According to the booking sites, pricing starts around $550 per night (before cleaning and service fees), with a two-night minimum.

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Fort Worth gets its first taste of acclaimed New York ice cream shop

Ice Cream News

An artisanal ice cream shop from New York is making its Fort Worth debut: Van Leeuwen, the Brooklyn-born ice cream brand, is opening a location in Fort Worth's WestBend development.

According to a release, the shop will open Thursday, November 10, with a party from 12-4 pm, when they'll be serving scoops for $1. It's located at 1653 River Run #141, and will be open Sunday-Thursday from 12-11 pm, and Friday-Saturday from 12 pm-12 am.

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream was started in 2008 out of a yellow truck on the streets of New York by Ben Van Leeuwen, Pete Van Leeuwen, and Laura O’Neill. They now have shops across New York, California, Pennsylvania, Texas, Colorado, and Connecticut. Pints and ice cream bars are also sold in grocery stores, and they'll ship nationwide from their website.

They're famous for their French-style ice cream, which means lots of cream and egg yolks, and for unique flavors like Honeycomb, Praline Butter Cake, Marionberry Cheesecake, and Earl Grey Tea.

They also offer sundaes, ice cream sandwiches, root beer floats, and milkshakes, and are especially beloved for their vegan and non-dairy selection made from oat and cashew milk, in flavors such as Churros & Fudge, Peanut Butter Brownie Honeycomb, and Cookies & Cream Caramel Swirl.

They also use high-quality ingredients such as pistachios from Mount Etna in Sicily, marionberries from their Oregon farm partner Stahlbush Island Farms, Rishi Tea for their Earl Grey Tea flavor, and for Texas, Praline Butter Cake, made with Texas pecans.

Fort Worth will be their 37th storefront nationally and their fifth in Texas, following their store in Dallas' West Village, plus three locations in Houston, and they have another location in the works for Dallas on Lovers Lane in spring 2023.

“We are psyched to open our first scoop shop in Fort Worth. Texas has been very good to us and we plan to expand further,” says Ben Van Leeuwen in a statement. “We can’t wait to bring the goodness that is Van Leeuwen ice cream to this unique and historic city.”

Photo courtesy of Jeremiah's

Florida-based Italian ice chain to open 3 shops in Dallas-Fort Worth

Italian Ice News

A Florida-based Italian ice chain is bringing more sweet treats to Dallas-Fort Worth: Jeremiah's Italian Ice is opening three new locations in the DFW area including one in Burleson.

According to a release, the Burleson opening is part of a North Texas expansion that also includes Lewisville and Melissa, with big big plans to open 50 locations across North Texas.

The chain does not yet have an address for Burleson, but a spokesperson says it's definitely in the works and will open in 2022.

These three shops will join six Jeremiah's locations already operating across Texas which include McKinney, Houston, and Temple.

Each store offers more than 40 flavors of high-quality Italian ice that include watermelon, horchata, passion fruit, mint chocolate chip, mango, cookie butter, sour green apple, black cherry, banana, cake batter, and cotton candy, to list a few, as well as soft-serve ice cream.

But the showcase item is Jeramiah's Gelati, which combines the two — layers of Italian ice swirled with the soft-serve ice cream — a yummy combination of tart and creamy.

Stores boast vibrant colors and upbeat atmosphere.

The DFW expansion comes via iServ, Ice LLC, which currently has four Jeremiah's locations in Florida. iServe Ice LLC co-owner Brandon Manly says in a statement that they're "incredibly excited to share this Florida-favorite brand with the Dallas community."

"Jeremiah's Italian Ice has an extremely large and loyal fan base in Florida, and it continues to grow in Texas," Manly says. "The brand's company culture is a really exciting factor for us, and the experience that our guests have when they come to our locations, starts with how Jeremiah’s treats and trains their employees."

Jeramiah's was founded in 1996 by Jeremy Litwack, who first had the idea when he was still a high school student. The chain began franchising in 2019.

"We are so happy to see our close-knit family expand in 2022, and Texas is the perfect place to do it," Litwack says.

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'Yellowstone' stars to greet fans at Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

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Yellowstone fans, get your comfy shoes ready - there'll be a long line for this one. Cole Hauser a.k.a. "Rip Wheeler" on Yellowstone, and Taylor Sheridan, the show's co-creator, executive producer, and director of the series, will meet fans and sign autographs at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.

The event will take place from 4:30-6:30 pm only on Friday, February 3. Location is the 6666 Ranch booth near the south end of Aisle 700 in the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Exhibits Hall.

According to a February 2 announcement from FWSSR, "fans will have the opportunity to snag an autograph as well as purchase some distinctive Yellowstone and 6666 Ranch merchandise while also enjoying all the features the Stock Show offers."

The event is free to attend (with paid Stock Show admission) and open to the public.

It's the second year in a row for Hauser to appear at FWSSR; in 2022, he and fellow cast mates drew huge crowds.

Sheridan, a Paschal High School graduate, is no stranger to Fort Worth; he lives in a ranch near Weatherford and filmed 1883, the prequel to Yellowstone, in and around Fort Worth. Currently, another spinoff, 1883: The Bass Reeves Story, is filming in North Texas.

The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is winding up its 2023 run on Saturday, February 4.

Cafe with made-to-order mini-doughnuts to open near TCU in south Fort Worth

Doughnut News

Little doughnuts are rolling into south Fort Worth via a new doughnut cafe. Called Batter & Beans, it'll serve doughnuts, coffee, and more, and it's opening at 3548 South Hills Ave., south of TCU in Westcliff Center.

They'll be right around the corner from Cafe Bella [which it should be noted recently won Best Neighborhood Restauant in CultureMap's 2023 Tastemaker Awards].

Batter & Beans will be a family-owned collaboration between Matthew Whip, a partner at Ernst & Young, and his brother-in-law, who worked for a restaurant group in Michigan and brings the food knowhow.

They'll be doing miniature doughnuts, similar to the Pittsburgh-based Peace, Love, and Little Donuts chain (which has one location in Texas, in Southlake).

They're aiming to be open by early fall.

"We'll be doing fresh, made-to-order mini cake doughnuts plus premium coffee we're sourcing out of Chicago, from Metropolis, a small-batch artisan roaster," Whip says. "We're originally from the Chicago area, and that's always been my favorite roaster, and they also roast coffee for Yolk, which has a location in Sundance Square."

The cafe will also offer fresh lemonade, iced tea, and ice cream, for neighbors who want to stop in for a treat at night.

Whip and his family first relocated from the Chicago area to North Texas in 2018, then moved down the street from the shop last year. It's a small storefront, about 920 square feet, and they're currently in the final stages of design and permitting.

"There's lots of kids in this neighborhood, and I think a place with mini doughnuts would do well," Whip says.

It was only after they signed on to do the shop that they learned from a neighbor that the space they're taking had good doughnut karma, with a longtime history as a doughnut shop, most recently a place called Donut Palace. Sadly, it closed during the pandemic. Now the doughnuts will return.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus navigates marriage pitfalls in You Hurt My Feelings

Movie Review

Anybody who’s been married or in a long-term relationship knows that it’s almost impossible to be completely honest with his or her partner. There are always going to be moments – whether for the sake of expediency, in a show of support, or other reasons – when one person withholds their true opinion so as not to hurt the other person’s feelings.

That idea is the central tension point of You Hurt My Feelings, which follows Beth (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), a writer/teacher, and her husband, Don (Tobias Menzies), a therapist. Beth is in the middle of trying to get her first fiction book published, a process that is causing her unceasing anxiety. Don sees a series of patients, including a constantly-bickering couple (played by real-life husband and wife David Cross and Amber Tamblyn), and a few lapses cause him to question his commitment to the profession.

When Beth and her sister, Sarah (Michaela Watkins), accidentally overhear Don telling his brother-in-law, Mark (Arian Moayed), that he doesn’t like Sarah’s new book and is exhausted having to tell her otherwise, it sends Beth into an emotional spiral. The aftermath winds up pulling in not just the two couples, but also Beth and Don’s son, Eliot (Owen Teague), dredging up feelings that all of them normally try to keep hidden.

Written and directed by Nicole Holofcener, the film is a funny and genuine look at how even the best couples can run into pitfalls. By most measures, Beth and Don get along fantastically well, supporting each other unwaveringly and showing their love in a variety of ways. When the story puts them at odds with each other, there’s never a question that they belong together, as even their arguments are tinged with exasperation instead of anger.

Holofcener complements the story of Beth and Don with a nice variety of side plots, including Eliot trying to start his own writing career while working at a weed store; Beth and Sarah’s mom, Georgia (Jeannie Berlin), offering up support and criticism in equal measures; and more. Don’s patients and Beth’s students offer an opportunity to expand the two characters’ personalities outside of their marriage while also adding a few other funny roles.

While perhaps not the most insightful film about marriage that’s ever been made, it is still highly enjoyable thanks to Holofcener’s writing and the strong performances. Filmed in New York City, the particular feel of that urban landscape and the way it affects the lives of the characters also plays a big part in the success of the film.

Louis-Dreyfus, as always, is a delight to watch. A kind of spiritual sequel to her previous collaboration with Holofcener, 2013’s Enough Said, the film gives her plenty of room to show off both her comedic and dramatic skills. Menzies makes for a steady presence, showing good chemistry with Louis-Dreyfus and a preternatural calm in therapy sessions. Watkins, Moayed, Teague, and Berlin all fit in seamlessly.

You Hurt My Feelings is not a world-changing kind of movie, but rather a solidly-told story about how relationships can be complicated. With actors who are easy to like and Holofcener’s reliably great filmmaking, it’s a movie for adults that’s nice counter-programming to the glut of summer blockbusters.


You Hurt My Feelings is now playing in theaters.

Tobias Menzies and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in You Hurt My Feelings

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Tobias Menzies and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in You Hurt My Feelings.