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In very sad news, longtime Fort Worth-based Pier 1 Imports is calling it quits, while two home-goods chains have reopened their Dallas-Fort Worth stores.

The bad news first: Pier 1 has begun what it calls an "orderly wind-down" of its retail operations.

The company is shutting down after having filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February, in the hopes they'd be purchased by someone who would continue operating the business. But no suitor arrived.

In good news for shoppers, they'll go out with a big liquidation sale: Over the next two to three months, they plan reopen a few locations to sell off their inventory and other assets.

At one point, they had more than 1,000 locations, but closed nearly half of those in the past year.

CEO Robert Riesbeck said in a statement that this was "not the outcome we expected or hoped to achieve."

"This decision follows months of working to identify a buyer who would continue to operate our business going forward," Riesback said. "Unfortunately, the challenging retail environment has been significantly compounded by the profound impact of COVID-19, hindering our ability to secure such a buyer and requiring us to wind down."

As the Fort Worth Star-Telegram notes, Pier 1 Imports was founded in California in 1962, and moved to Fort Worth four years later.

But they always retained their chill California hippie vibe, with cool, beachy rattan furniture, candles, and stuff that felt upscale but was affordable.

"We are grateful to our dedicated and hardworking associates, millions of customers, and committed vendors who have collectively supported Pier 1 for decades," Riesback said.

Reopenings

Bed Bath & Beyond has reopened 13 of its DFW locations following the lifting in Texas of retail restrictions due to COVID-19.

The reopened stores are in Plano, Addison, Caruth Plaza in Dallas, Soouthlake, Denton, McKinney, Arlington, Fort Worth, Frisco, West Plano, Lewisville, Rockwall, and Flower Mound, and will observe the usual post-coronavirus safeguards, including limiting the number of people in stores. They're also offering early shopping hours for customers over 60 and those at risk.

Lamps Plus has reopened both Dallas-area locations in Arlington and Plano. (It has one other location in Texas in Austin, which has also reopened.) These are the first Lamps Plus stores reopening in the company's 36-store chain.

The stores were temporarily closed since March. They'll follow new guidelines to ensure the safety of both customers and employees. They'll also implement new contactless curbside pick-up. Customers can do their transactions via a credit card or phone call, prior to arriving at the store. When the customer drives up, they will stop and contact the store via call or text. An employee will verify identity, payment receipt, and place the order in the car.

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‘King of vintage’ Cameron Silver brings rare finds to chic Fort Worth trunk show

Found Treasures

Cameron Silver was advocating for sustainability in retail decades before it was fashionable. Known as the “king of vintage,” Silver opened his Los Angeles boutique — aptly named Decades — in 1997, bringing vintage treasures from iconic brands like Chanel, Dior, Gucci, and Hermès to discerning shoppers with a taste for luxury.

This month, Silver is taking his treasure trove on the road with a stop at Park + Eighth's flagship boutique, 4804 Camp Bowie Blvd., in Fort Worth. His trunk show will take place from 10 am to 5 pm March 25.

“It’s taken 25 years for everyone to catch up with what I’ve been advocating,” says Silver. “Though, when I originally opened Decades, it was less about sustainability and more about uniqueness and storytelling. As we’ve become more aware of how the fashion industry works, the advantage of pre-loved and its sustainable benefits have created a tremendous added value.”

While stores and services specializing in buying and selling luxury fashion have become ubiquitous in recent years, Decades is unique in the sheer quality of its assortment.

A bona fide expert on 20th-century fashion — he’s even penned a coffee-table book called Decades: A Century of Fashion on the topic — Silver has a keen eye for rare pieces that feel contemporary, regardless of their age.

“I don’t do basic or boring,” says Silver. “I look for vintage pieces that look modern. Condition is also paramount.”

Renowned for its collection of vintage home furnishings, artwork and antiques, Fort Worth's Park + Eighth showroom provides a fitting backdrop for Silver’s fashionable finds.

“Cameron and I are a good fit because we both love and appreciate the value of good design and the ‘green’ of repurposing quality vintage,” says Park + Eighth founder Christina Phillips. “There’s just a special feeling about finding a one-of-a-kind treasure. Like the Gucci jacket I purchased from Cameron a few years ago … it turns heads every time.”

Cameron will be on hand at the Fort Worth trunk show to share his expertise — and if all goes well, procure a few special pieces for the Decades collection.

“I’m always excited to return to Fort Worth,” says Silver. “We’ll have some Chanel, Dior, Fendi, and Versace — pieces you never knew existed and now desire. There will be some nice matchmaking taking place.”

Decades boutique in Los Angeles.

Photo courtesy of Cameron Silver
Decades boutique in Los Angeles.
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Cookie dough and healthy fare mix up this Fort Worth restaurant news

News You Can Eat

This round of Fort Worth restaurant news is a buffet of culinary tidbits. There are openings and closings. Expanded hours and new dishes. And there's new healthy menus going on just about everywhere.

Here's what's happening in Fort Worth dining news:

Cookie Dough Bliss is a new cookie dough shop coming soon to Waterside, a mixed-use development in southwest Fort Worth. You choose a base dough flavor such as sugar cookie, cookies and cream, cake batter, or brownie, then add toppings such as sprinkles or chocolate syrup. The concept is a North Carolina-based chain with locations in Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Minnesota. This is their first location in Texas, and will be located at 5924 Convair Dr., #404, behind Steel City Pops. They'll join Waterside's collection of retail and restaurants which includes the city's first Whole Foods Market and REI; The Grove, a signature green space; more than $3.5 million of public amenities; and 383 multi-family units.

Shake Shack is set to open its location in the Fort Worth Stockyards at 122 E. Exchange Ave, #160. They'll serve burgers and local concretes, including the Cold Shot, consisting of vanilla custard, chocolate custard, malt, salted caramel, dark brown sugar and chocolate toffee. The official grand opening is January 26, but as a prelude, on Saturday, January 18, they'll host a party from 11 am-6 pm, with radio stations, gift cards, and Shiner beer.

Dunkin', the doughnut and coffee chain from New England, opened a new location in far north Fort Worth at 5144 Golden Triangle Blvd., right between I-35W and North Main Street on Saturday, January 11. There's not much out there yet but if you're commuting from Keller, the shop has a drive-thru for morning coffee needs (or late-night doughnuts, if that's how you roll). It's located at the intersection of Park Vista Boulevard, off what they call a "roundabout" here, but if you were in Dunkin's New England home turf, you'd call it a "rotary."

La Zona, the once-buzzy restaurant-bar located at 1264 W. Magnolia Ave., closed in mid-December. The restaurant announced its closure by posting a sign on the door. The dual concept was from the owners of Americado, and comprised two separate buildings: Hotel Madrid and Saint Sofia. Hotel Madrid offered cocktails, beer, and pizza; Saint Sofia offered coffee, churros, and churro ice cream sandwiches. It's safe to say that the best thing about the place was the location, a one-time used-car lot that had been transformed into a cool urban patio and courtyard.

My Lan Restaurant, a popular mid-cities Vietnamese spot in Haltom City, has opened a second location. They've taken over the space at 9180 North Fwy., in the same shopping center as Sam Moon, that was previously occupied by Noodles @ BTH. My Lan is beloved for its egg rolls, but noodles fans can still get their fix at the Noodles @ BTH location at 7355 N. Beach St.

Austin City Taco Co., the Austin-inspired taqueria, has extended its hours and is now open seven days a week. In addition, culinary director and chef Juan Rodriguez has revamped the menu with new options, including bowls and salads and a kids' menu. Al pastor salad has pork, lettuce, onion, pineapple, cilantro, jalapeno sauce, black beans, pickled carrot slices, and queso fresco. Sunshine shrimp salad has Gulf shrimp, Boston Bibb lettuce, coleslaw, pineapple, pepitas, queso fresco, and a lime honey vinaigrette. There are two bowls: rotisserie chicken bowl, and brisket bowl. There is brisket by the pound and a half rotisserie chicken. The kids' menu has cheese, chicken, and brisket quesadillas, and chicken tenders with fries and queso.

Yard House, the modern American gathering place, has introduced a new Lifestyle Menu with nutrient-dense superfoods, as well as new American cuisine and globally inspired flavors. Items include hummus, ahi sashimi, beet salad, avocado toast, poke salad, shrimp zoodle bowl, steak bowl, red quinoa salad, Mediterranean salmon, Caprese chicken, pan seared ahi, roasted halibut, and a Mediterranean Burger. There's also a host of alternative meat options including spicy Beyond Sausage pasta, Gardein wings, Gardein sesame chicken bowl, Gardein orange chicken, Gardein Mac + Cheese, Gardein grilled chicken & avocado sandwich, and a Beyond Burger.

El Pollo Loco has a trio of new Pollo Fit Bowls, good if you’re trying to eat Keto or Paleo: Double Chicken & Avocado has chopped chicken breast, avocado, spinach, pico de gallo, queso fresco, lettuce, and red cabbage and carrot blend. Double Chicken & Queso Fresco has chopped chicken breast, spinach, pico de gallo, black beans, queso fresco, and lettuce and red cabbage blend. Double Chicken & Mango has chopped chicken breast, spinach, mango salsa, avocado, and lettuce and red cabbage blend.

Chuck E. Cheese has a newly remodeled look and menu which can be seen at its Irving location at 3903 W. Airport Frwy. There's a modernized dance floor where Chuck E. makes a live appearance every hour. Kids’ feet light up the dance floor as they move. They've done away with the tokens. Now, parents can load a play pass with time, allowing kids to play as many games as they want for the time bought. There's a new logo, new color scheme, sleeker furniture, brighter lighting, and refined signage. They've also improved the food & beverage experience with BBQ chicken pizza, Cali Alfredo pizza, Cauliflower crust pizza, and an endless salad bar with over 30 items including fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, pasta salads, and more.

Pinstack, the entertainment concept, has two new dishes for January: Texas poutine and French onion soup, available at all three locations.

First Watch, the breakfast-centric chain, has three new dishes available through March 15. Brilliant Beet Toast is on whole grain toast with beet hummus, avocado, pickled onions, diced red beets, arugula, and herbed Goat cheese, served with two basted eggs. Vanilla chai pancakes has vanilla chai and fresh banana added to their multigrain pancake batter, served as three mid-sized pancakes topped with sliced bananas, raspberries, maple-chai almond butter, and superseed crunch. Baja chicken burrito bowl has an ancient grain blend and seasoned black beans with salsa verde chicken, pico de gallo, lime crema, kale slaw, sliced avocado, Cotija cheese, cilantro, and a sunny-side-up egg. They also have a new juice, the Blue Booster, with white grape, blueberry, lemon, and basil.

Chick-fil-A has added a new Kale Crunch Side featuring kale and cabbage, tossed with Apple Cider and Dijon Mustard Vinaigrette, and topped with salted almonds. It can be substituted for Waffle Potato Fries at no additional charge. Kale Crunch Side was tested in various Chick-fil-A restaurants in Florida, Iowa, and Texas last spring and received positive customer feedback. The new menu item will replace the Superfood Side on restaurant menus nationwide.

Shake Shack has a new limited-edition Classic Comfort Menu with a burger and a trio of shakes flavors. The ShackMeister burger has a regular Shackburger but it's topped with shallots marinated in Shiner Bock. It's exclusive to the Texas Shacks, so we're special. The three shakes are Cookie Butter, Malted Milk Chocolate, and Frozen Hot Chocolate. The shakes will be available through March 16. The ShackMeister Burger will be available through March 31.

Taco Cabana has an exciting new ChoriBean Breakfast Bowl with spicy chorizo, refried beans, potatoes, eggs, queso, and pico de gallo, for $2.49, available during breakfast hours only. They're also discounting their bowl lineup with the Chicken Fajita Bowl and the Ground Beef Bowl at $3.99; the Beyond Meat Bowl at $4.99; and the Steak Fajita Bowl at $4.99. They're also doing TC Chili for $2.99, available for a limited-time only.

Whataburger has brought back the Buffalo Ranch Chicken Strip Sandwich, which comes with the perfect marriage of buffalo sauce and ranch. And their latest creation, the Breakfast Burger, is staying on menus during late night/breakfast hours: from 11 pm-11 am.

Impossible Foods, the faux meat juggernaut, has created a new product: Impossible Pork, made from plants. They introduced it at a tech show in Las Vegas, and will roll it out for consumers in the spring. A video shows it being used for sausage and as a filler for dumplings; China is the world's largest consumer of pork. Pigs are considered the fifth-most intelligent animal in the world, even more intelligent than dogs. They're capable of playing video games with more focus and success than chimps. They have excellent object-location memory and possess a sophisticated sense of direction. Impossible Foods is also introducing a new product in partnership with Burger King: the Impossible Croissan'wich featuring Impossible Sausage made from plants, which will be available soon in select Burger King restaurants for a limited time. Burger King began serving a Whopper made with Impossible beef in August 2019, and reports from the field say that it is extremely delicious.

Dunkin has a new Oatmilk Latte, available hot or iced, containing espresso and creamy oatmilk. It's available now in California and will roll out to the rest of the country in the spring.

Lay's has added three new flavors: Lay’s Cheddar Jalapeño, with sharp cheddar and a warm kick of jalapeño; Lay’s Poppables in a new Sea Salt & Vinegar flavor; and Lay's Kettle Cooked Flamin’ Hot.

Long Drink is a canned alcoholic drink from Finland that's just been introduced in Texas. It's made with grapefruit, gin, and juniper berries. The company has Texan investors/board members and its Finnish founders just moved to Dallas.

Shiner has brought back its Prickly Pear seasonal beer. This limited release is brewed with organic prickly pear, a cactus native to the Poteet, TX landscape. It's tart yet sweet, with citra hops to provide aroma, and a gentle ABV of 4.9 percent. It's available in bottles and cans for a suggested $7.99 per six-pack.

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Stephanie Allmon Merry contributed to this story.

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DFW flip-flop brand Hari Mari steps out with something new for men

No small feat

Dallas husband-and-wife duo Jeremy and Lila Stewart launched flip-flop company Hari Mari nearly seven years ago. In the time since, the brand has skyrocketed to success, distributing its colorful and comfortable flip-flops to Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Zappos.com and specialty retailers around the world.

“We’ve learned so much along the way,” says Lila. “And over the years, there’s been constant discussion about how to bring more customers into the fold. Men, in particular, have been asking for shoes [in addition to flip-flops]. So my husband and I thought about it for a long time and explored ways to incorporate the Hari Mari DNA, as a flip-flop brand, into a shoe.”

It was no small feat. But two years in the making, Hari Mari’s first collection of men’s shoes is here.

Debuting the week of January 21, the new collection features three different styles — chukkas, boots, and runners — incorporating the Hari Mari tenets of color and comfort.

“We took the shoes to market and showed them to all our retailers,” says Lila. “The response was overwhelming. It’s exciting to bring customers this new year-round category.”

Styles feature a patented memory-foam toe and premium materials made to withstand the elements, such as water-treated suede, organic hemp, and high-traction rubber. The aesthetic is clean and simple, with prices ranging from $85-$140.

As with all Hari Mari styles, one percent from each pair sold goes to those battling pediatric cancer.

The Stewarts founded Hari Mari fresh off a three-year stint living in Indonesia, where Jeremy produced a documentary on malnourished children and Lila volunteered in orphanages, and remain passionate about helping children. Through the company’s socially conscious program, Flops Fighting Cancer, they’ve homed in on those in the U.S.

“[Volunteering in Indonesia] was the most rewarding and also the most difficult experience we’ve ever had,” says Lila. “When we moved back, well before set our sights on flip-flops, we decided whatever we started was going to give back by helping kids here in the United States. It’s something we’re super proud of.”

If their growth trajectory to date is any indication, Hari Mari stands to help many more — one pair at a time.

Along with the new styles for men, the Spring/Summer 2019 Collection boasts the brand’s broadest assortment of flip-flops to date, including a return of the Hari Mari x Peter Millar collaboration, which sold out three times last summer. It's the first collection under the creative direction of Trisha Hegg (of Sanuk, Reef, and Oakley fame), who was brought on to lead product management and design last year.

Shop the full line online or at the Hari Mari storefront, tucked inside the company headquarters at 208 South Haskell Ave., in East Dallas. The shop is open from 9am-5pm Monday through Friday.

Dallas-based flip-flop brand Hari Mari is launching a new collection of boots and runners for men.

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Dallas-based flip-flop brand Hari Mari is launching a new collection of boots and runners for men.

10 bachelorette getaway ideas that marry wellness and revelry in Austin

Party On

Austin has become the must-hit destination for Texas bachelorette parties. Any night of the week, there are gaggles of women (the so-called “Bride Tribe") from around the state traipsing down Dirty Sixth or Rainey Street, one with a white sash encrusted with rhinestones and tiara in hand, ready to take on the night.

While going out for a drink (or two) can be quite fun, especially during a bachelorette weekend getaway, here are a few ideas if you’re looking to take a more wellness-focused approach.

Saturday

Take a shot — 9 am
If flying, arrive at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and head to JuiceLand on Cesar Chavez Street for a quick stop before checking into the hotel. Order the Noni to Fear shot (includes noni, a beauty-enhancing favorite of model Miranda Kerr; apple cider vinegar; lemon; turmeric; living B vitamins; and sea salt) for a boost of energy and the fresh-pressed Recovery Punch to get rehydrated after the flight. Snack on one of JuiceLand's bowls for an energizing breakfast on-the-go.

Self-care is the best care 10 am-1 pm
Check into the JW Marriott, drop your bags, and hit the spa. There’s no better way to start off a health-conscious bachelorette weekend than with some quality self-care. The JW offers spa buyouts for bridal groups of eight to 20-plus so you’ll have total privacy as you relax. Pop a bottle of Champagne (it’s all about balance, right?), enjoy a JW classic 50-minute massage and get wedding-ready.

A light lunch 2 pm
It wouldn’t be a proper vacation without incredible food. Head to Koriente, located just off Sixth Street, where the dishes are made with minimal-to-no sugar and oil. Dig in for late lunch of shitake tofu, Koriente curry, or teriyaki chicken that will have you feeling your best all day long.

Get outdoors — 4 pm
Austin is the ideal place to get outside. Head to Lady Bird Lake for some afternoon paddleboarding, or hike up Mount Bonnell for some prime Instagram photo opportunities and watch as the sun sets over the city.

A Paleo Picnik — 7 pm
Even if no one in your group follows the paleo lifestyle, they’ll sure to love North Austin’s Picnik. The creamy queso (made with cashews) served with Siete Family Foods' almond flour tortillas is a solid way to start the meal. For entrees, order up the fish tacos, Picnik Cobb, or turmeric-crusted cauliflower steak — all of which are delicious.

Sunday

Skip the fancy breakfast — 8 am
Sleeping in is vital for optimal health so catch a few extra Zs and order room service for the ultimate lazy morning at the JW Marriott.

Hit the bar(re) — noon
Meet up for a private class at Barre Code in downtown. Sweat out any toxins from the night before and feel empowered from the full-body workout. Down some coconut water as you leave the studio to refuel.

Mix it up with healthy cocktails — 2 pm
After a quick stop at the hotel to freshen up, take a Lyft to the Squeezery at The Refinery on Brazos Street for a healthy cocktail mixology class. Order the matcha cashew or avocado vegan gelato bowl while you’re at it for the ultimate afternoon treat.

Shop local, shop well — 4 pm
After relaxing from the cocktail course, head out for some late afternoon shopping at some of Austin’s hippest wellness boutiques like Take Heart, which is now located next to Hillside Farmacy on E. 11th Street, for stunning ceramics imported from Japan, all-natural body products, and handmade candles. Walk down the block to Tiny Taiga for healthy trinkets and energy readings.

A worthy ending — 8 pm
Before heading back to reality, enjoy your last meal in town at Suerte, one of America’s best new restaurants. This east side spot's dreamy interiors are perfect for the final Instagram snap of the weekend, and the cocktails are almost as lauded as the cuisine. The carne asada, chicken roulade, and grilled sweet potatoes are a must, and top the meal with a Mexican coffee.

Photo Courtesy of Tribe Alive

New Fort Worth boutique has designs on helping women around the world

Sustainable Style

A new boutique is bringing more than great style to Fort Worth's Magnolia Avenue. Tribe Alive is on a mission to help women around the world.

The brand recently opened its first brick-and-mortar store, though Tribe Alive has had a robust e-commerce presence since 2014.

It all started with Carly Burson, who, after years of international volunteer work and the adoption of her own daughter, Elie, from Ethiopia, became aware of the economic insecurity facing women in the developing world and sought to create change.

Taking what she'd gleaned from more than a decade working in the fashion industry, Burson launched Tribe Alive (the name nods to Burson's desire to build a movement) as a jewelry line produced by a group of women in Honduras.

Eventually, the line grew into a full lifestyle collection featuring textiles, leather goods, and apparel crafted by female artisans from around the world.

By partnering with international nonprofits, Tribe Alive has equipped more than 120 women from Guatemala, Honduras, Haiti, India — and now Fort Worth — with the tools and the support needed to provide for their families and create better lives for themselves.

Everything is designed and made by women, with the mission of empowering women to raise themselves out of poverty.

"We believe women are the key to our future," says Burson. "When we invest in women, then women reinvest in the health and well-being of their communities. When you reach one woman, you reach 100 more. We're interested in positively affecting generations to come, which is why we choose to invest in women. Women pay it forward."

Sharing Burson's passion for uplifting other women, Katie Samson joined Tribe Alive in 2016. As lead designer, she drives the creative voice of the brand, designing seasonal collections and working closely with partners around the world.

"They are smart, driven, and talented but are not taught that they can dream about a career for themselves," says Samson. "We step in to help bridge that gap in opportunity and invest in these women, who have so much to offer."

As Tribe Alive grows, Burson will remain focused on employing more women internationally while also making an impact locally. Last year, the brand began working with resettled refugee women in Fort Worth on small-batch capsule collections.

"There's so much we hope to achieve, but our main objective always remains rooted in the desire to empower women living in extreme poverty," says Burson. "It's easy to get lost in the note of the industry and the intricate layers of growing a brand. But, when we take a minute to dial back on why we began, the reason is very clear. We just want to employ more women."

Tribe Alive is at 1455 W. Magnolia Ave., Suite 109. Hours are 10 am-6 pm Tuesday-Thursday; 10 am-7 pm Friday-Saturday; 12 pm-4 pm Sunday; and closed Monday.

Tribe Alive is located at 1455 W. Magnolia Ave., Suite 109.

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Tribe Alive is located at 1455 W. Magnolia Ave., Suite 109.
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Giant sea creatures made of recycled beach trash wash onto Galveston Island in must-see new exhibit

inspiring sea change

A giant great white shark, massive bald eagle, oversized octopus, and more enormous sea life have invaded Galveston Island.

"Washed Ashore," a compelling traveling art exhibit of giant sea animal sculptures made of trash collected from beaches, is now on display across 19 locations in Galveston.

The clever showcase features more than 20 pieces — most more than six feet tall and as much as 17 feet wide — such as coral reefs, jellyfish, penguins, sunfish, and more.

Sculptures can be found at museums, hotels, parks, attractions, and popular outdoor spaces. Thanks to a partnership between Oregon-based non-profit Washed Ashore and the Galveston Park Board, the exhibit, which is open though March 5, is free.

This innovative, powerful exhibit is designed to educate the public about the hazards of plastic pollution in the world’s waterways and comes at a touchstone environmental moment. Some 35 million metric tons of plastic entered the global aquatic ecosystems in 2020, according to the Ocean Conservancy’s research partners.

Similar "Washed Ashore" exhibits have been displayed at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, as well as zoos, aquariums, and botanical gardens across the nation. Notably, this Galveston debut marks the first time the exhibit will not be behind a paid gate, per press materials.

“The sculptures are impressive,” Visit Galveston Chief Tourism Officer Michael Woody says. “But they’re even more impressive when you look at them closely. The artists at Washed Ashore placed recognizable objects – like buckets and shovels – at a child’s eye view. This way, hopefully, they will learn to take with them what they bring to the beach.”

For more information on the exhibit, visit the official site.

Photo courtesy of Visit Galveston

Meet Greta the great white shark.

These are the 5 best food and drink events in Fort Worth this week

This week in gluttony

It’s a frigid start to February this week, but tasty events bring opportunities to warm up once the coldest weather passes. Get cozy with hand-made pasta and wine, a dim sum cooking class, two new Sunday brunch launches, and a complimentary educational class to watch online from the warmth of your own home.

Thursday, February 2

An Evening with Batasiolo Wine Dinner
Only 11 lucky individuals get to partake in this four-course dinner set to take place in il Modo’s intimate pasta-making room. Wines from Beni Di Batasiolo Winery will be paired with each course. Reservations are $199, plus tax and gratuity, and include valet parking. Dinner begins at 6 pm.

Saturday, February 4

Who Eats Cornbread? Who Eats Biscuits? Baking and Texas Identity Webinar by the TCU Center for Texas Studies
Curl up at home with hot biscuits or cornbread while watching this tasty and educational webinar led by Rebecca Sharpless, professor of history at TCU. She’ll talk through the history of baking in Texas and the American South, speaking from research conducted for her latest book, Grain and Fire. Learn who used white cornmeal, who used yellow, who used sugar, who didn’t, flour to fat ratios, and why it all matters. The free webinar begins at 10:30 am.

Jazz Brunch Launch at The Fitzgerald
The Camp Bowie Boulevard restaurant will channel New Orleans vibes with the launch of its new jazz brunch. The live jazz pianist will provide tunes on Fitzgerald’s heated patio both Saturday and Sundays from 11 am-2 pm. Plan for brunch dishes like crab cake Benedict, shrimp and grits, crawfish omelets, and bananas Foster banana pudding.

Dim Sum Time at Indulge Cooking Studio
The downtown cooking studio located inside Third Street Market hosts an array of classes regularly. This one will feature dim sum, the traditional Chinese meal made up of small plates featuring various dumplings and snacks. The menu will include chicken shumai, Chinese greens, spring rolls, and an egg custard tart. The class is $89 and will begin at 11 am.

Sunday, February 5

New Sunday Brunch at Craft & Vine
The Roanoke restaurant, wine bar, and craft cocktail lounge will launch Sunday brunch with new buffet-style stations. Enjoy eggs Benedict, a carving station, waffle bar, and more, as well as champagne flights, a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar, and even a bar cart for crafting Old Fashioneds. The price is $39 per person and $15 for kids 12 and under. Brunch service begins at 10 am and the live music starts at 11 am.

Luke Bryan trucks to Dallas-Fort Worth for 2 tour stops, including Dickies Arena

Country on

Luke Bryan fans, clear your calendars in late September 2023. The five-time Entertainer of the Year and American Idol judge is making not one but two stops in North Texas on his "Country On Tour."

He'll play Dallas' Dos Equis Pavilion on September 28, then scoot over to Fort Worth for a show at Dickies Arena on September 29. The only other Texas stop on his 36-city tour will be in Lubbock, on July 27. (So sorry, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio.)

Special guests throughout the tour will include up-and-coming country artists Chayce Beckham, Tyler Braden, Ashley Cooke, Jackson Dean, Jon Langston, Conner Smith, Alana Springsteen, Hailey Whitters, and DJ Rock.

According to the tour site, Beckham, Dean, Whitters, and DJ Rock will play the Dallas-Fort Worth shows.

Bryan has a history of investing in new artists by inviting them to join him on tour, a press release reminds.

“Artists get into the business to make music and perform it for the fans,” Bryan says in the release. “Leaving it all out on that stage is what it’s all about for me. I’m excited to support and have so many talented new artists along for the ride this year. It’s one of the most rewarding parts of our job.

The tour is named for Bryan's 30th No. 1 single, “Country On” - a celebration of farmers, truckers, military, first responders, and all of Americana that hit the top of the country singles charts around Christmas 2022. He has amassed a career tally of 56 total weeks at #1.

Bryan launches his 2023 headline dates at Resorts World Theatre in Las Vegas on February 1. He's also returning as a judge on ABC's American Idol this spring.

Bryan's "Country On Tour" kicks off June 15 in Syracuse, New York.

Tickets go on sale on at 10 am Friday, February 3 at Lukebryan.com.

Presale for Bryan's fan club members will run 8 am Tuesday, January 31 through 5 pm Thursday, February 2. For details, go HERE.

Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets from 10 am Wednesday, February 1 to 10 pm Thursday, Feb 2 through the Citi Entertainment program. For complete presale details visit www.citientertainment.com.