Ron and Tina Brown—more than a husband and wife, more than old friends and lovers, they are the owners and creators of Spellbound, a creative and exquisite new gift shop on the historic town square with a uniqueness all its own.

When the opportunity arose to purchase the old Glenn Brothers Building at 109 E. Bridge, they jumped at the chance. He and Tina did much of the remodeling and renovation themselves.

“Ron’s the creative one and can just make it happen,” Tina said. “He is a master at decorating, display and merchandising. He pays meticulous attention to every detail, wanting people to feel love and warmth when they visit.”

“We wanted to create an atmosphere that made friends and neighbors want to stay and shop or just visit with us,” Ron added. “We believe we have done that based on all the wonderful comments and feedback we have received.

“We actually had a new bride ask if she could take her wedding pictures in our store the week before we opened,” Tina explained. “Of course we said, YES!”

You can find unique gifts and ideas at Spellbound: hand-created jewelry, old glass windows, creative and decorative vintage doors and birdhouses. Pottery, lanterns, floral arrangements, candles, a wide variety of gifts and even fireplace mantels are available. Spellbound also deals in custom artwork, canvas scriptures, angels in many forms, glassware, soaps locally made and skin care products.

Spellbound opens Tuesday through Saturday and has no set hours. “As long as there are people on the square…we are open,” Ron said. We close Sunday as it is The Lord’s day, and Monday we rest a little.

“Stop by and say hello even if you don’t spend a nickel,” Ron added. “We just want to get to know you.”


Cheerful Heart


The Cheerful Heart located at 2001 E. Hwy. 377, has based their business on faith, family and friends–the cornerstones of Cheerful Heart, owned by Renee Wilson and her mom. Renee says, “Our goal is to make Christ known through our products, printed messages and gifts. Come and browse our large selection of home decorative accessories, Dayspring cards, Willow Tree Angels, Tyler Candles, and a huge variety of unusual funky and fun heartfelt gifts. Giggly fun items and inspirational items that speak to you in quiet ways to heal, comfort, protect, and inspire!”

You will want to browse the large selection of home decorative accessories, The shop hosts a fantastic baby and children’s department with one of the largest selections of Mud-Pie this side of the city! From tutus to crowns, super fun “tweeny” area for boys and girls, they have your family covered. Renee’s pride and joy is Cheerful Hearts’ Boutique with fun, happy, pretty, lacy, and funky apparel for every woman.

“Our mission is to make women look and feel great and celebrate their femininity,” Renee says. “ Our fashionable apparel has an overwhelming appeal to your fun side. From whimsy and dusty vintage inspired palettes to loud bold spring colors, we have something for every girl…young or old and plus size too. Come shop us for cute tops, skirts, dresses, hats, pants, shoes and lots of fun accessories. Tons of fashion jewelry too! Some of our brands include, Ya, Flying Tomato, Funky People, Blue Bird, Angie, Lady Nois, Oragami, ZaZa, Turquoise Haven, Yellow Box, Corky’s, Gratzie and tons more! Let us help you put an exciting outfit together to celebrate your female form! Tres Chic.

We look forward to making new Cheerful Friends!” Proverbs 17:22


Happy HippoHappyHippo

About three years ago Tonja Sims (her name is pronounced with the soft “j” instead of Tonya) went to church, listened to a guest speaker and knew she would have a business.

“One of the ladies prophesied over me and said that I would own a business. It would be purple and God would bless it. I had no idea it would later become The Happy Hippo.”

But when God has a plan for you and you take the Leap of Faith, things happen.

“God will open the doors to make it happen,” Tanja added.

This small gourmet coffee shop spins big dreams. Now they offer the same coffee as the bigger chains like Lattes, Cappacuccinos, Frappes, and Caffe Mochas. They also serve breakfast which includes muffins, bagels and kolaches. For lunch they serve amazing sandwiches and wraps.

“We are trying to offer healthier choices for eating out,”Tonja continued. “We have dine-in and drive-thru for those who have to eat on the run. The Happy Hippo located on Hwy 67 in Glen Rose right across from the Brookshire’s, has your breakfast and lunch ready.

“We want to be a place where people can feel at home. Come to visit.”


Joe’s Pizza
& Italian Restaurant

New owners at Joe’s, Elizabeth and Randy Crawford, wanted to spend their dream life in Granbury.

“It’s a great town with great people!” Randy says. “We fell in love with Joe’s ‘scratch’ base menu, the awesome staff and the nicest ‘old’ Dairy Queen I have ever seen. And of course the pizzas are AMAZING!”

Elizabeth and Randy have been in the restaurant business for over twenty-eight years–Chili’s for fourteen years, Carino’s Italian for eight years and the Texas Roadhouse for the last six years. Even though Joe’s is the first restaurant they have owned, it will definitely benefit from all those years of experience.

“There’s not much that needed to be changed when we took over!” Randy explained. “I have added on another cook to help get the food out quicker and to help lower the stress levels which is helping us to keep the food consistent when we are busy. We have replaced the frozen Tiramisu with my homemade recipe. We’re also doing my homemade meatballs and a homemade buttermilk ranch, and homemade fried mozzarella sticks along with two to three specials that will be offered daily.”

Randy promises to keep the same wonderful Joe’s Pizza, bread and sauces.

“ I will not touch those!” Randy continues. “They’re great just the way they are. We are going to do our best to keep the ‘great family feel’ you’ve always loved when you come to Joe’s Italian.”

Located at 512 West Pearl Street, Joe’s remains a BYOB facility at this time. For information on dining and catering, visit joesingranbury.com or call 817.579.JOES.

“Elizabeth and I hope to build on the great things that Cutter and Heather did with Joe’s, keeping it Granbury’s favorite Italian restaurant.”


Iron Horse Inn owners

IronHorseInn Don and Diana McBride are moving to Granbury from Kansas where they owned and operated a three-story, Victorian Bed and Breakfast for eighteen years.

“Historic preservation and bed and breakfasts are our avocation. Diana is a global marketing and business development teacher and recently took early retirement from her position at the Center for Advanced Professional Studies to restore the Iron Horse Inn to its original glory, their fourth house to restore.

“I was disappointed that many of the original light fixtures and other treasures were sold recently,” Diane explains her goal to replace or find original items. “I would love to hear from anyone that may have purchased anything that was once part of the Inn.”

Don works as a pharmaceutical medical specialist and plans to retire soon to join Diana. They have restored a historic hotel in downtown Abilene,

Kansas and the oldest Methodist church west of the Mississippi. It had fallen into extreme disrepair—literally falling down around the homeless congregation who met there.

“ Everyone said it couldn’t be repaired. Our motto concerning restoration is: “Tell me no and watch me go!” Diana explained. “Granbury reminds us a lot of Abilene, (The beginning and end of the Chisholm Trail!) which is one of the reasons we selected Granbury.”

One Victorian restoration became the McBride home/bed and breakfast, where their children grew up.

“We’ve hosted such guests as the Eisenhower family, the Ambassador to France, Miss America and many more,” Diane explained. We are excited to have our grandchildren experience the hometown atmosphere of Granbury and to enjoy the life of a bed and breakfast just as their parents did.”

We’re looking forward to living in Granbury and glad to still be in Big XII country as we are big sports fan, especially of K-State football.


The Barnyard
Glen Rose

The Barnyard in Glen Rose, will remind you of browsing through the old barn at the family farm or grandma’s attic, where generations store property until needed. Over the years those long forgotten items are dusted off to reveal treasures full of memories. Visit the Barnyard and let your creative nature score. Owners Tammie and Tony Hardin have enjoyed the antiques and “junk/treasures” for about twenty-five years.

“Tony’s mother got me started,” Tammie explains. “She taught me everything I know. I have had a shop in Walnut Springs for twenty-five years.” Tammie grew up in Glen Rose. She decided to move back and open her shop at 1307 NE Barnard. The Barnyard host eight vendors, offering a wide variety of merchandise.

“We carry plants antiques-concrete bird baths and benches to make your garden beautiful,” Tammie added. “The shop also carries books and other useful items…home deco and household items such as painted furniture, glassware and more.”

Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Visit their Facebook page. For more information call 254.396.2299 or 254.396.7797


Junk or Treasure

Summer and Wade Redwine, owners of Junk or Treasure, have lived in Glen Rose with their seven children for the past six years. After being in the restaurant business for the past twenty years, they decided to try something new—something they loved, something that allowed more time for family.

For the past few months, Summer purchased custom painted, stained and revamped junktiques. She started an online business page on Facebook, called Junk or Treasures and it became successful. As the page kept growing more and more people wanted to see her “store.” At this point Wade and Summer realized the carport no longer would work, so they opened there store downtown Glen Rose on the west side of the square.

Junk or Treasure offers diverse items from fifteen different vendors. You can find beautiful, unique custom-painted furniture, home décor items, antiques, custom pillows/curtains and upholstery. Enjoy the women’s boutique showcasing clothing and accessories. Or have your life-statement, family motto or favorite bible verse on a custom made sign or custom monogramming. Pick up car fresheners, candles and Avon products. You can even find your very own cowboy or dinosaur book. Summer and friend Trina Barlow are now carrying children boutique clothing and hosting trunk shows for clothing lines such as Matilda Jane.


Shabbi toO Chic
Hair Boutique

Owner Miranda Overly from the Dallas area and downtown Salt Lake City knows small town salons and big city salons. She came to Glen Rose to open her dream—a full service salon with the best of both. Miranda describes her shop this way:

“It’s small and cozy, but we offer what a lot of people drive to Fort Worth to find. We offer hair cuts for the entire family. Designer color, blowouts, keratin smoothing treatments, extensions, perms and anything else you can want for hair, we provide.”

Miranda and her staff give a full line of nail services. Many different facials including non-surgical face lift, chemical peels and microderm abrasion.

“We also offer off-site services for parties or weddings. We book girls, nurses and teachers night-out,” Miranda said. “We will stay open late, offer food, drinks, services and an on-site doctor, applying Botox.”

Shabbi Too Chic Hair


Boutique has four great ladies to help you. Shani and Megan do all hair services. Hayli does all hair along with mani pedis and one of a kind nail art. Miranda, the owner, does hair, mani/pedi, and facial services mentioned above. Located at 607 NE Big Bend Trail in Glen Rose. Call 254.898.9231 for more information.


Hollywood and vine

hollywoodandVineThe Hollywood and Vine 1890s building, located behind the original historic Glen Rose square was known as the Gaither Sanitarium and Boarding House before becoming the White Gables Inn. Renovated in 2010 in a tropical Key West motif that Jimmy Buffet would love, its uniqueness enticed a new movie starring Randy Travis and James Dupre to use Hollywood and Vine as a backdrop.

New owners and long time Granbury residents, Curtis and Wanda Crider, son Clint and daughter-in-law Ashley, have worked their personal magic to improve the menu, adding specials, prime rib on Saturday nights, fresh cut steaks, and the house-special Prime Rib French dip sandwich and more. Retaining a fun atmosphere remains a goal, and the Criders want to grow and promote community spirit.

Curtis is a construction superintendent by trade, who loves hunting and of course baseball. He coached many Granbury youngsters in sports over the years. His wife Wanda worked for the GISD for several years before running the family business. Her love for the beach, entertaining and cooking fits perfectly with Hollywood’s atmosphere.

Clint and Ashley are both Granbury High School graduates. Clint currently runs the family’s second business in Bedford and assists at Hollywood. He shares his Dads love of Baseball, hunting and enjoys a game of golf whenever possible. Ashley, born and raised in Granbury is a former Granbury high school cheerleader. She enjoys being the mother of their two young daughters. She currently manages the restaurant with Wanda.

The restaurant offers a full bar as well as the best burgers in Glen Rose. Live music on Friday and Saturday nights starts at 7:30 p.m. Dress is casual, price is average and the food is exceptional. Hours are Tuesday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. -11:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Father’s Day doesn’t have to be singular; it can be plural, as in Fathers’ Day. With a proper ounce of perspective, we can view it as a day to celebrate the wonderful “father” figures we do have in our lives and recognize that no man is perfect. 

by: Melissa Wren Brown

Father’s Day may bring about a flurry of emotions. Some of us were blessed with amazing men who proved to be a shining example of love. Some of us just try to muster up one good memory because our fathers were absent or struggling with their own issues.


Praise God, I was given a father who wasn’t perfect, but the last twenty years of his life, he loved the Lord fiercely and fearlessly. My dad, Bill Williams, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma cancer in 2004, but he didn’t let this define who he was. He truly glorified God during his illness.

During the three years of cancer treatment, he wrote a series of inspiring emails to friends and family about the challenges he faced and how his fa

ith sustained him. These missives evolved into a book called, “Cancer Chronicles: One Man’s Journey to Glorify God During Illness.” Released on amazon.com in January 2013, the book is not as much about cancer as it is about going through trials God’s way and giving all the glory to our Creator. The theme revolves around a phrase my dad lived by, “It’s not about me, never was, never will be.”

For those who have lost their father’s to death, abandonment due to work, selfish pursuits, addiction or other reasons, Father’s Day can be bitter sweet…but it doesn’t have to be. Often there are other men in our lives who have stepped in and taken on fatherly roles, whether they are grandfathers or family members.

Three years ago, I met a man named Vic Wiebe, who I now refer to as my E-Dad because we’ve never met in person, but know each other well through emails. We met while I was editing “Cancer Chronicles.” He was publishing a book of poetry to hand out at his funeral. Diagnosed with ALS, he’s lived with it for about seven years, and has written me scores of emails using only two fingers. His body fails him, but he’s encouraged and supported me over the years with every fiber of his failing body by teaching me more about faith and inspiring me to trust God more through my own health issues.

Whether the father in our lives was memorable or deadbeat, our Father in heaven remains the same and has never left our sides, no matter how often we abandoned Him. God is a reason to celebrate because He’s the ultimate Father, healer, protector, provider, and we can only love Him because He loved us first. Perhaps “Father’s Day” is really about the one Father we can never lose and who blesses us with miracles, even when they come disguised as trials.

Melissa is a local writer who resides in Granbury with her husband. She writes human interest stories about faith and life experience and offers writing and editing services. Contact WriteByYouNow@gmail.com.


And the sun came out… We opened our doors after the stormy night and stepped out into the sunshine.

This land between the river holds a power to protect. It’s not magic or miracle. It’s the power of the river. The river meanders to the Gulf of Mexico, nourishing, moving and protecting all the land it wraps around.

I live within the arms of the Brazos in Pecan Plantation. Look on any map and you will see the river loop around and almost touches itself just south of the Lake Granbury dam. There, bad storms, including tornadoes, roar up to the water’s edge and the majority of the time, the storm clouds split or turn and the funnel clouds rise. The clouds move on and then begin descending on the other side of the river. Again the river turns the storm or lifts the low hanging clouds. A few years ago we watched that very event.


The Brazos or as the Spanish called it, Rio de los Brazos de Dios – basically means the Arms of God. I believe the river saved so many homes and lives in the storms of May. It wraps around us and hugs us as the storms pass.

 It’s hard to understand why storms destroy and kill. People say, “God protected us.” Does that mean He didn’t protect others? Or does it rain on the just and unjust? I believe God loves us all and allows a testing at times. He also has a time to be born and a time to die for each of his children. It’s his job to know and control those things. It’s our job to do our best to look out for each other and to listen to the laws of nature. A map reveals the land between the rivers. The Paluxy, the Brazos, the Nolan and many bodies of water zigzag back and forth—hugging the land—turning the storm.

 All are hugged by the arms of God, and we are protected by the river or by luck itself. But we do know, we are loved. We must protect our rivers!

Plan on attending the Granbury Theatre Company’s production of 1776. You will love this fun, entertaining and educational musical. With the backdrop of the Hood County Court, each ticket holder feels the pride of this portrayal of the founding fathers as they work through the writing and signing of the Declaration of the Republic.

There’s no place like Granbury and Glen Rose for the 4th of July. Parades, fireworks and special events top the charts of tourism. Come and celebrate. Let passion of that freedom shore up your resolve to protect that freedom with your life.

Happy 4th of July!

by: Peggy Freeman


Cool weather, an early evening and a huge harvest moon usher in “A Celebration of the Season!” Arts and crafts, fall produce, entertainment, a kids’ amusement area and delicious food makes Granbury’s Harvest Moon Festival a must for families and friends.

The festivities are on Saturday, October 27th from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on the Historic Courthouse Square and from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, October 28th. Admission is FREE.

Enjoy the Scarecrow Decorating Contest, Decorated Pumpkin Contest (all entries will be displayed all day), Kids in Costumes Contest (children under 10 years of age) and a Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest. Dad and Grandpa don’t want to miss the Antique Engine and Tractor Show in Lambert Branch Park and the Antique Tractor Parade at noon on Saturday around the Square.

Special entertainment by local entertainers will be held on our stage with performances on both Saturday and Sunday. The Hot Dog Eating Contest creates fun for the entire family on Sunday afternoon.

People of all ages will enjoy Sunday afternoon and the ever-popular “Pooch Parade.” Pooches, dressed in costumes, do crazy tricks and parade around on Crockett Street.

Join in the fun and make it a Granbury weekend to relax, be entertained, and enjoy great food and shop. The Historic Granbury Merchants Association, the City of Granbury and Hood County sponsor the Harvest Moon Festival. For more information, call HGMA at 817.573.5299 or visit www.granburysquare.com

Fall in Love with Art

A unique event showcasing members’ artwork in various mediums, showcases artists and art-lovers to Granbury’s Shanley House. The annual Fall Festival of Art Juried Show & Sale runs from October 6th – 28th. The public is also invited to a reception on the 13th at 6:30 p.m. at the Shanley House located at 224 N. Travis in Granbury when the awards will be announced.

The Lake Granbury Art Association began 40 years ago and now hosts over a hundred members.  Unique shows open often. The gallery is open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The Shanley House, estimated to have been built by 1886 and very possibly as early as the 1870s, was originally constructed as a gristmill. Known as the Granite Mills, its original proprietor, J. N. Haney, also built the Hood County Jail in 1885.

LGAA’s mission is to promote the education, appreciation and enjoyment of fine art in Granbury. For more information visit www.granburyart.org.


Art on the Paluxy

Glen Rose’s Artist-in-Residence, Robert Summers, and a small, select group of local and regional artists will showcase their talent at the historic Barnard’s Mill and Art Museum in Glen Rose on November 10th.  The Somervell History Foundation (SHF) presents the 5th Annual Art on the Paluxy—an art show and sale. This unique event features promising area artists, including Granbury artists.

All the artists will be in attendance, and some will be working. This is a fabulous opportunity to learn about new artists, visit with them, discuss their art and perhaps acquire something for your home.  Artists are purposely selected who display a variety of mediums and styles, along with artists specializing in pottery, sculpture or jewelry. Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Somervell History Foundation’s primary focus is its unique responsibility in restoring and preserving Barnard’s Mill and Art Museum. Completed in 1860, the Historic Barnard’s Mill was the first permanent structure in the area. The newest part, completed about sixty years ago, is now owned and operated by the SHF and contains Barnard’s Mill and Art Museum. The Mill has been on the State Register of Historical Places for over twenty years and in 1982 was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition to the priority of the restoration of Barnard’s Mill, the SHF focuses on improving the offerings to the community for art appreciation.

Attendance is $10 per person and free to SHF members. Barnard’s Mill is located at 307 SW Barnard Street, Glen Rose.

Dana Vollmer spent her youth getting up before dawn to swim, to train, to reach gold. At twelve while her friends attended parties and shopped, Dana was at the Olympic trial, and at 16 she stood on the Olympic stage and received her first two medals for the USA. Then after eight years of hard work, leading the USA Swim Team to Olympic Gold and setting new world records, Dana came home to do some of those things she didn’t get to do as a teenage—like shop with mom. Shopping on the Granbury Square is always fun; however shopping with an Olympian Gold Medal Champion is extra-special.

 Creek Boutique – We began our Granbury Gold Shopping Spree at Caylor Creek Boutique, tucked into the east side of Granbury Square Plaza. This store offers a combination of California trends and a touch of the south—perfect for Dana. She fell in love with a pair of boots and looked at the high fashion jeans, blouses and handbags–all excellent brands. While Dana tried on more tops and dresses, I checked out Caylor Creek Boutique one-of-a-kind jewelry by local artists and found a perfect pair. Currently open seven days a week at 201 E. Pearl Street. 817.579.5444. Follow on Facebook at Caylor Creek~Granbury.

As we left, I knew two things: Dana’s legs are much longer, younger and faster than mine and the girl can shop!

The Texas Sampler – Marty Vandaveer welcomed Dana with a huge gift-basket full of all kinds of spices and dips. The Sampler says TEXAS. Quick and easy products with quality taste at your shopping leisure in any season and any temperature. Dana’s eyes lit up as she discovered the gluten-free products. Every party should have some. The Texas Sampler is located on the west side of the Granbury Square Plaza, off of Crockett Street 817.573.3486   www.TexasSamplerFoods.com

Rio Grande Boutique – Color pops in the Rio Grande boutique this year– bright and varied. Dana saw a dress the minute we walked into the store. Like most Texas-raised girls, she looked at the sale rack first and found a darling dress, but the one by the front door called her name. Rio Grande offers many styles by top designers. The top of the top, Joseph Ribkoff, designs for Miss America. When Dana tried on the first dress, her dad, mom and I all sighed, “Wow!” Joseph Ribcoff wins the gold with design. Rio Grande Boutique is located at 111 E. Pearl Street. 817.579.0089

RED on the Square – Owner Vicki and Scott Young met Dana and family as we walked in the door. Red offers high-end fashion at affordable prices in fine clothing for women and children. Dana and her mom browsed through women’s fashions, Lee Andersen clothing and Mary Francis designer bags. Dana’s dad, big brother, Nick, and Hendricks, her best friend’s baby, enjoyed RED boutique lines of infant/toddler toys. Located in the Red bank building at 101 Pearl Street on the southwest corner of the Square, Red has its own parking area. 817.573.3300

Artèfactz – Owner Cynthia James, a long-time art friend of Dana’s grandmother, stayed open a little late just for Dana. Artèfactz is a shoppe of creative expression, located on the downtown Granbury Square, it carries unique, nature-inspired, artisan-created products. Purses, backpacks, yarns and t-shirts of all kinds, including Old Guys Rule, make Artefactz a plethora of artistic diversity. Hand-blown art glass balls, in a beautiful mix of colors, along with a wide range of accessories, are just some of the unique merchandise offerings. Dana and her mom left the shop with some beautiful earrings handmade by Cynthia James. Visit www.artefactz.com. 817.573.9446Market on the Square – Owner Melba White watched for Dana from the doorway of her inspiring shop. With ten vendors, it offers ladies clothes, purses, jewelry and other accessories. Handcrafted furniture and wooden gift items and a Christmas room open all year lured her to browse. However the Kenyan Korner, with all proceeds going to the Open Arms Village which is an orphanage for homeless children, caught Dana’s heart. She couldn’t leave without a pair of candleholders with elephant carvings. “It’s a family thing,” Dana explained. In the Vollmer family an elephant symbolizes the love they have for each other, a love that’s never forgotten. Market on the Square is located at 112 N. Houston 817.573.6161

Stuff ‘N’ Nonsense Boutique – Owner, Becky Barton met us as we walked up the steps of the shop. Dana glanced through all the wonderful fall vest and jackets, perfect for California where she lives with her husband, Andy. The great selections of fashion jewelry, watches, scarves, ponchos, and wraps caught her eye–especially the watches. Unique tops to wrap and turn to a completely different style are a favorite. Stuff ‘n” Nonsense Boutique is located at 113 W Bridge St. or call 817.573.9060.

Joe’s Pasta – Dana’s family and friends met us at Joe’s and the wait-staff jumped into service—but they greet everyone that way, even if you’re not a famous gold medal champion. Then owner, Cutter Thompson, served up our favorite, fine Italian cuisine. Dana credits her new gluten free regiment and training in the ocean for the world records she set in the 2012 Olympics. Items like Chicken Diana, Salmon Napolitano served with mixed vegetables or steak, shrimp and fish with palate-pleasing sauces make Joe’s the perfect place for those allergic to gluten products. Joe’s stromboli and pizza are the best this side of New Jersey. Joe’s Pasta and Pizza is located at 512 W. Pearl Street in Granbury visit www.joesingranbury.com or call 817.579.JOES (5637).

Mia Bella Spa – When Dana and I met Michelle at Mia Bella Spa, I listened to the two of them talk about hands-on massage therapy and realized the health reasons for massages. Mia Bella Spa offers massage therapy treatment with full-body massage treatments that are enhanced with scented aromatherapy oils, and hot towels to provide a total-body relaxation experience. Their Deep-Tissue Massage/ Sports Massage stimulates circulation, relieve muscle tension and are great for staying flexible and limber during sporting events. Mia Bella Spa can help us all feel better and be healthier, even if we aren’t competing in the Olympics. Located in the southeast area of the Granbury Square Plaza. Call 682.936.7216 for more information.

Cactus Flower, on the west side of Granbury’s Square, showcases many beautiful jackets, contemporary tops, scarves and matching pants. Rita Scott welcomed Dana and I with her warm smile and friendly help. Cactus Flower carries exquisite designs that flatter all figures—Dana’s tall, trim lines and my…fluffy figure. Sterling Indian jewelry, plus a great line of high quality fashion jewelry, unique home décor, pillows, throws, pottery, dinner wear and genuine, bone-handle flatware all caught Dana’s eye. Visit 104 N. Houston Street or call 817.573.7725.

Doug’s Sports House – Doug Knippa, owner of Doug’s Sports House on the east side of the Square in Granbury may have enjoyed Dana’s shopping spree almost as much as I did. The Sports Shop offers everything for the sports fan, although he didn’t have any Cal State (Dana’s college) memorabilia. How can that be? But when Dana asked about Dallas Cowboy items, Doug quickly showed us his wide selection. Dana especially liked the “pillow pet-by night/football by day” in the Dallas Cowboy mascot. I tried to talk her into a Texas Tech hoody with just the right amount of sparkle. Doug’s Sports House offers a large assortment of gifts for men and it’s located at 120 N. Crockett Street. 682.936.2729.

D’Vine Wine – I planned a surprise for Dana at D’Vine Wine, a special label, personalized titled Dana’s Gold with pictures of Dana at the Olympics and with her husband and her at their wedding. She picked the type of wine from their vast supply. We enjoyed a wine tasting and special music. Joshua Winters, one of the owners of D’Vine Wine (along with Tony and Diane Hedges), discussed family connections and then explained how to make your own wine, bottle it and create your very own personalized labels. Dana signed autographs and wished people in the shop a happy birthday. Located on the north side of the Historic Granbury Square. 817.573.7200 www.dvinewineusa.com 

Agave Tamale Company – The Agave girls met Dana and I for an afternoon tamale–uniquely made, hand rolled, lard free, gluten free and msg free. Long-time friends with Dana and her family, Susan Miller greeted her with a gold-medal hug. They are comfort food—not like any tamale I’ve ever had. We decided these should be called Agave quiche or pies or just yummies–and the girls cook up the best black beans ever with feta cheese on top. Dine in or take out. Agave Tamale Company caters events or can be mailed to friends and family. Located one block west of the Square at 106 N. Lambert Street. Call 817.579.7600 for more information.

Party on the Peak 2012

 the panoramic views of the North Texas prairie from the high vista of Comanche Peak on October 6th. Embark on a rare tour to visit Historic Comanche Peak where original Texans—native and pioneers both once roamed.

The journey to the past begins at 4:00 p.m. at 4401 Peak Road in Granbury, giving the guests time to soak up the rich history of the Peak. Relax with cocktails atop the peak. Enjoy casual entertainment, art displays, historical interpretations, and chuck-wagon cooking demonstrations.

Savor a delicious one-of-a kind dinner prepared by Granbury’s own Homer Robertson, National Cowboy Champion Chuck-wagon Cook. Join in the silent-auction and live-auction, bidding on exciting items and packages. Dance under the big Texas stars to the music of Tommy Hooker.

Funds raised through Party on the Peak will be used for Preserve Granbury projects. Current projects include a cooperative venture with the City of Granbury to restore and open the historic buildings at Lambert Branch Park and the establishment of a preservation “revolving fund” to save endangered historic buildings. Last year, more than 400 guests raised $37,778 for historic preservation projects in Hood County. For more information, call 817.573.2787.

Taste of Granbury 2012

The 11th Annual Taste of Granbury gala brings elegance on the moonlit water of Lake Granbury.  On October 18th from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. the culinary journey begins and includes the following eateries and their fine chefs: Del Norte Tacos, The Loft, Harbor Lakes Golf Club, Riverhouse Grill, Buffalo Gap, Lake Granbury Medical Center, Pearl Street Station and HEB.

The evening’s ambiance continues with a wine tasting and excellent entertainment. A raffle and live auction, with good-humor-bidding on unique items and outstanding value, benefits Granbury’s US Veteran’s Museum, Project Graduation and other community non-profits.

Taste of Granbury 2012, hosted by the Granbury Brigade promises to be even better than last year’s. The Brigade organizes the event and brings local chefs and their delectable cuisine to the Granbury Conference Center.  Brigade members sell tickets, serve as waitstaff, decorate tables, plus secure door prizes and amazing auction items so guests can take home unique prizes.

Tickets sell out fast, so don’t wait. For more information contact Sylvia Hickey at 817.326.5565.

Think Pink!  -  Fashions for the Fighters, the Survivors and Hope

Join in a night of celebration supporting the FIGHTERS, admiring the SURVIVORS and HONORING those taken.  Plus the Pink Ribbon Fashion Show offers a night to remind us to never, ever give up HOPE!

Red on the Square and Stuff ‘N’ Nonsense Boutique present their “Annual Pink Ribbon Fashion Show” with wonderful giveaways, delicious tastings and a showcase of new fall-fashion.

Don’t miss this special event with a few delightful surprises!  Pick up your tickets at Stuff ‘N’ Nonsense Boutique or Red on the Square.

Autumn cool–I love it–a promise of transformation. Green turns to yellow-gold and then orange to red–old growth giving way to new. Leaves turn shades of red, flutter down and cover grass, once green, now washed to beige.
My neighborhood changes too. Fawns growing into long-legged bucks and does. Their spots fade and they romp in the crisp-cool evenings like teenagers on a Friday night. The herd dances through the pecan trees and leap across winding roads.

In the fall, fashions evolve from summer white into earth tones, wrapping around us to warm our spirits. My city is changing too. Wonderful shops–transfigured with vibrant colors of the season.

Recently I peeked in the Opera House window. The site caught my breath. Like a huge gaping wound, it stood void of its beauty. The ghosts haunting the historic building seemed to flutter through the gutted building. But there’s no mournful sound. It’s a song I hear—joyful and whispering of the glory to come. On the eastside of Granbury’s Square, the old Granbury Live building has an amazing new look. It has been transformed into a huge stage with intimate, theater seating. You have to see it for yourself. Maybe I should say, “You have to hear it for yourself,” because the sound is phenomenal.

 I only watched part of a dress rehearsal for The Secret Garden. It was enough to make me know I don’t want to miss this classic musical. The old stage that the legendary Tom McRea built has been extended to double its size. The center rows, from the fifth row back, have been removed, pulling the audience into the stage area. As a fan who refused to sit in what I called, “the hole,” I stood in amazement at the changes. Every seat now offers a perfect view. How did they think of this?

Scott Young, president of the Historic Merchants Association, explained it like this: “Most of us try to think outside the box. Andrew doesn’t have a box!” I so agree! Andrew Barrus may be one of the most creative people I’ve ever met. However he also has a business-savvy. He’s a dedicated, detail person that seems to center him in the task at hand. Drawing plans for stage and sets, designing, planning and building a community of caring people to support the arts.

My shopping/photo shoot with Dana Vollmer was a treat for me. This is an exceptional young woman. Dana has become an icon for Granbury, Texas and the U.S.A. Her mark on the swimming world has placed a pointer on the world map—annotating Texas, Hood County and Granbury as a place that raises up champions. In November Hood County has an opportunity to set excellence as a goal and provide young swimmers with the tools to accomplish their goals.  How many more champions can we build with an Olympic-size-pool where our youth can train? Don’t forget to vote for the future.n opportunity to set excellence as a goal and provide young swimmers with the tools to accomplish their goals. How many m

Voting has never been more important in our nation. We have a clear choice between candidates on all levels and choices between issues. Read, study and listen. Know before you vote. I also would ask each of you to vote your values, not a party.

Fall Festival happens at the end of the month, ushering in the holiday seasons. Willow and Reagan, the magazine-article-writing cats, can’t join in the Bow Wow Trick or Treat, but you can. Cool weather, cool shops, cool new restaurants and wonderful musicals, our annual local star-search every Thursday night at Shanley Park, murder-mystery theater and live shows…it doesn’t get any better than this.


Waterview is Granbury’s most elegant option for full-service senior retirement living on the lake.

Independent Living at The Point offers active seniors the chance to live their retirement years to the fullest, while eliminating thehassles and often unanticipated expenses of home maintenance.

According to General Manager Mitchell George, “Residents appreciate having no more worries about plumbing problems, roof leaks or dealing with rising energy costs, they value how Waterview maintains the community, including their beautiful apartment home, so that they can relax and enjoy life”. Many daily social activities are available for our residents, including: fishing on the lake, boating and water sports, parties and happy hours, wellness activities, movies at our on-site movie theater, and events at our clubhouse with heated pool and hot tub.

The Cove

Assisted Living at The Cove offers so much for an individual or family seeking a community with serenity, safety, and expertise in senior care. While providing exceptional amenities, The Cove also works with residents and their families to design a plan of care to meet your individual care needs. “We dedicate ourselves at the Cove to place the resident first and to partner with their families to provide the best individual care possible,” as stated by Karen Jennings, Executive Director for the Cove.

The Cove residents benefit from a rich package of amenities including three nutritious meals per day prepared by the facility’s own chef, laundry facilities, all utilities except telephone, weekly housekeeping, customized care plans designed by a nurse, 24-hour emergency call systems, apartment maintenance, scheduled transportation, activities and outings, wellness and exercise programs, use of all common areas, and more. Activities are designed around the resident’s interests, including exercise programs, knitting, bible study, local outings and book clubs.

The Cove also offers a certified state-of-the-art memory care community. It has been designed based upon cutting-edge research regarding how to better accommodate the daily living activity challenges faced by memory-impaired individuals. It is located in a separate, distinct, secure neighborhood with loving associates dedicated to providing a safe, stimulating, and therapeutic environment.

Vista’s Edge

Custom-built waterfront homes at Vista’s Edge at Waterview are designed with impeccable taste and exquisite details, featuring: detailed molding, built-in bookcases, state-of-the-art kitchens, energy efficient appliances and construction, interior and exterior fireplaces, beautiful patios overlooking Lake Granbury. Many offer boat docks. With access to all of Waterview’s retirement amenities, the Vista’s Edge is ideal for adults over 55 who desire their independence and prefer a low maintenance, custom-built home.

At Waterview, the residents can age in place gracefully in a full-service community, choosing from custom built lakefront homes, independent living, assisted living, or memory care neighborhoods, depending on their needs. Residents can enjoy a helping hand if they need it while enjoying life on the lake. With full-time lifestyle directors, wellness directors and on-site professional chefs, Waterview has everything you need and everything you want, right here on site. “My commitment along with the associates at Waterview is to provide the strongest level of support as you plan this new phase of living and we look forward to a healthy, long relationship with you.” – Mitchell George, General Manager.

Waterview is located at 100 and 101 Watermark Blvd. near downtown Granbury. For more information visit their website www.WaterviewLife.com or call 817.573.3434.

Mary Lou’s

Dinner Palace Theatre

Theatre cools off the Square with stars like Andrew Barrus. Riding a wave of excellent reviews from Granbury Theatre Company’s production of 1776, Andrew turns his talent to producing and directing the Murder Mystery Dinners at Mary Lou’s. Granbury Nutt House Players present the Murder Mystery A Deadly Game on August 11th and 25th. Visit the website for information on the Gospel Jubilee music show at the Nutt House Hotel or call 817.279.1207. For only $42 each you will enjoy a great three course dinner from Joe’s Pasta and a great show. BYOB.

Glen Rose Bluegrass Jam 

Free bluegrass jam sessions at beautiful Historic Oakdale Park in Glen Rose. All levels of musicians are invited to attend from beginner to old pros. Bring your lawn chairs let the kids swim and have a great family day enjoying the music. Free to the public. The jam begins at 12:00 noon and continues until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday August 18th. For more info visit www.glenrosebluegrass.com.

Labor Day Weekend


Warriors for Christ Biker Bash roars into town September 1st at 10:00 a.m. to September 3rd at 5:00 p.m. Come enjoy the Warriors for Christ Biker Bash over the Labor Day weekend. Expect lots a fun, arts and craft vendors, food vendors and many more activities. For more information please call David or Lisa Kimbrow at 817.964.5492.

Labor Day Weekend

Glen Rose

“Light Up the Town” 5k Fun Run / Walk begins September 1st with a 9 a.m. start time and benefits “Light up the Town” (Glen Rose’s Christmas Celebration). Prizes for: Most Creative Outfit, Brightest Outfit and Best Team Outfit/Uniform. Participants in bright neon gear will have the edge in this contest. Cost is $15 Pre-registration and $25 Day of Event entry fee. This event offers a 3.1 miles – fun run / walk. Register at www.glenrosetexas.net or call 254.897.3081.

Historic Square Sidewalk Sale from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Special Discounts offered at many stores. Prize drawings for shopping and children activities highlight the day. Visit www.historicdowntownglenrose.org for more information.

1st Annual Labor Day Hollywood and Vine’s got Talent – Have a fabulous meal with food and drink specials, and enjoy a talent-filled day. Free admission. Restaurant Hours: 11a.m. to midnight. Scheduled performers begin at 2:00 p.m. with Kim Younkin. Then at 5:00 p.m., Three Rivers Shine takes the stage. Brad Hulsey Band begins at 8:00 p.m. Don’t miss the Hot Dog Eating Contest. To enter call 214.770.5465. Deadline 6 p.m. on August 25th. www.hollywoodandvinerestaurant.com

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