The Dickey’s Barbecue Pit sign may be ubiquitous today as a spot for good ole’ Texas barbecue, but when Travis Dickey first opened his Dallas shop in 1941, the sign had to share space with advertisements to help pay rent. In the 70 years since then, the Dickeys have done well for themselves, with their initial store spawning a slew of franchises throughout the country. Though the barbecue at each outpost is no longer under the hand of one of Dickey’s descendants, each shop still smokes their own meats in-house to create the signature Texan flavor that infuses their briskets, pulled pork, and fall-off-the-bone ribs.
Meals can come in any size, from the a la carte sandwiches to platters that incorporate a chosen number of meats with a buttery roll, a pickle, ice cream, and two homestyle sides. Whether serving up their dishes in the dining room or packing them up for take-away or catering, the staff ensures that each client gets a taste of Texas home cooking without the hassle rubbing every dish on a campfire crock-pot.
Music swells within the local grassroots studio, bouncing off ceilings and reverberating through microphones. Matthew Vitti of Mother Brother Studios captures the sounds with an arsenal of recording gear. A musician himself with a passion for vintage gear, Matthew helps artists of all genres record albums or audition CDs.
Matthew uses his trained ear during session work, helping to arrange and compose pieces and choosing the right studio musician to bring in if need be. His network of professional musicians allows him to draft a technically proficient drummer for challenging percussion tracks or call in a soothing violinist when a rowdy drummer won’t go to sleep. The Studio extends their services to artists of all ages and genres.
A four-time Emmy nominee and 2008 winner for his children's show The Adventures of Young Thomas Edison, Randy Rossilli, Jr. knows how many components go into making a quality TV show or film. The three studios at his 11,000-square-foot Nightstand Studios come outfitted with all the necessary tools for a stress-free shoot, including private makeup stations, control rooms, and, at Studio C, a green screen. Randy's facility also caters to musicians with a recording studio equipped with ProTools, two isolation booths, and a wide range of quality microphones.
Inside Salina’s nail salon, a team of technicians clip, shape, and buff digits before applying eye-catching polishes. Classic mani-pedis leave nails sheathed in a colorful polish, and pink-and-white acrylics create a natural-looking extension of the nail, which doubles as a protective layer when attacking unruly shoelace knots. The salon also handles more comprehensive tasks for clients, such as applying UV gels and gluing on silk wraps.
Since 1997, ice skaters have gracefully glided beneath clear skies atop the shiny surface of the outdoor Westport PAL Rink at Longshore. Every night when the sun goes down, overhead lights flicker on around the boards to accommodate late-night triple axels and hockey games delayed by puck strikes. The rink?s instructors are each certified by the United States Figure Skating Association and offer group and private instruction in figure skating, hockey, or basic technique. The rink is now a full regulation size rink and measures 200'x85'.