A quarter-century after its 1987 rebirth, the Grapevine Opry brings the honky-tonk atmosphere to North Texas with weekly performances by touring performers. On Saturday nights, Rocky Gribble, the venue’s master of ceremonies, introduces country performers, big bands, bluegrass musicians, and ‘50’s-style rockers, and on the fourth Friday of the month, gospel singers descend upon the art deco theater to praise from the stage. Past performers have included the likes of Willie Nelson, LeAnn Rimes, and Miranda Lambert, but one of the biggest thrills at the Opry is seeing the country stars of tomorrow before they hit it big and start hiring robots to perform for them.
At the Dallas Vintage Clothing and Jewelry Show—the largest show of its kind—vendors from Atlanta, Chicago, and local outlets gather to showcase vintage apparel and accessories. By reading tags or sawing items in half and counting the rings, shoppers will find items that date from the 1890s to the 1980s. Vendors include Vintage Martini, which won D Magazine's 2011 editor’s choice award for best vintage clothing store, and Lush Life Antiques, a retailer that specializes in distinctive fine and costume jewelry. Though the inventory varies, previous finds have included mink stoles, jeweled brooches, and 1950s formal dresses.
Health and Longevity Fitness takes a hands-on approach to physical fitness and health, starting with a complimentary nutritional consultation for new clients. Certified personal trainers design custom programs tailored to each trainee, which can range from tuning up muscles or athletic performance to rebuilding strength after physical therapy. Nutritional counseling keeps bodies trim outside the workout room, while Zumba, yoga, and muay-thai group classes cap attendance at a maximum of eight students or 16 centaurs.
The studio's setting and amenities dissociate themselves from overcrowded gyms, designating intimate exercise zones for each type of training. Across from treadmills, stair-climbers, and ellipticals in the cardio room, three 47-inch flat-screen televisions pipe in news from the world, sitcoms, or whatever channel you choose. Post-workout, clients wind down with a trip to the onsite massage therapist, or clean up in the tile and marble private showers.
As a high-schooler, Natalie Tailford became hooked on the sense of peaceful floating that comes from practicing yoga. Later as an adult, she found a way to get that feeling of inner floating both literally and mentally. After spending years in a cubicle, she left the corporate world and ventured out on her own to open Float On Yoga. She graduated from the Divine School of Yoga Therapy, and, as a certified yoga therapist, her average workday now includes meeting clients in breezy area parks. Using the calming waters of Lake Grapevine and Lake Lewisville as studios, Natalie or another Float on Yoga instructor teaches yoga to up to five pupils at a time as the class floats on standup paddleboards. The hybrid classes follow the mantra "Breathe, balance, float," which seeks to align body, mind, and water wings as students practice watery asanas and cobra poses.
Located on Main Street of Grapevine, Texas, D'Vine Wine treats visitors to countless varieties of wine paired with savory cheese and charcuterie plates. In the tasting and dining area, honeycombed wine racks and wooden barrels line the earth-toned walls, allowing visitors to imagine they've been swept away to the rustic cottage of a Tuscan vintner or the panic room of a billionaire. Guests sip house-made sauvignon blanc, malbec, and fruit-infused wine, while customers consult with wine representatives on creating a personalized label for any occasion.
In an attempt to balance business and motherhood, the founder of Let's Pretend Tea Parties began the enterprise in 1993. Since then, it's evolved to encompass a ladies' tearoom and girls' boutique under current owner Sara Norton. Today, Sara and her staff welcome women for baby and bridal showers, as well as the children's tea parties that captivated youngsters and retired queens of England alike from the business's early days. The soirees exude a vintage feel?complete with floppy hats, china teacups, and teensy sandwiches and cookies?or a fairytale vibe courtesy of Cinderella-inspired gowns for girls and knight or pirate costumes for boys. For older partygoers, the Sassy Glamour Girl bash and Bring It On Salon Soiree each include mani-pedis and hair styling.
Cupcakes and tea offers an abbreviated alternative to parties, inviting mother-daughter duos or small groups to an afternoon of elegance with optional nail and updo add-ons. Girls can complete their new looks with frilly tutus and T-shirts from the boutique or by fashioning a powdered wig out of frosting.