For Chef Nita of OnTime Cafe, chicken and potatoes were staples on the table when she was growing up. Today, she and her staff sauté chicken with kalamata olives and parsley, or peppers and onions to craft tasty, organic, all-natural meals. They'll also lightly fry salmon croquettes or shape turkey sausage into meatballs. Everything is made to be vacuum sealed and delivered to customers, who then can heat up food that is quick and tasty. Entrees include side dishes such as cinnamon sweet potatoes and artichoke hearts. Even for catered meals, desserts are available, which families can use to bribe their imaginary friends into telling who broke Mom's favorite vase.
With hard-paneled walls, a ceiling, and a 4’x6’ footprint, Smile 4 Me’s photo booths are professionally designed to fit in at all special events, be they birthdays or corporate functions. The booths can also be arranged with an open-air setup to allow guests to slide in front of the camera for photos of group hugs with every single imaginary friend in the world. After subjects strike classic poses wearing oversize glasses and other props, images print out on 2”x6” strips that feature the client’s logo or message of choice. To ensure smooth sailing, a professional attendant remains on hand to answer any and all questions, and every rental comes with a 10”x10” guest book and a CD of all images.
Adam and Leanne Pyle work together on multiple levels: as a husband and wife, as parents, and as professional photographers. The Pyles have been married for 15 years, and for eight of those, they’ve tag-teamed photo shoots around the Dallas area. With four kids of their own, Adam and Leanne recognize the importance of documenting every stage of a family’s growth. They do just that for their clients during on-location sessions, capturing the essence of everything from babies and moms-to-be to high school seniors and pets.
For the first time in its history, the family-owned and operated The Southern Cross invites the public to roam its 40 acres and participate in outdoor activities ranging from rock climbing to petting barnyard animals. Located minutes away from downtown Dallas, the majestic property greets guests with a panorama of ponds, native crab-apple trees, and century-old oaks. Visitors can scale a 24-foot-tall fiberglass rock-climbing wall, fish with provided equipment at the catch-and-release pond, or set off in a paddleboat in hopes of proving that the world is round and actually made of churnable butter. Children can contemplate eternity in the enclosed playground, while jumping in an inflatable house, or trading small-fry salutations in a toddlers’ play area. The grounds also boasts a petting zoo, a 4-foot-deep party pool, and water-balloon-launching facilities capable of lobbing aqueous projectiles up to 75 feet or into the eye of a giant Isaac Newton.
At Watch Ya Fingas, owner and cooking expert Sheila Turrentine cures feverish hungers with a mountainous menu of from-scratch barbecue meats, flaky catfish, and bountiful sides. Inside the family-friendly, casual diner illuminated by broad windows, Sheila and her grill masters barbecue whole chickens, sausage and beef by the pound, and ribs, searing savory flavors into each entree before it's joined by cornbread or wedged between thick slices of regular bread. The diner’s signature fried catfish joins collard greens and a slice of peach cobbler for a meal more southern than Antarctican cuisine.