When Shane and Susan Shumake of Silverleaf Construction & Design began building a coffeehouse in January of 2010, it was just another project. But somewhere along the way, business became pleasure. They fell in love with the little coffee shop, and their investment switched from professional to personal. So when the shop opened and closed within a matter of five weeks, it was to Shane and Susan’s great dismay. The owner of the floundering business, Shane and Susan’s former client, came to his friends with a question: would they be interested in taking over? The Shumakes didn’t hesitate. Within the month, about as long as it takes a coffee pot to whistle that it’s done, the shop had reopened as Lone Star Coffee Bar. Today, Shane and Susan’s labor of love stands as Lone Star Coffee Bar & Wine Bar. In addition to java, tea, breakfast, and lunch, they recently started serving wine to accompany sit-down dinners and live music. The wine list also reveals the Shumakes' heart for the community, since they devote about half of it to Texan wines.
Yogurt Zone is one of the few places where dessert has a wealth of health benefits. Frozen yogurt—which comes in flavors such as green-apple tart, heath toffee crunch, green-tea tart, and birthday cake—is high in calcium and protein, can lower cholesterol, and has active cultures that facilitate the digestive process. After pumping any combination of these healthy swirls at Yogurt Zone, customers pile on toppings from a selection that includes granola bars, walnuts, yogurt raisins, and brownie bites before a staffer weighs it to price it.
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Dr. Vu Ho unites artistry and medical experience in his North Dallas facial plastic-surgery practice, Beautiful Faces. His difference: Dr. Ho specializes in facial plastic surgery. Dr. Ho is a board certified surgeon who understands the intricacies of the face. Like an artist, he brings out the beauty of each patient using a combination of noninvasive facial rejuvenation and/or modern facial plastic-surgery techniques. As a facelift specialist, he applies his considerable talent and training to enhancing the most defining and complex human feature: the face.
What?s your favorite part about your job?
My favorite part of my job is seeing how happy my patients are after they see the results from their treatments and notice a true difference in their skin.
Out of your entire repertoire, which is your favorite service to perform and why?
Chemical peels...you see the difference. They are not just a relaxing "froo-froo" treatment.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Chemical peel
Brands Used: SkinCeuticals and PCA Skin
It?s no coincidence that Eatzi sounds a bit like the word ?easy??convenience is exactly what the European-style market?s founders had in mind. But unlike typical to-go spots, Eatzi?s convenience doesn?t equate to mediocre quality. Instead, chefs sear meat and other hot entrees fresh for customers at the open-air grill. They fill display cases with gourmet salads and sides and allow shoppers to sample anything in order to make a decision. And on the bakery side, a European baker with more than 30 years of experience oversees the production of fresh loaves of bread and makes sure that each baguette will fit in the standard Parisian bike basket. Of course, there are plenty of artisan cheeses, deli meats, olive oils, vinegars, marinades, and mustards for the taking in the market, too. The staff can even help pair a bottle of champagne or cabernet with chosen meals.
Some quick Texas facts: the state bird is the mockingbird; the state motto is "friendship;" and the state cupcake is berry pecan. Lisa Britten didn't think that her baked goods had governing potential until 2010, when her signature flavor was sworn in as the official cupcake of Texas after winning a statewide contest. The famed cupcake didn't receive any bodyguards, however. On the contrary?anyone can eat it if they time their trip to Sugar Queen Cupcakes just right.
Berry pecan is one of several rotating favorites on the shop's menu. Others include snickerdoodle, coconut cream, and even pancakes and bacon. Thankfully, though, mainstays such as cream cheese lime and chocolate chocolate chip are available every day. Lisa can also stack her cupcakes in tiers for special events. Her creative themes might delight the eye with cheery sunflowers or add a rustic charm to pumpkin-spice cupcakes by arranging them atop a slice of tree trunk.
Fat Straws isn't making fun of its drinking implements—its straws have to be wide in order to suck out the large tapioca pearls resting at the bottom of the café's bubble teas. The traditional beverage made from Chinese black tea, creamer, and sugar teems with firm, never sticky tapioca balls that infuse each sip with a chewy surprise. For those who prefer a smooth texture, the café creates a slew of artisan teas available hot or iced, along with smoothies, slushes, and shakes, such as the Green Tea milkshake's blend of Japanese green tea and green-tea ice cream.