When homebound, people can feel cut off from the world outside their door. Company may be scarce, and trips to the grocery store or market may be impossible. But Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County aims to improve the lives of homebound individuals and other people in need through programs that help promote independent living with dignity. Its volunteers provide hot, nutritious meals as well as grocery-shopping services, home repairs, and friendly visits and phone calls. And the organization dives deep into the health of the people it serves. Each of its 4,000-plus clients receives an in-home assessment and quarterly follow-up sessions, and clients can even request private nutritional counseling from a licensed dietitian. What results? In 2012, 91% of Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County's clients said the organization's services helped improved their overall quality of life, and 57% believe that they "would not be able to remain living in their own home" without its services.
Trinity Bicycles is conveniently located two blocks south of the T&P Rail Station and open seven days a week. With four hours of velocipede cruising time, you can explore downtown Fort Worth or head to the nearby Trinity River Trail System, which offers 40 miles of pedaling path along the river and is surrounded by scenic city parks, the Fort Worth Zoo, and Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Trinity Bicycles is a full-service bicycle shop locally owned by people who ride their bikes every day and are passionate about helping bikes find their flesh-and-bones soul mates. Swing by the shop, located in the Historic Near Southside, for a morning or afternoon double-legged dose of the surrounding cityscape.
Founded as a spice trader that made deliveries via horse-drawn stagecoach in 1870, Pendery's World of Chiles & Spices continues to stock customers with fine, fresh spices and original seasoning blends. Air-tight parcels preserve blends and rubs that enhance a variety of dishes ranging from an oven-smoked barbecue rub for juicy ribs and brisket ($5.30/8 oz.) to an apple-pie spice for blinding gingerbread ninjas ($7.14/8 oz.). Its collection of chilies includes appearances by smoke-dried golden jalapeños ($16.20/8 oz.), ground chilies arranged alphabetically, and whole or diced pods to get taste buds pounding. Cast magic peppercorn dust on grilled steaks to give them an extra-zesty aroma ($7.46/8 oz.). Mash feelings of inferiority and ungrounded herbs with a black-marble large mortar and pestle bowl ($17.99) and line shelves with spice containers to store the ashes of your old love letters.
It’s a good thing James Bryant’s parents didn’t pay him more allowance. At 10, he found his $10 weekly payday unacceptable, so he started knocking on neighbors’ doors to see if they’d like him to mow their lawns. The business grew as he did, and, by the time he finished high school, he felt certain that landscaping was his true passion. Since officially founding Bryant Lawn and Sprinkler in 1995, James has continued to find fulfillment in creating natural works of art out of previously lackluster yards and gardens. He and his team do this by planting flowers, mulching gardens and installing eco-conscious sprinkler systems. They also design yard lighting so that, at night, freshly pruned shrubs stand out and moths can use shadow puppets to tell their brief life stories.
Elizabeth Samudio, owner of Elizabeth Anna’s Old World Garden, cultivates an eco-friendly urban sprawl of thriving flora and fauna situated just minutes from downtown. Wander through rows of edible, unusual, and native plants whose organic designation signals freedom from synthetic fertilizers and herbicides, and whose lushness and vibrancy make them ideal camouflage for secret backyard wrestling leagues. Secure a romantic rendezvous with beguiling rose varietals, or nurture fruit trees and veggie starts into fully stocked, self-replenishing produce aisles. Samudio and her staff of greenthumbs will gladly aid customers with photosynthesizer selection, sharing planting and care tips for aesthetics ranging from asparagus ferns and creeping ivy to topiaries shaped like the mailman.