It was really nice to have a couple of sunny, warm days mixed in with the necessary rainy days this week; it was very spring-like.
On Monday evening, March 16, we had another very productive Council Work Session that began at 6pm at Town Hall. We reviewed our work on developing a policy expression on housing, which we hope to conclude and formalize with a resolution at the next Regular Council Meeting on March 24.
We also completed preparations for the spring Town Meeting, to be held this Monday evening, March 23, at the Addison Conference Centre. We will begin promptly at 7pm with some very important introductions and well-deserved recognitions, and then we will proceed quickly into the core business of the evening. Each of our Council Members will have six minutes to cover the highlights of their recent liaison work. Then we will move on to the Q&A portion of the evening. We have sent out a couple of reminders by mail, through social media, and in this newsletter, and we also have signs up all over Addison to encourage everyone to come join us. I really hope you make a point to come hear from my Council Colleagues as they have worked hard, not only in their Council work, but also in their expanded responsibilities as liaisons. Though tradition has been for the mayor to be the principal speaker during the fall Town Meeting, the spring meeting will focus on providing my Council Colleagues with the opportunity to share some of their work with the members of our community and for you all to get to know them better. So please make an effort to join us! I believe you will be very proud of the work our Council has done together and the work each Council Member has done individually on behalf of Addison.
The next Regular Council Meeting will be Tuesday evening, March 24, beginning at 6pm. We plan to cover the following subjects: an update on Addison’s new website and mobile app, a report from DISD on future programs and facilities plans, finalization of our housing policy discussion, and a review of our Community Partners Bureau policy.
With the improving weather and those New Year’s resolutions many of us made not too far in the past, I thought it might be a good idea to visit some new fitness and nutritional businesses here in Addison. On Monday afternoon, I dropped in to see the good folks at Pure Barre Addison, 5000 Belt Line Road Suite 200, at Addison Walk Shopping Center. I met with new owners Giselle and David Gafford and officially welcomed them to Addison. Pure Barre has been open for about six weeks and they already have a loyal following of clients, including Council Colleague Mary Carpenter and WaterTower Theatre philanthropist Barbara Daseke, who both encouraged me to stop by and say hello. Giselle gave me a tour of their beautifully finished out space and shared a few thoughts with me. “Pure Barre is a fast and effective workout with the ability to quickly transform clients’ bodies,” Giselle explained. “Focusing on the areas of the body clients struggle with the most, Pure Barre lifts the seat, tones the thighs, abs, arms, and burns calories in record-breaking time. The principal behind Pure Barre is to work imperative muscles to fatigue using small, isometric movements, and then stretch them back out which creates long, lean and strong physiques. The workout is low-impact, designed to work for people of all shapes, sizes, and fitness levels. No dance background is required – as long as you can hold on to the ballet barre, you can do Pure Barre! Pure Barre, however, is more than just a workout; it is a lifestyle. It is close-knit community where everyone supports and empowers each other, both inside and outside of the studio.”
“Clients are attracted to Pure Barre because of the results it produces and how it makes them feel – strong, healthy, and confident,” Giselle said. “It is appealing because it is so very effective. Clients typically see results in just 10 classes. For optimal results, classes should be taken at least three to four times per week.”
Pure Barre Addison has structured its class offerings to accommodate all types of personal schedules. They built their class schedule so that clients can fit their workout into their day, coming in before work, after work, after carpool, or even during their lunch hour. The studio is equipped with dressing rooms and cubbies where clients can safely leave their belongings during class. The studio also has a retail area with the latest in high performance fitness apparel and accessories. For more information on Pure Barre Addison or to view the class schedule, visit the website at www.purebarre.com/tx-addison or send an email to Addison@purebarre.com. Pure Barre Addison is currently offering a New Client Special for four weeks of unlimited classes for $100.
“Pure Madness is the ultimate personal and team challenge,” Giselle said. “During the month of March, we are challenging our clients to complete 20 classes in the 31 days of March. On a national level, the Pure Barre studio with the highest percentage of participants who complete the challenge will win a day of pampering for its clients funded by Pure Barre Headquarters. There are more than 275 studios around the country. For clients of Pure Barre Addison who complete the challenge, they will receive various prizes and discounts. Clients can track their progress using personalized key chain trackers or the in-studio tracking board.”
Giselle and her team may have selected Addison for our great location and positive business atmosphere, but I expect they will also be very successful because of their ability to very quickly build a loyal client base. Welcome Giselle and the entire Pure Barre team!
To maintain our theme of fitness and nutrition this week, I headed over to one of the newest food concepts in Addison. Snap Kitchen has been open for about eight weeks, located just west of Pure Barre on the north side of Belt Line Road at 4941 Belt Line Rd. I visited with General Manager Lianne Aquino and her team. They are focused on fresh, healthy take-away food, juices, salads, snacks, and entrees available in a variety of sizes. All food is freshly prepared and ready for you to take. “With passion and innovation at the heart of everything we do, we use the constant evolution of our menu to form strong relationships with our guests, and our communities,” Lianne said.
“Since 2010, we have worked hard to create a place for people to experience consciously crafted food that is both delicious and nutritious,” Lianne continued. “We are dedicated to educating our guests and providing healthy, chef-driven creations prepared with the highest quality ingredients available.”
Snap Kitchen’s prices are all very reasonable with entrees ranging in price from about $5.00 to around $13.00 with their top-seller being the Bison Quinoa Hash. Click here to visit their website. Welcome to Lianne and the team at Snap Kitchen! Thank you for being one of the great healthy food options available in Addison.
I then went to check on the folks at Crucial Four, 4950 Keller Springs Rd. Suite 170, to see how their recent expansion and remodel is coming along. Charles Barber, founder and CEO of Crucial Four, introduced me to his new employees and showed of his new retail space. Charles reminded me that the name of their company comes from the crucial four systems of the body: cardiovascular, immune, endocrine, and digestive systems. “Your journey is our passion,” Charles said. “At Crucial Four we strive to build your body with the critical ingredients that are absent from our modern food system, helping you achieve a balance that fosters a stable and a natural vitality and sustain that energy over time, enabling you to thrive in ways you never thought possible.”
Crucial Four’s products include meal replacements, shakes, water infusions, oral concentrates, and healthy snacks. All of these are available at their Addison location and are becoming more widely available through other retailers and fitness centers. Click here to visit their website. Congratulations Charles! We’re glad to see you are doing so well here with us here in Addison.
These three relatively new businesses here in Addison help us maintain a healthy lifestyle. Combine these with our parks, the Addison Athletic Club, and our multiple venues for exercise, and it’s easy to see how Addison is a great place to live healthy. Maybe it would be worthwhile to revisit those New Year’s resolutions?
I hope you saw the excellent story that ran on the front page of the Dallas Morning News Business Section on Sunday, March 15 about Addison-based company Globe Runner and its founder and CEO Eric McGehearty. Eric speaks openly in the article about the challenges of dealing with acute dyslexia and the business principles it has helped him develop, most importantly to “focus on building strengths, not rehabilitating weaknesses.” Eric is the perfect rebuttal to those who say people with learning differences have damaged brains. “They’re just wired differently – sharper in some ways than ‘normal brains,’ he says. ‘Areas I’m good at: language skills, creativity, spatial reasoning, math skills. I’m extremely logical… Because of my dyslexia, I’m more proficient in these areas than I would be otherwise – similar to someone who has low vision and their hearing improves. At least that’s my theory.’”
Judging by Eric’s corporate success, he’s proving the validity of his theory each day, which isn’t too surprising since research shows that successful entrepreneurs are three times more likely than the general population to have learning differences. That may explain why so many folks with dyslexia actually see it as a big advantage!
I really encourage you to take a look at the entire article and I believe you will be as proud as I am that Eric and his team have chosen Addison as their corporate home. Globe Runner was founded in 2009 as an SEO, content-marketing, and online advertising firm that now has more than 60 clients, 18 full-time employees, plus contactors and skyrocketing revenues! It sure sounds like Globe Runner’s branding and social media strategist Alicia Kan has it right when she says, “Eric’s managed to pull all of us disparate bits and bobs into a successful agency.”
Last Sunday afternoon, March 15, I was honored to represent Addison and the City Council at the 95th birthday celebration of longtime Addison resident and active volunteer, Sol Wald. I presented a proclamation to Sol recognizing many of his lifetime achievements, including his help with the Addison Citizens Assisting Police group in its earliest iteration. I have had the pleasure of knowing Sol since 1976 and it was great to meet his family and other friends and share some fun stories.
On Tuesday evening, March 17, Planning & Zoning Commission Chairman John Oliver gave me a few minutes during their regularly scheduled P&Z Commission meeting to present recognitions of service. I presented Addison’s recognition award to Ivan Hughes, who recently resigned to run for City Council, for his three years of service and to Kathryn Wheeler for completing her term-limited six years of service. This recognition is well-deserved for both of these folks, who are representative of the caring and passionate intellectual capital Addison has been very fortunate to have in its service. Thank you both!
On Tuesday morning, March 17, City Manager Lea Dunn and I represented Addison at the monthly Metroplex Mayor’s Association meeting and breakfast at the Marriott Quorum hotel. Our speaker was Brandon Aghamalian, president of Austin-based Focused Advocacy. Brandon gave us a legislative update and provided his views on pending bills that may or will affect our cities. There have been 6,305 bills filed in Austin so far and more than 1,000 affect cities in Texas. “Local governments are in the cross hairs,” Brandon said. This is something we will obviously monitor very closely between now and the possible end of the legislative session on June 1. The attendance at this meeting was very good and I believe the concern for the pending legislation and its impact on our cities has city managers and mayors from around the Metroplex unified on key issues. I will share more on this as the session develops and we find additional ways to share our concerns with local representatives.
Metrocrest Services celebrated their 10th annual Keyholder Breakfast on Thursday, March 19 from 7:15am until just before 9am. I want to extend a big Addison thank you to Kris Brown and the entire team of folks at the Marriott Quorum for hosting the largest Metrocrest Services Keyholder Breakfast ever, with more than 420 folks present, and also to Addison-based BASA Resources Inc. for continuing to be the very important presenting sponsor. Congratulations and job well done to CEO Tracy Eubanks and the entire Metrocrest Services staff, board and volunteers. This annual event helps the Metrocrest community to fulfill the organization’s mission “to provide programs for individuals, families, and seniors that lead to self-sufficiency and foster independence in Carrollton, Farmers Branch, Coppell, Addison and Dallas in Denton County.”
I was so pleased to be part of a very large Addison contingency of elected officials, including Council Colleagues Blake Clemens, Bruce Arfsten, and Mary Carpenter, Council liaison Lance Murray, Community Partners Bureau Chairman Troy Cooper, other civic leaders, Addison staff members, and local business leaders, who all expressed support for this groups’ work. The basic statistics are compelling with Metrocrest Services assisting more than 17,000 people in 2014 with the bundled service approach for seniors, moms, kids, and families, helping them heal, and bridging the gap to self-sufficiency. While the raw numbers are impressive, they did not touch our hearts as effectively as the four personal stories delivered by current and recent clients of Metrocrest Services. Hearing and seeing the amazing difference the work of Metrocrest Services has made through the eyes and voices of actual recipients created lots of wet eyes, or as said by Master of Ceremonies Mike Doocy, there was “an outbreak of allergy issues.”
Our Third Thursday of the Month Coffee with the Mayor was unusually well-attended, as 14 neighbors joined me and Mayor Pro Tempore Blake Clemens for a very nice, casual chat about Addison. Our group covered the entire demographic profile of Addison, from brand new residents to folks who have been with us for more than 20 years. Topics and questions included the wind turbines, pot holes, the need for more public spots for recycling, library cards and their cost and effective use, and pet owners’ failures to curb their dogs and abide by Addison’s leash law, most notably in Bosque and Spruill Parks. We also discussed Addison’s housing policy, the Sam’s Club site, the need for us to likely find a new location for our twice yearly garage sales. The evening was another great opportunity for more Addison folks to get to know each other and for us to talk about ways we can make Addison even better.
Just as a quick reminder, next month our Coffees with the Mayor will be on Wednesday, April 1 at 10am at Dunn Brothers Coffee, 3725 Belt Line Rd., and Thursday, April 16 at 6pm at Astoria Caffe in Addison Circle, 15701 Quorum Dr.
This has been a very busy week with more to follow so please stay tuned! I hope you will feel free to forward this newsletter to anyone who you believe might enjoy it and, of course, you are welcome to encourage your neighbors to sign up for their own copy, which we send out every Friday afternoon. Sign up to receive our weekly newsletter here!
Please remember to join us on Monday evening, March 23 at 7pm at the Addison Conference Centre for the Spring Town Meeting.
See you soon,