November 2021
news and updates


While we’ve all been daydreaming about those beautiful skate plaza renderings coming to life, the Fire Station Park design consultants have been hard at work on another exciting section of the park. Our skatepark design experts at New Line Skateparks – in collaboration with the fantastic landscape architecture team at Pacheco Koch, the City of Fort Worth Parks Department and our team at Near Southside – are putting finishing touches on the plans for a children’s bike track.

This feature is a concrete closed-loop practice track consisting of rolling berms and other elements, all connected by banked-turns and inviting for wheels of all types and experience levels. Even more exciting is how close we are to beginning construction at 1616 Hemphill in the vacant land that sits adjacent to the Fire Station Community Center! More fundraising and schedule updates to come very soon.

You know we love a good pilot project, and the next one we are working on will introduce a unique and unexpected social space to South Main Village called The South Main Squeeze. An existing public alley connecting South Main Street and Bryan Ave is too narrow for vehicular through traffic, but will be re-imagined as a lively public patio. Our NSI team, along with the adjacent business owners of Roots Coffee, Emporium Pies, Rancho Loma Vineyards, Winton and Waits, Apothenne, and The 4 Eleven, collaborated on an adaptable and flexible design concept, one that will still allow commercial deliveries when needed.

The re-imagined space will feature seating areas, moveable planters, overhead lighting, and artistic enhancements throughout the alley. We are working with the City of Fort Worth on agreements to allow the space’s activation very soon. As an additional bonus, the South Main Squeeze provides a direct pedestrian connection to The Skinny, the public park located on Crawford Street.

You might have noticed a few parklets recently pop up along Magnolia Ave, and now we’re close to a parklet debut for South Main Street. The concept, initially designed by the talented team at 97w Architects with additional budget adaptations by NSI’s Allison Docker, is now well into the fabrication stage. Several large planters, fabricated by Brandon Pederson of BrotherSister Design and Patrick Adams of 6572build, will sit on a platform supported by pedestal pavers. This pedestal system allows the parklet to occupy a site with significant slope while maintaining a flat platform surface. Accessible to all visitors, this parklet will be located along the east side of South Main adjacent to the plaza next to Hot Box Biscuit Club.

The parklet will be available for public use, providing a great social spot for residents as well as visitors to the nearby restaurants and shops, including Hot Box, Morgan’s Ice Cream, Tremogli (opening soon), and future destinations across the street at 314 S. Main Street. Keep an eye out for parklet installation coming soon and check out the cool fabrication progress photos below!
Near Southside Extension

We’re extremely excited about continuing progress in the planning and engineering of the TEXRail extension. This initiative led by Trinity Metro will extend the regional TEXRail commuter line to a new Near Southside station located just south of Mistletoe Blvd. along the FW&W rail corridor. The station should be well positioned to serve workers and visitors to the Near Southside’s western medical district, home to Baylor Scott & White All Saints, Medical City Fort Worth, Cook Children’s, THR Harris Methodist, dozens of independent clinics, Magnolia Ave. destinations, and other businesses. The station will also be convenient to the nearby Mistletoe Heights, Berkeley Place, and Fairmount neighborhoods.

Kicking off in early 2022, an NSI-led planning effort will focus on the area surrounding the station. This study will complement Trinity Metro’s engineering work focused on rail service and station operations, with both efforts sharing the primary goal of maximizing the station’s success for passengers and the surrounding community. The parallel planning effort is focused on Transit-Oriented Development (often shortened to “TOD”) possibilities for the property owned by Baylor Scott & White immediately adjacent to the proposed station. The TOD planning initiative is a collaborative effort among NSI, Baylor Scott & White, the City of Fort Worth, Trinity Metro, and the Mistletoe Heights neighborhood. Under the leadership of Councilmember Elizabeth Beck, a collaborative steering committee will hire a consultant team with urban design, engineering, and development experience on similar TOD projects. Following detailed analysis of the site and discussion of all related issues and goals, the team’s ultimate deliverable will be a detailed conceptual development plan that lays out vehicular and pedestrian circulation routes, new building sites, proposes potential uses for those buildings, public spaces, and any other infrastructure required to implement the plan. The plan would then serve as a guide for private development as well as any necessary public infrastructure investment. Stay tuned for updates over upcoming months as the TOD planning work kicks off.

Read more about progress made by the Trinity Metro team as they go through all federal review steps. Follow the project here.
Travis Avenue Mixed-Use

Extended pandemic delays and challenging infrastructure conditions weren’t enough to halt progress on this exciting Travis Avenue project. Amy Thanpaisarnsamut and her entrepreneurial family, owners of the popular restaurant Spice on Magnolia, plan to bring the same high level of innovation and quality to a new mixed-use project on Travis Ave. just north of Rosedale. On the ground floor will be the family’s next new restaurant, occupying 3,900 square feet, and three apartments will be located above on the second floor. A shaded outdoor patio is sited on the western side, and a small parking lot north of the building will allow convenient access for those visiting from outside the neighborhood. The site and building design from Bennett Partners incorporates elements reflecting the area’s residential history, but with a contemporary touch that complements other new projects nearby, including the almost completed mixed-use project immediately to the west designed by 97W. That project’s collaboration in managing stormwater was key to helping this Travis Ave. project move forward. Stay tuned for visible progress soon!

Following a series of strongly supportive community meetings and presentations to City Council, a development agreement for a major mixed-use development in Evans & Rosedale village are moving forward. A wide range of new housing options, retail storefronts, restaurants, a proposed grocery store, small business spaces, and a major expansion of public park space would be developed on property currently owned by the City of Fort Worth and affiliated entities. The project will be delivered through an extensive public/private partnership led by the development team at Hoque Global Properties. It has been a pleasure working with the City’s Economic Development Department, Hoque Global, Councilmember Chris Nettles, the Historic Southside Neighborhood Association, and all others involved in advancing this exciting vision for Evans & Rosedale.

Site activity should begin within the next few weeks for the long-awaited redevelopment of the Magnolia block between Adams and Washington. Urban Genesis is the development team behind the Magnolia Highline project. The development of the former FWISD site will incorporate a full block of ground floor storefronts along Magnolia — spaces ideally suited for the next generation of local businesses — and three floors of residential units above. Parking is located at ground level, tucked behind the retail spaces, under the upper floor units, and also shielded from view along Adams and Washington. NSI thanks FWISD for delivering decades of civic milestones on this block, including the recent launches of both the World Languages Institute and the Young Women’s Leadership Academy. We’re fortunate to see an exciting new future, shown in the rendering below, taking shape for this important Magnolia block.

Images show current site (left) and project rendering (right).
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David Chappell had a profound impact on the Near Southside over the last three decades. As District 9 City Councilman elected in 1989, David led the founding partnership that oversaw the Southside Medical District Strategic Plan, completed in 1995 as the guide for all subsequent economic and community development efforts in the Near Southside.

We were extremely saddened to hear of David’s passing last week. His contributions to the district continued from those early days on through this year, including leadership roles at Medical City Fort Worth, where he served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, in partnerships with TechFW and Cowtown Angels, and so much more. David will be sorely missed. He leaves a distinguished record of accomplishment that we’ll continue to build on well into the future. David was preceded in death by his wife Ann Sutherland Chappell, a well-known communications professional and community activist. She died in February 2020. Learn more about David's legacy here, here, and here.
My connection and attachment to the Near Southside started when my family moved to Fort Worth in 1974, so that my father, Dr. Pat Brennan, could join Dr. Kermit Olsen in a new nephrology practice called Dialysis Associates. Their first office was located on St. Louis Ave. just south of where Mag & May is today; in the mid-80s they built their new facility on Magnolia Ave., still there today, across the street from Upper 90 and Taqueria San Andres.

Over a 30-year medical career, working almost entirely within the Near Southside’s medical district, Dad and many of his colleagues became active participants and leaders in the community’s revitalization effort. They were property and business owners, hospital leaders, and board members of this new non-profit economic and community development organization created in 1995 to spearhead the initiative. Today, 26 years later, it’s an honor for my NSI teammates and I to proudly say that the fledgling non-profit and the revitalization effort they helped put in motion is stronger than ever.

Like so many of his generation of Fort Worth physicians, Dad loved the Near Southside dearly — even having his 50th birthday party at the Paris Coffee Shop — and he continued following and supporting NSI and the district’s progress throughout his career as a physician, and also during a 20-year winemaking career that followed.

I’ll admit it was pretty cool to see him and my mom Trellise — who had worked as an RN in the district over the same 30 years — at Near Southside Shindigs, seated at the head table, as our NSI team shared the latest stories of progress with them and hundreds of other attendees, many of whom were also part of this incredible community effort from the beginning.

Today we’d like to honor all of the early partners, teammates, supporters, and stakeholders that believed in the strength of the Near Southside and set in motion a momentum that still carries us forward everyday. My family, along with all of Dad’s friends, were very sad to lose him earlier this month, after his brave battle with ALS.
We are also inspired to make him and those pioneering partners proud of our work, as we continue building the special community they once led. 
— Mike Brennan
We were saddened to hear of the untimely passing of Daphne Brookins, trustee for Fort Worth Independent School District 4, following a brief illness this month. Trustee Brookins also served as the school board's second vice-president. Her list of accomplishments testifies to a life of service to community. Brookins joined the school board in 2019 to fill a vacant seat and then was elected to a full term during this year’s election. Both before and during her tenure on the board Trustee Brookins advocated to incorporate social and emotional support into students’ day-to-day curriculum and use community resources to spur a school district culture focused on supporting and serving students. 

“Words cannot express our devastation and sadness at this news,” Board President Tobi Jackson said in a written statement from the district. “Ms. Brookins was a champion for kids and a much-valued colleague who embraced her board work with collegiality and dedication. More than that, she was a dear friend whose smile illuminated any room she was in. Our thoughts are with her family right now, especially her sons.” Brookins is survived by three sons.

The schools she represented in District 4 include O.D. Wyatt High School, I.M. Terrell Academy, Morningside Middle School, Morningside Elementary School, W.M. Green Elementary School, David K. Sellars Elementary School, Harlean Beal Elementary School, Clifford Davis Elementary School, Carter Park Elementary School, Edward J. Briscoe Elementary School, Carroll Peak Elementary School, Van Zandt-Guinn Elementary School, Versia Williams Elementary School.

Read more about her legacy here, here and here.
It has been a big news month for JPS Health Network. First came the announcement of longtime President and Chief Executive Officer Robert Earley’s retirement. After 13 years at the helm of Tarrant County’s expansive and publicly-supported healthcare network, Mr. Earley shared that he will retire in 2022. 

Immediately, leaders across the city took to social media to thank Mr. Earley for his many years of leadership and share personal stories of how he had shaped one of the city’s most important institutions. The resounding message was that Robert Earley’s special breed of leadership will be missed. Earley was known to visit team members on hospital units, exchange hugs and high fives, and even serve lunch in the JPS Cafeteria. His three rules – Own It, Seek Joy and Don’t be a Jerk -- have been adopted and trademarked as the JPS Rules of the Road, guiding how staff members in all roles interact with colleagues, patients, and the community.
“He is the heart, the soul, the spirit of JPS, and I think that he has embedded that goodness in each of us. Who we are is because of him. We will go forward with hope and faith and seeking joy and we’ll continue to live the mission and the purpose and the values that he has instilled and reinforced in all of us.”
Lee Ann Franklin
Executive Director
JPS Spiritual Care & Ethics

“Robert Earley is by far, the most talented and outstanding CEO that I have ever worked with in my professional career. He is mission-driven, has tremendous energy, and leads with a passionate commitment to improving the lives of our patients, our healthcare workers, and our employees. His creative work with people and thoughtful collaboration with our community brings him joy and this is his greatest gift. He has fun – motivating and empowering our team with happiness, love, goodwill, and gratitude. Robert Earley has skillfully shaped the destiny and culture of the JPS Health Network for the past decade and his positive impact will continue to last for decades to come.” Dr. Jay Haynes, MD, Senior Medical Director of Innovation and Integration for the physician group Acclaim

“JPS has been so incredibly blessed to have had Mr. Earley as a leader. He has facilitated so many positive changes within the hospital over the years, one of which has been to completely revolutionize the overall attitude and spirit among employees which, in turn, trickles down to the patients and provides them a much greater level of care and overall experience. It is truly a different hospital than it used to be before Mr. Earley presence and I have been so proud to work under his leadership. It is extremely rare to have a CEO who is so genuine, down to earth, compassionate, incredibly kind and who greets everyone he meets with a huge smile and kind gesture. It will be impossible to replace him but we are so grateful for the amazing foundation that he has laid down that we will continue to follow with pride. Retiring so that he can devote his full time and attention to his parents is just another testimony to his kind and loving nature. He will be truly missed.”
Jill Pollard, JPS Child Psychiatric Specialist
“Robert Earley has previously served as a member of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Board of Trustees and helped shape our strategies within the North Texas, especially in Tarrant County. His previous experience in the Texas legislature has proven beneficial to advocacy regarding Medicaid expansion and the renewal of the Medicaid 1115 Waiver. His public service has certainly continued with his leadership at JPS Health Network. We thank him for his compassionate service, keen sense of humor, and caring for some of the most vulnerable in our society. We wish him well in his retirement.” Stephen Love, President/CEO of the DFW Hospital Council

The list of accomplishments during his tenure is long. Earley became interim president and CEO in 2008, and the JPS Board of Managers named him to the role permanently nine months later. Since then, the health network has seen tremendous growth in both the number of patients it serves and the services it provides. JPS has won praise for its many accreditations and highest levels of care, including Level I Trauma, Stroke, Sepsis, Delirium, and AMI, among other certifications.
In the middle of the pandemic, JPS was recognized by Washington Monthly magazine and Lown Institute as the Best Hospital for America, topping rankings for its service to the community, civic engagement and teaching programs. This follows a string of high-profile call-outs as a best place to work and an Outstanding Health System by Modern Healthcare, Dallas Morning News and D CEO Magazine. All that fame and attention doesn’t seem to go to Earley’s head.

“At JPS, we’re not here for the praise, though it is certainly appreciated and keeps us going on our darkest days. We are here to serve. Whether you’re a nurse, a radiologist, a med surg clerk, a food services worker or the president and CEO, you sign up with JPS for a higher calling,” Earley said. “All 7,200 team members come to work every day to help someone else. And our patients know it because they feel it as soon as they arrive. We are here to help our community.”

Future projects to improve healthcare in Tarrant County will be supported by the landslide bond referendum passed by voters before the pandemic. It’s a testament to the strength of the historic institution that will now carry on without its charismatic leader. Just last week JPS Health Network received top marks for patient safety and quality measures from the Leapfrog Group, the latest in a growing list of accreditation and honors for network.
With great enthusiasm our Near Southside community congratulates and welcomes Dr. Karen Duncan to her new role as Administrator for the Tarrant County Hospital District, to serve in the role of President and Chief Executive Officer for JPS Health Network, effective January 1, 2022.

“It is a testament to the strength of JPS that we found the right person to lead the health network into the future within our own ranks,” said Dr. Charles Webber, chairman of the JPS Board of Managers. “Dr. Duncan has been a steadfast champion of providing our community with the care they need and deserve, and I look forward to her leadership.”

Duncan currently serves as the network’s Chief Operating Officer, and has been with JPS for five years. In that time, she has been responsible for transforming the community health network of medical homes and clinics, and most recently has steered the implementation of the JPS Future Plan, the bond-supported development of healthcare services and sites throughout the county.

“I am both humbled and honored to serve as CEO of such a highly esteemed and accomplished healthcare system,” said Duncan. “JPS is well positioned to lead the transformation of healthcare delivery in Tarrant County and to improve lives within the many communities we serve. I look forward to working alongside a committed Board, a strong executive and leadership team and an amazing JPS team.”

When Dr. Karen Duncan assumes the role of President and CEO for JPS Health Network, she will be North Texas’ only female CEO of a major health system.

This month we partnered with Fort Worth Public Art and Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. to dedicate ‘Flight’, the art installation at the Hemphill-Lamar connector. This landmark project deserved more than the average ribbon cutting so we called in a few favors from friends for the moment. An all-star team of partners emerged and thanks to their generosity we drew big crowds to toast the new artwork and the many leaders who made it possible. Big thanks to these following folks for going above and beyond the call of duty to help us. We’re sharing their contact info so that you can help us repay the favor by considering them for your next big event.

Talk about hosts with the most, Greg and the team at WRG rolled out the red carpet and all their beautiful designer furniture to host the party!

Loot Rentals brought some stunning tulip cocktail tables and seating for the crowd. And, prior to the event we’d never even met Tracy and Anna so big high-fives for these new friends.

Armond Vance jazzed up the vibe with a violin performance.

Pam and the gals of Pop Up Bar knocked it out of the park with great bar service and a knockout signature cocktail and mocktail complete with hand-painted garnish.

Sean and the team from Lockwood Distilling donated the spirits needed for the signature drink, despite being busy putting the finishing touches on their new Magnolia Avenue distillery that opens soon!

The Holly’s owner Liz donated some super premium natural wine for the event and, despite her own imminent opening later that week, she even made time to attend and enjoy some feedback on the bottles served. Survey says, delicious!

Near Southside Booster Club President Macy of HopFusion Ale Works donated freshly brewed beer and even more impressively, when the weather forecast shifted to less than stellar skies, he packed up the HopFusion tent and delivered it to save the day.

And speaking of that tent, beneath its cover Sam the Bowlounge FW team spent the entire night cranking out their famous French onion sliders as a donation to the cause. We snatched a slider ourselves and doggonit they were yummy. Literally hundreds of sliders later, the guys were still cooking when the big ta-dah moment came.

That moment? Well, it was none other than the Fort Worth CriticalMass cyclists all decked out in glow gear who rode through the tunnel to officially “cut the ribbon” on the new artwork.

To capture all the fun, Walt Burns was on hand with his trusty camera and creative eye. Check out the photos here.

And finally, the real heroes of the day were all the fine folks who made time to attend the dedication. It’s great to see a large crowd in support of public art! See the photos here.

Photos courtesy of Walt Burns.

The time has come! Kendall Davis Clay makes a move from 6th Avenue to 305 W. Daggett Ave to join The Holly. The new space functions as a mix of retail and studio for ceramics classes for guests. Kendall received her undergraduate degrees in painting, drawing, and photography and graduate degrees in painting and drawing. In each of these mediums, she has been interested in the idea of reducing a form to its essence with the minimal use of color and ceramics are the perfect vessel to express her art.

Kendall is loading the shelves in preparation to open her new storefront this Saturday, November 27 from 11AM -7PM.

Local art makes the perfect holiday gifts so make sure to stop by and welcome Kendall Davis Clay to their new home with a purchase in support!
Looking for an out-of-the-box team-building event or holiday party? Giving experiences instead of things this year? Book a workshop with Kendall and pair with wine from the Holly today! Book now!

305 W. Daggett Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Born in Uganda, Mooshtafa carries his artist moniker as a form of his grandfather’s name, Mushumbusi. Near Southside is so excited and proud to share his deeply personal work as the signature artwork for the glorious return to an in-person festival season in the Spring!

We will be sharing more about Mooshtafa as he creates the 2022 ArtsGoggle signature artwork (and his growing brand Shujahaus) in the months leading up to the festival. Follow along on our Facebook and Instagram feeds!

Mooshtafa will also be the first "artist in residency" at the newly completed and soon-to-open Everly Plaza Art Space (see the next story for more info!)

Learn more about Mooshtafa in this interview.

About ArtsGoggle: ArtsGoggle is Fort Worth's premier festival of local arts. This free-to-the-public, family-friendly event annually hosts more than 1,000 visual artists, 50 musical performances, artistic displays of every kind, food, drink, and fun for everyone. Unlike any event in Fort Worth, the festival exclusively focuses on highlighting the work of local artists, musicians, and performers of all media and experience levels. ArtsGoggle attracts a crowd of 60,000+ patrons that are as diverse as the event's Near Southside neighborhood. Visitors are invited to park their cars and rediscover this revitalized urban district by Trinity Metro transit, by foot, or by bicycle, including Fort Worth Bike Sharing bikes.

Applications for artists, entertainers, food & drinks vendors, and venues are open now through February 15, 2022. Join us, won't you?

Stage West is bringing the spirit of the holidays with Scrooge in Rouge. With cheeky puns and bawdy songs, this quick-change, cross-dressing version of A Christmas Carol is a hilarious holiday treat! Make plans to see the show!

Running December 2 - 24, 2021

821 W. Vickery Blvd. Fort Worth, TX 76104

Since 2015, Amphibian Stage has been highlighting stand-up comedy’s behind-the-scenes creative process by hosting residencies where comedians try out material to build new acts.

The next comedian in residency is Steven Castillo of Saturday Night Live! Get your tickets for a guaranteed good time. Running December 2 - 5, 2021

120 S. Main Street Fort Worth, TX 76104
Main At South Side is hosting your favorite local musicians every week. From Cameron Smith's regular songwriters showcase Excursions on a Wobbly Rail that occurs on the third Wednesday each month to one-off shows like the dense sonic experience of Dallas-based composer Black Taffy, the M.A.S.S. stage is hosting some of the region's finest talent as well as nationally touring acts. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and while you're there knock out some of your holiday shopping with a unique find in their on-site record store Dreamy Life Records! Find your next show here.

1002 S. Main Street Fort Worth, TX 76104
Tulips is Fort Worth’s premier mid-sized music venue, pulling talent from all over the country. The last week alone has brought the likes of Jason Boland and the Stragglers and Birdtalker, plus announcements for upcoming shows that include White Denim on New Years Eve, and Andy Shauf in March. You'll be delighted by a wide array of beverages - cocktails, coffee and more! Their spacious outdoor patio is the perfect place for an after-work cocktail to admire Mariell Guzman's colorful murals. Inside the stage is hosting literally every genre of music you can imagine with shows nightly with a rotating exhibit of local artists from Art Tooth. Check out the lineup of acts here.

112 St. Louis Ave. Fort Worth, TX 76104
Near Southside members enjoyed a very special preview of our soon-to-open community art space at this month's Member Breakfast. As a generous gift to the community, Saigebrook & O-SDA Industries puts Near Southside Arts behind the wheel for the 2,400 ft. gallery and community classroom for artists talks, seminars, workshops and more at Everly Plaza. The space is already home to the iconic Massey's Restaurant sign re-imagined by local artist Caya Crum as a signature piece for our permanent collection. In addition to hearing from local entreprenuers, the guests in attendance also met Mooshtafa, the 2022 ArtsGoggle featured artist, and enjoyed a presentation by Fairmount artist Clifton Crofford that overviewed his Magnolia Avenue public art installation coming in 2022.

We were incredibly fortunate to have local photog Jared Lindsay on hand to capture some moments of this very first of many community moments at Everly Plaza. We thank Jared for his generous donation of the photos shared here and encourage you to hire him for your own events or photo needs when possible.
Have a great idea for the Everly Plaza Art Space? We want to hear from you. We're just putting the plan together for the programming offered at this new community center in 2022. We invite you to begin dreaming about the types of experiences, programming and education that you hope to see at Everly Plaza.
Share your thoughts. We're not ready for regular visitors yet, but watch for updates and announcements soon for 1801 8th Avenue.
Fort Worth Public Art formally dedicated 'Flight' by Dan Corson, artwork that has just been installed at the Hemphill Lamar underpass on November 10th. The artist's design enhances the experience of traveling through the new Hemphill Connector, located between West Lancaster Avenue at Lamar Street and West Vickery Boulevard at Hemphill Street. While Corson’s ambitious design includes scores of abstract “longhorn/bird” sculptural components that span over the Hemphill Connector, we Southsiders like to think of them as mustaches. Whatever your perspective, learn more about the project here!
Winter Works 2021, featuring incredible unique works from both local and national artists is now open at Cufflink Art.

On display are works by Adam Fung, Charles Gray, Dwight Owsley, Michele Kishita, Luciana Abait, Andrew Abbott and Ross Bonfanti.

Gallery hours:
Friday 2 - 8PM
Saturday 1 - 5PM

Visit the website or email for more information.

120 S. Main Street, Ste. 149 Fort Worth, TX 76104

As experts in commercial real estate the team from Trinity Real Estate clearly had the option to put their office anywhere so when they picked the Near Southside it was no accident. With a little over 30 members on the team, TREIS needed an office home that delivered both private work areas and team gathering spaces, and most importantly some charm. They were drawn to FW Proof, the 40,665-square-foot space originally built in 1926, and the emerging energy of Vickery Village. With close proximity to downtown and even closer access to all the fun at neighboring Bowlounge FW, they quickly got to work transforming the former F&R Distilling space into their headquarters.

Marketing and branding agency Evangalist is rebranding as General Public. And the name isn’t the only change. The team has swapped their Magnolia Avenue digs for a spacious new home on Vickery Blvd. General Public joins Bowlounge, Witherite Law Group, TREIS, and GSBS Architects at FW PROOF.

The creative team is responsible for some of Fort Worth’s most recognizable branding including the Near Southside’s own Melt Ice Creams, Backlot Studio & Workspace, Craftwork Coffee, Lone Star Film Festival and of course FW PROOF. The formal rebranding is anticipated soon.
PROOF's anchor retail tenant, Bowlounge FW, is expanding their hours to offer lunch and brunch service with a full bar, big menu, and the same great fun on the lanes. If you haven’t checked out this awesome new Near Southside hangout, you now have even more options to pop in. This combo bowling alley and scratch kitchen has been quietly serving up delicious food, drinks, and fun times on Vickery Blvd. Personally, we think these are some of the best cheese fries in Fort Worth but you might be surprised to learn that their menu offers some decidedly fancy fare too like their Avo Toast with radish, arugula, spring onion, goat cheese and lemon vinaigrette or Red Velvet Chicken and Waffles. Check out their menu here and make plans to host at least one of your holiday gatherings where they specialize in good food and good old fashioned fun.

Contact GM Sam Ratliff for info on private parties for the holidays.

Monday-Thursday 11AM-12AM
Friday & Saturday 11AM-2AM (21 & Up Only After 8PM)
Sunday 11AM-12AM
Happy Hour: Monday thru Friday 4PM-7PM

941 W. Vickery Blvd

Stage West opened its new season in freshly expanded spaces that include a bright lobby, upgraded rehearsal room and a flexible theater — all of which make the entire performing arts facility unlike any other in Fort Worth.

It was estimated that the $3 million renovation would take about two, maybe two-and-half years when it began in 2017. It took almost four — plus a pandemic. COVID-19, for all its devastation, gave the theater a lucky break: Shutting down all live performances because of the pandemic allowed the 42-year-old theater company some breathing room to finish the project. The newly christened black-box performance space, the Evelyn Wheeler Swenson Theatre, is named after the late mother of a Stage West patron.
When the Evie, as it’s called, is configured in-the-round, it can seat as many as 210 people — which is more than the company’s long-standing home next door, the Jerry Russell Theatre at 146 seats.

As part of the upgrades that have welcomed back theatergoers, the company’s old bus garage now has a striking lobby that gives Stage West’s entrance and restaurant more light, color, and space. That’s partly because a good chunk of the floor space has been lifted up to create a wrap-around balcony, which can be used as yet another small stage. And there could be more updates to come. The designation of the Near Southside neighborhood as an officially recognized Texas cultural district lets the theater apply for a grant to redesign its front exterior including a new marquis. The new sign will increase the company’s visibility on I-30. There are even plans for a patio stage in the back — yet another possible performance space. Learn more about the renovations here.

821 W. Vickery Blvd.

With Lone Star Film Festival wrapped up, we’re reflecting on the increasingly important role that film plays in Fort Worth and specifically the Near Southside. Jessica Christopherson, Taylor Hardy, and the Film Fort Worth team have been powerful advocates for the industry here in the Near Southside and along the way we’ve landed a few big gigs that we’re pretty proud of. You might recall that Robert Redford filmed his last major motion picture, The Old Man and the Gun, on Jennings Avenue and various Near Southside sites were spotted in Channing Godfrey People’s acclaimed 2020 film Miss Juneteenth. As we see the film demand grow in Fort Worth, we’re proud to see more productions (both Fort Worth-based crews and otherwise) turning to the Near Southside for locations and talent.

You might have noticed that last week Twilite Lounge quietly put a “closed for private event” sign on the door as they made their own film debut. We can’t share all the details yet but suffice it to say that Jimmy and Monika had a pretty rad day hosting some high profile bar guests and cameras when the crew from The Senior showed up with none other than Michael Chiklis. We’ll share more news when possible, but something tells me you could saddle up to the Twilite Lounge bar and hear the story in person this weekend if you drop by. We’ll drink to that!

212 Lipscomb Street

You’ve been to Stumpy’s Hatchet House right? After a hard two years locked at home we figure you might have an axe to grind. Stumpy’s Hatchet House is the perfect place to experience a throwdown with a little socializing. These days it’s easy to get immersed in technology, but we encourage you to take a step back and experience the primitive sport of axe throwing!

Axe throwing is a growing trend (and for good reason, it’s fun) so you might wonder what makes Stumpy’s the best place to give it a try. Well, this is our Near Southside axe throwing venue so it comes with a rad old building, friendly hosts, and a walkable neighborhood nearby for pre- and post-throwing hangouts. Plus, Stumpy’s has recently added a full beer and wine bar and a small bites menu. Get your group of friends, family, or co-workers together and come enjoy this old school activity.

Monday + Tuesday: Call to reserve
Wednesday + Thursday 5PM - 10PM
Friday 5PM - 12AM
Saturday 2PM - 12AM
Sunday 2PM - 6PM

1 HOUR for 1-4 people:
$25 Per Person

2 HOURS for 5+ people:
$40 Per Person

824 W. Daggett Avenue
In a plot twist that no one saw coming, Facebook, whose data center is in north Fort Worth, has leased a South Main storefront to pilot a global effort in support of promoting small business. Fortunately for us, they picked some great Near Southside small businesses to highlight such as Carps Cafe, JuJu Knits, The Worthy Co. and Morgan Mercantile. The project is named "Good Ideas Shop" and featured vignettes of each business that have animation and contact information that leads passersby to online platforms where they can learn more about each small business and support them with a purchase.

203 S. Main Street
You know Jamey Ice as co-founder with partner Jimmy Williams of 6th Ave Homes real estate company, or as co-founder of the Magnolia Avenue restaurant BREWED, or possibly as a co-owner of The 4 Eleven. This month the duo announced further expansion of their 6th Avenue brand, taking on a few exciting new ventures. First the pair shared news of 6th Ave Storytelling, a new marketing firm based in…you guessed it…the simple art of storytelling. The guys share that "6th Ave Storytelling is our way of sharing what we’ve learned about taking businesses and brands from solid to stand out and keeping them there." Read all about their new branding venture here.
Next, Jamey and Jimmy announced a different type of storytelling business with the launch of “Stories with Soul”, a podcast partnership with Fort Worth Business Press. The podcast dives into the wins, lessons, and secrets behind the success of heavy hitting leaders, entrepreneurs, and artists. Jamey and Jimmy chatting are already busy chatting with local entrepreneurs and newsmakers ranging from Kari Crowe Seher of MELT Ice Creams to Fritz Rahr of Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. to renowned chef and restaurateur Jon Bonnell to former Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. Tune in by website, YouTube, Apple Music or Spotify.

Our good friends at Sportswear Graphics have an immediate full-time (up to 40 hr/week) position available. They are a custom screen printing and embroidery business, family owned and operated for 38 years. They are also the longtime printer for the Near Southside's festivals include ArtsGoggle, Open Streets and Friday on the Green. And we know that the Sportswear team has helped basically most other major festivals and events in Fort Worth, too. It's hard to beat the friendly service of Ted, Jamie and Dana.

They are looking for someone to help primarily in the production area that will take pride in quality work and pay attention to details. Experience in screen printing is helpful, but not required.  This person should be open to learning new skills and cross training that works well in groups or alone. Working in small business, one needs to be able to wear several different hats. Tasks would include everything in producing screen printed shirts from receiving product from suppliers, screen prep, set up and break down, to boxing up product ready for customer pick up.

Interested? or pop by 110 St. Louis Ave.
Coyote Creek Construction is a Fort Worth based firm specializing in exterior and interior renovations, remodels and additions. Owner Benjamin Hipps and the team have just closed on the former Cannon Chinese Kitchen as the new home for this growing construction business now based in the Near Southside. Renovations are now underway.
304 W. Cannon Street
Corene Hess is one of the most sought-after hair artists in DFW. Hess has been working in hair for 13 years as a Loreal Professional artist teaching hairstylists across the country and a NY Fashion Week hairstylist. Hess' dream of opening her own salon, Salon Atlas, has finally been realized. Her new Near Southside salon is open for business at
710 S. Main Street
Panther City Salon is moving and expanding! They will now be a part of the BRAND NEW 701 building. The salon is also under new management and we’re eager to meet managing partners Brittany DeVille and Rebecca Foster. Come 2022 they will have luxury amenities and suites available to accommodate stylists, estheticians, lash artists, and more!
701 W. Magnolia Ave.
This opening announcement is extra special because it not only marks the addition of a new indie business for the Near Southside, but also a new building!

The long-vacant corner of W. Daggett Avenue and Galveston Avenue now holds a striking new landmark. This two-story "corner building" speaks an important architectural language, as its retail door is angled to beckon pedestrians from S. Main Street into the deeper blocks of South Main Village. Historically, corner stores were markets and grocers, and true to form The Holly offers a beautiful natural wine shop as you enter the building. Beyond the retail wine wall, a sexy and stylish wine bar wraps the east-facing windows with an impressive selection of natural wines by the glass. Owner Liz Mears and team are on hand to not only explain the flavor profile of each wine but also the story of the growers, the land, the artistic labels, and the inspiration behind each bottle from origin to pour. In addition to the wines offered, The Holly has a selection of small bites that includes freshly baked Icon Bread by local baker Trent Shaskan of The Table served with softened butter and a carefully curated charcuterie served on a stunning peppered ceramic platter made by none other than neighbor Kendall Davis Clay (more on that above). Cheesemonger Antonelli's provides a selection of global favorites that perfectly pair with the wines served. And the neighborhood partnerships don't end with the food. The Holly's branding was developed by Keith Davis Young with must-have merchandise from the ever-clever Morgan Mercantile. Dried arrangements from Greenhouse 817 brighten the custom tabletops made by prolific Near Southside woodworker Brandon Pederson. The metal table bases and shelving were fabricated by Aaron Leonard of Millennium Wood and balance the hard and soft finishes of the space.

Through the roll-up windows you catch a glimpse of the back patio where the landscaping offers a small oasis to eat your buttered bread with the warm fall sun on your face.

For a final dose of neighborhood nostalgia returned, owners Liz and Stephen Mears live upstairs and are bringing back the true shopkeeper's lifestyle that the neighborhood was founded in. The development is a project of their company Mission Street Design Build and serves as a great example of how infill development serves to reconnect the geography and cultural fabric of urban districts.

The Holly is now open:
Wednesday - Saturday from 1-9 PM Sunday 1-6 PM

305 W. Daggett Avenue

Longtime Near Southside bartender Megan McClinton has whispered in our ear that she is wrapping up construction and transitioning to team training at Tricks of the Trade, a unique bottle shop and spirits store now located in the historic Greenlee Building at the corner of S. Main Street and Broadway Avenue.

So what's the difference between a bottle shop and a liquor store? A lot. Mostly, it's the spirit of the space (see what we did there) and the carefully curated selection. Tricks of the Trade is designed to provide shoppers with an opportunity to explore lesser known brands, inform them of industry trends and offer access to a skilled staff that can help you assemble the perfect cocktail kit or expansion to your personal bar. With knowledge of small-batch and artisan spirits and mixers, the store will host regular educational events once open. Additionally, the shop will carry cocktail ice, bar tools and specialty drink books. Megan has been hard at work preparing to welcome you to the shop, so keep track of her FB and IG for updates.

219 S. Main Street

In the former Jim's Lock and Key space on Magnolia Avenue at Fairmount Avenue, construction is wrapping up on a new micro distillery and restaurant space from Richardson-based (but now Fort Worth-proud) Lockwood Distilling.

GM Sean Masucci and the team are quietly welcoming visitors in this week for a soft opening. Follow their FB and IG for updates.

The team has poured a lot of heart and soul into this really cool new indoor/outdoor spot. The Fort Worth Lockwood Distilling menu will vary slightly from their Richardson fare but promises to offer delicious drinks such as their ancho espresso martini and eats such as their red pepper crawfish chowder. Their soft-launch menu will start with dogs, sandwhiches and small bites as they work to get their footing in the new kitchen.

Lockwood produces an expansive list of spirits including Whiskey, Bourbon, Bourbon Cream Liqueur, Gin, Vodka, Rum and various flavored spirits such as hibiscus vodka and cinnamon rum.
In all, Lockwood offers 11 spirits for sale by the bottle and a rotating variety of seasonal special offerings that are sure to keep your taste buds piqued. Stop by this week to welcome them to the Near Southside!

1411 W. Magnolia Ave.


Powder lovers, leave your black shirts at home! After over a year of fundraising pop-ups, construction delays and pandemic impacts, the Near Southside's hardest working doughboy has opened the doors for your eating pleasure.

You might remember Trey Smith from his first presence in the Near Southside as the anchor tenant at the South Main MicroPark's Airstream. Using that tiny space as his launchpad, the Dusty Biscuit Beignets quickly became a Fort Worth favorite. Trey's warm smile, creative offerings , and Southern hospitality drew new customers in but his delicious fare is what has built a loyal fan club of beignet die-hards Since then, Trey has been working to grow the business and establish brick-and-mortar roots in the Near Southside.

Trey and his family (known as the Quality Control Team, pictured here to the left on his Halloween soft opening event) are now ready to welcome you to the Dusty Biscuit Beignet's storefront for some sweet and savory French-style funky fried sugar bread and cafe au lait. The dough is made fresh daily and inaugural menu features a big selection of classic French Quarter beignets but also creative fusions such as the Everything Beignet-Gal with savory cream cheese and everything seasoning. Inside you'll find art that touts Trey's favorite Louisiana spaces but the vibe is distinctly Near Southside. Pop the top on a Big Red and scarf down the best tasting mess in town.

Dusty Biscuit Beignets is open.


Tuesday - Thursday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Friday & Saturday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Sunday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

411 S. Main Street

8th Avenue's striking, blue-bladed architectural landmark, Hotel Revel, has an exciting announcement for the ground floor. After much market research, owner Trey Neville felt Fort Worth (and the hotel) was missing an important amenity, a swanky cocktail lounge. Enter Sugarman's.

At the helm, general manager Mark Irving brings 25+ year experience with a unique menu concept that pays homage to Fort Worth's bygone bars such as Hideaway, Hi Hat, Bluebird and SuSu and Jacksboro Highway haunts like Four Deuces, Skyliner, and Chateau. In addition, Sugarman's offers classic cocktails, craft beer on tap, wine and bubbles. Food delivery to the bar from Ober Here, Ellerbe, Wabi House, Eat Fajitas and others let you snack while enjoying classic movies on the overhead projector.

The 1950's billiards table, restored by FW Billiards, will be available to patrons in this upscale space designed by Bart Shaw of Ibanez Shaw Architecture.

1212 Hurley Avenue

The former home of The Bearded Lady and Magnolia Tree Tavern has a fresh coat of paint and a sassy new logo on the marquis. The Radler is a Texas Hill Country themed biergarten. Taking its name from the German word for cyclists, as well as a nod to the fruity beer and soda combos that quench your summer thirst, owners Trey Floyd, Brendan Wilbanks and Morgan Roberts report a menu with German fare such as pretzels, brats and a full list of craft and import beers. Their patio expansion sets the stage for a full house indoors and out. An early December opening is in the works at 1229 7th Avenue.
THE BEAST AND COMPANY is a New American fine dining restaurant under construction in one of Magnolia's prime storefronts. This hardworking restaurant space is getting a full renovation, from new kitchen walls to an elevated dining room experience. You can follow Chef Dustin Lee's journey here as we await his opening.In the meantime, Dustin has welcomed a crucial teammate, Chef Michael Arlt. Growing up in the panhandle of Florida, Chef Arlt's homelife was surrounded by food. Whether it was watching and helping his mother make dinner of Puerto Rican rice, beans and pork or helping his grandmother make Southern staples like country ham, mac-n-cheese and banana pudding, it didn’t take long for him to find the passion for cooking and watching people gather at the table. Once he graduated high school, he made his way to Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte, North Carolina.

During culinary school, he worked as a cook in Emeril Lagasse’s restaurant, making southern and creole dishes like gumbo, courtbouillon (koo-be-yan) and chicken and waffles that were so inspiring in their humbleness and pronounced flavor. Ultimately, the love for this regional cooking would lead him back to the Gulf Coast of Florida, where he would meet and work under his to be mentor, Chef Lawrence Klang. His time under Chef Klang would show him classical and new world techniques that would eventually lead him to Portland Maine, where yet a new chapter and style of food would be introduced in South Eastern Asian cuisine. There, the levels of fine dining in Relais Chateaux helped to refine and balance exciting flavors that were unapologetic in a more elegant style. After years of working under Chef Klang, he would follow his wife to Chicago, where he would work at Cindy’s Rooftop under Chef Christian Ragano. Along with a talented team of chefs, he would help curate and execute menus that were vibrant and aggressively seasonal that would secure Cindy’s the title as the best rooftop dining experience in the city. He would go on to represent Cindy’s in Hyatt’s Good Taste Series, where he won best chef in the Midwest.

The calling of the South would not be ignored, and after years of being in the Windy City, Michael and his wife moved to the DFW area. After meeting Dustin and seeing the beautiful and historic Magnolia Village, he is aiming to bring his travels, inspirations, and knowledge to guests of The Beast & Co. Supporting local purveyors, farmers and ranchers as well as working within the framework of seasons is key. He is looking forward to bringing honest, good food that will bring Fort Worth new and exciting experiences at 1000 W. Magnolia Ave.

A December opening is anticipated. Watch for updates!
Renovation progress continues inside the Supreme Golf Warehouse for a casual watering hole.
201 S. Calhoun Street
The extensive interior renovations are underway for the refresh that promises to protect the same classic Paris-charm while adding a new back patio, menu updates and an interior makeover complete with bar.
704 W. Magnolia Avenue
has plans for new brick-and-mortar home with outdoor patio. Watch for construction to start soon.
1012 S. Main Street
Set to open in the summer of 2022, The Coupe is a new Near Southside bar that will feature sparkling wines. They are the first of a handful of tenants at 314 S. Main Street where construction has started for this and other tenants TBA.
is expanding with renovations inside the Republic Street Bar for kitchen and dining
201 E. Hattie Street
TRE MOGLI sign is up at the fourth concept from Stefon Rishel's Trident Restaurant Group. This scratch made family style Italian restaurant will face historic S. Main Street and offer private dining and large family tables at
401 S. Main Street.

Trey Neville's Mercantile building on 8th Avenue has long been home to great Asian food with Wabi House as an anchor tenant, but behind the scenes (literally, behind the building in a food truck) Ober Here's Chef Mark Guatelara has been dishing up bowls of Filipino heaven for long lines of foodies. Now, Mark is preparing to move indoors for a brick-and-mortar Near Southside Home. And he isn't alone. Trey and the Graham LTD team are beginning construction on a new mini food hall at the ground floor below of The Mercantile. Ober Here will be joined by Sharetea, a boba tea bar with an impressive assortment of flavors from peach kiwi tea with aiju jelly to matcha red bean milk tea. This will be the second location for Sharetea, but they will neighbor a well-established national restaurant group, Burnin' Mouth, that has taken Nashville Hot Chicken on the road. Their chicken comes in five levels of heat, is paired with spicy krinkle fries, and the classic sides of coleslaw and house-made buttermilk ranch. Welcome to Mercantile Food Hall.
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iter8 health innovation update

Cook Children’s Health Care System discussed the state of children’s health in North Texas with data from more than 5,700 parents across eight counties, including Denton, Collin and Tarrant counties.

A regional child health summit led by Cook Children’s Health Care System highlighted community health needs for families across North Texas.
The hospital surveyed parents and community leaders. They also gathered responses from special populations, which they defined as families with an undocumented member or families experiencing homelessness.

Chris Pedigo is the senior vice president with the Center for Children’s Health which oversaw the health data collection. Pedigo said the findings will inform the health system’s programs and next steps moving forward.

The hospital looked at four key areas in the survey: general health, oral health, injury prevention and home safety, and mental health.

According to the survey results, while most children between 0 and 17 were both covered by health insurance and had very good or excellent health, that left more than 137,000 children without access to necessary medical care. The three biggest reasons why children couldn’t access care were the COVID-19 pandemic, a lack of insurance coverage for services, and a lack of providers in the community.
Hospital leaders also added mental health was the top concern for parents and community leaders, especially throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Using survey data to create new services across Cook Children’s Health Care System
Community leaders and parents also weighed in on the top three needs for health services moving forward. Parents said they need more options for preventative health care, treatment for short-term illnesses like cold and flu, and vaccines.
Community leaders said they were looking for more mental health treatment, child abuse and neglect, and preventative health care services.

Next steps for this data include a follow-up health summit in February 2022 diving into the stories parents and community leaders shared in the data collection. Read more.

A potentially life-saving device meant to help patients with advanced heart failure who are awaiting a transplant or are not eligible for one is coming to Tarrant County, Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center said in a news release this month.

The left ventricular assist device, commonly referred to as an LVAD, helps patients with advanced heart failure by partially or fully replacing the pumping of a heart. Advanced heart failure, which happens when the heart can’t pump enough blood to supply the whole body, leads to fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain, decreased mobility and extreme buildup of body fluids. It can lead to death.

An LVAD is placed under the skin of the upper abdomen and two tubes are surgically connected to the heart’s left ventricle, a chamber of the heart, and the aorta, the main artery that carries blood away from the heart and to the rest of the body.

Baylor Scott & White performed its first LVAD installation on July 26 and the patient has recovered, according to the release.The program is the first of its kind in Tarrant County, according to the hospital.

“With an LVAD, a patient’s quality of life can improve dramatically: They can ride a bicycle, play golf, go to ball games, play instruments, go on hikes or travel across the country,” said Dr. Salman Gohar, medical director of the advanced heart failure and mechanical circulatory support service at Baylor Scott & White – Fort Worth, in the release “But more importantly, they can survive without taking a lot of medicines to keep fluid from building up. And they do so with fewer trips to the hospital or emergency department and with more time spent with those they love.” Baylor Scott & White performed its first LVAD installation on July 26 and the patient has recovered, the hospital said.

To reach the advanced heart failure clinic at Baylor Scott & White in Fort Worth, call 817-922-2273 and select option 2.

Texas Health Announces New Internal Medicine Residency Program

Texas Health Resources has announced that it won approval for an internal medicine residency program at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, and a combined program at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford. The Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education granted approval, the Arlington-based Texas Health said.

“This is an exciting opportunity that plays a big role in the future of medicine in North Texas and nationwide,” Andrew Masica, Texas Health's senior vice president and chief medical officer of Reliable Health, said in a release.

The three-year programs, which start accepting residents in 2022, are intended to give physicians academic training and hands-on experience as they start their careers.
Mental Health in the Workplace

Dr. Madhukar H. Trivedi is a professor of psychiatry and center director of the Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care, a division of UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Dr. Trivedi reminds us that depression and anxiety can lead to dysfunction at work, but these symptoms subside quickly when an individual recovers. Employees with mental health problems have the same capacity as mentally healthy individuals for good attendance, punctuality, motivation, and productivity — that’s why it’s crucial for employers to understand that an employee who is struggling with their mental health is not simply evading responsibilities. Instead, they may need to establish a new working plan with their supervisor. Here are a few ways employees and employers can better manage mental health issues in the workplace.
JPS embarks on $800 million expansion and renovation

Plans are in motion for a major renovation and expansion of JPS Health Network, part of the $800 million Bond Construction Program that Tarrant County voters approved in 2018.

Big-picture plans include building new patient towers, an ambulatory surgery center, and a psychiatric hospital. But, before any of those projects can start, JPS first needs to resolve an issue it's dealt with ever since its main campus opened 83 years ago, according to a JPS newsletter: parking. Read more here
Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center Fort Worth shares that a big project is in the works.

Baylor S&W All Saints Medical Center is drawing up exciting plans for a project at the northern edge of their campus, proposed to combine medical office space, hotel rooms, and an expanded parking garage. The development will respond to pressing needs on several fronts to expand overall capacity of the Near Southside’s medical district. We’re excited to see those final plans currently taking shape in the Magnolia-based offices of design firm HKS.
Listen, we need to brag about something. The Near Southside has the meat sweats and we're getting some big recognition for our contributions to the BBQ culture of the state. We knew it all along but now the whole state has been put on notice by Texas Monthly.

Huge congrats to Panther City BBQ for making the top 10 and to Smoke-A-Holics BBQ, Derek Allan's Texas Barbecue, and Heim Barbecue for their recognition, too.

Plus we'd be remiss if we didn't share a special shout out to Goldee’s Barbecue for bringing the #1 spot home to Fort Worth, a well-earned title we all admire.
Can theater & dance bridge divides over race, culture? Fort Worth group shows the way

The Near Southside's DNAWORKS has been involved in several projects around Fort Worth, bringing conversations about race and healing to the city where co-gounder Daniel Banks and Adam McKinney now live. The “Fort Worth Lynching Tour: Honoring the Memory of Mr. Fred Rouse” is a local program intended to honor and remember the man whose death was the only recorded lynching of a Black man in Fort Worth.

DNAWORKS in partnership with others such as LGBTQ SAVES and Opal Lee’s Juneteenth Museum would like to turn a 1924 building built by the Ku Klux Klan on 1012 N. Main St. into a museum and arts center for community healing. McKinney said revisiting old experiences and places that carry racial trauma is an opportunity for healing. “In our programming .. we return to our bodies because, as people of color, our bodies are the justifications for trauma,” McKinney said. “It’s because of my skin tone and my hair texture that justifies racism, so we use our bodies to remember.” Read more.
The Near Southside is home to hundreds of destinations such as restaurants, music venues, theaters, and galleries offering events and entertainment.

It is time to start thinking about Festivus! The Historic Fairmount Neighborhood is once-again hosting their national award-winning drive thru event this year with toy donation and suggested monetary donation of $10 for the map of events throughout the neighborhood.

Festivus will be December 11 from 6 to 9 pm departing from One Safe Place located at 1100 Hemphill Street Fort Worth, Texas 76104

There are so many opportunities to participate and show off our neighborhood while making this a great event for all of Fort Worth. They hope everyone will decorate for the event and make the neighborhood special for visitors. To do so, they need volunteers and sponsors. For a $250 sponsorship, sponsors will be named on a Christmas tree that will be used for decoration the night of the event. Sponsors can add gift cards, coupons, candy or whatever they want to “their tree.” These trees will be raffled off at the end of the night. The winning tree, as determined by raffle votes, will be promoted in the Fairmount newsletter and on the website. Sponsors will also be acknowledged on social media, on the posters and on the T-shirts. Information about the sponsors will also be included in press releases.

Please contact Kelly Bowden at or Lori Gallagher at to volunteer or discuss sponsorship.
Near Southside, Inc. is a member-funded nonprofit organization dedicated to revitalizing the Near Southside of Fort Worth. For more than 25 years we have been leading initiatives to restore, reinvent and renew the Near Southside district and community. Learn more about getting involved today.