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The Classic: A Pinnacle of Luxury Car Rentals The Classic: A Pinnacle of Luxury Car Rentals

By Marina Jokic

A luxury car rental and a limousine service, The Classic was founded in 2017 by Luke Schlensker, a graduate from the University of Texas at Dallas. Offering some of the most exotic and striking cars in the Dallas area, The Classic lives up to its name.

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Purely Pilates Offers a Simple System to a More Resilient Body Purely Pilates Offers a Simple System to a More Resilient Body

By Marina Jokic

Specializing in therapeutic Pilates methods including the Eldoa method for posture and strategies for athletes, Purely Pilates is all the buzz in Southlake, Texas. If you've ever wrestled with injuries or are just trying to strengthen your body, Purely Pilates can help.

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Pamper Yourself at Positive Indulgence Pamper Yourself at Positive Indulgence

By Marina Jokic

Positive Indulgence is a positively relaxing massage and skincare spa that has been in operation since 1997. With services ranging from basic to quite specialized, the spa has been recognized by Plano Star Courier's Reader's Choice Awards as "Best Massage Plano."

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AGF Custom Metal Concepts Does Fences, Gates, Balconies and More AGF Custom Metal Concepts Does Fences, Gates, Balconies and More

By Marina Jokic

A local manufacturer specializing in custom iron works for luxury homes in the Dallas area, AGF Custom Metal Concepts is at the forefront of residential and commercial fence, gate, and deck construction. Utilizing only the best quality materials and latest building methods, AGF is a trailblazer in the industry.

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Children's Favorite Characters Come to Life with Royally Fun Parties Children's Favorite Characters Come to Life with Royally Fun Parties

By Marina Jokic

Royally Fun Parties in Fort Worth, Texas is your local specialist in children entertainment and birthday parties. Costume themed parties with singing, story time, and photography are their forte. Teaching kids about the importance of interior beauty is their core philosophy.

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Sweats Fitness: Functional Training For Everyday Strength and Stamina Sweats Fitness: Functional Training For Everyday Strength and Stamina

By Marina Jokic

Sweats Fitness is a functional training facility located in Saginaw, Texas that focuses its workouts on helping people perform their daily routines with greater ease and a lesser chance of injuries.

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Bodybar Fitness Fort Worth Delivers High-intensity, Low-impact Workouts Bodybar Fitness Fort Worth Delivers High-intensity, Low-impact Workouts

By Marina Jokic

The workouts at Bodybar Fitness are primarily based on the methods and principles of high intensity Pilates training. The Fort Worth-based studio, one of four franchise locations, specializes in strengthening the core, creating lean muscle, and pushing the body beyond its habitual limits.

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Bandan Koro: A Kaleidoscope of African Dance and Music Bandan Koro: A Kaleidoscope of African Dance and Music

By Marina Jokic

Bandan Koro is a drum and dance ensemble based in Dallas, Texas that displays the history and abundance of African culture through dance, music, and art. Through these artistic mediums, the group fosters an understanding and appreciation for African heritage.

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Grif's Sammie Shop Brings the American Ice Cream Parlor Back in Style Grif's Sammie Shop Brings the American Ice Cream Parlor Back in Style

By Marina Jokic

Grif's Sammie Shop is a popular dessert joint in Allen, Texas that is famous for its ice cream sandwiches, 11 types of homemade cookies, and cookie dough. Coffee, milkshakes, and soft drinks complete the American-style ice cream parlor menu.

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Royal Catering Puts a Personalized Touch in Event Planning Royal Catering Puts a Personalized Touch in Event Planning

By Marina Jokic

With last-minute menu options and no minimums on orders, Royal Catering in Richardson, Texas is a nimble, adaptable caterer that puts its customers first. President and owner Alan Sweitzer shares what sets his business apart.

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Get Your Body Back on Track with Absolutely Relaxed Massage Therapy Get Your Body Back on Track with Absolutely Relaxed Massage Therapy

By Marina Jokic

Located in sunny Texas, Absolutely Relaxed Massage Therapy is your local massage and aromatherapy go-to spot. Offering a wide range of bodywork, the studio is a place to recharge, rejuvenate, and recuperate.

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Hard Smoke BBQ Turns Up the Heat with Classic Favorites Hard Smoke BBQ Turns Up the Heat with Classic Favorites

By Marina Jokic

Classic Texan BBQ meets home-cooked meals at Hard Smoke BBQ Catering in Frisco. Their brisket cooks and smokes for 18 hours and is particularly telling of the painstaking labor of love that the restaurant invests in its food.

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Euro Bakery and Cafe Offers Exquisite Pastries and Treats Euro Bakery and Cafe Offers Exquisite Pastries and Treats

By Marina Jokic

Starting off as a small eatery serving soups, sandwiches, and desserts, Euro Bakery and Cafe in Spring, Texas also offers traditional Greek dishes on their menu. Baking everything from scratch, the café and bakery is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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Spotlight Acting Academy Raises the Bar for Teaching Theater Spotlight Acting Academy Raises the Bar for Teaching Theater

By Marina Jokic

Spotlight Acting Academy in Katy, Texas teaches young kids and teenagers the basic tenets of theatrical performance. Cast sizes are kept small to ensure a more enriching learning experience and one-on-one instruction by theater gurus.

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Two Rivers Yoga: A Return to the Basics Two Rivers Yoga: A Return to the Basics

By Marina Jokic

Two Rivers Yoga in New Braunfels, Texas sticks to the basics: alignment, awareness, and breath work.

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For Artists and Collectors, the Lawley Art Group is a Must Visit Destination For Artists and Collectors, the Lawley Art Group is a Must Visit Destination

By Marina Jokic

The Lawley Art Group houses an original collection of artwork exhibited in their 4,000-square-foot gallery. Featuring and selling work from over twenty artists in Dallas, the art group is always seeking new talent to add to its ranks.

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Cook and Dine at the Main Course Cooking School Cook and Dine at the Main Course Cooking School

By Marina Jokic

The Main Course Cooking School is the largest hands-on cooking facility in the Houston area. Located in Spring, Texas, the school offers hands-on cooking and dining experiences, and teaches the latest techniques and skills in food preparation.

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Realize Your Fitness Goals with LFT Personal Training Realize Your Fitness Goals with LFT Personal Training

By Marina Jokic

LFT Personal Training in Plano, Texas streamlines the concept of personal fitness instruction by offering members an affordable place to work out with a trainer sans the distractions of a cookie-cutter gym.

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Pat Greer's Kitchen Brings Raw Vegan Nutrition to Houston Foodies Pat Greer's Kitchen Brings Raw Vegan Nutrition to Houston Foodies

By Marina Jokic

The Owner shares her experience with others by opening Pat Greer's Kitchen, a plant-based food catering service located in Houston that also offers community cooking classes.

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The Red Dessert Dive Runs a Small Batch Bakery with Treats From Scratch The Red Dessert Dive Runs a Small Batch Bakery with Treats From Scratch

By Marina Jokic

Part bakery and café, part bar, it capitalizes on the best aspects of any meal, the dessert and alcohol.

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Choice Beverage: Selling Craft Beer and Fine Wine Since 2008 Choice Beverage: Selling Craft Beer and Fine Wine Since 2008

By Marina Jokic

Located in McKinney, Texas, Choice Beverage introduced a wide variety of local craft beer and fine wines to the city, having been the first such shop in the area. Patel works with his brother in managing the shop and providing their customers with a unique and interesting selection of spirits.

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Dancing to the Rhythms of Zumba at Select Fitness Dancing to the Rhythms of Zumba at Select Fitness

By Marina Jokic

Zumba has been incredibly successful at combatting the tedium of exercise through its dynamic movements, upbeat dance music, and team environment. The Zumba fitness program at Select Fitness in Carrollton, Texas fuses Latin rhythms and fluid movements that are designed to blast away calories and tone your body.

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Joseph Mark Photography: Capturing Your Happiest Moments Joseph Mark Photography: Capturing Your Happiest Moments

By Marina Jokic

Transitioning from photojournalism to wedding photography, Joseph and Stephanie Ellis made a big career change and haven't looked back. Capturing newlyweds in some of their happiest moments has been a passion for this photographer couple. They are the inseparable team that owns Joseph Mark Photography in Carrollton, Texas.

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Step Back in Time in and Enjoy Classic American Fare at This 1940's Style Chophouse Step Back in Time in and Enjoy Classic American Fare at This 1940's Style Chophouse

By Marina Jokic

Kenny's Wood Fired Grill in Plano, Texas aspires to master the art of wood grilled seafood and prime cut meats. Their menu features traditional American classics, and their eight ounce filet topped with crab cake is rumored to be Dallas's best steak. Kenny's is trying to distinguish itself but in an unassuming way.

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Get Your Frights and Screams at Garland's Dark Hour Haunted House Get Your Frights and Screams at Garland's Dark Hour Haunted House

By Marina Jokic

We have all been gripped by fear at some point. No matter the circumstances, the instinct is very real and primal. Fear of the unknown seems to simultaneously keep us safe, but also peak our curiosity once we are at a safe distance.

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Reinventing Your Typical Reinventing Your Typical "Pizza and a Beer" at Taverna Rossa

By Marina Jokic

Taverna Rossa's menu is fresh, local and seasonal. Its staple food and claim to fame is pizza, but it also offers fusion style appetizers, salads, pastas, sandwiches and desserts. Taverna even has a dedicated brunch menu with hangover specials, breakfast pizzas, and their award winning Spicy Bloody Rossa, mimosas, and bellinis.

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Dallas Burger Bar Encourages Folks to Get Their Grub On with Southern-Style Burger Creations Dallas Burger Bar Encourages Folks to Get Their Grub On with Southern-Style Burger Creations

By Marina Jokic

Finding a burger, fries and a shake sounds easy, right? Well, if you crave something outside of the box of mainstream American fast food, Grub Burger Bar in Dallas might be the place for you.

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After 30 Years, Inwood Estates Vineyards has Perfected Winemaking After 30 Years, Inwood Estates Vineyards has Perfected Winemaking

By Marina Jokic

Owner Spencer Gatlin reveals the story of the vineyard and its inception, and the long journey to becoming a pioneer in the field.

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35 Years in the Making, Goode Co. Gives Us Texas Barbeque Done Right 35 Years in the Making, Goode Co. Gives Us Texas Barbeque Done Right

By Marina Jokic

With seven distinctive restaurants, three specializing in barbeque, two in seafood, a taqueria, an Armadillo Palace, Goode Co. celebrates everything Texas.

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Step Back Into Your Childhood with the Most Delectable Cupcakes in Dallas Step Back Into Your Childhood with the Most Delectable Cupcakes in Dallas

By Marina Jokic

Trailercakes opened in 2011, the idea of Heather and Leora, two children of the 70's seeking to recreate the flavors of their childhood. Heather Zidell, co-owner and chief frosting officer, reveals the saga behind "Bubbles" the Airstream trailer and their path to launching one of the most successful cupcake shops in Dallas.

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Dallas's Scardello Artisan Cheese Provides Cut-to-Order Goodness to Cheese Enthusiasts Dallas's Scardello Artisan Cheese Provides Cut-to-Order Goodness to Cheese Enthusiasts

By Marina Jokic

Scardello Artisan Cheese has been around since 2008, specializing in a wide variety of local artisan cheeses. Richard Rogers, co-owner of Scardello's, previously worked in video production for fifteen years before taking the leap and opening his store in Dallas.

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For the Love of the Lake Helps to Preserve Dallas's Urban Oasis For the Love of the Lake Helps to Preserve Dallas's Urban Oasis

By Marina Jokic

For the Love of the Lake is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization committed to the preservation and improvement of White Rock Lake in Dallas.

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Dance Your Way into Shape with the Help of Dallas's Studio 22 Dance Your Way into Shape with the Help of Dallas's Studio 22

By Marina Jokic

Dancing can be a very cathartic experience, moving you out of your comfort zone and pushing the body into new motions.

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Changing Lives and Building Confident Individuals Through Culinary Training Changing Lives and Building Confident Individuals Through Culinary Training

By Marina Jokic

Café Momentum is a restaurant in Dallas that offers post-release paid internships for juvenile offenders through which they receive intensive culinary, career, and life-skill training.

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Hypnotic Donuts, Home to Dallas's Original Craft Donut Shop Hypnotic Donuts, Home to Dallas's Original Craft Donut Shop

By Marina Jokic

Hypnotic Donuts is Dallas' go-to artisan donut shop. Although the term boutique comes to mind, they don't fit that mold- they are just a group of laid-back, fun-loving people creating hearty donuts with bold flavors.

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Get that Family-Owned, Small Town Feel Alongside Austin's Largest Selection of Musical Fare Get that Family-Owned, Small Town Feel Alongside Austin's Largest Selection of Musical Fare

By Marina Jokic

"Where customers become friends" is Strait Music Company's motto that embodies owner Dan Strait's life philosophy. His son Clint Strait, who serves as the current vice president and marketing manager, has also managed the company according to his father's slogan. Ranked in the top ten percent of all music retailers nationwide, Strait Music has faithfully served Texans for over 49 years.

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Your Neighborhood Bar and Grille Turned Up with 55 Local Beer Varieties and Tex-Mex Specialties Your Neighborhood Bar and Grille Turned Up with 55 Local Beer Varieties and Tex-Mex Specialties

By Marina Jokic

Offering an extensive menu of flavorsome Texas-style cuisine and fifty-five different kinds of local beers, Doc's is known for having the best daily specials in town.

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Chuy's of Plano is Still Serving the Freshest Tex-Mex Since 1982 Chuy's of Plano is Still Serving the Freshest Tex-Mex Since 1982

By Marina Jokic

Tex-Mex refers to traditional Mexican-American fusion food, a rich medley of the flavors, ingredients, textures, and colors from across New Mexico, Texas, Mexican border towns, and the Rio Grande Valley.

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Dude, Sweet Brings us Back to Basics with the Purest Dark Chocolate Creations Dude, Sweet Brings us Back to Basics with the Purest Dark Chocolate Creations

By Marina Jokic

Dude, Sweet Chocolate specializes in dark chocolate-inspired inventions as its core business.

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A Growing Culinary Trend, Gourmet Food on Wheels with Rockn' Rick's A Growing Culinary Trend, Gourmet Food on Wheels with Rockn' Rick's

By Marina Jokic

Rockn' Rick's motto is "gourmet food from a rockn' food truck." Indeed, the small food truck has rocked the Dallas Forth Worth and North Texas area by delivering exceptional Cajun-American food from a tiny kitchen. The owner and head chef speaks about his culinary journey.

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Jack Frost Air Conditioning and Heating Promises to Keep You Cool or Toasty Jack Frost Air Conditioning and Heating Promises to Keep You Cool or Toasty

By Marina Jokic

With extreme weather on the rise, it is becoming critically important to ensure your HVAC system is efficient and runs properly.

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Southern Comfort Food Reinvented at The Porch Southern Comfort Food Reinvented at The Porch

By Marina Jokic

The Porch in Dallas, Texas is a tavern-style gastrolounge that features upscale comfort fare and attracts people with its rich food, tasty cocktails, and decadent desserts. Executive Chef Adam West shares some of the notable facts about the place.

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A Home Away from Home for Your Pet at Champion's Forest A Home Away from Home for Your Pet at Champion's Forest

By Marina Jokic

Champions Forest Animal Clinic has a solid reputation and great reviews. They know how to take care of your pet not just at an appointment visit, but for the long term. Lisa Sartor explains what sets this clinic apart.

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The Highlands School Continues to Stay 'Always Higher' The Highlands School Continues to Stay 'Always Higher'

By Marina Jokic

The Highlands School in Irving, Texas is a private, pre-K3 through 12th grade Catholic college preparatory school, which offers a comprehensive curriculum and trains students for admission to elite colleges. It distinguishes itself by its smaller size, high teacher to student ratio, and spiritually rich atmosphere.

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The Bar Method Studio in Plano, TX: An Interview with Owner Marin Van Vleck The Bar Method Studio in Plano, TX: An Interview with Owner Marin Van Vleck

By Marina Jokic

The Bar Method workout has a long history and creates a uniquely lean, firm, and sculpted body. It is a routine that is becoming tremendously popular across the country, and owner and instructor Marin Van Vleck tells us about her journey from L.A. to founding the first Bar Method Studio in Plano, Texas.

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Marina Jokic is a Staff Writer at Texas Homes.

Marina Jokic holds a bachelor's degree from Connecticut College in Russian and East European studies, a master's in Buddhist studies from Harvard Divinity School, and a master's in Sustainability and Environmental Management, also from Harvard. Marina is interested in writing, research, science, and the environment- and loves hiking and canoeing.