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The K List for September

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This fall, instead of providing enlightenment to high schoolers about how government works, former social studies teacher Mark Werpney will focus his attention on giving local business owners and residents a bright picture of the world with the opening of his Window Genie franchise. The business specializes in window cleaning, window tinting, pressure washing, gutter cleaning and more. Werpney taught for nine years, most recently at Keller High School, and says his attention veered in new directions after he took part-time work in the hospitality industry, working as a bellman at a local hotel.Accompanied by Bryan Stewart, a former co-worker at the hotel, Werpney says the company will serve far north Fort Worth and northeast Tarrant communities. He selected Community Storehouse in Keller as his charity of choice for a Windows 4 Wishes community service program. So far, this has included a substantial cash donation and sponsorship of Run in the Dark.. “It’s a neat way to give back to the community and spread good will,” Werpney says. “Plus, as a former teacher, ... it’s important to me to contribute to an organization that helps children because, even in Keller, there are still lots of pockets of need.” 446 Alta Ridge Drive, Keller, 817-888-7174, www. keller.windowgenie.com.

Eyes on the Field

Are you ready for Friday Night Football? New this fall at Keller ISD Stadium is a 24-by-15-foot video board that promises to give fans an up-close-and-personal view of the action. Students in advanced audio-video technology courses will run the digital cameras and the control room, in addition to editing video clips for replays and game highlights. The board also can be used to highlight marching-band routines, cheer squad and drill team members, fan interaction and public-service announcements. The $425,000 cost for the board and equipment will be covered by six local business sponsors, whose 5-by-8-foot signs will be displayed around the screen, along with video and scrolling credits. Bob DeJonge, Keller ISD athletic director, says fans are sure to love the new views, but the real winners are the kids who get to see themselves on the big board and those who gain real-life experience in video production.

Letters & Rhymes

Local author Cheryl Woodward has just released her second children’s book, Phoebe and the Upside Down b, a rhyming tale about a precocious preschooler who gets confused about how to spell her name and employs several tricks to make spelling less of a puzzle. A former Keller schools special-ed teacher and dyslexia specialist, Woodward published Bountiful Butterflies last October — a year after retiring from teaching. The concept of Phoebe has been kicking around in her brain since her days of helping dyslexic youngsters, she says. She doesn’t specifically mention dyslexia in the story because Phoebe is younger than most kids are when a diagnosis of a language-processing disorder is received. Aimed at young children who are just learning how to spell, Phoebe and the Upside Down b includes a few dyslexia resources in the back (for parents and teachers) and the author anticipates this book will be the first in a series. Phoebe and the Upside Down b is available at www.amazon.com for $9.99 ($4.99 on Kindle) or at the Book Nook, the author’s small book and toy boutique located inside the Plaid Peacock in Roanoke. 206 N. Oak St., Roanoke, www.facebook.com/cherylwoodwardauthor.

Wares with Flair

Local trendsetters have a new resource for unique fashion finds as the eclectic boutique Turquoise Gypsy opened its doors in Old Town Keller in mid-August. Owner Kasey Jackson has been selling “fun and funky” apparel at a Plano salon for several years but is excited now to open her first “real shop.” She says her trademark tunics and leggings are popular with shoppers in their 20s through 50s who like unusual, artisan-made clothing, jewelry and accessories. Recent treasures include handmade fabric and fringe hobo bags and clutch purses in vibrant colors from Keep It Gypsy that range from $55 (clutch purses) to $240 (large bags). “Whenever I carry one, women stop me on the street and demand to know where I got that bag,” she says. Other eye-catching items come from an Oklahoma line of jewelry called Bonedust that features necklaces made of Arizona Kingman turquoise and carved moose antlers, $150 each. 156 S. Main St., Keller, 817-291-6022, www.turquoisegypsy.com.

Brick House Moves In

James Blystone of Ignite Restaurant Group has reinvented its old Macaroni Grill space near I-35 and Western Center Drive as an 8,600-square-foot Brick House Tavern + Tap equipped with a creative menu and more than 30 flat-screen TVs for sports fans. Daily Happiness Hours (Monday-Friday) feature fun $5 appetizers like spiked calamari, zucchini curls, fried stuffed olives and duck wings, while drinks like a Woodford Peach Manhattan and Patron Rita are offered out of Brick House’s impressive bar. Brunch lovers likely will enjoy the tavern’s $2 mimosas served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, along with unusual offerings like Prosciutto Benedict and Banana-bacon Waffles. Ignite owns the Joe’s Crab Shack brand in addition to Macaroni Grill and Brick House; the changeover at Fossil Creek represents Brick House’s first Fort Worth location and one of several new openings planned in the North Texas area. 6300 North Freeway, Fort Worth, 817-806-1007, www. brickhousetavernandtap.com.

Babes in the Bleachers

Some fans go football crazy earlier than others, and Love Bug Baby Bedding in Old Town Keller is encouraging early bloomers with a sweet little selection of infant-focused gear that includes new Blossoms & Buds knitted football caps in pink and brown for $12.50 each. Other cute adornments sure to please folks who love babies as much as the game include a Minky Football Blanket by Mud Pie that retails for $35. Love Bugs owner Amber McGilvray says most of her business comes from making custom bedding for Keller’s youngest set of future fashionistas, but the store carries an array of ruffled accessories and ornate outfits perfect for baby portraits, shower gifts and mom-and-me treats. 241 S. Main St., Keller, www.lovebugbabybedding.com.

In Our Orbit

Known for using fresh ingredients that include beef that’s never frozen, Planet Burger’s fifth location recently opened in Keller. The small chain’s special-recipe buns are baked daily in Cleburne; popular sides include hand-cut, french-fried potatoes and hand-battered onion rings. One of Planet Burgers’s most often-requested entrees is the guacamole burger, which includes cheese, bacon and — tada! — homemade guacamole. Try it with the Cajun-dusted fries. A friendly, ultra-casual spot for sharing a meal and loitering with friends, the Keller location has a bar with daily drink specials and is the only Planet Burger with pool tables. Kids eat free on Tuesdays. “Like” the restaurant on Facebook to learn about special offers. 104 Navajo Drive, Keller, 817-367-1577.


The Design Studio is new in Keller Town Center. It’s the brainchild of local interior designer Tammy Hamilton, who has restyled her 11-year-old home-based business, Designing on a Dime, and partnered with commercial designer Katy Ebbert. The Design Studio will provide various design services to residents, including its specialty — kitchen and bath redos. Hamilton says the duo also has plans to rent out the attractive, 1,500-square-foot space for private receptions, and host on-site art classes and art exhibits. 201 Town Center Lane, Suite 1121, Keller, 817-881-9155.

Tuesday Morning in the Keller Crossing Shopping Center has doubled its size, taking over 5,000 square feet of retail space vacated by its former neighbor, Incredible Pets, and reopening in July. The larger footprint comes with a new easier-to-access front entrance and conforms to what company officials say is a “future prototype” for the popular chain. 1580 Keller Parkway, Keller, 817-337-0467, www.tuesdaymorning.com.

McAlister’s Deli plans a late August opening of its third Fort Worth location on the northeast corner of Old Denton Road and Heritage Trace Parkway, so Keller residents don’t have to drive to Colleyville or Southlake to get their fix of McAlister’s sweet tea. The Alliance-area restaurant spans 3,500 square feet and is the Mississippi franchise chain’s newest Tarrant County location. 9604 N. Riverside Drive, Fort Worth.

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