Rolling into Town
New to town in Keller Town Center is Knobbies & Slicks, a shop for cycling enthusiasts of all skill levels. Owners Bud and Debbie Zarsk say they moved their bike shop in June from Colleyville to take advantage of the easy access to paths, as well as to partner with the city to promote a biking culture. Offerings include bikes, assorted gear and parts, plus nutrition and camaraderie. Knobbies & Slicks marketing specialist Javier Herrera says every bike comes with a custom fit from knowledgeable staffers, whether the customer is spending $400 or $4,000. “If you’re not comfortable on your bike, you’re not going to ride it, so fit is everything,” Herrera says. Almost every day of the week, the shop hosts group rides, and Herrera says there’s a place for everyone. Some rides are devoted to seasoned racers, while others are mellow family affairs, and rides for women, senior citizens and kids are also part of the mix. The shop’s friendly atmosphere encourages patrons to linger at the counter and chat, Herrera says, adding: “It’s like Cheers for a bike shop. People love to come here and hang out.” 251 Town Center Lane, Suite 2101, Keller, 817-281-4957, www. knobbiesandslicks.com.
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A New Chapter
Joni’s House: Writing Help & Gifts has a fresh new look after minor renovations to the shop inside the Old Town Keller Main Street Depot. Owner Joni Prinjinski says her store was closed for most of May and June getting new carpet and paint, but is open for business again and sporting a crisper image. Patrons can still find inspirational books, music, jewelry and gifts along with complimentary gift bags and handmade tags. Featured items include Texas-themed cards from Leanin’ Tree, journals, sterling silver cross necklaces and classic books for children and teens. On the “Writing Help” side of her business, Prinjinski offers writing and editing assistance with resumes, books in progress, all kinds of copy and technical writing. Her shop’s new layout allows her a little more flexibility for activities like conducting writing classes, hosting free monthly writer’s forums and holding private consultations with authors. 204 South Main St., Suite 110, Keller, 817-993-0028, www.facebook.com/jhousewriting.
Almost 20 years after University of Texas graduates and entrepreneurs Mark Greenberg, Dave Paul and Sean Greenberg opened the first Pluckers Wing Bar in Austin, the sports bar has debuted its first Fort Worth location in Alliance Town Center. USA Today labels Pluckers a “Top Ten Wing Restaurant,” while ESPN tags it as a “Top 5 Sports Bar in North America.” The Alliance restaurantfeatures 64 HD televisions and two 110-inch LED “video walls,” while a state-of-the-art audio visual system has areas zoned for listening to accommodate multiple “game watching” experiences. Guests can choose from the main dining room, the bar area and two patios. Pluckers’ most popular menu items are traditional and boneless chicken wings, fried pickles, a buffalo chicken sandwich, blue cheese club salad and fried Twinkies. On Tuesdays, kids eat free. 9229 Rain Lily Trail, Fort Worth, 817-750-2473 (BIRD), www.pluckers.com.
Fresh from the Farm
A sophisticated line of skin care products found at a local feed store — and at greatly reduced prices — is bound to inspire smiles as well as a few wrinkle-free dreams, but there it is, a Farmhouse Fresh skin care display right in the middle of the McDonnell Hardware & Feed store. About a year ago, the office manager and owner’s daughter, Natalie Keel-Smiley, started carrying the Frisco-based line that is usually an exclusive offering of luxury spas. She says she continued adding to her offerings once she noticed a “significant” and ever-increasing following of repeat buyers. “Well, there was the farm connection,” Smiley says, “and it’s a very reputable line, all natural and Texas-made, so it seemed like a good fit to me. ... plus, people love it.” The line has been featured on Oprah’s “O List” and has made American Spa Magazine’s list of top five favorite body care lines in the U.S. Smiley says two recent additions that are particularly popular are the Crow Catcher Eye Perfecting Serum and Wine Down Overnight Super Antioxidant Recovery Serum. Priced at $46 and $55 on the FHF website, they’re $26.09 and $41.09, respectively, at McDonnell. At least for now. 600 N. Main St., Keller, 817-431-3551, www.mcdonnellfeed.com.
Too Doggone Hot
During the dog days of summer, Rex and Zoey need a way to cool their paws after they pound the burning pavement. K&H Coolin’ Gel Pads are designed to help dogs keep their cool both indoors and outdoors and may be used in pet beds or on their own. They’re available in three sizes, from about $10 to $36. Find them on the shelves of Unleashed by Petco, a smaller, neighborhood version of its parent company, in Keller Town Center. Unleashed also has a popular “dog washing station” that allows families to wash their dogs at the store for a $10 fee. The area features three stainless steel tubs that accommodate dogs of all sizes, along with shampoo, towels and blow dryers. 1006 Keller Parkway, Keller, 817-753-6790, https://unleashedby.petco.com.
More Retail Therapy
A slew of new stores are set to open their doors in Alliance Town Center in late August. Among them, Haverty’s (spanning 35,000 square feet), Sheplers Western Wear (18,000 square feet), Men’s Wearhouse (5,500 square feet) and Sleep Experts (4,500 square feet). In the same section, Five Below, the trendy teen fashion accessories, sporting goods and novelties retailer, beat the others to the punch with a late July opening. A week late for the Labor Day shopping blitz, Designer Shoe Warehouse warrants a second trip — plus many more — as it brings its unique selection of fun footwear and stylish accessories to the shopping center on Sept. 10. As a junior anchor in this retail development, the new DSW store will fill 15,000 square feet near Haverty’s, Sheplers and the others. With all the new activity, Alliance Town Center is now 98 percent leased, officials say. 9405 Sage Meadow Trail, Fort Worth, www.alliancetowncenter.com.
Shannon Brewing Company, opening this month, brings its unique line of craft beers brewed using a gas-fired brewing process and spring water from nearby Samantha Springs to create a line of five Irish ales. Owner Shannon Carter (above) says his is the only brewery in the Metroplex not on city water, which means he doesn’t have to strip out chlorine and fluoride and add minerals to create his line of five Irish ales. The brewery will be open to the public on Fridays and offer tours on Saturdays. 818 N. Main St., Keller, 817-400-1985, shannonbrewing.com.
Feedstore BBQ’s second location, which replaces the old Up-N-Smoke on Main Street, will open in August. The building needed minor repairs after a car ran into the front corner in March. The restaurant is run by the Lafavers brothers who own Feedstore BBQ’s original Southlake location. 134 S. Main St., Keller, 817-562-5955, feedstorebbq.com.
Pedals Cycling Studio opened recently and promises to whirl cyclists through their virtual workouts. Using Spinner Blade Ion Bikes, the indoor center gives each cyclist a virtual road to traverse and race with others. Featuring a stadium-style studio, surround sound and plenty of room for bikes, the unique business helps cyclists track their biking program progress with each visit. 201 Town Center Lane, Suite 1109, Keller, 817-710-4179, pedalscyclingstudio.com.
Texas’ Sales Tax Holiday is Aug. 8-10. In time for back-to-school shopping, the annual “tax-free weekend” means that most clothing, footwear, backpacks and other school supplies priced less than $100 are exempt from sales and use taxes. These include items purchased in stores, online or by phone; layaway plans can be used, too. For more information, visit http://www.window.state.tx.us and search for “tax holiday.”
DFW Restaurant Week returns Aug. 11-17. Diners can enjoy three-course dinners at more than 125 area restaurants for $25-$45, and 20 percent of the price of each meal goes to the Lena Pope Home in Fort Worth or North Texas Food Bank in Dallas. Some eateries begin the promotion earlier, and some extend it a few weeks. Reservations are recommended. For a list of participating restaurants, visit http://DFWRestaurantWeek.com.