Kid to Kid

Posted on: April 30th, 2009 by arlington insider

“Kid to Kid” Recycled Children’s Goods
1201 W. Arbrook (1 block east of Cooper, across street from The Parks Mall)
Mon-Sat 9am-8pm; Sun 12-6
(817) 468 1995
kidtokid.com

Whether you’re looking for kids’ clothes, toys, shoes, school uniforms, baby equipment…heck, even maternity wear…you can buy or sell it (and save lots of money) by visiting Kid to Kid.

It’s a common quandary for parents: your child quickly outgrows his/her clothes or toys. Why not sell it to Kid-to-Kid in exchange for cash or store credit? You can buy a new outfit or pair of shoes in the correct size and pay less than what you would pay at the shopping mall.  And these are brand name items.

But Kid to Kid has so much more than clothes for re-sale (including cute little petticoats and leotards and angel wings!).

A wide variety of toys and equipment was in better condition than I expected. During my visit, here are some examples of gently used equipment including: high chairs (e.g., Evenflo, $44.99), potty chairs ($9.99), bathtubs ($5.99 to $11.99), strollers, bouncers, baby swings (Graco $44.99), car seats ($59.99) and booster seats.

I was happy to see so such a large selection of shoes for retail (kids’ feet grow way too quickly to keep paying retail prices!!!!). And I was really glad to see that we can buy (and sell) maternity wear. What a great idea! My old maternity clothes sat in the back of a closet until my cousin got pregnant and needed to borrow them. Hand-me-downs are fine, but not as cool as cash!

Here’s something really important: this location of Kid to Kid boasts a huge section for SCHOOL UNIFORMS available YEAR-ROUND!!!!!

Parents from across Texas come here specifically to buy school uniforms. According to store owner, Debbie, customers have come in the summer from Lubbock and Abilene to buy uniforms which, apparently, are often not available year-round. It’s also common for parents from North Texas cities like Crowley or Kennedale or DeSoto to shop at her store for school uniforms.

Debbie also said that her Arlington store has been the #1 performer among all 75 Kid-to-Kid franchises world-wide (including Portugal) for six consecutive years, thanks in part to the large selection of school uniforms.

Yes, the store carries new items, too (we wouldn’t want a used pacifier!!!). And gift certificates are available. Why not give that as a gift for a baby shower or other type of gift? Then the mom-to-be of child could get a lot more items for a reduced price.

So bottom line overall for clothes/toy/equipments: If you’re selling or buying (or both), stop by Kid to Kid to see how much money you can earn/save.

If you’re looking to sell, call ahead (817 468-1995) to schedule an appointment. A computer program helps the store appraise your kids’ stuff. The amount of money is determined by the brand, style, condition, and demand for the items. You can go for cash, but if you opt for store credit you get up to 20% more.

Any clothing you sell should be freshly laundered and pressed with no stains or holes or missing buttons. Toys and baby equipment should be clean and in good working order.

Potager Natural Cafe & Other Stuff

Posted on: April 23rd, 2009 by arlington insider

POTAGER Natural Café & Other Stuff

315 S Mesquite St. (two blocks south of Abram)

Monday – Saturday Serving Lunch from 11:00 to 3:00 
Thursday – Saturday  Serving Dinner from 5:00 to  9:00

Closed Sundays
(817) 861-2292

www.potagercafe.com

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Pay-what-you-want for a fresh, delicious meal  at Potager, a new restaurant which opened on January 16th on South Mesquite Street (just two blocks south of downtown Arlington).  When the cafe first opened, it was for lunch only (11am to 3pm Mondays through Saturdays).  The hours are now expanded to include dinner on Thursdays through Saturdays from 5pm to 9pm.

 

The selection changes daily because everything is made fresh-from-scratch each day.  Potager uses locally grown, organic ingredients whenever possible.  There are no printed menus.  You order off of what’s written on the dry-erase board next to the counter.  There are no waiters.  You walk up to the counter, look at the board, and tell them what you want.  They serve it to you right there, sort of like a buffet.  The house rule is to take as much as you want, but only what you can eat.  And, yes, you can definitely go back for “seconds”.

There will always be a soup, a salad, an entrée, vegetables, and a dessert. 

 

You can go to the cafe’s Web site to see the menu (it’s posted a couple of days in advance).  The site is www.potagercafe.com.

 

I dined at Potager on a Tuesday afternoon.  That day the features included:  Vegetable Bean Soup; Farm Ranch Salad with homemade Ranch dressing; Quiche with bits of salmon; organically-grown roasted honey balsamic chicken; a sautéed medley of spinach/mushroom/tomato; roasted potatoes; homemade bread; chocolate pie.

 

It was all good, especially the soup.  And the quiche was very fluffy/light (delicious).  And the chocolate filling in the pie was to-die-for.  It was very rich.  I don’t like meringue very much, but even the meringue was delicious.   

 

There are no waiters, just the chefs and staff that serve you at the counter and work in the back.  Yes, they’ll clear the tables, so you don’t have to worry about that.  But you get your own drinks…there are carafes of water on the table, and jugs of flavored teas on a counter in the corner.

 

Now the quandary:  “how much do I pay?”

 

There’s no pressure.  There is a little hand-written sign that asks customers to be “fair” when determining the amount.  The sign is next to a little table with a watering can, the old-fashioned kind you find in your grandmother’s garden.  Discreetly put your cash in a watering can placed in the corner near the counter. 

 

I put in $9.00.  The owner and founder of Potager, Cynthia Chippindale, told The Dallas Morning News that most customers are leaving an average of $7 each, but the restaurant’s food costs are closer to $8 per customer.

 

Potager is an organic gardener as well as LeCordon Bleu-trained chef.  Another of the Potager chefs, Nick Amoriello, trained at the Culinary Institute of America.

 

The restaurant is small…about 9 tables, maybe.  It seats about 30-35 people.  It was a steady stream of customers during my visit…every table was being used.  But the service at the counter is fast.  It is a casual, laid-back atmosphere.

 

I definitely intend to return to Potager as often as possible.  It’s really good food that’s totally fresh.  And it will be a new adventure each time because the menu changes daily.

Fabulous 50′s Burgers & Shakes

Posted on: April 21st, 2009 by arlington insider

FABULOUS 50’s Classic Burgers & Shakes

2424 W. Park Row (southeast corner of Park Row @ Bowen)

(817) 860-9456

 

For some free music while you dine, the Fabulous 50s fast food place on Park Row @ Bowen has an Elvis impersonator on Wednesday nights.  Carleton Hurdle is the impersonator; he appears 6:30pm-8:30pm weekly.

 

Fabulous 50’s is made to look like an old-fashioned burger joint from the 1950’s.  Old 45’s and albums hang on the walls next to prints of Elvis Presley and Frankie Avalon and James Dean.  The red vinyl booths, high tables with tall bar stools, and back-and-white checkered floor lend to the mood.  Coca Cola bottles are the salt & pepper shakers.

 
The menu uses fun names to dress-up what is basically a menu that you could find at any Dairy Queen or Braums.  But the names are certainly cute and make the fast food sound more fun than it actually is.  The portions are pretty generous and the prices are cheap.  You order your food at the counter, just like any other fast food restaurant.  But the condiment bar is over to the side, so you can add as much lettuce/tomato/pickle and other condiments as you like. 

 

Here’s a sampling of the menu/prices:  Elvis B.L.T. ($3.99); Jerry Lee Steak Melt ($3.99); Ethel burger; Fonzie hot ham & cheese ($3.99); Patsy grilled chicken sandwich ($3.99); Marilyn breaded chicken sandwich ($3.99); Laverne buffalo chicken sandwich ($3.99); and Costello gyro (3.99). 

 

The “Little Rascals Kids Meal” is $3.99.  In an homage to the Three Stooges, the menu includes the Larry grilled cheese ($1.69), Moe corn dog ($1.69), and Curly hot dog ($1.69).

 

For appetizers, there are the Betty Boop chicken strips ($3.29 for three strips) and the Buddy cheese sticks.

 

The more expensive platters are a tribute to some of the best (or certainly most popular) cars ever made:  ’55 Fairlane country fried steak ($6.49), ’56 T-Bird (chidken fried chicken), ’57 Chevy chicken strips, and the ’58 corvette steak fingers.

 

In addition to onion rings and fries, you can order curly fries.

 

As for dessert, that’s called “The Temptations”.  It’s all soft-serve ice cream, just like Dairy Queen.  You won’t find any hand-dipped Blue Bell here.  But if you like soft serve, you can find it cheap and plentiful at Fabulous 50’s.

 

Floats/shakes/malts are $2.49 to $3.29.  Sundaes are $1.89.  The banana split is only $3.29.  You can get apple pie for a buck, of add ice cream for $2.29.

 

A plain ol’ dish or cone is only $1.29.

 

The food is okay, but nothing really memorable.  But the chocolate shake was very good and so was the Root Beer float.  And it’s cheaper than going to a Marble Slab or Baskin Robbins or Braum’s.

 

My recommendation would be to stop by on a Wednesday evening and enjoy a shake or sundae.

Diamond Club at Rangers Ballpark

Posted on: April 17th, 2009 by arlington insider

THE DIAMOND CLUB

Buffet Restaurant at Rangers Ballpark on Rangers Gamedays

Rangers Ballpark

1000 Ballpark Way

(817) 795-9006, ext 2034

During every Rangers game, the Diamond Club offers the best food inside Rangers Ballpark.  Located just beyond the left field wall, the restaurant has four-tiers of seating so that patrons enjoy a tremendous view of the field in air-conditioned comfort.  It’s an all-you-can-eat buffet for a price of $24.95 for adults, $7.95 for kids, and free for children 6 and under.

 

The Diamond Club opens two hours prior to the game and closes one hour after the game starts.  You must have a ticket to the game to enter the Diamond Club.  But you don’t have to make reservations; walk-ups are welcome.  However, it’s best to call and make a reservation (817 795-9006 ext 2034) if you’re coming on a day when the ballpark is going to be really crowded.  So if it’s Mother’s Day or Father’s Day or 4th of July….or if it’s a big game versus the Yankees or Red Sox, I would call first to reserve a table. 

 

I attended a weekday game versus the Indians and there was plenty of space in the Diamond Club; we just walked-in.  

 

As for the food…it was good!  The buffet does change each game, so the selection will be a little different each time you come.  There are waiters who bring your drinks, so expect to leave a little bit of a gratuity for the waitstaff.  This is a nice place with Rangers-logo table cloths and cloth napkins and real silverware…it’s not eating at a picnic table next to a concession stand.

 

One item that’s always available:  prime rib at the carving station with either an au jus or horseradish on the side.   The meat brand is Nolan Ryan Prime Rib (not surprising since the owner of the meat company is also president of the Texas Rangers).  Not to suck up to the Hall of Fame pitcher/team president, but the prime rib was the best thing on the buffet.

 

Other items available during my visit:  poached salmon, chicken alla cacciatore, fusilli pasta with sun-dried tomatoes, roasted rosemary potatoes, and a vegetable medley of steamed asparagus/tomatoes/squash.

 

Yes, there is salad, too.  On our day, there was even a shrimp salad (you know, the kind with the teeny-tiny shrimps in a mayonnaise type of salad).  Honestly, the shrimp salad looked better than it tasted.


And on the day we were there:  sushi!  Our waiter said it’s the first time he had ever seen sushi on the buffet, so it must not be available every day.  No big loss, however.  I love sushi, and this wasn’t very good.

 

What’s very good is the amount of fresh fruits and cheeses.

 

And it costs extra ($6.95), but there is a dessert buffet, too.  You can build-your-own ice cream sundae.  And the warm bread pudding….wow, smelled so good.  There was also an excellent selection of cakes/pie including:  cheesecake, strawberry shortcake, lemon crème cake, and some sort of bourbon-something cake.

 

For the kids (or the grown-up kids who prefer ballpark fare to poached salmon or vegetables), there are mini-burgers and hot dogs.

 

This was my first time to eat inside the Diamond Club.  I think it’s an excellent price for kids (only $7.95 which is less than what you would spend at the concession stand for nachos and a soft drink).  And kids under 6 are free!  I think this is a good deal for families because the prices are cheap for the kids.


In fact, I’m thinking that this would be a nice treat for a family member or friend celebrating a birthday or special occasion…who also happens to love baseball and the Rangers!

 

The Diamond Club opens two hours before the game, but the Rangers are usually finished with batting practice before the restaurant opens.  Mostly you’ll see the grounds crew prepping the field.  But as the game gets closer, more players will finally emerge for final warm-ups before the game.

 

Here’s a money-saving hint:  there is a 2-for1 coupon for The Diamond Club inside the Entertainment Passbook for Ft. Worth (not the Dallas version, I already checked).  I bought an Entertainment Passbook (order at entertainment.com), Ft Worth version, for $15.00 and it paid for itself because I saved $24.95 on this buffet. 

 

The Diamond Club is only open for Rangers games.  But it can also be rented for private events year-round.  Anyone looking to book it should call this number and extension:  (817) 795-9006, ext 2032.

 

 

 

HUMPERDINK’S

Posted on: April 9th, 2009 by arlington insider

HUMPERDINK’S

700 Six Flags Drive (two blocks south of I-30; 1 block south of entrance to Six Flags)
Arlington, TX 76011
(817) 640-8553
Hours: daily 11am-2am

Humperdinks.com

Humperdink’shas arguably the most varied menu in town.  It’s not just a really good restaurant, the bar area is sports-themed and a great place to watch sports.  This place is also a microbrewery.  A game room has 4 billiards tables.  And there’s a large banquet room that can accommodate groups of up to 100 people.  It’s cool to see sports banners from the local high schools hanging alongside Rangers and Cowboys memorabilia.

 

For Rangers games, you can eat at Humperdink’s, then take a shuttle to Rangers Ballpark for just $5.  There are two Happy Hours each Monday thru Friday (4 to 7pm, 10-11pm), so you can enjoy drink specials both before and after weekday Rangers games.  All pints are $2.99 during Happy Hour, plus there are discounts on appetizers and $1 off wine, cocktails, well, and domestic bottles.

 

I love eating at Humperdink’s because there’s always something for the mood I’m in.  And the lunch specials are very reasonably priced.  The pizza lunch specials range from $5.25 to $8.99.  The combo of soup-or-salad with a sandwich is a good deal at $8.99 because the choices include Apple Walnut Chicken Salad or, my favorite, Spinach Strawberry Salad.  A Turkey Melt or grilled Monte Cristo sandwich are good choices, too.  There’s also the soup of the day, chili, or red beans & rice.

 

An early bird feature is served 7 days a week from 4-6:30pm and features a sirloin steak with baked potato and house salad.

 

For the entrée, I recommend the blackened tilapia (very light but spicy).  I’ve also enjoyed the Hunter’s Style Tuscan Meatloaf, but it’s much heartier.  You can also “Create Your Own Pasta”, prices ranging from $12.99 to $15.99 (includes addings of shrimp or salmon).  The gourmet hamburgers range in price from $7.99 to $9.99.  There are too many burger choices to list here.

 

Of course, Slider’s Mini Burgers are popular.  You can get a Cajun slider, a bourbon-glazed slider burger…even a slider with the Tuscan meatloaf. 

 

Signature sandwiches include:  hot crab & artichoke, French dip, a Cuban, Reuben, and Monte Cristo. 

 

The “Rajun Cajun” portion of the menu includes jambalaya, catfish, crawfish etouffee, and the aforementioned blackened tilapia.  During Mardi Gras, we had an excellent Creole Shrimp Po-boy sandwich!

 

The most expensive item on the menu is the Steak Oscar Ribeye ($27.99), a flame-grilled steak with lump crab meat and hollaindaise sauce.  The 10 oz. bacon-wrapped filet costs $22.99.  For you chicken lovers out there, the lemon rosemary chicken ($12.99) and Chicken Jack Daniels are popular menu items.

 

Are there any seafood lovers out there?  If yes, try the Maryland crab cakes or the coconut shrimp.  Trout and salmon are also on the  menu.

 

An entire page of the menu is dedicated to the signature pizzas ($5.99 to $17.99) and include specialties like  Blackened Chicken Alfredo Pizza  or “The Zinger” which has chicken dumped in Buffalo wing sauce plus a drizzle of Ranch dressing to go with the onions, celery, pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese.

 

The microbrewery features Butterface Amber Ale which is Humperdink’s flagship brand.  It has a touch of toffee & caramel.  Or you can try “Total Disorder Porter” which won the silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival (this flavor has a touch of chocolate and crystal malts).  Hefeweizen is German-style made with Munich malt.

 

The adult shakes aren’t cheap ($8.99 to $9.99) but are made of 2 scoops of Blue Bell plus liquor.   Wanna try Grandma’s Indulgence?  It has Jack Daniels, caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream.

 

Brainfreeze shakes are non-alcholic ($3.99 to $5.99).  Allow me to recommend the Caramel Twinkie Shake or the Mocha Thunder.

 

Kids can eat pretty cheaply here.  The Kids’ Menu is only $4.99 and that includes the beverage, entrée, appetizer and fries. 

 

Please visit on a Sunday, if possible.  The Sunday Brunch menu includes a frittata ($8.99) and migas con pollo, plus standards like steak & eggs, Eggs Benedict, and omelletes.  The brunch menu for kids is also only $4.99.

Top O’Hill Terrace

Posted on: April 9th, 2009 by arlington insider

TOP O’ HILL TERRACE

Arlington Baptist College

3001 W. Division

Tours by appointment only; Call to schedule:  (817) 461 8741, ext. 109

Cost:  $5 donation per person

E-mail:  vbryant@abconline.org

Top O’Hill Terrace is the hidden gem of Arlington tourism.  It’s the best kept secret in town.  I’m trying to spread the word so others can learn the colorful background of a little hilltop that went from illegal gambling hall to a Baptist college. 

 

Already a Texas Historic Landmark, the Top O’ Hill brochure rightfully proclaims “From Pokers to Preachers, sermons and hymns now ring across the terraced hills which once hummed with the playing of slot machines and roulette wheels.”

 

Before Las Vegas became the gambling mecca of America, a hilltop in Arlington was the destination point for some of the biggest names in show business and sports after The Top O’ Hill tea room opened in 1926.  Over the next 20 years, the visiting luminaries included the likes of:  Howard Hughes, boxer Joe Louis, Bonnie & Clyde, Jack Dempsey, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Buster Keaton, W.C. Fields, Gene Autry, Will Rogers, Hedy Lamarr, Lana Turner, Bugsy Siegel, Tommy Dorsey & his orchestra, Mae West, Walter Winchell, Amarillo Slim, Tom Mix….and some guy called John Wayne.  Ginger Rogers, a local girl, used to dance here.   Jack Ruby used to gamble here (that’s right, the guy who shot Oswald).

 

What would bring the crème-de-la-crème to a little tea room in west Arlington?  How about an illegal gambling hall in the basement…complete with hidden tunnels so that patrons could scramble to safety when the Texas Rangers law enforcement agents would raid the hill!  Roulette wheels were behind hidden walls – turn the wall and you couldn’t find the gambling equipment.

 

Oh yeah, a little thing called Prohibition made it illegal to sell alcohol, but you can bet the alcohol was even more plentiful as the poker chips.  Bootleggers used to run whiskey to the hill. 

 

The hidden tunnels were dug by Chinese workers.  The tunnels led towards the tea room.  By the time the Rangers would make it to the basement, the patrons had already scrambled up to the team room – acting as though they were simply in town to enjoy some tea and a good meal.  Security was tight.  At least 20 guards were on the look-out (some hidden in tree tops) to keep an eye open for police and Texas Rangers.

 

A gambler named Benny Binion won some money here and took it to Vegas to open a little place called the Horseshoe Casino (I told you Arlington was Vegas before Vegas!).

 

The location was perfect.  The hill is 1,000 feet high, the highest point in Tarrant County.  It’s located on W. Division which used to be the old Bankhead Hwy, the main highway between Dallas and Ft Worth.

 

But the Top O’ Hill Terrace wouldn’t survive much longer following the final law enforcement raid which took place in 1947. 

 

For years, a local Baptist preacher named J. Frank Norris tried to shut down this den of iniquity.  He once vowed, “One of these days we are going to own the place!”   Lo and behold, in 1956 the Bible Baptist Seminary purchased the property and converted Top O’Hill from a casino to a seminary.  Now it’s called Arlington Baptist College and boasted an enrollment of 170 students in spring ’09.

 

The basement which was the gambling hall?  Now it’s the cafeteria’s kitchen.  The on-site bordello became a women’s dormitory. 

The wife of the current college president is the driving force behind the historical research and tours.  Her name is Vickie Bryant.  She schedules and conducts the tours by appointment only.  E-mail her at vbryant@abconline.org  or call her at (817) 461 8741.

 

Our entire tour took about 1 ¼ hours.  You meet in the visitors’ center of Arlington Baptist College.  Vickie does an excellent power-point presentation/slide-show and explains the history…this takes about 45 minutes.  Then you walk down to the cafeteria/kitchen and look at the “hidden tunnels”.  You do NOT go in the tunnels…you only look.  Then you take a walk to the outdoor terrace, and then walk over to a little horse stable which is now a little museum.

I highly recommend this tour.  It’s great for Sunday School classes, church groups, Red Hat ladies’ clubs…and anyone who enjoys history and a fun story.

BRUSTER’S REAL ICE CREAM

Posted on: April 8th, 2009 by arlington insider

Step right up!  Walk-Up or Drive-Thru and choose from large variety of flavors.

Step right up! Walk-Up or Drive-Thru and choose from large variety of flavors.

BRUSTER’S REAL ICE CREAM

6301 S. Cooper (2 miles south of I-20)

Hours:  11am – 10pm

 

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream is a great (and delicious) way to beat the heat.  Located in south Arlington on S. Cooper just a couple miles south of I-20, you can try dozens of flavors or indulge in a banana split, parfait or brownie fudge sundae.

 

The variety of ice cream flavors is terrific.  I was there in March (that’s when Girl Scout Cookies are available) so I had to try Bruster’s “Girl Scout Thin Mint”.  I also recommend “Coconut Chip”, but the “White Turtle” is great, too.  My friend likes “Key Lime Pie” ice cream the best, but my dad prefers some concoction called “Heavenly Hash”.  There are standards like “Cherry Vanilla” and “Chocolate Marshmallow”, of course.

 

When I was there, a grandma was there with her little granddaughter who ordered a pink colored flavor called “Cotton Candy Explosion”.  The grandma got a cake cone of “New York Cheesecake”.

 

Bruster’s is like the old fashioned walk-up ice cream stores.  There is no inside dining.  Yes, you can drive thru, too.  But why not park your car, order from the walk-up counter, and relax on the outdoor benches?  And if there are tempting flavors that you can’t fit on your cone, Take Home Pints are available ($4.54).  You can also buy Take Home Quarts ($6.71) or Half-Gallons ($9.21).

 

Ice Cream Pies are available and range in price from $18.24 to $22.96.  For bigger groups, you can buy a ¼ Sheet Cake of ice cream ($30.28, serves 20-24 people).

 

Bruster’s also serves cups of “Blasts” which is like a shake with mix-ins of candies like Reeses or M&M’s, etc.

 

As for prices, the sugar cone/cake cone/dish is $2.73 for a single, or $3.52 for a double scoop, or $3.09 for a triple.  Waffle cones are $3.61 for a single, $4.49 for a double, or $4.91 for a triple.  Parfaits are $3.61 and banana splits are $4.86.

There was also something called an “apple dumpling” which included apple and pumpkin flavored ice creams.  Next time, I’m going to try that.  You can also order sorbets or Italian ices, but the variety of flavors is more limited than the varieties of ice cream.

MAJESTIC GRAND SLAM GIFT SHOP @ RANGERS BALLPARK

Posted on: April 8th, 2009 by arlington insider

MAJESTIC GRAND SLAM GIFT SHOP @ RANGERS BALLPARK

1000 Ballpark Way (inside Rangers Ballpark, faces Randol Mill Road)

10am-5pm, non-game day; 10am to end-of-game during Rangers game day

(817) 273-5001

 

 

 

Located inside Rangers Ballpark and open year-round, this is the best place to buy Rangers and other major league team’s collectibles in North Texas.  If you need a new Josh Hamilton jersey or Ian Kinsler t-shirt — maybe a new red Texas cap to wear during “Rangers Red Outs” — here’s where you can get outfitted for the baseball season.  And if there’s a baseball fan in your life, you’ve found the #1 shopping spot to find the perfect gift for him/her.  If it’s anything Texas Rangers or baseball, you’ll find it here.

 

A really unique gift idea is a customized Louisville slugger or customized jersey. 

 

There is an on-site machine with a laser engraver to customize bats.  The full-size customized bat is $60 and can be made within an hour of purchase.  The store promises a ‘same-hour turnaround’. You can also customize a mini-bat for $22.

 

Grand Slam Gift Shop also has a heat press machine to customize authentic jerseys.  You can also customize replica jerseys.  Prices start around $65 and go up from there.

 

I talked with one of the store managers, Randy, about the variety of merchandise and memorabilia available.   Apparently it’s not just Rangers fans looking for a souvenir to take home after a game.  Many out-of-town fans visit the shop throughout the year.

 

“We get a number of fans from other cities and a number of fans touring the Ballpark,” said Randy.  “We sell much more than Rangers merchandise.  Of the collectible memorabilia from former players, the Nolan Ryan items are the most popular.  We also sell a lot of women’s and children’s apparel.  For the families, we sell lots of foam fingers and lots of baseballs and bobbleheads”.

 

I was surprised by the huge selection for women & kids.  There’s a whole wall with nothing but pink Rangers shirts/shorts/sweats.  The children’s apparel section is huge; even sizes for infants are available (and too cute!!!).

 

For the bigger boys & girls, prices range from $20 for a Josh Hamilton youth t-shirt to $72 for a Michael Young youth replica jersey.  I have a feeling my nephew will soon be begging for an Elvis Andrus jersey (he’s the rookie shortstop and the new popular guy on the team).

 

But you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to satisfy the kids.  Player pennants are $6; mini-bats are $8; Josh Hamilton decals are $10; Rangers Mardi Gras beads are $9. 

 

Of course if you’re looking for something bigger and of greater value, the adult-size Nolan Ryan autographed jersey will set you back $600.

 

So whether you’re looking to spend a couple of bucks on a Rangers bumper sticker or set of trading cards….or a hundred bucks on a new Rangers jersey of your favorite player…you’ll find it here.

ARLINGTON MUSEUM OF ART

Posted on: April 8th, 2009 by arlington insider

ARLINGTON MUSEUM OF ART

201 W. Main Street, downtown Arlington

Hours:  Wed thru Fri 1-5; Sat 10-5; Sun 12-5; closed Mon & Tues

Admission:  Free (donations are welcome)

(817) 275 4600

arlingtonmuseum.org

 

Located on west Main Street in old downtown Arlington, The Arlington Museum of Art is housed in a 1950′s former JC Penney store art moderne building.  With a two-story expansive open gallery, the AMA is the anchor of a revitalizing downtown Arlington. The oldest art organization in Arlington, it began 45 years ago as an art association and fulfilled its dream to become a museum in 1989.  The AMA exists to champion creativity and provide access to art for the cultural enrichment and economic development of our community.

“DARIEN RAINFOREST BASKETS OF PANAMA” is the exhibit which runs April 18th through July 3rd.  The exhibition explores the history and artistry of the Wounaan and Embera Indians.  The Darien Gap is where the Pan American Highway is interrupted on its way to South America. Their basket weaving is some of the finest ever woven in the world.

The Wounaan and Embera Indians inhabit the most lush and unique neo-tropical rainforest in the western hemisphere outside the Amazon basin. Three hundred inches of rain fall in the area per year. Virtually all travel is accomplished by bush plane or dug-out canoe. The waterways take the place of roads. The most remote villages could be lifted right out of the prehistoric times. Except for a few outboard motors, plastic containers, aluminum utensils, and an occasional visit by an outsider, the people of this region’s entire lives revolve around fishing, hunting, singing, dancing and making baskets or carvings.

Basket making has helped these people build an economic base to secure their family’s welfare and protect the valuable rainforest resources. All of the materials for the baskets are native to the area and gathered by hand. The Chunga palm tree is the primary source of material, along with the Nahuala Palm, also known as the “Panama Hat Palm.” Almost all the dye colors are extracted from natural sources found in the rainforest such as leaves, fruits, soils, etc.

The baskets are woven into various styles ­ black and white geometrics, colored geometrics and pictographic. They can range in size from very large (3 ft in diameter) to tiny miniatures (one-half inch across). A typical basket contains approximately 35 stitches to the linear inch. The square inch count is about 200-250 stitches per square inch. Some exceptional baskets are woven with stitch counts of 80 stitches per linear inch or 1200 stitches per square inch. This stitch count is finer than silk. All the work is done by hand, in a thatched hut with no running water or electricity, literally a place with no sensitivity to the passage of time. Many authorities credit these baskets as being the finest woven in the world.

MORE INFO ON THE ARLINGTON MUSEUM OF ART:

The AMA offers a variety of tours. Most tours are free. Visitors can take a self-guided tours via the handouts available at the reception desk. Self-guided tours are available in both children and adult formats. Guided tours are available with AMA staff for groups of five or larger. Call the AMA’s Education office at 817.275.4600 to schedule a guided tour.

 

As for kids, the AMA offers a variety of free and tuition-based programs for children and families throughout the year. Programs include “Art Around the Corner”; “Youth Art Encounters”, “Summer Art Camp”, “Summer Art Around the Corner”, and adult and children art classes on evenings and weekends during the school year.

 

Note:  Closed major holidays including Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day.  The museum closes at 2pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

ASHER’S GOURMET SHOPPE

Posted on: April 8th, 2009 by arlington insider

ASHER’S GOURMET SHOPPE

3114  S. Cooper St. (between Arkansas & Mayfield)

Mon-Fri 10am-6:30pm; Sat 10am-5:30pm; Closed Sundays

(817) 468-9411

 

Every gadget you could ever want for your kitchen…every set of plates or serving sets or glasses you could ever need for your dining room or kitchen….I think we’ve found it all in one place at Asher’s Gourmet Shoppe on S. Cooper Street.  This is a panacea for anybody who loves to cook or just wants to freshen-up the dining room/kitchen area. 

 

Cookware, bakeware, cutlery, tea sets, small appliances, kitchen accessories…you’ll find them here.

 

Whether you’re into cake decorating or outdoor grilling; if fondue or margarita machines are your preference; shoot, maybe you are into the wood-fired oven….you can find it here at Asher’s.

 

As for the dinnerware, Asher’s is an authorized dealer of Royal Worcester and Spode.  There is Royal Patrician from Staffordshire, England.  And if you prefer casual rather than formal, there’s a whole row of dinner ware/kitchen ware with Texas/Southwestern themes.

 

There is also a section for gourmet foods including soup mixes, cake mixes, preserves, margarita mixes, coffees and teas, extra virgin olive oil, etc.    A large selection of wine racks and wine openers are available.  Heck, the back wall is covered with a selection of aprons. 

 

What I especially love are the sets/appliances that I can use with my kids.  The little ice cream makers and sno-cone makers are perfect for them.  My husband was more interested in the grill accessories.

 

This is a great place to shop for gifts, and I don’t just mean gifts for wedding showers or house-warmings.  Eating is something each one of us does at least three times a day (not counting all the fun little snacks in-between meals). 

 

You know how it’s hard to buy something for “the person who has everything”?  Well, I thought I knew my way around the kitchen, but there were gizmos in here that I hadn’t seen before.  Now I have some fun ideas for gifts (not only for myself) but for family/friends who enjoy cooking or grilling (or just eating!!!).

 

You don’t have to be a gourmet chef to enjoy browsing through Asher’s.  There’s something for everyone who has to muddle their way through the kitchen.  I’m not a gourmet chef by any stretch of the imagination (anyone who continually burns microwave popcorn can’t claim prowess in the kitchen), but I really enjoyed this store.  And there are great gift ideas, too.