Easter Brunch & Dining in the Fort

Easter Brunch & Dining in the Fort

Easter is a time for new beginnings. Not only does Easter feel like the real beginning of new life in the world, spring flowers, pastel colors, happy faces and families gathering together to celebrate the Resurrection, but it also symbolizes new beginnings in our lives.

Just like Easter in 2020, our discussions of new beginnings are clouded by COVID-19. Each of us will make our own decisions about our gatherings with friends and family during this joyous Easter season.

Fort Worth restaurants have struggled for over 12 months due to COVID-19, and they continue to need our support. If an Easter Brunch or family lunch or dinner celebration is in your plans, What’s Up Fort Worth, with the help of Fort Worth Foodies, offers you this list of Fort Worth restaurants that have Easter brunches or dining options for your consideration.

If you consider yourself a Foodie or you just like to see what’s up in the Fort Worth culinary scene, you need to check out Fort Worth Foodies. Click here for the Fort Worth Foodies website, or Facebook page. 

 

The Best Easter Eats in Fort Worth

Silver Fox

http://www.silverfoxsteakhouse.com/

The Capital Grille

https://www.thecapitalgrille.com/locations/tx/fort-worth/fort-worth/8048

Truluck’s

https://trulucks.com/locations/southlake-texas//

Winslow’s Wine Cafe

http://www.WinslowsWineCafe.com/

Pouring Glory

http://pouringglory.com/

Rock Springs Cafe and Catering

http://www.rockspringscafe.net//

The Cajun Market

http://www.thecajunmarket.com/

Toro Toro

https://www.torotorofortworth.com//

Water’s

http://www.waterstexas.com//

Wishbone & Flynt

http://www.wishboneandflynt.com/

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Your Guide to St. Paddy’s Day in Fort Worth!

Your Guide to St. Paddy’s Day in Fort Worth!

St. Patrick’s Day 2021

What better way to celebrate the life of St. Patrick than to spend quality time at one of Fort Worth’s favorite Irish Bars. And there is a lot more than just bar hopping on the list of St. Paddy’s Day activities in store, as the staff of What’s Up Fort Worth found out quickly. Please enjoy St. Paddy’s Day being COVID-Safe!

Wear GREEN or we will find you and we are not afraid to PINCH you!

 

Cowtown Goes Green in The Fort Worth Stockyards

Saturday, March 13th
10:00AM – 8:00PM

THE CITY’S LARGEST AND MOST FAMILY-FRIENDLY ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION

This family-friendly event in the Fort Worth Stockyards features free activities for kids including armadillo races, face painting, live Irish music, gunfights, cowboy poetry and more. Don’t Miss the Western/Irish themed Cowtown Goes Green parade.

https://fortworthstockyards.com/events/

St. Paddy’s Day Dash 5K Run

Saturday, March 13th
Panther Island

The St. Paddy’s Day Dash 5K Run tradition continues on March 13. Only this year, the party is being moved to Fort Worth at Panther Island Pavilion.

Panther Island Pavilion allows a spacious location to practice social distancing while enjoying the St. Paddy’s Day Dash Party that Dallas Fort Worth has come to know and love. Local streets and the Trinity Trail System have been in incorporated into the route for a spacious and scenic view of Fort Worth. This festive run includes timed & untimed races, music on the course to enhance your run, a custom event t-shirt, a “Pot of Gold” Finisher’s Medal and cash awards for top finisher’s up to $1,000!

https://pantherislandpavilion.com/event/st-paddys-day-dash-5k-run/

St Paddy's Day Dash

J Gilligans 42nd Annual St Patrick’s Day Block Party – Arlington

This could be the ultimate St. Patrick’s Day scene…It Must Be, they’ve been doing it for 42 years!

J Gilligan’s world famous Irish Nachos and of course Green Beer! Celebrate on Wednesday, March 17th !

http://jgilligans.com/

J Gilligans

The World’s Only St. Paddy’s Day Pickle Parade & Palooza – Mansfield

DFW’s family-friendly St. Paddy’s festival in the Pickle Capital of Texas has been cancelled. You can be a part of the Pickle Runs on March 20th. See you next year! 

https://www.pickleparade.org/

pickle parade

 

Fat Daddy’s St. Patrick’s Day Party

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Fat Daddy’s with $4 Guinness Cans, $5 Irish Car Bombs and $5 Jameson. DJ Train Wreck will be spinning some dance tracks too.


Food Specials: Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheesecake – $7, Irish Nachos – $10, Bangers & Mash – $11, Corned Beef & Cabbage – $14

$4 Specialty Cocktails: 

Irish Eyes (Irish Whiskey, Green De Menthe, Cream)

Luck of the Irish (Irish Whiskey Peach Schnapps, Pineapple Juice, splash 7-up)

Irish Maid (Irish Whiskey, Fresh Lemon Juice, Cucumber, Simple Syrup)

https://fatdaddyslive.com/events/st-patricks-day-party/

St Patrciks' Day Party at Fat Daddy's

Rahr & Sons Brewery

5-8pm
$15 gets you 3 beer plus our St Paddy’s Day Pint Glass
Fish & Chips Pop-Up by Chef Ben of Fixture and Ben’s Triple B

rahrbrewing.com

Rahr & Son's

Shannon Brewery St. Patrick’s Day Celebration – Keller

Saturday, March 14th, 12pm-9pm

COVID-19 shut the brewery down right before Saint Patrick’s Day last year. It’s hard to believe a year has passed. The brewery will not be hosting its annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival again this year but we they are planning a 5 days of green-colored celebration, starting March 17th through March 21st!

Wednesday March 17th:
Axe & Taps with Rollin’ Axes! Rollin’ Axes will be at the brewery with their mobile Axe Trailer offering 2 pints and unlimited throws for $30!
Live Music from Phil Billy 5-8pm
Taproom open 4-9pm

Thursday March 18th: Shamrock and Shenanigans Run with Shannon Running Club. Bust out your best green running gear and come run with us!
Taproom open 4-9pm

Friday March 19th:
Shannon Barrel Bombs Pint special : 1/4 Scotch Barrel Wee Heavy & 3/4 Irish Coffee Cream Ale… Available till gone…gone until available… sorry no growlers!
Taproom open 4-9pm

Saturday March 20th:– “Irish You Would Adopt Me” Dog Adoption with Fort Worth Abandoned Animal Alliance 1-4pm. FWAAA will have adoptable dogs on site. Not looking to adopt? FWAAA will also have a fully loaded Merch table with toys, dog accessories and more!
Taproom open 12-9pm

Sunday March 21st: $4 pints of Irish Red and Irish Coffee Cream Ale
Taproom open 1-7pm. Grillas Grub will also be set up daily serving Irish Eats in addition to their normal menu.

http://shannonbrewing.com/events/st-patricks-at-shannon-brewing-co/

shannon brewery

Durty Murphy’s Irish Pub 

This is one of the annual stops for the WUFW staff each year. Put it on your list of stops and you will not be disappointed!

https://www.facebook.com/durtymurphyspub/

Dirty Murphy's

Poag Mahones

Finn MacCool’s Irish Pub

The Abbey Pub

Flying Saucer

Conlon’s Irish Pub

O’Shea’s Irish Pub

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Your Guide to Spring Break in Fort Worth

Your Guide to Spring Break in Fort Worth

And we thought we needed Spring Break in 2020. Well, 2021 has added a new twist to the craving for a week off with the unprecedented winter storm in February. WUFW knows you are going to need some outlets…OK, we know you and your kiddos need some outlets. The WUFW Spring Break Guide has your plans.

 

Spring Break in the Fort Worth Stockyards:

Spend your Spring Break week at the Fort Worth Stockyards! Exciting activities include live music, old west gunfight shows, cattle drives, and more. Every day starting March15th-21st, including all the fun festivities with Cowtown Goes Green.

LIVE MUSIC SERIES

FRIDAY, MARCH 12
· Exchange Main Stage
· September Moon | 4:30pm to 7:30pm
· Billy Bob’s Texas
· Aaron Lewis | 10pm

SATURDAY, MARCH 13
· Exchange Main Stage
· Cowtown Opry | 10:00am to 11:00am
· Simple Gifts the Sawyer Family band | 11:40am to 12:20pm
· Buttermilk Junction | 12:30pm to 3:30pm
· McTeggart Irish Dancers| 1pm & 2pm
· Badge 110 | 4:30P to 7:30P
· Stockyards Station
· Salt Creek | 1pm to 4 pm
· Billy Bob’s Texas
· Kip Moore | 10pm

SUNDAY, MARCH 14
· Exchange Main Stage
· Cowtown Opry | 2:30pm to 3:30pm
· Joe Savage | 4:30pm to 7:30pm
· Billy Bob’s Texas
· Koe Wetzel & Hardy | 9pm (with special guest Chris Colston)

 MONDAY, MARCH 15
· Exchange Main Stage
· Christian Sparks and the Beatnik Bandits | 4:30pm to 7:30pm

 TUESDAY, MARCH 16
· Exchange Main Stage
· Texas High Road | 4:30pm to 7:30pm

 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17
· Exchange Main Stage
· TBD |

  THURSDAY, MARCH 18
· Exchange Main Stage
· Jeb Bridges | 4:30pm to 7:30pm
· Billy Bob’s Texas
· The Steel Woods | 9pm

 FRIDAY, MARCH 19
· Stockyards Station
· Sofia Luttrull | 4:30pm to 7:30pm
· Billy Bob’s Texas
· Stoney Larue | 10pm

SATURDAY, MARCH 20
· Exchange Main Stage
· Joe Savage | 4:30pm to 7:30pm
· Stockyards Station
· Squeezebox Bandits |1pm to 4 pm
· Billy Bob’s Texas
· Easton Corbin | 10pm

 SUNDAY, MARCH 21
· Exchange Main Stage
· Sophia Luttrull | 11:30am to 2pm
· Cowtown Opry | 2:30pm to 3:30pm

fortworthstockyards.com/events/

 

Spring Break at Fossil Rim / Glen Rose

School is out, the weather is great, and Fossil Rim will have an abundance of baby animals. This is a great way to spend part of your Spring Break Week. Be sure to purchase your tickets online ahead of time.

https://fossilrim.org/tickets/

Fossil Rim

Spring Break Wonders At The Modern:

Take advantage of family programming at the Modern over the course of the week while your school-aged children are on Spring Break. Each session is led by a docent and includes a gallery project designed by the education department. Both the tour and project focus on selected works in the Modern’s collection and the special exhibition. Attendance is limited to 45 children per session; admission is free.

March 15-21, 10am

www.themodern.org/program/spring-break-wonder-special-edition-10-pages

Spring Break Wonders at the Modern

Theatre Arlington Spring Break Camp

 Come play with us at Theatre Arlington!

Taking a break from school is awesome! Especially, when it means you can test your acting chops in Theatre Arlington’s Spring Break Camp 2021!

For ages 6-14, this all-day, Monday-Friday camp will culminate in a musical performance of The Granny Awards.

At this time, there will be no live performance for friends and family BUT all students will receive a video of their performance to take home.

March 15 – 19, 2021
Ages 6-14
9am – 5pm
$275
$50 deposit due at registration

https://theatrearlington.org/acts/#springbreakcamp

Spring Break Family Camp at BRIT

Join us for Spring Break Family Camp and take a botanical art class or use science to solve a mystery, or better yet, do both! This program is the same on both days.

Morning session- Botanical Art
Get in touch with your inner artist by taking a class in botanical art. This nature-inspired, hands-on program is fun for the whole family, no matter what your skill level is.

Afternoon Session- Case of the Fallen Pollen
Work together as a team of detectives to solve the Case of the Fallen Pollen. Pollinators are now at risk more than ever and they need your help. What is causing their decline and who is the culprit? Use scientific tools to uncover clues throughout the garden to discover the mystery behind the fallen pollen.

Date: Wednesday, March 17 & Thursday, March 18
Time: Morning Session 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM; Afternoon Session 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Fort Worth Botanic Garden
Registration Closes: Wednesday, March 10

https://www.brit.org/camp/spring-break/spring-break-family-camp-2021

Spring Break Art Extravaganza at Kimbell Museum of Art

The Kimbell’s Spring Break Art Extravaganza is a family-favorite event that offers unique and imaginative fun for art lovers of all ages! This free week-long celebration of art and community features daily activities and performances inspired by the museum’s permanent collection!

https://www.kimbellart.org/springbreak

Spring Break at the Carter

Tuesday, March 16 through Friday, March 19; 10:30am-11:00am

VIRTUAL EVENT
Artmaking and more for families with children 10–16 years.

Are you ready for a break? Join us online for daily gallery adventures sure to get your family moving, grooving, and working together. Play games, make collaborative artworks, challenge your creativity, and explore Carter artworks from the comfort of your home. All ages welcome!

It’s time for some whirly-twirly fun with sculpture! Team up with Carter Community Artist Kasey Short to create collaborative constructions inspired by Seven and Seven Flower by James Surls, then explore Ruth Asawa’s woven wire and laugh and play until you are dizzy!

Join us on Facebook Live!
https://www.cartermuseum.org/events/virtual-spring-break-march-16

Spring Break at The Fort Worth Zoo

Make WILD plans this spring break for your camper and sign them up for Spring Break Camp! Throughout the week campers will go on daily Zoo hikes, play games and activities, and see daily animal visitors in their classroom! Campers who are in first through fifth grade are welcome to join us for this WILD adventure.

Dates: March 15 to March 19
Times: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ages: 5 to 10 years old.
All campers will bring their own snacks and lunch daily.

https://www.fortworthzoo.org/spring-break-camp

Spring Break at SeaQuest

SeaQuest is the perfect place for your staycation this Spring Break and spend meaningful time with friends and family. Exploring the aquarium, interacting with the many different animals as you share new and exciting experiences together is a great way to create fun, lasting memories!

https://fortworth.visitseaquest.com/

Peppa Pig World of Play

Peppa Pig World of Play is a new indoor play attraction, designed for preschool children.

With 14 themed areas each lovingly created from the hit animation series, we will bring to life the world of Peppa Pig and spark the imagination of your little piggies. Jump, laugh, play, imagine and giggle!

https://www.peppapigworldofplay.com/dallasfw/en/

Legoland DFW

Looking for fun kid’s activities or things to do for Spring Break? There are 12 great family attractions in LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Dallas / Fort Worth.

https://dallasfw.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/

Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark

Six Flags Over Texas

Spring Break Schedule: Six Flags Over Texas is open 11am-9pm March 15th – 20th and 11am-7pm on Sunday, March 21st

https://www.sixflags.com/overtexas/plan-your-visit/park-operating-schedule/

Great Wolf Lodge

Top Golf Spring Break Academy

The Topgolf Kids Spring Academy is three days of non-stop entertainment and learning that kids will love. This program includes all the components that make up the great game of golf. Spring Academy is staffed with a low student-to-instructor ratio to ensure each Junior Golfer receives in-depth, hands-on attention while he or she develops a winning golf swing. Register your child(ren) today!

https://topgolf.com/us/fort-worth/

 

If your organization has a Spring Break activity, camp, or event, send the details to events@whatsupfortworth.com.

What’s Up Fort Worth is already working on our Summer Camp Guide. If you have a Summer Camp that you would like us to include in our Summer Camp Guide, please send details to events@whatsupfortworth.com.

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New York Style and Deep Dish, and Thin Crust, oh my.

New York Style and Deep Dish, and Thin Crust, oh my.

Let’s be honest, we all have our own favorite style of pizza—New York Style, Chicago Style, Deep Dish, Thin Crust.  I even heard of Detroit Style recently. National Pizza Day is the day to honor your favorite style of pie and INDULGE, no matter your favorite!

National Pizza Day is Tuesday, February 9thWhat’s Up Fort Worth is giving you some notice so you can start planning NOW.  And nothing says you can’t stretch Pizza Day into Pizza Week and use the whole week to check out as many pizza styles that tickle your fancy.

Here is our list of mostly local pizza targets for National Pizza Day.  (in no particular order), except that the personal favorites of the WUFW staff have the top 2 listings.

Grimaldi’s 

Clearfork Fort Worth, Dallas, Grapevine, Highland Village, Allen, Las Colinas

Cane Rosso

Near Southside Fort Worth, Arlington, Deep Ellum, Frisco, White Rock, Carrolton

Fort Brewery Pizza and Beer  

Near Southside, New Location near White Settlement Rd

817 Pizza

Fort Worth

Zoli’s

Fort Worth, Addison

Thunderbird Pies 

Fort Worth, Addison

Slice City Pizza 

Fort Worth

D’ Ambrosios Pizza Pub

Grapevine

Delucca Gaucho Pizza 

Fort Worth, Southlake, Plano, Dallas Design District

Bosses

North Fort Worth, Lake Worth, North Richland Hills

Pizza Buzz

North Fort Worth

Mamas

Arlington, TCU, Camp Bowie, Bryant Irvin, Mansfield, NRH, Hudson Oaks

Campisis

Fort Worth, Dallas, Plano, Frisco, Rockwall

Zalat Pizza

Fort Worth, Dallas, Plano, Frisco

Italy Pasta and Pizza

Fort Worth

Partons Pizza

Fort Worth

Fireside Pies

Crockett Row Fort Worth, Grapevine, Dallas, Highland Village, Plan

Black Cat Pizza 

Near Southside Fort Worth

Olivella’s

Camp Bowie District Fort Worth, SMU, Lakewood Dallas

Pizza Snob

TCU Fort Worth, Denton

i Fratelli

Fort Worth, Grapevine, Southlake, Dallas, Lewisville

Sam’s Italian Café

Fort Worth

New York Style Pizza and Gyros

Race Street Fort Worth

Picci Pacci Pizzeria

Downtown Fort Worth

Dino’s

Blue Mound Fort Worth

Joe’s Pizza & Pasta

Fort Worth

Tony’s Pizza & Pasta

Watauga

Mellow Mushroom              

TCU Fort Worth, Downtown Arlington Entertainment District

Buffalo Brothers

TCU Fort Worth, Sundance Square

Tuscany Italian Bistro

Lake Worth

Blaze

Waterside Fort Worth, Arlington, Grand Prairie

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Sidesaddle Saloon Now Open In Mule Alley!

‘Finest Saloon in Texas’ NOW OPEN in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards Sidesaddle Saloon is now open in Mule Alley with a selection of craft cocktails, beer, wine, spirits, and Texas tapas. Neon Light District Hospitality Group Partners Sarah Castillo, Glen Keely,...

Wolfgang Puck Catering at The Modern

Wolfgang Puck Catering and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth announce their partnership, with the former now joining as operator of all the Museum’s catering and events, as well as Café Modern, beginning this spring. With its unique restaurant-style approach to...

Music, Memory and More with the Fort Worth Opera

This innovative new program is funded in part by a generous grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, in partnership with Dementia Friendly Fort Worth and the United Way Area Agency on Aging in Texas. Fort Worth Opera (FWO) announced today the launch of Music,...

U.S. Gymnastics Championships at Dickies Arena

Multi-session ticket packages are now on sale for the 2021 U.S. Gymnastics Championships, which will be held June 3-6 at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas. The four-day championships will decide the 2021 men’s and women’s national all-around and individual event...

The Kimbell’s Bilingual Virtual Story Time

Join the Kimbell Art Museum for a bilingual story time that introduces young minds to the magic of storytelling and the different ways that art inspires us! Virtual Pictures and Pages/Fotos y Libros explores connections with featured children’s books and artworks from...

Easter Brunch & Dining in the Fort

Easter is a time for new beginnings. Not only does Easter feel like the real beginning of new life in the world, spring flowers, pastel colors, happy faces and families gathering together to celebrate the Resurrection, but it also symbolizes new beginnings in our...

The Stockyards Just Got a Little Bit Tastier

The historic Fort Worth Stockyards is pleased to announce that award-winning, Fort Worth-based Chef Tim Love will open two new restaurant concepts at Mule Alley. Known for his inspired and innovative dishes, critically-acclaimed Chef Love is adding two exclusive new...

Road to the Horse 2021 is Coming to Cowtown Coliseum!

Stockyards Heritage Development Co. is pleased to announce Road to the Horse 2021 will take place inside the Cowtown Coliseum, located at the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards from March 25 - March 28, 2021. Road to the Horse strives to entertain and educate fans about...

Broadway at the Bass Cancellations

Performing Arts Fort Worth, the non-profit owner and operator of Bass Performance Hall, announced today that the two remaining shows on the current Broadway at the Bass season have been cancelled due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on the Touring Broadway...

The 40th Season of the Scarborough Renaissance Festival

THE 40TH SEASON OF SCARBOROUGH RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL® BEGINS APRIL 10TH! Scarborough Renaissance Festival® presented by T-MobileTM is coming back better than ever and ready to celebrate its 40th season starting April 10, 2021! The season will run eight consecutive...

New Shops in Mule Alley

New Shops in Mule Alley

Sidesaddle Saloon

A craft-cocktail and wine bar from the team behind Taco Heads and Tinie’s Mexican Rotisserie is coming to Mule Alley. Sidesaddle pays homage to the spirit of the American cowgirl, guests can expect curated cocktails and Texas-style tapas in a rustic-modern, brick-walled, neo-saloon setting. They’re set to open late February.

AVOCA Coffee Roasters

Fort Worth-based artisanal coffee roastery, AVOCA Coffee Roasters will be opening its 3rd location in Fort Worth in Mule Alley in mid-February. Mitchell Garman Architects are designing the roughly 780 square feet of space that will expand to approximately 1,100 square feet with a Mezzanine and an outdoor café area in the new location. The space pays homage to Cowtown’s country roots while maintaining the edgy urban vibe that is representative of AVOCA.

Restaurateur Jason Boso is opening Second Rodeo Brewing company in Mule Alley in mid-February. Second Rodeo Brewing will be a backyard bar with chef-driven grub, live music and outdoor games for the whole family. Guests will enjoy Jason Boso’s signature beer, brewed in-house, under the rustic interior’s dramatic, retractable roof.

 

What’s up with Real Estate during COVID-19?

What’s up with Real Estate during COVID-19?

A lot has changed in the last few months, and a lot of our readers have questions. A few weeks ago we reached out to our good friend John Staab, founder of Motive Real Estate, to help answer some of the most pressing questions about buying and selling in the era of COVID-19. Take a look at the answers below and add your own questions to the mix in the comment section.

WUFW: There’s a lot of apprehension right now. Sellers have a lot of apprehension about listing and buyers have a lot of apprehension about buying. What’s your first gut response to these fears?

JS: My goal is to be honest and put our clients at ease. Yes, some feelings of apprehension are natural — this is somewhat scary and there are a lot of unknowns. At the same time, if you approach the market wisely, there are ways you can get the exposure that you need as a seller or see the properties that you need to see as a buyer, without placing anyone at risk. We use a lot of the same techniques and methods we employed before, we just approach it differently. Whereas before a buyer might express interest in a property and want to take a look, now we don’t knee-jerk respond to interest by touring a property. We collect as much information as possible to understand the buyer’s situation, we use video tours, self-guided 3D tours and FaceTime tours. We’ll go through all the disclosures in advance, all of the market research in advance, to make sure that it’s a sound home, that it’s priced properly. The last thing we want to do is look at houses in this sort of situation that truly aren’t viable options.

Even though we’re always data-driven, sometimes the market predicates that we quickly look at a property to rule it out…great homes sell fast. That was the old way. Now, we try to do all the legwork up front so that we know it’s a contender and we aren’t taking clients to tour homes prematurely. A lot of times, I’ll go explore a house personally and do a FaceTime walkthrough, give them a self-guided tour to answer a lot of questions that way. Sellers are open to this too. I’ll let the seller know that I’m wearing a mask, that I’m using hand sanitizer, and they feel comfortable with this sort of interaction. When a client wants to tour a home, we take the same precautions.

Say we’re representing a seller – we have sellers right now who have requested that before a buyer is approved to tour the property, they provide a pre-qualification letter for financing, and we have them execute a disclosure stating that (to the best of their knowledge) those touring the property haven’t recently been exposed to the Coronavirus. And of course we ask that buyers touring homes wear masks, use hand sanitizer and refrain from touching things as much as possible. These are just a few of the mechanisms that we’ve deployed to protect our clients and facilitate the sale of their properties.

WUFW: What is your counsel to someone who isn’t absolutely needing to move right now? Maybe they want to upgrade but they’ve been told that the market isn’t ready.

Here’s the answer people hate to hear. It depends. All of those concerns are valid and there may be truth to those concerns in some situations. But if someone has been considering making a move – in my experience, based on what we have on the market right now, we are selling at prices that do not reflect market fluctuations. We are pricing homes using market data and sales comps that are pre-COVID and those prices are being supported. I’m not seeing a discount right now. We’ve made offers and been in situations where multiple buyers are at play. Sales and listing volumes may be down right now, but it appears to be a balanced market.

WUFW: The Small Business community is just vibrant the last couple of years, Fort Worth is developing a reputation as a seedbed for entrepreneurial enterprises. That hasn’t necessarily stopped because of COVID — it has made the situation a bit more precarious. What is your advice for the small business owner who is exploring the market, looking for a place?

JS: Retail and office are two totally different spectrums in the commercial area. If someone has a business that they need to find a home for — if they’re optimistic about where their business is headed and they’ve got a plan for how they’re approaching this market — you can’t stand on the sidelines indefinitely. There are great spaces available in a lot of areas. Landlords may be more open to working with small businesses that may not have been tenant candidates previously. There may be finish out allowances and other opportunities that will give small businesses access to properties that they might not have had access to.

Alternatively, there may be businesses that decide they don’t need as much space as they currently have, perhaps because remote work is an option for some of their team. There are so many scenarios — a lot of people’s real estate needs may change. As long as you have a plan and know what you need, there are great spaces all over Fort Worth.

WUFW: Motive Real Estate has drawn a lot of attention since you launched. You’ve got a unique mission. Tell us about what makes Motive distinct.

I’ve personally been in various facets of the real estate, development, and the construction world for twenty years. I’ve always loved the realm but felt that there might be a different way to do it with more of a purpose and that’s more personally fulfilling. I’ve always been relationship-driven, and I’ve always wanted to give back. I’ve been really lucky and blessed to do what I do, and I’ve always felt it plays into giving back in some form or fashion. When I was brainstorming starting a brokerage, I wanted it to have a big give-back component.

I’ve always loved the one-for-one models. The biggest that comes to a lot of people’s minds, at the forefront, was Blake Mycoskie at Tom’s Shoes. If you buy a pair of Tom’s, they give a pair of shoes to someone in need in a developing country. I always thought it was just amazing. I thought, “What would be the most impactful thing you could do from that kind of mindset in real estate?” For every home you helped a client buy or sell, could you give a home to someone in need? So after a lot of exploration and research and networking, we figured out a way to do that. So from day one, after our first closing as Motive — we helped someone buy a house and we donated a house. We do this in developing countries. Right now, we’re working primarily in Zambia. For every home we help our clients buy or sale locally, we build and donate a home in Zambia for a family in need. And as you can imagine there’s a lot of need. Zambia is in the top 15 poorest countries in the world, but it’s a safe place and the people there are just amazing and beautiful and cool and open. It worked out that that’s where we were able to help initially.
It’s worked out that as we’ve grown and we’ve had different opportunities and leveraged the skills that we have, we do more and more commercial work. In keeping with our one-for-one model, when we help clients buy or sale commercial properties, or when we sign a significant lease with a commercial client, we then in turn do micro-grants to help small businesses and entrepreneurs in Zambia. We’ve helped start a Tailor shop, a Chicken farm, just basic businesses serving basic needs. You can have a wonderful idea and all the desire in the world, but if you don’t have the money to launch a business in Zambia it’s very difficult to get off the ground. Banking structures and investment networks aren’t an option, it literally takes a grant of some sort to get a business started.

It kind of blew us away — we started this a few years ago, we helped a women’s group in a very remote village in Zambia start a chicken farm. We got the birds and the chicken coop and feed and watering systems, and we lined up training from an agriculture extension. We brought all of these people to start a chicken farm. The next year we visited this farm — it was immaculate and perfect, the cleanest chicken farm I’ve ever seen. They’ve grown their flock of chickens and they’ve developed a rotation system to manage and feed and clean. And we asked, “What are you doing with the proceeds? Are you buying more chickens or paying yourselves dividends to improve your families lives?” As it turns out, they’re donating the funds they make to sponsor orphans in their community so that they can go to school. We were blown away, thought they might be benefiting their families or setting money away or improving their homes, but they were giving it all away. That’s the kind of people we work with. And none of it would be possible without the support and partnerships we build with our amazing clients right here in Fort Worth.

If you’ve got real estate questions or you’re ready to purchase or sell, Motive Real Estate’s team is able and ready to navigate the complexities of this market with you. Take a look at the Motive Real Estate website, send them a message, or give them a call. Give your real estate transaction live-changing impact with Motive’s #homeforhome program.

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