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Joan Trew and Martha Williams, legendary real estate partners and founders of Williams Trew, were inducted into the 47th annual Fort Worth Business Hall of Fame Sept. 29 at the Fort Worth Club. Williams and Trew, pictured here with Chamber Chairman Mark Nurdin, Bank of Texas, began their real estate business in 2000. They are the first co-recipients of the honor, and it's only the second time that a woman has been chosen. The event is sponsored by the Fort Worth Chamber, Fort Worth Business Press and Texas Wesleyan University; it benefits the Thomas H. Law Scholarship fund.
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My mouth is watering: It's been awhile since readers have heard from the assistant dishwasher at Grace Restaurant, part-timer Mr. B, who has worked a trade deal for food. Why the delay? Grace has a stunning 7-course Chef's tasting menu this fall and it has wine pairings with each course. Diners weren't finishing all their wine so Mr. B finished it for them before washing the glasses. Mr. B got suspended / docked and had to begin his trade anew. Finally, he is back in good Graces with owner Adam and Chef Blaine. His first earned meal started with dessert -- you're so jealous. The Bruléed Goat Cheesecake with bing cherries, port wine, pistachio gelato and kumquats.  For dinner, it was the Maine Diver Scallops with shallot potato cake and American caviar butter sauce, though B's mouth was drooling to try the smoked butter. Butter B up and you can say Grace over this dinner for two.

Their AA eggs and AA butter are A+: A well-known fact is Dallas is a different planet than Fort Worth. Perhaps that is the only explanation for the Original (and fabulous) Pancake House taking 29 years to get here. Here is Hulen and southwest 820. When is Oct. 6 and it is such an important opening that the Chamber Am-Bass-Adorables will be there with their syrupy scissors for a ribbon cutting. If Grace above didn't make you hungry, perhaps thinking about apple, blueberry, strawberry, chocolate chip, BACON and even gluten-free stacks and stacks of pancakes about this time tomorrow night. The Original is open for breakfast, brunch and lunch (sandwiches, too), and that should be plenty of opportunity for one reader to get one pancake stack EVERY week for one year at any one of the company's eight locations.

Back to the '80s: If you don't remember that decade, think Cabbage Patch Dolls, mullets, MTV, Richard Simmons and Sony Walkman. Oct. 13 is Drive In To Help Out. Coyote is the Drive-In and Cancer Care Services is the nonprofit that you'll help out. The event, which will raise about $20k for CCS, was originated three years ago out of the Chamber's Fort Worth Business Exchange Leads Group. Your ticket includes a current movie of your choice and other goodies. Food, drink and raffle tickets for great prizes are available. Three readers will be ushered to their car seats with a pair of tickets.

and the livin' is easy: Summer, fall, winter, spring, you could be Living Well with LaVonne. Ms. Walter focuses on health and wellness as a distributor of Young Living Essential Oils and products. They are "genuine, free of harmful synthetics and of unmatched purity." Young Living manages its farms and controls the seed-to-seal operation. Imagine the pure pleasure you'll get with a basket of Young Living Essential Oils thanks to LaVonne.

Is Fitzgerald Grant on ballot? The Oct. 14 Chamber Leaders in Government sponsored by Kelly Hart is taking a turn at commentary. Jim Riddlesperger is a Leader in Talking Government, particularly the Presidency. The Texas Christian University political science prof will yuk up the Petroleum Club with wily, wicked and wry humor and proffer his thoughts on the Trump / Clinton race with just 25 days to go.   Staying home for this lunch ... or staying home Nov. 8 to vote ... are not options. Riddlesperger says he served nine years as department chair before his "promotion" to ordinary faculty status. He claims he never has been hung in effigy, and as a frequent consultant to media, his commentary has filled what would otherwise be dead time on television and proudly been used as lining in many a birdcage. B2B Insider has a seat for two readers.

Congratulations to September 28th Prize Winners:

  • Aaron Barth, City of Fort Worth
  • Nathan Draughn, BB&T
  • Angela Hall, Trademark Property
  • Emily Quinn, Ascend Concepts

Building Bridges: The Fort Worth Library allows members to download five songs a week...for free. Library Foundation moneybags Leslie Oliver said in two weeks she was able to download an album by local sensation Leon Bridges, who just has been announced as the honoree during the Feb. 1 FW Convention & Visitors Bureau Annual Meeting.
United...moving forward: TD Smyers has been given the titles of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of a very evolving United Way of Tarrant County. Internally, staff has been told that Smyers will succeed President and CEO Tim McKinney when the time comes.

Mea culpa: Mr. B called her Petty Revis ... LOL. It's Patty. At Unity One. Her mother-in-law is Betty, rhymes with Petty. Said Patty, very petty-ish: "Just wait till I get my hands on (him)."

You sitting for this?
Lee Ann Embry, hostess with the mostest for UNTHSC's gala Nov. 15 with Chicago, says an oddity with Bass Hall is that ticket buyers don't look at inexpensive seats first. "Just the opposite," she said. "Only tickets we have remaining are the least expensive ... and there isn't a bad seat in the Hall."

Making mo' money: The Chamber's Panther City Leads group, which has met Fridays for less than a year, collects happy dollars weekly. The $$$ add up, and when donated on North Texas Giving Day, the giving is matched at a certain percentage. After a vote of its members, Panther City gave  $286 to Recovery Resource Council, among others, and bought a pistol at cost to donate to a raffle benefiting Cancer Care Services. The gun shop threw in $1,000 worth of range time and other benefits.

Three's not a crowd: Lauren Calzada, Sponsor Relations Manager, began working at Trinity Habitat for Humanity about three years ago. Husband Nate Calzada was working as a freight broker and looking for a career change. He applied two years ago and earned a job at Habitat as a construction manager. His brother, Patrick, was looking for a job and he applied. He is one of the Trinity ReStore managers. "When we have a neighborhood celebration," Nate said, "another brother helps provide stage and music from his trailer." 

"If our spine was our face, we'd do more to take care of it."

                                                -- Kevin Sykes,
Owner, Integrity Chiropractic

Secure in his tagline: At most events, Chris Gebhart of Lackland Security can say Lackland is the "oldest and largest security firm ... in the room."
Can-do attitude: Last month was the annual International Housekeeping Week celebration. In addition to showering its folks with a week of treats, Marcus Reed, Director of Housekeeping, and the Omni Fort Worth Hotel had a team-building campaign based on its new initiative, "Say goodnight to hunger." Housekeepers collected and donated 800 cans for the Tarrant Area Food Bank.

Line of sights: McKee Smith and Modern Media Answers had an interesting job inside AT&T Stadium in time for the Dallas Cowboys season opener. There is a 30-foot screen that has to be able to move up and down nine feet during a game. MMA did the promotional video for the firm that did the design and engineering.

Feeling the Blues:
Welcome to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas as a major sponsor of B2B Insider. Feeling more insured already.

Senior moments: Tarrant County
Commissioner Gary Fickes sent a creaky Mr. B an invite to join about 23 million seniors, caregivers and baby boomers at his totally free Empowering Seniors event Friday at 9 a.m. Free health screenings, "Ask the Doc" panel discussions, food from 11 restaurants, door prizes and ... how can you have a seniors event without BINGO!
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