How We’re Staying Fit During the Cooler Months

Let’s just be honest. It’s harder to work out during the cooler months. Maybe it’s because we’re all bundled underneath our sweaters and our socks and our jackets. Or, maybe it is because being outside isn’t nearly as fun when it’s chilly out. Maybe we’ve buried ourselves under a pile of pumpkin spice lattes and  … Read more

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Why Fall Really Is the Best Season

There’s no arguing that Fall is a seasonal favorite. It’s no longer blazing hot — which, for us Texans, is truly a blessing — but it’s not too chilly either. The school year is in full swing, the leaves have finally started changing colors, and the weather outside is perfect for, well, just about anything.  … Read more

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What’s Trending Fall 2021

Alright, people. We’ve done the dirty work for you. Here’s everything you need to know regarding Fall 2021’s hottest trends: What to Wear For ages now, neutral pieces and colors have been a staple for winter and fall wardrobes. However, not in 2021. Whether because of the prolonged pandemic or people just looking for some  … Read more

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5 must-dos before summer ends

The end of August tends to bring out two different kinds of people. There are those who are already snuggled into their sweaters and socks and have started drinking pumpkin-flavored everything, and there are those who (like us!) are still in denial that summer is already almost over. (I mean really, where does the time  … Read more

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Here are the Trends That Are Defining Summer ’21

Looking around online and IRL, we’re seeing some clear trends that are defining our summer: lots and lots bright and colorful everything, as well as major influences from the 1970s and the 1990s. The color trends are all about rainbow motifs and primary colors, like sunny yellows and grassy greens. In fact, Pantone’s 2021 Color  … Read more

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A Guide to Your Next (Much Needed) Vacation

Let’s face it. After the year and a half we’ve had, many of us (okay, most of us) are in need of a serious getaway. Whether it’s a day-cation, a weekend away, or longer (you’re looking forward to boarding that plane to a sandy destination), here are three vacation ideas to get your summer plans  … Read more

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Trending: What’s Hot at The Shops

Ever wonder what products and services your Willow Park neighbors are loving? Us too!  So, this month, we pulled back the curtain to find out from a few of our shop owners what’s trending in their businesses — and the little fun tidbits they think you should know! Lone Star Dry Goods What neighbors are  … Read more

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Three things we’re doing differently this winter season

This year, 2020, is just an extra kind of year, isn’t it. The kind of year where nothing is predictable and everything has you thinking outside of the proverbial box. Why not just ride that wave of doing things differently all the way through 2021. Here are some ways we’re thinking of closing out the  … Read more

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Fall roundup: 5 things we’re looking forward to right now

With cooler weather approaching, we’re already feeling that once-a-year excitement that happens when summer (finally) gives way to fall. It’s especially thrilling in Texas. But with many of the usual fall traditions being furloughed this year — Big Tex, we’re looking at you — we’re thinking outside the box about how to celebrate. Here are  … Read more

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How modern urbanism is keeping us connected

Around the late 1940s and early 1950s, America saw a rise in the suburb; people fled the compact, busy cities for wide open spaces to build their post-war homes with government incentives. It was new and novel and served families well. The spread-out suburbs gave families more space to grow, but they also took a  … Read more

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Five Mental Shifts to Make During COVID-19

It seems that since the start of 2020, the only constant we have is change. Does this long and winding road have a destination? Sometimes it seems not, which is a downer. With just a few mental shifts, however, you can regain a sense of control over your days by cultivating a world that has  … Read more

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Father’s Day gift giving guide 2020

With Father’s Day coming up on Sunday, June 21, it’s prime time to make a plan to celebrate and honor some of the greatest men in our lives: the dads in our lives. Let’s get down to specifics this year and curate a gift that truly speaks to his interests. What kind of guy is  … Read more

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Getting back into the swing of things

Thank you so much for the support you’ve given our restaurants and retailers during the stay-at-home orders. The businesses at The Shops at Willow Park are enthusiastically opening back up at a pace that makes sense for each business, and as allowed by law. We’ve created the following resource guide to make it as easy  … Read more

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Shopping small means big support for local business

Friends, we’re facing tough times. As we delve deeper into our strange new reality, we’re all wondering how to achieve the normal everyday things we need to do, like feeding our families and running errands, while taking care of ourselves and others. Routines are changing and it is a bit disorienting. Our small businesses are  … Read more

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The next big thing in feeling good: IV vitamin therapy

If you feel unreasonably tired or feel like you can’t focus, it could be as simple as you’re dehydrated. Lack of energy, sleepiness, feeling dizzy, muscle cramps, headaches and — no surprise here — being thirsty are just a few signs of dehydration. And, as it turns out, dehydration can especially sneak up on you  … Read more

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How to eat out while on a diet

Restaurants and diets. Two things that don’t seem like they go together. But, studies show that almost 30 percent of people in our country are on diets and that people eat out at least four or five times a week so there must be a way to do both. Dieting is hard enough in itself  … Read more

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Tips for managing holiday stress

This time of year should be a source of joy and happiness but in the midst of the decorating, shopping, cooking and the numerous holiday parties, the stress of all of it can often overcome the enjoyment factor. The overwhelming pressure for perfection we put on ourselves can quickly turn the holiday season into a  … Read more

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Shopping small makes a big investment in your community

If long lines, big crowds and pushing and shoving over the season’s hottest deals aren’t your ideal way of crossing things off your holiday list, we’re here to suggest you skip out on shopping the big box retailers on Black Friday and save your shopping budget for shopping local instead. The number one reason? The  … Read more

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Latest news in eye wear trends

There was a time when wearing glasses was considered nerdy or for people who just didn’t care how they looked. Well, that time has definitely changed. Whether you’re in prescription eye glasses or just looking to update your style with a pair of non-prescription frames, being a member of the four-eyed club is no longer  … Read more

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Are nutrition stores just for bodybuilders?

Unless you’re a fitness expert, nutritionist or dietician, walking into a nutritional supplement store can be overwhelming.  Muscle milk … Whey powder … fat burning supplements … amino acids … sports drinks … nutritional supplements.  Just the sight of all the various offerings can be enough to make you walk in and walk out, your  … Read more

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How to choose the right bank for your lifestyle

With such a wide variety of banks in Willow Park, it can be difficult to choose which one you should bank with. The options and variety of products and services are endless.  Are they all the same? What are the benefits of one particular chain of banks over another? Should you bank with a local  … Read more

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Fall trend report

From your wardrobe, home decor to even your nails and hair color, the transition from summer to fall is one of the most fun times to embrace the trends of the season. Even though this September has been one of the hottest on record, we’re loving all things fall, from the wild animal prints to  … Read more

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The importance of self care

With all the awareness days and months out there, it can be hard to keep track but there’s one in September that we can (and should!) really wrap our arms around … Self Care Awareness month. So, what exactly do we mean by self-care? It’s basically any activity that we do deliberately (that word is  … Read more

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Why math is crucial to your child’s success

If you’re like most of us, as a child you probably sat in many a math class thinking “What’s the point of learning algebra or calculus? How is this actually going to benefit me in real life?” Fast forward many years later, as a parent, you may be getting those exact same questions from your  … Read more

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Why You Should Always Date Your Spouse

Whether you’ve been married for three months, three years or thirty years, chances are your relationship with your then boyfriend or girlfriend and now spouse, has changed. When you first start dating someone, everything is new. The tingle that takes over your whole body when they first brush your hand, that first kiss, meeting each  … Read more

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Five Easy Ways to Take Years Off Your Skin

Aging … It’s an inevitable part of life. But, that doesn’t mean we have to like it. While there ARE many benefits to getting older – increased self-confidence, body image acceptance, empathy and better decision-making skills – wrinkles, sun spots and sagging skin don’t fall into that category. Luckily, there are many options out there  … Read more

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5 Things to get Yourself Vacation Ready

In case you hadn’t noticed … summer is officially here and many people are escaping to cooler temperatures or tropical locations. We’re here to help you get yourself vacation ready so you can feel confident in the pics that you’re posting on Facebook and Instagram (no filters necessary!) to make all your friends and family  … Read more

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Why Every Woman Needs a Blowout

Nothing compares to unwinding after a long day at work. All of the stresses of the job seem to melt away when you find your happy place and simply choose to relish in such state of being. What better way to let go of your problems than with a blowout?

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Why You Should Support Local Businesses

Walking into a shop or restaurant and being greeted by a familiar face can be a truly welcoming feeling. These types of experiences are only to be found in local retail. Local business owners offer their wares to support the local economy and provide needed services to their neighbors. Cultivating these relationships offers advantages for both the consumer and the business owner.

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BBQ and Brews: Why They Go Perfect Together

Hot dogs and wine on a hot day do not sound appealing. But, a massive rack of BBQ ribs and a sweet or roasty-brewed beer only amplifies the enjoyment of licking fingers clean. Spring is springing quickly, and beer and ribs only add a spring to your step. Pale for Your Palate Everyone knows someone who will use a few strips of  … Read more

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5 Reasons Yoga Is a Life-saver for Moms-to-Be

Pregnancy can be hard on your body. Many moms find themselves in agony when they can’t sleep, become plagued by constant aches, and find it increasingly difficult to move around every day. It might seem like there’s nothing you can do but wait for that due date to finally get some relief.

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New Lenses: Which Frames best fit your Face Shape

A common question that comes up when it’s time to purchase new glasses is: Which frames should I get? With the vast array of styles available, it can be overwhelming to try to decide on which frames you should get for your new eyeglasses or sunglasses.

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WP Council Approves Hotel Permit

Published December 12, 2018, in Weatherford Democrat Written By: Autumn Owens The Willow Park city council unanimously approved a special use permit and site plan for the Springhill Suites by Marriott 60-foot hotel that is proposed to be constructed behind The Shops at Willow Park. During the public hearing Tuesday, community members Jean Martin and  … Read more

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