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Stretch Zone, the Practitioner-Assisted Stretching Franchise, Continues North Texas Expansion

Relax and relieve stress with guided stretching.



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Miami Beach born Stretch Zone, the practitioner-assisted stretching franchise, first launched in North Texas with the opening of locations in Plano and Dallas in 2017 and 2018. In early 2019, the Southlake location opened.

The concept continues its growth in the metroplex with an anticipated location opening in Fort Worth later this year.

“Stretch Zone is a concept for people who are constantly on the go,” said Becca Menhart, general manager of Stretch Zone Dallas and Plano.

Personal trainers at Stretch Zone, founded in 2004 by Jorden Gold, use exclusive equipment to stabilize the body for prime, targeted stretching.

The brand encourages people to give their service a try with a “no gimmicks, no catch, first session is free” offer.

At the first visit, personal trainers access range of, create a personalized plan with clients, and take them through a relaxing one-on-one stretch session.

At no point during that session should the guided stretching be painful. The goal is to use stretching to improve circulation, resting muscle tone and flexibility.

“We have clients come in who didn’t feel well enough to even approach a workout,” said Menhart. “Now that they’ve improved their flexibility and balance with Stretch Zone sessions, they are conquering fitness goals they never even imagined. It’s so exciting to share their wellness journey with them and see improvement week after week.”

The stretching concept works with all types of clients with different wellness goals in mind. The age requirement is 14 years of age; so many clients seen are high school athletes.

“Wellness is a huge priority here in DFW and we love that we are the perfect complement to all the amazing fitness opportunities Dallasites are taking advantage of already,” said Menhart. “No matter what workout you do, stretching is imperative and often overlooked.”

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State Fair of Texas Grand Champion Steer Sets New Record at Big Tex Youth Livestock Auction

This was a big day for participating youth and generous buyers.



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The record-setting sale of the Grand Champion Market Steer for $155K kicked off the 71st Annual Big Tex Youth Livestock Auction at the State Fair of Texas.

Oscar, raised by 17 year-old Mikala Grady of Johnson County 4-H, competed against 356 steers entered into the Youth Market Steer Show this year.

After judging, Grady earning the Grand Champion title and took home the grand prize for her winning steer purchased by Big Tex Champion Club, led by an anonymous donor.

Other big sales of the day include:

Zane Potter of Harris County 4-H sold his Reserve Grand Champion Market Steer to the State Fair of Texas Midway Concessionaires and Ride Operators for $36,000.

The Grand Champion Market Barrow, owned by Kaden Mason of Montgomery County FFA, sold to the Big Tex Golf Classic for $25,000.

Frank Deel purchased the Grand Champion Market Lamb for $25,000 from Madellyn Adams of Brown County 4-H.

The Grand Champion Market Goat, owned by Cydnee Hanslik of Jim Ned FFA, went for $20,000 to Atmos Energy.

Ella Porter of Montgomery County 4-H sold her Grand Champion Market Broiler to MEI and Texas Air Systems for $10,500.

An annual tradition since 2015, full-time employees of the State Fair of Texas pitch in to purchase an animal at the auction. The State Fair team broke their record with their bid on both a Reserve Champion Market Steer owned by Berkley Bird of Lubbock County 4-H for $7,700, and a Reserve Champion Market Barrow owned by Ollen Pearson of Hockley County 4-H for $6,000.

Supported by community leaders and local businesses, the annual Big Tex Youth Livestock Auction is a representation of the extreme dedication put forth by the exhibitors participating, along with the planning and efforts of the passionate individuals who organize the event.

Thousands of entries from around the state competed for one of the coveted 392 spots in the Auction this year. The students who earn a spot in the Auction get to sell their animals to the highest bidder.

Students then receive a previously determined maximum payment for their animal, with all excess proceeds donated to the Big Tex Youth Livestock Auction and Scholarship Program.

The Program benefits students who have competed in youth livestock events at the State Fair, as well as students attending high schools in the Fair Park area.

Through the Big Tex Youth Livestock Auction and Scholarship Program, the State Fair has awarded more than $27 million in auction awards and scholarships. The preliminary amount raised for Texas youth in today’s auction is $1.5 million.

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The Friends of the Texas Vietnam Memorial Host Event Honoring Veterans and Active Duty to Celebrate Service and Freedom

The Texas Run to the Wall began in 1988 as the Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club. A year later, former President George H. W. Bush dedicated the Texas Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Fair Park.



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The Friends of the Texas Vietnam Memorial, an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that supports and promotes the Texas Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Fair Park in Dallas, invites you to the 31st annual “Texas Run to the Wall” on Saturday, November 9, 2019.

The 30-minute motorcycle ride will start at noon at Globe Life Park in Arlington, TX, and end at the Texas Vietnam Veterans Memorial inside Fair Park. There will be a brief memorial event held at the end of the ride, followed by a celebration at Eight Bells Alehouse.

“The Texas Run to the Wall doesn’t just honor Vietnam veterans, but it honors all veterans and active-duty personnel from each branch of the military. The ride is a celebration of their service and our freedom,” says Gregery Riedi, member of the Vietnam Vets/Legacy Vets Motorcycle Club and a Friend of the Wall.

Interested parties can pre-register for the event online for a discounted rate. Day-of registration starts at 10:00 AM on November 9. Ride packages range between $15 and $45.

All proceeds from this event will benefit the Friends of the Texas Vietnam Memorial.

The memorial features five tablets of Texas granite bearing the names of 3,271 Texans killed in action during the war in Vietnam and 156 missing in action, 54 remains recovered and 102 still missing, will celebrate its 30th anniversary on November 11, 2019. The memorial recently underwent significant restoration and is open to the public to visit during the State Fair of Texas, and year-round.

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CBD Beauty Brand Expands Reach

Dallas-based FITISH Beauty products are now available online at Urban Outfitters.



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Urban Outfitters added CBD infused FITISH Beauty products to its fall lineup. Currently, FITISH Tone Down, Dewing It and Don’t Sweat It are available at

“CBD is all the rage right now, and for good reason,” said Jenna Owens, FITISH Founder and CEO and co-host of The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show. “We’ve seen amazing results from our customers using FITISH Beauty, and we’re incredibly honored Urban Outfitters selected our CBD infused products for their fall lineup.”

FITISH, a lifestyle brand focusing on CBD skincare, athletic wear and fitness, was recently named “Best CBD Skincare” at the Unfiltered Experience conference, and it’s no surprise FITISH customers are falling in love. The brand’s mantra is around creating products that help fitness fit into daily routines, making it easier to go from work to the gym to dinner plus everything in between.

FITISH Beauty offers certified organic, cruelty-free products made for active individuals.

The CBD infused beauty line includes:
Tone Down – facial mist incorporating aloe, green tea, coffee and peppermint to provide a refreshing cooling effect and tones down the redness after a great workout
Lip Therapy – lip balm that is packed with all the good stuff
Dewing It – moisturizer that quickly became the must-add to any daily skin routine
Don’t Sweat It – setting spray that allows for worry-free makeup even with a full day of work and a grueling workout

“I’m so proud of our team and the amazing success we have generated with the tens of thousands of orders we’ve shipped in less than a year,” Owens said. “From our workout series to beauty products and customized nutrition plans, we’re just getting started. We’re constantly innovating and developing new products that I can’t wait to share in the coming months.”

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