Best of 2021: 11 business features from Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake

Russell and Amber Sebastian opened The Grapevine Escape in 2014. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
Russell and Amber Sebastian opened The Grapevine Escape in 2014. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)

Russell and Amber Sebastian opened The Grapevine Escape in 2014. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)

The area of northeast Tarrant County that includes Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake is home to an array of locally owned businesses meeting a variety of needs in the local economy. Here is a look at 11 businesses featured by Community Impact Newspaper in 2021.

Grapevine business Chocolate Hangover offers an assortment of confections

Jennifer Dean stopped by Grapevine’s Chocolate Hangover two years ago to buy some of its well-known alcoholic chocolates after she received them as a gift. Instead of walking out with a box, she bought the business from the previous owners, who were looking to retire.

Inspire Academy in Colleyville helps students with learning differences

Inspire Academy tailors its curriculum and teaching styles to meet students’ needs by incorporating assignments that engage all of the senses, founder Dana Judd said.


Southlake entrepreneur services small-business IT needs through Computer CPR

Since he opened Computer CPR in January 2007, owner Michael Young has had to work to keep up with developing technologies, which he said is “a constant challenge.” But Young said the company has adapted to serve a variety of tech needs, including IT services, computer repair, data recovery and remote tech support.

Main Street Beauty Boutique: Goal is for customers of Grapevine salon to 'leave feeling fabulous'

“I just wanted a salon that is all fun, guaranteed happiness, a feel-good place,” Main Street Beauty Boutique owner Emily Sowa said. “This is a place that is very warm, very inviting. You feel like you’re going to your best friend’s house and leave feeling fabulous.”

Bear Creek Spirits & Wine seeks to offer premium experience in Colleyville

Bear Creek Spirits & Wine owner Randy Johnson said opening a successful liquor shop in Colleyville required him to overcome preconceived biases the general public holds toward liquor stores. Shops in the industry are often perceived as intimidating, according to Johnson. Knowing this, he said, his goal was to create a welcoming venue with carefully crafted design to evoke comfort.

Southlake's Manor Interiors curates unique style for clients

Manor Home Furnishings & Design, also known as Manor Interiors, is the joint effort of designer Jeremy Greeney and entrepreneur Mollie Carroll, who have worked together for more than 20 years.

Family-owned The Grapevine Escape provides escape room experience with local flavor

When Amber Sebastian celebrated her birthday with Russell, her husband, in 2013, they had no idea that a trip to one of Oklahoma City’s escape rooms would lead to the creation of their own in Grapevine. Exactly one year after they visited the room, The Grapevine Escape opened on Main Street in 2014.

“We went to a bar and Grapevine Escape was created on the napkin," Amber said.

Fusion Whole Body Recovery offers holistic, nontraditional pain relief in Colleyville

In addition to the services provided by owner Jennifer Duranczyk, professionals lease spaces to practice at Fusion Whole Body Recovery. The top three requested services are orthopedic and medical massage; chiropractic, nutrition and hormone services; and cryotherapy.

Southlake store The Toy Maven an 'old-school wonder'

Toys, puzzles and books for all ages line the ceiling-high shelves inside The Toy Maven store in Southlake. With a little bit of everything to meet every kid’s interest and passion, owner Candace Williams has made it her mission to make The Toy Maven resemble an “old-school wonder toy store.”

Veteran brothers continue family business legacy with Texas Gun Experience in Grapevine

In October 2018, brothers Jared and Joseph Stanyer broke ground at 1901 S. Main St. in Grapevine to start construction on their gun range. On Oct. 14, 2019, Texas Gun Experience opened its doors, complete with an indoor gun range, knife and gun shops, and training courses.

Luxor Custom Jewelers owner brings generational tradition to Colleyville

According to Luxor Custom Jewelers owner Waguih Guirguis, the business is busy with clientele year-round. Customers come seeking gifts for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, Valentine's Day and, of course, Christmas. Among the most popular items sold, Guirguis said, diamond bracelets and necklaces, semiprecious colored stones and watches rank high on the list.
By Steven Ryzewski
Steven Ryzewski is the editor for Community Impact Newspaper's Grapevine-Colleyville-Southlake and Keller-Roanoke-Northeast Fort Worth editions. Before joining Community Impact in 2021, he worked in hyperlocal journalism for nine years in Central Florida as an editor, sports editor and correspondent.