Best of 2021: 11 business features from Keller, Roanoke and Northeast Fort Worth

Valerie Lucas, owner of Pilates VIP in Fort Worth, demonstrates exercises on the reformer, one of the machines used in Pilates. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
Valerie Lucas, owner of Pilates VIP in Fort Worth, demonstrates exercises on the reformer, one of the machines used in Pilates. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)

Valerie Lucas, owner of Pilates VIP in Fort Worth, demonstrates exercises on the reformer, one of the machines used in Pilates. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)

Keller, Roanoke and Northeast Fort Worth are 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.

Roanoke Pharmacy and Gift Shop: Owner focuses on customer service

Since opening Roanoke Pharmacy and Gift Shop 22 years ago, owner Scott Palmer has seen his business grow, from providing 50 prescriptions a day to providing around 350 a day.

North Fort Worth furniture store Design A Sofa focuses on customer satisfaction

Stephanie Gingras opened her own furniture store, Design a Sofa, in mid-2019 and moved it to a larger location on Heritage Trace Parkway in Fort Worth in 2020. The business offers more than 200 styles of sofas and more than 1,500 material options, she said.


What's On Tap owner says 'beer cafe' in Keller all about community

What's On Tap owner Brad Trapnell said he had the idea to start a craft beer-themed establishment after many years of balancing working in the corporate world and brewing beer at home during his free time. He opened the Highland Village location in 2015 and the Keller location a year later. The North Richland Hills location opened in late 2019.

Roanoke Trading Co. is 'for the people who are hard to shop for,' co-owner says

Co-owner Laura Hanley said Roanoke Trading Co. started out selling mostly clothing. Over time, she said she started displaying more home interior items. The sale of those items quickly bypassed the amount of clothing sold. The store is now geared to reflect the demand for decor items, she said.

Origins Birth and Wellness Collective in Fort Worth seeks to empower women

Origins Birth and Wellness Collective provides services from preconception to postpartum, and co-founders Gina Thomson and Kaitlyn Wages say it welcomes individuals of all backgrounds.

Michael's Tobacco in Keller draws customers with expertise

Personalized recommendations keep customers coming back, and Michael's Tobacco owner Bob Peacock said the social aspect of cigar smoking is one of the most important parts.

Horizon Kidz Christian Learning Center in Roanoke seeks to create strong foundation for students

With its miniature-sized tables and chairs, its game mats on the floor and bright posters hung on the walls, Horizon Kidz Christian Learning Center in Roanoke strives to give its preschool-aged students a strong foundation to take with them throughout their educational development.

Fort Worth's Pilates VIP helps clients grow stronger, more confident through exercise

At Pilates VIP, owner Valerie Lucas’ philosophy is to help people feel good about their workout while becoming stronger and more flexible. And the key to achieving this goal, she said, is to focus on the fundamentals of Pilates before advancing in technique and introducing more difficult exercises.

Social Rose owner hopes boutique functions as gathering space for Keller community

Alongside the fashion boutique, Social Rose—which has been open for five years now—also hosts a variety of events, such as wine nights, book club meetings and more. In line with her goal of being a gathering space in Keller, owner Jenny Nelson said she is working to build relationships with those in her community that choose to shop locally by spoiling her customers.

Board + Brie in Roanoke offers charcuterie setups for every occasion

Alongside her boards, Board + Brie owner Lane Tunstall also offers both virtual and in-person classes on how to create your own charcuterie board, which she said have been popular for corporate and team-building events. Her work ended up drawing the attention of major companies, including Netflix and Nickelodeon. She was hired to create boards and teach a virtual class at each company’s event.

Ketos Creative provides unique combination of all things creative in Northeast Fort Worth

Ketos Creative owner Allen Joanis said his initial inspiration for his creative studio came when he was first starting out as a musician and realized that he would not make it if he did not learn about all of the other elements that follow it. He said he refused to fall prey to the societal pressure that one cannot become a master of multiple things and set out to learn everything he could about audio production, photography, videography, web design and graphic design.
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.