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DFW Happenings Spa Experience at Massage Envy Cedar Hill

8 Sep

It was a sunny Sunday afternoon in September…

I had a 4:00pm appointment with Shannon at the Massage Envy that just opened on August 1st, 2013 in Uptown Village at Cedar Hill. IMG_9152For those of you living in Southwest Dallas you can probably appreciate a nearby massage location and with services at an affordable price in case you need a last minute fix. Located next to Black Eyed Peas, Massage Envy Spa Cedar Hill has very inviting entrance where the therapists/front desk will greet you with a smile. The greeters as well as the therapists make it a point to ask what brings you in and understand your needs.

Upon arrival I filled out a form that one of the therapists sat down and explained to me. This sheet is to help the Massage Envy therapists get a full glimpse at the client’s needs and note any important health information or medical issues. Laura was quite helpful in walking me through it. Once that was all filled out I was taken into the relaxation room and in no time was headed to my massage room! They ask that you arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment because of this (the paperwork).

305 W. FM 1382, Suite 110, Cedar Hill 75104

305 W. FM 1382, Suite 110, Cedar Hill 75104

My friendly therapist, Shannon, whom I highly recommend, was very warm and sweet. She walked me back to the room where we’d be for the next 50 minutes, talked to me about my massage needs and went over my form. Then I was left to strip down to my “birthday suit” or what I was “most comfortable with”. (The massage beds are heated, by the way.)

I got all comfy under the cover with my face situated in the cushioned face cradle and laid there until the specialist came back in. A couple of knocks at the door and we were ready to begin! I won’t say the entire experience was painless, but that’s all a part of working out the kinks, and boy did I have some kinks! Shannon did a very good job at working out all the knots and pressure points in my neck and back where most of the tension was, and where it is for most women. I never realize just how much stress my body is carrying up and down I-20 until I go get a massage. Deep tissue methods, massage oils, heated beds, some water to sip on, dimmed lights and relaxing music is all you need to set the tone. IMG_9140Oh, and of course a great massager! You’ll have the chance when making your appointment to give your preference if you want a male or female – I wasn’t partial to either. With just the right kneading and rubbing done to the muscles you won’t be either. Aside from the pressure points (emphasis on pressure), while I laid in that room covered in a very calming dark lilac paint, I quickly went from passing the neighborhoods of Pleasant Run to a mellow “Japanese Oasis”. The music helps take you there.

At one point – about midway through – I may have come close to falling asleep, but I’m a light sleeper AND this was a full body massage. Not to mention, I had knots, and I could tell that Shannon had already made it her goal to get those suckers broken up! It’s not always the easiest road but well worth it in the end. Intense is one way to describe it, if you’re in similar shape as I was. My therapist’s arm became the rolling pin and my muscles were the dough. She was very attentive and communicated with me exactly how I was feeling and whether or not to ease up. She covered the back, neck, arms, legs, hands, shoulders…just about anywhere you have muscle. By 4:59pm right on the dot she finished me up and gave me a time to gather myself and switch out any “birthday suits” for public Sunday afternoon attire. As I stepped out of the room, my therapist was there patiently waiting for me and encouraged me to drink plenty of water.

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Following my 50 minutes of massage ministry, the young ladies at the front ask how it all went and then review your therapist’s recommendations with you. They sent me home with a little booklet the goes over what was done in today’s visit, what is recommended and then your therapist’s schedule and other contact information for the spa.IMG_9143

If you don’t like to drive far and are on a budget, but would like to have monthly massages or facials to enhance your body’s health and wellness, consider Massage Envy for the most affordable and thorough treatments this side of the Trinity. It may not be the ritziest of Dallas spa’s and you can’t get $10 champagne, but you’re paying for mostly for the medical services more than the luxurious ambiance at America’s favorite spa chain. Get the attention your body needs and at a cost your bank account want! For $49 you can get a 1-hour introductory massage session or an introductory 1-hour Murad Health Skin facial session for just $10 more ($59). On top of that I was informed that, once you have membership, for only $10 extra your friend or family member can use your account to go get a massage or facial one month in your place.

To set up your appointment at the newly opened Massage Envy Spa in Cedar Hill call 469-272-3689.

IMG_9142It was no secret that Massage Envy’s nationwide event, Healing Hands for Arthritis benefiting the Arthritis Foundation, was coming up on September 18th. The balloons, signage and flyers posted in the lobby reminded clients of the 3rd annual one-day event to build awareness and raise funds to fight arthritis. All of the 32 DFW Massage Envy spas will donate $10 from every one hour massage or facial to the Arthritis Foundation.

Massage Envy Now Open in Cedar Hill

25 Aug

Massage Envy Spa officially opened their doors for business the week of August 1st 2013 in Cedar Hill, TX! Offering all massage and facial services, the spa has a total of 15 rooms – 2 spa rooms for facials and 13 massage rooms, including two couples/dual purpose rooms.

An introductory one-hour massage at Massage Envy is only $49 and one hour Health Skin facial session is $59. The introductory session involves a 50-minute massage and time for consultation and dressing. Membership to Massage Envy is only $59/month including a one-hour massage session. Massage Envy members enjoy unlimited one-hour massage sessions at a $39 member rate or the one-hour Healthy Skin facial session for only $49.

Massage Envy Spa Cedar Hill is located in Uptown Village at Cedar Hill shopping center at 305 W. FM 1382, Suite 110. For more information or appointments call 469-272-ENVY (3689).

A spa is just what Uptown Village Cedar Hill could use! And what better spa than Massage Envy’s chain, with over 800 locations across the U.S. There are 32 DFW locations in total, open 7 days a week. Click here to see the other Massage Envy Spas in DFW.


MASSAGE ENVY SPA | 305 W. FM 1382, Suite 110 | Cedar Hill, TX

2013 Labor Day Jazz Explosion

18 Aug

So you LOVE jazz, but you’re always missing the concerts or hearing about the festivals AFTER the fact? Lucky for you the Labor Day Jazz Explosion in Cedar Hill is still 2 weeks out! On Saturday, August 31st, some of the hottest jazz artists in the country will come together at the Valley Ridge Amphitheatre for an evening of dynamic music and dancing. Headlining the Labor Day Jazz Explosion is: multi-platinum selling guitarist Mark Harper who has recorded with artists like Dav Koz, Gerald Albright, Kirk Franklin, Wayman Tisdale and more. Also featured in the Cedar Hill jazz festival is Forth Worth’s Tatiana Mayfield, Dean James of the Bay area, soulful saxophonist Don Diego and Vandel Andrews from the City of Who Dat fans.

Here’s a taste of what you can expect from popular jazz guitarist Mark Harper’s this Labor Day weekend..

This event is in support of the charity Operation Finally Home, whose mission is to provide American s the ability to honor and thank America’s wounded and disabled veterans and the widows of the fallen who have sacrificed to defend our country in the global War on Terror. All active military and veterans can receive $10 admission (half price) by showing their military ID.

Speaking of admission, you can click here for information on tickets to the 2013 Labor Day Jazz Explosion!

    VIP Admission (exclusive seating, free buffet & beverages) : $40
    General Admission: $20
    4-Pack General Admission: $70


Labor Day Jazz Explosion 2013 in Cedar Hill is Saturday, August 31, from 6:00pm to 11:00pm.

Valley Ridge Amphitheater
2850 Park Ridge Drive, Cedar Hill, TX 75104

Feel free to bring you lawn chairs and picnic blankets as no seating will be provided to this outdoor concert, but leave any alcoholic beverages at home as well as snacks. Food and drinks will be provided on site. Also lawn seating is first-come, first serve so get there early! Sail into the holiday with smooth jazz that’ll relax and invigorate the whole family for a great cause at the 2013 Labor Day Jazz Explosion!

MegaFest 2013 Dallas

17 Aug

Oh Lord Jesus, it’s a MegaFest!!

You know it’s big when Sweet Brown’s got time for it! Sweet Brown is coming to town! Oprah’s Life Class is coming to town! The biggest names in gospel music and preaching are all descending upon Dallas for this year’s MegaFest. There’s something for every member of the family, and this year has morphed into a Mega-Ministry minded festival.

Together Again

This year’s mega ministry event’s theme is beyond appropriate: Manpower, “Woman Thou Art Loosed”, “Mega-Kids”, “Mega-Youth” and entertainment and empowerment for the whole family! There’s something to do at all times of the day and the events will give positive perspective as well as round up revenue big for the BIG city of Dallas!


Bishop T.D. Jakes of the Potter’s House and his team of organizers have put together one of the largest church events to ever be hosted. This mega-festival will bring together believers and unbelievers alike under the guise of fellowship and family. I had the privilege of sharing a few words with event organizer Marcus Dawson of The Potter’s House Dallas. Marcus Dawson is an award winning producer and has earned awards and accolades while lending his gifts and talents to Potter’s House and numerous other artists and ministries.

August 29th

August 29th

It begins and ends with Megafest

According to Dawson, this year’s event is something for the whole family. It will encompass the family and will benefit the entire city of Dallas. “Big D” pales in comparison to the magnitude of this year’s MegaFest. “Oprah’s Life Class” is the kick-off event and last leg of the 2013 McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour wraps up at MegaFest. As if that’s not big enough, the Woman of Purpose Concert is the next night at the American Airlines Center. Music, ministry and so much more this is bigger than big, it’s mega!

Personal Impact
The Woman of Purpose Concert is a labor of love for Dawson and his family. The concert will benefit Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated to outreach and the advocacy of autism research.

Screening of Winnie Mandela starring Jennifer Hudson & Terrence Howard

Screening of Winnie Mandela starring Jennifer Hudson & Terrence Howard

Dawson has for years been a staunch advocate for autism research, his son is autistic. Dawson has sponsored concerts across the country entitled “The Journey” and has partnered with Autism Speaks to increase awareness in the minority/church community in regards to autism. There will be screenings for autism as well as education to learn the signs of an autistic child. Dawson says that in the minority community, many children are screened for autism too late as opposed to their non-minority counterparts.

mega-comedyA mega man with a mega mind

Bishop Jakes continues to serve beyond the ordinary scope of excellence in civil and ministry ventures. Bishop Jakes has extended preaching invitations to the likes of Pastor Joel Osteen, Bishop I.V. Hilliard and Pastor Creflo Dollar, men who rival his mega ministry status. Up and comers like E. Dewey Smith also have a following and are increasing in visibility online and on television. Attendees are sure to be mega-beneficiaries; as each of these preachers command top billing on their own, yet they will share the platform that Bishop Jakes has created at this year’s MegaFest.

On TBN last week, Bishop Jakes shared a glimpse into the ministry mind of this year’s MegaFest. The show was highly touted amongst gospel industry heavies as well as stalwarts in the church. You’ve got to go, this is the year. If you’ve ever attended or viewed “Woman Thou Art Loosed” or “Manpower” then you know what to expect on a slight scale. This year’s MegaFest is exponentially greater than all the previous T.D. Jakes/Potter’s House conventions and will minster to you to the nth degree!

Devon Franklin of Produced by Faith - MegaFest panelist

Devon Franklin of Produced by Faith – MegaFest panelist

In the words of Sweet Brown: “oh Lord Jesus, it’s a fire…er, MegaFest!
For all things MegaFest, please visit and make sure you have everything you need to get your face in the place. Marcus Dawson had one other note, Oprah’s “Life Class” convenes at 9 am on Thursday August 29 so be sure to get there in time to be a part of this phenomenal opportunity!

So much to choose from:
What are anticipating most: Manpower, Woman Thou Art Loosed, Oprah’s Life Class, Just Churchin’ Comedy Show, McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration, Woman of Purpose Concert, The Code Concert or the Ball Up Championship Game and Slam-Dunk contest!



Gospel Music writer for the Examiner, Win Willis, is a musician and sound engineer from Fort Worth, Texas. Win Willis is a lover of all styles of music and loves to share and discuss music with other avid music lovers. Click here to see Win Willis’ full interview with Marcus Dawson of Potter’s House.

Hardwood District Block Party: Global Street Feast – Aug 24

15 Aug

The Block is hot! Block is hot… At least it will be come August 24th in the Harwood District! Step into this vibrant Uptown Dallas setting for the Street Block Party centered around food trucks and cross-cultural flair. Plenty of DFW food trucks will offer tasty bites among the district’s venues. As Summer 2013 wraps up, the Global Street Feast turns up with beats, bites and drinks! Saturday, August 24, between 12pm and 7pm this Internationally influenced area of the Big D will feature a host of attractions:

  • The world’s largest samurai collection (The Samurai Collection)
  • Live Music
  • Super-sized Yahtzee, Jenga & Chess games
  • Twister on the Grass
  • Specialty Drinks and the awesome Food Trucks listed below!


Your tastebuds will go haywire with so many flavorful foods to choose from and sample.

  • Bobaddiction – Taiwanese Boba tea
  • Gorgonzilla – European cheese
  • Little Greek Food Truck – Greek
  • Mr. Snowie – Snow cones (over 50 flavors)
  • Ssahm BBQ – Korean BBQ
  • Salsa Limon – Latin/Mexican
  • Taste of Cuba- Cuban

Global Street Feast is a DFW food truck event that you don’t want to miss. Just one week before Labor Day Weekend, this FREE block party is one of its kind for Dallas August events.

Event parking is available in the parking lot across from Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar. Lone Star Valet will help direct parking traffic and you can self-park in the Saint Ann Court building.


Harwood District Block Party – Harwood District | 2501 N. Harwood Street, Dallas

UniverSOUL Circus Dallas 2013

28 Jul

There’s a major party coming to Dallas this August and if you like to have fun, this party was designed JUST for you! It’s happening under the Big Top next door to Southwest Center Mall located off Highway 67. This year the UniverSOUL Circus has an all new show lined up for the 2013 tour, and the all-star lineup of talent is ready to crank up the heat even more when they arrive to DFW August 7th!

This isn’t your typical circus where you sit far away and spectate the entire time. The UniverSOUL Circus forces you to get involved with energizing music, chants, laughs, exercises and a fully interactive program in a more intimate (but spacious enough) circus tent. You won’t get stomped on by an elephant or anything, but you may find yourself doing the “Wobble” with a chimpanzee!

Chinese aerialists, tigers, pretzel twisting contortionists, crazy cool clowns, talented dancers (both young and old) and much more are expected! Rated as one of the Top 3 circuses in America, the 2013 UniverSOUL Circus brings to Dallas a plethora of circus arts and theatre with familiar pop songs, Latin Beats and Hip Hop tracks as an added bonus to get the crowd hype.

All may appear quiet and normal as you pass the yellow and red big top off Hwy 67, but if you pull over and actually take a look inside, you’ll step foot into a completely different world of culture, tamed yet entertaining wildlife, dazzling lights, heart-pumping rhythm and beats, sensational acrobats and eye-popping tricks mixed with a sample of various cultures given by an incredible, diverse cast of performers. Make your Back-To-School treat a good one for the entire family and close out the summer with a sizzling show that all ages can enjoy! It’s the most interactive circus around!


TICKETS: Prices range from $16 to $32 and can be purchased at or call 1-800-745-3000. Kids under the age of 1 get in FREE.

Wed. Aug 7: 7:30pm
Thur. Aug 8: 10:30am | 7:30pm
Fri. Aug 9: 10:30am | 7:30pm
Sat. Aug 10: 12:00pm | 4:00pm | 7:30PM
Sun. Aug 11: 1:00pm | 3:30pm | 6:30pm


Southwest Center Mall | 3662 West Camp Wisdom Road | Dallas 75237

17th Annual Mayor’s Back to School Fair | City of Dallas

23 Jul

Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart present the 2013 Mayor’s Back to School Fair in Dallas Fair Park’s Automobile and Centennial Buildings. On August 1st the City of Dallas, Dallas area schools, public-health departments, non-profits, DFW corporations and hundreds of volunteers will collaborate to get kids in Dallas off to strong school year! The 17th Annual Mayor’s Back to School Fair at Fair Park supports economically disadvantaged children with so many of their school necessities. The Dallas Mayor Back to School Bash FREE and open to the public!


DATE & TIME: Thursday, August 1st – 8:00AM – 2:00PM

Students Eligible for FREE school supplies:

  • How To Avoid long lines for school supplies at the fair: PRE-REGISTER!! Click here to pre-register by mail, or click here to get pre-registered at one of the pre-registration events.

    Photo from dfw.

    Photo from dfw.

    Click here to be a Volunteer

    Click here to be an Exhibitor

    An estimated 40,000 attendees are expected at the 2013 Mayors Back to School Fair in Dallas!


  • Mavs Entertainment Camp 2013 – July 27

    23 Jul

    It’s the first ever Mavs Entertainment Camp happening on July 27th 2013 at the AAC! Guys and gals between ages mavk12 and 18 are invited to attend DJ, Mascot and Drum camps so they can practice their skills with the official Dallas Mavericks Entertainment Groups. If you’re a season ticket holder the cost is $85, but if you are not, it’s $100. This cost includes an official Mavs Entertainment Camp t-shirt, lunch, camp photograph, goodie bag and a voucher for 2 tickets to the Mavs Pre-Season game!!


    During the one –day kids camp future entertainers get to select their focus and become more acquainted with the art of their choosing. Those looking to practice or learn more about drumming should bring their own drum equipment to camp. Mascot campers should bring a mascot costume, and although DJ equipment will be provided junior disc jockeys should bring their own headphones.



    2013 DFW Summer Boat Expo – July 18-21

    14 Jul


    With summertime comes days at the lake, which means afternoons spent on the boat. Whether you spend your hours cruising in Lake Ray Hubbard or Joe Pool Lake your boat soon becomes you and your family’s best friend during the weekends and holidays. Dallas-Fort Worth is known for putting on massive boating shows that are fun for the whole family. This summer go even bigger and wetter by upgrading your boating experience! The DFW Boat Expo returns to Market Hall July 18-21 with 450 boats and watercraft on display. If you are in the market for a yacht or just consider yourself a boat lover, find your way to the largest dry boating event next weekend in North Texas!

    Sponsored by Volvo Penta, the 2013 Summer Boat Expo in Dallas welcomes 20 North Texas Boat dealers and almost 100 vendors during this four-day show. A boat lovers paradise takes place under one roof when the 4-day summer expo unites popular dealers such as Marine Max, Phil Dill Boats, Fun and Sun Sports Center, Freedom Powersports, Texas Mastercraft and Water Ski America just to name a few.

    You could become the Captain!

    You or your “Step Brother” could become the Captain!

    Share your passion for a boating lifestyle with the United Boat Dealers of North Texas and other fellow boat admirers like yourself. Explore the many exhibits and vendors from one of the best Texas Boat Shows you’ll attend! Climb up into luxury itself, learn about the newest features and technologies available or get introduced to a new world of watercraft and boating expertise. This could be the place you find your very first vessel. Voyage over to Dallas Market Hall the 3rd weekend of July and see what the DFW Boat Expo has to offer you.

    Tickets for the 2013 DFW Boat Expo July 18-21 are only available at the door.
    Adults: $12
    Children: $6
    Parking: FREE

    2013 SCHEDULE
    Thursday 7/18 ……………….. 3:00pm – 9:00pm
    Friday 7/19 …………………… 3:00pm – 9:00pm
    Saturday 7/20 ……………….. 10:00am – 9:00pm
    Sunday 7/21…………………… 10:00am – 6:00pm

    Gotta love em

    Gotta love em

    Dallas Market Hall | 2200 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas 75207

    Taste of Dallas 2013

    7 Jul

    Oh taste and see that Dallas is Good! The 27th Annual Taste of Dallas festival presented by Ford is served up hot and fresh for 3 straight days at Fair Park Dallas. North Texas’ featured culinary event occurs every summer during the month of July.

    The 2013 Taste of Dallas is July 12-14 and features more than 60 restaurants in DFW. Some of the best chefs get the largest platform to showcase their cooking skills.

    The new home of Taste of Dallas is Fair Park, so the spot where this popular North Texas food festival takes place is centered among 277 acres of Dallas Museums, history and art performance. Admission to TOD is $10 for adults and parking is $5 on the Fair grounds. Kids ages 5 and under, accompanied by a guardian, get in for FREE.

    Samplings can cost between $1 and $3, but free tastes are also available throughout the festival. A plethora of foods, cooking demonstrations and taste tests can be found inside the culinary area found in the automobile building all weekend. Enjoy your indoor tasting experience at Taste of Dallas’ culinary marketplace, Taste Tavern and The Sweet Factory. Stroll the park and get a bite of the BIG D! For more information on this year’s 3-day Foodie Fest known as TOD (Taste of Dallas) visit the official website at

    Please note the hours of Taste of Dallas 2013: Friday: 4:00pm – 11:00pm | Saturday: 11:00am to 11:00pm | Sunday: 11:00am to 8:00pm


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