Around Town in November

Kendra Walden, Financial Advisor

Business Changes

We dropped into Valentino’s Ristorante on Lakeview Parkway in Rowlett the other evening for dinner and learned why this spot has become a local favorite! Valentino and his family have provided customers with good food and good service for 6 years at this location. They are now in the process of building their new restaurant just down the road. It will be larger with much more parking available. Kudos to a great family business!

Owner Tammy Harris, just couldn’t find enough hours in the day to run a business located just across from the Downtown Garland square, the Salvage Bar and Grill, and care for a four year old son, so she’s sold the business to new owners. Harris tells us the new owners will makes changes to the name, décor, and menu. Harris limited liquor sales to wine and beer, but the new owners will operate a full bar and will stay open later.

Tree Lighting & Santa

Ready or not, it’s that time of year again! That conical Christmas tree has once again appeared in the center of the Garland Downtown Square. It has been set-up right in the middle of the drained water feature, surrounded by white fencing. Garlands are draped over intersections. The trees surrounding the square have strings of Christmas lights, which will be lit with the flip of a switch during the Christmas on the Square event on Thursday, December 4th. The square will light up and a fireworks display will follow. Santa will appear on his throne and throngs of children will pose for pictures with him while choirs from local schools sing Christmas carols. There will be an ice carver, snow slide, local vendors, and other attractions to put visitors in a holiday mood.

Know your Representative on the City Council

Garland District MapsWe recently inquired about striping on median strips to make them more visible to drivers at dusk and through the evening hours. Since yellow paint is in evidence on some of the concrete curbing, that safety precaution has definitely been taken in the past. We inquired and were told it was a budget issue, but that small reflective lights are an option and can be installed at problem intersections. Public safety should be a top priority, but it only becomes one if citizens speak up!

Make it a point to learn what district you live in and who represents you on the City Council. When you have a problem or a question, they will guide you. They represent your best interests as your voice in City Council deliberations. The city of Garland is divided into 8 districts. There is an excellent map on the City of Garland website that will show you the districts and their boundaries. You will learn who your ‘go-to’ person is; the one representing you on the City Council.


For the past 3 years, the GRM has organized and hosted the Veterans’ Appreciation Party at VFW Post 5076 on Veterans Day. With the help of our committee and sponsors, we are able to provide dinner, decorations, entertainment, and donated door prizes.

Our sponsors include Resistol Outlet Store, Prestige Ford, LaBella Italian grill, Holiday Inn at 190,
Baker’s Main Street furniture,, Academy Outdoor & Sports, Matt’s Martinez Hacienda, Corner Bakery, Edward Jones Financial Advisor Kendra Walden, and Primo’s Tex-Mex.

A special thank you goes to Rick Richards, who has entertained us all with his music and songs for the past 3 years.