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A popular retailer of high-end, artisan-crafted furniture and decor has introduced a new concept to Texas by way of Grapevine: Arhaus The Loft, an offshoot of Arhaus, opened at Grapevine Mills on June 30.

It has nestled into the hottest spot in the mall, in the city, in all of Dallas-Fort Worth - next to Meow Wolf.

While Arhaus has seven locations in Texas (including one at Dallas' NorthPark Center), this is the brand's first "Loft" outlet in the state. The store carries new, discontinued, slightly imperfect, and overstocked pieces for every living space.

"As a luxury furniture store and leader in home décor, Arhaus was founded on the idea that home décor should stand the test of time, being sustainably sourced, lovingly made, and built to last," the company says in a release.

Arhaus The Loft offers a variety of home décor pieces and outdoor furniture including dining tables, sofas, sectionals, accent chairs, beds, desks, lighting, and more - at "incredible, consumer-friendly prices," they promise.

Grapevine Mills director of marketing Trudy Cresswell points out that Arhaus The Loft is a complement to Horchow Finale, located in Neiman Marcus Last Call at the mall.

“We are incredibly excited to welcome yet another anticipated opening that will further enhance Grapevine Mills’ home décor portfolio,” Cresswell says.

Its debut is well-timed to the opening of Meow Wolf, the buzzy immersive art experience launching July 14. The store sits between Meow Wolf and the Old Navy Outlet at Grapevine Mills.

Hours are 11 am-7 pm Monday-Saturday and 12-6 pm Sunday.

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Post Malone collaborates on new line of Dallas Cowboys hoodies and T's

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Post Malone gave us Dallas Cowboys-adorned chicken tenders, he gave us Cowboys drink cups, now he gives us Cowboys-themed hoodies.

The rapper, singer, and native Texan - a self-professed die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan - has debuted a limited-edition collection of Post Malone x Dallas Cowboys merchandise featuring T-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, and shorts.

According to a release, the collection comprises 22 pieces of apparel, priced from $40-168, will go on sale on November 30. There are numerous T-shirts in white and black, with blue as an accent color. Some have slogans such as "Blessed this shirt for another Dallas Cowboys victory," while others feature portraits of Post.

Malone collaborated with Grant Kratzer of streetwear brand Cheatin Snakes, who served as co-designer on the limited-edition collection, described by the release as featuring an eclectic style that embodies Malone’s roots through a fusion of vintage and streetwear.

In regards to the collection, the release quotes Malone thusly: “How ‘bout them Cowboys!” He's a man of few words.

The collection is for sale on NTWRK, a digital marketplace based in Los Angeles, who will host a celeb-studded debut featuring appearances by former players Dez Bryant, Michael Irvin, and Drew Pearson. (All three represent the “88 Club”, the Dallas Cowboys' club of wide receivers who shared 88 as their jersey number.)

Dez and Drew will join NTWRK on November 30 from “Dez’s Big Dallas Tailgate” party in Arlington; Irvin will patch in from Los Angeles.

That evening, the collection will be sold on-site at AT&T Stadium and Dallas Cowboys stores when the club takes on the Seattle Seahawks. (L.A. residents can buy the collection at a pop-up located at NTWRK's HQ at 433 N. Fairfax, open to the public from 11/30 to 12/3.)

Malone's most recent Dallas Cowboys collaboration was the October opening of a Raising Cane's that was given a Post Malone x Dallas Cowboys makeover. One month prior, Malone and Raising Cane's teamed up on a Cowboys-themed plastic cup.

Texas and California battle it out for residents on the move, Census report says

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Texans love to joke about how many Californians are moving here, but a rising trend in Texas residents' relocation habits may have Californians saying the same thing about Texans soon.

A new U.S. Census report analyzing state-to-state migration has revealed new estimates regarding Texas' growing population in 2022. According to the report, more than 668,000 new residents relocated to Texas from out-of-state last year.

Not surprisingly, the highest number of new Texans hailed from California. More than 102,000 Californians made the move to the Lone Star State in 2022.

But in a fun population twist, California also received the most Texpats in 2022, the report showed, followed closely behind by Florida, then Oklahoma. Of the 494,077 people who left Texas last year, 42,279 went to California.

Why Californians move to Texas
Californians often seek out a lower cost of living by moving to the most "affordable" cities in the state. Dallas has shown to be at the top of the priority destination list after the city usurped Austin as the No. 1 city for California movers earlier this year. And when a California transplant can save more than $1 million by moving to Texas and buying a home in Dallas, it's not hard to see the appeal.

Other reasons for the California-to-Texas exodus include the lack of income tax and the flexibility of remote work opportunities, they say.

While California took the lead with the most new movers flocking to Texas, Floridians are also choosing to pack up and leave their Sunshine State for the Lone Star State, the report says.

The top 5 states with the most residents moving to Texas in 2022 were:

  • California – 102,442 new residents
  • Florida – 41,747 new residents
  • New York – 30,890 new residents
  • Illinois – 25,272 new residents
  • Louisiana – 25,192 new residents

Where Texans are moving
The Census report showed that less than half a million Texas residents relocated out-of-state last year, totaling 494,077 people.

"Texas had the country's lowest (11.7 percent) outmigration rate, with most of those who did move relocating to California (42,479) or Florida (38,207)," the report said.

The top 5 states where Texans moved in 2022 were:

  • California – 42,279 Texans
  • Florida – 38,207 Texans
  • Oklahoma – 26,440 Texans
  • Colorado – 25,466 Texans
  • Georgia – 23,754 Texans

New Texans from abroad
In addition to state-by-state migration data, the report also provided estimates for how many new Texans came from abroad. Out of 237,051 new residents, the majority – 233,751 people – relocated from outside the mainland last year.

About 2,441 people moved from Puerto Rico, and 859 arrived from unspecified U.S. island areas.

Texas has been a magnet for international homebuyers for several years. The state has held its position as the third hottest U.S. housing market for international homebuyers for the fourth consecutive year in 2023. A total of 9,900 Texas homes were purchased by buyers from outside the U.S last year, spending a gigantic sum of $4.3 billion.

DFW family's Christmas light spectacle celebrates Rangers' World Series win

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A Haltom City family didn't just light up with joy when their beloved Texas Rangers won the World Series — they lit up their whole house for the holidays. The Gonzalez family's annual Christmas light spectacle, known as "Wisdom Way Lights," this year pays tribute to the Rangers' 2023 World Series victory.

Highlights of the 10,000+ light interactive display include clips of the final out of the game projected on an LED screen on the garage; skeletons donning jerseys of famous Rangers players; a dancing Rangers captain; and of course, the words "Texas Rangers" and "World Series" illuminated in red, white, and blue.

Jesse and Angela Gonzalez and their kids put the display up quietly in mid-November, but the response has been anything but quiet. Videos posted to their TikTok and Instagram accounts quickly spread across social media and attracted the attention of a few local TV news crews.

Jesse Gonzalez says they're averaging about 100 cars of spectators each night. Unfortunately, none of their visitors has included anyone from the Texas Rangers organization, as far as he knows.

"That would be amazing," he says.

Rangers fans have only a few more days to get in the game, as December 1 will be the last night for the Wisdom Way World Series display.

Then the family will switch to a "Super Mario Bros." themed show, based in the most recent movie, along with two more traditional Christmas lights shows. All three will run concurrently until January 1, they say.

Visitors can view the shows from from their cars and listen to the audio on radio channel 89.7 FM.

The Gonzalezes have put up a larger-than-life, interactive lights displays since 2012, annually making CultureMap's list of The Best Christmas Lights in Dallas-Fort WorthBest Christmas Lights in Dallas-Fort Worth.

This is not the first time the Wisdom Way Lights (named for the street the family lives on) has brought them a bit of fame and a lot of traffic on their street. In 2020, their Selena-themed display attracted crowds from near and far.

They chose a Selena theme that year because Angela was a big fan of the Tejano superstar, they said then. Choosing the Texas Rangers as this year's theme was a win for the whole family.

Angela and Jesse's first date was to a Rangers Game, and they got engaged at a Rangers game a year later.

"We normally do Christmas lights each year kind of based on the trends," Jesse recently told NBC 5.

"But this was not just a regular trend, this was extraordinary for us because we've been waiting for this for a decade," Angela added, referring to the Rangers' World Series title.

The Wisdom Way Lights are at 4521 Wisdom Way, Haltom City, 76117. The lights are on nightly from 6-11:30 pm, until January 1, 2024. (Rangers display ends December 1.) They're free to visit. Follow Wisdom Way Lights on Facebook for updates.