Dear Gents,

It’s the shortest month of the year, but there’s no shortage of exciting things happening here in Southern Denton County.

February is about rosés, three-day weekends, things that sparkle and cold weather that teases the promise of a thaw. It’s the perfect time to let your own creative juices begin to flow. When thinking of ideas for our Arts + Makers issue, we were inspired by the talented local creatives who beautify our community with their work. Whether it’s regional theater performances, the LISD student arts scene or handmade goods from local artisans, we were inspired by the creative culture our community is bursting with.  

One of our favorite arts-related experiences is the phenomenal Lake Cities Ballet, where this month we share what it takes to bring a show such as the family-friendly Coppelia to life. Additionally, throughout the year one can take in the artistic endeavors of talented LISD students when they journey down the halls of the LISD Administration building. Keep in mind it’s time to gear up for LISD’s annual student art show at the Gallery of the MCL Grand, as well. Prepare to be swept away as though you are visiting the Chelsea Arts District when you simply hopped across Highway 35. 

We love enjoying a respite at Novel Coffee Roasters, where you can catch up with a friend or settle in to crank out your work while enjoying a Wild Oat Latte. Owners Carlos and Susan Palacio offer several creative espresso drinks along with high-quality black coffee day in and day out. And, if you’re on the hunt for some locally made Valentine’s Day gifts for your sweetie, we recommend checking out Nicole Kraus with Handmade and Reclaimed for something unique they’ll always cherish.  

We hope you find inspiration in these pages and come to appreciate the unique opportunities we are afforded by living in such a vibrant, imaginative community. Consider this issue your guide to unleash your own ingenuity or simply enjoy and support the creative fruits from your neighbor artisans. Our motto for the month? “Go forth and create! Or, at least support those who do!” 

Happy February, Cross Timbers Lifestyle readers!