The DFW area has an eclectic selection of up and coming brands. From clothing and cowboy boots, to home décor, barbecue sauce and pastries. The entrepreneurial spirit is thriving in DFW.
Kick Butt Boots

Kat Mendenhall’s Kick Butt Boots offers authentic Texas-styled cowboy boots. Her product line includes men and women’s standard 12″ boots and ankle boots. A lifestyle change to veganism five years ago prompted “cowgirl-at-heart” Kat Mendenhall to look at her favorite footwear. She has now created vegan cowboy boots handcrafted in the state of Texas. Mendenhall’s environmentally conscious creativity shows through in these handmade boots. Because they are custom-made, customer’s can select colors and stitching options.

Snap Kitchen
2222 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 613-4500

Texas-based Snap Kitchen is expanding into the Dallas market. What is Snap Kitchen? Imagine a convenience store of healthy pre-made meals, snacks and beverages ready to go. Busy professionals will love the ability to stay with whatever diet they are on. For example, paleo, Standard American Diet, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, carb- and sodium-conscious and enjoy tasty breakfasts, lunches and dinners. The restaurant-quality meals are full of flavor without the guilt that comes from dining at a restaurant and uses local, organic ingredients in its dishes. Martin Berson, Snap Kitchen’s Co-Founder and CEO was acknowledged by Nation’s Restaurant News as creating one of the nation’s top “Breakout Brands.”

Juniors Lone Star Sauce, LLC

Juniors is a family-owned and operated company. Named after Pitmaster Tex’s son, the Juniors sauces will have you smacking your lips and licking your fingers. Pit master Tex has spent eight years perfecting the family recipe of sauces before presenting them to the public. Juniors has four varieties of sauces inclduing Original, June – a lil’ bit of heat, July – a lil’ more heat and August – “sh*t’s HOT.” Juniors uses all organic, natural ingredients and is proud that meat lovers as well as vegans use his sauces. You’ve got to put something on your steak and veggie burgers.

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Berndette Schaeffer Designs
Bernadette Schaeffler Collection
Dallas Design District
1616 Hi Line Drive, Suite 100
Dallas, TX 75207
(214) 749-0816

Functional and luxury are two words that describe the Bernadette Schaeffler line of Liberty safes. Custom-made safes covered in fine calfskin with glossy stainless steel fittings and opulently lined drawers are for the distinguished person that looks for style to match functionality. Whether it is a full-sized safe for the firearms collector with watch winders and jewelry drawers or a travel safe with GPS, a luxury safe designed by Bernadette Schaeffler is a beautiful way to secure your treasures.

Haute Sweets Patisserie
10230 E. Northwest Hwy.
Dallas, TX 75238
(214) 856-0166

Chefs Gianni Santin and Tida Pichakron have teamed up to form Haute Sweets Patisserie. Together they have been featured on TLC’s Fabulous Cakes, competed on Food Network Challenge Sugar Inventions and Extreme Pirate Cakes, and Food Network Sugar Dome. Originally supplying desserts to premier hotels and restaurants, consumer demand prompted them to open a patisserie shop in Lake Highlands that provides high-end desserts, French Macarons and specialty/wedding cakes.

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