Our Great City
In 1984 Teresa and Maurice Anderson moved to Southlake from east Dallas. A few months later Maurice’s mother moved to Southlake as well. At this time in Southlake there was only a two lane road between Keller and Grapevine and everyone had to go into Grapevine to get groceries and the post office was in a small building on 114 and Carroll. Needless to say, there wasn’t much to do in Southlake.
Teresa started thinking of what they could do to help those in need. She approached local dry cleaners, Wal-Mart, Linens and Things and many others to donate the items they were going to discard. Their garage at home began to fill up with great items. The businesses she was working with believed in what she was doing and they were happy to help.
Teresa and her Mother-in-law began to go to the senior centers in the area with the items and only ask for a small donation. Teresa and Bess, her mother in law would then take that money to charities of their choice. The remainder of the merchandise would be donated to churches and various local charities.
One of the charities that received money was Metroport Meals on Wheels. In 1997, Teresa was approached by Kelly Bradley of MMOW and she asked Teresa if she would be interested in bringing her donations and starting a resale shop. This is how Sadie’s of MMOW was started.
In 2005, Teresa resigned from Sadie’s to start her very own resale shop. She wanted to reach out to more in need. With the help of many friends, Teresa started what is now known as Teresa’s Upscale Resale Shop at 209 N. Oak Street in Roanoke. Over time, Teresa was able to speak to more companies about donations and they loved the idea.
There are over 50 volunteers that give time at Teresa’s on a regular basis. The store looks beautiful at all times and she credits this to her volunteers that all have decorating experience. The volunteers feel blessed to give and be with this organization. Teresa’s is focused on helping various charities in need – families, children, and animals, anyone that is in need!
In his spare time after supporting Teresa, Reece Anderson enjoys being a world renowned music teacher and has played and toured with numerous artists including Bob Wills, Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Tom Jones, Tex Ritter and many more! He has also appeared in several movies and is a member of many local and national organizations.
So when you see Teresa and Reece around town or when you visit her shop in Roanoke, thank them for their generous contributions over the years and let them know you heard about them on OurGreatCity.com!
Randy and Jennifer married in 1997 while Randy was in medical school, and Jennifer was teaching 5th grade in Amarillo. After med school, he completed Anesthesia residency in Birmingham, AL and they moved back to Texas the day after graduation!! Randy joined a practice in Dallas, and everyone they asked recommended they look at Southlake because it was a family town with great schools. They took that advice and moved to Southlake in June of 2003.
In 1990 Carolyn and Art Hobbs made the move from Washington, D.C. to the very rural Southlake Community hoping for a slower pace. They enjoyed the quiet life for a while, moving into one of the few housing developments that Southlake had at that time. As Southlake began to grow, life became and still is, anything but quiet for Carolyn and Art Hobbs!
Their footprint began as chairs for the American Cancer Society Gala, then Carolyn worked on the City review committees, the 1709 corridor overlay zone, First Spin Representative, and founding member of the Southlake Newcomer’s Club, Southlake Garden Club, and Carroll Education Foundation.
Although only married for 5 years, Mike and Carolyn Lease can credit Grapevine for bringing them together. Mike moved to Grapevine in 1983 while building houses in the area. Carolyn, after moving to Texas from Iowa, began working in Grapevine in 1992. Both Carolyn and Mike are very active in the community through the Chamber of Commerce, Volunteering for the CVB at Festivals, and joining charitable organizations including the Grapevine AMBUCS.
Currently, Mike sits on the Grapevine City Council and Carolyn is the Chair of the Women’s Division of the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce.
Say Hello to the Badalamenti Family in Keller. Relocating here from Chicago in 1996, they never looked back after getting involved in the many charities that Northeast Tarrant County offers. Jim Badalamenti was a Sergeant, in the U.S. Army 1967/69 did a tour in Viet Nam and Korea and currently owns and operates Sellers Starter and Alternator Rebuilders in West Fort Worth. Dorene attended Western Illinois University and is a Certified Procedural Coder and is employed by Texas Regional Asthma and Allergy in Southlake. She tirelessly volunteers and has worked with almost too many organizations to mention!
Together, they have raised three amazing sons:
John, 36, is a graduate of Illinois State University, is married to Nancy, a graduate of Michigan State University. He is a Manager for classified section of the Nashville Tennessean. They have one son, Frank, 6, who is the most adorable grandson on earth.
After graduating from Baylor University, Todd and Kristi Tew married in 1992. Kristi to completed her Ph.D. in counseling at the University of North Texas, and Todd has his law degree also from Baylor. They decided to move back to where Kristi grew up- Southlake. Todd started practicing real estate law with his own law firm in Southlake 16 years ago. He was elected as a deacon of a local church where he served as a Teacher/Bible Study Department Director for 10 years, and is an active choir member in the First Baptist Church Dallas.