Vanessa Bouché's Top Reads and Spots in North Texas
From shopping and dining picks to how you can help raise awareness on human trafficking
Words Nicole Jordan
Published DFW Everything DallasChild, CollinChild, FortWorthChild, NorthTexasChild
Updated February 13, 2019
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Our December 2018 Mom Next Door, Vanessa Bouché, dishes on her favorite spots in North Texas for shopping and self-care to family time. The mom of two also suggests material and organizations for those interested in learning more about and raising awareness on human trafficking.

For Herself

“I really enjoy yoga at Life Time Fitness, because I like hot vinyasa flow. I love sweating out toxins and leaving the studio feeling like I just jumped in a pool. For me, yoga has become a way of life. It has taught me so much.”

For Shopping

“I’ll probably do some shopping online. My oldest daughter wants a ukulele, and I don’t know the first thing about them, so I will probably go to a music store for that. And of course, we will be gifting Savhera oils to a lot of friends and family!”

“If you are a small-business owner, you can consider hiring a survivor. Or you could donate a portion of your profits to anti-trafficking organizations. For example, Caylon Wax Co. gives 10 percent of profits to support anti-trafficking efforts locally. You can also support businesses employing survivors. The Worthy Co. employs survivors to make candles and jewelry.”

For Family time

“We take the girls to Cliburn at the Kimbell (both my daughters play piano), and we like to take in live music at Levitt Pavilion. We also enjoy Texas Ballet Theater. We [also] take the girls to the Perot Museum, The Sixth Floor Museum, and we like to take in live music at venues throughout Dallas-Fort Worth, including Klyde Warren Park.”

Cliburn at the Kimbell, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, 817/332-8451

Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St., Arlington, 817/543-4308

Texas Ballet Theater, 1540 Mall Circle, Fort Worth; 817/763-0207

Perot Museum of Nature and Science, 2201 N. Field St., Dallas // 214/428-5555

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, 411 Elm St., Dallas // 214/747-66600

Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Dallas // 214/716-4500

For dining

“Our favorite cuisine is Mediterranean, and we are lucky to have a casual, affordable, yet delicious, Mediterranean restaurant across the street from our house: Café Medi.”

Café Medi, 420 Grapevine Highway, Suite 101A, Hurst; 817/788-5110

For THose Looking to learn more about human trafficking 

“Any book written by Dr. Kevin Bales is excellent. Louise Shelley also wrote a great book. CNN’s Freedom Project has put out some excellent journalism on the subject and there are a variety of non-governmental organizations that produce good content: Free the Slaves, Polaris Project, International Justice Mission, Not for Sale and Verité.”

For THose Looking to Get involved in 

“There are many excellent organizations that people in the area can support financially and through volunteerism. I am on the Board of Directors for Traffick911, which provides 24/7 advocacy for minor sex-trafficking victims and survivors. I’m also on the Board of Directors for Arcadia, which is endeavoring to build a long-term rehabilitation shelter for minor sex-trafficking victims in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. New Friends New LifeMosaic and Poetic are other great organizations in Dallas.”