Head west from Fort Worth and you’ll find yourself in Aledo. Located in Parker County but close to the Tarrant County line, Aledo occupies 2.6 square miles and home to 4,181 people. What Aledo lacks in size is more than made up for with its family-friendly community, outstanding schools and popular annual events. It was the Christmas Tyme in Aledo festival that first attracted Michelle Parker. The pediatric chiropractor fell in love with the area and decided it was the place to establish her business, The Chiropractic Place for Mommy & Me. A few years later, the family moved here. Parker, husband Justin (also a chiropractor), 9-year-old Jarrett and 6-year-old Jaxton live in Aledo’s South Annetta community.
Favorite Family Restaurant: Your Personal Chef is a grab-and-go of homemade food choices in downtown Aledo. YPC keeps the Parker family well-fed and eating healthy. I personally have celiac [issues], so our entire family is gluten-free; YPC has amazing gluten-free choices. They do not have a seated area to eat, but I love grabbing a few items and going to one of the many local parks for a picnic during the week. Our favorite meal is the grilled chicken Caesar salad with no croutons, flavored Smart Water and their energy balls as a dessert. 213 E. Oak St., Aledo; 817/926-2762
Best Park: Bearcat Park! It is one of a kind, built out of wood with many different obstacles and unique experiences for the kids. The park is well-enclosed with a lot of green space around it to keep littles to bigs happy. 205 FM 5, Aledo; 817/441-7016
Favorite Family Outing: Film Alley in Weatherford has been a fun stop for us, with bowling, arcade, movie and food choices for when it is raining or too hot outside. Urban Air in Hudson Oaks is also another favorite location for the kids to be able to run off some of their energy. Film Alley, 825 E. Interstate 20, Weatherford; 817/341-3232; Urban Air Adventure Park, 2010 Cinema Drive, Hudson Oaks; 682/477-3607
Go-To for Going Out: Drakes Yoke is the favorite spot to meet up with the girls. They have a great choice of drinks and appetizers and in a local spot, so girls coming in from Fort Worth or Weatherford can meet in the middle. For a low-key morning or lunch date, we love going to Serve Coffee & Goods in Aledo off Old Annetta. Drakes Yoke, 225 Shops Blvd., Suite 101, Willow Park; 817/598-0844; Serve Coffee & Goods, 328 Old Annetta Road, Aledo; 817/441-1400
Self-Care Spot: I have battled with several autoimmune conditions—Crohn’s, Hashimoto’s, dysautonomia, POTS, chronic fatigue—so I must stay in tune with my body to stay well and to keep up with my boys and running a business. I love getting craniosacral therapy, aromatherapy massage, infrared sauna and tailored chiropractic adjustment at my business, The Chiropractic Place for Mommy and Me in downtown Aledo. 203 E. Oak St., Aledo; 682/214-0408
Where She Gets Active: There are numerous ways to stay active in Aledo. Fit4Mom, CrossFit Aledo, Aledo Pilates, Aledo Athletic Club. I have done them all, but for this exact season in my life, I am able to get in my fitness time in at home using the Peloton bike and app. Fit4Mom Aledo, multiple locations; 817/304-4784; CrossFit Aledo, 10333 E. Bankhead Highway, Aledo; 817/374-3855; Aledo Pilates, 216 N. Front St., Aledo; 469/487-6873; Aledo Athletic Club, 601 S. FM 1187, Aledo; 817/441-2444; Peloton; 866/679-9129
For Cooling Off: We love getting a homemade popsicle at Frios Gourmet Pops or snow cone at LoneStar SnoCones. We are yearly members of Splash Kindgom in Hudson Oaks and love their choice of faith-based music and atmosphere. It is always clean, and the staff are friendly. Plus, there is only one way in and out, which makes the park much safer when you have two boys who are constantly on the move. Frios Gourmet Pops, 405 S. FM 1187, Suite 600, Aledo; 682/239-2335; LoneStar SnoCones, 401 S. FM 1187, Aledo; 817/291-2648, search LoneStar SnoCones on Facebook; Splash Kingdom, 1001 Cinema Drive, Weatherford; 817/598-0777
How She Gives Back: I currently sit as the chair of Healthy Children of Parker County led by Cook Children’s. The coalition promotes healthy lifestyle education for children through nutrition, physical fitness and resilience and empowering families with healthy living information through community opportunities. We donate to Aledo Children’s AdvoCats. I used to be on the board for Gathering Hope, a local faith-based nonprofit for infant loss and miscarriage. Healthy Children of Parker County; Aledo Children’s AdvoCats, 209 E. Oak St., Aledo; 817/441-2707; Gathering Hope, 104 Maverick St., Building B, Aledo; 940/268-5412
Why Aledo is Great for Families: Without a doubt, it is hard to find a parent in Aledo that does not consciously care about the decisions that are there for their family and children. This community cares so much about the growth of their children to strive for greatness in more than just academics. And I love that we live in an area with many churches that support women.
How She Met Her Mom Friends: I feel like I had an upper hand when we moved to the area. Working in the clinic in Aledo, I got to meet so many of the local women and moms who are just some of my favorite people. Aledo Moms is a great resource to be able to have conversation with local moms. Bible study hosted by Trinity Bible Church has also been phenomenal to get plugged in. 4936 E. Interstate 20 Service Road S., Willow Park; 817/441-7477
Featured photo courtesy of Gypsy Fern Photography.