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Why Lori Jones Loves Richardson

in Richardson, you'll be close to downtown and nature

Lori Jones, a Beautycounter consultant and educator, lives in Richardson with her husband Chris and daughter Willa. The family loves the city because of the people. Neighbors help each other out, say hello on walks and get outside together,” says Jones. The community is the perfect place to raise a familywhile still being close to downtown Dallas and nature. 

Favorite family restaurant We love Roman Cucina and have been going there since before Willa was born. The staff and management are incredible and so friendly. The atmosphere is laid back, and the food is delicious!  

Roman Cucina // 7989 Belt Line Rd., Suite 315, Dallas

Best park We love the waterfall at Prairie Creek Park. It is right around the corner from our house, so we can walk there anytime. Its perfect for a picnic, a nature trail walk or a Frisbee game. We love to look for turtles in the pond or grab a quick photo by the wildflowers. 

Prairie Creek Park // 2514 Prairie Creek Drive W., Richardson

Favorite family outing We love going to the pool at Canyon Creek Country Club, Alamo Drafthouse for a movie and dinner, or walking in Spring Creek Nature Area. 

Canyon Creek Country Club // 625 West Lookout Drive, Richardson 
Alamo Drafthouse // 100 South Central Expressway, Suite 14, Richardson (more DFW locations)
Spring Creek Nature Area // N. Plano Road, Richardson

For a night out Date night for Chris and me is Mena’s Grill. We also love seeing a film and having dinner at Alamo Drafthouse. Girls nights are at Canyon Creek Country Club adult pool, Mena’s or Guitars & Growlers for trivia.  

Mena’s Grill // 1851 N. Greenville Ave., Suite 500, Richardson
Guitars & Growlers // 581 W. Campbell Road, Suite 101, Richardson

Self-care spot I love Oscar Nail Bar on Custer. It’s comfortable, clean and close by. I go to Hair by Sharin for a haircut and color. She is another mom friend from my neighborhood.  

Oscar Nail Bar // 3501 Custer Parkway, Suite 123, Richardson 
Hair by Sharin // Legacy Salon, 1301 Custer Road, Suite 482, Plano

Go-to for getting active I take barre at Pure Barre Richardson. It is the only workout that has ever made me feel both strong and beautiful. It has a mindbody connection while improving flexibility, balance, toning and mental clarity.  

Pure Barre // 322 W. Campbell Road, Richardson (more DFW locations

For cooling off  Willa and I are obsessed with Mexican paletas and get them at  La Michoacana Paleteria y Neveria. We grab $20 and come home with a dozen and a half paletas for the freezer. My favorite is pepino y chile (cucumber and chili), and Willas pick is the fresas con crema (strawberries and cream). 

La Michoacana Paleteria y Neveria Ice Cream & Fruitsicles // 8086 Spring Valley Road, Dallas; Search on Facebook

How they give back We are active in Richardson Area Democrats organization, Together Richardson and local animal rescues.  

Richardson Area Democrats // 433 Belle Grove Drive, Richardson 
Together Richardson // richardsonliving.com/together-richardson 

How she found her mom squad When Willa was a baby and toddler, I was president of Canyon Creek Moms Club—I met a lot of ladies through that. Now I meet moms mostly through Girl Scouts, PTA, the country club and Aldridge Elementary! We love to walk in the neighborhood, have porch hangouts and swim.  

Canyon Creek Moms Club // canyoncreekmomsclub.org 

Why Richardson is great for families We love Richardson, specifically Canyon Creek, because of the people! The area is very friendly. People help each other out, say hello on walks and get outside together. There is an annual July 4th parade that brings the whole neighborhood together and lots of block parties. Our community is safe, and people look out for one another. And there is a lot of diversity at Aldridge Elementary. It’s a wonderful school. 

Photo courtesy of Lori Jones.