Stock Up on Fresh Food at the Rockwall Farmers’ Market

Summer may be coming to a close in a few short weeks, but the Rockwall Farmers' Market is keeping farm-to-table produce coming until the end of September. Every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to noon, the Historic Downtown Square of Rockwall transforms into a fresh-air market where city-dwellers have direct access to fruits, veggies, meats, and other items cultivated by local purveyors.

More than 30 vendors come to the market each week, so there's always a large and varied selection. Grab grass-fed meats or farm-fresh eggs from one vendor; check out a colorful array of fruits and veggies from another. Pick up prepared foods like jam, pasta, and tamales. Or simply swing by to enjoy the live music that each Saturday morning promises. The market's last day of the season will be Saturday, September 30th.

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Shop, Win Prizes, and Enjoy Refreshments at Downtown Rockwall Night Owls Shop Late Til’ 8

When Rockwall residents asked for more flexible business hours, the boutiques and shops of downtown Rockwall listened. In October of 2013, the first Downtown Rockwall Night Owls Shop Late Til’ 8 unfolded, during which local shops stayed open until 8 p.m. so that customers could make it after work or dinner. The initial night was such a success that the tradition has continued once a month.

The next Night Owl event is scheduled for Monday, September 14th from 6 to 8 p.m. The extended hours are honored at many of the downtown Rockwall shops, and they're just a part of the appeal. The shops that stay open also offer door prizes, refreshments, and often special sales. Just look for the owl outside the door of a business that signifies it's participating in the event.

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Feast on Affordable Burgers at Boots Burger

Don’t let the unassuming storefront fool you; Boots Burger is home to some of the most impressive burgers in the area. Located only three miles from Orion Rockwall, the burger spot has been serving up fast-casual fare during the lunch hours for years. This hole-in-the-wall spot offers a concise menu of food and drinks, including hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chips, and sodas.

Keep in mind that there is no seating at Boots Burger, so all burgers must be enjoyed elsewhere. But don't let that discourage you—the food at this spot is not only super affordable but also super delicious, as illustrated by the numerous repeat patrons. The next time you're craving a delicious burger, stop by Boots Burger.

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Milner Pilates Studio Fosters Fitness in Rockwall

Milner Pilates Studio creates a space where everyone can leave any stresses of daily life at the door and spend an hour focusing only on themselves. The instructors use the time-tested practice of Pilates, a fitness approach pioneered by namesake Joseph Pilates. It helps create a stronger core and deepen self-awareness through a series of moves linked to breathing.

The instructors keep classes small so that each pupil receives the attention that he or she requires to master every move. Classic mat sessions are taught almost daily throughout the week, and they're capped at 10 attendees—whereas equipment classes are held only three times per week. The latter feature Pilates-specific equipment designed to intensify your workout, and they're limited to five students. You can also schedule a private or semi-private Pilates session for even more attention at this individual-focused fitness studio.

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Southern Junction Nightclub and Steakhouse: Live Music and Hearty Texan Fare

There's always something going on at Southern Junction Nightclub and Steakhouse. The music venue hosts up-and-coming country artists every Saturday night, and the house bands provide the beats throughout the week. Take a dance lesson at Southern Junction before the night of the concert in order to perfect your steps.

In addition to the music venue, Southern Junction is also part eatery. Its steakhouse dishes out delectable Texan grub, including an eight-ounce filet mignon, a 12-ounce ribeye steak, and a 13-ounce t-bone. You can also opt for a smaller Southwest chicken salad or a simple baked potato if you're only looking for a snack. Keep an eye out for steak-centric specials Wednesday through Saturday. They make it easy and affordable to fill up on a prime cut before dancing the night away to live music here.

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Browse Affordable Items at Half Price Books

Affordable books are the focal point at Half Price Books, a family-owned bookseller near Orion Rockwall. The shop is home to brand new books in addition to used books in a variety of genres. Locals love this shop for its super affordable prices. Half Price Books can maintain its affordable prices by purchasing used books (and movies and music) from its customers after they are done reading (or playing) them.

Inside the shop, guests can browse bestselling novels, young adult fiction, historical fiction, children’s books, and more. As far as movies and music, the selection is equally as expansive with options ranging from classic films and albums to the latest releases. A visit to Half Price Books is perfect for any summer-reading (or summer-movie-watching) needs, plus, it’s only two miles from Orion Rockwall.

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Expect Classic Southern Comfort Food at Z’s Catfish

Z grew up with a love of cooking. Her grandmother encouraged Z's natural passion, showing her how to cook everything from candied yams to cornbread. So when Z and her family had the chance to open their own eatery in Rockwall a few years ago, they took the chance without question. Z's Catfish was born.

Z's offers a menu of homestyle Southern comfort food, starting with the namesake catfish. The chef fries it and pairs it with sides like Grandma Sis's collard greens, black-eyed peas, candied yams, and fried corn. If you're not a fan of catfish, try the fried shrimp or chicken strips instead. Z's Catfish also offers smaller meals for kids, featuring the same fried catfish, shrimp, or chicken. Save some room for desserts, though, such as a slice of sweet potato pie or bread pudding, when you stop by Z's Catfish.

Expect Authentic Fare at Yia Yia’s House of Gyros

Tender lamb and beef swathed in a fresh, hot pita with onions, tomatoes, and tzatziki sauce. This is the Original Gyro served at Yia Yia's House of Gyros, and according to the team here (and the customers who love it), the gyro closely mimics the traditional fare dished out in the Plaka District in Athens.

But you don't have to stick to tradition at Yia Yia's if you don't want to. The veggie gyro strays from classic Greek cuisine, and it still delights eaters. In lieu of beef and lamb, it features cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, dolma, hummus, and tzatziki sauce with fries on the side. The pork gyro swaps the beef and lamb for a leaner meat, and you can opt for chicken instead when you order the souvlaki pita. Other Greek specialties abound, as well, like the pastitsio (Greek lasagna), the Greek salad with feta and olives, and the Greek burger, featuring a patty made of lamb and beef at Yia Yia's House of Gyros.

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Try the Hot Mess Roll at Sake Bomb Thai and Japanese Cuisine

If you're craving Japanese fare, you need to head to one place: Sake Bomb Thai and Japanese Cuisine. This local restaurant boasts a large happy hour menu, a roster of unusual and delicious sushi rolls, and a list of hot kitchen entrees with some standout dishes that you'll certainly want to try soon.

Come to happy hour between 4 and 7 p.m. on weekdays for an affordable flight of imported sake or a few rolls at deep discounts. Or swing by for dinner and order the Hot Mess Roll. It's a customer favorite baked roll that consists of tempura shrimp, cream cheese, and avocado on the inside with spicy crab, spicy mayo, ponzu, and togarashi on top. Share the Hot Mess to start, then dig into an entree like the popular Spicy Drunk Noodles with egg, bell peppers, and chili peppers, plus your choice of protein. Sample some of the many flavorful bites the next time you visit Sake Bomb Thai and Japanese Cuisine!

Groovy’s: Trendy Pieces For Your Wardrobe

Christi Foster's love for art and fashion is apparent in the inventory at Groovy's boutique. As the owner of this beloved Rockwall shop, Christi travels far and wide to source new pieces for her boutique. Some of them come from little-known designers who have yet to make it big, whereas others are crafted by household names.

Regardless of the name on the label, all of the apparel at Groovy's points toward one common goal: to make Rockwall women feel beautiful and confident. That's why Groovy's selection includes a vast array of trendy and classic styles to cater to all tastes. Clothing, jewelry, shoes, and handbags are just a few of the items you'll find on the shelves when you come here to explore. So the next time you're looking for something distinct to add to your wardrobe, check out Groovy's.

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