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Disaster Recovery Done Right: Trust Atlas for Commercial Water Damage Restoration in Grapevine, TX.

When you own a business, property damage is an unfortunate occurrence that happens all too often. Property damage can be caused by any number of disasters, both natural and man-made. Most often, however, property damage happens from an excess of water. From very heavy rainstorms to broken pipes, water damage can be incredibly harmful not just for your storefront but for your customers.

When water spreads through your commercial property, it happens quickly, causing damage as it moves. At the same time, furnishings and porous materials soak up moisture. In just a short amount of time, you could be dealing with warping, rotting, and even mold growth. That's why water damage remediation is so important - to address your current damage and prevent water from making your business unsafe.

At Atlas National Renovations, we know that dealing with water damage seems like a losing effort on your own. But when you trust our water damage restoration team, you don't have to lose hope. We provide comprehensive water remediation services for businesses of all size in Texas. From the first time we lay eyes on your water damage to the time we mitigate your problem, we're here for you. With a team of IICRC certified technicians and innovative restoration tools at our disposal, we specialize in making your business safe again.

Unlike some of our competitors, we are fiercely dedicated to our clients and aim to exceed their expectations with the highest quality water damage restoration services in Grapevine, TX. When water damage hits your business, time is of the essence, which is why we get to work quickly and efficiently by assessing the damage to your property. Once we know the extent of your water damage, we'll consult with you about its severity and detail the next steps you should take so you can make an informed purchasing decision.

With decades of combined experience, there is no disaster cleanup project too complex or large for our team to handle. We assist small businesses, large commercial entities, and even multi-family apartment complexes. Our clients trust Atlas National Renovations to keep them dry, safe, and secure, and it would be our pleasure to help do the same for you.

In addition to our reliability and quality of work, our customers choose us over others because we offer:

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We drain water from your property, not money from your bank account.

Clear, Constant Communication

When you work with Atlas, you're never left wondering what's happening with your commercial property.

Detailed Deadlines and Schedules

We're meticulous about sticking to schedules and meeting deadlines. You can always expect us to be on time and ready to work.

Experienced Project Managers

We assign seasoned, hardworking project managers for each of our projects. When you work with Atlas, you're working with the best.

Courteous and Knowledgeable Leadership

Excellence starts at the top, and our leadership team is the best in the business.

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What is Water Damage Restoration in in Grapevine, TX

If you're currently dealing with serious water damage from a flood, broken pipe, or other cause, you're probably not sure what to do next. While it's understandable to feel panicky, it's important that you have the water removed as quickly as possible. When structural damage and health hazards are at play, time is of the essence. The longer you wait, the worse the damage will get. The damage you see with your eyes is usually the tip of the iceberg - most water damage gets deep in your carpets and walls fast.

Atlas' water damage restoration services are focused on restoring and repairing the damage that water causes to commercial property. The primary purpose of our restoration services is to return your property to the condition it was in prior to the damage. Once your water damage has been mitigated, our team swoops in to begin the restoration process.

Depending on the scope and severity of your water damage, common water damage restoration services can include:

  • Damaged Flooring and Wall Replacement
  • Damaged Roof Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Humidity and Moisture Testing

While little can be done to predict natural disasters, there are common signs you can keep an eye on to prevent serious water damage from occurring.

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Common Signs of Commercial Water Damage in Grapevine, TX

There's no convenient time to be sidelined with water damage when it comes to your commercial property and business. Water damage to your commercial or industrial property is particularly devastating because every hour that your business is closed means lost revenue and productivity. You do not just have to deal with damage to the structural integrity of your building - you have to deal with the disruption of service to your loyal customers.

The good news? Atlas is here when you need us most, with a team of highly-trained technicians and unmatched water damage restoration expertise. We're ready to tackle your problem and solve it in an efficient, effective manner, so you can keep your doors open and your clients happy.

As a business owner, you know that one of the best ways to prevent a disaster is to nip it in the bud before it gets out of hand. For that reason, keep an eye out for the following signs of water damage to your commercial property:

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Look for Mold

Look for Mold:

Mold can begin to grow just a day or two after water has taken hold of your business. If you see small signs of mold growth in an area where you suspect a leak, contact Atlas National Renovations ASAP to diagnose the problem.

Check Your Pipes

Check Your Pipes:

If it's safe to do so, check out the piping inside and outside your commercial property. You want to keep a keen eye out for oxidation and corrosion around pipe fixtures. While you're at it, check your water heater for rust too. Corrosion or rust is a telltale sign of a water leak.

Check for Rings

Check for Rings:

Dark spots on walls and ceilings usually indicate water damage. If you see rings around a stain, the damage is probably older. Several rings with different shades of color mean an intermittent issue, where the area has been soaked and dried several times.

Understand Your Property

Understand Your Property:

This is more of a suggestion than a sign. As the commercial property owner, you should know your building's pipe system. You should know what is old and new and what areas may be at risk for water damage. Keep an extra-close eye on areas that have a higher potential for leaks, especially during rainstorms.

Benefits of Commercial Water Damage Restoration
in Grapevine, TX

When water invades your business or commercial property, you don't have much time to ponder your next course of action. While some business owners opt to try DIY water damage restoration, in most cases, they end up with more damage and expenses than before their leak. For the most effective, comprehensive solution to water damage, it's important that you hire a professional. At Atlas National Renovations, our primary focus is assisting business owners and commercial property managers with water damage restoration. We've been doing it for years, and we can help you too.

Here are just a few of the most common benefits we hear from past customers:

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Safe Shopping Experience

Safe Shopping Experience

If you own a business, the health and safety of your customers is of utmost importance. When water damage occurs inside your storefront, you could be dealing with more than property damage. Depending on the severity of your issue, contaminants and microorganisms may be present, putting your customers' health at risk. When you trust a professional water damage restoration company like Atlas to remediate your water leak, you're not just putting a stop to the leak. Our team will clean and sanitize your business, making it safe for customers to continue shopping at your store.

Quick Response Time

Quick Response Time

Water damage can create unbearable conditions in your commercial property. As such, your water restoration company must be quick to respond. Professional water damage companies like Atlas respond quickly and can clean up water, dry and disinfect the area, and make necessary repairs. Because we have an entire team of pros and industry-leading equipment, we can be on site in minutes.

Less Damage, Better Costs

Less Damage, Better Costs

Water damage can be very expensive. Sometimes, it only takes a couple of hours to result in heavy losses. How soon you call the experts could mean the difference between painting over a water stain and having to rebuild an entire area of damaged drywall. When you call Atlas immediately, clients often reduce the cost of water damage restoration and overall building damage.

Capital Expenditure Services

In addition to our disaster recovery services, we also offer large-scale upgrades and improvements for your capital expenditures. If you own or manage a large commercial building or a multi-family property, you need to make sure your capital expenditures maintain present operating levels and foster your company's future growth.

At Atlas National Renovations, class A, B, and C properties are our bread and butter. We take the time to understand our customer's needs and expectations from the start so we can deliver outstanding results. If you're looking for a top-tier contractor to do the job right the first time, look no further than Atlas. Our customers love our team because we make large, highly-complicated projects easy to finish.

If you're looking to invest in the future of your business, know that we are here to help with projects like these:

  • High Volume Unit Upgrades and Improvements
  • Amenity Upgrades and Conversions
  • Common Area Improvements
  • High Volume Carpet, LVT, and Tile Installation
  • Courtyards and Hardscapes
  • Package Room and Mail Center Upgrades and Additions
  • Fitness Center Upgrades and Improvements
  • Dog Parks and Pet Stations
  • Signage Improvements and Additions
  • LED Lighting and Electrical Upgrades

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Multi-Family Building Deficiencies and Restoration Services

New multi-family properties are entering the market every day. That means that older communities must be renovated to keep up with modern demands and tenant needs. Upgrades to amenities, aesthetics and even structural changes help assets stay up-to-date. At the same time, damages from leaks and storms must be addressed. If you're a multi-family property manager or owner, and need unmatched restoration capability, Atlas National Renovations is here to serve you.

We specialize in cutting-edge, high-quality ways to achieve your renovation goals - for your tenants but also for your corporate leaders and management team. After all, a successful multi-family renovation benefits all parties.

We currently work with the top multi-family groups across our state. Unlike some multi-family renovation companies in Texas, our team understands the inner workings of the multi-family environment. Our customers appreciate our accommodations to their residents, maintenance team, leasing team, corporate leaders, and beyond. We're proud to say we know multi-family, inside and out, and have the credentials to back up those claims.

When crafting a multi-family restoration plan, we always consider your tenant's demographics, your building's curb appeal, property age, and energy efficiency. Whether you need to have significant updates applied to an older property or need a water damage inspection for a brand-new building, we can help.

Here is a quick glance at some of the multi-family renovations that our team handles:

  • Leak Detection and Water Intrusion Investigation
  • Exterior Sealants and Waterproofing
  • Large Interior and Exterior Paint Projects
  • Stucco Remediation and Exterior Facade Re-Clads
  • Full Property Exterior Repaints
  • Concrete and Flatwork
  • Corridor and Common Area Painting
  • Roof Replacement

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Water damage restoration is a crucial, complex process that must be completed properly to save your business from serious damage. Choosing the right professional is equally important, especially when your customers' health is on the line. Whether you need large-scale commercial restoration or quick, effective water damage cleanup for your storefront business, know that we are only a phone call away. Contact our friendly team of experts to learn more about Atlas National Renovations and how we clean up your water damage mess better than the rest.

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Meow Wolf Grapevine now open, featuring mind-bending experiences by local artists

The city of Grapevine is known for its wine and for its love of all things Christmas.But it's about to land itself another distinction as a destination in the art world, thanks to the opening of Meow Wolf Grapevine this Friday at Grapevine Mills Mall.It's just another sign that North Texas is a hotbed for companies and major attractions looking for success."Meow Wolf Grapevine has chosen to come to the DFW Metroplex because we do have...

The city of Grapevine is known for its wine and for its love of all things Christmas.

But it's about to land itself another distinction as a destination in the art world, thanks to the opening of Meow Wolf Grapevine this Friday at Grapevine Mills Mall.

It's just another sign that North Texas is a hotbed for companies and major attractions looking for success.

"Meow Wolf Grapevine has chosen to come to the DFW Metroplex because we do have such a rich and vibrant arts community. And I think it's so important that we recognize that there are artists interwoven throughout the fabric of DFW,” said the exhibit’s general manager, Kelly Schwartz.

Artist Rachel Townsend Cerny is proud of her hometown.

"I’ve been in love with the area ever since I was a kid,” she said.

That’s why she opened the R Town Art Gallery on Grapevine's Main Street.

So when Meow Wolf, a New Mexico-based and world-renowned art collective, announced it selected Grapevine as the site of its next major location, Townsend Cerny knew this could be a game changer for the local art scene.

"Meow Wolf is such a big powerhouse for artists. We do have so much talent here in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, which is something I personally have been trying to shed light on,” she said. “I think Meow Wolf is just adding to that awareness of how much talent that we have here in North Texas.“

Meow Wolf is an interactive and immersive art experience, unlike anything the DFW Metroplex has probably ever seen before. The artist collective was founded in 2008 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where it eventually created its first permanent installation in 2016. The exhibit was built in a vacant bowling alley and featured elaborately decorated rooms, a full-scale house with multiple “portals” leading to other strange rooms, and interactive pathways all revolving around a sci-fi story. The concept has since become so popular, it expanded to other cities like Denver and Las Vegas.

Meow Wolf eventually evolved into an entertainment company but the brand has maintained a large reputation in the art world for its ongoing efforts to work with local artists in every installation it opens.

“I’m a big fan of Meow Wolf, been following them for years. So knowing that they were coming to our neck of the woods in our neighborhood was super exciting for Texas,” said Will Heron, a Dallas-based artist who now serves as Meow Wolf Grapevine’s artist liaison.

From sculptors to muralists, sound artists and video game designers, the Grapevine location features more than 40-Texas based artists – mostly from the DFW area.

"It's just really exciting for them to get this opportunity to work with a company that has the backing of Meow Wolf. Getting the budget, getting the freedom to explore,” said Heron. “We provide the space for them to dream big for one, and really create their hearts desire for what immersive art looks like for them.”

The artists have continued the storyline from the other locations in Grapevine, which is being called The Real Unreal. Some of the wild interactive features include a full-scale house with a seemingly normal kitchen refrigerator that one can walk through to more portal doors. Visitors can open the washing machine and dryer doors to slide through a light tunnel into another room of strange scenes, lights, music and walkthroughs. Just about piece inside the space is meant to be touched, opened, or investigated to understand more about the story.

“They’re not ready. They’re not ready for what’s in store when they enter inside here. This is all about discovery and finding your inner artist," said Heron. "I always challenge friends and visitors to explore every nook and cranny. Look in every detail you can, open every drawer and peek your head through every portal. Do everything you can to explore and try to dig up the story that’s trying to be told here."

Schwartz said the company is proud to be a new part of the North Texas art community.

“One of the things that we’re really committed to in the future is to be able to continue to work with the artists that are right here in our backyard," she said. "Whether that's through the outreach, programming, having them come on site, or expanding our exhibit in the future and giving them a place to bring their amazing creativity to -- all of that is just so important to us.”

For Townsend Cerny, Meow Wolf showcases the success artists can find in their career.

“I think it’s so huge to showcase that not only are artists able to make it professionally, but art can be anything," she said. "It doesn’t have to be your traditional bowl of fruit -- not that there’s anything wrong with that -- but there’s so many lanes for a creative person to take in life. And I think this is just building awareness for it.”

Overall, the Dallas market has been a hotbed for companies and organizations searching for economic success. Peppa Pig World of Play selected Grapevine for its first theme park location in the U.S. Another park is opening up in North Richland Hills in 2024. This year, Universal Parks & Resorts picked Frisco as the location for its newest theme park and resort.

On the sports front, FIFA selected Dallas to host the World Cup in 2026. Dallas hosted the NCAA Women’s Final Four in March. The headlines seem to add up, especially over the last five years due to population growth and a robust economy.

"It's been incredible to see the growth with local families coming in, businesses coming in, and now Meow Wolf. It's just another amazing economic engine to contribute,” Schwartz.


According to Grapevine’s economic development data, more businesses are taking a closer look at Grapevine partly due to the gravity that entertainment like Meow Wolf creates.

Grapevine Mills is in the top 1% of all regional malls in the country for foot traffic when shops, food and attractions like SEA LIFE Grapevine and LEGOland are factored in.

Early estimates for visitor count project 600,000 to 1,000,000 visitors could come to explore Meow Wolf Grapevine in the first year. That would be a 5% to 9% bump in traffic at Grapevine Mills from a single tenant. Last year, estimates that the mall recorded roughly 11.5 million visits.

Grapevine economic officials predict that based on their $45 ticket price, Meow Wolf Grapevine could generate roughly $27 million to $45 million if every one of those 600,000 to 1 million visitors purchased a base ticket and nothing else. That’s a low-end estimate because they’ll also be selling food, beverages, and souvenirs. The in-house café includes menu items from Main Street vendors including JudyPie, Buzzed Bull Creamery and HTeaO.

With annual visitor traffic of over 12 million and economic impacts of $2.5 billion in just Grapevine alone, tourism officials say they're not surprised to see yet another big brand choose North Texas.

"We're a gateway to DFW, a gateway to Texas with DFW Airport right there, so people are already coming in,” said Elizabeth Schrack, communications director for the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Meow Wolf is going to bring in a whole new group of people. They have fans that been obsessed with Las Vegas, Denver and Santa Fe. They want to come to see this. And they'll be able to experience grapevine and all we have to offer."

According to a July report by the city of Grapevine officials, the DFW metroplex plays an important role in maintaining Texas' economic dominance.

“Home to 6.5 million people – and counting – the sprawling cities and suburbs of North Texas can support just about any concept through latent demand and a talented labor force. Geographically, it’s hard to find a more advantageous spot for a physical location, too: the entire continental United States lies within 3 hours by plane, and DFW International Airport makes it easy to step much further away,” states the report.

Meow Wolf Grapevine opened Friday, July 14. The first few days are already sold out but you can still book tickets online for later dates.

For tickets and more information about Meow Wolf and The Real Unreal in Grapevine, visit

Meow Wolf Opens Its Maximalist, Multicolored Doors in Grapevine

Before we begin, a strobe light disclaimer. Those prone to seizures or acid flashbacks should not proceed. Those uncertain about uncertainty should venture on with caution. The world we are about to enter, Meow Wolf’s newest location in the Grapevine Mills Mall, is not for the bland of heart. Instead, it is a realm of nonstop maximalism, a dimension where no nook or cranny is overlooked and no silence is tolerated.Meow Wolf, maker of hypnotic, enveloping exhibits, opened its doors in Santa Fe in 2008 with the first of its large-...

Before we begin, a strobe light disclaimer. Those prone to seizures or acid flashbacks should not proceed. Those uncertain about uncertainty should venture on with caution. The world we are about to enter, Meow Wolf’s newest location in the Grapevine Mills Mall, is not for the bland of heart. Instead, it is a realm of nonstop maximalism, a dimension where no nook or cranny is overlooked and no silence is tolerated.

Meow Wolf, maker of hypnotic, enveloping exhibits, opened its doors in Santa Fe in 2008 with the first of its large-scale immersive art installations. In each of its three subsequent locations—Denver, Las Vegas, and now Grapevine—the company built a permanent maze of otherworldly art installations and world-building sets, each organized around a loose storyline. (A fifth location will launch in Houston next year.) For the latest iteration of the art empire’s otherworldly brand, Meow Wolf has chosen an exotic locale: a suburban Texas mall.

A shopping center may seem a staid place to host a stimulus bonanza in the present day, but Meow Wolf chose the location to appeal to the nostalgia of our hangout spot of yesteryear. And Grapevine Mills, hip to the declining fortunes of brick-and-mortar retailers, has created an experiential smorgasbord for visitors to enjoy. Meow Wolf Grapevine joins Peppa Pig World of Play, Fieldhouse USA, and a Rainforest Cafe in entertaining the masses.

The Grapevine exhibit, titled “The Real Unreal” and housed in a former Bed Bath & Beyond, features a mesmerizing labyrinth of seventy-plus interlocking rooms of bright art, imaginative sculptural creatures, and fantastical storylines and concepts crafted by a team of more than 150 full-time artists and an additional 40 or so North Texas–area muralists, painters, and sculptors. A café and gift shop round out the gallery experience, though the museum is pricier than most, with tickets starting at $45.

Guests enter unreality through a “sensory deprivation” hallway, a short stretch of blackened wall space and the only area in the exhibit painted one solid color. After that sober trip, the world-building sets quickly devolve into a surreal, Willy Wonka–esque explosion: color, light, sound, and texture mix and merge and blur to distort a visitor’s sense of perception and time and tap into their inherent imagination. (It’s no coincidence that Meow Wolf’s second location was in Las Vegas, the town that perfected the art of overstimulation.) Guests are told that a story lies within the exhibit and are encouraged to find their own clues within each artwork. The plot begins in a house, where photos, mail, and books hint at the inhabitants’ disappearance; the story and the exhibit proceed from there. And because the installation unfolds along a choose-your-own-adventure path—much like an escape room—no two visitors will have quite the same experience.

While the exhibit can feel like a hodgepodge, “The Real Unreal” represents the brand’s first attempt to weave together the storylines of its four disparate locations. Like the original Santa Fe exhibit, the Grapevine experience begins in a home, with a storyline centering on a boy who goes missing after he discovers an otherworldly creature. As in Santa Fe, the home’s washing machine and refrigerator become portals to other worlds with names such as Neon Kingdom and Glowquarium, remixes of spaces that originally appeared in “House of Eternal Return.” Easter eggs abound for Meow Wolf fans who have visited both locations. Such a Marvel-esque commodification of artwork, while at times thrilling, has the sheen of a money ploy, especially in the hands of a multimillion-dollar company that’s now fifteen years out from its DIY roots. And indeed, other immersive art installations, like the nationwide Van Gogh exhibit, or the Instagram-friendly Museum of Ice Cream, have been criticized for their commercial varnish.

But in the hands of Meow Wolf’s multitude of creators, who seem to delight in the artful inclusion of clues and references, the creation of a multiverse feels like an earnest extension of the brand’s storytelling-as-art ethos, as well as a play on its recurring themes of perception and reality. The company says it will soon venture out into virtual reality games, apps, and graphic novels.

Despite the specter of brand strategy hanging over the place, there’s an overwhelming amount of novelty to scavenge. Somehow, despite the scale of the space—in which my tour guide repeatedly got lost—the most minute details are gleefully executed. In the Midwestern-style home, where the main storyline begins, a TV is loaded with countless shows and music relevant to the fictional characters; a random jazz album included therein is one recorded, in part, by local artists. In a constructed alleyway, a graffitied image of four numbers in sign language belies the code to a nearby ATM, which is itself connected to a light-up piano elsewhere in the exhibit. An arcade features original and inventive games designed by indie developers from Texas, as well as an anthropomorphized vending machine that has beef with the aforementioned ATM.

Throughout the exhibit, you’ll also find a lush two-story jungle with music-making mushrooms; an outsized refrigerator interior; a Cold War–era bunker; a people-sized, pillow-filled petri dish; an underwater transborder desert; an electric gingerbread fiefdom; and more. It’s an onslaught of all-out eyeball candy. Of course, it’s all eminently Instagrammable.

Some of the most compelling moments in the exhibits are the nooks carved out for local artists. Dallas artist Dan Lam’s Macrodose, a giant gob of rainbow goop, slops over an entire wall as her original soundtrack, set at the allegedly healing frequency of 528 hertz, goads the mind into gentle reflection. Dallas’s Ricardo Paniagua’s Alter Space, a cathedral of geometric shapes and simple light patterns, mesmerizes and awes. And Lance McGoldrick’s Crystal Cloud Cave—a room filled with an expansive sunset scene and piles of rock-like cubed mirrors—feels like the calm, thoughtless epicenter of smooth brain. North Texas artists, including Lam and Paniagua, began conceiving of their pieces two years ago, after Meow Wolf liaisons found their work on Instagram or through the Dallas art scene.

A critical mind might compare Grapevine Mills Mall’s newest resident to its other amusements. And while yes, Meow Wolf Grapevine does feature at least one simulated thunderstorm like its neighbor the Rainforest Cafe, its maximalist neon beating heart feels pure. Here, at least, art is a portal to another dimension.

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GRAPEVINE, Texas - "Family-friendly, psychedelic art playground" is probably the best way to describe Meow Wolf at Grapevine Mills, but honestly, there are no words that could truly define what this place is.You need to come see it for yourself."Meow Wolf is an immersive storytelling art exhibit. We really want this to be a space of creativity and discovery, blending art and storytelling into some magical creative worlds," said Will Heron, artist liaison for the Meow Wolf Grapevine Project....

GRAPEVINE, Texas - "Family-friendly, psychedelic art playground" is probably the best way to describe Meow Wolf at Grapevine Mills, but honestly, there are no words that could truly define what this place is.

You need to come see it for yourself.

"Meow Wolf is an immersive storytelling art exhibit. We really want this to be a space of creativity and discovery, blending art and storytelling into some magical creative worlds," said Will Heron, artist liaison for the Meow Wolf Grapevine Project.

You may see some similar features between this exhibit and at other Meow Wolf locations, but they are not the same.

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"This is called ‘The Real Unreal.’ And this is our second permanent exhibit that starts in a familiar place of a house. So, we have ‘The House of Eternal Return’ back in Santa Fe. This is not the same house. Although there are many deja vu moments that tie these two house stories together," said Heron.

The 18,000 square foot exhibit is full of twists and turns, hidden gems and secret portals to other dimensions.

When you are exploring, just keep in mind that at Meow Wold things aren't always as they seem.

"We don’t like to follow all the rules of museums or art galleries," said Heron. "We really want this to be a space that is exploratory. Crawl through everything. Look through everything. Open every door. Explore every little nook and cranny you can, because that’s going to give you the fullest experience."

If you are wondering how to properly tour the exhibit know that there is no singular walkable path.

"I think that is part of the magic that is Meow Wolf," noted Heron.


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Meow Wolf is adamant on using local artists for each of their locations.

"This is very representative of Texas. So, I’m an artist based in Dallas, and here in this exhibit, we have representation from a ton of DFW’s. So, Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Denton. We really wanted it to feel like the Texas version of what Meow Wolf is," said Heron.

This isn't the only location they plan to open in Texas either.

"Houston, Texas will be in 2024. So, we’re lucky enough to get two Texas exhibits in the next couple of years," said Heron.

The only way to attend the exhibit is through reservations. The location has gone out of their way to make sure everyone can experience the magic.


"I would say the typical age group would be like a one-year-old, up to like a 101-year-old. But it’s really great, we are very ADA compliant. We have elevators for people who maybe need to get around in different ways. We really want this to be accessible to all types of people," said Heron.

When we say they include everyone, they mean everyone.

"We provide some sensory days, especially for our autism community. We want to provide space for them to be able to explore the exhibit and not be as overwhelmed. I believe all of our sites just got approved as autism centers. So, we are able to provide different days and different experiences for all of our customers," said Heron.

Meow Wolf opens in Grapevine Mills on Friday, July 14.

To learn more about the location and reserve your tickets click here.

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New ‘little bitty’ dinosaur discovered in North Texas near Grapevine rock formation

Scientists from the Perot Museum of Nature and Science recently named a newly discovered species of a plant-eating dinosaur, suggesting the animal once used to roam eastern North America more than 96 million years ago.In 2020, a small fossil of a jawbone was discovered at a rock formation near Lake Grapevine, where paleontologists with the museum have been collecting fossils for years. Initially, scientists thought the two-inch long jaw foss...

Scientists from the Perot Museum of Nature and Science recently named a newly discovered species of a plant-eating dinosaur, suggesting the animal once used to roam eastern North America more than 96 million years ago.

In 2020, a small fossil of a jawbone was discovered at a rock formation near Lake Grapevine, where paleontologists with the museum have been collecting fossils for years. Initially, scientists thought the two-inch long jaw fossil belonged to a small crocodile, but they soon discovered they were wrong.

“It wasn’t until we got it back to the lab and got under a microscope and cleaned it up using little pins and needles,” said Ron Tykoski, vice president of science at the Perot, “that we realized it was not like a little crocodile, but instead it was a new little kind of dinosaur.”

After three years of investigation and research, scientists recently published their findings in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. They named the dinosaur after the volunteer who found it, Murray Cohen, as well as the city it was found near. The dinosaur’s name, Ampelognathus coheni, roughly translates to “Cohen’s Grapevine jaw.”

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Many ornithopod dinosaurs are similar, so it wasn’t clear at first if scientists had stumbled upon a new species; however, upon further inspection of the fossil, they quickly realized the jaw didn’t match the anatomy of other big dinosaurs in the area. After eliminating the potential of a crocodile and a big dinosaur, scientists began seriously examining if they were dealing with a new species.

The small dinosaur would have been about six-feet long, or the size of a standard office desk, and weigh somewhere around 20 to 60 pounds, or the size of a mid-sized dog.

“It’s a little bitty animal,” Tykoski said. “You could almost hold its head in your hand.”

Important fossil discovery

Small plant-eating dinosaurs hadn’t been discovered in North Texas before, making this finding somewhat novel for the science world, according to Tykoski.

The discovery also has significant implications for the science community and the future of fossil exploration in North Texas, he said. The last time scientists uncovered a new species in the same rock formation was in 2010.

Moreover, dinosaur fossils from 96 million years ago are not particularly well-represented in North America, which paints a murky picture of what life was like at that time.

“[This fossil] is actually starting to give us the best picture, the best snapshot of life, in eastern North America, east of the Seaway of this age,” Tykoski said. “We predicted there should be plant-eating dinosaurs and animals living here. We just can’t find them.”

This little dinosaur’s discovery in North Texas verifies that this species did in fact call the area home at one point and suggests more can be found in the years ahead.

“There will be more discoveries, and more things coming out in the coming years,” Tykoski said. “We’re just starting to scratch the surface, and just starting to paint that picture of life here in our backyard 96 million years ago.”

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. Noor Adatia is a trending news reporter on the breaking team. Born and raised in Dallas, she graduated from Boston University's College of Communication in 2020. Before joining The Dallas Morning News, she worked for The Houston Chronicle, The Sacramento Bee and POLITICO. nooradatia


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