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Ware Painting, formerly Ted R. Ware Painting, is one of Grapevine’s most enduring family owned and operated business. Started in 1950 after Ted, the class valedictorian, and his wife Gloria, football sweetheart, both graduated from Grapevine High School. The young couple elected to stay in their hometown and become a part of Grapevine’s eminent growth which included the completion of Lake Grapevine, the purchase of the city's first police patrol car and the establishment of the first Grapevine Chief of Police.
Along with operating his successful painting business, Ted has a long history of service to the city of Grapevine. In 1969 Ted was appointed to the City Planning and Zoning Commission and then in 1978 he was appointed to finish a City Councilman’s term. Immediately after his appointed term ended, he ran and was elected to the Grapevine City Council in 1979. Six months later he was appointed as Grapevine’s Mayor Pro Tem where he remained until he retired in 2008.
When the city of Grapevine adopted a Historic Preservation Ordinance in 1991, Ted became a member of The Historic Preservation Commission where he is still a member working to protect the city’s rich and unique architectural heritage.
In 2001 Ted was named the D.E. Box Citizen of the Year which is awarded to an individual who has voluntarily and sincerely given of their time and leadership through an overall community development program—working together to improve the economic, civic, and cultural well-being of the Grapevine area.
In 2008 both Ted and his wife Gloria Ware received the Ted Willhoite Legacy Award which recognizes an individual that has a lasting personal contribution and an enduring legacy making the community of Grapevine a better place to live. This award recognizes distinguished individuals who are champions of responsible change, who posses a pioneering spirit, or demonstrates inventiveness to inspire and educate others. Ted was also the inaugural recipient of the Grapevine Walk of Fame award which is located on the sidewalk outside of city hall.
During Grapevine’s Main Street Days on May 18, 2013 the city of Grapevine honored Ted for his more than forty years of service to the community by naming the Ted R. Ware Plaza. Located at 206 W. Hudgins St., the plaza connects four museums to the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau headquarters and its galleries.
In addition to the numerous contributions the Wares have made to the Grapevine community, Ted and Gloria are also charter members of Memorial Baptist Church, newly renamed Church at the Cross.
Today, Ted and Gloria’s sons Trigg and Vic Ware have taken over their father’s enduring painting business. They are available to work directly with their customers to ensure the project is completed beautifully. As painters themselves, they are able to educate their customers on the best options for each individual project’s varying needs. Give them a call today, they will be glad to help.