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Plaza Days to Showcase Deals, Family Fun


The Plaza at Preston Center will hold its annual Plaza Days celebration from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m on May 8 and 9 (rescheduled due to the upcoming forecast).

Take a stroll through the sidewalk sales and trunk shows while enjoying treats, adopt a new furry family member, or at least get your face painted like one.

Want cute photo proof of the event? Check out their website post from last year’s Plaza Days.

Badovinus Brings Seafood to Preston Center


Nick Badovinus will open Montlake Cut this spring. (Courtesy photo)

Seattle’s culinary culture is known for two things: seafood and coffee. Nick Badovinus hopes to bring both of those to Dallas in a new way with his latest Preston Center concept, Montlake Cut.

The restaurant, named after the canal that links Lake Washington to the Puget Sound, evokes Badovinus’ childhood in the Seattle area.

“There’s a saltwater-scented, blue collar appeal to it,” he said. “That’s what we kind of hope to bring — that great, quality fish doesn’t have to be rarified. It’s a different point of view to fish.”

Author Events at Barnes & Noble


Summer is just around the corner and that means reading by the pool is too. Luckily Barnes & Noble is having some fun events in the next month to help you find your poolside paperback or other summer read.

For the historical lit fans, author Jan Jarboe Russell will be reading from and signing her latest book “Train to Crystal City: FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II” on April 16 at 7 p.m. Russell tells the story of how a small town in southern Texas held hundreds of Japanese immigrants and their American-born children during WW II.

Cards Keep Campers in Touch With Home

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Even in a world overrun with social media, many summer campers are still expected to hand in their cell phones upon arrival. That opens the opportunity for some good, old-fashioned letters from family and friends.

But one University Park mom, Elizabeth Henderson, just wasn’t happy with any of the stationery she found in stores.

“It’s a big deal to get a card. So of course, I want to send [my children] a cute card. I would go to Target, CVS, or every single place you can to find a cute card,” she said. “Well, let me tell you … finding cute camp cards — they just are nonexistent. There’s a void in the marketplace.” 

Massage Felax Offers Services for Veterans


Local spa owner Amy Holt is honoring her father and other veterans by inviting vets to enjoy relaxing spa treatments at Massage Felax.

The first ten veterans to make an appointment before Memorial Day will receive an hour of complimentary service and be entered to win a long term package (winner announced May 25). The promotion will start again in June and continue until Veteran’s Day.

Holt owns four locations along with her husband Fox and business partner Chris Ahn. Ahn, a South Korea native, brought reflexology to Texas in 2010. He was introduced to the practice when his father, a physician, developed a 50 step training program for others in Korea. Ahn brought the Holts on board in December 2014.

Stop by any of their four locations, including one on Hillcrest Road, to relax with their reflexology and massage services.

Does a Skybridge Fit Preston Center?

Crow Holdings hopes to gain city approval for a skybridge that could lure a large Tom Thumb supermarket to Preston Center. (Photo: Dodd Communications) 0
Crow Holdings hopes to gain city approval for a skybridge that could lure a large Tom Thumb supermarket to Preston Center. (Photo: Dodd Communications)

Everyone seems to agree that something needs to be done about Preston Center. But what that something entails is a matter of contention among property owners, residential neighbors, and frequent visitors.

When developers proposed a pair of luxury apartment complexes last year — a high-rise in the heart of Preston Center and a high-density project just to the north — both met with significant opposition from residential neighbors and were scuttled before even reaching a Dallas City Council agenda.

Those same opponents prompted the city to fund a land-use study to help plan a revitalization of the aging retail center. That study, being overseen by council member Jennifer Gates, likely is still several months away from completion.

So where does that leave property owners in the meantime? That’s the dilemma facing Crow Holdings, which in November purchased Preston Center Pavilion, which was previously home to Sanger-Harris and Foley’s, but now is subdivided among multiple tenants.

Retail Venture Is Like a Family Vacation

Their world travels prompted Amanda and Laura Ernst to launch Sunshine Tienda. (Photo: Chris McGathey) 0
Their world travels prompted Amanda and Laura Ernst to launch Sunshine Tienda. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Twin sisters Amanda and Laura Ernst started online boutique Sunshine Tienda out of their love for travel and the vacation lifestyle. So the name makes sense.

But it’s their mutual background in fashion — both graduated from the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising in New York — that allowed the Preston Hollow natives to combine their passions.

“It’s something we’ve always talked about for years,” Laura said about the launch of Sunshine Tienda last November. “The reason I love it is because this is our taste and what we think is beautiful.”

Cooper Hotel Completes Renovation

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The Cooper family was well represented at the ribbon cutting.

Dr. Ken Cooper and his son, Tyler, recently unveiled a $1 million renovation to the Cooper Hotel & Spa, which is the second phase of a larger renovation project for the Cooper Aerobics Center.

The boutique hotel includes 61 rooms with 12 suites, a swimming pool, and eight meeting rooms. A ribbon-cutting ceremony included a congratulatory message from U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions.

Ken Cooper began his fitness empire by launching The Cooper Institute in 1970, and the hotel opened in 1984.

Zoës Kitchen Location Coming to Park Lane


The Mediterranean-inspired restaurant Zoës Kitchen is opening a new location at 8018 Park Lane on April 9.

This marks the restaurant’s 36th location in the state. “We are thrilled to become a part of the Dallas community and expand our presence in Texas,” said James Chang, regional operator of Zoës Kitchen.

To celebrate the new location, Zoës is giving away 500 free meals and a grand prize of free Zoës for a year at the new location. Enter to win on their Facebook page until the April 9 deadline.

Brothers Invent Smoke Screen

Ben (left) and Eric Kusin’s episode of Shark Tank originally aired on ABC in October 2014. (Courtesy Photo) 0
Ben (left) and Eric Kusin’s episode of Shark Tank originally aired on ABC in October 2014. (Courtesy Photo)

‘Shark Tank’ alums get busy with dry wipesSmelling like cigarettes, Ben Kusin headed to a nearby convenience store. He hoped to find something that would freshen up his clothes before his next business meeting.

“I asked the guy if he had anything that could help me, and he said he didn’t think it had been invented yet,” Ben said.

Now, seven years and a successful stint on ABC’s “Shark Tank” later, the St. Mark’s graduate is the co-founder and CEO of Reviver, reusable dry wipes that eliminate odors left on clothing after trips to the gym or smoke breaks during work.

Expert to Speak About Oil Sector Volatility

Jerry Swank

Jerry Swank

The recent volatility in the oil and energy markets affect different folks in different ways, and it takes an expert to sort through all of those varying perspectives.

One said expert is Jerry Swank, president and CEO of The Cushing Group, who will give a presentation called “Oil Volatility: Its Effect on the U.S. Economy and Energy Renaissance” on Tuesday at the Hilton Dallas-Park Cities.

The program also will feature Bill Carter of Carter Finanial Management in Dallas, who is the sponsor. It begins at 7 p.m., and will be followed by a reception. To RSVP, call 214-363-4200 or email

Hear This Vision For a New Dallas on Monday

Wick Allison

Wick Allison

Do you want to hear about a bold new vision for Dallas, one with a more vibrant downtown that’s not strangled by freeways on every side?

D Magazine editor-in-chief Wick Allison and urban planner Patrick Kennedy will present their ideas for such a plan and outline the goals of Coalition for a New Dallas at the next gathering of the Dallas Public Affairs Luncheon Club on March 16 at the Park City Club.

The most recent PALC luncheon featured Mark Roglan, director of the Meadows Museum at SMU, who talked about the museum’s history and its upcoming 50th anniversary celebration.

For more information or to reserve a spot at the March luncheon, contact Sue Kidwell at 214-361-1318 or