July 27, 2014

  • Toll Lanes Make a Quicker Commute Costly

    What’s true in retail also is becoming fact when it comes to Dallas roads — you get what you pay for.

    And the hope among transportation officials is that many drivers in the area are willing to pay a premium to avoid traffic congestion and aggravation.

    The test of that theory is along LBJ Freeway between Interstate 35E and North Central Expressway, where the second phase of TEXpress Lanes opened in early July.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Jul. 27, 2014 | 9:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • July 11, 2014

  • Gerald Tomlin Antiques Moves Into New Digs

    Joanne Tomlin shows off a secretary desk with ivory detailing in the new showroom on Slocum Street. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Joanne Tomlin shows off a secretary desk with ivory detailing in the new showroom on Slocum Street. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    HP Village was home for 25 years

    After 25 years as a tenant in Highland Park Village, Gerald Tomlin Antiques has moved its fine furnishings to Slocum Street in the Design District. 

    “We just kind of ran out of room,” Joanne Tomlin said. 

    The shop has always been a family operation, with Joanne and her husband, Gerald, at the head and their three sons — Gerald Jr., Edward, and Christopher — fulfilling the rest of the duties.  Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 11, 2014 | 9:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • July 10, 2014

  • Riffraff Coming Soon to Plaza at Preston Center

    Riffraff will be the latest addition to The Plaza at Preston Center when it opens this fall.

    The 2,500-square-foot store will showcase a unique collection of clothing, accessories, shoes, gifts, and home goods. It will take the place of the shuttered American Express Travel Center.

    Riffraff opened its first store in Fayetteville, Ark., in February 2009, when its founder, Kirsten Blowers, was still a student at the University of Arkansas. The Preston Center space will be its first expansion into Texas.

    By Todd Jorgenson Jul. 10, 2014 | 3:21 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • July 9, 2014

  • Snuffer to Launch New Concept This Fall

    Preston Hollow restaurateur Pat Snuffer has announced plans to re-enter the business this fall, when he and his son, Mike, will open a new concept at the southwest corner of Preston and Frankford in far north Dallas.

    Snuffer, of course, is best known for the iconic burger restaurant (with the awesome cheddar fries) that bears his name, starting on Lower Greenville and eventually expanding to other spots in the Dallas area, including Preston Center. But after a legal dispute last year with another Preston Hollow restaurateur, Mike Karns, he was forced to give up ownership in Snuffer’s as well as relinquish the rights to build a new place at the Lower Greenville site.

    The new restaurant, by the way, won’t be “another burger joint,” according to Snuffer, but will instead feature burgers, pizza, Tex-Mex, and a full-service bar.

    By Todd Jorgenson Jul. 9, 2014 | 11:39 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • July 8, 2014

  • Dallas Burger Joint to Compete on Reality Show

    Thursday at 11 p.m., Twisted Root Burger Co. will appear on the debut episode of FYI’s “World Food Championships” reality show. The Dallas-based burger joint attended the cooking competition in Las Vegas, along with 300 other professional chefs, restaurants, and home cooks from all over the world, to compete for its share of the $300,000 prize purse.

    To keep tabs on the “World Food Championships”, visit the competition’s websiteFacebook page, and Twitter @worldfoodchamp.

    Think you’ve got the culinary skills to strike it rich on World Food Championships? Enter to compete in this year’s competition.

    By Claire Kelley Jul. 8, 2014 | 11:21 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • July 6, 2014

  • Sparkman-Hillcrest Undergoes Renovations

    A new columbarium will expand the facility's ability to provide for cremations. (Photo: chris McGathey)

    A new columbarium will expand the facility’s ability to provide for cremations. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Sparkman-Hillcrest Funeral Home may be more than 100 years old, but that kind of longevity doesn’t come without making some updates. 

    That’s why the operation is going through a seven-phase remodel, which will include a completely renovated chapel and construction of a new columbarium. 

    “We’re really excited about it,” president and general manager Daniel Salter said. “It’s one of a kind for the state of Texas. There are others throughout the country, but very few. It’s very unique, and we feel that our clientele is going to be very receptive to it.”  Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 6, 2014 | 2:00 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • LYFE Kitchen Opens in Preston Center

    Lyfe Kitchen will open one of its three Dallas-area locations in Preston Center this summer. (Photo: LYFE Kitchen)

    Lyfe Kitchen will open one of its three Dallas-area locations in Preston Center this summer. (Photo: LYFE Kitchen)

    Pizzadillawich. Art’s Unfried Chicken. Baked Garlic Parmesan Sweet Potato Fries. These are a few of the mouthwatering dishes residents can feast upon at LYFE Kitchen in Preston Center. 

    LYFE, short for Love Your Food Everyday, is a fast-casual restaurant committed to providing affordable, health-conscious food. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu includes gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options. 

    LYFE is also LEED certified and uses low-voltage lighting as well as recycled materials for countertops. 

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    By Jacie Scott Jul. 6, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • July 2, 2014

  • Preston Center Developers Want Life of Luxury

    Crosland Group is proposing a 22-story luxury apartment complex, called Highland House, in the 8200 block of Westchester Drive. (Photo: Crosland Group

    Crosland Group is proposing a 22-story luxury apartment complex, called Highland House, in the 8200 block of Westchester Drive. (Photo: Crosland Group)

    What is the future of Preston Center? A better question might be, when is the future of Preston Center?

    That’s the dilemma that has two developers at odds with vocal residents from both the Park Cities and Preston Hollow over a pair of luxury-apartment developments that both sides agree could start a trend in the area surrounding the venerable retail development.

    Crosland Group hopes to secure approval from the city of Dallas this summer for Highland House, a 22-story project on a 0.5-acre site in the 8200 block of Westchester Drive that would replace an aging three-story medical building. Next up is Transwestern, which has submitted plans for a complex on the northeast corner of Preston Road and Northwest Highway that would reach as high as six stories at its peak.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Jul. 2, 2014 | 8:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • June 30, 2014

  • Residents Can Get Sam’s Club Update Tonight

    Construction will begin soon on a new Walmart/Sam's complex at the southwest corner of Midway Road and LBJ Freeway.

    Construction will begin soon on a new Sam’s Club at the southwest corner of Midway Road and LBJ Freeway.

    Construction of a new Sam’s Club will be the primary topic at a meeting of the Glen Meadow Estates Homeowners Association tonight.

    The meeting is open to all residents of Glen Meadows Estates, Rosser Park and Las Colonitas, and will begin at 7 p.m. in the private party room at Midway Point Restaurant.

    Steve McCoy, project manager for EMJ Corp., will update residents on the demolition of the Northridge and Spanish Point apartment complexes, as well as the Midway Road shopping center, and provide information on construction of the upcoming Sam’s next to Walmart at the southwest corner of Midway and LBJ Freeway.

    The project also is affecting residents along the alley between Flintridge Drive and Harvest Hill Road, who can vote at the meeting whether to temporarily make the alley a one-way for about 90 days while EMJ builds a retaining wall.

    By Todd Jorgenson Jun. 30, 2014 | 2:29 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • June 19, 2014

  • Plan Commission to Consider High-Rise Today

        Crosland Group's Highland House project is now being proposed at 22 stories instead of the original 29.

    Crosland Group’s Highland House project is now being proposed at 22 stories instead of the original 29.

    UPDATE: The commission voted to table a vote on the proposal until its Oct. 2 meeting, in part to allow time for a land-use study of the area. Read below for background, from a Thursday morning post.

    The Dallas Plan Commission is scheduled to vote today on a rezoning request for Highland House, a high-rise apartment complex proposed by Crosland Group in the 8200 block of Westchester Drive, near the heart of Preston Center.

    City staff is recommending denial of the request, which has drawn scrutiny from residents of both the Park Cities and Preston Hollow. The commission’s meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m., and will include a public hearing.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Jun. 19, 2014 | 9:32 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
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