Category: Business

Bid Farewell

Linda Frost and Ella Banks are closing their store after 24 years. (Photo by Chris McGathey) 0
Linda Frost and Ella Banks are closing their store after 24 years. (Photo by Chris McGathey)

Ella Banks and Linda Frost are closing the doors to Lovers Lane Antique Market at the end of the year after selling the property.

The buyer has not announced plans, but the location will not remain an antique store.

Banks and Frost have been in the antique business for the past three decades, traveling, looking for treasures, and developing relationships with Dallas dealers and customers.

The Lovers Lane market, which has been voted Best Antique Market by D Magazine, is filled with 18th- and 19th-century antiques from all over the world.


Collectors Covey Reopens in Largest Location Yet

Joe Crafton (center) has a long history of involvement with Texas parks. (Photo by Tanner Garza) 0
Joe Crafton (center) has a long history of involvement with Texas parks. (Photo by Tanner Garza)

Over the last 38 years, sporting and wildlife art gallery Collectors Covey has expanded from its original location in Highland Park Village to Lover’s Lane, and now to Preston Center.

The gallery officially reopened its doors on Sherry Lane Sept. 6 after a four-month transition. The converted bank space is more than twice the size of the previous location. The new gallery also boasts 70 percent more inventory, including Western art, a new addition.

In conjunction with the move, Collectors Covey’s original founder Bubba Wood passed on ownership of the gallery to a longtime friend and wildlife enthusiast, Joe Crafton.

Wood, an internationally accomplished skeet shooter, founded Collectors Covey in 1978. Since then, the gallery has grown from an art and print collection to a one-stop-shop for art collectors, homeowners, and sportsmen alike.


Galleria Skating Rink Renovations Complete

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The Galleria ice skating rink reopened Oct. 26 after a major renovation project. It had been closed since mid-August.

“I’m glad that it’s done,” said David Kirby, owner of Mall Entertainment, which has operated the rink since 1991.

“The Galleria is our baby,” David said. “My father built the original one. I remember going there with him when I was younger.”


Diamonds Direct Acquires Diamond Doctor

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Charlotte-based Diamonds Direct announced Nov. 2 that it had acquired the Diamond Doctor jewelry story on Preston Road.

“After serving Dallas for more than a dozen years, we have now found the perfect partner to take our retail operations to the next level,” said Diamond Doctor founder David Blank.

Diamonds Direct was founded by former diamond wholesalers in 1995. It has nine other locations, including stores in Austin and San Antonio.

“While we are bringing a fresh take and vast inventory to Dallas, we want to ensure Diamond Doctor’s loyal customers that they will be provided the same personalized customer service and top-of-the-line jewelry that they know and love,” said Diamonds Direct Senior VP Amit Berger.


HCA North Texas Rebrands Itself Medical City Healthcare

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Courtesy Medial City Healthcare /Tanya Nguyen

Courtesy Medical City Healthcare /Tanya Nguyen

 

HCA North Texas announced Friday that it is changing its name to Medical City Healthcare. The move will affect 13 DFW hospitals and seven off-campus emergency rooms.

“We’ve always been a family, and now the public and our patients will be able to immediately identify our expansive system of care in their own communities,” Medical City Healthcare president Erol Akdamar said in a prepared statement.


Inwood Village’s Newest Addition is a Dallas Favorite

Adelmo's Ristorante opened in Inwood Village in May. (Photo by Imani Lytle) 0
Adelmo's Ristorante opened in Inwood Village in May. (Photo by Imani Lytle)

 

Adelmo’s has fed Dallas for more than 27 years on Cole Avenue. Now, with a new location in Inwood Village that opened May 6 in the old Bijoux Restaurant space, Adelmo Banchetti and his family are sure to continue making diners feel at home for years to come.

“I enjoy meeting the customer, seeing them at Cole and now at our location in Inwood Village. Our customers are like family,” Adelmo’s wife Eliza Banchetti said.

Adelmo felt it was time to move his restaurant when he felt the north end of Uptown changing; the restaurant lost its parking area and was frequently surrounded by construction.


Cooper Institute to Honor Staubach

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The Cooper Institute will honor former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach during its annual Legacy Award Dinner tonight at the Star Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters.

Staubach is well known for his achievements both on and off the field including his many philanthropic endeavors. He has served for years as an advocate for advancing public health through education.


Diversifying Options: SMU Cox Partners with Finance Foundation

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After the success of his book I Am Supposed To Be Here—The Art of Dealing With Perception, which was released in July 2015, Dr. Donald Arnette decided he wanted to do more to improve the lives of impoverished and at-risk youth in Dallas and surrounding areas.

That fall, he set up the Doc Arnette Foundation. The foundation provides financial literacy tools to high school seniors from Dallas, Cedar Hill, and DeSoto, and is in talks with other area districts to expand their program.

As the first African-American to obtain a Ph.D. from UT Southwestern Medical Center, Arnette knows what it takes to become successful. He says kids have to “see it to believe it,” so, through a partnership between his foundation and SMU Cox School of Business, he shows students what their futures can look like by helping them build financial skills.


Bloom and Give Away

Madhu Rajendran and Partha Raghunathan donate half their company's profits to girls' education in their native India. (Photo by Tanner Garza) 0
Madhu Rajendran and Partha Raghunathan donate half their company's profits to girls' education in their native India. (Photo by Tanner Garza)

If you had asked former technology consultants Madhu Rajendran and Partha Raghunathan two years ago what they’d be doing now, owning a women’s fashion company was not what they’d tell you. But today, after launching in September of 2015, the duo are the proud founders of Bloom & Give, a line of scarves, bags, and other accessories that do more than just look good.

“We had both been in the corporate world for more than 20 years and we wanted to do something more meaningful. We’re in our 40s, at an age where you really start thinking, ‘I want to be proud of what I do,’” Raghunathan said.

After a trip to Rajasthan in their native India with a friend in the textile business, the two had a true eureka moment. Though both had lived in the United States for more than two decades, a strong urge to reconnect with their roots was brewing.