September 10, 2014

  • Boardroom Celebrates 10 Years of Grooming

    Get your haircut, watch other guys shoot pool, and then you can shoot pool while they get a cut.

    We’re still looking for a way to shoot pool and get a haircut simultaneously. This comes pretty close.

    The Boardroom Salon is celebrating a decade in business this month, and the company has some contests for freebies on its Facebook page through Sept. 24 as a result.

    The company launched its first location at Southlake Town Square in 2004 and has since grown to include 17 locations throughout Texas, including at Inwood Village. Next year, it will expand outside the state with a location in Nashville.

    As a token of customer appreciation, the company is offering 10 percent off annual memberships purchased in September. Memberships entitle customers to unlimited haircuts and discounts on other services and grooming products.

    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 10, 2014 | 6:32 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Transwestern Abandons Apartment Plans

    Real-estate development firm Transwestern has abandoned its plans to build a luxury apartment complex at the northeast corner of Northwest Highway and Preston Road.

    The company had been under contract to purchase about three acres at the site and build a six-story multifamily complex to replace an aging collection of condos and townhomes.

    The decision marks another victory for a group of influential local homeowners, including former Dallas Mayor Laura Miller, who peppered Transwestern with concerns about the proposed height and density of the project on a congested street.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 10, 2014 | 2:16 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • September 7, 2014

  • Clinic Offers Free Service to First Responders

    With Sept. 11 only a few days away, expect to see some announcements on how area businesses and government entities are saluting our local first responders and military members for their efforts.

    One such company is The Joint, a chiropractic clinic with locations at Preston Royal, at Lincoln Park shopping center, and in the West Village. The company will offer a free neck of back adjustment for first responders through Saturday at any of its clinics. No appointment is required.

    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 7, 2014 | 2:51 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • September 5, 2014

  • RIP, Ted Strauss

    Ted Strauss, the Preston Hollow civic leader and philanthropist who launched several ventures in the finance business in Dallas, has died at age 89.

    The Dallas Morning News has more details about the accomplishments of Strauss, who was married to the late Annette Strauss, the first female mayor of Dallas. His brother, Bob Strauss, was an influential lawyer who died earlier this year.

    Strauss had been ill for some time prior to his death. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Monday at Temple Emanu-El.

    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 5, 2014 | 12:14 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • September 2, 2014

  • Education Lovers Open Toy Shop in Preston Royal

    Education Lovers Open Toy Shop in Preston Royal

    Candace Williams tries to make learning fun at The Toy Maven in Preston Royal Village. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Love of education abounds for Candace Williams and her husband, Wes.

    Back when they owned Kids Cooking Company in Preston Royal Village, the storefront included a small retail section. In that space, Williams found her passion for going to market and finding toys for children and their parents.

    That led to the couple’s next step: owning and operating The Toy Maven, a shop that features a variety of educational books and toys.

    Not only are the pair experienced shopkeepers, but the Williamses are parents themselves; they first moved to Preston Hollow to raise their daughters in a friendly community. Read More…

    By Claire Kelley Sep. 2, 2014 | 11:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • September 1, 2014

  • Dallas Met Ballet Studio Closes After 54 Years

    Dallas Met Ballet Studio Closes After 54 Years

    Patrons have left loving notes on the windows of the ballet studio. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    For years, drivers on Hillcrest Avenue have been able to spot tiny ballerinas shuffling in and out of Dallas Metropolitan Ballet on Hillcrest Avenue. But this summer, many passersby found the doors closed and the signs taken down.

    In their place, parents and young dancers alike have left kind notes in pastel colors all over the windows.

    “Thank you for helping me to become the ballerina that I am today,” one message reads.

    The messages remind all those who stop by that longtime owners Ann Etgen and Bill Atkinson have finally decided to retire.

    “It was a pleasure,” Atkinson said of running the studio.

    He and his partner, Etgen, built their own careers as dancers in New York, Canada, and South America before opening the doors of their studio in 1960. Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 1, 2014 | 11:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • August 30, 2014

  • Highland House Proposal Withdrawn

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

    This rendering shows how Preston Center might have looked with Highland House. Now, it won’t.

    Remember Highland House? Chances are if you live around Preston Center, you do. It was the proposed 23-story apartment building proposed by the Crosland Group that was scaled back a couple of times in response to opposition from community members over its height and density.

    That same opposition led to the Dallas Plan Commission tabling the necessary rezoning case this spring to pave the way for a land-use study for the Preston Center area. Now comes word that Crosland has withdrawn its plans for the Westchester space, and that the land has been sold to former Dallas City Council candidate Leland Burk.

    The Dallas Morning News has more details on the latest development in this ongoing saga.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 30, 2014 | 11:01 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • August 26, 2014

  • Developer Brings Mixed-Use Complex to PH

    Preston Hollow Village

    Here’s a rendering of Preston Hollow Village, which has broken ground at the northwest corner of North Central Expressway and Walnut Hill Lane. (Photo courtesy of Provident Realty Advisors)

    In a neighborhood known for stability and tradition when it comes to restaurants and retail, the new kid on the block will definitely stand out.

    Construction is under way on the first phase of Preston Hollow Village, a 42-acre development at the northwest corner of North Central Expressway and Walnut Hill Lane, and a few tenants might open their doors before the end of this year.

    The development — which will mix retail, office, and residential uses — is the first of its kind in Preston Hollow and will be the largest commercial development in the area in decades.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 26, 2014 | 6:30 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • August 25, 2014

  • Buffalo Wild Wings Now Owns Rusty Taco

    We’re not sure what to make of the news that Rusty Taco, the eatery with a handful of locations in the Dallas area — including one near Inwood and Forest in Preston Hollow — has seen a majority stake in its company purchased by Buffalo Wild Wings.

    Anyway, The Dallas Morning News has details on the purchase by the growing chain of wings-and-beer restaurants based in Minnesota, where Rusty Taco also has a significant presence.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 25, 2014 | 12:55 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • August 20, 2014

  • Cooper Appoints Cooper to Lead Cooper Aerobics

    Dr. Tyler Cooper

    Dr. Tyler Cooper

    Perhaps it’s just a formality, but Dr. Tyler Cooper is the new president and CEO of Cooper Aerobics. He already has been a practicing preventive physician at Cooper Clinic since 2006 and has served as CEO of Cooper Aerobics Enterprises since 2007.

    In his new role, he will serve alongside his father, Kenneth Cooper, the 83-year-old founder and chairman of Cooper Aerobics. It means Tyler Cooper will now oversee the company’s seven health and wellness businesses.

    The younger Cooper was a founding partner of Cooper Wellness Strategies in 1995. More recently, he was instrumental in the company’s $7.5 million renovation to its Cooper Fitness Center flagship that was completed earlier this year.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 20, 2014 | 4:34 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
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