December 18, 2014

  • Top Chefs Cater to New Options

    Dee Lincoln's Bubble Bar and Kent Rathbun's The Kitchen at 6130 are both already operating as catering facilities. (Photos: Chris McGathey)

    Dee Lincoln’s Bubble Bar and Kent Rathbun’s The Kitchen at 6130 are both already operating as catering facilities. (Photos: Chris McGathey)

    Chefs across town are carving out new opportunities for themselves by taking their well-known restaurants and turning them into private catering venues.

    Take Kent Rathbun and Dee Lincoln, for example: Rathbun has taken his 5-year-old Preston Center restaurant Blue Plate Kitchen and turned it into The Kitchen at 6130.

    “When we elected to close Blue Plate, it was still in good shape in terms of a restaurant,” Rathbun said. He explained that the Preston Center location was packed for breakfast and lunch, but didn’t attract nighttime traffic. So how does he make that space work for a catering venue? Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Dec. 18, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • December 13, 2014

  • Developers Look to Spur Neighborhood Growth

    The proposed complex will mix retail and residential uses at the intersection of Inwood Road and Forest Lane. (Photo: Dodd Communications)

    The proposed complex will mix retail and residential uses at Inwood and Forest. (Rendering: Dodd Communications)

    A new retail and residential project aims to develop neighborhood harmony along with its shops and town homes.

    The proposed Forestwood complex on the northwest corner of Inwood Road and Forest Lane would replace existing 200-plus townhomes on property that have occupied the land since the early 1970s. The Daniel family has owned the 29-acre site, which once was a farm, for more than 150 years.

    “We’re really excited about the possibility of redeveloping that space and what it would bring to the neighborhood,” said Duke Nelson, a nearby resident and community volunteer. “This will be great if it’s done properly.” Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Dec. 13, 2014 | 2:00 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • December 11, 2014

  • Ebby Halliday Office Gets Chic New Digs

    Not far from the Little White House location, Ebby Halliday's Preston Center office has gotten an "extreme makeover" of sorts, with 10,000 square feet of space. (Courtesy Photos)

    Not far from the Little White House location, Ebby Halliday’s Preston Center office has gotten an “extreme makeover” of sorts, with 10,000 square feet of space. (Courtesy Photos)

    Ebby Halliday’s Preston Center office has found a new home. After 38 years in the 4,100-square-foot office where it previously set up shop, the firm is expanding to a new chic space at 8333 Douglas Ave., across from the Park Cities Hilton and neighboring The Shelton high-rise.

    Ground broke on the 10,000-square-foot project in August, and the new space opened its doors in early October, thanks to the completion of the initial phase. Architect Michael Twichell, whose work includes The Shops at Legacy in Plano and the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, is the engineer on the project. The new space will be in a more prominent location than the previous office. Read More…

    By Jacie Scott Dec. 11, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • December 10, 2014

  • Flight Service Wants to Save Time For Executives

    Rise founder Nick Kennedy was tired of flight delays and other hassles. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Rise founder Nick Kennedy was tired of flight delays and other hassles. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Don’t complain to Nick Kennedy about security hassles or flight delays. He’s seen worse while flying more than 2 million miles in the past decade.

    And as frustrating as many of those commercial flights were, the worst part was the time it cost him with his family in Preston Hollow.

    That’s the primary reason that – despite having no experience in the aviation industry – Kennedy decided to launch Rise, an entrepreneurial venture starting in December at Love Field that tailors private flights to frequent business travelers for a monthly fee. Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Dec. 10, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • December 9, 2014

  • Contractor is a Woman Among Men

    Sandy Tabacinic started Dallas-based Homecorp in 2009, making her one of the few female residental contractors in the area. (Photo: Don Johnson)

    Sandy Tabacinic started Dallas-based Homecorp in 2009, making her one of the few female residental contractors in the area. (Photo: Don Johnson)

    In Sandy Tabacinic’s line of work, it’s not an insult to say that a kitchen can use a woman’s touch.

    As a female residential contractor in a business dominated by men, Tabacinic said that sometimes, home construction projects deserve the attention of the person who spends the most time there.

    And in many cases, those people are females.

    “Being a woman that runs a home can give you some insight that maybe a man doesn’t have,” Tabacinic said. “I understand the functioning of a house, and I try to take that into consideration.” Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Dec. 9, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • November 24, 2014

  • Hodges to Receive Free Enterprise Award

    Don Hodges

    Don Hodges

    Preston Hollow resident Don Hodges will be honored with the Russell H. Perry Free Enterprise Award at a dinner reception tonight at the Hilton Anatole.

    Hodges is the founder of Hodges Capital Management, which has been in operation since 1989. His career in mutual funds spans more than 50 years. Past recipients of the award include such Dallas luminaries as John Stemmons, Trammell Crow, Ebby Halliday, Tom Landry, Kenneth Cooper, Boone Powell, Ross Perot, Kay Bailey Hutchison, and Tom Leppert.

    The dinner raises funds for scholarships at Dallas Baptist University.

    By Todd Jorgenson Nov. 24, 2014 | 10:28 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • November 19, 2014

  • PHC Invests in San Antonio Golf Resort

    Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson

    Preston Hollow Capital recently completed a $48.9 million financing for the Cibolo Canyons Special Improvement District, a 2,100-acre, mixed-use development near San Antonio.

    The bond funding transaction will reimburse the infrastructure costs for developer Forestar Group Inc. PHC was launched earlier this year by Jim Thompson, a Preston Hollow resident who previously was a longtime executive with Orix USA.

    Cibolo Canyons includes the Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa, as well as two TPC golf courses designed by Pete Dye and Greg Norman.

    By Todd Jorgenson Nov. 19, 2014 | 2:39 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • November 18, 2014

  • Developer to Speak at CREW Luncheon

    Lucy Billingsley

    Lucy Billingsley

    The Dallas chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women will hold its November luncheon on Wednesday, featuring a keynote address from area developer Lucy Billingsley.

    The Billingsley Company is developing Cypress Waters, a 1,000-acre project mixing residential, retail and office uses near North Lake in northwest Dallas. She started the company in 1978, and has also developed the International Business Park and the Arts Plaza campus.

    The luncheon, which is open to the public, begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Park City Club. Cost is $55 for pre-registered guests and $65 for walk-ins. For more information, contact Kim Hopkins at 214-890-6490 or khopkins@crew-dallas.org.

    By Todd Jorgenson Nov. 18, 2014 | 6:39 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • November 12, 2014

  • Ken’s Man’s Shop Celebrates 50 Years

    Congratulations to the venerable Ken’s Man’s Shop at Preston Royal Shopping Center, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Thursday with a variety of festivities.

    The haberdasher was founded by Ken Helfman in 1964 in Garland and moved to its current location about 20 years ago.

    The store will host a commemorative trunk show from noon to 5 p.m. with several vendor specials. And a party kicks off a 4 p.m. that should provide a nostalgic kick for frequent customers, as well as a silent auction to raise money for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

    By Todd Jorgenson Nov. 12, 2014 | 1:17 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • November 7, 2014

  • City Planning Pioneer Built Conference

    Gail Thomas

    Gail Thomas

    To many around town, Gail Thomas is known as a dynamo and a pioneer of community development and urban planning.

    She is the president and CEO of The Trinity Trust and the director of the Dallas Institute’s Center for the City. A graduate of SMU, she received the university’s J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award earlier this year and is an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects. She has authored three books.

    But one of her most prized projects is the “What Makes a City” conference, which she started in 1982. Its 32nd installation took place at the Latino Cultural Center on Oct. 23.

    “Since the first ‘What Makes a City?’ conference that Dr. Gail Thomas started in 1982, the Dallas Institute has focused much of its work on studying cities by drawing on the experiences of planning and urban experts,” executive director Larry Allums said. “We attempt to imagine Dallas from a fresh perspective, setting aside our sworn allegiances for a brief moment in order to consider new ideas, whatever they might be.”

    Thomas sat down to discuss the community benefits of this long-standing tradition: Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Nov. 7, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
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