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

    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
  • November 5, 2014

  • CFT Appoints New Advisory Board Members

    Brent Christopher, CEO Communities Foundation of Texas, and newly appointed council members Sam Dykeman, Kris Thomas, Tom Montgomery, Danika Mendrygal, and Keith Laycock.

    Brent Christopher, CEO of Communities Foundation of Texas, stands with newly appointed council members Sam Dykeman, Kris Thomas, Tom Montgomery, Danika Mendrygal, and Keith Laycock.

    Communities Foundation of Texas appointed nine civic and business leaders as new members to its advisory council during a recent breakfast reception.

    The council, which includes more than 75 members from various backgrounds within the community, provides viewpoints that generate public support for the foundation.

    The new members include Bill E. Carter, Carter Financial Management; Lora Davis, The Blum Firm; Sam Dykeman, J.P. Morgan Chase Private Bank; Sandy Kaufman, Kaufman & Associates; Keith Laylock, Northern Trust; Danika Mendrygal, Haynes and Boone, LLP; Keith Novick, Gardere, Wynne, Sewell; Tom Montgomery, Montgomery, Coscia, Grelich, LLP; and Kris Thomas, Communities Foundation of Texas.

    By Todd Jorgenson Nov. 5, 2014 | 10:07 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 23, 2014

  • Recycle Your Electronics, Have a Salad

    Snappy Salads will hold a free “recycling roundup” at six of its Dallas-area locations on Saturday, including at Preston Forest from 9 a.m. to noon.

    The event is designed to collect electronic items including computers, televisions, monitors, laptops, cell phones, VCRs, stereos, copiers, printers, video games, fax machines, calculators, as well as small appliances and batteries.

    The chain of salad eateries with an eco-friendly twist held its first such collection day in the spring, and estimated that they disposed of more than seven tons of electronic waste.

    On Saturday, the Snappy Salads location at 5941 Greenville Avenue also will participate from 1 to 4 p.m.

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 23, 2014 | 1:36 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 22, 2014

  • Unique Opportunity for Lladro Fans


    Bachendorfs LlardroA unique opportunity awaits all of you who are fans of the famous Lladro figurines.

    Bachendorf’s is sponsoring a signing event on Thursday, Oct. 30, with Rosa Lladro, daughter of one of the brand’s founding brothers. At the event, you will discover the newest additions to this fascinating porcelain brand, including the charming limited edition featuring the rhythms of the fifties, Let’s swing. 

    Rosa Lladro will be pleased to sign all your purchases. For more information go here. The event will be held at Bachendorf’s at Preston Center from 3 to 5 p.m. RSVP to 214-692-8400 or events@bachendorf’

    By Patricia Martin Oct. 22, 2014 | 8:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 14, 2014

  • Mom Helps Build Marketplace For Artisans

    Noonday partners with artisans in developing countries to bring authentic jewelry and accessories to consumers in the U.S. (Courtesy photos)

    Noonday partners with artisans in developing countries to bring authentic jewelry and accessories to the U.S.

    Tigiest, an Ethiopian mother of five, was expelled from her home upon her HIV-positive diagnosis. She sought refuge at Mount Entoto, a mountain just outside the capital city of Addis Ababa, taking only three of her children. She could no longer afford to care for them all.

    Tigiest’s story struck a chord within Preston Hollow resident Claire Rathbun.

    “Being a mother, I could not imagine not having both of my kids with me,” said Rathbun.

    Rathbun came across a company that would provide the opportunity to do just that: Noonday Collection. Read More…

    By Jacie Scott Oct. 14, 2014 | 9:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • CFT to Host Panel on Nonprofit Involvement

    Communities Foundation of Texas will hold the latest event in its “Cause-Minded Conversations” series on Wednesday at the CFT headquarters at 5500 Caruth Haven Lane.

    The panel discussion, called “NexGen Nonprofit Leaders,” will focus on how the next generation can have a lasting impact on Dallas and other cities. Specifically, panelists will discuss non-traditional solutions to social issues and ways to empower philanthropists and inspire community change.

    Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 14, 2014 | 5:20 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 8, 2014

  • Strauss Re-Elected as DART Board Chair

    Robert Strauss

    Robert Strauss

    Preston Hollow resident Robert Strauss was re-elected last night as chairman of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit board of directors.

    Strauss is a partner at the law firm of Strasburger & Price in Dallas, and was appointed to the DART board by the Dallas City Council in 2006. He holds a master’s degree from New York University and a law degree from Brooklyn Law School.

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 8, 2014 | 9:48 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
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