Category: Business

Little Greek Getting Big With Expansion

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Little Greek will open its brisk expansion when it opens its first Dallas restaurant on Thursday at the southwest corner of North Central Expressway and Walnut Hill Lane. A ribbon-cutting is set for 11 a.m.

The menu for the fast-casual concept includes an assortment of pitas, wraps, and gyros, all with meat imported directly from Chicago.

“We know that our meat sets us apart. We use the highest quality gyro meat that money can buy,” said owner Jan Rosen. “We have been so happy with the success and growth of our other two Little Greek locations, and this Preston Hollow location is a perfect fit.”


Expanding Harrison Family Footwear Brand is a Shoe-In

Kai (left) and Eric Harrison took over their parents’ 37-year-old shoe company, The Remac Group. (Photo: Tanner Garza) 0
Kai (left) and Eric Harrison took over their parents’ 37-year-old shoe company, The Remac Group. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

“I went away to college having absolutely no doubt that I wanted to come into the business. I graduated from OU on a Saturday and started working here on Monday,” said Eric Harrison. “That was 29 years ago.”

For Harrison and his brother Kai, joining the family shoe business, the Remac Group, was a no-brainer. And while the company itself may not be a household name, one of its brands will resonate with Preston Hollow residents: J. Reneé.

A staple in Preston Royal Village for the past 17 years, the boutique supplies local women with unique heels, flats, sandals, and handbags. Named after the Harrisons’ mother, Joyce Reneé, the brand that started it all when Reneé and her husband Micky founded the company 37 years ago is finding new companions on the shelves.


Brewer Renames Law Firm After Split

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William Brewer

William Brewer

After more than 30 years of partnership, Preston Hollow attorney William Brewer will go it alone with his new law firm.

The former Bickel & Brewer, which was started in 1984, will become Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors on June 29. The firm will relocate to the top two floors of the Comerica Bank Tower in downtown Dallas.

According to Brewer, the boutique firm will continue its focus on cases involving business, politics, and public policy. It also will keep its pro bono arm, and plans to expand into more litigation involving crisis management.


Council Defers Contentious Skybridge Vote

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This won't be happening anytime soon in Preston Center.

This won’t be happening anytime soon in Preston Center.

As happens frequently in these situations, when an elected body can’t reach consensus on a divisive item, they hold off on a decision and let somebody else handle it.

The Dallas City Council reached that conclusion on Wednesday with regard to the contentious proposal by Crow Holdings to construct a pedestrian skybridge linking the second floor of the Preston Center parking garage to a retail space on the west side.

In fact, the council considered two different ideas for tabling the issue — District 13 councilwoman Jennifer Gates suggested holding off until Nov. 10 to allow the Preston Road and Northwest Highway Area Plan Task Force to negotiate the issue in the interim and report back to the council with a proposal before then.


House Calls Go High-Tech With Mend App

Mend is designed to offer house calls that shorten wait times and offer a wider range of services than traditional appointments. (Courtesy Photos) 0
Mend is designed to offer house calls that shorten wait times and offer a wider range of services than traditional appointments. (Courtesy Photos)

Dr. Jonathan Clarke is taking modern medicine old-school with his new app-based house-call service known as Mend.

“Healthcare isn’t convenient,” Clarke said. “We aim to change that.”

Mend is a way for people suffering from anything from the sniffles to minor injuries to receive medical care in the comfort of their home, office, or hotel room.

Although Clarke doesn’t have a background in technology, he wanted to bring the same level of care he saw during his 15-year tenure as an emergency physician for the Navy.

“It’s been a great learning process,” he said. “We found a good app developer to put together what I envisioned.”


Snider Plaza Original Not Closing Its Doors

Mike McKenzie, Erin Bittner, and Jim Caskey (Photo: Chris McGathey) 0
Mike McKenzie, Erin Bittner, and Jim Caskey (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Pierce Hardware has been, shall we say, a fixture in Snider Plaza since 1939, making it one of the shopping center’s original tenants. But this month, that will all change.

That’s because Pierce Hardware is moving to a new showroom on Mockingbird Lane. The new location, as it intersects with Denton Drive, is not far from Love Field.

“We’re excited about the move, but we’re sorry to leave Snider Plaza, as you might imagine,” company president and University Park resident Mike McKenzie said. “We don’t feel like we’re leaving the neighborhood. We’re going to be close enough for our main customer base. We feel like we’ll be able to better serve them in the new location.”


JLD Program Aims to Get Kids Eating Better

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From left: Junior League of Dallas president Julie Bagley, United Healthcare North Texas CEO Scott Flannery, and JLD president-elect Meredith Mosley. (Photo: Kim Leeson)

From left: Junior League of Dallas president Julie Bagley, United Healthcare North Texas CEO Scott Flannery, and JLD president-elect Meredith Mosley. (Photo: Kim Leeson)

We all know that kids these days, generally speaking, need to have more discipline in their diets. So kudos are due the Kids in the Kitchen program, operated by the Junior League of Dallas in partnership with United Healthcare.

The eight-week health education program aimed to empower more than 600 Dallas children to eat well and stay healthy by promoting preparation of healthy meals and development of lifelong eating habits.

During the program, volunteers engage with kids in kindergarten through fifth grade during three-hour sessions that include age-appropriate recipe preparations, exercising activities, and fun ways to introduce nutrition and fitness to family members.


PALC Program to Feature Longtime Judge

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From left: PALC board member Mary Lee Cox, April featured speaker Gail Thomas of The Trinity Trust, and PALC president Sue Kidwell.

From left: PALC board member Mary Lee Cox, April featured speaker Gail Thomas of The Trinity Trust, and PALC president Sue Kidwell.

The Dallas Public Affairs Luncheon Club will hold its final meeting for the 2014-15 season on Monday when it welcomes guest speaker John Sholden to the Park City Club.

Sholden serves as Dallas County Truancy Court magistrate and has a decorated judicial career that includes stints as assistant district attorney in Dallas County and Collin County, as well as a Dallas County justice of the peace.

PALC holds its luncheons at noon on the third Monday of each month, except during the summer. For more information, contact Sue Kidwell at 214-361-1318 or sk6716@sbcglobal.net.


Preston Center Rotary Revs Up Fundraiser

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The Preston Center Rotary Club will drop the green flag on its biggest fundraiser of the year on Thursday at the Grand Prix party at Gas Monkey Bar and Grill.

The event includes a car show starting at 6 p.m., followed by a party that will include live music, dinner, and a silent auction. The fundraiser itself is set for May 23 at Dallas Karting Complex in Caddo Mills, where the festivities include separate go-kart races for kids and adults separated by age and experience.

Proceeds from both events will benefit the Voice of Hope Foundation. Go here for ticket and sponsorship information for the party and here for the Grand Prix.


Shop Owner Hopes to Give Poverty the Boot

Founder Samuel Bistrian delivers rain boots to children in Romania.   (Courtesy Roma boots) 0
Founder Samuel Bistrian delivers rain boots to children in Romania. (Courtesy Roma boots)

It was a gloomy Christmas Eve day in Romania when Samuel Bistrian unloaded a van full of rain boots for children living in poverty.

“There was no indication that it was Christmas Eve,” Bistrian said. “Kids were on the street. You could hear a dog barking, or see smoke in the distance, with slush and mud everywhere, and I’m like, ‘There are kids at NorthPark mall right now, probably my kids, looking forward to Christmas, and these kids have no idea. They’re in flip-flops in this mud.”


Time Out Tavern Owner Passes Baton to Longtime Barkeep

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Aaron Saginaw now mans the bar, surrounded by sports paraphernalia. (Photo: Laura Buckman)

Aaron Saginaw now mans the bar, surrounded by sports paraphernalia. (Photo: Laura Buckman)

When Aaron Saginaw moved back to Dallas after graduating from the University of Missouri, he thought he’d start working as a copywriter. Today, he owns Time Out Tavern.

“I decided to regroup and take a job in the service industry,” he said. “I though it would be for just one year, and I stayed as a bartender at Time Out for nine years.”

In January, Kevin McCormick — then owner of the bar on Lovers Lane — retired and sold the company to none other than his former bartender. In between his nearly 10 years behind the bar, later stint as manager, and his new ownership, he took time off to learn the business side of the industry while working at other Dallas bars such as Whiskey Cake and Glazer.


Bluffview Attorney to Lead State Bar of Texas

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Frank Stevenson

Frank Stevenson

Frank Stevenson of Bluffview has been chosen by his fellow attorneys as the next president of the State Bar of Texas.

Stevenson, a partner with Locke Lord Edwards, received nearly 55 percent of the 23,958 votes cast during April, easily defeating Randy Howry of Austin for the post. He will be sworn in as president-elect during the group’s annual meeting on June 19 in San Antonio. His yearlong term as president will begin in June 2016.

Stevenson specializes in real estate/finance and public law. He is a former chair of the State Bar of Texas board and a former president of the Dallas Bar Association. He also has extensive civic and philanthropic involvement on his resume.