Category: Business

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

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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 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.


Developer Trying Again With Preston Center Neighbors

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Transwestern has resurrected its plans to build a luxury apartment complex at the northeast corner of Preston Road and Northwest Highway.

The developer, you might recall, took its plans for the same property off the table last summer following a wave of neighborhood opposition about the proposed height and density of the project.

Now the company has scaled back the size of its plans in its latest concept, and Transwestern officials are cautiously optimistic about the response.

“It was really clear that we weren’t getting any traction for the density or height we were looking for. So we had to step back,” said Mark Culwell, Transwestern managing director of multifamily development. “We developed a concept that we thought would be much more agreeable to the neighbors.


Apartments Cater to Luxury Living

Lang Partners plans to start construction later this spring on 52 units near Lovers Lane and Preston Road in University Park. (Rendering: JHP Architecture) 0
Lang Partners plans to start construction later this spring on 52 units near Lovers Lane and Preston Road in University Park. (Rendering: JHP Architecture)

Lang Partners to develop on Lovers LaneAnother luxury apartment project is coming to the Park Cities, but this one is a little unique in terms of location and design.

Lang Partners is developing 52 units just west of Highland Park High School, on two lots stretching from Lovers Lane to Grassmere Street.

The three-acre complex includes multi-level apartments with surface garage parking, bisected by a pair of alleys. The two lots are on either side of Hyer Street.

It will replace the former Park Lane Apartments, with the Corrigan family retaining ownership of the land and leasing it long-term to Lang after the two parties reached an agreement to redevelop the property.


Task Force Talks Traffic, Creates Congestion

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On Monday night, members of the task force charged with steering future development around Preston Center had some fun. In fact, they partied like it’s 1989.

That year is when the city of Dallas adopted recommendations from the Preston Center Area Transition Study, which focused on new regulations in the area in response to new city zoning codes.

As part of that study, recommendations included a comprehensive traffic study for Preston Center every five years. In addition, the second level of the city-owned public parking garage in the aging retail center would be reserved for employees of the surrounding businesses.

But no traffic studies were ever commissioned. And nobody followed through on enforcement of the suggested parking guidelines.


Plaza Days to Showcase Deals, Family Fun

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The Plaza at Preston Center will hold its annual Plaza Days celebration from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m on May 8 and 9 (rescheduled due to the upcoming forecast).

Take a stroll through the sidewalk sales and trunk shows while enjoying treats, adopt a new furry family member, or at least get your face painted like one.

Want cute photo proof of the event? Check out their website post from last year’s Plaza Days.


Badovinus Brings Seafood to Preston Center

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Nick Badovinus will open Montlake Cut this spring. (Courtesy photo)

Seattle’s culinary culture is known for two things: seafood and coffee. Nick Badovinus hopes to bring both of those to Dallas in a new way with his latest Preston Center concept, Montlake Cut.

The restaurant, named after the canal that links Lake Washington to the Puget Sound, evokes Badovinus’ childhood in the Seattle area.

“There’s a saltwater-scented, blue collar appeal to it,” he said. “That’s what we kind of hope to bring — that great, quality fish doesn’t have to be rarified. It’s a different point of view to fish.”


Author Events at Barnes & Noble

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Summer is just around the corner and that means reading by the pool is too. Luckily Barnes & Noble is having some fun events in the next month to help you find your poolside paperback or other summer read.

For the historical lit fans, author Jan Jarboe Russell will be reading from and signing her latest book “Train to Crystal City: FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II” on April 16 at 7 p.m. Russell tells the story of how a small town in southern Texas held hundreds of Japanese immigrants and their American-born children during WW II.