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
  • 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  • Highland House Proposal Withdrawn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 Now comes word that Crosland has withdrawn its plans for the Westchester space, and that the land has been sold to former Dallas City Council candidate Leland Burk.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.

    Read More…

    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
  • August 11, 2014

  • Restaurant Brings Back Glamour

    Owner Tom Ruggeri checks on guests after their tableside meals have been served to ensure their dining experience is top-notch. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Owner Tom Ruggeri checks on guests after their tableside meals have been served to ensure their dining experience is top-notch. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Restaurant patrons looking to turn back the clock to a more glamorous era of dining should look no further than Ruggeri’s in Preston Royal Southwest.

    Once a week, the restaurant has started offering classic, fine-dining options on rolling carts such as chateaubriand, rack of lamb, and strawberries flambe.  Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 11, 2014 | 11:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • July 28, 2014

  • Surgeon Honored For Spine Service

    Dr. Douglas Won

    Dr. Douglas Won

    Dr. Douglas Won, a Preston Hollow resident and founder of Irving-based SpineCARE, has been recognized for his work by Chicago trade publication Becker’s Spine Review.

    Won is one of 17 spine surgeons nationwide, and three in Texas to be honored with the 2014 Leadership Award. In addition to directing the spine center in Irving, Won is the chief medical officer of Star Medical Center, a surgical hospital in Plano.

    The publication accepted nominations of top spine surgeons from readers and industry professionals, and the publication selected winners based on leadership, experience and entrepreneurship.

    By Todd Jorgenson Jul. 28, 2014 | 5:01 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • July 27, 2014

  • Toll Lanes Make a Quicker Commute Costly

    What’s true in retail also is becoming fact when it comes to Dallas roads — you get what you pay for.

    And the hope among transportation officials is that many drivers in the area are willing to pay a premium to avoid traffic congestion and aggravation.

    The test of that theory is along LBJ Freeway between Interstate 35E and North Central Expressway, where the second phase of TEXpress Lanes opened in early July.

    Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Jul. 27, 2014 | 9:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • July 11, 2014

  • Gerald Tomlin Antiques Moves Into New Digs

    Joanne Tomlin shows off a secretary desk with ivory detailing in the new showroom on Slocum Street. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Joanne Tomlin shows off a secretary desk with ivory detailing in the new showroom on Slocum Street. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    HP Village was home for 25 years

    After 25 years as a tenant in Highland Park Village, Gerald Tomlin Antiques has moved its fine furnishings to Slocum Street in the Design District. 

    “We just kind of ran out of room,” Joanne Tomlin said. 

    The shop has always been a family operation, with Joanne and her husband, Gerald, at the head and their three sons — Gerald Jr., Edward, and Christopher — fulfilling the rest of the duties.  Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 11, 2014 | 9:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • July 10, 2014

  • Riffraff Coming Soon to Plaza at Preston Center

    Riffraff will be the latest addition to The Plaza at Preston Center when it opens this fall.

    The 2,500-square-foot store will showcase a unique collection of clothing, accessories, shoes, gifts, and home goods. It will take the place of the shuttered American Express Travel Center.

    Riffraff opened its first store in Fayetteville, Ark., in February 2009, when its founder, Kirsten Blowers, was still a student at the University of Arkansas. The Preston Center space will be its first expansion into Texas.

    By Todd Jorgenson Jul. 10, 2014 | 3:21 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
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