Category: Business

Breaking the Bank Over a Broken Limb

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While critics have complained that freestanding emergency rooms are overpriced and even deceptive, staff boast they provide high-quality and convenient services. But at what cost?

The Texas Association of Freestanding Emergency Rooms states that ERs have to charge more than non-emergency clinics in order to cover costs associated with state-of-the-art medical equipment, as well as the costs of having ER-trained physicians available 24/7.

State law requires ERs to clearly note they are an emergency facility. However, the Better Business Bureau reports numerous complaints from families who claim they were unaware of the distinction until receiving the bill.

Allen Warchol, a Dallas native who now lives in Los Angeles, was in town for the holidays last year when his daughter developed a rash around 11 p.m. Erring on the side of caution, he and his wife went to a nearby facility so a doctor could take a look. They had no idea the small building they were in was actually considered a full-service emergency room.


i360 Individualizes Outpatient Treatment

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For the past eight years, psychologist Dr. Kevin Gilliland and his team at Innovation 360 (i360) have served many Park Cities and Preston Hollow patients struggling with issues such as mental health or addiction with a different kind of treatment.

Gilliland started i360 in 2008 in a spot near Preston Center to meet some of the gaps he saw in the outpatient treatment industry.

“There were a lot of ends that just weren’t being met,” he said. “You may not need residential when you’re depressed or drinking too much, but you need more than seeing somebody in individual therapy.”

Rather than having patients go through more emotional turmoil to take off work for outpatient treatment — which requires patients to live at home and go daily to a clinic for treatment until they complete their program — he wanted to find a middle ground where clients could receive the treatment they deserve and resume everyday life.


Local Couple Serves Berry Cool Treats

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Photo: Imani Lytle

Locally-made Berrynaked popsicles might soon find their way into ice chests at Highland Park ISD schools.

“They want to make it a part of the plated lunches at the elementary and a more a-la-carte feature for the higher grades,” said Heather Kim, who owns the Inwood Village-based Berrynaked with her husband, Gavin.

HPISD spokesperson David Hicks said the district would likely have an answer for the Kims sometime this summer.

The University Park couple started serving up frozen confections and fresh purees in their shop in 2014, determined to offer their neighbors healthy desserts and “anytime” snacks. The Kims said they were impressed with the district’s commitment to that same idea.


Why Are There so Many Sweets in Preston Center?

➊ Carlo's Bakery ➋ Unrefined Bakery (gluten free) ➌ Sprinkles Cupcakes ➍ The Hospitality Sweet (Photos: Imani Lytle) 0
➊ Carlo's Bakery ➋ Unrefined Bakery (gluten free) ➌ Sprinkles Cupcakes ➍ The Hospitality Sweet (Photos: Imani Lytle)

Preston Center is anything but lacking in options when it comes to sweets. Since March, three new bakeries have opened — two on the same day — each claiming to offer something different from what neighboring mainstays Panini Bakery, Unrefined Bakery, and Sprinkles Cupcakes offer.

So the question remains: what is it about Preston Center and the Plaza at Preston Center that draws these shops like flies to honey?

“There’s a market there for [all] of us because I think we appeal to different audiences,” said SusieCakes founder Susan Sarich.

Los Angeles-based SusieCakes opened its first Texas location in Preston Center on April 16.


Preston Royal Shop Tailored to Perfection

Elizabeth and Ronaldo Sosa set up shop in Preston Royal Village about ten years ago. (Courtesy Photo) 0
Elizabeth and Ronaldo Sosa set up shop in Preston Royal Village about ten years ago. (Courtesy Photo)

Ronaldo Elizabeth Tailors has been a Dallas institution for nearly three decades. Nestled in a hidden corner of Preston Royal Villager, the shop is easy to overlook.

The small family-owned business specializes in alterations and custom clothing for men and women. The business does little advertising, thriving almost solely on repeat customers and word of mouth.

“I’ve been coming here forever,” said longtime customer Caro Stalcup. “They are the best.”

The store’s wall, plastered with Christmas cards, graduation announcements, and family vacation pictures sent from loyal customers, is a testament to this.


Diamond Doctor Fights Claims of Over-Grading

Preston Road wholesale jeweler Diamond Doctor faces off against Nashville lawyer Brian Manookian. (Courtesy Photos) 0
Preston Road wholesale jeweler Diamond Doctor faces off against Nashville lawyer Brian Manookian. (Courtesy Photos)

University Park-based wholesale jeweler Diamond Doctor has earned a lot of free press over the past eight months. But ask owner and Preston Hollow resident David Blank, and he’ll tell you “any publicity is good publicity” doesn’t apply here.

In October, Nashville-based lawyer Brian Manookian launched the websites diamonddoctorlawsuit.com and dallasdiamonddoctorclassaction.com in an attempt to solicit former Diamond Doctor customers who believe they were sold over-graded diamonds to sue the jeweler.

And while Diamond Doctor did sell diamonds graded by EGL International — an Israeli diamond-grading laboratory that shut down in 2014 because of claims of inconsistent grading standards — Blank says he has done nothing wrong.

Diamond Doctor sells both jewelry and loose diamonds. According to Blank, when a customer makes a purchase, they receive a certificate from the independent grading laboratory marking the diamond’s grade.


Ghost Town Mall Set for Demolition

Valley View Center during business hours makes one dream of days gone by. (Photo: Imani Lytle) 0
Valley View Center during business hours makes one dream of days gone by. (Photo: Imani Lytle)

UPDATE: On June 22, Dallas City  Council approved the demolition of Valley View Mall, making way for a mixed-use development. Demolition is set to begin by Dec. 31, and developer Beck Ventures expects the tear down to take six months, according to the DMN. For a full look at the project, check out the cover story from the November issue of Preston Hollow People. The following story was published before this announcement.


Sisterhood is Flower-Fresh in Snider Plaza

Sisters Rachel Omundson and Anna Gilmore opened Three Branches Floral in 2014. (Photo: Laura Buckman) 0
Sisters Rachel Omundson and Anna Gilmore opened Three Branches Floral in 2014. (Photo: Laura Buckman)

They say when you marry in June, you’re a bride all your life. Maybe that’s why sisters Rachel Omundson and Anna Gilmore (née Slaton) are so busy this season.

The Park Cities natives are growing a fresh floral business in a cozy second-floor workspace above Bandito’s Tex Mex Cantina in Snider Plaza, and as they approach their two-year anniversary, they have found themselves in high demand.

After college, the sisters went in separate directions; Omundson to Chicago, where she started a family, and Gilmore to Birmingham, Ala., where she worked for Southern Living as a stylist. They always talked about starting a business together if they ever came home.

“It was like a jokey dream, the idea that we would do this together,” Gilmore said. 


Find Your Ohm at Home with Yogis on the Go

Matt Sanderson founded Yogis on the Go in 2015 after earning his teaching certification. Yogis on the Go has catered to organizations such as Cinemark and the City of Plano. (Courtesy Photo) 0
Matt Sanderson founded Yogis on the Go in 2015 after earning his teaching certification. Yogis on the Go has catered to organizations such as Cinemark and the City of Plano. (Courtesy Photo)

Finding an outlet can help relieve the stress that comes from being over-worked. For full-time practicing lawyer and Preston Hollow resident Matt Sanderson, that outlet was yoga, a hobby that later gave rise to Yogis on the Go.

In September 2015, Sanderson founded Yogis on the Go with the idea of bringing the studio to the client. Whether it’s practicing among coworkers in the office, one-on-one at home, or at a park with a significant other, Yogis on the Go caters to everyone, regardless of age.

In 2009, Sanderson realized work was getting the best of him, and couldn’t escape the office even when on vacation. He wanted to find a way to enhance his workouts, so he decided to invest some of his free time in taking yoga classes at a studio.

“At the end of the class we got into Shavasna, the resting phase at the very end,” Sanderson said. “And I felt this certain peace that I had never felt … ever.”