Category: Business

Expert to Speak About Oil Sector Volatility

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Jerry Swank

Jerry Swank

The recent volatility in the oil and energy markets affect different folks in different ways, and it takes an expert to sort through all of those varying perspectives.

One said expert is Jerry Swank, president and CEO of The Cushing Group, who will give a presentation called “Oil Volatility: Its Effect on the U.S. Economy and Energy Renaissance” on Tuesday at the Hilton Dallas-Park Cities.

The program also will feature Bill Carter of Carter Finanial Management in Dallas, who is the sponsor. It begins at 7 p.m., and will be followed by a reception. To RSVP, call 214-363-4200 or email rsvp@carterwealth.com.


Hear This Vision For a New Dallas on Monday

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Wick Allison

Wick Allison

Do you want to hear about a bold new vision for Dallas, one with a more vibrant downtown that’s not strangled by freeways on every side?

D Magazine editor-in-chief Wick Allison and urban planner Patrick Kennedy will present their ideas for such a plan and outline the goals of Coalition for a New Dallas at the next gathering of the Dallas Public Affairs Luncheon Club on March 16 at the Park City Club.

The most recent PALC luncheon featured Mark Roglan, director of the Meadows Museum at SMU, who talked about the museum’s history and its upcoming 50th anniversary celebration.

For more information or to reserve a spot at the March luncheon, contact Sue Kidwell at 214-361-1318 or sk6716@sbcglobal.net.


DISH to Stock Bar, Set Tables in New Home

Tim McEneny will open the new DISH. (Photo: Chris McGathey) 0
Tim McEneny will open the new DISH. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

When local restaurant savant Tim McEneny decided to open another DISH location, he thought of it as expanding his family.

“It’s like having one child,” he said. “Isn’t it better to have another?”

The new DISH Preston Hollow is scheduled to open in late February at the northwest corner of Hillcrest Road and Northwest Highway. The original, located in Oak Lawn, will be renamed DISH Cedar Springs.

The idea for another location came a year ago at a kitchen table, when McEneny and an architect sketched out the “bones” of the new place. From there, the duo took it to consultants at Coeval Studio to “give the place a personality.”


Sentiment Split on Preston Center Skybridge

Here's a rendering of the proposed pedestrian skybridge. (Courtesy Dodd Communications) 0
Here's a rendering of the proposed pedestrian skybridge. (Courtesy Dodd Communications)

Everyone seems to agree that something needs to be done about Preston Center. But what that something entails is a matter of contention among property owners, residential neighbors, and frequent visitors.

When developers proposed a pair of luxury apartment complexes last year — a high-rise in the heart of Preston Center and a high-density project just to the north — both met with significant opposition from residential neighbors and were scuttled before even reaching a Dallas City Council agenda.

Those same opponents prompted the city to fund a land-use study to help plan a revitalization of the aging retail center. That study, being overseen by council member Jennifer Gates, likely is still several months away from completion.


BelAir Gets Fresh Digs on Lovers Lane

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BelAir is moving to a larger storefront on West Lovers Lane.

Home decor retailer BelAir is moving to a larger storefront on West Lovers Lane.

UPDATE: The grand opening event has been postponed to April 1.

Home decor retailer BelAir will hold a grand re-opening celebration on Thursday for its new location at 4719 W. Lovers Lane.

The store, owned by sisters Shannon VanBeber and Melani McDougal, specializes in decor, furniture, clothing, and accessories. It recently finished a move from a bungalow location down the street to the former Wild Birds Unlimited storefront, which is two stories and 2,300 square feet.

Thursday’s festivities run from 4 to 7 p.m. and includes the usual bites and sips.


The GEM Juice Bar Expands to Preston Forest

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The GEM opened its first location at Preston Center in 2012. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

The GEM opened its first location at Preston Center in 2012. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

A new GEM is opening at Preston Forest on Tuesday, and that’s not necessarily a subjective comment.

Rather, The GEM juice bar will launch its second location to join its flagship storefront at Preston Center that’s been open since early 2012.

The company specializes in organic and vegan juices and smoothies. Some of them will be highlighted during some grand-opening festivities on Tuesday, including the Green Glow, Radiant Glow, Platinum Veggie Love, and Ruby Slipper.

We don’t know exactly what those contain, but they sound both nutritious and adventurous. So do the plans for two disco balls in the new location to set the mood.


Trader Joe’s to Open on Friday in Preston Hollow

When Trader Joe's opens on Friday, this rendering shows what it will basically look like. (Courtesy Dodd Communications) 0
When Trader Joe's opens on Friday, this rendering shows what it will basically look like. (Courtesy Dodd Communications)

The Preston Hollow Village development will kick into high gear on Friday when its anchor retail tenant, Trader Joe’s, opens its doors.

The grocery chain will hold a “lei-cutting” at 8 a.m. and will have live music other festivities throughout the day. The 13,800-square-foot store will feature murals celebrating Ebby’s Little White House and local sports teams.

The location will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. It’s part of a rapid local expansion for the California-based grocer, which also opened a location at Inwood Village last year.


Boutique Owner Makes It Cool to Be Thrifty

Items that Jenny Grumbles acquired on “Storage Wars” are among the decorations in her Preston Hollow home. (Photos: Chris McGathey) 0
Items that Jenny Grumbles acquired on “Storage Wars” are among the decorations in her Preston Hollow home. (Photos: Chris McGathey)

Upon walking into Jenny Grumbles’s Preston Hollow home, one sees several rooms neatly organized, all filled with furniture she has collected at estate sales, storage unit auctions, and even through dumpster diving.

In the front left of the home is a sort-of “man cave” for her husband — filled with old baseball and football collectibles, and a television to view all kinds of sporting events.

And in the living room — “the formal room no one goes in” as Grumbles describes it — are two chairs that once belonged to her great-grandmother.


Bold Colors, Fresh Patterns Are Trends to Watch in 2015

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Photos courtesy of Sarah Pickard

We are only one month into 2015 and the trends are already emerging, from going bold in your kitchen with brightly painted cabinets to patterns on the ceiling. You can incorporate these trends into your home very easily, and update your own space with just a few easy steps.

1. MARSALA: RED IS BACKPantone recently named its 2015 color of the year, Marsala, which is much more sophisticated and adaptable than the reds seen in the past. A naturally robust and earthy wine red, Marsala has the ability to richen any space in your home. Because of the brown undertone, this color looks incredible with neutrals, greys, and chocolates that were so popular in 2014. Marsala is a seductive shade that can complement any design, modern or traditional. This color has not only been seen in interior design but also on the runway.


Friends Two-Step to Good Deeds

Highland Park graduate Ben Siegel recently presented a $30,000 check from Lone Star Charity Two-Step to Vogel Alcove. (Courtesy Photo) 0
Highland Park graduate Ben Siegel recently presented a $30,000 check from Lone Star Charity Two-Step to Vogel Alcove. (Courtesy Photo)

A 2013 Highland Park High School graduate, Ben Siegel understands he is privileged.

“We just wanted a way to give back to something we take for granted,” Siegel said about the charity he founded. “Just being able to attend all of these schools and then realizing there are so many kids that are probably just as smart as us, who will never have equal opportunities.”

During his winter break last year, Siegel and three of his friends wanted to give back.

So they formed a nonprofit and named it Lone Star Charity Two-Step.