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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.

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.


Housing Market Tilts Toward Sellers

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The real-estate market in the Park Cities and Preston Hollow continues to shift toward benefiting the sellers.

With inventory down and prices up, talk of the 2008 slowdown appears to be in the rearview mirror for homeowners who are finding more favorable selling conditions across the board.

“It’s a strong sellers’ market. We’ve seen a big uptick in 2014 and we expect it to continue in 2015,” said Lydia Player, an associate with the Preston Center office of Ebby Halliday Realtors. “It’s taken a little longer to bounce back, but it has bounced back.”


App Looks to Save Time For Agents

Zoccam launched in December. (Courtesy Photo) 0
Zoccam launched in December. (Courtesy Photo)

For real-estate agents in Dallas who often drive in rush hour to drop off checks to title companies at the onset of their clients’ home-buying contracts, life just got easier.

In early December, local real estate attorney and SMU graduate Ashley Cook launched Zoccam, an app for licensed agents that allows them to deposit those checks with just a tap on their smartphone.

“We’re trying to empower agents to have better technology than for-sale by owners and people who aren’t using agents, who have online sites to help them,” Cook said.


Preston Hollow Village Plans a Diverse Menu

A variety of restaurants in addition to a gym and a bank are some of the first tenants slated to open at Preston Hollow Village. (Rendering Courtesy of Dodd Communications) 0
A variety of restaurants in addition to a gym and a bank are some of the first tenants slated to open at Preston Hollow Village. (Rendering Courtesy of Dodd Communications)

The Tenants

  • Modmarket
  • Blue Sushi Sake Grill
  • Trader Joe’s
  • VertsKebap
  • Pakpao Thai
  • Tangerine Salon
  • 18/8 men’s salon
  • Orangetheory Fitness
  • Frost Bank

As its first retailers prepare to open their doors, the developers of Preston Hollow Village are hoping to transform a previously dormant corner of prime real estate into a bustling mix of office, residential, and retail uses.

The complex will likely debut this month with the openings of three eateries — Modmarket, a farm-fresh Colorado chain that just recently began an expansion into the Dallas area; Austin-based gyro specialist VertsKebap; and the second location for Fort Worth-based Blue Sushi Sake Grill.


Bijoux Will Close; Montlake Cut Will Open

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Our colleague Nancy Nichols has the scoop on SideDish about some restaurant comings and goings at both Preston Center and Inwood Village.

For starters, the intimate dinner spot Bijoux will close at the end of February, following one final Valentine’s Day hurrah for local couples. The owners will focus instead on The Second Floor Bistro.

And it didn’t take long for someone to lease the space recently vacated by Spoon at Preston Center, as restaurateur Nick Badovinus plans to open a seafood place called Montlake Cut.