Category: Business

Comings and Goings


Asian Mint plans to open an Inwood Village location this fall. (Courtesy photo)


Asian Mint
Inwood Village

Inwood Village will be minted this fall with a popular North Dallas Asian-fusion restaurant. Asian Mint, already on Forest Lane and Oak Lawn Avenue, will open its third location in the Inwood Village space previously occupied by Café Istanbul. Since first opening on Forest Lane in 2005, founder Nikky Phinyawatana’s New Bangkok-style cuisine has garnered multiple awards and a large following.

A Sparkling Business Endeavor


Carat, cut, color, and clarity: four little words that can strike fear in a young man’s heart, and lighten his wallet.

Setting out to purchase an engagement ring, or any piece of diamond jewelry, can be a daunting task — one Diamonds Direct aims to make as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

“Our environment is always relaxed, hands-on, friendly, and informative,”said Senior Vice President Amit Berger.

Customers Preserve Village History

Highland Park Village property managers have talked about creating a display of donated historic photos and documents. (Courtesy Highland Park Village)

Plenty has changed in the world since Highland Park Village opened more than 86 years ago. Billed as “America’s first shopping center,” the Mediterranean Spanish–style collection of approximately 70 shops and restaurants has served not only as a retail destination but also a town square of sorts for Park Cities residents.

“At its heart, the village has always been about the community, even though certain elements may have changed,” chief marketing officer Mia Meachem said. “It’s a magical place. I’ve lived in New York, D.C., and LA and there is nothing like it.”

While today’s high-end boutiques are a far cry from the feed store, drug store, and arcade that operated in bygone eras, memories of yesteryear’s businesses still resonate with many.

Dallas Arboretum Debuts Year-Round Food Oasis  


The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden will soon offer A Tasteful Place, an edible display garden complete with a newly developed lagoon and meandering walkways.

The 3.5-acre garden will also include a pavilion with event space and teaching kitchen, an orchard, beds of ornamental display vegetables, herbs and flowers, as well as shaded porches and walkways.

Being Choozy


Sharon Blumburg started Chooze in 2011. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

Inspired by their daughter’s creative spirit and love of mismatched shoes, Dallas residents Marc and Sharon Blumberg launched Chooze, an online children’s footwear company, in 2011.

The purpose for the venture: instilling in children of all ages the virtues of “creativity, confidence, and power to have a positive impact on the world.”

“I’ve always loved this whole idea of inspiring kids with creativity,” Sharon said.

Special-Needs Students Benefit from Martial Arts


“The brain can be conditioned to do anything we tell it to.”After high school, people with special needs are often left to find their way without the structure of being on campus all day, and sometimes, without a job or other daily routine.

Tony Rios, owner of My Martial Arts in Dallas, is responding to that concern with adaptive classes aimed at teaching physical fitness as a way of life.

“It helps you prolong your life, especially in an environment where kids and adults with special needs … like to sit around and not be active, so they’re the ones who need it the most,” Rios said.