Category: Business

Who’s Really Leading This Task Force?

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The ongoing saga of the skybridge proposal isn't relevant to the work of the task force in charge of reshaping Preston Center. Or so they say. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

The ongoing saga of the skybridge proposal isn’t relevant to the work of the task force in charge of reshaping Preston Center. Or so they say. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

The bumpy road didn’t get any smoother on Tuesday night for the Preston Road and Northwest Highway Area Plan Task Force.

The group tried to lay the groundwork for its efforts to reshape development around Preston Center by meeting for the first time in more than three months. Yet following almost two hours of back-and-forth, the abundance of basic procedural squabbles among task-force volunteers, public officials, and hired consultants brought one question to the forefront.

Who’s in charge here?


Dubrow Earns Regional Entrepreneur Award

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Mark Dubrow

Mark Dubrow

Preston Hollow resident Mark Dubrow has been named the 2015 EY Entrepreneur of the Year in the Emerging Technology category for the Southwest region.

The Ernst & Young award recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate success in innovation, commitment to their business, and financial performance.

Dubrow, president and CEO of Onyx Payments — a payment processor for hotels and travel distributors — has almost 30 years of corporate financial management and industry business services experience. He is now a candidate for the 2015 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year national award, which will be announced in the fall.


Lunch Panel Focuses on CBD Growth

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Kourtny Garrett

Kourtny Garrett

What’s hot in the Central Business District? Or, perhaps more accurately, what’s “haute” in the CBD? That’s the question that will be posed to panelists at the monthly luncheon for the Dallas chapter for Commercial Real Estate Women on Wednesday at the Park City Club.

Kourtny Garrett, executive vice president of Downtown Dallas Inc., will moderate the panel and give a presentation about the implementation of the Downtown Dallas 360 plan. The other participants include Amy McLaren, vice president with CBRE, and Shelle Sills, director of retail and special projects at Headington Companies and former general manager of the Neiman Marcus flagship store.

The event is open to the public. Cost is $55 if you register in advance or $65 at the door. For more information, contact Kim Hopkins at 214-890-6490 or khopkins@crew-dallas.org.


Camps are Music to Kids’ Ears

Young campers get excited. (Photo: Chris McGathey) 0
Young campers get excited. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Allen and Gila Selis are people who believe in education. As the operators of Tech EdVentures and Music Together Dallas, respectively, they believe that education is something parents and children can do together.

For Gila, her story with Music Together Dallas began when she took her then 9-month-old daughter to a class in 2001.

“I loved my demo class so much that I asked the owner of the business if I could take the training to teach on Sunday mornings,” she said. “That magical feeling that I felt touched my soul right there and then, that very first class.”


Little Greek Getting Big With Expansion

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Little Greek will continue its brisk expansion when it opens its first Dallas restaurant on Thursday at the southwest corner of North Central Expressway and Walnut Hill Lane. A ribbon-cutting is set for 11 a.m.

The menu for the fast-casual concept includes an assortment of pitas, wraps, and gyros, all with meat imported directly from Chicago.

“We know that our meat sets us apart. We use the highest quality gyro meat that money can buy,” said owner Jan Rosen. “We have been so happy with the success and growth of our other two Little Greek locations, and this Preston Hollow location is a perfect fit.”


Expanding Harrison Family Footwear Brand is a Shoe-In

Kai (left) and Eric Harrison took over their parents’ 37-year-old shoe company, The Remac Group. (Photo: Tanner Garza) 0
Kai (left) and Eric Harrison took over their parents’ 37-year-old shoe company, The Remac Group. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

“I went away to college having absolutely no doubt that I wanted to come into the business. I graduated from OU on a Saturday and started working here on Monday,” said Eric Harrison. “That was 29 years ago.”

For Harrison and his brother Kai, joining the family shoe business, the Remac Group, was a no-brainer. And while the company itself may not be a household name, one of its brands will resonate with Preston Hollow residents: J. Reneé.

A staple in Preston Royal Village for the past 17 years, the boutique supplies local women with unique heels, flats, sandals, and handbags. Named after the Harrisons’ mother, Joyce Reneé, the brand that started it all when Reneé and her husband Micky founded the company 37 years ago is finding new companions on the shelves.


Brewer Renames Law Firm After Split

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William Brewer

William Brewer

After more than 30 years of partnership, Preston Hollow attorney William Brewer will go it alone with his new law firm.

The former Bickel & Brewer, which was started in 1984, will become Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors on June 29. The firm will relocate to the top two floors of the Comerica Bank Tower in downtown Dallas.

According to Brewer, the boutique firm will continue its focus on cases involving business, politics, and public policy. It also will keep its pro bono arm, and plans to expand into more litigation involving crisis management.


Council Defers Contentious Skybridge Vote

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This won't be happening anytime soon in Preston Center.

This won’t be happening anytime soon in Preston Center.

As happens frequently in these situations, when an elected body can’t reach consensus on a divisive item, they hold off on a decision and let somebody else handle it.

The Dallas City Council reached that conclusion on Wednesday with regard to the contentious proposal by Crow Holdings to construct a pedestrian skybridge linking the second floor of the Preston Center parking garage to a retail space on the west side.

In fact, the council considered two different ideas for tabling the issue — District 13 councilwoman Jennifer Gates suggested holding off until Nov. 10 to allow the Preston Road and Northwest Highway Area Plan Task Force to negotiate the issue in the interim and report back to the council with a proposal before then.


House Calls Go High-Tech With Mend App

Mend is designed to offer house calls that shorten wait times and offer a wider range of services than traditional appointments. (Courtesy Photos) 0
Mend is designed to offer house calls that shorten wait times and offer a wider range of services than traditional appointments. (Courtesy Photos)

Dr. Jonathan Clarke is taking modern medicine old-school with his new app-based house-call service known as Mend.

“Healthcare isn’t convenient,” Clarke said. “We aim to change that.”

Mend is a way for people suffering from anything from the sniffles to minor injuries to receive medical care in the comfort of their home, office, or hotel room.

Although Clarke doesn’t have a background in technology, he wanted to bring the same level of care he saw during his 15-year tenure as an emergency physician for the Navy.

“It’s been a great learning process,” he said. “We found a good app developer to put together what I envisioned.”


Snider Plaza Original Not Closing Its Doors

Mike McKenzie, Erin Bittner, and Jim Caskey (Photo: Chris McGathey) 0
Mike McKenzie, Erin Bittner, and Jim Caskey (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Pierce Hardware has been, shall we say, a fixture in Snider Plaza since 1939, making it one of the shopping center’s original tenants. But this month, that will all change.

That’s because Pierce Hardware is moving to a new showroom on Mockingbird Lane. The new location, as it intersects with Denton Drive, is not far from Love Field.

“We’re excited about the move, but we’re sorry to leave Snider Plaza, as you might imagine,” company president and University Park resident Mike McKenzie said. “We don’t feel like we’re leaving the neighborhood. We’re going to be close enough for our main customer base. We feel like we’ll be able to better serve them in the new location.”


JLD Program Aims to Get Kids Eating Better

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From left: Junior League of Dallas president Julie Bagley, United Healthcare North Texas CEO Scott Flannery, and JLD president-elect Meredith Mosley. (Photo: Kim Leeson)

From left: Junior League of Dallas president Julie Bagley, United Healthcare North Texas CEO Scott Flannery, and JLD president-elect Meredith Mosley. (Photo: Kim Leeson)

We all know that kids these days, generally speaking, need to have more discipline in their diets. So kudos are due the Kids in the Kitchen program, operated by the Junior League of Dallas in partnership with United Healthcare.

The eight-week health education program aimed to empower more than 600 Dallas children to eat well and stay healthy by promoting preparation of healthy meals and development of lifelong eating habits.

During the program, volunteers engage with kids in kindergarten through fifth grade during three-hour sessions that include age-appropriate recipe preparations, exercising activities, and fun ways to introduce nutrition and fitness to family members.


PALC Program to Feature Longtime Judge

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From left: PALC board member Mary Lee Cox, April featured speaker Gail Thomas of The Trinity Trust, and PALC president Sue Kidwell.

From left: PALC board member Mary Lee Cox, April featured speaker Gail Thomas of The Trinity Trust, and PALC president Sue Kidwell.

The Dallas Public Affairs Luncheon Club will hold its final meeting for the 2014-15 season on Monday when it welcomes guest speaker John Sholden to the Park City Club.

Sholden serves as Dallas County Truancy Court magistrate and has a decorated judicial career that includes stints as assistant district attorney in Dallas County and Collin County, as well as a Dallas County justice of the peace.

PALC holds its luncheons at noon on the third Monday of each month, except during the summer. For more information, contact Sue Kidwell at 214-361-1318 or sk6716@sbcglobal.net.