Category: Business

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.”


Blatt’s Bringing the Brews

Blatt Beer & Table opened in April, featuring 32 indie and local beers on tap. (Courtesy Photo) 0
Blatt Beer & Table opened in April, featuring 32 indie and local beers on tap. (Courtesy Photo)

Preston Hollow Village continues its recent run of restaurant openings with the recent arrival of Nebraska import Blatt Beer & Table, a German-inspired tavern with chef-driven pub fare.

The restaurant-bar, which opened in April, boasts a spacious bar in the center of a bright, wood-accented dining room with garage door-style partitions opening up to a sprawling patio.

Blatt’s menu befits its theme, featuring dishes that pair wonderfully with beer: think sausages, fried chicken, burgers, and mac and cheese. The menu is a complete contrast to that of Blatt’s sister concept, Blue Sushi Sake Grill, which also has a location in Preston Hollow Village. Flagship Restaurant Group CEO Nick Hogan, the restaurants’ parent company, says having both eateries at PHV is terrific.


Three Types of Healing in One Stop

KinetikChain offers various  services to patients, such as NormaTec recovery, cryotherapy, conditioning, and individual doctor visits. (Photo: Tanner Garza) 0
KinetikChain offers various services to patients, such as NormaTec recovery, cryotherapy, conditioning, and individual doctor visits. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

In the back room of a repurposed commercial building on lower Greenville Avenue, Highland Park High School athlete Jordyn Kaplan sits in a chair with NormaTec pulse gear strapped to her legs. The black bags that compress her legs to get the blood flowing are part of her typical visit to KinetikChain.

Dr. Landan Webster started KinetikChain three years ago with the idea of melding different styles of physical therapy in order to help the body repair injuries and function properly.

Rather than having a patient go to multiple physicians in different locations, KinetikChain creates a one-stop location for muscular, skeletal, and neurological treatment.

“The big picture is get people back to functioning properly as quickly as we possibly can,” Webster said. “There’s going to be people who don’t need chiropractic, they only need rehab, or some therapy, or some movement patterning.”


Cocktails Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Sourced delivers ingredients, barware, and glassware to the client’s door. (Courtesy Photo) 0
Sourced delivers ingredients, barware, and glassware to the client’s door. (Courtesy Photo)

“Where’s the bar?” That question, commonly asked at social functions or parties, inspired Tim Angelillo to found Sourced Craft Cocktails in Austin in October. The premium craft cocktail delivery service opened its second branch in Dallas in April.

A couple of years ago, Angelillo set up a make-your-own margarita bar at his wife’s birthday/Super Bowl party and noticed some guests were afraid of making them incorrectly. He also noted the inconvenience and costliness of procuring the alcohol and different parts required to make specialty cocktails at a party.

“Rather than spending time in the store, what you wanted was quality time with your audience,” Angelillo said. “What we want to do is make it convenient by sourcing the proper ingredients and the finest ingredients.” 


Lawyers with Love of Art Open Up Gallery

JM Gallery owners Michael Heinlen and Jane Brandt and gallery director Chris Heinlen at the one year anniversary party. Hours are: Wednesday through Sunday from 12 to 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 12 to 8 p.m. (Photo: Thisbe Grace) 0
JM Gallery owners Michael Heinlen and Jane Brandt and gallery director Chris Heinlen at the one year anniversary party. Hours are: Wednesday through Sunday from 12 to 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 12 to 8 p.m. (Photo: Thisbe Grace)

On the ground floor of One Arts Plaza, there is a naturally-lit art gallery with walls lined with sculptures and works on paper by renowned and unknown artists alike. This is JM Gallery, the brainchild of two lawyers who also work in the building.

One day in 2014, Thompson & Knight intellectual property lawyer Michael Heinlen, of Preston Hollow, declared to his partner Jane Politz Brandt that it was time to open a gallery.

“I thought, ‘this is the most excited I’ve been about something in a long time. Let’s do it,’” said Brandt, who also specializes in intellectual property. After spending 28 years practicing law, she was searching for an exciting way to engage with the community. 


Have Your Brunch Under the Sun

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Kick off Sundays with Brunch Under the Tuscan Sun at Princi Italia in the heart of Preston Royal Village.

Executive Chef Dan Drayer has crafted a menu ranging from Italian classics, like homemade pastas and bruschettas, to dishes with a Southern twist, like fried chicken and pancetta waffles and honey goat cheese beignets.

With bottomless mimosas and bellinis, there’s no need to rush out. Hang out on the patio and enjoy the weekend with family or friends, every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.