Category: Business

Leading Lady in Love

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Mindy Ginsberg

Mandy Ginsberg

Hockaday alum Mandy Ginsberg is a “fast talker, fast walker,” as she puts it. She has to be as a mother of two, a wife, and the newest CEO of Match Group North America, as of January.

If there was a “least likely to …” vote at Hockaday, Ginsberg probably would have won “least likely to move back to Texas” after she graduated in 1988.

After she left her Preston Hollow roots, Ginsberg lived in California, Philadelphia, New York, and Tel Aviv over the next 18 years. While attending business school as a single mother in Pennsylvania, Ginsberg learned that her mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, giving her a reason to return home.

“It’s one of the best decisions of my life, and one that I never regret,” she said.

Now, it’s almost comical for her to watch her 7- and 17-year-old daughters live her life, attending Lamplighter and Hockaday, respectively, and growing up in Preston Hollow, a mile away from her family.

Ginsberg was introduced to Match.com, media and internet company IAC’s flagship dating company, a decade ago when a friend from her days as a Hockadaisy informed her of an opening with the company.


Local Swaddle Company Wraps Up Gift Idea For New Moms

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Photo: Courtesy

A close friend welcomes a new child and you are left wondering what to send, when to send it, and whether or not you should stay to properly greet the newborn, or just drop-and-go.

Local mom McKenzie Mitchell and mom-to-be Nicole Broadhurst, founders of the one-year-old Buttermilk Babies swaddle company, were all too familiar with this situation.

In March, the pair launched Buttermilk Bundles, a thoughtful way to send a creative gift without feeling intrusive. Currently serving the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the company delivers a curated package to the doorstep of the new parents in an attractive wooden crate.

To accompany Buttermilk’s patterned cotton and rayon blankets, the duo reached out to some of their favorite community vendors, including Bows and Arrows, Joy Macarons, and Village Baking Co. The bundles range from $75 to $250.

“We wanted to curate a gift that really feels like a treat for new parents,” Broadhurst said. “We include fresh juices, hand picked to help nourish a new mom’s body; a wonderfully scented candle and fresh flowers to warm the home; macarons for a decadent treat; coffee to keep the parents going; and of course, a pack of our soft swaddles for the little one.”


Does Dallas Want Healthy Restaurants?

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Healthy, local, sustainable, veg-forward, grass-fed, organic. These popular buzzwords are strewn across Dallas menus, but is it really what people want when they go out to eat? Polls say yes, but dollars sometimes say no.

I sat down with longtime Dallas restauranteur and Park Cities resident Shannon Wynne to discuss. We met at his newest place, Mudhen Meat and Greens, next to the downtown Farmers Market.

Among the 28 restaurants he owns, several focus on beer offerings (Meddlesome Moth and Flying Saucers) and one successful spot, which opened in 2015, centers entirely on beef burgers (Rodeo Goat). Guess what? The guy doesn’t drink alcohol or eat ground red meat.

At his recent restaurants Lark on the Park, and now Mudhen, Wynne worked with his nutritionist and chefs to offer food more in tune with how he eats. That means clean meats, fish, and veggies; no sodas and almost no bread. The bread isn’t a gluten thing, but a sugar thing, according to Wynne. 


Designer Opens Shop to Share Her Aesthetics

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Kristin Mullen and her sister, Karin Davis Brown, at Mullen's new Snider Plaza Store. (Photo: Courtesy)

Kristin Mullen and her sister, Karin Davis Brown, at Mullen’s new Snider Plaza Store. (Photo: Courtesy)

Interior designer Kristin Mullen has lived in and traveled to several design hubs throughout her life: Chicago, New York, Tokyo, and London, to name a few. But since 2005, she has set her roots in Dallas; most recently by opening her own home decor and accessories boutique, Curated by Kristin Mullen, in Snider Plaza.

Some may recognize the name from her interior design business Kristin Mullen Designs, formerly called Covetable Designs.

While Mullen enjoys making her clients’ visions come to life, the store provides the opportunity to reflect and share her personal taste with customers. “All my life experiences, plus the travel I’ve been fortunate enough to do, and the various places that I’ve lived really inform my design aesthetic,” Mullen said. That, and the fact that she has four kids and two dogs, she added. All these moving parts in her life have helped her develop her style and taste.


Matchbox Lights Up New Locale

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Photo: Jason Janik

A delicious bit of Washington, D.C. has recently landed in Dallas. The modern tavern called Matchbox, which specializes in brick-oven-fired pizzas, inventive sandwiches, craft beer, and cocktails, opened in Preston Hollow Village at the end of February.

The eatery adds elevated American bar fare to the mix at the retail complex, which is also home to Thai restaurant Pakpao; Middle Eastern pita shop Verts; healthy fast-casual café Modern Market; and sushi restaurant Blue Sushi Sake Grill.

Standouts on Matchbox’s list of starters include a trio of crispy-creamy arancini in a puddle of tomato sauce; a phenomenal sherry-splashed cream of crab soup; the Ginormous Meatball, a sphere of pork and beef doused in tomato sauce; and spicy tuna tartare tacos.

Matchbox co-founder and owner Drew Kim said his team had an inkling the restaurant’s menu would find success at its first Texas locale. “We have been looking to put a pin in Dallas for quite some time,” Kim said. “The Dallas diner appreciates great restaurants; they are sophisticated and warm and welcoming. And, boy, they love great food and spirits.”


Partners Card Co-Chairs Announced

Elizabeth Dacus, Samantha Wortley, and Jane Rozelle (Photo: Courtesy) 0
Elizabeth Dacus, Samantha Wortley, and Jane Rozelle (Photo: Courtesy)

The Family Place has announced that Elizabeth Dacus, Jane Rozelle, and Samantha Wortley will be the 2016 co-chairs of Partners Card, its annual shopping fundraiser presented by Bank of Texas.

Partners Card, now in its 24th year, will run from October 28 through November 6. Cards will go on sale September 1.

With the purchase of a $70 Partners Card, cardholders are invited to shop, dine and save with a twenty-percent discount at more than 750 participating retailers and restaurants throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area. All proceeds from the card sales go to The Family Place, Dallas’ largest family violence agency.


Meet Venture Investors at Breakfast Forum

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On March 24, Southwest Venture Forum presents “Dallas Startups Rising: Incubators, Accelerators, and Co-Location Resources.”

Founded by a local venture capital firm in 1984, the nonprofit provides a forum where entrepreneurs can meet with venture investors at bi-monthly breakfast meetings, a chance for them to network, solicit financing, and get advice from professionals in their community.

Southwest Venture Forum, now run by the Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship since 1990, also gives selected entrepreneurs the chance to present detailed business plans that lay out their products and services, industry and target markets, financial projections, and business goals.

Expert panels and investors will discuss current venture financing topics. According to the Southwest Venture Forum website, “Membership in the forum consists of entrepreneurs, venture investors, bankers, attorneys, accountants, and consultants working with early- and intermediate-stage growth-oriented entrepreneurs and their firms.”

The March 24 forum will be moderated by Larry Calton of Montgomery Capital Advisors, LLC. Expert panelists include Trey Bowles, CEO of The Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC); Jon Shapiro, director of Venture Development, UTD; and David Matthews, managing director of Revtech Accelerator.

The event is 7-9 a.m. at the Dallas Country Club.

Registration ends 12 p.m. Tuesday March 22. Seating is limited. You can register here.


New Website Taps Into Online Rental Business

Doug Levy stands in front of things you can rent/lend on TapGoods.com. (Photo: Don Johnson) 0
Doug Levy stands in front of things you can rent/lend on TapGoods.com. (Photo: Don Johnson)

TapGoods.com could be called the Uber of stuff. The Dallas-based site, which allows users to rent or rent out property they don’t always need, is the brainchild of Preston Hollow entrepreneur Doug Levy.

Levy came up with the idea while he was planning for a recent family ski trip. When he discovered that it would cost his family of four over $1,000 to rent skis for a week, he began to wonder if there were individuals who would rent out their skis for a lower price.

The former owner of MEplusYou strategic and creative agency used this experience as inspiration to found this latest addition to the sharing marketplace.

“I usually come up with ideas when I want to see something change,” Levy said.


Jewish Ceramicist Sells Crosses

Sue Berk started making crosses by hand in 2001. (Photo: Don Johnson) 0
Sue Berk started making crosses by hand in 2001. (Photo: Don Johnson)

Sue Berk didn’t expect to make ceramic crosses for a living, but that’s just what the Jewish Park Cities resident does.

“Everything I’ve been really successful at I’ve kind of fallen into,” Berk said.

Berk was working in high-tech marketing for Texas Instruments, Nokia, and Sprint in the ‘90s, when she decided to flip a house. Her engineer friends at TI convinced her that she could do a lot of the work herself, which is how one day she found herself buying a kiln and making her own tiles.

“I went to this little ceramics store in Richardson and the woman was stern — she wasn’t very encouraging at all,” Berk said. “But I just kind of learned as I went along.”