Category: Business

Designers Want to Mix Form and Function

Preston Hollow residents David Hairgrove, left, and Patrick Farrell launched ACDC Aesthetic Content in June. (Photo: Chris McGathey) 0
Preston Hollow residents David Hairgrove, left, and Patrick Farrell launched ACDC Aesthetic Content in June. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Patrick Farrell hates the term “decorative accessories.”

So you won’t find any such one-dimensional trinkets at ACDC Aesthetic Content.

The Preston Hollow resident and his partner, David Hairgrove, launched the provider of unique home decor and fragrances in June, and they’ve already started selling items in a handful of specialty shops nationwide, including several in Dallas.

Among the company’s top-selling products are innovative ceramic bowls with cork-based stands from Portugal.


Bee’s Knees Site Starts Buzz Online

Clockwise from far left: Oxford countryside skirt, I’m Yelling Timber plaid blouse, Harold gold skirt, NYC to Paris bucket hat, Do You Wanna Build a Snowman sweater. Prices vary. (Photos: Taylor Beam and Cassie Henley) 0
Clockwise from far left: Oxford countryside skirt, I’m Yelling Timber plaid blouse, Harold gold skirt, NYC to Paris bucket hat, Do You Wanna Build a Snowman sweater. Prices vary. (Photos: Taylor Beam and Cassie Henley)

Lindsay Hall has always loved clothes and fashion. Like many girls, it’s a passion she developed thanks to her mother.

“My mom always loved dressing well and instilled that value in me,” the Preston Hollow resident said. “She made it fun for us, too.”

But it wasn’t until the fall of 2008 when the Abilene Christian University graduate realized she wanted to open a shop herself. At the time, she was working at a dress shop called Jigsaw in Oxford, England, thanks to a six-month, work-abroad program.


Chamber to Host Health Care Roundtable

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The North Dallas Chamber of Commerce will host a panel of local health-care luminaries for a conference on Friday morning that will focus on a variety of industry issues.

The CEO roundtable will include Erol Akdamar (HCA North Texas), Joel Allison (Baylor Scott & White Health), Barclay Berdan (Texas Health Resources), Chris Durovich (Children’s Health System of Texas), Steve Mansfield (Methodist Health System), and Bob Walker (Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children). The moderator is Stephen Love, president of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council.

The opening speaker is Matthew Heinz, director of provider outreach for the Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Cost is $60, or $40 for members. The conference runs from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, and you can register here.


Tupinamba Gets New Home

Tupinamba will move in once construction is complete. (Photo: Sarah Bennett) 0
Tupinamba will move in once construction is complete. (Photo: Sarah Bennett)

There are many places to go for a plate of hot enchiladas in Dallas, but one longtime favorite is ready to shake things up.

Fans of Tupinamba know that the Tex-Mex restaurant has stood at its Inwood Road location near Jesuit College Preparatory School for 18 years.

Owner Eddie Dominguez has been ready to move for a while, but lease negotiations were slow going. Finally, the time came for the perfect transition — to Walnut Hill Lane and North Central Expressway.


Housing Market Continues Growth

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Fall in the housing market typically equals a seasonal slowdown, as sellers have a tendency to pull their properties for the winter before trying again in the spring.

While the numbers show that trend still holds true, the market in the Park Cities and Preston Hollow remains lively as the holidays approach, with an increase in existing inventory and new construction.

“Traditionally we see a seasonal slowdown because of the holidays, but we still see a lot of businesses moving to Dallas and people want to get in here,” said Amy Detwiler, a senior vice president with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. “I’m continuing to list properties right now because of the growth.”


Top Chefs Cater to New Options

Dee Lincoln's Bubble Bar and Kent Rathbun's The Kitchen at 6130 are both already operating as catering facilities. (Photos: Chris McGathey) 0
Dee Lincoln's Bubble Bar and Kent Rathbun's The Kitchen at 6130 are both already operating as catering facilities. (Photos: Chris McGathey)

Chefs across town are carving out new opportunities for themselves by taking their well-known restaurants and turning them into private catering venues.

Take Kent Rathbun and Dee Lincoln, for example: Rathbun has taken his 5-year-old Preston Center restaurant Blue Plate Kitchen and turned it into The Kitchen at 6130.

“When we elected to close Blue Plate, it was still in good shape in terms of a restaurant,” Rathbun said. He explained that the Preston Center location was packed for breakfast and lunch, but didn’t attract nighttime traffic. So how does he make that space work for a catering venue?


Developers Look to Spur Neighborhood Growth

The proposed complex will mix retail and residential uses at the intersection of Inwood Road and Forest Lane. (Photo: Dodd Communications) 0
The proposed complex will mix retail and residential uses at the intersection of Inwood Road and Forest Lane. (Photo: Dodd Communications)

A new retail and residential project aims to develop neighborhood harmony along with its shops and town homes.

The proposed Forestwood complex on the northwest corner of Inwood Road and Forest Lane would replace existing 200-plus townhomes on property that have occupied the land since the early 1970s. The Daniel family has owned the 29-acre site, which once was a farm, for more than 150 years.

“We’re really excited about the possibility of redeveloping that space and what it would bring to the neighborhood,” said Duke Nelson, a nearby resident and community volunteer. “This will be great if it’s done properly.”


Ebby Halliday Office Gets Chic New Digs

Not far from the Little White House location, Ebby Halliday's Preston Center office has gotten an "extreme makeover" of sorts, with 10,000 square feet of space. (Courtesy Photos) 0
Not far from the Little White House location, Ebby Halliday's Preston Center office has gotten an "extreme makeover" of sorts, with 10,000 square feet of space. (Courtesy Photos)

Ebby Halliday’s Preston Center office has found a new home. After 38 years in the 4,100-square-foot office where it previously set up shop, the firm is expanding to a new chic space at 8333 Douglas Ave., across from the Park Cities Hilton and neighboring The Shelton high-rise.

Ground broke on the 10,000-square-foot project in August, and the new space opened its doors in early October, thanks to the completion of the initial phase. Architect Michael Twichell, whose work includes The Shops at Legacy in Plano and the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, is the engineer on the project. The new space will be in a more prominent location than the previous office.


Flight Service Wants to Save Time For Executives

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Rise founder Nick Kennedy was tired of flight delays and other hassles. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Rise founder Nick Kennedy was tired of flight delays and other hassles. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Don’t complain to Nick Kennedy about security hassles or flight delays. He’s seen worse while flying more than 2 million miles in the past decade.

And as frustrating as many of those commercial flights were, the worst part was the time it cost him with his family in Preston Hollow.

That’s the primary reason that – despite having no experience in the aviation industry – Kennedy decided to launch Rise, an entrepreneurial venture starting in December at Love Field that tailors private flights to frequent business travelers for a monthly fee.


Contractor is a Woman Among Men

Sandy Tabacinic started Dallas-based Homecorp in 2009, making her one of the few female residental contractors in the area. (Photo: Don Johnson) 0
Sandy Tabacinic started Dallas-based Homecorp in 2009, making her one of the few female residental contractors in the area. (Photo: Don Johnson)

In Sandy Tabacinic’s line of work, it’s not an insult to say that a kitchen can use a woman’s touch.

As a female residential contractor in a business dominated by men, Tabacinic said that sometimes, home construction projects deserve the attention of the person who spends the most time there.

And in many cases, those people are females.

“Being a woman that runs a home can give you some insight that maybe a man doesn’t have,” Tabacinic said. “I understand the functioning of a house, and I try to take that into consideration.”


Hodges to Receive Free Enterprise Award

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Don Hodges

Don Hodges

Preston Hollow resident Don Hodges will be honored with the Russell H. Perry Free Enterprise Award at a dinner reception tonight at the Hilton Anatole.

Hodges is the founder of Hodges Capital Management, which has been in operation since 1989. His career in mutual funds spans more than 50 years. Past recipients of the award include such Dallas luminaries as John Stemmons, Trammell Crow, Ebby Halliday, Tom Landry, Kenneth Cooper, Boone Powell, Ross Perot, Kay Bailey Hutchison, and Tom Leppert.

The dinner raises funds for scholarships at Dallas Baptist University.


PHC Invests in San Antonio Golf Resort

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Jim Thompson

Jim Thompson

Preston Hollow Capital recently completed a $48.9 million financing for the Cibolo Canyons Special Improvement District, a 2,100-acre, mixed-use development near San Antonio.

The bond funding transaction will reimburse the infrastructure costs for developer Forestar Group Inc. PHC was launched earlier this year by Jim Thompson, a Preston Hollow resident who previously was a longtime executive with Orix USA.

Cibolo Canyons includes the Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa, as well as two TPC golf courses designed by Pete Dye and Greg Norman.