Category: Business

PH Attorney Dies in Suspicious Fire

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Ira Tobolowsky (Courtesy Sparkman-Hillcrest)

Ira Tobolowsky
(Courtesy Sparkman-Hillcrest)

Preston Hollow lawyer Ira Tobolowsky, 68, was found dead after a suspicious house fire at his home in the 7400 block of Kenshire Lane on Friday, May 13.

The fire is still under investigation by Dallas police homicide detectives and Dallas Fire-Rescue arson detectives, according to NBC-5. The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office told NBC that it may take weeks to conclusively determine cause of death.

The weekend following the fire, Dallas County Sheriff’s Office deputies patrolled the home of Judge Eric V. Moyé, who’d been presiding over a civil case Tobolowsky was involved in, according to The Dallas Morning News. The judge later recused himself from the case.

The DMN and NBC sat down with Tobolowsky’s three sons on Friday, May 20. The brothers shared their memories of him and asked that anyone who knows anything come forward. You can read his obituary here.


DART Wins Bus Roadeo

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Dallas Area Rapid Transit drove away with all the awards at the 41st annual International Bus Roadeo in Charlotte, N.C. this week.

DART was named the grand champion for having the highest operator and maintenance score. They beat out the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority of Kansas City, M.O. and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority of Washington, D.C. for the top spot. KCAT and WMATA took second and third respectively.

DART driver Jesus Rodriguez was named the best driver in North America for his performance in the 40-foot bus competition. He beat out 39 competitors and was named best driver in North America.

The event was part of the American Public Transportation Association’s Bus and Paratransit Conference.


Second Saturday Offers Second Chance for Financial Knowledge

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Screen Shot 2016-05-17 at 11.55.12 AMWhen it comes to helping women who are getting a divorce understand the financial, emotional, and legal implications, Second Saturday has the bases covered. Since its start in San Diego in 1989, the organization has provided workshops featuring professionals in those three fields to help women prepare for and cope with divorce. In fall of 2015, Cynthia Thompson formed a Dallas location at Unity of Dallas, gathering women for three hours once a month on the namesake Saturday.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the annual divorce rate in Texas has decreased from 3.6 per 1,000 total populations in 2004 to 2.7 per 1,000 total population in 2014. This puts Texas below the national rate of 3.2 per 1,000 total population throughout the United States.

But while the rates may decrease, divorce is still an overwhelming topic, said Thompson, the founder of Divorce Planning LLC. According to her, money is almost always a point of concern. Second Saturday seeks to serve those women who have not had a hand in the household budgets, or aren’t fully aware of how their finances will be impacted by the dissolution of their marriage.

“Divorce is a huge change in your life and your identity,” said Dr. Susan Sturdivant, a therapist of more than 30 years. “I think it never occurs to people to do what I call financial engineering to minimize the financial impact of a divorce without harming the other party.”


Pizza Pie-oneers Celebrate 70 Years

Campisi’s CEO, David Campisi, is flanked by his cousins Scott Frey and Kenny Penn, regional manager and president, respectively. (Photo: Konrad Kaltenbach) 0
Campisi’s CEO, David Campisi, is flanked by his cousins Scott Frey and Kenny Penn, regional manager and president, respectively. (Photo: Konrad Kaltenbach)

In a small bar kitchen on Knox street in 1946, “Papa” Carlo Campisi served up the first slices of pizza in Dallas. Seventy years later, his great-grandson, David, is leading the Italian empire into a new era.

Campisi’s now has 10 locations in addition to the flagship Papa opened on Mockingbird Lane in 1950. The newest locale opened April 1 in Plano with a modern interior inspired by the family-style dining patrons have come to know and love about this “red sauce, homemade, handmade company.”

“We want to be an iconic brand that advances in ways that the guests don’t see,” David said. “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Sure we’ve restored this and that, upgraded wine lines, and all of that, but we are about following the palette of the guests, which is why we have had the same recipes for 70 years.”

Bennett Glazer, CEO of Glazer’s, Inc., can attest to Campisi’s consistency. His family has been supplying the restaurants with alcohol since they opened. Glazer remembers David’s grandpa, Joe, who took over for Papa Carlo, treating him like a son when he would come in with his dad to talk business.

“David has taken Campisi’s to another level,” Glazer said. “He doesn’t cut corners and he is always going to deliver a good product.”

David recently started expanding outside North Texas by signing a lease in Lubbock, south of the Texas Tech University campus. David, a 1992 grad, says bringing the brand to a city that treats friends like family was an easy decision.


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.”