April 8, 2014

  • Details on Preston Hollow Village Remain Scant

    Work progresses Tuesday on the northwest corner of Walnut Hill and Central Expressway. (Photo: Dan Koller)

    Work progresses Tuesday on the northwest corner of Walnut Hill and Central Expressway. (Photo: Dan Koller)

    If you’re wondering about the progress of the 42-acre development called Preston Hollow Village on the northwest corner of Walnut Hill and Central, you might have to wait a little longer.

    I spoke to Zachary Porter, a partner with Retail Street Advisors, and he said the Trader Joe’s in the village will open in October. But almost every question I asked couldn’t be answered because of the unknown or the company not wanting to reveal too much information.

    What he did tell me is Preston Hollow Village will be made up of restaurants, two salons, and a barbershop, but the specific names of the businesses are being kept confidential until more leases are signed.

    Phase II of the construction, which will feature three mid-rise apartment buildings, will begin before year’s end, Porter said. The apartments haven’t been named yet, and pre-leasing hasn’t begun either.

    You can click around here to see pictures and sketches of the development.

    By Paige Skinner Apr. 8, 2014 | 12:15 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • March 4, 2014

  • Doors Will Close Soon at Through the Keyhole

    Dorothy and Gayle Harrison plan to close their dollhouse store, Through the Keyhole, this month. (Photos: Claire Casner)

    Dorothy and Gayle Harrison plan to close their store, Through the Keyhole, this month. (Photos: Claire Casner)

    Editor’s note: A version of this story appears in the March edition of Preston Hollow People.

    Gayle Harrison was just looking for a job when she walked into Tom Workman’s office. What she got was a career.

    Gayle and her mother, Dorothy, bought a dollhouse-supply store from Workman in 1974. They’ve been in the business ever since, but that business isn’t what it used to be. The Bluffview residents plan to close their store, Through the Keyhole, by month’s end.

    “There’s some girls who love their dollhouses, and I have some ladies who love their dollhouses, but there’s just not enough of them,” Gayle said.

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    By Dan Koller Mar. 4, 2014 | 1:05 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • February 27, 2014

  • Thompson Sees Lucrative Opportunity in New Firm

    Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson

    Editor’s Note: A version of this story appears in the March edition of Preston Hollow People.

    When it came to finding a name for his new company, Jim Thompson went the geographical route with Preston Hollow Capital. His first and perhaps more appropriately descriptive choice, Full Circle, was already taken.

    That’s how Thompson and a handful of his colleagues feel about their new venture, an investment firm targeting a broad array of strategies including fixed-income, venture capital and private equity deals, along with alternative investing.

    The Preston Hollow resident and finance industry veteran is president and CEO of the new company, which launched on Jan. 1 in a temporary office space in downtown Dallas. The firm’s permanent space should be ready this spring.

    For Thompson, the experience is comparable to 1990, when he was a co-founder of Orix USA, the American subsidiary of Japan-based Orix Corp. He was an executive there for the past 23 years, and was the CEO for the past decade.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Feb. 27, 2014 | 4:30 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • February 6, 2014

  • Teichmans Ready to Unveil New Ylang 23 Store

    Charles and Joanne Teichman will open their new Ylang 23 store this month at The Plaza at Preston Center.

    Charles and Joanne Teichman will open their new Ylang 23 store at The Plaza at Preston Center.

    Editor’s note: This story also appears in the February edition of Preston Hollow People.

    Charles and Joanne Teichman have always taken a cutting-edge approach to their jewelry business.

    Their store, Ylang 23, was among the first in the country to specialize in high-end designer jewelry in the mid-1980s. Then it was the among the industry pioneers for online sales in the early days of e-commerce.

    Now, the Teichmans see the relocation of their business as their latest trendsetting move. After almost three decades at Galleria Dallas, Ylang 23 will move to the Plaza at Preston Center this month.

    “It’s a very gutsy move because we have a terrific business, but we’re always looking to reinvent ourselves,” Joanne Teichman said. “We want to be where our core clients are. People are getting busier, and it’s easier to shop in your neighborhood.”

    Besides the proximity to the Park Cities, the new space is almost doubled in size to 2,000 square feet. Plus, it allows for more interior design freedom than a mall location.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Feb. 6, 2014 | 5:16 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • January 16, 2014

  • How Did Lovers Houses Get Zoned For Business?

    Melanie and Shannon Van Beber operate Bel Air Home out of a former home. (Photo: Monica Lake)

    Melanie McDougal and Shannon VanBeber operate BelAir: A Lifestyle Boutique. (Photo: Monica Lake)

    I’m working on a story about the stretch of Lovers Lane between Inwood and Love Field, where so many businesses occupy houses. I’ve talked to a lot of merchants along Lovers, such as the lovely sister act seen here, but none of them has been able to tell me how the street got zoned in such a way. Everyone I’ve talked to bought their property from someone who was using it as a business before the sale. So I’m about to go over to City Hall and look through some historic zoning maps. (Exciting, right?) But I figure it couldn’t hurt to put the question to our faithful readers.

    By Dan Koller Jan. 16, 2014 | 11:11 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • December 23, 2013

  • Snuffer’s Reaches Settlement With Snuffer

    Snuffer's Cheddar Fries (Photo: Brian Lopiccolo for D Magazine)

    Snuffer’s Cheddar Fries (Photo: Brian Lopiccolo for D Magazine)

    I was at the courthouse this morning, ready to cover the scheduled hearing in the Snuffer’s vs. Snuffer lawsuit. But the clerks there told me the hearing had been called off by Judge Marty Lowy, after he’d conferred with lawyers for both sides.

    On my way out of the building, I emailed the publicists for Snuffer’s founder Pat Snuffer and Snuffer’s owner Mike Karns. Each of them promised me a statement would be forthcoming. I’m still waiting on those statements, but while I’ve been patiently waiting, Robert Wilonsky has been scooping my complacent butt.

    By Dan Koller Dec. 23, 2013 | 1:16 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • December 10, 2013

  • Hillcrest Grad Matches Investors to Hedge Funds

    Sam Hocking grew up in Preston Hollow, but he's based in San Francisco these days.

    Sam Hocking grew up in Preston Hollow, but he’s based in San Francisco these days.

    Editor’s note: This story first appeared in the Dec. 6 edition of Preston Hollow People.

    After spending more than two decades climbing the corporate ladder, Sam Hocking turned an entrepreneurial dream into reality.

    The Preston Hollow native has launched iMatchative, a high-tech finance company aimed at developing online innovations that merge science and business.

    Although his new company is based in San Francisco, Hocking returned to Dallas in November to debut its first online tool, known as altX, which uses an algorithm to match hedge funds with investors in a crowded marketplace.

    The idea for iMatchative had been simmering in Hocking’s head before he attended a lecture on transformative leadership at Harvard Business School in early 2012, given by professor Karim Lakhani.

    “I’d really been thinking over the last couple of years about creating something that was transformative,” Hocking said. “His discussion really got me to thinking about doing what I had thought about doing for the last two years.”

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    By Dan Koller Dec. 10, 2013 | 8:19 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • November 8, 2013

  • ‘Share The Warmth’ Returns for 10th Year

    ESD's Brownie Troop

    ESD’s second-grade Brownie troop has been collecting blankets.

    Do you have any extra blankets around the house? Sleep Experts asks that you consider donating them to families in need during the 10th annual Share the Warmth Blanket Drive.

    Sleep Experts is accepting donations of new and gently used blankets, sheets, comforters, towels, and pillows at all 44 locations throughout North Texas, through Thanksgiving Day.

    The 2013 Share the Warmth Blanket Drive benefits the Family Place and other North Texas domestic violence shelters. Blankets collected during the drive will be delivered in December to these shelters, to keep their families warm this winter season.

    Sleep Experts will receive a helping hand from thousands of Girl Scouts representing the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas council (Dallas) and Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains council (Fort Worth). Girl Scout troops participate by collecting blankets in their own communities and will earn special Share the Warmth community service badges.

    “November is our favorite time of the year, when we come together as a community to give the gift of warmth and comfort to families in need,” said Christine Cook, president of Sleep Experts. “As we celebrate 10 years of Sharing the Warmth, we hope to collect more blankets than ever before, with the help of the Girl Scouts.”

    “When victims come to The Family Place, our primary concern is to make our clients feel safe,” said Paige Flink, executive director of the Family Place. “These blankets not only provide the warmth that these women and children require, but also give them the much-needed security that they desperately need to have a life free from violence.”

    By Dan Koller Nov. 8, 2013 | 10:53 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 23, 2013

  • Castle Gap Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary

    The jewelry store Castle Gap has made it over the hill. . . and is taking three whole days to celebrate.

    Stop by the Plaza at Preston Center shop for refreshments and in-store offers from Oct. 24- 26 — you’ll probably see Maxine Bennett, one of the stores original owners, working at age 93.

    By Margaux Anbouba Oct. 23, 2013 | 9:18 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 21, 2013

  • True Food Kitchen Needs You

    There’s a new restaurant in town, and it’s looking for a team of people to make it run like clockwork. True Food Kitchen will open in The Plaza at Preston Center next month, but until then, they’re building a team of about 100 people.

    Tomorrow and Wednesday, head to the Hilton Park Cities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Positions available are: host; server; back server; bartender; line cook; wok cook; prep cook; dishwasher; and pizza cook.

    Looking to apply? Come prepared. Interviews will be held on the spot.

    If you’re interest is in eating at the restaurant rather than working, circle your calendar for Nov. 19, because you won’t want to miss this. The menu includes everything from kale salads to panang curry, a tantalizing tea selection, deserts such as almond olive oil cake, and a creative cocktail menu. I can’t wait to try the “watermelon rose.”

    If you’re the brunching type (like me), they’ve got that covered as well. From goji berry granola to quinoa Johnny cakes, you’re good to go. For younger patrons, there are alternatives on favorites such as “Turkey Sloppy Joe.”

    So, like I said, mark your calendars, because I will be arm-wrestling you for a table.


    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 21, 2013 | 4:14 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
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