July 21, 2014

  • Bread Winners Celebrates 20 Years

    IMG_3914Bread Winners Cafe, whose Uptown location opened July 22, 1994, is celebrating its 20th anniversary tomorrow.

    The restaurant was thought up long before its opening, when owners Jim and Cindy Hughes were young newlyweds in Omaha, Neb. A friend of theirs owned a restaurant that was closing called Bread Winners. Before the couple moved to Dallas, they bought the name for $1, with the intent of someday opening their own location.

    The Hughes settled into their apartment in Uptown, before it was known as Uptown, and noticed a restaurant called Verlaine’s on the corner of McKinney and Hall, whose quirky charm and proximity to downtown sparked their interest. Verlaine’s was in the process of closing, so the Hughes purchased it, made some renovations, and opened for business 20 years ago.

    Bread Winners started out with 10 employees and a nearly empty bank account. The cafe now boasts four locations, 450 employees, and corporate catering services. All four of the Hughes’ children have worked in the restaurant, along with both sets of their parents. Bread Winners has won several local awards for its menu and bakery items, and has developed SoleMates, organic treats for pets.

    The cafe is celebrating this milestone by hosting a cake ball challenge, which will provide four lucky customers with free Bread Winners for a year. For more information about the contest, visit the restaurant’s website.

    By Jul. 21, 2014 | 10:54 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • July 20, 2014

  • Man Gives Back After Drug Addicted Past

    At just 16 years old, Michael Fowler had a promising future ahead of him, but felt something was missing.

    A star tennis player with scholarship offers, the Preston Hollow native was feeling pressure from his parents and wanted a way to relax.

    “One day I decided I wanted a break and I wanted to try and go out with the guys,” he said. “I had heard all these stories about parties and things like that, and so I made the decision that I wanted to try something.” Read More…

    By Jul. 20, 2014 | 9:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • July 19, 2014

  • Former Bodybuilder Helps Clients Go Beyond

    Instructor Brittany Grignon helps assistant editor Sarah Bennett perfect her form. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Instructor Brittany Grignon helps assistant editor Sarah Bennett perfect her form. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    In the heat of summer, Dallasites prefer to sweat it out indoors for their daily workouts. So when Brandi Marino invited me to check out her Beyond studio in Preston Forest, I readily agreed.

    When I walked in for my 9:15 Beyond Pilates class, music was pumping and the studio was already almost full of eager participants. I had done Pilates classes before through another studio, but each machine is slightly different, so my instructor, Brittany Grignon, gave me a quick-and-friendly rundown.  Read More…

    By Jul. 19, 2014 | 9:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • July 17, 2014

  • Throwback Your Thursday at Ziziki’s


    It’s Thursday. You’ve probably seen “#tbt” on your kids’ (or grandkids’) Facebook page. What does that mean? It means “throwback Thursday,” and that’s exactly what Ziziki’s in Preston Forest is doing with their prices. Because the restaurant is celebrating its 20th year in operation, they have decided to “throwback” certain entrees to their original prices on certain days. But, this offer is only good if you like their Facebook page. Check it out:

    July 17: Chicken salad lunch ($8.95) or chicken souvlaki dinner ($10.95)

    July 24: Lamb souvlaki for lunch ($8.95) or dinner ($12.95)

    July 31: Greek gods platter — back for one day only! ($22.95, two-person minimum)

    YUM. OK, now I’m in the mood for Greek food. See ya there.

    By Jul. 17, 2014 | 10:58 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • July 15, 2014

  • St. Mark’s Senior Earns Water Polo Honors

    Tim Simenc will be playing water polo in Sicily and Turkey during the next few weeks. We are officially jealous.

    Tim Simenc will be playing water polo in Sicily and Turkey during the next few weeks. We are officially jealous.

    Tim Simenc, an incoming senior at St. Mark’s, became the first Texan chosen to compete in international water polo competition following a nine-month tryout process.

    Simenc is one of only four players from outside California, a hotbed for water polo, who made the USA Water Polo Men’s Youth National Team. He also was named a first-team NISCA All-American.

    The 6-foot-5 left-hander and his American teammates will face international competition at the Six Nations Tournament on July 16-20 in Acireale, Italy, and at the FINA Youth World Championships on Aug. 2-10 in Istanbul, Turkey.

    By Jul. 15, 2014 | 9:54 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • The Toy Maven Encourages Creativity

    The Toy Maven is hosting a Creativity Can challenge at its Preston Royal location from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday.

    Creativity for Kids has created this movement to teach kids that making things can be fun! In the Creativity Can challenge, kids are given a can filled with different supplies, no instructions, and can create anything they want


    By Jul. 15, 2014 | 5:57 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Library Program Should Be a Blast

    Aspiring astronauts and those with an affinity for space exploration should appreciate Tuesday afternoon’s program at the Preston Royal Library.

    The Frontiers of Flight Museum at Love Field will visit the library at 2 p.m. for a multimedia program on the history of rockets and missiles, as well as the evolution of spacecraft. It’s aimed at families, but sounds cool for children of all ages.

    The reading program features various events throughout the summer, including a visit from news anchor Clarice Tinsley, who will lead a storytime session at 1 p.m. Thursday.

    By Jul. 15, 2014 | 9:35 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • July 14, 2014

  • Mosquito Pool Tests Positive For West Nile in 75230

    UPDATE (7/15):

    Due to last night’s stormy weather conditions, spraying has been delayed until 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. tonight and tomorrow night, weather permitting. Spraying cannot take place during rain or winds greater than 10 MPH.

    Near the 6600 block of Brookshire Drive, a mosquito pool was confirmed positive for West Nile Virus. Therefore, this region is scheduled for mosquito-control spraying between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. on Monday, July 14 and Tuesday, July 15. Generally, the area is bound by Azalea Lane, Tulane Boulevard, Airline Road, and Walnut Hill Lane.


    The insecticide is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency, but still, avoid contact by staying inside. Keep your windows up if you’re in the car. If you do come in contact with the spray, wash the affected area with soap and water. There are no residual effects.

    As always, you can reduce your contact with mosquitoes by reducing outdoor activities in the evening and nighttime. If you are outside, be sure to grab some mosquito repellant. And don’t forget to eliminate standing water in pools, ponds, birdbaths, and the like.

    If you have any questions, call the city at 311.

    By Jul. 14, 2014 | 4:46 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • July 13, 2014

  • Marksman Creates App to Aid First Responders

    A new app called CERTPRO, which will assist emergency personnel and volunteers in disasters, is in the works. Its creators are not graduates of MIT or college students majoring in computer science. They’re sixth-graders with a passion for programming.

    Twelve-year-olds Rushil Chander, Ashwin Koduri, and Sahitya Senapathy call themselves Team Protons. They met in a mathematics enrichment class at Daedalus Education in Plano and have been working since October to create the app.

    “Right now [first responders] don’t have any way of locating their team,” said Rushil, whose mother, Shri, coaches the team. “They use paper and pencil and none of it is even close to electronic-based.” Read More…

    By Jul. 13, 2014 | 11:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • July 11, 2014

  • Gerald Tomlin Antiques Moves Into New Digs

    Joanne Tomlin shows off a secretary desk with ivory detailing in the new showroom on Slocum Street. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Joanne Tomlin shows off a secretary desk with ivory detailing in the new showroom on Slocum Street. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    HP Village was home for 25 years

    After 25 years as a tenant in Highland Park Village, Gerald Tomlin Antiques has moved its fine furnishings to Slocum Street in the Design District. 

    “We just kind of ran out of room,” Joanne Tomlin said. 

    The shop has always been a family operation, with Joanne and her husband, Gerald, at the head and their three sons — Gerald Jr., Edward, and Christopher — fulfilling the rest of the duties.  Read More…

    By Jul. 11, 2014 | 9:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
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