Hockadaisy’s Photo Defines Retail as Art

Retail as Art First Place "Nocturnal Evening" by Hockaday's Claire Marucci

Retail as Art First Place “Nocturnal Evening” by Hockaday’s Claire Marucci

Art can be found in the most unexpected places. Hockadaisy Claire Marucci and Greenhill’s Lily Duggan’s submissions for the eighth annual Retail as Art demonstrate that.

Marucci’s piece, “Nocturnal Evening,” won first place, awarding the Hockadaisy a $5,000 scholarship. Greenhill’s Lily Duggan’s piece “Reflections” tied for third, awarding her a $1,000 scholarship.

Founded by CBRE Chairman of Retail Services Americas Mickey Ashmore, Retail as Art is a photography scholarship competition open to all Dallas-Fort Worth high school students. More than 124 students submitted photographs for this years exhibition.

Along with Marucci and Duggan, Retail as Art was able to award $22,000 in college scholarships to 14 students.

HP Youth Takes On Syrian Refugee Crisis

HPHS junior Pierce Lowary arranged for Syrian refugee Sana Mustafa to share her tale in February. (Photo: Denise Neff) 0
HPHS junior Pierce Lowary arranged for Syrian refugee Sana Mustafa to share her tale in February. (Photo: Denise Neff)

Amid tensions in Texas surrounding the Syrian refugee crisis, high school students gathered at University Park United Methodist Church for a student-run panel last February.

They met to do what some politicians have been unable to do: listen to what an actual Syrian refugee had to say.

“People had a lot of questions, and they were curious. It felt great to have the platform to talk,” said 24-year-old refugee Sana Mustafa. “I think there is much to be said, and the media is not saying what must be said.”

Luckily, Mustafa was in the U.S. when she found out that her father had been detained by the Assad regime. She was able to apply for asylum and, after going through a rigorous ten-month process, was allowed to stay.

The rest of her family was not so lucky: her mother and sisters were forced to flee illegally from Syria to Turkey for protection, where they have been stuck in a refugee camp for the past three years. And her father hasn’t been heard from since.

The panel was organized by Highland Park High School junior Pierce Lowary, the founder of the United Nations Youth Coalition. Lowary’s interest is personal. His mother, Shideh, was an Iranian refugee who fled to the U.S. from Iran in the ‘60s.

Does Dallas Want Healthy Restaurants?


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. 

Is Costco A Comin’?


Looks like Costco may be coming to the neighborhood.

The membership-only warehouse club presented plans at a Dallas City Plan Commission meeting on April 21 for a store on a 13.289-acre site at Churchill Way and Coit Road.

According to the Preston Hollow Advocate, the store will be 150,000 square feet, and the site will include more than 700 parking space, and a ton of trees.

The proposal also includes a fueling station and auto service center.

Embrace Inner Explorer at Day Camps

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Up, Up, and Away!
Let your kids embrace their superhero side at Kidventure Summer Camp. Summer Quest 2016 is this year’s theme, providing new adventures each week, such as Superhero Academy, Aquamania, Tumbleweed Stampede, and so many more! Kiddos ages 3 to 5 can partake in the Discover Camp, while those ages 6 to 12 will participate in Explore Camp.
Dates: June 6 – Aug. 19
Times: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $200 for Discover Camp, $210 for Explore Camp
Where: Various locations throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area
Registration: kidventure.com

Happy and Healthy
Cooper Aerobics Health and Wellness is hosting weeklong camps throughout the summer to keep your kids active and healthy. Campers can participate in various sports, physical activities, and lessons on nutrition and wellness. You can even sign your kids up for the Splash Camp add-on, to keep them nice and cool after a long, hot day.
Dates: Weeklong sessions from June 6 – Aug. 12
Times: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Splash Camp 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Cost: By May 1, $195; after May 1, $210; Splash Camp, $110 per session
Registration: cooperaerobics.com 

Is DISD Getting a Change of Address?


A change of address may be in order for the Dallas ISD headquarters, depending on the school board meeting at 6 p.m. on April 28. At the meeting, trustees will vote whether to approve the $46.5 million purchase of 9400 North Central Expressway to house its new headquarters.

This proposal from DISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa is part of a consolidation goal to provide a one-stop shop for parents, community members, and prospective and current employees. The hope is to improve customer service, increase organizational efficiencies, reduce facilities operating costs, and enhance the district’s presence in the Dallas community.

The one-stop site would include a welcome center, student records, volunteer and partnerships office, parent services offices, and resource and working space for teachers and instructional staff.

According to the DMN, if the deal is approved, the plan is to finalize the sale on July 1.


Blast from the Past: Oregon Trail

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Students in the Providence Class Two took a trip along the Oregon Trail on April 6. The young pioneers packed their bags, loaded their wagons, and dressed in 1853 attire as they re-lived history through games, square dancing, and other activities from that time period.

Girl Scouts Unveil Stem Center

Christie Myers gets hands on with a project with Girl Scouts at the new STEM Center of Excellence at Camp Whispering Cedars. (Photo: Chris McGathey) 0
Christie Myers gets hands on with a project with Girl Scouts at the new STEM Center of Excellence at Camp Whispering Cedars. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

The Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas (GSNETX) celebrates the opening of the STEM Center of Excellence at Camp Whispering Cedars on April 8 with the unveiling of the Rees-Jones Foundation Welcome Center and the Hoglund Foundation Girl Problem Center. The STEM Center will be available for troop use all year, allowing girls to experiments, explore STEM careers and education, and experience the outdoors.

Artist Sells Two-For-One HP Property

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(Photo: Dave Perry-Miller and Associates)

While the pool house has been named the number one party house in the world by Architizer.com, Dana Nearburg’s property, listed at $14.9 million, was great for raising a young family.

Dana and her former husband, Charles, built the main house at 3908 Euclid Ave. with architect Joe McCall and Oglesby-Green in 1991. At the time, their children were 4 and 8 years old.

“We would get in the kitchen and hold hands and go exploring,” Dana recalled.

The house and pool/second house, built in 2005 and designed by Gary Cunningham, sit on two 70- by 225-square-foot lots.