Good Vibes

Lori Landes, owner of West Coast Vibes. (Photo by Kelsey Kruzich) 0
Lori Landes, owner of West Coast Vibes. (Photo by Kelsey Kruzich)

Dallas may be far away from the West Coast, but it’s managed to pick up some of the quintessential California style.

Lori Landes’ beachy, edgy boutique West Coast Vibes took the place of an old 1930s movie theater in Snider Plaza in October 2016. For Landes, a Highland Park mom with two sons at Highland Park High School and three younger kids, opening the store has been a labor of love.

“I want the [clothing] to be comfortable and still be fashionable,” Landes said. “Nothing in Dallas has been this edgy and this sort of feel.”

West Coast Vibes sells a lifestyle, with trendy apparel for men, women, and children, from brands of a certain ilk — Alo, J Brand, Toms, Spiritual Gangster, good hYOUman. Brand names are featured on wooden signs in the shape of surfboards. The shop is decorated in bright colors and hashtags.


Laptops for Refugees

Burma native Sum Pi (left) learns laptop basics with his nephew. (Photo courtesy Alex Laywell, International Rescue Committee) 0
Burma native Sum Pi (left) learns laptop basics with his nephew. (Photo courtesy Alex Laywell, International Rescue Committee)

SMU students recently provided international refugees living in Dallas with computer equipment, with the goal of making the adjustment to life in the U.S. easier.

In November, six students from the university’s Cox School of Business partnered with SMU’s Engaged Learning Fellowship program, which provides grants to fund various research and service projects.

As part of their Project Management class, students teamed with the local office of the global humanitarian aid organization International Rescue Committee (IRC) and gave 11 refugee clients laptop computers, free of charge and loaded with Rosetta Stone English-language software, to help the refugees teach themselves English.

The students purchased the refurbished devices and software with grant money awarded to them through the Engaged Learning program.


Yolk Hatches Expansion Plan

Breakfast in Preston Center just got serious with the arrival of Chicago-bred Yolk. (Photo courtesy Yolk) 0
Breakfast in Preston Center just got serious with the arrival of Chicago-bred Yolk. (Photo courtesy Yolk)

Fans of downtown Dallas’ breakfast-and-lunch-centered Yolk restaurant will be glad to know there’s a new Yolk in town.

Owner Taki Kastanis opened the 10th location of his Chicago-bred restaurant in Preston Center to target residential Dallas.

“Preston Center seemed like the perfect mix of residential and commercial. It’s just a good high-volume area, high density,” Kastanis said. “As soon as the location came up, we took a run at it and we grabbed the location.”

Yolk’s egg-heavy breakfast menu includes pot roast and a poached egg on an English muffin, a three-egg scrambler with sautéed kale, caramelized onion, tomato, and goat cheese, and several combination dishes and omelet options.


Got a Story? Come to The Booth

Dalene Buhl tries out the Booth (Courtesy photo). 0
Dalene Buhl tries out the Booth (Courtesy photo).

In Surviving Through Faith, Dallas author Zoltan Zsohar uses 304 pages to describe his family’s escape from Hungary ahead of Russian soldiers at the end of World War II.

For a recent audio recording, he condensed a refugee story steeped in “hope, faith, love, devotion, and determination” to about 25 minutes.

“Normally I speak without notes, but because I have to maximize the use of the time in The Booth, I had notes to be sure I did not ramble and covered everything I wanted to cover,” he said.

Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church describes The Booth as a place for people to tell stories of where they have experienced the holy in their lives.


Farm Credit Bank of Texas Re-elects Chairmen

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The Farm Credit Bank of Texas (FCBT) board of directors has re-elected James F. “Jimmy” Dodson as board chairman, and Lester Little as vice chairman.  The two South Texas farmers will each serve an additional one-year term.

Dodson has served on the FCBT board since 2003. Little has been a board member since 2009. Both were first elected to their current officer positions in 2012.


Go for Poke in Preston Center

Go Fish Poke brings the latest trend in seafood to Preston Center. (Photo by Tanner Garza) 0
Go Fish Poke brings the latest trend in seafood to Preston Center. (Photo by Tanner Garza)

For Dallas-area fans of poke, the trendy Hawaiian raw fish salad, the first week of February brings exciting news.

Never to be behind in a trend, Dallas is getting its own fast casual poke restaurant in Preston Center.

Dallas-based restaurateur Tony Lin, 35, decided to open Go Fish Poke after seeing the dish’s increasing popularity in California.

“The [location] is so perfect for poke because you have so many healthy people who want to have something healthy,” Lin said. “In the shopping center, you don’t have much like what we’re offering there, so I think it’ll be a great fit for the location.”


Rejoicing in ‘Sacred Chaos’

The Kingdom Singers, directed by Terrie Preskitt-Brown, leads the music each week at The Feast. (Photo courtesy Chris Taylor) 0
The Kingdom Singers, directed by Terrie Preskitt-Brown, leads the music each week at The Feast. (Photo courtesy Chris Taylor)

No need to fret on Sunday evenings if instead of singing a smiling choir member waves, claps to her own beat, and spontaneously hugs the director during a song or two.

That’s a blessing, not a problem, during The Feast, Highland Park United Methodist Church’s special needs service where what the Rev. Ramsey Patton calls “sacred chaos” proves the norm.

“It’s lots of joy,” Patton, an associate pastor, said. “It’s lots of fun, singing and dancing. It’s a place where everyone can participate.”

If Patton needs a show of hands to make sure everyone received Communion, that’s OK. If some got served more than once, well, John Wesley, Methodism’s founder, did call it “the duty of every Christian to receive the Lord’s Supper as often as he can.”


Police Reports: Jan. 16-22

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DALLAS

17 TUESDAY
At 6:15 a.m., a burglar broke into Preston Hollow Grill in the 4300 block of West Northwest Highway and stole cash.

At 3 p.m., a shoplifter stole property from Macy’s in NorthPark Center. Ferida Stankovic, 57, was arrested on a charge of theft.

Between 3 and 4 p.m., a thief stole an iPad from a vehicle in the parking lot of Preston Oaks Shopping Center.

After 6 p.m., a vandal smashed the window of a Lennox work van in an apartment parking lot in the 3900 block of West Northwest Highway.


Volunteer Work

Seth Washington. (Photo by Tanner Garza) 0
Seth Washington. (Photo by Tanner Garza)

It’s a scenario that might seem daunting to many high school football players — turning down multiple Ivy League programs and a handful of scholarship offers to become a preferred walk-on with an uphill battle just to see the field.

For ESD quarterback Seth Washington, however, the decision to pass up safer options to pursue a dream is simply the latest challenge in a football career filled with them.

He did a risk-reward analysis before verbally committing to the University of Tennessee, where he will compete for playing time in the prestigious Southeastern Conference. And he concluded that he simply couldn’t pass it up.

“The opportunity came along, and I felt like it will be the most challenging,” Washington said. “I wanted to take that on.”