The family who operated a Baskin-Robbins store in The Plaza at Preston Center for decades is in the process of opening a new location across Preston Road.
Chiang Lee, her husband, and her sister have signed a lease on a 1,324-square-foot space in the Berkshire Court building, between Snuffer’s and California Pizza Kitchen. They expect to be open in early April.
“We don’t have a firm date yet, because right now we’re under construction,” Lee told me this morning. “Construction should be complete by the end of this week.”
The family’s store in The Plaza at Preston Center closed for good in December 2012. Mike Geisler, who oversees the shopping center’s leasing and management for Venture Commercial Real Estate, declined to renew their lease, citing decreasing sales. The Plaza at Preston Center, which is in University Park, has since added a Sprinkles Ice Cream shop.
Joe Cicardo, senior vice president for the NAI Robert Lynn Retail Division, brokered the deal for the new space on the Dallas side of Preston Road, which he described as “a labor of love.” He and his daughters were frequent patrons of the Lee family’s Baskin-Robbins.
“I looked at multiple locations within and outside Preston Center until I found an excellent location at Berkshire Court for them before it was on the market,” Cicardo said. “It was very important for my clients to remain at Preston Center to serve their loyal customers from the surrounding neighborhoods.”
Lee said Cicardo worked “really hard” to find the new location. “He is really good,” she said.
Editor’s note: This story also appears in the March edition of Park Cities People.
The Miracle Mile stretch of Lovers Lane once was among the trendiest hubs for luxury shopping in Dallas. These days, while its collection of specialty shops continues to draw customers, its look has become more eyesore than eye candy.
So count Connie Sigel among the proprietors who are happy the city of University Park is going through the preliminary steps of a renovation project for the area that could help it reclaim some of its past glory.
“The curbs are in disrepair. It’s been on the backburner for so long,” said Sigel, who owns the clothing boutique Elements. “There’s a heritage there that needs to be preserved.”
The city has the money in its budget during the next two years for a project that has been discussed several times before. Now it finally seems to be gaining traction, with an engineering firm hired to begin a conceptual design and traffic consultants also on board.
Among the points of emphasis are replacing the pavement on Lovers between Dallas North Tollway and Douglas Drive, as well as widening the medians to possibly include landscaping and decorative lighting.
In our March edition, we listed the biggest contributors to the District 108 Republicans since July 1. The list included names and dollar amounts but no other information.
There’s a woman named Sally Jordan who lives in the Park Cities, and she tells me her friends were surprised to see her name next to “$5,000″ on the list of Chart Westcott’s biggest contributors. Well, we should clarify that those dollars came from another Sally Jordan, who lives in Santa Barbara, Calif.
While we’re discussing campaign finance, here’s an interesting statistic that’s been mentioned on this blog only in a comment: Westcott spent a total of $1,199,989.90 in this campaign and received 3,709 votes. That comes out to $323.53 per vote. Morgan Meyer spent $63.47 per vote, and Court Alley spent $28.31 per vote.
Chart Westcott has taken it in the shorts for the disparate messages presented in his mailers during the House District 108 campaign. But opponent Morgan Meyer’s mailers are not only more consistent, they’re consistent when compared to another candidate’s.
Uptown resident Susan Hawk won the Republican primary for district attorney with the help of Allyn Media, the same company that counts Meyer among its clients. As you can see here, both campaigns are using the same design template.
The color scheme is similar, of course. Only Don “Orange you glad I’m not John Carona” Huffines strayed from the good old red, white, and blue. But the fonts and logos also seem to echo each other, as do the photographs of the candidates hard at work on something requiring penmanship.
I wonder how much Allyn Media is billing each candidate for these. More examples after the jump.
A detailed site plan for the new Park Cities YMCA will be considered by the University Park Planning and Zoning Commission at its meeting on Tuesday.
With spring around the corner, baseball season is getting into full swing. Accordingly, Highland Park will host its annual Scotland Yard Classic this weekend.
The Scots will play five games over three days as part of the round-robin event, facing Colleyville Heritage (1:30 p.m. today), Fort Smith (Ark.) Southside (6:30 p.m. today), Sachse (11 a.m. Friday), and Richland (4 p.m. Friday). HP also will meet Keller at 11 a.m. Saturday at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
Tournament games also will be held at Rockwall, Coppell, Plano East, and Trinity Christian Academy in Addison. Other participating teams include Grapevine, Belton, Rowlett, and The Woodlands.
For the Scots, the tournament will be the final tuneup prior to the start of District 10-4A play on Tuesday at Forney.
A full tournament schedule follows after the jump.
If you liked Leigh Bailey’s brief statement issued via Twitter and Facebook on Tuesday night, then you’ll love this slightly longer missive that Court Alley distributed to supporters yesterday. Take note of the paragraph in which he mentions Morgan Meyer and Chart Westcott:
It wasn’t enough for the Highland Park girls soccer team to continue its on-field dominance on Tuesday night. The Lady Scots scored goals off the field as well.
The team presented a check to the HP Special Olympics program for $11,275 as part of its “Going for the Same Goal” fundraising campaign. The money will go toward soccer uniforms, equipment, and a banquet for the Special Olympians, who took the field at halftime of HP’s 2-0 win over The Colony at Highlander Stadium.
The victory, by the way, clinched another District 20-4A title for the Lady Scots (14-4-1, 6-0), who have won their six district games by a combined margin of 27-2.
This map, which was generated by the Dallas County Elections Department’s website, is color-coded by precinct victories in Texas House District 108. The purple precincts are the ones won by Morgan Meyer. The mint green ones went to Chart Westcott. The few dark green precincts went to Court Alley. And the brown precincts are the ones where there were ties.
I wish there was a way to zoom in and not have to show you the entire county, but there isn’t — at least not without distorting the image’s resolution. So let me try to help you get your bearings. See the purple portion sticking out on the west side? It’s bounded by Northwest Highway to the north, Love Field to the west, and Lovers Lane to the south. And you see the curved line that forms the western edge of the top mint green precincts? That’s Central Expressway. (Looking at this map may also help.)
So that means Meyer won every precinct in the Park Cities, Preston Hollow, Bluffview, Devonshire, and Greenway Parks. But Westcott captured plenty of votes east of Central. So the two candidates will keep competing until the May 27 runoff.
What happened? Where am I? Mom?
Apparently, a nearly 40-year-old editor can hit “refresh” on the county elections website only so many times before he passes out. While I was asleep, the totals were posted.
In Texas House District 108, Morgan Meyer captured 47 percent of the 12,291 votes cast. Chart Westcott earned 30 percent, and Court Alley finished with 23 percent.
That means Meyer and Westcott will continue on the campaign trail until a May 27 runoff. In a twisted version of Groundhog Day, the district’s voters will be subjected to 12 more weeks of mailers and robo-calls.
But, hey, at least you won’t be getting any more of those outrageous mailers for the Texas Senate race. Highland Park resident Don Huffines’ strategy of going negative paid off, as he won 50.6 percent of the 49,637 votes cast in District 16, meaning the 2015 edition of the Legislature will be the first since 1989 that won’t include John Carona.
We were keeping an eye on two other races involving Park Cities people:
University Park resident Dan Branch — who vacated the District 108 seat, thereby introducing us all to Alley, Meyer, and Westcott — is headed for a runoff with state Sen. Ken Paxton as they compete for the Republican nomination for attorney general. Branch got 33.5 percent statewide to Paxton’s 44.4 percent.
And Mary Brown of University Park cruised to victory in the five-person Democratic primary for the vacancy in the 301st Family District Court. She earned 64 percent of the 56,149 ballots casts across the county.
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