Posts by Jacie Scott

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    • Jacie is a Louisiana native who graduated from LSU. She is a former reporter for Park Cities People and former D Magazine intern.
  • Ebby Halliday Office Gets Chic New Digs

    Not far from the Little White House location, Ebby Halliday's Preston Center office has gotten an "extreme makeover" of sorts, with 10,000 square feet of space. (Courtesy Photos)

    Not far from the Little White House location, Ebby Halliday’s Preston Center office has gotten an “extreme makeover” of sorts, with 10,000 square feet of space. (Courtesy Photos)

    Ebby Halliday’s Preston Center office has found a new home. After 38 years in the 4,100-square-foot office where it previously set up shop, the firm is expanding to a new chic space at 8333 Douglas Ave., across from the Park Cities Hilton and neighboring The Shelton high-rise.

    Ground broke on the 10,000-square-foot project in August, and the new space opened its doors in early October, thanks to the completion of the initial phase. Architect Michael Twichell, whose work includes The Shops at Legacy in Plano and the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, is the engineer on the project. The new space will be in a more prominent location than the previous office. Read More…

    By Jacie Scott Dec. 12, 2014 | 9:50 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Henry S. Miller Set the Scene

    The Miller family opened shop in 1914, becoming a leader in Dallas real estate. (Photos Courtesy: Henry S. Miller Company)

    The Miller family opened shop in 1914, becoming a leader in Dallas real estate. (Photos Courtesy: Henry S. Miller Company)

    Mogul helped transform Village into destination

    In 1976, Highland Park Village did not embody the presence, fine dining, and shopping that we enjoy today. It was in a state of disorder. The grounds looked shabby, there was an odd mix of tenants, and investors showed little interest in the property.

    Until the Henry S. Miller Company stepped in.

    Rather than selling the property like they were originally hired to do, Henry S. Miller Jr. and his son, Vance Miller, saw great potential and acquired the land themselves.

    The father-son duo set out to revamp the image of the landmark by renovating, landscaping, and letting proper tenants.

    The company brought in Ralph Lauren, creating the first lease of its kind with a retail store.  Read More…

    By Jacie Scott Aug. 2, 2014 | 2:00 pm | 3 Comments | Comments RSS
  • LYFE Kitchen Opens in Preston Center

    Lyfe Kitchen will open one of its three Dallas-area locations in Preston Center this summer. (Photo: LYFE Kitchen)

    Lyfe Kitchen will open one of its three Dallas-area locations in Preston Center this summer. (Photo: LYFE Kitchen)

    Pizzadillawich. Art’s Unfried Chicken. Baked Garlic Parmesan Sweet Potato Fries. These are a few of the mouthwatering dishes residents can feast upon at LYFE Kitchen in Preston Center. 

    LYFE, short for Love Your Food Everyday, is a fast-casual restaurant committed to providing affordable, health-conscious food. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu includes gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options.  Read More…

    By Jacie Scott Jul. 6, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Holtberg Puts Bow on His 20 Years at St. Mark’s

    Headmaster Arnold Holtberg cut a rug as part of the “Dancing with the St. Mark’s Stars” event in 2010. (File Photo: Christina Barany)

    Headmaster Arnold Holtberg cut a rug as part of the “Dancing with the St. Mark’s Stars” event in 2010. (File Photo: Christina Barany)

    When Arnold Holtberg obtained his master’s degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Phillidelphia, he chose to journey down the path of educating youth. After 41 years of cultivating young minds, he will take on a new venture at the end of the semester: retirement.

    Holtberg came to St. Mark’s in 1993, making him the longest-tenured headmaster in the school’s history. In this time, he’s led two multi-million-dollar fundraising campaigns geared towards campus improvement, resource endowment for financial aid, and faculty support.

    As Holtberg prepares to say, “see you later,” he found the time to share with us some details about his career and where he plans to go from here.

    Read More…

    By Jacie Scott May. 2, 2014 | 11:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Building Playhouse For CASA Was This Boy Scout’s Honor

    As part of his Eagle Scout project, Henry Roseman built an entry for the annual CASA Parade of Playhouses, which begins this weekend at NorthPark Center. (Staff photo: Chris McGathey)

    As part of his Eagle Scout project, Henry Roseman built an entry for the annual CASA Parade of Playhouses, which begins this weekend at NorthPark Center. (Staff photo: Chris McGathey)

    Several years ago, a collection of extravagant playhouses caught the eye of a young Henry Roseman as he left NorthPark Center. The structures were part of Dallas CASA’s Parade of Playhouses, and Roseman had to have one. Year after year, he would buy raffle tickets for the playhouse of his dreams, to no avail.

    Today, the 14-year-old is no longer the child longing for a unique playhouse. He’s the creator of one.

    The Preston Hollow resident channeled his inner architect and built a playhouse as his Eagle Scout service project. Such projects have to be involved ventures that demonstrate leadership and benefit the community in some way. Roseman saw it as the perfect match.

    The Parade of Playhouses is an annual event that raises funds to support the Dallas CASA mission. On average, 2,000 Dallas County children can’t go home to a safe haven at night because of abuse or negligence. CASA steps in by advocating for the best interests of these children, helping them receive proper services.

    Beverly Levy, Dallas CASA’s executive director and president, said the event shows what a big heart and a raffle ticket can do to help a child find a safe home. Roseman’s participation is a testament.

    “It’s really wonderful when you can get kids involved in helping other kids,” Levy said. “Henry knows why he’s doing this, and it’s really wonderful.”

    Roseman’s service project idea was not met with the best feedback at the beginning. His troop leaders were skeptical because it was, in fact, a big project. Under the Boy Scouts’ rules, he could not get help from construction or architectural firms, and the project could not be for commerical fundraising purposes.

    Roseman didn’t shy away from the challenge. He drafted his project proposal explaining why building his playhouse would not only show leadership, but also benefit the community. He knew that it could and would be done.

    More than 200 labor hours later, Roseman had planned, designed, and constructed a playhouse. Although he sought help from his architect uncle, family, friends, and fellow Scouts, the build was under his sole direction. Parade of Playhouses event sponsor Stacy Lillis agrees that this is perhaps the most unique aspect of Roseman’s playhouse, as most were created by architectural and construction companies.

    “Henry has been as professional as any architect or builder could be with everything that he’s done with his playhouse,” Lillis said. “We’re really excited about all the work he has done.”

    Roseman, who is about to enroll at DISD’s School for the Talented and Gifted, took an industrialized approach to his design. The playhouse, featuring a butterfly-sloped metal roof and a sitting area, was constructed of two UPS trucks’ worth of milk crates. Roseman used the crates because they allow children to see outside the house.

    The project had its overwhelming moments, but Roseman takes pride in accomplishing what some thought was impossible.

    “It was a real project,” Roseman said. “It was a real building-and-construction deal. It was a huge project.”

    The event has come full circle for Roseman. He looks forward to seeing the children gazing in awe at the dream playhouses as he once did. Realizing that his own creation is in that assortment is priceless.

    “I really hope that it will raise a lot of money for CASA and for children who need the help,” Roseman said. “I also hope that the kid who gets it enjoys it a lot — until they’re done with it,” he added with a laugh, “not until it falls apart.”

    By Jacie Scott Aug. 2, 2013 | 4:42 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Calling All Lego Architecture Enthusiasts

    Have you been wanting to take your Lego design dreams to new heights? Maybe just wanting to get past your childhood level of Lego building? Well, Barnes and Noble has a treat for you.

    The store is hosting a free Lego Architecture Studio event for teens and adults, featuring discussions with experts in the field, the chance to learn a few architectural concepts and hands-on building opportunities.

    Make your way to the Lincoln Park location of Barnes and Noble this Thursday, July 25, for some architecture fun. Kyle Jeffery, design director at Gensler architectural firm, will be on board for discussion and Q&A. Fans will also get a sneak peek at the new Lego Architecture product available only July 25-28.

    The event begins at 7!

    By Jacie Scott Jul. 23, 2013 | 2:32 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Coloring Contest Showcase Just Days Away

    Mark your calendars, and rally your young artists!

    Entries from our Fourth of July coloring contest will be on display at the Zhen Music and Arts Institute on Thursday, July 18 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. View coloring masterpieces and enjoy cookies sponsored by Tiff’s Treats. Nice bonus, right!?

    Winners of the contest will be awarded that evening and photographed for the July 26th issue of Park Cities People.

    Email to reserve your spot!

    By Jacie Scott Jul. 12, 2013 | 3:47 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Flint Fields High-Fives For His Funny Funding of Sport Court


    Superintendent Dawson Orr, assistant superintendent Tim Turner, University Park Elementary principal Lynda Carter, Dads Club president Robb Flint, Dads Club president-elect Thad Smith, PTA president Dana Manley, Nicole Richter, and Coach Charlie Kenyon break ground for the school’s sport court. (Photo: Linda Landsberg)

    Outgoing University Park Elementary Dads Club president Robb Flint is no stranger to bringing attention to a brand, thanks to his career in marketing.

    So when the father of three decided to put the construction of a sport court at the forefront of his presidential tenure, he found unorthodox ways to make the dream a reality.

    Ground broke for the elementary school’s first athletics court on July 1 after a Borat-themed “cornhole” tournament spearheaded an initiative that garnered more than $55,000.

    PTA president Dana Manley said the notion of bringing a sport court to University Park had been of interest for several years. Armstrong, Bradfield, and Hyer were ahead of the game, and Flint believed it was time to catch up.

    “It’s one thing for one person to come up to you, but I literally had several parents come up to me and mention how those schools’ sport court facilities are nice, and it would be great if UP had something similar,” said Flint.

    While Flint’s idea was met with support, he faced the challenge of acquiring enough money to cover construction costs. A cap of $75,000 was placed, and HPISD agreed to offset a third of the cost if the Dads Club raised $50,000.

    As for the fundraising, Flint pulled from his own bag of unconventional tricks. In early May, he introduced the “Cornhole Extravaganza for Make Benefit Glorious Sport Court UP.” The title was inspired by Sacha Baron Cohen’s 2006 film.

    The event featured a 40-team tournament of beanbag tossing, along with prizes, food, and drinks. Flint’s approach was to bring something different and fun to the community, and the combination of Borat and cornhole seemed like a winner.

    “I don’t know how, but it just came to me. That’s how my brain works,” Flint said. “Using what I think is fun, innocent, harmless humor really helped get my message through, and it was fun for me.”

    Proceeds from the extravaganza, combined with generous donations from supporters, exceeded the agreed-upon amount.

    Manley applauded Flint’s humorous efforts, naming him the reason for the increase in Dads Club membership.

    “Robb’s approach as Dads Club president was very effective,” Manley said. “He was able to use his sense of humor in emails that typically ensured they would be read in their entirety and generate a response.”

    The sport court is expected to be complete by the start of the school year. Flint unconventionally expressed his gratitude to the community through a “We Have a Dream” email inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic speech.

    With his lively presidential term coming to an end, Flint looks forward to some down time. He plans to take the school year off, enjoy his “retirement,” and decide what’s next. Stay tuned.

    By Jacie Scott Jul. 12, 2013 | 6:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Diane Carson’s Art Gallery Says Goodbye

    Carson Art Gallery, one of the first art galleries to open in the Design District, will be closing its doors July 29.

    Owner Diane Carson, University Park resident and “matron of the Design District,” is retiring after more than 30 years of providing services to national artists and the likes of Omni Hotels, the Ritz-Carlton, and the Hard Rock Cafe.

    Goodbyes are sad, yes, but can you say bargain prices? Her lifetime collection is now open to the public for the first time at up to 70 percent off! Explore her extensive inventory of abstracts, landscapes, and still life images (to name a few), and send Diane well wishes in her retirement.

    The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

    By Jacie Scott Jul. 4, 2013 | 8:43 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Graffiti Artists Target Davis Park Tunnel

    I’ve been told that using series of threes is more effective, both visually and verbally, when it comes to relaying messages to an audience. Apparently, this rule now applies in graffiti.

    Last weekend, the tunnel in Davis Park bared some new artwork, courtesy of a few clever vandals and their stencils. According to a police report, three outlines of Tweety Bird were found along the tunnel, two in orange paint and one in blue paint. The words alongside sweet Tweety read — wait for it — “tweet tweet mother [trucker].”

    A second set of graffiti featured three separate paintings of the Blues Brothers. The Saturday Night Live favorites were painted orange and blue, as well. The final piece in the graffiti showcase screamed from the center of the tunnel, “WHAT EVER WHAT EVER WHAT EVER,” painted blue in a block font approximately 3-inches tall. Talk about establishing a motif!

    I don’t condone vandalism, but the combination of Tweety, Jake and Elwood, and an orange and blue theme in one setting simply could not be overlooked. Thankfully, the tunnel’s concrete coating is equipped for this type of situation. A good pressure washing should solve the problem, if it hasn’t already been done.

    By Jacie Scott Jul. 3, 2013 | 6:33 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
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