Posts by William James Gerlich

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    • William recently graduated from UT where he worked for every major media outlet on campus, including the Daily Texan, 91.7FM KVRX and Texas Student Television. William was born and raised in Houston but lived in San Antonio and Austin throughout his life. Having now settled into the last major city on his Texas Tour, he is proud to call Dallas home.
  • Nicole Kwon Opens Uptown

    I was strolling through the West Village this weekend and noticed a new retailer in the neighborhood that has a pretty cool selection of both men’s and women’s clothing.

    Nicole Kwon Concept Store, a boutique that sells both women’s and men’s clothing from international designers, opened up last month between Allen Edmonds and Lucky Brand on McKinney Avenue.  On Nov. 15, the store will host a grand opening party from 6 to 8 p.m. (email RSVP@nicolekwon.com to attend)

    The store offers some interesting under-the-radar fashion labels.  I found some nice dress shirts (that were a little on the pricey side) designed by Kwon, and some high-quality loafers I may go back for. Read More…

    By William James Gerlich Nov. 5, 2012 | 2:11 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • The Hotel Business is Booming

    Start planning your next “staycation,” because hotels in the neighborhood are stepping up their game. Within the past few months, millions of dollars has gone into renovating hotels around the Park Cities. Including one hotel which was recently purchased by some Park Cities residents.

    For the story, pick up a copy of Park Cities People on stands tomorrow.

    By William James Gerlich Oct. 25, 2012 | 4:43 pm | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • Early Voting Begins in Dallas Today

    There’s one more debate, but come on, we all know who we’re voting for.

    I’m stopping by Our Redeemer Lutheran Church on my way home from work, and here’s a list of other locations where you can drop your ballot. Early voting polls close at 5 p.m. each day this week.

    So, who’s going to win?

    By William James Gerlich Oct. 22, 2012 | 11:04 am | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • Are You A Toll Violator? NTTA May Seize Your Car

    Look out toll violators.  The North Texas Tollway Authority has approved a measure that will allow them to impound the cars of those who continue not paying their tolls. The Star-Telegram has the story.

    By William James Gerlich Oct. 15, 2012 | 10:38 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Barneys New York Will Close at NorthPark Center

    Ugh. The headline says it all. And the Morning News has a bit more information. But Barneys New York is closing its only department store in Texas.

    In a statement, NorthPark said the mall’s “hope for Barneys was that their merchandise mix would complement the offerings of our other retailers, and that their prime location within the shopping center and within the city would enable them to thrive.”

    Whelp. Guess that didn’t happen.

    I’ve always heard Dallas is the fashion capital of the south. Are we on track to losing that title? Austin at least has a Barneys Coop. Maybe they’ll soon be the best?

    By William James Gerlich Oct. 8, 2012 | 12:17 pm | 10 Comments | Comments RSS
  • It’s Not Too Late To Check Out Homes & Design

    If you still haven’t seen our new Homes & Design section, be sure to check it out before newsstands run out! The section is full of inspiring real estate stories, and includes house-warming gift giving suggestions for the person who has it all.

    Our cover story features Mark Molthan’s new University Park mansion, which is equipped with the latest modern amenities and security systems. As president of Platinum Series by Mark Molthan, the builder has completed more than 1,000 luxury homes in his career. So you can imagine how great his own new home is. For pictures and the full story, pick up a copy of Park Cities People today.

    By William James Gerlich Oct. 8, 2012 | 11:32 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Ocho Opens Today in Preston Center

    You may remember reading my story in the Sept. 7 edition of Park Cities People about two Highland Park High School graduates preparing to open a new restaurant in Preston Center. Well today’s the official grand opening for the trendy Tex-Mex restaurant: Ocho Kitchen + Cocktails.

    Under the direction of Mi Piaci’s Brain Black and operating partner Ben Crosland, the multi-level restaurant offers a unique menu prepared by chef Eric DiStafano of the popular Coyote Cafe in Santa Fe, and a trendy tequila bar and lounge on its outdoor top deck.

    Crosland developed the house margarita himself, which is $7, and said the rest of the menu is “unlike anything the Park Cities has seen.” Ocho Kitchen + Cocktails is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily in the 8400 block of Preston Road. For pictures of the place, click here.

    By William James Gerlich Sep. 24, 2012 | 1:58 pm | 6 Comments | Comments RSS
  • “Glampers” Are Dedicated To Getting New iPhone 5

    I want the iPhone 5, bad. But my friend and former People Newspapers co-worker Katie Bivins just called me saying the line’s already long at the Knox-Henderson Apple Store, even thought the new phone doesn’t come out until Friday.

    So I’m bummed. But the silver lining is, these girls from Black Book Ink are “Glamping” (glamorously camping) until the new phone comes out, and will give free goodies out to people waiting in line early on Friday morning. So I’ll still stop by.

    The glampers set up their tent at 5 a.m. on Monday morning but DPD made them take it down Tuesday evening. They’re now set up in Hotel Zaza’s Photo Suite, and their clients (including the new East Hampton Sandwich Co. who I feature in this week’s edition of Park Cities People) are dropping off supplies to keep them going.

    Read More…

    By William James Gerlich Sep. 19, 2012 | 3:39 pm | 5 Comments | Comments RSS
  • Dang Thieves!

    Saturday night while I was sitting on the patio of the Standard Pour, I noticed a few people standing next to our Park Cities People newsstand. I thought, ‘oh, how great, people are buying our newspaper for a late night read.’ But no. They were stealing quarters out of it!

    I’ve passed by this newsstand a few times before, and it has a broken latch that has not been fixed, so people can just grab a copy of our paper for free. So I’m pretty sure that these guys didn’t get away with more than a couple of bucks, but still, COME ON!

    By William James Gerlich Sep. 17, 2012 | 11:56 am | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • Max’s Wine Dive, 6th Street-Uptown, And Hopdoddys Come To Town. Are The Park Cities The New Austin?

    A year ago I left the grungy Austin scene to settle down in this swanky Dallas neighborhood. I went from frequenting crazy rock concerts and hipster hang outs, to lounging in beautiful restaurants and even sitting in on symphonies.

    I traded in my dirty flannels for sharp blazers, and never looked back.

    But just recently a few Austin establishments have opened (or are about to open) that remind me of my past, including 6th Street-Uptown, Max’s Wine Dive, Hopdoddy’s, and Kung Fu Saloon.

    Click the jump to read all about ‘em.

    Read More…

    By William James Gerlich Sep. 13, 2012 | 3:05 pm | 4 Comments | Comments RSS
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