August 28, 2014

  • Coming Up: Dads Club Golf Tournament

    It’s that time of year again. The Park Cities Dads Club Golf Tournament, or the Teachers Cup, is scheduled for Oct. 13 at the Dallas Country Club. This is the 23rd year the event will take place, and it celebrates more than $2.1 million raised to fund staff development at HPISD. Those funds are not recaptured by “Robin Hood” laws, either. 

    Sign up here.

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 28, 2014 | 10:45 am | No Comments | Comments RSS

  • ‘Godfather’ of Custom Pies Opens Local Pizzaria

    Project Pie will open a number of locations this year, including Preston Center and Asbury Avenue. (Photos courtesy of Project Pie)

    Project Pie will open a number of locations this year, including Preston Center and Asbury Avenue. (Photos courtesy of Project Pie)

    The way pizza-preneur James Markham sees it, food is akin to a romantic relationship — that is, it’s best when kept fresh.

    It’s a sentiment that can be linked directly to Project Pie, the valedictorian of the dough-tossing chains (MOD, Pieology) Markham has founded in recent years. Like its predecessors, the Project Pie concept involves custom-made pizzas bedazzled with premium ingredients. Unlike the stores that have gone before, however, Project Pie will be opening in Dallas — and opening four times over to boot.

    “I’ve got four units I’m doing in Dallas this year. I’m doing Preston Center, Lower Greenville — we just signed a space right at SMU, and we’re doing one in Addison too,” Markham said. Although the storefronts will open back-to-back this fall, thanks to a mix of vintage and industrial furnishings, “all of them are going to look different.”

    If you’re planning to dine at the Preston Center location, for example, you’ll spot an 8-foot-long credenza-turned-soda-station that dates back to 1942. When you’re ready to switch things up, pop over to the University Park restaurant — the space on Hillcrest and Asbury, which used to belong to New York Sub, will be outfitted with a completely different lighting, floor, and tile package. Feel like venturing out to Lower Greenville? You’ll be welcomed with open arms and a wide-open bar — this particular Project Pie will feature a rooftop deck that joins with next-door neighbor HG Sply Co., and is the only Dallas location where liquor will be served in addition to beer and wine.

    “I’ve been touted as sort of being the guy who started this entire segment — this whole build-your-own, Chipotle-style pizza thing,” said Markham, who has planted pizza joints everywhere from San Diego to Shanghai.

    Maybe that’s why he’s not afraid to innovate and try new things. Or talk about his competitors.

    “We have a lot of competition out there. In Dallas you’ve got Pie Five,” Markham said. “I would open next door to Pie Five.”

    Luckily, in 2012 he was introduced to local real estate mogul Michael Miller, who quickly scouted a few locations for Markham’s Dallas debut that were less likely to result in a pie-in-the-face scenario.

    “We knew we wanted to start inside the loop before venturing out to the suburbs,” Miller said. “Preston Center was a no-brainer to capture both the large daytime population that occupies the office buildings in the area, as well as the densely-populated, high-income neighborhoods of Preston Hollow and the Park Cities.”

    But there was also the cool factor to take into consideration.

    “Frankly, before I came to Dallas I had no idea that your food scene was so cool, which I’m glad about — I think we’re going to fit right in,” Markham said, noting that Project Pie was recently ranked the No. 1 emerging brand on Yelp. “I think people are going to dig it.”

    If Project Pie’s pizzas taste as good as they look in photographs, people are likely to dig in, too. Customers can either build their own pizza entirely from scratch, or start with a signature pie as a base and get creative from there. Markham suggests trying out the chain’s newest white pizza, which features not-so-nasty roasted Brussels sprouts, prosciutto, red onion, mozzarella and parmesan cheese, plus a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil — couture on crust, if you will. Taste buds not feeling quite so adventurous? Go with Miller’s pick: a classic Marguerita accented by tomato sauce, mozzarella, and basil.

    Or, get funky. The best part of entering into a relationship with Project Pie is that you’ll pay $7.85 no matter how many toppings you select. Now that’s amore.

    By Karley Kiker Aug. 28, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS

  • Arboretum’s Reardon Hangs Up Her Sneakers

    (Photo: Courtesy of Juliette Coulter)

    (Photo: Courtesy of Juliette Coulter)

    Parkie Karen Reardon is handing over the reins at the Dallas Arboretum, as far as the Tour Des Fleurs event is concerned. She’s been organizing the staff efforts for the 10K and 20K race since its beginning eight years ago. Now, Dana Murrell will resume her duties with staff organization.

    “I’ve been doing this for so long, but it’s now time for me to pass the baton to Dana because with recent stress fractures in my legs, I must be temporarily off my feet,” Reardon said in a statement.

    The 7 a.m. race takes place on Sept. 20 and is presented by Dave Perry-Miller and Associates. It kicks off the opening of”Autumn at the Arboretum,” a.k.a. everyone’s favorite pumpkin village/storybook installment. Roughly 2,800 runners are expected to attend.

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 28, 2014 | 8:45 am | No Comments | Comments RSS

    August 27, 2014

  • Lady Scots Sweep Past Keller

    Highland Park's Madeline Bonnet serves against Amarillo during the Allen tournament on Aug. 23.

    Highland Park’s Madeline Bonnet serves against Amarillo during the Allen tournament on Aug. 23. (Photo: Jeff Kane)

    Highland Park continued its strong showing in early-season volleyball tournament play by winning the bronze division title at the Allen tournament on Saturday. Then, the Lady Scots swept Keller in three tight sets in a nondistrict match on Tuesday, 27-25, 28-26, 25-22.

    At the tournament, HP secured a three-set win over McKinney Boyd to reach the championship bracket. Once in that bracket, the Lady Scots (13-6) fell to Flower Mound before rebounding with victories over Coppell and Amarillo. They finished ninth overall in the tournament.

    Next up, HP will travel to the Plano tournament on Friday and Saturday before returning home on Tuesday to face Midlothian.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 27, 2014 | 5:12 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS

  • HPISD App Lets Parents Stay Updated

    Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty has helped to launch a free app just for HPISD parents. With it, you can check district news, find a staff directory, save favorites, access an activities calendar, and more.

    More academic info will be added in September so parents can see grades, assignments, schedules, and even lunch-account balances.

    Click here to download the app for your Apple device (assuming you have iOS 7 or later).

    “Having five children of my own, I understand the importance of connection, whether that’s people and neighborhoods or families and schools, and this app makes it easy to stay connected to your school community,” Briggs Freeman president and CEO Robbie Briggs said in a statement. 

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 27, 2014 | 4:33 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS

  • Here’s a Twist on the Movies in Pools Trend

    MPW-48904Most of the public events featuring screenings at swimming pools cater to families and showcase kid-friendly films with widespread mainstream popularity.

    But The Lofts at Mockingbird Station is trying a different approach with its first Dive-In Movie Night on Thursday by showing the raunchy comedy Wet Hot American Summer, the cult classic starring Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, Janeane Garofalo, and Amy Poehler.

    You can watch the movie either from the pool deck or while floating in the water. Admission is free, and you can score popcorn and a drink for $5, with all proceeds benefiting the Dallas Film Society. There also will be food from Cafe Herrera and a bar serving mixed drinks.

    Showtime is 8:30 p.m. It would help if you sent an RSVP, which you can do here.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 27, 2014 | 12:02 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS

  • Developer Brings Mixed-Use Complex to PH

    Here’s a rendering of Preston Hollow Village, which has broken ground at the northwest corner of North Central Expressway and Walnut Hill Lane. (Photo courtesy of Provident Realty Advisors)

    Here’s a rendering of Preston Hollow Village, which has broken ground at the northwest corner of North Central Expressway and Walnut Hill Lane. (Photo courtesy of Provident Realty Advisors)

    In a neighborhood known for stability and tradition when it comes to restaurants and retail, the new kid on the block will definitely stand out.

    Construction is under way on the first phase of Preston Hollow Village, a 42-acre development at the northwest corner of North Central Expressway and Walnut Hill Lane, and a few tenants might open their doors before the end of this year.

    The development — which will mix retail, office, and residential uses — is the first of its kind in Preston Hollow and will be the largest commercial development in the area in decades.

    “As a resident of Preston Hollow, I recognize there is no other cool, pedestrian-oriented, walkable development of this kind in our neighborhood,” said Leon Backes, president of Provident Realty Advisors, which has been circling the project for several years. “What we are developing today has evolved over the last decade. This is a fresh, updated approach to development.”

    The centerpiece of the first phase of the project is a Trader Joe’s market, which Provident officials expect will open sometime in early 2015.

    On the dining side, the development will include Pakpao, Blue Sushi Sake Grill, Verts, and Modmarket, the last three of which don’t currently have a location in Dallas. Multiple salon and fitness establishments also will be part of the project.

    “We’ve tried to create a merchandising plan that has some new brands,” said Jerry Jackson, Provident vice president of development. “We have a really good tenant mix.”

    The first phase will include 75,000 square feet of retail space, 60,000 square feet of office space, and a four-story parking garage. As the build-out continues during the next several years, commercial space could reach up to 300,000 square feet.

    Eventually, the north end of the property will feature residential towers — no higher than seven stories and with a maximum of 1,200 units — that Jackson said will include a variety of amenities and rental rates.

    “We’re working to create our own unique brand of community,” Jackson said. “You can really be in a place where you walk to work, walk to a restaurant, walk to the grocery store, and then walk back home.”

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 27, 2014 | 11:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS

  • Canary Hosts ‘AP Style’ Event

    Looking for something to add a little sparkle to your jewelry box? Canary on Lovers Lane will be hosting “AP Style” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 4.

    Apparently, there will be lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and cocktails from 3 to 5 p.m. They’re also debuting Cuckoo For Canary, a boutique within the boutique.

    Is that, like, an Inception thing? Hmm. I don’t know. But you should go and find out.

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 27, 2014 | 8:59 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
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