July 29, 2014

  • Sundrops Moving Out of Oak Lawn Store

    Here's a rendering of the new Sundrops building that will open this fall on North Central Expressway.

    Here’s a rendering of the new Sundrops Vitamins & Nutrition building that will open this fall on Central Expressway.

    Sundrops Vitamins & Nutrition, which has been a fixture in the 3900 block of Oak Lawn Avenue since 1976, will move this fall to a new location at Fitzhugh Avenue and North Central Expressway.

    The relocation allows the store to almost triple its size to about 5,000 square feet. Sundrops also plans to open a food area in the new location to serve juices, smoothies, and frozen yogurt. It also will offer more weight-loss and health classes.

    The new building, a rendering of which is seen here, was designed by the Dallas-based architectural firm of Good Fulton & Farrell.

    By Todd Jorgenson Jul. 29, 2014 | 4:05 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS

  • Summer Heat Cools Down Hectic Housing Market

    As Mother Nature turns up the Texas heat this summer, the local housing market has started to cool down.

    But that doesn’t necessarily reflect a negative trend for buyers or sellers in the Park Cities and Preston Hollow. It’s more of a product of the desire of homeowners to escape for the summer.

    “The more affluent areas of town have more people that go out of town for the summer, so they’re not as apt to be searching for property,” said Brady Moore, an agent with Dave Perry-Miller and Associates. “I feel like it’s finally starting to settle down a little bit lately.”

    Moore said the more relaxed pace to the market follows a feeding frenzy that marked the first few months of the year in which demand was generally high, and prices escalated to match.

    Ned Cammack, a sales associate with Coldwell Banker Residental Brokerage, said high-end homes were selling over list price in the area more this spring that at any time since 2007.

    “It has slacked off some, but I think that’s more seasonal than anything,” Cammack said. “We’re still seeing extremely high prices, and the demand is still there.”

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    According to statistics compiled by the North Texas Real Estate Information System, the number of closed sales in the Park Cities spiked in June compared to the year-to-date average, and the number of active listings has increased considerably while median price has dropped. In Preston Hollow, the number of active listings has gone up along with the median price for sales.

    I feel like we’re starting to get more inventory in a lot of areas,” Moore said. “They’re hearing about people getting top-dollar prices and they’re wanting to get in on that before it possibly changes. There’s still plenty of competition out there.”

    Moore and Cammack agreed that despite the summer lull, it’s still a seller’s market, as long as the sellers remain reasonable with their price expectations.

    “The upper end has kind of slowed down,” Cammack said. “Hopefully we’ll still have the buyers out there this summer.”

    In particular, Moore said activity has been high among lower price points in both the Park Cities and Preston Hollow this summer. Meanwhile, inventory is growing among top-end properties.

    “Buyers are willing to pay top dollar, but they’re not willing to make a lousy financial investment just to get something,” Moore said. 

    Cammack said the housing market overall is showing signs of sustained growth consistent with economic progress.

    “With so many people moving to the area, I think it will remain like that for a while,” he said.

    This story appears in the August edition of Park Cities People, on stands now.

    By Todd Jorgenson Jul. 29, 2014 | 3:00 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS

  • Help Genesis Shelter Fill Backpacks

    The Genesis Women’s Shelter has a noble goal: they want to fill 500 backpacks for pre-k through 12th-grade students.Therefore, they are looking for back-to-school donations from you, or even a supply drive held with your friends or co-workers. Here’s the kicker: you’ve only got until Friday, Aug. 8 to get your supplies together and dropped off. Here are the instructions on how to do so, or check out their Amazon wish-list page. What’s on the list?

    • Backpacks
    • Wet Wipes
    • Index Cards
    • Ziplock bags (gallon and quart)
    • Kleenex
    • Manilla paper (letter-size)

    Just to name a few. Check out the full list here.

    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 29, 2014 | 2:32 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS

  • Did You Get Another Mailer From Westcott?

    The HD-108 race remains pretty quiet at the moment, now that Morgan Meyer is confirmed as the Republican candidate and Leigh Bailey is confirmed as the Democratic candidate for Dan Branch’s vacated seat. The rest of the action will have to wait until the fall.

    But my colleague over at The Dallas Morning News, Melissa Repko, brought us this little tidbit of information: apparently, a Chart Westcott campaign mailer featuring a letter from supporter and honorary chairman Troy Aikman was sent out by mistake, causing some residents to think the one-time hopeful was planning to run as a write-in. This, apparently, is not the case, either. Just a little something extra for your inbox.

    Update (2:28 P.M.): Westcott has informed me via Facebook message that his team has not sent out anything additional, but suspects the mailers came from an old box left at the post office months ago and just recently distributed. He then went on to express his support of Meyer.

    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 29, 2014 | 12:08 pm | 1 Comment | Comments RSS

  • Highland Park to Spray For Mosquitoes

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    OK, Highland Park, it’s your turn. The town will be spraying for mosquitoes (mainly in quadrant D) starting tonight through tomorrow morning. None of the mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus, but the total number of mosquitoes found in quadrant D has reached the treatable threshold set by the town. Here’s the official schedule:

    •  Tuesday, July 29th: 8:00 PM-10:00 PM: Highland Park Pool area and unoccupied tennis courts
    •  Tuesday, July 29th: 10:00 PM-5:00 AM: Truck mounted ground spraying in Quadrant D only
    •  Wednesday, July 30th: 8:00 PM-10:00 PM: Highland Park Pool area and unoccupied tennis courts
    •  Wednesday, July 30th: 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM: Truck mounted ground spraying in Quadrant D only 

    If there’s rain or high winds, the spraying will be rescheduled. Stay inside during spraying, and clean out water dishes for pets afterward. Limit outdoor activities in the evening, use mosquito spray when you must be outside, and report any standing water to the town at 214-521-4161. Read more here.

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    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 29, 2014 | 11:07 am | No Comments | Comments RSS

  • Glamping for a Cause

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    Mockingbird Station is partnering with fashion blogger Katey McFarlan, founder of Chronicles of Frivolity, to celebrate the great indoors at the People’s Last Stand on August 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

    A $5 donation to the Girl Scouts of America gets you into the event, which will feature cocktails, HotPoppin Gourmet S’mores Popcorn, up-dos by Pouf, and various pop-up shops and giveaways.

    Visit the event’s website for more information and to RSVP.

    By Claire Kelley Jul. 29, 2014 | 9:57 am | No Comments | Comments RSS

  • Amy Bloom Comes to ‘Listen UP’

    They say don't judge a book by it's cover, but this one sure is beautiful.

    They say don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but this one sure is beautiful.

    This one sounds good. Amy Bloom will speak at the next installment of University Park Public Library’s “Listen UP” series about her book, Lucky Us, on Aug. 12.

    The book details two sisters’ journey from small-town Ohio in the 1940s to Hollywood.

    As always, the free event takes place at the library at 7 p.m. But if you’d like to pay $30 — which includes a copy of the book — and attend a reception at 6 p.m., make your reservations here or call (214) 523-2240.

    You can buy a book and get it signed afterward.

    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 29, 2014 | 8:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS

    July 28, 2014

  • Looney Strikes With More Postseason Awards

    Layne Looney was dominant this season. Everyone seems to agree. (Photo: Kate Simone)

    Layne Looney was dominant this season. Everyone seems to agree. (Photo: Kate Simone)

    The accolades continue to accumulate following the outstanding season for Highland Park pitcher Layne Looney, who has been named as a first-team all-state selection by the Texas Sports Writers Association.

    He also received first-team honors earlier this summer from the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association, and was named to the MaxPreps Underclass All-America team. Looney was named the MVP of District 10-4A for leading HP to a runner-up finish in the league.

    During his junior season, Looney posted a 12-0 record with a 0.53 earned-run average and 119 strikeouts. He also led the Scots with a .370 batting average.

    By Todd Jorgenson Jul. 28, 2014 | 5:38 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS

  • HPISD Educators Honored With Scholarships

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    From left, Elyse Griffin, Wanda Spoonmore, and Leesa Cole at the recent DKG luncheon in Dallas

    The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International recently awarded scholarships to Highland Park ISD educators Leesa Cole and Elyse Griffin. The society aims to promote the personal and professional growth of its members, who are all female educators.

    Cole is the library media specialist at McCulloch Intermediate School and a 24-year DKG member. She has received $1,000 scholarships from the DKG Dallas County Coordinating Council in each of the past two years.

    Griffin previously taught third grade at Armstrong Elementary School, and this fall will teach fifth-grade math at McCulloch Intermediate School. She is a four-year DKG member and has received $9,000 worth of scholarships since 2013.

    Both are members of the Delta Omicron chapter of DKG, for which retired HPISD teacher Wanda Spoonmore is president. Spoonmore taught eighth-grade algebra in HPISD for 36 years and has been a DKG member for 50 years.

    By Todd Jorgenson Jul. 28, 2014 | 4:52 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS

  • 4200 Block of Mockingbird Closed Tomorrow

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    Tomorrow, the 4200 block of Mockingbird Lane will be closed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for repairs. Detour signs will let you know where to go, as the repair area is bounded by Preston Road and Douglas Avenue. Drivers are encouraged to take Douglas Avenue to Beverly Drive, Beverly Drive to Preston road, and Preston Road to Mockingbird Lane to avoid the area. This is only for eastbound drivers — westbound will not be affected.

    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 28, 2014 | 11:13 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
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