Category: Business

Veritex Bank Names New Board Members

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Greg B. Morrison

Greg B. Morrison

April Box

April Box

Veritex Community Bank has named April Box and Greg B. Morrison to its board of directors.

“As our bank is challenged to do more, it is important that we add skilled leadership so that we can serve the needs of an ever-growing complex and integrated business community,” bank president and CEO Malcolm Holland said. “Both April and Greg are talented business leaders who have faced these challenges before. They are also a perfect fit for Veritex’s culture.”


Good Vibes

Lori Landes, owner of West Coast Vibes. (Photo by Kelsey Kruzich) 0
Lori Landes, owner of West Coast Vibes. (Photo by Kelsey Kruzich)

Dallas may be far away from the West Coast, but it’s managed to pick up some of the quintessential California style.

Lori Landes’ beachy, edgy boutique West Coast Vibes took the place of an old 1930s movie theater in Snider Plaza in October 2016. For Landes, a Highland Park mom with two sons at Highland Park High School and three younger kids, opening the store has been a labor of love.

“I want the [clothing] to be comfortable and still be fashionable,” Landes said. “Nothing in Dallas has been this edgy and this sort of feel.”

West Coast Vibes sells a lifestyle, with trendy apparel for men, women, and children, from brands of a certain ilk — Alo, J Brand, Toms, Spiritual Gangster, good hYOUman. Brand names are featured on wooden signs in the shape of surfboards. The shop is decorated in bright colors and hashtags.


Yolk Hatches Expansion Plan

Breakfast in Preston Center just got serious with the arrival of Chicago-bred Yolk. (Photo courtesy Yolk) 0
Breakfast in Preston Center just got serious with the arrival of Chicago-bred Yolk. (Photo courtesy Yolk)

Fans of downtown Dallas’ breakfast-and-lunch-centered Yolk restaurant will be glad to know there’s a new Yolk in town.

Owner Taki Kastanis opened the 10th location of his Chicago-bred restaurant in Preston Center to target residential Dallas.

“Preston Center seemed like the perfect mix of residential and commercial. It’s just a good high-volume area, high density,” Kastanis said. “As soon as the location came up, we took a run at it and we grabbed the location.”

Yolk’s egg-heavy breakfast menu includes pot roast and a poached egg on an English muffin, a three-egg scrambler with sautéed kale, caramelized onion, tomato, and goat cheese, and several combination dishes and omelet options.


Farm Credit Bank of Texas Re-elects Chairmen

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The Farm Credit Bank of Texas (FCBT) board of directors has re-elected James F. “Jimmy” Dodson as board chairman, and Lester Little as vice chairman.  The two South Texas farmers will each serve an additional one-year term.

Dodson has served on the FCBT board since 2003. Little has been a board member since 2009. Both were first elected to their current officer positions in 2012.


Go for Poke in Preston Center

Go Fish Poke brings the latest trend in seafood to Preston Center. (Photo by Tanner Garza) 0
Go Fish Poke brings the latest trend in seafood to Preston Center. (Photo by Tanner Garza)

For Dallas-area fans of poke, the trendy Hawaiian raw fish salad, the first week of February brings exciting news.

Never to be behind in a trend, Dallas is getting its own fast casual poke restaurant in Preston Center.

Dallas-based restaurateur Tony Lin, 35, decided to open Go Fish Poke after seeing the dish’s increasing popularity in California.

“The [location] is so perfect for poke because you have so many healthy people who want to have something healthy,” Lin said. “In the shopping center, you don’t have much like what we’re offering there, so I think it’ll be a great fit for the location.”


Gateway Up for Grabs

The vacant land near the convergence of Armstrong Avenue, Lakeside Drive, and Oak Lawn Avenue where it becomes Preston Road is on the market. (Photo courtesy Allie Beth Allman) 0
The vacant land near the convergence of Armstrong Avenue, Lakeside Drive, and Oak Lawn Avenue where it becomes Preston Road is on the market. (Photo courtesy Allie Beth Allman)

One of the last undeveloped tracts of land in the Park Cities is drawing intense interest, according to representatives from Allie Beth Allman and Associates.

The 1.17-acre triangular plot bordered by Lakeside Drive, Armstrong Avenue, and Oak Lawn Avenue is being marketed as the “Gates of Highland Park.” While the land has been for sale since mid-fall, tall wooden signs erected just before New Year’s have generated increased attention.

“I can’t think of another location that would be more desirable,” former Highland Park mayor William D. White Jr. said.

In 1906, real estate developer John Armstrong purchased a large amount of land just north of Dallas for $276 an acre. The city’s population had more than doubled following the turn of the century, and was fast approaching 100,000. Armstrong saw enormous potential in the area he dubbed “Highland Park,” so named because it sat on high terrain overlooking downtown.


Balanced Market Brings Opportunities for Buyers, Sellers

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While active home listings in Preston Hollow and the Park Cities dipped in the fourth quarter, 2016 brought greater housing inventory overall, creating opportunities for buyers as well as sellers.

New listings may not be likely to go under contract instantly in a wave of multiple offers like they would a few years ago, but home prices remain strong and sellers who have done quality renovations are still rewarded, according to Shell Stegall, senior vice president and broker with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, who has spent 25 years in real estate.

“It’s not quite so chaotic now,” she said. “It’s becoming a little more balanced between the power of buyers and sellers.”

Active listings in 2016 averaged 22 percent higher than in 2015, according to data from North Texas Real Estate Information Systems Inc.


Zero Headache Storage

Dan Slaven and Kyle Bainter bring personal service to off-site storage. (Photo by Kelsey Kruzich) 0
Dan Slaven and Kyle Bainter bring personal service to off-site storage. (Photo by Kelsey Kruzich)

When Kyle Bainter and his wife were remodeling their home after having their first child, they needed more storage, but didn’t enjoy the experience of renting an off-site unit.

“I’m a young and able guy,” Bainter said. “But this was a difficult, inefficient process, on a hot summer day, which isn’t fun.”

Bainter thought there had to be a better way.

He and his business partner Dan Slaven, a Highland Park High School graduate, came up with a modernized approach to streamline the entire process of moving and make storing hassle-free.


Good Fit: Benedetti Launches Custom Line

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Benedetti Bespoke brings old-world detail to new line. (Photo courtesy of Benedetti Beyond Bespoke)

Benedetti Bespoke brings old-world detail to new line. (Photo courtesy of Benedetti Beyond Bespoke)

Spend five minutes talking to fashion designer Christina Benedetti and you know where her passion lies: making men look good in their shirts.

“When people meet you, before they even speak with you, they’re judging,” Benedetti said. At her company Benedetti Beyond Bespoke, she helps men make an impeccable first impression.

Benedetti, who lives off Turtle Creek Boulevard, offers custom shirts designed to complement a man’s body shape, with old world details such as front yoke seams cut on the fabric’s straight grain and chevroned at the center back to make the shoulders look stronger and wider, or hand-embroidered monograms that can be applied to cuffs or to the left chest.

“Getting dressed and knowing you look good should be easy,” she said. “You shouldn’t have to think about it, because we think about it for you.”