Category: Business

Dressing Dallas


Silk Threads CEO Ruby Bhandari shows off pieces from her Ruby B. collection. (Photo: Lorelei Day)

With time comes change, and the world of fashion is a clear reminder of that.

As of late, many designers have incorporated foreign culture – particularly Indian – into their creations. For Ruby Bhandari, combining Indian and American styles is what her company, Silk Threads, is all about.

Bhandari uses bright colors, careful embroidery, and flattering silhouettes to produce unique pieces that nod to her Indian ancestry.

“The East brings color, it brings happiness, it brings fun,” she said. “And with the way the world is going, I think that everybody wants that.”

Construction in Snider Plaza

Is it a spaceship? No, it's the Park Plaza Project! (Rendering courtesy Omniplan)

The beleaguered Park Plaza project is underway in Snider Plaza.

It may be the only construction site that threatened the University Park mayor’s seat, but it will not be the only one disrupting the peace and quiet of the Park Cities in the next two years.

At press time, the new Snider Plaza mixed-use development was set to kick off June 19 with the demolition of the long-vacant former Chase building at the corner of Hillcrest and Daniel avenues. Eight weeks have been allotted for the demolition, according to University Park public information officer Steve Mace, with construction set to be completed in fall of 2018.

Comings and Goings

The newly opened TreeHouse store offers eco-friendly products. (Photo: Joshua Baethge)

Now Open

Republic Texas Tavern
12300 Inwood Road

Republic Texas Tavern recently opened in North Dallas. This Texas-themed, bar-centric restaurant comes from John Kinzer, who helped open Barley House, and Scott Smith, a restaurant industry veteran. Texas products will be available as often as possible on a menu featuring classic dishes with Texas flair. Burgers and bourbon are the mainstays at this new casual hangout open daily from 11 a.m.

NorthPark Center

The newest location of Shinola Detroit opened June 12 at NorthPark Center. Known for beautifully crafted timepieces and soft leather bags, Shinola is located between Warby Parker and Sam Edelman on level one of NorthPark. The store adds to the Detroit-based company’s growing number of brick-and-mortar locations around the country.

8021 Walnut Hill Lane

Sustainable home improvement store TreeHouse opened June 1 in the Hill development near the intersection of Walnut Hill Lane and North Central Expressway. This is the Austin-based store’s second location, featuring eco-friendly products designed to promote sustainable, environment-friendly homes.

HPHS Alum Recognized in National Publication


Tommy McBride

Highland Park High School graduate and former Providence Christian School Board Chair Tommy McBride, a managing director at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, was recently named one of the “Top 400 Financial Advisors” on the annual Financial Times list. He was also honored on Barron’s Magazine’s 2017 "America's Top 1,200 Advisors: State-by-State" list.

AFP Names Philanthropy Day Honorees


The Greater Dallas Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals announced its 2017 National Philanthropy Day Award honorees. They will be recognized during the 32nd annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon Nov. 10 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Dallas.

Buckner High Rise to Open in 2019

Ventana by Buckner retirement towers are being built at North Central Expressway and Northwest Highway. (Courtesy photo)

With adult children in Dallas and a church they love near Highland Park, Rick and Melissa Owens don’t want to move far, but up works just fine.

The retired American Airlines pilot and his wife look forward to moving to Ventana by Buckner and enjoying the “high-rise living, which will be new to us,” he said.

Buckner International, a Dallas-based nonprofit, is building the 12-story continuing care retirement community on three acres just beyond the University Park city limits and across from NorthPark Center. Whiting-Turner serves as lead contractor for the project designed by D2 Architecture.

‘Temporary’ Job Lasts 51 Years And Counting

Co-workers describe Sonia Moss as a leader of their office family. (Photo: Laura Buckman)

In 1965, Sonia Moss took what she thought would be a temporary job at the front desk of a downtown office. She intended to stay around six months before going back into the business world. More than five decades later, she’s still not sure when she will leave.

“It’s because [there’s] never a dull moment, and I guarantee you that today,” she said.

Moss, or “Miss Sonia” as she is known around the office, is the first staff member most customers see at the U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management office on Preston Road.

Park Cities Man Named Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist


Alex Danza

EY announced that Parks Cities resident Alex Danza, founder and CEO of Vonlane luxury motor coach service, is a finalist for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Award in the Southwest region.  The honor recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

Danza was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges.  Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas.