Category: Business

Keep Tails Waggin’ While You’re Away


Business owner Joette White. (Courtesy photo)

Vacations are often exciting, but leaving furry family members behind can be stressful.

Park Cities Pet Sitter Inc. strives to set minds at ease by offering experienced care for animals (furry or not), as well as training, walks, and house checks. Lucky pet owners may even receive a photo or two of their happy pets.

Veteran Builds Business With Used Legos


For the Klima family, Lego toys are for both fun and business. FROM LEFT: Andrea, Lilianna, Jason, and Noah. (Courtesy photo)

Dallas native and U.S. Air Force veteran Jason Klima remembers his first Lego set.

“I was kind of poor growing up, so most of my toys came from garage sales,” he said. “I can’t remember having a single toy that had all the parts, but with Lego, it didn’t matter – you could still build whatever you wanted.”

Comings and Goings


The Hill, a mixed development coming soon. (Courtesy photo)


The Hill
8401 Walnut Hill Lane

A modern mixed-use development located in a historic shopping center at North Central Expressway and Walnut Hill Lane is bringing a variety of restaurants and shops to North Dallas. The Boardroom Salon for Men and one-stop-beauty shop Mattison Avenue Salon Suites and Spa are the latest to sign lease agreements. Also, several restaurants will pop up there by summer, including specialty coffee shop Civil Pour, health-focused Mediterranean-inspired Luna Grill, and family-friendly Hat Creek Burger Company.

Comings and Goings


Customers can pick from 18 grilled cheese options. (Courtesy photo)


Dallas Grilled Cheese Co.
Mockingbird Station

The Bishop Arts grilled cheese factory plans to open its second location mid-January. The restaurant boasts 18 different on-menu specialty grilled cheese sandwiches, such as The Dude, a childhood kickback filled with lean ground beef, original Manwich Sloppy Joe sauce, and aged white cheddar on grilled sourdough bread.

Lawyer Advocates for Women, LBGT Workers


Janet Hendrick urges employers to embrace inclusiveness. (Photo: Imani Chet Lytle)

Following the birth of her second child in the late 1990s, attorney Janet Hendrick threw the brakes on her successful legal career and became a stay-at-home mother.

When she returned to work more than a decade later, “I very much had to fight my way back into practice,” the University Park resident recalled.

The experience, she said, has likely helped fuel her passion for serving as an advocate for other women in the legal profession, and inspired her to become a frequent speaker on workplace protections for LGBT individuals.

Working Mom Shares Success


Sallie Behnke and Christine Ashmore look to empower other moms. (Photo: Imani Chet Lytle)

Juggling a small business and life as a wife and mother hasn’t stopped Sallie Behnke from excelling at both.

The financial planner from University Park recently became Texas’ only Morgan Stanley adviser named to Working Mother Magazine’s Top Wealth Adviser List for 2017. She ranked 104 out of 200. She works with clients with a typical net worth of $7 million to $15 million.

Dallas Hilton Park Cities To Get $6 Million Renovation

The new owners of the hotel plan to remodel the restaurant, bar, and meeting spaces next year. (Photo: Woobine Development Corporation)

Woodbine Development Corporation plans to invest an additional $6 million into the Hilton Dallas Park Cities hotel.

The 224-room facility on Luther Lane just east of the Dallas North Tollway was built in 2001 and most recently remodeled in 2013. The latest renovations are slated to begin early next year, with an expected completion near the end of 2018.

Longtime Retailer Spreads Love of Wild Birds


David Hurt started his store from scratch without social media almost 25 years ago. (Photo: Chirag Sainju)

Wild Birds Unlimited owner David Hurt slid back the tall security gate with a custom cutout bird design, brought out two Adirondack chairs, screwed in a traffic-attracting pinwheel, and went inside to check the placement of merchandise, fill the till for customer change, and open for business.

“I like everything laid out neatly,” Hurt said.