Category: Business

Being Choozy


Sharon Blumburg started Chooze in 2011. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

Inspired by their daughter’s creative spirit and love of mismatched shoes, Dallas residents Marc and Sharon Blumberg launched Chooze, an online children’s footwear company, in 2011.

The purpose for the venture: instilling in children of all ages the virtues of “creativity, confidence, and power to have a positive impact on the world.”

“I’ve always loved this whole idea of inspiring kids with creativity,” Sharon said.

Special-Needs Students Benefit from Martial Arts


“The brain can be conditioned to do anything we tell it to.”After high school, people with special needs are often left to find their way without the structure of being on campus all day, and sometimes, without a job or other daily routine.

Tony Rios, owner of My Martial Arts in Dallas, is responding to that concern with adaptive classes aimed at teaching physical fitness as a way of life.

“It helps you prolong your life, especially in an environment where kids and adults with special needs … like to sit around and not be active, so they’re the ones who need it the most,” Rios said.

Dallas Women’s Foundation Receives $50,000 Gift


Retired American Airlines executive Bev Goulet and Dallas Women's Foundation president and CEO Roslyn Dawson Thompson celebrate a $50,000 grant that will help fund a new initiative. (Courtesy photo)

American Airlines donated $50,000 to the Dallas Women’s Foundation in honor of Bev Goulet, who recently retired after 24 years with the company. She has been a strong supporter of the foundation, as well as a member of its board and executive committee.

“This gift is a reflection of the great heart of American Airlines, and I am very proud that the company made this grant in my honor to an organization and undertaking that mean so much to me personally,” Goulet said.

Comings and Goings


Miron Crosby features artisanal boots made by Rios of Mercedes. (Courtesy Miron Crosby)

Coming Soon

Up on Knox
3230 Knox St.

What’s on Knox? Up on Knox, a new restaurant coming in September, to be exact. Up on Knox will replace the Chili’s that resided at this location for 22 years. Le Bilboquet owner Stephan Courseau and the husband-wife chef duo from Lark on the Park, Dennis Kelley and Melody Bishop, are aiming to create a low-key but excellent restaurant.

Shake Shack
6025 Royal Lane, Preston Royal Village

Apparently convinced that Dallas has yet to reach maximum burger capacity, New York-based Shake Shack will open a Preston Hollow location in August next to Ken’s Man’s Shop in the Preston Royal Village shopping center. It will be the chain’s third area outpost.

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.