Category: Business

A Sparkling Business Endeavor


Carat, cut, color, and clarity: four little words that can strike fear in a young man’s heart, and lighten his wallet.

Setting out to purchase an engagement ring, or any piece of diamond jewelry, can be a daunting task — one Diamonds Direct aims to make as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

“Our environment is always relaxed, hands-on, friendly, and informative,”said Senior Vice President Amit Berger.

Customers Preserve Village History

Highland Park Village property managers have talked about creating a display of donated historic photos and documents. (Courtesy Highland Park Village)

Plenty has changed in the world since Highland Park Village opened more than 86 years ago. Billed as “America’s first shopping center,” the Mediterranean Spanish–style collection of approximately 70 shops and restaurants has served not only as a retail destination but also a town square of sorts for Park Cities residents.

“At its heart, the village has always been about the community, even though certain elements may have changed,” chief marketing officer Mia Meachem said. “It’s a magical place. I’ve lived in New York, D.C., and LA and there is nothing like it.”

While today’s high-end boutiques are a far cry from the feed store, drug store, and arcade that operated in bygone eras, memories of yesteryear’s businesses still resonate with many.

Refinancing Could Bring Even More Upgrades to HP Village


12. Highland Park Village Theatre

Highland Park Village, already undergoing renovations to make room for more retail and a private club, has secured more funds to invest in the premier shopping center.

D Magazine and other media has reported this week on the refinancing of the center, which was purchased in 2009 by a family partnership that includes Ray Washburne and his wife and her sister.

Citing Dallas County deed records, D Magazine reported that the new loan by TH Real Estate, an investment affiliate of Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America, totals $225 million—or $54 million more than the 2009 purchase price.

Washburne released a statement saying the new loan would be used “to invest in our property for decades to come.”

Read more here.

Alexa, What’s Up at City Hall?



Steve Mace selects information for Alexa to read to residents. (Photo by Imani Chet Lytle)

Don’t bother going to University Park’s website to read announcements from city government.

Ask Alexa to do it for you.

Dallas digital marketing agency Imaginuity has introduced, through website client University Park, a new platform that works with Alexa, Amazon’s voice-activated personal assistant.

Dallas Arboretum Debuts Year-Round Food Oasis


The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden will soon offer A Tasteful Place, an edible display garden complete with a newly developed lagoon and meandering walkways.

The 3.5-acre garden will also include a pavilion with event space and teaching kitchen, an orchard, beds of ornamental display vegetables, herbs and flowers, as well as shaded porches and walkways.

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.