Category: Business

Bluffview Growler Brings Craft Beer Close to Home

Interior decoration of Bluffview Growler. (Photo: Joshua Baethge)

Craft beer lovers had reason to celebrate this January when the Bluffview Growler opened on Northwest Highway just east of Lemmon Avenue. The bar features a rotating lineup of craft beers with an emphasis on local brews.

“Every week gets a little busier,” co-owner Dale Czech said. Nearly four years after opening Lakewood Growler in East Dallas, he and his wife, Stacy, decided to bring their concept to Bluffview.

“I’ve always been kind of a serial entrepreneur. Back in 2013, I was home brewing and kind of knew what was going to happen with the local brew scene,” Dale said. “I figured I couldn’t brew and compete with what was out there, so I decided to sell other people’s beer.”

Building the Brand One Burger at a Time

Haystack’s Barn Burner burger features grilled poblanos, pico de gallo, and pepper jack. (Photo courtesy: Haystack Burgers)

A family-owned neighborhood favorite from Richardson has arrived in Turtle Creek Village.

After opening the first Haystack Burgers and Barley in their Richardson neighborhood, Kevin and Jenny Galvan knew they wanted to grow their brand and that Dallas was where they wanted to be.

Kevin said he is excited about the demographics and high density of people in the area. Jenny hopes the new location becomes a special part of the surrounding neighborhoods and communities.

Ivy Tavern Owners Takeover Windmill Lounge


WindmillBig changes are in the works at Windmill Lounge, a bar once named one of the best bars in the country by Esquire Magazine for good drinks, good music and a fun crowd since it opened 11 years ago on Maple Avenue. Louise Owens has sold the bar to Lisa and Tom Georgalis and the Triada Hospitality Group, owners of the popular Ivy Tavern. During this transition, the Windmill will remain open.

“We’re so excited to add the Windmill Lounge under our wing, a bar that we’ve been fans of for years,” Lisa and Tom said.

The new owners don't plan to change everything at the Windmill. Operation hours will remain the same, as will the focus on classic and craft cocktails, music, and an overall casual vibe.

Patrons can expect an all-new menu within a couple of months. Highlights will include "chef-driven" pizzas, unique flavored wings, and salad options. The owner also plan to revamp the beer and wine menu.

Bob Stone joins Veritex Community Bank


Texas banking veteran and real estate executive Bob Stone has joined Veritex Community Bank as Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Commercial Real Estate Lending.

Stone has over 35 years of banking and real estate experience. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma, and began his banking career at First Republic Bank in Dallas.  

HP Village to add private club

Joe O'Brien, president and CEO of A.G. Hill Partners, explains renovations plans for the Highland Park Village building that houses Starbucks and Anthropologie. (Photo by William Taylor)

The Highland Park Village building that houses Starbucks and Anthropologie will get a new look and a private club.

But don’t worry: Those and other first floor retailers will remain open during the 12-months of renovation to the building beside Preston Road.

“Well, my wife will be happy,” said Bob West, who lives near the shopping center and came to a recent Town Council meeting to check on the status of the coffee shop.

Joe O'Brien, president and CEO of A.G. Hill Partners, hopes customers and neighbors will be pleased with renovations designed to make the building look more like its counterparts in the shopping center.

A.G. Hill manages the trusts that own Highland Park Village.

Faith Presbyterian Offers Tranquil Transitions

The park-like setting of the center more resembles a resort than a medical facility. (Photo courtesy T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center)

Caring for a loved one and ensuring their remaining time is comfortable and meaningful can be a challenge for the whole family. The T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center, which opened Feb. 15, aims to meet that challenge in an innovative and holistic way.

The center is the latest addition to Faith Presbyterian Hospice and Presbyterian Communities and Services, a faith-based, not-for-profit foundation. The care center offers a stand-alone inpatient hospice as an alternative to in-home hospice, nursing facilities, and hospitals. It will also provide transitional care for patients who wish to return home for hospice care.

The 53,388-square-foot center is located on a 9.3-acre campus at Merit Drive and Churchill Way in North Dallas. The park-like setting more resembles a resort than a medical facility. Meandering paved paths lead to meditative gardens, seating areas, and an outdoor amphitheater for lectures, events, and memorial services.

Plaza Store Owner Celebrates 97th Birthday



Maxine Bennett (right) celebrates with her daughter Beverly.

Castle Gap Jewelry owner Maxine Bennett celebrated 97 years Wednesday with a birthday party at her Plaza at Preston Center store.

Maxine was born in 1920 and grew up in Midland. She opened Castle Gap in 1974 with her son Scotty. A few years later, daughter Beverly joined them.

Today the store is the oldest tenant in the Plaza. Maxine still works there six days a week.


Veritex Bank Names New Board Members


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)

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.