St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange (5 Highland Park Village): This “retail ministry” is run almost exclusively by more than 100 volunteers who serve in the roles of buyers, cashiers, and gift wrappers. But this isn’t a church-basement thrift store — the highly curated gifts range from simple stationery to ornate home decor.
Caruth Park: When W.W. Caruth Sr. deeded the land for Caruth Park to the city of University Park in 1949, he could not have imagined just how important this park would become to the community. One of the city’s largest parks, it provides a safe place for families and individuals to play, exercise, and enjoy nature. With a fishing lake, lighted tennis courts, two ball fields, picnic facilities, a playground, and a walking trail, this park makes it easy for everyone to get active.
Bachendorf’s: This family business has provided Dallas’ elite with the finest jewelry for more than 60 years. Whatever you choose, you’re sure to dazzle.
Twisted Root Burger Company: The guys at Twisted Root say that their food is “slap-yo- momma good,” and while we wouldn’t exactly recommend doing that, we would recommend you bring your momma with you when you visit because it is that good. All three of the guys behind Twisted Root have culinary degrees and extensive experience working in acclaimed restaurants, which translates into burgers bursting with flavor and milkshakes so rich and creamy that they’re practically a meal on their own.
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