Posts Tagged ‘Downtown Dallas’

Main Street Garden Mudbug Bash 3.30.13

Posted by    |    March 13th, 2013 at 5:16 pm


Remember those crawfish boil parties from college? Did you just shed a tear? Relive the glory days in a completely acceptable (and probably nicer) setting. Join Downtown Dallas, Inc., 105.3 The Fan and 100.3 Jack FM for the inaugural Main Street Mudbug Bash is Saturday, March 30th from 2pm – 8pm at Main Street Garden in Main Street Garden.

The family friendly celebration of all things DFW includes 4,000 pounds of crawfish, Live Music from The O’s, Jay-B & the Zydeco Posse and DJ Moxie, Crawfish Races, all the BIG March Basketball Games, and lots of beer.

Tickets are $20. For more information, head to

Gambling “Not Necessarily” Going Up at 505 Riverfront

Posted by    |    March 12th, 2013 at 11:49 am

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When you pass the 505 Riverfront property alongside the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, you’ll see an ambiguous list of possibilities as to what plans for the space will actually be, one of which includes gambling.

Is a casino actually a possibility in Dallas? Well, not now anyway. After a little Google magic, our skyrocketing hopes were dashed across the vast plot of land. In this video from NBC 5 DFW, 505 Riverfront investor Dale Foster admits that the list of possibilities along the property are just a way to “dress the site up” in the hope of attracting things that will help the area look like Uptown, which could include a casino if Texas ever makes that legal.

Watch the full video here and read more about Texas and casino gambling.

Santas gone Wild! Is Dallas ready for this?

Posted by    |    December 20th, 2012 at 3:45 pm


As a resident of Dallas what do you think of when you think of Santa? Besides the obvious magical superhero who sneaks down your chimney and delivers presents, it probably involves hoards of hyperactive children in North Park mall crowded around a guy in a Santa suit, impatiently waiting to sit on his knee and tell him their Christmas wishes. Or maybe you think of those creepy giant inflatable lawn Santas that seem to be so popular now. If either of these scenarios are what come to your mind when you think of Santa then I think it’s time Dallas changed  how it experiences Santa. I say we start with Santacon, which Dallas actually participated in for the first time this year. So what is Santacon?

Well Santacon is where a big group of people dressed up like Santa get together and go on a giant bar crawl through the city, and the whole group has to stick together as you go from bar to bar creating what you might call a joyful and surreal moment for on lookers. Why should Dallas adopt this tradition and partake in it annually? BECAUSE IT’S FUN! Just check out the footage from this years Santacon in New York.

Plus, as you can see from the video, you don’t have to just stick to a traditional Santa get up, you can let your Christmas imagination go wild!


Imagine, a giant gang of sugar plumb fairies, Santas, reindeer, sexy elves and walking christmas trees running around together in Uptown and Fair Park inspiring shock, awe and of course Christmas cheer. I’m going to assume that at this point you, like me, are convinced that Santacon is something that needs to be a part of Dallas’ Christmas every year, so how do we make that happen?

1. First thing we need to do is make Dallas Santacon grow because when it comes to Santacon bigger is better and more fun. A social media outlet needs to be set up to gather all the Santas together and help them coordinate where they’re going to meet and where they’re going to go. This will also help spread the news about what’s going on and encourage more and more people to participate.

2. Start points need to be set and instead going from bar to bar there should be certain zones in various neighborhoods established where all the Santas can congregate. For example, starting in Downtown, galloping along to  Victory, and finishing in Uptown. It would also help if the open container laws in the established zones could be relaxed just a little. I promise to walk and cab it!

3. Finally since this would be Santacon in Dallas we need to find a way to put our city’s stamp on it. What could we do to make this the Santacon everyone wants to be a part of? We could end it with a big concert, do a city wide scavenger hunt, have a contest for best real Santa beard, a cookies and milk food challenge , what Santa can bring the most “reindeer” or any number of crazy things.

It’s time Dallas got Santa out of the mall and into the streets for a holiday celebration that gives people an excuse to cut loose from the mundane holiday responsibilities and let’s everyone’s Christmas spirit go wild.

We apologize in advance for any children that see Santa going crazy in Dallas next year.


View Me Through the Lens of Surveillance Cameras

Posted by    |    November 19th, 2012 at 11:26 am

If we edited a video together using video footage from downtown Dallas video surveillance cameras, what would we find?  Take a look at this video and what you will find is that it may have been sponsored by Coca Cola.  See one of the responses below from the website that showcased this video.

“What I’m trying to get it is the main point of advertising is to associate happiness with their product. Coke has been doing this for years. Go look up the GTA Coca Cola ad on YouTube, there’s a great example.

Notice in the beginning of the video, the tiles are on a red background with white lettering, same as the brand logo. Your comment talks about how “we live in a world full of product. You see names EVERYDAY”

Except this video we’re talking about shows ZERO products for ANYTHING else throughout the entire video. Throughout the video, you see many WONDERFUL human interactions. And until the very end, the last raw footage of security cam footage shows two individuals buying and sharing a bottle of Coke; from the first of “many” products you’re talking about, and it’s a Coca Cola machine, bright red contrasted with the background, dead pan in the center. You can’t miss it! “

Deep Ellum Outdoor Market Brings Temporary Markets to Lower Greenville and Downtown Dallas

Posted by    |    October 30th, 2012 at 10:26 am

Sack lunches filled with Ziploc bags are fine on occasion, but if you work in Downtown you will soon have no excuse to eat that Lean Cuisine in your cubicle. The Deep Ellum Outdoor Market’s partnership with Downtown Dallas Inc. continues with the Pegasus Plaza Market. DEOM will fill the plaza at the corner of Main St. and Akard with live music, food and local vendors.

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“Big Things Happen Here”: Dallas Announces New Branding and Marketing Campaign

Posted by    |    October 26th, 2012 at 12:08 pm

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Dallas’ first ever multimillion-dollar multimedia campaign will be announced at today’s annual meeting of the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau. The $5 million branding and marketing campaign will help Dallas rise in the ranks as a top convention destination city. The campaign took eight months to craft and used input from Dallas residents and Dallas-based marketing agency TracyLocke.  With millions in potential revenue for hotels, restaurants and taxi drivers at stake, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings believes the campaign “is not just about the hotel rooms. This is about creating, year after year,” a reason for visitors to come back.

The campaign was made possible this year when the creation of the Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District was approved. It will last at least five years and will include 100-plus hotels within the city limits including the NYLO in South Dallas and the Omni Hotel in Downtown Dallas. Hotel owners agreed to be taxed to create the money pot used to boost marketing in the city. The tax, which hotels began collecting this summer, is paid by a 2 percent fee charged to hotel guest and is estimated to bring in up to $10 million a year. Philip Jones, chief executive of the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau, estimated the new Dallas branding campaign will cost up to $5 million.


What You Need to Know about the Opening of Klyde Warren Park

Posted by    |    October 23rd, 2012 at 3:19 pm

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Construction on Klyde Warren Park seemed like it might simply become an omnipresent part of our lives. It’s hard to believe that you’ll finally be able to bring your dog and your yoga mat to the incredible deck park this weekend. If you weren’t quick enough to snag a free ticket to the Concert for Dallas you can still get one here. You have to pay for it, but hey, it’s reserved and it’s a small price to pay to be present at this monumental opening.

The two-day Grand Opening of Dallas’ new 5.2-acre park adjacent to the Arts District includes a ribbon cutting ceremony, an outdoor performance by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, sneak peeks at the Park’s ongoing programming and a Saturday night signature concert entitled “The Concert for Dallas Presented by Deloitte.

A grand opening this heavily anticipated can be overwhelming, so we’ve broken it down  so you can start your planning and start preparing yourself to finally see honorary chair Owen Wilson in person.


Metropolis by Rob Carter Last Three Minutes

Posted by    |    May 12th, 2012 at 11:32 am

This is a very interesting use of animation to tell a story about a city.  We lifted this story summary in order to present it to you here and to think about how we could shoot something like this for Downtown Dallas.

“Metropolis is a quirky and very abridged narrative history of the city of Charlotte, North Carolina. It uses stop motion video animation to physically manipulate aerial still images of the city (both real and fictional), creating a landscape in constant motion. Starting around 1755 on a Native American trading path, the viewer is presented with the building of the first house in Charlotte. From there we see the town develop through the historic dismissal of the English, to the prosperity made by the discovery of gold and the subsequent roots of the building of the multitude of churches that the city is famous for. Now the landscape turns white with cotton, and the modern city is ‘born’, with a more detailed re-creation of the economic boom and surprising architectural transformation that has occurred in the past 20 years. (more…)

Omni Dallas Hotel Grand Opening Experience: Saturday Activities

Posted by    |    April 28th, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Saturday, the third day of the “Definitely Dallas!” Grand Opening Experience at the Omni Dallas Hotel, meeting planners were given the opportunity to attend a variety of tours throughout the city. The Old American Golf Club, What’s New in Dallas?, Dallas Arboretum, a Shopping Excursion and a Downtown Dallas Tour were on the list for planners to choose from.

“I was born and raised in Dallas, then left when I was about 18 years old. This is the first time that I’ve come back as a tourist to see how Dallas has changed,” said Austin resident Ray Lindner.

The Downtown Dallas Tour started off at the Grassy Knoll before taking a tour of the Sixth Floor Museum. Members of the tour group were fascinated by JFK and asked many questions related to the assassination and conspiracy theories. “I was actually a student in Dallas when the assassination occurred,” said Lindner. “For me…it’s a step back in time.” (more…)

Omni Hotel Dallas, The Big Freeze, and YouPlusDallas

Posted by    |    April 26th, 2012 at 11:09 am

Today through Sunday April 29, the new Omni Hotel Dallas will be hosting hundreds of influential meeting planners from across the nation for the Grand Opening Experience. The meeting planners will get to experience the best of Dallas: visiting Texas Motor Speedway, touring Southfork Ranch with Dallas star Larry Hagman and a Dallas Cowboys Stadium tour among other exciting experiences and musical appearances from Tim Halperin and Jack Ingram.

Sounds pretty cool, eh? Here’s how we look at it: impress meeting planners + meetings eventually planned in Dallas = awesome economic impact for our city.

YouPlusDallas videographers & co will be on scene tweeting about Omni Dallas events and bringing you a video recap of the best of the Grand Opening Experience.

One of the first events for the meeting planners is happening today, and it’s called The Big Freeze. You’re probably familiar with The Big Freeze 360-degree camera experience from the Grammys, Golden Globes, and other glamorous Hollywood events. Our crew set up the Big Freeze at the Omni this morning, and meeting planners will be walking the red carpet today before having their image taken by the famous camera. Check out our set up pictures of the big freeze, and make sure to follow us on twitter @youplusdallas Omni Hotel Dallas at @omnihotels #Dallas #OmniEvent and @OmniMeetings.