Archive for March, 2013

April Sales in the Design District

Posted by    |    March 28th, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Who doesn’t love a good sale? During the month of April there are a couple of great sales I think you should be aware of. Read more below and plan on getting some great deals on beautiful furniture and accessories this spring. Check back for updates as I plan to add more showrooms and retailers to the list as the month goes on.

Bernadette Schaeffler Collection 

Starting April 1 and running the 30th, the Bernadette Schaeffler Collection is offering a 50% discount off retail on all floor samples. Showrooms have to clear inventory every now and again to make room for new pieces but that’s when we get the best deals on some of the season’s hottest looks.


GLORIA: Mixing Art & Partying in the Design District

Posted by    |    March 28th, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Green Bandana Group has been known around town for throwing great parties — always eclectic, always cool, always on the DL. They’re coming back this weekend with GLORIA, an event at Conduit Gallery with live music, DJs, poetry readings, an open bar and artwork.

From 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., The Danny Church Band and the Mood Swing DJs will perform, and Will Richey, Darryl Ratcliff, David Ratcliff and Roberto Munguia will provide the poetry. Your $15 admission gets you an open bar, cupcakes and freedom to peruse the current exhibit at Conduit Gallery, featuring work from Roberto Munguia, Michael Tole and Jason Flowers.


News on the Trinity Strand Trail

Posted by    |    March 27th, 2013 at 10:32 am

With approval for construction granted by the City of Dallas last September, I have been a little confused as to why I haven’t seen any progress on Phase I of the Trinity Strand Trail. Luckily, my questions were answered at last week’s Design District TIF Board meeting, during which Trinity Strand Director Shelley White gave updates on the project.

“You may not see dirt move yet, but a lot of work is being done,” said White. The 2.5-mile concrete bike and hike trail that will wind through the Design District is undergoing a redesign of its retaining walls. That, along with wetland mitigation, is holding up the actual construction. Since Phase 1 is funded and its construction bids approved by the City, once the redesign and mitigation are complete construction can begin right away.

White also announced that Trammel Crow will be constructing a connection with the Katy Trail starting this June, and that design for the soft surface trail, specifically for runners and walkers, is well underway.

Apartment Plays opens in the Design District

Posted by    |    March 26th, 2013 at 4:52 pm

The Green Zone, located just south of Industrial, is the Design District’s home for theater. It has played host to several theater groups over the years along with a number of special events and performance pieces. Most recently Project X hosted a special performance of the play Diamond Dick in the space before taking the show to New York City.

I love theater so was excited when See What I Say Playworks and Upstart Productions announced a new show they would produce in the space.

Upstart may be one of the smaller theater companies in Dallas/Fort Worth, but by no means are they the least. They consistently produce well-acted and entertaining performances of new and original works.


Support Animal Rescue with Maison Kiki and Rescue Me

Posted by    |    March 22nd, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Calling all animal lovers.

Meet DFW Rescue (if you haven’t already). Their mission is simple, reduce the number of animals who are euthanized in this city by encouraging adoption and educating the community on responsible pet-owning practices. They do this through various methods including events and presentations, but just like any charitable organization, they rely heavily on volunteers and donations.

If you’re anything like me, your heart breaks just thinking about all of the homeless animals in shelters throughout the city. That’s why any opportunity to support their rescue is well worth the investment.

Design District art gallery Maison Kiki agrees, and in a couple of weeks they’re hosting a fundraiser for Rescue Me at their space on Dragon Street.


Circuit12 Contemporary Celebrates their One Year Anniversary next Saturday

Posted by    |    March 21st, 2013 at 11:01 am

Circuit12 Contemporary is rolling out the red carpet Saturday March 30th from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. to celebrate their one-year first anniversary - sinatra anniversary. This Rat Pack Era-themed party, Sinatra, is a “dress to impress” event, so, ladies and gents, come in your best cocktail dresses and suits!

At the party you will be surrounded by gallery supporters, socialites and friends while listening and dancing to classic 1960′s Rat Pack and contemporary dance music. The entertainment will include Go-Go dancers, gaming tables, Playboy Bunny cocktail waitresses, a full bar serving top shelf drinks and more. Enjoy beautiful image displays of the era and art from the Caviar Club.

In addition to a live string duo, DJs Tony Schwa, Trademarx and Taylor Effin Cleveland will be spinning special musical sets.


Introducing a New Feature on Unveiled

Posted by    |    March 20th, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Over the past few years the Design District has seen explosive growth and it shows no signs of slowing down. Through the work of some innovative developers, restaurants, retail and apartments have greatly expanded the district’s appeal. People who would have previously never ventured to our little neighborhood west of I-35 now frequent the Design District’s restaurants and bars.

Despite the influx of people however, there is still something slightly intimidating about the neighborhood, most of it stemming from traditions that are quickly going out of style.

For many years the international design community maintained a strict policy of trade only in their showrooms (I know this is an old story to some of you but bear with me).  The policy emerged out of a reality; the designers believed, and some still do, that keeping the showrooms closed would essentially ensure their livelihoods. Completely understandable.


Two Exclusive Dinners Take Over Two Design District Restaurants This Week

Posted by    |    March 18th, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Award nominations have been floating around Chefs Matt McCallister of FT33 and Jason Maddy of Oak, garnering national SONY DSC recognition for the two Design District hotspots. That said, now is the time to experience their skills if you haven’t already done so. Luckily, both chefs are offering intriguing reservation-only wine dinners this week for a limited number of guests. Here are the deets:

On March 20th, FT33 will host Napa Valley winemaker Celia Welsh of Corra Wines for a wine and dinner pairing at 7 p.m. In 2008, Welsh was awarded the “Winemaker of the Year” award by Food & Wine Magazine, the same publication that is now nominating McCallister for “The People’s Best New Chef.” Tickets for the six-course dinner and pairing are $200 per person and can be reserved by calling FT33 at 214.741.2629.


Now Hiring for Sales Associate jobs in the Design District

Posted by    |    March 14th, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Now Hiring: Find Job Opportunities in the Dallas Design District on

I just have a couple of jobs to post this week but trust me, these are good ones. If you’re looking for an exciting sales job in the design industry check out the open jobs below.

Outside Sales Representative, Interior Design Collection

The Interior Design Collection is currently accepting resumes for a highly-motivated outside sales representative to show a well-established luxury wall covering and textile line in territory. Past experience selling to both high-end residential and contract sales a plus.

Email resumes to to apply.

Sales Associate, Janus et Cie

The right person for this position will use their bright personality and creativity to assist the Sales Manager, and will contribute to the company’s success in both sales and administrative functions. For more information on the position you can find a more detailed list of responsibilities here. 


Oak’s Intimate Austrian Inspired Dinner 3.24.13

Posted by    |    March 14th, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Oak’s Executive Chef Jason Maddy is a part of that new wave of passionate younger chefs who are making their mark on the dining oak dallas scene, prompting everyone to work a little harder. Though he only recently made the move to Dallas from Austin, his time living and cooking in Austria has had the greatest impact on his cuisine.

In the first of a series of dinners planned every other month, each with a different theme, Austria – An Exclusive and Intimate Oak Dining Experience, features dishes like Caraquet Oyster, Grostl (lobster), Rindsuppe, Kavalierspitz and Apple Strudel. Though the only familiar option may be the strudel, the rest are sure to be brilliant.

Indulge in Chef Maddy’s adventurous 9-course meal on Sunday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m. $125 per person and $175 when paired.